I’m not sure what we’re supposed to take-away from the U.S. government’s warning that Mexico is on the brink. But with border skirmishes, Mexican crime organizations growing reefer in the States, and corruption everywhere (all of these have been grossly under-reported), I expect we will see more military hardware at the borders.
The report is one in a serious focusing on Mexico’s internal security problems, mostly stemming from drug violence and drug corruption. In recent weeks, the Department of Homeland Security and former U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey issued similar alerts about Mexico.
Despite such reports, El Pasoan Veronica Callaghan, a border business leader, said she keeps running into people in the region who “are in denial about what is happening in Mexico.”
Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon instructed his embassy and consular officials to promote a positive image of Mexico.
The U.S. military report, which also analyzed economic situations in other countries, also noted that China has increased its influence in places where oil fields are present.
via U.S. military report warns ‘sudden collapse’ of Mexico is possible – El Paso Times.
Is one of America’s “best cities” cracking up?
Charming. Alan Flores-Ocon, 23, is the registered owner of a pickup truck that killed an elderly man in Mesa, Ariz., last week. Mesa police are still trying to find Flores-Ocon.
Mesa, Ariz. is one of the best cities to live in, according to Money magazine. Unless, of course, you are the elderly man who died in the street last week after being knocked down by a hit-and-run driver.
Rather than assisting the man, bystanders in the Mexican neighborhood where he died snatched-up his groceries. They also robbed a witness trying to save the man.
The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene.
Incidents such as this, sadly, are contributing to the mistrust between native-born Americans in the Phoenix-Mesa area and its fast-growing Mexican immigrant population.
830,000 immigrants were in Phoenix-Mesa in 2006, according to government census records. (This includes children born to immigrants in the area). Mexicans make up the largest single group in Phoenix-Mesa’s immigrant population.
Violent crime in Mesa has increased 8 percent between 2006 and 2007, according to Mesa Police Department records.
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