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    MEXICO CITY: Authorities in Mexico put several states on alert Monday after thieves stole nuclear material used in medical equipment that is dangerous if not handled properly.
    The iridium was inside industrial X-ray equipment that was stolen from the back of a truck in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco state, an interior ministry statement said.
    “This was industrial equipment that included Iridium-192... which can be dangerous for people if it is taken out of its container,” the statement said.
    It issued a warning for Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan, San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas states.
    If the material is found, authorities asked for people to stay back 30 meters (yards) and call local officials for help.
    Since 2013, there have been at least seven cases of radioactive material being stolen across Mexico. So far, all the material was returned without incident. -- AFP
    http://www1.nst.com.my/world/2017/04...material-theft

    See also
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...angerous-is-it
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    Default Not just a Mexican problem?

    Given that such equipment is in extensive use, one must wonder how much is diverted or stolen in other countries, notably the USA and of course becomes a public matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Given that such equipment is in extensive use, one must wonder how much is diverted or stolen in other countries, notably the USA and of course becomes a public matter.
    That's fretted about in the Guardian article as well.
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    Default Mexico's War is Hell and Getting Worse

    Mexico’s War is Hell. It’s Next door. It’s Getting Worse. Why?

    Wars are not won by targeting the enemy’s generals and leaving their ground forces intact. That’s not a military campaign; it’s not even a serious strategy.

    As Tolstoy notes in War and Peace, the French would still have gone on to invade Russia, even if someone had bumped off Napoleon.
    This is one of the principle reasons our approach to counterterrorism is failing. Hundreds of intelligence amateurs drawing networks of terrorists, and telling their operators if you just remove this guy and that guy the network will collapse. It was an OK hypothesis to test in 2002, but 15 years after it failed us then we're pursuing it.

    So far, 2017 has been a very rough year for Mexican crime fighters. The regional security plan established by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013—which divided the country into five zones and included large-scale military deployments—seems to have backfired. Violence is up by as much as 60 percent in the region that includes Sinaloa, where the crime syndicate formerly run by Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán is based. And homicides have increased sharply in each of the other four security zones as well.

    As opposed to previous spikes in violence, which tended to be localized, the first five months of this year have seen a nationwide rise in murders—putting it on track to be the worst year for drug war mayhem since such records started to be kept in 1997
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    We remove the elements that control what we think we understand, and then acted surprised the situation morphed making it even worse.

    “You combine inequality with ineffective government,” says Wood, “and you have a very toxic situation where organized crime is an alternative for young men—but it’s also a force that very few governmental actors are willing to confront.”
    Mexico is wealthy, but the Mexican people are poor. Always a bad combination for long term stability.

    Why the Military Will Never Beat Mexico's Cartels

    http://securityassistance.org/conten...exicos-cartels

    “Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war,” wrote Norman Mailer in Armies of the Night. That phrase, applied to Vietnam almost 50 years ago, has come back into my head any number of times during the eight months of the last year I’ve spent covering the Mexican drug war.
    Organized crime in Mexico, she says, is simply “too lucrative.” When a designated “kingpin” is arrested or killed by authorities, the flow of money from the drug trade ensures a former underling or rival will rise up to take his place. “Massive military deployment and attacks on cartels cannot defeat or eliminate them and invariably lead to greater levels of violence,” Carlsen says, because newly empowered factions do battle for the old crime lord’s turf. According to Carlsen, the flaw lies not just in tactical execution, but in the authorities’ very will to fight—despite Washington footing much of the bill. “In Mexico the problem is in the practice as well as the strategy itself. The military can’t defeat the drug cartels,” says Carlsen, “because it doesn’t want to. “Police and military are often complicit with drug traffickers,” she adds, in a follow-up email. “Huge quantities of drugs flow out of (and presumably cash flows into) areas where the military controls access.” The problem of corruption is not limited to individuals, she notes, it’s “a systemic re-purposing of state agencies” by the cartels.

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    Default The Zetas: Don’t mess with us. One town's tale

    A Pro-Publica report:
    In March 2011 gunmen from the Zetas cartel, one of the most violent drug trafficking organizations in the world, swept through Allende and nearby towns like a flash flood, demolishing homes and businesses and kidnapping and killing dozens, possibly hundreds, of men, women and children.

    (Shortly after) But unlike most places in Mexico that have been ravaged by the drug war, what happened in Allende didn’t have its origins in Mexico. It began in the United States, when the Drug Enforcement Administration scored an unexpected coup. An agent persuaded a high-level Zetas operative to hand over the trackable cellphone identification numbers for two of the cartel’s most wanted kingpins, Miguel Ángel Treviño and his ​brother Omar. Then the DEA took a gamble. It shared the intelligence with a Mexican federal police unit that has long had problems with leaks — even though its members had been trained and vetted by the DEA. Almost immediately, the Treviños learned they’d been betrayed.
    Link:https://www.propublica.org/article/a...and-the-us-dea
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    Mexico was ranked the most-worsened country this year on the Fund for Peace's Fragile States Index (FSI), tying with Ethiopia for the bottom spot. Although Mexico has long faced violence, corruption, and organized crime, these problems all worsened during the past year, countering a decade-long trend of increasing stability there. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder asked Eric Olson, the deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American program and senior advisor to its Mexico Institute, what explains this drop in stability, and whether uncertainty over Trump Administration policy has anything to do with it.
    https://www.thecipherbrief.com/artic...ters-here-1091
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    In an interview with Mexican publication El Blog del Narco, a reporter said a now-deceased Zetas cartel leader used to eat the flesh of victims.
    The journalist#told the publication he had seen former Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano, or "El Lazca," eat human flesh, according to El Blog del Narco. He said after the cartel leader would have someone killed, the victim would be cleaned and shaved, according to the publication.
    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/us-...s-11302411.php

    Sounds like someone was channeling Bricktop.
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    ACAPULCO, Mexico – At least four people have been shot and killed in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, which has become a hotspot in Mexico's rising drug violence.
    An Associated Press journalist saw the four bodies, including a man who lay on a central avenue in Acapulco in broad daylight Sunday with a pink towel over his face. Pedestrians watched from a footbridge as police secured the scene.
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08...-acapulco.html
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    Members of the Mexican military have a chaotic shootout outside of a gas station with an unknown group of armed individuals.
    Video here
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    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. #U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.
    https://travel.state.gov/content/pas...l-warning.html
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    http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/%e2...z&ocid=UE07DHP

    Narcos’ Location Scout Found Shot Dead in Mexico

    Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.” The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and “Apocalypto.”
    Netflix’s season 4 is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel just as season 3 focused on the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel and heralded the shift of the drug wars to Mexico.

    Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began. Such a decision would imperil hundreds of jobs that the series’ production would have generated in Mexico.

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    Default United Nations Peacekeeping Offensive Operations: Theory and Doctrine

    United Nations Peacekeeping Offensive Operations: Theory and Doctrine

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    Default Pentagon Official: U.S. to Cut Contributions to U.N. Peacekeeping Missions

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    Economic warfare, after a fashion - while sending a message to your rivals.

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The bodies of six men were found hanging from three different bridges near the Mexican tourist resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula on Wednesday, local authorities said.
    The authorities did not give details on what happened to the men, but drug gangs often hang the bodies of their murdered victims in public to intimidate rivals. Drug gang violence is set to make 2017 Mexico's deadliest year in modern history.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/six-bodie...195908425.html
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    MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to issue a stringent travel advisory, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states, an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.
    The State Department's highest "do not travel" advisory places the states of Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Guerrero at the same warning level as war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
    The advisory delivered a stark reminder of the formerly ritzy seaside resort city Acapulco fall from grace.
    Once a glamorous playground for the Hollywood jet set, including Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth, the resort in Guerrero state now has one of the highest murder rates in the world, having fallen victim to vicious gang warfare in recent years.
    http://news.trust.org/item/20180111041114-6js0h
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    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - There were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed.
    Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. It was the highest annual total since the government began counting murders in 1997.
    Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/25-339-mu...184202989.html
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    Default We have not gone away - the Zapatista rebels

    I thought they had gone away, no and the title and sub-title to thi short article are:
    Mexico’s Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain stronghold; The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions – until now
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/global-d...in-strongholds
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    Default Welcome to 21st Century Mexico

    Three Italian men who went missing in Mexico at the end of January were sold to a criminal gang for €43 ($53), their relatives have told Italian media.
    The reason for the Italians' trip to Mexico from their hometown of Naples is also unclear. Their family have said they were tourists, but Mexican prosecutors suspect the trio was part of a ring selling fake-brand power generators.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/italian-m...180101306.html

    Rhetorically, what sort of profit margin is there on flogging fake-brand power generators?
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    A total of 14 were killed during a 36-hour span in (Cancun) the once peaceful Mexican beach resort city. Five other victims sustained gunshot wounds but are expected to survive. The incidents occurred between Wednesday morning, April 4 and Thursday night, April 5, 2018, according to Noticaribe.

    Breitbart Texas previously reported that in the first three months of 2018, a total of 98 homicides were registered.

    In one of the deadly encounters reported last Wednesday, a total of five victims were killed inside a residence in Villas del Caribe Fraccionamiento. According to news reports, neighbors indicated that the victims were involved in the sale of illegal drugs for several years.
    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/...ered-24-hours/
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