Mexico Drug Violence Increasing, Officials Says; 30,196 Killed in Past Four Years

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Violence in Mexico seems to be increasing, with wars between drug gangs claiming a record 12,456 lives from January to November of this year, a top Mexican official said today.

All told, said Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez, 30,196 people have died in the drug wars since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago.

And that's just in Mexico. The ruthless drug trade is also responsible for plenty of homicides in Arizona and other states - as Tuesday's slaying of a Border Patrol officer near Nogales exemplifies.

Amazingly, the Mexico economy continues to grow at a rate estimated to be 5 percent for this year, thanks to the country's exports to the United States. Economic growth would be 1.2 percent higher if not for the violence, the above-linked Bloomberg article reports.

With all those bullets flying around, Mexico better not depend on American tourism and new business investments to boost revenues in the next couple of years.

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Dear friends,

I am trying to raise awareness about what is going on here in Ciudad Juarez. I work as a professor at Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Juarez, and I have met many persons affected by this sad situation. About a month ago, a young student was shot by Federal Police officers during a march.

If it serves your interests please share the links below; if not, please excuse my nerve and kindly disregard this message.

The inhabitants of Ciudad Juarez repudiate the violence that has plagued our city for the past 30 months.Men and women of good; we have seen friends and relatives succumb to the bullets, we have seen our neighbors closing down their businesses and losing their means of living. We are afraid to drive through our streets. We feel constant fear, now we distrust each other.

We cannot resort to the authorities, throughout this time we have been victims of their greed and abuse. Our leaders are indifferent and incompetent. They only simulate a void interest and do little to remedy the situation. With empty words they present, as an official version, a picture outside our everyday reality, while making every effort to hide the shameful events that repeat day after day in this border town.

Our only recourse is to raise our voice to the international community. To submit our testimony and show to the world the extermination acts of which we are victims today.We want men and women from all countries to know what is really happening in Ciudad Juarez.

I have spoken before students and professors; If you are interested, I can offer a presentation.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Guillermo Cervantes, Ph.

Feel free to print or publish any information from these links:

Ciudad Juárez, México. 2008-2010,

A photographic testimony of our pain: http://www.ciudadjuarez2008-20...

Un testimonio fotográfico de nuestro dolor: http://ciudadjuarez2008-2010es...

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