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BY MRS. BARBARA FRANCO, ABS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Click on HERE to get updated information about Mexico City's daily situation with the HOY NO CIRCULA

EVERY CAR IS AFFECTED NO MATTER IF THEY ARE 00, 0, 1 OR 2.  IT STARTS NEXT TUESDAY APRIL 5TH AND RUNS UNTIL JUNE 30TH - IN ADDITIONAL YOUR CAR CANNOT BE USED ONE SATURDAY A MONTH.  THE SCHEDULE IS BELOW & IS GOVERNED BY THE LAST NUMBER OF YOUR LICENSE PLATE. 

THE FINES ARE STIFF AND THE AGGRAVATION GREAT, SO PLEASE LET EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS.  AFTER JUNE 30 IT IS EXPECTED THAT THERE WILL BE FURTHER AND PERHAPS OTHER RESTRICTIONS.  THIS APPLIES IN MEXICO CITY AND THE ADJOINING MUNICIPALITIES OF THE STATE OF MEXICO.  THESE RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL CARS NO MATTER WHERE THEY COME FROM.

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POR SRA. BARBARA FRANCO, DIRECTORA EJECUTIVA, ABS

Oprima AQUI para obtener información actualizada sobre la situación diaria de la Ciudad de México sobre el HOY NO CIRCULA

TODOS LOS VEHICULOS SERAN AFECTADOS NO IMPORTA SI SU ENGOMADO DE VERIFICACION ES 00, 0, 1 OR 2.  INICIA EL MARTES 5 DE ABRIL, 2016 Y PERMANECE ASI HASTA EL 30 DE JUNIO. ADEMAS SU VEHICULO NO PUEDE CIRCULAR UN SABADO AL MES.  EL ITINERARIO SE ENCUENTRA EN EL ENLACE VIRTUAL QUE ABAJO SE PROPORCIONA Y SE CONTROLA POR EL ULTIMO DIGITO DE SUS PLACAS DE CIRCULACION. 

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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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‘Damaged masculinity’ may help explain Columbine and other mass shootings

A psychologist who has written two books on school shootings said the early writings of Eric Harris are crucial to understanding him before he and Dylan Klebold went on their killing spree 17 years ago.

By Michael S. Rosenwald

A gunman opens fire in your building. Here’s what to do next.

U.N. says up to 500 migrants may have drowned on their way to Italy

If confirmed, the incident last week in the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy would be one of the worst tragedies in Europe’s migrant crisis over the past year.

By Sudarsan Raghavan

Campaign 2016

Clinton won big in New York, but her image is underwater

Hillary Clinton's solid victory stopped Bernie Sanders’s weeks-long winning streak, but her unexpectedly difficult nomination battle has taken a significant toll on her candidacy.

By Dan Balz

The Take

Hillary Clinton’s claim that the gun immunity law limits the Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit

Fake newspaper front pages are apparently now a thing in the 2016 race

What Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s incredibly high negatives tell us about the general election

The sometimes controversial career of Sarah Palin, in pictures

Five states along Northeast Corridor to vote next week in ‘Acela primary’

For Hillary Clinton, it’s a chance to effectively end Bernie Sanders’s long-shot hopes in the Democratic race. For Donald Trump, the contests are an opportunity to further pad his delegate lead over Ted Cruz.

By Sean Sullivan and Anne Gearan

The Fix: Winners and losers in N.Y. primary

Kasich loses New York, but wins delegates — and an argument

Elizabeth Warren just called Ted Cruz a ‘whiner’

The Treasury Department is deciding whether to approve cuts to benefits for 270,000 truck drivers, retirees and family members. Consumer advocates say the move could encourage dozens of other pension plans across the country to make similar cuts.

By Jonnelle Marte

Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bill while Alexander Hamilton to remain on $10

The African-American abolitionist's portrait will replace former president Andrew Jackson, officials said. The Treasury Department will keep Hamilton on the $10 after encountering fierce opposition to its plans to replace the founding father with a woman.

By Ana Swanson and Abby Ohlheiser

Criminal charges announced in Flint water crisis

The charges against three officials come after a months-long investigation of the lead-tainted water crisis and could be the beginning of a broader investigation.

By Brady Dennis and Mark Berman

Supreme Court allows families of terror victims to collect Iranian assets

The justices ruled that Congress had not violated the separation of powers by passing a bill that made it easier to collect nearly $2 billion for terror attacks blamed on Iran.

By Robert Barnes

Court upholds Arizona redistricting plan

My terrifying plunge in a car from one of Afghanistan’s dangerous roads

A Post reporter described how he survived a near-fatal accident on road notorious for clashes between Afghan troops and Taliban fighters and criminal gangs.

By Tim Craig

Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia shadowed by tensions with the kingdom

The recently resurrected specter of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and congressional documents that suggest the Saudis may have had a role in the attacks is the latest point of friction.

By Greg Jaffe

Where’s Kelly Ripa? Co-host absent from her show a day after Michael Strahan’s exit announcement.

Ripa was reportedly "livid" that she'd been left out of the loop that Strahan was leaving "Live! With Kelly and Michael" for "Good Morning America."

By Emily Yahr

Am I expected to tip at a fast-casual lunch spot?

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

Tom Sietsema

Q&A Transcript

Indians, not Brits, are Shakespeare’s biggest fans, survey finds

The ‘deep and disturbing decline’ in global press freedom

Norway’s immigration minister donned a full-body wetsuit in an attempt at solidarity with refugees

Germany confronts its growing right-wing movement in court

Obama officials warn states about cutting Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood

How open science can help solve Zika and prepare us for the next pandemic

Three state and city officials facing criminal charges in Flint water crisis

Russian artillery, Syrian troops shifting back to northern Syria, defense officials say

Ben & Jerry: We came to D.C. and got arrested

What Army wives need to understand about female soldiers

The teachable moment of Saudi Arabia’s economic threat against the United States

‘Allahu akbar’ isn’t a scary phrase, but terrorism has warped the way we hear Arabic
‘My 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot’ mom brags hours before he shoots her

Gun-rights advocate Jamie Gilt was in stable condition after being shot through the back of her truck seat.

By Peter Holley

He wanted to stay in bed. His family wanted him at school. So he shot them, police say.

The Nashville 16-year-old has been charged with four counts of attempted homicide after his grandmother, sister and nephew were wounded. Nashville

Trump shows new vulnerabilities - and has only himself to blame


After a series of stumbles, his second-place finish in Wisconsin appears to be a pivot point — although the trajectory from here might point down or up.

By Karen Tumulty, Jose A. DelReal and Robert Costa

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Mexico’s defense secretary formally apologized to the country Saturday for a video-recorded incident of torture involving two soldiers and a federal police officer.

A woman who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives list for the killing of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend in Texas has been detained in Mexico

Mexico’s woeful educational system is holding back a growing economy, officials say.

Tomb of a 16th-century Catholic priest found in remains of Aztec temple

Nissan’s Mexico subsidiary on Monday defended the 1990s-era Tsuru compact car that it sells in Mexico after testers called the vehicle dangerous.

Seizing money transfers that immigrants send home would be disastrous not just for Mexico but for the United States.
A senior Mexican official said Thursday that a shuffle of top diplomats dealing with the United States reflected a new strategy to respond to false portrayals of Mexico that have spread during the U.S. presidential campaign.
Politicians, comedians, artists and developers hit back at Trump’s inflammatory speech.
In a memo, the GOP front-runner provides the most details yet about his border plans.
It has replaced its envoy to the U.S. in a bid to counter anti-Mexican sentiment stoked by the GOP presidential front-runner.
The numbers behind a giant economic engine for Mexico.
Donald Trump would force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars in remittances sent by immigrants living in the U.S., according to a memo released by his campaign Tuesday.
Ford Motor Co. plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs and shifting small-car production from the U.S. at a time when moving jobs south of the border has become a major issue in the U.S. presidential campaign.
A woman who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives list for the killing of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend in Texas has been detained in Mexico.

A complaint filed by advocacy groups alleges that U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

Mexico nominated a new ambassador to the United States on Tuesday, a little over a half-year after his predecessor took up what many consider the country’s most important overseas diplomatic post.
Mexico City residents packed buses and subway cars and many walked or biked to work Wednesday, as authorities barred millions of vehicles from the streets due to a pollution alert.
In Mexico, the night before Easter means it’s time to burn a Judas, and the Republican front-runner was a popular choice for the starring role in this year’s pyrotechnics.

Rights group: Mexico not advising child migrants of rights

Mexico does not comply with its own laws on handling unaccompanied child migrants who arrive in the country fleeing violence in Central America, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.
Metropolitan authorities on Wednesday temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital’s worst air-quality crisis in over a decade.
Mexico’s government is urging broadcasters, websites and social media users to avoid distributing a music video by grupero singer Gerardo Ortiz that it says promotes violence against women.

Donald Trump should really be running for office in Mexico


They might not like his beautiful wall, but politicians south of the border have a lot in common with the GOP front-runner.

An explosion at a building apparently used as a fireworks factory killed at least three people in a township just north of Mexico City.

Choking smog returned to the skies of Mexico City this week at levels not seen in more than a decade, prompting fears of more eye-watering days to come as efforts to curb pollution run afoul of the courts and the realities of life.

Mexico sees fiery debate over social media fighters

Mexicans are increasingly taking to social media to post videos of bad civic behavior, led by two social media “heroes” who wield comedy and confrontation to expose lazy cops, litterers, threatening bodyguards and arrogant drivers.
Authorities banned more than 1 million cars from the roads and offered free subway and bus rides to coax people from their vehicles as Mexico City’s first air pollution alert in 11 years stretched into a third day Wednesday.
The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to Mexico a decade after they last performed in the country, delighting a crowd of about 60,000 fans who packed a sports stadium in the capital.
Mexicans are increasingly taking to social media to post videos of bad civic behavior, led by two social media “heroes” who wield comedy and confrontation to expose lazy cops, litterers, threatening bodyguards and arrogant drivers.


The gun, a .50-caliber rifle, was associated with the program that allowed illegally purchased firearms to flow into the hands of narcotics traffickers, the Justice Department confirmed.

By Matt Zapotosky

Many experts skeptical Trump’s trade threats will work

Donald Trump has promised to shred America’s trade deals and impose fines on imports from Mexico and China. He’s gone so far as to swear off Oreos to protest Nabisco’s transfer of cookie production from Chicago to Mexico.

‘Devastating’ flooding begins in south central U.S., fed by freak, snowy Mexican weather system

Extreme flooding in Louisiana is connected to snow in Mexico and record heat in the Northeast

Mexico says it remains interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup, indicating it will make a bid to become the first country to host the event three times.
The secretary of foreign affairs offers the sharpest Mexican government comments to date on Trump and his “absurd” wall.
Trump and his followers have damaged U.S.-Mexico relations and the U.S. image abroad, Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón said.
Monarch butterflies have made a big comeback in their wintering grounds in Mexico, after suffering serious declines, experts said Friday.

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that some U.S. campaign rhetoric about Mexico and immigrants has been “dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised” and is out of step with most Americans’ attitudes.

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to an annual U.S.-Mexico economic summit in Mexico City.

The prison's warden, its superintendent and a guard were arrested after officials found refrigerators, digital cable and even aquariums inside some cells.

By Ishaan Tharoor

WorldViews
Trump vs Pope commentary
The pope’s message on migration may echo in the U.S. presidential campaign.
Pope Francis made his first trip to Mexico, the largest Catholic population in the Spanish-speaking world, during a week-long visit.
Drug cartels and others know they can attack the media with little fear of consequences.

Pope seen as taking unusually tough tone during Mexico visit

During five days in Mexico, Pope Francis excoriated government elites for denying their people justice and peace, told bishops to do more to alleviate their flock’s suffering at the hands of drug traffickers and corrupt officials, and pointedly avoided the pomp of Mexico City in favor of more humble settings.

Pope urges Mexico’s youth to resist drug money

The latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico (all times local):

Pope’s advice to seminarians a slap at hierarchy

Pope Francis presided at a huge outdoor Mass in Mexico City on Sunday.
A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez’s dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change.

Pope delivers homily at Basilica of the Virgin

The pontiff is making his first trip to the largest Catholic population in the Spanish-speaking world.

Pope briefly emerges to speak with well-wishers

The latest on Pope Francis’s historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):
Pope Francis urged Mexico’s priests on Tuesday to fight injustice and not resign themselves to the drug-fueled violence and corruption around them, issuing a set of marching orders to shake up a Mexican church known for its cozy ties to the rich and powerful.
Pope Francis denounced the centuries-old exploitation and exclusion of Mexico’s indigenous people Monday and prayed before the tomb of their controversial priestly protector during a visit heavy in symbolism to the rolling hills of southern Chiapas state.

Pope warns against devil in visit to violence-wracked Mexico

Pope Francis urged Mexicans to shun the devil and resist the temptations of wealth and corruption Sunday as he celebrated a huge open-air Mass for more than 300,000 people in this drug- and violence-riddled city on the outskirts of Mexico’s capital.
On the violent outskirts of the country’s capital, he delivered a message against materialism.
Pope Francis issued a tough-love message to Mexico’s political and church elites Saturday, telling them they have a duty to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are tormenting the country.

Pope Francis stopped briefly in Cuba for a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill I, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, prior to the pontiff’s week-long visit to Mexico.

Pope Francis is making his first trip to Mexico, the largest Catholic population in the Spanish-speaking world, for a week-long visit.

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Advance directives is the personal decision of not being subject to means, treatments or medical procedures that try to prolong the life of the patient when he/she is found in terminal stage and for medical reasons it would be impossible to sustain life naturally, with the intention to maintain the dignity of the person. It favors the palliative attention and care for the last stages of life, with the main emphasis of accompanying the patient in this stage of life. It does not prolongs life, it only respects the natural moment of death. 
This is applicable in every health institution provided in Mexico City, and it is a right for the population and for those who are in need of medical attention.
There are two methods of request: 
1) You can have the "Documento de Voluntad Anticipada" with a public notary. This is for any person older than 18 with full use of abilities no matter their health status.
The requirements are the following:
- Be older than 18 years.
- Be in full use of mental abilities.
- Turn to a public notary. 
- Select one representative and one substitute representative. 
- Signature of two witnesses.
- Give valid official ID. 
- Cover costs.
2) The format of advance directives, obtained through the treating physician for patients in terminal stage.
The requirements for filling the format are:
- To be signed before two witnesses.
- Select a representative.
- Give valid official ID.
- To be validated with a clinic note.
This procedure is free of charge.

NOTE: The document will be presented only when the treating physician has diagnosed a terminal disease in the patient.

For further information you can go to: 
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Check your traffic infraction fines in Mexico City!!‏

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT BY American Benevolent Society


Since the new regulations for traffic in Mexico City have changed, we want to help you keep track of your fines, so you´ll be up to speed! Right now the major ones are speeding, traffic light violations, cell phone, hands on the steering wheel, and invading the pedestrian territory, there are others.

To find out if you have any infractions, which would prevent you from being able to inspect your car or register it, you just need to access Secretaría de Finanzas link: http://www.finanzas.df.gob.mx/sma/consulta_ciudadana.php
It will automatically open to a window where you type in your license plate. Then you press "Consultar" and it will give you the fines or tickets, if you have any.

The process to pay the infractions online is:
1. Access this link: http://www.finanzas.df.gob.mx/formato_lc/conceptos.php
2. Select the type of infraction that you need to pay.
3. Place the information needed, which is in the ticket that was previously given.
4. In the first option requested, it asks the information of your credit card.
5. In the second choice, it demands that you download or print a code or "línea de captura" that will be used as payment receipt.

There is also the option to pay at convenience stores, such as Wal-Mart, Comercial Mexicana, Superama, Sams, El Palacio de Hierro, among others, using the ticket retrieved from the format given in the links above.  

In case of any question, please call 5588-3388 (Secretaría de Finanzas).

 

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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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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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Contact: Diana Ramos & Jovany Cuéllar
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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

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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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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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.

Plus, ICI

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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.

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Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

International

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

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The “leaked” data is about some 214,000 shell companies and 14,000 Mossak Fonseca clients. There is surely a lot of hidden dirt in there.

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Trump has revealed some of his core advisers on foreign policy. And, to put it bluntly, a Trump presidency means little more than a continuation of US aggression, criminality, and imperialism.

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The Winds of a New Economic Recession Gather Force in the United States

By Ariel Noyola Rodríguez Global Research, April 01, 2016

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Brussels Attack: The True Implications of ISIS Links

By Tony Cartalucci; Global Research, March 22, 2016

BELGIUM-ATTACKS-POLICE

Just days after arresting French-born Belgium national  and terror suspect Salah Abdeslam in Brussels, a coordinated terror attack unfolded in the very same city, killing 34  and injuring many more.

NBC News has already announced that European officials are linking the attack to ISIS, though it is unclear whether or not Abdeslam’s network – which carried out the November 2015 Paris terror attacks – was directly involved.

Abdeslam’s “Terror Ring”

Police in Brussels were still hunting for several other alleged accomplices of Abdeslam, including Najim Laachraoui and Mohamed Abrini.

Laachraoui and Abrini, like virtually every other suspect involved in a string of terrorist attacks across North America, Europe, and Australia, were well known to Western security agencies, having both been documented as having traveled to Syria to fight against Damascus under ISIS, with Abrini having been arrested and jailed several times in the past, and Laachraoui already having a 2014 international arrest warrant issued for him in connection to a trial involving recruiting Europeans to fight for ISIS.

More, HERE.
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Prior to the conduct of a police investigation, the Western media went into overdrive, intimating without evidence that the ISIS was responsible for the attacks.

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Hillary’s Secret Weapon: Donald Trump

By Patrick Henningsen, Global Research, March 01, 2016

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This article was first published on December 10, 2015

Is Donald J. Trump running a false flag campaign to help Hillary?

This idea was originally floated as a Republican Party conspiracy theory back in August, but failed to gain any traction by virtue of Donald Trump’s abrupt surge in national GOP polling. That’s changing now, as reality is starting to dawn on The Donald Show.

The GOP has got a fundamental problem now. Presently, the Republican Party has its own hands half-tied – unable to fully distance themselves or condemn Trump’s recent call to ban all Muslims from entering the US, or even Trump’s somewhat disturbing call on Monday to “close down parts of the internet.”

The reason the GOP’s hands are tied is because Trump isn’t the only candidate invested in this litany of reactionary policy rhetoric in the GOP’s now legendary race to the bottom – as a still bloated field of presidential candidates rush to gather all the lost political souls before February, by pandering to the radical right and the remnants of a scattered Tea Party base. Any remaining Republican moderates, like Rand Paul, are currently buried under Trump headlines, and left to fight for the scraps with a motley crew of war hawks (Christie, Graham, Fiorina), accidental runners (Carson), TV evangelists (Huckabee) and potential Wall Street servants (Cruz, Bush, Rubio, Kasich). In the end, GOP pollsters can only watch as their moderate support gradually melts away and with it, their chances for a November win.

Even RNC Chairman Reince Priebus caved in to the mob recently, treading on egg shells over Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ controversy. When questioned about Trump’s near ‘final solution’ to his Muslim problem, Priebus gave a (right-wing) politically correct answer: “I don’t agree,” said Priebus to the Washington Examiner. “We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values. That’s as far as I’m going to go” (yes, the right-wing has its own politically correct whip too).

So why is the GOP brain trust so afraid to condemn Trump’s fascist rant? Answer: they are scared of Trump going it alone as third-party independent.

More, HERE.

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The Bush Family Saga – Airbrushed Out of History

By William Bowles, Global Research, March 15, 2016

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Bush family links to Nazi Germany were first revealed at the Nuremberg trials in the testimony of Nazi Germany’s steel magnate Fritz Thyssen. “Prescott Bush & Herbert Walker, Thyssen’s partners in crime were the father & grandfather of a future US President”

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

By Barry Grey
Global Research, November 18, 2015
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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 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.
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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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

USA présidents

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.

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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.

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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.

More, HERE.
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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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America's Wars: U.S. Casualties and Veterans

The table below has information about the total number of service members, battle deaths, and nonmortal woundings in wars from 1775 to 2012; such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam, and more
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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.

Crime in the United States

Crime in the United States has been present since colonization
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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.
More, HERE.
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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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Los Angeles and Bakersfield top list of worst air pollution in the nation

Homeless measures take center stage in Mayor Garcetti's 2016 budget proposal

Man steals San Diego airport shuttle with 8 people aboard, police say

Man killed, woman injured in shootout outside San Gabriel Valley restaurant, authorities say

Global warming has made the weather better for most in U.S. -- but don't get used to it, study says

Police investigating after USC student is found dead in apartment near campus

 

'We still suffer' from Manson murders, victim's daughter says in opposing Van Houten parole

Some church members in Mississippi can now carry guns to protect their congregations

Johnny Manziel owes $31,500 for damage to house during wild parties, rental company claims

Seattle residents don't want cops looking in their trash

UC Davis defends paying to remove pepper-spray references from Internet

'Disgruntled employee' charged in chainsaw attack in Torrance

Florida prosecutor drops battery charge against Donald Trump's campaign manager

Charges filed against man accused of slashing and stabbing wife 32 times

Nude woman, found in the street, was stabbed about 24 times, police say

Many L.A. County residents worry about going hungry or becoming homeless, survey finds

Ex-LAPD detective awarded $2.1 million after claiming retaliation, discrimination

Dad allegedly left baby in car to get strip club lap dance

Porn performer Amber Rayne's autopsy complete as friends mourn her death

Man fatally shot by police after standoff at Sylmar home

One of the LAPD's preferred weapons to help officers avoid shootings often doesn't work

Nearly a quarter of the people shot by on-duty officers last year were wounded or killed during encounters in which officers said they tried to use a Taser stun gun without success, according to a Times review of department statements and reports.

Death toll rises to 9 in suspected fentanyl overdoses in Northern California

New Ferguson police chief recalls being singled out by cops as an African American youth

Video captures police officer playing hopscotch with homeless girl

Deputies search for hammer-wielding attacker who sent two people to the hospital in East L.A

L.A. is resegregating -- and whites are a major reason why

On campuses across the country, students are standing up for Donald Trump

The GOP's misogyny problem is bigger than Trump

Angry man spends $200 at sushi restaurant, leaves 13-foot python instead of tip

Man Accused Of Throwing 13-Foot-Long Python At Sushi Bar Customers In Studio City

Man sues Saudi prince, saying he partied way too hard in his Hollywood Hills home

President Obama visits Cuba

Obama's visit to Argentina is a chance to heal old wounds and present new opportunities

Police identify two Brussels bombing suspects, one still on the run

Police release photo of potential suspects

Who are the Americans injured in the Brussels attack?

U.S. airports and transit systems step up security

For law enforcement, there is no single profile of a self-radicalized jihadist

LAPD increases patrols as precaution

Man indicted for allegedly polluting San Francisco Bay wetlands

Supervisors hiring an ex-dropout to lead L.A. County education office

A Texas trooper faces death threats as he arrives at court in Sandra Bland case

Expect to see more police at LAX, Union Station after terrorist attacks in Brussels

Religious Americans of all stripes should join the rabbis who protested against Trump at AIPAC

Nominating Donald Trump will end the Republican Party as we know it. So will not nominating him

Farewell to Nancy Reagan: Public gathers to pay respects

Mr. T, Wayne Newton and other celebrities will join First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton at the former first lady's private funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Nancy Reagan's casket arrives at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley

Air travel during spring break is expected to set new record

Attacks on Trump didn't slow him down in the primaries. America's another story

David Lazarus: Donald Trump tried to get me fired after I wrote about Trump University

Is Donald Trump a fascist?

65-year-old man dies in custody, held for a crime he did not commit

Violent crime in L.A. rises 12.7% so far this year, but overall rate is up only slightly

L.A. County deputies rescue girl who was allegedly kidnapped for sex trade

Video shows Google self-driving car hitting bus in Silicon Valley

San Bernardino police chase ends with 'innocent' driver's death in car crash

Islamic State detainee tells U.S. about chemical weapons plans

Developers plan one-stop medical facility in Tijuana convenient to Americans

This wasn't the way Chris Christie wanted to make headlines on Super Tuesday

Trump and Clinton dominate Super Tuesday races

Clinton wins by easing Democratic split; Trump wins by exploiting GOP divisions

Apple says FBI's demand to unlock shooter's iPhone violates its rights

Prosecutors decline to charge LAPD sergeants in death of Omar Abrego

10-year-old girl is killed while saving toddler from runaway SUV

Police intercept Ecstasy pills mailed to Riverside in jigsaw puzzle box

1 dead, 3 hurt after powerful waves pound break wall in Redondo Beach

National Politics

Melania Trump on Donald Trump: 'Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't'

Republican elite are shifting their thinking on Donald Trump: 'You know, this could happen'

By Noah Bierman

Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case

Even as many party elites have fallen in line behind Sen. Marco Rubio -- believing him the best hope to defeat Trump -- they no longer dismiss the billionaire celebrity.

Leland Yee, Shrimp Boy and one extraordinary San Francisco corruption scandal

Firefighter who admitted boredom drove him to commit arson gets five years in prison

Father of bride who went missing after walking away from daughter's reception is found dead

Former Marine pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in Panama

Uber driver assaults motorist at San Jose airport, police say

Unlikely bond forms between O.C. jail escapee and his hostage

CarMax salesman killed during test drive; suspect allegedly on prescription drugs

Pot tourists wind up in Colorado emergency rooms

Prosecutors decline to charge man held in killing of 1-year-old Autumn Johnson

A grisly discovery: Boy walking home from school finds dead baby in Long Beach alley

Court order in San Bernardino case could jeopardize phone security

Tracey Lien, James Queally, Brian Bennett, Paresh Dave and Richard Winton
'Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says.

Apple refuses to help FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter's phone

Tim Cook's stance on unlocking that iPhone should be no surprise

Why Apple is battling investigators

Donald Trump loses his grip on the lead in a national poll

LAPD officers charged with sexually assaulting women while on duty

Teen charged with attempted murder in bat attack on 71-year-old man at Santa Ana gas station

Girl can wear 'Nobody knows I'm a lesbian' T-shirt at school

A break from winter heat: Rain, snow and powerful winds headed for L.A. County

Sex work is safer online than on the street

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.

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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.
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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
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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Las diferencias en la política de drogas en los años de Fox, Calderón y Peña

Los diputados aprueban la Ley de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información Pública
#EnFrases

El decálogo de Peña Nieto sobre su política antidrogas en la ONU

La justicia mexicana favorece a acusado de secuestro de la hija de Nelson Vargas

Transitemos de la prohibición a una eficaz regulación contra las drogas: Peña

La ceniza del ‘Popo’ provoca el cierre del Aeropuerto de Puebla por un día

La tortura no se justifica en ningún caso y debe ser erradicada: Segob

México, "abocado" a enfrentar violaciones a los derechos humanos: Ruiz Massieu

La Sedena pide disculpas públicas por un caso de tortura a una mujer

Michoacán ofrece garantías a empresas ante bloqueos e incendios de camiones

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Aristegui en CNN: ¿quién gana en el juicio a Dilma Rousseff?Video

México envía 112 rescatistas a EcuadorVideo

Los drones ubicarán autos robados en zonas de la CDMXVideo

Búsqueda de juicio político contra Rousseff "sintetiza" el descontento en BrasilVideo

¿Cómo está ayudando México a Ecuador tras el terremoto?Video

¡A la vista, los resultados trimestrales de empresas mexicanas!Video

Militares ecuatorianos construyen hospitales móvilesVideo

Topos: Llevaremos equipo de demolición para rescateVideo

Vicepresidente de Ecuador: "Tengan fuerza y fe"Video

Terremoto den Ecuador deja más muertes y heridosVideo

Economía

Activista negra reemplazará al expresidente Jackson en billetes de 20 dólares

Trump se "inclina" por reemplazar a Yellen en la Fed, si llega a la presidencia

La moneda mexicana opera estable en un mercado cauto ante la baja de petróleo

Wall Street y Bolsa mexicana caen ante baja en los precios del crudo

Los bancos aún son demasiado grandes para quebrar

La industria de productos pirata vale 461,000 mdd: OCDE

Regular, la actuación del Gobierno federal en el entorno económico: empresarios

Hacienda y Pemex presentan en Nueva York planes de inversión en sector petrolero

México y otros países piden acción urgente contra el exceso de acero

La mezcla mexicana avanza por huelga en el sector energético de Kuwait

Mundo

Noruega violó los derechos humanos del asesino de 77 personas en Oslo

Un Brasil sin Dilma Rousseff en la presidencia, ¿qué pasaría después?

Un sismo se registra en Ecuador... y horas después, otro en Japón

¿Negocios, mujeres, historia? Así ha sido el 'paso por el mundo' de Donald Trump

Clinton y Trump ganan las primarias de Nueva York, según proyección de CNN

"Tal vez sea la última vez que hable en esta sala”: Castro en congreso comunista

Nueva York, clave en la carrera por candidatura presidencial de Trump y Clinton

"Hay actitudes hacia mí que no habría con un presidente hombre": Dilma Rousseff

Raúl Castro gobernará Cuba hasta 2018 con la vieja guardia comunista

Trump se refiere a los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre como '7-Eleven'

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Y ahora dos policías federales secuestran y extorsionan a 15 mujeres extranjeras

Mañana se anunciarán acciones sobre uso medicinal de la mariguana: Narro

Insulta Ferriz de Con a estudiante por pregunta sobre su fidelidad… al país y luego se disculpa

Presunto abusador de Colegio Montessori acumula 7 denuncias

Siguen los temblores en Ecuador y Japón; de 6.3 y 5.6 los de hoy

Paro en 10 vocacionales por problemas de inseguridad

Mitsubishi en crisis: acepta que alteró pruebas de emisión de contaminantes

Va PGR contra cinco implicados en tortura a joven en Guerrero

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (apro).- La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) obtuvo cinco órdenes de aprehensión en contra de tres…

Chocan en el Senado por leyes anticorrupción; acusan al PRI de obstaculizar dictaminación

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (apro).- A menos de dos semanas de que concluya el periodo ordinario de sesiones, las bancadas del…

Exlíder del SNTE compró 11 apartamentos de lujo en Miami; exigen investigarlo

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (apro).- El presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, Jesús Zambrano pidió investigar al diputado del Partido Nueva Alianza, José Quezada Salas, quien es acusado de haber comprado…

Acusa PAN espionaje del gobierno de Peña contra Yunes

Exigen a Peña cumplir recomendación de la ONU por casos Salgado, Canché y 3 más

Alexis, la porrista de 17 años que fue asesinada por su novio

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (apro).- Alexis era porrista. A la tía Carmen le parecía una adolescente hermosa y lo era. Tenía 17 años. Sergio, el novio de 23 años, era vecino de toda la vida, aceptado por la familia desde siempre. El pasado domingo 17, en una casa de una colonia de Monterrey, Nuevo León, Alexis

La Iglesia moviliza a sus files contra legalización del aborto y matrimonio igualitario en Colima

COLIMA, Col. (apro).- La Diócesis de Colima convocó a alrededor de cuatro mil católicos que marcharon con el propósito de evitar que el Congreso del Estado apruebe la despenalización del…

Identifican a la novena víctima del multihomicidio en Apodaca

Detienen a empleado del ISSSTE de Mazatlán por robo de medicamento controlado

Tamaulipas: la narcoviolencia “maquillada” en tiempos electorales

NUEVO LAREDO, Tamps. (apro).- El arribo de 900 militares a Tamaulipas no contuvo la violencia en el estado, de hecho aumentó en las últimas semanas debido a que el grupo criminal “Los Zetas” se dividió de nuevo. La reciente “narco guerra” entre Zetas provocó que el gobierno oculte y manipule la información sobre la inseguridad

Deportaciones autorizadas por la UE violan derechos humanos de 66 personas: HRW

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (apro).- La organización Human Rights Watch (HRW) aseguró que la primera ronda de deportaciones autorizadas por la…

Detienen a empleado del ISSSTE de Mazatlán por robo de medicamento controlado

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Caso Ayotzinapa

Sobornos y torturas atrás de la “verdad histórica”

La atroz realidad es que la tortura y el soborno son las herramientas que la PGR ha aplicado, no para esclarecer los hechos de la noche trágica de Iguala, sino para apuntalar la “verdad histórica” decretada por el …

El terror en las mazmorras

No sabe si es de día o de noche. Está boca abajo en el suelo, amarrado de las manos, inmóvil. Puede sentir una alfombra en un lado de su rostro. No está en un lugar clandestino sino en …

Los militares se enredan en sus declaraciones

Ahora que el GIEI deja sus indagatorias sobre el caso Ayotzinapa, se torna más difícil saber cuál fue la participación de los militares la noche en que desaparecieron los 43 normalistas. Más todavía ahora que la PGR dio …

Diplomacia pendenciera y vilipendiada

La reticencia del gobierno mexicano a la observación y asistencia internacional alcanzó su peor momento cuando el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto reiteró desde Dinamarca, el jueves 14, lo que dos semanas antes adelantaban sus colaboradores: el fin de …

Fuerzas Armadas

Círculo de impunidad en la Sedena

Desde hace casi cinco años, el teniente de infantería José Guadalupe Orizaga y Guerra se encuentra atrapado en los vericuetos de la justicia castrense. A finales de junio de 2011 lo detuvieron por su presunta participación en el …

El caso del coronel suicida

Lo primero que llamó la atención a las autoridades de la Procuraduría General de Justicia capitalina cuando llegaron al estacionamiento del edificio Hares, en la esquina de Lago Xochimilco y avenida Ejército Nacional, fue que dentro del vehículo …

Desaparecidos

Búsqueda ciudadana ante la inacción gubernamental

La llegada de la Primera Brigada Nacional de Búsqueda de Personas causó conmoción en el municipio de Ama-tlán de los Reyes, en Veracruz. Sus integrantes son rastreadores de pistas con años de experiencia en la localización de personas …

The Panama Papers

Laberinto de empresas fantasma para exprimir a Pemex

José Ramiro Garza Cantú –un empresario cercanísimo al poder desde hace 40 años y dueño del diario La Razón– armó una estructura planetaria de compañías offshore para rentarle tres plataformas de exploración a Pemex. El tamaulipeco se valió …

Una “offshore” para amigos del “Chapo”

En 2013, el despacho panameño Mossack Fonseca se enteró de los malos pasos de una de sus clientes, la colombiana Janeth Perilla Ramírez, señalada como lavadora de dinero para el Cártel de Sinaloa, pero ignoró esa información durante …

Los millones detrás de Xochicuautla

Detrás del enfrentamiento entre la comunidad de San Francisco Xochicuautla y el Grupo Higa está uno de los contratos que el empresario Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú refirió ante la firma panameña Mossack Fonseca para crear el año pasado …

Vienen los “#SingapurPapers”

Gracias a un acuerdo tributario, el movimiento de capitales entre México y Singapur se incrementó… y se abrieron nuevas posibilidades para la defraudación, el ocultamiento y el lavado de capitales. En un tinglado que incluye a altos funcionarios …

Estados

Denuncian “la mayor defraudación filantrópica en la historia”

Una serie de artimañas legales desfondaron a una de las mayores organizaciones benéficas de Puebla y del país. Integrantes de la Fundación Mary Street Jenkins echaron a quien la presidía, crearon una nueva firma en Barbados y le …

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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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Voting begins in N.H. as presidential hopefuls make a final sprint

Neither contest for the state’s primary appears to have a genuine race for first place, but candidates have leveled criticism at each other as the effect of today’s voting could lengthen both nomination battles well into the spring.

By Dan Balz, Philip Rucker and Juliet Eilperin

Marco Rubio has another repeat glitch in N.H.

Nobody involved in the Madeleine Albright-Gloria Steinem-Hillary Clinton flap has much to be proud of

In case you missed it, the former secretary of state and the feminist activist essentially reprimanded and ridiculed women who do not plan to vote for Hillary Clinton.

By Janell Ross

The Fix

Congressional Republicans have already announced they will ignore the White House budget being released this morning rather than engage in another round of fiscal brinksmanship with the president. They have their own problems to worry about.

By Kelsey Snell

PowerPost

Obama seeks 35 percent hike in federal cyber budget to boost defense


The fears and assurances mirror conversations that are playing out increasingly in families as Americans age. By 2050, the number of people 85 and older is projected to triple.

By Tara Bahrampour

An unprecedented experiment in mass forgiveness


California is releasing thousands of prisoners in a reversal of its once aggressively tough-on-crime stance. While progressives applaud, many law enforcement leaders and victims’ advocates said the state has gone too far.

By Rob Kuznia

What happened when Washington state accidentally released thousands of inmates early

Opinions

Bernie Sanders is no revolutionary

By Dana Milbank

The rising storm of ethnic fear in Europe and the United States

By Richard Cohen

Donald Trump’s foul mouth is just a cover for his ignorance

By Michael Gerson

‘Progressive’ and ‘conservative’ have become meaningless

By Catherine Rampell

What Marco Rubio’s robotic debate performance reveals

By Eugene Robinson

Mr. Obama’s ‘strategic patience’ in North Korea has failed

Editorial Board

Donald Trump repeats supporter’s vulgar attack on Ted Cruz

“She just said a terrible thing,” the candidate said with a smile. “You know what she said? Shout it out.”

By Jenna Johnson

Paying criminals $9,000 a year to stay out of trouble may be a good idea

Under a proposal, D.C. would handpick about 50 of the city’s most violent offenders and pay them to be good. It's cheaper than jail.

By Petula Dvorak

Column

Turban-wearing Sikh actor barred from boarding plane is now refusing to fly home

Waris Ahluwalia said he was prohibited from boarding a New York-bound Aeromexico flight in Mexico City because he refused to take off his turban. Now he is taking a stand.

The fall of Syria’s Aleppo could mean a new refugee crisis

Turkey has warned that it is reaching a saturation point, and a clampdown at its borders has meant an increased number of migrants are attempting the risky sea crossing to Greece.

By Ishaan TharoorWorldViews

Black Princeton professor says she was handcuffed to a table for an unpaid parking ticket

Imani Perry says she was treated unfairly during her arrest because of her race. The Princeton Police Department said she had an outstanding arrest warrant for two unpaid parking tickets.

By Susan Svrluga

Elizabeth Warren’s critique of Hillary Clinton’s bankruptcy vote in the Senate

The Bernie Sanders campaign is circulating some tough words by Sen. Warren from a 2003 book. Does the argument still hold?

By Glenn KesslerFact Checker

Memo to those who don’t like Beyoncé or Black Lives Matter: Rudy Giuliani isn’t your best spokesman

America's Mayor weighs in on Beyoncé. Here's what he gets wrong.

By Janell Ross

The Fix

What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists

How warm it gets will really depend on what we do with fossil fuels in the next few hundred years. And Greenland will look pretty different, experts say.

By Chris Mooney

A mother’s Internet sleuthing helps uncover her daughter’s condition

When she clicked on a pediatric journal article, the photos of patients' missing and distinctly misaligned teeth stopped her cold. "The teeth looked just like Erica's," she said.

By Sandra G. Boodman

My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.

"I’m not ashamed of his life or his mental illness or his suicide. The burden of silence ends with me."

By Amy Marlow

Essay

Something has clicked for Jeb Bush in the last few days

Obama seeks cyber budget hike; DHS, Justice probe alleged hack; N. Korean rocket reveals tech gains

The only Twitter list you’ll need to follow the New Hampshire primary

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How a huge Chinese ‘Ponzi scheme’ lured investors

Spy chief warns that U.S. could face attacks inspired by terrorism in Paris

Donald Trump mocked at German Carnival: “Make fascism great again”

What the fall of Aleppo would mean for Syria and the world

New England hit by winter storm on eve of New Hampshire primary

Assault with a deadly weapon: Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s

A record number of people were attacked by sharks last year

Public campaign funding is so broken that candidates turned down $292 million in free money

How Super Bowl 50 revealed America’s hidden strengths

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A U.S.-educated economist took up the reins of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in one of several Cabinet changes announced Monday by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

One evening in September 2014, Mariana Yanez left her home in this crime-plagued Mexico City suburb saying she was going to make some photocopies. Then she vanished.

2 killed, 8 injured in fire on Mexico offshore oil platform

Mexico’s state oil company says a fire that erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed two workers and injured eight.

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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Feds’ Iguala findings refuted a 2nd time

Argentine forensic team says Cocula garbage dump fire didn't happen

The official findings of the investigation into the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teacher training college have been challenged a second time by a new report that says their

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As pope visits MX, Catholics in decline

One observer estimates that only 46% of Mexicans are full participants in the church

This week’s visit to Mexico by Pope Francis comes at a time when the number of Catholics has been in decline for years, according to statistics and experts in religious affairs. The trend has

FULL STORY

Remains of 2 missing identified in Veracruz

They were among five who disappeared in Tierra Blanca January 11

The remains of two of the five young people who disappeared in Veracruz January 11 have been found. Forensics experts have determined that bones and blood stains discovered by police

FULL STORY

Migrants flee gas and captivity in Reynosa

60 Central Americans had been held for at least a week

A gas explosion in Tamaulipas yesterday left five people with burns but 60 had reason to celebrate the incident. That’s approximately how many people neighbors saw fleeing from a house

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Pope’s welcome: 19 km of cell phone light

Organizers hope for record-breaking 'wall of light and prayer'

The Mexican enthusiasm for breaking world records has surfaced in plans for the welcome to be given Pope Francis when he arrives for his official visit on Friday. The organizing

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A papal visit without the usual sniping

Governing classes now see church as an ally rather than a threat

Opinion

As Mexico prepares to receive history’s first Latin American pope, there’s something new in the air here in terms of church/state relations. For lack of a better word, call it

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Fewer teachers heed call to join protests

Fewer than 30,000 teachers didn't work Friday, and only 1,000 marched in Mexico City

For the third time since the takeover of the Oaxaca institute of education, or IEEPO, by the Education Secretariat and the state government, teachers who protested in marches and demonstrations instead of

FULL STORY

New cartel announces itself in Michoacán

State security chief had only just announced the eradication of major crime gangs

A new cartel has appeared in the state of Michoacán, one day after the state security chief had announced the eradication of all criminal organizations. La Nueva Familia announced itself

FULL STORY

‘Growing opium I can dream of a new car’

Farmer doubts that efforts to stop cultivation will be successful

Production of opium gum in Guerrero has soared since 2000 thanks to the growing demand for heroin in the United States, says a report by Agence France-Presse. Opium seizures by the FULL STORY

Actress going ahead with El Chapo film

Guzmán is part of Mexican history, says Kate del Castillo's lawyer

Work on a biographical film about drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is going ahead, according to Harland Braun, attorney for Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. He said the woman

FULL STORY

‘Mexico won’t pay for Trump’s stupid wall’

Ex-president Calderón questions the caliber of candidates for U.S. president

Mexico won’t pay a cent for Donald Trump’s “stupid wall,” says former president Felipe Calderón, who also questioned the caliber of candidates in the upcoming election for U.S. president. Calderón

FULL STORY

Gangster’s testimony supports findings

Guerreros Unidos member says at least 19 Iguala students killed at garbage dump

Testimony given by a member of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang who was captured two weeks ago supports some of the official findings in the Iguala-Ayotzinapa investigation: that students who disappeared

FULL STORY

3 Canadians rescue swimmers in distress

Rip current caught both father and son at Puerto Vallarta beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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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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

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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.

Plus, ICI

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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.

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Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

International

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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

More, HERE.
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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.
More, HERE.
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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.

More, HERE.
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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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America's Wars: U.S. Casualties and Veterans

The table below has information about the total number of service members, battle deaths, and nonmortal woundings in wars from 1775 to 2012; such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam, and more
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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.

Crime in the United States

Crime in the United States has been present since colonization
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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.
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.
More, HERE.
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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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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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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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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.

All Rights Reserved The Yucatan Times 2014

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
In Two Weeks

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.

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

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Kids’ Rules for Online Safety

The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide

Cyber Security Tips

Tips for Safe Internet Banking

Tips for Identifying Fraudulent Emails

Putting Parental Controls on Child’s Mobile Phone

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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CREDITO DE LA IMAGEN: SOLUCION POLITICA

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

www.mchhh.com

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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"

 

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

Temperaturas bajo cero afectarán a 19 estados

El frente frío 37 provocará heladas y nevadas en varias zonas del país; el Estado y la Ciudad de México, con temperaturas de hasta -5 grados

Ir a la nota

Cuidados que pueden salvarte de una gripe invernal

¿Vas a visitar zonas nevadas? Aquí cinco recomendaciones

Rescate a Pemex, ¿de dónde saldrán los recursos?

La inyección de capital podría venir de mayor contratación de deuda en la petrolera, dicen expertos

Ir a la nota

Emilio Lozoya sale de Pemex en plena crisis

La paraestatal apunta a una pérdida histórica en 2015

New Hampshire decide

El estado del noroeste de EU celebra las primeras elecciones primarias; Trump, republicano, y Sanders, demócrata, parten como favoritos

Ir a la nota

Rubio recibió una paliza en el debate previo a la votación en New Hampshire

Trump acusó a Cruz de hacer fraude en el caucus de Iowa

Últimas noticias

El dólar se vende en 19.05 pesos en bancos

La inflación en México se ubica en enero en 2.61% anual

Hallan restos de 2 jóvenes desaparecidos en Veracruz

Al menos 9 muertos en un choque de trenes en Alemania

Calderón dice que el muro que quiere construir Trump es estúpido e inútil

Aeroméxico prohíbe a un actor sij viajar por usar turbante

Morelia tendrá topes inteligentes

La turbulencia financiera hace brillar al oro en los mercados

El ‘superdólar’ golpea las ventas trimestrales de Coca-Cola Co

PayPal busca 40% de los pagos móviles en México

Taiwán investiga el edificio que colapso por tener latas

La mexicana GIA+A construirá obra en Honduras por 200 mdd

La canciller mexicana se reúne con familiares del opositor Leopoldo López

El Super Bowl 50, con menos audiencia que los últimos 2 tazones

Vuelve el 'martes de Chicharito' mediotiempo.com

‘Instagramers’ podrán ‘jugar’ con varias cuentas

México, sin salidas fáciles ante volatilidad: Banxico y SHCP

La BMV suspende la cotización de las acciones de ICA

Un grupo armado secuestra a una periodista de Veracruz

Videgaray advierte ajustes al gasto en 2017

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© 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

Rechaza arzobispo Miranda irregularidades en boda Peña Nieto-Rivera

Exigen parar “estúpida masacre” contra periodistas en Veracruz

Violencia y muerte: herencia de Duarte

Universidad Veracruzana arrecia acciones para exigir pago de adeudos a Duarte

Piden depurar dependencias de seguridad y procuración de justicia en Veracruz