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.
January 6, 1995 |
A leading environmental group wants an investigation into why thousands of migratory birds are dying at an artificial lake in central Mexico. More than 20,000 wild ducks, herons and a dozen other species of migratory birds have perished since Dec. 11 at the Silva Dam in Guanajuato state, said the Group of 100. The birds stop at the lake en route from Canada and the United States to Mexico and Central and South America.
February 26, 2011 |
First they killed activist Josefina Reyes. Then her brother. Then they burned her mother's house. Two and a half weeks ago, gunmen dressed in black kidnapped Reyes' sister, sister-in-law and another brother. On Friday, their bodies were discovered, shot and dumped on the side of a windswept road in Chihuahua state. The Reyes family has become a case study of the unrelenting violence ravaging northern Mexico. Surviving relatives Friday angrily blamed government authorities for failing to protect a family "so historically aggrieved.
February 16, 2011 |
A U.S. immigration agent who was killed Tuesday in a part of central Mexico increasingly under the influence of drug traffickers has been identified as Jaime J. Zapata. Zapata was shot to death and another special agent was wounded when they were apparently ambushed by gunmen at a fake roadblock, the type often used by traffickers and their henchmen. U.S. Immigration and Customs officials said Wednesday that Zapata was a native of Brownsville, Texas, and four-year veteran of the department on loan from the Laredo, Texas, ICE office.
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.
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.