The border wars, between rival drug gangs, has not only caused a business
slowdown all along the border, but news of the situation has hurt tourism.
Foreign visitors have declined five percent so far this year, compared to last
year. It's not just the gunfire, scary looking criminals and rumors about all
this, it's also the government response. Lots more police and soldiers on
patrol, some carrying automatic weapons. For tourists, this is reassuring and
scary at the same time. And the drop in tourist traffic has cost the Mexican
economy some $200 million so far this year. The gang wars in northern Mexico
have killed over 600 so far this year. The murder rate in many border towns is
2-3 times what it is in New York City, and kidnapping is a growing criminal
22, 2006: Unidentified attackers killed a Mexican crime reporter outside of the
city of Veracruz. The reporter was working on a story about corrupt local
leaders. This is the third reporter slain in Mexico in the last month.
21, 2006: The APPO (Peoples Popular Assembly of Oaxaca) protest camp outside of
Oaxaca was torn down overnight. The attack followed a series of protests in the
city's central business district.
the U.S. state of New Mexico, the Army National Guard opened a new "forward
operations base" to help secure the US-Mexican border. The base is located
outside of Deming, New Mexico. Both air and ground forces will use the base.
20, 2006: In what may be an attempt to form a permanent "shadow government,"
the PRD's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador "swore himself in" as president of
Mexico. Lopez Obrador declared that he was "Mexico's legitimate president." The
self-swearing in took place in Mexico City before a large crowd of PRD
supporters. Lopez Obrador called the Mexican presidential election
"fraudulent." Mexico observers say Lopez Obrador may be planning to run for
president in 2012 and running a "shadow government" will insure continual media