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Mexico, a failed state
Excelsior (Mexico City) 10/5/09
A failed state: poverty and misery grow. Full translation of Juan Pablo Becerra-Acosta’s op/col. by that title
Mexico’s ancestral poverty, which the State PRI party could not do away with and on the other hand increased, has also increased during the first two PAN party governments. According to the most recent official data, poverty in general increased from 42.6% to 47.4% of the population. That is, it went from 45.5 million to 50.7 million poor. That implies there were 5.2 million more poor Mexicans during the first two years of Felipe Calderóns six-year term. Two million, 600 thousand additional poor persons each year. Every day that has gone by during this administration, an average of seven thousand 123 persons have become part of the Mexican poor. Persons in a condition of misery increased from 13.8% to 18.2% of the population. They grew from 14.7 million to 19.4 million persons. That means 5.4 million more. Two million, 700 thousand more miserable ones per year. Each day that has gone by of this current six year term, seven thousand 397 Mexicans have fallen into the abyss of misery.
And that’s not even considering that the worst of the three years of the six-year term – 2009 – isn’t over yet, one in which the crisis has damaged the economy with more severity (it will fall between 8 and 11 percent) and employment (there are already 2.9 million unemployed Mexicans). The worst about all this is that the future of the country, of millions of Mexicans, would seem to be horrendous: half of all Mexicans, miserable, [and] the survivors, the ones who don’t have even enough to eat, in “nutritional poverty”, are under 18 years of age. There are 9 million, 800 thousand children who today are adolescents and young men who today are miserable, and who tomorrow will create penniless families with two, three, four, five children steeped in misery starting from the maternal womb. An endless chain, a vicious circle. If poverty and misery grow with each presidential term, one does not have to be a genius to realize that the strategies to combat them – all of them – have been failures. Every year, when the national budget is announced, we hear that the funds to combat these social ills “are historic”, the greatest in history. The litany of the speech never fails….. and in the end the poor and the miserable ones keep increasing. The donations by the Philanthropic Ogre [sic] [note: this refers to the political party which happens to be in power at any given time] may perhaps have prevented more Mexicans to die from hunger or from curable diseases (and have been able to have those needy ones to vote in favor of the acronym they represent), but they haven’t been able to have the majority to improve their lot.
We live, in that sense, in a failed State. And with failed and blind politicians who cannot see that the strategies must be completely modified, because they have been a spectacular failure. I assume they know arithmetic….
More police fired and murdered
In Baja California, eight Mexicali police officers and an official of the state public prosecutor’s office were fired “for carrying out their duties without probity and without honesty.” In Iguala, state of Guerrero, two state police officers were found shot to death inside the regional police facility.
In the towns of Emiliano Zapata and Tenosique, state of Tabasco, four “narcopolicemen” were under preliminary detention due to their links with organized crime. Of the four, two were chiefs of police and one other a deputy chief.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/5/09
Most Latin migrants head to the U.S. & Canada
The U.N. Human Development Program (“PNUD”) reported in Mexico that 70% of migrants from Latin America go to the United States and Canada, in contrast with migrants in other parts of the world, whose displacement is largely intra-regional. Magdy Martinez, “PNUD” coordinator in Mexico, together with the President of Mexico, presented the organism’s latest report which this time focuses on the issue of world migration. Martinez said “We could not address the issue of migrations in Latin America without pointing out that the world’s largest migration flow is between the region and the United States” According to the report, 13% of migrants move within the region and 10.3 emigrate to Europe. The majority of migrants from Central American countries and Mexico go to the United States, while those in the south of the continent seek to go to another Latin American country. Martinez ended by saying that “the only reasonable policy seems to be to reward with regularization those migrants who earn it through their effort and proper deeds.”
Inescapable violence in Juarez
Five men were shot to death by an “armed commando” in a Juarez bar before dawn today (Mon.) and none of the witnesses was willing to furnish any information about the event. This is the same bar where another five men were assassinated last Dec. 5. Another four persons were murdered in separate events in Juarez on Sunday afternoon and evening. Yet four more men were shot in Juarez on Monday morning while they were traveling in a car; one of them was still alive at press time.
El Espectador (Bogota, Colombia) 10/5/09
Colombian military personnel seized 21,360 rounds of ammo in Maripi, department (state) of Boyaca. 11,709 of the rounds were 7.62 mm caliber, while the rest were 5.56 mm; no arrests were reported.
Diario Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz) 10/5/09
Mexico repatriates others
From January to August of this year, 46,695 persons were repatriated by Mexico’s immigration officials. More than 98% of the total were citizens of Central American countries.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 10/5/09
Additional violent events
This past Saturday three men were admitted to a hospital in Villa Union, Durango, after they were shot while in a vehicle. A while later, four men armed with assault rifles burst into the hospital and shot and killed all three of the wounded.
And this morning (Mon.), a 27 year veteran of the city of Saltillo “Investigative Police”, Commander Pedro Ojeda, was hit with gunfire eight times and died as he returned home after dropping his children off at school. His killers had been waiting for him and fled after the murder.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/5/09
An 18-wheeler transporting a load of bananas from Mexico City to Tijuana was also found to have 2.6 metric tons of marihuana hidden inside. The find took place at a highway checkpoint a few miles outside San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora.
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