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How Agricultural Price Shocks Affect Mexico's Drug Trade

Written by Charles Parkinson




Friday, 07 February 2014








A maize farm in Sinaloa, Mexico















New research has focused on how the changing fortunes of Mexico's agricultural sector can instigate drug crop production and cartel activity, a valuable albeit imperfect addition to research into the drivers behind the country's rampant violence.














The study "From Maize to Haze: Agricultural Shocks and the Growth of the Mexican Drug Sector" (pdf), conducted by academic researchers at New York University, focuses on the dynamics of Mexico's maize farming between 1990 and 2010. 





It highlights how price fluctuations -- driven by factors such as conditions in other producer countries and international trade agreements -- can adversely affect the viability of domestic production, in turn catalyzing drug production and organized crime activity.






The researchers selected maize as the reference point because of its historical domination of Mexico's agricultural sector. 





According to the study…

BRING JOBS BACK TO USA : HOW TO CREATE ONE MILLION JOBS

Maverick Flying Car at Oshkosh

Think of the applications for mango farmers ...























Steve Saint of I-TEC drove his road-legal flying car from Florida to Oshkosh this summer. 






Since then the FAA has also issued the Maverick a S-LSA aircraft airworthiness certificate. 




I-TEC hopes to be in production by EAA Oshkosh 2011.

















Hacker Who Released Obama’s Social Security Number Arrested

Sean Brown

February 3, 2014 8:19am PST










The man who suspected of being “Guccifer”, a notorious hacker known for targeting celebrities and politicians and most notably George Bush, has been arrested in Romania according to reports.





Marcel Lazar Lehel was arrested in Arad, which is just west of Bucharest, and charged with attempted theft of confidential information in emails. 








Apparently the arrest followed a raid on his home by police forces working in conjunction with US authorities.




Romanian police said that he had hacked the mail of the country’s spy chief, George Maior, sending the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) on a hunt to find him.







Lehel has operated under the names “Guccifer”, “Little Smoke” and “The Small Fume” and has made headlines in the past for hacking the email account of George Bush then publishing personal photos of him that were found. In addition to Bush, he hacked his daughter’s email and found pictures of artwork the president had painted as well as messages talking …

SOUTH AMERICAN MANGO EXPORTERS GATHER TO DISCUSS DISASTROUS SEASON ....

VENEZUELA AREPAS ARE A BIG HIT IN MEXICO CITY !!!!

~ From Natalia Ruffo's FACEBOOK Page




















MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : Vigilantes enter Knights Templar cartel stronghold

8 February 2014 Last updated at 15:49 ET


The vigilantes have set up roadblocks on the access routes to the city




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Vigilante groups in the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan have entered a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel, occupying the main square.





Hundreds of vigilantes, backed up by armoured vehicles and troops, arrived in Apatzingan on Saturday.









They have also set up roadblocks around the city, in western Mexico.







The cartel controls much of the drug trafficking in the area and is known to extort money from local farmers and businesses.





Vigilante leaders, who have joined the official security forces, and the army say they will begin searching house by house for the leaders of the Knights Templar.














In the beginning of January, the "self-defence groups" launched an offensive against the Knights Templar gang, taking over several municipalities in Micho…