The US-Mexico border divides family members for all kinds of reasons. Some are undocumented. Some have been deported - one study found that half of all deportees leave behind family in the US. Others, like Luis and Jimena, just get stuck in the tangles of bureaucracy and their own complicated lives.
This week readers in Latin America get their own cover, promoting our special report on Mexico. America needs to look again at its increasingly important neighbour.
Okay this article talks about how the US needs to take Mexico more seriously, but what about taking the Economist seriously with a cover like this?
Flying SOMBREROS, really?!? Ugh.
“In one of the more sad and disturbing things you’ll hear from Mexico today, an Associated Press intern named Armando Montano, 22, was found dead in an elevator shaft in Mexico City over the weekend…
Though the news of any summer intern dying is disturbing by itself, we can’t ignore the fact that this happened in Mexico—where cartels have made journalism a dangerous occupation. Back in May we had reported the rash of journalists being killed in the country: former journalist Rene Orta Sagado found dead in a car trunk; journalist Marco Avila found in a garbage bag on May 18; photojournalists Gabriel Huge, Esteban Rodriguez, William Moon found dismembered on May 4; reporter Regina Martinez found slain in her home in April … You get the picture. On June 25,Montano had reported on police officers being killed in a drug trafficking sting at Mexico City’s international airport—a departure from earlier stories he was writing for the AP time, like Bieber fans camping out and enduring roaches on June 10 (his first story), and baby elephants finding a new home on a reserve in Puebla, Mexico on June 11.”
Read more on the Atlantic Wire.
Marco Avila, a reporter in Sonora, Mexico was buried over the weekend after being found in a black garbage bag.
He’s the sixth current or former journalist killed in Mexico in less than a month. Considering the number of gruesome atrocities committed by the country’s drug cartels (the latest being the 49 decapitated, hand-less, foot-less bodies found on the side of a highway), it makes sense that the people covering the news in these areas have become targets too.
THE ATLANTIC WIRE: Being a journalist in Mexico can be deadly
Suspected drug cartel killers in Mexico dumped 49 headless bodies on a highway near the northern city of Monterrey, a sickening atrocity that prompted the government to condemn the “inhuman” violence plaguing the country.
The corpses of 43 men and six women, whose hands and feet had also been cut off, were found in a pile on a highway in the municipality of Cadereyta Jimenez early on Sunday, officials from the state of Nuevo Leon said.
The Nuevo Leon government said the notorious Zetas drug gang had claimed responsibility for the bloodbath, one of the worst to hit Mexico during its struggle against the powerful cartels.
The massacre follows several other mass slayings in Mexico. Many have occurred in the north, where the Zetas have waged a war against rival groups for control of smuggling routes into the United States, the biggest market for illicit drugs.
READ MORE: 49 headless corpses found in northern Mexico
The video has caused controversy for many reasons. First of all, it was supposedly created by a “citizen’s movement,” but a little digging around shows that it was probably financed by Alberto Baillères González, a controversial businessman and the third wealthiest Mexican. Federal legislators have cried out for moral reasons — how dare anyone use children to depict such terrible, terrible things! Some congressman have even demanded that the video be “disappeared” from the Internet. (Strangely, the legislators didn’t have anything to say when it was discovered that the Federal Police spent more than US$ 10 million on a television program depicting police as a heroic force for good against evil.)
The most thoughtful analysis of the video is similar to the critical discussion around Kony 2012: here’s a well-produced, viral video that shows all the problems, but doesn’t offer any solutions. Furthermore, it extends the myth that the president is the Batman-like superhero who can single-handedly resolve all of Mexico’s many problems.
The body of a decapitated journalist was found on the morning of Sept. 24 in a roundabout in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, reported the GlobalPost. The female journalist was identified as María Elizabeth Macías Castro, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Primera Hora.
Image by STRATFOR, via Texas Tribune. [Texas Tribune: Analysts Expect Mexican Drug Violence to Continue]
Authorities in Ciudad Juarez arrested more than 1,000 people over the weekend in an operation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking, police said.