Mexico's drug war: Rosarito Beach regulars won't stay away desp...

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A beach in Rosarito is nearly empty. Drug violence has scared away many tourists, but one visitor said, A A'If youA A're not doing drugs, youA A're not gonna get in trouble.A A' Reporting from Rosarito Beach, ...
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What A Country

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Mar 9, 2009
To those who are determined to go to Rosarito Beach: go for it. I hope your family can afford to claim your corpse.
Micki

United States

#3 Mar 10, 2009
If you're DUMB enough to go there...
Don't bother calling anyone to come and help you.
Steve in rosarito

Tijuana, Mexico

#4 Apr 17, 2009
I live here you guys are idiots.
buy american

Hallandale, FL

#5 Apr 17, 2009
only idiots would go to mexico...
James

Tijuana, Mexico

#6 Apr 21, 2009
I live just south of Rosarito. While I would not want to be in the illicit drug business in Mex, those of us that live here feel just as safe as living in any place in the USA. If all the problems in the USA were as sensationalized as much as the issues with Mex drug violence is sensationalized in the US news media, NO ONE would want to travel to most major cities in the USA. There is a post from L A. Would that poster want to visit South Central LA in the wee small hours of the morning? I think not.
Caffeinated

Lake Zurich, IL

#7 Jun 9, 2009
James wrote:
I live just south of Rosarito. While I would not want to be in the illicit drug business in Mex, those of us that live here feel just as safe as living in any place in the USA. If all the problems in the USA were as sensationalized as much as the issues with Mex drug violence is sensationalized in the US news media, NO ONE would want to travel to most major cities in the USA. There is a post from L A. Would that poster want to visit South Central LA in the wee small hours of the morning? I think not.
I get the impression that you are very naive to what is happening around you.

Be careful....seriously.
Caffeinated

Lake Zurich, IL

#8 Jun 9, 2009
What A Country wrote:
To those who are determined to go to Rosarito Beach: go for it. I hope your family can afford to claim your corpse.
You speak the truth. Mexico will hold dead bodies for ransom. And...they will hold you liable for additional fees.

If I died in Mexico, I would let them keep the carcass.
BAJA MAN

Tijuana, Mexico

#9 Sep 26, 2009
BEWARE OF ROSARITO

Do not believe everything written on the many Baja blogs as the majority commentors are those with vested interests(hoteliers,real estaters,restaurateurs, property owners etc) & the moderators delete anything that doesn’t support their interests. I live here and know of no one who hasn’t been robbed either on the street, in their homes or by the police! Ca. is deporting every criminal it possibly can and the miscreants are all ending up here doing their dirty deeds.If by chance the police are not initially involved you CANNOT count on them for any appreciable assistance in solving your case. Possibly if you are young and pretty or wealthy and you are beheaded or raped by the gangsters someone will pay some attention. Short of that you are simply pushed aside with the dozens of dozens of others who have been violated, kidnapped, car jacked and often murdered withot ever being reported for fear of retalliation.
Do yourself a favor and enjoy California and avoid this cesspool of two faced corruption!
eva

Sacramento, CA

#10 Nov 5, 2009
all of the americans who think walking in the streets of there city is safe then you must be stupid because theres gangs drugs and violence everywhere , ppl raping ppl in broad day lite so mex isint any diffrent
BAJA MAN

Tijuana, Mexico

#11 Nov 5, 2009
eva misses an important point:
in the US one can have some assurance the authorities will make some effort
to solve or at minimum investigate a crime. Here-the entire process is a sham.
Black Panthers

Compton, CA

#12 Nov 6, 2009
It's like saying "don't go to to California because there is to many drive-by's in South Central".
Jix

Redwood City, CA

#13 Nov 11, 2009
Black Panthers wrote:
It's like saying "don't go to to California because there is to many drive-by's in South Central".
Baja, as like other bordering towns, can be considered as dangerous as South Central, so it must be avoided. Any other tourist area do not deal with the same concerns, such as Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.
Gilly

Tijuana, Mexico

#14 Nov 17, 2009
What A Country wrote:
To those who are determined to go to Rosarito Beach: go for it. I hope your family can afford to claim your corpse.
Your a f__king p_ssy Republican Most likely grow so some ball p_ssy .
Gilly

Tijuana, Mexico

#15 Nov 17, 2009
It safe as shite .. no tango murido ..i live here to
PinkyandNoBrain

United States

#16 Nov 17, 2009
Check out some of the comments on this blog.

Mexico angered by drug lord's spot on Forbes list
BAJA MAN

Tijuana, Mexico

#17 Nov 18, 2009
TO GILLY
"It safe as shite .. no tango murido ..i live here to"

what an idiot! you haven't even learned to say one of the easiest phrases in Spanish.

TO PINKYANDNOBRAIN:
i'm sorry your link isnt working. I'd have been interested in reading it.
PinkyandNoBrain

United States

#18 Nov 18, 2009
Type in the link on your browser, it should work. There's some pretty interesting stuff there.
BAJA MAN

Tijuana, Mexico

#19 Nov 18, 2009
thanks-FYI what you wrote is a subject. this is a link:
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/725...
Boot

United States

#20 Nov 18, 2009
MEXICO CITY–Mexico decried Forbes magazine's decision to name the country's most-wanted drug lord to its "World's Most Powerful People," calling it an insult to the government's bloody struggle against drug cartels.

In comments to The Associated Press, a spokesman for the Interior Department – which oversees domestic security – described the listing of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as No. 41 of the 67 most powerful people as "a justification of crime.''

"(This) is a mockery of the struggle the government is waging against organized crime," Luis Estrada said. "This not only goes against the efforts of the Mexican government, but the international fight to eliminate mafias and organized crime.''

Nearly 14,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.

Some residents in the border city of Ciudad Juarez – which has suffered the highest rate of drug violence, with about 2,000 killings this year – also expressed outrage.

"I think this is bad, because the news media are putting a drug trafficker above people who have legitimate businesses," said Josefina Ramirez, a Ciudad Juarez accountant.

Guzman is even considered more powerful than Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – No. 67 – and France's Nicolas Sarkozy – No. 56 – according to Forbes magazine's list of the 67 "World's Most Powerful People." Guzman was just below Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Another Mexican – telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu, who Forbes listed as the world's third-richest man – was named No. 6 on the most-powerful list, just five steps behind No. 1, President Barack Obama.

Guzman's vast drug-trafficking empire is worth an estimated $1 billion, according to Forbes. Yet unlike other, flashier smugglers, few details are known about the Sinaloa cartel boss and the actual power he wields inside his gang.

He escaped prison by hiding in a laundry truck nearly a decade ago, and his legend and fortune seem to grow with each passing day he eludes capture.

The Sinaloa cartel violently seized lucrative drug routes from rivals and built sophisticated tunnels under the U.S. border to move its loads. Mexican officials blame Guzman's cartel for much of the country's staggering bloodshed.

"Of course he's influential, rich and powerful, but he has cost so many lives, so many youths," said Gabriela Lopez, a 25-year-old businesswoman in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa. "I wish they would make a list pointing out that as well.''

Forbes said Guzman's ranking was intended to spark conversation, and asked readers: "Do despicable criminals like billionaire Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman (No. 41) belong on this list at all?''

Last March, Mexican officials also criticized Forbes' decision to include Guzman on its list of the world's billionaires.

Without explicitly naming the publication, Calderon said at the time that "magazines are not only attacking and lying about the situation in Mexico but are also praising criminals."
Boot

United States

#21 Nov 18, 2009
Must have forgotten to attach a link. What was the subject? I'll see if I have it bookmarked.

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