Borderland Beat reports:
In the first 14 days of 2011, every 40 minutes a person has been killed in [Mexico] in incidents related to organized crime, marking the beginning of the most violent year in the current administration.
According to Grupo Reforma's executionmeter, which collects data on drug related deaths across the country, 507 drug related deaths have been recorded, so far, in 2011.
Compared to the same period of 2010, which registered 428 drug warrelated deaths, there has been an 18% increase.
In 2007 and 2008, during the same period, drug related deaths were 112 and 111, respectively.
And, by 2009, that number jumped to 179 homicides.
States with the highest number of executions this year are Chihuahua with 96, Guerrero with 78, Sinaloa with 73, Durango with 52, Nuevo Leon with 41 and Jalisco with 37.
Acapulco suffered the most violent deaths in a single day on January 8, when it reported 25 people executed by organized crime, 14 of them beheaded.
There's more at the link.
I've been saying it for years, but it bears repeating: no-one in his or her right mind should be going anywhere near Mexico right now. I don't care how much your teenagers or university-attending offspring bug you to let them travel to Spring Break celebrations there . . . it's just too damn dangerous.
Trouble is, I know full well that in a few short weeks, tens of thousands of US students will completely disregard news reports like this, and warnings from folks like myself, and will go there anyway. Some of them won't be coming back - at least, not alive . . . and their families will bleat, and whine, and complain that "Someone should have warned us!", and look for someone - anyone! - to sue for damages.