Mexico murders at over 101,000 in past 6 years, report says

November 28, 2012

Fox News Latino, 11/27/2012

A total of 101,199 murders were registered in Mexico during President Felipe Calderon’s six-year administration, with about 50 percent of the killings drug-related, a report released Tuesday by the Mexico Evalua think tank says.

Mexico Evalua used National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, and National Public Safety System Executive Secretariat, or SESNSP, data in preparing the report.

The increase in homicides, according to the report, is related to organized crime, with the proportion of murders linked to “criminal rivalries” at just 30 percent before 2008.


Are Obama, Romney ignoring Mexico’s drug war? [op-ed]

November 1, 2012

Susana Seijas, op-ed, CNN News, 11/1/2012

“Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States,” is something I heard a lot growing up in Mexico in the 1980s. How that saying, first coined by President Porfirio Diaz around the turn of the 20th century, resonates today.

With the U.S. election next door, Mexico seems not only far from God, but forgotten. In the past six years, 60,000 people have died in drug-related violence. Some say the death toll could be as high as 100,000. Yet the violence here didn’t make it into the last U.S. presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Mexico’s New President Vows to Continue Fight Against Drug Gangs

July 5, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, 07/04/2012

Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico’s president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, fresh off his weekend election victory, said Tuesday he plans to continue President Felipe Calderón’s fight against the country’s drug gangs, but outlined a long-term strategy to place more of the battle in the hands of civilians rather than the military.

He also said he saw Colombia, long the U.S.’s closest ally in the region, as offering valuable lessons in fighting organized crime.

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Mexico Mayor Slain Campaigning for President’s Kin

November 3, 2011

ABC News, 11/3/11

A mayor in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan was shot dead Wednesday night while campaigning for President Felipe Calderon’s sister in her run for the governorship.

Mayor Ricardo Guzman of La Piedad was passing out campaign material when an SUV drove by and a gunman opened fire, said Jonathan Arredondo, spokesman of the state Attorney General’s Office. The office initially said a man had pointed a gun at Guzman’s head and fired.

The 45-year-old mayor was campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Luisa Maria Calderon, who belongs to the National Action Party, or PAN, like her brother. She is a contender in the Nov. 13 state elections. Officials did not say whether the attack was drug related or orchestrated by political rivals.

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First ones on the catwalk (In Spanish)

November 2, 2011

Poder 360, November 2011

Durante los pasados 25 años, la búsqueda del ansiado palomeo de Washington ha convertido a la capital estadounidense en pasarela obligada de aspirantes presidenciales y jerarcas partidistas; el proceso electoral de 2012 no será diferente.

En menos de dos semanas en octubre, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), líder del Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (Morena), y Josefina Vázquez Mota, precandidata del PAN, visitaron aquella ciudad para hablar, ante nutridas audiencias, sobre el futuro de México y la relación bilateral.

“En los últimos 15 días, hemos tenido dos personajes políticos muy importantes –dijo Eric Olson, asesor senior del Instituto México del Woodrow Wilson Center–, vienen a Washington a presentar su visión de país y sus visiones sobre los retos que enfrenta México.Eso es muy importante porque mucha gente en Washington desconoce la realidad mexicana, conoce las playas y sabe de la violencia, pero no más.Los dos han presentado planes diferentes, pero positivos sobre los retos que enfrentan”.

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Clear and present danger (In Spanish)

November 2, 2011

Poder 360, November 2011

El gobernador de Texas, Rick Perry dice tener la solución para impedir que la narcoviolencia cruce la frontera: invadir México. En más de dos ocasiones en el pasado mes, el aspirante a la candidatura presidencial republicana se ha pronunciado por enviar tropas a México.

En un mitin de proselitismo en New Hampshire a principios de octubre, Perry comparó a nuestro país con Colombia donde, dijo, el gobierno aceptó el apoyo militar estadounidense para ultimar a capos de la droga. La violencia, manifestó, “podría requerir [la presencia de] nuestro ejército en México (…) para ejecutar a los carteles de la droga, mantenerlos fuera de nuestra frontera y destruir sus redes(…) creo que es importante que trabajemos con ellos [gobierno mexicano] para impedir que el país fracase”.

Una semana después, ante una audiencia de evangélicos en Washington, Perry escaló la retórica al afirmar que la inseguridad en México es producto de una “guerra librada por el narcoterrorismo” que presenta “un peligro claro y actual” para su país.

Desde 2009, como gobernador, Perry ha venido pidiendo que el presidente Barack Obama despliegue 1,000 efectivos de la Guardia Nacional a la frontera para impedir el “derrame” de la narcoviolencia. Insiste en contradecir investigaciones como la de Christopher Wilson, analista del Woodrow Wilson Center, que demuestra que la región fronteriza dista mucho de ser la zona peligrosa y fuera de control. Wilson sostiene que entre 2005 y 2010, la tasa de homicidios en el lado estadounidense de la franja, Texas incluido, bajó 24%.

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Narco orphans suffer the brunt of Mexico’s violence

October 30, 2011

Houston Chronicle,  10/30/11

Eleazar glanced up from the toy cars he pushed across a threadbare carpet, flashing back to the moment when the men gunned down and killed his father. “They were in a black pickup,” the 10-year-old whispered as a younger brother and sister listened with averted eyes. “The windows were dark. I couldn’t see them.”

Eleazar’s father had brought him and a brother along to an appointment. Their father parked, told his sons to stay put and walked across the street for the meeting. Loud bangs jolted the boys seconds later. Eleazar watched the killers drive away, then ran to his dad’s side as he lay facedown in the street, dead. “He was involved in bad things,” Eleazar’s grandmother, Beatriz Ramirez, 47, said of her 30-year-old son-in-law. “He died three days after his sister also was killed.”

Legions of children like Eleazar – some say as many as 15,000 – have lost one parent or both to the drug-fed malevolence devouring Ciudad Juarez. Fragile seedlings, these children have lives sullied by blood, blackened with loss, gnarled in rage.

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