2 new CRS reports on Mexico

See links below to two new Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS) on
Mexico.  These are generally a good baseline for publicly available,
published information…and the research is fairly objective as noted by
Gordon, who sent me these links.
Word on Frontera List—I’m going to be traveling for the next week to a
conference outside of the US. I may not be able to post things or keep up
on the news. Feel free to post to the list and when I’m able to be online,
I can send your postings.  If you send an article, please also include the
LINK so that readers can go to the source. molly

Mexico’s Drug Trafficking Organizations:
Source and Scope of the Rising Violence

Mexican Migration to the United States:
Policy and Trends


Clues Put FBI Informant at the Apex of Fast and Furious Scandal…Narco News…and more news on F&F from EPTimes…

A story from today’s El Paso Times linking Fast & Furious
weapons with the torture and murder in November 2010 of Chihuahua attorney
Mario Gonzalez, brother of the former Attorney General of Chihuahua… I’m
trying to figure out what is new in this EPTimes story that makes it news.
The connection between the Fast & Furious guns and the murder of Mario
Gonzalez was reported in major US media back in June 2011 at the time of
the original hearings on F&F in the US congress.

Clues put FBI Informant at the Apex of Fast and Furious Scandal

Mexico’s drug killings soar above US figures–El Paso Times analysis of numbers

From 2007 to 2010, Mexico had nearly 15 times more drug-related murders than the United States, according to an El Paso Times analysis.

Based on the Times’ calculations, the U.S. had 2,049 drug-related homicides during those four years, or 0.66 for each 100,000 of population. During the same period, Mexico had 30,858 drug-related homicides, or 27.4 per 100,000 population.

Mexico began reporting drug-related homicides in 2007 during President Felipe Calderón’s administration, referring to them as “executions,” a term officials used whenever they attributed deaths to the drug-cartel wars.

Read more at El Paso Times

US and Mexico Drug Homicides Statistics via El Paso Times

Juarez residents inject thousands of dollars into El Paso political campaigns

Based on the campaign donation database at OpenSecrets.org, El Diario de El Paso reports on contributions from wealthy Juarenses with dual nationality to Texas political campaigns thru PACS AND SUPERPACS. A google translation is posted below…

Story by Lorena Figueroa

To view Google translation, click here

In Mexico, Biden shoots down talk of drug legalization… via McClatchy

It is interesting how these political leaders never seem to speak of the
growth of DOMESTIC drug consumption in their countries. Much of the
violence that erupted in Mexico and esp. in Juarez beginning in 2008, can
be attributed to domestic retail drug sales–neighborhood tienditas selling
cocaine, heroin and meth to street users in the city. Juarez is estimated
to have 100,000-200,000 addicts and virtually every street corner and
barrio and colonia and prison are markets to be controlled by local gangs.
That kind of competition produces a lot of violence. molly
Yet some regional leaders — Mexican President Felipe Calderon prominent
among them — voice deepening frustration at high U.S. drug demand, flows of
drug profits and weapons southward, and the seeming contradiction between
American pressure for harsh suppression measures in Latin America while, in
the United States, a growing number of states permit medical marijuana


By Tim Johnson

In Mexico, Biden shoots down talk of drug legalization