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.
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El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 3/10/10
Individual monetary remittances
The graphic below depicts the amounts (in millions of dollars) sent to Mexico, Caribbean countries, and Central and South American countries by means of individual monetary remittances from abroad during 2009. Out of a total of 58.8 billion dollars (the first time there has been a decline in the growth of these remittances since the year 2000,) Mexico was the largest recipient, with 21.132 billion dollars. Some of these funds originate from European countries as well as from the United States. The cited source, “BID,” is the Inter-American Development Bank (Banco Inter-Americano de Desarrollo.) (In the graphic, all numbers preceding a period refer to billions; amounts without periods, e.g.: “Paraguay 691,” refer to millions. What we call “billions” is called thousands of millions in other countries.)
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 3/8/10
Thirty-three million pseudoephedrine tablets were found in a shipboard container that had arrived from China at Puerto Cortes, a port on the north of Honduras near the border with Belize and Guatemala. No arrests were made. Lonel Sauceda, spokesman for the Honduran Minister of Security, said that the seizure resulted from good cooperation with U.S. officials.
[Yesterday, the M3Report mentioned the high number of homicides in El Salvador, a country slightly smaller than Massachusetts. Today, “El Heraldo” reports that, in March, homicides have now reached 83. The cartoon below relates and is from today’s “Opinion” page in that paper.
Under the title “Security Plan”, the uniformed figure demands: “Halt, in the name of the law!” The giant snake is labeled “Criminality.”
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 3/10/10
Criminals muzzle the press
Eight Mexican reporters have been kidnapped during the last two weeks in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas (across the Rio Grande River from McAllen, TX.) The Inter-American Press Society is labeling this “a grave act and without precedent in the western hemisphere.” Three of the journalists have been released, though one died due to the torture inflicted on him. Five others are still missing. [For some time now, M3Report has noticed that some papers in that area have abstained from reporting events related to criminal activity in their home territory.]
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 3/10/10
Another, yawn!!, day of violence
[Today, the local area news section of this paper featured seven primary, individual news items, each separated and headed by bold print. Beneath all those, in small and modest print, there was a secondary listing under the heading “More news.” There, in sixth place, was this item:
“Twelve are assassinated; a woman is wounded.” Going into that nearly hidden item then provides readers with details of the continuing slaughter. The main front page, however, deals with such news stories as: Cuba renewing sex change operations, a NY restaurant offering cheese made from human milk, and about a Chihuahua firm that provides ground beef to McDonald’s.]
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