Small Wars Journal

Hemispheric Crime, Risks to Mexico and Counterinsurgency Needs

Hemispheric Crime, Risks to Mexico and Counterinsurgency Needs by Jerry Brewer, Mexidata

Although there is a myriad of opinion and other pundit conjecture on the status and projected plight of Latin America as it relates to crime and violence, Mexico's apparent unabated rates of homicide, kidnappings and assassinations, with targets that include public figures and journalists, continue.

Last week alone in the resort mecca of Acapulco, another journalist was found murdered with his body bearing signs of torture, four days after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen. The victim wrote a political column for a weekly newspaper, with one of his final reports describing “protests against violence and extortion by local and federal authorities.” Acapulco today is a battleground of lawlessness and homicide with impunity…

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Categories: El Centro