Mexico: An introspective look

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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.

Wednesday, 10/28/09

Milenio (Mexico City)  10/27/09

“A small catalog of worrisome things”  Full transl. of Roman Revueltas’ op/col by that title.

“What can we do: we are what we are. Half the country doesn’t function. The Guadalajara plays badly. So does the America. [Author refers here to two soccer teams] The government is inefficient and obstructive. The unions don’t strive on behalf of their workers but seek on behalf of their leaders. The parties don’t work for the citizens but attend to their own interests. The president of the Republic has his hands tied. The left is a disaster. The right is insufferable. The revolutionary nationalism impedes our growth and modernization. Corporatism continues to be an extended practice quite pernicious for national life. The education children receive in schools is catastrophic. The economy doesn’t grow. The unemployment figures are really fantasies, tendentious, lies and artificial. Congress is a madhouse full of useless parasites. Dogmas and ideologies dazzle us more than concrete achievements and real benefits. Corruption is a virus which has infected a great majority of Mexicans. Insecurity is a problem without a solution because the machinery of justice is rotten down to its very own entrails. The narco-traffic gangs will end up dedicating themselves to extortion and kidnapping. The agents fired from the different police agencies will become dangerously trained criminals. The alarming difficulties of the public finances will cause the pensions of future retirees not to be paid. Petroleum is running out. Water is running out. The lakes are drying. The springs are drying. The rivers are becoming empty. The forests are disappearing. The deserts advance. The air gets dirty. The underground water reserves become contaminated. The subsoil gets filled with toxic heavy metals. Cities become dehumanized. Books are not read. Television makes us duller. The streets get full of garbage. Institutions fail. Values are not transmitted. Old people are something to get rid of. Consumerism poisons the people’s lives…. I’m not going on. Have I said lies?”


Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  10/27/09

Mexico-Guatemala border crossing accord

Mexico and Guatemala currently have a border visitor program which allows only those Guatemalans citizens residing in the immediate Mexican border area to cross 100 kilometers (62 mi.) into Mexico without a passport or visa. That program is being revised and in 2010 any Guatemalan citizen may cross into any portion of the four Mexican states bordering Guatemala (Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo & Campeche) without the need for documentation. [No mention was made about whether any controls would be set up to prevent these visitors from proceeding further into Mexico]


Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)  10/27/09

Drugs on the Caribbean

Colombian naval units intercepted a launch just southwest of San Andres Island, on the Caribbean. But by the time the units got there, the crew of the launch had made their getaway, though they left behind 217 packages of cocaine with a gross weight of 222 kilos.


Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan)  10/27/09

Bloody Michoacán

Plastic bags left by a side road in Uruapan, Michoacán, were found to contain the dismembered parts of a human body. Though a message left with the remains read: “This is what happens to those who support the Zetas”, officials believe the remains could be those of one of three policemen who were abducted recently. This latest death is the ninth one caused by organized crime in Michoacán within the last 48 hours.


Diario Cambio (Puebla, Puebla)  10/27/09

More police killed

Four police officers became victims of an assault rifle attack before dawn today in Puebla, state of Puebla. More than fifty rounds were fired off in the assault.


El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City)  10/27/09

Youths recruited for retailing drugs

Ten percent of the Mexican adolescents who were repatriated to Mexico in 2008 stated that during their stay in the United States someone had asked them to sell drugs.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  10/27/09

Violence in Juarez

“Yesterday, the streak of violence that is being lived in the city cost the lives of nine persons in different points of the locality and at different hours of the day. Two were killed in the morning, while in the afternoon and evening there were seven executions.”


Diario Rotativo de Queretaro (Queretaro, Qro.)  10/27/09

Mexican population in the United States

Mexico’s National Population Council (“CONAPO”) reports that the number of Mexicans who reside in the United States in 2008 rose to 8.11 million, which places Mexico as one of the nations with greater rate of migrants. “CONAPO” added that Mexicans residing in the United States make up 4% of the U.S.’s population and around 30% of its migrant population. California, at 40.2%, and Texas, at 19.5%, continue to be the two areas with the highest concentration.


El Universal (Mexico City)  10/27/09

“City police, infiltrated and corrupt”

“In the world of police organizations existing in the country, city police are considered the first and most important contact with the citizen, but also the weakest link facing the power of organized crime. Investigators and public security experts warn that institutional and structural weakness is practically the common denominator of the 2,022 municipal police departments, which causes infiltration and corruption. According to the specialists, the nearly 170,000 policemen are ‘devalued’, they work without incentive or leadership, are highly vulnerable, face shortages of firearms, are ill prepared and even worse paid.”


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