Mexico City. An explosion rocked the high-rise housing the headquarters of Mexican oil giant Pemex in Mexico City on Thursday, causing a number of injuries, the company said, as cited by AFP. "What took place was an explosion in the B2 building of the administrative center. There are injuries and damage on the ground floor and mezzanine," Pemex said on Twitter, as television showed black smoke billowing from the tower.
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I bet the building does not fall down.
Catholic Mexico is in the midst of a crisis of faith. According to a local businessman, who asked to remain anonymous, it is widely believed that within a decade, Chiapas will be the first federal state in Mexico to turn its back on the Church.
“The Muslim missionaries are very active there,” he said. “It’s hard to know exactly how many people have converted to Islam over the past few years.”
In December 2011, the US authorities released an indictment filed against Lebanese drug lord Ayman Juma, which exposed Hezbollah’s involvement with the Los Zetas drug cartel. According to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Los Zetas is the most technologically advanced and most dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.
US intelligence concluded that Hezbollah has established sleeper cells, intelligence infrastructure and training bases in Mexico and South American countries. The Shiite group is also helping the drug lords build smuggling tunnels under the US-Mexico border and satellite images show that they are nearly identical to the maze of tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border.
Hezbollah is also training the cartels’ operatives in the dubious art of explosives, helping drug lords improve their bomb-making skills.
The US Treasury said Veracruz-based ADT Petroservicios, a longtime subcontractor to state oil company Pemex, was a money-laundering avenue of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. The company is controlled by Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, who was placed under arrest in the US state of Texas in June after being indicted for laundering Zetas drug money via a US-based horse-racing syndicate.
Homicides and kidnappings Sources consulted by the Research Directorate report on homicides and kidnappings that occurred with unknown motives (Agencia EFE 17 June 2011; Reuters 25 July 2011). On 17 July 2011, a union representative was killed in Oaxaca (Agencia EFE 17 June 2011; Diario Oaxaca 17 June 2011; Milenio 17 June 2011). According to the Mexico-based Milenio, this union representative belonged to the STPRM (17 June 2011). Agencia EFE states that the motive for this homicide is unknown (17 June 2011). According to Milenio, a Pemex official who had received death threats was killed, likely due to "revenge" (28 June 2009). Corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response. Sources report on kidnappings of Pemex employees in 2010 (Dow Jones News Service 11 June 2010; LA Times 6 Sept. 2010; Reuters 11 May 2010). On 25 July 2011, Reuters reported that 17 Pemex employees have been kidnapped since 2005, with unknown motives (Reuters 25 July 2011). The LA Times reports that the motives behind five kidnappings that took place in May 2010 are unclear (LA Times 6 Sept. 2010). The LA Times also reports that Pemex "sought to repress information on the kidnappings, possibly for the men's safety" (LA Times 6 Sept. 2010). Some of these kidnappings have been presumed to be conducted by drug cartels (Dow Jones News Service 11 June 2010; LA Times 6 Sept. 2010). According to Reuters, 2 Pemex employees were killed in a gas field in Arcos, and drug cartels are "suspected" (3 Mar. 2011).