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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 2/11/10
Mexico seeks to improve its image abroad
The parliamentary group of Mexico’s PAN Party is supporting a plan by the federal government to promote an improvement of Mexico’s image abroad. The country’s image has suffered and become negative due to news about massacres, violence and the war against crime. The government has asked consultants for projects to rehabilitate and improve its image. (But one reader commented: “The first thing that has to be changed is the enormous corruption among officials, politicians, judges, magistrates, etc., etc., and therefore, that of many citizens also equally accomplices in corruption.)
Milenio (Mexico City) 2/11/10
“The national rot” [op/col. by Roman Revueltas, titled as above]
For years we thought that the nation’s affairs could be managed any old way – with negligence and dishonestly (“they steal but they know how to govern”, “you and I can fix this, officer, tell me how much”, “just put me wherever and I’ll take care of the rest”… etcetera) – and when we woke up from the nap it turned out that Mexico had become an ungovernable jungle, a territory inhabited by bloody savages, a nation of thieves and of nuisance politicians, one that doesn’t even guarantee the very least to the great majority of its residents.
And so, let’s see now who is the courageous one who fixes things in Ciudad Juarez. The day before yesterday, for example, some low class fellows let loose two gunshots at a student who was driving his car to college. Why? Well, because the young fellow was laughing. I say, he was happy. Why are you laughing? they spat. He must’ve answered something, or maybe he didn’t say anything, or he kept on laughing or perhaps he looked at them in an unfriendly way, or he didn’t look at them at all or he scratched his ear or put on a scared expression….. Bang! Take that, two shots to the head, so you’ll go on laughing in the other world, and you’re lucky because no one has come back to tell us how things are going in the great beyond.
I don’t believe I’ve heard such terrible news in recent times: the event shows the most terrifying disdain for human life and, as an absurd manifestation of pure chance clothed in fatality, it embodies the most extreme vulnerability of the innocent citizen who, simply by going out of his home to live his life, meets with misfortune.
Where are we, what country do we live in, what kind of people are we, who are we? Or, better yet, who are those, those soulless assassins of women and young people, those dehumanized and vile barbarians who, nevertheless, have residence rights in a city without authority, without order and without justice? Where did they come from? We don’t want to know. But, look here, they represent the most extreme face of the national rot. And we can no longer look elsewhere. They are already here.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 2/11/10
NY gang member busted in Nicaragua
The photo below is of Fernando Lindar Soriano Mora, a 31 year old Nicaraguan previously deported from the U.S. and who was head of the dangerous “Latin Kings” gang in New York. Now, Nicaraguan police have arrested him for drug possession.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 2/11/10
Powerful criminal structures in El Salvador
The President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, said that the recent “massacres” in the country reflect high impact assassinations because of the use of weapons with calibers reserved exclusively for the country’s armed forces and special forces, and that this evidences powerful criminal structures. A security plan has been introduced to counteract this situation.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 2/11/10
Documents needed for travel to Mexico
Beginning March 1st, citizens, including permanent residents, from Canada and the United States visiting Mexico will be required to present a valid passport or a U.S. Passport Card when entering by land, sea or air. This is said to be for the purpose of improving security and in reciprocity with the immigration and border crossing measures adopted by Canada and the U.S.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 2/11/10
Meanwhile, in Juarez…
Hours before President Calderon was due to arrive in town, some thugs in Juarez hurled Molotov cocktails at a small grocery store whose owner had refused to pay extortion money. The store’s owner and his son both died in the ensuing fire. A third man was riddled by gunfire outside his home.
Milenio (Mexico City) 2/11/10
Aliens seek to enter U.S. illegally around Reynosa
The coordinator of the Migrant House in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, vicar Hilario del Pozo Noyola, said that the number of foreigners attempting to enter the U.S. illegally in the area of Reynosa increased last year; he added they are mainly from Honduras and Guatemala, besides countries such as Spain, Japan, and China, among others. The Migrant House has capacity for 120 persons, but this is filled more than 100% during certain times of the year. (Reynosa is right across the lower Rio Grande River valley from McAllen, Texas.)
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