We'll be back over the weekend to look at several news and notes from around the Americas.
In the meantime think about the following: is Ciudad Juarez, Mexico the "most dangerous city in the hemisphere, if not the world"? This was the assertion made yesterday by William Brownfield, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
The former ambassador's remarks came on the same day as a Juarez police spokesman confirmed that five officers were shot and killed on Wednesday night. But Anthony Wayne, the U.S. diplomatic envoy to Juarez, observed that the number of homicides in the city have decreased significantly since 2010.
Juarez mayor Héctor Murguía also criticized Brownfield's views as "irresponsible" and personally invited him to visit the northern Mexican city.
If Brownfield does take up Murguía on his offer then perhaps he can visit a group of young Juarez residents who dress up as angels in order to protest the violence in their city:
Video Source - YouTube via Univision News
Online Sources - Univision Noticias, LAHT, BBC Mundo, El Universal