Eight Killed in Mexico

Jesús Villaseca Pérez, Flickr.

Jesús Villaseca Pérez, Flickr.

SODOM & GOMORRAH: In the northern part of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, eight bodies showing signs of torture were found dead on the side of a road.

Close to 50,000 people have been killed across Mexico in similar violent outbursts since December 2006. State authorities report that the eight people found in Chihuahua were likely killed where they were found. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission also reports that 5,300 people have disappeared since 2006 and that 9,000 bodies have not been identified.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is exiting office this week, to be replaced by Enrique Pena Nieto who was elected in July. Calderon is not one to pass up important issues, even close to his departure from office, for he has called on the Mexican government to address the critical issue of the country’s name – saying that the official name of the country was too dependent on foreign influence, Calderon would like to see a more indigenous name adopted.