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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:50 am

The New Yorker
How Mexico Deals with Trump

A few months ago, at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional, workers were cleaning up after a triumphant viewing of “L’Elisir d’Amore,” broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House. Outside, in the bright sunshine, Reforma Avenue was closed to traffic for a protest. Angry people gathered on the theatre steps, waving Mexican flags and hoisting effigies of Donald Trump, and then began marching toward El Ángel, a century-old monument to Mexican independence. One protester carried a placard that read “Mexico Deserves Respect.” Another held a poster of Trump with a Hitler mustache and the tagline “Twitler.” A local activist known as Juanito carried a large American flag bearing an unflattering image of Trump and the message “Enough! Gringo Racist, Full of Shit Trump, Son of Satan, You’re a Danger to the World.” Juanito said that he was prepared to take up arms against the American incursion, demonstrating his resolve by pointing out the scars of old bullet wounds.

Trump began his assault on Mexico almost as soon as he announced his candidacy for President. In a rambling speech at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, he blamed Mexico for stealing American jobs, and for allowing its worst elements to cross the border: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” To solve the problem, he pledged, “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.” These ideas proved popular with Trump supporters, and rants about Mexico were soon a regular feature of his campaign events. As he sharpened his routine, Mexicans became not only rapists and drug dealers but also murderers. Trump promised to overhaul U.S. immigration policy and to deport “bad hombres” by the millions. At rallies, he asked, “Who’s going to pay for the wall?” and the crowds howled back, “Mexico!” If Mexico would not pay, he suggested, he might cancel visas for Mexicans and block migrants living in the U.S. from sending remittances back home.

In Mexico, Trump’s insults and threats have made him a figure of loathing. A poll in July found that eighty-eight per cent of Mexicans viewed him unfavorably. During the march, as protesters gathered at El Ángel to sing the national anthem, one group held up a large sign that said “Make America Hate Again.” Another brandished a Trump piñata, its mouth obscenely open in the manner of a sex doll. Yet the demonstration lacked the urgency that typifies politics in Mexico, where, last winter, rioters protesting gas prices set tires ablaze and sacked hundreds of shops. Along Reforma Avenue, pushcart venders sold ice cream, and groups of friends posed for smiling selfies. As it turned out, most of the political left had skipped the event, perceiving it as a thinly disguised rally of support for the highly unpopular government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Since his election, in 2012, Peña Nieto has fumbled his way through a series of scandals. He campaigned on promises to curb crime and improve security; instead, during his time in office, more than ninety thousand Mexicans have fallen victim to homicide. His government has been lambasted for a lacklustre investigation into the disappearance and presumed mass murder of forty-three teacher trainees, a crime that involved state police and, allegedly, local politicians, the military, and a drug cartel. He supported a series of exceedingly corrupt state governors, including several who became fugitives from the law. His wife struck a deal with a government building contractor to buy a multimillion-dollar house on unusually favorable terms. In 2015, the notorious drug kingpin Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán tunnelled his way out of a maximum-security prison, with evident official complicity. And, this summer, the Administration was accused of using spyware to target government critics.


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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:05 pm

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Mexico’s Embattled Attorney General Resigns Amid Debate over Judicial Overhaul

MEXICO CITY—Mexican Attorney General Raúl Cervantes, under fire since his appointment a year ago for his ties to President Enrique Peña Nieto, resigned Monday in a move that could remove a key obstacle to the overhaul of a dysfunctional judicial system.

Mr. Cervantes, a senator on leave of absence and a former lawyer for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, made the surprise announcement in a hearing at the Senate. ...

Mr. Cervantes’ resignation could free up the political gridlock holding back the naming of an independent prosecutor who would have a nine-year term and who can’t be fired by the president—seen as a cornerstone of the judicial system overhaul in a country where just 3% of crimes are investigated and justice is highly politicized. ...

The changes are intended to build a more impartial attorney general office, as many critics say the office has been politicized and controlled by the different presidents at their convenience for decades.

Impunity in Mexico, due in part to the lack of independent prosecutors, is seen by many as one of the major brakes on the country’s prosperity in the long run. Just 3% of crimes were investigated in 2015, according to the national statistics agency, and only 0.4% of crimes were brought before a judge.


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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:27 pm

The Guardian
Murder of three teens in Mexico led police to a fugitive US polygamist and his dark world ...

“We almost never saw him or his people. He was not a Mennonite and he didn’t go to church on weekends,” said Juanito Peters, Black’s closest neighbor, before adding: “He had a very untidy way of living.”

Then in September, the bodies of three American males, aged 15, 19 and 23, were found shot dead nearby – and neighbours started to fear that the truth about Rancho El Negro was much darker than they had suspected.

Last weekend, more than a hundred law enforcement officials descended on the ranch and four other properties and arrested the owner, whom they identified as Orson William Black Jr, 56 – the fugitive leader of a polygamist sect.

He had been on the run for around 15 years after facing five felony counts of sexual misconduct involving two minors in Arizona.

Along with Black, officials detained three of his wives, a woman described as “a concubine”, and 22 other Americans living in Mexico illegally. Another woman escaped during the raid, according to Mexican prosecutors.
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LA Times: Fugitive Arizona polygamist suspected of killing 2 sons in Mexico is returned to U.S.


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Post by Flatpointhigh » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:25 pm

Don't worry. someone will come to his defense regarding the misconduct.



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Post by maydijo » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:27 am

SL Trib (the liberal, non-Mormon paper) was reporting they were killed by drug gangs. Black Sr was cooking meth for the gangs, got in a disagreement with them, and they killed two sons and a stepson for revenge. They had a good article with his SIL who has fought for years or justice for her sisters (who were married to him ridiculously young -one had a baby when she was 12.) The child sex charges were, last I knew, dropped, so she was worried that he'd be released and disappear again.



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Post by Addie » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:53 am

This story, whatever the truth of it, is going to make a blast of a TV crime series. Wowser.
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Post by maydijo » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:34 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:53 am
This story, whatever the truth of it, is going to make a blast of a TV crime series. Wowser.
maydijo wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:28 am
Link for above

http://www.sltrib.com/news/polygamy/201 ... ers-emerge
There's a lot of weird stuff that goes on in polygamist communities. Most of it is so far-fetched, if it was turned into a movie, nobody would believe it. The isolation of these groups (not only physically, but also socially) means that abuse is common (although they won't recognise it, because it's their normal) and that it's incredibly difficult to leave or get help.



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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:42 pm

LA Times - first part in a series: Mexico’s Housing Debacle: A failed vision
Mexico's Housing Debacle
Read more from The Times' investigation

II. The Homex story: A boom and a bust
III. The whistleblower
IV. A subprime horror
V. What it’s like to live in 325 square feet


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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:29 pm

Associated Press
Mexican sex crimes prosecutor killed outside office

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz are investigating the murder of a sex crimes prosecutor in front of her office.

The Veracruz state attorney's office says that the prosecutor had arrived at work Monday at 9 a.m. when she was shot. The 35-year-old woman was part of a unit specializing in family violence and human trafficking in the municipality of Panuco in northern Veracruz.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson condemned the killing of Yendi Guadalupe Torres Castellanos via Twitter. She said it draws attention to the sacrifices officials make to defend the most vulnerable.

The murder came one day after Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes attended the funerals of the mayor of Ixhuatlan de Madero and his wife, who were killed by gunmen on Friday.
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CBS/AP: 2 heads found in cooler outside offices of TV network in Mexico


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Post by Addie » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:56 am

Daily Beast
Cartel Hunts Cops Accused of a ‘Massacre’ in Mexico

In the central Mexican state of Morelos on Thursday, Nov. 30, a raid by state police left four women, an infant, and a teenage boy dead. And since then Mexico’s fastest growing drug cartel has been out for blood.

The officers involved claim the deceased were “caught in a crossfire” during a shootout at their residence in the town of Temixco, about three miles south of Cuernavaca, a popular tourist destination.

But the crossfire theory has been contradicted by eyewitness testimony and and by forensic evidence. The half-dozen victims were found huddled on the bathroom floor and appear to have been killed execution style. At least three bodies were found with a single 9mm bullet to the head, according to the family lawyer. Investigators also charge that the police officers falsified evidence in the case, such as planting bogus firearms near the bodies.

The target of the raid was José Valdez Chapa, aka “El Señor de la V” (“The Lord of the V”). Valdez allegedly has been linked to several criminal organizations, including Los Rojos (The Reds), the Southern Cartel, and the ascendant Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Those killed during the operation were all Valdez’s immediate family, including his wife, mother, sister, cousin, 2-month-old niece, and 14-year-old nephew. They were celebrating the baptism of the youngest child when police stormed the apartment building.


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Post by Addie » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:25 pm

Reuters
Six bodies hung from bridges near Mexico's Los Cabos tourist resort

MEXICO CITY, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The bodies of six men were found hanging from three different bridges near the Mexican tourist resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula on Wednesday, local authorities said.

The authorities did not give details on what happened to the men, but drug gangs often hang the bodies of their murdered victims in public to intimidate rivals. Drug gang violence is set to make 2017 Mexico’s deadliest year in modern history.

Two bodies were found on a bridge in Las Veredas, near Los Cabos International Airport, and two on a different bridge on the highway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, local prosecutors said in a statement.

In a separate statement, the prosecutors said two further bodies were found on a third bridge near the airport.


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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:42 am

New York Times
Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media

MEXICO CITY — Running a newspaper, radio station or television outlet in Mexico usually means relying on a single, powerful client that spends exorbitant sums on advertising with a simple warning: “I do not pay you to criticize me.”

That client is the government of Mexico.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government money on advertising, creating what many Mexican media owners, executives and journalists call a presidential branding juggernaut capable of suppressing investigative articles, directing front pages and intimidating newsrooms that challenge it.

Despite vowing to regulate government publicity, Mr. Peña Nieto has spent more money on media advertising than any other president in Mexico’s history — nearly $2 billion in the past five years, according to government data compiled by Fundar, a transparency group. It found that his administration spent more than twice the generous media budget Mexican lawmakers allotted it for 2016 alone. ...

Overt government interference is often unnecessary. Sixty-eight percent of journalists in Mexico said they censored themselves, not only to avoid being killed, but also because of pressure from advertisers and the impact on the company’s bottom line, according to a three-year study by Mexican and American academics.


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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:51 pm

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Five Mexican politicians killed in past week ahead of elections in the summer

MEXICO CITY — To commemorate the new year, a mayoral candidate in a small Mexican town sent a Facebook message Sunday morning asking residents to unite to improve society.

“We only need maturity, seriousness, and responsibility to face the challenges that confront society,” Adolfo Serna Nogueda wrote.

Later that day, Serna was fatally shot outside his home in Atoyac de Alvarez, along the Pacific Coast in the western state of Guerrero.

Serna, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, was one of at least five politicians killed in the past week in Mexico on the eve of an important election year.

Two days earlier, the mayor of another Guerrero town, Petatlan, about two hours north along the coast, was killed while eating with friends at a restaurant. And the day before that, a state congressman from Jalisco was gunned down while driving with his son. A former state congressional candidate and a town council member also were killed in the past week.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:57 pm

Business Insider
McMaster: US has seen signs of Russian 'subversion and disinformation' in upcoming Mexican election

The US has seen "initial signs" of Russian "subversion and disinformation and propaganda" in Mexico's presidential campaign, according to National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster

McMaster made the comments when asked about Russia during a mid-December event at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, DC, according to Mexican magazine Reforma. McMaster has mentioned Russia's "destablizing behavior" in Mexico and elsewhere several times in recent weeks. ...

Mexicans will vote on July 1 to elect a new president, every senator and representative, some governors, and thousands of officials in states across the country, and analysts and officials have already expressed concern about the potential for Russian interference. ...

Close links between US and Mexico on energy, economic, transportation, and national-security issues — as well as 37 million Mexican-Americans and immigrants in the US with roots in Mexico — make the southern country an appealing target if Russia seeks to undermine the Western world and the US's role in it, according to Shannon O'Neill, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Russian intelligence services have a long history in Mexico, O'Neill notes, and the Mexican government's history of hacking, the media's role in exchanging coverage for payments or ad money, and the lack of agencies equipped to deal with such interference could leave Mexico hard-pressed or unable to counter misinformation.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:57 pm

Reuters
Eleven dead after gun battle erupts outside Mexican beach resort

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The aftermath of a gunfight on the outskirts of the Mexican seaside resort of Acapulco that pit residents of a small town against members of a local, self-appointed community police force has left 11 dead, state officials said on Sunday.

The exchange of gunfire took place in the farming community of La Concepcion, just south of Acapulco, after elements of the community police detailed a young man for disorderly conduct during town festivities early Sunday morning.

Eight local residents were killed in that exchange.

After Army soldiers and state police later moved into the town, three members of the community police were shot dead after resisting them, Roberto Alvarez, a state security official, told reporters.

Another 30 members of the local police, which had been authorized by state officials to operate in the small town, were arrested in the operation.


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Addie wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Reuters
Eleven dead after gun battle erupts outside Mexican beach resort

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The aftermath of a gunfight on the outskirts of the Mexican seaside resort of Acapulco that pit residents of a small town against members of a local, self-appointed community police force has left 11 dead, state officials said on Sunday.

The exchange of gunfire took place in the farming community of La Concepcion, just south of Acapulco, after elements of the community police detailed a young man for disorderly conduct during town festivities early Sunday morning.

Eight local residents were killed in that exchange.

After Army soldiers and state police later moved into the town, three members of the community police were shot dead after resisting them, Roberto Alvarez, a state security official, told reporters.

Another 30 members of the local police, which had been authorized by state officials to operate in the small town, were arrested in the operation.
This is what things will look like here if sovcits form their own police forces. :?


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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:58 am

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The prospect of Russian meddling in Mexico’s election is no joke ...

In the Twitter video, López Obrador stands near the Gulf of Mexico in the busy port of Veracruz. He quickly reviews the day’s schedule and then goes into full stand-up mode. “I’m standing here waiting for the Russian submarine,” he says, staring at the ocean. “It will be bringing me Moscow’s gold.” López Obrador then mocks Javier Lozano, one of the PRI’s spokesmen, who this week warned against possible Russian intervention in Mexico’s electoral process.” I am now Andres Manuelovich,” he says with a chuckle before adding a rather lame joke about a parrot he owns.

If only it were a laughing matter. López Obrador needs to get serious and sort out a potential conflict of interest within his team before shrugging off any suspicion of Russian influence in his campaign and, crucially, his now likely future government.

A few weeks ago, in a risky but confident political decision, López Obrador announced his potential cabinet. Among those names was Irma Eréndira Sandoval, an academic who would, in a Lopez Obrador presidency, be tasked with leading the fight against corruption and malpractice within Mexico’s vast bureaucracy, a crucial undertaking after the shadowy years of the Peña Nieto administration. Sandoval, unfortunately, carries with her an inconvenient partner: She is married to John Ackerman, a fellow professor and enthusiastic López Obrador sympathizer who, as Frida Ghitis explained in The Washington Post, is also a frequent and trusted contributor to Russia Today, Moscow’s cleverly disguised propaganda machine, now registered as a “foreign agent” with the U.S. Department of Justice. Given the Russian government’s ambitious and well-documented attempt to influence elections and destabilize even fully functioning democracies, the potential conflict of interest within Lopez Obrador’s inner circle is anything but amusing. ...

Mexico, whose fragile democracy has already undergone tremendous trauma and faces a variety of internal threats before this year’s election, must take every measure possible to avoid being the next guinea pig in Putin’s experiment in destabilization. Before dismissing it as a punchline, López Obrador should offer absolute certainty, both inside Mexico and abroad, that no suspicious association exists within his team and campaign. Mexican democracy, and even a future López Obrador presidency, has no place for ambiguities or shadows. The world knows very well what happened last time a country laughed off the possibility of Russian interference in a democratic process.


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