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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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Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan ) 3-23-10
There will be no foreign military or police in Mexico
Mexican Senator Carlos Navarrete, at a press conference in Morelia, said “There will be no foreign military or police in any part of Mexico. What we need to talk about is cooperation and a bi-national plan and funds to confront social problems in Mexico”, said Senator Navarrete, in reference to the bi-national conference between Mexico and the United States.
Correo (Guanajuato) 3-23-10
Army has reduced violence
The military and police forces have reduced gang activity in Leon by 60% according to the Secretary of Public Security, Maria Guadalupe Anguiano-Sanchez. “Security police have inhibited the formation of gangs and we are going to continue with our programs’, said Anguiano.
Juarez more dangerous than Iraq
Mexico, D.F. – General Barry McCaffrey, former drug czar of the USA, said, “The drug war in Juarez is immensely more dangerous than the war in Iraq or in Kabul.”
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 3-23-10
Cocaine use growing in Chiapas
Authorities are alarmed at growing cocaine use in the state. The failing economy, reduced construction and reduced personal income are causes for worry about the increased use of drugs. It is most alarming that 50% of the users are between 10 and 14 years old. Roughly 40% of the users are between 10 and 19 years of age.
(The writer makes no distinction between marijuana and cocaine use in the percentages listed above.)
Another headline in Cuarto Poder:
The price of food and gasoline rising
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 3-23-10
Mexico and the USA discuss narcotics war
MEXICO-D.F.-The second high level meeting between Mexico and the USA commenced today to further cooperation between both countries in the battle against organized crime. The Secretaries of State, of Mexico and the USA-Hilary Clinton, met today. The objective of these talks is to attack the structure of organized crime, to strengthen agencies to combat crime, to further social programs and to help border communities in the 21st century.
In the last few months, there have been violent incidents on both sides of the border. The meeting will review the Merida Initiative, the transfer of equipment to the police and military and to prepare for the meeting between Presidents Obama and Calderon next May where other issues will be discussed.
Mexico is not a failed state
The proposition that Mexico is a failed state is exaggerated according to Shelly Shetty, the Director of National Risks of Fitch Ratings. At a press conference in Mexico City, Shetty confirmed that Mexico has working political institutions and a stable faultless economy. “Clearly, Mexico is not a failed state”, said Shetty.
(The very first entry in the comments section under this article is “Ja Ja Ja”. Needs no interpretation).
El Financiero (3-23-10)
Merida Initiative is finished
Mexican Senator Malio Fabio Beltrones, of the PRI, says that the Merida Initiative has exhausted it effects. “I am more convinced than ever that we have lost our fear and we need to leave behind the old taboos of saying “no” to cooperation”. Nevertheless, I admit that the results, as of today, are totally insufficient and we will need to move ahead with intelligence to combat crime”.
For this reason Beltrones voted to terminate the initiative and emphasized that international problems like the battle against organized crime are caused by both governments. (USA and Mexico)
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