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Monday, May 13, 2019

Zapata Se Queda ? Zeta Updates The Stats of April & May: April:183 Executed in TIJ - As of May 8th: YTD 924 Executed in Baja California And The Violence Is Not Diminishing

Relatives of the real Emiliano Zapata Greet AMLO



Last week when asked at Democracy Now ! how she felt about AMLO's new Presidency, Lila Downs was very kind and tactful and answered, "It is too soon to tell." Meanwhile, Presidente AMLO is getting hit from all sides with criticism, skepticism and doubt.  The most recent reviews, aside from the The Wall St. Journal's scathing portrayal, to long time political opponents, to acclaimed journalists,  to Javier Sicilia's reproach, to Jorge Ramos (who we cherish), to everyone in between including the environmentalists and Zapatistas, are reports from the New York Times.

Here then, pasted for you is Zeta's summary of one of the New York Times reports:

  ~ From Zeta:

 El Nuevo Pais Que AMLO Afirma Construir se Parece Mucho Al Mexico Viejo Que Juro Dejar Atras: NYT
Por, Carlos Alvarez - 05/13/19 

" Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is approaching his first six months in office and the so-called "Fourth Transformation," which he promised after his "overwhelming" electoral victory, has not yet been reflected, The New York Times reported in an extensive interview. reportage, signed by Azam Ahmed and Kirk Semple.
 
"After his vast victory last year, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised a great transformation of the country, in his opinion comparable with the independence of Spain and the Mexican Revolution. But five months after starting his term, the new Mexico he claims to be building is very similar to the old Mexico he swore to leave behind, "the newspaper said.
 
The report of the NYT, entitled: 'AMLO is close to six months of government and Mexico still awaits the fourth transformation', as an example, among many others, the issue of corruption, which López Obrador claims to have eradicated. "However, since taking office he has not announced any significant prosecutions of public officials or other prominent figures on corruption charges," the paper said.
 
"Beyond that, in its first three months, its government awarded more than 70 percent of its contracts directly, without bidding, according to Mexicanos against Corruption and Impunity, a journalism research organization, which symbolizes a strong change in the promise of López Obrador to break with that tradition of Mexican politics. ", abounded the NYT.
 
In terms of security, López Obrador promised to remove the military from the streets, but ended up guaranteeing the Army's role in national security, while homicide rates in Mexico reached their highest levels in more than two decades. indicated the newspaper.
 
Regarding migration, López Obrador began his term of office by welcoming migrants heading north and criticizing the enforcement approach of the previous government. But recently, its management has taken a tougher line and has increased the detention and deportation of people from Central America, and from other countries, who enter Mexico.
 
"Far from counteracting the harsh measures taken by US President Donald Trump along the border, the Mexican president often backs them up, perhaps to avoid a fight with his most important business partner," the Times said.
 
"López Obrador has also alarmed many Mexicans for their threatening statements against the media, including their warnings that reporters should 'behave' or say, 'If you pass by then you know what happens'. An ominous warning in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism. At least six journalists have been killed since the current government began. "
 
The New York newspaper recalled, also, that last weekend, "about six thousand protesters" took to the streets to demand the resignation of López Obrador, "frustrated by their polarizing language and distrustful of the policies of their management."
 
However, the NYT said, the Mexican president continues to be very popular in the country, to then receive the most recent survey that places López Obrador's approval rating above 60 percent.
"This is largely due to the fact that it understands the historical distance that existed between the rulers of the nation and its people, and has committed to closing that gap," the US media quoted, and then set an example of the sale of the plane. presidential and the use of commercial flights to move around the country.
 
"He turned the presidential palace into a public cultural center. Cut the highest salaries of public employees and increased the lowest, and said that all public officials are required to declare their assets and possible conflicts of interest. "
 
"These actions reflect their interest in ordinary citizens, a rarity among the leaders of the country whose excesses and indifference have been old traditions of Mexican politics.", The NYT added in its report.
 
In addition to the constitutional reform that classifies corruption, fuel theft and electoral fraud as serious crimes. And as the President's Office told the newspaper, more legislative changes are planned in areas such as labor legislation and education.
 
"López Obrador has also announced a wide range of new programs for the poor, a central promise of his campaign. He has said that if he is successful, his programs could take some twenty million people out of poverty during his six-year term, despite the general questions about how he will pay for all these initiatives. "
 
"The new president also has a majority in both houses of the legislature, which gives him a great advantage. Since the opposition is divided, there are few controls over its power and that gives it a great freedom to fulfill its agenda, but it has also caused critics to worry about their combative attitude, "the Times said.
 
"His political dominance was shown at the beginning of his term when he canceled a $ 13 billion airport project, a decision that cost the nation dearly because the bondholders who backed it were rewarded."
 
The newspaper highlights the morning conferences of López Obrador, through which "he has won many Mexicans with his unusual availability."
 
"From his podium he answers questions about the day's events and talks about everything from infrastructure to baseball. On the contrary, his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto, only held a few press conferences throughout his term. ", Recalled the NYT.
 
"These sessions also show the erratic side of López Obrador: his susceptibilities, his rudeness and his tendency to answer with long and confusing monologues. His many public complaints have made his supporters also attack journalists, which has caused a great deal of confusion in many of them, "said the foreign media."

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Here is the original article, and check out the comments:

 ~ From the New York Times:

A New Revolution? Mexico Still Waiting As Lopez Obrador Nears Half-Year Mark 
By, Azam Ahmed & Kirk Semple - 05/13/19

 
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Also from the New York Times:

Mexico: El Violento Pais Que AMLO No Tiene Baja Control
Por, Jose Luis Pardo Veirus - 05/12/19 

" MEXICO CITY - The exchange on the homicide data held by journalist Jorge Ramos and the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, last month during one of the daily press conferences of the president, led to an important discussion on freedom of expression, but at the cost of overshadowing the underlying theme: Mexico is going through the most violent period of its modern history. Two years ago he broke the record of murders, last year he surpassed it and the projections for this are that the same thing will happen.

López Obrador blamed the strategy of fighting violence with more violence and the legacy of corruption and impunity, but said : "We have controlled the situation, according to our data." It is true that the inheritance is catastrophic: during the last two governments the homicide rate more than doubled. But it is false that the situation is controlled. Around 2,500 people were killed each month in the first four months of their rule. With so little time in power, his statement is also impossible.
 
Lopez Obrador's grandiloquence does not marry well with the violent reality of his country. The prudence of the journalists that the president praised with irony the day after the meeting with Ramos is something he would do well to apply to his own speeches, especially on issues such as homicide. But even more important is that the debate on homicide should focus on the structural nature of violence rather than on statistics.

The murder in Mexico is more complex than the war against drug trafficking , the central axis of their predecessors, or the fight against the huachicoleo -theft of fuel-, one of the initial bets of the López Obrador government. And, although corruption and above all impunity are incentives for murder, they do not explain everything either. There are no magic solutions, not even quick, because violence in Mexico is already part of their being.
 
Sometimes the actions of violence rather than causes are consequences; practices at the service of political and economic interests, legal and illegal. In Mexico, killing has become a cross-cutting solution that serves not only to end the enemy, but to end any present or future annoyance that crosses those powers: fear as a form of social control.
 
The official discourse that only good or bad people who fight a war die is also fallacious. The murder has silenced journalists , activists who oppose mining or megaprojects and, of course, thousands of people who have committed the sin of living in abandoned areas or to which the State only arrives to corrupt or to become an actor criminal more.
 
The homicide is, in addition, only the realization of a constant threat and the expression of something that, in short, is a major phenomenon in the country: violence . The internal displacement -of which there are no figures- is a plausible reality of it. Another is extortion.
 
Saying 'the most violent year in Mexico' means that more than 33,000 people were killed in 2018; also that thousands of threatened people leave their homes with what they have to flee aimlessly; that many others pay a fee to have a business or that they close it because they can not pay; that even the simplest acts such as speaking are subject to the rules of violence and that, in many cases, reporting to the authorities all of the above can also cause death, without knowing very well who has pulled the trigger.

And, although we have an approximate count of the deaths of more than a decade of violence , we still can not measure its consequences. In several states of Mexico, such as Veracruz, clandestine graves continue to appear. The last ones in the La Guapota property: 43 pits and a number of human remains not yet determined . If we do not have accurate accounting, it seems impossible that neither this nor any government has the situation controlled.
 
In the long and vague response that López Obrador gave to Ramos, the president spoke about how part of his strategy is to repair the abandonment of the countryside and the future of young people. He is right, because reducing homicides requires a comprehensive policy, not just security. But we will have to see if this generic discourse becomes concrete public policies. So far the words of López Obrador have not always corresponded to his deeds. It has happened with the shift in the issue of migration and also in security .
 
For example, we still need to know if it occurs and how the announced regulation of marijuana for personal consumption and poppy for the production of medicines. It would not be the solution to the problem of violence, but part of it. It would drive thousands of peasants out of hiding, many young people, who are already engaged in this business in Mexico, the main producer in Latin America of these drugs, and alleviate the overpopulation of the prison system .
 
So far, López Obrador's position has been very similar to combating violence with violence that he criticizes from his predecessors. Against his campaign promises, his star plan is a deepening of the militarist logic that has contributed to bring the country to this situation: the creation of the National Guard .
 
This has been a missed opportunity to create the conditions for a necessary change more adapted to the needs of Mexicans. The military came to the streets twelve years ago under the logic that the police were corrupt to the core. Despite the failure of this strategy, it is impossible to leave overnight, but an institution could be created to prepare the return of security to civil power. To combat an all-encompassing violence, what is needed are good agents to investigate and on whom the community can rely, not large operatives and soldiers who carry out orders.
 
But the gradual demilitarization of public safety added to the regulation of drugs would not be enough either. The violent Mexican reality demands laws to recognize and protect the displaced, an independent justice that investigates the connections between organized and political crime, trained and well-paid policemen that the community can trust and a long-term social package to recover the countryside and young people, the main victims and victimizers of this tragedy. It is logical to think that solving such a structural problem will take longer than the six years of López Obrador's government, but its objective should be to lay the foundations so that one day when a president says "the situation is controlled" there is some truth."
 






 
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 Finally, some updated stats...sorry this took so long:

  ~  Zeta reports the stats from the PGJE; 183 executed en Tijuana:

Cierra Abril Con 183 Ejecutados En Tijuana

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 ~ May started off with separate attacks on the authorities including an armed attack against PEPOs in Sanchez Taboada:

Atacan a Balazos a Agentes de la PEP en la Sanchez Taboada 


Additionally, Municipal Police are attacked by gunmen in colonia San Angel (San Antonio de Los Buenos behind us) - no arrests in either case:

Ahora Agredan a Tiros a Policias Municipales, no se Reportan Lesionados


~ Zeta Reports:


"924 executions in BC during the year"
 
A little more than a week before starting in May, Baja California has 924 people deprived of life in different events. Tijuana leads the list with 745 deaths, followed by Ensenada (60), Rosarito (46), Mexicali (45) and Tecate (28).
 
So far in the fifth month, 50 people swell the statistics of intentional homicides.
 
Here is an account of the events that occurred between Sunday 5 and Thursday 9 May.
 
Sunday 5 A lifeless body burned and covered with blocks and debris, was located in a vacant lot in Leandro Valle. In the General Hospital, Manuel Enrique Salinas Martínez, 36 years old, was killed by a bullet wound two days earlier in Las Delicias. Sandra Luz Oliva Ramírez, 50, was murdered with a knife by her partner, a 53-year-old man, who was assured by the authorities.
 
Monday 6 A 40-year-old stranger was found dead in the Las Torres neighborhood. A calcinated lifeless body was found in the trunk of a sedan vehicle without license plates and no visible serial number, in a vacant lot in the Margarita Morán neighborhood. On Boulevard 2000, at the height of Real de San Francisco, a subject was shot by members of the Municipal Police of Tijuana when, after a persecution and shooting at the agents, he tried to steal a patrol; At the scene of the crime were a gray Chevrolet Equinox and a Chevrolet Tornado, five base bushings 223, ten 9 mm base sockets, a vehicle SSPM P-2891 and a firearm model 09 High Point .
 
In Urbi Villa Prado, a stranger aged around 30 years was found dead with injuries to the neck and abdomen; On the site, expert witnesses located six 40-caliber casings. Ernesto Ruvalcaba Sauceda, 57 years old, was shot dead when he was in the Guaycura subdivision. A rotten corpse with injuries from gunfire was found in Paseos del Vergel. A metallic knife was located in the place where a stranger was murdered in the colony Leandro Valle. In La Morita a man of 40 years was executed; six 9 mm sockets were found scattered in the area.
 
Tuesday 7. In Los Alamos the discovery of the lifeless body of a 45-year-old man wrapped in a black plastic bag was found. On the side of the corpse was a message with the following caption: " ANTONIO MATA PEDRO GUAJICALCO SIGAN CHINGANDO PEOPLE AND SO ARE GOING TO END NOT TO BE POLICE SIT A SENSE ... AS THIS WHIP RATA PR NO KNOWLEDGE HAD.
The bodies of a man and a woman were found dead in Camino Verde; next to the deceased, their perpetrators left a card with the following message: "THIS IS GOING TO PASS TO ALL THE CHAPULINES" PUTOS. In the place, two 40 mm caliber casings were packed.
In the El Encinal neighborhood, a 35-year-old man was shot in the face, head and abdomen. In Montes Olímpicos, five shots ended the life of Cristhian Daniel Flores, 25; according to witnesses, his attacker was dressed in black and fled foot-land. A male between 45 and 50 years old was killed by gunshot wounds to his chest at El Pipila, where experts found nine nine-mm-caliber gun shells. With gunshot wounds to the head, the body of a 45-year-old stranger was found at the entrance of a second-home address in Las Flores.
 
Wednesday 8 On the Vía Rápida Poniente, at the height of the Astor hotel, inside the canalization was located a dead person of approximately 45 years. While at the General Hospital died Antonio López Palafox, 41, after being wounded by a bullet in the thorax in the Ciudad Jardín neighborhood."


 ~  May 13th @ 2:52 pm Zeta Reports we are now at 70 executed en Tijuana:

Ocho Ejecutados en Las Ultimas Horas 

 
An employee of a mechanical workshop was shot dead in front of the business located in the vicinity of the Sanchez Taboada neighborhood, at noon on May 13. With this fact add up to 70 crimes so far in May.

It was around 12:00 hours when it was reported that a person had been shot to death while he was repairing a vehicle on Virgo Street and Sanchez Taboada Avenue.
The man, between 25 and 30 years old, known as "Lupe", was declared lifeless in the place.
 
Yesterday, at around 0620 hours, in a building located on the corner of the Empire Street and the Aztec Empire of the Imperial Valley, the burnt body of a person was located.

 Two hours later another burned body was found on Avenida Internacional in Colonia Libertad.
After a male of 25 years, was found dead wrapped in a blue blanket, in private Oriol 60 of Natura Fractionation.
 
Human remains inside two blue suitcases were found in a dirt section in San Pedro alley in Colonia Libertad.
 
A 45-year-old stranger was murdered in a house used as a "picadero" on Sinaloa street in the Mexico neighborhood.
 
This morning of Monday 13 in a red suitcase, were located the lower extremities of a person on Fermina Rivera Street of colonia del Rio . A card with a legend was left next to the remains.
 
Wrapped in a brown blanket was found between garbage and brush a body without life, in Angostura street in the Villa of Baja California.
 
No arrests so far."


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~ Still, there are even more, so make that 72+ dead in Tijuana this month:

 - Hallan Restos Humanos en Las Delicias 

- Tres Sujetos Intentan Asaltar Transporte de Ruta y Ejecutan a Pasajero 


 
Courtesy Zeta



~ Although no one was actually killed in this attack, it should be mentioned: 

 - 05/09:  Municipal Police have been accused of the harassment of two young PRD Brigadistas after they had been attacked by gunfire in SA de Los Buenos.  The young men  who were the victims of the assault were said to have been manhandled by the policia; one who had been shot in his hand was actually handcuffed.  However, Julian Leyzaola (PRD candidate for Mayor) remarked he would not press charges for an investigation since he simply does not trust the authorities - particularly since they have been ineffective in dealing with the violence/crime which plagues the city. Something to keep in mind if you are thinking of coming down here.

PRD Denuncia Acoso Por La Municipal Tras Ser Baleados Dos de Sus Brigadistas
Por, Uriel Saucedo


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You can keep up with all the latest inclusive of the gringo who was being pursued by Police and rammed into 17 vehicles and ran over 5 to 7 people attempting to flee...we'll be watching this for more details on this one - good pics and video here.  Importantly pre-election fever consumes the region.


 Zeta Tijuana 



  BTW, Frontera has changed their format, Carmen Gutierrez is still reporting from Rosarito Beach, hopefully they will bring back their political cartoons and the entire editorial board, they are missed.

 

I'll be back in a few days with updates on Ensenada where things are not going so good.  Paris is awaiting her "Himalayan Yak" chew bone from Amazon, and I am still going nuts trying to get things done around here, knees are holding out. (; 

 


 
 



Friday, May 10, 2019

Is The USA In A Constitutional Crisis ?

From the New Yorker: "Executive Privilege"

I've been trying to get a zillion things done around here while my knees are still working - next week I get cortisone shots in them so that should keep me not exactly jumping but just going for another six months.  But, like the rest of you we've been watching  and reading the Mueller Report fallout.  I don't know how many people who have asked me, "...what do you think...what's going to happen?" I don't know is what I've been answering, but I smell a cover up. I can say that the Mexican coverage has been next to zero on this unfolding drama, with the exception of the billions Trump lost.

Last night we watched the PBS News Hour, then later on I surfed around (I wish I mean really surf) and found more information.  I thought this was a super explanatory interview - it only takes 10 minutes to listen to, you might want to give it a shot, hit the off button after or you'll go into weather reports:

~ From 90.0 wbur/BBC - 05/09/19

Is The U.S. In A Constitutional Crisis? 


 Here is the PBS News Hour Interview of Jerry Nadler; I felt Judy Woodruff was a bit defensive towards the end: 

 ~ From The PBS News Hour - 05/09/19

Nadler Says Democrats Are Fighting a 'Tyrannical Administration' On Mueller Report


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If you have time, this is a must read:

 ~ From Counterpunch - 05/03/19

Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours
By, Andrew Levine 


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So, for the moment I guess the only good news is that McDonald's is going to start selling Veggie-Burgers...maybe , I mean is the soy non-GMO ? Locally, the drug war continues as usual.  Two weeks ago, AMLO announced that the violence in Tijuana was out of control, yet just a couple of days ago he said the rate had been lowered.  I'll be back with the figures.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

I'm a Slow Poke But I Still And Will Always Love Mana



Howdy, just checking in. I could not figure out why the blog wasn't coming up plus I could not get the Webmaster tools to do anything, I was slightly freaked.  Going through tons of email there was a notice from Google that my domain had expired. doh me.

Meanwhile, yes I did...working in my limited little garden my other knee popped but I managed to get in some seeds which are already coming up and some bulbs. I was just so happy to be out there having been confined by the compression wrap for nearly 15 weeks.  So anyway, complete pain, I could not walk. Back on the turmeric.

On Tuesday we went up to Sorrento Mesa to have the next photodynamic done to my legs which really was a snap.  While we were there I hobbled over to SRS Urgent care to have the other knee xrayed.  The doctor I saw did some voodoo to my leg and told me to get back out in the water (but I can't here it is contaminated) This morning I can actually walk; so unsure if I will need a cortisone shot in that knee in May. 

I promise to be back here on Friday with more local reports, and of course updates on the maniac Trump.  If you were around more than a decade ago, you know how popular Mana was.  I first saw them in Mexico City in the early '80's and have been a fan ever since.  At any rate, Fher & Mana have come out against the Mayan Train Disaster along with the Zapatistas, the EZLN and the Indigenous people of that area, although no one seems to be paying any attention to any of them - in fact, many the jovenes are putting down Mana & Fher as being old washed up has beens.

Apparently they will be on tour, hitting Los Angeles y una noche en San Diego and of course both Paris & Daca Bob want to go.

 ~ From The Chiapas Support Committee: (with tons more on the sidebar)

The Maya Train: the Zapatistas are Right 
By, Claudia Lomnitz 


Over and out for now....

Never forget:

 
 


Friday, April 12, 2019

Bad Moon Rising: USA As a Dystopian - Fascist - Ecofascist State: The "Purge", Immigration,Trump's Top White Nationalist Advisor Stephen Miller and the Arrest of Julian Assange

Courtesy The Guardian


Despite the latest report from Telesur on the violence in Mexico, at least our current YTD non ending wave of violence and over 570 executions in Baja California pales in comparison to what is happening in the United States.



  ~ The Purge In Progress and Immigration:

A look back over the past few days with details and the best interviews:

 ~ From Democracy Now! 

Immigration


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Just a few days ago, we heard from  Marcelo Ebrard Casauban, head of Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

 ~ From Zeta:

Mala Idea Frenar Fluja de Personas y Mercancias a EU: Ebrard - 04/10/19 
Por, Carlos Alvarez

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Bad idea to stop the flow of people and goods to the EU: Ebrard

"Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), announced on Wednesday that Mexico will seek to establish communication with the new authorities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS, for its acronym in English).

This with the aim of letting them know that "curbing the flow of people and goods on the northern border is a very bad idea," the Mexican foreign minister wrote in his Twitter account.
Ebrard Casaubón explained that this measure creates costs for the circuits of value between both nations.
 
"Stopping the flow of people and goods on the northern border is a very bad idea: it is creating costs for the value circuits of both Mexico and the United States. Today we will establish communication with the new DHS authorities in that country to let them know. "He tweeted.
 
The federal official is in Baja California, in the Ordinary General Assembly and Quarterly Meeting of the National Council of the Maquiladora and Export Manufacturing Industry (Index), to review the situation in the northern border and look for solutions that facilitate the normalization of the economic flow and of mobility in Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Laredo and other points."
-With Notimex information.

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Well he's right, it is a bad idea. Currently trucks with merchandise are stuck waiting anywhere between 4 to 10 hours at Otay POE plus two lanes have been closed.  But more importantly, although the intention was terrific ( gracias Jefe) look who he and the Mexican government have to deal with:

~ From The Intelligencer:

If You are Defending Stephen Miller, You Are An Ally of Anti-Semitism
by, Eric Levitz - 04/09/19

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"Stephen Miller is personally responsible for the most xenophobic policies of the most xenophobic presidency in modern American history. The senior White House adviser authored the travel ban that denied a wide variety of American Muslims the right to be visited by their overseas relatives. He implored the president to adopt a policy of family separation at the southern border, arguing that Central American families would be less likely to seek asylum in the United States if the U.S. government gained a reputation for subjecting their children to psychological torment. The public hated this policy, and the judiciary struck it down. Meanwhile, the Trump administration proved itself incapable of competently administering the program: the U.S. government ended up losing track of thousands of migrant children and allowing others to be legally adopted by U.S. citizens without their birth parents’ consent. 

And yet Stephen Miller believes that the family separation policy was a success. In his view, having the U.S. government permanently break up a few hundred Central American families is an acceptable price to pay for discouraging such people from exercising their legal right to seek asylum in the United States. Therefore, Miller is advising the president to adopt “a modified version of the family separation policy known as ‘binary choice.’” As the New York Times explains:
Under a binary choice policy, which is highly controversial, migrant parents would be given a choice of whether to voluntarily allow their children to be separated from them, or to waive their child’s humanitarian protections so the family can be detained together, indefinitely, in jail-like conditions.
In response to this and other reports of Miller’s growing influence in the White House, Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted Monday, “Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.”

Reasonable people can disagree about whether or not it is worth maintaining a semantic distinction between individuals who openly identify as white nationalists and those whose words and deeds betray an ideological commitment to maintaining the United States as a majority-white nation. But it is impossible to understand the Trump administration’s immigration policies without stipulating that it subscribes to a “soft-core” or reformist version of white nationalism.

We can’t look into Stephen Miller’s heart, or search X-rays of his body for signs of “racist bones.” But we do know that he has tried to ban Chinese students from American universities and pushed for the deportation of Vietnamese refugees who have been in the United States for decades — a policy with no national-security, economic, or assimilationist rationale. We also know that Miller reportedly told a colleague, “I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched American soil”; and a middle-school classmate, that they couldn’t be friends anymore because of the classmate’s “Latino heritage.” And we know that he wrote in his high-school yearbook, quoting Teddy Roosevelt, “There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 percent Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.”

Given all this, it seems both fair to describe Miller as a white nationalist and nearly impossible to ascribe a non-racist motivation to his political behavior.

But Republicans think otherwise. In their view, we must always strive to interpret the motivations of our political adversaries with maximum generosity — and resist the temptation to brand them as bigots unless there is indisputable, documentary evidence to substantiate such a charge.
Which is why they’re branding Ilhan Omar’s criticism of Miller as anti-Semitic.

“During my time in Congress before @IlhanOmar got here, I didn’t once witness another Member target Jewish people like this with the name calling & other personal attacks,” Jewish Republican congressman Lee Zeldin tweeted. “In 2019 though, for @IlhanOmar, this is just called Monday.”
President Trump echoed Zeldin’s sentiments Tuesday morning:



It is true that Stephen Miller is Jewish, and that white nationalists have historically targeted Jews for persecution. But this does not mean that Miller cannot be a white nationalist. There was a time in the U.S. when white supremacists were virulently anti-Catholic, and considered the Irish to be a subhuman race. That has not made it impossible for an Irish Catholic like Steve Bannon to openly endorse white-nationalist novels and thinkers. “White people” is not a coherent biological or ethnic category. It is a social caste with semi-porous borders. And by all appearances, Miller identifies with that caste. More to the point, there is no evidence whatsoever that Omar directed her criticism toward Miller because of his Jewish heritage and not because of his (undisputed) status as the White House’s most influential and hardline immigration adviser.

But the GOP’s decision to brand Omar’s comments as anti-Semitic is something much worse than unfair or unsupportable. It is confirmation that the party sees anti-Semitism less as a scourge to be combatted than as a political cudgel to be exploited.

Last fall, Stephen Miller encouraged the president to focus his midterm message on the threat posed by a caravan of Central American migrants. Trump proceeded to tell supporters that this caravan  was an “invasion,” that “the Democrats had something to do with it,” and that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Jewish billionaire George Soros was financing this “invasion” in an attempt to rig the midterm elections.

Lee Zeldin did not object to these remarks. In his view, it was not anti-Semitic (or even irresponsible) for the president to suggest that a wealthy Jew was orchestrating an invasion of the United States, using nonwhite immigrants as his shock troops — even though the president was saying such things just days after a neo-Nazi had murdered 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue because he believed that Jews were orchestrating an invasion of the United States, using nonwhite immigrants as their shock troops. Instead, Zeldin chose to demonstrate his solidarity with American Jews last fall by inviting Steve Bannon to headline one of his campaign events.

It is worth noting that even if Trump’s revanchist nativism didn’t contain traces of anti-Semitism, it would remain a form of politics that endangers Diaspora Jews. Jewish reactionaries like Stephen Miller might be able to assimilate to the form of Americanism that Trump champions. But the vast majority of American Jews are liberal, cosmopolitan, and secularist. Which is to say: They are the “globalist” villains in Trumpism’s Manichaean fable of American decline.

And even if Trump’s politics did not endanger Jews, anyone who has ever uttered “never again” in earnest would still be obliged to oppose him. If you are a Jew who has “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism — but infinite tolerance for a president who describes immigrants as an “infestation,” and directs extrajudicial cruelty at their children — then you aren’t so different from the Nazis’ apologists. You share their conviction that some populations are entitled to basic rights, while others are not.

You just believe the führer should have included your people among the chosen."


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courtesy Counterpunch


  ~ The Arrest Of Julian Assange

Everyone is covering this, don't miss the Daniel Ellsberg interview from earlier today on the Real News Network, at the end there is a link to Gore Vidal. I asked Mike tonight if he thought Americans were freaking out over recent Trump developments and now this arrest and he said, "people are complacent."  I hope he is wrong.

 ~ From Counterpunch:

 by, Bob Urie - 04/11/19

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"The American war against Iraq was among the more idiotic and gratuitous slaughters in human history. It was premised on lies, prosecuted by criminals and fools, outsourced to professional murderers and it isn’t over. In addition to those murdered directly and indirectly in the war, several million refugees were scattered across the Middle East, including over a million into Syria. ISIS grew from the ranks of the disbanded Iraqi army. This fiasco appeared as it was to all the world, the gasp of a dying empire sunk under the weight of its ignorance and arrogance.

Late in the war Julian Assange and his colleagues at Wikileaks published documents and videos allegedly leaked by Chelsea Manning that brought the gratuitous nature of American violence home for all to see. The most damning was this videothat shows American soldiers carefully and methodically slaughtering civilians, including Reuters staffers, outside of any determinable theater of war. The label ‘collateral murders’ was attached to the video, but those murdered were targeted— they weren’t ancillary to otherwise justifiable murders.

Julian Assange has reportedly been charged by an American Grand Jury for his role in publishing this leaked video, among others. He will apparently be extradited to the U.S. where he is expected to stand trial for doing what reporters do— publishing true information in the public interest. The New York Times and other newspapers also published the leaked documents, but have as yet not been charged. This legal maneuvering appears to be a politically motivated vendetta against Julian Assange for embarrassing the War Criminals behind the Iraq war.

National Democrats and the liberal press have spent the last 2.5 years demonizing Mr. Assange for his role in publishing leaked DNC emails in the run up to the 2016 Presidential race. As with the government’s case against him, the content of the leaked videos and documents is not in dispute. They are what they are purported to be. American soldiers did murder civilians and Reuters staffers who posed no immediate threat to them. Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff did screw Bernie Sanders out of the Democratic nomination and she did give contradictory information about her political positions depending on what she thought her audience wanted to hear.

Mr. Assange’s accusers are largely those responsible for the imperial decline that his reporting has illuminated. The leading Republicans and Democrats behind the Iraq war should have been charged with War Crimes. There is no statute of limitations on War Crimes. The national security officials among Mr. Assange’s accusers illegally spied on Americans and lied about doing so under oath to congress. The CIA illegally spied on the congressional committee charged with investigating illegal torture in the Iraq War after illegally destroying videotape evidence of its crimes. What is Julian Assange being charged with again?

What Mr. Assange did is expose the crimes of the rich and powerful. Arguments over his methods conflate process errors with the gratuitous murder of civilians. If these murdered civilians had been well-to-do white Americans and staffers at the New York Times, where might ‘process’ fit into the utterly predictable (and justifiable) calls to give those charged fair trials and prison sentences if convicted. Through what lens are the crimes exposed by Mr. Assange and Wikileaks not crimes? As with everything about a gratuitous war in which a million or more civilians are killed, why aren’t its architects and chief instigators in the dock at The Hague pleading for their lives?

While the political pump has been primed in the U.S. by war-state Democrats and war-state liberals to go after Julian Assange without legal restraint, he is lauded by much of the world for bringing the crimes of the American elite into public view. What will be illuminated by prosecuting Mr. Assange is the crimes of the elite and their use of power and office to cover up their crimes. While most Americans haven’t seen the video (link above) of American soldiers murdering civilians and press staffers, the publicity of a trial will certainly stir public interest.

Much as the Iraq War was a late gasp of an empire in decline, the prosecution of Julian Assange is the desperate act of a political establishment that is losing its grip on power. Mr. Assange is but a messenger. This establishment is the agent of its own demise. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people. Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners. All Power to the People!"

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It feels spooky to me.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Subpoenas May Be Going Out To Release the Mueller Report !!! Trump's Latest Threat To Mexico

A warning that this will be a work in progress because I am completely limited on time.  Okay so here's my excuse: I have a small window of opportunity to accomplish things around the house and outside since the wound clinic released me.  In two more weeks I go back to have the laser treatments (photodynamic therapy) on my legs which will really knock me for a loop. So, until then I am free, but everything is a disaster around here.

 - The best news is that subpoenas may be going out to release the Mueller Report, because we all know the Barr Report was bullshit:

 ~ From Vox: note related reports under article:

House Judiciary Committee Authorizes Subpoenas For Full Mueller Report
By, Andrew Prokop - 04/03/19


You've probably already seen this, I posted it right after the Barr bombshell over on another site and I didn't even get a point for it due to a rampage of Trump psychos.


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 - Trump's threat to close the Mexico-U.S. border was more bluster and bluff from the billowing orange balloon which actually scared a lot of people down here.  Yesterday we were up in San Diego (no I didn't win the lottery and buy the Warner Springs Adobe Fixer, sigh) and two amigas of mine who are Mexican citizens approached me at a store and were stressed that the border would actually close.  These gals live in Tijuana and commute to work in San Diego everyday and indicated that their friends were also worried sick. One of their friends they told me leaves TIJ early in the morning while the rest of us are sleeping in, uses the pedestrian crossing sometimes having to wait forever in line then on the US side catches a bus to go to work and repeats the process at the end of the day. How many of us could do that? This is what Trump does, he scares people.

But now, the new threat is that he is giving Mexico one years time to stop the flow the drugs into the US or he will close the border.  Does this mean he is willing to legalize the drugs and set up treatment facilities for addictions?  No, it means he is a moron.

 ~ From The New York Times:

 Trump Retreats On Threat To Close Mexican Border Offering A 'One Year Warning'
by, Annie Karni & Zolan Kanni -Youngs 


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 - Democracy Now ! has an interesting interview with Professor Humberto Beck; hopefully they will do more of these with more perspectives:

AMLO: How Mexico's New Leftist President Has Navigated Corruption, Inequality and Trump

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~ And how about Chicago , wow what a difference a day makes ! A Landslide ! Does anyone remember Mayor Daley and the '68 DNC Convention ?  Mike does, he was there.  Congratulations to Chicago, way to go !






 I'll be back and forth and in and out with the local events of the drug war over the next few days, I hope I don't sprain anything, completely out of shape after these weeks which turned into months. And, I finally found the acai ice cream at Sprouts but it costs an arm and a leg.  Paris says WOOF !

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Why The Heck Didn't More Americans Demonstrate Against Bolsonaro's Visit ? Over One Hundred Executed In TIJ This Month - Attacks on Policia Double - Santiago Roel Has the Last Word On The Violence In Mexico

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Was anyone out there surprised as I was that not more Americans protested the Bolsanaro visit with the crazy man ?  Could it be because the U.S. consensus of right wing radicalism is on the rise ? I think about that a lot, especially when we want to leave here due to the violence and the pollution, particularly the ocean contamination - we cannot even take a dip out in front of us and the past two early mornings the stench is horrible - more raw sewage coming down the baranca.  BTW, I found a house out in Warner's but I have to win the lottery because we'll never be able to sell this place, and it looks like it needs quite a bit of work, everything including a pool.




Meanwhile there has been some coverage of the protest which did happen:

  ~ From Telesur - 03/18/19 :

"Bolsonaro is a Murderer' Signs Greet Brazilian President in US


 ~ From Radio Mayabeque 

Protests Against Bolsonaro's Visit to the United States
by, Jose Daniel - 03/18/19 

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Did you think I was kidding when I said the consensus in the United States towards right wing extremism is on the rise ?

 ~ From CBS:

Concern Grows Over Fed's Sluggish Response To Rise of Right-Wing Extremism
By, Jeff Pegues - 03/19/19 


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Probably the most current and actually the best in depth coverage of Bolsonaro & Brazil are coming from The Intercept & Democracy Now !  Needless to say, we are worried about Glenn Greenwald and his family who actually live there:

~ From The Intercept - and do not miss the Related Reports regarding Bolsanaro under the articles:

 Video:As Brazils' Jair Bolsonaro Prepares to Meet Donald Trump His Family's Close Ties To Notorious Paramilitary Gangs Draw Scrutiny and Outrage
By, Glenn Greenwald & Victor Pougy - 03/18/19



 Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Meets With Donald Trump To Consolidate Their Far-Right Alliance 
By, Andrew Fishman & Rafael Moro Martins - 03/18/19


~ From Democracy Now ! - 03/20/19

Trump & Bolsonaro Join Forces to Back Regime change in Venezuela & To Attack Media as "Fake News"



I might add that there are a lot of people in Mexico who actually LIKE Bolsonaro.


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Locally, we are at over 100 executed this month in Tijuana, I'll be back later tonight with those reports.  Daca Bob was in another cat fight and hurt his leg again.  Paris wants to move to Warner's and says woof.

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The Violence Continues.....A Sampling of Reports while I was recovering....

According to the authorities, there has been a 34% reduction in violent crime in Tijuana:

 ~ From Zeta:

Queremos bajar un poco mas los homicidios - Sanchez Gonzales
Por, Julieta Aragon

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"In the last three months and after the arrival in Baja California of elements of the Federal Police, as well as the Secretariats of National Defense and the Navy, homicides in Tijuana have dropped 34 percent, said José Fernando Sánchez González, manager of the Ministry of Public Security of the State.
 
However, "we want to lower them a little more," said the official who replaced Gerardo Sosa Olachea since March 15. So, the encomienda conferred by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, is to continue working in a coordinated manner with the three levels of government.
 
For which, he said, we already established contact with the Secretaries of Public Security of the five municipalities and the states of Baja California Sur and Sonora.
Although he did not specify the strategy to be followed in the fight against crime, Sánchez González mentioned that they will continue to work in coordination with the other levels of government and in actions to prevent the consumption of alcohol, drugs and violence.
 
Regarding the increase in attacks that the police have suffered, he commented that these are a response from organized crime to the "frontal fight" that is taking place.

He added that they are working on the operational deployment and training of the uniformed to take care of them too, because they go out to the streets to protect the security of the population every day.
On the other hand, considered as "fortuitous" the case of a subject who killed a man in the Arcángeles Hospital, in Mesa de Otay last Sunday.
 
In his opinion although this time the protocol was not complied with because before the authority to obtain the information of the man who had been shot, due to the fact that the operation of the dependencies was exceeded, the protocol works in other cases, therefore, it is not proposed to revise it, nor to reinforce security in hospitals that treat injured by firearms.
 
In the event "Sum of Efforts for Prevention", the general directors of the CECyTE BC, José Luis Kato, and the Cachanillas campus, Ramón Reynoso Cervantes, asked for security to be reinforced, through the installation of a police station and constant patrolling in the vicinity of the place, since students have been victims of assaults, which are becoming more frequent.
 
"It's a difficult point. The day we had the assault of the 5 youths opposite to the primary school set fire to a vehicle with one person inside. Last Sunday, on the side of the ramp, a person appeared in a tambo, "said Reynoso Cervantes.
 
This Tuesday, March 19, the young people went out to pick up weeds in a street next to the upper secondary school in order to contribute to the fact that there are no hiding places that can make them more easily prey to insecurity. (With information from Eduardo Andrade)"

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More than ever, it has been the Policia who have been the targets:

~ From Zeta:

Policias de Tijuana Sufren el Doble de Ataques Armados
Por, Ines Garcia Ramos  - 03/11/19
 
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" More and more municipal police are attacked in Tijuana. It is not a matter of direct aggressions, but of criminals who, in order not to be detained, respond with bullets or bladed weapons. In 27 months, 95 attacks have been recorded in which ten agents have lost their lives in compliance with their duty, in addition to 33 injured. The SSPM attributes the increase to the greater presence of arms in the city and impunity.

 
The holes of the bullets are counted throughout the house. In windows, doors, a microwave oven, a plaid blanket hung as a curtain and in the kitchen sink. On the floor there are blood stains, pieces of glass and wood between water and a little mud.

 
It is the scene of an armed confrontation that left one policeman without life, another with a shot in the neck and one more wounded. The exchange of bullets ended when the man who confronted the municipal agents committed suicide.

 
It happened at dawn on March 5 and is the most recent of 22 attacks against elements of the Municipal Police of Tijuana that have been registered since January 1, 2019.
Under this number, every third day, a municipal police officer is attacked with bullets or with a knife, an increasing number according to information from the Municipal Public Security Secretariat (SSPM).

 
In 2017 there were twenty events of this type. By 2018, the figure had risen to 45 and in five days of March in 2019, the number had already exceeded the 2017 statistics and represented half of all the attacks counted in the previous year.

 
Since December 1, 2016, the date on which the current municipal administration began, 95 attacks on police officers have been registered, in which ten agents have died and 33 have been injured.
As a result of these attacks, the Municipal Police has arrested 101 of those responsible -in some events more than one person participated-, has left 22 injured and 22 more attackers died during the clashes.

 
On this rising trend, Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, Municipal Public Security Secretary, explains: "We have a complex situation in the city with the presence of criminal groups, with people who are armed with weapons that come from the United States, that we do not have a control on our border, but also, for more than two years the Law has been friendly with these criminals and allows them to be on the streets. "

The municipal official continues: "What is the option of the Tijuana Police? The only option we have is to face them and that is what has been happening. It is not an option to turn to another side and let them walk in the street with a weapon with impunity so that they deprive innocent citizens of their lives, rob them or kidnap them ".

 
In an interview with ZETA , one day before the attack on March 5, the head of the SSPM detailed the daily risks that a municipal policeman faces, "at all times, he is subject to a surprise attack because it is everywhere. Unlike the state authorities, the Army, the Federal Police that go in a group of two or three units, the Army, the Federal Police, the Municipal Police, is always the first response. "

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE ATTACK
 
According to the police report of the events recorded at dawn on March 5, the confrontation resulted from an attempt at routine review. Shortly after 2:00 am, policemen on board a patrol observed a man walking on Perla Street in Colonia El Rubí, who upon seeing the police unit, ran away.
He entered a house with blue fence and the number 20 written with white paint.

 
According to the report of the officers, from the door of the domicile, the man shot them twice and then entered. It was about Jasar Antonio Martínez Álvarez, 34 years old.
The police requested support through their radios and decided to enter the home. At that time, according to the officers' account, the man was no longer in the yard, but inside the house, located less than three meters from the fence. From there he continued to fire them with a 40-gauge Glock pistol.

 
That is how he wounded officer Enrique Gerardo Ramos Talledos, operative supervisor of San Antonio de los Buenos, a district to which the colony where the confrontation belongs belongs to.
Ramos Talledos, 30 years old, was transferred to the hospital by his own colleagues, but lost his life minutes after entering the hospital.

 
He was not the only policeman who was shot in the confrontation. Also agent Cristian Orobio García was shot in the face, so until the close of this edition, his health was reported as serious.
The third injured, but of lesser severity, was Adrián Santaella Guevara, who suffered cuts in the abdomen due to a glass that broke with the shots on the site.

 
Although other units of the Municipal Police and the Mexican Army responded to the report of support, by the time the reinforcements arrived, the agents had already been injured.
According to Mario Martinez, director of the corporation, a couple of police arrived at the site to try to talk to the person in charge and so he turned himself in, but he did not allow them to approach because he was still shooting.

 
The official added that after a lapse of ten minutes in which no shots were heard, the officers entered the house and found lifeless Jasar Antonio in the bedroom located on the second floor.
The pistol was inches from his hand and there was a bullet wound in his temple, in apparent suicide.

EX SICARIO DEL CAF WITH A GLOCK 40, ONE OF THE ATTACKERS
 
On the afternoon of January 3, 2009, Jasar Antonio Martínez Álvarez was arrested along with Gilberto Zapién Hernández and José Arce Villa by elements of the State Preventive Police (PEP) in the Lomas del Hipódromo subdivision, one of the most luxurious residential areas in Tijuana. 

 
The three were carrying a kidnapped man and were identified by the authorities as hit men by the then leader of the Arellano Félix Cartel (CAF), Fernando Sánchez Arellano "El Ingeniero".
They were traveling in a 2007 White Trail Blazer truck that ended up completely destroyed after it crashed into several vehicles waiting at a traffic light and a tree during a chase that the PEP initiated due to the report of a man kidnapped in the same colony.

 
The victim, Raymundo Álvarez, stated that the armed men forced him into the truck. He admitted to the trafficking of people and having left the ranks of the CAF to work with Teodoro García Simental "El Teo", rival of "El Ingeniero" and then leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Tijuana.

 
At 23, Jasar was the youngest of the detainees. Along with his accomplices, he was accused of kidnapping, organized crime and carrying weapons exclusive to the Army, as they were found two AK-47 rifles, a .380 long caliber weapon, eleven chargers, 495 useful cartridges, bulletproof vests and hoods.

 
After remaining nine years in prison, he was released in 2018. Although the police have no reports that he has committed a crime since leaving prison, he has criminal records prior to his arrest in 2009 for the crimes of robbery with violence and robbery. vehicle.

 
For the Secretary of Public Safety, Jasar Antonio was a "delinquent accustomed to face authority," but he had an advantage due to a greater field of vision, which is why on March 5 he was able to wound two elements of the corporation. before taking his life.

REFUTA FAMILY SUICIDE VERSION
 
Although, Sotomayor Amezcua argued that the suicide of the man who confronted the police with bullets is what they could appreciate when they found the body, the Attorney General's Office of the State (PGJE) confirmed that this line of investigation is being followed.
"The first impression it gives us refers to this (suicide), but I can not guarantee it, until we collect the evidence," said Jorge Álvarez, deputy attorney general in Tijuana.
"The investigating policeman saw a body that apparently has a bullet impact on the side of the head and a gun, at first intuition there is an issue that may be suicide, but we have to carry out the investigations first, confirm the identity of the person, the ballistics tests and process the scene, "he added.

 
For his part, Juan Antonio Martínez, father of Jasar Antonio, expressed hours after the events to the media that his son was inside the house when the police forcefully entered the building.
The man admitted that Jasar was armed at the time and started firing at the officers, who had been released from prison in 2018 and for days before the attack drank alcohol in the wake of a problem with his partner.

 
The father of the assailant reported that he was in the place when the confrontation began, but that police took him by force to get him out of the house and they did not allow him to try to dialogue with his son so that "he would not do more harm, so that he would surrender "
Despite not having been inside the building when Jasar lost his life, the man ruled out that it was suicide.

 
In this regard, the head of the SSPM said: "It would not make any sense to deny that we had deprived us of life, when there was self-defense because since they arrive, the offender starts shooting them. That already gives the legal option to the police to enter.

 
"The Municipal Police has to work according to law, we understand that it can be a disadvantage because criminals do not work according to law. At the slightest suspicion, reasonable doubt, that his life is at risk, the policeman is authorized to use force. If the offender has a handgun, the police will not wait to give verbal instructions to release it. The police are authorized by the Constitution and the Penal Code to make legitimate use of force, "the official added.

 IT IS NOT A POLICE COURT: SSPM
 
Sotomayor Amezcua reiterated that, due to the characteristics of the most recent events, the aggressions to its elements are not part of a hunt.

 
In less than a week, a supervisor was shot and wounded when an armed man was involved, a deputy chief was also injured by a bullet when he responded to a robbery report, and an armed attack was recorded -without any injuries- to the Strategic Operations Group (GOE) and the Army, when they persecuted those responsible for a homicide.

 
"In these events there have been coincidences, there has been an event where the police go, see an armed criminal and there is this exchange of shots, but not where they have followed the police or there was an armed command. What it is that we are going to take measures so that this does not happen again, to reform the strategy of grouping of units, to look for that the policemen are safe to be able to give security to Tijuana ", commented.

These attacks are "a clear sign of what the police are doing, situations that are happening and we see that it is not an armed commando, it is a person with a criminal trajectory that at that time determined that it was more important that he not be arrested. his life, but it is not a direct attack to the Police, but it has to do with the preventive work of police routes ".

On the characteristics that expose municipal agents more to this type of attacks, the secretary said: "We do everything possible because the units are distributed equally, according to the criminal incidence, to emergency calls to have patrols in different areas of the city, that people see presence and inhibit the commission of crimes, but also to respond quickly to emergencies. This is also a vulnerability because these elements are alone, perhaps in a colony with a high incidence of crime, because here, unlike what happens in many parts of the country, wherever the police go. "
Regarding the violence with which the criminals respond when arrested, "to the extent that they have been detained two or three times, they know that they can be kept in preventive detention. This implies that they are seeking not to be stopped, in some cases, and in others, they are people under the influence of a drug. "

 
Indeed, on February 2, an agent of the Municipal Police was shot and wounded when he tried to check a man who was at a drug store in the Sonora neighborhood.
His attacker, arrested in flagrante delicto, was a former gang member from San Diego who was drugged.

 
"We, as Tijuanenses, feel proud of the bravery of the police officers who are facing the criminals at the cost of their own lives," concluded the head of the SSPM."
 
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Since that report, another Ministerial Police Officer wounded:

 ~ From Zeta - 03/16/19

Policia Ministerial Resulta Herida en Ataque Armado  

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" An agent of the Ministerial Police attached to the Deputy Attorney's Office for Special Investigations   (SIE) was injured after an armed attack in the vicinity of the neighborhood Lomas Conjunto Residencial, in the La Mesa Delegation, in Tijuana.

 
The first data refer that around   At 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, it was reported that between the streets of Paseo de las Lomas and Monte Everest detonations were heard by a firearm where apparently there were wounded police officers.

 To the place arrived municipal, state and ministerial agents, who when seeing a wounded comrade with reason of bullet in the head, they transferred it to the facilities of the Red Cross, enclosure that remains under police guard.

In the surroundings of the Lomas Conjunto neighborhood, an operation is carried out to find him or the alleged perpetrators. So far no detainees are registered."

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Ghosts From the Past (2018): 

And I might add, a difficult and delicate time for this report to be published, however true that it is. The push is for spring breakers and the return of the gringo touristas. Nothing changes, same tactics. Surely the real estate or tourism industries would have preferred to forget about the past ( a little less than 3 months ago) and sweep this report  which created a firestorm in Tijuana under the bed. Lucky for them, I saw no posting of this report on the USMSM:

 ~ From Zeta  - 03/18/19:

Logra Tijuana Primer Lugar Mundial en Homicidios
Por, Lourdes Loza Romero y Patricia Tamayo 

Tijuana wins first place worldwide in homicides

 The border city went from step five to first in less than twelve months, in the list where the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice "highlights" the 50 cities with the highest rate of violence in the world. Both Governor Francisco Vega, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum and Secretary of Public Safety, Marco Antonio Sotomayor, rejected the study. The head of the SSPM argued: "It is clearly false and is totally removed from the reality that exists in Tijuana." According to Semáforo Delictivo, 2019 "started very much in red". According to the PGJE, in the first two months of the year there were 365 homicides.

Tijuana ranks first in the world, but it is not the best city in Mexico that its mayor, Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro, proclaims, but the number one site and the most violent municipality in the world.

This position was obtained thanks to the 2 thousand 640 homicides that occurred in the border city during 2018, and that having a population of one million 909 thousand 424 inhabitants, averaged that in Tijuana there was a rate of 138.26 homicides per 100 thousand inhabitants , according to the study shared by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP)

 
The figures are not far from the registry that makes the Attorney General of the State (PGJE), which in 2018 had 3,157 criminal crimes committed in Baja California; 2 thousand 518 correspond to Tijuana.

 
The CCSPJP was in charge of carrying out the analysis that detected the 50 most violent cities worldwide, according to the figures of malicious homicides recorded; The report and its respective list referring to the 2018 figures were presented to the general public on Tuesday, March 12 in Mexico City.

 
But it is not the first time that Tijuana is listed among the most dangerous cities.
In May 2018, Eduardo Guerrero, security analyst for the Center for Economic Research and Teaching and partner of Lantia Consultores, considered that based on a study conducted during the first four months of 2018, this border municipality had been considered the most dangerous in the country. country.

 
On that occasion, the security expert considered that the increase in violence is related to the confrontation between the Arellano Félix, Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels, for the control of the local market and the fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine transfer routes to United States, so the study conducted by the CCSPJP confirmed that crime rates continued to grow during the rest of last year.

 
"For a few years, murder figures were rising in the city and Tijuana was approaching becoming the most violent city in the world, more with that very important increase that has occurred in the area of ​​intentional homicides," José Antonio Ortega declared. Sánchez, president of the CCSPJP in an interview for ZETA .

 
In the decade that the agency has been making the list, Ortega said that 2018 is the most violent year for Mexico, given that it was ranked first with more cities on the list, and for the second year in a row, one of them occupied the first place.

"It is a worrisome situation that Mexico has, because five of the most dangerous cities in the world are Mexican. In addition, this year is the one that more Mexican cities entered, a total of fifteen, "he explained.

 
In general, it gives the impression at international level that the public policy that was implemented in the country on the security issue is not having the expected effect, "when we started this list Ciudad Juarez occupied the first place for three years and then left the list, because it was going down and was improving, it came out but right now it is back. It is clear that something is not working, and the face that shows our country is not the friendliest, "said Ortega.

RISING UP PILLARS TO THE FIRST PLACE
  
In 2015, Tijuana was ranked number 35 on the list, with a figure of 668 intentional homicides, below cities such as Caracas, Venezuela, that year was placed in the first place with 3 thousand 946 homicides; in second place appeared San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 885 violent crimes; and in third place San Salvador, El Salvador, with 1,918 murders.

 
The following year, 2016, Tijuana climbed to position 22 with 871 murders, Caracas remained in first place with 4 thousand 308 homicides, while the Mexican city of Acapulco -which a year before was located in the fourth site- was placed in the Second place, with 918 homicides. In third party appeared San Pedro Sula, with 845 murders.

 
In 2017, Tijuana managed to position itself as the fifth most violent city in the world, with a thousand 897 murders; Los Cabos was in the first place with 365 homicides that, in relation to its 328 thousand 245 inhabitants, achieved a rate of 111.33 murders per 100 thousand of its residents. It should be noted that it did not appear in the list of the previous year.

 
Also in 2017, Caracas was ousted to second place with 3 thousand 387 murders, Acapulco remained in the third place, with 910 murders, and in fourth place was the Brazilian city of Natal, with 1,378 homicides.

 
In the list of 2018, in the second place is Acapulco -948 homicides-, in third place Caracas remains -2 thousand 980-, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas is located in the fourth place -314 homicides- and fifth appears Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua - 251 murders.


VEGA, GASTÉLUM AND SOTOMAYOR, REJECT MOST VIOLENT CITY NOMINATION
 
Within minutes of concluding on Tuesday, March 12, the Municipal Public Security Secretariat (SSPM) was the first authority to issue its rejection of Tijuana being considered the most violent city in the world.

 
Under this context, the unit in charge of Marco Antonio Sotomayor, stressed that homicides were reduced by 34 percent in February, while 2018 has been ranked as the lowest crime rate in the last ten years.

 
"We must start by accepting the problems generated by the rivalry between criminal groups that caused the homicide figures to increase significantly last year in Tijuana," the document shared by the SSPM begins.

 
Therefore, the corporation claims that it has faced the situation by applying the Law, for sample, the results of the various operations carried out during the previous year, highlighting the seizure of weapons and drugs, as well as the arrest of narcomenudistas.

 
About the CCSPJP, he indicated that it is not a public body or similar to the Public Safety Citizen Council of the State of Baja California, highlighting a series of "errors" in the methodology of the study on which the list is based and which could influence their results.

 
The first of these errors is "that only considers as a variable the homicide to measure violence in a city, when violence must be measured based on all crimes."

 
To this, it is added that it was considered to add the murders of Playas de Rosarito so that Tijuana could complement itself as a Metropolitan Area, a situation that does not occur with other cities and, in consideration of the SSPM, "this methodological error seems to have been used for Tijuana to head the ranking ".

 
"Nobody can go against the truth, there is no doubt that Tijuana has great security challenges, but to be considered by this study the most violent city in the world is obviously false and is totally removed from the reality that is lived in Tijuana, "he stressed.

 
The former was reiterated by the Governor of the State, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, through a brief statement that at first glance is a list of crimes and favorable numbers to "clean" the name of the city.


"The Governor of the State, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, flatly denied that Tijuana is the most violent city in the world; on the contrary, crime rates clearly show the decrease in crime in the last ten years ", is the first thing that is read in the document.
 
What continues, is an ode to the border city, which from the eyes of the State Government, is one of the regions with the highest foreign investment, being the most visited in Mexico and highlighted by its tourism, high rates of job creation and because "every day hundreds of Mexicans come from all over the country and from other nations", in reference to their migratory flow.

 
"Therefore, Vega de Lamadrid was forceful in stating that an insecure city could not present so many benefits for the one state and one country (sic)," says the text.
After presenting a series of points in which the criminal indices of both Tijuana and Baja California are compared in the last ten years, he concludes by assuring that all the achievements are the result of the Coordination Group and the Crusade for Security that unites the three government orders and all security authorities, including the Armed Forces and the Secretary of the Navy.

 
Like the SSPM, the State Government considered that Tijuana can not be the most violent city in the world, given that "violence must be measured based on the totality of crimes, and not only for one type of crime", which is precisely the one that has not presented a considerable decrease for a couple of years.

2019 SIMILAR PAINT
 
Santiago Roel, founder of the citizen project Semáforo Delictivo, pointed out that Tijuana begins the year "very much in the red," since during the first two months of 2019 there have been 365 fraudulent homicides compared to 2018, when 368 crimes were reported; records that are the same as those shared by the PGJE.

 "At the end of 2018, Tijuana had a very high homicide rate: 148.5 per 100 thousand inhabitants, for example, the national rate is 23 per 100 thousand inhabitants, and the world rate is 6.2; there you see the magnitude; Tijuana goes very poorly evaluated. "

 
He stated that the state authorities have not been able to do anything on the subject of homicide and will not be able to stop it if there is no regularization of the drugs.
"They will not be able to lower the homicides, because they are executions of drug trafficking, of those mafias that are dedicated to the black market. It is a war for the control of drugs that are brought in the whole country and that was originated by the prohibition of drugs and that exacerbates the war that it has with this market ", warned Roel.

According to the figures, some crimes have decreased and others have remained, however, drug trafficking continues to increase.

 
"Tijuana has one of the highest rates of homicides in the world, but I exempt local and municipal authorities, it's not theirs, but you have to put pressure on the Federal Government to regulate drugs; There is an initiative but it is asleep and it has not been discussed because it is a controversial issue. No drug should be in the hands of mafias, regulation is much healthier and it is important that Tijuana understands it. "

425 VICTIMS IN WHAT IS OF THE YEAR
 
In the course of 2019, 425 malicious homicides have been recorded in Tijuana, according to figures from the PGJE. The majority have been victims of armed attacks due to the dispute between narcomenudistas for the control of the drug.
 
So far in March, 61 people have been deprived of life in events that occurred largely east of the city.
Dismembered bodies, burned, shriveled, with wounds produced by firearm and threatening legends, appeared in the first thirteen days of the current month.
 
At the beginning of the year, the PGJE projected the perpetration of 2 thousand 610 crimes in 2019, however, in February, after the arrival of federal forces, the effects have decreased to 2 thousand 125 victims."

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 Since that report, we are up to over one hundred homicides/executions in Tijuana alone:

~ From Frontera.info:

Hombre Ejecutado en El Fraccionamiento El Florido
Por, Angel F. Gonzalez - 03/18/19 

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" After being attacked with a firearm, a man died on the outskirts of the Red Cross facilities in the El Florido subdivision today afternoon.

At 12:25 hours, a man of around 30 years old was attacked with bullets in the private Narciso, in the Margarita Residencial neighborhood.

After the attack, the victim was transferred to the hospital aboard a private vehicle, model Blazer, black.

The driver chose to take the assaulted Red Cross of El Florido, however, upon his arrival, paramedics declared the man lifeless because of the impacts.


Elements of the Attorney General's Office of the State carried out the corresponding process, to later transfer the body to the Red Cross.

The investigations were carried out by the Dolicide Homicide unit of the Ministerial Police.

In another incident, at 12:20 hours, inhabitants of Calle Ferrocarril, in the ejido Ojo de Agua, reported the presence of what looked like a burnt corpse in an abandoned home.

Experts from the PGJE went to the site and inspected the property, which was set on fire on Sunday.

Inside, the finding of a male body in a state of complete calcination was confirmed.

Statistics from the Attorney General's Office of the State indicate that March accumulates 104 violent deaths in Tijuana, with which it reaches 469 in 2019.

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 I have counted at least seven more since that last report and a flurry of kidnappings both in Rosarito & Tijuana. In fact as long as we are here, check out this daylight kidnapping video in Tijuana:

 ~ From Zeta - 03/20/19

Reportan Privacion de la Libertad de Hijo y Sobrina de Chuy Labra (VIDEO)


Rosarito this month:

 ~ From Frontera.info:

Toda la Informacion Relacionada Con Policiaca Rosarito  

They haven't put this one up yet:

De Un Tiro en La Cabeza Matan a Joven en Rosarito: 03/20/19


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Santiago Roel Has the Last Word On the Violence In Mexico:

An excerpt: 


"According to Semáforo Delictivo, it is estimated that 80% of the homicides registered in the country were executions for territorial control of the drug market.
 
"This is the main problem of violence in Mexico and the only way to solve this tragedy is by regulating drugs to take the business from the mafias," said Santiago Roel, director of the group.
He argued that, although Morena already presented an initiative for the regulation of marijuana, "we see no progress on the issue", so he urged the legislators of the Congress of the Union to regulate that and other drugs.
 
He abounded:
 
"We are very concerned that the issue will not be understood by the new administration and now, moreover, the militarization of the National Guard will be insisted on. Drug regulation is the right way to fight organized crime and the only way to return the army to the barracks. We thought that the president and his team understood it that way, but we see that they have taken the opposite direction and now, the risk is increased by elevating militarization to constitutional rank. "
 
In the opinion of Santiago Roel, each crime has different treatment. "There are local police who have done a great job and, above all, a drug market is not fought with police or army, but with regulation. If Mexico regulates drugs, the homicide rate would fall by 80% and we would have a rate close to 5 homicides per 100 thousand inhabitants, instead of 23 as it closed in 2018, "he said.
And riveted:
 
"Let's say it again: The deterioration of security in Mexico is not the fault of the police, or of poverty, but of a government that insists on public policies of war."
 
In its measurement of the criminal incidence, Traffic Light also detected a decrease in the commission of the following crimes: kidnapping 15%; home theft 8%; Intentional injuries 6%, and theft to business 3%.
 
However, it also recorded notable increases in the following crimes: executions 22%; 15% homicide; femicide 13%; 8% violation; extortion 6%; family violence 5%, and vehicle theft 1 percent."

 ~ From Proceso:

2018, El Ano Mas Violento En Dos Decadas Con 90 Muertos Por dia: Semaforo Delictivo - 01/24/10 


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You might be interested in all the events, including arrests and drug seizures and the editorials, don't miss those:

Frontera Policiaca (hit portada when you are at the report for the news & editorials) 


Zeta Tijuana
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Over and out for now.