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The Battle for Black Gold

24 January 2019

Mexico has been facing widespread fuel shortages for several weeks. Thousands of drivers have been forced to queue across Mexico City and major state capitals as more and more petrol stations run dry. The shortages are being caused by the recent complete overhaul of the country’s fuel distribution system, which was introduced as an attempt by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) to tackle fuel theft in the country. It is estimated that Mexico lost as much as three billion dollars to illegal fuel tapping in 2018. The state-owned Petroleros Mexicanos (PEMEX) has been badly affected by the losses and in recent months joined forces with the new administration to tackle the huachicoleros – people engaged in collecting and reselling fuel acquired from clandestine taps. Fuel theft in Mexico is mostly prevalent in the so-called ‘Red Triangle’, a large terrain in central Mexico where oil pipelines are targeted with fuel taps and criminal groups target fuel transportation lorries. The Triangulo Rojo is mostly comprised of several rural communities and towns in the state of Puebla, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Alongside the recurrence of fuel theft in this region, other criminal activities are also on the rise.

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Going Loco Down in Acapulco

27 September 2018

State and federal authorities have seized control of the entire police force in the resort city of Acapulco. Three high-level officials were detained for links to corruption, while dozens of police officers are being investigated for allegedly colluding with powerful drug-trafficking cartels based across the south-western state of Guerrero. Criminal groups have been engaged in violent campaigns to secure lucrative poppy plantations in Guerrero, where they have been responsible for a surge in the number of homicides. They include the Guerreros Unidos and some splinter factions backed by powerful cartels, such as the Cartel Jalisco New Generation, the Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar.

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Mexican Elections: Changing of the Guard?

28 June 2018

Millions of Mexicans are set to cast their ballots ahead of the country’s general election on 01 July. Alongside the election of a new president to serve a six-year term, nine governors and hundreds of Congress and local government seats are at stake. Sunday’s election comes as the country is marred by slow economic growth, ongoing security concerns and endemic levels of corruption; while candidates from traditional political platforms continue to struggle to regain voters’ confidence.

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Trouble in Paradise

06 December 2017

With its stunning beaches, high-end resorts and distinct cuisine, Mexico is a popular holiday destination for millions of people every year. According to the secretary of tourism, more than 35 million international tourists visited the country in 2016 alone, representing a significant nine percent increase compared with the same period in 2015. Research released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that in 2016, travel and tourism contributed $76 billion to the country’s GDP and is forecast to increase by around four percent in 2017. Nearly eight percent of jobs are in the travel and tourism sector, with the numbers expected to steadily rise over the next 10 years. However, other sets of statistical data fail to offer the same optimism.

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