El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 10/29/08
A geo-stationary orbit satellite bought and paid for by Venezuela and built by the Chinese was launched today in China. The "Venesat-1? is described as being primarily a communication satellite. Hugo Chavez and his ally Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, watched the launch by TV from a secondary control center in eastern Venezuela. Chavez said the launch was an act of liberation and independence to build socialism in Venezuela and to foster cooperation with other peoples. Also, that "this satellite is not for us but for the people of Latin America and the Caribbean." "Now we have a socialist space artifact, which will permit cooperation with other Latin American people and activation of our solidarity and integration mechanisms."
The construction, launch and orbital positioning are part of a technological accord between China and Venezuela and will serve to make for a closer relationship between these strategic partners, according to the Venezuelan government. A second satellite is planned for 2013 and it is destined for surface observation.
Tamaulipas en linea (Matamoros, Tamps.) 10/30/08
The mayor of Reynosa, Tamaulipas (just upriver from Matamoros) said it was unjust to stigmatize the "dynamic" Tamaulipas border area as being violent. He added that they know that statements to that effect by U.S. officials are alarmist assertions because the residents of that border area have tranquility.
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Matamoros, Tamps.) 10/29/08
- There was a two hour long armed confrontation Wednesday in Matamoros between Mexican military personnel and "members of organized crime." After an initial confrontation behind a school and an ensuing vehicle chase, the bad guys barricaded themselves in a house which the military then surrounded and a two block area was cordoned off. The firing continued and included at least five grenade explosions. Eventually, five men and one woman came out with their arms held high in surrender. A communication blackout was then imposed. Some three people are believed to have been hospitalized.
- In Tampico, Tamaulipas, the bodies of two dead men were found at dawn Wednesday morning in the back seat of a taxi. Both were blindfolded, handcuffed behind their back and each had one of their fingers cut off and stuffed in his mouth. And both had been given a final coup de grace.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 10/29/08
In Torreon, a banner was hung before dawn Wednesday from a pedestrian overpass across a busy arterial. It was signed by "La Linea", the strong arm enforcers of the Juarez Cartel, and it offered one million dollars to whoever delivers to them a certain trio of named subjects, dead or alive. Police removed the banner shortly afterward.
La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/29/08
Another eleven men were shot to death in the Ciudad Juarez area "during the last few hours." This brings the total of homicides in Juarez this year to 1,240 (One thousand, two hundred forty), the highest number ever recorded on this border. (This item was logged in at 5:34 p.m., 10/29/08)
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/29/08
In Hermosillo, a "Pinata" party to celebrate a child's birthday was interrupted when four black-clad and hooded men burst into the party center and some of them opened fire with assault rifles, killing three adults and wounding another. The gangsters quickly fled in an unidentified vehicle.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 10/30/08
In Tijuana, three men were found in a car. All three had been strangled. And another man also found in a car was identified as a policeman; he had been shot multiple times.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/30/08
With two months still to go until the end of 2008, Ciudad Juarez has reached a average of four violent homicides a day for the year to date. On a monthly basis, this number has not fallen below 100 since May, and in August it reached 221 victims. Ciudad Juarez, with a million and a half residents, has double the number of homicides than that of the Distrito Federal (Mexico City metro area) which has a population of approximately 9 million.
Posted: 30 Oct 2008 03:13 PM CDT
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