Jul 31, 2015

Four Dead in Mexico Plane Crash

Latin American Herald Tribune: Four people, including the deputy secretary of economic development for the Mexican state of Coahuila, Francisco Garcia Castel, died in a small plane crash, officials confirmed to EFE on Thursday.

The director of Civil Protection in Coahuila, Victor Guajardo, said that the small plane crashed Wednesday night minutes after taking off from the La Encantada mine in the town of Muzquiz en route for the town of Ocampo, in the northern state of Durango. Read more. 

For Great Evils, Great Women

La Jornada: In a landmark ruling, issued in Ciudad Juarez on July 27, five people responsible for organizing a network of human trafficking, linked with the murder of at least 11 women, have been sentenced to 697 years in prison. They were found guilty of prostituting and murdering 11 girls, whose remains were found in the Navajo creek, a desolate landscape of the municipality of Praxedis G. Guerrero, 77 kilometers from Juarez.

Women played an important role in the proceedings that led up to the historic decision, with both the relatives of the victims and women’s rights defenders from the organizations Women’s Roundtable of Juarez and Justice for Our Daughters participating.

Eight family members decapitated in north Mexico

AFP: Eight people from the same family, including two minors, were kidnapped by masked gunmen and their decapitated bodies were found days later in northern Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

The bodies were found after a ninth member of the Martinez family escaped Sunday's abduction near Casa Quemada, in the state of Chihuahua, and alerted the authorities, prosecutors said. Read more. 

Mexican Peso’s Plunge Accelerates, and Central Bank Intervenes

Bloomberg: The Mexican peso’s decline gathered speed, falling by the most in eight weeks to a new record and prompting the central bank to sell $200 million under a currency-intervention program.

The peso slid 1.1 percent to 16.4708 per U.S. dollar as of 1:13 p.m. in Mexico City, sinking the most since June 5. Mexico’s currency has lost 10 percent this year. Read more. 

Jul 28, 2015

Mexico Rescues 68 Central American Migrants Abandoned in 2 Trucks

Latin American Herald Tribune: A total of 68 undocumented Central American migrants were rescued from two trucks in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, immigration officials and police said.

The migrants showed signs of dehydration when they were rescued by state police officers, having spent more than 10 hours inside the vehicles in 30 C (86 F) weather. Read more. 

Mexican Authorities Destroy 25 Tons of Narcotics

Note: Incinerating or otherwise destroying illegal drugs is common practice and arguably prevents corrupt cops and other law enforcement agents from selling confiscated substances on the market. But clothes?

There are people who need clothing, including children in many parts of the country. The soil gave a growing cycle to produce the plant, the farmer sowed and harvested it. The seamstress sewed it. Likely none of them were involved in the presumed contraband operation.

The Mexican law specifically refers to drugs and "items used to commit crimes". A t-shirt? What about children's homes. or orphanages, poor communities or rural schools? Wouldn't this be a better place for 41 tons of clothing to end up? This is an absurd interpretation of the law. It is grossly wasteful and designed only to benefit gougers who use brand names to charge exorbitant prices for simple products.

Latin American Herald Tribune: More than 25 tons of narcotics and 41 tons of clothing were incinerated at a facility in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico, the Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

The drugs and clothing were seized in more than 60 investigations in cities in Tamaulipas, which is on the border with the United States, the AG’s office said in a statement. Read more. 

Jul 27, 2015

Immigration to U.S. from Mexico drops sharply

Vallarta Daily: Even as immigration remains a hot topic in the U.S. presidential campaign, the number of people emigrating from Mexico to the United States, legally and illegally, has dropped sharply in recent years, research published Wednesday shows.

Demographers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the University of New Hampshire say the number of immigrants coming from Mexico peaked in 2003, and has fallen by more than half since then. Read more.