Violence in Mexico seems to be increasing, with wars between drug gangs claiming a record 12,456 lives from January to November of this year, a top Mexican official said today.
All told, said Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez, 30,196 people have died in the drug wars since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago.
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And that's just in Mexico. The ruthless drug trade is also responsible for plenty of homicides in Arizona and other states - as Tuesday's slaying of a Border Patrol officer near Nogales exemplifies.
Amazingly, the Mexico economy continues to grow at a rate estimated to be 5 percent for this year, thanks to the country's exports to the United States. Economic growth would be 1.2 percent higher if not for the violence, the above-linked Bloomberg article reports.
With all those bullets flying around, Mexico better not depend on American tourism and new business investments to boost revenues in the next couple of years.