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Washington, D. C. Region's Historic Mess. Also, Some Areas of Mexico City & States of Mexico, Guanajuato and Michoacan, Flooded
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 07:32

SecurityCornerMexico.com recommended reading: Is the US a Failed State: World Champion in Shooting Sprees, Massacres? Are American Streets .. SAFE? Remember Casablanca in 2001? Also, Another U.S. War? Obama Threatens China and Iran by Shamus Cooke, Centre for Research on Globalization, Canada ... How about GANG BANGERS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES? & Enforcers on the WRONG Side of the Law (You Tube Videos)  

Washington, D.C. formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. More, HERE. Mexico City is the capital and largest city in the country of Mexico. As the seat of the powers of the Union (i.e. seat of the Mexican federal government), Mexico City is also the Federal District. More, HERE. Mexico State or State of Mexico  is a state in the center of the country of Mexico. The state's capital is the city of Toluca. More, HERE. .Michoacán, formally Michoacán de Ocampo, is one of the 31 constituent states of Mexico. More, HEREGuanajuato is a state in the central highlands of Mexico. It is named after its capital city, Guanajuato, which comes from the local indigenous language, meaning “Hill of Frogs. Las Ranas (“the frogs”) is a nickname for people from this state as frogs are their state animal. More, HERE. Also, The Illegal Drug Trade & Bank of America Corporation is a financial services company, the largest bank holding company in the United States, by assets, and the second largest bank by market capitalization. More HERE, by Wikipedia.

FACTS by the US Department of Health and Human Services .. For over a thousand years South American indigenous peoples have chewed the coca leaf, a plant that contains vital nutrients as well as numerous alkaloids, including cocaine. More HERE.

As of December 29, 2009 an estimated 4.3 million American adults aged 50 or older, or 4.7 percent of adults in that age range, had used an illicit drug in the past year, based on data from the 2006 to 2008 NSDUH surveys. More, HERE.

As of December 17, 2009 about one quarter (26.7 percent) of American adolescent females engaged in violent behavior in the past year. More HERE.

In 2007, the Treatment Episode Data Set recorded just over 1,600 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions for heroin abuse. On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14.8 years old when they first used heroin and 16.3 years old at admission to treatment, indicating approximately 18 months of use before entering treatment.  More than half (56 percent) of adolescent heroin admissions had had at least one prior treatment episode. More, HERE.

Latest Data on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drugs

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More than 100,000 are still without power after blizzard dumped more than two feet of heavy snow; major roads remain covered in ice, slush. Photo: Wendy Galietta/Post

Crashes and chaos

PLEASE, JUST MAKE IT STOP

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Photo: James A. Parcell/For Post

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Higher temperatures made for wet, heavy snow.  

'Stay in unless you absolutely have to be out' 

A push to get homeless to shelters  

U.S. Baptists charged in Haiti: Ten Americans, who said they wanted to save orphans, are charged with child kidnapping in case that has raised fears about trafficking. 

Incoming snowstorm likely to be historic

Crippling accumulations of 1 to 2 feet may be common; Washington residents scramble to prepare for onslaught of winter weather.

Forecast prompts debate over school closings

U.S. to launch inquiry into Toyota Prius brakes  

Bank of America Faces Charges.

  Civil fraud charges filed against Bank of America

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Tomoeh Murakami Tse

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Federal and state regulators filed civil fraud charges Thursday against Bank of America and its former chief executive and former chief financial officer in the broadest action brought to date against a major player in the financial crisis. The bank agreed to pay $150 million to settle some of the charges.

Regulators accused Bank of America and its former top executives -- chief executive officer Ken Lewis and chief financial officer Joseph Price -- of lying to investors in fall 2008 about mounting losses at Merrill Lynch, the troubled investment bank it was acquiring, and billions of dollars in bonuses paid to employees. Regulators also charged that the bank misled federal officials by falsely claiming it would back out of a deal to buy Merrill Lynch without billions of dollars more in bailout funds.  More, HERE.

 

US cleric: Accused plane bomber was my student

White House Justifies Handling Of Suspect In Attempted Plane Bombing

 By Anne E. Kornblut , Washington Post Staff Writer, Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Senior White House officials are mounting an aggressive campaign to defend their handling of terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, mapping out their successful efforts to gain his cooperation -- and noting that his treatment has been similar to that of suspects captured during the Bush administration.

Abdulmutallab, who was arrested after trying to detonate explosives on board a plane as it landed in Detroit on Christmas Day, has been cooperating with interrogators since last week, and is providing fresh material, administration officials said Tuesday. More, HERE

Iran launches research rocket

Bomb Plot Suspect Cooperating: Nigerian student accused in failed Christmas Day plot is providing useful intelligence, source says

Colin Powell shifts stance on 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

By Karen DeYoung Washington Post Staff Writer, Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell, who opposed allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces when he was the nation's top military officer, said Wednesday that he supports efforts to lift the ban on their service.
"Attitudes and circumstances have changed" in the 17 years since Congress, with strong military backing, mandated the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Powell said in a statement issued by his office. Noting that he has said for the past two years that Congress should review the legislation, Powell said he "fully supports the approach" outlined in testimony Tuesday by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. More, HERE.
 

Officials warn of looming al-Qaeda terror risk

3 U.S. soldiers killed in Pakistan

Don't forget Iraq

Electronic throttles eyed in 'runaway' Toyotas

Haitian judge questions detained Americans

Frustration growing at Haiti aid bottlenecks  

Costa Rica poised to elect first woman president

 

 

Mexico Travel Stories

MEXICO NEWS 

'My goal is to transform Mexico': Mexican President Felipe Calderon, interviewed by Lally Weymouth

29 dead, homes flooded in central Mexico  

Drug violence spurs music-warning bill in Mexico

People comfort each other as they stand in front of an altar in homage of one of the students killed Saturday in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Monday, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. Late Saturday, armed men stormed a party, killing 16 people, mostly teenagers, and injuring about two dozen more. (AP Photo)

People comfort each other as they stand in front of an altar in homage of one of the students killed Saturday in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Monday, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. Late Saturday, armed men stormed a party, killing 16 people, mostly teenagers, and injuring about two dozen more. (AP Photo) (AP)

The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Gunmen who killed 15 people in this Mexican border city - many of them teenagers with no known criminal ties - were directed to the neighborhood by a resident who said members of a rival gang were planning a party, an official said Wednesday.

The mayor of Ciudad Juarez and other officials have said the victims had no criminal records and the gunmen may have been acting on mistaken information. More, HERE.

Mexico gangs cut into Super Bowl avocado bounty

Mistrial declared in alleged cartel hit man's case

AP IMPACT: Drug cartels co-opt rehab for recruits

Families blame Mexico's Calderon over massacre

Nearly a ton of pot seized near U.S.-Mexico border

Crime Scene : Ye Gon still isn't gone

Cabanas has bullet in his head but

Another player on same Mexican soccer team shot

Alleged cartel hit man on trial in US border city

7 suspects, 1 policeman die in Mexico shootout 

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Policing Mexico's Deadliest Beat

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Blanca Del Rio

Blanca Del Rio, has become one of Ciudad Juarez's new police cadets

Police in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez have a tough beat, with one of the world's highest murder rates and the all-powerful drug cartels to combat. Yet eager recruits are still ready to join the fray, as Katya Adler reports. More, HERE.

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Execution of Top Capos Only Escalates the Madness

Who's Who in Mexico's Narco Wars?

By JOHN ROSS  

Infiltration of Mexico's security apparatus by narco gangs is an old story. In the mid-'80s, the Direction of Federal Security, than the federal government's lead police agency, distributed get-out-of-jail passes to original gangsters like Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo - the DFS was subsequently disbanded and its agents distributed to other security forces. In the 1990s, Mexico's drug czar General Jesus Rebollo was caught with his hand in the cookie jar accepting sumptuous bribes for protecting the transportation routes of Amado Carillo AKA "The Lord of the Skies" and sentenced to 40 years in durance vile.

Since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the nation's drug cartels six days after his chaotic Dec. 1st, 2006 inauguration, infiltration of Mexico's security agencies has escalated so stupendously that the U.S. military's Joint Chief of Staffs issues reports characterizing Mexico as a "potential failed state". More, HERE. 

In the past 4 years 22 universities across the U.S. have quietly taken the CIA’s dollars and agreed to become spy-factories for student spooks. David Price breaks the story, identifies the campuses, details secret faculty protests and charts the strategy for resistance. The U.S.’s warlord clients in Afghanistan now produce 90 per cent of the world’s opium. Peter Lee reports how the U.S. sponsors widening drug plagues in Iran and Russia.

COCAINE & US GOVERNMENT DRUG CONSPIRACIES  

Cubierta delantera

University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: When the San Jose Mercury News ran a controversial series of stories in 1996 on the relationship between the CIA, the Contras, and crack, they reignited the issue of the intelligence agency's connections to drug trafficking, initially brought to light during the Vietnam War and then again by the Iran-Contra affair. Broad in scope and extensively documented, Cocaine Politics shows that under the cover of national security and covert operations, the U.S. government has repeatedly collaborated with and protected major international drug traffickers. A new preface discusses developments of the last six years, including the Mercury News stories and the public reaction they provoked.

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Photo Credit: ABC NEWS, THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Wikipedia: The Iran–Contra affair was a political scandal in the United States which came to light in November 1986, during the Reagan Administration, in which senior US figures agreed to facilitate the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo, to secure the release of hostages and to fund Nicaraguas Contras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celerino Castillo: On New Years Eve, 1979, he joined the DEA as one of the few Latino agents. Cele's career history clearly shows his dedication to his work, his patriotism and his love of the United States, his tireless attempts to fight a true war on drugs and his unwillingness to compromise his beliefs despite pressure from his superiors.   

MEXIDATA.INFO

Monday, February 1, 2010

Are Mexican Officials Negotiating with Narco Kingpins?

By Samuel Logan

Mexican Federal Police arrested four members of the Sinaloa Federation, killing a fifth, in a shootout on 27 January after anonymous informants tipped the police to armed men seen entering and exiting a house in the state of Chihuahua. Such sporadic shootouts and arrests are now commonplace in Mexico, but the arrest of members of the Sinaloa Federation, it seems, remains a rare event.

According to analysts, Mexican authorities have made 53,174 drug-related arrests, with only 941 of those arrests — some 1.7 percent — pertaining to the Sinaloa Federation, believed to still be under the control of one man: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

More, HERE.

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Americans spend $14 billion each year on drugs, fueling Mexican violence

February 22, 2008, by ALFREDO CORCHADO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / The Dallas Morning News

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – American drug users are paying ruthless Mexican kingpins nearly $14 billion annually for their meth, heroin, cocaine and especially marijuana – monies that are helping fund an unprecedented bloody turf war that's threatening Mexican institutions, the White House drug czar said.

John P. Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said marijuana, not heroin or cocaine, is the "bread and butter," "the center of gravity" for Mexican drug cartels that every year smuggle tons of it through the porous U.S.-Mexico border.

Of the $13.8 billion that Americans contributed to Mexican drug traffickers in 2004-05, about 62 percent, or $8.6 billion, comes from marijuana consumption.

These are the only figures available, because this was the first time the agency conducted a market analysis, a spokesman said.

"The ability to have people purchase arms, corrupt institutions and pay assassins is fueled by the dollars of marijuana users in the United States, which is a huge, huge part of the detonator of crime and terror you're seeing across Mexico, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico border," Mr. Walters said in a telephone interview with The Dallas Morning News from Baja California, where he's meeting with Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora.

On Thursday, federal authorities returned to a Juárez warehouse where last month they confiscated 1.7 tons of marijuana. Authorities declined to comment, but one official speaking on condition of anonymity said they were digging for possible human remains. Early Thursday, authorities began moving in heavy machinery and trained dogs.

"Like in many homes in Juárez, the speculation is that there are bodies buried there," a city official said on condition of anonymity. "But until now, nothing is confirmed."

Mr. Walters expects violence to increase in the months ahead, as powerful cartels feel squeezed and their profits threatened by President Felipe Calderón's strategy, which includes deploying more than 30,000 soldiers across the nation in an effort to dismantle the cartel's organizational structures, create internal strife and disrupt their distribution routes.

But Mr. Walters stressed that Americans, both consumers and elected leaders, need to do more to help Mexico, in part by approving the $1.4 billion Merida Initiative. That proposal, awaiting U.S. congressional approval, calls for the U.S. government to provide increased services and equipment to help Mexico take on cartels.

"Shame on us if we don't take advantage of this historic opportunity," Mr. Walter said. "There are things we can do to help as partners and ensure that we have a secure, prosperous neighbor."

Decreased demand

Drug demand in the U.S. continues to fall, Mr. Walters said, but consumer awareness about the economic ripple effects and increased potency of marijuana needs to increase, he said.

"What you are choosing to do when you consume these dead-end drugs, particularly marijuana, is you're choosing to buy the guns that kill people not just along the border, but throughout Mexico, guns that kill law enforcement authorities, civilians and threaten fundamental Mexican institutions," Mr. Walters added. "It seems not too much to ask these consumers who are making these people powerful, 'Is that something you're OK with?' "

Mr. Walter's assessment comes as Ciudad Juárez and other communities bordering Texas grapple with fierce violence.

Already, more than 300 people in Mexico have been killed this year, more than 60 in the Juárez area. The majority of those homicides are tied to drug traffickers caught in a power struggle for control of distribution corridors to such U.S. cities as Angeles and Dallas.

The Juárez region is the gateway of the so-called Golden Triangle, formed by the northern states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua, which account for most of the marijuana cultivation, according to U.S. and Mexican drug enforcement officials.

Caught in crossfire

Over the last two years, more than 5,000 people have been killed throughout Mexico. Decapitations have become common, as well as disseminating videos documenting gruesome deaths, including "narco messages" to threaten rivals, the government and terrorize U.S. and Mexican citizens. The spillover of violence continues, as well as pervasive corruption on both sides of the border.

Increasingly, civilians have been caught in the crossfire, as in a recent shooting here over a busy weekend when an elderly woman was injured during a shootout and two suspected drug traffickers were killed.

Earlier in the week, Mr. Calderón, speaking in Monterrey, said that the country has "suffered losses," but "that's because we're confronting organized crime like never before. ... If you see dust fly, it's because we're hard at work, cleaning our house."

Mr. Walters praised Mr. Calderón and said, "We all need to come to grips that American consumers are funding this violence. We share responsibility, and we need to do more to help."

© 2008, The Dallas Morning News, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms. America's endless & highly profitable, "War on Terror."

February 1, 2010 by Tom Burghardt

Court Tosses NSA Spy Suits, Sides with White House Over Illegal Surveillance

In late January, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released a report that provided startling new details on illegal operations by the FBI's Communications Analysis Unit (CAU) and America's grifting telecoms.

For years, AT&T, Verizon, MCI and others fed the Bureau phone records of journalists and citizens under the guise of America's endless, and highly profitable, "War on Terror."

Between 2002 and 2007, the FBI illegally collected more than 4,000 U.S. telephone records, citing bogus terrorism threats or simply by persuading telephone companies to hand over the records. Why? Because the FBI could and the telecoms were more than willing to help out a "friend"--and reap profits accrued by shredding the Constitution in the process. More, HERE.

© Copyright Tom Burghardt , Antifascist Calling..., 2010

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Mexico's PAN and PRD: Love letters in the making?
 
The rival political parties are considering a marriage of convenience this year to thwart an elections sweep by the PRI.
Felipe Calderon
Mexican President Felipe Calderon's conservative PAN party is considering a series of alliances with the leftist PRD in July elections. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty Images / January 29, 2010)

By Ken Ellingwood, February 1, 2010

Reporting from Mexico City - They are oil and water, Mars and Venus, cat and dog. And they might be the hottest pair in Mexican politics this year.

The political world is abuzz with the possibility of an election year alliance between the conservative National Action Party of President Felipe Calderon and the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, whose members are so miffed over Calderon's disputed win in 2006 that they still refuse to recognize him as president. More, HERE

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MEXICO CITY & STATES OF MEXICO, GUANAJUATO AND MICHOACAN DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY AS REPORTED BY PRESTIGIOUS LOCAL MEDIA, IN SPANISH, BELOW

 

El Universal has no official political affilation and is the most read newspaper in Mexico.

Gobernación declara emergencia en el DF

BAJO LAS AGUAS NEGRAS. Calles del Distrito Federal y el estado de México continúan inundadas por aguas residuales. En la colonia El Arenal, en Venustiano Carranza, los niveles aún llegan a los 80 centímetros, admitió el jefe de gobierno capitalino, Marcelo Ebrard | Ver nota Foto David Jaramillo

Trasladan Poderes de Chihuahua a Juárez

GDF dará mil 500 pesos a afectados por lluvias

Aunque el jefe de Gobierno esperaba que bajaran los niveles de aguas negras para realizar labores de limpieza, en algunos puntos aún se observan inundaciones de hasta 40 centímetros o más 

Balacera en disco deja seis muertos en Mazatlán

Ecatepec de Morelos, Nezahualcóyotl y Valle de Chalco Solidaridad recibirán recursos del Fondo de Desastres Naturales

Debido al deslave de la cortina de la presa La Salitrera fueron desalojadas personas de tres poblados del municipio de San José Iturbide, en Guanajuato 

DESBORDA EL CANAL DE LA COMPAÑIA: Las aguas negras invadieron casas de la colonia Avándaro y los dos sentidos de la autopista México Puebla, a la altura del kilómetro 27.5 GALERIA FOTOGRAFICA

EBRARD MANTIENE CONTACTO CON EJERCITO POR LLUVIAS

PIDEN DECLARATORIA DE EMERGENCIA EN MICHOACAN POR LLUVIAS 

DAN A CARO QUINTERO 17 AÑOS EN LOS EUA 

IP pide a Calderón despachar en Juárez: Organismos sociales y civiles se opusieron a la petición de cascos azules de la ONU en la entidad, asegurando que no es con la fuerza como se resolverán los problemas de la inseguridad

Sociedad participará en plan para Juárez: FCH

Caen 30 millones de metros cúbicos de agua. Iztapalapa y Venustiano Carranza son las delegaciones más afectadas

Senado llama también a Gómez Mont por caso Juárez 

El presidente del Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación, Ricardo Bucio, celebró que el procurador General de la República promoviera un juicio en contra de la reforma que permite que personas del mismo sexo puedan contraer matrimonio y adoptar hijos en el Distrito Federal

100% de los especialistas del sector privado prevén que la economía tendrá un mejor desempeño en los siguientes seis meses

No se dejará a Juárez a su suerte: Gómez Mont

 

La diputada priísta Margarita Liborio retó al legislador panista Guillermo Zavaleta, quien en conferencia de prensa atacó al gobernador de Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz. Mas, AQUI.

© Queda expresamente prohibida la republicación o redistribución, parcial o total, de todos los contenidos de EL UNIVERSAL   

Proceso is a weekly magazine, renowned for its left-wing journalism 

Juárez hoy: Los juvenicidios

De auto a auto, ejecutan a cinco en Juárez

El cártel "La Compañía" somete a Veracruz

Las alianzas PAN-PRD, de nadie con nadie

Marcha gay: ¡Saquen las sotanas, de nuestras camas!

De ellos es el reino de los cielos

 

Choque de militares y Zetas en Nuevo León; mueren dos sicarios

Damnificados del DF y Edomex reclaman a Calderón, Peña Nieto y Ebrard

Tres días de lluvias en Michoacán provocan 18 muertos y más de 20 mil damnificados  

Deslave en carretera de Toluca deja una decena de muertos

Jornada de 10 ejecutados; seis de ellos decapitados

Caos en Michoacán y Chalco por lluvias

Seis decapitados en Apatzingán

Espectacular operativo en el Bar-Bar por “conato de incendio”

Ocho muertos y miles de damnificados por lluvias en Michoacán y Guanajuato

Lluvias saturan drenaje del DF; alerta en Iztapalapa y Venustiano Carranza: Ebrard

LLuvias en Michoacán dejan tres muertos y 10 desaparecidos

Inocentes, los jóvenes masacrados en Juárez: Procuraduría de Chihuahua

Exige ONU a gobierno federal respetar a víctimas de Juárez

Cabañas ya se levantó, pero no declarará: médico 

Va la PGJDF por escoltas de "El JJ"

Vuelve a la pasarela exmiss Sinaloa vinculada al narco

Expulsa PRD a diputado racista 

MVS obtiene amparo provisional contra licitación del triple play  

Contesta Ebrard a Calderón: "Si hay injerencia federal" en caso de matrimonios gay

Masacre en Juárez: Iban por sicarios de El Chapo, revela detenido

Gobernador de Chihuahua, financiado por el narco: Javier Corral

Amaga nuevo cártel con acabar con “Los Zetas”

El imperio del narcoterrorismo

El narco, sin capacidad para desestabilizar a México: EU

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