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Saturday, 10 October 2009 03:20

SecurityCornerMexico.com Recommended READING: REFERENCES,  More federal indictments in Union corruption probeSix Charged in Vast Insider-Trading Ring; The  Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad)  is the Mexican state-owned electric monopoly, widely known as CFE. It is the dominant electric company and the second most powerful state-owned company in Mexico after Pemex. The Mexican constitution states that the government is responsible for the control and development of the national electric industry, and CFE carries out this mission. More HERE, by Wikipedia.

CFE official site 

Also, US Corruption, FBI: Border Corruption Task Force Arrests DHS, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Officer, Rampant Corruption on BOTH Sides of the U. S./Mexico Border: ImmigrationAmerican Heroe Behind Bars


By Caitlin Gibson
The tall young man with the square jaw and the mop of dark brown hair held the phone pressed against his ear. He didn't know what to do.
His girlfriend had just shot heroin from a tiny plastic bag he'd given her earlier that night, in her car, in the rain. She'd taken it back home to her parents' house in Centreville. She'd gone alone to her room and closed the door. She'd laid out the powder, dissolved it in water, as he'd taught her to do, drawn it into a syringe through a cotton ball, as he'd taught her to do, and injected it into a vein in her arm. More, HERE.

Mexican military finds tunnel 100 feet from US

Gunmen kill 4 police officers in central Mexico

Mexico Nabs Man Called Drug Cartel's State Leader

9 decapitated bodies found in western Mexico

Mexican governor won't resign despite court ruling

After All That, Is Our Homeland Any Safer?

Mexican girl: Smuggler ignored plea to save family

Seizure of Mexican Utility Spurs Protests

Calderón Denies Move Is First Salvo in Campaign to Dismantle Trade Unions

Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, October 16, 2009

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 15 -- Union members and their political allies filled the streets of the Mexican capital Thursday night to condemn President Felipe Calderón's recent liquidation of a state-run power utility, a surprise move seen by many as an assault on organized labor.

Declaring the state-owned company so poorly managed as to be "unsustainable," Calderón on Saturday night authorized the seizure of Central Light and Power. He also deployed about 1,000 federal police officers in riot gear to enforce his decree; workers from another state-run power company swept in to take over the electric grid and keep the lights on. More, HERE.

The Senate Finance Committee vote in favor of the bill was 14 to 9.

Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine broke with her party and joined all 13 Democrats on the committee in voting for the package, which would spend $829 billion over the next decade to make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans who would otherwise go without coverage, according to congressional budget analysts. More, HERE.

Nobel for Obama Brings Praise, Ire: Surprise Award May Prove Mixed Blessing

Critics: Honor Smells of Politics

VIDEO: Obama "Surprised and Humbled"

President Barack Obama responds to his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday morning at The White House. (The Washington Post)

October 10, 2009

By Scott Wilson, Washington Post Staff Writer

President Obama on Friday won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, bringing the relatively novice leader a new measure of prestige on the world stage but also potential complications in carrying out a foreign policy that includes managing two wars.

In making Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the president's cooperative approach to global issues, a clear rebuke of the Bush administration's aversion to international organizations and treaties.  More, HERE

Obama, as Nobel Winner, Stirs Passions Yet Again


President Obama greets military on the South Lawn of the White House in April. He was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 10, 2009

The new winner of the Nobel Peace Prize walked out of his house just after 11 a.m., dressed handsomely in a dark suit and a classic blue tie. He descended a marble staircase into a manicured garden, flowers in full bloom, and stepped up to a podium on a perfect autumn day. After making a joke about the lightheartedness of children, he said he was "surprised and humbled" by the award. Then he asked the world to unite by providing all people with opportunity, dignity and freedom from violence and disease.

All told, Barack Obama spoke for six minutes Friday. He said little concrete, nothing controversial, nothing contentious. And yet, once he walked back into his house, contention dominated the day. More, HERE.

Bill Would Raise Rates, Insurance Group Says

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Thousands Rally for Gay Rights 

Joseph Rocha: I was tormented for being gay in the Navy.

Didn't Tell. Didn't Matter. 

Texas exec pleads guilty in oil smuggling scheme

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Lawmakers Scrap Plan for 300 More Miles of Fencing on Mexican Border

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Clown-costume suspects charged in Mexico heist

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Powerful car bomb kills at least 90 in Peshawar market  (VIDEO included)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- A car packed with 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of explosives detonated at Peshawar's Meena Bazaar Wednesday, killing at least 90 people and injuring more than 200 others, according to a government official.

Most of the dead were women who were shopping in the labyrinth of stores in the Peepal Mandi section of the city, according to North West Frontier Province's information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain. More. HERE.

 © 2009 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Al Jazeera is probably the most watched news channel in the Middle East. Increasingly, Al Jazeera's exclusive interviews and other footage are being rebroadcast in American, British, and other western media outlets such as CNN and the BBC. The television network is headquartered in Doha, QUATAR. An inquiry at the Press Office, American Embassy in Mexico confimed that Al Jazeera is an international news service as any other, with offices, accredited reporters in the US: The War on Al Jazeera.

Utility Closure Sparks Mexico Anger

October 15, 2009

Thousands of LFC workers have protested against the decision to shut down the utility [EPA] 

The Mexican government has found itself facing off against the country's powerful electrical workers union, after announcing the closure of a state-run power company.

Georgina Kessel, the Mexican energy minister, said on Tuesday that the decision to close Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LFC), which supplies one-fifth of Mexico's electricity, was taken to improve efficiency. More, HERE.


Is Calderón Busting Unions or Bringing Change?

By Ioan Grillo and Dolly Mascarenas / Mexico City Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

Members of the Mexican Union of Electricians protest the government's decision to dissolve the state-run electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro in Mexico City on Oct. 11, 2009

Miguel Tovar, AP: Members of the Mexican Union of Electricians protest the government's decision to dissolve the state-run electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro in Mexico City on Oct. 11, 2009.

Economic reform arrived at Mexico's electrical utility on Saturday night wearing black body armor, crash helmets and ski masks. Flabbergasted workers arriving for early morning shifts on Sunday found thousands of Federal police deployed to enforce a government decree shutting down the company. A special edition of the government gazette decreed that because of inefficiency and unacceptable losses, the state-run utility that provides power to 25 million people in the heart of Mexico had ceased to exist. Its 44,000 employees were immediately terminated, depriving the nation's oldest industrial trade union of its entire membership. The plants were kept running by federal electricity workers bused in to take over.

The dramatic move against Mexico's Light and Power monopoly divided public opinion in a nation gripped by a crippling recession. Supporters hailed the move as the pro-business President Felipe Calderón's boldest and most effective step toward modernizing the economy — and exorcising the remaining ghosts of the 71-year political monopoly of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that ended in 2000. The company and its union, they argue, were self-serving, inefficient cartels holding Mexico back. It employed too many at inflated wages, they argue, and provided a terrible service characterized by daily blackouts and power surges. "The electricity workers are not victims. They have been looting Mexico for years," said pundit and onetime PRI loyalist Abraham Zabludovsky on his daily radio show. "This could be the great action that Calderón is remembered for."  More. HERE.

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The Wall Street Journal

Six Charged in Vast Insider-Trading Ring

[Raj Rajaratnam]

Associated Press: Raj Rajaratnam is led in handcuffs from FBI headquarters in New York.

Oct. 17, 2009 - In a case echoing the scandals of the 1980s, federal authorities exposed what they claim is the biggest insider-trading ring in a generation -- a conspiracy in which a hedge-fund kingpin and executives at blue-chip firms including IBM and Intel allegedly connived to profit on Google and other big-name stocks.

At the center was Raj Rajaratnam, founder of Galleon Group, a New York-based fund firm that manages $3.7 billion. A native of Sri Lanka, he spent years carving a reputation as a meticulous investor in technology stocks, building a fortune estimated at $1.5 billion. More, HERE.

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The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars, journalists and activists. The CRG is based in Montreal. It is a registered non profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada. ESPAÑOL,  Português, Deutsch.

Get Off Obama's Back: Second Thoughts From Michael Moore

By Michael Morre; Global Research, October 11, 2009; Huffington Post - 2009-10-10



Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize. "No, I don't think so," I replied. I thought it was important to remind him he's now conducting the two wars he's inherited. "Yeah," she said, "but to tell him, 'Now earn it!'? Give the guy a break -- this is a great day for him and for all of us."


I went back and re-read what I had written. And I listened for far too long yesterday to the right wing hate machine who did what they could to crap all over Barack's big day. Did I -- and others on the left -- do the same?


We are weary, weary of war. The trillions that will have gone to these two wars have helped to bankrupt us as a nation -- financially and morally. To think of all the good we could have done with all that money! Two months of the War in Iraq would pay for all the wells that need to be dug in the Third World for drinking water! Obama is moving too slow for most of us -- but he needs to know we are with him and we stand beside him as he attempts to turn eight years of sheer madness around. Who could do that in nine months? Superman? Thor? Mitch McConnell? More, HERE.


© Copyright Michael Moore, Huffington Post, 2009

Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth

Surprise Nobel for Obama Stirs Praise and Doubts

 VIDEO: Return to Juarez

 VIDEO: The Murder Beat

Copyright 2009


Car contains 161 pounds of pot; SENTRI user held


Union-Tribune Staff Writer,  October 9, 2009

— A member of the SENTRI program was arrested after 161 pounds of marijuana were found in the sedan he was driving, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said yesterday.

The 20-year-old man tried to drive into the country through the San Ysidro Port of Entry about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. He was sent to secondary inspection, the agency said.

An X-ray machine showed irregular shapes in the 2003 Nissan Altima. Agents found 45 packages of marijuana in the dashboard, bumpers and all four tires with a street value of more than $72,000, the agency said.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of smuggling. The marijuana and car were seized.

The Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection program pre-screens select border crossers to use a special lane to enter the United States quickly.

J. Harry Jones: (760) 737-7579

© Copyright 2009 The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC 

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

Diputados analizan recorte de 500 mdp a San Lázaro

FCH encabezará homenaje a Mouriño; será privado

Crisis y desempleo matan al comercio

Foto: Jacobo Arellano / EL UNIVERSAL: NO LLEGA LA AYUDA. Vecinos de Ecatepec denunciaron ante funcionarios federales y municipales la falta de apoyos, luego de la tormenta del viernes Ver nota
EL RECUENTO DE LOS DAÑOS La tormenta que azotó al Distrito Federal y la zona conurbada del estado de México dejó un saldo trágico preliminar de seis personas muertas y tres desaparecidas | Ver nota
TROMBA EN EDOMEX Y DF: 4 MUERTOS La tormenta que cayó ayer por la tarde en el norte del valle de México dejó cuatro personas muertas, ríos, presas y canales desbordados, así como daños materiales de consideración. En algunas zonas las inundaciones superaron el metro de altura Ver nota Zonas afectadas

FCH: las grandes eluden impuestos

Subsecretario pone al narco de ejemplo

Suben cigarros, cerveza y juego

La transparencia va en retroceso: IFAI

Ex jefe policiaco ligado al narco vive del erario

Gobierno eleva alerta por influenza a color amarillo

Registran 14 muertos por A H1N1 en 3 días

Al menos 13 muertos en asalto Talibán en Kabul

Cae El Clinton, jefe de La Familia en Edomex

Casi 35% de ex empleados de LyFC aceptan liquidación

Izcalli acusa sabotajes eléctricos

Policía de Caléxico: pasa 95% de la droga

Narco compra en Estados Unidos a ex militares  

Aprueban IVA, ISR e IDE en San Lázaro

SME pide diálogo con Segob, Kessel y Carstens

Avanza impuesto de 28% a la cerveza

NEGOCIACIONES. El dirigente del SME, Martín Esparza, condicionó el regreso a la mesa de diálogo si acuden a ésta los secretarios de Energía, Georgina Kessel; de Hacienda, Agustín Carstens, y el de Gobernación, Fernando Gómez Mont Ver nota

INICIA MARCHA. Un contingente de cerca de 20 mil personas inició una movilización hacia la residencia oficial de Los Pinos, encabezada por el dirigente del SME Martín Esparza Ver nota
DÍA DE PROTESTAS. Cientos de integrantes del Sindicato de Trabajadores Petroleros se manifiestan frente a su sede sindical, en la colonia Buenavista, para exigir la destitución de su líder, Carlos Romero Deschamps Ver nota

Despliegan dispositivo en inmediaciones de Los Pinos

Condenan comportamiento de diputado priísta

"Negociadores" en plagios burlan la ley

SME. En medio de la crisis económica y el conflicto que vive el sindicato, Martín Esparza, líder de los electricistas, inauguró instalaciones deportivas para su gremio con un costo de 103 millones de pesos. Ver nota

GDF quiere alza en tarifa de agua

RADICALIZAN POSICIONES. El SME convocó a una marcha el próximo jueves para demandar el reconocimiento de Martín Esparza Flores como líder del gremio. Ver nota

No vamos a permitir caos: Gómez Mont

Pese a la investigación, Zapotillo va: Conagua

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

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Va Senado contra impuesto a internet

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Hacienda propuso a diputados aumentar el IVA a 16%

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Aprueban en comisiones IVA del 16%

Wornat se niega a pagar a Sahagún

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