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The China Stock Market Collapse: Summarizing The "Black Monday" Carnage So Far, By T. Durden, GR; Markets Rebound After 1,000-Point Drop; Rocky Day For Traders Follows Global Sell-Off; Mexico's First Lady Returns Mansion After Scandal Broke Out
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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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Markets rebound after 1,000-point drop

Rocky day for traders follows global sell-off

Traders signal offers at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. (Getty)

After an opening plunge, the Dow Jones industrial average surged back to a 140-point loss by lunchtime. The nosedive was triggered by what China’s state media are calling “Black Monday,” with markets there recording their biggest one-day drop in eight years.

The Fix: For Obama, it’s not bad news

Trump, Sanders weigh in on markets

Volatility could hurt Silicon Valley

Back to school, back to organization
A professional organizer has a few tips on how to make school days feel a lot less hectic.

S. Korea agrees to end propaganda as N. Korea readies apology

S. Korea agrees to end propaganda <br />as N. Korea readies apology Anna Fifield

The rivals reached an agreement after Pyongyang threatened military action to retaliate against Seoul.

France knights 3 Americans, Briton for their actions to thwart train attack

Michael Birnbaum

The French president said their calm was a lesson for all: “You have given us a lesson in courage.”

‘Ground zero’ for heroin crisis: One county, 70 minutes, eight overdoses

Lenny Bernstein

The toll last week in Washington County, Pa., was just an extreme example of what communities face.

Being on Ashley Madison’s database changes what I share about my kids

Jennifer Jeanne Patterson

ON PARENTING | The author worries that her long digital trail could be misinterpreted.

Toronto police: ‘Hate crimes’ tied to data leak

How could the U.S. honor the 3 Americans?

John Oliver has gotten ‘thousands’ of donations for televangelism ministry

John Oliver has gotten ‘thousands’ of donations for televangelism ministry

“To be honest, slightly more of you responded than we were expecting,” the TV show host said.

Salad has almost nothing going for it

Salad has almost nothing going for it

UNEARTHED | Calorically a zero, the greens are a leafy-green waste of resources that lead eaters astray.

ESPN’s Carter apologizes for advising NFL rookies to have a ‘fall guy’

ESPN’s Carter apologizes for advising NFL rookies to have a ‘fall guy’

He delivered the message at a symposium to help college players transition successfully to the league.

Gut reaction credited for saving train passengers

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MEXICO NEWS

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

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

Mexican museum puts on exhibit for 'artistic' Aztec god

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

Mexico coach Herrera fired after claim he punched reporter

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

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

Mexico drug lord escape tunnel was too elaborate to miss

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

Lightning strike kills 7, including 4 children, in Mexico

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

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

On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. tune their radios to Oswaldo Diaz's show and get a peek into the love lives of immigrants.
Mexico is getting off to a rough start in its effort to attract investment for its oil fields by allowing private companies to enter the energy sector after a seven-decade state monopoly.

© 1996-2010 The Washington Post Company

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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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.

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

© 2015 Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved.

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

HSBC, un écrin sur mesure pour le gotha du diamant

Les très protégés clients mystères de HSBC

« Nous publions les noms des personnalités dont la fraude est manifeste » 53

ICIJ : qui se cache derrière cette machine à scoops ?

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

mardi 27 janvier, Sainte Angèle

Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

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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Toronto Sun

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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The Toronto Sun is a member of Canoe Sun Media Urban Newspapers.

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.

Yahoo News Network

KREM2

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.

© 2015 KREM, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.

GLOBAL RESEARCH

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.

More, HERE.
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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.

More, HERE.
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US soldiers in Iraq

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.

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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.
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Mexico Disarms Local Police in Missing Students’ City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Militarization and Political Crisis in Mexico

Is Mexico a Narco-State?

By Michael Werbowski;Global Research, May 31, 2010

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

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

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

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Destabilizing Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring 2014

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

Communities Up in Arms

Lorena Ojeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lorena Ojeda

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

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

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The Berkeley Blog

Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eyder Peralta; February 03, 2015

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

Eyder Peralta

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

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

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Business Monitor International

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

Mexico November 2014 / Latin America / Economy

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

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Risk Summary - Mexico - JAN 2015

Mexico November 2014 / Mexico / Economy

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

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

Mexico November 2014 / Mexico / Economy

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

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Al Jazeera America

Crude harvest: Selling Mexico's oil

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

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

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

30 Dec 2014, By

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

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

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

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

The rebel spirit driving Mexico’s protests has deep roots

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Protests over missing students spread in Mexico

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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

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Latin America celebrates new US-Cuba era

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

Ferguson: Lawmakers urge calm, offer few policy prescriptions

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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.

More, HERE.

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.

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.

More, HERE.
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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.

More, HERE.
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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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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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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.

More, HERE

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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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Watts Riots Remembered

50 YEARS AFTER THE UNREST

The Watts Riots of 1965 shocked Los Angeles and the nation. In the half-century since South Los Angeles exploded in a violent uprising, the civil rights movement splintered, whites fled to the suburbs, African Americans’ power waxed and waned, Watts became 70% Latino, and conflicts between police and young black men have continued to ignite unrest across the nation from Oakland to Cleveland to Baltimore. The Times asks: What is the legacy of the Watts riots?

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Scores of rescuers are headed to the remote area and will begin searching Monday morning after an airliner carrying 54 people goes missing in Indonesia's mountainous province of Papua

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Drought-shaming could become a popular pastime in California's driest summer. Egregious water wasters, especially the ones with massive lawns and high public profiles, are getting called out by reporters and humbled on social media. There's something to be said for bringing the heedless well-to-do...

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Violent weekend in South L.A. leaves 11 wounded, 1 dead

In Calexico, a former top LAPD official takes over a police force that had essentially ceased to function

Today's Headlines: Locking up families, road warriors, LAPD put to the test

Mexico is cracking down on U.S. boaters who venture into its waters

In Alhambra, an Asian market replaces a Ralphs and stirs cultural anxiety

Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

Burglary suspect targeted cars for laptops and cellphones, authorities say

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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

 

© SPIEGEL ONLINE 2013, All Rights Reserved

Fox News

US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent

SCM's Travel Advisory:


September 11 attacks on World Trade Center by Wikipedia

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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HATE CRIMES

RACISM AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, by ABC News

MEXICAN HATE RALLY

 

The New Sport: Latino Hate Crime, ABC News

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

US Border Patrol Agent Shoots Dead Mexican Teen on Mexican Soil

Border agent details immigrant abuse

Discrimination Against Latinos

 

American Heritage- KKK Lynching

 

Redneck Attacks Mexican flag

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TERRORISM, DRUGS

New report exposes CIA torture & rendition by Nick Harper

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MUST-READ Book: Cocaine Politics by Peter Dale Scott

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Drugs and the Economy - Peter Dale Scott

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

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CIA Torture Jet crashed with 4 Tons of COCAINE

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Former LA Police Officer Mike Ruppert Confronts CIA Director

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

Mail Online, UK

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Celerino Castillo, by Wikipedia

Powderburns

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Marijuana legalization wins majority support in poll: Los Angeles Times

Marijuana, Officially Legal in Colorado

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

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Council On Foreign Relations

Washington State Gears Up for Marijuana Industry: Voice of America

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

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

More HERE.

A change of scenery by Washington Post

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

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

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Mexico Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.
U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.  For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued August 15, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued August 15, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.
General Conditions: 

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

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter organized criminal groups that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico.  The groups themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity.  Crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere.  U.S. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, and highway robbery.  While many of those killed in organized crime-related violence have themselves been involved in criminal activity, innocent persons have also been killed.  The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico was 71 in 2012 and 81 in 2013. 

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


The number of kidnappings throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise.  According to statistics published by the Mexican Secretaria de Gobernacion (SEGOB), in 2013 kidnappings nationwide increased 20 percent over the previous year.  While kidnappings can occur anywhere, according to SEGOB, during this timeframe, the states with the highest numbers of kidnappings were Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Estado de Mexico, and Morelos.

Additionally, according to a widely publicized study by the agency responsible for national statistics (INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography), Mexico suffered an estimated 105,682 kidnappings in 2012; only 1,317 were reported to the police.  Police have been implicated in some of these incidents.  Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized.  Nearly 70 kidnappings of U.S. citizens were reported to the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Mexico between January and June of 2014.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to lower their personal profiles and to avoid displaying indicators of wealth such as expensive or expensive-looking jewelry, watches, or cameras.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain awareness of their surroundings and avoid situations in which they may be isolated or stand out as potential victims.

Kidnappings in Mexico have included traditional, "express," and "virtual" kidnappings. Victims of traditional kidnappings are physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release.  "Express" kidnappings are those in which a victim is abducted for a short time and forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released.  A "virtual" kidnapping is an extortion-by-deception scheme wherein a victim is contacted by phone and convinced to isolate themselves from family and friends until a ransom is paid.  The victim is coerced (by threat of violence) to remain isolated and to provide phone numbers for the victim's family or loved ones.  The victim's family is then contacted and a ransom for the "kidnapped" extracted.  Recently, some travelers to Mexico staying at hotels as guests have been targets of such "virtual" kidnapping schemes.
Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments.  U.S. government personnel are specifically prohibited from patronizing these establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region, and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents.  Most victims who complied with carjackers' demands have reported that they were not physically harmed.

Carjackers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee.  Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds.  There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs.  However, even drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States have been targeted.  While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur at night and on isolated roads.  To reduce risk when traveling by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to use toll roads ("cuotas") whenever possible. 

The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups.  U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel.  In some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them.  You should cooperate at all checkpoints. 

The Department imposes restrictions on U.S. government employees' travel in Mexico.  Since July 2010, USG employees are prohibited from driving on non-official travel from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America.  One exception is that personal travel by motor vehicle is permitted on Highway 15 toll road between Hermosillo and Nogales during daylight hours.

U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which it is advised to "defer non-essential travel".  When travel for official purposes is essential, it is conducted with extensive security precautions.  U.S. government personnel and their families are allowed to travel for personal reasons to the areas where no advisory is in effect or where the advisory is to exercise caution.  While the general public is not forbidden from visiting places categorized under "defer non-essential travel," U.S. government personnel will not be able to respond quickly to an emergency situation in those areas due to security precautions that must be taken by U.S. government personnel to travel to those areas. 

For more information on road safety and crime along Mexico's roadways, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information

State-by-State Assessment: 

Below is a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico.  Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, crime and violence can still occur.  For general information about travel and other conditions in Mexico, see our Country Specific Information

More, HERE

The New York Times

Mexican Journalist Is Fired After Report About First Lady

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

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

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

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Towers of Secrecy

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

From Frommer's

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

See All 37 Destinations

Acapulco

Baja California

Cabo San Lucas

Campeche

Cancun

Chichen Itza

Colima

Mexico City

Yucatan Peninsula

MORE MEXICO TRAVEL, HERE.

© 2013 The New York Times Company

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

 

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

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

More, HERE.

 

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

16 Ways to Get Through the Airport Faster

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

More, HERE

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

15 Travel Tips to Get Through TSA Security


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

 

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

 

More, HERE.

© 2013, Master of Homeland Security

COMMUNITY NEWS

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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WORDS OF ADVISE FROM SUBWAY SECURITY PERSONNEL

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INTERNATIONAL DRINKING Jarra CLUB WITH A RUNNING PROBLEM

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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

#BlackMonday: ¿la antesala de otra crisis mundial?

Los movimientos de los mercados accionarios han sido atípicos; ante volatilidad, el tipo de cambio puede alcanzar los 17.50 pesos por dólar Ir a la nota

Acciones chinas caen más de 8% y contagian a otros mercados

El IPC perdió casi 7% y el Nasdaq cedió

Últimas noticias

¿Quieres dólares? Los vas a comprar en 17.36 pesos CNNExpansión

Los precios al consumidor en México llegan a 2.64% anual CNNExpansión

Banxico vende 200 mdd a precio mínimo para aliviar al peso CNNExpansión

El presidente de Guatemala descarta renunciar por acusaciones de corrupción video

Joe Biden suma a exasesora de campaña a equipo

GDF quiere construir 10 segundos pisos peatonales Obrasweb

Francia condecora a quienes frenaron ataque en tren

¿Pueden las grandes petroleras mantener sus altos dividendos? CNNExpansión

Grupo Gicsa invertirá 4,000 mdp en tres centros comerciales Obrasweb

La comida chatarra echa raíces en escuelas mexicanas

La vida en Damasco: bombardeos... y batidos

Juez niega a Elba Esther la prisión domiciliaria

40 dólares por barril... de vuelta en 2009 video

Google recuerda al padre del surf moderno con un 'doodle' CNNExpansión

Ben Carson se suma a polémica inmigratoria de EU

Marko Cortés coordinará a diputados del PAN

"Hoy el mundo nos está poniendo a prueba": Videgaray

Un 'milagro' detiene la caída del rublo CNNExpansión

Así quedó la Jornada 6 de la LigaMx mediotiempo.com

Bolt, dios del 'Rayo' y de los 100 metros en China mediotiempo.com

Nacional

Expertos: informe de la SFP, cierto pero limitado

Angélica Rivera regresó la polémica 'Casa Blanca'

10 razones de la SFP para negar conflicto de interés

Acapulco: CETEG y SNTE local pactan retrasar clases

Peña y Videgaray se disculpan tras resolución de SFP

Este es el clima para el último 'finde' vacacional

Trabajadoras de la guardería ABC no serán procesadas

Mundo

La inmigración "no es sobre amor": Trump a Bush

El magnate criticó a su adversario por considerar que, pese a que los inmigrantes rompen la ley, lo hacen por compromiso hacia sus familias Ir a la nota

Otra idea republicana antiinmigrante: usar 'drones'

Grupo de Zuckerberg arremete contra Trump

Corea del Norte y Corea del Sur, ¿en paz?

ISIS destruye templo milenario en Palmira

La vida en Damasco: bombardeos... y batidos

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Fue una denuncia anónima. La recibió la Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (CNS) y la turnó por oficio a la Unidad Científica de la Policía Federal (PF). Y ésta abrió un pozo lleno de alacranes. La investigación, que requirió la ayuda de…

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- El Juzgado Sexto de Procesos Penales negó la petición de prisión preventiva domiciliaria a Elba Esther Gordillo. El juez Sexto de Procesos Penales Federales, Alejandro Caballero Vértiz, determinó que no hay pruebas suficientes de que la exlideresa del …

CHILPANCINGO, Gro. (proceso.com.mx).- El gobernador provisional Rogelio Ortega Martínez rechazó que su administración esté solicitando el pago de 35 millones de pesos para otorgar siete patentes de notario y anunció que demandará por “daño moral” a este reportero. No obstante, evadió …

Gobierno de Peña planea subir impuestos, alerta AMLO

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- Andrés Manuel López Obrador responsabilizó a los tecnócratas “corruptos e ineptos” de que México sea el país en el mundo que más …

Liberan a 11 secuestrados por el Cártel del Golfo; hay 10 detenidos

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- Elementos de la Policía Federal liberaron a 11 personas secuestradas y detuvieron a 10 presuntos plagiarios y homicidas integrantes del Cártel del …

Protestan en Durango contra abusos de la Marina

MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- Pobladores de Tamazula, Durango, tomaron las calles de la cabecera municipal en protesta por los abusos cometidos por elementos de la …

Presentan ejemplar de “La Unión” dedicado a la memoria de Rubén Espinosa

XALAPA, Ver. (proceso.com.mx).- Jorge Sánchez Ordóñez, hijo de Moisés Sánchez Cerezo –periodista asesinado en Medellín, Veracruz en enero pasado– presentó en la capital del estado …

Ejecutan a exlíder de autodefensas en Michoacán

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- Arturo Martínez Peñaloza, identificado como exlíder de autodefensas en el municipio de Churumuco, Michoacán, fue ejecutado durante una emboscada la madrugada de …

Dan prisión preventiva a exalcalde de Naucalpan; le niegan fianza

TOLUCA, Edomex. (proceso.com.mx).- Para evitar que haga uso de sus influencias y relaciones políticas con la finalidad de evadir la acción de la justicia, el …

Nuevos diputados llegan a San Lázaro con negro historial

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- Con un historial cuestionable que incluye señalamientos …

INAI ordena a la Segob revelar número de feminicidios entre 2006 y 2012

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- El Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso …

Cae presunto operador financiero del Cártel del Golfo en Tamaulipas

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- Policías estatales de Fuerza Tamaulipas detuvieron …

Caen “El Viejón” y su cómplice en Tamaulipas; les aseguran armas y drogas

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx).- Óscar León Mendoza Cepeda, integrante de …

 

Eruviel y Mancera dirimirán diferencias por reglamento de tránsito


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Informes desclasificados de la DEA En aumento, la narcoinvasión mexicana

Un par de evaluaciones de la DEA, recientemente desclasificadas, plantean un revelador diagnóstico de las mafias mexicanas del narcotráfico: las enlistan, elaboran un mapa de sus áreas de influencia en México y en Estados Unidos, y señalan que …

“Piraña”, el hombre de la DEA para acabar con Beltrán Leyva

MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA.- Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, Popeye, considera al narcotraficante Leyner Valencia Espinosa, Piraña, un colombiano-mexicano por los estrechos nexos que construyó entre organizaciones delictivas de México y Colombia. …

El Bloque de Búsqueda en acción

BOGOTÁ.- El coronel Carlos Alfonso Velásquez, comandante del Bloque de Búsqueda que en 1995 capturó a los líderes del Cártel de Cali, Gilberto y Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, considera que es “viable y conveniente” implantar ese modelo en México …

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De la propia PGJDF emergió la suciedad

Rodolfo Ríos, procurador general de justicia del Distrito Federal, aceptó que, “por corrupción” o amiguismo, desde la dependencia a su cargo se filtró información a ciertos medios de comunicación sobre la masacre de la colonia Narvarte, en la …

Los tenebrosos declarantes veracruzanos

XALAPA, VER.- Están acusados de desapariciones forzadas desde la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) estatal, tráfico de influencias para dirigir la Comisión Estatal de Atención y Protección a Periodistas (CEAPP) y nulo trabajo para ofrecer garantías a reporteros, …

Política

Salinas impuso en el PRI a quien pretende frenarme

Tras los comicios de junio pasado, en los que Morena alcanzó el cuarto lugar nacional y desbancó al PRD en el Distrito Federal, Andrés Manuel López Obrador está enfocado en los comicios estatales de 2016 y los presidenciales …

El PAN involuciona hacia lo peor

Para Javier Corral, quien perdió la contienda interna para dirigir el PAN, esta organización va en retroceso. Y así como afirma que la trayectoria del presidente saliente, Gustavo Madero, “está liquidada en el partido”, advierte que el sucesor, …

Y Ruffo convalida el juego sucio

Primer gobernador del PAN, figura emblemática de ese partido y actual senador, Ernesto Ruffo afirma que el actual presidente blanquiazul, Ricardo Anaya, es un ejemplo de honestidad, figura ideal para combatir la corrupción y hasta presidenciable para 2018… …

La casta corrupta, al auxilio de Peña Nieto

La próxima legislatura federal, que se instalará el sábado 29, tiene mayoría de diputados del PRI y sus aliados, muchos de ellos con negro historial. Su misión será afianzar las reformas peñanietistas y avanzar en otras, como la …

Corrupción

La farsa esperada

Durante seis meses y medio, el titular de la Secretaría de la Función Pública, Virgilio Andrade, realizó una “investigación exhaustiva”­ al presidente Enrique Peña Nieto, Angélica Rivera y Luis Videgaray, el secretario de Hacienda, sobre la adquisición de …

Estados

Un represor en auxilio de otro

Activistas sociales y defensores de derechos humanos de Puebla muestran su preocupación por el reciente nombramiento de Jesús Rodríguez Almeida como titular de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública en la entidad. Sus dos predecesores durante la gestión del …

Reporte Especial

Fosas de San Fernando Las torpezas de la PGR

Lo que se  oculta a las familias La PGR ha escamoteado información relevante a familiares de las 193 personas desenterradas en abril de 2011 de las fosas de San Fernando, Tamaulipas. Características físicas y odontológicas, descripciones de tatuajes y …

Nota de los editores

Los nombres de “Ana” y de su hijo “Javier” no son los verdaderos. Las características del joven desaparecido coinciden con las evidencias que esta investigación encontró respecto de uno de los cadáveres localizados en las fosas de San Fernando, …

La negligencia que lleva a la fosa común

Las fichas forenses de 120 cuerpos descubiertos en abril de 2011 en las llamadas fosas de San Fernando –trasladados posteriormente al Distrito Federal– arrojan información sobre los métodos usados por Los Zetas para asesinar, perfilan algunas características de sus …

Las dudas de Jovita

En diciembre de 2012 funcionarios de la PGR le entregaron a la familia Gallegos dos urnas con las supuestas cenizas de sus parientes Luis Miguel e Israel, cuyos cadáveres fueron hallados casi dos años antes en las fosas …

Embrollos y pifias de la Procuraduría

En el primer registro que la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) realizó de 120 de los 193 cadáveres exhumados en abril de 2011 de las fosas de San Fernando, Tamaulipas –luego trasladados al Servicio Médico Forense de …

Terror en la carretera 101

En abril de 2011 salió a la luz una noticia que convirtió a San Fernando en sinónimo de “narcohorror”: el hallazgo de 47 fosas clandestinas de las que fueron exhumados 193 cadáveres.­ …

El embajador en Washington

El reciente nombramiento del embajador en Washington ha producido opiniones diversas. Nadie pone en duda la capacidad académica del doctor Miguel Basáñez; pero varios dudan de que ésta sea suficiente para una buena conducción diplomática. Lo interesante es …

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For one man, the tunnel would be a route to freedom. For the other, political downfall.
The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman was the crowning achievement of President Enrique Pena Nieto's government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes. That makes the bold escape by "El Chapo" from a maximum security prison all the more devastating.
Here are the latest developments about Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape from prison:

Even Rupert Murdoch thinks Trump's wrong

"Corrupt Mexican officials" let drug lord, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escape, Trump said. "This is just one example of the many instances of Mexico taking advantage of the United States."
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's escape highlights a fatal weakness in the fight to make Mexico safer.
The weekend disappearance of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from a maximum security prison should have come as little surprise to Mexican authorities: The Drug Enforcement Administration had alerted them 16 months ago about several plans to escape.
DEA documents show 'El Chapo' began escape plots in 2014

Mexico's most notorious drug trafficker began plotting to break out of prison almost immediately after his recapture at a seaside resort in February 2014.
The kind of tunnel that led Mexico's most powerful drug lord to freedom would have been more than a year in planning. The digging would have caused noise. The entrance would have to be in a place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico's toughest prison.
The digging would have caused noise. The planners would have needed blueprints and maps. The escape was made from the one place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico's toughest prison.
The escape of the head of the Sinaloa cartel is a major blow to the country's drug-fighting effort.

Mexico: Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes; manhunt begins

The Sinaloa cartel leader used a tunnel with ventilation and stairs to flee from his cell, officials said.
Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S.
The Latest: Ex-DEA chief shocked at escape of 'El Chapo'

Here are the latest developments about Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape from prison:
Ash and cinders spewed Saturday from the Colima Volcano in western Mexico, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets on the flanks of the peak.

T-Mobile adds free calls, texts and data across Canada and Mexico

Starting next week, a T-Mobile call from Mexico City will be the same as one from Manhattan.

Mexican micro-brewers step out of the shadow of the country's beer giants

The dual monopoly of Modelo and Cuauhtemoc has taken a hit as the craft beer scene thrives.

Mexican soldiers have detected and removed a total of 136 video cameras installed by a drug cartel to monitor movement on the streets of the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. The city is home to a faction of the Gulf cartel.

Mexican helicopter trades fire with gunmen on ground near border, kills 6

The incident took place in an area where two drug cartels have reportedly been fighting.
Gunmen believed to belong to a local drug cartel killed five members of a family near the Mexican border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, authorities said Thursday.
Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, charged with killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at a San Francisco waterfront pier, has been cycling in and out of the United States for more than two decades. Federal authorities say Sanchez, who is in the country illegally, was deported to his native Mexico five times, only to come back each time.
The Mexican government's human rights agency said Tuesday it is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.

Mexican journalist robbed at gunpoint while webcasting

Mexican journalist Pedro Ferriz says he was robbed at gunpoint while webcasting and he kept recording, taping part of his own robbery.
A volcano in western Mexico has erupted, spewing ash more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) into the air and sending lava down its flanks.

Mexico weighs ex-dictator Porfirio Diaz century after death

Reviled former dictator Porfirio Diaz is getting some unexpected respect in Mexico a century after he died in exile.

T-Mobile US calling plans to cover Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile will now let its U.S. customers call, text, use apps and browse the Internet within North America without paying extra charges.

A new defense, with the same old mistakes.

A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.

A year later, many people say justice still has not been served in the case of soldiers killing at least a dozen suspected gang members who had surrendered after a confrontation at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico

Jacobo Zabludovsky, a journalist who for decades was seen as a symbol of the tight links between Mexico's government and press, died Thursday at age 87.

The king and queen of Spain are making their first state visit to Latin America with a three-day trip to Mexico.
Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France's president to promise a crackdown.

'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US

The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.

AT&T Inc. plans to invest about $3 billion to build up its recently acquired Iusacell mobile phone network in Mexico.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says a truck carrying border crossing cards was hijacked in northern Mexico and the documents stolen.
Mexican authorities said Wednesday they found six tigers, seven baboons, four camels and three dromedaries abandoned in cages without food, water or adequate care in the southern Mexico state of Yucatan.

An American in Mexico

Exhibition pays homage to artist-designer William Spratling, who found inspiration, and materials, in Taxco
A fire swept through a retirement home for poor people early Tuesday, killing 16 elderly residents at the facility outside the northern border city of Mexicali, the mayor's office said.
The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

Donald Trump wants a border wall. These statistics show Mexico is a step ahead of him.

Mexico has cracked down severely on Central American migrants trying to go north.
Mexico now deports more Central American migrants than the United States, a dramatic shift since the U.S. asked Mexico for help a year ago with a spike in illegal migration, especially among unaccompanied minors.
While the wave of child and teen migrants has receded at the U.S. border, detentions of Central American minors are up sharply in Mexico this year, the country's National Immigration Institute reported Monday
A labor dispute at a Mazda plant in Guanajuato shows how the manufacturers have the upper hand.
The son and alleged second-in-command of the leader of Mexico's most violent drug cartel was captured in the western state of Jalisco, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said Tuesday.
Prosecutors have unearthed the bodies of two men and three women from clandestine burial pits in the resort city of La Paz, Mexico.
Mexico's supreme court has ruled it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages.
At least 10 people are dead after armed men attacked a beer distribution center on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey, Mexican authorities said Friday.
The wife of Mexico's former President Felipe Calderon says she intends to run for president in the 2018 election.
Mexico's military is on a U.S. shopping spree

Mexico on Monday enacted a measure meant to help hundreds of thousands of young migrants who have returned from the United States, dropping a requirement that they provide government-certified, translated copies of foreign school records in order to study in Mexico.

Workers cleared hammocks and lounge chairs from beachside hotels and cafes as Tropical Storm Carlos churned up strong winds and waves Sunday while threatening to regain strength as it trudged up Mexico's Pacific coast.

Mexico deported 79 percent more people from Central America's northern triangle in the first four months of 2015 than it did during the same period a year earlier, according to government statistics.

Despite widespread disillusionment with his government, President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday emerged from midterm elections with an expected congressional majority that will let him forge ahead with his reform agenda without compromising with opponents.
Protesters burned ballot boxes in several restive states of southern Mexico on Sunday in an attempt to disrupt elections seen as a litmus test for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government, while officials said the vote was proceeding satisfactorily despite "isolated incidents."
In Oaxaca, teachers boycotted the midterm elections to show their discontent with the government.
The Mexican government announced Friday it was sending army troops, marines and federal police to southern states to protect polling places as violence threatened the country's midterm weekend elections.

Mexico's 'El Bronco' set to become nation's first independent governor

The ruling party and its allies seemed to have retained their slim majority in the lower house, despite voter anger.

Mexico decries new Texas law beefing up security on border

The Mexican government says it regrets Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to sign into law an $800 million border security package that will mean more state troopers, cameras and a spy plane to patrol the U.S. state's 1,200-mile border with Mexico.

The embattled car service faces a new struggle - sometimes a physical one - on a vast stage in Mexico.
Hurricane Blanca was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, where residents boarded up home and storefront windows in preparation for the heavy rains and high winds that were forecast to lash a wide area including the resorts of Los Cabos.

A Mexican congressional candidate was shot dead in a town bordering the capital Tuesday, becoming the fourth politician to be slain ahead of Sunday's midterm elections.

Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America and point person in detente talks with Cuba, was nominated Monday by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man while off-duty evaded authorities for more than two months by moving between the homes of family members in Mexico, staying mostly indoors and avoiding cellphones and social media, the FBI said Wednesday.

Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing deported to US from Mexico

A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight has been deported back to the U.S. after his arrest in northern Mexico, authorities said.

Survivors tell of terror during deadly Mexico tornado

Jose Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.

The body of a baby carried away by a tornado was found Tuesday in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna as the death toll from the sudden, devastating storm hit 14.

Jaime Rodríguez, profane man of the people, marks a new trend with his independent bid in Nuevo Leon.

Independent candidate rides hatred of politics in Mexico

Mexicans' disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it's El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname.
Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City Monday chanting "Uber Out!" and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service.
The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help.
Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions raised about the lopsided death toll.
Mexico's governmental human rights commission says it condemns violent incidents like a shootout between federal police and suspected criminals that left 42 suspects and one policeman dead.
The shootout in the western state of Michoacan involved a drug cartel and security forces.
A close-up of the workers and families caught in Mexico's battle for land rights involving investors and landowners.
A federal judge is considering throwing out a civil rights lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border on grounds that the boy was in Mexico at the time and therefore wasn't protected by the U.S. Constitution.
It's a tale of love, betrayal and history's most famous murder by ice pick.

Mom, daughter land in US after Mexico judge returns custody

The joyful tears shed by a Texas woman and her long-missing daughter after they returned to Houston from Mexico on Saturday signaled the end of an eight-year cross-border custody case that had mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.

Fruits of wrath: Laboring in the shadow of Mexico's dramatic land reform

A close-up of the workers and families caught in Mexico's battle for land rights involving investors and landowners.
Mexican farmworkers fighting low wages and poor working conditions in the border state of Baja California have reached an agreement with the government and their employers.
It's a tale of love, betrayal and history's most famous murder by ice pick.
The joyful tears shed by a Texas woman and her long-missing daughter after they returned to Houston from Mexico on Saturday signaled the end of an eight-year cross-border custody case that had mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.
Authorities may have located a girl taken by her father from Houston to Mexico eight years ago in a cross-border custody case that exploded into international headlines recently with a case of mistaken identity, an official said Monday.
A Texas woman whose 8-year search for her missing daughter in Mexico led her to be handed the wrong girl now believes she has found the right one. But, this time, she'll have to wait for DNA results to prove the match.

Mexico court orders school to compensate child for bullying

Mexico's Supreme Court has for the first time ordered a school to compensate a child for bullying by classmates, ruling that a teacher encouraged the harassment.
Mexico's Green Party is not very green. Yet like many "green" products on supermarket shelves, it has benefited from a very slick marketing campaign, one that has made it the country's fastest-growing - and arguably most controversial - party.
It has the drugs and distribution system of a traditional cartel - and it has the modern weapons and audacity of an army. After attacking federal forces, downing a military helicopter and shutting down streets in Mexico's second-largest city last week, the New Generation Jalisco cartel is now the main enemy in the country's fight with drug cartels.
A candidate for mayor was shot to death in western Mexico and a man running for city council was gunned downed in southern Mexico, bringing to at least three the number of candidates killed in the run-up to the June 7 midterm elections.
The government said Thursday it will give at least 50 million pesos ($3.3. million) to relatives of criminal suspects slain at a warehouse last year by soldiers, paying out under a Mexican law requiring compensation for victims of human rights violations.
An accident on an oil well-maintenance platform killed two workers and injured 10 off Mexico's coast on Tuesday, company officials reported, blaming the incident on the collapse of one of the rig's legs.
The Congress passed a new national anti-corruption system that many hope will address impunity.

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

June 26, 2015

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

The full statement follows:

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

More, HERE.

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

HSBC, un écrin sur mesure pour le gotha du diamant

Les très protégés clients mystères de HSBC

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ICIJ : qui se cache derrière cette machine à scoops ?

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

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mardi 27 janvier, Sainte Angèle

Florence Cassez demande 36 millions de dollars au Mexique

Publié le 27/01/2015

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

Une arrestation mise en scène de la police

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

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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

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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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.

Terror Talk: Politicians, Former CIA Head, FBI, Homeland Security All Ramp Up Warnings For July 4th

By Steve Watson, June 30, 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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Mexico Police – Trained to Kill

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.

More, HERE.
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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

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.

More, HERE.
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MEXICO NEWS

Violence Intensifies in Mexico as Authorities Unearth 10 Headless Bodies

By Jake Dean; Global Research, January 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

U.S. borderlands are laboratories for nightmarish innovations.

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

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

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

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

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

More, HERE.
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“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.
More, HERE.
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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.
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Mexico Disarms Local Police in Missing Students’ City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Militarization and Political Crisis in Mexico

Is Mexico a Narco-State?

By Michael Werbowski;Global Research, May 31, 2010

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

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

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

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Destabilizing Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Communities Up in Arms

Lorena Ojeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lorena Ojeda

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

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

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Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa’s students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Police officer fires on Mexico City students, inflaming tensions

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

 

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VIDEO: Missing Mexico students: Who is responsible.

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

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

Mexico missing student protesters burn state buildings

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

Photos: In Acapulco, an angry demonstration over missing students

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

Mexico leader travels to Asia amid rising unrest over missing students

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

Mexico protesters set fire to National Palace over missing students

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

Gang members confess to mass killing of Mexico students

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

Mexican army accepts criticism of human rights commission in killings

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

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

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

Thousands protest missing Mexico students despite mayor arrest

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

Photos: Protests over 43 Guerrero students target government buildings

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

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Mexican official: CIA 'manages' drug trade

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

24 Jul 2012, by Chris Arsenault

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

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

Accusations are 'baloney'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
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.

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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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Journalism in Mexico

Radio silenced. A crusading anchorwoman is pushed off the air

Mar 21st 2015 | MEXICO CITY

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

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

More, HERE.

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Conflict of interest in Mexico

A false start

Mixed messages in a new anti-corruption campaign

The Mexican morass

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

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

Mexico: Murders and Disappearances of the Students of Ayotzinapa Was a Crime of the State - See more at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/mexico-murders-and-disappearances-of-the-students-of-ayotzinapa-was-a-crime-of-the-state/5419070#sthash.BDOkSceY.dpuf

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

Dec 12th 2014

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

Nov 13th 2014

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

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

Tracing the missing

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

Mexico’s economy

Jam mañana

A frustrating start to the year

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

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

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

Mexicans have good reason to be sceptical.

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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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Mexico's media are critical and cynical over 'El Chapo' Guzman's escape

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Who is 'El Chapo' and how did he become a dark legend in Mexico?

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A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing a 21-year-old man in an El Segundo home.

Lawyer convicted of killing bicyclist accused of having medication in jail

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Police shoot man in Hollywood after he allegedly brandishes a knife

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Boston man killed by authorities was being watched by terrorism task force

Usaama Rahim, 26, had been under 24-hour surveillance by a Joint Terrorism Task Force and was "a known suspect wanted for some terrorist-related information we had received," Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said at a televised news conference.

“He was someone we were watching for quite a time," Evans said. "The level of alarm brought us to question him today."

Officials declined to go into further detail about why they were watching Rahim.

The shooting happened near a drugstore parking lot in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood about 7 a.m. A local imam who says he is Rahim's brother said Rahim had been waiting for the bus to go to work.

Officials said the shooting was captured on video, which has not been released. The Suffolk County district attorney's office will investigate the shooting to determine whether it was justified, the Boston Globe reported.

Vincent B. Lisi, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, declined to tell reporters why officials wanted to speak to Rahim except “to approach him and interview him and talk to him about his intentions."

The unidentified officials who shot Rahim did not have a warrant and did not plan to arrest him, but “we considered him armed and dangerous," Lisi said at the news conference.

When the officials with Boston police and the FBI approached Rahim without their guns drawn, Rahim pulled out a large knife "unprovoked" and ignored commands to drop it, Evans said.

Rahim "came at the officers," who retreated and opened fire when Rahim got close enough that "their lives were in danger," Evans said.

Rahim was shot once in the torso and once in the abdomen and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Evans said.

“Our investigation is still ongoing," Lisi said.

More, HERE.

In deal with prosecutors, L.A. County sheriff's deputy pleads guilty

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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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US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent

SCM's Travel Advisory:


September 11 attacks on World Trade Center by Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HATE CRIMES

RACISM AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, by ABC News

MEXICAN HATE RALLY

The New Sport: Latino Hate Crime, ABC News

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

US Border Patrol Agent Shoots Dead Mexican Teen on Mexican Soil

Border agent details immigrant abuse

Discrimination Against Latinos

American Heritage- KKK Lynching

Redneck Attacks Mexican flag

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TERRORISM, DRUGS

New report exposes CIA torture & rendition by Nick Harper

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MUST-READ Book: Cocaine Politics by Peter Dale Scott

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Drugs and the Economy - Peter Dale Scott

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

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CIA Torture Jet crashed with 4 Tons of COCAINE

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Former LA Police Officer Mike Ruppert Confronts CIA Director

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

Mail Online, UK

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Celerino Castillo, by Wikipedia

Powderburns

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Marijuana legalization wins majority support in poll: Los Angeles Times

Marijuana, Officially Legal in Colorado

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

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Council On Foreign Relations

Washington State Gears Up for Marijuana Industry: Voice of America

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

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

More HERE.

A change of scenery by Washington Post

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

 

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

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Mexico Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.
U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.  For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued August 15, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued August 15, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.
General Conditions: 

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

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter organized criminal groups that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico.  The groups themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity.  Crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere.  U.S. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, and highway robbery.  While many of those killed in organized crime-related violence have themselves been involved in criminal activity, innocent persons have also been killed.  The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico was 71 in 2012 and 81 in 2013. 

Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico.  Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs.  During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily    prevented from leaving the area. Criminal organizations have used stolen cars, buses, and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable.  We recommend that you defer travel to the areas specifically identified in this Travel Warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the other areas for which advisories are in effect.
The number of kidnappings throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise.  According to statistics published by the Mexican Secretaria de Gobernacion (SEGOB), in 2013 kidnappings nationwide increased 20 percent over the previous year.  While kidnappings can occur anywhere, according to SEGOB, during this timeframe, the states with the highest numbers of kidnappings were Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Estado de Mexico, and Morelos.
Additionally, according to a widely publicized study by the agency responsible for national statistics (INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography), Mexico suffered an estimated 105,682 kidnappings in 2012; only 1,317 were reported to the police.  Police have been implicated in some of these incidents.  Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized.  Nearly 70 kidnappings of U.S. citizens were reported to the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Mexico between January and June of 2014.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to lower their personal profiles and to avoid displaying indicators of wealth such as expensive or expensive-looking jewelry, watches, or cameras.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain awareness of their surroundings and avoid situations in which they may be isolated or stand out as potential victims.

Kidnappings in Mexico have included traditional, "express," and "virtual" kidnappings. Victims of traditional kidnappings are physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release.  "Express" kidnappings are those in which a victim is abducted for a short time and forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released.  A "virtual" kidnapping is an extortion-by-deception scheme wherein a victim is contacted by phone and convinced to isolate themselves from family and friends until a ransom is paid.  The victim is coerced (by threat of violence) to remain isolated and to provide phone numbers for the victim's family or loved ones.  The victim's family is then contacted and a ransom for the "kidnapped" extracted.  Recently, some travelers to Mexico staying at hotels as guests have been targets of such "virtual" kidnapping schemes.
Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments.  U.S. government personnel are specifically prohibited from patronizing these establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.
Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region, and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents.  Most victims who complied with carjackers' demands have reported that they were not physically harmed.
Carjackers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee.  Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds.  There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs.  However, even drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States have been targeted.  While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur at night and on isolated roads.  To reduce risk when traveling by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to use toll roads ("cuotas") whenever possible. 

The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups.  U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel.  In some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them.  You should cooperate at all checkpoints. 

The Department imposes restrictions on U.S. government employees' travel in Mexico.  Since July 2010, USG employees are prohibited from driving on non-official travel from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America.  One exception is that personal travel by motor vehicle is permitted on Highway 15 toll road between Hermosillo and Nogales during daylight hours.
U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which it is advised to "defer non-essential travel".  When travel for official purposes is essential, it is conducted with extensive security precautions.  U.S. government personnel and their families are allowed to travel for personal reasons to the areas where no advisory is in effect or where the advisory is to exercise caution.  While the general public is not forbidden from visiting places categorized under "defer non-essential travel," U.S. government personnel will not be able to respond quickly to an emergency situation in those areas due to security precautions that must be taken by U.S. government personnel to travel to those areas. 

For more information on road safety and crime along Mexico's roadways, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information

State-by-State Assessment: 

Below is a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico.  Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, crime and violence can still occur.  For general information about travel and other conditions in Mexico, see our Country Specific Information

More, HERE

The New York Times

Mexican Journalist Is Fired After Report About First Lady

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

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

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

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Towers of Secrecy

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

From Frommer's

Introduction to Mexico
The Best Cultural Experiences
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The Best Places to Get Away from It All
Getting There
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MEXICO POPULAR DESTINATIONS


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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

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.?

Panadería La Espiga


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

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

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¿DE VISITA EN ZIPOLITE, OAXACA?

Restaurante La Pasión by Trip Advisor
La PasiOn

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

Marisquería, Pasta & Pizza

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

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

Tanya Muller García, Secretaria del Medio Ambiente del Distrito Federal

Mexico City's Environment Secretariat

HOY NO CIRCULA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Culture of Safe Travel, Crime & Loss Prevention

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INTRODUCTION (English language) 

INTRODUCCION A ESQUINA DE LA SEGURIDAD


PREVENTING KIDNAPPING EXPRESS IN MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM, SAFE, EFFICIENT, INEXPENSIVE


WORDS OF ADVISE FROM SUBWAY SECURITY PERSONNEL

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Mexico City Hash House Harriers

INTERNATIONAL DRINKING Jarra CLUB WITH A RUNNING PROBLEM

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

10 explicaciones de Segob sobre fuga de 'el Chapo'

El secretario de Gobernación habló por primera vez sobre el escape y las condiciones de seguridad que tenía la cárcel de el Altiplano  Ir a la nota

Los momentos de crisis no son para renunciar: Osorio

Las claves sobre la segunda fuga de ‘el Chapo' Guzmán

'El Chapo' lo vuelve a hacer

La DEA supo de 2 intentos de fuga de 'el Chapo': AP

Lo que sabemos y no de la nueva fuga de 'el Chapo'

'El Chapo' Guzmán se fuga de la cárcel por un túnel video

Así es la casa por donde se fugó 'el Chapo' video

Los 'vecinos' que dejó 'el Chapo' en el Altiplano

49 personas declaran por fuga de 'el Chapo': Segob

Últimas noticias

Reynoso Femat, libre tras el pago de una fianza

Los petroprecios bajan tras acuerdo entre Irán y Occidente CNNExpansión

Normalistas bloquean carretera en Michoacán

Exfuncionario del Metro, a prisión por L-12

El papa pide disculpas a la clase media

Grecia incumple con segundo pago de deuda al FMI CNNExpansión

Desplome de cuartel deja 23 militares rusos muertos

China arresta a 114 defensores de derechos humanos

Scott Walker también se postula para la Casa Blanca

Anaya registra su candidatura por dirigencia del PAN

Corral impugna el padrón del PAN

¡Capturado! 'Zimm' el mono prófugo es capturado

México pagará 100,000 dólares por cada ilegal: Trump

Un líder de ISIS muere en ataque de 'dron'

Nacional

Casa de fuga de 'el Chapo' se construyó desde 2014

10 explicaciones de Segob sobre fuga de 'el Chapo'

Osorio Chong cesa a 3 funcionarios, pero él no se va

Reynoso Femat, libre tras el pago de una fianza

Osorio recorre el predio por donde escapó 'el Chapo'

El escape del 'Chapo' ya tiene narcocorridos

Tuits atribuidos a 'el Chapo' amenazan a Trump

Normalistas bloquean carretera en Michoacán

'Dolores' se convierte en huracán categoría 1

Mundo

Potencias e Irán logran un histórico acuerdo nuclear

El papa pide disculpas a la clase media

Capturar a 'el Chapo', es una "prioridad" para EU

Desplome de cuartel deja 23 militares rusos muertos

China arresta a 114 defensores de derechos humanos

El papa termina gira por Latinoamérica en ParaguayFotogalería

Colombia y las FARC bajarán intensidad del conflicto

Trump decide no ir al concurso Miss Estados Unidos

Más informes sobre actividad sospechosa de la FIFA

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

MEXICO NEWS IN ENGLISH BY EL UNIVERSAL, HERE

Reward of US$3.8 million for 'El Chapo'

Governors, Segob and PGR discuss the arrest of 'El Chapo'

Osorio Chong will not resign after El Chapo's escape

Donald Trump repeats speech against Mexico

Bail set for Reynoso Feymat

Mexico City could be first globally to limit Uber cars

Triqui children to participate in YBOA Tournament

GM recalls 780,000 SUVs for possible lift gate issue

The FAA dumps Trump's name from its navigation codes

Tank truck falls from Texcoco-Lechería highway

WhatsApp is testing 'Like button' and ‘Mark as Unread’ features

Mexican circuses struggle to adapt after wild animal ban comes into effect


The former Mexican President and his wife were spotted by TMZ staff in LA


Demonstrators called on federal officials to remove the Republican

Tlatlaya: Documents reveal that Army ordered troops to kill criminals

Knights Templar's properties seized in Michoacán

NATION | TV anchor Jacobo Zabludovsky dies at 87

He anchored Mexico's most-viewed evening news program for almost three decades

ABRAHAM ZABLUDOVSKY ARRIVES AT PANTEÓN ISRAELITA CEMETERY

The son of one of Mexico´s most notorious journalists said that his late father "did not understand his life without his job". | Full story

ArcelorMittal Mexico unit to slash 2,800 jobs

Donald Trump's comments are costing him about US$50 million

JALISCO CARTEL LEADER´S SON IS ARRESTED AGAIN

Rubén Oseguera González ´El Menchito´was arrested again by federal agents for the disappearance of two people in Michoacán. | Full story

U.S., CUBA REACH AGREEMENT TO OPEN EMBASSIES

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in Washington and Havana would open July 20. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba for the opening of the U.S. Embassy. | Full story

Truck on fire over Pan-American highway

AMAZON OPENS IN MEXICO

The online retail giant offers free delivery on orders of over US$38.25. | Full story

FINANCE | DOLLAR TO STAY ABOVE 16 PESOS IN 2015: BBVA

The chief economist of Bancomer said that it could drop to 15 pesos if the Fed raises rates

Finance | Mexico outlines 2016 budget program cuts

The Finance Ministry proposed eliminating 56 programs and fusing another 261 into 99

EPN WELCOMES KING FELIPE VI OF SPAIN AND QUEEN LETIZIA

At the welcoming ceremony at Campo Marte, President Peña Nieto thanked the monarchs for choosing Mexico as the first Latin American country to visit after their proclamation. | Full story

Mexico sees TPP deal doubling agricultural exports to Japan

'Menchito' transferred to 'El Altiplano' jail

Pedophile priest arrested in Jalisco

Gay Pride march arrives to El Zócalo

RED BULL ROARS IN EL ZÓCALO OF MEXICO CITY

Formula 1 cars raced in the streets around the central esplanade of the Mexican capital | Full Story

MARCH MARKS NINE MONTHS OF AYOTZINAPA CASE

Relatives, dissident teachers and civil organizations mark another month after the forced disappearance of the student teachers in Iguala. | Full story

PROTEST AT HIDALGO CONGRESS OVER ANIMAL ABUSE AT +KOTA STORE

The activists want animal abuse to be considered a crime punishable with jail in the state. | Full story

OUTRAGE AT ANIMAL ABUSE AT MASKOTA STORE IN PACHUCA

Citizens protested in front of the shopping mall Plaza Galerías after internet users shared at least three videos in which employees of the pet store are seen abusing animals. | Full story

WORLD | I won't apologize: Trump

'Everything that I said is correct,' Donald Trump told US Weekly.

Donald Trump gets a rap song

NATION | AI calls for eradication of torture

The complaints of torture increased 600% in the past ten years, according to the organization

NATION | Impunity remains a problem in Mexico: U.S.

Impunity and corruption are rampant in the security forces

The empire of Ricardo Monreal and his family in Zacatecas

We are creating paradigms: EPN

MEXICAN DIES AFTER CRASH BETWEEN BOAT AND CBP VESSEL IN U.S.

CBP officials with the agency´s Office of Air and Marine spotted the boat off the coast of Encinitas and believed it was filled with 20 people being smuggled into the United States. | Full story

U.S. embassy in Mexico could provide visas in three weeks

U.S. visas stolen in Matamoros

NURSING HOME FIRE KILLS 15 PEOPLE IN MEXICALI

The fire broke out at 4:00 am in the nursing home Hermoso Atardecer. | Full story

PEMEX CONTROLS FIRE AT SEA PLATFORM

The incident was caused by a leak in the Akal-H platform, in the Campeche Sound | Full Story

HOUSE COLLAPSES IN MEXICO CITY DOWNTOWN

The house, located on 48 República del Perú, was inhabited by Sandra and Diego Téllez Morales, 18 and 20, respectively. | Full story

TRUCK ON FIRE ON THE MEXICO-QUERÉTARO HIGHWAY

The trailer flipped over and caught fire, closing the road | Full Story

FINANCE | Mexico prepares pipeline to Texas

The underwater gas pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018

NATION | Jalisco cartel leader's son is arrested

Federal forces captured Rubén Oseguera González, alias 'el Menchito,' early Tuesday

Acapulco | Ten bodies found in mass graves

According to authorities reports, seven men and three women have been discovered so far

Mexican marines kill two after attack in Durango

Pemex's Salamanca refinery shut down by power outage

Trump statements are 'biased and absurd': Osorio Chong

Tropical Storm Bill soaks Texas

Constellation Brands to invest over US$2 billion in Mexico

MEXICO AND ITALY SIGN COOPERATION AGREEMENTS

The agreements were signed by Matteo Renzi, chairman of Italy´s Council of Ministers, and President Enrique Peña Nieto at Chigi Palace in Rome. | Full story

TEACHERS TO HOLD RALLY AT JUÁREZ HEMICYCLE

Police were deployed on Reforma and Juárez avenues as well as around the Fine Arts Palace. | Full story

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE IN MEXICO CITY

Hundreds of naked cyclists took the streets of Mexico City to raise awareness of need for motorists to notice bike riders. | Full story

TWO KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON THE MEXICO-PACHUCA HIGHWAY

Seven people are wounded and four are listed in extremely serious condition | Full Story

ATTACK IN MICHOACÁN LEAVES SIX DEAD

Two police officers and four civilians were killed during the attack against a State Police convoy in Apatzingán. | Full story

WORLD | NYT calls for funds against migration crisis

Central American migrants caused commotion in border communities.

STATES | Russian daughter kills her mom and sister

She killed and dismembered them for performing witchcraft against her.

FINANCE | Spectrum to invest US$300 million in Mexico

The U.S. company will produce aircraft in Mexicali

PEMEX DISCOVERS SHALLOW WATER OIL FIELDS IN SOUTHERN GULF

Mexican state oil giant Pemex has discovered new shallow water oil fields in the southern Gulf of Mexico, and could contribute 200,000 bpd to production fairly quickly. | Full story

KING OF SPAIN TO VISIT MEXICO FROM JUNE 29 TO JULY 1

This is the first state visit by Felipe VI of Spain to the Americas since he was proclaimed King of Spain in June 2014. | Full story

IACHR expresses concern over Mexico's 'Southern Border Plan'

Grupo Rotoplas announces the closing of a plant in Brazil

Senate GOP denies funds for lawyers for immigrant children

Apple Music faces antitrust scrutiny in U.S.

"BRONCO" CLAIMS VICTORY IN NUEVO LEON

Independent candidate Jaime Rodríguez Calderón called his opponents to admit their defeat | Full Story

CITY | Morena to control Legislative Assembly

The party founded by López Obrador won 18 of the 40 seats of relative majority

INJURED PEOPLE REPORTED IN PROTEST OF PAINTER TOLEDO

The artist and three other people denounced aggressions from hooded individuals | Full Story

Finance | antitrust agency backs Uber and Cabify

It recommended to formally recognize Uber and Cabify as a new category or mode of transport

WORLD | Texas signs US$800M security package

It means more troopers, cameras and a spy plane

Four people wounded in bomb attack in Matamoros

Five people killed in plane crash on Mexican highway

Blanca becomes a category one hurricane

PRD candidate killed in the State of Mexico

California Senate approves state health coverage for immigrant children

STATES | Prostitution ring dismantled in S.L.P.

Authorities rescued 24 victims, including two minors, and arrested five people

WORLD | Aeromexico opens route to Boston

Boston becomes Aeromexico's 16th destination in the U.S.

U.S. | Jacobson nominated as Ambassador to Mexico

She would be the first woman to hold one of the most U.S. important diplomatic posts

FINANCE | Ernst & Young knew of Wal-Mart bribes

IMMIGRATION | Hold on Obama action remains

It wasn't immediately clear if the government would appeal

FINANCE | Multinationals profit from Mexico, give little in return

They get up to 73% of their profits in Mexico, but their contribution is not on pair

State of emergency for rain in Matamoros

Police and Ayotzinapa protesters clash in Mexico City

SLP teacher accused of molesting nine 6-year-old girls

Shootout between criminals and rural force confirmed in Michoacán

Storms kill eight in Texas, Oklahoma; floods sweep Houston

New exhibit of Frida Kahlo photos in New York

NATION | 494 people have been kidnapped this year

The National Anti-Kidnapping Coordinator said that 99 remain in captivity

FINANCE | US loses appeal over meat labeling rules

Mexico and Canada urged the U.S. to scrap its meat label rules

WORLD | LESS MEXICANS SEEK TO ENTER THE U.S. ILLEGALLY

Last year the Border Patrol arrested 229,178 Mexicans and 257,473 Central Americans

The balcanization of Mexican cartels
According to the latest report from the Attorney General's Office (PGR) nine cartels operate in Mexico: Sinaloa, Jalisco New Generation, Los Zetas, Gulf, Tijuana, Beltrán Leyva, Juárez, Familia Michoacana and Knights Templar.

Mexico regrets exoneration of US police officer in shooting of compatriot

'Intocable' cancels concert in Morelia
The band was to offer a free concert as part of the anniversary celebrations of the city.

Salma Hayek talks about sexism, porn movies

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Cesan a directivos de penal del Altiplano; Osorio Chong dice que no renunciará

Construyeron túnel “con maquinaria de punta y precisión milimétrica”

Protestas y repudio dan la bienvenida a Peña en Francia; lo declaran ‘persona non-grata’

Pide PAN la renuncia de Osorio Chong, Rubido e Ímaz por fuga de “El Chapo”

TOLUCA, Edomex. (apro).- Cinco reclusos más se habrían fugado junto con Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, según fuentes policiacas que solicitaron el anonimato. De acuerdo con las mismas fuentes, los cinco internos fungían como escoltas del capo sinaloense y entraron a la …

WASHINGTON (apro).- El gobierno de Estados Unidos habría advertido a su contraparte de México que el Cártel de Sinaloa planeaba liberar a su líder, Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera de la prisión de máxima seguridad del Altiplano, donde se encontraba …

AGUASCALIENTES, Ags. (apro).- Blindado con cinco amparos, el exgobernador Luis Armando Reynoso Femat abandonó el centro penitenciario estatal en el que permaneció durante tres días, tras ser detenido por orden del juez primero de distrito en esta ciudad, Jaime Díaz …

Surgen narcocorridos alusivos a la fuga de “El Chapo”

MÉXICO, D.F.,(apro).- La fuga de Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, la segunda en su carrera delictiva, dio lugar ya a grupos e intérpretes a componer narcocorridos …

Critican distinción de Francia a Peña y Fuerzas Armadas a pesar de violaciones a derechos humanos

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- El anuncio de la espectacular fuga de Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán aún no había atravesado el Océano Atlántico, cuando el académico francés …

Guzmán Loera no firmó quejas por malos tratos en penal: CNDH

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- La Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH) confirmó hoy que Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán se abstuvo de firmar las dos quejas interpuestas …

Recibe la CNDH dos quejas de empleados del Altiplano investigados por fuga

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- La Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH) recibió dos quejas de las 31 personas sujetas a investigación por la fuga de …

Prensa internacional se mofa de fuga de “El Chapo”

MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- Los principales diarios del mundo dedicaron …

La fuga de “El Chapo” humilla al gobierno de Peña: New York Times

Washington (proceso.com.mx) – Con ironía y burla, los diarios …

Denuncia Trump supuestas amenazas de Guzmán Loera

MÉXICO, D.F. (proceso.com.mx) El magnate neoyorkino Donald Trump, dijo …

Se amparan 7 empleados del penal del Altiplano contra incomunicación

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- Siete empleados del penal del Altiplano …

Mayoría priista da luz verde a “Ley Anti-Bronco” en Chihuahua

CHIHUAHUA, Chih. (apro).- Con el respaldo de los partidos …

Habitantes de Cuacuilca pierden amparo contra gasoducto

PUEBLA, Pue. (apro).- Habitantes de la comunidad nahua de …

Formal prisión a exempleado de Pemex por extorsión

CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, Camp. (apro).- Un empleado de Petróleos …

Evacuan a población aledaña al Volcán de Colima

MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- La actividad que registra el Volcán …

Liberan a reportero de “La Crónica”; desestima la PGR acusaciones

Pide Amnistía recordar a EPN que desapariciones y tortura “no deben quedar impunes”


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México sigue los pasos de Grecia, alertan empresarios

Respira el peso tras acuerdo entre Grecia y la Unión Europea


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PROCESO 2019

Edición 2019; 11 de Julio, 2015

Reporte Especial

Los mexicanos, espiados hasta en la cocina

Durante años el gobierno mexicano ha usado una poderosa herramienta cibernética para espiar a los ciudadanos. En teoría nadie escapó al fisgoneo de sus cuentas de correo, redes sociales, llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto. Y esa herramienta la maneja …

Citizen Lab exhibe a Hacking Team

El 13 de febrero de 2012, los periodistas de Mamfakinch, un portal independiente de información marroquí, recibieron en su página web un mensaje misterioso acompañado de una liga de internet que decía: “Por favor, no mencionen mi nombre… …

Así se negocia para que nos vigilen

El gobierno federal se tomó muy en serio la contratación del sistema de espionaje de la empresa italiana Hacking Team. El Cisen, la PGR, la Semar y la Sedena, además de las procuradurías estatales, destinaron millones de euros y …

Y la ley no sirve para nada

Desde finales de 2013, Jesús Robles Maloof, defensor de derechos humanos con amplia presencia en redes sociales, detectó una intrusión atípica en su teléfono celular. Meses después supo que se trataba de un software malicioso llamado FinFisher que …

Presidencia

Ante México, Francia olvida negocios son negocios

La visita del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y su comitiva a París, donde será invitado de honor de su homólogo François Hollande para los festejos del 14 de julio, irritó sobremanera a organizaciones no gubernamentales. Les resulta incomprensible, dicen, …

Buen cliente para las armas francesas

PARÍS.- De acuerdo con los informes anuales al Parlamento, entre 2009 y 2014 Francia le vendió a México armas por más de 500 millones de dólares; 2012 fue un año récord, con ventas por alrededor de 415 millones. …

Política

“Cargada” panista en favor de Anaya

En medio de numerosas diferencias, disputas y acusaciones de corrupción, el PAN se prepara con miras a cambiar su directiva. Se estima que Ricardo Anaya, quien sobrepasa en preferencias a Javier Corral, usará la dirigencia partidista como “trampolín” …

Eukid Castañón, alfil negro de Moreno Valle

A todos sorprendió que Armando Guerrero Ramírez, un desconocido empleado bancario sin ninguna experiencia en la materia, haya sido designado presidente del Instituto Electoral del Estado (IEE) de Puebla, en 2012. “Soy un ciudadano de a pie, sin …

Corrupción

Peña Nieto despoja a otomíes para favorecer a Hinojosa Cantú

Desde que era gobernador del Estado de México, Enrique Peña Nieto ha forzado la ley para concretar el proyecto de la autopista Toluca-Naucalpan, otorgado a su constructor favorito, Juan Armando Hinojosa. Apenas llegó a la Presidencia, canalizó dinero …

Estados

La renuncia increíble

Después de decenas de acusaciones –que van desde ineptitud hasta liberar a capos como El Mencho–, Luis Carlos Nájera renunció a su puesto de “superfiscal” del estado de Jalisco. Él acaparaba las facultades de un procurador y un …

Duarte malbarata y hunde a su estado

En Veracruz el dinero desaparece. Pese a que los presupuestos están subejercidos, no hay liquidez para pagarles a los proveedores y contratistas del gobierno –quienes ahora se niegan a seguir trabajando para la administración veracruzana– y ni siquiera …

Guerra contra los independientes

Xalapa, Ver.- Entre manotazos, toma de tribuna y retos a golpes, la mayoría priista –con sus aliados del PVEM y Nueva Alianza– aprobó el martes 7 el Código Electoral para Veracruz, enviado cinco días antes por el gobernador …

Educación

Los adultos retrógrados sepultaron la ley sobre niños

Una de las herramientas legislativas por las que más se peleó durante el sexenio pasado –la iniciativa preferente– fue desvirtuada por la Presidencia de la República y los Congresos locales. Este instrumento, que obliga a los legisladores a …


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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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40 years after Vietnam War, children of U.S. servicemen still left behind

A DNA database may be the last chance to link Amerasians
with their fathers.

The Post wins Pulitzer for reporting on Secret Service security lapses

The Post wins Pulitzer for reporting <br /> on Secret Service security lapsesPaul Farhi

Carol D. Leonnig was honored for her series of bombshell stories, which shook the faith in the agency.

Read Leonnig’s work | List of winners, finalists

Post reporter jailed in Iran faces 4 charges including espionage

An indictment is said to allege that Jason Rezaian provided information to “individuals with hostile intent.”

Anti-American sentiment wanes in Pakistan

After years of tension over U.S. foreign policy, there has been a broad shift as Pakistanis have started looking closer to home for the causes of, and answers to, their country’s woes.

Report: Islamic State claims credit for Texas attack

Lindsey Bever

The militant group said via its radio station that two of its soldiers attacked the exhibit with “negative pictures of the prophet Muhammad,” according to a news report. The claim could not be authenticated.

Officials retrace roommates’ steps

The dark side of living sky-high

A newly built skyscraper in New York City. (Yana Paskova for The Post)

WONKBLOG | Ever-taller luxury residences are literally darkening New York’s streets and creating a stark reminder that new urban growth can come at the expense of those already living there.

In cities of shadows, shades of inequality

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

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David Goldberg's death and the risks of treadmills

Michael E. Miller

As high-tech treadmills proliferate, so, too, do the digital distractions.

Suicidal Mark Twain glimpsed in rare 150-year-old writing

Man who knowingly spread HIV sentenced to six months

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Kerry makes unannounced Somalia stop to discuss fight against militants

Kerry makes unannounced Somalia stop to discuss fight against militants Carol Morello

The Somali government is also trying to cope with thousands of refugees fleeing the country.

Fox News erroneously reports that police in Baltimore shot man

Paul Farhi

For a brief period Monday afternoon, the cable news network created unease, then retracted the story.

Obama picks Marine general as next chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Missy Ryan and Dan Lamothe

Joseph Dunford Jr., known for his experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, would replace Gen. Dempsey.

Election will determine the direction of Britain’s fractured political system

Griff Witte and Dan Balz

The two-party system that dominated the 20th century has collapsed, and no one knows what will replace it.

Pass the salt, please. It’s good for you.

Marta Zaraska

Tense scene | Wemple: A quick Fox correction

Obama addresses riots in Letterman interview

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Two metro trains carrying passengers crashed in Mexico City on Monday, leaving at least 12 people injured, authorities said.

An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.

At least seven people died as flames and gunfire erupted around the western Mexico state of Jalisco on Friday when a military operation targeting a violent drug cartel was launched at the start of a three-day holiday weekend

Military helicopter shot down as drug violence surges in western Mexico

The state of Jalisco has been struggling to contain the New Generation drug cartel.

U.S. officials say they joined Mexican authorities last month in arresting one of the leaders of a forced-prostitution ring that used young women from Mexico in a New York City operation.

The Congress passed a new national anti-corruption system that many hope will address impunity

Mexican actress and comedian Maria Elena Velasco, best known for her character "The Indian Maria," has died at age 74.
When a woman in Texas claimed that Alondra Luna Nunez was her long-lost daughter, the girl's real parents in Mexico say they presented more than a dozen documents from baptismal records and a copy of her birth certificate to family photographs. They were sure it was enough to demonstrate her true origins.
A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman who claimed her.
The multi-colored lights of the mechanical rides cast a pastel glow on the evening sky, three children pose on the back of a Brahman bull, and a tuba blasts a Norteno beat as thousands of people enjoy the annual spring fair just west of Mexico City.
Migrants' protest convoy reaches Mexico City with complaints

About 200 participants in a protest convoy of Central American migrants arrived in Mexico's capital Saturday and filed abuse complaints with the government's National Human Rights Commission.

Toyota plans to build new auto assembly plants in Mexico and China, ending a self-imposed 3-year break from expansion over quality concerns due to massive recalls.
Mexican security officials said Sunday they have captured the man who has led the Juarez drug cartel following last year's arrest of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes.

Mexico Water Commission chief resigns over helicopter flap

The director of Mexico's National Water Commission resigned Thursday following an uproar over his family's use of an agency helicopter to reach Mexico City's airport.

A five-state alert is on after Mexican thieves steal radioactive material.
Mexican authorities have issued an alert for five states over the theft of a container of hazardous radioactive material used for industrial inspection in the country's southeast.
From hundreds of public readings in Mexico to an exhibit in Bogota displaying the typewriter off which flew the pages of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez honored the Nobel laureate Friday on the one-year anniversary of his death.
Mexico's Congress has approved freedom of information legislation that will allow public access to data from almost any entity that receives government funding.

A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico.

Toyota plans to build new auto assembly plants in Mexico and China, ending a self-imposed 3-year break from expansion over quality concerns due to massive recalls.

Migrant rights activists said Tuesday that about 200 Central American migrants hope to re-start a journey to hold a "Viacrucis" protest in Mexico City, after highway immigration checkpoints stymied their trip last week.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on Mexico's violent and growing Jalisco New Generation cartel a day after the gang mounted a bloody ambush that killed 15 Mexican police officers.
Supporters of ousted Mexican reporter Carmen Aristegui start a petition and legal moves to get her back on the air.
The director of Mexico's National Water Commission resigned Thursday following an uproar over his family's use of an agency helicopter to reach Mexico City's airport.
Replicas of a sculpture of a knotted pistol that was designed in honor of the late musician John Lennon are being displayed this month in Monterrey, a northern industrial city that knows about gun violence.
Foreign visitors are scarcer now. But domestic tourists are flooding into Acapulco for Easter weekend break.

Pemex begins to restore production at fire-damaged platform

Mexico's state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday.

Mexico's Pemex: 3 workers still missing after platform blaze

Three workers are missing following the huge blaze on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that killed four workers and burned for hours, Mexico's state oil company said Thursday.

Search continues for missing Mexican oil platform workers after deadly fire

Pemex officials said that oil production will soon resume at damaged platform.

Mexico City officials said Thursday that recent filming for the upcoming James Bond movie "Spectre" was a business boon for the capital's colonial core, despite complaints over lost sales blamed on street closures.

Somebody is systematically poisoning the dogs of Hermosillo, an industrial city in northern Mexico, and not just strays: At least 64 dogs, all with owners, have died of a similar poison since mid-March. More stray animals have probably been killed, but had no one to file a complaint, authorities say.

Police have captured the purported head of a criminal gang believed to be responsible for kidnapping more than 100 people in southern Mexico, authorities said Friday.

A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill.

A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.
Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.
Jeb Bush's wife, who had a stormy childhood in Mexico, has a personal history with political resonance.
A roundup of business news from around the world.

At least 4 killed in clash between Mexico vigilante groups

A clash between two vigilante "self-defense" groups in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero killed at least four people and dozens more were taken prisoner by each side, a leader of one of the groups said Tuesday.

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

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?

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Qui est Hervé Falciani, le cauchemar de HSBC ?

LE MONDE | 09.02.2015  Par Fabrice Lhomme et Gérard Davet

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

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HSBC, un écrin sur mesure pour le gotha du diamant

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Friday, February 6, 2015

61 bodies found in abandoned Mexican crematorium

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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mardi 27 janvier, Sainte Angèle

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.
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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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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

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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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.

More, HERE.
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US soldiers in Iraq

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.

More, HERE.
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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.
More, HERE.
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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