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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.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 9/19/08
– Deborah Riner, an economist with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was interviewed by Notimex (Mex. news agency) and said she anticipated that individual monetary remittances into Mexico will decrease 5% in 2008, while in 2007 they increased 1%. She acknowledged that it is surprising that the drop is not larger. “It continues to be an amount over 20 billion dollars, (and) it exceeds direct foreign investment.” Though she acknowledged it is a considerable amount, “one has to realize it cannot be expected to keep growing at the rate of 10, 15, 20 percent each year.”
– A Mazatlan, Sinaloa, police officer who had participated in the detention of four “Zetas” was himself later forcibly abducted a couple of days ago by a black clad armed group of seven men. Now, his cut-off head was tossed out in front of a public building in Mazatlan. A handcuffed cadaver wrapped in plastic was also found there.
– Mexico and Macao have signed a mutual visa exemption accord which will allow citizens of Mexico and residents of the ex-Portuguese enclave of Macao to enter and stay in those areas for up to 90 days without need for a visa. Macao, part of Chinese territory, is said to be self-governing.
Reforma (Mexico City) 9/19/08
Amidst unleashed violence, President Calderon today heads a meeting to evaluate the progress from the National Accord for Security, Justice and Legality which was signed a month ago. In those thirty days, though the capture of kidnappers increased, murders at the hands of organized crime also went up such as, for instance, the 12 beheaded in Yucatan, the 24 executed with a coup de grace in the state of Mexico and the 7 civilians dead from grenades tossed in Morelia during independence holiday celebrations.
During this period more than 482 persons are reported as executed, among them 66 police and 3 military; at least 72 were tortured and 39 others decapitated.
Further, one week after the summit, large cloth signs were hung in eight states suggesting the army protects the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada cartel. Two weeks after the meeting, Roberto Campa, head of the National Public Security System, presented his resignation.
And while this goes on, under-utilization is reported in the funds allotted for security in the country’s states and municipalities.
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 9/19/08
Mex. navy personnel are guarding the Veracruz registry shrimp boat “Juan Alejandro” at Puerto Madero, Chiapas. The incomplete report states that the shrimp boat was seized Wednesday when found to be transporting “several tons” of cocaine. Six subjects, all Mexicans, are in custody.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 9/19/08
– A front page article features a schematic showing the areas in Culiacan where money has been seized from drug cartel “safe houses”; there’s also a tally of other seizures, all part of the Culiacan-Navolato-Guamuchil Operation.
– May 22: $ 5,777,980 (all figures in U.S. dollars)
– June 4 : $ 5,293,293 (sic)
– Aug. 17: $ 1,800,000
– Sep. 14: $ 26,202,176 (The very latest, believed to belong to “El Mayo”)
Also: 569,000 kilos of weed and 106 of its seed, plus 326 firearms, 314 vehicles, 314 buildings (sic) and 202 detainees,
– Two men and a woman were the targets of gunfire by a canal in Culiacan. All three victims had their hands and feet held with duct tape and one of the men was also cuffed. Sixty four shell casings – almost all from assault rifles – were found at the killing site.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez ed.) 9/19/08
The headline reads: “5 are executed in less than 3 hours” The article then goes on to describe the times, locales and events surrounding the latest murders in Ciudad Juarez.
But a front page update has an article titled “Two more are murdered during the night.” (A reading of that item makes clear that these last two victims are not part of the five originally reported.)
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 9/19/08
An abandoned vehicle has “just” been found by police in the Gonzalez Ortega section of Mexicali. There’s a human head and a human hand inside. Next to the human remains there is a message saying: “for fingers (read: informants), balconies (note: unknown slang term) and rats.”
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 9/19/08
– ( Following are the first 3 paragraphs of an op/column by Carlos Corvera titled “We have to win this war” )
Roberto Pombo, director of the Colombian newspaper “El Tiempo” reminded us yesterday about what is established by the terrorists’ manual regarding attacks with explosives against the population: the first bomb is the terrorists’ fault; the second one also; but the third one is the Government’s fault.
We are all asking ourselves the same thing: What is happening ? Have we reached bottom or is the bloodiest part of the fight against crime just beginning?
Wherever you look, the problems assailing the country are numerous. The main one, of course, is insecurity. We have barely finished digesting a horrendous event when the next one already begins. In a few days they kidnap and execute the Marti boy (note: this refers to the 14 yr. old Mexico City boy whose body turned up in the trunk of a car after his family had already paid for his ransom); and right afterward 12 decapitated turn up in Yucatan, then 24 executed ones show up in La Marquesa and when we were still in a state of shock for this massacre, two grenades exploded, killed seven persons and left a hundred-some wounded in the middle of national festivities in Michoacan’s capital, an unheard of and vile act of terrorism without precedent.
El Porvenir (Monterrey Nuevo Leon) 9/19/08
(Digest from Antonio de Mendieta’s “Miscellany” op/column)
The bombings, the executions and decapitations were not carried out by second class hoodlums. This is a strategic plan to destabilize Calderon’s weak government ; at its base is a white collar organized crime group about to turn into a guerilla and to attempt to wrest political control of the country. We are one step away from civil war. Calderon is losing the war; he needs to combat the mafia with intelligence, attacking money laundering and corruption at all levels of government.
Calderon, the chiefs of organized crime are all around you, saying yes to you, Yes, Mr. President. Next to you, shaking your hand.
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 9/19/08
Before dawn today an armed commando group fired AK47’s and launched fragmentation grenades at the Preventive State Police Hqs. in Cayaquitos, Papanoa, state of Guerrero. The building later evidenced hundreds of gunfire impacts. A news blackout followed. (This is a beach area some 75 mi. up the coast from Acapulco)
La Prensa (Mexico City) 9/19/08
More than 11 thousand 700 unescorted Mexican children attempted to cross the border into the United States and were repatriated to Mexico in the first seven months of this year, according to Mex. immigration officials. Another 503 unaccompanied children of other nationalities were also intercepted in various parts of Mexico.
The attachment to this report is a cartoon which appeared in a couple of publications. The newspaper a man is holding has these headlines: “Calderon calls for unity”, ” Innocent ones massacred”, “Civilians murdered”, “Youths are killed”, “The kidnapping victims are dead”. A man to the side comments: ” Now we Mexicans are really divided. On one side are the murdered ones and on the other are the survivors.”
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