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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Let's Hope To God Frank Bruni Is Correct - Is A Curfew In Order For BC ? - Massacre In Rosarito Beach & Latest Drug War Stats For TIJ: 145 Executed This Month, YTD TIJ Total= 620 Dead/Executed

From The New York Times


Well, I'm not holding my breath - yesterday I was on the phone forever firming up upcoming Dr. appointments. The good news is that it is a go for my knee cortisone shots for the end of this week up at SRS (oh great I'll be able to walk), no eye appointment until July (so I'm still practically blind) and the hernia operation is still on hold.  But the shocker - and the reason I am not holding my breath is because on one of those calls where I was finally able to get through, I said to the receptionist, "God did you hear what Trump said about bleach, lysol and sunlight?"  "Oh right", she said, "did that come from CNN?"  I gasped . That alone is why I hope Frank Bruni is correct.  How many more millions of Trump fans had this very same reaction, despite the proof positive ?

Poor little Paris is not adjusting to her anti-biotics - actually she is, her tiredness is a by product of these, and her major operation is scheduled for the end of May. The mother cat (not Susan) who we call "Momie" has moved her kittens again somewhere outside- we can hear them, but can't find them.

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Here is that New York Times report:

Injections of Bleach ? Beams of light ? Trump Is Self-Destructing Before Our Eyes 
By, Frank Bruni 


“And he’s going to get re-elected.”


"Not a day goes by without several friends — Republicans as well as Democrats — saying that to me. It’s the blunt coda to a bloated recitation of Donald Trump’s failures during this pandemic. It’s a whimper of surrender following a scream of disbelief.




Tens of thousands of Americans die; what does the president do? Spreads bad information. Seeds false hope. Reinvents history, reimagines science, prattles on about his supposed heroism, bellyaches about his self-proclaimed martyrdom and savages anyone who questions his infallibility. In lieu of leadership, grandstanding. In place of empathy, a snit. And he’s going to get re-elected.




With that refrain we perform a spiritual prophylaxis. We prepare for despair.

But somewhere along the way, we started to confuse a coping mechanism with reasoned analysis. We began to treat a verbal tic as inevitable truth.

It isn’t. While Trump may indeed be careening toward four more years, it’s at least as possible that he’s self-destructing before our eyes.




Maybe a toasty beam of sunlight is all that we need to wipe out the coronavirus? What if we just injected disinfectant into our veins? He floated both of those fantasies on Thursday, when he might as well have stepped up to the lectern in a tin foil hat. They’re the ramblings of a dejected, disoriented and increasingly desperate man.




As Katie Rogers and Annie Karni reported in The Times, the president feels isolated and embattled and is panicked that he’ll lose to Joe Biden in November. That state of mind, they wrote, prompted his executive order to halt the issuing of green cards, which is precisely the kind of base-coddling measure that he resorts to “when things feel out of control.”




He can read the polls as well as the rest of us can, and they show that while he stands there nightly in the White House briefing room and blows kisses at himself, Americans aren’t blowing kisses back.

A month ago there was much ado about a slight uptick in Trump’s job-approval numbers. But the real story was the slightness: Past presidents had experienced greater bumps during crises, when Americans tend to rally around their leader. For Trump there was no such rallying — just a grudging, incremental benefit of the doubt.




A fleeting one, too. His uptick quickly took a downturn, reuniting him with his anemic norm. According to the polling average at FiveThirtyEight as of late Friday afternoon, 52.5 percent of Americans disapprove of his job performance. Only 43.4 percent approve.




True, his favorability ratings weren’t any better in 2016 — in fact, they were worse — and he got to the White House regardless. But the dissonance of that victory could be explained partly by what he represented: a protest against the status quo. Now he is the status quo, and voters have had a chance to sample the disruption that he pledged. It tastes a lot like incompetence.

Other numbers tell an even scarier story for Trump. In all three of the battleground states that enabled his Electoral College victory three and a half years ago, he’s currently behind Biden — by 6.7 percentage points in Pennsylvania, 5.5 in Michigan and 2.7 in Wisconsin, according to the averaging of recent polls by RealClearPolitics. That website also puts him behind by 3.2 points in Florida, a state he won in 2016 and must win again.




Wisconsin alone should terrify Trump. In 2018, the Republican governor was ousted by a Democrat. So were the Republican lieutenant governor and attorney general. Then, this month, Wisconsin voters replaced a conservative incumbent on the state’s Supreme Court with a liberal challenger, her victory not just surprising but resounding. There’s no way to spin that in Trump’s favor.





According to monthly polling by Gallup, the percentage of Americans who indicated satisfaction with the way things were going in the country plummeted to 30 percent in mid-April from 42 percent in mid-March. Only twice before in the past two decades has there been a one-month decline that precipitous.





Maybe this drop was less a referendum on Trump’s stewardship than a recognition of the coronavirus’s devastation. But maybe not: Surveys reveal that a significant majority of Americans believe that he acted too late to stem the virus’s spread. He’s also out of step with most Americans’ appraisal of what will and won’t be safe in the immediate future.

Amid Trump’s dizzyingly mixed messages, he has rooted for a return to some semblance of normalcy around May 1 and has chided a few governors for overzealous lockdowns. But in a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that was released on Wednesday, only 12 percent of Americans said that the social-distancing and shelter-in-place directives where they live went too far, while more than double that number — 26 percent — said that the precautions weren’t stringent enough. Sixty-one percent said that they were on the mark.

In a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, 65 percent of Americans said it could take until June or later for gatherings of 10 people or more to be safe. And in a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, only 22 percent of Americans supported the protesters who have been demanding an end to their states’ restrictions, while 60 percent opposed them. President Trump has egged those protesters on.





Is he following some gut instinct or just flailing? I vote for the latter. Lately he has contradicted himself at a whole new pace and to a whole new degree, and he has undercut his own party’s talking points.





As Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman reported in The Times, Republicans have developed a strategy to evade any responsibility for Trump’s response to the pandemic by blaming and demonizing China. “But there is a potential impediment to the G.O.P. plan — the leader of the party himself,” Martin and Haberman wrote, noting that Trump has “muddied Republican efforts to fault China” by continuing to curry favor with President Xi Jinping. That tack certainly complicates Republicans’ efforts to paint Biden as a stooge of the Chinese. They can’t succeed with their new nickname for him, Beijing Biden, if Tiananmen Trump rings truer.


Also, Trump’s most optimistic pronouncements about imminent deliverance from the current misery represent a bigger gamble than the many others he has taken. If he’s wrong, there’s not going to be any hiding it. If he’s reckless, the toll is Americans’ very lives.





I know, I know: He’s Trump. He carries the secret weapon of his spectacular shamelessness, which means that he’ll resort to ploys and lies that even the most unscrupulous of his opponents wouldn’t attempt. He’ll destroy what he must so long as he gets to rule over the wreckage.




And the usual laws of nature don’t apply to him. He was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women by the crotch. Didn’t matter. He got nearly three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. Still he won. If he wasn’t exactly found guilty of elaborate coordination with the Russians, he was certainly shown to be open to it. Onward he rolled, and he kept rolling past his gross abuse of power in dealing with Ukraine and his richly deserved impeachment for it.

He’s Houdini, he’s Scheherazade, he’s all the escape artists of history and fiction rolled into one and swirled with golden-orange topping. He’s lucky beyond all imagining. But here’s the thing about luck: It runs out.





There’s incessant talk of how fervent his base is, but the many Americans appalled by him have a commensurate zeal. For every Sean Hannity, there’s a Rachel Maddow. For every Kellyanne Conway, a George Conway. She and her ilk may be wily in their defense of the president. He and his tribe are even better in their evisceration of him.





And what of the diaspora of refugees from the Trump administration: people like Rick Bright, the government scientist who says he was just stripped of his leading role in the search for a coronavirus vaccine because he wouldn’t parrot Trump’s cockamamie talking points? I predict that as November nears, more and more exiles will speak out, sharing alarming accounts of life inside the president’s hall of mirrors. Trump in turn will mutter about the “deep state,” but the phrase won’t fly when he’s left with such a shallow pool of charlatans around him — and when he’s making such a repellent fool of himself.

Don’t tell me that his nightly briefings are just a new version of the old stadium rallies; their backdrop of profound suffering makes them exponentially harder to stomach. Americans who take any comfort from them were Trump-drunk long ago. The unbesotted see and hear the president for what he is: a tone-deaf showman who regards everything, even a mountain of corpses, as a stage."


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This next opinion piece is almost a week old, and some things have changed. Before that however, there are many people who believe we are simply not receiving the correct numbers of COVID-19 infections or deaths here locally and across the nation. This is being done on purpose it has been said, for political reasons.  

I am not entirely convinced that is the case.  Even now as we speak, cases have been discovered in California very early in February which were not initially reported as COVID-19 related deaths. Unknowingly, they were reported as atypical pneumonias, or organ failures. But it wasn't just California:


"The CDC acknowledged in a statement updated today that many deaths due to COVID-19 may have been misclassified as pneumonia deaths in the absence of proper testing. Reported deaths due to pneumonia spiked in March in several states, including Florida, New York, and Washington—a trend that has long been recognized by public health experts as signs that COVID-19 was already spreading undetected in the large parts of the US population.


Speaking to The New York Times in early April, Geraldine Ménard, the chief of general internal medicine at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, said that staff had recorded “a ton of patients with pneumonia” earlier in the year. “I remember thinking it was weird. I’m sure some of those patients did have it. But no one knew back then.”

 ~ From The Scientist: If link doesn't come up, google in the title.

First U.S. Covid-19 deaths Happened Weeks Earlier Than Thought 
by, Catherine Offord 


:So, I don't want to jump the gun on this one. If I am wrong, I am wrong...but so far, I do not believe that I am wrong. It could very well be the same as what Mexico experienced, and not an intentional hiding of the data for political purposes.

Rosarito Beach from what we can see for the most part, has been complying with people wearing masks and staying home.  We heard and saw from Zeta just a few days ago that east Tijuana is not.  Hopefully, they will zoom in on some of the other Muncipalities like Ensenada and further down south of Ensenada  - areas like Camalu, Colonet, San Quintin, etc.which is mainly rural.

From what we see and are hearing from people who actually are Health Service Providers,  the workloads are stressful and hectic, and they see rough seas ahead. Note how many of the Health Service Providers have become infected by the virus nationally and locally. 

 We are also very concerned over the Maqs which are still in operation where people working them have become infected, yet the Maqs stay open.

But, as you read this upcoming  piece, keep in mind that in the United States we also have this pressure in many States and within the general population to relax lock down orders. And as Americans we were sold down the river by Trump for dismissing Pandemic advise and studies and Agencies, not to mention allowing the national health supplies (so called stockpiles) to dwindle down to nearly nothing while he and his billionaire friends received massive tax breaks.


 The key in both countries is to have federally funded tests for everyone, abundant medical supplies, to be completely reinforcing  of small businesses which have had to shut down and individuals who have been laid off and strong leadership.  Can I say this ?  I think right now, Governor Jaime Bonilla and his team mates are doing the best they can humanly do under the given circumstances, and not just for political purposes.  I believe he really cares.  I cannot say that about Trump the cold fish, at all. Okay, so Zeta can rip me, but that is how I feel. Some of my Mexican friends roll their eyes at me already, what's new?

 ~ From Zeta:

Por, Adela Navarro Bello 


"Until April 21, 2020, Baja California held second place in the statistics for deaths due to COVID-19 infection among its population, with a figure of 96 fatalities. At the same time it was in third place in confirmed cases, only preceded by Mexico City and the State of Mexico, entities that far exceed the population of 3.3 million inhabitants that Baja California has.


As more tests are applied to check for coronavirus infections, and that is a measure with which Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez seems to agree, the cases increase considerably. The worst, they say, is yet to come. It will arrive in the first week of May, and for which about 12 days remain.


In Baja California, and this has been well documented, the infrastructure of the health system is not the best nor is it in conditions that are no longer optimal, but rather equipped or supplied to face the pandemic that, like insecurity, has plagued the northern border of Mexico.

The state hospitals were already ill before they got worse when their capacities to care for patients with COVID-19 or those that without confirming their case are classified as atypical pneumonias were exceeded.


On the map presented every day by the federal Undersecretariat of Health, Baja California is the only state that appears in red, due to the greater spread of the virus, confirmed cases and deaths, outside the center of the country. Certainly, migratory mobility places this region, and this is seen in the statistics, facing a greater risk of contagion, but the near future in the development of contagions will depend on the actions that its governments, state and municipal, take.

In none of the five municipalities, and of course in the state, has a curfew been determined. The closings of companies have been at discretion. For example, stores such as Coppel or Electra are still open, because they have financial institutions, but in department stores where food, cleaning supplies and other household goods are sold, such as Walmart, Costco, Soriana, the areas where they have been closed They sell household appliances, clothing, or personal items, as if those items were not required in the contingency to cope with quarantine, such as supplying a clothes washer, for example. In these stores, in addition, measures have been taken that the Government has not mandated, as in Costco, which only allows access to people who wear gloves or face masks,in addition to providing sanitizers and antibacterial towels.

It is understood that "the objective" of the Government is to avoid that certain areas remain crowded, but also many of these companies have chosen to only allow access to make purchases to 50 people at the same time, one leaves and one enters, in addition to maintaining consumers in lines that keep a healthy distance. These actions, however, are not being considered by the Baja California authorities, which punish companies with partial closings, and benefit others with full openings.


Quarantine has not been adopted by Baja Californians, and governments have not contributed to a more aggressive campaign to keep people at home. That only one member of the family goes out to feed and the rest remain safe from infections on public roads. According to the mobility index that Google developed, in this state, only 22 percent decisively reduced their mobility.


And that is seen in the streets that are quite crowded with cars with one, two or more occupants, and while the established restaurants have closed and some serve ready-made food either through a home delivery service or pick them up personally , many remain open and serving diners at any time of the day, causing crowds in small establishments.


The Mayor of Mexicali, Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, and her Cabildo, approved a week ago fines for those who celebrate parties in their homes, due to the concentrations of people that continued to take place despite the quarantine and the recommendation of the healthy distance. This has not happened in the other large city of Baja California and the one that concentrates the most cases of COVID-19 infections, such as Tijuana. In this border city, on the morning of Sunday, April 19, four people were injured at a party and one was killed. Among those who saved their lives but were injured was a policeman from the State Security Guard, the same ones who have been entrusted to watch the streets to verify that the people who transit do so because they carry out an essential activity and not because they are loitering.


To such action, supervise through the State Police that citizens do not leave their homes without just cause, evidently not supported by some members of the state corporation, the Governor has called it "a touch of conscience", so as not to interfere with this at the curfew.


Namely, only two municipalities in the country have decreed a curfew, to limit or restrict public activities for a certain period or time, in this case with the aim of containing the spread of the virus. No Governor has done so, although there have been those who have forced the use of the mask when the population is in public places, while others have chosen to carry out tests to detect positive cases and act accordingly to prevent dispersal. isolating them from the start.


In Baja California, according to the Secretary of Health, as of April 7, 700 tests had been performed out of 1,500 that reached the state, even so the entity ranks third in infections in the country. This poor reaction will be understood when knowing that, for example, in San Diego, California, neighboring Tijuana county, to date 34 thousand 920 tests have been performed, 2,343 positive cases and 87 deaths have been collected.


But even without hospital capacity, without sufficient evidence to check the population and isolate it in case of infections, and already in a Phase 3, in Baja California the State Government has not intensified social measures to prevent the spread of the virus that as expected it will be fatal. They persist in the healthy distance and in a quarantine that nothing else has permeated, in addition to discretionary closings and absurd comparisons such as "demonstrating" that there are more deaths from heart disease or cancer than from COVID-19 infection, and that such cases They have not stopped the economy or social life.


For this reason, given the intense mobility of the population in the state, particularly in Mexicali and Tijuana, Baja California is in need of measures to contain, as far as possible, community dispersion. It is not just about giving food supplies, but also that the Government helps by establishing the social, security, health and economic conditions to stay at home. If the hospitals are already overwhelmed, it would be time to isolate the population to reduce infections. Let's see when.


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A Look At The Local Drug War Stats All Reports From Zeta.

(Note; Ensenada & points south will require a full blog) 

 ~ Rosarito Beach:


From Zeta: Multi-homicide in Rosarito Beach: Six are dead, 5 men and 1 woman.


"Between April 1 and 25, 25 homicides have been committed in Playas de Rosarito, 53 so far in 2020, and 86 murders in the seven months of the administration of Mayor Araceli Brown."


Masacre en Rosarito; Suma 83 Homicidios en Primeros y Meses del Tricenio 
Por, Gerardo Andrade 

"Five men and a woman were shot inside a house in Playas de Rosarito, where neighbors reported, drugs were used and sold .


According to information provided by staff of the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Playas de Rosarito, at 8:15 am on Saturday, April 25, a complainant reported that there was a person lying at the entrance of a house in the alley Manuel L. Ponce , in the La Ladrillera neighborhood, but the shots were heard the night before. (La Larilla is close to the Puerto Nuevo area.)


Residents of the La Ladrillera neighborhood, informed ZETA that it was during the night of Friday, April 24, when the detonations were heard, however, because there was a dense layer of mist, it was difficult to locate where the shooting had occurred.


It was not until Saturday morning that a neighbor, who preferred to omit his name, saw a man lying in the house and called the emergency number 911, said he did not know him.


He regretted that this area of ​​the fifth municipality has become commonplace to hear firearm detonations and see people who are engaged in the sale of drugs without the authorities doing anything about it.


"There (house where the six people were killed) they were dedicated to selling drugs, I did not know them, but it was obvious (the consumption and sale of drugs), I even saw the police several times, but they were still there, the property belonged to a man, but he could no longer evict them (addicts), ”said the neighbor.


Another resident of the area who was interviewed by ZETA, stated that when he left his house he saw the patrols outside the house where the multihomicide occurred, he immediately sensed the homicide, but never imagined that there would be six victims.


“What's more, once I saw a girl who come with her baby and I scolded her, because she was obviously going to get high. Many people came to get high, "said the resident.


They also pointed out that the robberies have increased in the houses of the La Ladrillera neighborhood in recent weeks, a fact that is attributed to more presence of people who use drugs.


Regarding the crime scene, the first municipal agents to arrive confirmed that at the entrance of the house, made of wood, attached to a mobile home, was the corpse of a "elderly" man, lying, who had an impact of bullet,  which is the reason why they requested the assistance of paramedics of the Red Cross.


The same uniformed men entered the house to carry out an inspection and found “five dead people piled up, who could be seen multiple bullet impacts”, then they notified the State Attorney General's Office (FGE).


According to the FGE, at 9:30 a.m. on April 25, elements of the State Investigation Agency (AEI) arrived at the scene to carry out the processing of the crime scene, who confirmed that several percussion casings of Long guns, five male and one female victim, who had not yet been identified as of Saturday afternoon.


Between April 1 and 25, 25 homicides have been committed in Playas de Rosarito, 53 so far in 2020, and 86 murders in the seven months of the administration of Mayor Araceli Brown."

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 ~ Tijuana:

 ~ From Zeta: 

Matan a Honduereno;  145 Homicidios Durante Abril en Tijuana

 "So far this April, 145 intentional homicides have been registered in Tijuana, totaling 620 in these first four months of the year"


"On the night of Friday, April 24, a man was shot dead inside a grocery store, located on the Soldado José A. Caballero road, in the Valle Verde neighborhood of Tijuana.


It was at 10:35 p.m. that a report of a possible armed attack and an injured person as a result of this was received via C4. Upon arrival, the authorities realized that it was a male person without vital signs and with several injuries caused by a firearm projectile in the back.


The victim was identified as Marvin Adalberto Duarte, 21 years old and originally from Honduras. In the place, 7 .9 mm caliber bushings were also located.


So far this April, 145 intentional homicides have been registered in Tijuana, totaling 620 in these first four months of the year. On Friday the 24th, three homicides were registered, in different parts of the city. 

At 21:35 of the same 24, the lifeless body of an unidentified man was found abandoned on public roads. The discovery was near Caoba street in the La Joya subdivision, very close to the second access to Playas de Tijuana.


The man did not carry identification, according to the authorities, he is estimated to be between 25 and 30 years old, and had two injuries caused by a firearm, one in the head and the other in the left arm.


At 10:35 p.m., a 49-year-old man identified as Miguel Ángel Morales Sandoval died at the Bethel clinic. According to the authorities' report, the victim suffered an armed attack in the Terrazas del Valle neighborhood when he was in the company of another man, who was also injured but was transferred to another hospital in the city."

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The COVID-19 Local and National Stats: 


The most recent and up to date reports will be available late tonight or tomorrow morning (04/26), particularly where they break down the Municipalities of Baja California, so let's wait for those.


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 ~ Carlos Alvarez reported this development on Zeta today,  and it is not good news:

 ~ From WHO:

"Immunity Passports" In The Context of COVID-19"
Scientific Brief 


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And Zeta has reported that the Rolling Stones have recorded a new song regarding COVID-19 -
I need to listen to it first before I post it.  I just hope the Stones give any money they make off of this to all countries who need supplies and help. UPDATE: Posted it on the sidebar.

Take care everyone.
 
 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Knight Center For Journalism: Zeta Takes Heat From Both Directions - November Execution Totals for Tijuana From Zeta: 92 - Update 12/04: Good News for Standing Rock !

I'm not a journalist, you already know that. I'm just an old surfer from the 60's. But the main source of information on the local drug war events on this blog comes from the cream of the crop, the best journalists in Mexico.  Without these great writers we would be completely in the dark and any personal observations or discussions we might have with the local people would be meaningless. We depend on these journalists for the facts and their insights and their book reviews and their interviews - that is how we meet the great thinkers of Mexico, without them there would be a black hole of silence and misinformation.


Zeta has been taking heat from both directions during the past month, the Knight Center for Journalism covers the story in two reports:






1.  Drug Cartel Orders Attack Against Mexican Weekly Zeta, According To Local Authorities
      by, Teresa Mioli - links within the article


JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS Blog Home › Journalism in the Americas

 Drug cartel orders attack against Mexican weekly Zeta, according to local authorities

 By Teresa Mioli


 "Authorities informed Mexican weekly Zeta that a criminal group has ordered an attack on the publication after it published photos of alleged organized crime members on the cover of its Nov. 25 issue, according to Zeta.

  Zeta reported on Nov. 28 that the Baja California Security Coordination Group informed them of the threat from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG for its acronym in Spanish).

  The cover in question showed the photos of ten men accompanied with the headline, “The Most Wanted of the CJNG in BC [Baja California].”

 Zeta said that a majority, but not all, were members of the CJNG. Zeta said state intelligence discovered that a man who appeared on the cover ordered that the offices of Zeta be shot on Nov. 27, when no one was around, to serve as a warning. The man, identified as Israel Alejandro Vázquez Vázquez, was apparently bothered that authorities gave his and other photos to Zeta, which subsequently published them, the weekly reported.

  The attack was not carried out and possibly postponed, according to Zeta.

“Those of us who work at Zeta maintain our commitment to journalism of investigation, contestation and denunciation about people from Government, institutions or crime, who seek to maintain impunity to attack society in which we work,” read the article from Zeta.

 Following the reported threats, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) called on authorities to protect Zeta staff members.

 "Since its launch in 1980, Zeta has been a model of independent journalism in the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico," an IAPA press release said.

 Recently, co-director of Zeta, Adela Navarro Bello, denounced an alleged plan by state authorities to carry out a smear campaign against her. In a Nov. 4 editorial, Navarro claimed to have received information about the campaign to publish “disgraces” about her private life.

 Zeta is one of the boldest publications in Mexico. Its slogan is “Free as the wind.” It has suffered several grave attacks throughout the years with suspects in both government and organized crime. Co-director and co-founder Héctor Félix Miranda was killed in 1988. Co-founder Jesús Blancornelas survived an assassination attempt in 1997 that ultimately killed his bodyguard. And editor Francisco Javier Ortiz was murdered in 2004.

 Posted at 2016-11-29 17:00"

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Adela




2.   California, Zeta Magazine Reports Alleged Smear Campaign Against Journalists by authorities in Baja Mexico

by, Silvia Higuera - links within the article

" Zeta magazine reports alleged smear campaign against journalists by authorities in Baja California, Mexico By Silvia Higuera/TM Adela Navarro Bello, co-director of Mexican weekly Zeta, which is based in the state of Baja California, denounced an alleged plan by state authorities to carry out a smear campaign against her.

 In an editorial on Nov. 4, “Investigative journalism vs. smear campaigns,” Navarro Bello claimed to have received information from different people and by different means about this alleged smear campaign against her that was rumored to be led by the state governor, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid. She added that it was mentioned in some cases that the campaign included journalist Dora Elena Cortés Juarez of Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias (AFN).

 According to Navarro Bello, the campaign would publish “disgraces” about her private life. The alleged existence of a campaign was also reported in other newspapers such as El Mexicano, El Informador, site AFN Noticias, Radio Enciso and social networks, she added.

" Periodismo de investigación vs campañas negrashttps://t.co/TN8jKp7lVB pic.twitter.com/R2eb3zxpOL — Semanario ZETA (@ZETATijuana) November 4, 2016

 Navarro Bello also said that journalists in the state have been victims of defamation for three years, starting when the current governor began his term. “It could be a coincidence or a premeditated act, but this has happened,” she wrote.

 “If the issue that concerns them is journalistic, we are at their service, publicly in the same place where this journalistic project started 36 years ago. We do not hide nor turn to anonymity. We are responsible, we use bylines, we support what has been published here by a team of editors, reporters and photographers,” she wrote in the editorial.

 She also said that they are available to receive information and clarification and are even willing to hear if they want a right to reply, although she said the authorities always refuse to give statements to the media outlet.

 According to the director, the reasons for this campaign could be the publications that the weekly has done about the mismanagement of government administration and irregular behavior denounced by the Secretary of Economy Development, among other articles.

 Finally, she assured that they will continue with their work as they have faced other types of obstacles in the past as well: they have been threatened by drug traffickers, and have been pressured by politicians and other leaders.

 “To those who, from anonymity, with public resources and government infrastructure, try to pressure in order to stop the publication of irregularities, we tell them that we at ZETA will continue, beyond threats, doing investigative journalism, responding to citizen reports, close to society and far from the government,” the editorial concluded.

 In a Nov. 5 article, Zeta also said that at an event organized by the governor, he refused to answer questions about this alleged defamation campaign.

 In a press release, the State Commission of Human Rights of Baja California (CEDHBC for its acronym in Spanish) announced that it has opened a file “to investigate possible violations of human rights of journalists of the entity,” after this campaign was reported in different media outlets.

 “We contacted the journalists who have been the target of this threat against their rights to freely exercise their profession,” said the head of the state’s human rights commision, Melba Adriana Olvera, according to the release. “The intention is for journalists in our state to keep in mind that they have the backing of the CEDHBC and to prove that some government authorities threaten fundamental rights, we will raise our voice.”

 The Commission added that it would remain vigilant of these cases, although it did not specifically refer to any media outlet.

Posted at 2016-11-07 17:10 "

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MORE AGENCIES COVER THE ZETA HARASSMENT:



" The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls for the protection of ZETA "
By,  Carlos Alvarez
Thursday, December 1, 2016 4:38 PM

 The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), an independent, non-profit organization based in New York and founded in 1981, urged the authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working in the weekly Zeta in Tijuana, Baja California, after the threat of an alleged member Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

ZETA, CPJ said through a statement, "is one of the few newspapers that regularly publishes research on organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption in Mexico's northern states. The cost Zeta has paid for his crime coverage has been very high [...] ".

Also the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, of the University of Texas at Austin, gave its support to the weekly Zeta, and their workers, and published on its official blog an extended review of the case.

 "ZETA is one of the boldest publications Mexico. Its slogan is 'free as the wind'. Over the years it has suffered several serious attacks that have had both government and organized crime as suspects. Co-director and co-founder Héctor Félix Miranda was assassinated in 1988. Co-founder Jesús Blancornelas survived an attempted homicide in 1997 that ended up killing his bodyguard. And publisher Francisco Javier Ortiz was killed in 2004, "the Knight Center said.

 According to state authorities, the alleged narco-trafficker was annoyed after last Friday, November 25, 2016, were published in the 2226 edition of the weekly, unpublished photographs of those indicated by the authorities of Baja California as "most wanted", And who, according to the report, are presumed to be charged with several homicides.

Similarly, via the social network Twitter, the international non-governmental organization of French origin Reporters Without Borders, whose objective is to defend freedom of the press in the world and, in particular, journalists persecuted for their professional activity. RSF requested that the threats be investigated and also demanded to ensure the safety of ZETA workers and facilities.

For its part, Article 19 - an independent human rights organization working around the world to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression - noted that "the continuing intention of criminal groups and members of the State government to attack the ZETA weekly, which is intended to inhibit the free flow of information published by this means of communication. "

Through a statement, the non-profit organization demanded that the authorities of the Government of the State of Baja California investigate "aggressively and promptly" the reported assaults against communicators and communicators of the entity. "

The competent authorities of that State are also required to guarantee the safety of all members of the ZETA weekly, especially in the contexts in which it is currently being carried out, since attempts have been made in various ways to intimidate the members of this weekly In order to stop publishing information of general interest for society ", he said.

Also, the international organization demanded that the Government of the State of Baja California implement the necessary mechanisms to prevent any aggression against state journalists.

 "Lastly, Article 19 deeply regrets the multiple attempts to aggression against the ZETA weekly and urges the authorities to prevent these identified threats from being consummated in any way, and at all times to ensure the free flow of information of all kinds in the State. ", the statement said.

 The director of the weekly ZETA, Adela Navarro Bello, said that according to investigations by intelligence personnel from the state of Baja California, it was possible to predict the intention to attack the facilities of the environment, however, this situation did not materialize because "There were no people to carry out the attack."

According to the journalist "the plans were to shoot the premises of the weekly the dawn of Sunday 27 of November when there were no employees", but this situation did not materialize. He also noted that "The state's Public Security Secretariat sent three units of state preventive police from Sunday to Monday, however today [Tuesday] there is only one unit."

The Fifth Vice-Presidency of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued recommendations CNDH / QVG / 991/2016 and CNDH / QVG / 991/2016, addressed to the Government of Baja California and the Attorney General's Office ), to implement precautionary measures, and that they be guaranteed safety to people who work in the weekly Zeta, as "at risk their lives."

 In the same vein the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), which requested the municipal authorities state, and the Mexican Federal Government, with "firmness and urgency" adopt protective measures for staff weekly ruled ZETA .

"Since its founding in 1980 ZETA has been a benchmark of independent journalism in the fight against drug trafficking in the country , " said IAPA said in a statement.

 Recently, Zeta's co-director, Adela Navarro Bello, denounced an alleged smear campaign against her led by local authorities. In the November 4 editorial, Navarro claimed to have received information about the campaign to publish "infamies" about her private life.

 THE NARCO THREAT

The media reported threats from drug traffickers in retaliation for a report on their print edition 2226, about their criminal activities. On 25 November, ZETA included information and 10 photos on the cover of members of the organized crime, mostly members of the CJNG, who are investigated for various crimes.

48 hours later, the Baja California Security Coordination Group warned ZETA management that one of the drug traffickers, Israel Alejandro Vazquez Vázquez, alias "El 50", would have ordered to shoot the dawn of Sunday, November 27, the offices of the Weekly, annoyed by the publication of his unpublished image, and that of other members of the band. However, it was learned that the attack was postponed.

 In the criminal organization chart held by the State Security Council of Baja California, Israel Alejandro Vázquez Vázquez "El 50" and / or "El Goofy" is classified as "a subject of great danger" and "armed arm" of Juan José Pérez Vargas "El Piolín", one of the ringleaders of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation-Cartel Arellano Félix alliance in Tijuana.

WHO IS "50"?

From "El 50" refer in the Security Council of Baja California: "this person is attributed a large amount of homicides in the city." They also clarified that the young man does not yet have arrest warrants against him, but that they investigate him and his name appears in several files as alleged responsible for homicides.

 Since the beginning of the year Vázquez was identified as a murderer of the Jalisco Cartel in Tijuana, at that time he was considered the right arm of the chief of assassins Arturo Gómez Herrera "El Gross", shot dead at a hair salon in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on October 27 .

In addition, state investigators have identified that Vázquez Vázquez leads a cell that at least has four members, whom they have identified for the moment as: Luis David Figueroa "El Snok", Rifat Abdul Castillo Haro "El Rifat", Francisco Javier Gómez Hernández "El Panchito" and Erick Ramírez Hernández "El Burger".

 ZETA
El Comite para la Protecion de los Periodistas (CPJ) pide proteger a ZETA
por, Carlos Alvarez

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 More solidarity !


Javier Sicilia, Anabel Hernandez and the founder of Rio Doce Javier Valdez speak out in support of Zeta Magazine:

"Protejan al Semanario ZETA" Javier Sicilia  a las tres ordenes de gobierno
por, Enrique Mendoza Hernandez


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The November Execution Totals for Tijuana from Zeta: 92



"November, the Most Violent Month of 2016 in Tijuana: 92 Murders "

 According to figures from the State Attorney General's Office, in November, 92 murders were reported in Tijuana to raise the statistics to 801 fatalities. With these figures, the month just concluded is considered the most violent in 2016.

The last bloody events in the city date from Wednesday 30 November. In the colony Villas del Prado, the corpse of a man between 30 and 35 years old was found in the public thoroughfare. He had injuries from blunt blows to different parts of his body and head.

 Similarly, with a fatal gunshot wound, the corpse of a man between 35 and 40 years old was located in Avenida Flores Magón, Colonia Granjas La Esperanza.

 Also on Wednesday they reported that in the Hotel Jacuzzi Jose Sandoval colony in room 211- - specifically, a person of the male, about 30 years old, was found with a piece of cloth around his neck. In another incident, an individual identified as Daniel Alberto Ramírez López, 23, died after an armed attack occurred on the corner of Voluntad street with Valentía in the colony Valle Verde. Another man, César Manuel Morales Aldán, 27, was injured.

 On Tuesday 29 was killed who in life responded to the name of Fausto Valenzuela Villegas "El Pipo." His body was on the street Mutualismo in the North Zone of Tijuana.

 On Monday 28, in a vacant lot, the corpse of Omar Jesús Rodríguez Trosino, 29, was located. He had blunt injuries and was tied hands. The events were registered in Nogal and Romero Street, Colonia La Morita Second Section.

 With a blow to the head, apparently tipped with a stone, a man of about 35 years was finished. The incident took place in the channeling of the Tijuana River, at Guadalupe Victoria and Diaz Ordaz streets.

Also that day a subject identified as Valentín Santos Torres, 43, was killed inside a management agency in the East America fractionation. He had sharps injuries.

 Leonel Pérez Galván, aged 20, was shot in the abdomen in Privada Parota de Colinas de La Presa. He was still transferred to IMSS Clinic 1, where he later died.

On Sunday 27, inside a coffee colored compact car firm Nissan, the body of a male hamstrung and injuries on the body was found. The unit was located in the Guanajuato alley of the Mexico Lindo colony.

While on the road Tecate-Ensenada, at the height of kilometer 46, between asphalt hills and tires, was found the carbonized body of a person.

 On the same day, on the Boulevard 2000 - at Kilometer 5, the body of a charred man lay inside a pickup truck with no visible plates or series.

Also reported was the corpse of a man between 30 and 35 years old, with a thorax injury, in Callejón Valentín Gómez Farías, corner road to Playas de Tijuana.

The morning of that Sunday, Daniel Zaldivar Alejandro Castellanos, 23, was shot dead inside the bar El Circo, located on Sixth Street in the downtown area.

 And on Friday, November 25, Karla Guadalupe Torres Meza, a 17-year-old student of the fifth semester of the CECYTE El Niño campus, was murdered at her home in the Colonia Villas del Campo."

 Noviembre, el mes mas violento de 2016 en Tijuana: 92 asesinatos
por, Patricia Tamayo


Note:  Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, Tecate and Mexicali figures not included.


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Edit:  12/04: More bad news also coming in, the wonderful El Rey Sol Restaurant in Ensenada was shot at, details coming up. Noted that so far only Frontera and Ensenada.net reporting this.... (Ensenada.net does not mention the name of the restaurant) .  No report yet from El Mexicano.  A security guard was wounded by gunfire after telling people involved in a fight they would have to leave... then the shooter returns and fires at the front door of El Rey Sol.

 We should all keep our eyes peeled for the Monday the 5th events of the DAPL protests where 2,000 Vets are on their way to support the Tribes. This is going to be or could be a stand off. Check the truthdig and other links on the sidebar for daily coverage.

Edit: 12/04:  FM's are done now I'm making a pot roast. CBS reporting 300  hundred Vets at Standing Rock, Truthdig reporting 2 to 3 thousand Vets on the scene.  I believe Truth Dig. The Hill reports a sudden shift - like magic (or could it be because of the presence of the thousands of Vets who were planning to act as a human shields to protect the protesters/water protectors from more outrageous attacks by the militia) construction will completely stop ! Here is the news from the DAPL Live Blog.  Here is the Hill's report with audio, will come back to this subject tomorrow: Feds Deny Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline.

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- Jan Hasselman represented the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their lawsuit, just received this email:

 Earthjustice

" Dear Marjorie,

 Today is a historic day both for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and for indigenous people everywhere.

Thanks in part to the pressure from people like you, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not be granting an easement under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross the Missouri River, just a half mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman, Dave Archambault II said in a statement, “We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.

 With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days.”

 This is a huge victory and it would not have been possible without your continued support. Earlier this year our team of legal experts worked with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to file a lawsuit against the Corps.

 Since then we have been fighting tooth and nail to stop this pipeline. The fact of the matter is, this pipeline never should have been routed near these sacred lands in the first place and it certainly never should have received permits without a thorough and meaningful discussion of potential risks with the affected Indian Tribes.

 Today’s announcement that a full environmental impact statement will be prepared is a step in the right direction. It sets in motion a new round of public involvement that will have to take place before the final portion of the pipeline can be completed.

 As we continue forward I know we can count on you to speak out and make sure your voice is heard.

 Thank you,

 Jan Hasselman

Staff Attorney "

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