NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
The number of assassinations to date in Mexico has risen to 1,311 as of 3/17/09 (from current graphic tally in “Excelsior”, Mexico City). The report can be viewed here:
La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 3/17/09
Individual monetary remittances to Latin America totaled 69 billion 200 million dollars in 2008, according to the InterAmerican Development Bank. In some countries of that area, this amounts to 20% of the GNP. The drop foreseen for 2009 is cushioned by the dollar’s rise against several currencies including Mexico’s and Brazil’s and also against the euro.
Individual countries’ figures (in billions of dollars)
– Mexico 25,145
– Brazil 7,200
– Colombia 4,842
– Guatemala 4,315
– El Salvador 3,788
– Dom. Rep. 3,111
– Peru 2,960
– Ecuador 2,822
– Honduras 2,701
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 3/17/09
Nicaragua’s new policy waiving visa requirements for aliens has a “Category B” which applies to citizens from 73 nations rather than from the whole world. Though allegedly structured to promote tourism by foreign visitors, the list includes 11 of the 20 poorest countries of the world.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 3/17/09
Kidnappings in Mexico increased 50.9 percent last year and reached 943 cases, according to official data from the “Public Security National System”, though the number reaches over a thousand in the figures of the “Citizens’ Public Security Council.” This daily average of more than two kidnappings daily does not take into account the “express kidnappings” which occur mainly in the Distrito Federal and surrounding area.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 3/17/09
Thugs use police-look-alike vehicles or decoys of vehicle breakdowns needing assistance to stop and rob tourists along the highways of the state of Sinaloa. The state’s AG office reports that there were 1,560 cases of tourists assaulted in Sinaloa last year, 448 of them in Mazatlan and 458 in Culiacan. This year the equivalent running totals are 80 and 87, respectively.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 3/17/09
Mexican military personnel seized 36 kilos 600 grams of opium gum – the base for the manufacture of heroin – at a “property” on highway 57. (No other location was given; highway 57 runs N/S through Saltillo and extend all the way to the U.S. border at Eagle Pass, TX) The amount of drug is said to be worth U.S. $ 36 million.
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 3/17/09
Short takes from the state news section:
* Four “luxury” SUV’s, firearms, grenades, “AFI” uniforms and ammo were seized from a house in Zihuatanejo. Twelve suspects reportedly fled on foot.
* “Young man” executed in Zirandaro; and two others died in a shootout in the Coyuca de Catalan hills.
* Bus driver killed with AR15 on Petatlan highway.
* Taxi driver and passenger disappear in La Union.
El Universal (Mexico City) 3/17/09
Assassinations are listed as taking place in Navolato and Culiacan, Sinaloa, as well as two in the Distrito Federal, one in Ciudad Juarez, three “along this border in the last few hours” and three others in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 3/17/09
(This paper added to the preceding tally): The officer in charge of the prison at Tecpan, Guerrero (some 50 mi. from Acapulco) was shot and killed by an unknown subject today.
La Jornada , Excelsior (both Mexico City) 3/17/09
At around 4 a.m. Tuesday some thirty to forty “armed commandos” burst into two facilities of the state of Mexico’s Security Agency. There, they overpowered the officials and left with more than three dozen firearms plus loaders and an unspecified quantity of ammunition.
Our report of yesterday headlined that, as part of “Operation Chihuahua”, Mex. military seized an arsenal that included explosives and firearms. Now “ Norte” (Ciudad Juarez, 3/17/09) has reported that this event took place at Anapra, a suburb only some ten miles northwest of Ciudad Juarez and just across the border from Sunland Park, New Mexico, which in turn is just west of El Paso, TX)
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