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Laundering Mexico's Drug Money: Washing Up

THE ECONOMIST


SEP. 21, 2014, 12:06 PM


REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Mexican federal police present packets of cash in U.S. dollars seized a four suspected members of the Norte del Valle de Colombia cartel during a news conference at the federal police center in Mexico City March 9, 2010. Police said was seized $2.7 million.











Drug kingpins turn to trade-based money-laundering




DRUG traffickers, like everyone else, only want money because they want what money can buy. But turning dirty cash from drug sales into clean, usable currency has become harder for Mexican drug gangs as a result of tighter banking regulations at home and in the United States, their main market.



The criminals are responding by piggy-backing on cross-border trade to launder their gains.



On September 10th roughly 1,000 law-enforcement officials raided the Garment District of Los Angeles, seizing at least $65m in cash and arresting nine people. According to court documents, several garment businesses allegedly helped drug trafficke…

THIS CHART SHOULD IMPRESS YOU !!! : MIGRANT WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD SEND HOME 500 BILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR ...

MEXICO : BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR SE LEVANTA

Somos gente acostumbrada a enfrentar la fuerza de los huracanes. Vivimos en un paraíso, cerca del mar, junto a la sierra. Estamos acostumbrados a convivir con la naturaleza y a resistir sus embates.



Los sudcalifornianos y quienes vivimos aquí, trabajamos y amamos esta tierra, y hoy estamos haciendo lo que hay que hacer para reconstruirla. Por ello, utilizaremos nuestro espacio virtual: Facebook, Twitter, para tratar temas relacionados; pero sobretodo, para hacer un reconocimiento a quienes trabajan día y noche en regresarnos la calma. 




Gracias a la gente de aquí y a la gente que ha llegado exclusivamente a apoyarnos. Gracias a la gente de todo México y otros países que han realizado donaciones para nosotros.





¡GRACIAS A TODOS…SALDREMOS ADELANTE!






















2014-2015 MANGO SEASON : AN EL NINO COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR ECUADOR & PERU

El Nino starts to stir





BRIAN KAHN
12 HOURS AGO
CLIMATE
SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT




Climate Central











El Nino watchers, rejoice (maybe). A weak El Nino has formed (sorta).




On Tuesday, researchers at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society said a borderline El Nino is upon us, with the odds for further development increasing throughout the fall and winter. 







Figure 1: Chart showing ocean temperatures in different regions of the Pacific used to gauge El Nino, including the recent rise in temperatures.







Credit: IRI










This El Nino has played a game of hide and seek since an El Nino Watch was declared way back in March.





 After picking up steam in the spring and early summer, El Nino conditions essentially disappeared in July and much of August.





But the telltale signs of El Nino are starting to re-emerge. 




Ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which tend to warm during an El Nino, have reached the threshold last week typically used to declare El Nino has arrived.





“Borderline El Nino con…

NO LONGER JUST MANGOES : NORTHERN PERU LEARNS TO DIVERSIFY

Northern Peru’s productive potential

September 22nd, 2014








At a temperature above 30°C (86°F), Artemio Carmen Chiroque’s farm is the first stop on a European buyers’ mission to Peru organized by the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO), in conjunction with the trade fair Expoalimentaria in Lima. 





With a 1.35-hectare plantation, he is one of 169 members of the Association of Alto Piura Valley Mango Growers (Apromalpi) in Chulucanas, Piura, whose farmers ship far and wide to the markets of Europe, the United States and China.







A vineyard in the San Lorenzo Valley.







In its ranks, Apromalpi has producers with such certifications as fairtrade (FLO International), organic and GlobalG.A.P.






Between Chiroque’s trees sprouting mangoes, lemons, cacao, papaya and tamarinds, Apromalpi field manager Fernando Zeña tellswww.freshfruitportal.com the association promotes crop diversification amongst its growers.





“We aim that [the grower] diversifies their parcel, because mangoes are only there for four month…