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The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Public Service

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal. Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security. and Awarded to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.

Finalists also nominated as a finalist in this category was Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its use of in-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability.

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Clinton blasts Wall St., but rakes in millions from banking titans

Through the end of December, donors at hedge funds and other financial-services firms had given at least $21.4 million to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings.

By Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Narayanswamy

PowerPost: Clinton makes her Wall St. problem worse


This debate would not even be taking place without the decision to set up the private server in the first place.

By Glenn Kessler

Fact Checker

Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up

The neurosurgeon, whose bid for the GOP presidential nomination has struggled, will cut more than 50 staff positions.

By Robert Costa

The Fix: Cruz on 'dirty trick' against Carson: It was actually CNN's fault

In Minnesota’s iron country, the worst-case scenario becomes a reality

As the era of breakneck Chinese growth comes to an end, three of six iron mines in one Minnesota county have been idled, and many miners will run out of health and unemployment insurance this month.

By Ylan Q. Mui

Shkreli refuses to testify, calls lawmakers ‘imbeciles’ in tweet

When Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked questions about Martin Shkreli's former remarks, he repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Video: Watch the exchange Shkreli has with congressmen

Friend said she reported slain Va. teen’s relationship with adult to school

Nicole Lovell’s friend said she told a school resource officer she was worried about Lovell's Facebook postings, which contained messages she allegedly exchanged with an adult man that suggested they were dating.

Opinions

Marco Rubio is running scared

By Dana Milbank

The CDC’s incredibly condescending warning to women

By Alexandra Petri

Why Democrats can’t choose between Clinton and Sanders

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

This one moment perfectly captures the Clinton-Sanders war over progressivism

By Greg Sargent

After Iowa, will the GOP get a contest without Trump?

By George F. Will

How to make both parties happy through the Affordable Care Act

By Newt Gingrich and Tom Daschle

Why Obama’s mosque visit is criticized in a way George W. Bush’s wasn’t

Bush visited a mosque shortly after 9/11. So why is something a Republican president did in 2001 suddenly divisive when a Democratic president does it 15 years later?

By Aaron Blake

The Fix

Roberts: The political wars damage public perception of the Supreme Court

The chief justice says the public mistakenly believes that the justices are political players rather than referees.

By Robert Barnes

Britain: WikiLeaks founder Assange faces arrest regardless of U.N. panel ruling

The United Nations decision is due to be made public Friday, and Julian Assange said that if the panel rules against him, he would leave the Ecuadoran Embassy in London and "accept arrest."

By Karla Adam and Brian Murphy

Could Europe’s refugee crisis be the undoing of Angela Merkel?

She was Time magazine’s Person of the Year. There was talk of a Nobel Peace Prize. But the German chancellor is suffering a harsh reversal of fortune.

By Anthony Faiola

What Ivy League students are reading that you aren’t

What books should an educated person read? Here are answers gleaned from the reading lists of 1.1 million college courses.

By Christopher Ingraham

Wonkblog

In sorting of colleges, Dartmouth falls out of an exclusive group


Wasil Ahmad's death comes amid criticism over the use of child fighters in Afghanistan by both government and insurgent forces.

By Elahe Izadi

Is global warming behind the great snowstorms on the East Coast?

In our planet's most rapid period of warming, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston have witnessed more giant snowfalls than ever.

By Jason Samenow

Capital Weather Gang

How Ted Cruz may benefit from Rand Paul dropping out

Democrats prepare to block Senate energy bill over Flint aid

Ryan wants to ‘unite the clans,’ Goldman Sachs chief warns about Sanders and

Obama budget to modify Cadillac Tax

Obama speaks to country’s fears at prayer breakfast

Syrian peace talks are suspended before they even really began

Some French wanted to find out how racist their country is. They might get sued for it.

The more Iranians learn about the nuclear deal the less they like it, poll suggests

10-year-old ‘hero’ who fought against Taliban assassinated on his way to school

A record number of people convicted of crimes were exonerated last year

Your scientific guide to the ultimate Super Bowl nachos

40 million years before butterflies existed, this creature evolved with strikingly similar looks

Health officials urge travelers to Zika-affected countries to delay giving blood as Brazil reports two new cases linked to transfusions

I’m an atheist. So why can’t I shake God?

Does it matter that Bernie Sanders thinks foreign policy doesn’t matter too much?

Democrats love universal pre-K — and don’t seem to care that it may not work

The full employment productivity multiplier

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Pope Francis is denouncing corruption, violence and drug-trafficking in Mexico, telling Mexicans that he will use his upcoming visit to pray with them for “the gift of peace.”

And it'll likely draw a big crowd.

Mexico City is getting a little closer to statehood.

A United Nations panel has ruled Mexico’s 2013 arrest and its continuing detention of a community police leader are illegal, raising hopes among her supporters she could be freed.

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed “Tierra de Esperanza,” or “Land of Hope.”

The central bank reported Tuesday that money sent home by Mexicans overseas hit nearly $24.8 billion last year, overtaking oil revenues for the first time as a source of foreign income.

Days after he was recaptured, people in living in Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico’s Durango state wouldn’t say much of the world’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
The Latest on “affluenza” teenager Ethan Couch’s deportation from Mexico (all times local):
An argument raised Tuesday by lawyers for a Texas teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck — that he may have been taken to Mexico against his will — is unlikely to help his case, outside juvenile defense attorneys said.
U.S. border authorities have started working on Mexican soil to inspect trucks entering the U.S. as part of a new enforcement program intended to reduce congestion and speed cargo crossings.
A prominent former Mexican politician was detained Friday at Madrid’s airport by anti-corruption officers and was being questioned by a judge, Spanish officials said.

Former Mexico politician held in Spain on suspicion of fraud

A Spanish court has ruled that a prominent former Mexican politician who was arrested on a Spanish warrant should be held in custody while officers investigate alleged corruption.

Why I turned down an interview with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

Univision said no, but Sean Penn said yes.

Mexican marines went on a shooting and looting spree while searching for drug lord, villagers say.

After a 12-year hiatus, Major League Baseball will return to Mexico City in March for a two-game series between the Houston Astros and the San Diego Padres, the city’s mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, announced Wednesday.

Cities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are preparing for Pope Francis’ visit to the Mexican city of Juarez as Roman Catholic Church officials caution would-be visitors about scams.

U.S. border authorities have started working on Mexican soil to inspect trucks entering the U.S. as part of a new enforcement program intended to reduce congestion and speed cargo crossings.
A new study suggests that Mexico’s drug violence was so bad at its peak that it apparently caused the nation’s male life expectancy to drop by several months.
The recapture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman took a surprise, Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces located the whereabouts of the world’s most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with U.S. actor Sean Penn.
Mexico is willing to extradite drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday, a sharp reversal from the official position after his last capture in 2014.
It’s unclear whether Mexico will try to keep Guzman behind bars or extradite him to the United States.
Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico next month is supposed to be more of a pilgrimage than a spring break, but a viral video of the pontiff joking about tequila with a Mexican man in St. Peter’s Square captures the voluble enthusiasm that is likely to greet the first Latin American pontiff.
Pope Francis is expected to draw 2.3 million spectators at his main event on the outskirts of Mexico City in February.
Notorious Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ recaptured months after brazen escape

"Mission accomplished," Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said. Guzmán escaped from a maximum-security prison in July.

Several candidates for the presidency in 2016 have proposed building more border wall along the nearly 2,000 mile frontier with Mexico to keep people from crossing into the U.S. illegally.

Officials say they have killed two people and arrested three others linked to the slaying of a Mexico mayor who had taken office only a day earlier. The state’s governor said organized crime was behind the attack.

A teen fugitive who’s known for using an “affluenza” defense in a trial for a deadly drunken-driving wreck is being detained in a Mexico City immigration facility while his mother is jailed in Los Angeles after being deported from Mexico. Here’s a look at what has happened so far and what could happen in coming days or weeks:

Lawyers for a Texas teen who cited “affluenza” as a defense in a deadly drunken-driving wreck may be attempting to stall his deportation to the United States by claiming that Mexican authorities violated his human rights, according to legal experts.

The latest in the case of a Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an “affluenza” defense (all times local):

It's still unclear when Tonya Couch's son, Ethan, will return from Mexico.

A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman said a Mexican judge’s injunction means it will likely be weeks before the teenager will be returned to Texas.
Authorities from Mexico and Central America are putting the final touches on a plan to move Cuban migrants from Costa Rica to Mexico as early as next week

US-Mexico expand air travel opportunities

The United States and Mexico have agreed to open their air markets so that airlines from both countries can operate the routes they want with no restrictions.

Mexico opens first deep-water oil and gas blocks to bidders

Mexico’s government is offering its first deep-water oil and gas exploration blocks to bidders as part of the historic energy industry overhaul that opened the sector to private investment.

Strangled by low oil prices, Mexico slow on payments

Getting paid has always been hard for government contractors in Mexico, but seldom has the problem been so bad, as low oil prices are battering government finances.

Report: Mexico’s monarch butterfly reserve lost 24 acres

Studies found that illegal loggers clear-cut at least 24 acres (10 hectares) in the monarch butterflies’ wintering grounds in central Mexico this year, a Mexican environmentalist said Friday

A Mexico City newspaper and its executive were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday for alleged links to drug trafficking.
Journalists in northern Mexico face institutionalized censorship imposed by vast organized crime networks.
Men, women and children are flooding into the area around Mexico City’s basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the country’s patron saint.

Getting paid has always been hard for government contractors in Mexico, but seldom has the problem been so bad, as low oil prices are battering government finances.

Pope Francis will visit a prison and celebrate Mass in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican border city plagued by violence in recent years, the Vatican has said in an announcement of details of the pontiff’s upcoming visit to Mexico.

Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Mexico will include a prayer before the Virgin of Guadalupe, a visit to the nation’s poor south and an open-air Mass near the U.S. border that is expected to attract the faithful from both countries.
A legal immigrant, released early from prison, faces deportation to the violent country he left as a boy.
Mexico City prosecutors say they have captured 26 members of a surprisingly multinational gang involved in identity theft.

Budget woes threaten Mexico’s reputation as a conservation leader

Environmentalists see a planned six- million-acre desert reserve as a test of the government’s commitment.

The University of Texas Press releases a new bilingual retrospective of the work of Mexican photographer Rodrigo Moya.

Study finds more Mexicans leaving the US than coming

More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.

Pope outlines Mexico trip with four stops, including Juarez

Pope Francis says he hopes to add the key Mexico-U.S. border city of Juarez to his Mexico itinerary next year, confirming the trip will have a strong immigration theme.

Budget woes threaten Mexico’s reputation as a conservation leader

Environmentalists see a planned six- million-acre desert reserve as a test of the government’s commitment.

Decades of Latin American turbulence and beauty through a Mexican photographer’s lens

The University of Texas Press releases a new bilingual retrospective of the work of Mexican photographer Rodrigo Moya.

Magnitude-5.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

An earthquake rattled central Mexico on Monday, swaying buildings in Mexico City. Some office workers rushed to the streets in the capital.

US, Mexico sign deal on sharing satellite data directly

The United States and Mexico signed a deal Friday for Mexico to capture and process land-surface imagery and data directly from a U.S.-operated satellite.

Mexico hopes to see 3-4 times more monarch butterflies

Pope Francis to visit Mexican capital, 3 states in 2016

Pope Francis will visit the Mexican capital and three states early next year, Mexico’s foreign relations secretary announced Wednesday.

Mexico senator introduces medical marijuana measure

A senator from President Enrique Pena Nieto’s governing party introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines, a week after a ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court that cracked open a door to recreational marijuana use.

Mexico reports 12 killed in shooting at cockfight

Gunmen burst into a clandestine cockfight in southern Mexico and sprayed the crowd with bullets, killing 12 people and wounding five others, officials said Monday.

Mexico rights group blasts prosecutors over missing students

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission is criticizing the Attorney General’s Office for failing to address all the recommendations it made in July about the investigation into the fate of 43 missing college students.

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that smoking pot is a fundamental human right

The decision does not mean that marijuana is now legal in the country, but it gives lawmakers political space to introduce drug reform bills at the state and federal level.

By Christopher Ingraham
Activists hope that the decision generates momentum for legislative changes permitting wider use.
Mexicans are looking to increase trade with Cuba as President Raul Castro makes his first state visit to Mexico, and the first such trip since relations between the two countries went cold in the early 2000s.
Leading actor Daniel Craig waxed poetic about the apocalyptic opening scenes in the James Bond flick “Spectre,” as the film prepared its regional premiere in Mexico City where some of those parts were shot.
Among the top images published in Latin America and the Caribbean last week was a look at Graciela Elizalde, a little girl in Mexico who suffers intense seizures. She has been able to sleep through the night since beginning to take marijuana extract, which a federal judge gave her parents permission to import.
Pope Francis will arrive in Mexico on Feb. 12 to start his long-awaited visit to the heavily Roman Catholic country, a church official said Sunday.
Mexico faces down monster seaweed

Sargassum invading the Caribbean basin in record amounts has generated vast floating mats that have buried beaches under huge piles of brown, smelly seaweeds.

By Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez
Sargassum seaweed has washed up on beaches in the Caribbean in record amounts, causing a crisis.

Despite what Donald Trump tweeted, Ford is still building a massive plant in Mexico

Ford says it’s moving ahead with plans to build a massive new facility in Mexico.
No deaths were reported, but 3,500 homes were damaged. Life along the coast was returning to normal.

The storm that once carried the strongest hurricane winds recorded in the Western Hemisphere weakened as it moved inland. Officials warned that heavy rain could produce floods and landslides.

Mexico arrests suspected organizers of ‘El Chapo’ jailbreak

Mexico’s government on Wednesday announced the capture of six people believed responsible for the July prison break by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including the elusive drug lord’s brother-in-law and the suspected mastermind of the escape.

Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels ever dug between the U.S. and Mexico, officials said Thursday.

Body found hanging from bridge in Mexico City

The body of a man wrapped from ankles to neck in white bandages was found Monday hanging from a bridge in Mexico City.

Two of the hottest Halloween costumes in Mexico this year are the country’s most wanted man — and arguably its most hated.

The world’s most notorious drug lord has become Mexico’s hit Halloween costume

If the “El Chapo” costume doesn’t continue to sell, the company thinks it still has a silver bullet: a mask that pokes fun at Donald Trump.

After several scandals involving the country’s security forces, Washington is diverting to Peru $5 million in aid.

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3 Canadians rescue swimmers in distress

Rip current caught both father and son at Puerto Vallarta beach

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Three Canadians went to the rescue last Saturday when two swimmers ran into trouble at a Puerto Vallarta beach. Firefighter Andrew Pearson of St. Albert, Alberta, was building sandcastles with FULL STORY

7 arrested in killing of family in Pinotepa

Images of the slain child and his parents have gone viral

February 3, 2016

Seven people are in custody in connection with the killing late last week of a family of three — including a seven-month-old baby — in the Oaxaca city of Pinotepa FULL STORY

Santa Canada delivers his last gifts to Mexico

Canadian Glen Fraser died doing what he loved

February 3, 2016

After 33 years’ delivering toys and other gifts to children in Mexico, Santa Canada has made his last trip. Devon, Alberta, resident Glen Fraser, who began delivering gifts to Mexican FULL STORY

Tijuana police accuse chief of corruption

Aiding criminal elements alleged by dissident officers

February 3, 2016

Police in Tijuana have accused a district chief of corruption and links to drug traffickers in a letter to the city´s police chief. The anonymous letter, unsigned for fear of reprisals FULL STORY

Zika: don’t overreact, says Health Secretary

Protocols in place to control population of mosquito that spreads the virus

February 3, 2016

Mexico’s Health Secretary, Mercedes Juan López, has urged the international community not to overreact to the presence

7 arrested in killing of family in Pinotepa

Images of the slain child and his parents have gone viral

Seven people are in custody in connection with the killing late last week of a family of three — including a seven-month-old baby — in the Oaxaca city of Pinotepa FULL STORY

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Counterfeit money totaled 99mn pesos

Number of fake bills in circulation was up 12.5% in 2015

February 2, 2016

The number of counterfeit banknotes in circulation in Mexico rebounded during 2015, putting an end to a two-year streak of declining numbers. The Bank of México has reported 71 fake banknotes per FULL STORY

U.S. entrepreneur free after 8 months in jail

Troy Bachmann was jailed on charges of fraud by his produce export business

February 2, 2016

An American entrepreneur has been freed after spending eight months in jail on charges of fraud. Troy Bachmann, of Brightwood, Oregon, was charged in Jalisco after farmers accused him of FULL STORY

Cuernavaca wakes up to garbage protest

Municipality eight months in arrears to collection firm

February 2, 2016

Cuernavaca´s new mayor hadn´t been on the job long before he got into a tiff with Morelos Governor Graco Ramírez over policing. Now Mayor Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer star, FULL STORY

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Anti-ISIS group posts video that allegedly shows militants murdering 200 Syrian children

BY Monday, November 9, 2015

If true, it is an ISIS slaughter of children on an epic scale.

Footage of Islamic State militants mass murdering what appear to be 200 Syrian kids was posted online Monday by anti-ISIS group based in Yemen.

Believed to have been filmed in August 2014 when ISIS captured the Tabqa airbase from Syrian government forces, it shows the militants executing the helpless victims as they lay on the ground with their faces in the dirt.

"Allahu akbar! (God is great!)" one shooter is heard yelling amid the rat-tat-tat of machine gun fire.

As the gunmen fire at point blank range, dust rises around them like apparitions during the 30-seconds of slaughter.

More, HERE.

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Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

More, HERE.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Marathon man tries to regain lost momentum

Year of corruption and scandal rocks Mexico’s president

Mexico neighbourhood paints over troubles

EM Squared Mexico FDI races ahead as Brazil sputters

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OTTAWA CITIZEN

Canadian diplomat's son killed in Miami shootout over two pounds of marijuana

Jean Wabafiyebazu, the 17-year-old son of longtime diplomat Roxanne Dubé, was killed Monday, and his 15-year-old brother remains in a youth detention centre Wednesday for his alleged role in what their father believes was a drug deal gone wrong. The Citizen is not naming the youth charged.

More, HERE.

Jean Wabafiyebazu, the 17-year-old son of Canadian diplomat was killed Monday in what the boy's father says was a drug deal gone wrong.

Local News

Diplomat Roxanne Dubé a star on the Hill and in Foreign Affairs

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

New Details Emerge on Mexican Finance Minister’s Property Deal

Records show government contractor didn’t make profit in sale of house to Luis Videgaray

The Nation

Why Is the US Still Spending Billions to Fund Mexico’s Corrupt Drug War?

LE MONDE

Qui est Hervé Falciani, le cauchemar de HSBC ?

LE MONDE | 09.02.2015  Par Fabrice Lhomme et Gérard Davet

Cet homme-là est un opportuniste, bien plus qu’un être multiple. Hervé Falciani peut certes endosser différents rôles, se complaire dans un langage abscons, pour mieux se cacher, peut-être, mais il a su, surtout, nager en eaux troubles, rebondir à chaque épreuve, profiter de toute possibilité. Il a été successivement informaticien, détrousseur de données sensibles, chevalier blanc, mythomane, manipulateur, lanceur d’alerte, puis victime du système, allez vousretrouver. Mais Hervé Falciani est d’abord, et cela, personne ne peut lui enlever, le pivot de l’incroyable affaire HSBC. Son géniteur. Après cinq années d’enquête, la lecture de milliers d’archives confidentielles, de témoignages inédits, Le Monde peut vous narrer la vraie vie de Falciani, le cauchemar vivant de la banque HSBC Private Bank.

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HSBC, un écrin sur mesure pour le gotha du diamant

Les très protégés clients mystères de HSBC

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ICIJ : qui se cache derrière cette machine à scoops ?

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Acapulco (Mexico), Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) A total of 61 bodies have been found at an abandoned crematorium in Acapulco, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where in September last year 43 students went missing, officials from the public prosecutor's office reported Friday.
The discovery was made after residents from the neighbouring areas called the authorities, who reached the crematorium and recovered the human remains in forensic vehicles, as confirmed by Spanish news agency EFE.
According to the sources, the foul smell from the bodies caught the attention of nearby residents who alerted the authorities Thursday.
Apparently, the crematorium, the Cremaciones El Pacifico, had been abandoned about a year ago.
More, HERE.

mardi 27 janvier, Sainte Angèle

Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

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Florence Cassez, détenue pendant sept ans au Mexique pour enlèvement, séquestration, délinquance organisée et détention d’armes à l’usage exclusif des forces armées, a entamé une action en justice auprès de la Cour suprême mexicaine pour obtenir 36 millions de dollars (environ 32 millions d’euros) de dommages et intérêts.
Selon l’avocat de la jeune femme, Me José Patiño Hurtado invité sur radio MVS, l’action en justice, lancée vendredi 23 janvier, visait l’ex-président mexicain Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), son ancien secrétaire particulier, l’actuel sénateur Roberto Gil, ainsi que les anciens ministres de la Sécurité publique, Genaro Garcia Luna, et de la Justice, Daniel Cabeza de Vaca. « Nous présentons une plainte pour dommage moral envers Florence Cassez, atteinte à ses sentiments, à sa réputation et à son honneur. Ils ont tué sa vie », a déclaré Me José Patiño Hurtado, qui a également estimé que l’ancien président Calderon, comme les autres personnalités visées, « était en charge et n'a pas empêché que soit commis l'illicite » contre Florence Cassez.

Une arrestation mise en scène de la police

L’action vise également la chaîne de télévision Televisa et un de ses présentateurs vedettes, Carlos Loret de Mola. Ils sont accusés d’avoir présenté comme une arrestation en direct une mise en scène de la police.
Plus, ICI

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REUTERS

Security chief in violent Mexican state steps down

MEXICO CITY Thu Jan 22, 2015
(Reuters) - Mexico's Interior Ministry said on Thursday that a top security official appointed to restore order in a restive western state has stepped down, a few weeks after new outbreaks of violence.
Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the federal government's security commissioner for Michoacan state, Alfredo Castillo, would take on a new role in the government, without giving any more details on the reasons for his departure.
Castillo was appointed commissioner a year ago in a bid to crush a powerful drug gang known as the Knights Templar which had taken control of large swathes of Michoacan, and later became embroiled in bloody clashes with vigilante groups.
More, HERE.

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Drug gang members ate human hearts: Mexican government

Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters; January 06, 2015 

MEXICO CITY - A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of a gruesome initiation rite to root out infiltrators, a government security official said on Tuesday, citing witness testimony.
For much of the past year, Michoacan, a mountainous, agricultural state in western Mexico, has been ravaged by fighting between drug gang henchmen and vigilantes who took up arms against the cartels but have since splintered into violent factions.
A mid-December shootout between two rival groups that killed 11 people has reignited fears the government is failing to control the state after flooding it with federal troops and pressing vigilantes into a fledgling rural police force.
More, HERE.
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Yahoo News

Security on agenda as embattled Mexican president visits Obama

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto will discuss security and justice with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next week amid public anger about how he has handled a probe into the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers.

Pena Nieto's standing has been battered by a string of massive street protests following the abduction and likely murder of 43 students by a drug gang working with corrupt police in the southwestern city of Iguala on the night of Sept. 26.

More, HERE.

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December 31, 2014

VIDEO: Toddler fatally shot Blackfoot, ID mom at Hayden Walmart

Photo of Veronica Rutledge from her Facebook account.
Photo of Veronica Rutledge from her Facebook account. Family members granted KREM 2 permission to use the photo.(Photo: KREM)

HAYDEN, Idaho—A toddler shot and killed a Walmart shopper Tuesday morning in what deputies described as an "accident."

The woman was later identified by authorities said Veronica Rutledge from Blackfoot, Idaho. The father-in-law of Walmart shooting victim spoke with KREM 2 News Tuesday night. He called the shooting "tragic." He added the family "lost a beautiful, loving mother."

Walmart employees evacuated the Hayden store around 10:20 a.m. following the gunshot.
Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and found a 29-year-old woman dead inside the store.

Rutledge was shopping with four kids, when her two-year-old son reached into her purse, accessed her concealed 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Shield semi-automatic handgun and accidentally discharged the weapon, according deputies. Authorities said the toddler was seated in the shopping cart when the gun was discharged. The woman and children were in the back of the store near the electronics area when the deadly shooting happened.

The bullet struck Mrs. Rutledge in the head, killing her instantly.

More, HERE.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH

Who Owns the Zika Virus?

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By Guillaume Kress; Global Research, February 03, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global health emergency on Monday (February 1) without providing much detail on the disease. So here are some facts until we receive more information:

 

This sexually-transmitted virus has been around for 69 years and is marketed by two companies: LGC Standards (headquartered in the UK) and ATCC (headquartered in the US).

More, HERE.

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If there is any single price of any commodity that determines the growth or slowdown of our economy, it is the price of crude oil. In June 2014 major oil traded at $103 a barrel. With some experience following the geopolitics of oil and oil markets, I smell a big skunk.

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Privatization of Water as an Owned Commodity Rather Than a Universal Human Right

Impression of the making of the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos

62 individuals – 388 in 2010 – now own more wealth than 50% of the world’s population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world’s people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years

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Martin Luther King: The Saint Honored by the Government that Shot Him in the Face … A “Forgotten” Extrajudicial Political Assassination [?]

By Graeme MacQueen, January 18, 2016

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY: King Family statement on the Justice Department's

Recall that the jury in the 1999 civil trial examining the assassination reached a startling conclusion: US government agencies had conspired successfully to kill Dr. King.

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El Chapo versus Longstanding CIA Global Drugs Trafficking

By Stephen Lendman; Global Research, January 11, 2016

Drug lords come and go, El Chapo’s arrest of little consequence, doing nothing to stem the flow of illicit drugs. Business as usual continues.

His operation and others like his pale compared to CIA global drugs trafficking – a topic the media won’t touch.

Its involvement began in 1947, its first year of existence. In his book titled “The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade,” Alfred McCoy documented CIA and US government complicity in drugs trafficking at the highest official levels.

It continues today in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, facilitating the global supply of illicit drugs.

Gary Webb’s expose of CIA involvement in Nicaraguan drugs trafficking, supporting the Contras, dealing with Los Angeles crack dealers, made him a target for vicious vilification – hounding him out of journalism into deep depression, either committing suicide or succumbing to foul play.

He regularly received death threats. Credible sources believe he was murdered to silence him. Unidentified individuals were seen breaking into and leaving his residence before his demise.

In his books and other writings, Peter Dale Scott explained “(s)ince at least 1950 there has been a global CIA-drug connection operating more or less continuously” to this day.

More, HERE.

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Perception Management

Public perception about the so-called “Global War on Terror” is manipulated in various ways by a trail of misinformation and disinformation. This includes the deliberate creation of hysteria and panic.

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TransCanada’s Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas with Support of US State Department

By Steve HornGlobal Research, November 12, 2015

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The Paris Terrorist Attacks, “9/11 French-Style”, “Le 11 septembre à la française”

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, November 14, 2015
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Within minutes following the attacks, France’s media went into overdrive. News commentators and intelligence analysts on network TV stated with authority that the attacks emanated from Syria and Iraq.
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CONFIRMED: French Government Knew Extremists BEFORE Paris Terrorist Attack

By Tony Cartalucci, November 14, 2015

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The Terrorists who took part in an unprecedented attack in the center of Paris killing over a 100, were well-known to French security agencies before the attack took place.

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The Media and the Paris Terror Attacks: Inspiring Panic and Justifying War

By Barry Grey
Global Research, November 18, 2015

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George W. Bush: May I Quote You, Mr. President?

A selection of 50 quotes from President George W. Bush, for entertainment or meditation

By Prof Rodrigue Tremblay
Global Research, November 10, 2015

May I Quote You, Mr. President?
Originally published by Global Research in November 2006 at the height of GWB’s second term in the White House.

Here is a selection of  quotes from President George W. Bush with accompanying dates and sources:

#1: “International law? I better call my lawyer; he didn’t bring that up to me.” George W. Bush, December 12, 2003.

#2: “We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace.“/George W.Bush’s Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 2004.

#3: “...for a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific.“/Remark made by President George W. Bush to the Diet, Tokyo, Japan. February 18, 2002, even though the U.S. and Japan have been openly at war with each other.

#4: “One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief….My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it….If I have a chance to invade…, if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it.“/remarks made by  Bush to author and Houston Chronicle journalist Mickey Herskowitz, who met GWB many times in 1999, to write a biography.

#5: “These people are trying to shake the will of the Iraqi citizens, and they want us to leave…I think the world would be better off if we did leave…“/This was said by Bush during the presidential debate of September 20, 2004]

#6: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.“/Bush’s remarks video clipped in Washington, D.C., as he signed the Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005, on August 5, 2004.

#7: “Well, I think if you say you’re going to do something and don’t do it, that’s trustworthiness.“ [Bush's remark during a CNN Online Chat, August 30, 2000]
#8: “I believe God wants me to be president” is a Bush’s statement that came during a meeting with Rev. Richard land, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1999.

#9: [I was] “chosen by the grace of God to lead at that moment”, is a Bush’s quotation reported by Michael Duffy in Time magazine immediately after 9/11.

#10: “God told me to strike at al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them“ comes from a remark made by Bush to Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath, made to and reported by BBC News on Thursday, October 6 2005.

More, HERE.

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The UN Releases Plan to Push for Worldwide Internet Censorship

By Michael Krieger
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The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so.

In case you missed the following stories, I suggest catching up now:

The UN’s “Sustainable Development Agenda” is Basically a Giant Corporatist Fraud

Not a Joke – Saudi Arabia Chosen to Head UN Human Rights Panel

Fresh off the scene from those two epic embarrassments, the UN now wants to tell governments of the world how to censor the internet. I wish I was kidding.

From the Washington Post:

On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.

More, HERE.
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Pentagon officials knew it was a hospital, yet attacked it anyway – multiple times for over an hour, killing 24 doctors, other medical staff and patients, injuring 37 others.

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The Killings in Oregon: Business as Usual

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Wall Street was firmly behind the military Junta which waged “The Dirty War” on its behalf. In turn, the Catholic Church hierarchy played a central role in sustaining the legitimacy of the military Junta

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A History of America’s War on Whistleblowers and Journalists Since 9/11

Global Research, September 18, 2015

The Last Whistleblowers

With 2014 fresh in our rear view mirror, an honest examination of events and developments of what’s been happening in America to whistleblowers and journalists since 9/11 under the Bush-Obama regime seems a worthwhile review, however disturbing ands foreboding. By definition a whistleblower is an individual who reports an employer’s misconduct.

The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring within a government organization. Yet despite these supposed legal protections in place, those who have gone public disclosing illicit and immoral behavior by the federal government have been consistently singled out for discrimination and excessive punishment.

In fact, more American citizens have been indicted for allegedly violating the Espionage Act of 1917 under the current president than all other previous presidents combined. Though the law was designed to punish WWI German spies, and rarely used since for indicting those selling secrets to the enemy or efforts to undermine the American way of life, it is completely obsolete. Yet it is being misused by Obama for purely political purposes to shut down the truth. The Obama administration has also turned down more Freedom of Information Act requests than any other prior presidency with each year the denial rate rising. 2013 was 57% more than the year before, with over half the total requests rejected. Of course Obama’s mantra excuse is always using the “national security” card. He has also jailed more whistleblowers and journalists than any other president.

More, HERE.

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9/11 ANALYSIS: Where was Osama bin Laden on September 11, 2001?


Global Research, September 10, 2015

The article below entitled Who is Osama bin Laden? was drafted on September 11, 2001. It was first  published on the Global Research website on the evening of September 12, 2001.

Since 2001, it has appeared on numerous websites. The original September 11, 2001 posting became one of the most widely read articles on the internet, pertaining to Al Qaeda.

From the outset, the objective was to use 9/11 as a pretext for launching the first phase of the Middle East War, which consisted in the bombing and occupation of Afghanistan.

Within hours of the attacks, Osama bin Laden was identified as the architect of 9/11. On the following day, the “war on terrorism” had been launched. The media disinformation campaign went into full gear.

Also on September 12, less than 24 hours after the attacks, NATO invoked for the first time in its history “Article 5 of the Washington Treaty – its collective defence clause” declaring the 9/11 attacks on  the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon “to be an attack against all NATO members.”

What happened subsequently, with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq is already part of history. Iran and Syria constitute the next phase of the US adminstration’s military roadmap.

9/11 remains the pretext and justification for waging a war without borders.

Michel Chossudovsky, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2001. Timeline

At eleven o’clock, on the morning of September 11, the Bush administration had already announced that Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon. This assertion was made prior to the conduct of an indepth police investigation.

That same evening at 9.30 pm, a “War Cabinet” was formed integrated by a select number of top intelligence and military advisors.  And at 11.00 pm, at the end of that historic meeting at the White House, the “War on Terrorism” was officially launched

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In the Wake of 9/11: Did George W. Bush have a Grasp of Key Foreign Policy Issues?

Global Research, September 10, 2015

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This text was written fourteen years ago, on September 30, 2001, in the week preceding the onslaught of the US-NATO war on Afghanistan. Officially the war on Afghanistan was in retribution for the alleged sponsorship of the 9/11 attacks by the Afghan government. You do not plan a large scale theater war in a matter of 3-4 weeks, the war on Afghanistan was planned well in advance of  September 11, 2001. (Michel Chossudovsky,  September 10, 2015)

America is preparing for war [late September 2001]. British and US Special Forces “trained in the arts of kidnapping and assassination” are already operating inside Afghanistan. More than one million US troops are on standby. US military bases around the World are on high alert: “the Japan-based USS Kitty Hawk battle group and the 7th Fleet are ready to join” in the largest display of military might since the Vietnam war.

The Bush Administration is planning on launching this military operation without delay, prior to the development of a cohesive anti-war movement in the US and around the World.

Already, US military personnel of the 82nd Airborne and 101st Air Assault Divisions have arrived in Pakistan. They will be collaborating with the Pakistani military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the agency which over the years –under CIA guidance– has channeled support to the Islamic jihad including Osama bin Laden and the Taliban government in Kabul.

More, HERE.

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Since the end of World War II the CIA has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis.

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CIA Admits to Congress the Agency Uses Mainstream Media to Distribute Disinformation: 1975 Video

Global Research, August 30, 2015

It has been verified by a source who claims she was there that then-CIA Director William Casey did in fact say the controversial and often-disputed line “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false,” reportedly in 1981.

Despite Casey being under investigation by Congress for being involved in a major disinformation plot involving the overthrow of Libya’s Qaddafi in 1981, and despite Casey arguing on the record that the CIA should have a legal right to spread disinformation via the mainstream news that same year, this quote continues to be argued by people who weren’t there and apparently cannot believe a CIA Director would ever say such a thing.

But spreading disinfo is precisely what the CIA would — and did — do.

More, HERE

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Washington’s Financial Currency War on China: The Eclipsing of the US Dollar by the Yuan

Global Research, August 31, 2015
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The China Stock Market Collapse: Summarizing The “Black Monday” Carnage So Far

By Tyler Durden;Global Research, August 24, 2015

It’s officially Black Monday, if only in China for now.

We warned on Friday, after last week’s China rout, that the market is getting ahead of itself with its expectation of a RRR-cut by China as large as 100 bps. “The risk is that there isn’t one.” We were spot on, because not only was there no RRR cut, but Chinese stocks plunged, with the composite tumbling as much a 9% at one point, the most since 1996 when it dropped 9.4% in a single session.

The session, as profile overnight was brutal, with about 2000 stocks trading by the -10% limit down, and other markets not doing any better: CSI 300 -8.8%, ChiNext -8.1%, Shenzhen Composite -7.7%. This was the biggest Chinese rout since 2007.

More, HERE.

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John Kerry Lectures Cubans About Democracy

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Imperialism: Bankers, Drug Wars and Genocide. Mexico’s Descent into Inferno

Mexico’s Descent in the Inferno

By Prof. James Petras; July 25, 2015
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Presidential candidate Jeb Bush had close personal ties to Raul Salinas de Gortiari, brother of Mexico’s former president Carlos Salinas de Gortiari. In the 1990s, Raul the “drug kingpin”, according to Switzerland’s federal prosecutor Carla del Ponte, was one of the main figures of the Mexican Drug Cartel.

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Mexico Police – Trained to Kill

Secret Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq

By David Swanson, July 10, 2015

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New SWAT Documents Detail the Brutal Reality of U.S. Police Militarization

By Carey Wedler, July 10, 2015

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Journalists’ Complicity in Hiding Those Guilty for MH17 Malaysian Airline Crash

By Eric Zuesse, July 11, 2015

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Jeb Bush: “People Need to Work Longer Hours.” Media Soften It.

By Eric Zuesse, July 10, 2015

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US Media Justify the Killing of an Unarmed Escaped Convict. New York Governor Cuomo Applauds

By Matt Peppe, July 01, 2015
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Job Losses and Obama’s TPP: The Deadly Impacts of Trade Agreements on Employment

By Stephen Lendman, July 02, 2015

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New Study Confirms BP Linked To Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

By Carey Wedler; Global Research, June 03, 2015

A new study published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE hypothesizes that dolphins are dying in mass directly because of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Though BP denies the validity of the scientific data, it indicates that impairment caused by the toxic oil is causing widespread death in the bottlenose dolphin population.

The study was conducted from June 2010 to December 2012 on 46 dead dolphins that stranded near Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama. 22 were from Barataria Bay, the hardest hit area in the spill. All were labeled UME dolphins (unusual mortality event). They were studied in reference to deceased dolphins from a separate region that was not exposed to oil.

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U.S. Intelligence Agencies Mock America in 9/11 Trial

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US State Department sponsored Training of ISIS Terrorists, Report

By Press TV; Global Research, May 31, 2015

The US State Department has confirmed that an ISIL militant who calls for terrorist attacks against the United States in a new online video was trained on American soil by Blackwater.

Officials told CNN on Saturday that Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, a former head of Tajikistan’s special forces, took part in counterterrorism courses as part of a program sponsored by the State Department.

The US State Department has confirmed that ISIL militant Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on American soil by Blackwater.

ISIL militant Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on American soil by Blackwater.

Blackwater Worldwide, which is now known as Academi and is based in McLean, Virginia, is the most notorious private security firm that had operated in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his online video, Khalimov appears in black ISIL clothing with a sniper rifle and a bandolier of ammunition, claiming that he attended programs on American soil three times.

State Department spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala confirmed his claims.

“From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counter terrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program,” said Jhunjhunwala.

The program trains candidates from participating countries in the counterterrorism techniques, so they can fight terrorists.

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Washington’s negotiations with Cuba are one part of a two-track policy. There is a major US build-up in Latin America, with increasing reliance on ‘military platforms’, designed to launch military interventions in strategic countries.

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Free Trade and Mexico’s Junk Food Epidemic

By Grain, Global Research, March 02, 2015

For several years now, transnational food companies have understood that their main growth markets are in the South. To increase their profits they need to “dig into the pyramid”, as one company puts it, meaning they need to develop and sell products targeted at the millions of the world’s poor. These people generally eat food from their own farms or informal markets selling locally-produced foods, and in which many of them earn their livelihood.

To get at these potential consumers, food companies are infiltrating, inundating and taking over traditional food distribution channels and replacing local foods with cheap, processed junk foods, often with the direct support of governments. Free trade and investment agreements have been critical to their success. The case of Mexico provides a stark and horrific picture of the consequences for people.

Transnational food companies understand that their main growth markets today are in the global South. They are aggressively targeting the diets – and markets – of the world’s poorest people.

Malnutrition, food insecurity and “diabesity” in Mexico.

In Mexico, poverty, hunger, obesity and disease go hand in hand. Mexicans are not only struggling to afford enough to eat; the food they eat is making them ill.

More, HERE.
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After Pleading Guilty for Felony, JPMorgan Chase Tells Its Customers It Will Continue to Rip them Off

Global Research, June 03, 2015

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The blatant distortion of the truth and the systematic manipulation of all sources of information is an integral part of war planning. In the wake of 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld created to the Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), or “Office of Disinformation” as it was labeled by its critics

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John D. Rockefeller Jr. owned a controlling interest in Standard Oil, but the next largest stockholder was the German chemical company I. G. Farben, through which the firm sold $20 million worth of gasoline and lubricants to the Nazis.

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American Psychological Association Emails Expose Direct Ties to CIA Torture Program

PHR calls for Department of Justice investigation

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) again urged the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the American Psychological Association’s (APA) complicity in the CIA torture program, following a new report in today’s New York Times. Internal emails obtained by Times reporter James Risen clearly show that the APA secretly modified its ethics policy to endorse psychologist participation in torture, with the aid of CIA and White House personnel.

“This calculated undermining of professional ethics is unprecedented in the history of U.S. medical practice and shows how the CIA torture program corrupted other institutions in our society,” said Donna McKay, PHR’s executive director.

More, HERE.

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Is the Federal Government Ready for War Against the American People?

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The African American police state exercises its authority over the Black minority through an oppressive array of modern day lynchings by the police, increasing for-profit mass incarceration and the government sanctioned surveillance and assassination of Black leaders.

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Despite Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleading not guilty, his lead defense attorney Judy Clark conceded to the jury that her client was guilty in her closing argument.The defense team insisted that he was coerced and bullied by his older brother into committing alleged acts of terrorism.

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Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks. “Red-Herring”, Propaganda Ploy

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 13, 2015

VIDEO: Résoudre le mystère du WTC7

If the Saudis were indeed the State sponsors of 9/11, why on earth did the US and the Atlantic Alliance (under the doctrine of collective security) choose to wage a “Just War” of retribution against Afghanistan. Did they get there countries mixed up?
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Important Strike in Mexico: Farm Workers Paralyze Baja California Farms

By Dan La Botz; Global Research, April 03, 2015

Thousands of farmworkers in the San Quintín Valley of Baja California, just 185 miles south of the U.S. border, struck some 230 farms, including the twelve largest that dominate production in the region, on March 17 interrupting the picking, packing, and shipping of zucchini, tomatoes, berries and other products to stores and restaurants in the United States. The strikers, acting at the peak of the harvest, were demanding higher wages and other benefits to which they are legally entitled such as membership in the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), the public health system. While there have over the last two decades been several large scale protests by workers in San Quintín, usually riots over the employers failure to pay their employees on time, this is the first attempt by workers to carry out a such strategic strike.

The farm workers reportedly succeeded within three days in negotiating with employers and the government an agreement of the existing unions, the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) and the Regional Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CROM), both corrupt organizations affiliated with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that had colluded with employers to keep wages low. The agreement reached on March 20 will give the workers the right to create their own union and negotiate directly with the owners. If this agreement holds, it represents a tremendous achievement for these workers and establishes a precedent for other workers throughout Mexico who would like to get rid of their corrupt government- or employer- controlled unions. The strike and negotiations over wages and other issues continue.

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Arabs and Muslims are tacitly or openly portrayed as uncivilized subjects. Terrorism is deeply tied to images of Arabs and Muslims in the minds of many US citizens and this is why it is falsely believed that most terrorists are Arabs or Muslims.

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NSA and Facebook Work Together

By Kurt Nimmo, March 27, 2015

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Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self Destruction

By Prof. James Petras, March 22, 2015

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Over the past year, what appeared as hopeful signs, that Left governments were emerging as powerful alternatives to right-wing pro-US regimes, is turning into a historic rout, which will relegate them to the dustbin of history for many years to come.

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Costa Rican Ambassador Fired for Defending Venezuelan Government Amid Escalating Media War

By Lucas Koerner, March 27, 2015

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Flight 9525 Crash: What’s Religion Got To Do with It? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist

By Juan Cole, March 27, 2015

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George W. Bush: “My Dad Was Meeting with the Brother of Osama on September 11, 2001. Does That Make Him a Terror Suspect?”

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, March 17, 2015
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Ironically, the anti-terrorist legislation does not apply to politicians in high office. Individuals can be arrested but presidents and prime ministers are allowed to mingle and socialize with family members of the World’s most renowned terrorist.

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THE KUALA LUMPUR INITIATIVE TO CRIMINALISE WAR

The Obama administration has embarked upon the ultimate war crime, a Worldwide military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity. The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.

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The complete loss of constitutional civil liberties where we can be taken in without warrant, locked up for indefinite periods of time, those totalitarian Orwellian tactics are here today… in secret CIA-like “black site” locations throughout the nation

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Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is Protected by the US and its Allies

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, February 19, 2015

ISIS made in USA

Why has the US Air Force not been able to wipe out the Islamic State which at the outset was largely equipped with conventional small arms not to mention state of the art Toyota pickup trucks?
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A Century of American Figurehead Presidents Marching to the Beat of Wall Street and the New World Order

By Joachim Hagopian, February 18, 2015

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A chronicle of this last century’s presidents offers us Americans a greater understanding of the diminished role our figurehead presidents have played as a mere public face to the
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Canada: Harper Government Relies on Torture Evidence, Say Three Professional Organizations

By Global Research, February 05, 2015 
In the wake of the December, 2014 release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, Prime Minister Harper said the report “has nothing to do whatsoever with the government of Canada.”

However, David Long, 9/11 survivor and creator of a petition submitted to Parliament December 3, 2014, disputes this claim.

The office of Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, recently rejected this request for a Parliamentary review of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The 1427 petitioners are dismayed that the key document setting forth the U.S. government’s account of the 9/11 events, the 2004 9/11 Commission Report, is based largely on testimony obtained through torture.
Their case was presented in a widely-viewed press conference held at Parliament December 10th by three academic organizations –  Rethink911.ca,  Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and the9/11 Consensus Panel,
In his brief response to the petitioners, Mr. Blaney stated:
“The Government will not tolerate the waste of taxpayer dollars by studying conspiracy theories.”
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Police Murders and the Criminalization of Protest in America

By Andre Damon; Global Research, February 01, 2015

On Friday, New York Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton announced the formation of a 350-member paramilitary police unit specializing in “disorder control and counter-terrorism.” Bratton made clear the new unit would be used to crack down on political opposition. 

In his announcement, Bratton explicitly equated peaceful protests, protected under the First Amendment of the US constitution, with acts of terrorism and mass murder. The commissioner said the new unit will be “designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” referring to the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks that killed 164 people and the recent shooting of 11 people at the offices of the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo 
The police commissioner made clear that members of the unit would be heavily armed. “Long rifles and machine guns… are unfortunately sometimes necessary,” he said. 
The announcement by Bratton, speaking for the Democratic administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, makes clear that the official response to peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities is not to rein in police violence, but to intensify it, along with a further militarization of the police to deal with the broader social and political unrest to come.

More, HERE.
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MEXICO NEWS

Violence Intensifies in Mexico as Authorities Unearth 10 Headless Bodies

By Jake Dean; Global Research, January 13, 2015

Mexican police have unearthed ten decapitated bodies and eleven heads in unmarked graves Tuesday near the city of Chilapa de Alvarez, 31 miles east of Guerrero state’s capital, Chilpancingo. The bodies were found spread throughout six clandestine graves with their hands tied and showing signs of torture. The heads of the victims were discovered in another grave inside four plastic bags.

Prosecutors have yet to identify the victims and are attempting to find the eleventh body and to ascertain if the heads belong to the corpses found in the graves. An anonymous-tip off alerted the police to the graves. The remains have been taken to the Forensic Medical Service of Chilpancingo for identification.

The brutal methods used against these victims are all too familiar.

More, HERE.
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How Israeli High-Tech Security Firms Are Turning the U.S.-Mexico Border into a “New Kind of Hell”

U.S. borderlands are laboratories for nightmarish innovations.

More, HERE.
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International Court Calls on Mexico to Ban Genetically Modified Corn

By Ethan A. Huff;Global Research, January 16, 2015

Mexico is desperately trying to avoid a bioterrorism takeover by Big GMO, which is insistent upon ushering in genetically modified (GM) maize to replace the dozens of native corn varieties already grown throughout the country. 

The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has issued an urgent plea to the Mexican government to once and for all ban all plantings of GM maize in order to avoid catastrophic losses to the “center of origin and diversity of this staple crop.”

The ruling, which came after the Tribunal spent three years gathering evidence from more than 1,000 organizations on GMO safety and effectiveness, warns that GM maize threatens to contaminate Mexico’s roughly 60 native corn varieties. More than just a staple crop, corn is a cultural treasure of Mexico, and because there is already a natural diversity of it, corn grows exceptionally well without the need for genetic alterations.

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Obama Backs Beleaguered Mexican President Peña Nieto

“NAFTA-Land Security”: How Canada and Mexico Have Become Part of the U.S. Policing Regime

By Paul Ashby; Global Research, December 04, 2014
National Guard PFC monitors one of dozens of cameras on the border with Mexico at the Border Patrol’s Communications Center in Arizona (U.S. Army / Creative Commons)
During this summer’s child migrant crisis and the accompanying frenzy around “security” along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, a spotlight was shone on Mexico’s role in protecting the U.S. “homeland.” It helped illuminate what Washington considers the United States’ territorial boundaries: those of the countries associated with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In other words, the territories of Canada and Mexico are part of the U.S. policing regime, under a regional security framework we might call “NAFTA-land Security.”
Evidence of this emerged in July when a Congressional hearing featured a discussion on, as Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) put it, “what Mexico is actually doing to help us” regarding the unauthorized movement of Central American children. Some lawmakers and officials hinted that insufficient efforts by Mexican authorities made possible the unwanted migrants’ northward movement through Mexico.
In response, administration officials pointed to Mexican President Peña Nieto’s new southern border strategy, one that, as Todd Miller has written, involves the exportation of the U.S. border policing model to Mexico.
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More Beheaded Bodies Discovered in Southern Mexico

Disappeared Students in Mexico: Global Struggle for Ayotzinapa Captures World’s Attention

By Telesur Global Research, November 22, 2014
More than 200 actions were carried out Thursday, coinciding with Mexico’s Day of Revolution.

A student’s skin was peeled over his head in a gruesome and clear display of a narco-state murder. The photo of the murder, which took place in the drug war-torn state of Guerrero some seven weeks ago, quickly went viral on the Internet. On the same day, five other people were killed and some 43 more students went “missing” in the small town of Ayotzinapa. In a press conference addressing the abuses more than one month after the disappearance of the students, who hailed from a rural-based and selective teachers college in Guerrero, an Attorney General presumed them “dead” without presenting any evidence to substantiate his conclusion. The nation’s leading prosecutor said he was “tired” by the end of the press conference, much to the chagrin of those who sympathized with the plight of the parents of the disappeared students.

Those happenings have served as the sparks that have ignited the nation’s ire to a feverish boiling point in one of the largest countries and economies of Latin America. Mexico has witnessed near daily and nation-wide actions of resistance. Since the disappearance of the “normalistas” (students training to be teachers) on September 26, the country has been brimming with mass marches, candle-light vigils, university-campus and labor-union-led strikes, occupations of official and university buildings, riot police-led arrests of demonstrators, property destruction of official buildings, sit-ins, panels ruminating over the ills of narco-state violence and international bridge closings.

While the 43 students, who are technically still missing due to the lack of any corpses being forensically tied to the students, were what clearly catalyzed the movement’s inception, much of the country has long been weary of the systematic problem of disappearances and the eery official impunity which has often surrounded them. Nothing less than some 24,000 disappearances, over the course of the last three years alone, account for official estimates. Other analysts estimate the actual total as being far higher than that.

The Mayor of Iguala and his wife, dubbed as the “imperial couple,” were arrested several weeks ago, as teleSUR previously reported. At the time of their arrest, speculation was that their detention may produce valuable clues that could help solve the case of the disappeared students. However, no significant advances have been made in the case since the detention of the couple. At the time of their arrest, the on-the-run couple were fugitives from the law and in hiding when authorities busted them at a rented home in Itzapalapa, Mexico City.

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Angry Protests Sweep Mexico after Government Says Missing Students are Dead


Global Research, November 11, 2014
Angry protests swept Mexico over the weekend in the wake of a press conference Friday in which Jesús Murillo Karam, the country’s attorney general, declared that 43 missing teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in the state of Guerrero are all dead. Murrillo based this evaluation on confessions by gang members that   they had killed the students, who were handed over to them by the police, and then burned their bodies.
Demonstrations in both Mexico City and the Guerrero capital of Chilpancingo saw clashes with police and attacks on government buildings. In the capital, a small group of demonstrators launched an attack on the historic National Palace in the city’s main square (El Zócalo). They first used metal security barriers to ram the building’s wooden door and then doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.
Some demonstrators questioned why it took police so long to respond to these acts, suggesting that they could have been the work of provocateurs.

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More than 100,000 March in Mexico City over Disappeared Students

By Rafael Azul; Global Research, November 07, 2014
A mass protest march of more than 100,000 students, teachers, education workers and ordinary citizens took place in Mexico City on Wednesday, November 5, in solidarity with the 43 missing teaching students, normalistas, of the Ayotzinapa Normal School, who have been missing for over 40 days.

This was the third mass demonstration and by far the largest and angriest. Many of the participants directed their anger at President Enrique Peña Nieto, demanding that he resign. One protest sign denounced him “for corruption, betraying the nation, ineptitude,” calling him a “repressor and assassin.”
Others carried signs that said, “It was the State.” Leading the march were students from Mexico City’s National Autonomous Metropolitan University (UNAM), the Polytechnic Institute, rural teaching colleges, and Iberian-American University, who all had joined a massive nationwide 72-hour student strike.
At Mexico City’s Constitution Square (the Zócalo), many thousands greeted the protesters as they arrived after the two-and-a-half-hour march from the president’s mansion (Los Pinos). At the mass rally, family members of the 43 disappeared students spoke to the demonstrators. None of the major political parties (the governing PRI, the PAN, the PRD, the Greens) were involved in the protest.
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Mexico Disarms Local Police in Missing Students’ City

By Press TV,Global Research, October 07, 2014
Mexican federal forces have disarmed the entire police department in the southern city of Iguala after its officers were accused of collaborating with a gang behind the recent disappearance of 43 students.
On Monday, the government’s new federal police unit took over security in Iguala, located some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital, Mexico City.

The federal unit was tasked with holding order in the city and helping search for the students who went missing last month after a deadly police shooting.

The deployment in the southern violence-stricken state of Guerrero came after President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed to establish justice and bring an end to corruption in the country.

Pena Nieto said he had dispatched the federal forces to Iguala to “find out what happened and apply the full extent of the law to those responsible.”The decision to disarm Iguala’s police corps came just days after 28 charred bodies were found in a mass grave on the outskirts of the city.

State prosecutor Inaky Blanco has said the recovered bodies probably belonged to the missing students. State officials also say it will take up to two weeks to receive the results of DNA tests to identify the corpses.

The students, all trainee teachers, went missing following a police attack on September 26 against a protest over   teachers’ rights.

According to Blanco, state investigators have obtained video footage showing local police arresting a number of   students during the clashes and taking them away.

Prosecutors said the Guerreros Unidos drug gang also participated in the police shooting that left six people dead and 25 others wounded.

Mexican authorities have already arrested 22 officers and issued arrest warrants for Iguala mayor Jose Luis Albarca and his security chief over the deadly incident.

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Militarization and Political Crisis in Mexico

Is Mexico a Narco-State?

By Michael Werbowski;Global Research, May 31, 2010

Mexico - In the wake of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s recent state visit to the U.S and Canada, a burning question remains without any clear answer.

2010 is historically significant for Mexico. It is its bi-centennial year of independence ( in 1810 the country began to break free from Spanish imperial tutelage) and perhaps more significantly is is also the centenary year of the 1910 Mexican revolution. There is little to celebrate though. The country this year, is still reeling from the vortex of drug-trafficking crimes, the global economic down-turn and the fall-out from the histrionics and panic induced by the H1N1-Swine flu “pandemic” of 2009.

Mexico after a decade of the centre-right almost “corporatist” PAN ( National Action Party) party’s rule, ( as in 2000, the first PAN candidate won the presidency, Vincente Fox) has been practically “Balkanised”. And as a result, it is now faced with a crippling fragmentation of the federation itself, due mainly to territorial battles or “turf wars” going on between rival drug cartels, which operate almost with impunity in many Mexican states. Possibly, the most fascinating and insightful read on this phenomenal topic is: Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State? . While I was pondering over the question raised by the book’s title , I was somewhat astonished to read in (despite what I witnessed first hand in Mexico) the concluding chapter, a rather reassuring reply. That basically, Mexico is far from becoming another Somalia, Pakistan or Haiti.

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Destabilizing Mexico

By Rev. Richard Skaff; Global Research, March 13, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder stated on February 25, 2009 that Mexican drug cartels pose a national security threat, and issued a direct warning to these cartels that they will be destroyed.

The warning came as the attorney general and acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart announced the completion of the final phase of DEA’s “Operation Xcellerator,” which targeted the Sinaloa cartel, a major western Mexico drug operation that has been expanding its reach into the United States . [1].

Meanwhile, the blood shed in the Mexican cities continues to be extensive and has expanded its tentacles of violence to various cities in Mexico. Lawlessness, corruption, murders, decapitations, and kidnappings have taken the Mexican cities by a storm, giving rise to a new radical group calling itself the Juarez Citizens Command that is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time. The group stated that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and peace is restored. Similar groups are popping up all across Mexico. [2].

In its last report, the US Department of justice disclosed that 17.2 billion dollars in cash entered Mexico in only the past two years as a result of money laundering operation in their country. The report advised that Mexico and Colombia are the principal destinations of narco resources that operate in the US and that “the laundering of drug money is a global industry” with transnational organizations present in various countries. [2].

According to a DEA undercover operative, the Mexican drug cartels have gained more and more of the American market. They have grown bolder in their attempts to expand their operations in Mexico and the United States . They now control the ruling party in Mexico and operate the biggest drug business on earth right here in the USA . [2].

Mexico’s drug and violence problem now engulfs the entire country, inundating cities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The robust drug cartel reduced its position in the western mountains, and lunged into the heart of national power in Mexico City. The capital that was once relatively immune to such contemptuous boldness of drug killings has become the scene of multiple assassinations of high-ranking federal police officials in about a week. More than 1,000 people have been killed in Mexico this year in drug-related violence and about 6,290 in 2008. [11].

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“Je Suis CIA” By Larry Chin, January 17, 2015
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Since 9/11, the imperial playbook has consisted of time-tested tactic: the false flag operation. Carry out or facilitate a spectacular atrocity. Blame it on the enemy of choice. Issue a lie-infested official narrative, and have the corporate media repeat the lie. Rile up militant crowds, stoke the hatred, wage war with the public stamp of approval.

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Ali awakes armless
Massive terrorist attacks were hatched back soon after the pretext of cinematographic ‘terrorist’ attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The people of Afghanistan were first in line, that winter bombing and invasion had been planned for some months before smoke billowed up from the Twin Towers.

Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring 2014

MEXICO: Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Communities Up in Arms

Lorena Ojeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lorena Ojeda

The emergence of armed self-defense groups in the state of Michoacán has catapulted the region to the top of the Mexican federal government’s list of security concerns. Not all of these groups are alike, however. While the indigenous P’urhépecha community guards and the mestizo self-defense groups share many common grievances, they have arisen in response to different histories and different contemporary circumstances.

Concentrated in central and northwestern Michoacán, the P’urhépecha home area is divided into four sub-regions: the Sierra P’urhépecha; the Lake Pátzcuaro basin; the Ciénega de Zacapu; and the Cañada de los Once Pueblos. Disputes about land ownership and access to natural resources have long made the region a hot spot for both intra- and inter-community violence. Although agrarian conflicts in the region date back to the colonial era, they were exacerbated by the agrarian reform initiatives following the Mexican Revolution, in large part because the distribution of lands to one community almost always impacted the interests of its neighbors. The reforms resulted in bloody clashes that sowed distrust between the communities. To further complicate matters, this infighting made it easier for outside interest groups to gain a foothold in the area. Revolutionary and post-revolutionary bandits devastated indigenous villages, taking advantage of their divisions.  It was from this complex stew of conflicts that the community guards emerged.

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The Berkeley Blog

Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students

Forty-three student teachers (normalistas) disappeared on the evening of September 26 in the municipality of Iguala, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. The incident has attracted national and international attention, and it has also generated a wealth of speculation and misinformation. The daily reports concerning the discovery of numerous mass graves have further muddied the waters; the only silver lining, such as it is, in these reports is that the missingnormalistas do not appear to have been buried in any of the discovered grave sites. The contrast between the hope that the normalistas might still be alive, and the despair of living in a country where mass graves can seemingly be uncovered by simply kicking over a few stones, is striking.

But perhaps the most depressing aspect of this story is the indifference of some Mexicans that have even attempted to argue that the normalistas somehow deserved their fate because of their “rebellious attitudes” or their “delinquent” appearance. Thus, a society already divided by social class, skin color, linguistic differences, clothing styles, the size of one’s bank account, zip codes, and a host of other frivolous matters has found new ways of demarcating distinct types of Mexicans: “good” versus “bad”; those that receive justice versus those that do not; and those that can versus those that do not even deserve to try.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s political parties are only interested in representing and advancing their own interests. The left has lost its identity in its efforts to reach power. The right, which is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of good behavior, has shrouded itself in silence and indifference. And the ruling party’s principal preoccupation is the next election cycle and the perpetuation of its political dynasty, not the needs of Mexico’s citizens.

The Ayotzinapa case reveals the deterioration of Mexico’s political and social spheres. The missing normalistas are poor, indigenous or mestizo (mixed-race), and brown-skinned. Their hair is straight, they are not particularly tall, and they speak with the accents of the countryside. Simply put, they are Mexicans. But their surnames – Tizapa, Jacinto, Patolzin, Ascencio, Tlatempa, and Lauro, among others – are not among Mexico’s famous, and they are more likely to be found in the country’s seemingly infinite number of mass graves, as opposed to a social club or the halls of the stock market. The divide between Mexicans has become so great that some are not even moved by the heartrending pain experienced by the parents whose sons are missing.

The Ayotzinapa case has quickly become symbolic of the daily disappearances and murders that occur in Mexico, and of the mass graves that vastly outnumber the number of roads, hospitals, universities, and science and technology centers that have been built in recent years.

Throughout the world, many are pressuring the Mexican government to resolve the matter and bring those responsible to justice. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets demanding that the normalistas be found, while also calling out the shamelessness of the governments, political parties, and dominant social classes that allowed the disappearances to occur. But there are millions of Mexicans, and the majority of them appear to have been stunned into silence by the Mexican apocalypse, or have chosen to express their outrage safely behind closed doors.

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NOTE: Professor Lorena Ojeda authorized Security Corner in Mexico to republish this article. She is a visiting scholar in the Department of History at UC Berkeley and a professor of history at Mexico's Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Her work at Berkeley is supported by the Fulbright García-Robles and CONACYT grants. Ojeda recently published the article "Communities Up in Arms," on the emergence of armed self-defense groups in the state of Michoacán, in the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.
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By Eyder Peralta; February 03, 2015

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is asking a government watchdog agency to look into the purchase of homes by himself, his wife, and his finance minister from contractors who were then awarded lucrative construction projects by the government.
Critics have charged that the Peña Nieto government faced conflicts of interest because of the transactions. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports Peña Nieto also announced anti-corruption initiatives.
She filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"Peña Nieto announced the investigation and new transparency measures for federal officials, including asset reporting requirements. Taking no questions from reporters, Peña Nieto said he had done nothing wrong.
"'I am conscious that the events generated the appearance of something improper...something that in reality did not occur," the president said.
"Press reports revealed the first lady bought a luxury home from a well connected contractor who was part of a group that won a multi-billion dollar transportation contract. The president and finance minister also purchased homes from government contractors."
As we've reported, back in 2012, Peña Nieto's wife, the telenovela star Angélica Rivera, bought a home valued at $7 million from a contractor who was then included in a $3.7 billion contract to build a high speed train.
Under political pressure, Rivera sold the house and said she had done nothing wrong.
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December 26, 2014, Scott Neuman NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that the body of a kidnapped Catholic priest has been discovered after he was seized in the southern state of Guerrero earlier this week.
The body of Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta was found with a gunshot wound to the head, not far from the seminary where he lived near Ciudad Altamirano. Carrie says he is the third priest this year to be killed in Guerrero, where 43 students were kidnapped by corrupt police and presumably murdered by drug traffickers. Gorostieta is the first, however, to have been seized since the students disappeared in September.
More, HERE.
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November 19, 2014

Eyder Peralta

Amid rumblings about conflict of interest and corruption, Mexico's first lady says she will sell a multimillion-dollar home in one of the most glamorous areas of Mexico City.

In a YouTube video released late Tuesday, Angélica Rivera defiantly proclaims that she has "nothing to hide."
"I have worked all my life, and because of that I am an independent woman capable of building a patrimony with honesty," she said.
Rivera and her husband, President Enrique Peña Nieto, have been under heavy scrutiny lately: first, because of the way the government has handled the case of 43 students who went missing after they were detained by police, and then after Aristegui Noticias revealed that an opulent modern structure dubbed "The White House" and valued at $7 million was owned by a construction company awarded millions in government contracts.
As Aristegui explained, the house, which Rivera showed off in a glitzy spread in the royal-centric magazine ¡Hola!, was just another symbol of the "close relationship between Peña Nieto and Grupo Higa."
According to the investigation, Grupo Higa is owned by Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, who in the past rented out airplanes for the Peña Nieto's 2012 presidential campaign. The company, Aristegui reports, received millions  of dollars in contracts in the state of Mexico when Peña Nieto was governor.
Once Peña Nieto was in the presidential palace, a subsidiary of Hinojosa's company was awarded part of a huge contract to build a high-speed train from Mexico City to Querétaro.
Just days before the report was published, Peña Nieto canceled the $3.7 billion contract.
More, HERE.

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Business Monitor International

Industry Forecast - Mexico Offers Strongest Banking Sector Growth Potential - JAN 2015

Mexico November 2014 / Latin America / Economy

Slowing economic activity will temper asset and loan growth in several Latin American economies throughout our five-year forecast period. In contrast, we see stronger banking sector growth prospect...

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Risk Summary - Mexico - JAN 2015

Mexico November 2014 / Mexico / Economy

Mexico's Short-Term Political Risk Rating (STPRR) remains unchanged from last month at 63.5, ranking 8th out of 17 Latin American countries scored, and 12.3 points below regional leader Chile. Mexi...

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Political Risk Analysis - Ruling PRI To Lose Support In Midterms Due To Iguala Crisis - JAN 2015

Mexico November 2014 / Mexico / Economy

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's approval rating will continue to fall in the coming months, as the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala heightens concerns over security and corruption. This will have negative implications for the ruling Partido Institucional Revolucionario in the June 2015 mid-term elections, increasing the odds of a strong result by the main centre-right opposi...

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Al Jazeera America

Crude harvest: Selling Mexico's oil

VIDEO: Mexico may be hitting the perfect storm when it opens its energy resources to foreign investors.

30 Dec 2014
Against the backdrop of Mexico's ever-widening gap between rich and poor, growing violence, and stalled economy, President Enrique Pena Nieto has passed a series of economic reforms.
Under these reforms, Mexico's oil, which was expropriated from foreign interests 75 years ago, is now for sale to private, international companies.
Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which opened Mexico up to trade with the US and Canada, led to the collapse of agriculture, and paved the way to the privatization of oil.
The operations of Mexico's state-owned oil company, Pemex, have never been entirely transparent, and communities have been crippled by oil disasters. For instance, in October 2013, the state of Tabasco experienced its worst oil disaster when a drill site exploded and burned for 55 days, contaminating the surrounding land and water. Villagers closest to the site say they are suffering from health problems and have lost their livestock. They say Pemex has never accepted responsibility for the accident, nor has it offered any compensation.
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OPINION: Privatising Mexico's oil industry spells disaster

In the absence of strong state institutions, the privatisation of Mexico's oil industry will be disastrous.

30 Dec 2014, By

Edgardo Buscaglia is a Senior Law and Economics Scholar at Columbia University in New York and President of the Instituto de Accion Ciudadana in Mexico.

Who can deny that Mexico is one of the most admired cradles of civilisation, with its culture and history considered an integral part of the world's historical heritage. Yet, Mexico is also a country whose population for centuries has been raped by corrupt authoritarian governments; it is a country which has suffered domestic and regional conflicts leading to foreign interventions backing extractive business interests.
The 1910 Mexican Revolution brought together various groups calling for social justice. It was a natural reaction to centuries of foreign looting of Mexico's resources. One of the consequences of the Revolution was the decision by the
Mexican government to nationalise the immense reserves of oil in the 1930s.
However, it seems that Mexican politicians today have failed to learn a lesson from history. The administration of Mexican President Pena Nieto recently approved legal reforms which will make it possible once again for private firms to become the major players in the Mexican oil business.
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Who's making money off the War on Drugs?

Disappearance of 43 students from Mexico spurred a national debate about the winners and losers in war on drugs.

Since the disappearance of 43 students from #Ayotzinapa school in Guerrero, Mexico, people around the world have taken to the streets to demand an end to drug-related crime and the close ties between drug cartels, police and political institutions. So if everybody's losing, who's winning?

The rebel spirit driving Mexico’s protests has deep roots

Analysis: Outrage over case of 43 missing students has helped unleash widespread discontent with a deep historical echo

Protests over missing students spread in Mexico

A chronology of the disappearance of 43 students from a teachers’ college in Mexico and its aftermath

Mexico’s church calls for government to change response to violence

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera calls changes ‘necessary,’ says pope is monitoring case of 43 missing students

Cuba-US thaw is a win for Latin America

Analysis: Return of US-Cuban diplomatic relations will affect entire region and possibly isolate Venezuela

Latin America celebrates new US-Cuba era

Chile’s minister of foreign relations calls the Obama and Castro speeches the beginning of the end of the Cold War

VIDEO: Mexico's Nieto faces growing calls to resign

02 Dec 2014

President's second anniversary in office marred by protests as he and the government are accused of corruption.

With help from the Obama administration, Peña Nieto is brutally reshaping Mexican society

Through the story of one immigrant family, we explore the evolution of racism and migration in the US.

President Pena Nieto proposes changes to police force following uproar over presumed massacre of 43 students.

Ferguson: Lawmakers urge calm, offer few policy prescriptions

Analysis: Think riots have never caused change in America? Think again

Brown's parents vow to 'keep fighting' for justice

Protesters upset by Ferguson decision storm St. Louis City Hall

Confronting race and inequality in the US

Week before verdict, 12 killed by US law enforcement

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Drug trafficking organizations are rapidly splintering, but there€’s no end in sight to the violence

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Tens of thousands of people angered by the presumed massacre of 43 students are marching in Mexico City as part of another day of nationwide protests.
Protesters on Thursday waved blackened flags of Mexico and many chanted for the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto. "He will fall, he will fall, Pena Nieto will fall," they chanted.
Some protesters clashed with riot police near the city's international airport at the start of the day's demonstrations, burning tyres, throwing firebombs and launching firecrackers at police.
Thursday’s protest was the latest protest over the government's handling of a crime that has infuriated Mexicans fed up with corruption, impunity and a drug war that has left more than 100,000 people dead or missing since 2006.

The case has turned into the biggest challenge of Pena Nieto's nearly two-year-old presidency, on top of another scandal over a mansion his wife bought from a government contractor.
'Mexico is hurting'

The crisis erupted after the mayor of the city of Iguala allegedly ordered police to confront students on September 26, sparking a night of violence that left six people dead and 43 missing, authorities say.
Protesters angered by the presumed massacre of 43 students take to the streets for another day of demonstrations.

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Police officer fires on Mexico City students, inflaming tensions

Students had been planning for a Nov. 20 national strike in solidarity with 43 missing students from Guerrero

 

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VIDEO: Missing Mexico students: Who is responsible.

Protesters demand justice for missing 43 trainee teachers who are feared murdered in Mexico. To watch video click on HERE.
Mexico president pushes trade ties in China while protests rage at home

Peña Nieto's Beijing trip amid massive political crisis at home shows heavy bet on China ties as economic boost

Mexico missing student protesters burn state buildings

Protest movement has hit Guerrero'€™s tourism industry with vacationers canceling trips during busiest time of year.

Photos: In Acapulco, an angry demonstration over missing students

Students, peasants and others attempt to block the airport and clash with police.

Mexico leader travels to Asia amid rising unrest over missing students

Peña Nieto faces increased calls to resign as another presidential scandal emerged over the weekend

Mexico protesters set fire to National Palace over missing students

Gang members have confessed to killing the 43 missing students and dumping their charred remains in a landfill.

Gang members confess to mass killing of Mexico students

Charred human remains found in a dumpster are likely the students who disappeared on Sept. 26, Mexican authorities say.

Mexican army accepts criticism of human rights commission in killings

The defense department says, however, it doesn't agree with all findings of human rights commission on the June slayings.

Why have the most recent kidnappings in Mexico sparked such outrage?

The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico has triggered nationwide demonstrations for government accountability.

Thousands protest missing Mexico students despite mayor arrest

Public anger over student disappearances brings Mexico City to a standstill; full-blown crisis for President Peña Nieto.

Photos: Protests over 43 Guerrero students target government buildings

A city congress and buildings tied to the ruling party are trashed and burned.

 

The food producer has developed more than 480 varieties of wheat, upping production by an estimated 200 million tonnes.
Mexican official: CIA 'manages' drug trade

Spokesman for Chihuahua state says US agencies don't want to end drug trade, a claim denied by other Mexican officials

24 Jul 2012, by Chris Arsenault

Juarez, Mexico - The US Central Intelligence Agency and other international security forces "don't fight drug traffickers", a spokesman for the Chihuahua state government in northern Mexico has told Al Jazeera, instead "they try to manage the drug trade".
Allegations about official complicity in the drug business are nothing new when they come from activists, professors, campaigners or even former officials. However, an official spokesman for the authorities in one of Mexico's most violent states - one which directly borders Texas - going on the record with such accusations is unique.

"It's like pest control companies, they only control," Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva, the Chihuahua spokesman, told Al Jazeera last month at his office in Juarez. "If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs."

Accusations are 'baloney'

Villanueva is not a high ranking official and his views do not represent Mexico's foreign policy establishment. Other more senior officials in Chihuahua State, including the mayor of Juarez, dismissed the claims as "baloney".

"I think the CIA and DEA [US Drug Enforcement Agency] are on the same side as us in fighting drug gangs," Hector Murguia, the mayor of Juarez, told Al Jazeera during an interview inside his SUV. "We have excellent collaboration with the US."

Under the Merida Initiative, the US Congress has approved more than $1.4bn in drug war aid for Mexico, providing attack helicopters, weapons and training for police and judges.
More than 55,000 people have died in drug related violence in Mexico since December 2006. Privately, residents and officials across Mexico's political spectrum often blame the lethal cocktail of US drug consumption and the flow of high-powered weapons smuggled south of the border for causing much of the carnage.
"The war on drugs is an illusion," Hugo Almada Mireles, professor at the Autonomous University of Juarez and author of several books, told Al Jazeera. "It's a reason to intervene in Latin America."

"The CIA wants to control the population; they don't want to stop arms trafficking to Mexico, look at [Operation] Fast and Furious,” he said, referencing a botched US exercise where automatic weapons were sold to criminals in the hope that security forces could trace where the guns ended up.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms lost track of 1,700 guns as part of the operation, including an AK-47 used in 2010 the murder of Brian Terry, a Customs and Border Protection Agent.

More, HERE.

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Iguala Massacre: Mexico's PR Message Goes Up in Flames

The stunning, dramatic blow-by-blow account of what most likely happened to the 43 missing students in Guerrero is an indication of just how desperately Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto and his team are trying to perform damage control on a terrifying story -- one that has not only unsettled his government, but has pushed them to admit that things are not as their public relations machine would have you believe.
In the hour-long November 7 press conference (see video below), Attorney General Jose Murillo Karam announced that the recent capture of alleged members of the Guerreros Unidos led to confessions that the students were taken by police while en route to the town of Iguala. The police handed the students over to the Guerreros Unidos, who then killed them and burned their remains.
Specifically, video testimonies from three recently captured “masterminds” of the attacks revealed that the students were carted like cattle to a landfill in Cocula. According to one suspect, approximately 15 students asphyxiated on the way to the dump site. The remaining students were interrogated by members of the Guerreros Unidos before being shot and killed. The bodies were then thrown into the landfill, arranged in a circle, covered in sticks, gasoline, and diesel, and burned. The fire reportedly lasted for 14 hours, from midnight on September 27, until mid-afternoon.
According to the testimonies, a leader of the criminal group known as “El Terco” ordered the burned human remains to be collected and placed into eight black plastic bags. Members of the Guerreros Unidos then took the bags to the San Juan River in Cocula, where they dumped the contents into the water, while two bags were thrown directly into the river.
Following the confessions, search teams found black bags, one of which was still closed. Mexican and Argentine forensic teams reportedly confirmed the bag contained human remains. However, due to the degree to  which the bodies were burned, forensic experts have not yet determined when the remains will be able to be identified.

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Tech Execs Raising Eyebrows Over Washington State’s Cannabis-Tracking Pact

Concerns Center on Transparency, Open Competition and Federal Scrutiny

By Bill Conroy, Via The Narcosphere

February 16, 2015

Concerns Center on Transparency, Open Competition and Federal Scrutiny

The emerging cannabis industry in Washington is tied at the hip to the state’s burgeoning technology sector in no small measure because robust product-tracking data serves as a shield against federal pre-emption of the great marijuana-legalization experiment now underway.

That’s why a little-noticed flap within the state’s tech community is worth paying attention to as regulators in the state continue to roll out the infrastructure to support legal weed — approved by Washington voters in November 2012 through a referendum dubbed Initiative 502.

More, HERE.

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A Battle Has Erupted Over Washington’s Legal Cannabis Plazas

By Bill Conroy - December 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm
The Outcome Could Help Define A Path To A Peaceful End To the Drug War
A major turf war has erupted in the grand experiment to legalize marijuana in the state of Washington.
However, this battle is being waged with the tools of politics, the courts and organizing, unlike the drug war, where disputes over control of the drug plazas, or markets, normally are settled with bullets.
The stakes are high in this turf dispute in Washington, with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on the table and the future of a nascent cannabis industry hanging in the balance.

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Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

By Bill Conroy - December 12, 2014
Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception
The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report pillorying the CIA’s Bush-era detention and interrogation program is replete with lurid details of what would commonly be called torture, if those practices were carried out on you or me.
Waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation, coffin-size cells and forcing detainees to stand in stress positions, even with broken bones, is the stuff of a horror movie. But there is another revelation in the long-awaited, and controversial, Senate committee report that so far seems to have slipped past much examination in the public spotlight.

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US Military’s Training of Mexican Security Forces Continues As Human-Rights Abuses Mount In Mexico

Posted by Bill Conroy - December 3, 2014

DoD Officials Claim Training is Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

The U.S. government has spent more than $62 million since fiscal year 2010 providing highly specialized training to Mexican security forces, including some $16.3 million in fiscal 2013, as part of an effort to help Mexico better prosecute its war on drugs, records made public under the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act show.

Local Opposition to Washington’s Legal Marijuana Businesses Is a Taxing Issue For the Fledgling Industry

Posted by Bill Conroy - November 14, 2014

Effort to Overcome City Moratoriums on Cannabis Shops Could Spark an Unlikely Alliance
The great experiment in the state of Washington to legalize the sale of marijuana through a regulated and taxed market has hit a hitch at the local level that threatens to slow progress to a snail’s pace, even as more and more marijuana businesses obtain the state licensing needed to open their doors.
Through early November, Washington’s cannabis market, state records show, included some 63 retailers, 239 producers and 197 processors — all issued the required state-level licenses to begin doing business in the state. But the battle ahead for many of them — and others in the pipeline — to actually open their doors for business is far from over.

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Labor Unions Are Supporting Washington State Legal Marijuana Dispensaries that Create "More Workers to Organize"

Posted by Bill Conroy - October 22, 2014
The United Food and Commercial Workers and other Unions Seek to Strengthen Protections for Cannabis Workers
What’s going on in the state of Washington and beyond with the movement to legalize marijuana is, only in part, about business, taxes and government oversight — all to be amplified by the billions of dollars annually this new industry promises to throw off.

More, HERE.
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Community Police in Guerrero’s Costa Chica Region to Celebrate 19 Years of a Better Way to Combat Crime and Corruption

The Same Southern Mexican State Where 43 Students Were Disappeared Is also Home to a Grassroots Movement that Shows How People Can Police Themselves When the State Becomes Criminal.

By Greg Berger and Oscar Olivera

Special for The Narco News Bulletin

November 7, 2014

Publisher’s Note: In Mexico and throughout the world the state of Guerrero has become a vivid example of the horrors of the “war on drugs” and the pervasive corruption and violence it invites from all levels of government. On September 26, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca of the city of Iguala ordered police to detain a group of students from the local Ayotzinapa teachers’ college. The mayor’s ties to organized crime have been widely documented. It is believed that the mayor thought the students were planning to stage a protest at a public event held by his wife. Police then killed six students, and 43 more were disappeared. The police reportedly turned the 43 youths over to a local criminal gang. Multiple mass graves have been dug up in the area, each at first rumored to contain the bodies of the students, then have been revealed to be the tombs of previous nameless casualties of the US-imposed drug war.
The whereabouts of the missing students are still unknown.
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Millions Missing From DEA Money-Laundering Operation

Posted by Bill Conroy - October 6, 2014

But No One With the Power to Investigate Seems to Care
At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.
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Charles Bowden has died, but his voice is louder than ever

Posted by Bill Conroy - September 2, 2014

As one of the original authentic journalists, he trailblazed a path for others to follow
When I heard that he had passed, my eyes welled with tears. I’m of stoic Irish stock, so I don’t shed tears easily, but the news of Charles Bowden’s death (1945-2014) was not an easy thing to bear. He had been a mentor and a friend to me for a decade, and his leaving hurts.
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U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central America

By Bill Conroy - July 29, 2014

 

Critics Argue Drug-War Money is Part of the Problem, Not the Solution.

Some 58,000 migrant children, mostly Central Americans, have made the treacherous journey to the U.S. southern border alone over the past 10 months, but actions being considered by U.S. officials to combat the problem with more military and drug-war aid to their countries, critics warn, may worsen the violence that provokes this unprecedented exodus.

The number of unaccompanied children that have arrived at the U.S. border so far this fiscal year is up 106 percent from the same period a year earlier — with the total expected to reach 90,000 before Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.


To put that latter number in perspective, it is nearly five times larger than the number of Border Patrol agents now stationed along the entire southern border.

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25 Deadliest Mass Shootings in U.S. History Fast Facts

By CNN Library; September 2, 2014
(CNN) -- Here is a list of the 25 deadliest single day mass shootings in U.S. history from 1949 to the present. If the shooter was killed or committed suicide during the incident that death is not included in the total.

Timeline:

32 killed - April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. A gunman, 23-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho, goes on a shooting spree killing 32 people in two locations and wounds an undetermined number of others on campus. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho then committed suicide.

27 killed - December 14, 2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School - Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, guns down 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults, school staff and faculty, before turning the gun on himself. Investigating police later find Nancy Lanza, Adam's mother, dead from a gunshot wound. The final count is 28 dead, including the shooter.

23 killed - October 16, 1991 - In Killeen, Texas, 35-year-old George Hennard crashes his pickup truck through the wall of a Lubys Cafeteria. After exiting the truck, Hennard shoots and kills 23 people. He then commits suicide.

21 killed - July 18, 1984 - In San Ysidro, California, 41-year-old James Huberty, armed with a long-barreled Uzi, a pump-action shotgun and a handgun shoots and kills 21 adults and children at a local McDonalds. A police sharpshooter kills Huberty one hour after the rampage begins.

18 killed - August 1, 1966 - In Austin, Texas, Charles Joseph Whitman, a former U.S. Marine, kills 16 and wounds at least 30 while shooting from a University of Texas tower. Police officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy shot and killed Whitman in the tower. Whitman had also killed his mother and wife earlier in the day.

14 killed - August 20, 1986 - Edmond, Oklahoma part-time mail carrier, Patrick Henry Sherrill, armed with three handguns kills 14 postal workers in ten minutes and then takes his own life with a bullet to the head.

13 killed - November 5, 2009 - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 people and injures 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, during a shooting rampage. He is convicted and sentenced to death.

13 killed - April 3, 2009 - In Binghamton, New York, Jiverly Wong kills 13 people and injures four during a shooting at an immigrant community center. He then kills himself.

13 killed - April 20, 1999 - Columbine High School - Littleton, Colorado. 18-year-old Eric Harris and

17-year-old Dylan Klebold kill 12 fellow students and one teacher before committing suicide in the school library.

13 killed - September 25, 1982 - In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 40-year-old George Banks, a prison guard, kills 13 people including five of his own children. In September 2011, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns his death sentence stating that Banks is mentally incompetent.

13 killed - September 5, 1949 - In Camden, New Jersey, 28-year-old Howard Unruh, a veteran of World War II, shoots and kills 13 people as he walks down Camden's 32nd Street. His weapon of choice is a German-crafted Luger pistol. He is found insane and is committed to a state mental institution. He dies at the age of 88.

12 killed - September 16, 2013 - Shots are fired inside the Washington Navy Yard killing 12. The shooter, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, is also killed.

12 killed - July 20, 2012 - Twelve people are killed and 58 are wounded in a shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater screening of the new Batman film. James E. Holmes, 24, is taken into custody outside of the movie    theater. The gunman is dressed head-to-toe in protective tactical gear, set off two devices of some kind before spraying the theater with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene.

12 killed - July 29, 1999 - In Atlanta, 44-year-old Mark Barton kills his wife and two children at his home. He then opens fire in two different brokerage houses killing nine people and wounding 12. He later kills himself.

10 killed - March 10, 2009 - In Alabama, Michael McLendon of Kinston, kills 10 and himself. The dead include his mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle.

9 killed - March 21, 2005 - Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minnesota. 16-year-old Jeff Weise kills his grandfather and another adult, five students, a teacher and a security officer. He then kills himself.

9 killed - June 18, 1990 - In Jacksonville, Florida, 42-year-old James Pough, angry about his car being repossessed, opens fire at at a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office, killing nine people. Pough takes his own life.

8 killed - October 12, 2011 - Eight people are killed during a shooting at the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California. The suspect, Scott Evans Dekraai, 41, of Huntington Beach, is arrested without incident as he is trying to leave the scene. The eight dead include Dekraai's ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, 48. He was armed with three guns -- a 9 mm Springfield, a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, and a Heckler & Koch .45 -- and was wearing body armor during the shooting rampage.

8 killed - August 3, 2010 - Manchester, Connecticut - Omar Thornton kills eight co-workers at Hartford Distributors before turning the gun on himself. Thornton had been asked to resign for stealing and selling alcoholic beverages.

8 killed - January 19, 2010 - Christopher Speight, 39, kills eight people at a house in Appomattox, Virginia. He surrenders to police at the scene the next morning, and is charged with one count of murder with additional charges pending.

8 killed - March 29, 2009 - In Carthage, North Carolina, 45-year-old Robert Stewart kills a nurse and seven elderly patients at a nursing home. In May, the Moore County district attorney announces she will seek the death penalty. On September 3, 2011, a jury finds Stewart guilty of second-degree murder. Stewart is sentenced to 141 to 179 years in prison.

8 killed - December 5, 2007 - In Omaha, Nebraska, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins goes to an area mall and kills eight shoppers before killing himself.

8 killed - July 1, 1993 - In San Francisco, 55-year-old Gian Luigi Ferri kills eight people in a law office and then kills himself.

8 killed - September 14, 1989 - In Louisville, Kentucky, 47-year-old Joseph Wesbecker armed with a AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifle, two MAC-11 semiautomatic pistols, a .38 caliber handgun, a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol and a bayonet kills eight co-workers at Standard Gravure Corporation and then kills himself. He had been placed on disability leave from his job due to mental problems.

8 killed - August 20, 1982 - In Miami, 51-year-old history teacher Carl Robert Brown, angry about a repair bill and armed with a shotgun, kills eight people at a machine shop. He flees by bicycle, but is shot in the back by a witness who pursued him. He was on leave from school for psychological treatment.

List of rampage killers (school massacres), by Wikipedia

List of school shootings in the United States, by Wikipedia

Starting with Pontiac's Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764 to August 6, 2014in River Woods Elementary when an 11-year-old student at RWES in Des Moines, Iowa, brought a BB gun to the school accompanied by two former students aged 11 & 16. The student admitted to having the weapon and making threats against 4 students. Police recovered the gun and arrested the alleged students
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67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm: UN

According to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. 61% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides. More, HERE by Wikipedia.

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Mexico’s massacre probe

Look harder

A deeper mystery over a dreadful disappearance

Sep 12th 2015 | MEXICO CITY

NOTHING has cast such a long shadow over the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto as last year’s disappearance of 43 students in the south-western state of Guerrero. The shadow grew longer on September 6th when the government’s account of events was severely questioned by an international inquiry.

Investigators from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights spent six months picking over all the forensic and documentary evidence. Their conclusions compounded the uncertainty over what happened to the trainee teachers from the town of Ayotzinapa, who vanished last September in the town of Iguala, after commandeering buses to drive to Mexico City for a rally.

More, HERE.

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Journalism in Mexico

Radio silenced. A crusading anchorwoman is pushed off the air

Mar 21st 2015 | MEXICO CITY

NEWS junkies in Mexico have woken up feeling bereft and baffled since March 16th. The feisty, staccato voice of Carmen Aristegui, a radio anchorwoman with almost cult status, especially among left-leaning listeners, has gone off the airwaves after a public row with her employer, MVS Radio. The radio group fired her despite acknowledging that she was one of Mexico’s most popular morning-show hosts, drew in advertisers and delivered scoops that scandalised the country. Even MVS Radio sounds remorseful. “It’s a situation in which everyone loses,” a spokesman admits.

Behind this falling out are problems that systematically undermine journalism in Mexico, where the media have long been dominated by political power. Many outlets, including MVS Radio, rely on the government for advertising and other perks. The biggest television networks, Televisa and TV Azteca, are a pliant duopoly.

More, HERE.

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Conflict of interest in Mexico

A false start

Mixed messages in a new anti-corruption campaign

The Mexican morass

A president who doesn’t get that he doesn’t get it

IN A new year message Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, promised to work to “liberate” his country from crime, corruption and impunity. His cabinet has duly set these as its priorities. The message is the right one. But unfortunately for Mr Peña, Mexicans are increasingly cynical about the messenger.
Mexico is still seething over the government’s leaden response to the kidnap in September of 43 students by municipal police in the south-western state of Guerrero and their apparent murder by drug traffickers. The investigation of the case seems to have stalled. Mr Peña’s main policy response to the massacre is a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish municipal police forces. But Congress may not approve it, not least because some are less rotten than the state forces, which would take their place.
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Scandal in Mexico: A murky mortgage

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Questions surround the purchase of a house owned by the finance minister 

Dec 12th 2014

Mexico’s growing crisis: Reforms and democracy, but no rule of law

Nov 13th 2014

To save a promising presidency, Enrique Peña Nieto must tackle crime and corruption

From the print edition
DURING two years in office Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has received sharply contrasting reviews at home and abroad. Foreigners, including The Economist, have praised his structural reforms of the economy, which include an historic measure to open up energy to private investment (see article). Yet polls show that most Mexicans dislike Mr Peña. Among other things, they blame his government for a squeeze on living standards and the interlinked problems of violent crime and corruption. Sadly, recent events have lent support to Mr Peña’s domestic critics.
On November 8th Mexico’s attorney-general announced what almost everyone had already concluded: that 43 students from a teacher-training college in the southern state of Guerrero, who disappeared in the town of Iguala in late September, had been murdered by drug-traffickers after being kidnapped by the local police on the orders of the town’s mayor. Guerrero has been Mexico’s most violent state for centuries. The federal government bears no direct responsibility for these events. But Mexicans see in them a symbol of the failure of Mr Peña’s administration to make security a priority.
Now comes a problem that is uncomfortably close to home. The government had already opted to cancel a contract for a high-speed train that it had hastily awarded to the sole bidder, a consortium of Chinese and Mexican companies including a construction firm from the president’s home state. A local journalist has revealed that the boss of the same firm owns a $7m mansion that is the Peña family’s private residence (see article). The president denies any wrongdoing, but a common thread runs through these events.
Mexico only became a democracy in 2000, when seven decades of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the political machine that raised Mr Peña, were ended by electoral defeat. Unfortunately, democracy did not bring the rule of law to Mexico. Too many in the PRI still see the job of the police and the courts as enforcing political control, rather than investigating mobsters. Corrupt politicians are protected rather than punished. Organised crime and graft both remain a part of everyday life, and neither has been helped by the drugs flowing north to the United States.
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Victims of Mexico’s drug war

Tracing the missing

Many thousands disappeared in Mexico’s drug war. The government should do more to find them

Mexico’s economy

Jam mañana

A frustrating start to the year

May 24th 2014 | MEXICO CITY | From the print edition

SO FAR this year Mexico’s government has resembled one of the country’s many devotees of St Jude, patron saint of lost causes. It has doggedly stuck to a 3.9% 2014 growth forecast, even though its main export market, the United States, has been sluggish, and the twin pillars of its domestic economy—buying and building—have fared even worse.

On May 21st the central bank revised its growth prediction down to 2.3-3.3%, from 3-4% previously. The government was expected finally to follow suit on May 23rd, when first-quarter GDP figures were due to be released. Even so, officials are convinced that within months the benefits of its plans to modernise the economy will start to show up in the numbers.

Mexicans have good reason to be sceptical.

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The Guardian

Whistleblowers wanted: Mexican journalists seek tips through website

Top radio presenter Carmen Aristegui was fired on Sunday for participating in Mexicoleaks alliance to gain anonymous information to expose state corruption

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Mexico offered James Bond film studios millions to shoot its good side

Officials offered Sony Pictures and MGM up to $20m in tax incentives to make changes to upcoming Bond film that cast country in positive light

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Mexican mayoral candidate reportedly decapitated – body found on dirt road

The abduction and assassination of Aidé Nava continues to highlight the link between politics and drug war violence in the state of Guerrero

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UN: torture in Mexico occurs with 'impunity' at hands of security forces

Report based on a fact-finding visit to Mexico last spring outlines methods used during detentions to combat crime that include waterboarding and rape

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From California gang to Mexican vigilante: the family man fighting the drug cartels in Mexico – video

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Tourist dies and two injured after whale crashes into sightseeing boat off Mexico

Grey whale hit a tourist boat at Cabo San Lucas on the Mexican coast, say authorities, with a Canadian woman dying of her injuries

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Britain’s welcome for Mexican president is worrying

With revelations continuing to emerge about Enrique Peña Nieto’s links to big business, the decision to allow him a state visit to the UK is misjudged

Britain will roll out the red carpet for the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, when he arrives for his state visit in March. The government sees Mexico as a “springboard into the Latin American market”.

However, today’s Observer interview with 19-year-old Uriel Alonso Solís should serve as an antidote to the hype that will surround the visit. Alonso survived the attack by police in Guerrero state on students who were then kidnapped and handed over to a drug cartel for execution. One of Mexico’s leading reporters on narcotics, Anabel Hernández, published evidence in Proceso magazine that federal authorities had been involved.

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Snowden voted person of the year


Edward Snowden
In May Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong where he gave journalists the material which blew the lid on the extent of US digital spying. Photograph: The Guardian/AFP/Getty Images

For the second year in a row, a young American whistleblower alarmed at the unfettered and at times cynical deployment of power by the world's foremost superpower has been voted the Guardian's person of the year.

Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted.

The NSA whistleblower garnered 1,445 votes. In a distant second, from a list of 10 candidates chosen by Guardian writers and editors, came Marco Weber and Sini Saarela, the Greenpeace activists who spearheaded the oil rig protest over Russian Arctic drilling. They received 314 votes. Pope Francis gained 153 votes, narrowly ahead of blogger and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, who received 144.
Snowden's victory was as decisive as Chelsea Manning's a year earlier.

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Brian Bennett

Tashfeen Malik's pregnancy may have been noted as evidence to show her marriage to Syed Farook was legitimate. She was granted a green card in July 2015.

LAPD searching for 2-year-old girl who vanished with father on Christmas Eve

Read full coverage on the San Bernardino terror attack

Police investigate man's shooting death in Hollywood Hills

Police search for Fairfield woman seen throwing dog in viral video

Pomona man who allegedly set woman afire faces court appearance

Police shoot, kill suspect at Harbor-UCLA emergency room, LAPD says

A Syrian Christian, seeking asylum, wonders why he's in custody in Texas

After the San Bernardino shootings, voices rise on both sides of the refugee debate

Public school disputes show Islam and the classroom are a volatile mix

Debris found in orchard near Bakersfield after plane goes off radar

Altadena man shot to death in Pasadena

Device that forced Air France jet to divert to Kenya was a hoax, airline CEO says

Pastor delivers fiery eulogy at service for San Bernardino shooting victim; two other victims mourned

Family members remove items from home of San Bernardino shooters

Long Beach schools remain open after emailed threat called 'non-credible'

Armed suspect taken into custody after holing up in Westlake apartment

What L.A. officials learned from the tumultuous LAUSD shutdown

Chicago cop indicted on six murder counts in Laquan McDonald shooting

Couple behind San Bernardino terrorist attack is buried in Southern California

San Bernardino shooter was a Pakistani who became known as a 'Saudi girl'

Ousted tenants sue after their former rent-controlled L.A. apartments are listed on Airbnb

Here's how you spend $600,000 on 19 consultants in a Senate race

The Los Angeles Homicide Report

Customers rush to gun stores to ease fears after San Bernardino shooting

The San Bernardino shooter turned to a new type of online lending

By James Rufus Koren

The firms' practice of lining up borrowers with investors online has led to speculation that ISIS or another group might have been able to use the platform to finance the suspects' rampage.

Live updates: How first responders worked the San Bernardino massacre

U.S. worried about foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq

San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead

Attackers may have used $28,500 online loan to buy weapons

San Bernardino officer who said 'I'll take a bullet before you do' doesn't feel like a hero

Brother of San Bernardino shooter accused of domestic violence

Republicans condemn Trump but won't rule out backing him if he becomes the nominee

Media sharpen Trump coverage after candidate calls for Muslim ban

A century ago, a popular Missouri newspaper demonized a religious minority: Catholics

All southbound lanes on 405 closed after body found lying in freeway

All southbound lanes of the 405 freeway are closed, possibly for several hours, after a person was killed Wednesday morning during a collision in Lawndale.

'The Sandlot' actor among two off-duty L.A. firefighters charged in Halloween assault

New documents provide details of LAUSD probe that led to firing of famed educator Rafe Esquith

Mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters

Suspect in Planned Parenthood shooting will be charged with first-degree murder

L.A. County sheriff's deputies describe finding baby buried alive in crevice

Hundreds bid goodbye at funeral for slain Downey police officer

O.C. woman found shot dead in car in unincorporated L.A. County

San Francisco's 'Hot Cop of Castro' was on medical leave during hit-and-run crash

How Obama learned from 'a mess' of a climate deal to forge a new agreement in Paris

Obama opens a critical United Nations summit on global warming sitting beside Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring that the two superpowers 'come here with a common vision for what's needed in a Paris agreement.'

Climate change talks: Updates from the landmark COP21 summit

The homeless were counted. The Times mapped them. The result: undeniable evidence that homelessness in Southern California is intensifying.

As statistics worsen, Los Angeles declared a shelter crisis and is considering a state of emergency on homelessness.

In this ongoing video series, Lisa Biagiotti sets out to put faces to the statistics. But "the homeless" are united only in that they have no place to live. She meets people on the streets, learns about their experiences and explores the issues they face. Biagiotti is collaborating with Times reporters and our data team to plot where to take her camera next.

More, HERE.

A punch in Pauley Perrette's face may be the kick in the pants we need on homelessness

Border Patrol hunting for one of San Diego area's most dangerous human smugglers

Shooting by Minneapolis police ruled a homicide; FBI to investigate

Backed by California Democrats, Chinese American scientists arrested on espionage charges demand answers

Heavily immigrant corner of L.A. County sees a new wave of young leaders

Shootings by LAPD double in 'alarming' trend, police commission president says

By Kate Mather

New President Matt Johnson has requested an extensive analysis of incidents when LAPD officers have used force and how that compares to other major police departments.

County agrees to pay $8.85 million in police shooting

How three fatalities involving LAPD fueled growing debate on shootings

Man grabbed bean-bag shotgun, fired shot before LAPD killed him, police say

Man denies killing San Bernardino police officer in drunk driving crash

Ex-soldier arrested in Northern Ireland's 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre of unarmed protesters

Texas universities bracing for concealed guns in campus buildings

6 killed, multiple injuries in Arkansas bus crash

UC Merced assailant was angry over study group snub, note says

One year later, Prop. 47 has shaken up criminal justice in California

Suspect dies after car chase and foot pursuit in Long Beach

A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved

L.A. gang violence in the late 1980s

Few people can lay claim to witnessing the evolution of violence in L.A. like Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit who in 1988 created Jobs for a Future at the Dolores Mission parish in Boyle Heights. That became Homeboy Industries, a company devoted to helping young men and women transition away from gangs...

Police: O.C. man confesses to sexually abusing daughter since age of 2

'Selfie' killer sentenced to life in prison for 2013 slaying

Looming deficits could push L.A. Unified into bankruptcy, panel says

Student slams principal to floor during cafeteria melee caught on video

Man shot by LAPD near USC booked for attempted murder, police say

LAPD sergeant who detained 'Django' actress accused of violating ethics rules

Amid skyrocketing medical bills, officials scramble to help consumers pick the right Obamacare plan

Republican debate: Candidates attack one another and the media

The race's front-runners largely pressed their advantages as political outsiders, opting often to remain above the fray.

Facing hostile Black Lives Matter protesters, Garcetti's South L.A. forum ends abruptly

By Peter Jamison and Kate Mather

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti faced throngs of hostile protesters at a community meeting Monday night as chaos descended on a gathering that had been intended as a forum for him to improve his fraught relationship with the black communities of South L.A. The meeting at Holman United Methodist...

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SPIEGEL ONLINE

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

By SPIEGEL Staff

 

The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 1/2014 (December 30, 2013) of DER SPIEGEL.

 

Targeting Mexico

 

Mexico's Secretariat of Public Security, which was folded into the new National Security Commission at the beginning of 2013, was responsible at the time for the country's police, counterterrorism, prison system and border police. Most of the agency's nearly 20,000 employees worked at its headquarters on Avenida Constituyentes, an important traffic artery in Mexico City. A large share of the Mexican security authorities under   the auspices of the Secretariat are supervised from the offices there, making Avenida Constituyentes a one-stop shop for anyone seeking to learn more about the country's security apparatus.

 

More, HERE.

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Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark

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'Royal Concierge': GCHQ Monitors Diplomats' Hotel Bookings

By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark

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Quantum Spying: GCHQ Used Fake LinkedIn Pages to Target Engineers

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Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC

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Belgacom Attack: Britain's GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm

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Cyber Attack: Belgians Angered by British Spying

 

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Fox News

US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent

SCM's Travel Advisory:


September 11 attacks on World Trade Center by Wikipedia

Mexicans are advised to exercise MAXIMUM CAUTION, monitor developments that might affect your safety in the United States because of Hate Crimes. The FBI reports that hate crimes against Latinos rose almost 40 percent between 2003 and 2006, and Hispanic activists say they are being targeted with threats and intimidation.

This is just a recent incident: STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A rash of recent assaults on Mexican immigrants has heightened tensions in Port Richmond, already on edge following the savage beating of a 25-year-old baker earlier this (April 2010) month.

In addition, no matter what your nationality the US in under permanent risk of terrorism. Visitors could be caught up in attacks targeted at American, British, Canadian, Australian citizens, others. Terrorists may attack official or  civilian targets. Crime rates are higher in the larger cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

 

Many parts of the United States are subject to different natural hazards, including earthquakes, fires or wildfires, floods, extreme heat, hurricanes, landslides and debris flow (mudslides), thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes (Hawaii, Alaska and Pacific Northwest), winter storms (freezing rain, heavy snow and blizzards) and extreme cold.

 

Tourists are often targeted for petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and theft, particularly on public transport. It is recommended that before visiting your destination point, Google it and write NAME OF CITY TO BE VISITED, then "crime, areas to be avoided & gang activities" to determine your level of threat.  

Come Back Alive, a site dedicated to Dangerous Countries writes on quote: 

"There are more than 200 million guns in the possession of Americans. Most violent acts in the States are the result of robberies, domestic disputes and drug-related violence.

 

Terrorist acts, ranging from the killing of abortionist doctors to the bombing of the World Trade Center, are highly publicized but not considered a real threat to travelers. The threat of robbery or violent crime in inner cities and some tourist areas is real and should be taken seriously. Travel in America is considered safe (by .. Americans), and danger is confined to random violence and inner cities.

 

Those seeking adventure can find it in a New Orleans bar at five in the morning or strolling through South Central L.A. after midnight." .. 

TRAVEL ADVISORY: The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 932 active hate groups in the United States in 2009. Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2009 are included. More, HERE.

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Oct. 29, 2009 Washington Post: Obama signs hate crimes law

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HATE CRIMES

RACISM AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, by ABC News

MEXICAN HATE RALLY

 

The New Sport: Latino Hate Crime, ABC News

Mexican beaten by 3 racist Blacks on Staten Island, New York

US Border Patrol Agent Shoots Dead Mexican Teen on Mexican Soil

Border agent details immigrant abuse

Discrimination Against Latinos

 

American Heritage- KKK Lynching

 

Redneck Attacks Mexican flag

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TERRORISM, DRUGS

New report exposes CIA torture & rendition by Nick Harper

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MUST-READ Book: Cocaine Politics by Peter Dale Scott

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Drugs and the Economy - Peter Dale Scott

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Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine

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CIA Torture Jet crashed with 4 Tons of COCAINE

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Former LA Police Officer Mike Ruppert Confronts CIA Director

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'I don't think drug trafficking will ever be stopped': Inside the world of the U.S. agent who went undercover with the cartels:

Mail Online, UK

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Celerino Castillo, by Wikipedia

Powderburns

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Marijuana legalization wins majority support in poll: Los Angeles Times

Marijuana, Officially Legal in Colorado

In 2006, former Mexican president Felipe Calderón launched a massive crackdown against drug trafficking organizations, in conjunction with the United States. Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence:

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Council On Foreign Relations

Washington State Gears Up for Marijuana Industry: Voice of America

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Marijuana Legalization Canada: Liberal Party Lays Out Detailed Economic Plan For Pot: The Huffington Post, Canada

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England Wants To Legalize Marijuana Through Cannabis Drug Reform: Inquisitr. Ltd.

More HERE.

A change of scenery by Washington Post

U.S. citizens traveling internationally in 2012, by destination

A change of scenery
Source: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Commerce Department. The Washington Post. Published on May 24, 2013

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Mexico Travel Warning

Last Updated: January 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued May 5, 2015, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

General Conditions: Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter organized criminal groups that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. Crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere, and U.S. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, and highway robbery. While many of those killed in organized crime-related violence have themselves been involved in criminal activity, innocent persons have also been killed. The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico was 81 in 2013 and 100 in 2014.

Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico and have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been temporarily prevented from leaving the area. Criminal organizations have used stolen cars, buses, and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable. We recommend that you defer travel to the areas specifically identified in this Travel Warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the other areas for which advisories are in effect.

More, HERE.

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What do Expats have to say about U.S. State Department Travel Warnings?

A recent travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department urges U.S. citizens to take precautions against violent crimes while travelling in Mexico during Spring Break, Holy Week and Easter Holidays.

We are posting a message sent via Facebook by Mr. Mikel Miller an American Expat living in Mexico, please take 5 minutes to read.

Just received an email from the U.S. State Department urging all of us who live in Mexico to take precautions while traveling during the next couple of weeks. Here’s my travel advisory for people who still live in the USA:

Mexico isn’t as dangerous as many places in the USA despite news media sensationalism about drug-related kidnapping and murder. The 2012 FBI data show higher homicide rates per 100,000 residents for many cities across the USA than in Mexico:
Camden, NJ 86.27
Chester, PA 64.25
East St. Louis, IL 62.87
Flint, MI 61.99
Detroit, MI 54.59
New Orleans, LA 53.19
Saginaw, MI 52.67
Atlantic City, NJ 47.83
Gary, IN 45.98
Ft. Myers, FL 37.28

More, HERE.

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The New York Times

U.S. Plans Raids in New Year to Fight Surge in Border Crossings

WASHINGTON — The federal government is planning a series of raids beginning in January to round up and deport hundreds of undocumented families, hoping to discourage a renewed surge in illegal border crossings but risking a firestorm in an election year when immigration is again a dominant topic.

The raids in communities across the country will begin almost two years after nearly 100,000 families and tens of thousands of unaccompanied children started illegally crossing the southern border with Mexico, mostly from Central America.

That surge overwhelmed detention facilities, sending most families into American cities with little more than a court summons. Many failed to appear in court on the appointed days and were ordered deported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will fan out across the country to enforce hundreds of those orders, according to immigration officials who refused to be identified because they were not allowed to openly discuss an enforcement program that has yet to begin. When they find the families, agents will detain and immediately deport them, officials said. Plans for the raids were first reported by The Washington Post.

More, HERE.

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Mexican Journalist Is Fired After Report About First Lady

Carmen Aristegui, who has a long record of exposing the foibles of Mexico’s elite and exposed a possible conflict of interest involving the first lady, was fired Sunday from MVS Radio.

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Mexican Political Family Has Close Ties to Ruling Party, and Homes in the U.S.

The properties stand in contrast to the working-man image promoted by José Murat Casab, a longtime party insider, and his son, a top housing official.

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Towers of Secrecy

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

From Frommer's

Introduction to Mexico
The Best Cultural Experiences
The Best Beach Vacations
The Best Active Vacations
The Best Places to Get Away from It All
Getting There
Getting Around
Fast Facts
In One Week
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MEXICO POPULAR DESTINATIONS

See All 37 Destinations

Acapulco

Baja California

Cabo San Lucas

Campeche

Cancun

Chichen Itza

Colima

Mexico City

Yucatan Peninsula

MORE MEXICO TRAVEL, HERE.

© 2013 The New York Times Company

The Naturalization Process and Current Trends in Immigration in the United States: By Gender, By Age and By Marital Status

 

In 2011, the total number of persons naturalizing was 694,193. The leading countries of birth of new citizens were Mexico (94,783), India (45,985), the Philippines (42,520), the People's Republic of China (32,864), and Colombia (22,693). The largest number of persons naturalizing lived in California (151,183), Florida (87,309), and New York (76,603).

Historical trends have shown that the average number of persons that are naturalized annually has increased from less than 120,000 during the 1950s and 1960s to 210,000 during the 1980s, to 500,000 during the 1990s, and to 680,000 between 2000 and 2009. Naturalizations rose sharply during the mid-1990s because of various factors that include: 1) the 2.7 million undocumented immigrants legalized under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 making them eligible for citizenship; 2) legislative efforts to restrict public benefits for non-citizens; and 3) the implementation of a mandatory program requiring replacement of permanent resident cards issued before 1977.

More, HERE.

 

Information submitted to Security Corner in Mexico by Cooper Brimm, American Immigration Center

16 Ways to Get Through the Airport Faster

With airports that seem busier than ever, airline staffing reductions creating longer lines at check-in and airport security wait times that can be entirely unpredictable, these days the old airport "two-hour" rule often leaves just minutes to spare to buy a magazine, grab a snack or hustle your kids into the bathroom. Saving a few extra minutes here and there along the way can add up in your favor; here are 16 tips to get you from your front door to your seat on the plane as quickly and painlessly as possible -- as well as some ideas to keep you moving no matter what is going on with your flight.

More, HERE

© 2013 The Independent Traveler, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

15 Travel Tips to Get Through TSA Security


The savviest of travelers understand the security requirements and plan ahead. In the United States, airport security is run by the Transportation Security Administration, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border security as well as technological research, response to national disasters and terrorism, and intelligence analysis.

 

These tips reflect TSA policies as of November 2012. And for students enrolled in a homeland security program, knowing this information is vital and applicable to your future career.

 

More, HERE.

© 2013, Master of Homeland Security

COMMUNITY NEWS

NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL

The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies, including

  • Publications and teaching materials on a variety of topics
  • Programs that can be implemented in communities and schools
  • Local, regional, and national trainings
  • Public service announcements broadcast nationwide starring McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Support for a national coalition of crime prevention practitioners

NCPC was founded in 1982 to manage the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign and McGruff the Crime Dog and to administer the Crime Prevention Coalition of America. Now 25 years after McGruff’s first TV appearance, more than 75 percent of children recognize McGruff and over 4,000 law enforcement agencies own a McGruff suit. That’s a lot of people who know how to "Take A Bite Out Of Crime!"

Over the next five years, NCPC will seize opportunities to address the challenges incumbent on the nation's -- and the world's -- premier center of excellence for crime prevention.  We will aggregate this work under a powerful unifying theme, Safer with McGruff.

The new Strategic Plan (PDF) outlines NCPC's goals for the future as well as past accomplishments.

It’s easy to get involved in crime prevention. Find out how you can "Take A Bite Out Of Crime" or learn about a specific crime prevention issue.

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The Parent’s Guide to Teens and Mobile Use

Internet and Mobile Safety

Libro Recomendado: La CIA, Camarena & Caro Quintero por J. Esquivel

Un libro explosivo que aporta las claves definitivas para esclarecer un suceso que definió la historia del narcotráfico en México: el asesinato del agente de la DEA Enrique Kiki Camarena, en febrero de 1985. Se trata de un caso emblemático que pone en evidencia la forma en que el crimen organizado adquirió un poder prácticamente ilimitado en nuestro país, gracias a la complicidad urdida con policías, militares y funcionarios públicos, algunos de ellos aún en activo.

Por medio de las confesiones de tres testigos que integraron las filas del entonces pujante cártel de Guadalajara, J. Jesús Esquivel ofrece un recuento inédito de las actividades criminales de capos de la talla de Ernesto Fonseca Carillo, Juan José Esparragoza, el Azul, Rafael Caro Quintero, señalados como coautores de la muerte de Camarena. Asimismo, da a conocer el testimonio completo del agente Héctor Berrellez -encargado de investigar el homicidio en la llamada Operación Leyenda-, quien confirma que la propia CIA habría estado detrás del crimen.

En tal contexto, a lo largo de estas páginas se revelan datos, nombres y momentos que explican las perspectivas de la trágica relación entre México y Estados Unidos, atrapada en las telarañas de la corrupción por la producción, el tráfico y el consumo de drogas. Así, no obstante que la investigación nos cuenta las tribulaciones de una sociedad tan lejana como la de los años ochenta, remite y desentraña un presente de mayor tormento.

Edición agotada en Librerías Sanborns, disponible en Librerías Porrúa & Ghandi.

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¿DE VISITA EN LA CIUDAD DE MEXICO, D. F.?

Helados Palmeiro

HELADOS CUBANOS DE CREMA DE LECHE, SABROSOS POR SU CREMOSIDAD. NATURALES POR SUS INGREDIENTES. PROPIETARIO: Don Eugenio Palmeiro Ríos.

Mercado Melchor Ocampo, Local 507, Calle Medellín y Campeche, Colonia Roma Norte, México 06700, D. F., Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, D. F.  Tel. (52-55) 5574-4811. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Panadería La Espiga


INSURGENTES SUR 455, HIPODROMO CONDESA, CUAUHTEMOC, C.P. 06170, DF. Tel: (55)5564-7763(55)5564-7763 (55)5564-7763(55)5564-7763

 

"Ir al metro Chilpancingo es una de mis aventuras favoritas porque puedo visitar la panadería La Espiga. Este lugar lleva más de veinte años en el mismo lugar y tiene cosas deliciosas que ofrecer. Su tamaño es enorme, y dentro puedes encontrar comida, refrescos y bebidas, postres, entre otras cosas. El primer pasillo tiene papas y comida chatarra que puedes consumir. El segundo pasillo tiene todos los refrescos y las aguas al tiempo, en el fondo podrás encontrar los refrigeradores que tienen los refrescos y aguas frías, así como hielo". Más, AQUI.

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¿DE VISITA EN ZIPOLITE, OAXACA?

Restaurante La Pasión by Trip Advisor
La PasiOn

Jaime Díaz Arguelles
La Pasión, Col. Roca Blanca
Tel. no. 9581091824
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Restaurante El Alquimista by Trip Advisor

Marisquería, Pasta & Pizza

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Autos con 15 Años de Antiguedad Dejarán de Circular en el D. F. Dos Veces a la Semana

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Cars Older than 15 Years will not circulate twice a Week
Tanya Müller García

Tanya Muller García, Secretaria del Medio Ambiente del Distrito Federal

 

Mexico City's Environment Secretariat

HOY NO CIRCULA

New Program of (Your Car) Does not Circulate in Mexico City. More information, HERE by Wikipedia

S P E C I A L   A N N O U N C E M E N T

Olivier Tschumi
Olivier Tschumi, a Swiss citizen, relocated to Mexico 22 years ago. He was kidnapped while jogging with his two dogs in a park north of Cuernavaca in the morning of December 19, 2010. A ransom was paid to the kidnappers on December 21 of same year, but Olivier continues to be in captivity to this date. Authorities have no leads to the kidnappers.

Security Corner in Mexico has been requested by Mr. Tschumi's family in Switzerland to have this information available to our readers in the event you happen to know or hear of Olivier's whereabouts. The Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) is offering $5 million pesos as a reward to anybody providing information that will lead to the whereabouts of Mr. Tschumi

If you have any information, please write to Olivier's sister ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Olivier has a 12-year old waiting to hear from you too. More information, in Spanish HERE
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Olivier Tschumi, citoyen suisse, s'est installé au Mexique il y a 22 ans. Au matin du 19 décembre 2010,  Il a été enlevé  lors d'un jogging avec ses deux chiens dans une forêt au nord de Cuernavaca. Une rançon a été payée selon les exigences des ravisseurs le 21 décembre de la même année. Olivier n'a pas été libéré, il a disparu depuis ce jour. L'enquête, menée par les  autorités mexicaines piétine.  Désespérée, la famille Tschumi en Suisse implore l'aide de tout le monde pour retrouver Olivier. Toute information concernant les ravisseurs et  sa localisation sera utile et  bienvenue. La famille d'Olivier a grand besoin de votre aide et vous remercie.

Le Bureau du procureur général fédéral mexicain offre $ 5.000.000 pesos en récompense à qui fournira des informations conduisant à retrouver Monsieur Tschumi. Si vous avez des informations, s'il vous plaît écrivez à la sœur d'Olivier, Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Olivier a une fille de 12 ans qui espère retrouver son papa grâce à votre aide! Plus d'informations en espagnol ICI

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Culture of Safe Travel, Crime & Loss Prevention

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INTRODUCTION (English language) 

INTRODUCCION A ESQUINA DE LA SEGURIDAD


PREVENTING KIDNAPPING EXPRESS IN MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM, SAFE, EFFICIENT, INEXPENSIVE


WORDS OF ADVISE FROM SUBWAY SECURITY PERSONNEL

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Mexico City Hash House Harriers

INTERNATIONAL DRINKING Jarra CLUB WITH A RUNNING PROBLEM

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CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE :) BEBEDORES DE CERVEZA CON LA DEBILIDAD POR CORRER

www.mchhh.com

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American Benevolent Society

 

American Benevolent Society Newsletter by American_Benevolent

Paseo de la Reforma 1870-201 Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo. Mexico, D.F. 11000 Mexico

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B E W A R E

New fines in the D.F. as of the first of January, 2015

1.- $1,290 pesos for failing to "verificar" the car plus $790.00 to get the ¨"verification" (smog emission test)
2.- THIS IS BIG - $12,000 FOR USE OF A CELL PHONE.  DON'T EVEN HAVE IT IN YOUR HAND.
3.- $700 for not using your seatbelt, even the back seat.
4.- $2,500 for expired plates plus the cost of the renewal.
5. You don't have to pay registration on brand new cars.
6. $18,000 fine if you hit someone in an enebriated condition plus 3-9 years in jail.
7.- $3,500 if you are stopped and fail to pass the alcohol test.
8.- $1,500 for playing the radio at more than 50 decibeles.
9.- PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION.  

Remember that as an foreigner there are very strict limits to participation in political activities.  When in doubt, don't.
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New "HOY NO CIRCULA" rules go into effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014‏

 

Here's an explanation of how the new program "hoy no circula" works, starting TUESDAY, July 1st

If you have any information that is different from this PLEASE let us know right away so we can send it out. Brand new vehicles that have the hologram 00 are able to drive for two years, the car will have to update the hologram  at the expiration date and be inspected . You have two months after the expiration date to renew the hologram (have the car inspected).
Hologram 0, if your vehicle does not pass the 00 you will be given the hologram 0.  You can still drive everyday of the month, but instead of the two years permit, the expiration is set for six months, then you will have to renew the hologram. For information on the dates of the renewal, the link of the government will be posted at the end of the mail.
Hologram 1, this hologram is usually for vehicles between 9 and 15 years of usage. the vehicles with the hologram number 1 will not be able to circulate two Saturdays a month and one day on midweek. (the Saturday depends on the license plate of the car, see the government link for more details) and one day on midweek that also depends on the license plate of the car.
And there will be the new hologram 2.

 

According to the news of El Universal vehicles with the hologram number 2 that are over 15 years in circulation will not be able to circulate any Saturday of the month and also one day midweek.

 

It seems that the government is willing to change the hologram 2 for the hologram 1 if the vehicles pass the regulation test. This regulation will start on Tuesday July 1st. of 2014.  For more details here is the link of the news. And here is the link for the government program "Hoy no circula"

 

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The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Public Service

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal. Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security. and Awarded to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.

Finalists also nominated as a finalist in this category was Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its use of in-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability.

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Donald Trump is crushing the field in a new poll

The real estate mogul continues to defy expectations as he grows his lead over the rest of the Republican presidential hopefuls.

By Philip Bump

Jim Webb exits the Democratic presidential primary

The former senator from Virginia, who had struggled to raise interest in his candidacy, said he has not decided on his next move. He said he is weighing an independent bid.

By Jose A. DelReal and David Weigel

Ryan nears decision on speaker’s race as Congress returns

Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and 2012 vice presidential nominee, wants assurances from Republican hard-liners that he will have their full support should he win the gavel

By Robert Costa and Mike DeBonis

How the speaker debacle is hurting the GOP

Poll shows Clinton won the debate and now holds a big lead over Sanders



Biden runs third with support slipping slightly, according to a Post/ABC News poll. If he chooses not to run, his support would go to Clinton rather than Sanders.

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Meet Justin Trudeau, the Liberal who just ushered in Canada’s first political dynasty

The eldest son of political legend Pierre Trudeau defeated Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a stunning come-from-behind victory, ending a nine-year reign that had shifted Canada politically to the right.

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The body of a man wrapped from ankles to neck in white bandages was found Monday hanging from a bridge in Mexico City.
Two of the hottest Halloween costumes in Mexico this year are the country’s most wanted man — and arguably its most hated.

The world’s most notorious drug lord has become Mexico’s hit Halloween costume

If the “El Chapo” costume doesn’t continue to sell, the company thinks it still has a silver bullet: a mask that pokes fun at Donald Trump.
After several scandals involving the country’s security forces, Washington is diverting to Peru $5 million in aid.
Officials said escaped drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman injured a leg and his face in evading capture.
The United States and Mexico on Thursday launched a pilot cargo pre-inspection program that aims to facilitate trade between the two nations.
A new report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says the country’s prisons have been overpopulated by about 25 percent continuously during the past 10 years.
The first Mass conducted in Mexico’s most prominent indigenous language has been held in the country’s most important church.

US, Mexico announce air cargo pre-inspection pilot program

The United States and Mexico on Thursday launched a pilot air cargo pre-inspection program that aims to facilitate trade between the two nations.

Mexico City investigates reports of dog poisoning at park

A popular dog run in a picturesque Mexico City park remained closed Tuesday following reported cases of dog poisoning.
In shift, Mexico sends 13 suspects to U.S., including cartel kingpins, others wanted in U.S. consulate deaths
Handlers guide the couriers around troublesome airports to smaller cities, where drugs are delivered like pizza.

Mexico extraditions part of new working relationship with US

Mexico has extradited 13 people to the United States, including two top drug traffickers, because of a new streamlined process between the two countries — and not because of the recent escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, officials said.
Mexico extradited 13 people to the United States on Wednesday, including two top drug lords and several suspects in two high-profile 2011 crimes involving Americans — an attack on immigration agents in San Luis Potosi and the killing of consulate workers in Ciudad Juarez.
A plain-spoken Mexican nun has become an unlikely television star while trying to save her congregation from mounting debts.
Volkswagen Mexico says it sold about 32,000 cars and vans in the country with diesel engines suspected of being manipulated to cheat environmental standards.
Mexico’s president has proposed creating three “special economic zones” to spur development in the country’s poorer southern areas.
Thousands of people marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students by marching down Mexico City’s premier avenue in an atmosphere of defiant hope Saturday.
From the disappearance of 43 students to the escape of El Chapo, it has been a terrible past 12 months for Mexico.
The Mexican president talks about the economy, immigration and security.
President Enrique Pena Nieto told the families of 43 students who disappeared a year ago in southern Mexico during a meeting Thursday that he would create a new special prosecutor for all of the country’s thousands of missing people.
Unlike the families of the 43 students who disappeared a year ago, Julio Cesar Mondragon’s loved ones were left with a body to bury. But there is little comfort in that, because Mondragon’s corpse bore witness to the horror of his final moments.
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office says federal police have rescued a Texan who was kidnapped and taken across the border to Mexico for ransom.
Handlers guide the couriers around troublesome airports to smaller cities, where drugs are delivered like pizza.
The bodies of eight Mexican tourists killed in a mistaken attack by Egyptian security forces earlier this month have been returned to Mexico.
The 1985 temblor led to architectural and democratic changes in Mexico City, as well as regular disaster drills.
A nearly 3,000-year-old carving stolen more than four decades ago from a remote area of southern Mexico has been recovered in France.
Angry villagers in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas beat and burned to death two men who they accused of trying to steal a car.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he wants to be able to slap tariffs on U.S. companies that choose to make their products overseas, and he’s willing to violate existing trade deals to do it.
Melissa Heisler and her husband, Dan, are living the dream of many hardworking Americans -- to leave it all behind for a more relaxing existence. But will it really turn out to be paradise?
The six Mexican tourists wounded in an attack in Egypt arrived back in Mexico Friday and were taken in stretchers and wheelchairs to hospitals in their home country

Mexico's new wave of mural painters update old tradition

Mexico's mural art is getting a modern makeover.
The lawyer for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is long on charm, short on details about the notorious Mexican drug trafficker. Mexico's mural art is getting a modern makeover.
The report calls into question all claims by the government, but the fate of the students is still a mystery.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged Wednesday that the country's crime, corruption and economic troubles have caused distrust and anger among Mexicans.
The president's approval ratings have taken a beating amid economic doldrums and corruption scandals.
In a country scarred by the drug war, parents fight to get marijuana oil for a girl with severe epilepsy.
When the Mexico City government retired the last Volkswagen Beetle taxis in 2012, it shipped most of the aging cars, commonly known as "vochos," to junkyards to be turned into scrap metal.
Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.
Mexican environmental authorities loaded eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary on Wednesday, after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned.

Mexico City cantina, a mariachi temple, celebrates 90th year

The singer pumps the room full of his baritone voice, two trumpets cry out, and guitarists strum a steady, stringy beat while the guests drinking tequila whistle their loud approval.
First lady Angelica Rivera has returned the $7 million mansion she bought from a firm that won lucrative contracts with the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's Public Administration Department said Friday.
Walking into Mexico at the nation's busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners.
Mexican navy officials said Tuesday that one marine was killed and two others wounded in an ambush by drug cartel gunmen in the State of Mexico, just west of Mexico City.
A federal judge on Tuesday handed down Mexico's first-ever conviction of a soldier for the disappearance of a civilian.
Mexican authorities said Wednesday they are investigating a former candidate of Mexico's Ecological Green Party who posted photos of himself with a haul of more than 20 juvenile sharks.
The government's human rights commission said Friday it is investigating claims that Mexican immigration agents illegally detained a U.S. woman and two 17-year-old boys and tried to extort money from them.
The Obama administration approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico on Friday, further easing the longstanding U.S. ban on crude exports that has drawn consternation from Republicans and energy producers.
Mexico said Tuesday it has chosen a U.S.-based Mexican academic as its new ambassador to Washington, filling a key diplomatic post that has been vacant for five months.
Mark Bolzern traveled 3,700 miles to go to the dentist. The 56-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, native left home this spring, made a pit stop in Las Vegas to pick up a friend, and kept heading south, all the way to Los Algodones, Mexico, a small border town teeming with dental offices.
Mexico attorney general's office says it has opened an investigation into the spray-painting of pre-Hispanic stone carvings in a cave in central Mexico.
Hours after walking out of a federal prison following the dropping of drug trafficking charges against him, a Mexican college student on Friday called on the government to presume the innocence of arrested people rather than require them to prove it.
Mexico City investigators will travel to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz to question its governor about the killing of a photojournalist, the mayor of the Mexican capital said Monday. President Peña Nieto's economic reforms have yet to produce growth, and the peso has been battered.
Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered.
Exiled from the coastal state where he felt threatened for his work, photojournalist Ruben Espinosa still was on edge in Mexico City.
Mexico City's mayor said Monday that no expense will be spared and no line of investigation ignored in the hunt for the killers of four women and a photojournalist, who had fled the state where he worked fearing for his safety.

San Diego, at least, the border has become more orderly
A sign that greets motorists entering the U.S. at the nation's busiest border crossing shows a silhouette of a man, woman and pigtailed girl running for their lives under the word "Caution."
Hours after walking out of a federal prison following the dropping of drug trafficking charges against him, a Mexican college student on Friday called on the government to presume the innocence of arrested people rather than require them to prove it.

Mexican museum puts on exhibit for 'artistic' Aztec god

In the pantheon of Mexico's pre-Hispanic gods, most Aztec deities are depicted as brutal, blood-thirsty beings only appeased by human sacrifices.

Mexico coach Herrera fired after claim he punched reporter

Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter's claim that the man known as "El Piojo" punched him.
Federal authorities in Mexico say they arrested 22 Colombians and three Mexicans using greenhouses to grow genetically modified and cloned marijuana.

The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says.
Mexico's human rights commission says the government's investigation into the fate of 43 missing college students is marked by failures and omissions in its procedures.
Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him - "they already do" - because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally.
Residents around the Altiplano maximum security prison were rooting for him after his escape.
A federal judge in Mexico has opened a court proceeding against three prison employees on charges they aided in the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, authorities said Friday.

Mexico drug lord escape tunnel was too elaborate to miss

The digging would have caused noise. The planners would have needed blueprints and maps. The escape was made from the one place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico's toughest prison.

Lightning strike kills 7, including 4 children, in Mexico

Authorities say a lightning strike has killed seven people, including four children, in a rural part of central Mexico.

On LA radio show, a peek into the love lives of immigrants

On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. tune their radios to Oswaldo Diaz's show and get a peek into the love lives of immigrants.

Mexico is getting off to a rough start in its effort to attract investment for its oil fields by allowing private companies to enter the energy sector after a seven-decade state monopoly.

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Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

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Marathon man tries to regain lost momentum

Year of corruption and scandal rocks Mexico’s president

Mexico neighbourhood paints over troubles

EM Squared Mexico FDI races ahead as Brazil sputters

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OTTAWA CITIZEN

Canadian diplomat's son killed in Miami shootout over two pounds of marijuana

Jean Wabafiyebazu, the 17-year-old son of longtime diplomat Roxanne Dubé, was killed Monday, and his 15-year-old brother remains in a youth detention centre Wednesday for his alleged role in what their father believes was a drug deal gone wrong. The Citizen is not naming the youth charged.

More, HERE.

Jean Wabafiyebazu, the 17-year-old son of Canadian diplomat was killed Monday in what the boy's father says was a drug deal gone wrong.

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Diplomat Roxanne Dubé a star on the Hill and in Foreign Affairs

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New Details Emerge on Mexican Finance Minister’s Property Deal

Records show government contractor didn’t make profit in sale of house to Luis Videgaray

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Why Is the US Still Spending Billions to Fund Mexico’s Corrupt Drug War?

LE MONDE

Qui est Hervé Falciani, le cauchemar de HSBC ?

LE MONDE | 09.02.2015  Par Fabrice Lhomme et Gérard Davet

Cet homme-là est un opportuniste, bien plus qu’un être multiple. Hervé Falciani peut certes endosser différents rôles, se complaire dans un langage abscons, pour mieux se cacher, peut-être, mais il a su, surtout, nager en eaux troubles, rebondir à chaque épreuve, profiter de toute possibilité. Il a été successivement informaticien, détrousseur de données sensibles, chevalier blanc, mythomane, manipulateur, lanceur d’alerte, puis victime du système, allez vousretrouver. Mais Hervé Falciani est d’abord, et cela, personne ne peut lui enlever, le pivot de l’incroyable affaire HSBC. Son géniteur. Après cinq années d’enquête, la lecture de milliers d’archives confidentielles, de témoignages inédits, Le Monde peut vous narrer la vraie vie de Falciani, le cauchemar vivant de la banque HSBC Private Bank.

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Acapulco (Mexico), Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) A total of 61 bodies have been found at an abandoned crematorium in Acapulco, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where in September last year 43 students went missing, officials from the public prosecutor's office reported Friday.
The discovery was made after residents from the neighbouring areas called the authorities, who reached the crematorium and recovered the human remains in forensic vehicles, as confirmed by Spanish news agency EFE.
According to the sources, the foul smell from the bodies caught the attention of nearby residents who alerted the authorities Thursday.
Apparently, the crematorium, the Cremaciones El Pacifico, had been abandoned about a year ago.
More, HERE.

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Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

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Florence Cassez, détenue pendant sept ans au Mexique pour enlèvement, séquestration, délinquance organisée et détention d’armes à l’usage exclusif des forces armées, a entamé une action en justice auprès de la Cour suprême mexicaine pour obtenir 36 millions de dollars (environ 32 millions d’euros) de dommages et intérêts.
Selon l’avocat de la jeune femme, Me José Patiño Hurtado invité sur radio MVS, l’action en justice, lancée vendredi 23 janvier, visait l’ex-président mexicain Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), son ancien secrétaire particulier, l’actuel sénateur Roberto Gil, ainsi que les anciens ministres de la Sécurité publique, Genaro Garcia Luna, et de la Justice, Daniel Cabeza de Vaca. « Nous présentons une plainte pour dommage moral envers Florence Cassez, atteinte à ses sentiments, à sa réputation et à son honneur. Ils ont tué sa vie », a déclaré Me José Patiño Hurtado, qui a également estimé que l’ancien président Calderon, comme les autres personnalités visées, « était en charge et n'a pas empêché que soit commis l'illicite » contre Florence Cassez.

Une arrestation mise en scène de la police

L’action vise également la chaîne de télévision Televisa et un de ses présentateurs vedettes, Carlos Loret de Mola. Ils sont accusés d’avoir présenté comme une arrestation en direct une mise en scène de la police.
Plus, ICI

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Security chief in violent Mexican state steps down

MEXICO CITY Thu Jan 22, 2015
(Reuters) - Mexico's Interior Ministry said on Thursday that a top security official appointed to restore order in a restive western state has stepped down, a few weeks after new outbreaks of violence.
Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the federal government's security commissioner for Michoacan state, Alfredo Castillo, would take on a new role in the government, without giving any more details on the reasons for his departure.
Castillo was appointed commissioner a year ago in a bid to crush a powerful drug gang known as the Knights Templar which had taken control of large swathes of Michoacan, and later became embroiled in bloody clashes with vigilante groups.
More, HERE.

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Drug gang members ate human hearts: Mexican government

Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters; January 06, 2015 

MEXICO CITY - A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of a gruesome initiation rite to root out infiltrators, a government security official said on Tuesday, citing witness testimony.
For much of the past year, Michoacan, a mountainous, agricultural state in western Mexico, has been ravaged by fighting between drug gang henchmen and vigilantes who took up arms against the cartels but have since splintered into violent factions.
A mid-December shootout between two rival groups that killed 11 people has reignited fears the government is failing to control the state after flooding it with federal troops and pressing vigilantes into a fledgling rural police force.
More, HERE.
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Security on agenda as embattled Mexican president visits Obama

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto will discuss security and justice with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next week amid public anger about how he has handled a probe into the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers.

Pena Nieto's standing has been battered by a string of massive street protests following the abduction and likely murder of 43 students by a drug gang working with corrupt police in the southwestern city of Iguala on the night of Sept. 26.

More, HERE.

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December 31, 2014

VIDEO: Toddler fatally shot Blackfoot, ID mom at Hayden Walmart

Photo of Veronica Rutledge from her Facebook account.
Photo of Veronica Rutledge from her Facebook account. Family members granted KREM 2 permission to use the photo.(Photo: KREM)

HAYDEN, Idaho—A toddler shot and killed a Walmart shopper Tuesday morning in what deputies described as an "accident."

The woman was later identified by authorities said Veronica Rutledge from Blackfoot, Idaho. The father-in-law of Walmart shooting victim spoke with KREM 2 News Tuesday night. He called the shooting "tragic." He added the family "lost a beautiful, loving mother."

Walmart employees evacuated the Hayden store around 10:20 a.m. following the gunshot.
Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and found a 29-year-old woman dead inside the store.

Rutledge was shopping with four kids, when her two-year-old son reached into her purse, accessed her concealed 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Shield semi-automatic handgun and accidentally discharged the weapon, according deputies. Authorities said the toddler was seated in the shopping cart when the gun was discharged. The woman and children were in the back of the store near the electronics area when the deadly shooting happened.

The bullet struck Mrs. Rutledge in the head, killing her instantly.

More, HERE.

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Pentagon officials knew it was a hospital, yet attacked it anyway – multiple times for over an hour, killing 24 doctors, other medical staff and patients, injuring 37 others.

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The Killings in Oregon: Business as Usual

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Wall Street was firmly behind the military Junta which waged “The Dirty War” on its behalf. In turn, the Catholic Church hierarchy played a central role in sustaining the legitimacy of the military Junta

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A History of America’s War on Whistleblowers and Journalists Since 9/11

Global Research, September 18, 2015

The Last Whistleblowers

With 2014 fresh in our rear view mirror, an honest examination of events and developments of what’s been happening in America to whistleblowers and journalists since 9/11 under the Bush-Obama regime seems a worthwhile review, however disturbing ands foreboding. By definition a whistleblower is an individual who reports an employer’s misconduct.

The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring within a government organization. Yet despite these supposed legal protections in place, those who have gone public disclosing illicit and immoral behavior by the federal government have been consistently singled out for discrimination and excessive punishment.

In fact, more American citizens have been indicted for allegedly violating the Espionage Act of 1917 under the current president than all other previous presidents combined. Though the law was designed to punish WWI German spies, and rarely used since for indicting those selling secrets to the enemy or efforts to undermine the American way of life, it is completely obsolete. Yet it is being misused by Obama for purely political purposes to shut down the truth. The Obama administration has also turned down more Freedom of Information Act requests than any other prior presidency with each year the denial rate rising. 2013 was 57% more than the year before, with over half the total requests rejected. Of course Obama’s mantra excuse is always using the “national security” card. He has also jailed more whistleblowers and journalists than any other president.

More, HERE.

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9/11 ANALYSIS: Where was Osama bin Laden on September 11, 2001?


Global Research, September 10, 2015

The article below entitled Who is Osama bin Laden? was drafted on September 11, 2001. It was first  published on the Global Research website on the evening of September 12, 2001.

Since 2001, it has appeared on numerous websites. The original September 11, 2001 posting became one of the most widely read articles on the internet, pertaining to Al Qaeda.

From the outset, the objective was to use 9/11 as a pretext for launching the first phase of the Middle East War, which consisted in the bombing and occupation of Afghanistan.

Within hours of the attacks, Osama bin Laden was identified as the architect of 9/11. On the following day, the “war on terrorism” had been launched. The media disinformation campaign went into full gear.

Also on September 12, less than 24 hours after the attacks, NATO invoked for the first time in its history “Article 5 of the Washington Treaty – its collective defence clause” declaring the 9/11 attacks on  the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon “to be an attack against all NATO members.”

What happened subsequently, with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq is already part of history. Iran and Syria constitute the next phase of the US adminstration’s military roadmap.

9/11 remains the pretext and justification for waging a war without borders.

Michel Chossudovsky, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2001. Timeline

At eleven o’clock, on the morning of September 11, the Bush administration had already announced that Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon. This assertion was made prior to the conduct of an indepth police investigation.

That same evening at 9.30 pm, a “War Cabinet” was formed integrated by a select number of top intelligence and military advisors.  And at 11.00 pm, at the end of that historic meeting at the White House, the “War on Terrorism” was officially launched

More, HERE.
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In the Wake of 9/11: Did George W. Bush have a Grasp of Key Foreign Policy Issues?

Global Research, September 10, 2015

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This text was written fourteen years ago, on September 30, 2001, in the week preceding the onslaught of the US-NATO war on Afghanistan. Officially the war on Afghanistan was in retribution for the alleged sponsorship of the 9/11 attacks by the Afghan government. You do not plan a large scale theater war in a matter of 3-4 weeks, the war on Afghanistan was planned well in advance of  September 11, 2001. (Michel Chossudovsky,  September 10, 2015)

America is preparing for war [late September 2001]. British and US Special Forces “trained in the arts of kidnapping and assassination” are already operating inside Afghanistan. More than one million US troops are on standby. US military bases around the World are on high alert: “the Japan-based USS Kitty Hawk battle group and the 7th Fleet are ready to join” in the largest display of military might since the Vietnam war.

The Bush Administration is planning on launching this military operation without delay, prior to the development of a cohesive anti-war movement in the US and around the World.

Already, US military personnel of the 82nd Airborne and 101st Air Assault Divisions have arrived in Pakistan. They will be collaborating with the Pakistani military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the agency which over the years –under CIA guidance– has channeled support to the Islamic jihad including Osama bin Laden and the Taliban government in Kabul.

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Since the end of World War II the CIA has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis.

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CIA Admits to Congress the Agency Uses Mainstream Media to Distribute Disinformation: 1975 Video

Global Research, August 30, 2015

It has been verified by a source who claims she was there that then-CIA Director William Casey did in fact say the controversial and often-disputed line “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false,” reportedly in 1981.

Despite Casey being under investigation by Congress for being involved in a major disinformation plot involving the overthrow of Libya’s Qaddafi in 1981, and despite Casey arguing on the record that the CIA should have a legal right to spread disinformation via the mainstream news that same year, this quote continues to be argued by people who weren’t there and apparently cannot believe a CIA Director would ever say such a thing.

But spreading disinfo is precisely what the CIA would — and did — do.

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Washington’s Financial Currency War on China: The Eclipsing of the US Dollar by the Yuan

Global Research, August 31, 2015
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The China Stock Market Collapse: Summarizing The “Black Monday” Carnage So Far

By Tyler Durden;Global Research, August 24, 2015

It’s officially Black Monday, if only in China for now.

We warned on Friday, after last week’s China rout, that the market is getting ahead of itself with its expectation of a RRR-cut by China as large as 100 bps. “The risk is that there isn’t one.” We were spot on, because not only was there no RRR cut, but Chinese stocks plunged, with the composite tumbling as much a 9% at one point, the most since 1996 when it dropped 9.4% in a single session.

The session, as profile overnight was brutal, with about 2000 stocks trading by the -10% limit down, and other markets not doing any better: CSI 300 -8.8%, ChiNext -8.1%, Shenzhen Composite -7.7%. This was the biggest Chinese rout since 2007.

More, HERE.

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John Kerry Lectures Cubans About Democracy

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Imperialism: Bankers, Drug Wars and Genocide. Mexico’s Descent into Inferno

Mexico’s Descent in the Inferno

By Prof. James Petras; July 25, 2015
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Presidential candidate Jeb Bush had close personal ties to Raul Salinas de Gortiari, brother of Mexico’s former president Carlos Salinas de Gortiari. In the 1990s, Raul the “drug kingpin”, according to Switzerland’s federal prosecutor Carla del Ponte, was one of the main figures of the Mexican Drug Cartel.

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Mexico Police – Trained to Kill

Secret Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq

By David Swanson, July 10, 2015

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New SWAT Documents Detail the Brutal Reality of U.S. Police Militarization

By Carey Wedler, July 10, 2015

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Journalists’ Complicity in Hiding Those Guilty for MH17 Malaysian Airline Crash

By Eric Zuesse, July 11, 2015

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Jeb Bush: “People Need to Work Longer Hours.” Media Soften It.

By Eric Zuesse, July 10, 2015

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US Media Justify the Killing of an Unarmed Escaped Convict. New York Governor Cuomo Applauds

By Matt Peppe, July 01, 2015
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Job Losses and Obama’s TPP: The Deadly Impacts of Trade Agreements on Employment

By Stephen Lendman, July 02, 2015

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New Study Confirms BP Linked To Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

By Carey Wedler; Global Research, June 03, 2015

A new study published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE hypothesizes that dolphins are dying in mass directly because of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Though BP denies the validity of the scientific data, it indicates that impairment caused by the toxic oil is causing widespread death in the bottlenose dolphin population.

The study was conducted from June 2010 to December 2012 on 46 dead dolphins that stranded near Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama. 22 were from Barataria Bay, the hardest hit area in the spill. All were labeled UME dolphins (unusual mortality event). They were studied in reference to deceased dolphins from a separate region that was not exposed to oil.

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U.S. Intelligence Agencies Mock America in 9/11 Trial

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US State Department sponsored Training of ISIS Terrorists, Report

By Press TV; Global Research, May 31, 2015

The US State Department has confirmed that an ISIL militant who calls for terrorist attacks against the United States in a new online video was trained on American soil by Blackwater.

Officials told CNN on Saturday that Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, a former head of Tajikistan’s special forces, took part in counterterrorism courses as part of a program sponsored by the State Department.

The US State Department has confirmed that ISIL militant Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on American soil by Blackwater.

ISIL militant Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on American soil by Blackwater.

Blackwater Worldwide, which is now known as Academi and is based in McLean, Virginia, is the most notorious private security firm that had operated in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his online video, Khalimov appears in black ISIL clothing with a sniper rifle and a bandolier of ammunition, claiming that he attended programs on American soil three times.

State Department spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala confirmed his claims.

“From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counter terrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program,” said Jhunjhunwala.

The program trains candidates from participating countries in the counterterrorism techniques, so they can fight terrorists.

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Washington’s negotiations with Cuba are one part of a two-track policy. There is a major US build-up in Latin America, with increasing reliance on ‘military platforms’, designed to launch military interventions in strategic countries.

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Free Trade and Mexico’s Junk Food Epidemic

By Grain, Global Research, March 02, 2015

For several years now, transnational food companies have understood that their main growth markets are in the South. To increase their profits they need to “dig into the pyramid”, as one company puts it, meaning they need to develop and sell products targeted at the millions of the world’s poor. These people generally eat food from their own farms or informal markets selling locally-produced foods, and in which many of them earn their livelihood.

To get at these potential consumers, food companies are infiltrating, inundating and taking over traditional food distribution channels and replacing local foods with cheap, processed junk foods, often with the direct support of governments. Free trade and investment agreements have been critical to their success. The case of Mexico provides a stark and horrific picture of the consequences for people.

Transnational food companies understand that their main growth markets today are in the global South. They are aggressively targeting the diets – and markets – of the world’s poorest people.

Malnutrition, food insecurity and “diabesity” in Mexico.

In Mexico, poverty, hunger, obesity and disease go hand in hand. Mexicans are not only struggling to afford enough to eat; the food they eat is making them ill.

More, HERE.
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After Pleading Guilty for Felony, JPMorgan Chase Tells Its Customers It Will Continue to Rip them Off

Global Research, June 03, 2015

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The blatant distortion of the truth and the systematic manipulation of all sources of information is an integral part of war planning. In the wake of 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld created to the Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), or “Office of Disinformation” as it was labeled by its critics

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John D. Rockefeller Jr. owned a controlling interest in Standard Oil, but the next largest stockholder was the German chemical company I. G. Farben, through which the firm sold $20 million worth of gasoline and lubricants to the Nazis.

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American Psychological Association Emails Expose Direct Ties to CIA Torture Program

PHR calls for Department of Justice investigation

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) again urged the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the American Psychological Association’s (APA) complicity in the CIA torture program, following a new report in today’s New York Times. Internal emails obtained by Times reporter James Risen clearly show that the APA secretly modified its ethics policy to endorse psychologist participation in torture, with the aid of CIA and White House personnel.

“This calculated undermining of professional ethics is unprecedented in the history of U.S. medical practice and shows how the CIA torture program corrupted other institutions in our society,” said Donna McKay, PHR’s executive director.

More, HERE.

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Is the Federal Government Ready for War Against the American People?

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The African American police state exercises its authority over the Black minority through an oppressive array of modern day lynchings by the police, increasing for-profit mass incarceration and the government sanctioned surveillance and assassination of Black leaders.

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Despite Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleading not guilty, his lead defense attorney Judy Clark conceded to the jury that her client was guilty in her closing argument.The defense team insisted that he was coerced and bullied by his older brother into committing alleged acts of terrorism.

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Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks. “Red-Herring”, Propaganda Ploy

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 13, 2015

VIDEO: Résoudre le mystère du WTC7

If the Saudis were indeed the State sponsors of 9/11, why on earth did the US and the Atlantic Alliance (under the doctrine of collective security) choose to wage a “Just War” of retribution against Afghanistan. Did they get there countries mixed up?
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Important Strike in Mexico: Farm Workers Paralyze Baja California Farms

By Dan La Botz; Global Research, April 03, 2015

Thousands of farmworkers in the San Quintín Valley of Baja California, just 185 miles south of the U.S. border, struck some 230 farms, including the twelve largest that dominate production in the region, on March 17 interrupting the picking, packing, and shipping of zucchini, tomatoes, berries and other products to stores and restaurants in the United States. The strikers, acting at the peak of the harvest, were demanding higher wages and other benefits to which they are legally entitled such as membership in the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), the public health system. While there have over the last two decades been several large scale protests by workers in San Quintín, usually riots over the employers failure to pay their employees on time, this is the first attempt by workers to carry out a such strategic strike.

The farm workers reportedly succeeded within three days in negotiating with employers and the government an agreement of the existing unions, the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) and the Regional Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CROM), both corrupt organizations affiliated with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that had colluded with employers to keep wages low. The agreement reached on March 20 will give the workers the right to create their own union and negotiate directly with the owners. If this agreement holds, it represents a tremendous achievement for these workers and establishes a precedent for other workers throughout Mexico who would like to get rid of their corrupt government- or employer- controlled unions. The strike and negotiations over wages and other issues continue.

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Arabs and Muslims are tacitly or openly portrayed as uncivilized subjects. Terrorism is deeply tied to images of Arabs and Muslims in the minds of many US citizens and this is why it is falsely believed that most terrorists are Arabs or Muslims.

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NSA and Facebook Work Together

By Kurt Nimmo, March 27, 2015

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Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self Destruction

By Prof. James Petras, March 22, 2015

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Over the past year, what appeared as hopeful signs, that Left governments were emerging as powerful alternatives to right-wing pro-US regimes, is turning into a historic rout, which will relegate them to the dustbin of history for many years to come.

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Costa Rican Ambassador Fired for Defending Venezuelan Government Amid Escalating Media War

By Lucas Koerner, March 27, 2015

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Flight 9525 Crash: What’s Religion Got To Do with It? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist

By Juan Cole, March 27, 2015

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George W. Bush: “My Dad Was Meeting with the Brother of Osama on September 11, 2001. Does That Make Him a Terror Suspect?”

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, March 17, 2015
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Ironically, the anti-terrorist legislation does not apply to politicians in high office. Individuals can be arrested but presidents and prime ministers are allowed to mingle and socialize with family members of the World’s most renowned terrorist.

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THE KUALA LUMPUR INITIATIVE TO CRIMINALISE WAR

The Obama administration has embarked upon the ultimate war crime, a Worldwide military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity. The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.

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The complete loss of constitutional civil liberties where we can be taken in without warrant, locked up for indefinite periods of time, those totalitarian Orwellian tactics are here today… in secret CIA-like “black site” locations throughout the nation

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Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is Protected by the US and its Allies

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, February 19, 2015

ISIS made in USA

Why has the US Air Force not been able to wipe out the Islamic State which at the outset was largely equipped with conventional small arms not to mention state of the art Toyota pickup trucks?
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A Century of American Figurehead Presidents Marching to the Beat of Wall Street and the New World Order

By Joachim Hagopian, February 18, 2015

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A chronicle of this last century’s presidents offers us Americans a greater understanding of the diminished role our figurehead presidents have played as a mere public face to the
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The objectives of the US military presence in Africa are well documented: counter Chinese influence and control strategic locations and natural resources including oil reserves. This was confirmed more than 8 years ago by the US State Department
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Canada: Harper Government Relies on Torture Evidence, Say Three Professional Organizations

By Global Research, February 05, 2015 
In the wake of the December, 2014 release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, Prime Minister Harper said the report “has nothing to do whatsoever with the government of Canada.”

However, David Long, 9/11 survivor and creator of a petition submitted to Parliament December 3, 2014, disputes this claim.

The office of Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, recently rejected this request for a Parliamentary review of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The 1427 petitioners are dismayed that the key document setting forth the U.S. government’s account of the 9/11 events, the 2004 9/11 Commission Report, is based largely on testimony obtained through torture.
Their case was presented in a widely-viewed press conference held at Parliament December 10th by three academic organizations –  Rethink911.ca,  Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and the9/11 Consensus Panel,
In his brief response to the petitioners, Mr. Blaney stated:
“The Government will not tolerate the waste of taxpayer dollars by studying conspiracy theories.”
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Police Murders and the Criminalization of Protest in America

By Andre Damon; Global Research, February 01, 2015

On Friday, New York Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton announced the formation of a 350-member paramilitary police unit specializing in “disorder control and counter-terrorism.” Bratton made clear the new unit would be used to crack down on political opposition. 

In his announcement, Bratton explicitly equated peaceful protests, protected under the First Amendment of the US constitution, with acts of terrorism and mass murder. The commissioner said the new unit will be “designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” referring to the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks that killed 164 people and the recent shooting of 11 people at the offices of the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo 
The police commissioner made clear that members of the unit would be heavily armed. “Long rifles and machine guns… are unfortunately sometimes necessary,” he said. 
The announcement by Bratton, speaking for the Democratic administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, makes clear that the official response to peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities is not to rein in police violence, but to intensify it, along with a further militarization of the police to deal with the broader social and political unrest to come.

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MEXICO NEWS

Violence Intensifies in Mexico as Authorities Unearth 10 Headless Bodies

By Jake Dean; Global Research, January 13, 2015

Mexican police have unearthed ten decapitated bodies and eleven heads in unmarked graves Tuesday near the city of Chilapa de Alvarez, 31 miles east of Guerrero state’s capital, Chilpancingo. The bodies were found spread throughout six clandestine graves with their hands tied and showing signs of torture. The heads of the victims were discovered in another grave inside four plastic bags.

Prosecutors have yet to identify the victims and are attempting to find the eleventh body and to ascertain if the heads belong to the corpses found in the graves. An anonymous-tip off alerted the police to the graves. The remains have been taken to the Forensic Medical Service of Chilpancingo for identification.

The brutal methods used against these victims are all too familiar.

More, HERE.
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How Israeli High-Tech Security Firms Are Turning the U.S.-Mexico Border into a “New Kind of Hell”

U.S. borderlands are laboratories for nightmarish innovations.

More, HERE.
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International Court Calls on Mexico to Ban Genetically Modified Corn

By Ethan A. Huff;Global Research, January 16, 2015

Mexico is desperately trying to avoid a bioterrorism takeover by Big GMO, which is insistent upon ushering in genetically modified (GM) maize to replace the dozens of native corn varieties already grown throughout the country. 

The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has issued an urgent plea to the Mexican government to once and for all ban all plantings of GM maize in order to avoid catastrophic losses to the “center of origin and diversity of this staple crop.”

The ruling, which came after the Tribunal spent three years gathering evidence from more than 1,000 organizations on GMO safety and effectiveness, warns that GM maize threatens to contaminate Mexico’s roughly 60 native corn varieties. More than just a staple crop, corn is a cultural treasure of Mexico, and because there is already a natural diversity of it, corn grows exceptionally well without the need for genetic alterations.

More, HERE.
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Obama Backs Beleaguered Mexican President Peña Nieto

“NAFTA-Land Security”: How Canada and Mexico Have Become Part of the U.S. Policing Regime

By Paul Ashby; Global Research, December 04, 2014
National Guard PFC monitors one of dozens of cameras on the border with Mexico at the Border Patrol’s Communications Center in Arizona (U.S. Army / Creative Commons)
During this summer’s child migrant crisis and the accompanying frenzy around “security” along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, a spotlight was shone on Mexico’s role in protecting the U.S. “homeland.” It helped illuminate what Washington considers the United States’ territorial boundaries: those of the countries associated with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In other words, the territories of Canada and Mexico are part of the U.S. policing regime, under a regional security framework we might call “NAFTA-land Security.”
Evidence of this emerged in July when a Congressional hearing featured a discussion on, as Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) put it, “what Mexico is actually doing to help us” regarding the unauthorized movement of Central American children. Some lawmakers and officials hinted that insufficient efforts by Mexican authorities made possible the unwanted migrants’ northward movement through Mexico.
In response, administration officials pointed to Mexican President Peña Nieto’s new southern border strategy, one that, as Todd Miller has written, involves the exportation of the U.S. border policing model to Mexico.
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More Beheaded Bodies Discovered in Southern Mexico

Disappeared Students in Mexico: Global Struggle for Ayotzinapa Captures World’s Attention

By Telesur Global Research, November 22, 2014
More than 200 actions were carried out Thursday, coinciding with Mexico’s Day of Revolution.

A student’s skin was peeled over his head in a gruesome and clear display of a narco-state murder. The photo of the murder, which took place in the drug war-torn state of Guerrero some seven weeks ago, quickly went viral on the Internet. On the same day, five other people were killed and some 43 more students went “missing” in the small town of Ayotzinapa. In a press conference addressing the abuses more than one month after the disappearance of the students, who hailed from a rural-based and selective teachers college in Guerrero, an Attorney General presumed them “dead” without presenting any evidence to substantiate his conclusion. The nation’s leading prosecutor said he was “tired” by the end of the press conference, much to the chagrin of those who sympathized with the plight of the parents of the disappeared students.

Those happenings have served as the sparks that have ignited the nation’s ire to a feverish boiling point in one of the largest countries and economies of Latin America. Mexico has witnessed near daily and nation-wide actions of resistance. Since the disappearance of the “normalistas” (students training to be teachers) on September 26, the country has been brimming with mass marches, candle-light vigils, university-campus and labor-union-led strikes, occupations of official and university buildings, riot police-led arrests of demonstrators, property destruction of official buildings, sit-ins, panels ruminating over the ills of narco-state violence and international bridge closings.

While the 43 students, who are technically still missing due to the lack of any corpses being forensically tied to the students, were what clearly catalyzed the movement’s inception, much of the country has long been weary of the systematic problem of disappearances and the eery official impunity which has often surrounded them. Nothing less than some 24,000 disappearances, over the course of the last three years alone, account for official estimates. Other analysts estimate the actual total as being far higher than that.

The Mayor of Iguala and his wife, dubbed as the “imperial couple,” were arrested several weeks ago, as teleSUR previously reported. At the time of their arrest, speculation was that their detention may produce valuable clues that could help solve the case of the disappeared students. However, no significant advances have been made in the case since the detention of the couple. At the time of their arrest, the on-the-run couple were fugitives from the law and in hiding when authorities busted them at a rented home in Itzapalapa, Mexico City.

More, HERE.

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Angry Protests Sweep Mexico after Government Says Missing Students are Dead


Global Research, November 11, 2014
Angry protests swept Mexico over the weekend in the wake of a press conference Friday in which Jesús Murillo Karam, the country’s attorney general, declared that 43 missing teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in the state of Guerrero are all dead. Murrillo based this evaluation on confessions by gang members that   they had killed the students, who were handed over to them by the police, and then burned their bodies.
Demonstrations in both Mexico City and the Guerrero capital of Chilpancingo saw clashes with police and attacks on government buildings. In the capital, a small group of demonstrators launched an attack on the historic National Palace in the city’s main square (El Zócalo). They first used metal security barriers to ram the building’s wooden door and then doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.
Some demonstrators questioned why it took police so long to respond to these acts, suggesting that they could have been the work of provocateurs.

More, HERE.

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More than 100,000 March in Mexico City over Disappeared Students

By Rafael Azul; Global Research, November 07, 2014
A mass protest march of more than 100,000 students, teachers, education workers and ordinary citizens took place in Mexico City on Wednesday, November 5, in solidarity with the 43 missing teaching students, normalistas, of the Ayotzinapa Normal School, who have been missing for over 40 days.

This was the third mass demonstration and by far the largest and angriest. Many of the participants directed their anger at President Enrique Peña Nieto, demanding that he resign. One protest sign denounced him “for corruption, betraying the nation, ineptitude,” calling him a “repressor and assassin.”
Others carried signs that said, “It was the State.” Leading the march were students from Mexico City’s National Autonomous Metropolitan University (UNAM), the Polytechnic Institute, rural teaching colleges, and Iberian-American University, who all had joined a massive nationwide 72-hour student strike.
At Mexico City’s Constitution Square (the Zócalo), many thousands greeted the protesters as they arrived after the two-and-a-half-hour march from the president’s mansion (Los Pinos). At the mass rally, family members of the 43 disappeared students spoke to the demonstrators. None of the major political parties (the governing PRI, the PAN, the PRD, the Greens) were involved in the protest.
More, HERE.
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Mexico Disarms Local Police in Missing Students’ City

By Press TV,Global Research, October 07, 2014
Mexican federal forces have disarmed the entire police department in the southern city of Iguala after its officers were accused of collaborating with a gang behind the recent disappearance of 43 students.
On Monday, the government’s new federal police unit took over security in Iguala, located some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital, Mexico City.

The federal unit was tasked with holding order in the city and helping search for the students who went missing last month after a deadly police shooting.

The deployment in the southern violence-stricken state of Guerrero came after President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed to establish justice and bring an end to corruption in the country.

Pena Nieto said he had dispatched the federal forces to Iguala to “find out what happened and apply the full extent of the law to those responsible.”The decision to disarm Iguala’s police corps came just days after 28 charred bodies were found in a mass grave on the outskirts of the city.

State prosecutor Inaky Blanco has said the recovered bodies probably belonged to the missing students. State officials also say it will take up to two weeks to receive the results of DNA tests to identify the corpses.

The students, all trainee teachers, went missing following a police attack on September 26 against a protest over   teachers’ rights.

According to Blanco, state investigators have obtained video footage showing local police arresting a number of   students during the clashes and taking them away.

Prosecutors said the Guerreros Unidos drug gang also participated in the police shooting that left six people dead and 25 others wounded.

Mexican authorities have already arrested 22 officers and issued arrest warrants for Iguala mayor Jose Luis Albarca and his security chief over the deadly incident.

More, HERE.
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Militarization and Political Crisis in Mexico

Is Mexico a Narco-State?

By Michael Werbowski;Global Research, May 31, 2010

Mexico - In the wake of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s recent state visit to the U.S and Canada, a burning question remains without any clear answer.

2010 is historically significant for Mexico. It is its bi-centennial year of independence ( in 1810 the country began to break free from Spanish imperial tutelage) and perhaps more significantly is is also the centenary year of the 1910 Mexican revolution. There is little to celebrate though. The country this year, is still reeling from the vortex of drug-trafficking crimes, the global economic down-turn and the fall-out from the histrionics and panic induced by the H1N1-Swine flu “pandemic” of 2009.

Mexico after a decade of the centre-right almost “corporatist” PAN ( National Action Party) party’s rule, ( as in 2000, the first PAN candidate won the presidency, Vincente Fox) has been practically “Balkanised”. And as a result, it is now faced with a crippling fragmentation of the federation itself, due mainly to territorial battles or “turf wars” going on between rival drug cartels, which operate almost with impunity in many Mexican states. Possibly, the most fascinating and insightful read on this phenomenal topic is: Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State? . While I was pondering over the question raised by the book’s title , I was somewhat astonished to read in (despite what I witnessed first hand in Mexico) the concluding chapter, a rather reassuring reply. That basically, Mexico is far from becoming another Somalia, Pakistan or Haiti.

More, HERE.
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Destabilizing Mexico

By Rev. Richard Skaff; Global Research, March 13, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder stated on February 25, 2009 that Mexican drug cartels pose a national security threat, and issued a direct warning to these cartels that they will be destroyed.

The warning came as the attorney general and acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart announced the completion of the final phase of DEA’s “Operation Xcellerator,” which targeted the Sinaloa cartel, a major western Mexico drug operation that has been expanding its reach into the United States . [1].

Meanwhile, the blood shed in the Mexican cities continues to be extensive and has expanded its tentacles of violence to various cities in Mexico. Lawlessness, corruption, murders, decapitations, and kidnappings have taken the Mexican cities by a storm, giving rise to a new radical group calling itself the Juarez Citizens Command that is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time. The group stated that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and peace is restored. Similar groups are popping up all across Mexico. [2].

In its last report, the US Department of justice disclosed that 17.2 billion dollars in cash entered Mexico in only the past two years as a result of money laundering operation in their country. The report advised that Mexico and Colombia are the principal destinations of narco resources that operate in the US and that “the laundering of drug money is a global industry” with transnational organizations present in various countries. [2].

According to a DEA undercover operative, the Mexican drug cartels have gained more and more of the American market. They have grown bolder in their attempts to expand their operations in Mexico and the United States . They now control the ruling party in Mexico and operate the biggest drug business on earth right here in the USA . [2].

Mexico’s drug and violence problem now engulfs the entire country, inundating cities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The robust drug cartel reduced its position in the western mountains, and lunged into the heart of national power in Mexico City. The capital that was once relatively immune to such contemptuous boldness of drug killings has become the scene of multiple assassinations of high-ranking federal police officials in about a week. More than 1,000 people have been killed in Mexico this year in drug-related violence and about 6,290 in 2008. [11].

More, HERE.
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MORE MEXICO ARTICLES, BY GLOBAL RESEARCH, HERE

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“Je Suis CIA” By Larry Chin, January 17, 2015
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Since 9/11, the imperial playbook has consisted of time-tested tactic: the false flag operation. Carry out or facilitate a spectacular atrocity. Blame it on the enemy of choice. Issue a lie-infested official narrative, and have the corporate media repeat the lie. Rile up militant crowds, stoke the hatred, wage war with the public stamp of approval.

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Massive terrorist attacks were hatched back soon after the pretext of cinematographic ‘terrorist’ attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The people of Afghanistan were first in line, that winter bombing and invasion had been planned for some months before smoke billowed up from the Twin Towers.

Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring 2014

MEXICO: Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Communities Up in Arms

Lorena Ojeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lorena Ojeda

The emergence of armed self-defense groups in the state of Michoacán has catapulted the region to the top of the Mexican federal government’s list of security concerns. Not all of these groups are alike, however. While the indigenous P’urhépecha community guards and the mestizo self-defense groups share many common grievances, they have arisen in response to different histories and different contemporary circumstances.

Concentrated in central and northwestern Michoacán, the P’urhépecha home area is divided into four sub-regions: the Sierra P’urhépecha; the Lake Pátzcuaro basin; the Ciénega de Zacapu; and the Cañada de los Once Pueblos. Disputes about land ownership and access to natural resources have long made the region a hot spot for both intra- and inter-community violence. Although agrarian conflicts in the region date back to the colonial era, they were exacerbated by the agrarian reform initiatives following the Mexican Revolution, in large part because the distribution of lands to one community almost always impacted the interests of its neighbors. The reforms resulted in bloody clashes that sowed distrust between the communities. To further complicate matters, this infighting made it easier for outside interest groups to gain a foothold in the area. Revolutionary and post-revolutionary bandits devastated indigenous villages, taking advantage of their divisions.  It was from this complex stew of conflicts that the community guards emerged.

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Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students

Forty-three student teachers (normalistas) disappeared on the evening of September 26 in the municipality of Iguala, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. The incident has attracted national and international attention, and it has also generated a wealth of speculation and misinformation. The daily reports concerning the discovery of numerous mass graves have further muddied the waters; the only silver lining, such as it is, in these reports is that the missingnormalistas do not appear to have been buried in any of the discovered grave sites. The contrast between the hope that the normalistas might still be alive, and the despair of living in a country where mass graves can seemingly be uncovered by simply kicking over a few stones, is striking.

But perhaps the most depressing aspect of this story is the indifference of some Mexicans that have even attempted to argue that the normalistas somehow deserved their fate because of their “rebellious attitudes” or their “delinquent” appearance. Thus, a society already divided by social class, skin color, linguistic differences, clothing styles, the size of one’s bank account, zip codes, and a host of other frivolous matters has found new ways of demarcating distinct types of Mexicans: “good” versus “bad”; those that receive justice versus those that do not; and those that can versus those that do not even deserve to try.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s political parties are only interested in representing and advancing their own interests. The left has lost its identity in its efforts to reach power. The right, which is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of good behavior, has shrouded itself in silence and indifference. And the ruling party’s principal preoccupation is the next election cycle and the perpetuation of its political dynasty, not the needs of Mexico’s citizens.

The Ayotzinapa case reveals the deterioration of Mexico’s political and social spheres. The missing normalistas are poor, indigenous or mestizo (mixed-race), and brown-skinned. Their hair is straight, they are not particularly tall, and they speak with the accents of the countryside. Simply put, they are Mexicans. But their surnames – Tizapa, Jacinto, Patolzin, Ascencio, Tlatempa, and Lauro, among others – are not among Mexico’s famous, and they are more likely to be found in the country’s seemingly infinite number of mass graves, as opposed to a social club or the halls of the stock market. The divide between Mexicans has become so great that some are not even moved by the heartrending pain experienced by the parents whose sons are missing.

The Ayotzinapa case has quickly become symbolic of the daily disappearances and murders that occur in Mexico, and of the mass graves that vastly outnumber the number of roads, hospitals, universities, and science and technology centers that have been built in recent years.

Throughout the world, many are pressuring the Mexican government to resolve the matter and bring those responsible to justice. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets demanding that the normalistas be found, while also calling out the shamelessness of the governments, political parties, and dominant social classes that allowed the disappearances to occur. But there are millions of Mexicans, and the majority of them appear to have been stunned into silence by the Mexican apocalypse, or have chosen to express their outrage safely behind closed doors.

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NOTE: Professor Lorena Ojeda authorized Security Corner in Mexico to republish this article. She is a visiting scholar in the Department of History at UC Berkeley and a professor of history at Mexico's Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Her work at Berkeley is supported by the Fulbright García-Robles and CONACYT grants. Ojeda recently published the article "Communities Up in Arms," on the emergence of armed self-defense groups in the state of Michoacán, in the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.
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By Eyder Peralta; February 03, 2015

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is asking a government watchdog agency to look into the purchase of homes by himself, his wife, and his finance minister from contractors who were then awarded lucrative construction projects by the government.
Critics have charged that the Peña Nieto government faced conflicts of interest because of the transactions. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports Peña Nieto also announced anti-corruption initiatives.
She filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"Peña Nieto announced the investigation and new transparency measures for federal officials, including asset reporting requirements. Taking no questions from reporters, Peña Nieto said he had done nothing wrong.
"'I am conscious that the events generated the appearance of something improper...something that in reality did not occur," the president said.
"Press reports revealed the first lady bought a luxury home from a well connected contractor who was part of a group that won a multi-billion dollar transportation contract. The president and finance minister also purchased homes from government contractors."
As we've reported, back in 2012, Peña Nieto's wife, the telenovela star Angélica Rivera, bought a home valued at $7 million from a contractor who was then included in a $3.7 billion contract to build a high speed train.
Under political pressure, Rivera sold the house and said she had done nothing wrong.
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December 26, 2014, Scott Neuman NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that the body of a kidnapped Catholic priest has been discovered after he was seized in the southern state of Guerrero earlier this week.
The body of Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta was found with a gunshot wound to the head, not far from the seminary where he lived near Ciudad Altamirano. Carrie says he is the third priest this year to be killed in Guerrero, where 43 students were kidnapped by corrupt police and presumably murdered by drug traffickers. Gorostieta is the first, however, to have been seized since the students disappeared in September.
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November 19, 2014

Eyder Peralta

Amid rumblings about conflict of interest and corruption, Mexico's first lady says she will sell a multimillion-dollar home in one of the most glamorous areas of Mexico City.

In a YouTube video released late Tuesday, Angélica Rivera defiantly proclaims that she has "nothing to hide."
"I have worked all my life, and because of that I am an independent woman capable of building a patrimony with honesty," she said.
Rivera and her husband, President Enrique Peña Nieto, have been under heavy scrutiny lately: first, because of the way the government has handled the case of 43 students who went missing after they were detained by police, and then after Aristegui Noticias revealed that an opulent modern structure dubbed "The White House" and valued at $7 million was owned by a construction company awarded millions in government contracts.
As Aristegui explained, the house, which Rivera showed off in a glitzy spread in the royal-centric magazine ¡Hola!, was just another symbol of the "close relationship between Peña Nieto and Grupo Higa."
According to the investigation, Grupo Higa is owned by Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, who in the past rented out airplanes for the Peña Nieto's 2012 presidential campaign. The company, Aristegui reports, received millions  of dollars in contracts in the state of Mexico when Peña Nieto was governor.
Once Peña Nieto was in the presidential palace, a subsidiary of Hinojosa's company was awarded part of a huge contract to build a high-speed train from Mexico City to Querétaro.
Just days before the report was published, Peña Nieto canceled the $3.7 billion contract.
More, HERE.

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Industry Forecast - Mexico Offers Strongest Banking Sector Growth Potential - JAN 2015

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Slowing economic activity will temper asset and loan growth in several Latin American economies throughout our five-year forecast period. In contrast, we see stronger banking sector growth prospect...

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Risk Summary - Mexico - JAN 2015

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Mexico's Short-Term Political Risk Rating (STPRR) remains unchanged from last month at 63.5, ranking 8th out of 17 Latin American countries scored, and 12.3 points below regional leader Chile. Mexi...

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Political Risk Analysis - Ruling PRI To Lose Support In Midterms Due To Iguala Crisis - JAN 2015

Mexico November 2014 / Mexico / Economy

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's approval rating will continue to fall in the coming months, as the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala heightens concerns over security and corruption. This will have negative implications for the ruling Partido Institucional Revolucionario in the June 2015 mid-term elections, increasing the odds of a strong result by the main centre-right opposi...

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Al Jazeera America

Crude harvest: Selling Mexico's oil

VIDEO: Mexico may be hitting the perfect storm when it opens its energy resources to foreign investors.

30 Dec 2014
Against the backdrop of Mexico's ever-widening gap between rich and poor, growing violence, and stalled economy, President Enrique Pena Nieto has passed a series of economic reforms.
Under these reforms, Mexico's oil, which was expropriated from foreign interests 75 years ago, is now for sale to private, international companies.
Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which opened Mexico up to trade with the US and Canada, led to the collapse of agriculture, and paved the way to the privatization of oil.
The operations of Mexico's state-owned oil company, Pemex, have never been entirely transparent, and communities have been crippled by oil disasters. For instance, in October 2013, the state of Tabasco experienced its worst oil disaster when a drill site exploded and burned for 55 days, contaminating the surrounding land and water. Villagers closest to the site say they are suffering from health problems and have lost their livestock. They say Pemex has never accepted responsibility for the accident, nor has it offered any compensation.
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OPINION: Privatising Mexico's oil industry spells disaster

In the absence of strong state institutions, the privatisation of Mexico's oil industry will be disastrous.

30 Dec 2014, By

Edgardo Buscaglia is a Senior Law and Economics Scholar at Columbia University in New York and President of the Instituto de Accion Ciudadana in Mexico.

Who can deny that Mexico is one of the most admired cradles of civilisation, with its culture and history considered an integral part of the world's historical heritage. Yet, Mexico is also a country whose population for centuries has been raped by corrupt authoritarian governments; it is a country which has suffered domestic and regional conflicts leading to foreign interventions backing extractive business interests.
The 1910 Mexican Revolution brought together various groups calling for social justice. It was a natural reaction to centuries of foreign looting of Mexico's resources. One of the consequences of the Revolution was the decision by the
Mexican government to nationalise the immense reserves of oil in the 1930s.
However, it seems that Mexican politicians today have failed to learn a lesson from history. The administration of Mexican President Pena Nieto recently approved legal reforms which will make it possible once again for private firms to become the major players in the Mexican oil business.
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Disappearance of 43 students from Mexico spurred a national debate about the winners and losers in war on drugs.

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Tens of thousands of people angered by the presumed massacre of 43 students are marching in Mexico City as part of another day of nationwide protests.
Protesters on Thursday waved blackened flags of Mexico and many chanted for the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto. "He will fall, he will fall, Pena Nieto will fall," they chanted.
Some protesters clashed with riot police near the city's international airport at the start of the day's demonstrations, burning tyres, throwing firebombs and launching firecrackers at police.
Thursday’s protest was the latest protest over the government's handling of a crime that has infuriated Mexicans fed up with corruption, impunity and a drug war that has left more than 100,000 people dead or missing since 2006.

The case has turned into the biggest challenge of Pena Nieto's nearly two-year-old presidency, on top of another scandal over a mansion his wife bought from a government contractor.
'Mexico is hurting'

The crisis erupted after the mayor of the city of Iguala allegedly ordered police to confront students on September 26, sparking a night of violence that left six people dead and 43 missing, authorities say.
Protesters angered by the presumed massacre of 43 students take to the streets for another day of demonstrations.

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Police officer fires on Mexico City students, inflaming tensions

Students had been planning for a Nov. 20 national strike in solidarity with 43 missing students from Guerrero

 

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VIDEO: Missing Mexico students: Who is responsible.

Protesters demand justice for missing 43 trainee teachers who are feared murdered in Mexico. To watch video click on HERE.
Mexico president pushes trade ties in China while protests rage at home

Peña Nieto's Beijing trip amid massive political crisis at home shows heavy bet on China ties as economic boost

Mexico missing student protesters burn state buildings

Protest movement has hit Guerrero'€™s tourism industry with vacationers canceling trips during busiest time of year.

Photos: In Acapulco, an angry demonstration over missing students

Students, peasants and others attempt to block the airport and clash with police.

Mexico leader travels to Asia amid rising unrest over missing students

Peña Nieto faces increased calls to resign as another presidential scandal emerged over the weekend

Mexico protesters set fire to National Palace over missing students

Gang members have confessed to killing the 43 missing students and dumping their charred remains in a landfill.

Gang members confess to mass killing of Mexico students

Charred human remains found in a dumpster are likely the students who disappeared on Sept. 26, Mexican authorities say.

Mexican army accepts criticism of human rights commission in killings

The defense department says, however, it doesn't agree with all findings of human rights commission on the June slayings.

Why have the most recent kidnappings in Mexico sparked such outrage?

The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico has triggered nationwide demonstrations for government accountability.

Thousands protest missing Mexico students despite mayor arrest

Public anger over student disappearances brings Mexico City to a standstill; full-blown crisis for President Peña Nieto.

Photos: Protests over 43 Guerrero students target government buildings

A city congress and buildings tied to the ruling party are trashed and burned.

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Mexican official: CIA 'manages' drug trade

Spokesman for Chihuahua state says US agencies don't want to end drug trade, a claim denied by other Mexican officials

24 Jul 2012, by Chris Arsenault

Juarez, Mexico - The US Central Intelligence Agency and other international security forces "don't fight drug traffickers", a spokesman for the Chihuahua state government in northern Mexico has told Al Jazeera, instead "they try to manage the drug trade".
Allegations about official complicity in the drug business are nothing new when they come from activists, professors, campaigners or even former officials. However, an official spokesman for the authorities in one of Mexico's most violent states - one which directly borders Texas - going on the record with such accusations is unique.

"It's like pest control companies, they only control," Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva, the Chihuahua spokesman, told Al Jazeera last month at his office in Juarez. "If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs."

Accusations are 'baloney'

Villanueva is not a high ranking official and his views do not represent Mexico's foreign policy establishment. Other more senior officials in Chihuahua State, including the mayor of Juarez, dismissed the claims as "baloney".

"I think the CIA and DEA [US Drug Enforcement Agency] are on the same side as us in fighting drug gangs," Hector Murguia, the mayor of Juarez, told Al Jazeera during an interview inside his SUV. "We have excellent collaboration with the US."

Under the Merida Initiative, the US Congress has approved more than $1.4bn in drug war aid for Mexico, providing attack helicopters, weapons and training for police and judges.
More than 55,000 people have died in drug related violence in Mexico since December 2006. Privately, residents and officials across Mexico's political spectrum often blame the lethal cocktail of US drug consumption and the flow of high-powered weapons smuggled south of the border for causing much of the carnage.
"The war on drugs is an illusion," Hugo Almada Mireles, professor at the Autonomous University of Juarez and author of several books, told Al Jazeera. "It's a reason to intervene in Latin America."

"The CIA wants to control the population; they don't want to stop arms trafficking to Mexico, look at [Operation] Fast and Furious,” he said, referencing a botched US exercise where automatic weapons were sold to criminals in the hope that security forces could trace where the guns ended up.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms lost track of 1,700 guns as part of the operation, including an AK-47 used in 2010 the murder of Brian Terry, a Customs and Border Protection Agent.

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Iguala Massacre: Mexico's PR Message Goes Up in Flames

The stunning, dramatic blow-by-blow account of what most likely happened to the 43 missing students in Guerrero is an indication of just how desperately Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto and his team are trying to perform damage control on a terrifying story -- one that has not only unsettled his government, but has pushed them to admit that things are not as their public relations machine would have you believe.
In the hour-long November 7 press conference (see video below), Attorney General Jose Murillo Karam announced that the recent capture of alleged members of the Guerreros Unidos led to confessions that the students were taken by police while en route to the town of Iguala. The police handed the students over to the Guerreros Unidos, who then killed them and burned their remains.
Specifically, video testimonies from three recently captured “masterminds” of the attacks revealed that the students were carted like cattle to a landfill in Cocula. According to one suspect, approximately 15 students asphyxiated on the way to the dump site. The remaining students were interrogated by members of the Guerreros Unidos before being shot and killed. The bodies were then thrown into the landfill, arranged in a circle, covered in sticks, gasoline, and diesel, and burned. The fire reportedly lasted for 14 hours, from midnight on September 27, until mid-afternoon.
According to the testimonies, a leader of the criminal group known as “El Terco” ordered the burned human remains to be collected and placed into eight black plastic bags. Members of the Guerreros Unidos then took the bags to the San Juan River in Cocula, where they dumped the contents into the water, while two bags were thrown directly into the river.
Following the confessions, search teams found black bags, one of which was still closed. Mexican and Argentine forensic teams reportedly confirmed the bag contained human remains. However, due to the degree to  which the bodies were burned, forensic experts have not yet determined when the remains will be able to be identified.

More, HERE.

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Tech Execs Raising Eyebrows Over Washington State’s Cannabis-Tracking Pact

Concerns Center on Transparency, Open Competition and Federal Scrutiny

By Bill Conroy, Via The Narcosphere

February 16, 2015

Concerns Center on Transparency, Open Competition and Federal Scrutiny

The emerging cannabis industry in Washington is tied at the hip to the state’s burgeoning technology sector in no small measure because robust product-tracking data serves as a shield against federal pre-emption of the great marijuana-legalization experiment now underway.

That’s why a little-noticed flap within the state’s tech community is worth paying attention to as regulators in the state continue to roll out the infrastructure to support legal weed — approved by Washington voters in November 2012 through a referendum dubbed Initiative 502.

More, HERE.

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A Battle Has Erupted Over Washington’s Legal Cannabis Plazas

By Bill Conroy - December 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm
The Outcome Could Help Define A Path To A Peaceful End To the Drug War
A major turf war has erupted in the grand experiment to legalize marijuana in the state of Washington.
However, this battle is being waged with the tools of politics, the courts and organizing, unlike the drug war, where disputes over control of the drug plazas, or markets, normally are settled with bullets.
The stakes are high in this turf dispute in Washington, with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on the table and the future of a nascent cannabis industry hanging in the balance.

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Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

By Bill Conroy - December 12, 2014
Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception
The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report pillorying the CIA’s Bush-era detention and interrogation program is replete with lurid details of what would commonly be called torture, if those practices were carried out on you or me.
Waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation, coffin-size cells and forcing detainees to stand in stress positions, even with broken bones, is the stuff of a horror movie. But there is another revelation in the long-awaited, and controversial, Senate committee report that so far seems to have slipped past much examination in the public spotlight.

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US Military’s Training of Mexican Security Forces Continues As Human-Rights Abuses Mount In Mexico

Posted by Bill Conroy - December 3, 2014

DoD Officials Claim Training is Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

The U.S. government has spent more than $62 million since fiscal year 2010 providing highly specialized training to Mexican security forces, including some $16.3 million in fiscal 2013, as part of an effort to help Mexico better prosecute its war on drugs, records made public under the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act show.

Local Opposition to Washington’s Legal Marijuana Businesses Is a Taxing Issue For the Fledgling Industry

Posted by Bill Conroy - November 14, 2014

Effort to Overcome City Moratoriums on Cannabis Shops Could Spark an Unlikely Alliance
The great experiment in the state of Washington to legalize the sale of marijuana through a regulated and taxed market has hit a hitch at the local level that threatens to slow progress to a snail’s pace, even as more and more marijuana businesses obtain the state licensing needed to open their doors.
Through early November, Washington’s cannabis market, state records show, included some 63 retailers, 239 producers and 197 processors — all issued the required state-level licenses to begin doing business in the state. But the battle ahead for many of them — and others in the pipeline — to actually open their doors for business is far from over.

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Labor Unions Are Supporting Washington State Legal Marijuana Dispensaries that Create "More Workers to Organize"

Posted by Bill Conroy - October 22, 2014
The United Food and Commercial Workers and other Unions Seek to Strengthen Protections for Cannabis Workers
What’s going on in the state of Washington and beyond with the movement to legalize marijuana is, only in part, about business, taxes and government oversight — all to be amplified by the billions of dollars annually this new industry promises to throw off.

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Community Police in Guerrero’s Costa Chica Region to Celebrate 19 Years of a Better Way to Combat Crime and Corruption

The Same Southern Mexican State Where 43 Students Were Disappeared Is also Home to a Grassroots Movement that Shows How People Can Police Themselves When the State Becomes Criminal.

By Greg Berger and Oscar Olivera

Special for The Narco News Bulletin

November 7, 2014

Publisher’s Note: In Mexico and throughout the world the state of Guerrero has become a vivid example of the horrors of the “war on drugs” and the pervasive corruption and violence it invites from all levels of government. On September 26, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca of the city of Iguala ordered police to detain a group of students from the local Ayotzinapa teachers’ college. The mayor’s ties to organized crime have been widely documented. It is believed that the mayor thought the students were planning to stage a protest at a public event held by his wife. Police then killed six students, and 43 more were disappeared. The police reportedly turned the 43 youths over to a local criminal gang. Multiple mass graves have been dug up in the area, each at first rumored to contain the bodies of the students, then have been revealed to be the tombs of previous nameless casualties of the US-imposed drug war.
The whereabouts of the missing students are still unknown.
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Millions Missing From DEA Money-Laundering Operation

Posted by Bill Conroy - October 6, 2014

But No One With the Power to Investigate Seems to Care
At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.
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Charles Bowden has died, but his voice is louder than ever

Posted by Bill Conroy - September 2, 2014

As one of the original authentic journalists, he trailblazed a path for others to follow
When I heard that he had passed, my eyes welled with tears. I’m of stoic Irish stock, so I don’t shed tears easily, but the news of Charles Bowden’s death (1945-2014) was not an easy thing to bear. He had been a mentor and a friend to me for a decade, and his leaving hurts.
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U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central America

By Bill Conroy - July 29, 2014

 

Critics Argue Drug-War Money is Part of the Problem, Not the Solution.

Some 58,000 migrant children, mostly Central Americans, have made the treacherous journey to the U.S. southern border alone over the past 10 months, but actions being considered by U.S. officials to combat the problem with more military and drug-war aid to their countries, critics warn, may worsen the violence that provokes this unprecedented exodus.

The number of unaccompanied children that have arrived at the U.S. border so far this fiscal year is up 106 percent from the same period a year earlier — with the total expected to reach 90,000 before Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.


To put that latter number in perspective, it is nearly five times larger than the number of Border Patrol agents now stationed along the entire southern border.

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25 Deadliest Mass Shootings in U.S. History Fast Facts

By CNN Library; September 2, 2014
(CNN) -- Here is a list of the 25 deadliest single day mass shootings in U.S. history from 1949 to the present. If the shooter was killed or committed suicide during the incident that death is not included in the total.

Timeline:

32 killed - April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. A gunman, 23-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho, goes on a shooting spree killing 32 people in two locations and wounds an undetermined number of others on campus. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho then committed suicide.

27 killed - December 14, 2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School - Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, guns down 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults, school staff and faculty, before turning the gun on himself. Investigating police later find Nancy Lanza, Adam's mother, dead from a gunshot wound. The final count is 28 dead, including the shooter.

23 killed - October 16, 1991 - In Killeen, Texas, 35-year-old George Hennard crashes his pickup truck through the wall of a Lubys Cafeteria. After exiting the truck, Hennard shoots and kills 23 people. He then commits suicide.

21 killed - July 18, 1984 - In San Ysidro, California, 41-year-old James Huberty, armed with a long-barreled Uzi, a pump-action shotgun and a handgun shoots and kills 21 adults and children at a local McDonalds. A police sharpshooter kills Huberty one hour after the rampage begins.

18 killed - August 1, 1966 - In Austin, Texas, Charles Joseph Whitman, a former U.S. Marine, kills 16 and wounds at least 30 while shooting from a University of Texas tower. Police officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy shot and killed Whitman in the tower. Whitman had also killed his mother and wife earlier in the day.

14 killed - August 20, 1986 - Edmond, Oklahoma part-time mail carrier, Patrick Henry Sherrill, armed with three handguns kills 14 postal workers in ten minutes and then takes his own life with a bullet to the head.

13 killed - November 5, 2009 - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 people and injures 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, during a shooting rampage. He is convicted and sentenced to death.

13 killed - April 3, 2009 - In Binghamton, New York, Jiverly Wong kills 13 people and injures four during a shooting at an immigrant community center. He then kills himself.

13 killed - April 20, 1999 - Columbine High School - Littleton, Colorado. 18-year-old Eric Harris and

17-year-old Dylan Klebold kill 12 fellow students and one teacher before committing suicide in the school library.

13 killed - September 25, 1982 - In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 40-year-old George Banks, a prison guard, kills 13 people including five of his own children. In September 2011, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns his death sentence stating that Banks is mentally incompetent.

13 killed - September 5, 1949 - In Camden, New Jersey, 28-year-old Howard Unruh, a veteran of World War II, shoots and kills 13 people as he walks down Camden's 32nd Street. His weapon of choice is a German-crafted Luger pistol. He is found insane and is committed to a state mental institution. He dies at the age of 88.

12 killed - September 16, 2013 - Shots are fired inside the Washington Navy Yard killing 12. The shooter, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, is also killed.

12 killed - July 20, 2012 - Twelve people are killed and 58 are wounded in a shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater screening of the new Batman film. James E. Holmes, 24, is taken into custody outside of the movie    theater. The gunman is dressed head-to-toe in protective tactical gear, set off two devices of some kind before spraying the theater with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene.

12 killed - July 29, 1999 - In Atlanta, 44-year-old Mark Barton kills his wife and two children at his home. He then opens fire in two different brokerage houses killing nine people and wounding 12. He later kills himself.

10 killed - March 10, 2009 - In Alabama, Michael McLendon of Kinston, kills 10 and himself. The dead include his mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle.

9 killed - March 21, 2005 - Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minnesota. 16-year-old Jeff Weise kills his grandfather and another adult, five students, a teacher and a security officer. He then kills himself.

9 killed - June 18, 1990 - In Jacksonville, Florida, 42-year-old James Pough, angry about his car being repossessed, opens fire at at a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office, killing nine people. Pough takes his own life.

8 killed - October 12, 2011 - Eight people are killed during a shooting at the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California. The suspect, Scott Evans Dekraai, 41, of Huntington Beach, is arrested without incident as he is trying to leave the scene. The eight dead include Dekraai's ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, 48. He was armed with three guns -- a 9 mm Springfield, a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, and a Heckler & Koch .45 -- and was wearing body armor during the shooting rampage.

8 killed - August 3, 2010 - Manchester, Connecticut - Omar Thornton kills eight co-workers at Hartford Distributors before turning the gun on himself. Thornton had been asked to resign for stealing and selling alcoholic beverages.

8 killed - January 19, 2010 - Christopher Speight, 39, kills eight people at a house in Appomattox, Virginia. He surrenders to police at the scene the next morning, and is charged with one count of murder with additional charges pending.

8 killed - March 29, 2009 - In Carthage, North Carolina, 45-year-old Robert Stewart kills a nurse and seven elderly patients at a nursing home. In May, the Moore County district attorney announces she will seek the death penalty. On September 3, 2011, a jury finds Stewart guilty of second-degree murder. Stewart is sentenced to 141 to 179 years in prison.

8 killed - December 5, 2007 - In Omaha, Nebraska, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins goes to an area mall and kills eight shoppers before killing himself.

8 killed - July 1, 1993 - In San Francisco, 55-year-old Gian Luigi Ferri kills eight people in a law office and then kills himself.

8 killed - September 14, 1989 - In Louisville, Kentucky, 47-year-old Joseph Wesbecker armed with a AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifle, two MAC-11 semiautomatic pistols, a .38 caliber handgun, a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol and a bayonet kills eight co-workers at Standard Gravure Corporation and then kills himself. He had been placed on disability leave from his job due to mental problems.

8 killed - August 20, 1982 - In Miami, 51-year-old history teacher Carl Robert Brown, angry about a repair bill and armed with a shotgun, kills eight people at a machine shop. He flees by bicycle, but is shot in the back by a witness who pursued him. He was on leave from school for psychological treatment.

List of rampage killers (school massacres), by Wikipedia

List of school shootings in the United States, by Wikipedia

Starting with Pontiac's Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764 to August 6, 2014in River Woods Elementary when an 11-year-old student at RWES in Des Moines, Iowa, brought a BB gun to the school accompanied by two former students aged 11 & 16. The student admitted to having the weapon and making threats against 4 students. Police recovered the gun and arrested the alleged students
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67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm: UN

According to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. 61% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides. More, HERE by Wikipedia.

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Mexico’s massacre probe

Look harder

A deeper mystery over a dreadful disappearance

Sep 12th 2015 | MEXICO CITY

NOTHING has cast such a long shadow over the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto as last year’s disappearance of 43 students in the south-western state of Guerrero. The shadow grew longer on September 6th when the government’s account of events was severely questioned by an international inquiry.

Investigators from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights spent six months picking over all the forensic and documentary evidence. Their conclusions compounded the uncertainty over what happened to the trainee teachers from the town of Ayotzinapa, who vanished last September in the town of Iguala, after commandeering buses to drive to Mexico City for a rally.

More, HERE.

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Journalism in Mexico

Radio silenced. A crusading anchorwoman is pushed off the air

Mar 21st 2015 | MEXICO CITY

NEWS junkies in Mexico have woken up feeling bereft and baffled since March 16th. The feisty, staccato voice of Carmen Aristegui, a radio anchorwoman with almost cult status, especially among left-leaning listeners, has gone off the airwaves after a public row with her employer, MVS Radio. The radio group fired her despite acknowledging that she was one of Mexico’s most popular morning-show hosts, drew in advertisers and delivered scoops that scandalised the country. Even MVS Radio sounds remorseful. “It’s a situation in which everyone loses,” a spokesman admits.

Behind this falling out are problems that systematically undermine journalism in Mexico, where the media have long been dominated by political power. Many outlets, including MVS Radio, rely on the government for advertising and other perks. The biggest television networks, Televisa and TV Azteca, are a pliant duopoly.

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Conflict of interest in Mexico

A false start

Mixed messages in a new anti-corruption campaign

The Mexican morass

A president who doesn’t get that he doesn’t get it

IN A new year message Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, promised to work to “liberate” his country from crime, corruption and impunity. His cabinet has duly set these as its priorities. The message is the right one. But unfortunately for Mr Peña, Mexicans are increasingly cynical about the messenger.
Mexico is still seething over the government’s leaden response to the kidnap in September of 43 students by municipal police in the south-western state of Guerrero and their apparent murder by drug traffickers. The investigation of the case seems to have stalled. Mr Peña’s main policy response to the massacre is a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish municipal police forces. But Congress may not approve it, not least because some are less rotten than the state forces, which would take their place.
More, HERE.

Scandal in Mexico: A murky mortgage

Mexico: Murders and Disappearances of the Students of Ayotzinapa Was a Crime of the State - See more at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/mexico-murders-and-disappearances-of-the-students-of-ayotzinapa-was-a-crime-of-the-state/5419070#sthash.BDOkSceY.dpuf

Questions surround the purchase of a house owned by the finance minister 

Dec 12th 2014

Mexico’s growing crisis: Reforms and democracy, but no rule of law

Nov 13th 2014

To save a promising presidency, Enrique Peña Nieto must tackle crime and corruption

From the print edition
DURING two years in office Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has received sharply contrasting reviews at home and abroad. Foreigners, including The Economist, have praised his structural reforms of the economy, which include an historic measure to open up energy to private investment (see article). Yet polls show that most Mexicans dislike Mr Peña. Among other things, they blame his government for a squeeze on living standards and the interlinked problems of violent crime and corruption. Sadly, recent events have lent support to Mr Peña’s domestic critics.
On November 8th Mexico’s attorney-general announced what almost everyone had already concluded: that 43 students from a teacher-training college in the southern state of Guerrero, who disappeared in the town of Iguala in late September, had been murdered by drug-traffickers after being kidnapped by the local police on the orders of the town’s mayor. Guerrero has been Mexico’s most violent state for centuries. The federal government bears no direct responsibility for these events. But Mexicans see in them a symbol of the failure of Mr Peña’s administration to make security a priority.
Now comes a problem that is uncomfortably close to home. The government had already opted to cancel a contract for a high-speed train that it had hastily awarded to the sole bidder, a consortium of Chinese and Mexican companies including a construction firm from the president’s home state. A local journalist has revealed that the boss of the same firm owns a $7m mansion that is the Peña family’s private residence (see article). The president denies any wrongdoing, but a common thread runs through these events.
Mexico only became a democracy in 2000, when seven decades of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the political machine that raised Mr Peña, were ended by electoral defeat. Unfortunately, democracy did not bring the rule of law to Mexico. Too many in the PRI still see the job of the police and the courts as enforcing political control, rather than investigating mobsters. Corrupt politicians are protected rather than punished. Organised crime and graft both remain a part of everyday life, and neither has been helped by the drugs flowing north to the United States.
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Victims of Mexico’s drug war

Tracing the missing

Many thousands disappeared in Mexico’s drug war. The government should do more to find them

Mexico’s economy

Jam mañana

A frustrating start to the year

May 24th 2014 | MEXICO CITY | From the print edition

SO FAR this year Mexico’s government has resembled one of the country’s many devotees of St Jude, patron saint of lost causes. It has doggedly stuck to a 3.9% 2014 growth forecast, even though its main export market, the United States, has been sluggish, and the twin pillars of its domestic economy—buying and building—have fared even worse.

On May 21st the central bank revised its growth prediction down to 2.3-3.3%, from 3-4% previously. The government was expected finally to follow suit on May 23rd, when first-quarter GDP figures were due to be released. Even so, officials are convinced that within months the benefits of its plans to modernise the economy will start to show up in the numbers.

Mexicans have good reason to be sceptical.

More, HERE.

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The Guardian

Whistleblowers wanted: Mexican journalists seek tips through website

Top radio presenter Carmen Aristegui was fired on Sunday for participating in Mexicoleaks alliance to gain anonymous information to expose state corruption

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Mexico offered James Bond film studios millions to shoot its good side

Officials offered Sony Pictures and MGM up to $20m in tax incentives to make changes to upcoming Bond film that cast country in positive light

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Mexican mayoral candidate reportedly decapitated – body found on dirt road

The abduction and assassination of Aidé Nava continues to highlight the link between politics and drug war violence in the state of Guerrero

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UN: torture in Mexico occurs with 'impunity' at hands of security forces

Report based on a fact-finding visit to Mexico last spring outlines methods used during detentions to combat crime that include waterboarding and rape

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From California gang to Mexican vigilante: the family man fighting the drug cartels in Mexico – video

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Tourist dies and two injured after whale crashes into sightseeing boat off Mexico

Grey whale hit a tourist boat at Cabo San Lucas on the Mexican coast, say authorities, with a Canadian woman dying of her injuries

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Britain’s welcome for Mexican president is worrying

With revelations continuing to emerge about Enrique Peña Nieto’s links to big business, the decision to allow him a state visit to the UK is misjudged

Britain will roll out the red carpet for the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, when he arrives for his state visit in March. The government sees Mexico as a “springboard into the Latin American market”.

However, today’s Observer interview with 19-year-old Uriel Alonso Solís should serve as an antidote to the hype that will surround the visit. Alonso survived the attack by police in Guerrero state on students who were then kidnapped and handed over to a drug cartel for execution. One of Mexico’s leading reporters on narcotics, Anabel Hernández, published evidence in Proceso magazine that federal authorities had been involved.

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Snowden voted person of the year


Edward Snowden
In May Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong where he gave journalists the material which blew the lid on the extent of US digital spying. Photograph: The Guardian/AFP/Getty Images

For the second year in a row, a young American whistleblower alarmed at the unfettered and at times cynical deployment of power by the world's foremost superpower has been voted the Guardian's person of the year.

Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted.

The NSA whistleblower garnered 1,445 votes. In a distant second, from a list of 10 candidates chosen by Guardian writers and editors, came Marco Weber and Sini Saarela, the Greenpeace activists who spearheaded the oil rig protest over Russian Arctic drilling. They received 314 votes. Pope Francis gained 153 votes, narrowly ahead of blogger and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, who received 144.
Snowden's victory was as decisive as Chelsea Manning's a year earlier.

More, HERE.

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Facing hostile Black Lives Matter protesters, Garcetti's South L.A. forum ends abruptly

By Peter Jamison and Kate Mather

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Authorities identify man killed by sheriff's deputy in La Puente

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Not done with jail beating case, prosecutors bring charges against another deputy

By Joel Rubin

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15-year-old gunned down on Carson street

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More than 200 earthquakes swarm Bay Area

By Joseph Serna

A swarm of more than 200 earthquakes have rumbled through San Ramon in the Bay Area in recent days, including a 3.5 temblor Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The biggest quake in the area in the past 24 hours was a magnitude 3.6 that struck about 4:20 p.m. Monday about...

Highway 58 and other L.A. County roads still closed after massive mudflows

By Jason Song

A nearly eight-mile section of Highway 58 east of Tehachapi remained closed Saturday as crews worked to clear debris and remove stranded vehicles after a storm turned the roadway into a river of mud this week, officials said. At one point, nearly 200 vehicles, including two tour buses filled with...

High school sweethearts killed in Hacienda Heights crash

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When Sabrina Castillo introduced her boyfriend to her dad, she was a little shy about the whole thing. Dad was a little shy too.“It was basically her first love,” Steve Castillo said of his first meeting with George A. Steward. “I wasn’t prepared, but after meeting him — what a gentleman he was.......

LAPD underreported serious assaults, skewing crime stats for 8 years

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L.A. sheriff's deputy killed in head-on collision in Santa Clarita

'Full House' actor John Stamos charged with DUI after driving erratically in Beverly Hills

Amid acclaimed teacher's firing, LAUSD faces test over how it handles misconduct allegations

El Niño keeps getting stronger, raises chance of drenching rains

The new forecast is significant because it raises the chance that El Niño will send big storms not only to Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, but also to the mountains that feed California's most important reservoirs.

TV crew robbed at gunpoint in Oakland; latest in series of attacks

'Daddy, he began to shoot": A daughter's account of Oregon rampage

Randy Scroggins is grateful that his daughter Lacey is alive. He's also grateful for Treven Anspach, the slain young man who Scroggins believes saved her life.

'Don't say his name': Oregon community wants to make shooter anonymous

New racial profiling law makes police log ethnicity of every stopped civilian

L.A. County jails close to visitors after inmate attempts escape

Man arrested after shootout with deputies in City of Industry

Teen driver in fiery crash that killed five is charged with manslaughter

David Cassidy facing hit-and-run charge in crash on the day his home was auctioned

UC Berkeley requests letters of recommendation -- and sparks a debate

Supporters say the letters can boost the chances of deserving students. Critics say they can reinforce advantages of the well-connected.

Jennifer Lawrence: Donald Trump as president would be 'the end of the world'

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Race is on to file suits against VW

Privacy breach by Secret Service is despicable

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Junipero Serra statue at Carmel Mission vandalized days after he was made a saint

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Shooting rampage stuns Banning; 2 dead, motive unclear

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Jesse is a typical boy in probation-run foster care: unwanted

More arrests are made in prison escape of Mexico's 'El Chapo'

Man convicted of throwing daughter, 4, off cliff sentenced to life in prison

More than 500 homes are lost in Butte wildfire

Murder conviction upheld in shooting death of San Diego police officer

Police shooting from helicopters -- rare but not unheard of

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Raging Valley and Butte fires spur help, sympathy on social media

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Northern Illinois police officer is shot and killed; manhunt is underway

FBI serves criminal search warrants at Palm Springs City Hall

California agrees to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement

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Video shows S.F. Critical Mass cyclists trapping driver, smashing car

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LAPD's plan for 7,000 body cameras comes with challenges

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Don't panic: Financial advisors say hold, maybe buy stocks

California officials eyeing stock market plunge, hope it won't last

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Fight between homeless men outside Disneyland ends in stabbing

James Holmes prosecutor talks about the one holdout juror who spared the killer's life

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Watts Riots Remembered

50 YEARS AFTER THE UNREST

The Watts Riots of 1965 shocked Los Angeles and the nation. In the half-century since South Los Angeles exploded in a violent uprising, the civil rights movement splintered, whites fled to the suburbs, African Americans’ power waxed and waned, Watts became 70% Latino, and conflicts between police and young black men have continued to ignite unrest across the nation from Oakland to Cleveland to Baltimore. The Times asks: What is the legacy of the Watts riots?

Scores of rescuers are headed to the remote area and will begin searching Monday morning after an airliner carrying 54 people goes missing in Indonesia's mountainous province of Papua

Memories of a thirsty childhood

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In Alhambra, an Asian market replaces a Ralphs and stirs cultural anxiety

Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

Burglary suspect targeted cars for laptops and cellphones, authorities say

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Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

By SPIEGEL Staff

 

The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 1/2014 (December 30, 2013) of DER SPIEGEL.

 

Targeting Mexico

 

Mexico's Secretariat of Public Security, which was folded into the new National Security Commission at the beginning of 2013, was responsible at the time for the country's police, counterterrorism, prison system and border police. Most of the agency's nearly 20,000 employees worked at its headquarters on Avenida Constituyentes, an important traffic artery in Mexico City. A large share of the Mexican security authorities under   the auspices of the Secretariat are supervised from the offices there, making Avenida Constituyentes a one-stop shop for anyone seeking to learn more about the country's security apparatus.

 

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Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark

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'Royal Concierge': GCHQ Monitors Diplomats' Hotel Bookings

By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark

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Quantum Spying: GCHQ Used Fake LinkedIn Pages to Target Engineers

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Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC

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Belgacom Attack: Britain's GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm

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Cyber Attack: Belgians Angered by British Spying

 

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Fox News

US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent

SCM's Travel Advisory:


September 11 attacks on World Trade Center by Wikipedia

Mexicans are advised to exercise MAXIMUM CAUTION, monitor developments that might affect your safety in the United States because of Hate Crimes. The FBI reports that hate crimes against Latinos rose almost 40 percent between 2003 and 2006, and Hispanic activists say they are being targeted with threats and intimidation.

This is just a recent incident: STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A rash of recent assaults on Mexican immigrants has heightened tensions in Port Richmond, already on edge following the savage beating of a 25-year-old baker earlier this (April 2010) month.

In addition, no matter what your nationality the US in under permanent risk of terrorism. Visitors could be caught up in attacks targeted at American, British, Canadian, Australian citizens, others. Terrorists may attack official or  civilian targets. Crime rates are higher in the larger cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

 

Many parts of the United States are subject to different natural hazards, including earthquakes, fires or wildfires, floods, extreme heat, hurricanes, landslides and debris flow (mudslides), thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes (Hawaii, Alaska and Pacific Northwest), winter storms (freezing rain, heavy snow and blizzards) and extreme cold.

 

Tourists are often targeted for petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and theft, particularly on public transport. It is recommended that before visiting your destination point, Google it and write NAME OF CITY TO BE VISITED, then "crime, areas to be avoided & gang activities" to determine your level of threat.  

Come Back Alive, a site dedicated to Dangerous Countries writes on quote: 

"There are more than 200 million guns in the possession of Americans. Most violent acts in the States are the result of robberies, domestic disputes and drug-related violence.

 

Terrorist acts, ranging from the killing of abortionist doctors to the bombing of the World Trade Center, are highly publicized but not considered a real threat to travelers. The threat of robbery or violent crime in inner cities and some tourist areas is real and should be taken seriously. Travel in America is considered safe (by .. Americans), and danger is confined to random violence and inner cities.

 

Those seeking adventure can find it in a New Orleans bar at five in the morning or strolling through South Central L.A. after midnight." .. 

TRAVEL ADVISORY: The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 932 active hate groups in the United States in 2009. Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2009 are included. More, HERE.

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Oct. 29, 2009 Washington Post: Obama signs hate crimes law

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HATE CRIMES

RACISM AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, by ABC News

MEXICAN HATE RALLY

 

The New Sport: Latino Hate Crime, ABC News

Mexican beaten by 3 racist Blacks on Staten Island, New York

US Border Patrol Agent Shoots Dead Mexican Teen on Mexican Soil

Border agent details immigrant abuse

Discrimination Against Latinos

 

American Heritage- KKK Lynching

 

Redneck Attacks Mexican flag

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TERRORISM, DRUGS

New report exposes CIA torture & rendition by Nick Harper

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MUST-READ Book: Cocaine Politics by Peter Dale Scott

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Drugs and the Economy - Peter Dale Scott

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Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine

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CIA Torture Jet crashed with 4 Tons of COCAINE

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Former LA Police Officer Mike Ruppert Confronts CIA Director

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'I don't think drug trafficking will ever be stopped': Inside the world of the U.S. agent who went undercover with the cartels:

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Marijuana legalization wins majority support in poll: Los Angeles Times

Marijuana, Officially Legal in Colorado

In 2006, former Mexican president Felipe Calderón launched a massive crackdown against drug trafficking organizations, in conjunction with the United States. Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence:

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Council On Foreign Relations

Washington State Gears Up for Marijuana Industry: Voice of America

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Marijuana Legalization Canada: Liberal Party Lays Out Detailed Economic Plan For Pot: The Huffington Post, Canada

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England Wants To Legalize Marijuana Through Cannabis Drug Reform: Inquisitr. Ltd.

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U.S. citizens traveling internationally in 2012, by destination

A change of scenery
Source: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Commerce Department. The Washington Post. Published on May 24, 2013

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Mexico Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.
U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.  For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued August 15, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued August 15, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.
General Conditions: 

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.  The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality.  Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes. 

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter organized criminal groups that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico.  The groups themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity.  Crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere.  U.S. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, and highway robbery.  While many of those killed in organized crime-related violence have themselves been involved in criminal activity, innocent persons have also been killed.  The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico was 71 in 2012 and 81 in 2013. 

Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico.  Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs.  During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily    prevented from leaving the area. Criminal organizations have used stolen cars, buses, and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable.  We recommend that you defer travel to the areas specifically identified in this Travel Warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the other areas for which advisories are in effect.


The number of kidnappings throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise.  According to statistics published by the Mexican Secretaria de Gobernacion (SEGOB), in 2013 kidnappings nationwide increased 20 percent over the previous year.  While kidnappings can occur anywhere, according to SEGOB, during this timeframe, the states with the highest numbers of kidnappings were Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Estado de Mexico, and Morelos.

Additionally, according to a widely publicized study by the agency responsible for national statistics (INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography), Mexico suffered an estimated 105,682 kidnappings in 2012; only 1,317 were reported to the police.  Police have been implicated in some of these incidents.  Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized.  Nearly 70 kidnappings of U.S. citizens were reported to the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Mexico between January and June of 2014.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to lower their personal profiles and to avoid displaying indicators of wealth such as expensive or expensive-looking jewelry, watches, or cameras.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain awareness of their surroundings and avoid situations in which they may be isolated or stand out as potential victims.

Kidnappings in Mexico have included traditional, "express," and "virtual" kidnappings. Victims of traditional kidnappings are physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release.  "Express" kidnappings are those in which a victim is abducted for a short time and forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released.  A "virtual" kidnapping is an extortion-by-deception scheme wherein a victim is contacted by phone and convinced to isolate themselves from family and friends until a ransom is paid.  The victim is coerced (by threat of violence) to remain isolated and to provide phone numbers for the victim's family or loved ones.  The victim's family is then contacted and a ransom for the "kidnapped" extracted.  Recently, some travelers to Mexico staying at hotels as guests have been targets of such "virtual" kidnapping schemes.
Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments.  U.S. government personnel are specifically prohibited from patronizing these establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region, and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents.  Most victims who complied with carjackers' demands have reported that they were not physically harmed.

Carjackers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee.  Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds.  There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs.  However, even drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States have been targeted.  While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur at night and on isolated roads.  To reduce risk when traveling by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to use toll roads ("cuotas") whenever possible. 

The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups.  U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel.  In some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them.  You should cooperate at all checkpoints. 

The Department imposes restrictions on U.S. government employees' travel in Mexico.  Since July 2010, USG employees are prohibited from driving on non-official travel from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America.  One exception is that personal travel by motor vehicle is permitted on Highway 15 toll road between Hermosillo and Nogales during daylight hours.

U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which it is advised to "defer non-essential travel".  When travel for official purposes is essential, it is conducted with extensive security precautions.  U.S. government personnel and their families are allowed to travel for personal reasons to the areas where no advisory is in effect or where the advisory is to exercise caution.  While the general public is not forbidden from visiting places categorized under "defer non-essential travel," U.S. government personnel will not be able to respond quickly to an emergency situation in those areas due to security precautions that must be taken by U.S. government personnel to travel to those areas. 

For more information on road safety and crime along Mexico's roadways, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information

State-by-State Assessment: 

Below is a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico.  Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, crime and violence can still occur.  For general information about travel and other conditions in Mexico, see our Country Specific Information

More, HERE

The New York Times

Mexican Journalist Is Fired After Report About First Lady

Carmen Aristegui, who has a long record of exposing the foibles of Mexico’s elite and exposed a possible conflict of interest involving the first lady, was fired Sunday from MVS Radio.

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Mexican Political Family Has Close Ties to Ruling Party, and Homes in the U.S.

The properties stand in contrast to the working-man image promoted by José Murat Casab, a longtime party insider, and his son, a top housing official.

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Towers of Secrecy

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

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MORE MEXICO TRAVEL, HERE.

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The Naturalization Process and Current Trends in Immigration in the United States: By Gender, By Age and By Marital Status

 

In 2011, the total number of persons naturalizing was 694,193. The leading countries of birth of new citizens were Mexico (94,783), India (45,985), the Philippines (42,520), the People's Republic of China (32,864), and Colombia (22,693). The largest number of persons naturalizing lived in California (151,183), Florida (87,309), and New York (76,603).

Historical trends have shown that the average number of persons that are naturalized annually has increased from less than 120,000 during the 1950s and 1960s to 210,000 during the 1980s, to 500,000 during the 1990s, and to 680,000 between 2000 and 2009. Naturalizations rose sharply during the mid-1990s because of various factors that include: 1) the 2.7 million undocumented immigrants legalized under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 making them eligible for citizenship; 2) legislative efforts to restrict public benefits for non-citizens; and 3) the implementation of a mandatory program requiring replacement of permanent resident cards issued before 1977.

More, HERE.

 

Information submitted to Security Corner in Mexico by Cooper Brimm, American Immigration Center

16 Ways to Get Through the Airport Faster

With airports that seem busier than ever, airline staffing reductions creating longer lines at check-in and airport security wait times that can be entirely unpredictable, these days the old airport "two-hour" rule often leaves just minutes to spare to buy a magazine, grab a snack or hustle your kids into the bathroom. Saving a few extra minutes here and there along the way can add up in your favor; here are 16 tips to get you from your front door to your seat on the plane as quickly and painlessly as possible -- as well as some ideas to keep you moving no matter what is going on with your flight.

More, HERE

© 2013 The Independent Traveler, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

15 Travel Tips to Get Through TSA Security


The savviest of travelers understand the security requirements and plan ahead. In the United States, airport security is run by the Transportation Security Administration, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border security as well as technological research, response to national disasters and terrorism, and intelligence analysis.

 

These tips reflect TSA policies as of November 2012. And for students enrolled in a homeland security program, knowing this information is vital and applicable to your future career.

 

More, HERE.

© 2013, Master of Homeland Security

COMMUNITY NEWS

URGENTE

SE SOLICITAN DONADORES DE SANGRE PARA ENFERMO GRAVE EN VILLAHERMOSA, TAB.

AYUDA A SALVAR UNA VIDA. El Sr. Oscar Rodriguez Reyes, ciudadano Mexicano, de 26 años de edad, estudiante de Medicina, esta hospitalizado en Tabasco en el IMSS No. 46, cama 324, Villa Hermosa, Tabasco. Esta diagnosticado con Leucemia. Se solicitan URGENTEMENTE paquetes de plaquetas, donadores de sangre. Su familiar inmediato es su mamá. Sus celulares son: 9931685795 y 9931628999

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Libro Recomendado: La CIA, Camarena & Caro Quintero por J. Esquivel

Un libro explosivo que aporta las claves definitivas para esclarecer un suceso que definió la historia del narcotráfico en México: el asesinato del agente de la DEA Enrique Kiki Camarena, en febrero de 1985. Se trata de un caso emblemático que pone en evidencia la forma en que el crimen organizado adquirió un poder prácticamente ilimitado en nuestro país, gracias a la complicidad urdida con policías, militares y funcionarios públicos, algunos de ellos aún en activo.

Por medio de las confesiones de tres testigos que integraron las filas del entonces pujante cártel de Guadalajara, J. Jesús Esquivel ofrece un recuento inédito de las actividades criminales de capos de la talla de Ernesto Fonseca Carillo, Juan José Esparragoza, el Azul, Rafael Caro Quintero, señalados como coautores de la muerte de Camarena. Asimismo, da a conocer el testimonio completo del agente Héctor Berrellez -encargado de investigar el homicidio en la llamada Operación Leyenda-, quien confirma que la propia CIA habría estado detrás del crimen.

En tal contexto, a lo largo de estas páginas se revelan datos, nombres y momentos que explican las perspectivas de la trágica relación entre México y Estados Unidos, atrapada en las telarañas de la corrupción por la producción, el tráfico y el consumo de drogas. Así, no obstante que la investigación nos cuenta las tribulaciones de una sociedad tan lejana como la de los años ochenta, remite y desentraña un presente de mayor tormento.

Edición agotada en Librerías Sanborns, disponible en Librerías Porrúa & Ghandi.

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¿DE VISITA EN LA CIUDAD DE MEXICO, D. F.?

Helados Palmeiro

HELADOS CUBANOS DE CREMA DE LECHE, SABROSOS POR SU CREMOSIDAD. NATURALES POR SUS INGREDIENTES. PROPIETARIO: Don Eugenio Palmeiro Ríos.

Mercado Melchor Ocampo, Local 507, Calle Medellín y Campeche, Colonia Roma Norte, México 06700, D. F., Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, D. F.  Tel. (52-55) 5574-4811. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Panadería La Espiga


INSURGENTES SUR 455, HIPODROMO CONDESA, CUAUHTEMOC, C.P. 06170, DF. Tel: (55)5564-7763(55)5564-7763 (55)5564-7763(55)5564-7763

 

"Ir al metro Chilpancingo es una de mis aventuras favoritas porque puedo visitar la panadería La Espiga. Este lugar lleva más de veinte años en el mismo lugar y tiene cosas deliciosas que ofrecer. Su tamaño es enorme, y dentro puedes encontrar comida, refrescos y bebidas, postres, entre otras cosas. El primer pasillo tiene papas y comida chatarra que puedes consumir. El segundo pasillo tiene todos los refrescos y las aguas al tiempo, en el fondo podrás encontrar los refrigeradores que tienen los refrescos y aguas frías, así como hielo". Más, AQUI.

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Restaurante La Pasión by Trip Advisor
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Jaime Díaz Arguelles
La Pasión, Col. Roca Blanca
Tel. no. 9581091824
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Restaurante El Alquimista by Trip Advisor

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Autos con 15 Años de Antiguedad Dejarán de Circular en el D. F. Dos Veces a la Semana

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Cars Older than 15 Years will not circulate twice a Week
Tanya Müller García

Tanya Muller García, Secretaria del Medio Ambiente del Distrito Federal

 

Mexico City's Environment Secretariat

HOY NO CIRCULA

New Program of (Your Car) Does not Circulate in Mexico City. More information, HERE by Wikipedia

S P E C I A L   A N N O U N C E M E N T

Olivier Tschumi
Olivier Tschumi, a Swiss citizen, relocated to Mexico 22 years ago. He was kidnapped while jogging with his two dogs in a park north of Cuernavaca in the morning of December 19, 2010. A ransom was paid to the kidnappers on December 21 of same year, but Olivier continues to be in captivity to this date. Authorities have no leads to the kidnappers.

Security Corner in Mexico has been requested by Mr. Tschumi's family in Switzerland to have this information available to our readers in the event you happen to know or hear of Olivier's whereabouts. The Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) is offering $5 million pesos as a reward to anybody providing information that will lead to the whereabouts of Mr. Tschumi

If you have any information, please write to Olivier's sister ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Olivier has a 12-year old waiting to hear from you too. More information, in Spanish HERE
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Olivier Tschumi, citoyen suisse, s'est installé au Mexique il y a 22 ans. Au matin du 19 décembre 2010,  Il a été enlevé  lors d'un jogging avec ses deux chiens dans une forêt au nord de Cuernavaca. Une rançon a été payée selon les exigences des ravisseurs le 21 décembre de la même année. Olivier n'a pas été libéré, il a disparu depuis ce jour. L'enquête, menée par les  autorités mexicaines piétine.  Désespérée, la famille Tschumi en Suisse implore l'aide de tout le monde pour retrouver Olivier. Toute information concernant les ravisseurs et  sa localisation sera utile et  bienvenue. La famille d'Olivier a grand besoin de votre aide et vous remercie.

Le Bureau du procureur général fédéral mexicain offre $ 5.000.000 pesos en récompense à qui fournira des informations conduisant à retrouver Monsieur Tschumi. Si vous avez des informations, s'il vous plaît écrivez à la sœur d'Olivier, Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Olivier a une fille de 12 ans qui espère retrouver son papa grâce à votre aide! Plus d'informations en espagnol ICI

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American Benevolent Society

 

American Benevolent Society Newsletter by American_Benevolent

Paseo de la Reforma 1870-201 Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo. Mexico, D.F. 11000 Mexico

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B E W A R E

New fines in the D.F. as of the first of January, 2015

1.- $1,290 pesos for failing to "verificar" the car plus $790.00 to get the ¨"verification" (smog emission test)
2.- THIS IS BIG - $12,000 FOR USE OF A CELL PHONE.  DON'T EVEN HAVE IT IN YOUR HAND.
3.- $700 for not using your seatbelt, even the back seat.
4.- $2,500 for expired plates plus the cost of the renewal.
5. You don't have to pay registration on brand new cars.
6. $18,000 fine if you hit someone in an enebriated condition plus 3-9 years in jail.
7.- $3,500 if you are stopped and fail to pass the alcohol test.
8.- $1,500 for playing the radio at more than 50 decibeles.
9.- PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION.  

Remember that as an foreigner there are very strict limits to participation in political activities.  When in doubt, don't.
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New "HOY NO CIRCULA" rules go into effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014‏

 

Here's an explanation of how the new program "hoy no circula" works, starting TUESDAY, July 1st

If you have any information that is different from this PLEASE let us know right away so we can send it out. Brand new vehicles that have the hologram 00 are able to drive for two years, the car will have to update the hologram  at the expiration date and be inspected . You have two months after the expiration date to renew the hologram (have the car inspected).
Hologram 0, if your vehicle does not pass the 00 you will be given the hologram 0.  You can still drive everyday of the month, but instead of the two years permit, the expiration is set for six months, then you will have to renew the hologram. For information on the dates of the renewal, the link of the government will be posted at the end of the mail.
Hologram 1, this hologram is usually for vehicles between 9 and 15 years of usage. the vehicles with the hologram number 1 will not be able to circulate two Saturdays a month and one day on midweek. (the Saturday depends on the license plate of the car, see the government link for more details) and one day on midweek that also depends on the license plate of the car.
And there will be the new hologram 2.

 

According to the news of El Universal vehicles with the hologram number 2 that are over 15 years in circulation will not be able to circulate any Saturday of the month and also one day midweek.

 

It seems that the government is willing to change the hologram 2 for the hologram 1 if the vehicles pass the regulation test. This regulation will start on Tuesday July 1st. of 2014.  For more details here is the link of the news. And here is the link for the government program "Hoy no circula"

 

Talking history: The American Benevolent Society turns 140 by Catherine Dunn, Insidemex

History

Oprima ESTE ENLACE electrónico para ver las noticias actualizadas de México de CNN en Español de esta fecha

Neurólogos extranjeros valorarán caso de normalista

Aldo Gutiérrez Solano se encuentra en coma desde la noche del 26 de septiembre de 2014 cuando recibió un impacto de bala en Iguala, Guerrero Ir a la nota

'La noche de Iguala', "verdad histórica" y polémica

Aguirre y Abarca llevaban "relación institucional"

11 claves de Ley de Ingresos de la Federación 2016

Si el Senado mantiene el dictamen aprobado por diputados, estos son los puntos más relevantes como el aumento estimado del dólar Ir a la nota

Diputados aprueban una reducción de impuesto a los refrescos

OPINIÓN: El Paquete Económico 2016, ¿suficiente para México?

El regreso de Angélica Fuentes a Chivas... en espera

La defensa de Jorge Vergara dice que Fuentes está impedida para regresar a Omnilife-Chivas y cualquier intento sería desacato

Ir a la nota

Fuentes aplica tácticas para recuperar a Grupo Chivas

Un tribunal de Jalisco concede que la empresaria regrese al equipo

Últimas noticias

El sureste mexicano eleva alerta por posible ciclón fotogaleria

Los 3 factores en contra de la economía mexicana CNNExpansión

Inversionistas ven mediocre el desempeño económico de EU CNNExpansión

Un gobierno liberal da nueva esperanza a Canadá

EU bloquea fondos de la Iniciativa Mérida a México

El negocio multimillonario de Apple: su servicio de música CNNExpansión

Cuartos de Final de la Copa Mx mediotiempo.com

Fukushima: diagnostican primer caso de cáncer

Irlanda indagará comunicación vía Facebook de EU y Europa CNNExpansión

Homex reanuda su cotización en Bolsa esta semana CNNExpansión

Explosión en Brasil deja al menos siete heridos video

Amazon empleará 100,000 personas para la temporada navideña CNNExpansión

Politécnicos crean sistema de rendimiento automotriz

Manufactura Volvo vende su división informática a HCL Technologies CNNExpansión

Mejora tu producción con un 'MES humano' Manufactura

Violaciones a niñas horrorizan a Nueva Delhi, India

Estadounidenses quieren leyes más estrictas para venta de armas

Cosalá, el refugio de los desplazados por 'el Chapo' video

Cabecilla de al Qaeda en Siria muere: EU video

Video

"Hay comunidades que apoyan al 'Chapo'"Video

Pistorius, de la cárcel a una mansiónVideo

El poder y legado de los KirchnerVideo

'Monstruos' invaden la calles de MéxicoVideo

Explosión destruye un barrio en Río de JaneiroVideo

¿Dónde está el 'Chapo' Guzmán?Video

En busca del 'Chapo' GuzmánVideo

El supertifón 'Koppu' arrasó con todo a su pasoVideo

Mujer transgénero embarazó a su novioVideo

Nacional

Neurólogos extranjeros valorarán caso de normalista

Nuño hace nuevos nombramientos en la SEP

EU bloquea fondos de la Iniciativa Mérida a México

EPN: no habrá despidos a docentes tras evaluación

Veracruz presenta un decálogo por la educación

Veracruz y Quintana Roo, en alerta por lluvias

La CNTE anuncia nuevo paro de labores en Oaxaca

'Tuta' recibe nueva orden de prisión por secuestro

Cosalá, el refugio de los desplazados por 'el Chapo'Video

Mundo

Un gobierno liberal da nueva esperanza a Canadá

Fukushima: diagnostican primer caso de cáncerOscar

Pistorius estará bajo arresto domiciliario

EU quiere leyes más estrictas para armas: sondeo

Explosión en Brasil deja al menos siete heridosVideo

Más de 71,000 evacuados en Filipinas por tifónVideo

Avioneta cae en Bogotá y deja al menos cinco muertos

Otro día de ataques y muertes en Israel

© 2006 Derechos Reservados Expansión, S.A. DE C.V.

El Universal has no official political affiilation and is the most read newspaper in Mexico

MEXICO NEWS IN ENGLISH BY EL UNIVERSAL, HERE

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Oprima AQUI para ver noticias actualizadas del periódico El Universal

De no existir previa autorización, queda expresamente prohibida la publicación, retransmisión, edición y cualquier otro uso de los contenidos de El Universal


Proceso is a weekly magazine, renowned for its left-wing journalism

Oprima AQUI para ver las noticias actualizadas de la revista Proceso de esta fecha

MÉXICO, D.F., (proceso.com.mx).- La noche de ayer fue asesinado un hombre en la colonia Emiliano Zapata, en la delegación Iztapalapa. La víctima tenía aproximadamente 35 años de edad. Este nuevo homicidio ocurre dos días después de que el …

Colgado de Iztapalapa no está ligado al narco, sino a pleito en reclusorio: PGJDF

MÉXICO, D.F., (proceso.com.mx).- Rodolfo Ríos Garza, titular de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal (PGJDF), indicó que el caso de la persona colgada …

Linchan en Puebla a dos hombres acusados de secuestro; eran encuestadores del DF

Rechazan en definitiva suspender construcción del nuevo AICM

AMLO no es “caudillo” en Morena: López Hernández

VILLAHERMOSA, Tab. (apro).- El senador con licencia y dirigente …

Habitantes de la sierra de Sinaloa exigen la salida de marinos

Linchamientos en Puebla evidencian fragilidad del Estado de Derecho: CNDH

Se ampara Padrés tras denuncia por crecer su rancho en 900%

Prevén que el Papa Francisco incluya a Morelia en visita al país

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- El secretario de Energía, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, presentó el Plan Quinquenal de Licitaciones para la Exploración y Extracción de Hidrocarburos 2015-2019, diseñado para trascender a este sexenio. “Con este plan quinquenal la política energética adquiere un enfoque integral...

IRAPUATO, Gto. (apro).- La PGJE confirmó que fue el padre quien asesinó a golpes a la bebé de ocho meses presuntamente raptada el lunes por la noche en la carretera León-Irapuato, que posteriormente fue encontrada muerta en el lecho del …

Cae en Tamaulipas ‘El Jonas’, presunto operador de Los Zetas

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- Efectivos de la Policía Federal detuvieron hoy a Jonathan Abbid Espinoza Ayala, El Jonas, a quien presentaron como presunto líder de Los …

Marinos catean casa de una cuñada de “El Chapo” en Culiacán

MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- El rastreo que realiza el Ejército en Sinaloa para ubicar al Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán llevó a un grupo de marinos a …

Fidel Herrera se desvincula del narco en su debut como cónsul en Barcelona

MADRID, (apro).— El nuevo cónsul de México en Barcelona, Fidel Herrera, rechazó tener nexos con el crimen organizado. “Vincularme al narcotráfico es una estrategia sucia”, …

Despido de Alarcón por “reestructura del área de deportes”: Televisa

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- Grupo Televisa confirmó el despido de Javier Alarcón, quien hasta el domingo pasado fungió como director editorial de Televisa Deportes. El …

Celebra PRD relanzamiento del caso Ayotzinapa

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- Para el presidente nacional del PRD, …

La Junta de Gobierno de la UNAM publicará mañana lista de candidatos a rector

MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- Mañana jueves, la Junta de Gobierno …

Ataque contra Moreno Peña es para “poner de rodillas” al nuevo gobierno: historiador

COLIMA, Col. (apro).- El atentado contra el exgobernador Fernando …

Investiga Televisa presunto desfalco de Javier Alarcón

PGR reiniciará la búsqueda de los 43 normalistas, anuncia el GIEI en Washington

Denuncia rector de UACM robos, intimidación y amenazas contra académicas

Neurólogos internacionales valorarán a normalista que permanece en coma

El Papa hablará en México de la paz y la atención a víctimas del crimen: Suárez Inda

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HERMOSILLO, Son., 20 de octubre (apro).- El Instituto de Transparencia Informativa estatal (ITIES) ordenó que los nueve expedientes reservados por el gobierno de Sonora se liberaren para su acceso público. El estudio y resolución a cargo de la presidenta del ITIES, …

MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- Una turba de enardecidos pobladores de Ajalpan, Puebla, linchó y quemó la noche del lunes a dos hombres que acusaron de ser secuestradores. Sin embargo, el edil Gustavo Lara Torres y el director de Seguridad Municipal, …

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“Vivo tranquilo después de Ayotzinapa”: Exfiscal de Guerrero

MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- El exfiscal de Guerrero, Iñaki Blanco, negó tener responsabilidad en la huida del jefe de la policía municipal de Iguala, Felipe Flores, …

El derecho a la justicia en México es una ficción: académicos y defensores de derechos humanos

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Se le escurrió de las manos a la Marina

Los agentes estadunidenses que operan en México tenían las coordenadas precisas para cercar a Joaquín Guzmán Loera, El Chapo, y recapturarlo. Lo habían rastreado durante semanas y dieron los datos a la Marina para que desplegara desde principios …

“Fuego amigo” contra Gobernación

Único integrante opositor de la Comisión Bicamaral de Seguridad Nacional, el senador Alejandro Encinas no duda que la divulgación en Televisa de un video con el audio de la fuga de Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán constituye “fuego amigo” …

En el Triángulo Dorado, pánico y saqueos

A principios de mes, la Secretaría de Marina desplegó a sus tropas en la sierra de Tamazula para que peinaran la zona en busca de Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, pero no pudieron localizarlo, según el semanario Ríodoce, que …

Extraditar al “Chapo”, decisión tomada

BOGOTÁ.- El gobierno mexicano tiene decidido extraditar a Estados Unidos a Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán si es recapturado. …

Del “Ya supérenlo” al “Ya chole”

El taller es la imagen de la precariedad laboral, con mala iluminación, reducido espacio, cableado expuesto y su televisor de 14 pulgadas, testimonio de que ahí no llegaron las pantallas que regala el gobierno para la migración digital. …

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Sus propios peritajes desmienten a la PGR

La versión del expediente del caso Ayotzinapa que la PGR hizo pública hace incomprensible que la procuradora Arely Gómez sostenga las conclusiones heredadas de Jesús Murillo Karam. Los peritajes realizados desde finales de 2014 revelan que las conclusiones …

La gran simulación

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La manipulación evidente

A pesar de los obstáculos que puso la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) para dificultar la consulta del expediente Ayotzinapa, que el Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (INAI) le …

Todos supieron lo que estaba ocurriendo

Una serie de grabaciones –en las que se escucha al exgobernador guerrerense Ángel Aguirre y al exfiscal Iñaki Blanco– y una tanda de declaraciones de legisladores federales destrozaron –por si aún quedaran dudas– la versión oficial acerca de …

El documental “La noche de Iguala”, mentira histórica

Tras ver el documental dramatizado La noche de Iguala –dirigido por Raúl Quintanilla–, Omar García Velásquez, uno de los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa que el 26 de septiembre de 2014 escapó de ser asesinado, dijo desencajado y molesto: “¡Es …

Violencia

La sombra del narco envuelve a Colima

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Revelación de Mexicoleaks: la mentira del general Antúnez

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La Casa Blanca: la historia atrás del reportaje

La revelación de que el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y su familia poseen una mansión de siete millones de dólares construida a su gusto por Grupo Higa –un consorcio ampliamente favorecido por el hoy mandatario– fue producto de una …

El hombre, su historia, su triunfo

El nuevo mandatario de Nuevo León es un fenómeno: candidato sin partido –pese a su antigua militancia priista–, holgadamente ganó en las urnas una gubernatura con un discurso que le prometía a los ciudadanos una nueva era y, sobre …

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For one man, the tunnel would be a route to freedom. For the other, political downfall.
The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman was the crowning achievement of President Enrique Pena Nieto's government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes. That makes the bold escape by "El Chapo" from a maximum security prison all the more devastating.
Here are the latest developments about Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape from prison:

Even Rupert Murdoch thinks Trump's wrong

"Corrupt Mexican officials" let drug lord, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escape, Trump said. "This is just one example of the many instances of Mexico taking advantage of the United States."
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's escape highlights a fatal weakness in the fight to make Mexico safer.
The weekend disappearance of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from a maximum security prison should have come as little surprise to Mexican authorities: The Drug Enforcement Administration had alerted them 16 months ago about several plans to escape.
DEA documents show 'El Chapo' began escape plots in 2014

Mexico's most notorious drug trafficker began plotting to break out of prison almost immediately after his recapture at a seaside resort in February 2014.
The kind of tunnel that led Mexico's most powerful drug lord to freedom would have been more than a year in planning. The digging would have caused noise. The entrance would have to be in a place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico's toughest prison.
The digging would have caused noise. The planners would have needed blueprints and maps. The escape was made from the one place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico's toughest prison.
The escape of the head of the Sinaloa cartel is a major blow to the country's drug-fighting effort.

Mexico: Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes; manhunt begins

The Sinaloa cartel leader used a tunnel with ventilation and stairs to flee from his cell, officials said.
Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S.
The Latest: Ex-DEA chief shocked at escape of 'El Chapo'

Here are the latest developments about Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape from prison:
Ash and cinders spewed Saturday from the Colima Volcano in western Mexico, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets on the flanks of the peak.

T-Mobile adds free calls, texts and data across Canada and Mexico

Starting next week, a T-Mobile call from Mexico City will be the same as one from Manhattan.

Mexican micro-brewers step out of the shadow of the country's beer giants

The dual monopoly of Modelo and Cuauhtemoc has taken a hit as the craft beer scene thrives.

Mexican soldiers have detected and removed a total of 136 video cameras installed by a drug cartel to monitor movement on the streets of the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. The city is home to a faction of the Gulf cartel.

Mexican helicopter trades fire with gunmen on ground near border, kills 6

The incident took place in an area where two drug cartels have reportedly been fighting.
Gunmen believed to belong to a local drug cartel killed five members of a family near the Mexican border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, authorities said Thursday.
Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, charged with killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at a San Francisco waterfront pier, has been cycling in and out of the United States for more than two decades. Federal authorities say Sanchez, who is in the country illegally, was deported to his native Mexico five times, only to come back each time.
The Mexican government's human rights agency said Tuesday it is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.

Mexican journalist robbed at gunpoint while webcasting

Mexican journalist Pedro Ferriz says he was robbed at gunpoint while webcasting and he kept recording, taping part of his own robbery.
A volcano in western Mexico has erupted, spewing ash more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) into the air and sending lava down its flanks.

Mexico weighs ex-dictator Porfirio Diaz century after death

Reviled former dictator Porfirio Diaz is getting some unexpected respect in Mexico a century after he died in exile.

T-Mobile US calling plans to cover Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile will now let its U.S. customers call, text, use apps and browse the Internet within North America without paying extra charges.

A new defense, with the same old mistakes.

A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.

A year later, many people say justice still has not been served in the case of soldiers killing at least a dozen suspected gang members who had surrendered after a confrontation at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico

Jacobo Zabludovsky, a journalist who for decades was seen as a symbol of the tight links between Mexico's government and press, died Thursday at age 87.

The king and queen of Spain are making their first state visit to Latin America with a three-day trip to Mexico.
Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France's president to promise a crackdown.

'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US

The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.

AT&T Inc. plans to invest about $3 billion to build up its recently acquired Iusacell mobile phone network in Mexico.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says a truck carrying border crossing cards was hijacked in northern Mexico and the documents stolen.
Mexican authorities said Wednesday they found six tigers, seven baboons, four camels and three dromedaries abandoned in cages without food, water or adequate care in the southern Mexico state of Yucatan.

An American in Mexico

Exhibition pays homage to artist-designer William Spratling, who found inspiration, and materials, in Taxco
A fire swept through a retirement home for poor people early Tuesday, killing 16 elderly residents at the facility outside the northern border city of Mexicali, the mayor's office said.
The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

Donald Trump wants a border wall. These statistics show Mexico is a step ahead of him.

Mexico has cracked down severely on Central American migrants trying to go north.
Mexico now deports more Central American migrants than the United States, a dramatic shift since the U.S. asked Mexico for help a year ago with a spike in illegal migration, especially among unaccompanied minors.
While the wave of child and teen migrants has receded at the U.S. border, detentions of Central American minors are up sharply in Mexico this year, the country's National Immigration Institute reported Monday
A labor dispute at a Mazda plant in Guanajuato shows how the manufacturers have the upper hand.
The son and alleged second-in-command of the leader of Mexico's most violent drug cartel was captured in the western state of Jalisco, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said Tuesday.
Prosecutors have unearthed the bodies of two men and three women from clandestine burial pits in the resort city of La Paz, Mexico.
Mexico's supreme court has ruled it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages.
At least 10 people are dead after armed men attacked a beer distribution center on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey, Mexican authorities said Friday.
The wife of Mexico's former President Felipe Calderon says she intends to run for president in the 2018 election.
Mexico's military is on a U.S. shopping spree

Mexico on Monday enacted a measure meant to help hundreds of thousands of young migrants who have returned from the United States, dropping a requirement that they provide government-certified, translated copies of foreign school records in order to study in Mexico.

Workers cleared hammocks and lounge chairs from beachside hotels and cafes as Tropical Storm Carlos churned up strong winds and waves Sunday while threatening to regain strength as it trudged up Mexico's Pacific coast.

Mexico deported 79 percent more people from Central America's northern triangle in the first four months of 2015 than it did during the same period a year earlier, according to government statistics.

Despite widespread disillusionment with his government, President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday emerged from midterm elections with an expected congressional majority that will let him forge ahead with his reform agenda without compromising with opponents.
Protesters burned ballot boxes in several restive states of southern Mexico on Sunday in an attempt to disrupt elections seen as a litmus test for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government, while officials said the vote was proceeding satisfactorily despite "isolated incidents."
In Oaxaca, teachers boycotted the midterm elections to show their discontent with the government.
The Mexican government announced Friday it was sending army troops, marines and federal police to southern states to protect polling places as violence threatened the country's midterm weekend elections.

Mexico's 'El Bronco' set to become nation's first independent governor

The ruling party and its allies seemed to have retained their slim majority in the lower house, despite voter anger.

Mexico decries new Texas law beefing up security on border

The Mexican government says it regrets Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to sign into law an $800 million border security package that will mean more state troopers, cameras and a spy plane to patrol the U.S. state's 1,200-mile border with Mexico.

The embattled car service faces a new struggle - sometimes a physical one - on a vast stage in Mexico.
Hurricane Blanca was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, where residents boarded up home and storefront windows in preparation for the heavy rains and high winds that were forecast to lash a wide area including the resorts of Los Cabos.

A Mexican congressional candidate was shot dead in a town bordering the capital Tuesday, becoming the fourth politician to be slain ahead of Sunday's midterm elections.

Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America and point person in detente talks with Cuba, was nominated Monday by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man while off-duty evaded authorities for more than two months by moving between the homes of family members in Mexico, staying mostly indoors and avoiding cellphones and social media, the FBI said Wednesday.

Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing deported to US from Mexico

A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight has been deported back to the U.S. after his arrest in northern Mexico, authorities said.

Survivors tell of terror during deadly Mexico tornado

Jose Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.

The body of a baby carried away by a tornado was found Tuesday in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna as the death toll from the sudden, devastating storm hit 14.

Jaime Rodríguez, profane man of the people, marks a new trend with his independent bid in Nuevo Leon.

Independent candidate rides hatred of politics in Mexico

Mexicans' disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it's El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname.
Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City Monday chanting "Uber Out!" and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service.
The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help.
Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions raised about the lopsided death toll.
Mexico's governmental human rights commission says it condemns violent incidents like a shootout between federal police and suspected criminals that left 42 suspects and one policeman dead.
The shootout in the western state of Michoacan involved a drug cartel and security forces.
A close-up of the workers and families caught in Mexico's battle for land rights involving investors and landowners.
A federal judge is considering throwing out a civil rights lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border on grounds that the boy was in Mexico at the time and therefore wasn't protected by the U.S. Constitution.
It's a tale of love, betrayal and history's most famous murder by ice pick.

Mom, daughter land in US after Mexico judge returns custody

The joyful tears shed by a Texas woman and her long-missing daughter after they returned to Houston from Mexico on Saturday signaled the end of an eight-year cross-border custody case that had mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.

Fruits of wrath: Laboring in the shadow of Mexico's dramatic land reform

A close-up of the workers and families caught in Mexico's battle for land rights involving investors and landowners.
Mexican farmworkers fighting low wages and poor working conditions in the border state of Baja California have reached an agreement with the government and their employers.
It's a tale of love, betrayal and history's most famous murder by ice pick.
The joyful tears shed by a Texas woman and her long-missing daughter after they returned to Houston from Mexico on Saturday signaled the end of an eight-year cross-border custody case that had mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.
Authorities may have located a girl taken by her father from Houston to Mexico eight years ago in a cross-border custody case that exploded into international headlines recently with a case of mistaken identity, an official said Monday.
A Texas woman whose 8-year search for her missing daughter in Mexico led her to be handed the wrong girl now believes she has found the right one. But, this time, she'll have to wait for DNA results to prove the match.

Mexico court orders school to compensate child for bullying

Mexico's Supreme Court has for the first time ordered a school to compensate a child for bullying by classmates, ruling that a teacher encouraged the harassment.
Mexico's Green Party is not very green. Yet like many "green" products on supermarket shelves, it has benefited from a very slick marketing campaign, one that has made it the country's fastest-growing - and arguably most controversial - party.
It has the drugs and distribution system of a traditional cartel - and it has the modern weapons and audacity of an army. After attacking federal forces, downing a military helicopter and shutting down streets in Mexico's second-largest city last week, the New Generation Jalisco cartel is now the main enemy in the country's fight with drug cartels.
A candidate for mayor was shot to death in western Mexico and a man running for city council was gunned downed in southern Mexico, bringing to at least three the number of candidates killed in the run-up to the June 7 midterm elections.
The government said Thursday it will give at least 50 million pesos ($3.3. million) to relatives of criminal suspects slain at a warehouse last year by soldiers, paying out under a Mexican law requiring compensation for victims of human rights violations.
An accident on an oil well-maintenance platform killed two workers and injured 10 off Mexico's coast on Tuesday, company officials reported, blaming the incident on the collapse of one of the rig's legs.
The Congress passed a new national anti-corruption system that many hope will address impunity.

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Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

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Canadian diplomat's son killed in Miami shootout over two pounds of marijuana

Jean Wabafiyebazu, the 17-year-old son of longtime diplomat Roxanne Dubé, was killed Monday, and his 15-year-old brother remains in a youth detention centre Wednesday for his alleged role in what their father believes was a drug deal gone wrong. The Citizen is not naming the youth charged.

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Jean Wabafiyebazu, the 17-year-old son of Canadian diplomat was killed Monday in what the boy's father says was a drug deal gone wrong.

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New Details Emerge on Mexican Finance Minister’s Property Deal

Records show government contractor didn’t make profit in sale of house to Luis Videgaray

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Qui est Hervé Falciani, le cauchemar de HSBC ?

LE MONDE | 09.02.2015  Par Fabrice Lhomme et Gérard Davet

Cet homme-là est un opportuniste, bien plus qu’un être multiple. Hervé Falciani peut certes endosser différents rôles, se complaire dans un langage abscons, pour mieux se cacher, peut-être, mais il a su, surtout, nager en eaux troubles, rebondir à chaque épreuve, profiter de toute possibilité. Il a été successivement informaticien, détrousseur de données sensibles, chevalier blanc, mythomane, manipulateur, lanceur d’alerte, puis victime du système, allez vousretrouver. Mais Hervé Falciani est d’abord, et cela, personne ne peut lui enlever, le pivot de l’incroyable affaire HSBC. Son géniteur. Après cinq années d’enquête, la lecture de milliers d’archives confidentielles, de témoignages inédits, Le Monde peut vous narrer la vraie vie de Falciani, le cauchemar vivant de la banque HSBC Private Bank.

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Acapulco (Mexico), Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) A total of 61 bodies have been found at an abandoned crematorium in Acapulco, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where in September last year 43 students went missing, officials from the public prosecutor's office reported Friday.
The discovery was made after residents from the neighbouring areas called the authorities, who reached the crematorium and recovered the human remains in forensic vehicles, as confirmed by Spanish news agency EFE.
According to the sources, the foul smell from the bodies caught the attention of nearby residents who alerted the authorities Thursday.
Apparently, the crematorium, the Cremaciones El Pacifico, had been abandoned about a year ago.
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Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

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Florence Cassez, détenue pendant sept ans au Mexique pour enlèvement, séquestration, délinquance organisée et détention d’armes à l’usage exclusif des forces armées, a entamé une action en justice auprès de la Cour suprême mexicaine pour obtenir 36 millions de dollars (environ 32 millions d’euros) de dommages et intérêts.
Selon l’avocat de la jeune femme, Me José Patiño Hurtado invité sur radio MVS, l’action en justice, lancée vendredi 23 janvier, visait l’ex-président mexicain Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), son ancien secrétaire particulier, l’actuel sénateur Roberto Gil, ainsi que les anciens ministres de la Sécurité publique, Genaro Garcia Luna, et de la Justice, Daniel Cabeza de Vaca. « Nous présentons une plainte pour dommage moral envers Florence Cassez, atteinte à ses sentiments, à sa réputation et à son honneur. Ils ont tué sa vie », a déclaré Me José Patiño Hurtado, qui a également estimé que l’ancien président Calderon, comme les autres personnalités visées, « était en charge et n'a pas empêché que soit commis l'illicite » contre Florence Cassez.

Une arrestation mise en scène de la police

L’action vise également la chaîne de télévision Televisa et un de ses présentateurs vedettes, Carlos Loret de Mola. Ils sont accusés d’avoir présenté comme une arrestation en direct une mise en scène de la police.
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Security chief in violent Mexican state steps down

MEXICO CITY Thu Jan 22, 2015
(Reuters) - Mexico's Interior Ministry said on Thursday that a top security official appointed to restore order in a restive western state has stepped down, a few weeks after new outbreaks of violence.
Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the federal government's security commissioner for Michoacan state, Alfredo Castillo, would take on a new role in the government, without giving any more details on the reasons for his departure.
Castillo was appointed commissioner a year ago in a bid to crush a powerful drug gang known as the Knights Templar which had taken control of large swathes of Michoacan, and later became embroiled in bloody clashes with vigilante groups.
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Drug gang members ate human hearts: Mexican government

Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters; January 06, 2015 

MEXICO CITY - A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of a gruesome initiation rite to root out infiltrators, a government security official said on Tuesday, citing witness testimony.
For much of the past year, Michoacan, a mountainous, agricultural state in western Mexico, has been ravaged by fighting between drug gang henchmen and vigilantes who took up arms against the cartels but have since splintered into violent factions.
A mid-December shootout between two rival groups that killed 11 people has reignited fears the government is failing to control the state after flooding it with federal troops and pressing vigilantes into a fledgling rural police force.
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