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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.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/29/09
“Joint Operation Chihuahua” deemed a failure
Nineteen months after the start of Joint Operation Chihuahua [the assignment of more than a thousand military to assist civilian law enforcement agencies in the area], the state of Chihuahua Secretary of Public Security now says that the war against organized crime is being lost. Since the start of the program, 3,670 persons have been assassinated. This includes 127 members of law enforcement, who are considered at a disadvantage because of being outgunned. The 1,200 soldiers currently assisting in patrolling the streets of Juarez will remain there until December 31.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 10/29/09
Russia & Ecuador: an association
The Presidents of Russia, Dmitri Medvedev, and of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, today signed a “strategic association” declaration. The document points out that this does not aim against any nation or group of nations and that it does not presume the creation of a politico-military alliance. At the same time, Russia and Ecuador declare their disposition to strengthen the “cooperation in the realm of security and defense, in particular by means of active consultation between the corresponding agencies.”
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/29/09
Ten people were assassinated in various parts of Guatemala yesterday. One was a bus driver, shot in cold blood while at work; other bus drivers said this happened because the owner of the bus had failed to pay extortion demands. Officials believe a second bus driver, also killed, was carrying out extortions against his fellow workers.
Four other men who had assaulted and robbed a currency exchanger were tracked down by an enraged throng of local villagers; the four were beaten and then burned alive.
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 10/29/09
Mexican state relies on Central American field hands
The Mexican state of Chiapas [on the border with Guatemala] is currently expecting the arrival of 25,000 to 40,000 Central American farm workers, most of whom stay in Chiapas for the coffee harvest. Chiapas is both a recipient and place of origin of these workers. In the last few years, Chiapas has been “seriously affected due to the departure of young Chiapans, who seek new opportunities in the agricultural fields of the United States.” This has caused state officials to grant temporary work permits to field workers from Central America to meet the demand for field hands in coffee plantations.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) & El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 10/29/09
Another hung from overpass
On the coastal highway between Zihuatanejo and Lazaro Cardenas, up from Acapulco: the body of a man, hung from an overpass. He’d been shot in the head and the killers left threatening messages on him.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 10/29/09
News, or not?
An article described a firefight that ensued when military personnel attempted to search a locale near the Guadalajara airport. It mentioned the number of arrested thugs (14), the number and type of weapons and ammunition seized, as well as that of tactical equipment and vehicles. The article was then followed by this commentary from a reader:
“Gentlemen, please, this is not news. A real news item would be:
‘There has not been a single criminal act in 14 days. The citizenry is at peace.’
Until that ceases to be news.”
Milenio (Mexico City) 10/29/09
“The importance of obedience” Full transl. of op/col. by Roman Revueltas, whose previous column appeared in the M3 Report of 10/28/09.
People throw out garbage. That means, we have to change the people. Imagine a country of very civilized people: people who don’t park their car in the middle of a cross street; people who take their turn in line; people who respect; people who do as they say; people who obey. Well, that country, of people who know how to behave, would be much more livable than another, for instance, where people do whatever they feel like doing without any consideration toward their fellow man.
Last week I was walking down the street and a fellow who was walking ahead of me stopped, picked up a plastic bottle dumped on the sidewalk and went into a store to put it in a waste bin. I waited for him to come out and congratulated him. I later thought that this is the way that all of us Mexicans ought to be. I ask you, then, to imagine a territory populated by orderly and reliable persons: almost paradise.
People usually follow rules for fear of punishment. This explains the colossal growth of criminality in Mexico due to the scandalous lack of punishment for the criminals: if you murder and nothing happens to you, well then, you kill again and you go on kidnapping. But, it’s not a matter of bringing up the death penalty scarecrow; it’s an issue of applying the laws, and nothing more. The great question is why is it that millions of citizens exist here who want to commit all sorts of infractions: throwing out garbage is a small transgression; ignoring a traffic light is a minor crime; assassinating a kidnapped child is a monstrosity perpetrated by a beast . Nevertheless, the common denominator of disobedience is present in all cases.
The more highly evolved individuals do not abstain from committing a crime for fear of jail but due to a clear conscience of what is right and what is wrong. Their personality has been structured based on moral values. That is precisely where our failure is as a society: Mexico is a jungle dominated by disobedient, quick tempered and irresponsible individuals, Calderon cannot change this. We change it ourselves.
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