Mexico again

Yes, it’s another warning about what’s going on in Mexico, following the many, many warnings I’ve already put up on this blog. The Washington Times reports: The U.S. Defense Department thinks Mexico’s two most deadly drug cartels together have fielded more than 100,000 foot soldiers – an army that rivals Mexico’s armed forces and threatens to turn the country into a narco-state. “It’s moving to crisis proportions,” a senior U.S. defense official told The Washington Times. The official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because of the sensitive nature of his work, said the cartels’ “foot

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Tamil Tigers’ last gasp?

I was interested to read of the air raid on Colombo, Sri Lanka, last Friday by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist movement known colloquially as the Tamil Tigers. The Tigers have always been a somewhat enigmatic movement. They’ve claimed to represent the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, allegedly ‘defending’ them against the ‘oppression’ of the Sinhalese majority: but it’s been documented on numerous occasions that they’ve terrorized their own community when voluntary support wasn’t forthcoming swiftly enough for their liking. They’ve claimed to be apolitical apart from their Tamil nationalist objectives, but they display distinct Communist leanings

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Mexico is slipping into anarchy

Yes, it’s another post on Mexico’s skyrocketing crime problem – and it’s getting worse by the day. Consider the following developments from the last three days alone. 1. The BBC reports: The chief of police in Mexico’s most violent city, Ciudad Juarez, has stepped down amid ongoing threats. Roberto Orduna stepped down hours after a policeman and a prison guard were killed in the city, which has been wracked by drug-related violence. Criminal gangs had threatened to kill at least one police officer every two days until Mr Orduna quit. Murders are frequent in Ciudad Juarez, which sits on the

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Bin Laden’s hide-out?

I’m intrigued by some very interesting research done by geographers at UCLA. It’s available from the MIT International Review as a large downloadable file in PDF format. They claim to have identified Osama bin Laden’s likely whereabouts by applying geographic science to publicly released intelligence information. According to Science Daily: The UCLA findings rely on two principles used in geography to predict the distribution of wildlife, primarily for the purposes of designing approaches to conservation. The first, known as distance-decay theory, holds that as one travels farther away from a precise location with a specific composition of species — or,

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In a terrorist attack, don’t rely on your cellphone!

If you thought you might be able to use your cellphone to communicate with your loved ones during a terrorist attack . . . think again. The New York Police Department is looking for ways to disrupt cell phone calls and other forms of electronic communication among terrorists in the event of another terror attack in New York, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says. The need to disrupt communications is one of several conclusions that the NYPD has drawn from studying the November attack in Mumbai, India, a three-day rampage by machine gun and grenade-wielding Islamic militants in which at least

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The paths of upright-eousness???

It seems the CIA and other US intelligence agencies have a new weapon in the war on terror. America’s CIA has found a novel way to gain information from fickle Afghan warlords – supplying sex-enhancing drug Viagra, a US media report says. The Washington Post said it was one of a number of enticements being used. In one case, a 60-year-old warlord with four wives was given four pills and four days later detailed Taleban movements in return for more. “Whatever it takes to make friends and influence people,” the Post quoted one agent as saying. “Whether it’s building a

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