Mexican troops, police evacuate 92 people fleeing drug gangs

04/11/2018 The Washington Post

guerreroMexican soldiers and police in the troubled southern state of Guerrero have escorted a convoy of 92 people terrorized by drug cartels out of their mountain hamlet.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the convoy of mostly the elderly, women and children left Laguna de Huayanalco in the township of Totolapan because they fear the drug gangs that operate in the area.

Alvarez said in a statement Wednesday that the residents loaded into 11 private vehicles and were escorted out of town.

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Mexico pledges $4.3 million effort to stop Tijuana spills

03/26/2018 The Washington Post

border usa mexicoMexico is pledging to spend $4.3 million to clean the Tijuana river channel after two California cities sued a U.S. agency over the decades-old problem of sewage fouling U.S. wetlands and beaches.

Mexico’s National Water Commission said Monday it will strengthen and clean overflow channels and drains, to prevent sewage and garbage from flowing into the Pacific near the U.S. border. It also will renovate pumping stations and electrical components to carry the runoff to treatment plants.

The California cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego contend the International Boundary and Water Commission’s U.S. section failed to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

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Crash Test Dummies Show The Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

11/20/16 NPR

carmanufacturingA video shows two cars crashing head-on at 35 miles per hour. (Don’t worry, the drivers are crash test dummies.) One car is red, one is silver.

The red car crumples like an accordion. The dummy’s face collides with the steering wheel as glass flies everywhere. Then the entire front of the cabin collapses in, pushing the dummy’s knees up and crushing them against the dashboard.

The front of the silver car is also crushed. But the frame of the car is relatively intact This dummy flies forward in the seat belt, but front and side airbags soften the blow. The windshield cracks, but doesn’t shatter. They’re both Nissan cars. The red car is a 2015 Tsuru, manufactured for sale in Mexico. The silver one is a 2016 Versa, made for the U.S. market.

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Despite Violence In Most Of Mexico, Mexico City Remains Safe For Americans

new-york-cityForbes, 01/14/2014

In the U.S. government’s latest Travel Warning, Mexico City was excluded from a list of 17 Mexican states that, according to the State Department, are off limits for Americans due to serious threats to safety and security. Throughout the drug-war violence of the previous six year administration, Mexico City, the nation’s capital known as the Federal District (DF), has remained relatively safe –not immune, but not overtaken by violence.

The DF’s Minister of Tourism Miguel Torruco, told me that the city, a world-class metropolis known for its history, culture, cuisine and crafts, has a murder rate of 22 per 100,000 people, which is comparable to Philadelphia’s 21.5 per 100,000 and far below Detroit’s 54.58 per 100,000.

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As crime ebbs, Juárez coming back to life

ciudad-juarez-en-mexicoThe Albuquerque Journal, 12/9/2013

One of the most frequent questions I have been asked recently by family and friends is, “Do you still go to Mexico?”

The person asking the question usually phrases the words in a way that reminds me of being a kid and being asked by an aunt or relative, “You’re not going outside in this kind of weather are you?” Or, “You’re not going to eat that whole bag of chocolates, are you?”

I almost feel like they are scolding me before they hear my response. Their faces usually have an incredulous look on them when I tell them that yes, I go to Mexico and most frequently to Juárez on business.

Today, violent crime in Juárez, especially murders, is a fraction of what it was even two years ago. The daily mass murders, most attributable to the war between drug cartels and Mexican law-enforcement agencies for control of this important portal to the U.S., are down significantly.

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Drug War Continues But Most Of Mexico Is Safe For Travel And Business, Experts Say

Tourists still heading to Tulum and other destinations in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 11/25/2013

Tucked into a protected bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has in recent years become the poster child for how the country’s vicious drug war has turned a once idyllic tourist destination into a killing field.

Headless bodies, gang rapes of tourists and hours-long shootouts have driven even the hardiest of visitors away from the city’s famed beaches and high-rise hotels. Foreign visitors flying in have decreased from over 350,000 in 2006 to fewer than 61,000 in 2012 and the once popular spring break destination saw the number of U.S. college students visiting drop by 92 percent in the last three years.

While Acapulco – and border cities like Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa – have dominated the headlines for the gruesome drug violence, much of Mexico’s 761,606 square miles remain relatively safe for both tourists and business interests. Analysts and travel experts tend to agree that Mexico is both as dangerous and as safe as it ever has been; it just depends on where one travels.

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Political Risk: Is Crime Rising In Mexico City?

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)Forbes, 6/18/2013

A string of violent incidents in Mexico City has left residents looking for answers. In February, a gunman riding a motorcycle killed a nightclub owner in La Zona Rosa, a central district not far from the U.S and British embassies and the headquarters of many foreign multinational companies. On May 9, Malcolm X’s grandson was beaten to death in a bar near the city’s famous Plaza Garibaldi.  On May 26, in the same neighborhomod as the nightclub owner shooting, armed assailants kidnapped a dozen teenagers from Tepito, one of the city’s rougher outer neighborhoods. On June 6, two gunmen entered a gym in Tepito and killed four people. Josefina Ramirez, the aunt of one of the victims, explained, “two masked men came and just started shooting.”

Although some residents worry that the recent increase of violent incidents that appear to be connected to organized crime could undermine Mexico’s City’s success story, many analysts continue to view Mexico City’s community-focused police program as an adequate buffer from a regression to the sort of crime wave they city went through in the 1990s.

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