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They sure did.  Critics pounced on Time's puff piece; interestingly, one of the more helpful pieces came from USA Today (2/19/14), under the headline “Everyone Giddy Over Mexico–Except Mexicans.” It turns out that while Time thinks Peña Nieto is saving Mexico, Mexicans give him very low marks; he has a 32 percent approval rating. And those “reforms” being touted by Time leave many Mexicans wondering if they’ll see any benefit; foreign oil companies might profit from oil drilling, but what will that do for Mexican citizens? And actual growth in 2013 was 1.3 percent–well short of the sunny 3.5 percent growth that was forecast.

One critic, Bill Conroy of NarcoNews (2/17/14), noted that a few weeks earlier Time had published a 14-page advertising spread touting Mexico’s turnaround, sponsored by the government and corporate interests. Conroy argues that Time's journalism and this advertorial bore some striking resemblances. The magazine disagreed, of course; but it's worth recalling that Time, Inc. has already declared that part of  the company’s new business strategy will include blurring the line between editorial and advertising (FAIR Blog, 1/2/14). As the New York Times reported (12/30/13),  ”The newsroom staffs at Time Inc.’s magazines will report to the business executives.”
reuters:

The number of women who have been murdered in Mexico has increased steadily in the last five years.  
An estimated 80,000 people living in Mexico have died in drug-related violence since 2007.Mexican authorities found bodies of eight kidnap victims in Guerrero state, officials said on Monday. http://reut.rs/1d5EzCp The victims were all related and their bodies were identified by relatives. Some of the dismembered bodies were placed in plastic bags. The bodies included two women, said an official with the local prosecutor’s office who declined to be identified. Authorities are still searching for three more people who were kidnapped with the group last Thursday.Mexican police arrested a man in Jalisco suspected of orchestrating a string of crimes including more than 200 murders, the country’s interior ministry said on Tuesday. http://reut.rs/18S2ubs In late November, 33 mutilated corpses were found in 19 ditches in La Barca, on the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco, where rival drug cartels operate.  

Again, prohibition is ineffective. Now we have more evidence that it again (the Colombian cocaine wars) is a human rights problem. Now the trouble has come to our borders. Why isn’t the USA seeing more people seeking asylum from drug violence in Mexico?

reuters:

The number of women who have been murdered in Mexico has increased steadily in the last five years.  

An estimated 80,000 people living in Mexico have died in drug-related violence since 2007.

Mexican authorities found bodies of eight kidnap victims in Guerrero state, officials said on Monday. http://reut.rs/1d5EzCp 

The victims were all related and their bodies were identified by relatives. Some of the dismembered bodies were placed in plastic bags. The bodies included two women, said an official with the local prosecutor’s office who declined to be identified. Authorities are still searching for three more people who were kidnapped with the group last Thursday.

Mexican police arrested a man in Jalisco suspected of orchestrating a string of crimes including more than 200 murders, the country’s interior ministry said on Tuesday. http://reut.rs/18S2ubs 

In late November, 33 mutilated corpses were found in 19 ditches in La Barca, on the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco, where rival drug cartels operate.  

Again, prohibition is ineffective. Now we have more evidence that it again (the Colombian cocaine wars) is a human rights problem. Now the trouble has come to our borders. Why isn’t the USA seeing more people seeking asylum from drug violence in Mexico?

Without asking the people that live and work in the Valle de Guadalupe, Torres, like a thief in the night, has attempted to subversively push through an aggressive land reuse program titled the Sectorial Program for the Urban Touristic Development of the Wine Producing Valleys.This pinche cabron from the PRI plans to dedicate 48% of the Valle soil to fancy condos and recreation, like the golf course Torres is already working on, in an all too predictable Mexican pattern of build first and think later that has ruined many great cities in Mexico. If you’ve enjoyed the unspoiled country that Anthony Bourdain had referred to as “the New Tuscany”, now is the time to act.
Who can celebrate El Grito when EPN does this to teachers protesting?

Who can celebrate El Grito when EPN does this to teachers protesting?

Border 'surge' plan would be financial bonanza for private firms

The $46-billion security package in the immigration bill would benefit aerospace, technology and security companies, as well as border states.

Just like I thought, this is all about funding a new industry feeding at the teet of the government treasury, not about fixing a broken immigration system.

All of this protection will give Erich Honecker's corpse a hard on.

In this war for territory, the journalists have become victims. Because, unlike in traditional wars, in Mexico journalists don’t die in the crossfire, from a stray bullet, from walking in a minefield. In Mexico, the killers hunt down journalists, dragging them out of their offices and their houses, intercepting them in the street.

Mexican Journalist Marcela Turati: “Don’t Abandon Us” | Global Investigative Journalism Network

This is the result of

  • prohibition
  • a War About Drugs that Richard Nixon started that no one seems to to be ending some time soon.
  • a cynical process to create a penal industrial complex changing people in to cattle to profit from penning in
  • xenophobia
  • solipsism
  • sloth
  • no one lighting a big enough fire under congress’ ass to fix it
  • Americans not confronting how they have been trying to get the genie back in the bottle
…I remember when Monsignor Guillermo Schulemberg [sic] (who was the head of the Basilica of Guadalupe for 40 years) publicly declared that Guadalupe was a sham. Msgr. Schulemberg wrote a letter to the Vatican stating that Juan Diego (the guy who claimed encounters with Guadalupe) never existed. True to form, the Vatican canonized Juan Diego. Schulemberg resigned as head of the Basilica and had hired goons, armed guards, outside of his home in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Mexico City (Lomas).

a comment to On Telemundo, a Catholic Interviewee Calls for the Killing of a Blasphemous U.S. Artist

She backs up her comments with links to stories about the event.

She spoke about reporters who were slain trying to expose corruption in a country that had become a battlefield. She talked about how drug traffickers threatened reporters, causing some to flee to the United States only to earn wages for doing menial work.

Also, she told of how of how the violence has affected the psyche of targeted journalists: One asked a friend for a pistol to kill himself rather than face a torture squad. Another reporter kissed his family members in their sleep and waited in his living room to be taken away by assailants.
Are you paying enough for security on the international border?

Are you paying enough for security on the international border?

Affordable Drones made in Mexico

After it’s run through Google Translate…

The popularity grows apace drones and technology as its exclusive military longer, finally becoming available to the general public. Our country came through 3D Robotics, a company based in Tijuana who sells copies from $ 600 USD.

Although there are affordable models, the most advanced cost up to $ 1300 USD in exchange for offering higher performance. The most complete has six engines, multiple sensors (including GPS), telemetry equipment and can carry objects up to kilo and a half. All are capable of taking photo and video.

Fortunately, for those interested who do not understand robotics, copies it distributes this company are designed for simple, similar to a remote control helicopter. “We did a product easy to understand.’s Designed intuitively. I can use artists, architects, scientists,” said general manager Jose Guillermo Romero Mendez, in an interview with El Pais newspaper agency. The manager has his first customers were amateurs and experts in mechatronics, but today more and more people come. “The problem is that most want to press a button and the drone do the rest. Our challenge is to strike a balance between accessibility and functionality.” The interesting thing is that the proposal does not come from a corporate giant but small team, comprised of enthusiasts.

Seems real benign, right?