July 9, 2009 |
Anti-crime activists on Wednesday decried the slaying of a protest leader in northern Mexico who went public after his brother was kidnapped in May. Benjamin LeBaron, 32, and a brother-in-law were shot to death Tuesday after they were seized by gunmen in Galeana, a farming town in the border state of Chihuahua. The attack bore signs of an organized-crime hit. A message left with the bodies said it was retribution for the capture of 25 drug suspects in a neighboring town.
February 9, 2009
Re "Mexico's death trap," editorial, Feb. 5 The Times argues that Mexico should not reinstate the death penalty. I agree. Executions have taken the place of an official death penalty policy in Mexico. This quickly failing state can't afford the creation of a death row in its prison system, with the endless appeals and high per-prisoner costs of detention that taxpayers are subjected to in the U.S. Better to spend the funds on public education and polygraph machines for each and every member of the government, police and military.
January 10, 2006
Re "Shooting Puts Pressure on Fox," Jan. 6 Some Mexican commentators and government officials are saying they want a Border Patrol agent tried in their courts in absentia for the death of a Mexican national during a confrontation. They are also suggesting that the U.S. government sign an agreement "that would allow Mexicans to migrate northward 'in an orderly fashion.' " If they are so concerned, they should do something to stop the Mexicans from breaking U.S. law and make them want to stay in their own country, not try to tell us to change U.S. laws for their benefit.
January 23, 2003 |
Grieving relatives laid coffins in the streets here Wednesday as Mexico began its recovery from a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed at least 29 people, injured 190 others and reduced parts of this colonial-era capital to heaps of brick and adobe rubble. Overall, Mexico was lucky, because a combination of geography and seismology blunted the effects of one of the strongest earthquakes to strike the nation since a magnitude 8.1 temblor devastated Mexico City in 1985.
October 21, 2000 |
The worldwide legal headaches of Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone have widened to include Mexico, where a law firm said Friday that complaints are surfacing each day of serious accidents involving Ford Explorers mounted with defective Firestone tires. The law firm, Servicios Legales Internacionales, says it has filed 12 lawsuits against Ford and Firestone in Nashville, in connection with 28 deaths in Mexico that purportedly resulted from such accidents.
June 13, 1999 |
In the Americas, few countries are as expert in the business of magic as Mexico. Romance, illusion, cocaine--fantasy is Mexico's growing export, more important than burritos or the eager hands of its migrant workers. Last week's midday assassination of Francisco "Paco" Stanley, Mexico's beloved comic and game-show host, forced millions of Mexicans to recognize reality: Mexico has become a violent, criminal society. Over and over, Stanley's bullet-ridden minivan was shown on TV.