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No tourists in Tijuana

TIJUANA, Mexico — In a starkly empty store filled with colorful Indian dresses, sprawling sombreros and quarts of tequila, vendor Humberto Beltran flicked angrily through the sales log. “Look what we’ve sold this week. Today — nothing; yesterday — $5; the day before — $2,” he moaned, waving his hand across the empty pages. “We can’t live on this. What are we going do?”

Record number of guns in Mexico traced to the US

SAN ANTONIO — In 2008, a year during which more than 7,000 Mexicans were killed in drug violence, a record number of weapons confiscated in Mexico were traced to U.S. retailers, according to the latest available government data obtained by GlobalPost. The number of traced firearms that originated in the U.S. — 12,073 — is by far the most ever recorded in one year since the U.S. Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives began tracing Mexico's seized guns in 2005.

A World of Trouble, the sequel

BOSTON — As the global economic meltdown deepened two months ago, we wondered how the crisis was playing out — on the ground and in real time — in all corners of the world. So we set loose 20 correspondents in 20 countries — from high-fliers China and India, to economic powerhouses Japan and Brazil, to struggling economies across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They came back with this depressing picture.

A war they can win?

Sizing up Mexico's war on drugs

SAN DIEGO — As parties to a complicated marriage born of an even more complicated history, Americans and Mexicans don’t always agree on much. But, unfortunately, and in a most depressing way, many people on both sides of the border seem to agree on at least two things: (1) Mexican President Felipe Calderon is right to be battling those ruthless drug cartels in Mexico; and (2) it’s a match-up that Calderon is destined to lose.

Heavy security greets Obama in Mexico City

Top News: The media was obsessed by the visit of America’s first black president. Barack Obama touches down in Mexico City on April 16, his first time in Latin America as head of state. South of the border, the newspapers were less interested in the first dog making headlines in the U.S. media and more in the huge security around Obama’s visit.

Guatemala: the next to fall?

While U.S. attention has rightly been focused on Mexico's drug wars — with high-profile trips by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before this weekend's Summit of the Americas — Mexico's southern neighbor is in far more serious danger of becoming a failed state. Reeling from gangs, corruption and pervasive poverty, Guatemala now faces well-armed, well-financed drug cartels.

What do you know? (Mexico edition)

U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Mexico this week. How smart are you about our neighbor:

Obama grapples with Mexico’s “lightning war”

TIJUANA, Mexico — The policemen had stopped their squad car for a few seconds on a major avenue in this burgeoning border city on Saturday evening when Kalashnikov bullets flew out of a passing Plymouth Voyager. Enrique Monge, a 31-year-old beat cop, returned fire but his effort was in vain. A cap shot through his waist and scattered into several vital organs and he died hours later in hospital.

All eyes on Mexico

As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Latin America tomorrow, GlobalPost's crack marketing team took a step back and looked at our coverage. They came up with this list of 10 shocking facts about Mexico's drug war that we thought we should share: 1 A recent U.S. government report suggests that “Two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.”
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