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Friday, May 28, 2021

Bad News For AMLO From The Economist - AMLO's Response - A Violent Election Process - Kam Sends AMLO Some Info AYOTZINAPA

 My knee is a disaster, I have to hang in there until the middle of June and most likely longer, but I'm pretty much immobilized. I haven't said anything about the elections going on down here, basically because of the rash of candidates all across the nation who have been executed. More up to date, there have been 88 politicians executed during this election period and 34 of those were candidates. All being said and it is not over yet folks, AMLO is discouraging alarmism and yellow journalism by the Mexican press:

Alma Rosa Barrago de Movimiento Ciudadano

 ~ From Zeta:

AMLO pide "menos amarillismo y sensacionalismo por 34 candidatos asesinados [VIDEO]

Por, Carlos Alvarez

"President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked, this Thursday, May 27, that there be “less sensationalism and sensationalism” in the media, given the violence that is being experienced in the current electoral process.

“That we also know that there are special circumstances like now, that there is an election that is complicated because it is a political contest. There are interests. And also the media, with the desire to thin the environment […] before it was called sensationalism, now it is yellowishness, ”said the national president.

"The red note has a relevant role in the media, then, as there is now an obvious political polarization, because all the conservatism was grouped against our project, and the media have taken sides, because all this is magnified, it is normal, it is a matter of the season, "added the Tabasco politician.

“It is very unfortunate that a candidate is threatened or attacked, the candidate's family, or that they lose their life […] it is very sad, under any circumstance, it is a sadness it is a pain for everyone. We cannot turn our backs on the pains of humanity. We cannot harden ourselves, we cannot become robots, we cannot harden our hearts, ”he said.

"We have to make a call from the Government so that there is no violence, that life be respected, that there is nothing more important than life, it is the main human rights," said the President of the Republic.

"That we all try to live in peace, that no one is attacked and that there is also ethics in the media, less yellowing, even when there are differences, like the ones we have, that we can resolve them with arguments, with debate, respecting each other," said the head of the Federal Executive Power, during his morning press conference.

López Obrador assured that the recent cases of political violence in the country are being investigated and that they will not go unpunished, in addition to indicating that his government has established protocols to protect candidates for popularly elected positions.

“Recently in Oaxaca they assassinated a candidate for Ocotlán. There are already detainees, the material authors. A social leader was murdered in Nochixtlán, the detainees are already there. A candidate from Cosoleacaque, Veracruz was assassinated, they are already in custody ”, assured the national president.

Finally, López Obrador pointed out that citizens must and cast their vote. "We have to continue insisting that there is democracy, that there is no electoral fraud and the best thing to avoid fraud is that we participate," he said.

"When you are not going to vote, the electoral raccoons, the electoral criminals, have a better chance of imposing themselves, because they can buy a vote and with a purchased amount of votes they can be enough to succeed in quotation marks," the president added.


The latest report from the communication and risk management consultancy Etellekt indicated that, so far, the murder of 88 politicians in the country has been reported, during the eight months that the current electoral process has taken place.

Of these, a total of 34 were aspirants or candidates for popularly elected positions and 89 percent of these were opponents of the current local government. In addition, four were running for state councils and were opponents of state administrations, and one last victim aspired to a federal council and did not agree with the federal government.

In less than 48 hours there have been at least three assaults with bullets against candidates for a popularly elected office. The most recent case is that of Alma Rosa Barragán, who was a candidate of the Citizen Movement (MC) for the Municipal Presidency of Moroleón, Guanajuato, and who was assassinated on Tuesday, May 25, while holding a campaign rally.

Yesterday, Wednesday May 26, José Alberto Alonso Gutiérrez, better known as “Güero”, current candidate of the Fuerza por México party for the Municipal Presidency of Acapulco, suffered an attack, on Avenida Costera Vieja, of the Club Deportivo subdivision, of which came out unscathed.

Likewise, Saraí Figueroa Ramírez, candidate for a local deputation in the XXI District of Guanajuato, for the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), was the victim of an armed attack, when she was in the community of Tócuaro, in the municipality of Acámbaro , to hold a campaign event.

Since last week, two other murders of candidates have been reported, including Arturo Flores Bautista, a candidate for trustee in the municipality of Landa de Matamoros, Querétaro; and that of Abel Murrieta Gutiérrez, candidate for the Municipal Presidency of Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón) for the MC and former state attorney of Sonora, assassinated on May 13.

In addition to this, Omar Plancarte Hernández, PVEM candidate for mayor of Uruapan, Michoacán, was deprived of his freedom, on May 25, when he was at his ranch, located on the border between Zacapu and Purépero, in the community of Caurio de Guadalupe. So far he has not been released.


The presiding counselor of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, assured yesterday, Wednesday, May 27, during the session of the General Council of said organism, that the violence has overshadowed the electoral process.

"Violence is the denial of democracy, which is the bet against the highest ideals of democratic coexistence," said Córdova Vianello, in the session where a minute of silence was observed to honor the memory of the murdered MC candidate in Moroleón, Guanajuato.

The INE also called on the authorities responsible to guarantee the safety of the candidates and asked that "all cases in which the applicants have been attacked, intimidated or killed be investigated thoroughly, thoroughly and promptly".


Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, head of the Federal Government's Secretariat for Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), reported, on May 21, that, up to that moment, protection had been provided to 148 candidates for different positions and entities, who have been threatened prior to the elections to be held nationwide on June 6.

The federal official explained that, of the total, 80 candidates were guarded by state police, 52 by elements of the National Guard (GN) and 16 by other authorities of the various entities or municipalities.

“148 candidates have been given protection, of which 80 are from the state governments, 48 ​​from the National Guard, four from the National Guard and the state, sometimes they want federal and state protection and 16 from other authorities that they can be municipal ”, said the head of the SSPC.

Rodríguez Velázquez highlighted that the threats and attacks against the candidates were concentrated in Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Jalisco, the State of Mexico, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Guerrero. It also indicated that there were 398 cases under follow-up or attention, of which 187 were for threats, 101 for some type of aggression, 13 murders and 11 short-term kidnappings.

In addition to this, a total of 13 candidates had been assassinated, up to that moment, during the current electoral process, and 398 cases of complaints had been attended, 226 of men and 172 of women, said the head of the SSPC."




You probably have already read reviews of the following report, but here it is in full version.  Will return to the topics of violence here which is a surprise...normally during elections it tones down a bit, but we are well on our way to 150+ executions just in TIJ this month. Also, I'm sitting on articles regarding problemas between U.S. - Mex current policies. Okay, let's give this a shot:

 ~ From The Economist:   

May 29th 2021 edition

Mexico's false messiah  -Voters Should Curb Mexico's Power-Hungry President

 Andrés Manuel López Obrador pursues ruinous policies by improper means

"IN A WORLD plagued by authoritarian populists, Mexico’s president has somehow escaped the limelight. Liberals furiously condemn the erosion of democratic norms under Hungary’s Viktor Orban, India’s Narendra Modi and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, but barely notice Andrés Manuel López Obrador. This is partly because he lacks some of the vices of his populist peers. He does not deride gay people, bash Muslims or spur his supporters to torch the Amazon. To his credit, he speaks out loudly and often for Mexico’s have-nots, and he is not personally corrupt. Nonetheless, he is a danger to Mexican democracy.

Mr López Obrador divides Mexicans into two groups: “the people”, by which he means those who support him; and the elite, whom he denounces, often by name, as crooks and traitors who are to blame for all Mexico’s problems. He says he is building a more authentic democracy. It is an odd creature. He calls a lot of votes, but not always on topics that are best resolved by voting. For example, when legal objections are raised to one of his pet projects—moving an airport, building a pipeline, blocking a factory—he calls a referendum. He picks a small electorate that he knows will side with him. When it does, he declares that the people have spoken. He has even called for a national referendum on whether to prosecute five of the six living ex-presidents of Mexico for corruption. As a stunt to remind voters of the shortcomings of previous regimes, it is ingenious. It is also a mockery of the rule of law.

The president’s scorn for rules is one reason the elections on June 6th matter. He is not on the ballot; his single six-year term expires in 2024. But the national legislature is up for grabs, as are 15 of 32 governorships, most state assemblies and thousands of local posts.

Voters have a chance to rein in their president by rejecting his party, Morena. It is not clear that they will. Most are dissatisfied with the way the country is being run, but 61% approve of Mr López Obrador himself. Many feel that he cares about ordinary people, even if he has not materially improved their lives. The opposition parties have failed to offer a coherent alternative. Morena is slipping in the polls, but may retain its majority in the lower house, with the help of its allies. The more levers he controls, the further Mr López Obrador can pursue his plan to transform Mexico.

He has done good things, such as bumping up pensions and subsidising apprenticeships for the young. Though a leftist, he has kept spending and debt under control, so Mexico’s credit rating remains tolerably firm. But he suffers from what Moisés Naím, a Venezuelan journalist, calls “ideological necrophilia”—a love of ideas that have been tried and proved not to work.

He has fond memories of the 1970s, when a government-owned oil monopoly spread largesse around his home state. He is trying to recreate something similar, by all but banning private investment in hydrocarbons and forcing the grid to buy power from state sources first, no matter how costly and filthy they are. He likes railways, so he is ploughing $7bn into a diesel-burning boondoggle in his home region. Frustrated with officials who fuss about rules and putting contracts out to tender, he enlists the army to build his railway, run ports and fight crime. In other countries, inviting the men with guns to handle huge sums of public money with scant supervision has proved catastrophic, as any Egyptian or Pakistani could warn him. But Mr López Obrador is notorious for not listening to advice. His catchphrase in cabinet meetings is “Cállate!” (Shut up).

His disdain for expertise has made government less competent. His tree-planting scheme has encouraged farmers to chop down old trees so as to be paid to plant new ones. His policy of “hugs, not bullets” for gangsters has failed to reduce a stratospheric murder rate. For all his railing against graft, Mexicans report as many demands for bribes from officials as before.

He was woefully slow to respond to covid-19 and spent far too little on cushioning its economic effects. According to The Economist’s estimates, Mexico has suffered 477,000 excess deaths from the pandemic, one of the worst rates in the world; and its GDP shrank by 8.5% last year. The country should be poised for galloping growth. Multinationals are eager to diversify their supply chains away from China, and Mexico is a manufacturing hub next to the United States, which is entering a stimulus-stoked post-covid boom. Yet investors are wary.

They fear the uncertainty of rule by presidential whimsy. Mr López Obrador is undermining checks on his power. He leans on advertisers not to support fault-finding media. He cuts the budgets of watchdogs, or stuffs them with his supporters. Last week he said he would replace the central-bank governor with someone who favours “a moral economy”. He has threatened the body that runs elections.

The next three years will determine the depth and duration of the damage he does to Mexico and its democracy. He is barred from seeking re-election, but is trying illegally to extend the term of a friendly supreme-court judge. Critics fear he wants to set a precedent for himself. Mexico’s institutions are strong, but may buckle under sustained assault by a zealot with popular support. The country escaped de facto one-party rule in 2000. Given the risk, voters on June 6th should support whichever opposition party is best placed to win, wherever they live. The opposition parties should work together to restrain the president.


Learn from your mistakes

They should learn from him, too. He is popular partly because they did a poor job of helping those left behind during the long boom that followed economic liberalisation in the 1980s; and also because much of the ruling class really is corrupt. Mr López Obrador’s ad hoc, lawless approach has not made Mexico cleaner, but he has highlighted the need for a clean-up.

The United States needs to pay attention. Donald Trump did not care about Mexican democracy. President Joe Biden should make clear that he does. He must be tactful: Mexicans are understandably allergic to being pushed around by their big neighbour. But America ought not to turn a blind eye to creeping authoritarianism in its backyard. As well as sending vaccines, unconditionally, Mr Biden should send quiet warnings. ■"

 This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline "The false messiah"



He is as stated, insanely popular. Well the good news is that San Diego sent down 10,000 of the J&J vaccines for the maq workers. At least if they get sick, they won't die.


 Update 05/28:

Wouldn't be fair if we didn't print out AMLO's response to The Economist:

 ~ From Zeta:

 "Majadera y mentirosa" la portada de The Economist, dice AMLO [VIDEO]

Por, Carlos Alvarez 

"President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described, this Friday, May 28, as “stupid and liar” the cover of the British magazine The Economist, which he titled 'The false messiah of Mexico', in which he points out that the Tabasco politician is “a danger to Mexican democracy ”.

“They were dedicated to praising the corrupt politicians of Mexico, because they are always conservative, now they are upset because people are supporting a transformation, they take this silly cover, very rude, of course a liar, calling me 'the false messiah' and still lacking Ethics call Mexicans. that they do not vote for what we can represent ”, indicated the national president.

“It is as if I go to the UK and ask the English to vote for my friend Jeremy Corbyn from the Labor Party. I can't do that, it's up to the English, why don't they even respect the forms? It is a very angry state of mind, because changes are taking place in the country, ”insisted the Mexican president.

The head of the Federal Executive Power pointed out that foreign publications such as The Economist, kept silent during the alleged looting in Mexico during the neoliberal period, dedicating themselves to applaud what was done in previous federal administrations.

“They put me on the cover, I even felt very important, those who supported the neoliberal model for a long time, which is nothing more than a pillage policy, and these foreign magazines or newspapers were dedicated to applauding the neoliberal policies, they are very upset. in favor of privatization and always kept silent in the face of the corruption that prevailed, "he added.

“Those who looted Mexico are very upset because the people said enough. We have to be respectful but at the same time differentiate ourselves, we are not the same, it is our morality that we have to preserve, ”argued López Obrador, during his morning press conference.


Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, head of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE), responded to the British magazine The Economist, which published in its printed edition an article entitled 'The false messiah of Mexico', in which he points out that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is "a danger to democracy" in Mexico.

“Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with the international editor of your magazine. I took the opportunity to present the fundamental points of the profound political, economic and social transformation that Mexico has been experiencing for two and a half years, ”said the Mexican Foreign Minister.

“We spoke, among other topics, about the efforts that, as a government, we are undertaking to get out of the COVID-19 pandemic, about our constructive relations with the United States, as well as our vision to detonate development in the south of our country. and Central America and the political situation of the country in general ”, added the Mexican official

In a letter posted on his Twitter account, the head of the SRE stated that the international editor of The Economist "was not sensitive to just one of the arguments" he gave him.

"On the contrary, a few days before the elections in which we Mexicans will freely elect our representatives, your media publishes a couple of articles in which it is invited to vote against the president and his party," Ebrard Casaubón added.

“The opinion and the call are surprising, not because of the ideological position of its milieu, but because of its virulence and argumentative fragility. Behind these it seems to permeate the vision that the majority of Mexican society, especially those with fewer resources, is wrong and supports those who should not, ”insisted the chancellor.

“Today's cover is the synthesis of exasperation. It is known that the results of the election, as happened in 2018, will not match what you want. Recently it was predicted that López Obrador would hardly reach power and that, should the Mexican electorate elect him, it would lead the country to an inexorable economic failure, characterized by devaluation, hyperinflation, indebtedness and a direct clash with the United States, "he added the holder of the SRE.

Ebrard Casaubón said that “none of this has happened. On the contrary, the government of President López Obrador has fulfilled its promise to prioritize and refocus spending on the poorest, as he always promised. At the same time, it has maintained fiscal discipline and sound public finances, ”said the federal official.

“It achieved, for example, historic increases to the minimum wage, while keeping inflation at bay and sustaining the stability of the currency. At the bilateral level, it has managed to build in a short time a relationship of respect and collaboration with the administration of President Joseph R. Biden ”, emphasized Ebrard Casaubón.

“The failure of the elites to understand López Obrador today seems to repeat itself on its pages.
These paint a bleak outlook for the country, but lose sight of the fact that although the Mexican economy, like that of the rest of the countries, suffered the ravages of the
pandemic, it will grow around 6% this year, without having contracted debt. , keeping the finances healthy and with historical numbers of Foreign Investment ", indicated the chancellor.

In his letter, the head of the SRE recalled that the British weekly questions the government response to COVID-19, “but the effort through which Mexico managed, in a matter of months, to more than double its capabilities of hospital care and have timely and universal access to the vaccine, "he said.

"Not for nothing, Mexico is currently the tenth country with the highest number of vaccines applied to its population, which, incidentally, has maintained its support for the president in difficult hours," added Ebrard Casaubón in his letter to The Economist .

“But perhaps the most striking of the texts, because of how absurd it is, is the suggestion that President López Obrador has somehow undermined Mexican democracy, when what he has done is precisely the opposite. Many of your readers will remember that Mexico was until not so long ago an authoritarian country, without freedom of the press, or free elections, which moved to democracy thanks to the push of many Mexicans, among which López Obrador stands out, ”said the foreign minister.

“Their decades-long struggle against a closed system has resulted in a strong, plural and diverse democracy, in which, as never before, the population is consulted directly on substantive issues. This happens on a daily basis, for example, in the United States, where controversial proposals are voted on together with the election of candidates, ”he explained.

“As never before in history, in Mexico there is full freedom of the press and of thought. In an unprecedented exercise, President López Obrador is accountable to the public and maintains a circular dialogue with the press. The levels of criticism of President López Obrador are incomparable with those of his predecessors (just open any Mexican newspaper) and, nevertheless, this is the most popular president of Mexican democracy, ”he replied.

“There are two possible explanations why a government like that of President López Obrador remains with a high margin of approval, even after having gone through difficult times. The elitist view, defended ad nauseam, is that these majorities are wrong and do not know what is really good for them, ”the foreign minister analyzed.

“Another, perhaps the most obvious but surprisingly little considered, is that the majority of people are favoring a system that for the first time has them as a priority. Isn't it time to question that it is the elites who are angry and exasperated with President López Obrador and not the majority who feel represented and defended that are wrong? ”Asked the head of the SRE.

“We are living in turbulent times and, undoubtedly, there is still much to do to defeat the pandemic, achieve the definitive takeoff of the economy and fulfill the promise of closing the gross social gap, but the assessment of Mexicans is that we are going for good way and that we are achieving it. Perhaps it is time for the exasperated elites, paraphrasing an article in your magazine from some years ago, to understand that they are not understanding ”, concluded his letter Ebrard Casaubón.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is "a danger to democracy" in Mexico, said the British magazine The Economist in an article entitled "The false messiah of Mexico" and published on the cover of its print edition.

The European publication considers that the head of the Mexican Federal Executive Power has escaped the focus of attention of authoritarian populists, such as Viktor Obran, from Hungary; Narendra Modi, from India; and, Jair Bolsonaro, from Brazil.

“In a world plagued by authoritarian populists, the president of Mexico has somehow escaped the spotlight. Liberals furiously condemn the erosion of democratic norms under the Hungarian Viktor Orban, the Indian Narendra Modi and the Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro, but they hardly notice Andrés Manuel López Obrador ”, highlights the British magazine.

The Mexican president “does not make fun of homosexuals, nor does he attack Muslims, nor does he incite his followers to set the Amazon on fire. He has the merit of speaking loudly and frequently on behalf of Mexico's dispossessed, and he is not personally corrupt. However, it is a danger for Mexican democracy ”.

“López Obrador divides Mexicans into two groups: 'the people', that is, those who support him, and 'the elite', whom he denounces, often by name, as scoundrels and traitors guilty of all the problems from Mexico. He says he is building a more authentic democracy. It is a strange creature ”, highlights The Economist.

The British magazine criticizes the insistence of the Mexican president that the people decide on matters that in most cases are convenient for their government. “He chooses a small constituency that he knows will side with him. When it does, it declares that the people have spoken. It is a mockery of the rule of law ”, he says.

For the British media, López Obrador's contempt for the rules is one of the reasons why the elections on June 6 are important, because it gives voters the opportunity to stop him, rejecting Morena, a party founded by him.

And although López Obrador's name is not on the ballot and his only six-year term expires in 2024, the integration of the federal Legislative Power is at stake, as are 15 of the 32 governorships, most of the local congresses and thousands of municipal offices, highlighted The Economist.

The magazine also speaks of a mockery of the rule of law, because the Tabasco politician calls many votes, “but not always on issues that are better resolved by voting. For example, when legal objections are raised to one of his favorite projects - the transfer of an airport, the construction of an oil pipeline, the blockade of a factory - he calls a referendum ”.

The Economist asserts that only when a small part of the electorate supports him, López Obrador “declares that the people have spoken. It has even called a national referendum on the advisability of prosecuting five of the six living former presidents of Mexico for corruption. As a trick to remind voters of the shortcomings of previous regimes, it's clever. "

The British publication maintains that although the Mexican politician "has done good things", he suffers from what the Venezuelan journalist Moisés Naím calls 'ideological necrophilia', which means "love for ideas that have been tested and have shown that they do not work." .

According to the magazine, López Obrador is known for not listening to advice, and that, supposedly, his slogan in Cabinet meetings is "Shut up!" In addition, he says that one example of what has made the Government of Mexico less competent is the Sembrando Vida program, which has encouraged farmers to cut down old trees so that they are paid to plant new ones.

Another example, continues The Economist, is the policy of "hugs, not bullets," which has failed to curb the "stratospheric murder rate," and despite their criticism of corruption, "Mexicans report so many demands for bribes from officials as before ”.

Likewise, López Obrador "was regrettably slow to respond to COVID-19 and spent very little to cushion its economic effects," since according to estimates by the British magazine, Mexico has suffered an excess of 477 thousand deaths from the pandemic, one of the worst rates in the world.

In addition to this, although Mexico is a large manufacturing center along with the United States and multinationals are eager to diversify their supply chains outside of China, the publication notes that investors are cautious with the country given "the uncertainty of governing by presidential whims ".

The Economist noted that while Donald Trump did not care about Mexican democracy, current President Joseph Biden should make it clear that he did, and that the US should not turn a blind eye to the progressive authoritarianism in its backyard. ", So other than sending vaccines, unconditionally," should send silent warnings.

"The next three years will determine the depth and duration of the damage he does to Mexico and its democracy [...] He is prohibited from seeking reelection, but is illegally trying to extend the term of a friendly Supreme Court judge," the magazine added.

The publication pointed out that López Obrador is undermining the controls of his power, and gave as an example that last week he said that he would replace the governor of the Bank of Mexico (BANXICO), with someone who favors "a moral economy", in addition to threatening the National Electoral Institute (INE).

Critics fear that he wants to set a precedent for himself. Mexico's institutions are strong, but they can give in to the sustained assault of a fanatic with popular support, ”insisted The Economist.

Given the risk, June 6 voters must support the opposition party that is best positioned to win, wherever they live. The opposition parties should work together to stop the president, ”emphasized The Economist.

The magazine noted that it is not clear if voters will vote against the Tabasco politician, since although the majority is dissatisfied with the way the country is being administered, 61 percent approve of López Obrador himself, since “many feel who cares for ordinary people, even if they have not materially improved their lives.



 One last one:


Is it just me or do you think AMLO looks a tad sheepish.....


Ya'll remember  09/26/14 - the slaughter of the 43 Normalista students, right? Well, thanks to Kamala Harris who handed over a file to AMLO from the U.S., more information has been revealed about this atrocity:

 ~ From Zeta:

AMLO revela que hay una persona detenida en EU por caso Ayotzinapa 

Por, Carlos Alvarez


President Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed, this Friday, May 28, that the file sent by the United States Government regarding the Ayotzinapa case, contains the statement of a detainee in that country, related to the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa.

The national president indicated that the document was sent to Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, undersecretary of Human Rights and Population in the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and in charge of the Presidential Commission of the Iguala case.

"It is a file of a person detained in the United States linked to these events, I am not judging, we do not know if he is responsible or not, he is a witness, and the file is already held by Encinas, Alejandro Encinas, the undersecretary of the Interior," added the Tabasco politician.

"It will also be at the disposal of the Prosecutor's Office that was integrated for this purpose of knowing where the young people of Ayotzinapa are and also the group of advisers who are helping us to know the truth about these unfortunate events," he said.

However, during his morning press conference, the president said that he could not provide more information, since the case is handled by the Attorney General's Office (FGR), and that said institution is responsible for reporting on the matter.

"I do not have more information and I do not want to be reckless, it is a delicate matter, you know, we were doing well in the investigation, very well," said López Obrador, who only explained that the file has important information regarding the disappearance of 43 normalistas , on September 26, 2014.

“Yes, it is a part of an entire investigation that has many components, something very professional is being done and the most important thing is that it is acting with rectitude, without hiding anything, without impunity prevailing or the desire to protect people. he will find out what happened and we will report when the investigation is more advanced, "said the president.

On May 24, López Obrador revealed that days before he received part of a file sent by the United States Government regarding the Ayotzinapa case, which was requested from Vice President Kamala Harris, during the virtual meeting that both held on the 7th. of this same month.

Without detailing the content of the document, the Mexican national leader assured that he was about to receive what is missing in the information, because, according to what he said, there is cooperation on security matters with the US government.

The Tabasco politician indicated that he has not "removed his finger from the line" for said information, for which he asked the United States for support, after the Presidential Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case (CoVAJ) requested.

"The human rights commission asked me to make a request with the United States Government to obtain a file that those authorities have and I asked the vice president to help us, I want to take this opportunity to thank you because you have already sent me part," said the president .

In addition, during his morning press conference, López Obrador assured that his government continues to work to clarify what happened on September 26, 2014, in Iguala, Guerrero, because, according to him, they did not act with rectitude and the authorities lied when trying solve the case.

“I can't say more, we already have the answer, we spoke with her [Harris] about 15 days ago. I made the proposal and a week later we had part of the file and they are about to send us the rest. There is cooperation in these cases and we are going to continue like this, ”said the national president."



 I'm for that bro - let's stay together.

 And, of course we are disgusted with the Republican revisionist account of January 6,2021. 

I'll try to get back here at some point.

Take care everyone.

(; wink

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Where is CFE ? Jill Stein Does Not Exist In Mexico: It Is Only About Hillary & Trump and Obviously, Most People are Hillaristas ! They Are Not Informed and They Don't Know Any Better - Alfred Olanzo Shot Dead in El Cajon, San Diego - Ayotzinapa Two Years - More Problems at Dakota Pipeline

I promised to update the violence in our region, but the electricity here is off and on, so we have had to shut down the computer for a couple of days, running it now but I need to make this fast.

Let me explain.  Several years ago, the transformer above our house  at SADM blew up and landed on our roof.  Although reported several times, this has never been fixed by CFE, nor has the cement pole which is ready to fall over into the street been fixed - if it falls (which it will) it also could land on our house.  The problem is that another transformer down the street from us which services the homes on this block and a cache of others of at least thirty homes is malfunctioning and is threatening (if it hasn't already) to blow out people's appliances, despite them using surge protectors.

These homes and maybe even more, are receiving unequal electrical voltage.  On the houses, there are three leads connecting to the "working" transformer, where the voltage should be a constant number.  Instead, homes are receiving 120 volts on one line and then 133 volts on another. Mike has checked nine homes, they are all receiving the improper and unequal amounts of voltage. The results are the electricity is unbalanced, it goes up and then it goes down, constantly. At night, you can see sparks flying off of the electrical lines down by Reubans. Big sparks.

This may not sound like such a big deal to you, but this constant surge then re-surge of electricity is wearing down if not entirely breaking home appliances.  Potentially it could also be the reason why the street lights are always breaking down.  So this is what we learned:  regular surge protectors do not protect you.  You need to buy and install the "Brown Out and Surge Protector"  on all of your appliance outlets.  We found them over on ebay.  Still, I just had to buy a new freakin wash machine due these surges and I am not happy about that.  Is this an example of CFE's definition of safe maintenance? I'll tell you, if you are late three days paying your electricity bill, CFE is here in a heartbeat to shut your electricity off, end of story. Kind of makes you wonder just how safe that LNG Plant is, doesn't it?


Courtesy Democracy Now !

Meanwhile, here is just one example which typifies the U.S. Presidential election coverage in Mexico:

Aristegui Noticias 

What is bothersome about this is that  most of the so-called Progressive media sources and even those in the conventional Corporate press of the United States have continually redirected or written their own articles concerning different critical social and political events affecting Mexico - to the point where these U.S. articles are linked within some Mexican news sources almost as though these are validations of the importance of the initial Mexican reports. Obviously, there is no reciprocation, except in the case of TeleSur. Yes Mexico, the United States is undergoing a critical event in the U.S. Presidential elections - we are being forced into voting for the lesser of two evils, and the majority of Americans are angry about it.

I have never found any reports in Mexico critical of Hillary Clinton's past including being anti-gay marriage, pro the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (report with included Jorge Ramos interview of Hillary), and her stand on sending thousands of children back to Latin America. A reminder that it was because of Hillary's 2009 Honduran Coup that even more violence has broken out in that country and others where the majority of these children were fleeing from. Please, how can you not take these actions of Hillary Clinton as slurs and hatred towards the people of Mexico and Latin America ? 

There has been no criticism of the past continuation of neo-con and neo-lib policies of Bill Clinton which produced the economic collapse of 2008 and affected Mexico nor has there been any criticism of NAFTA, which enslaves the Mexican people and offers absolutely no environmental safeguards.  Forget about the drug war, for the time being everyone is supposed to believe that the Merida Initiative and the Alliance For Prosperity Plan insures human rights, right?  Do the Mexican people really believe this hogwash ? If they do not, then we must assume they realize that under Hillary it will be more of the same if not worse, right ? You cannot be a Hillarista then Mexico, it does not make sense. But you are.

In light of this huge slap in the face, here is the Democracy Now !  report which "expands the debate" to include Jill Stein. To read the transcript in Spanish, all you need to do is click the translation button at the top of the Democracy Now page.

Democracy Now !

Expanding the Debate: Jill Stein "Debates" Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now Special
Parts One and Two.

So never mind that these so-called debates are just an example of the two party mafia in the United States, no one down here seems interested in that fact or that 76% of the people of the United States wanted the third party candidates to be able to participate in the debates ! Wow, that's almost the same percent of people in Mexico who do not approve of Pena Nieto in current polls.


From Counterpunch, and I noticed Julian Assange is asking for donations to Counterpunch, we gave...might be a good idea, but you will not hear about this in Mexico !

Stop Trump! Stop Clinton!! Stop the Madness (and Let Me Get Off)!


That’s the real issue this time,” he said. “Beating Nixon.  It’s hard to even guess how much damage those bastards will do if they get in for another four years.”
The argument was familiar, I had even made it myself, here and there, but I was beginning to sense something very depressing about it.  How many more of these goddamn elections are we going to have to write off as lame, but “regrettably necessary” holding actions?  And how many more of these stinking double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get ourselves straight enough to put together some kind of national election that will give me and the at least 20 million people I tend to agree with a chance to vote for something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils?

Now with another one of these big bogus showdowns looming down on us, I can already pick up the stench of another bummer.  I understand, along with a lot of other people, that the big thing this year is Beating Nixon.  But that was also the big thing, as I recall, twelve years ago in 1960 – and as far as I can tell, we’ve gone from bad to worse to rotten since then, and the outlook is for more of the same.
—Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72

Another bummer indeed. It’s been nearly four and a half decades since His Majesty, Dr. Gonzo, wrote those words…and my oh my has the rot turned putrid, the stench overwhelming.
Were it only the fact that a corporate imperialist sociopath and a raving pseudo-fascist gasbag are competing to become the Murderer-in-Chief, one could simply retreat to the friendly confines of the Hobson’s Choice Inn.  There, among the carpets and curtains carrying the stains of elections past, one would watch the political circus in peace while doing the work of organizing against both Tweedle Bum and Tweedle Bummer.

But this time, there’s something even more sinister afoot, something far worse than mere cardboard cutouts in formal dress. No, this time it’s the pompous arrogance and vacuous prattling of “leftists,” “anti-imperialists,” and other assorted mental contortionists doing their damnedest to browbeat everyone within earshot (eyeshot?) that THIS TIME it’s important!

“How can you sit aside so smug and allow the fascist Trump to win? You’re being irresponsible,” they chirp.
“How can you attack Trump and let the Warmongering Witch of the West become President? You know what she’ll do,” they drone.
And the response to the denizens of both camps remains the same: If you’re not opposing both Janus faces of Dillary Crump while working to guillotine the many-headed hydra of the ruling class, then what the hell are you really doing?  Oh, right, I forgot – this is all “strategic,” it’s about avoiding a calamity by accepting a disaster.  I’m sure the children of Libya or Muslim-American and Mexican-American immigrants will understand as they are crushed under the bus beneath which they were thrown by a “progressive left” so quick to speak for them.

But perhaps it might be useful for the Left, of which I consider myself a part, to reflect on just what the sort of ‘sophisticated’ and ‘pragmatic’ politics of lesser evilism hath wrought: the continued evisceration of the working class by both the red team and blue team of the single ruling party, perpetual war for profit and Empire, an immutable rightward drift that makes Richard Nixon look like Eugene Debs, and a parasitical ruling class of finance capital whose greatest trick has been convincing the people that it doesn’t rule them.

And where are the victories?  What can we point to as the great breakthrough justifying the tactical vote?  [crickets]…[a single tumbleweed rolls along an empty desert landscape]
Have we seen anything but an acceleration of the worst aspects of imperialism and capitalism?  The climate is in crisis and we’re told by leftist royalty like the great Noam Chomsky that we should vote for Clinton because she at least recognizes the peril of climate change while Trump wants to put a lump of coal in Pachamama’s stockings.  But the obvious question then becomes: so what?
So what Clinton pays lip service to the global threat? She was an ardent supporter of the “All of the above” energy policy of Obama while promoting fracking around the world, taking massive campaign donations from energy industry lobbyists, and tacitly supporting the construction and expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline until it became politically untenable (thanks in no small part to the Bernie Sanders campaign).  And, of course, who could forget the votes she cast in support for expanded offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, a shameful vote which directly contributed to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.

I suppose the question should be asked of Chomsky: Is a begrudging vote for Hillary to be cast solely on the grounds of her having appropriately progressive and focus-grouped talking points?  It seems that’s just about the size of it. So then the inevitable follow-up question would be: Why f*cking bother rewarding her for knowing the importance of lying well?
And how about that pesky little World War III problem?  I can almost hear the “Oh, don’t exaggerate…Hillary doesn’t want to start a war with nuclear-armed Russia” cries from the tastemakers of the liberal unintelligentsia.  Well, let’s allow the Queen of Chaos to speak for herself.  In a raving, Strangelovian speech given before the mouth-breathing jingos of the American Legion, Clinton explained:

We need to respond to evolving threats, from states like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea…We need a military that is ready and agile so that it can meet the full range of threats — and operate on short notice across every domain — not just land, sea, air, and space, but also cyber space…You’ve seen reports — Russia has hacked into a lot of things, China has hacked into a lot of things — Russia even hacked into the Democratic National Committee! Maybe even some state election systems, so we’ve gotta step up our game…Make sure we are well defended and able to take the fight to those who go after us. As president I will make it clear that we will treat cyberattacks just like any other attack…We will be ready with serious political, economic, and military responses.
Did anyone else feel a shiver run down their spine, as I did?  Clinton literally advocates for war with Russia, arguing that a cyberattack which may, or may not, have originated in Russia be treated as an act of war.  Nuclear-armed Russia should expect a military response from the United States over allegations of hacking?  It’s sort of a pot calling the kettle black and trying to smash it with a goddamn sledgehammer kind of situation.

Now, of course, there are plenty of good people on the Left – Adolph Reed, Noam Chomsky, Arun Gupta, and many others – arguing that Clinton is a necessary evil to block Trump from bringing to fruition a full-fledged fascist movement that would have dire ramifications for social justice movements.  And there is undeniably an element of truth in that.

However, the wisdom of the logic relies on a false premise: Trump represents an existential threat while Hillary does not.  This basic assumption is undeniably flawed as global war with countries like Russia and China is indeed one of the great threats to humanity; this is precisely what Clinton’s belligerent foreign policy leads toward.  And there was a time when anti-war still was synonymous with Left activism.  What happened that we are now told that the pro-war position is necessary in order to stop, er, um, fascism?  How far we’ve fallen.

Trump: The Fascist “Anti-Imperialist”
In the unending search for the most imbecilic political logic, one comes across that rare breed of obtuse ignoramus who suggests that Trump is the anti-imperialist’s choice.  If that word has any meaning left today – something that is very much open for debate given recent developments – its application to Donald Trump is about as appropriate as referring to Clinton as the anti-fascist’s choice.

Trump doesn’t mean no more imperial wars; he simply means no more pretending our wars aren’t imperial.  He’s not for ending the wars, but rather fighting them with the nakedly neo-colonial intentions made overt that Clinton would only secretly share over candlelit dinners with Huma Abedin, Madeleine Albright, and Mephistopheles.  With people like Walid Phares, Michael Flynn, and Keith Kellogg as advisers, Trump will retain a pro-Israel imperial policy in the Middle East while advocating for NATO’s expanded mission of counter-terrorism.  Oh, excuse me, Trump wants Denmark to pay “it’s fair share” of NATO costs – pardon me while I release to the heavens a flight of doves in his honor.

What anti-imperialist isn’t enamored with a candidate who calls for a full military invasion of Syria and Iraq? And, of course, there’s no connection whatever between imperialism, colonialism and white supremacy, right?  Trump can spout the most virulently racist filth heard in US politics since George Wallace and Barry Goldwater went on a Tinder date to the Old Ebbitt Grill, and yet these anti-imperial mannequins swear up and down that Trump is an enemy of the Empire.  Even his complimentary reach-around to Bibi Netanyahu isn’t enough to shake the cobwebs from the faux anti-imperial noodleheads of the commentariat. Sigh.

And so, where does this leave us on the Left?  Everyone wants to bludgeon leftists into supporting Clinton to stop Trump using the familiar cudgel of “necessary evil”, while offering little to no additional direction other than “once the election is over we will…”  Yeaaaaaah, that’s worked out well for us thus far.

Others secretly root for Trump to upset the apple cart and open a space for the Left, conveniently forgetting that the Left remains a fractured and disunited bloc while the fascist right grows in strength and organization every day.  And commentators of the Left rush to tell their readers and fellow travelers that THIS or THAT is what they should do.

I’ve got an idea. How about we take a breath, drink/smoke/snort something nice and strong, close our eyes and listen close to hear the echoes of Dr. Gonzo reverberating off the walls of the Left echo chamber:
“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
Or, if that’s just too droll:
“In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

Eric Draitser is the founder of and host of CounterPunch Radio. He is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City. You can reach him at


I have to turn this computer off...the truth is that it is 100% unknown if even the "Brownout and Surge Protectors"  are completely 100% effective.

The killing of Alfred Olango in San Diego  and if you go to the home page, you will see National and International reports including the demonstrations in Mexico City re the second anniversary of Ayotzinapa.  Hmmmm...and still no coverage of Jill Stein here.

Democracy Now ! 

I Called you To Help Me but You Killed My Brother: Police Shoot Dead Unarmed African-American Man


P.S. More problems at the Dakota Pipeline Site:


Military-Style Raid Ends Native Prayer Against Dakota Pipeline


P.P.S.  Complete coverage of Ayotzinapa 2nd Anniversary: Oh look Mexico, there's even an article regarding how Plan Merida (Hillary's Bible) is actually making things worse.....


Justice For Ayotzinapa


 P.P.P.S.  Doesn't look as though this is a priority:


Mexico to Cut Educational Spending in 2007


BTW, at some point I will be back with the outrageous violence in our region.