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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.
La Jornada (Mexico City) , El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 10/2/08
– Mexico’s Dep’t. of Justice reported that during the first 18 months of Felipe Calderon’s administration four thousand 785 persons have been “executed” (sic) in Mexico by groups linked to organized crime. Of this total, 472 were members of some police or military entity.
The macabre tally by state: Chihuahua leads the nation with 664 homicides; Sinaloa follows with 647 and Michoacan with 423. Then Guerrero 409; Baja Calif. 331; Distrito Federal 245; Mexico (state, not country) 201; Nuevo Leon 176; Durango 165; Sonora 152, Jalisco 119, Tamaulipas 109; Oaxaca 103, Veracruz 83. And so on.
– El Porvenir also reported that 1.5 tons of weed were found in a truck coming from Guanajuato and headed to Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas.
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/2/08
Funeral wreaths were delivered at the District Attorney’s office in Mexicali, Baja Calif., yesterday, as a form of threat against its personnel. The wreaths had a message reading: “For the District Attorney’s Office and the whole bunch of rats.”
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 10/2/08
The cadavers of eight murdered men were found before dawn today in an empty lot next to the “Geppetto” children’s school in Tijuana. A ninth body was found elsewhere in town, shot, dumped and “wrapped.” According to police, at least one of the eight had a finger cut off and its hands tied. 69 shell casings were located at the scene.
The bodies of 36 individuals, the majority murdered by organized crime methods, have been located in Tijuana in the last few days. Two of them were hung from overpass bridges and fell onto the road below when the ropes broke. The crime wave in the area has also cost four lives in Playas de Rosarito and one in Tecate.
In Mexicali, the governor of Baja Calif., Guadalupe Osuna, said that “we are winning” the war against criminal elements.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/2/08
Short takes from the local news section:
– Homicides and vehicle thefts dropped in Juarez in September (there were only 114 homicides, compared to 224 in August; vehicle thefts went from 1,799 in August to 1,500 in Sep’t.)
– Two murdered in bar
– “Narcomessage” found on body of decapitated man
– Two more men killed by gunfire
– Juarez residents hit by drop in individual monetary remittances
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/2/08
On Tuesday President Calderon sent a legislative proposal titled “General Law of the Public Security National System” to the Chamber of Deputies. (Mex. House of Reps.) The bill seeks the adoption of a new integrated law enforcement structure to combat organized crime. Pres, Calderon said this national strategy is long overdue and has been delayed and substituted by speech making; further, that there is presently rivalries among law enforcement agencies, lack of coordination and even failure to exchange intelligence information.
An opposition “PRI” party member criticized the proposal “because it focuses on what is not functioning” and said that “PRI” has instead a constitutional amendment project aimed at sanctioning those who do not carry out their functions.
(Note: the following article is included because in Latin American countries the type of criticism mentioned is regarded as the ultimate personal insult. Its potential impact can well affect the views of those countries’ citizens and their eventual outlook toward the United States, which has been characterized as a foe by the South American leaders mentioned)
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/2/08
Mario Vargas Llosa, a respected and well known intellectual and writer now living in Spain, criticized the presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales, and of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, yesterday. He not only labeled them as “rude individuals with little culture” but also accused them of destroying their countries.
At a meting with the press preceding the Dream and Reality of Latin America conference in Spain, Vargas refuted that the Bolivian president is “an indian, as he has presented himself to be in Europe” but is in reality a typical Latin American creole (note: a person of mixed European and native western hemisphere racial descent) , a man who does not know the languages of the Bolivian tribes, a Spanish-speaking man of mixed race who is destroying Bolivia.
In regards to the Venezuelan head of state, Vargas Llosa said Chavez is taking his country toward “an authoritarian and strongman tradition” and that his case is worse because in Venezuela, such as it was, there was a 40 year tradition of democratic life. He asserted that Hugo Chavez as well as Evo Morales have perceptions of reality bordering on fantasy, even though they apply concrete policies.
The attachment to this report is a sample reproduction of the new local border crossing card issued by U.S. officials to certain aliens. It was published in a Mexican paper.
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