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.


How Trump’s wall rhetoric changes lives in Mexico

Isaac Chotiner spoke with Ana Raquel Minian, an associate professor of history at Stanford and the author of the book “Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration.” to get some historical perspective on U.S. relations with Mexico. During the conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, they discussed what the U.S. can do to create a more stable Mexico. What can the United States do to insure the continued economic development of Mexico, which would presumably in the long run mean that more people want to stay in Mexico?

Mexicans should have the ability to stay in their own country if they so desire. So, what would allow that to happen? There are a number of factors. The types of investments that have happened in Mexico have often been investments that encourage migration rather than not.


Miss Bala

Miss Bala,coming out February 1st is inspired by the long history of Mexican pageant queens & drug lords. The upcoming 2019 action thriller film is directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. It is based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name. Miss Bala acclaimed for its gritty, brutal portrayal of a young pageant contestant forced to do favors for a Baja California cartel - and is eventually punished by authorities for doing so.

In turn, Miss Bala was based on an actual connection between the winner of the 2008 Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant and a cartel.


Mexican journalist killed in Santa Rosalia Baja Sur

A Mexican journalist from Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur was killed by 15 shots of high-caliber weapons, the governor said Monday. The first reporter killed this year in what has become one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. Rafael Murua, a community radio station director had received death threats for his work according to local media reports. Rafael Morúa Manríquez, 34 years old, had been reported missing since Saturday evening, when, according to his relatives, he went for a walk through the center of Santa Rosalía, but did not return.

His body was found near kilometer 40 of the Santa Rosalía-San Ignacio road. Murua, 34, was under the Mexican government's protection program for journalists and rights activists, said Balbina Flores, country director for the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders. The group reported at least nine journalists’ murders in Mexico last year, making it the third-most-dangerous country to be a reporter after war-torn Afghanistan and Syria.


Widespread gasoline shortage in Mexico

Drop by drop, gallon by gallon, thieves have been draining the pipelines and coffers of the Mexican government. Last year, $3 billion worth of fuel was stolen from Pemex, Mexico's state-owned oil company, according to the country's new president. But a crackdown by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has left many ordinary Mexicans struggling to find gas.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, confirmed on Friday that less fuel was being sent through pipelines. "I ask citizens for understanding and support, because we need to solve this problem together. We are trying to get it resolved soon," Lopez Obrador said in a televised speech.

Obrador has vowed to tackle theft "outside and inside" Pemex, or Petroleos Mexicanos, which estimates that fuel worth more than 146 billion pesos ($7.40 billion) has been stolen since 2016 alone. A witness said many gas stations in the city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state were closed on Sunday, including those operated by state oil firm Pemex, Spain's Repsol and BP.