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  • Callie369
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    What a crock. Mexico is as bad, if not worse, then the U.S. for drug use.

    More Drug Use

    Nor have these seizures preserved Mexico from registering a dramatic increase in drug use since 1994, a fact that Madrazo "forgot" to mention during his press conference. Far from sharing the optimism of the attorney general, a nation-wide study conducted by the ministry of health has concluded that drug use "has shown a preoccupying increase and worrisome trends". Indeed, according to this study reviewed in the weekly magazine Proceso[1], the mean age of first drug use in Mexico is ten years. In 1993, 3.9% of Mexicans had used a drug at least once in their lifetime, but in 1997 they were 5.27%. Since Mexico has 95 million inhabitants, about half of whom are aged 15 and under, it follows that the domestic market is huge and lucrative. The range of drugs available is diversifying, polydrug use is spreading, and substances that were practically unheard of a few years ago, like synthetic drugs and especially ecstasy, are now imported from Europe and marketed in Mexico. However, cristal, the smokeable methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico, is also gaining adepts on the domestic market.

    Another imported product – cocaine – is now the second most-used illicit drug in the country, after marijuana, which is grown locally. In fact, cocaine use has exploded: 10% of Mexican minors used it is 1997, as opposed to 0.1% in 1993. Because prices have dropped, cocaine consumption, which used to be restricted to the elite and the narcos, has become democratized and is spreading to new social groups and regions. Almost everyone can buy it, in urban as well as rural areas. For example, an OGD correspondent observed that some young dwellers of a small village in the mostly rural and Indian state of Oaxaca (one of Mexico's poorest states, a large marijuana and opium producer and a significant transit territory for cocaine) used cocaine hydrochloride. The kids said they could buy a gram for 100 pesos (about US $9). In Mexico City, high-grade hydrochloride sells for 200 pesos a gram, but highly adulterated product is available at 80 pesos a gram. Crack cocaine costs 20 pesos a dose ("grapa"), and on the capital's street markets, from scruffy Tepito (a hub for smuggling, piracy and drug trafficking) to trendy Coyoacán, crack pipes are sold openly. This cocaine boom is a direct consequence of the deal struck between Colombian traffickers and Mexican counterparts in the early 1990s: the Colombians would pay the Mexicans in kind for smuggling cocaine shipments to the "other side", on the basis of a kilo in payment for a kilo delivered in the United States. As a result, the Mexican narcos have come to own large amounts of cocaine that they are disposing of cheaply on a domestic market which is much less glutted than that of the United States.

    Heroin use is also spreading in Mexico, especially along the northern border. This increase is likely a consequence of the rise in domestic opium production, itself due in some degree to the introduction of new varieties of poppies, which are "foreign", according to the authorities, and yield more opium per hectare than domestic plants. Insistent rumors mention the presence of "Turkish chemists" in the country, allegedly producing a distinct type of heroin than the usual "Mexican tar". In addition, Mexico is a transit country for Asian heroin.

    Although recent drug use statistics are distressing and they could be manipulated for electoral purposes (see below), their publication may have at least one positive effect. They imply an official recognition that Mexico is now a significant drug consumer market, and should put an end to, and at least strongly mitigate, the traditional stance of the Mexican government, for which drug use is basically a "gringo" problem and does not affect Mexico. Although it is not devoid of demagoguery, this position enjoys widespread support among the Mexican population. One of the consequences of this official and social denial is that public policy has been "often guided by moral or political positions instead of scientific knowledge", according to the health ministry, and as a result has not been efficient. According to OGD sources, American funds will be invested in developing a network of Mexican NGOs working in the field of drug prevention and rehabilitation, with branches throughout Mexico and led by good professionals. It may be hoped that these funds will avoid the fate of the US $17 million granted by UNDCP to government programs crop substitution programmes in Michoacán state in the early 1990s, and that vanished into thin air.
    http://laniel.free.fr/INDEXES/Papers...XICO2000GB.htm

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  • CaliforniaRepublic
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    Hispanics might value families more, but no one can honestly deny that there is a big presence of "Machismo" in their culture as well.

    Families are closer, but women and children are more abused (physically and sexually). I don't think that you can credit a society for their family values, but ignore the brutalities that are present.

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  • CaliforniaRepublic
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    Why do Chinese and Asian immigrants do so well in school in the U.S.? They are not any smarter, so the only other logical explanation must be that they value education more. I don't understand why so many people come to this country and DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.

    Explora, your posts are usually nonsensical. Your latest post only adds to your string of not relevant posts. Thank you.

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  • explora
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    IMMIGRANT FAMILY FIGHTS TO BEAT THE ODDS
    SISTERS VOW TO GRADUATE, JUST AS THEIR BROTHER DID

    By Jason Wermers
    jwermers@news-press.com
    Originally posted on August 19, 2007

    Alexia Ramirez is well aware she doesn't face the best odds of succeeding.

    The 14-year-old, who lives in the Manna Christian RV Park in Bonita Springs, will begin her ninth-grade year at Estero High on Monday.

    She knows of friends like herself "” immigrants "” who have not made it through high school, succumbing to pressures of drug abuse or to the call to work to support the family.

    But she has an example to follow. Her 18-year-old brother, Luis, graduated from Estero last spring.

    The family emigrated from Matamoros, Mexico, first to Texas, then to Lee County, seven years ago.

    Luis and Alexia learned English in Lee County schools. Alexia was beneficiary of bilingual teachers in second and third grades.

    She already is starting to lend a hand to immigrant children coming up behind her. She has served as a volunteer tutor at New Horizons Super Kids Club in Bonita Springs for children who speak little or no English.

    "The little kids are learning at a young age so they can succeed later in life," Alexia said. "I like teaching people something, but mostly the little kids."

    Michelle Ramirez, 11, followed in her older siblings' footsteps. She is about to enter fifth grade at Spring Creek Elementary, the same school her sister attended. And because she was not yet in school when the family arrived in the United States, she learned English at home from Luis and Alexia.

    "I was scared my first year," Michelle said. "I didn't know anybody."

    But she made friends. And her teachers helped her master English.

    "They've done well," she said of her teachers. "They helped me a lot in school."

    Sergio and Josefina Ramirez work to support their children. Sergio is a construction worker; Josefina cleans a clubhouse at a nearby apartment complex.

    Luis Ramirez is setting his sights on earning a college degree. Alexia and Michelle hope to follow his example.

    Alexia said she wants to become an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher in the United States. Michelle would like to be a social worker in Mexico when she grows up.

    "It's good," Alexia said of the Lee County school system. "They taught me a lot more stuff that I wanted to know than when I was in Mexico."

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  • whknapp
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    Yeah, right. The Mexican Government must be the owner of BusinessWeek now. I forgot ignorant people don't read business magazines. I used to think your posts were childish and inmature. Now I think they're just like you: worthless. I won't waste my time replying to such an idiot anymore. Get a life, and say "Hola" to your neighbors. ROTFLMAO

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  • SunDevilUSA
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    Whknapp: The Mexican government's website is NOT a reliable source. You're way too funny (ROFL).

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  • whknapp
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    Originally posted by SunDevilUSA:
    The thing to remember about Whknapp's posts is that they're always good for a laugh.

    Mexico is a leader in corruption, crime and poverty...NOT technology (as Davdah eloquently points out).

    I'll give the "leaders" of Mexico some credit...they routinely (and without apparent shame) export their people for America to support and provide for, thus also exporting those who otherwise might be demanding better.

    It's ironic, however, how the Mexican government, having willfully failed to provide any educational or employment opportunities to Mexicans in Mexico, shamelessly proclaims its undying devotion to Mexicans in America. The sheer hypocrisy is spellbinding.
    The thing to remember about my posts is that (unlike yours) they are based on articles from reliable sources and they are not based (like yours) on stupid, biased, blind, bitter, irrational opinions. Keep vomiting all those sick, hateful statements without citing any sources (besides your sick, twisted mind). Let's see whose posts are more laughable...

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  • SunDevilUSA
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    The thing to remember about Whknapp's posts is that they're always good for a laugh.

    Mexico is a leader in corruption, crime and poverty...NOT technology (as Davdah eloquently points out).

    I'll give the "leaders" of Mexico some credit...they routinely (and without apparent shame) export their people for America to support and provide for, thus also exporting those who otherwise might be demanding better.

    It's ironic, however, how the Mexican government, having willfully failed to provide any educational or employment opportunities to Mexicans in Mexico, shamelessly proclaims its undying devotion to Mexicans in America. The sheer hypocrisy is spellbinding.

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  • whknapp
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    Originally posted by whknapp:
    If they have the numbers given why isn't Mexico a technology leader? Why aren't we getting any of those sneaking across the border. We already know the answers to both questions. Someone should be preaching one word south of San Ysidro, Revolution.
    Well, I think our southern neighbor is already moving in that direction (becoming a technology leader):

    The Emerging Silicon Valley in Mexico:

    ""..Mexico has gained a strong reputation for its engineering talent..."

    http://www.designnews.com/article/CA529773.html[/QUOTE]

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  • ProudUSC
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    Proud USC, I was unaware that you can buy hard core alcohol or malt liquor in a grocery store. My understanding is that you can only buy that kind of thing in a bodega (corner store). In any minority community you will find an abundance of bars and liquor stores. Someone must be frequenting them if they are still in business. Let's not pretend that alcoholism doesn't exist in the Hispanic communities. It exists in every community. I understand SunDevil's frustration that recently the "Hispanic family values" has been held up as some kind of virtue to strive for. There are problems created by their belief system as in any other
    I was referring to beer and wine, not hard core stuff. The point I was trying to make is they appear to be very frugal, not wasting money on things like many USC's (at least where I live). Nobody likes illegal immigration, but throwing remarks around about Hispanics (like SunDevil always does) is racist.

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  • BronzeLady
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    whknapp,

    You do understand the difference between the wealthy and the poor don't you? Wealthy people in any country are educated and Mexico is no different. While I do not subscribe totally to what SunDevil has said there is one aspect he is correct about. I have witnessed it with my own eyes and there have been movies made depicting it (one movie springs to mind "Real Women Have Curves" with America Ferreira, the girl in Ugly Betty, that was on HBO for a long time). Their children may have opportunities for full scholarships that would require them to move far from home and they won't let them take it, going to school means you are not going to work and they need you to work so the little ones can go to school (and even that is because they will get in trouble legally if they don't send the little ones to school). The poor live hand to mouth and can ill-afford to let their children have opportunities that might help improve their overall situation. This myopic view perpetuates the cycle of poverty. I'm also not totally convinced that some of it is not jealousy (I didn't have the opportunity so why should you?). I am, however, willing to give the benefit of the doubt that this is not the major reason.

    Proud USC, I was unaware that you can buy hard core alcohol or malt liquor in a grocery store. My understanding is that you can only buy that kind of thing in a bodega (corner store). In any minority community you will find an abundance of bars and liquor stores. Someone must be frequenting them if they are still in business. Let's not pretend that alcoholism doesn't exist in the Hispanic communities. It exists in every community. I understand SunDevil's frustration that recently the "Hispanic family values" has been held up as some kind of virtue to strive for. There are problems created by their belief system as in any other.

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  • whknapp
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    If Hispanics don't care about education, like SunRabidUSA wants us to believe, I don't understand why in Mexico (pop. 100,000,000) more engineers graduate every year than in the US (pop. 300,000,000).

    ".. The result is a bu mper crop of engineers. Currently, 451,000 Mexican students are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs, vs. just over 370,000 in the U.S. The Mexican students benefit from high-tech equipment..."

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine...1/b3985070.htm

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  • ProudUSC
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    Singling out Hispanics is racist, SunDevil. I don't agree with the statistics you provided. It depends on the source of these statistics. Most are not accurate. Being against illegal immigration is not being racist, but picking on the Hispanic community is. There's a difference.

    Not important, but I am not a 'he'.

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  • SunDevilUSA
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    After reading ProudUSC's politically-correct tear ****er, I note that he manages to throw around the word "racist." Evidently, he's been reading his talking points from the apologists for illegal aliens: when you don't have an argument, just call those with whom you disagree "racist."

    Likewise, I note that Whknapp is also quite adept with the insults...while being unable to counter my position in any substantive way.

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  • whknapp
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    To SunRabidUSA:

    I feel sorry for your bitter, pathetic A S S . Whether you like it or not, you'll always live surrounded by hispanics, specially if you stay in Arizona. Perhaps you should go back to that lapdog-of-the-USA "country" you came from. We all would be very grateful if you did that...

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