4 avocado trucks stolen every day

Up to four trucks carrying avocados are stolen every day in the violent Mexican state of Michoacán. Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, took office six months ago promising a new strategy to fight crime, but violence has continued unabated across the country. “There are at least 20 illegal armed groups violently competing for territories and markets in the state.

Yet not a single actor has been able to establish dominion over the others. This means war has become perpetual and extremely costly” for the criminal groups, Ernst - senior analyst Mexico for the International Crisis Group - said.


Hugs, not bullets

He promised to be the president of "hugs, not bullets," and to bring peace to Mexico after years of surging criminal violence. But Andrés Manuel López Obrador is facing a public outcry after a massacre at a birthday party that has revived a sense that the country is spinning out of control. The attack stood out for its brutality.

Gunmen burst into the birthday celebration in the southern state of Veracruz on Friday night, opening fire and killing five women, seven men and a 1-year-old boy, according to the state security chief, Hugo Gutierrez.


Mexico’s rsupervisor of airports and ports is suspected of facilitating drug trafficking

Deputy Director of Airports Supervision Juan Manuel Hernández Palafox has been linked to organized crime groups and facilitating the passage of drug shipments through Mexico City’s International Airport, as well as airports in Cancún, Guadalajara and Tijuana, Proceso reported. New documents allege that criminal organizations from Colombia, Peru and Venezuela send cocaine and heroin shipments to the designated Mexican airports.

In 2009, Hernández Palafox, then commander of Mexico’s federal police, was prosecuted on organized crime charges, after a video emerged exposing alleged relationships between himself and various other public officials and the Gulf Cartel. He was officially exonerated in 2010.


What would happen to people and trade if Trump closes border

Mexico is the United States' third-largest trading partner after Canada and China, so the impact of a border closing would be widespread and immediate. And the anticipated avocado shortages would just be one part of it. Who could come off worse? "It is a bit like a murder-suicide," says Andrew Selee, the president of the Migration Policy Institute, a think tank that describes itself as non-partisan. "You can hold a gun to the Mexican government, but it ricochets right back on to the US economy."
Mexico's Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, tweeted on Friday that the country will "not act on the basis of threats". The Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has also urged prudence. "We are not going get confrontational with the government of the United States," he said.

What will the impact be? Many Mexicans and US citizens live and work across the two countries. Many are enrolled in programs - such as the Trusted Traveler Program - that allow them to fast-track immigration lines.


Sonora journalist Santiago Barroso Alfaro killed

A Mexican journalist who often covered crime and drug gangs in northern Sonora state has died after being shot at point-blank range in his home near the US border, local authorities said. Santiago Barroso, 47, was shot multiple times after an unknown assailant knocked on his front door on Friday, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement on Saturday. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Barroso worked as a multimedia journalist in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, about 20 miles southwest of Yuma, Arizona, on the U.S. side.

He was host of a local radio show, director of the news website Red 563 and a contributor to weekly newspaper Contraseña. While it was unclear if his killing was linked to his work, Barroso is the third journalist killed so far this year in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.


Mexico requires the resolution of the current, fundamental challenges

You should read that whole report if you live in Mexico full-time or involved in any business. It examines two dimensions of Mexico’s economy that are currently smoldering: Tourism and oil Mexico’s energy sector. Smoldering as of the stage before the fire starts!! According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s report on Mexico for 2018, travel and tourism made direct contributions to Mexico’s GDP of US$82.2 billion or 7.1 percent in 2017.
However, the total contribution to Mexico’s GDP by the T&T industry was US$185.4 billion or 16.0 percent of GDP in 2017.

In comparison, revenue from Mexican petroleum products provides less than a 4 percent contribution to national GDP. For Mexico, T&T provides 16+ percent of total employment in Mexico. International trade (exports plus imports) comprise 77 percent of Mexico’s GDP.
It is also interesting to note that the influx of foreign-born residents inhabiting Mexico doubled from 2000 to 2010.


World Day Against Cyber Censorship

World Day against Cyber Censorship is an online event held each year on March 12 to rally support for a single, unrestricted Internet that is accessible to all and to draw attention to the ways that governments around the world are deterring and censoring free speech online. The day was first observed on 12 March 2008 at the request of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International. A letter written by Jean-François Julliard, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders, and Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International, was sent to the Chief Executive Officers of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft Corporation to request observation of the day.

The annual event is symbolized by a logo created by Reporters Without Borders consisting of a computer mouse breaking free from a chain. Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet enacted by regulators, or on their own initiative.