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Foreign News Report
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/29/08
– A report by Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (House of Representatives) states that around 140 thousand Mexicans over 60 years of age who live in the United States do so under conditions of “extreme fragility due to their economic or migratory situation.” It’s calculated that there are some 710 thousand Mexicans in the U.S. who are from 60 to 74 years of age and of those, 140 thousand lack the Mexican consular registry, a document which assists in obtaining medical attention, employment opportunities or in immigration procedures. 24.3% of working age Mexicans who live in the U.S. are under the poverty line of that (U.S.) country.
Mexican legislators asked that programs for those segments of the population should increase to furnish them legal, medical and educational assistance as well as recreational and cultural activities “that may fortify their identities as Mexicans.”
– An 18-wheeler was found hauling 402 kilos 390 grams of marihuana just west of Durango, Durango; the driver claimed he was headed for Monterrey with a load of mangos.
– At the domestic departure area of Mexico City’s airport, one Jorge Alejandro Ruiz, 32, was “detected in a suspicious attitude”. He held U.S.. passport # 212665231; his hand luggage and his pockets also held 99 thousand dollars which he was trying to take to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. He was unable to explain the origin of the cash.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan), El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6/29/08, Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) , El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chih.) 6/29/08
Violence linked to organized crime reached the tourist zone of Tulum, Quintana Roo, where the blindfolded, hand tied and shot body of a man was found. (Tulum is south of Cancun and across from Cozumel Island). Violence also hit the state of Chihuahua, where five persons were executed, three of them women, in Parral and Ciudad Juarez. But Norte also reported an additional deadly attack on four other men who had been standing together on the street in Juarez when first attacked. And in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, a 24 yr. old man was found wrapped in a blanket and with a coup de grace to the head.
Near Cosala, Sinaloa, in the hilly area off Culiacan, six members of one family were found riddled by gunfire; two of the victims were minors. The state of Sinaloa has now had over one hundred homicides in the month oh June.
An armed commando group arrived at a Juarez home at mid afternoon on Saturday and proceeded to open fire on the front door. Screams allowed a woman and two small children to leave and flee but then the thugs entered the home and executed a man who apparently was the owner of a chain of ice cream shops. The killers used fragmentation and gas grenades; 42 shell casings were later located.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 6/29/08
There were two more execution victims in Nogales, Sonora, yesterday. One of them was found near the U.S. Consulate; his head was wrapped with rags; his hands were tied with “grey tape”. He’d been shot twice on the head. And two other subjects were shot in Agua Prieta, Sonora; they received a total of 33 rounds.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 6/29/08
At a house in the town of Benito Juarez in the Mexicali Valley: 82.9 kilos of weed, a 12 ga. shotgun and 12,212 shells plus 163 rounds for other “high power” firearms, an 8-mold compacting press for packaging the weed, and a scale. Two men “were able to flee without being detained.”
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 6/29/08
(Note: our report of 6/27/08 mentioned the execution in Mexico City on Thursday of Igor Labastida Calderon, a high ranking member of the “SSP” (Federal Dep’t. of Public Security)
Officials in Mexico and the United States had information that pointed to commander Igor Labastida Calderon for presumably furnishing information and protection to drug cartels.
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Matamoros, Tamaulipas) 6/29/08
“Nearly a ton” of marihuana in 100 packages were found and seized the night of 6/27 in Matamoros. The find was in an unoccupied Yukon p/u truck left on the street. The truck had TX lic. 15RKL6 and is believed to be stolen.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 6/29/08
On Friday 27th the U.S. Coast Guard and Honduran naval forces seized 4,512 kilos of cocaine from the Honduran registry vessel “Miss Dayanna”, then sailing toward the island of Guanaja, off Honduras’ northern coast (on the Caribbean) ; seven crewmembers, all Hondurans, were arrested. The vessel had originally sailed from the nearby island of Roatan on June 13, presumably headed for Maracaibo, Venezuela. Other vessels in the area are being inspected, since narcotraffickers use additional boats for logistical support, communications and security.
Milenio (Mexico City) 6/29/08
(Most of an op/column by Jorge Medina Viedas titled “Mexico bleeding to death” follows. Paragraphs relating to the relative superior conditions found in Chile, Brazil & Spain as relating to Mexico are omitted. The author makes reference to “News Divine”; that is a name that has made headlines all over Mexico for a couple of weeks now. It is a “hot’ nightspot where weed was openly smoked, minors were allowed and alcohol was sold. Then a poorly conducted police raid – exits were blocked, tear gas was used – caused the death of nine young people and of three police officers.)
Many Mexicans flee the country. They leave on their own, by their own will, without personal or criminal debts. Nor because they lack a home, support means or a job. They leave for the hope: for the one that fades away here and the one which they do not want to lose in some part of the world.
I know several young men who have left Mexico never to return again. They want to live somewhere other than the land in which they were born. One told me he didn’t love it. I couldn’t believe it, with his so Mexican, so Aztec first and last names. I wanted to explain it to myself: he lived his 24 years here in the Distrito Federal: he suffered corruption, violence, insecurity, endless crises, conflicts among the elites, fights between the parties, thousands of homicides, he knew of assassination, of scandals about corrupt, contemptible, incorrigible politicians.
He lived as an unhappy man, with an education bought and paid peso by peso. He owes no one. Furthermore, they also didn’t educate him to teach him the story of his ancestors nor to have reasons to have him reach social values.
They taught him competitiveness, selfishness, individualism. The experts say it : you cannot have a quality society with illiterate persons, or with those with barely a basic education. Nor are we educating nationals who may love their country in this degraded condition.
The events of News Divine opened flood gates. The reality we discovered because of the small door of death of the famous night spot is that we are disintegrating as a society, that, as a nation, we are not capable of going across developmental limits. The future is very far as to modernity, civility and stability.
Becoming a country of vulgar people might be less grave than all the preceding, but it shows us completely within our social, political, judicial, cultural and ethical deficit.
We are champions of inability, corruption and violence. We are world class in that.
Impaled in our historical traumas, we are led by a myopic political class which has taken charge of spreading among themselves the national symphony of failed ideas. Isn’t it an aberration that the country has been trapped for more than ten years in a stupid discussion about energy reform, or that it has to be stuck with as many other years in the disputes between the Legislative and the Executive, and that the country revolves around two or three leaders and two or three communications mediums?
The social and moral structure of the country is gravely affected. Its institutional bases are warped and its bodies have lost humanism. I already said it: we have become a vulgar country. As a result, education, respect, decency have contracted. It’s been years now that Mexican society lost its capacity for imagination and intelligence; it has been defeated by stupid, violent, frivolous minds.
These are the ones who govern the life of most. Idiots from all political and social levels whose narcissism feeds the inbreeding of mediocrity; idiots who lavish upon what is mediocre and superfluous; violent minds which respond to its most primitive instincts crushing the family, the church, the State; frivolous beings who take charge of the country, frivolous business and government officials like “spoiled rich kids from Salamanca” (a city in Spain), for whom Mexico still is a land for conquest and servants.
Do you believe that I exaggerate? Get to the heart of the matter: prove it in society; in the large number of citizens who have made themselves the mirror image of this “dominating class.”
To be 24 years old does not mean that those young men who leave the country never to return are ignorant or insensitive to this reality. Precisely the contrary, many young men abandon it because they do not want to explain it to themselves trying to rescue sociological or philosophical complexes. No, they base themselves on what they see, and what they have in front of them is a corrupt country dominated by these, the idiots, the violent and the frivolous. That’s why they abandon the country. That’s why they leave. That’s why Mexico is bleeding to death.
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