Transparency International's annual report card is out, and Mexico is going to be grounded once its parents take a look: it finished in spot number 89 out of 180 nations, and, if I may borrow from my mother when I tried to justify a slate of C's in high school, 'But you are not average Mexico!' As worrying as the overall ranking, ten Latin American nations/governments finished above Mexico's: Chile and Uruguay (tied at 25), Puerto Rico (35), Costa Rica (43), Cuba (61), Brazil, Colombia, and Peru (all three tied at 75), and Guatemala and Panama (tied at 84). That would be the same Guatemala that not long ago drew warnings from the UN about the likelihood of drug traffickers taking over the state in the next two years, and whose president has been accused of the murder of a political opponent.
For those keeping score at home, New Zealand was the least corrupt nation, while Somalia was the most. The US finished 19th.