RECORD MURDERS PLAGUE MEXICO IN FIRST HALF OF 2018: "THE FIGURES ARE HORRIBLE" | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

RECORD MURDERS PLAGUE MEXICO IN FIRST HALF OF 2018: "THE FIGURES ARE HORRIBLE"

Mexico’s next president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor and outspoken critic of the political establishment - has a significant uphill battle once he is inaugurated as President on December 01: deadly violence in the country is intensifying and has hit an all-time high.

Mexico posted its highest homicides on record, with a new government report Sunday showing murders in the country rose by 16 percent in the first half of 2018.

The Interior Department said there were 15,973 homicides in the first half of the year, compared to 13,751 killings in the same period of 2017.

According to the AP, the record-breaking homicides have surpassed the violence seen during the dark years of Mexico’s drug war in 2011, along with exceeding all government data since records began in 1997.

At these crisis levels, the department’s homicide rate for the country stands around 22 per 100,000 population for year-end estimates — near the level of Columbia 24.2 and Guatemala 26.0.

Security analyst Alejandro Hope told the AP, “the figures are horrible, but there are some signs that are halfway encouraging.”

For example, the growth in homicides could be slowing; murders were up only about 4 percent compared to the second half of 2017. “The curve may be flattening out,” Hope noted, though he warned his forecast could be incorrect.

Hope noted that the northern border state of Baja California exhibited the largest surge in homicide rates, while other states saw declines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The drug cartels appear to be in complete, total control in many areas in Mexico.

It used to be a great place for Americans to vacation; not any more.

The one thing incoming President Obrador could do to stop the drug violence, would be to decriminalize all drugs, as Portugal has done, to take the financial incentive out of drug-selling.

The problem with that, of course, is that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika would have to go along, and there are far too many people on this side of the border (including banks) who are making far too much money off illegal drugs to allow that to happen, unfortunately.

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