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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 Universal (Mexico City) 9/17/10
[Reflections on the bicentennial. An editorial in part.]
A lot of fireworks
A lot of fireworks. Many parades, private dinners, honors and toasts. But reality is an unexpected cold slap in the face. A vehicle of [the newspaper] El Diario de Ciudad Juarez was attacked yesterday by unknown people. A reporter was killed. His name was Carlos Santiago. And another was wounded. It will be remembered that, also from El Diario, they assassinated Armando Rodriguez EL Choco, a reporter, two years ago. Until today there exists not even a finished inquiry. There are no arrests. Like always as happens in this country with thousands and thousands of Mexicans, the assassins are described as “whereabouts unknown.” They always flee to unknown places. The case of Rodriguez today remains in limbo and it will surely remain there. The alarming impunity that reigns in Mexico combined with the generalized self-censoring which marginalizes national journalists through pressures from organized crime, are symptoms comparable of a country at war that has corrupt institutions and security at risk. How sad for the country. Happy Bicentennial festivities.
Juarez violence continues unabated
Eight people, among them a female, were assassinated by gunfire early this morning in bar in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, considered Mexico’s most violent city. A similar massacre happened in the same bar some two years ago. No further information was available.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/17/10
Venezuela miffed over inclusion in US narcotics black list
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez categorically rejected the annual US report that continues to include Venezuela in the list of countries that do not collaborate in the battle against narcotraffic. This label continues to cause friction between both countries. The list issued from Washington, D.C., also continued to include Burma and Bolivia, pointing out that they have also “manifestly failed” to comply with their obligations to combat narcotraffic.
A separate article reported that, due to changes in smuggling routes resulting from the pressure of Mexican and Colombian efforts against narcotraffickers, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua were added for the first time to the list of major producers or traffickers of drugs, . Other countries on that list are: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan,Panama, Peru and Venezuela. [This is not the “black list,” which only includes those countries not joining the battle against narcotrafficking.]
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/18/10
Hondurans complain of US abuses
Leaders of Honduran communities in Florida met with Florida officials, including the governor, to point out abuses against Hondurans. Francisco Portillo, president of the Honduran Organization met with Governor Charlie Crist several days ago to request assistance for the Honduran community because several Hondurans are at the point of being deported after being arrested for traffic infractions and other minor “faults.” According to the Honduran leader, the Latino community is being “hit hard from arrests by police who are doing immigration work.” Portillo added, “They stop our countrymen for a traffic error and upon not having a license or documents from the United States, they are turned over to the Immigration to be deported.”
[One reader shared his advice as follows:] Sometimes these deportation cases can be avoided if [my] illegal countrymen were more sensible and used a little more intelligence. Many countrymen only reach the end of the week to drink and then drive knowing it is against the law in that country. Others drive with broken lights and are easy for police to spot. It’s a matter of common sense to avoid those deportation cases.
El Universal (Mexico City) and El Debate (Sinaloa state) 9/18/10
Bodies of seven police found
The bodies of seven Ministerial Police who had been abducted by an armed group were found near Teloloapan, a town in northern Guerrero state. Four of the bodies were found dismembered and with narco-messages. The others showed signs of beating about their heads before being killed.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/18/10
Nicaraguan Navy captures six Hondurans
Units of the Nicaraguan Navy arrested six Hondurans after a gun battle seven miles off the coast in the Caribbean. One Honduran and one Nicaraguan military were wounded in the operation. The Hondurans were confronted in a fast boat and presumed to be transporting narcotics. [There was no mention of seizures except firearms.]
El Diario de Ciudad Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 8/19/10
What do you want from us?
[In a lengthy and impassioned editorial directed to organized crime factions competing for operational territory in Cd. Juarez, El Diario asks, “What do you want from us?” The editorial reads, in part: ]
Gentlemen of the different organizations disputing the Cd. Juarez areas of operations: The loss of two reporters of this news office in less than two years represents an irreparable loss for all who work here and, in particular, their families. We assume you know we are communicators, not fortune-tellers. Therefore, as information workers, we want you to explain what it is you want from us, what it is you are trying to get us to publish or allow published, so that we know how to abide. You are, at this time, the de facto authorities in this city, because the legitimate leaders have been unable to prevent our colleagues from continuing to fall, even though they repeatedly claim success.
[The appeal goes on at length referencing the turf battles as a war and requesting a truce.]
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