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Reposted from harryreardon by roberb7

When 9/11 happened, the US had the world supporting us in our time of need. Now Mexico is in the throes of its own crisis, and the drug war-ravaged country is struggling to keep America focused on the problem.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 05:19 PM PDT

Guerrero: The Monster in the Mountains

by roberb7

On September 26, 2014, forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School​ went missing in Guerrero, one of Mexico’s poorest and most violent states. Six months later, only one student’s remains have been identified. Documentary film by Matt Black of The New Yorker. In Spanish with English subtitles:


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Carmen Aristegui
Carmen Aristegui. Photo by Alexandre Meneghini, AP
Journalist Carmen Aristegui was fired by MVS Radio on March 15. Two other reporters, Daniel Lizarraga and Irving Huerta, were fired last week. Political commentator Denise Dresser, and academics Sergio Aguayo and Lorenzo Meyer, announced the termination of their relationship with MVS Radio in support of Aristegui.

From a story by AP, published in the Washington Post: "The crusading host of Mexico’s top-rated national news radio program has been fired in a case that many fear is a blow to freedom of expression.

"MVS Radio said Sunday that Carmen Aristegui was removed for challenging the firing of two reporters who had misused the company’s name by suggesting it was a sponsor of MexicoLeaks, a website meant to reveal leaked information on corruption in Mexico.

"The company said in a statement that it could not accept 'an ultimatum.'

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Protest at MVS Radio
Protest in support of Aristegui in front of MVS Radio
office. Photo: Octavio Gómez

I published a diary just a few days ago, In the grave of human rights, writers shout “enough”, about the danger faced by journalists who criticize the narco-terrorists or the Mexican government. The subject of freedom of the press in Mexico has come up again, in a big way.

It started with the establishment of a web site, Méxicoleaks. This site is the same idea as Wikileaks, but it's different in one important respect. Instead of being a renegade operation, it is supported by several Mexican heavy hitters, including Proceso magazine and journalist Carmen Aristegui.

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Elena Poniatowska
“Those of us who are here love Mexico and it is impossible to remove ourselves from the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students and the mass grave which the state of Guerrero has become.” Elena Poniatowska. Photo: Francisco Canedo, SinEmbargo

This is a translation of an article about the PEN Americas Summit, which took place in Mexico City February 13-24, 2015. This article was written by Monica Maristain, and published in the Mexican online publication SinEmbargo on February 24.

A capricious Sunday morning. A hot sun. Then an afternoon breeze and late evening hail make mischief in the middle of an unexpected storm and national euphoria over the Oscar awards won by our compatriots Emmanuel Lubezki and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

There is something in the air. A ceremonial question period that inflames and a silence that hits as only the absence of thunderous sound spreads among the guests at an awards ceremony organized by PEN International as part of the PEN Americas Summit at Casa Lamm, Roma, Mexico City, Mexico, Planet Earth.

Each and every recipient is there. The Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli, Chicano activist and storyteller Sandra Cisneros, editor Braulio Peralta, Argentinean essayist and academic Laura Valenzuela, journalist Carmen Aristegui [CNN México]... the list is long and impressive.

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Matthew Heineman, directory of the documentary film "Cartel Land", won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Cartel Land" is about two vigilante leaders. One of them is Tim “Nailer” Foley of Arizona, but the other is Dr. Jose Mireles of Michoacán. Mireles' group of autodefensas had some success in fighting the Knights Templar narco-terrorists. Instead of giving him a medal, the Mexican government put him in prison. He's still there.

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Reposted from Anak by roberb7

In a bombshell investigative report published today by the Mexican newsmagazine, Proceso, it is alleged that Federal Police orchestrated and carried out the attack on students in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, with the complicity and collaboration of the Army.

State documents obtained by Proceso, as well as videos and testimonies, allegedly show that the Federal Police were monitoring the students as they left Ayotzinapa for Iguala, and that they participated in the shooting of students. This sharply contradicts the official version of events put out by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, that federal forces did not know the attack was occurring, and that it was only local forces and drug gangs involved. This would suggest a cover-up. As Univisión writes, "“There is no way the Peña Nieto government can say they didn’t know know what was happening.”

In addition, documents obtained by Proceso allegedly show that the witness testimonies of presumed gang members used by the Attorney General in his report of the events were obtained after the use of torture:

But Hernández told HuffPost that documents she obtained from the attorney general's office show that witnesses who testified had been tortured by federal authorities or the military during interrogations completed prior to their testimonies. The documents detail telltale signs of beatings on the witnesses' bodies, Hernández said -- black eyes, marks on the neck, bruising on the ribs and signs that authorities had electrocuted one witness's testicles. One witness had a series of red dots over his body that Hernández said also likely indicated electrocution.

“The version given by the federal government, by the attorney general’s office, is based solely on testimony by presumed drug traffickers,” Hernández said. "What we found is that, in at least five cases, these testimonies were obtained using torture."

If true, this report casts great doubts on the reliability of the official account of these events and it presents further problems for the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

A story from The Real News featuring an interview with John M. Ackerman. a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Editor-in-Chief of the Mexican Law Review and a columnist with both La Jornada newspaper and Proceso magazine.

Click here for the transcript and a larger version of the video.


This video, from Vice News, is the best video so far of the disappearance of the 43 students of the Escuela Normal Rural Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. With English narration and subtitles. 37 minutes.

Original page (with larger video):


Sun Nov 23, 2014 at 02:28 PM PST

More major protests in Mexico

by roberb7

Protesters walk under a giant net and with their hands painted red during a massive march in Mexico City,Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Protesters marched in the capital city to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the govern
Protesters walk under a giant net and with their hands painted red during a massive march in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
There were protests throughout Mexico on November 20, which is the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. There will be more of them on December 1, the 100th anniversary of Francisco Villa and Emiliano Zapata's entry into Mexico City with their armies. Story by Homero Aridjis in Huffington Post: We're Mad as Hell, and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore

Excerpts: "On Nov. 7, Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced in a press conference that the 43 students had most probably been done away with in Cocula, not far from Iguala."
"No one is satisfied with the explanations so far."
"The past 56 days have seen marches, sit-ins, teachers' and students' strikes, looting in shopping centers and supermarkets, ransacking and torching of public buildings, seizing of toll booths, blockading of highways and mass fasting and prayer. During last weekend's three-day holiday, 14,000 hotel reservations were cancelled in Acapulco due to the resort city's recent unrest."

Reposted from Carlos Galindo's Perspective by roberb7

No, I'm not outraged over that fabricated headline. I am however outraged at the fact that 43 college students are missing in Mexico and the world remains silent. Apparently if it happen in Mexico, it didn't happen. The constant verbal attacks and denigrating falsehoods perpetrated against the Immigrant nowadays always classified as a "Mexican," has left Mexico and its people vulnerable to the most horrendous civil and human rights violations.

Mexico's own corruptly elected officials prance around arrogantly spending the people's money on prostitutes and opulence as they order those who dare to look at them crossed-eyed put to death. It is these lords of death that have ordered hundreds of thousands killed over the last several decades. Everywhere else in the world we challenge governments that allow the killing of their people. We right what's wrong! Why would we standby and watch our neighbor to the South self destruct when we have the ability to right the wrong?

The answer continues to be astoundingly clear to me. In an effort to ensure that the United States continues to have a constant influx of low skilled labor to meet our needs in a competitive global market, they have chosen to allow Mexico to continue being an undesirable place to live and a place you yearn to escape from to the closest possible haven, your neighbor to the North. Which is where you know that an unscrupulous employer using the very system set up for him to profit, will hire you at poverty level wages, and work you long hours in a hostile environment.

However, if you choose to stay and fight the corrupt government, you can count on absolutely zero support from foreign governments, international coalitions or human rights activists. One sector of the American community who is always active and very vocal in the United States is comprised of those outraged with the human devastation occurring in the Middle East. These diligent social site activists post pictures upon pictures of children's torn bodies and parent's screaming in agony. It's heart-wrenching for sure, leaves you with no other option other than to feel outrage and frustration. Ironically many of those expressing their outrage via visual screams and lengthy diatribe from the highest pinnacle of the social sites, are themselves of "Mexican" descent, and are oblivious or careless towards the carnage occurring just a few hundred miles from the comfort of their home.

Enough is enough! It's time for everyone to hold the Mexican government responsible for being part and parcel to the destruction of its own country and the annihilation of its people. This will require all Mexican citizens living abroad to raise their voices and demand changes utilizing connections within Mexico and their own financial influence to create change in Mexico. The U.S. government must get involved just as we have done in other countries to stop the atrocities occurring. It's clearly evident, the Mexican government has stolen the power from the people and are misfit wards of a country replete with natural resources that serves as a tourism magnet for the very American's who turn their back on what's really happening in Mexico.

By the way, had the 43 missing students who have been slaughtered by Mexican police and Federales at the beckoning of Mexican politicians who feared being embarrassed by the students, actually been from the Middle East as the title suggests, the savages would have all been brought to justice and measures would have been established to ensure it never happened again all at the insistence of the U.S. government and its so moral citizens who have utilized selective moral compasses depending on the region of the world.

Carlos Galindo


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Reposted from gjohnsit by roberb7
 ‘Ya me canse’ has become a rallying cry in Mexico.
   Yesterday anger from the mass slaughter of 43 students in Iguala reached a new peak.
 Furious protesters attempting to break into Mexico City's National Palace set fire to its doors during nationwide demonstrations over the apparent massacre of 43 students who were allegedly kidnapped by local police and handed over to a gang.
   Hundreds of demonstrators burned several vehicles and threw firebombs at the government headquarters in Guerrero, the southern Mexican state where charred remains believed to be the missing students were found last week. More than 300 young people, many wearing masks, descended on the headquarters and burned around 10 vehicles, including trucks.
 The city hall in Iguala, where the students were slaughtered, is already a smoking ruin.
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