May 2, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Central American migrants crossing Mexico's Veracruz state were attacked by a violent drug-and-extortion gang, an activist organization said, the latest bloody harassment of people attempting to reach the United States. At least nine and possibly as many as 20 people were seriously injured in the attack late Wednesday near the Veracruz city of Coatzacoalcos, according to various reports. It was unclear whether anyone was killed. Tomas Gonzalez, a religious lay worker who heads a migrant shelter in the area, said survivors told him that gang members armed with guns and machetes boarded a train they were traveling on and began beating up anyone who refused to pay extortion money equivalent to $100. Many migrants threw themselves from the moving train to escape the gang, Gonzalez said in a radio interview.
August 27, 2010
The bullet-riddled bodies of 72 Central and South Americans reportedly slain by drug traffickers in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas shine a light on the dark truth known to undocumented migrants: The illegal trek north through Mexico is treacherous, and those who undertake it put themselves at the mercy of vicious predators. Even before they reach the potentially fatal desert crossing into the United States, thousands of migrants each year face kidnapping, extortion, sexual assault and murder — crimes that often go unreported and unsolved.
February 23, 2014 |
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
December 25, 2001
I was dismayed, astounded and finally greatly amused to read that Mexico's President Vicente Fox, at the Day of the Migrant celebration in Tijuana, "praised those who leave Mexico for a better life" (photo, Dec. 19). In effect, he's saying that there's nothing of value for many people in Mexico and that he's not only pleased but very proud that they are getting the hell out. Amazing! J.F. O'Roark Santa Barbara
December 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM-- About 150 African migrants Tuesday protested Israel's policy of detaining people illegally in the country, saying they are refugees seeking freedom and human rights. The protesters outside parliament had made their way to Jerusalem after leaving a new detention center in southern Israel over the weekend. They described their act as a "walk for freedom and humanity" and held placards reading, "We are refugees, not criminals. " Israeli law allows authorities to detain African migrants without trial for a year before moving them to what is known as an open detention facility in a remote area called Holot.
July 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities in the eastern border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday that they had rescued 81 migrants who were being held against their will in a two-story building in the city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. Officials said the migrants were from Central America, except for one Mexican. All had hoped to cross the border illegally. Such mass kidnappings are common in Mexico, typically carried out by armed groups who demand money from the migrants' families in exchange for their release.