is diverting much of its resources to increasing security around oil
facilities. Islamic terrorist groups have threatened to attack those
facilities, which are used to ship over $30 billion worth of oil to the United
States each year. April 25, 2007: The government will continue to subsidize the
cost of tortillas. The "tortilla pact" will continue at least until mid-August.
International corn prices have risen and increased the price of tortillas
(which are primarily made from corn in Mexico). The cost of tortillas rose
about 15 percent in 2006. Tortillas are the food staple of Mexico. Price rises
dramatically affect Mexico's poor, often in the form of riots, demonstrations
and increased support for criminal and rebel groups.
April 24, 2007: The police arrested Eleazar Medina, a well-known "hit man" (paid
killer) who worked for the Gulf drug Cartel.
A self-proclaimed "new guerrilla group" has appeared in the Mexican
state of Oaxaca (south Mexico). The Southern People's Revolutionary Brigade
(BPRS) claimed that it is the armed wing of the Oaxacan People's Popular
Assembly (APPO). This group took the lead in running the huge strikes and
protests that took control of Oaxaca City from May to October 2006. The BPRS
said that one of its goals is to remove Oaxaca's governor, Ulises Ruiz, from
power. Is the group for real? It used to take a fax machine and one or two
"armed incidents" to be a guerrilla group. Now it takes an email letter. The
Mexican government, however, cannot dismiss the group out of hand. The Oaxaca
"occupations" were a major political embarrassment for the government of former
Mexican president Vicente Fox. The new president, Felipe Calderon, is dealing
with security challenges "head on." The war with drug gangs is an example.
Calderon does not want to get bogged down by a new series of mass strikes in
April 20, 2007: The army
continues to prosecute its antidrug gang operation in the state of Nuevo Leon
(northern Mexico). At least 100 local and state police have been arrested by
the Mexican Army. Nuevo Leon state authorities reported some of the policemen
under arrest were "linked to organized crime" (which usually means drug gangs).
Arrests were made in several cities and towns.