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# felipe-calderon - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Mexico captures boss of vicious Zetas drug cartel

Miguel Angel Trevino has been described as a brutal killer who liked to “stew” his enemies by plunging them in containers of oil and fuel that he would then set alight.

# felipe-calderon - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Protesters, police clash in Mexico before Pena Nieto presidential inauguration

At least five police officers and a protester were injured in scuffles sparked by the 500 protesters.

# felipe-calderon - Friday 23 November, 2012

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s the nine stories you need to know this morning.

President of Mexico wants to change country's name... to Mexico

With just eight days left in office Felipe Calderon wants to introduce legislation to change the country’s name to Mexico. It’s currently known official as the United Mexican States.

# felipe-calderon - Friday 21 September, 2012

The eagle has landed: Bono to get Mexico's top honour

The Order of the Aztec Eagle is the highest decoration that can be awarded to foreigners and it’s winging (sorry) its way to the U2 frontman.

# felipe-calderon - Monday 2 July, 2012

Mexico elects new president Enrique Pena Nieto

The election sees the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico with an iron fist for 71 years, returned to power.

# felipe-calderon - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Strong 7.6 earthquake shakes Mexico City

President Felipe Calderon, on Twitter, said there were no immediate reports of damage.

# felipe-calderon - Friday 6 January, 2012

VIDEO: Mexico opens world's tallest suspension bridge (may also be drug superhighway) Mexico This post contains videos

VIDEO: Mexico opens world's tallest suspension bridge (may also be drug superhighway)

The world’s tallest cable-suspension bridge is 403m high – tall enough to fit the Eiffel Tower underneath it.

# felipe-calderon - Monday 1 August, 2011

Meet the man who says he ordered 1,500 killings in Mexico

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez or ‘El Diego’ is a former state police officer who is said to have built a criminal empire.

# felipe-calderon - Wednesday 27 October, 2010

Latin America to California: Please don't decriminalise marijuana

The presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico say voting yes on Prop 19 would be a contradiction on anti-drug policy.

# felipe-calderon - Wednesday 18 August, 2010

A FORMER MEXICAN PRESIDENT who was considered one of the United States’ major allies in its ‘War on Drugs’ has proposed legalising all drugs in an attempt to choke off the funding of organised crime.

Vicente Fox wrote on his blog that “legalisation does not mean that drugs are good, but we have to see [legalisation] as a strategy to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to earn huge profits.

“Radical prohibition strategies have never worked.”

Fox was succeeded by current president Felipe Calderon, who has led an often bloody military campaign against the drug cartels that rule Mexico’s underworld, in 2006.

28,000 people have died in drug-related crime in Mexico since Fox left office, while cartels have earned billions in drugs sold within the country and within the United States, which helps to fund Mexico’s anti-drug crime policing.

Despite the work put in by Calderon’s government, the country’s chronic drug problems show no signs of waning, with much of the country fearing the escalating violence could ward off potential investors seeking to provide employment in the region. Calderon, while not himself in favour of legalising drugs, is open to a public debate on the issue.

While Fox is seen as having relatively little influence in the country since leaving office, his statement sees him join a growing number of Latin American leaders who feel the drug trade needs to be brought overground and legitimised before it can be effectively tackled.