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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 
By John Pilger
 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Burning Gothic Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris
By Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 
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THE GUARDIAN - Red Cross Volunteers in Mexico Given Armed Escorts After Thugs Seize Patient
Red Cross volunteers in Arriaga, Mexico on 26 October 2018.  
Organization Boosts Security as Drug Cartels Show Disregard for the Work of Physicians and First Responders in Conflicts with Rivals
 
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City, Mexico on Tuesday.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador Angered After Reforma Leaked Letter he Wrote that Triggered a Minor Diplomatic Crisis
 
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Opposition Parties, Business, Legal Experts and Even a Ruling Party Senator Rejected the President's Move  

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Street vendors under threat in historic center. 
Their Complaints of Extortion and Other Crimes by a City Gang Have Fallen on Deaf Ears

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of our Times. The Killing of the Kennedys and Today's New Cold War
A Quasi-Review of a Lie Too Big to Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Lisa Pease   
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HISTORY (VIDEO) CHANNEL - The History Channel Kennedy's and the Mob - JFK, Castro, Marcello, Roselli, Giancana, Accardo, Lansky, Dalitz, Trafficante, Zenilli
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COSMOS CLUB - JFK, RFK, the Mob and Dallas

By Ronald Goldfarb

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - This Pinche Gringo is Building a Bridge Between Mexico and US
Dan DeFossey, left, and Roberto Luna of Pinche Gringo BBQ.
'We Want to Send a Message that There is no Wall Between us', Says Co-Owner Dan DeFossey
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Teachers' Union Boss who was Charged with Embezzling US $ 200 mn is Back
Gordillo in 2008.
Elba Esther Gordillo will Seek to Regain Control of SNTE
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Tourism Official Says Privatization of Beaches 'A Serious Problem'
La Huerta, Jalisco, was one location flagged as being at risk of privatization.
Online Survey Gathers Data on Beaches Whose Public Access has Been Blocked
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth - Lawsuit to Force FBI Assessment of WTC Evidence: Interview with Richard Gage, Dave Meinswinkle and Mick Harrison

March 31, 2019 - On our most recent episode of 9/11 Free Fall, host Andy Steele is joined by the leaders of AE911Truth and the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry to discuss our lawsuit filed this week against the FBI, which takes aim at the Bureau’s failure to include certain key evidence in its congressionally mandated 9/11 Review Commission Report from 2015.

This show is recommended listening for all those who wish to have a deeper understanding of this historic litigation and how it may play out in the next one to two years. You can listen using YouTube or SoundCloud.

More, HERE.

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Dee Margo Warned Donald Trump that Closing the Border Would Have a 'Detrimental, Almost Draconian' Impact on the Region
 
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The yellow flag of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Baghuz, Syria
Countries Fear that Legal Standard of States Being 'Unwilling or Unable' to Deal with Terrorism Could Be Used in Latin America
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President Says There is a 'Good Likelihood' he will Close Border this Week if Mexico Does not Stop Immigrants from Reaching US
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Trucks carry Mexican exports into the US at a Juárez-El Paso border crossing.
'Self-Inflicted' Wound Would Have Severe Economic Implications 
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On your knees: Puebla state police forced to kneel by an armed civilian.
They were Beaten and Relieved of Weapons and Vehicles
 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH -God is on the Side of Us Americans, "He May Guide Us to Use It (Nuclear Weapons) In His Ways and for His Purposes"
By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
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Mexican Wave of the Movement Erupted in Creative Industries and Media Where 73 % of Female Workers Have Faced Sexual Harrassment 
 
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One Lawmaker Suggested Seeking an Apology from the CNTE Teachers' Union for Disrupting Congress
 
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THE GUARDIAN - Spain Hits Back at Mexico in Row Over Colonial Rights Abuses
 
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Madrid Rejects Mexican President's Demand for Apology for Crimes Against Indigenous People 
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY -National Guard Another Costly Institutional Reform Whose Potential is Uncertain
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By Patrick Corcoran
 
How Exactly it Will Contribute to a Safer Mexico is Unclear 
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - With 1,486 Participants, Jalisco Breaks Tequila Tasting Record
 
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They Beat a Record Set in Playa del Carmen by 38
 
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Life satisfaction shows a steady upward trend
Happiness Declined for Five Years but Bounced Back in 2018 
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New Zealand police guard the entrance to Memorial Park Cemetery, where the first of 50 people killed in Friday's shooting will be buried. 
Police Commissioner Says Authorities 'Absolutely' Believe They Stopped the Suspect 'on the Way to a Further Attack'   
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - The Difficulty of Writing for Americans
 
March 19, 2019. By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts 
Writing for Americans, unless for their entertainment, is a challenging undertaking. One reason is that many, especially of the younger generations, no longer have a concept of objective truth.

For them “truth” is simply a bias reflecting one’s race, gender, upbringing or predisposition. Emotion overwhelms fact. Biases are not considered to be equal. Some are worthy and some or not. The biases of white people are defined as “hate speech,” “white supremacy,” and “hate crimes.” Today America has many self-hating whites, especially in the media and Democratic Party.

Another reason is that many Americans confuse an explanation with a justification. An explanation of an event is seen as a justification of the event. For example, if one provides an explanation of slavery the assumption is that the writer approves of slavery. A defense of a disapproved category is taken as a demonstration of your own unworthiness. For example, if you defend white people from the propagandistic accusations leveled at them by Identity Politics, you are a “white supremist.”

More, HERE.

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - AMLO Signs Off on Not Running Again, but not Without a Jab at Adversaries

The president signs a pledge not to run for re-election.

Six Years will be Enough to "Erradicate Corruption and Impunity", President Declares

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Government Closed Kitchens Leaving Users with Nowhere to go

Medina cooks potatoes at his home in Michoacán.

An 85-Year-Old in Quiroga, Michoacán, Wonders How he Will Eat

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Competitors will Benefit from Withdrawal of Tourism Marketing Funds

Other countries have beaches, too, and some expect to benefit from a lack of marketing by Mexico.

Puerto Rico Forecast to be a Clear Winner as 'Perfect Storm' Hits Tourist Industry

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DAILY MAIL -  Slaughter in Brazil at the Schoolgates:
Suspect Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, posted up to 30 images of himself online holding the pistol allegedly used in the massacre and wearing a skull mask which was reportedly found at the scene
Footage Shows Gunmen as They Embark on Brazil Classroom Massacre Before Teenagers Flee  that Left Ten People Dead
 
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WIKIPEDIA - Columbine High School Massacre 
Columbine Shooting Security Camera.jpg
At the Time it was the Deadliest Shooting at a High School in the United States History
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Of the 5 Most Violent Cities in the World, 4 are in Mexico 
The chart shows 2018 homicide totals, population and homicide rate for each of the 10 worst cities.
NGO's Study Puts Tijuana in First Place for the Second Year in a Row
 
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WIKIPEDIA - List of Mass Killings in the United States
 
Mass Shooting are Incidents Involving Multiple Victims of Firearm-Related Violence
 
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THE GUARDIAN - 'Dead on Arrival': Democrats Dismiss Trump Budget Plan with $ 8.6 BN for Wall
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President's 2020 Plan Signals Intent to Reignite a Political Fight thta has Already Led to a Record 35-Day Partial Government Shutdown 
 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - The War on AMLO: US Backlash Supported by Mexican Right Wing 
By Kurt Hackbarth and Prof. Colin Mooers 

Ten weeks into the administration of progressive president

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador(AMLO), the Mexican right has made it clear how it plans to oppose him: not as an adversary to be defeated, but as an enemy to be destroyed. And in a war of this kind, as the Spanish saying goes,Todo vale. Anything goes.

The first of the false furors flared up even before AMLO took office, when former presidentsVicente FoxandFelipe Calderón– both from the conservative National Action Party (PAN) – criticized his decision to invite VenezuelanPresident Nicolás Maduroto his inauguration, setting off atempest-in-a-teapot firestormwithin the nation’s corporate media. Inviting foreign heads of state to an inauguration, of course, is part and parcel of diplomatic protocol,something both Fox and Calderón had adhered towhen inviting then-president Hugo Chávez to their respective ceremonies.

But hypocrisy was no object when it came to the PAN’s attempts to tie AMLO to the Bolivarian Revolution, an obsession that dated to the party’sshadowy attack ads in the 2006 electionand repeated faithfullythrough last year’s campaign. When, during his inaugural speech in Congress, AMLO read out Maduro’s name among a list of the foreign leaders in attendance, deputies from the PAN leapt up on cue and, with cries of “Dictator!,” ran to the front of the chamber to unfurl a banner condemning the Venezuelan head of state (a stunt strangely not repeated for the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel).

More, HERE.

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - The First 100 Days: Progress Against Corruption, National Guard are Highlights

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President López Obrador Gives a Progress Report

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - 19 Men Removed from Bus in Tamaulipas and Kidnapped

The Bus was Traveling between Tampico and Reynosa When it was Forced to Stop

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - National Tequila Day is Coming Up on Saturday

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The Celebration Begins Today in Guadalajara with Tequila Cocktail Week

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THE GUARDIAN - Jobs, Roads and Schools: Mexico's New President Makes a Play for El Chapo's Homeland

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Farmers in the Impoverished Region Long Ignored by the State Have for Decades Scratched Out a Living from Marijuana Plantations and Opium Crops

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THE GUARDIAN - Mexico Slashes Funding for Women's Shelters

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Human Rights Workers Say Plan to Give Money Directly to Victims of Domestic Violence Risks Unravelling Decades of Work

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JORNADA - El Nuevo Gobierno Encara Complejos Escenarios: Analista

Los primeros 100 días del gobierno del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador están por cumplirse y su política exterior se ha visto marcada por complejos escenarios regionales; un giro hacia la no intervención; mayores labores para las embajadas y consulados, así como con nuevas caras, tanto en estas representaciones como en la cancillería, expuso

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Bernardo Méndez Lugo, ministro en retiro del Servicio Exterior Mexicano (SEM). Más, AQUI.

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LA OPINION, Los Angeles, California, EUA - Ven con Buenos Ojos a Primeros Cónsules Propuestos por AMLO

MEXICO.- Profesionales de carrera en el Servicio Exterior Mexicano, en su mayoría, a diferencia de la administración de Enrique Peña que privilegió a los políticos, las primeras propuestas del presidente 

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador para ocupar 15 de los 50 consulados de México en Estados Unidos son vistos con buenos ojos  aunque tendrán menos presupuesto que sus antecesores.

Para Los Angeles, el mandatario mexicano, a través de la cancillería, solicitó al Senado ratificar a Marcela Celorio, actual cónsul general en San Diego, miembro del SEM desde 1999, con rango de embajadora desde 2017, quien ha ocupado la Jefatura de Cancillería en Israel y ha sido consejera para Asuntos Políticos en la Embajada en Bélgica y la Unión Europea (UE) así como cónsul adscrita en el Consulado General en Nueva York.

“Es muy interesante este perfil porque maneja fuertemente temas de seguridad, estuvo en Israel, es abogada y conoce bien la relación bilateral: creo que tiene un muy buen perfil, está muy  bien calificada para Los Angeles”, observó 

Bernardo Mendez, ex diplomático en Estados Unidos y actual integrante de la organización América Sin Muros.

Más, AQUI.

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Lake Chapala Mexico, Ajijic
 
 
I relate the Experience of my Wife, Dogs, and me Living Abroad
 
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A worker passes a partially-demolished border wall prototype during demolition at the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego on 27 February 2019. 
Demolition Comes the Same Week that the House Voted to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration
 
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THE GUARDIAN - How Violent American Vigilantes at the Border Led to Trump's Wall
A construction crew works on new sections of the US-Mexico border barrier. 
From the 80s Onwards, the Borderlands were Rife with Paramilitary Cruelty and Racism. But the President's Rhetoric has Thrown Fuel on the Fire
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CNN -  House Democrats Announce Broad Probe Into Allegations of Obstruction of Justice
 
By Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN
 

(CNN) - House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Monday announced a sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, businesses, transition and administration, a probe that would lay the groundwork for Democrats if they choose to pursue impeachment proceedings against the President.

The Judiciary Committee on Monday sent letters to 81 people and entities -- including the White House, the Justice Department, senior campaign officials, Trump Organization officials and the President's sons — marking the start of a broad investigation that will tackle questions including possible corruption, obstruction of justice, hush-money payments to women, collusion with Russia and allegations of the President abusing his office and using it for personal gain.
They are demanding responses within two weeks.
The requests outline a sprawling investigation, seeking documents and communications on issues that include FBI Director James Comey's firing, possible pardons offered to Trump officials, Trump's finances and foreign governments, "catch-and-kill" payments involving the National Enquirer's parent company and Trump, Trump campaign contacts with Russians and WikiLeaks and communications between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
More, HERE.
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CNN - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to be Indicted on Corruption Charges, Pending Hearing
 
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CNN - In Pictures: Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam Cut Short
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CNN - Trump to Kim: 'You Are a Fantastic Leader
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - "Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat: Michael D. Cohen's Testimony to US House of Representatives Committee

We are bringing to the attention of our readers the testimony of former Trump staff

Michael D. Cohen.

Cohen’s statements are backed up by documents made available to the House Committee on Oversight. The testimony includes reference to fraudulent transactions, coverup of Trump’s business interests in Russia, the payment of hush money

Apart from Trump’s business interests with Russia which are of a financial nature, Cohen does not provide evidence that Trump’s election campaign was supported by the Kremlin.

Upon the release of the BuzzFeed News report in mid-January, the US media has gone into high gear focussing on the possibility of impeachment on the grounds that President Trump had instructed “Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about his business dealings in Russia” (Vox, Jan 18, 2019)

The general reaction among House Democrats was that this was a very serious allegation — and that they wanted to hold hearings and investigate to see if the story was true. And some are already on the record as saying that if it is true, impeachment would be the appropriate response.

Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted late Thursday that if the story is true, “President Trump must resign or be impeached.”

More, HERE.

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Tourism Video Under Fire for Content Promoting AMLO, Morena Party
AMLO and his wife, Beatriz Gutiérrez, in a clip from the tourism video in which AMLO and the Morena party were prominently featured.
 
Tourism Officials Said it was Intended to Explain New Strategy but not Much of it Actually Did So.
 
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Morelos Attorney General Carmona.
Criminal Gang Message Supposedly Left at Crime Scene has Disappeared
 
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THE GUARDIAN - Mexican Activist Shot Dead Before Vote on Power Project He Opposed
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador 
Environmental Campaigners Against Electric Plant and Pipeline Say Samir Flores Soberanes's Murder is a 'Political Crime'
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Special Force Stationed in Veracruz will be First National Guard Recruits: AMLO
The special naval force in a training session.
1,300-String Elite Force was Created in 2011 in Response to High Crime Rates in Veracruz
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AMERICAS SOCIETY, COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAS - AMLO 2019: A Primer on Mexico's New Government
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A Special Report on Mexico's President, the People he Listens to, and the Opponents Ready to Take Him on.
 
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AMERICAS SOCIETY, COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAS - Counting Down the First 100 Days of AMLO's Presidency
By
Carin Zissis

February 25, 2019

It’s underway: theAndrés Manuel López Obrador  presidency and his pledge of a Fourth Transformation for Mexico. He  won by a landslide in a July 1 election that marked a repudiation of the status quo. What comes next has stoked both hopes and worries over whether his particular brand of populism means shifts as dramatic as the prior three transformations he’s referring to: Mexican independence, formation of the republic, and the revolution. Any student of Mexican history can tell you those three events took years. 

President AMLO at his swearing-in ceremony.  

López Obrador, also known as AMLO, has six, given that the Constitution allows for one term of that length. He begins with the strongest mandate of any Mexican president in decades, control of Congress, and enough state legislatures to push through constitutional reforms.

As Mexico charts a new path, AS/COA Online's Carin Zissis, based in Mexico City, counts down the first 100 days of the López Obrador presidency. Check back for regular updates. More, HERE.

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AMERICA'S QUARTERLY - Becoming AMLO: An Interview with Mexican Historian Lorenzo Meyer
A Look at the New Mexican President's Political Upbringing - and What it Means for How He'll Govern.
 
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UNDER THE VOLCANO - 

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By Anthony Bourdain (Wikipedia)

Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—as we sure employ a lot of them. 

Despite our ridiculously hypocritical attitudes towards immigration, we demand that 

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Mexicans cook a large percentage of the food we eat, grow the ingredients we need to make that food, clean our houses, mow our lawns, wash our dishes, look after our children. 

As any chef will tell you, our entire service economy—the restaurant business as we know it—in most American cities, would collapse overnight without Mexican workers. Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are “stealing American jobs”. But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had ONE American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position—or even a job as prep cook. Mexicans do much of the work in this country that Americans, probably, simply won’t do. 

We love Mexican drugs. Maybe not you personally, but “we”, as a nation, certainly consume titanic amounts of them—and go to extraordinary lengths and expense to acquire them. We love Mexican music, Mexican beaches, Mexican architecture, interior design, Mexican films.

So, why don’t we love Mexico? More, HERE.

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WASHINGTON POST - With Fewer Undocumented Workers to Hire, U. S. Farmers are Fueling a Surge in the Number of Legal Guest Workers

By Kevin Sieff and Annie Gowen

DURANGO, Mexico — For decades, U.S. farmers, landscapers and builders tapped a seemingly endless supply of cheap labor: the waves of undocumented immigrants coming across the southern border. The workers arrived in time for harvests and construction booms. They did the low-wage manual labor that Americans were unwilling to do.

By the 2000s, more than half of American farmworkers were undocumented, according to the Labor Department. But now — thanks to border enforcement, the surging cost of smugglers and changes in migration patterns — the number of people crossing into the United States illegally is nearing the lowest level in decades. There are more Mexicans leaving the United States than arriving there.

For the White House, that might be a triumph. But for the 

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agriculture industry, the impact is acute. Each year, its labor force dwindles. More, HERE.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Venezuela False Flag Brewing? Under the Cloak of "the Humanitarian Convoy"
 

According to Russian media, yet to be confirmed, “A False Flag is Brewing” under the Cloak of the so-called “Humanitarian Convoy for Venezuela” (TASS)

The alleged false flag operation is intended to justify “an outside invasion” of Venezuela by one or more foreign powers. The false flag is slated to result in the deaths of civilians. 

According to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

Maria Zakharova at a press conference last weekA provocation, involving victims, is being put together under the guise of a humanitarian convoy,”Zakharova stressed. “They need it just as a pretext to use outside force, and everyone should understand that.”

“The possibility of a military intervention is just a red line for all of Latin America and the entire global community in general, which considers itself to be civilized,” she emphasized.

More, HERE.

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Activists rally against Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. 
Coalition Accuses President of 'Robbing Taxpayer Funds'
 
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CNN - Trump Again Dares Courts to Stop Him
16 states file lawsuit to stop Trump's national emergency declaration 

Washington (CNN) -The legal confrontation over Donald Trump's immigration national emergency is becoming the most important test yet of his vision of an unfettered presidency immune to norms that check executive power.

The President hit back Tuesdayafter 16 states filed a lawsuit to stop his declarationaimed at redirecting funds already allocated by Congress for different purposes to build his border wall. The structure was the ideological anchor of his campaigns, rooted in claims that an "invasion" of undocumented migrants and criminals is swamping America.
"As I predicted, 16 states, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, with no hope of completion, seems in charge!" Trump tweeted.
More, HERE.
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A building in Mexico City's Roma district.
Searches for Properties for Sale Increased by 47 %
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A municipal police officer in León, Guanajuato.
Funds for Municipal Police in Guanajuato Cut 42 %
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Displaced by violence, citizens from Guerrero camp outside the National Palace.
National Palace has Become a Magnet for Protesters Seeking the President's Ear
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A soldier stands guard over cocaine seized off the coast of Guerrero.
US Coast Guard Estimates that 2,738 Tonnes of Cocaine were Shipped from Colombia in 2017
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DRUGS' LEGALIZATION

To illustrate what is going on in Mexico, please take a look at this article named MEXICO'S DESCENT TO INFERNO, by Professor James Petras.

This is a VIDEO of my most recent appearance in international TV. This interview was conducted by

Alydia Noble

Alydia Noble, Al Jazeera, London

We respectfully suggest our authorities a REFERENDUM that must be sent to the Mexican Senate, ASAP.

An initiative ought to be sent to all citizens to vote YES or NO on drugs's legalization. If you are a member of the media, I will be glad to provide more details.

Mario-González-Román

President

Culture of Safe Travel, Crime & Loss Prevention

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Gearing Up for Possibility of Another Trump Shutdown, Airport Workers Ready Mass Protests in 80 Major Cities

By Jake Johnson

We’re going to continue running as fast as we can right up to February 15, so that we can take action immediately on February 16 if necessary.”

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With congressional negotiators still working on a deal to keep the federal government open after the current stopgap funding measure expires on Friday, Feb. 15, airport workers are already planning mass protests  for next Saturday in case the government shuts down again.

Air traffic controllers and other airport employees were widely credited for creating the pressure that ended the longest shutdown in American history last month, and Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) presidentSara NelsontoldNew York Magazineon Friday that workers are gearing up to mobilize if congressional negotiators fail to reach a deal—or ifPresident Donald Trumpunilaterally scuttles any agreement.

AsNew York Magazine‘s Sarah Jones reported,

“Nelson says that the union will be out leafleting in airports in 80 major cities next week ahead of Saturday’s demonstrations.”

“We are also working very hard to get information out to all of our members about what’s at stake,” Nelson toldNew York Magazine. “We need people to fully understand what the issues are so that we can be prepared to respond potentially with withholding our service, if that’s what it takes to stop a continuation of the shutdown.”

More, HERE.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro
 

Bolivarian Government of Venezuela

Feb. 10, 2019

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If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality.

I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by CommanderHugo Chávezsince 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

More, HERE.

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Thermal Plant Opponents Reject Cosultation, Criticize AMLO for Flip-Flop

Opponents of the power plant reject consultation.

Environmentalists Had Expected to Find an Ally in the President

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Back to you AMLO, Says Rights Commission over Teacher Blockades

Teachers on the tracks in Uruapan.

Government Told it Cannot Delegate its Responsibilities

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Donald Trump's Twenty Biggest Follies
New York Times
By Prof Rodrigue Tremblay February 4, 2019
 
The Biggest Folly of all is to Enter Politics When One is Inexperienced and Incompetent
 

American  President Donald Trump  has done a lot of unheard-of things since his 2016 election, most of them have been controversial and some have been utterly scandalous. The latest one to date was his shutting down of part of the U.S. government for 35 long days, on a whim, with the intention of bullying the newly elected Democratic majority of the House of Representatives. However, this time he hit a wall—a democratic wall—as House SpeakerNancy Pelosi  called his bluff and defeated him at his own game.

But the list of Trump’s  ineptitudesis very long, and we tend to forget previous ones as the next one hits the headlines. For the record, here are 20 among his more damning ones.

More, HERE.

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The US sold Weapons to Allies in the Middle East. Now, Some are in the Hands of Al-Qaeda-linked Fighters and Iranian-backed Rebels  
 
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New deputy governor Heath.
 Times may be Difficult Now but Jonathan Heath Sees Better Ones Ahead
 
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 Courtroom sketch of assistant US attorney Amanda Liskamm pointing at the accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán while delivering a rebuttal in Brooklyn federal court on 31 January.
The Jury has Heard Months of Testimony abut Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán who Faces Life in Prison
 
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Workers' representative Elejarza.
Workers in Ciudad Victoria are also Looking for Better Pay
 
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There was a work stoppage on Thursday at Arca Continental.
Workers at Three Companies Want Raises after 37 Factories Agree to Union Demands
 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH -  Amid Media Blackout, Workers Expand Strike Matamoros, Mexico Strike of Over 70,000 Workers Enters Sixth Day
By Alex Gonzalez & Andrea Lobo; 18 January,2019 

Over 70,000 “maquiladora” workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city.

Last night, thousands of workers marched through the city from factory to factory chanting “unity, unity,” “walk out! walk out!,” “the workers united will never be defeated” and “strike!” Workers stopped at each plant and appealed to workers changing shift to join their strike, greeting each new walkout with a loud round of cheers. The crowd grew throughout the night.

There is a sense in the ruling class that the strike may be getting out of control. Amid a complete media blackout, the hated trade unions are doing everything in their power to restrict the movement to “legal” union-led negotiations and to keep stoppages from spreading to more manufacturing complexes across the border area and internationally.

More, HERE.

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Marchers in Mexico City yesterday protest femicides and kidnappings.
Mobile Help Centers, Increased Police Presence Among Initiatives Announced by Mayor
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The epicenter of yesterday's earthquake in Chiapas.
One Person Injured; Damages Described as Minor
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CNN - Venezuelan Army Defectors Appeal to Trump for Weapons
 
By Nick Paton Walsh, Barbara Arvanitidis and Alex Platt
 

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuelan army defectors are calling on the Trump administration to arm them, in what they call their quest for "freedom."

Former soldiers Carlos Guillen Martinez and Josue Hidalgo Azuaje, who live outside the country, told CNN they want US military assistance to equip others inside the beleaguered nation. They claim to be in contact with hundreds of willing defectors and have called on enlisted Venezuelan soldiers to revolt against the Maduro regime, through television broadcasts.
"As Venezuelan soldiers, we are making a request to the US to support us, in logistical terms, with communication, with weapons, so we can realize Venezuelan freedom," Guillen Martinez told CNN.
More, HERE.
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence

The Latin American nation of Venezuela faces dangerous destabilization with the United States and its allies having recognized opposition figure Juan Guaidoas “president” and declaring actual Venezuelan president –Nicolas Maduro– no longer recognized.

In response, President Maduro has demanded US diplomatic personnel to leave the country.

Protests and counter-protests have reportedly taken to the streets as both sides attempt to seize the psychological and political initiative.

Why Venezuela? 

According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – the impetus for Washington’s sudden interest in Venezuela is the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Reuters in their article titled, “Pompeo calls on Venezuela’s Maduro to step down, urges support from military,” would claim:

In a statement, Pompeo said Washington would support opposition leader Juan Guaido as he establishes a transitional government and prepares the country for elections. 

“The Venezuelan people have suffered long enough under Nicolas Maduro’s disastrous dictatorship,” Pompeo said. “We call on Maduro to step aside in favor of a legitimate leader reflecting the will of the Venezuelan people.”

In truth, Washington’s motivation is the fact that according to The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)– Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves on Earth – more than Saudi Arabia and accounting for nearly a quarter of all OPEC production.

More, HERE.

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Mexico is Not in Favor or Against Maduro, 'We're for Compliance with Constitutional Principles' 
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Defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman, left, questions FBI agent Paul Roberts, centre, on the witness stand during the trial of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, right, in this courtroom sketch in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday.
Prosecution Case Against Accused Mexican Drug Lord Had Lasted 11 Weeks
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A police officer investigates a crime scene in eastern Tijuana, Mexico.
Homicides in Tijuana have Skyrocketed Recently, Returning the City to Levels of Hyper-Violence it Last Saw a Decade Ago
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Mexico is on a Par with Guinea, Iran, Papua New Guinea and Russia
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Some of the vehicles to be sold at auction in February.
Sale of Vehicles Expected to Generate over 100 Million Pesos, which will Help Fund New National Guard
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REUTERS - Mexico Teachers Block Railway Lines, Food Shortages Feared
By Sharay Angulo
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico could soon face a shortage of staple foods such as corn flour and wheat flour as railways remain blocked after two weeks of protests in the western state of Michoacan, railroad operator Ferrocarril Mexicano (Ferromex) said on Monday.
More, HERE.
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - A New Day for Mexicans
 
 
NAFTA had been in effect for just a few months when Ruben Ruiz got a job at the Itapsa factory in Mexico City in the summer of 1994. Itapsa made auto brakes for Echlin, a U.S. manufacturer later bought out by the huge Dana Aftermarket Group. In the factory, asbestos dust from brake parts coated machines and people alike. Ruiz had hardly begun his first shift when a machine malfunctioned, cutting four fingers from the hand of the man operating it.
 

It seemed clear to Ruiz that things were very wrong, so he went to a meeting to talk about organizing a union. When Itapsa managers got wind of the effort, they began firing the organizers. Nevertheless, many of the workers joined STIMAHCS, an independent democratic union of metalworkers.

Itapsa workers filed a petition for an election, but then discovered that they already had a “union” – a unit of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM). They’d never seen the union contract – in essence, a “protection contract,” which insulates the company from labour unrest.

The plant’s HR manager told Ruiz that Echlin management in the U.S. said any worker organizing an independent union should be immediately fired. “He told me my name was on a list of those people,” Ruiz recounted, “and I was discharged right there.”

Nevertheless, there was a vote, in September 1997, to decide which union workers wanted. But before the election, a state police agent drove a car filled with rifles into the plant. Two busloads of strangers arrived, armed with clubs and copper rods.

During the voting, workers were escorted by CTM functionaries past the club and rifle-wielding strangers. Some workers were forcibly kept in a part of the factory to keep them from voting. At the polling station, employees were asked aloud which union they favored, in front of management and CTM representatives.

STIMAHCS tried to get the election canceled. But the government body administering it, the Conciliation and Arbitration Board (JCA), went ahead, even after thugs roughed up one of the independent union’s organizers. Predictably, STIMAHCS lost.

Business Unions in Mexico

For 20 years the Itapsa election has been a symbol of all that’s gone wrong with Mexico’s labour law, which provides protection on paper for workers seeking to organize but which has been routinely undermined by a succession of governments bent on using a low-wage workforce to attract foreign investment. Dana Corporation was just one beneficiary – Itapsa has been the norm, not the exception.

More, HERE. 

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Failures to Confront the Unspeakable, and the Way Ahead. Part 1
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Grief in Tlahuelilpan.
 
Was it Criminality or Desperation that Drove the Victims of the Tragic Explosion of a Pipeline?
 
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López Obrador, left, and Alfaro are sparring over fuel shortages.
 
'It is Not a Matter of Publicity, It's a Crisis that Requires Complete Seriousness on the Part of the Federal Government: Alfaro
 
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THE GUARDIAN - What is Life Like in Border Country, Where Trump Wants His Wall?
 
The Guardian Travelled to Five Locations on the US-Mexico to Discover How Trump's Rhetoric Jars with the Reality on the Ground 
 
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Poll shows 53% of Americans Blame Trump and Republicans
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Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo and Marco Graf as Pepe in Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
The drama about a servant and her employers has sparked soul-searching – and yearning for an era of certainties
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López Obrador speaks during his daily press conference.
'There's no way they didn't know about it'
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A tanker delivers fuel to a gas station
But Given Another Tap on a Key Pipeline -the Fifth this Week- the Prediction may be Optimistic
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Analysis by 
Stephen Collinson Profile
 
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NEW YORK POST - 'Superstar' DEA Agent Made Millions Off Cocaine Traffickers: Report
DEA agents arrive on the scene of a fatal shooting in Florida.
A “superstar” DEA agent secretly fueled a lavish lifestyle by skimming cash from Colombian cocaine traffickers through a multimillion-dollar scam that officials say is turning into one of the worst scandals in the agency’s history, according to a report Tuesday.

Jose Irizarry, who resigned after being recalled from his post in Colombia, was recently identified in court papers as a co-conspirator of a former DEA informant who pleaded guilty to money laundering in Florida, according to the Associated Press.

Profits from the scheme helped Irizarry, 44, buy a Land Rover and a home in Cartagena, the Colombian resort city where he was assignedto combat drug smuggling into the US, current and former law enforcement officials told AP.

More, HERE.

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NEW YORK POST - El Chapo Paid $ 100M Bribe to Ex-Mexican President: Secretary 

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the U. S.
 

Afghanistan’s opium economy is a multibillion dollar operation which has a direct impact on the surge of  heroin addiction in the US.  

Despite president Trump’s announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal  interests. 

In 2004,  the proceeds of the Afghan heroin trade yielded an estimated global revenue of the order of 90 billion dollars. This estimate was based on retail sales corresponding to a total supply of the order of 340,000 kg of pure heroin (corresponding to Afghanistan’s 3400 tons of opium production) (See Michel Chossudovsky, America’s War on Terrorism, Chapter XVI, Global Research, Montreal 2005)

Today a rough estimate based on US retail prices suggests that the global heroin market is above the 500 billion dollars mark. This multibillion dollar hike is the result ofa significant increase in the volume of heroin transacted Worldwidecoupled with a moderate increase in retail prices.

Based on the most recent (UNODC) data (2017) opium production in Afghanistan is of the order of 9000 metric tons, which after processing and transformation is equivalent to approximately900,000 kg. of pure heroin.

With the surge in heroin addiction since 2001, the retail price of heroin has increased. According to DEA intelligence, one gram of pure heroin was selling in December 2016 in the domestic US market for $902 per gram.

More, HERE.

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Al Jazeera VIDEO 

 

America's Guns: Arming Mexico's Cartels

 

The United states's constitutionally enshrined love-affair with

Resultado de imagen para pics America's Guns: Arming Mexico's Cartels 

CREDIT TO ABOVE PHOTO

firearms has given it the highest levels of private gun ownership in the world, a truly staggering rate of gun related deaths (from high profile "mass killings" to more routine daily homicides) and a hugely powerful and wealthy arms industry

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FORBES - Doc Series: The Drug in War Costs The U. S. Over $ 78B A Year 

Showtime’s new five-part documentary series The Trade details the lives behind the headlines and statistics regarding the War on Drugs. Drug trafficking is the most lucrative illegal trade and every day more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. This is a national crisis that effects public health, as well as social and economic welfare.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates  the economic burden in the U.S. is $78.5 billion a year, which includes the costs of healthcare, addiction treatment, lost productivity and the involvement of law enforcement.

More, HERE.

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Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis, Ecstasy: How Big is the Global Drug Trade?

By Global Research

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LIBRO: Nacho Lozano, Marihuana a la Mexicana 

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CNN - Trump Walks Out of Shutdown Meeting, Calling Talks 'Total Waste of Time'
 

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump walked out of discussions to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, calling the talks with congressional Democrats "a total waste of time."

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" Trump said.
More, HERE.
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Soldiers check fuel shipments leaving a Pemex storage depot in México state.
Government Says Anti-Theft Strategy is Working, but the Cost in Fuel Shortages has been High
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Zapatistas Say They Won't Permit AMLO's 'Destructive Projects'
Zapatistas observe the anniversary of their 1994 uprising. 
López Obrador Said the Movement has a Right to Protest and Dissent
 
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There are 1,000 of these every day.
Staggered Implementation of Insurance Requirement Began in 2014
 
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People run away from tear gas thrown by US border control, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on 1 January.  
Customs and Border Protection Said the Gas was Used to Target Rock Throwers Apart from Migrants who Were Trying to Cross
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Helicopter Crash Kills Puebla Governor and Her Husband 
Alonso and her husband, governor and ex-governor of Puebla, died in a helicopter crash.
The aircraft went down in Coronango, Just Outside Puebla City 
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Another Caravan on the Way: 15,000 Heading North but Destination is Chiapas
The migrants' shelter in Tijuana.
They Plan to Look for Work on Maya Train or Government's Reforestation Project
 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - The Holiday Season "US Government Shutdown". Trump's Fortress America, $ 1.2 Trillion to Nuclear Weapons.
 

Shutdowns occur when Congress fails to pass a measure funding government operations or the president refuses to sign appropriations legislation.

When this happens, non-essential federal personnel are furloughed until the issue is resolved. Under Trump, it happened three times – from January 20 – 22, 2018, on February 9, and again post-midnight December 21.

With Dems controlling the House in January, further shutdowns over the next two years may happen. On Friday, Trump blamed Dems for what both sides of the aisle share blame, DLT most of all.

This time it’s over his fortress America demand along the US southern border with Mexico – wanting over $5 billion wasted on a wall, unable to stem the tide of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from coming to America, no matter its length or height if fully built.

Walls don’t work. A previous article explained they’ll be breached, tunneled under, or gone around by water or air to reach America.

The only partially possible way to keep out unwanted aliens is by walling-in the entire country and putting an impenetrable roof over it. Even that won’t likely work. Trump’s scheme is hugely ill-conceived – solely for political reasons, nothing else.

Responsible legislators should overwhelmingly reject his scheme. If money poured down a black hole of waste, fraud, and abuse for walls, militarism, endless wars, and corporate handouts were used for vital homeland needs, especially healthcare, education, and other essentials, America would be safe and fit to live in.

Trump wants lots more than a border wall. He wants nationals from the wrong countries and religions banned from entering America.

He wants the nation more militarized.

He wants over a trillion dollars to upgrade America’s nuclear arsenal– instead of ordering vital denuclearization to save humanity from possible armageddon that may happen as long as these weapons exist, along with long-range ballistic missile delivery systems able to strike anywhere globally with pinpoint accuracy.

More HERE.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - France's Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt
 
By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Judges Stage Unprecedented Protest, Accuse Government of Interference
 
Judges around the country protested yesterday.
 
They also Rejected President López Obrador's Claim of Fat Salaries
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Tourism Officials Predict Near 6 % Increase in Visitor Numbers for 2019
 
Tourists enjoy a Mexican beach. 
Total is Expected to Reach Nearly 45 Million
 
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REUTERS - Mexico's Top Court Suspends Public Sector Pay Cuts Law
 
Mexico's Supreme Court on Friday suspended a new law that cuts public sector pay, freezing it until the tribunal has made a definitive ruling on the legislation, and dealing a blow to Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador.
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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Video: Behind the US Attack on Chinese Smartphones
 
By Manlio Dinucci
 

After having imposed heavy taxes on Chinese merchandise – 250 billion dollars – President Trump, at the G-20, accepted a “truce” by postponing further measures, mainly because the US economy has been struck by Chinese retaliation.

But apart from these commercial considerations, there are also some strategic reasons. Under pressure from the Pentagon and the Intelligence agencies, the USA took the decision to forbid the use of Smartphones and telecommunications infrastructures from the Chinese company Huawei, warning that they may potentially be used for espionage, and pressured their allies to do the same.

The warning concerning the danger of Chinese espionage, especially addressed to Italy, Germany and Japan, countries which house the most important US military bases, came from the same US Intelligence agencies which have been spying on the telephone communications of their allies for years, in particular in Germany and Japan. The US company Apple, at one time the undisputed leader in the sector, saw its sales doubled by Huawei (a company owned by its workers as share-holders), which moved up to the world second place behind the South Korean company Samsung. This is emblematic of a general tendency.
More, HERE
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THE NEW YORK TIMES - House Hunting in ... Mexico
In the city of Monterrey, new developments (and prices) are rising to meet greater demand for luxury properties
 
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THE GUARDIAN'A Humiliation': Outcry after Mexico President Gives Highest Honour to Jared Kushner

 Jared Kushner

Enrique Peña Nieto to Hand Trump Son-in-law the Order of the Aztec Eagle for Trade Work

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - From 1945 Until Today - 20 to 30 Million People Killed by the USA.

By Manlio Dinucci

In the summary of its last strategic document – 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America (of which the entire text is classified) – the Pentagon claims that “after the Second World War, the United States and their allies installed a “free and open international order in order to safeguard the freedom of the people from aggression and coercion”, but that “this order is presently undermined by Russia and China, who are violating the principles and rules of international relations”. This is a total reversal of historical reality.

Professor Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Center for Research on Globalization, reminds us that these two countries, listed today as enemies, are those which, when they were allied with the United States during the Second World War, paid the victory over the Nazi-fascist Axis Berlin-Rome-Tokyo with the greatest price in human lives – approximately 26 million from the Soviet Union and 20 million from China, compared with a little more than 400,000 from the United States.

With this preliminary, Chossudovsky introduces to Global Research a documented study by James A. Lucas on the number of people killed by the uninterrupted series of wars, coups d’État and other subversive operations executed by the United States from the end of the War in 1945 until now – a number estimated at 20 to 30 million victims. Approximately twice the number of deaths from the First World War, the centenary of the end of which has just been celebrated in Paris with a Peace Forum.
More, HERE.
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY -  6 Hour Border Closure Cost Over US $ 5 Million:

Migrants' camp in Tijuana.

Business Group in San Ysidro, 93 % of Local Businesses' Customers are from Mexico  

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THE GUARDIAN - Mexico Denies Deal with US on Asylum Seekers at Border. Washington Post reports Deal on 

The Mexico-US border fence in Tijuana.

'Remain in Mexico ' Plan Before Incoming Interior Minister Says: 'No Agreement of any Kind'

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MEXICO NEWS DAILYSome Migrants Heading Home: 'They tricked us: Our Dreams Have Gone to Hell'

Migrants en route to Tijuana from Mexicali yesterday. 

About 350 have Decided to Return Home in the Face of a Long Wait at the Border

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Migrants Overwhelm Tijuana; Mayor Declares Humanitarian Crisis 

Migrants at the sports complex-shelter in Tijuana.

Federal Government Criticized for Neglecting Its Duty 

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CNN - 2,550 U. S. Citizens Applied for Asylum in Canada in 2017 

That's more than 6 Times as Many as in 2016. It is Believed that the Hard-line Immigration Policies of President Donald Trump have Fueled the Increase in the Number of Americans Fleeing to Canada.  

By Doug Criss 

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Trump Authorizes Lethal Force Against Asylum Seeking Aliens

 

By Stephen Lendman. November 23, 3018 

Refugees, asylum seekers, and others from the wrong countries are unwelcome in Trump’s America – notably people of color and Muslims. His November 8 immigration order has nothing to do with protecting national security or US sovereignty – everything to do with longstanding bipartisan racism, undemocratic Dems as hostile to freedom and justice for all as Republicans. 

On Monday, US District Judge Jon Tigar issued a temporary restraining order, blocking enforcement of Trump’s November ban, effective December 19, saying:

“The rule barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country outside a port of entry irreconcilably conflicts with the (Immigration and Nationality Act) and the expressed intent of Congress,” adding:

“Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

Trump’s order also violates the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol, and the US Refugee Act of 1980.

Refugees and asylum seekers, fearing persecution or fleeing war zones, are entitled to protection under the above laws.

More, HERE.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES - The Public Trial of El Chapo, Held Partially in Secret

 

Numerous Private Motions and Letters have been a Part of the Case Against Joaquin Guzmán Loera. This Week the Secrecy Reached New Levels. By Alan Feuer.

 

More, HERE. Nov. 21, 2018

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THE GUARDIAN - Mexican President-Elect's New Plan to Fight Crime Looks like the Old Plan

Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office 1 December.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador Stood on Pacification Platform but Critics Say New Force Repeats Predecessors' Short-Term Thinking.

 

More, HERE. November 21, 2018 

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - AMLO will go After Ex-Presidents for Corruption -if the Public Demands it. 

Former president Salinas: he would be the first to face corruption charges, says AMLO.

But the Incoming President Believes it Would be Better 'to Forget that Terrible Story'

 

More, HERE.  

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Economic Outlook not as Rosy as it was a Month Ago as Confidence Eroded.

López Obrador: recent developments have triggered a gloomier economic outlook.

 

Growth forecasts Are being cut as Expectations Decline.

 

More, HERE.

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CNN - Exclusive: Trump Expected to Give Troops Authority to Protect Border Personnel
Mattis fills void left by Trump's silence on military's border mission
By Barbara Starr, Geneva Sands and Ryan Browne; November 20, 2018
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY -  'Out Hondurans, we Don't Want You Here'
'Migrants out!' Tijuana protesters voice their disapproval over migrant arrivals.
Residents of Tijuana are divided over the presence of large numbers of Central American migrants in their city. Protests both for and against members of the first migrant caravan were held Sunday in the northern border city
 
More, HERE
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - 'Nobody Asked us': Indigenous Peoples Say No to Maya Train
maya train
Indigenous communities on the Yucatan peninsula have rejected president-elect Lopez Obrador's Maya train project and declared that nobody has asked their opinion about it. 
 
More, HERE  
 
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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Mexico's Security Plan a 'Colossal Mistake', Warns Human Rights Watch
Security plan critics say local, state and federal police should be strengthened rather than keep soldiers on the streets.
 
The incoming government's new security strategy is also "potentially dangerous", the international non-governmental organization warned
 
More, HERE
 
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CNN - Trump's Mood Takes a Foul Turn: 'He's Pissed -- at Damn Near Everyone

November 14, 2018

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CNN - France Accuses Trump of Lacking 

Macron and Trump prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace on Saturday.

 'Common Decency' for Tweets on Anniversary of Paris Attacks

By Saskya Vandoome and Mathew Robinson; November 14, 2018 

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CNN - Melanie Trump Leads 

National security aide headed for exit after clash with Melania Trump's office

New Round of White House Firing and Fury

Analysis by Stephen Collinson; November 14, 2018 

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - Central American Migrants are Now Traveling in at Least 12 States.

All aboard: migrants wait to climb into truck on their journey north. 

A First Contingent has Already Arrived in Tijuana, where Authorities are Seeking Aid for Shelters

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY - El Chapo's Lawyer Claims Cartel Bribed Presidents Peña Nieto, Calderón.

Calderón, left, and Peña Nieto accepted bribes from cartel, lawyer alleges. 

Both Have Rejected the Accusation, which Claims that the Sinaloa Cartel Paid them Millions of Dollars

 

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EFE, English Edition - Mexico's Lopez Obrador Turns 65

Mexico City, Nov. 13, 2018: Leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador turned 65 on Tuesday, just a few weeks before fulfilling his longstanding dream of becoming Mexico's next president. Mariachis and followers arrived before his main office in the country's capital to celebrate, yet the soon-to-become president was not in the building. EPA/EFE/Mario Guzmán

November 14, 2018

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador turned 65 on Tuesday, just a few weeks before fulfilling his longstanding dream of becoming Mexico's next president. Lopez Obrador celebrated his birthday without announcing any public activities for the day after making a working visit to southeastern Mexico on Monday. 

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THE GUARDIAN - Mexico's President-Elect AMLO's Party Moves Toward Marijuana Legalization

 Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero – who has been picked as interior secretary by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador – presented the measure on Thursday

Party has Submitted Legislation to Legalize the Possession, Public Use, Growth and Sale of Marijuana

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GLOBAL RESEARCH - Mexico: The Legalization of Opium for Medicinal Use?

 Opium

By Andrew Korybko

There would be far-reaching implications for the US if the incoming Mexican government goes through with the current Defense Minister’s suggestion to legalize opium for medicinal use.

This so-called “solution” has long been discussed and is seen by some as a pragmatic approach for lessening the heavy carnage caused by the country’s drug war over the past decade, which has killed more than 200,000 people since it first began in 2006. The concept is simple enough and it’s that the country’s opium farmers, which have made Mexico the world’s third-largest supplier of this drug, would sell their harvests to government-approved entities for use in scientific studies and medicine instead of giving them to the cartels, though this would require that the state provide adequate protection to both the farmers and their crops. This is a lot easier said than done because the security services are thought to be deeply infiltrated by the cartels, and many citizens live in fear of what would happen if these forces found out that they were cooperating with the government.

More, HERE.

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Mexico to Cancel $ 13.3 Billion Mexico City Airport Project By Anthony Harrup

Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador casts his vote in Mexico City on Thursday.  

Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador Casts His Vote in Mexico City on Thursday. PHOTO: EDUARDO VERDUGO/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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BBC: Mexico President-Elect Halts Partly Built Airport

Construction site of the new Mexico City International Airport in Texcoco on the outskirts of Mexico City. October 29, 2018 

Foundations for Mexico City's AIrport at Texcoco have already been built

Mr López Obrador, who takes office in December, said money would be used instead to improve existing facilities.

He has been a strong critic of the project which he says is bad for the environment and tainted by corruption.

The referendum was one of Mr. López Obrador's campaign promises.

About one million people took part in the vote over four days, about 1% of the electorate, and critics have alleged cases of people casting multiple ballots.

The estimated cost of the new airport at Texcoco, north-east of the capital, has been put at more than $13bn (£10bn).

More, HERE.

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THE GUARDIAN: Five Things you Need to Know about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador or "Amlo"

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY: Airport Vote 'Opaque and Illegal', 'Useless Consultation', Business Leaders Charge

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THE GUARDIAN: Trump Accused of Stocking Immigration Fears by Sending 5,200 Troops to Border

A migrant girl, traveling with a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, hitchhikes on a truck in Tapanatepec, Mexico.

A migrant girl, traveling with a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, hitchhikes on a truck in Tapanatepec, Mexico. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

By David Smith in Washington and David Agren in Mexico City

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CNN - Here's what we Know so far About Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect

 Bowers' photo on Gab.com
By Saeed Ahmedand Paul P. Murphy, CNN, October 27, 2018
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CNN - Trump: Shooting had Little to Do with Gun Laws
 
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CNN: Suspect's Social Media Reveals Gun Collection
 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH -  Mail Bombs to Trump Critics Reminiscent of Post 9/11 Anthrax Attacks?
By Steve Lendman, October 27, 2018
 
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CNN: Cesar Sayoc was a DJ, Bodybuilder and Pizza Delivery Man Before He Became a Bomb Suspect
How the alleged bomber was caught
 
By Nicole Chavez, CNN, October 27, 2018
 
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Propuesta para Cooperación de México con Países del Triángulo del Norte de Centroamérica en Coincidencia con Plan de Cooperación para Centroamérica del Nuevo Gobierno Encabezado por AMLO
 
@Americasinmuros y su equipo encabezado por Kino Miquirray presidente y Bernardo Mendez Lugo, Director, apoyan la propuesta para cooperación de México con Países del Triangulo del Norte de Centroamérica en coincidencia con Plan de Cooperación para Centroamérica de nuevo gobierno encabezado por AMLO. 

México necesita fortalecer su relación con Centroamérica y consolidar su influencia en una región estratégica para la seguridad nacional de México. Hace pocos días el 
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futuro Canciller Marcelo Ebrard @M_Ebrard informó que el Plan de Cooperación para Centroamérica tiene un avance de 70%. Diario La Razón del 12 de septiembre de 2018. P.12. Es muy posible que ahora 27 de octubre, el Plan tenga un avance superior al 80%. 

Propuesta: en el contexto del inicio del gobierno del presidente electo Andrés M López Obrador se propone Cumbre en El Salvador hacia inicios de mayo de 2019 como país estratégico: sede del Sistema de Integración Centroamericano (SICA) y sede del Proyecto Mesoamérica para reunir a los presidentes centroamericanos (puede estudiarse la inclusión de Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belice y Panamá) por razones geoestrategicas. 
 
Más, AQUI.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH: High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Kavanaugh and the Senate- Trump Faction. Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law

Rule of Law 

By Prof. John McMurtryand Prof. Matthew Stanton October 5, 2018

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY: Serial Killers of Ecatepec Confess to Eating The Remains of their Victims

Juan Carlos: an aversion to women.

'If I get out of Jail I'm going to Keep Killing More Women': Juan Carlos, October 10, 2018

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MEXICO NEWS DAILY: More Federal Employees Say No to Leaving Mexico City for Decentralization
Culture Secretariat employees protest outside new government's transition headquarters. 
Culture Secretariat is supposed to be the first to move, but staff don't want to go, October 10, 2018
 
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Children wait on the roof of a stranded transit van.
Several kilometers of the Periférico Flooded in Heavy Rain, October 9, 2018
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THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE - The Dawn of Mexico's Dirty War

By Kate Doyle 

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BBC: Mexico students v the state: Anniversary of 1968 massacre reopens recent wounds

By Stephen Woodman, Mexico City; October 1, 2018 
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GLOBAL RESEARCH: What Happened on the Planes on September 11, 2001? The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls. The 9/11 Commission "Script" was Fabricated.

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky; September 4, 2018

“We Have Some Planes”

The 9/11 Commission’s Report provides an almost visual description of the Arab hijackers. It depicts in minute detail events occurring inside the cabin of the four hijacked planes.

In the absence of surviving passengers, this “corroborating evidence”, was based on passengers’ cell and air phone conversations with their loved ones. According to the Report, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was only recovered in the case of one of the flights (UAL 93).

Focusing on the personal drama of the passengers, the Commission has built much of its narrative around the phone conversations. The Arabs are portrayed with their knives and box cutters, scheming in the name of Allah, to bring down the planes and turn them “into large guided missiles” (Report, Chapter 1).

The Technology of Wireless Transmission

The Report conveys the impression that cell phone ground-to-air communication from high altitude was of reasonably good quality, and that there was no major impediment or obstruction in wireless transmission.

Some of the conversations were with onboard air phones, which contrary to the cell phones provide for good quality transmission. The report does not draw a clear demarcation between the two types of calls. 

More, HERE.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH: 9/11 Attacks: Thousands of 9/11 First Responders Have Cancer

By Derrick Broze; September 5, 2018

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GLOBAL RESEARCH: Who is Pope Francis? Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Argentina's "Dirty War"

 

By  Prof. Michel ChossudovskyAugust 29, 2018 

Who was Pope Francis before he became Pope? And why was he chosen to become Pope? Jorge María Bergoglio, appointed "Provincial" of the Order of Jesus in Argentina was one of the main supporters -within the Catholic Church hierarchy - of Argentina's military dictatorship which came to powe in March 1976.

More, HERE.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH: Abominable New US/Mexico Trade Deal

 

By Stephen Lendman; August 28, 2018

 

So-called free trade isn’t fair. It’s a license for corporate predators to plunder, exploit, pollute, and operate unrestrained – solely for maximum profit-making.

Generation-ago NAFTA promises, touted by the Clinton co-presidency, were Big Lies – well known at the time. Yet the deal was consummated anyway.

US trade deals and related bipartisan policies exclusively serve corporate interests at the expense of ecosanity and worker pay, benefits and other rights – millions of manufacturing and other jobs lost since the 1990s.

On Monday, Trump touted the new US/Mexico trade deal, talks with Canada to join it continuing.

In a White House statement, DJT lied calling what the US and Mexico agreed on “a big day for trade, a big day for our country…a tremendous thing…a really good deal for both countries.”

The new “United States-Mexico Trade Agreement” is just the opposite.

All US trade deals are secretly negotiated behind closed doors, corporate interests having final say over what’s agreed on, assuring they’re granted new powers and privileges.

They make it easier for them to offshore jobs, ignore ecosanity, trash worker rights, and abandon policies vital for human health and well-being.

NAFTA’s investor protections incentivize offshoring production and jobs. Since taking effect on January 1, 1994, around a million US jobs were lost from this deal alone.

Wages were lowered, benefits lost, and inequality increased at the expense of fast eroding social justice.

So-called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) facilitates offshoring of jobs to low-wage countries.

More, HERE.

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CNN: John McCain, Senator and Former Presidential Candidate, Dies at 81

Trump breaks silence on McCain, tweeting his 'deepest sympathies and respect'
By Stephen Collinson 
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CNN: His Extraordinary Life in Pictures 
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COMMENTARY MAGAZINE: How Corrupt is the United Nations?
 
 
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Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to President Bush by phone from a secure White House room on September 11, 2001, alongside other senior  officials. The White House/Getty images.
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September 11, 2001: The War Crimes Committed "In the Name of 9/11"
 
 

Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of 9/11.

September 11 2001 opens up an era of crisis, upheaval and militarization of American society. The post September 11, 2001 era is marked by the outright criminalization of the US State, including its judicial, foreign policy, national security and intelligence apparatus.

9/11 marks the onslaught of the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a “war without borders”, a global war of conquest. 

A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.

9/11 was also a stepping stone towards the relentless repeal of civil liberties, the militarization of law enforcement and the inauguration of “Police State USA”.

More, HERE.

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Global Research: 

The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Chavez 

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The CIA's Plan to Assassinate Kim Jong-un, History of CIA Sponsored Assassinations 

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Maduro Assassination Attempt in Caracas. Bolton Denial: "There was no US Government Involvement"

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Colombia's Uribe to US Business Leaders: Help Take Out Maduro 

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10 of the Most Lethal CIA Interventions in Latin America

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Why a Former CIA Director Shouldn't Run the State Department: Human Rights Watch, Huffington Post

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School of the Americas: Training Torturers & Secret Police for US-Backed Dictators Since 1946,

by Kit O'Connell, Global Research

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The Guardian: Suspected Russian Spy Found Working at US Embassy in Moscow 

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The Guardian: Trump's Attacks on Media Raise Threat of Violence Against Reporters, UN Experts Warn 

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Mexico: Violence, Corruption and Inequality - AMLO to the Rescue?

By Michael Roberts, Global Research

 

The victory in Mexico’s presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), under the rubric of his relatively new ‘progressive’ Morena party, is both unsurprising and surprising.  It’s unsurprising because AMLO had a huge and increasing lead in the opinion polls leading up to polling day.  And Mexico’s 88m voters (out of 127m people) have now given him the biggest win in post-war election history, with over 53% of the vote.  The candidates of the establishment parties were way behind.  For the first time, the parties of the elite and the status quo were split over who should be their standard bearer.  And the sheer anger and frustration at the state of Mexico’s economy and daily life for average citizens has swept AMLO into office.

But the result is also surprising because the ruling classes’ immense power to ‘fix’ the election (as they have done in the previous ones), or to find a way to stop AMLO politically has failed.  Of course, the Mexican courts may attempt to overturn the result on alleged ‘irregularities’ but such is the size of AMLO’s victory, that such a trick will probably not succeed. AMLO’s party Morena has also gained a majority in the Mexican Congress and has won at least five of nine gubernatorial races, with the winners including Mexico City’s first elected female mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum.  But Morena is in alliance with a small extreme Christian fundamentalist party which may moderate what the new administration will do, particularly in social and ‘family’ matters.

More HERE

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Manuel Bartlett Díaz...

In a 3-part article series, investigative journalist Charles Bowden offers eyewitness accounts of Bartlett's involvement (along with other senior Mexican political, law enforcement, security and military officials) in the decision to order the kidnap, torture and murder of American DEA officer Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena in 1985 in order to shut down his successful campaign against the Guadalajara Cartel

In these accounts, cartel figures repeatedly mention they expect Bartlett Díaz to one day become President of Mexico, with the implication that they will prosper as a result.[2] Earlier accounts claimed that DEA suspicions about Bartlett Díaz's involvement in the murder led to the ruling PRI party's refusal to consider him as a presidential candidate, leading to the selection ofCarlos Salinas de Gortari in Díaz's place.

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Blood on the Corn

THE TORTURE BEGINS...

Twice Raul sees a different American agent at Fonseca’s home, the guy who comes for money and packs it in a garment bag. He says he’s there when Max Gomez and Bartlett Díaz come by for the money packed in cardboard boxes and Caro Quintero says, “Here’s your money, now let’s get to work.”

And he’s there at the house on Lope de Vega Street on February 7, 1985, the morning of Camarena’s capture. About 40 people have gathered including Caro Quintero and Félix Gallardo and their bodyguards. DFS personnel and state police also attend. At 12:30 p.m. a man shows up who is known to work at the American consulate and immediately the group focuses on the actual kidnapping of the DEA agent. The consulate figure tells Fonseca’s key henchman that everything is set according to the schedule “I gave you earlier.”

More HERE

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Bowden: How the CIA may have tortured one of America's own

 THE CULTURE OF SAFE TRAVEL, CRIME AND LOSS PREVENTION IN MEXICO

 

Security Corner in Mexico (SCM) is modernizing its pages. We are an independent information resource recommended by Washington Post. Details in Experts' Safety TipsandQ&A Advisory

SCM is also recommended by more than 40 prestigious international organizations specialized in Travel, Tourism. Our webmasters at this time are working in providing dynamic, new, modern programs. 

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Esquina de la Seguridad en México (SCM) es un recurso informativo independiente recomendado por el Washington Post. Detalles en Experts' Safety TipsandQ&A Advisory

Igualmente somos recomendados por más de 40 organizaciones internacionales prestigiosas especializadas en Viajes, Turismo. A la fecha, gracias a nuestros Webmasters SCM está modernizando sus páginas. 

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ESTE MEDIO DE COMUNICACION ES UN PROGRAMA COMUNITARIO. ES TOTALMENTE GRATUITO

Mr. Mario González-Román Presides Security Corner in Mexico (SCM), aka the Culture of Safe Travel, Crime and Loss Prevention. His last position in the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico was Head of Security (FSN), under the supervision of the Agent in Charge, Diplomatic Security Service, US Department of State. DSS by Wikipedia. Such a position was cleared through the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, through the Diario Oficial de la Federación. Later on he served as the United Nations Security Coordinator for the Mexico Region with offices in Mexico City and his operations' base in Guatemala, Gua., CA. Such organization (UNSECOORD) was responsible for security in its programs in Cuba, Caribbean, Antilles & Central America. Mr. González-Román was tasked with responsibility over the Mexico Region. 

His resume, in images, in page Presidential Gallery 

 Please make sure you click on the selected image to appreciate at normal size.

His team of voluntary collaborators in ABOUT US 

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If new in town, we recommend these videos/ SI VISITA POR PRIMERA VEZ LA CDMX RECOMENDAMOS ESTOS VIDEOS:   

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