Dec 8, 2011

Drug War Bloodshed: Mexico's drug wars: mystery surrounds how many are dying, and who "The death toll in Mexico's drug wars is a matter of intense controversy. The government released almost no official numbers until it published a database of all "deaths because of criminal rivalry" up to the end of 2010. These totalled 34,612, considerably more than the unofficial counts kept by several newspapers. The government reneged on its promise to regularly update the database, although regional official figures are sometimes available.

One way of estimating the current total is by adding the official 2010 figure to this year's newspaper counts, making 46,000. ... it is impossible to calculate the proportion of innocent victims because only a tiny fraction of all murders are properly investigated." read more

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