For over a decade, under multiple administrations, the U.S. government had a secret agreement with the ruthless Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to operate with impunity, an in-depth investigation by a leading Mexican newspaper confirmed this week. In exchange for information and assistance in quashing competing criminal syndicates, the Bush and Obama administrations let the Sinaloa cartel import tons of drugs into the United States while wiping out Sinaloa competitors and ensuring that its leaders would not be prosecuted for their long list of major crimes. Other revelations also point strongly to massive but clandestine U.S. government involvement in drug trafficking.
Exasperated at failed attempts by the Mexican government to neutralize the drug cartel that virtually owns the Michoacán state, citizens are banding together into self-defense forces.
Communist China and Nicaragua's Sandinista government under Daniel Ortega are moving ahead with plans to build a $40-billion canal through Nicaragua, as China's footprint in Latin America grows.
Canadians in Alberta found out the hard way that no right is fundamental to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. When the police evacuated residents’ homes as a result of flooding last month and told residents that they would have to wait for permission to return, homeowners were angry enough. But to make matters worse, many of them found that the police seized a “large quantity of firearms” from the evacuated homes.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman told reporters in Toronto on April 22 that the RCMP had arrested and charged two men with plotting to derail a Toronto-area passenger train. The police said the plot was backed by al-Qaeda elements in Iran.
At approximately 7:50 pm on April 17, a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in the small town of West, Texas, left an estimated five to 15 people dead, injured at least 160 others, and destroyed many buildings in the surrounding vicinity. A 50-unit apartment complex near the plant was reduced to "a skeleton," a state police officer told the media.