December 18, 2008
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/17/08
The 20 executions caused by organized crime in Mexico on Tuesday have brought the number of victims up to 5,362 so far for this year; that is double the number of persons murdered during all of 2007.
In Chihuahua there were eight victims including a woman whose abdomen (and right breast, according to “Norte”, Ciudad Juarez) was used to write a threatening message against police. The rest of the article describes the end of the lives of the rest of the victims in the states of Coahuila, Guerrero, MichoacÃ¡n, Veracruz and Sinaloa.
El Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 12/17/08
– A headline with a typical example of the national origins fixation by the Mexican press:
“A Mexican ancestry senator will be secretary of Interior for Obama”
A subsequent paragraph in the article casually mentions Tom Vilsack as Sec. of Agriculture, but does not mention his ancestry. And the World News section of “La Jornada”, a Mexico City paper, carried this headline in its world news today: “U.S.: Obama names a second hispanic to his cabinet” – But the paper did not bother with the name or position; the fact that it was a hispanic was evidently the controlling factor.
– A study by Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (House of Reps.) specifies how kidnapping has become the inexhaustible source of funds for criminals because of impunity. After Colombia, Mexico has the world’s second highest number of kidnappings, day by day, by month, by year . From 1994 to Aug. 2 of this year there were 8,416 kidnappings in Mexico and 805 of those victims were murdered.
“The professionalism, productivity and high profits obtained from kidnapping and assaults in the central states of the country have turned these criminal acts into an industry.”
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, NIcaragua) 12/17/08
According to Nicaragua’s “Migration and Aliens” government office, more than 700 thousand Nicaraguans emigrated in 2007 and the same studies project that this figure could increase by 25% for 2008. Further, the data does not include those commonly called who are “going as wetbacks.” (sic)
The causes for migration to remain at that level are the same: poverty and lack of employment, mainly for those graduating from college or technical schools.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 12/17/08
Carlos E. Tapia usually writes about immigration topics in this paper. This is part of his current op/column about the current debate in Mexico regarding the death penalty:
“Mexican society is currently involved in a spiral of violence in which lawlessness and crime exhibit cruel extremes. But we are also living in a country where exclusion, abuse, corruption, impunity and discrimination become more pronounced. We live in an unjust society.”
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 12/17/08
– Last Monday a man was shot to death in Durango. His funeral procession took place today. But just before the vehicles reached the cemetery, one of the ones in the procession was attached by gunfire. Four relatives of the man about to be buried were killed, and a fifth person was wounded.
– In Tepic, Nayarit, the ex-chief of that state’s “Investigative State Police” was riding a motorcycle in Tepic when he was shot to death by killers who fired from a light truck.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/17/08
Twelve Hondurans, four Salvadorans and three Guatemalans were found today in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, “asking for food or work”, while making their way to the United States. Local police will turn them over to Mex. Immigration for repatriation.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 12/17/08
A total of 6 thousand 800 kilos of weed was seized and eight drug traffickers were arrested all in one day in different events yesterday in Mexicali, Baja Calif.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 12/17/08
The “Medical Forensic Service” of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, is overwhelmed by the number of autopsies it has been performing of late, mainly due to organized crime. According to official data, in the last five days criminal gangs have caused more than sixty deaths: nine last Friday, ten on Saturday, twenty on Sunday, ten on Monday, five on Tuesday and another three today (Wed.). Besides, these totals do not include the dead due to vehicle accidents, fights and other circumstances.
The attachment to this report is self explanatory. It’s from the Juarez paper “Norte” and shows Santa Claus reading from a wanted list that repeats over and over again: “JUSTICE”
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