Friday, July 30, 2010

Mexico News

I heard that one of the Sinaloa drug cartel leaders had been killed by the Mexican army today.  Good.  One down.  If, as some reports are noting, this might signal a bloody succession fight among the remaining head honchos in the Sinaloa gang, then maybe in a few days or weeks I can say "Good!  Ten more down." or something similiarly celebratory.

However, when I started looking for news of it on the internet, I found some other interesting news items from Mexcio.

The U.S. consulate in the border city of Ciudad Juarez—the largest U.S. consulate in the world—shut down Friday to complete a security review following what a U.S. state department spokeswoman said was a "threat in the area." For the past three years, Ciudad Juarez has been a battleground for warring drug cartels.
That is certainly interesting.  And it hasn't neen mentioned on cable news or local talk radio.  For the non-Border obsessed, Cuidad Jaurez is just over the border from El Paso, TX.  Remember the murders there earlier this year.
My search also turned up a report that the FAA has downgraded Mexico's Air Safety Rating.
Concerns about safety oversight prompted the move, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The action won't stop flights between the two countries, but it will prevent Mexican airlines like AeroMexico and Mexicana from expanding service to the United States.
Again, that is very interesting.  And so far, unreported.

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