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.

“Baja California, home to the border city of Tijuana, saw 1,463 homicides in the first half of the year, a 44 percent increase over the same period of 2017. Authorities have attributed the spate of killings to battles between the Jalisco and Sinaloa drug cartels for control of trafficking routes in Baja California. The state is now Mexico’s second most violent, with a homicide rate for the first six months of the year equivalent to 71 murders per 100,000 inhabitants,” said AP.

By comparison, El Salvador and Venezuela are among the deadliest countries in the world — have homicide rates of around 54 to 60 per 100,000.

Thanks to the Jalisco drug cartel, Mexico’s most dangerous state is Colima, on the central Pacific coast, which experienced a 27-percent increase in killings and now has a shocking homicide rate of about 80 per 100,000

Guanajuato, a central Mexican state, saw a 122 percent increase in homicides, which now has a rate of about 40 per 100,000. Government officials have reported that much of violent crime is linked to gangs of fuel thieves who drill taps into government pipelines.

Here are Mexico’s eight most violent states by annual homicide rate, based on federal data. Over the past few years, killings rebounded in Baja California and Chihuahua states:

Mexico is on pace to top the record-setting violence of 2017. The 15,973 murders over the first six months of 2018 exceed the 13,503 reported over the same period last year.

Drug trafficking routes overlaid with homicide rates (2015) — notice a pattern?

Earlier this year, the US State Department published a new multi-tiered travel advisory system to warn U.S. citizens of traveling to Mexico. Travel advisories range from Level 1 (“exercise normal precautions”) to Level 4 (“do not travel”).

According to the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian-based think tank that focuses on emerging security and development issues, the murder epidemic is not just limited to Mexico, but across all of Latin America.

The Institute stated the current situation is incredibly complex and results from decades of corruption, drug trafficking, organized crime, contraband, illegal mining, land rights, and in some cases, violence by state military forces.




J S Bach powow Sat, 07/28/2018 - 01:37 Permalink

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is dealing with a population of Aztec descendants whose innate propensities gravitate toward the primitive.  The populace of Mexico will revert to their base instincts regardless of whatever First World policies are posited.  The concept of race is paramount when addressing any proposals of governance.  Of course, in this modern politically-correct age, this all-important thesis will be ignored in any proposition toward solving the problem.

Water and oil always separate when combined.  This is the ultimate clue as to any workable solution.

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Croesus J S Bach Sat, 07/28/2018 - 05:13 Permalink

What is happening in Mexico is an absolute tragedy, imo. I LOVE Mexico, and have been to Guerrero and Michoacan, among other "Do Not Travel" places there. I love the history, the architecture, the culture, the people, and the food. If it wasn't for the violence, I would have another home there in a heartbeat; corruption is everywhere you go, our crooks are just a little more subtle about it, usually.

Even the last time I was there, it was risky going to Guerrero, but as a White American, I wouldn't even chance it. Kidnapping risks are too high...

It's sad.

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Last of the Mi… Gaius Frakkin'… Sat, 07/28/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Mexico is lost. Build the wall and arm the guards. 

Our policy should be no trade until the drug trade is destroyed. It's up to them at that point to sort it out and history teaches us freedom isn't free. 

It will be a long bloody process but the war can be won as long as the US doesn't back down and protects it's citizens. 

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tyrone SWRichmond Mon, 07/30/2018 - 01:02 Permalink

so Baja California is rated "increased caution" which is lower than either
"reconsider travel" or "do not travel". Huh.. funny that. So what is the
name of the city at the tip of Baja? Is it not called "Los Cabos"?

The World Atlas says that Los Cabos Mexico has the HIGHEST MURDER RATE
in the world.

Perhaps the State Department's geography is faulty.

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silverer Croesus Sat, 07/28/2018 - 08:09 Permalink

I'm with you on that. To really understand it, you need to speak to somebody who's lived there. You get a story you don't expect. Corruption is everywhere, like you say. People in public jobs are bribed to disclose information about the residents, so the local gangs know who has money. They then will kidnap a family member for ransom. Once they think they've stripped the family wealth, they pretty much leave you alone, because they know you have little left to steal. Gringos are an automatic target, mainly due to the fact they think there's enough money there to steal.

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lew1024 J S Bach Sat, 07/28/2018 - 05:27 Permalink

Such simple thinking, how can you allow that to screw up your understanding of the world?

You don't appear to know any Mexicans. I do, they are neighbors, an immigrant from Mexico City and others who grew up here in the US. Some educated, some not, some the kind of people you would approve of your kid marrying, some not.

Just people.

Having been among many foreigners from many different nations, very mixed, I have gotten to know many of them. One project I managed had people who spoke 20 different native languages. Just people. In fact, one of the Americans was the only one I have any long-term dislike of, a dishonest shit who wanted my job.

Don't tell me 'innate propensities'. Have you not read the Stanford Prison Experiment and Milgram's studies? Everyone has those 'innate propensities', the environment brings them out.

Such simple thinking, why do you do that to your society?

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jin187 lew1024 Sat, 07/28/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

Two reasons.  One is the need to feel morally superior to those they hate.  Because hate is bad, and so if you hate, that means you're bad, unless you hate someone because they are bad.  That makes you an avenging angel.

The second is to feel like they're better than they are, by claiming credit for the discoveries of a tiny handful of white philosophers and scientists.  Every one of these fuckers is sitting in their trailer, using stolen wi-fi and power from next door, typing away on their Obama phone about how "we did this", and "we did that".  You didn't build that.  Most white people are too busy thinking about other stuff to build anything.  Like drinking Natty Light, beating their girl, and how they're gonna get out from under that payday loan.  It makes them feel good to think about all the accomplishments of exceptional whites, while they're washing dishes, or flipping burgers.

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Superlat lew1024 Sat, 07/28/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

Personal anecdotes are nice, but they really don't matter. I've met plenty of nice mexicans also. Fact is, ALL Latin America, except maybe Chile and Uruguay and Bolivia, are total nightmares.

ZERO birth control, zero accountability for your actions, and catholicism wrecking thought into perpetuity. These countries can only get worse going forward, mostly because the population growth is off the fucking charts. USE SOME FUCKING BIRTH CONTROL, you IDIOTS!

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RagnarRedux J S Bach Sat, 07/28/2018 - 09:31 Permalink

" The concept of race is paramount when addressing any proposals of governance.  Of course, in this modern politically-correct age, this all-important thesis will be ignored in any proposition toward solving the problem."

Indeed, too many whites are inflicted with Pathological Altruism and tend to project their own thinking and equality-fairness biases onto other racial/ethnic out-groups. Sorry whitey, it won't be reciprocated by these other groups, they will gladly dispossess, displace and "diversify" your white ass to death.………

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jin187 J S Bach Sat, 07/28/2018 - 14:12 Permalink

Yeah, what a bunch of primitives, unlike the super civilized Spaniards that conquered them.  Those guys never used to murder and torture people by the thousands over such base things as religion, or conquest.  I don't know why the Spanish wasted their time trying to bring peace, love, and freedom to those barbarians.

Barely more than a hundred years of high fashion, and not wiping your ass with your bare hand, and all of a sudden, you think you're more evolved than everyone else.  Look at all the millennial commie trash you've raised, that you're going to be handing your civilization over to in 20 years.  You really think they're smarter than the average shit skin?

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Superlat J S Bach Sat, 07/28/2018 - 17:43 Permalink

The genetic component definitely seems to be a factor, HOWEVER, you are missing the FACT that catholic nations are the MOST violent on earth, short of nations in an actual state of war. All the top crime-ridden violent nations on earth on catholic nations in Latin America and Africa. Catholicism is a cult of its own that merges well with pagan blood cults. These cults don't do all that much to address murder. They just let it pass more or less. They also do nothing to implement birth control, in fact, they prevent it.

Religion is the main problem in Mexico. It's not really the indigenous genetics. Fact is, some of the indigenous areas in Mexico, Bolivia, and other nations function better than the mixed ones.

You're also missing what globalism did to many of these majority substistence farmer nations. These countries weren't ready to become developed nations, and their farmers were thrown off the land.

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Fireman Lost in translation Sat, 07/28/2018 - 03:38 Permalink

Putin did, no the Chinese did it...I mean the Mexicans and sundry spiks did it...

Everyone did it except lil ol redneck USSA. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Drug$ 'R US

Don't tell the USSAN lumpen proles poisoning themselves with every kind of
filth they can shove up any orifice into their drug-addled gnat brains but just
like Al CIAduh and ISIS, the Zetas terrorizing Mexico are simply another USSAN
asset in the Washing town criminal enterprise known as the US government. Look
at heroin production in Afghanistan since the Langley Crime Syndicate took
over. Hint, count the opioid deaths in a shithole near you on any day of the
week. Hint... the Paki ISI slash Al CIAduh Gulen ratlines destroying peasant
USSA and NOBODY gives a shit obviously as long as the poison of the deep state
gets to market and keeps the hogs on animal farm sedated. The regime is
destroying USSANS and making a fortune keeping the rednecks and ethnics in
poverty same as they did back in the day to black USSA with crack cocaine. They
killed Gary Webb when he proved it.

Ever wonder why all that crap gets over the border and to market so easily
like a well greased supply line for Walmart? Ever wonder why there has NEVER
been a USSAN cartel drug boss? Because the criminal institutions of the CIA,
FBI, DEA and Border Patrol are the USSAN cartels. Capiche!

Face it USSA, your plantation owners herd you at will and cull you like cattle, tax cattle.

Mexican Cartel, Los ZETAS trained by USSA

Mike Rupert "CIA are drug runners"

Ron Paul "Bush is a drug runner".

The Sackler Gang, a Jewish crime family that makes Al Capone look like a Prohibition era social worker.

How USSAN drug smugglers profited from China's 19th century opium addiction…

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Superlat The_Juggernaut Sat, 07/28/2018 - 17:52 Permalink

Latin America to the USA and Canada is what Islam is to Europe - proof that development under post catholic and Islamic rule is the ONLY way to fly, regardless of the many flaws. Latin America and Muslimania are utter failures as societies, and need to be treated as cancers on the planet. I'm a liberal, and I say this to my peers who I think can handle it, but good luck saying this to a hispanic.

People on the left have become really stupid. They don't realize the centuries the Western enlightenment fought stone age religious cults to rise out of the dark ages, (the founding fathers were particularly realist about religion) and they are just blindly handing the keys back to the zombies.

This is, in part, to blame on stupid Republicans as well, who hate education, because it makes workers demand more from elites. It's a two-edged sword, but if humanity doesn't wake up soon, we are thoroughly over. THe minute the blood cults take over, we will finally have that nuclear war. The East Asians somehow have managed a different state of affairs, mostly because buddhism is a far better religion than any other, except maybe protestantism, the NON born-again kind.

The UN, also, MUST stop celebrating diversity for its own sake, and needs to start talking the shit about religion that needs to be said. And I don't care how liberal the fucking pope is, if it was up to me, I would take the Vatican by force tomorrow, and throw those corrupt pieces of shit in the Med Sea, and reform that religion from the ground up. It's incredible that Protestantism fought those idiots and won, and yet, we are STILL dealing with their stupidity centuries later, just because it looks glorious in Rome, when in reality, it is the worst mud cult to ever scourge the earth.

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rtb61 Talleyrand Fri, 07/27/2018 - 23:28 Permalink

You people missed it completely yet again. Legalised pot in the US means, huge drops in demand for South American drugs and the crime gangs are aggressively competing over a shrinking market space, a rapidly shrinking market space.

As more drugs are decriminalised and addiction treated as a medical condition and not as a crime, so that market place will shrink further and those drug gangs will have to fight much, much harder over a shrinking market and of course diversify into other crimes, mugging, kidnapping, armed robberies, protection rackets etc.

Watch out they will be looking to export those kinds of criminal activities to the US, no gang member from overseas should be allowed to visit the US let alone settle there, the US created millions of criminals in the bullshit drug wars and they will simply not go back to a minimum wage job, especially not a South American minimum wage (Some tattoos will make you permanently persona non grata

A couple of decades should see it all settle down, bit rough during those decades but. It all depends upon how effective police forces are in removing the gangs from the streets.

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