Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Our three days in Swampscott are coming to an end. God, it's like Kid Nation here. The cops, the firemen, board of selectmen, business owners, teachers - they're all the kids I went to elementary school with. Too weird. But before I take off, let's check in and see what awaits us down in bee-oo-ti-ful Meh-ee-co!

Drug cartels, insurgents turn Mexico into one of the world’s most violent countries

Gangland-style murders and kidnappings reached record levels in Mexico during the first half of 2007, a report from Mexico’s Congress found, making Mexico one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

One analyst who worked on the report said that Mexico’s murder rate now tops all others in the Western Hemisphere....

Major federal crimes, which include homicides, kidnappings and arms trafficking, rose 25 percent in the first half of 2007 from the same period last year. In 2006, the same crimes had risen 22 percent from the previous year.

Gangland-style executions have risen 155 percent since 2001, according to the congressional report....

Mexico’s violence is often spectacular and lurid, with tales of street shootouts, decapitations and bomb blasts filling Mexico’s news pages and airwaves.

In May, a severed head wrapped in newspaper was left in a cooler outside the office of the newspaper Tabasco Hoy in Villahermosa, where drug violence is on the rise.

Grenades have been tossed into newsrooms from Cancun to Nuevo Laredo in the past 18 months.

The Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders reported that Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists in 2006 after Iraq.

On May 14, suspected drug traffickers on motorcycles gunned down Jose Nemesio Lugo, a senior federal investigator in charge of gathering intelligence on drug traffickers, in Mexico City’s upscale Coyoacan neighborhood.

Two days later in Sonora state, about 20 miles south of Arizona, a five-hour shootout between heavily armed commandos and police left 20 people dead.

The bloodbath continued unabated this month, with the assassinations of two state police chiefs.

Alrighty, then! But at least they should have been able to stop all those bombings by now, right?

Mexico may be unable to stop bombings

With the Mexican government finding it difficult to guard much of the country's petroleum pipeline network, preventing further attacks on it depends upon a national security apparatus that analysts warn may not be up to the task.

Once a brutally efficient weapon of the one-party regime that ruled for most of the 20th century, Mexico's domestic intelligence service has been weakened over the past decade by budget cuts, personnel purges and the shifting priorities of a more democratic society, the analysts say.

Stupid democrats - they ruin everything. Seems like you'd have to be senile to visit this hellhole.

Mexico top retirement haven

Mexico jumped four places to become the world's top retirement haven combining old-world charm with top-notch healthcare, says International Living magazine.

"Mexico offers the perfect mix of centuries-old traditions and contemporary lifestyles. Moving to Mexico means you can still have all of the amenities you grew accustomed to north of the border: cable TV, high-speed Internet, and modern home appliances," Laura Sheridan, International Living's managing editor, said in a statement.

You read that correctly: Forget the bombings, the beheadings and the gangland-style executions...I got cable tv and modern home appliances waiting for me. So long, suckers!


Anonymous said...

I've talked about moving somewhere and now I know where that will be. Mexico!!

Jorge Arturo said...

Maybe the noise of what you thought was "fireworks" are in fact bombs.