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Mexico feeling the pinch as Remittances from the US to Mexico fall

March 2, 2009
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The value of the peso declines

Saturday 2/28/09

El Financiero (Mexico City) 2/27/09

Authorities in Baja California arrested Dennis Brian Gluck, one of the most wanted in the US.  Gluck was on a US Marshals list of fugitives thought to be hiding in Mexico.  The list had only been issued 48 hours before he was arrested in Ensenada.  He is wanted for the murder of his parents in California in January.

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Mexican federal agents arrested two more municipal police in Ixtapalucz, state of Mexico, for their presumed involvement in organized crime and kidnapping.  The two became part of an ongoing investigation that also includes the recently arrested mayor, Mario Moreno Conrado and the City Attorney, Silvia Lopez Herrera.

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El Debate (Sinaloa) 2/27/09

The Mexican military seized $3,645,400 US and arrested five people at the international airport in Culiacan, Sinaloa.  One of those arrested was the pilot of the plane transporting the money.  The arrests were made as the suspects were transferring the bundles of money in plastic bags from a plane to an armored van with commercial markings.  A reader commenting to this story identified himself as a banking employee and suggested caution in the investigation since "because of insecurity in the state, bonds and securities companies are making the transfer of money between cities by air."

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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 2/27/09

Remittances from the US to Mexico fell 11.88% in January.  The money sent by Mexicans residing in the US to their families in Mexico in January totaled 571.77 million dollars.  The flow of money has weakened due to the economic problems in the US, "the major commercial partner of Mexico and where the greatest number of Mexican migrants lives."

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Sunday 3/1/09

El Universal (Mexico City) 2/28/09

The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, requested that US President Barak Obama "not mess with him," alluding to a report from Washington regarding human rights and narcotraffic in Venezuela.  "Don't mess with me, Mr. Obama," Chavez exclaimed in a speech on national television and radio.  "Don't meddle with Venezuela, Obama, make no mistake, don't follow the same clumsy and stupid road" of George W. Bush.  Using a Venezuelan saying he said, "I am like the thorn bush that flowers in the savanna: I give aroma to whoever passes, but thorns to those who shake me."  Chavez said that Obama named him as one of the presidents who does not collaborate in the fight against narcotraffic and of having transformed Venezuela "into one of those countries that most supports narcotrafficking."  Chavez also advised, "Obama, you take charge of yours and I'll take charge of mine, pal," adding that he would not back down or be intimidated by the US.  [The photo of Mr. Chavez relates.]
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A total of 6.697 kilos of heroin and 266.7 grams of methamphetamine were found inside containers marked with the energizer, Omnilife at the airport in Mexicali, Baja California.  The flight of Mexicana de Aviación, on which the drugs were discovered, had arrived from Guadalajara, Jalisco.  No arrests were reported.

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El Economista (Mexico City) 2/28/09

Since the failure of Lehman Brothers bank in the US on September 15, the Mexican peso has lost 39.93% of its value against the dollar.  This has produced a major aversion to risking investment due to the faltering world economy.  In Mexico, the peso began a decline during past October and has continued to fall without the backing to stop the fall.  [This adds to the other economic problems presently facing Mexico that have been previously reported: unemployment on both sides of the border and diminishing remittances from Mexicans residing in the US.]

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El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 2/28/09

Two police officers were assassinated this morning in the town of Praxedes G. Guerrero, Chihuahua, [downriver from Cd. Juarez ] as they were stopped at a gasoline station.  No further details were reported.

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Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, QR) 2/28/09

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo is concerned with counteracting the negative information from alerts issued by some US and German universities.  Governor Felix Gonzalez Canto said his office has established contact with the consulates of several countries to notify them that recent acts of violence in the state do not represent a situation that generates a climate of insecurity for tourists.  The governor indicated that he is aware of the deplorable events in the state, but that they do not pose any threat to visitors or to the local residents.

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Monday 3/2/09

El Nuevo Diario  (Managua, Nicaragua)  3/1/09
 
"50 illegal immigrants from the African countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Ghana, and from the Asian nation of Nepal, on the way to the United States, were captured by Nicaragua's Naval Forces Friday afternoon after having been abandoned by Colombian ‘coyotes' between Punta Gorda and the mouth of the Maiz River, in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region. Frigate Captain Angel Fonseca, chief of the Atlantic Naval Region, said that "It was 27 Eritreans, 12 Ethiopians, 8 Nepalese and 2 Ghanans" and added that the undocumented persons are 38 men 11 women and a three year old boy."

"They left the coasts of Kenya 40 days ago in a fishing vessel, they arrived in Colombia and remained seven days in that country, said David Guisa, one of the immigrants, who then added, "then the smugglers took us in a sailing vessel to these shores where they abandoned us saying that it was Honduras." Guisa pointed out that they had each paid U.S. $ 2,500 for them to take us to the United States, although if they cannot arrive in that country, they prefer to stay in any other as political exiles due to the fact they do not wish to return to their countries."

Captain Fonseca ruled out that the Colombian coyotes that transported the illegals may have a connection with persons in Nicaragua, since "it's an international ring and it appears that its base was in Honduras."
(The "South Atlantic Autonomous Region" is Nicaragua's southeastern coastal area)
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Prensa Libre  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  3/1/09
 
A number of unrelated events brought death by gunfire to ten persons around Guatemala on Saturday. Among the victims were a bus driver, a taxi driver and an anti-narcotics agent.
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El Universal (Mexico City) 3/1/09

For the fourth time this year, a City Hall has been attacked by armed groups in the state of Durango.  Some 20 men fired at the offices of the city government of Guanacevi, north of the capital of Durango city, in an attack that was carried out at 4 a.m.  During the attack, the group robbed an ATM.  No deaths or injuries were reported.

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Under orders of President Felipe Calderón, nearly 8,000 military troops will confront an "undetermined number" of hired killers of the Juarez, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua.  The troops have been arriving in the area for the past few days with full combat equipment in a major operation hoping to end criminal activities in the troubled border area.  In the past 14 months, the state of Chihuahua has had at least 2,750 narco-executions.

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El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 3/1/09

The National Civil Police of Guatemala (PNC) reported today that they have received a telephone threat of death against the president of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, apparently from the Los Zetas militant arm of the Mexican Gulf cartel.  No further information has yet been released.

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La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 3/1/09

Mexican federal police arrested two alleged members of the Arellano Felix drug cartel in Tijuana, Baja California.  The two, traveling in a Jeep Cherokee, ignored police orders to stop and tried to flee, but were stopped in a few blocks.  Both men opened fire on the arresting officers, but were quickly captured.  Along with the arrest, police also seized two AK-47 rifles and one AR-15, two pistols, a bulletproof vest, two communication radios and six packets of marihuana.

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A summary of the names and positions of those arrested in the Mexican Attorney General's "Operation Cleansing" has been released.  The operation to root out officials linked to organized crime has ended.  Among the 25 arrested during the operation were six officers of the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI); three high ranking members of the federal anti-drug agency, SIEDO; seven members of the federal police (PFP); and six high ranking army officers.

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