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American and even Spanish news sources.]El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/23/08
yesterday] were released after being held since July 14 in a hotel.
The Koreans said they had hired smugglers to take them to the US for $30,000, but after receiving the money, the smugglers held them to demand an additional $30,000 from their families. According to sources in the Mexican Department of Justice, it is common in Tamaulipas for such crimes to be connected with the Gulf drug cartel.
policies against terrorist attacks in Mexico. Such plans are already
available to large business corporations in Spain and the US, and not offering such insurance in Mexico “would be like not offering
hurricane insurance in Acapulco.”
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 7/23/08
The Mexican Secretary of Public Security reported that some 2,500
municipalities in Mexico are threatened by organized crime and
narcotraffic. He called for federal authorities to to attend to their
duty of protecting communities at risk. Questioned about the violence
in the state of Sinaloa, he said it was precisely an example of the
insecurity in the country.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 7/23/08
Two canvas banners with threatening messages to military and civic
authorities were displayed in different public sites in Chihuahua City
yesterday. Included in those threatened were the commander of the
Army forces in the area and the Mayor of Chihuahua.
El Colombiano (Medellín, Colombia) 7/23/08
Speaking from La Paz, Bolivia, US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas
Shannon assured that the Colombian revolutionary organization, FARC,
“is in a terminal phase” and has no capacity to expand. He said the
guerilla group is “fractured, fragmented and has lost leadership.”
Prensa LIbre (Guatemala) 7/23/08
In Guatemala City, a group of 30 families of migrants arrested in the
US asked the attorney for Human Rights to intercede for them. They
wish to protest the jailing of their loved ones in Iowa and also
asked help in canceling the mortgages on their properties, lest they
lose them. They had contracted the loans in order to pay for
smuggling their relatives into the US, but without their remittances,
they cannot pay back the money. [Note: Apparently this refers to
some of those arrested in Postville, Iowa in March.]