Interesting piece in the Atlantic.

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Designed to deter but also inform, these maps put out by the Humane Borders group point migrants toward water stations, while also demonstrating the difficulty and time involved in crossing.

November 17, 2009

Before they’re caught, migrants must toss cell phones, maps, compasses and anything else that might indicate they’re a coyote or group leader to avoid prosecution.

“Town Councilmen decided on 26 October 2009 to disband soldiers serving in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, by 15 November 2009, despite Municipal President Jose Reyes Ferriz’s request that the military remain until March 2010. The decision was made due to the monetary cost and failure to curb rising homicide, kidnapping and extortion rates in the city.”

Since around February there have been 8,000 rotating army forces trying to preserve order in Juarez. Obviously it hasn’t worked, and has even gotten worse since, but this shows the local distrust of the Army, which has largely proven it is just as corruptable as any other law enforcement entity in Mexico.

It’s not really up to the town council whether they stay or go, but what does it matter anyway? What’s going to happen next? Will the federal police stay? Is the Juarez police department suddenly going to be able to handle this themselves?

What force can stop murder, extortion and kidnapping in Juarez?

November 3, 2009

“SEDENA reported that it has arrested 17,260 criminals, most connected to organized crime, and seized US$117,681,778.00 in cash, around 40,000 firearms, 432 airplanes, 13,680 vehicles and 122 boats since December 2006.”

From Southern Pulse.

Intercepting a Load

November 2, 2009