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Porkins Policy radio ep. 32 After Iguala: Reorganizing the narco chessboard

On this week’s episode Traces of Reality’s contributing editor Danny Benavides joins us once again to discuss the mass disappearance in Iguala, narco-cartel reorganization and the prospect for a “Mexican Spring.”  We begin the conversation by discussing what actually transpired last September in the city of Iguala, in southern Mexico.  Danny explains  who the Normalista students are and why, in fact, they were in Iguala.  Danny and I explore the complex web of connections and familial relations between Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca, his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda and the Guerreros Unidos cartel, as well as the Mexican military.  Danny breaks down how the mass disappearance, and the players involved, represent a microcosm of the endemic problems Mexico faces today.  Later we discuss the reorganization of the narco chessboard that we have seen happening in the past few years.  Danny explains how the arrests of high-level narco leaders and the destruction of large cartels like Sinaloa, La Familia, and Caballeros Templarios have led to the rise of smaller but equally effective cartels and drug gangs.  Later Danny presents his own theory as to what may have happened to the missing 43 students.  Unlike the official narrative that places blame solely on “rogue policemen” and Guerreros Unidos, Danny explains how this might actually be a diversion to distract people from a much larger conspiracy, possibly involving the military.  We then explore the large-scale protests that have been taking place in Mexico, and whether or not these represent the beginning of a Mexican Spring.  We discuss the similarities between these protests and the student protests of 1968, both of which involved agents provocateurs attempting to subvert and disrupt the movement.  We end the podcast with a look at a recent Wall Street Journal article which revealed that US Marshals, disguised as Mexican troops, have been participating in operations with the Mexican military.  While this is not too surprising, Danny and I explore what it really means — how this is yet another cog in the massive money-making scheme that is the illegal narcotics trade.  This is a long podcast with lots of important facts, details, names and threads that require further investigation, so have  pen and paper ready so you can continue this research for yourself.

Download PPR episode 32

Show Notes:

PPR episode 23: Danny Benavides on Michoacan’s autodefensas and cartel wars in Tamaulipas

TOR Radio: Mexico’s murderous narco state

Iguala Mayor and wife allegedly behind disappearance of students

“You fucked with me, so I will have the pleasure of killing you” said Mayor of Iguala before shooting activist

Remains of 1 missing Normalista identified

What is Guerreros Unidos?

MIL of Iguala’s fugitive mayor tells of narco links to government in interrogation video

Fugitives Ex-Mayor of Iguala and his wife arrested

Premier Leader of Guerreros Unidos captured

Another principal suspect captured in Iguala Normalista case

Guerreros Unidos cell in US dismantled

University Experts: Normalistas we not burned in Cocula landfill

Calls for President to resign continue and violence ensues

Are the missing student protests turning into a Mexican Spring?

Armed forces guarding the facilities of Angels hospital (El Debate article in Spanish)

WSJ: Dressed as Mexican Marines, US Justice Department Pursues Capos

 

Music:

Woody Guthrie – “Going down the road feeling bad”

Woody Guthrie -“All you fascists bound to lose”

Dr. Mireles in his own words

Recently the spokesman for Michoacan’s Autodefensas, Dr. Jose Juan Mireles Valverde, spoke to a gathering of people in Caleta de Campos. The speech is important on a number of levels; chief among them is that this is actually Dr. Mireles speaking in his own words. Mexican and English language media have routinely distorted Mirele’s words and persona since the autodefensas movement began.

A recent guest on the podcast, Danny Benevides, of Traces of Reality, translated the entire speech into English. If you are not familiar with Dr. Mireles, or the autodefensas, I would urge you to check our in-depth conversation and then read the speech in its entirety.

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 23 Danny Benavides on Michoacan’s autodefensas and cartel wars in Tamaulipas

For today’s episode I was joined by Traces of Reality contributing editor Danny Benevides. Danny and I had an extended conversation on some of the most recent events regarding the drug war south of the border. Danny explains what the vigilante movement in Michoacan, know as the autodefensas, is doing to combat the rising tide of cartel violence. We also explore how the autodefensas movement may be being co-opted by the new PRI government headed by Enrique Pena Nieto as well as foreign actors. Danny breaks down the history of the cartels in Michoacan state. Danny explains how La Famila splintered off into Los Caballeros Templarios, and how average citizens decided to take action against them. We also discuss the recent uptick in violence in the northern state of Tamaulipas and how this relates to the “capture” of Sinaloa cartel leader El Chapo. We round off the conversation by discussing actor Kevin Spacey’s $8 million dollar selfie with Pena Nieto and what this means for the future of Mexico.

Download PPR episode 23

Show notes:

Danny Benavides archives on Traces of Reality

Narconoia twitter

Is the US helping Mexico undermine Michoacan’s vigilantes?

Outside drug cartels, rouge vigilantes set sights on Michoacan

Autodefensas surround Templarios Leader La Tuta

Mexican drug cartel behind lime shortage in US; margaritas feel pinch

Cartel violence ramps up in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

Tampico Tamaulipas: Dismembered bodies with narco message

16 bodies discovered in Tampico and Hidalgo Tamaulipas

How much did the Mexican government pay Kevin Spacey for a selfie with President Pena Nieto?

Music:

Boney M – “Daddy Cool”

Boney M – “Sunny”

 

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