Baby don’t you go to Guerrero

The Economist reports that murder rates are rising again in Mexico.  Here’s their graph showing national averages since 1997 and an indication of where most of the new murders are coming from:


The violent state of Guerrero is driving much of this increase; “almost 40% of the recent rise is accounted for by gang-infested Guerrero.”  In this second graph, you can see why tourists (both from inside and outside of Mexico) are starting to rethink their idea of an Acapulco vacation:


I’ve always thought of New Orleans as being a relatively dangerous city (and it is), but Acapulco just blows it away.  While EPN promises a raft of new measures to combat problems with security, there is a long way to go.  The piece notes that “an astonishing 99% of all crimes are never punished”…[and that]…Mexico came 58th out of 59 countries in a global impunity index published recently by the University of the Americas in Puebla.” 

“A taco seller points to two spots on Acapulco’s beach where people have been shot dead in recent days.”  Hmm, when the taco vendor on the beach can point to where the recent murders happened, it’s time to find another beach.

The owner of our favorite Mexican restaurant in Norman is from Guerrero.  After a recent visit home, he said his family refers to the state as Iraq. Yep, definitely looking at Cancun.

Crime and Impunity in Mexico

Given the horrible news coming out of Mexico these days, this Economist article on crime and governance in Mexico is well-timed.  I think N. Parish Flannery (@LatAmLENS) summed it up best when he tweeted, “I think the Mexican version of Crime and Punishment is just Crime and …”

Here is the Economist graph showing both a rise in crime in recent years coupled with an incredible amount of impunity.


Perhaps the gruesome discovery of mass grave after mass grave in Guerrero, none of which seem to hold the missing students, will represent a turning point in this trajectory.

Can a dosa be so good that it keeps a murderer out of prison?

Apparently yes. I think the actual algorithm is great dosas — big money — impunity, but please read the awesome article and see for yourself how a dosa king flourishes despite multiple convictions and a life sentence.

One of many great quotes: “It’s amazing how he managed it,” said Sriram V., a local historian. “I mean, our legal system is not that bad.”

When a restauranteur has the national Supreme Court in his back pocket, yes, Sriram, your legal system IS that bad!