Past Features

May 11, 2017

Chaos - in Mexico - and America

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Newsweek -- May 10. 2017
    Mexico's drug war has created the second deadliest conflict area in the world after only Syria, according to a global survey.
    The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) reported that the six-year war in Syria is the world's deadliest conflict zone for the fifth consecutive year, causing an estimated 50,000 casualties in 2016. The Armed Conflict Survey 2017, the IISS annual summary of conflicts and casualties worldwide published on Tuesday, found that the war on drugs plaguing Central America has received ”scant attention.”
    In Mexico, 23,000 people died in the fight against drug cartels in 2016. In other, smaller Central American countries battling cartels, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, another 16,000 have been killed.
    “The death toll in Mexico's conflict surpasses those for Afghanistan and Somalia. This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths are nearly all attributable to small arms. Mexico is a conflict marked by the absence of artillery, tanks or combat aviation,” John Chipman, IISS chief executive and director-general, said in the statement.

CNN -- May 10, 2017
Not on news agenda
 …Jacob Parakilas, assistant head of the US and the Americas Programme at London-based think tank Chatham House, said part of the reason for the relative lack of attention paid to Mexico in the international media is "it's not a war in the political sense of the word. The participants largely don't have a political objective. They're not trying to create a breakaway state. It doesn't come with the same visuals. There are no air strikes.
    "Also this has been going on since the beginning of the modern drug trade in the Americas. It's not news in that sense. And Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. They are intentionally targeted in Mexico, which puts a dampener on the ability to report on this.”

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- May 11, 2017
Death rattle of corrupt American journalism
    Americans don't know much about the Mexican problem because the mainstream media are afraid they might demand a stronger border, and that is counter to their globalist agenda. They ignored the hard facts presented by American Border Patrol that the Mexican drug war was set off by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    For the same reason, they have blacked out ABP's work entirely, including Operation BEEF because it showed the American people exactly what the border fence looked like. The screaming and howling over the firing of James Comey is the death rattle of a corrupt system of American journalism.