According to Borderland Beat (BB) Jan. 5, Mexican drug cartels have formed elaborate and strategic alliances with Middle Eastern drug traffickers, and those supply chains are also being used for arms trade and money laundering. BB obtained the report from El Universal, a major Mexican newspaper, and added that Mexican groups are also making inroads into European Union markets.
Violence in Juarez, Mexico — arguably the world’s deadliest city — is now costing not only lives, but livelihoods, as residents flee, abandoning homes and businesses to save themselves. The highest unofficial estimates of the exodus, compiled by social organizations, a local university, and a municipal group, could exceed 230,000, according to CBS News.
Mexico's Proceso magazine has revealed the location of a U.S. military intelligence megaplex in Mexico City dubbed by DeadlineLive.info a "North American Union U.S. Super Spy Center."
Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, was the site Wednesday of four deaths attributed to the savage and escalating drug wars. In one case, a woman was beheaded — marking the first such death in the turbulent city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. In a separate incident, another victim was identified as 21-year-old Texas National Guardsman José Gil Hernandez Ramirez of El Paso.
U.S. Border Patrol agents in Zapata, Texas, near the Mexican border, recently pulled over a sheriff’s vehicle from neighboring Webb County because something just looked strange, reported the Washington Post for August 30. The driver of the pickup with Webb County sheriff decals was wearing a deputy's uniform, and swore he was a real officer. However, when the checkpoint agents called Webb County’s dispatcher, he told them he could account for all county vehicles. It seems the agents had uncovered yet another imposter — one with a thousand pounds of marijuana in his pickup.
Seventy-two people, believed to be migrants heading for Texas were gunned down in San Fernando in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, near the Gulf of Mexico and about 150 miles from Monterrey. Randal Archibold wrote in the New York Times for August 25 that the bodies were found the previous day in a large room on a ranch in northeast Mexico.
The drug turf wars claimed another victim on August 18 in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Reuters reported security forces found the slain body of 38-year-old Edelmiro Cavazos near Monterrey, Mexico’s richest city, dumped on a rural road outside his town of Santiago.
In the war against drugs, it looks as if the drugs are winning, or at least the drug syndicates are. An August 12 McClatchy news service article commented on the horrific toll of drug violence in Mexico as its government ponders the question, “What to do?”
Mexico’s infamous drug war has claimed fewer lives than murderers in Venezuela, reported Maria Eugenia Diaz from Caracas for the New York Times on August 22. Yet experts struggle to explain the reasons. “There have been 43,792 homicides in Venezuela since 2007, according to the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, a group that compiles figures based on police files, compared with about 28,000 deaths from drug-related violence in Mexico since that country’s assault on cartels began in late 2006.” Diaz continued, “Some joke that they might be safer if they lived in Baghdad.”
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