Showing posts with label Carlos Alvarez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carlos Alvarez. Show all posts

Friday, March 27, 2020

Updates On The Stats; 125 executed In Tijuana Month of March; YTD Total For Tijuana = 438 Dead - Covid 19 Virus: 10 Cases In Tijuana, 10 Cases in Mexicali More Tests Being Studied - Nationwide: A Big Jump Up to 585 Cases Nationwide With 8 dead

Hoping all of you are OKAY  and staying healthy.  The last two nights I've had some weird end of the world nightmares  - probably from reading everything out there on the virus and listening to our idiot President.  Our doctor up in the states advised us that since Mike is considered "essential" and has to cross the border everyday to work, the first thing he should do when he gets home is take off his clothes - so, I've been doing lots of laundry and cooking. Anyway, that's a little tip to all of you who are still out there working.  When Mike goes into the stores, he wears gloves and a mask, and he said the stores are slowly getting back to "normal" with the exception of toilet paper.  

It is fair to say that despite the worldwide pandemic, the drug wars here continue and to date, more people are dying from that than the virus (although no one seems to care about this up there in the states).  

The local and state governments,Universities, news sources and Health Officials are doing a terrific job of informing people about the pandemic and precautions to take - in Tijuana, the Paramedics are stopping people on the streets reminding them the importance of sanitary habits and social distancing.  But then, there are always cases such as this from a couple of days back:

Courtesy Zeta
  ~ From Zeta:

 Ricos con Riesgo de COVID-19; Los Pobres "Estamos" Immune: Barbosa [VIDEO]
Por, Carlos Alvarez

"If people "are rich" they are at greater risk of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus, but, on the contrary, "if they are poor, they are immune," Luis Miguel Ger贸nimo Barbosa Huerta, Constitutional Governor of Puebla, declared this Wednesday, March 25. the period 2019-2024.

"Most are wealthy people, eh, do they know or not? If you are rich you are at risk [of catching COVID-19], if you are poor, no, the poor are immune, "Barbosa Huerta stressed at a press conference.

The Puebla president emphasized that the majority of cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are from people who traveled or associated with these trips. This same Wednesday it was reported that there are 38 positive cases for coronavirus COVID-19 in the entity, in addition to 158 tests have been applied.

Eight of the infected people are hospitalized, while 28 cases are imported, seven associated with import, one asymptomatic and two people with community transmission, according to the head of the Ministry of Health, Jorge Humberto Uribe T茅llez.
The state official explained that most of the cases occurred in the state capital, but there are also positive records in Puebla capital, San Andr茅s Cholula, Teziutl谩n, Huejotzingo, Tlapanal谩 and Chalchicomula de Sesma, so the municipalities must adopt the measures of protection.
The governor mentioned that in the face of the spread of the virus, the administration is preparing to grant support for people's subsistence and even attends to 20 people in need daily after suspending "Citizen Tuesday".
"I will continue [serving people] until I get coronavirus and many people have already come to see me to ask for solidarity help, that is the part that comes to us and from which we are preparing to respond," said Barbosa Huerta.
For this reason, he called on the employers to show solidarity and send their quarantined workers with the corresponding payments. Likewise, the president of Puebla also announced that the State Administration will supply water pipes so that people living in the neighborhoods where the supply fails, adopt hygiene measures."


 Well, water is a big plus. And slowly, the Federal Government ( and AMLO finally by gosh) is coming around after non-stop pressure from the intellectuals. Even CNN reports:" Mexico's federal government has also ramped up preventative measures. Beginning what it calls phase 2 of its crisis response, the government has shuttered schools, closed nonessential federal offices and encouraged people to say home and socially distance. A nightly press conference by the Ministry of Health has also been established to update the public on the status of the outbreak." But truly, what can be worse than this:

 ~ From CNN:

Trump Touts Great Success As US Becomes World's Worst Virus Epicenter 
By, Stephen Collinson 


The Latest Drug War Stats:

As of Thursday, 12:38pm, the month of March is showing 125 executed in Tijuana with a YTD total in Tijuana of 438 dead. I'll be back with information on the situation in Ensenada, my eyes are giving out.

 ~ From Zeta:

Reportan 9 Homicidios en Tijuana Cuatro Son Mujeres, Uno de Ellos de 14 Anos 


The Latest Covid-19  Virus Stats: 

  ~ From Zeta:

BC Llega a 20 Contagiados Por Covid-19, 10 en Tijuana y 10 en Mexicali 
Por, Angela Torres Lozano 

"Baja California already has 20 cases confirmed by COVID-19, 10 in Tijuana and 10 in Mexicali, announced Alonso P茅rez Rico, head of the Ministry of Health, on the morning of Thursday, March 26.
The official emphasized the population density of Mexicali, because despite the fact that it has the same number of infected people, its population is smaller, so he insisted on distancing himself.
Of the 20 infected people, 15 have comorbidities, 5 have smoking, 4 have obesity, 2 have diabetes, 2 HIV / AIDS, 1 asthma and one more immunosuppression.
So far there are 280 cases studied, of which 141 are negative, and 119 are still awaiting results.
Of those 119, 53 are in Tijuana, 43 in Mexicali, 16 in Ensenada, 4 in Tecate, 1 in Rosarito and 2 more in Vicente Guerrero / San Quint铆n.
During the live broadcast, Jaime Bonilla, state governor, reported that three members of his cabinet are under observation, and are in isolation on suspicion of coronavirus, but did not specify who they were.
P茅rez Rico emphasized social distancing to mitigate community dispersion, in addition to the closure of gyms, bars, churches, as well as funerals with controlled measures and restaurants with take-out and home delivery services."
A big jump up to 585 Cases Nationwide:
 ~ From Zeta:
Por, Carlos Alvarez 
" The Ministry of Health (SSa) of the Federal Government reported only 8 deaths this Thursday, March 26. In addition, it reported 110 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Mexico, with which, according to official figures, they would add 585 infected in total by said disease, until now.
  At a press conference from the National Palace, the Federal SSa reported that 2,965 suspects had been discarded and 2,156 are still under observation as suspects. Also, that only 10 percent of patients have required hospitalization and the remaining 10 have been treated on an outpatient basis.
Likewise, it was indicated that there are 8 deaths so far from the virus, three in Mexico City, one in Durango, two in Jalisco, one in San Luis Potos铆 and one more in Quintana Roo. However, the federal authorities did not report the new deaths in the State of Mexico and in Michoac谩n.
In addition, the Federal SSa indicated that of the total cases, 58 percent are men and 42 percent women. While the median infection of the coronavirus COVID-19 is 41 years old."

 Over and out for now, I hope I don't have another scary nightmare. Stay safe everyone.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tijuana Execution Stats For June & July Revisited - UPDATE 07/22: And It Is A Big Revision : TIJ Had 272 Intentional Homicides During the Month of June - Full Coverage From Zeta - Turning Point with Upcoming Mueller Testimony ?

Let's start with Trump first. Did you catch the headlines on CNN this morning ?

~ From CNN:

'Very Substantial Evidence' Trump Is 'Guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors,' House Judiciary Says
By, Kate Sullivan - 07/21/19 

Of course he is guilty, but will he weasel his way out of it as he has done a million times before? Of course he will. Meanwhile, the absolute assault on Trump and his policies continues at a high clip...who knows for sure - maybe Melania will be air lifted out of the White House in a straight jacket after all !!! But sorry, I don't have my fingers crossed.

The Intercept


 The Stats Revisited.....

The last blog,  I posted that Zeta had reported June of this year ended with 217 executions in Tijuana.
Then ,Zeta's  July 17th report stating 132 executed  in Tijuana  so far this month of July bringing the YTD total to 1,231 dead in the city. 

Since the 07/17 report, I have counted 17 more executed in the city, including the three heads and torsos and the Municipal Police officer killed this morning

But according to the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Systema Nacional de Seguridad Publica, June actually ended with 272 executed in Tijuana, a number which far surpasses the PGJE numbers by 55. The point is, it's a lot worse than most of us might have realized with additional executions in Ensenada, and a Ministerial Agent killed in Tecate in the past few days. And, you might be wondering, how many more months from this year alone were we given lower numbers of executions/intentional homicides in an effort just to keep the lid on so to speak? Particularly for the sake of tourism and real estate sales ?

~ From Zeta: - 07/21/19

 Encuentran Tres Cabezas En Una Camioneta Sobre El Bulevar 2000


UPDATE: Another Ministerial Agent killed this evening, in Mexicali:

 ~ From Zeta:

Matan a Ministerial Afuera de Walmart, En Mexicali
Por, Eduardo Villa Lugo - 07/21/19

"Seven shots were fired from the firearm that ended the life of Heriberto Guti茅rrez Mart铆nez, an agent of the State Ministerial Police, assigned to the area of ​​Robos Poniente, who was surprised when he was in the parking lot of the Walmart department store. in the Hidalgo colony, in Mexicali.
Just a few days ago, an agent of the Ministerial Police assigned to the narcomenudeo area, in Tijuana, was gunned down in the municipality of Tecate, when he was leaving his parents' house.
9:00 pm marked the clock when the crime was perpetrated in the parking lot of the departmental store, located at the junction of L谩zaro C谩rdenas and L贸pez Mateos boulevards, in said demarcation, one of the busiest areas of Mexicali.

According to witnesses of the incident, the victim, 31 years old, of regular build, fair complexion, with a beard, and who wore  a shirt with the legend "Army", in addition to a green cap, was sitting inside his Chevrolet pickup, sand color, recent model, with license plates BP79609, when a subject approached him and from a back angle on the co-pilot's side, he opened fire several times.
The deceased today received multiple impacts on his body, which ended his life in a few moments.

According to   authorities, the murderer fled aboard a white Honda vehicle, bound for the Hidalgo colony, managing to circumvent the police operation.
The area was reinforced by state and municipal authorities, both by land and through surveillance cameras installed in the vicinity."

end edit.


 UPDATE/EDIT 07/22/19:

This morning Carlos Alvarez covers the report from the Secretariado Ejecutivo de Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica which has ranked Tijuana in first place nationwide for intentional homicides for the month of June, showing 272 deaths.  This report also presents the percentages of increase/decrease and overall standing of the highest ranking violent states of Mexico from January '19 - June '19.

 ~ From Zeta:

Baja California, Entidad Del Pais Con Mas Homicidios Durante Junio Del 2019
Por, Carlos Alvarez 

"In 18 of the 32 entities of the country there was an increase in the number of victims of murders, while in 14 states there was a detriment in the homicides, during the first semester of 2019, according to figures from the Map of Criminal Incidence in June , released by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP).
During June, the entities that accumulated the highest number of victims of intentional homicide were Baja California, with 272; Guanajuato, with 248; Chihuahua, with 243; State of Mexico, with 228; Jalisco, with 226; Michoac谩n, with 175; Guerrero, with 171; Sonora, with 164; Veracruz, with 149, and Mexico City, with 143.
On the contrary, the entities that last month had less victims were Yucat谩n and Baja California Sur, with 2 each; Campeche, with 5; Durango and Aguascalientes, with 8 each, and Quer茅taro, with 11.
The national monthly average went from 2 thousand 714 victims of intentional homicide during the first semester of last year, to 2 thousand 856 of this, a difference of 142.

 If the trend continues, 2019 will close with more than 34 thousand 200 victims and will displace to 2018 as the most violent year in the modern history of Mexico.
Regarding the number of victims of crimes of the common law between January and June, in the 32 entities of the country 17 thousand 138 victims of manslaughter were registered, an increase of 5.21 percent compared to the number of murders that were recorded in the same last year's period, when in total there were 16,288 victims.
Of the more than 17 thousand victims of manslaughter recorded during the first six months of this year, in about 71.3 percent of the cases (12 thousand 215 people) were attacked with a firearm. From January to June 2018, of the more than 16,200 murder victims, 11,460 died from a firearm, the equivalent of 70.35 percent of the total.
From January to June of 2019 there were 1 million 4 thousand 191 alleged crimes in the Mexican Republic, and only in June throughout the country the figure reached 170 thousand 738, according to the same data of the agency dependent on the Ministry of the Interior (Segob ) of the Federal Government, headed by Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador.
In the first semester of this year 2019, the entity with the highest increase in murders was Nuevo Le贸n, where 486 victims of intentional homicide were registered, an increase of 72 percent compared to the same period last year, when it became known of 282 murders.
According to SESNSP data, Nuevo Le贸n is followed by Sonora, Hidalgo, Morelos and Tabasco, with increases in the number of intentional homicides of 67, 53, 44 and 42 percent, respectively, compared to the first semester of 2018. 

On the contrary, Baja California Sur leads the 14 entities that have registered improvements, since it went from registering 125 murders in the first semester of 2018, to 44 for the same period of the current year, a reduction of 64 percent.
Likewise, the State of Mexico and Mexico City recorded the highest delinquency rates in June, registering 28,855 and 19,995 crimes, respectively, followed by Jalisco, with 12,893 crimes, and Guanajuato, with 11,468. , Campeche, Tlaxcala and Nayarit reported the lowest figures of alleged crimes, with 198, 332 and 412.
During the first semester of the year EDOMEX and Mexico City also presented the highest figures, with 159 thousand 635 and 123 thousand 403 presumed crimes, followed by Jalisco, Guanajuato, Baja California and Puebla, with 81 thousand 859, 68 thousand 783, 49 thousand 706 and 39 thousand 872 illicit, respectively."

  More on their Daily Reports. 

end edit. 

UPDATE/EDIT - 07/23/19: 

But hold on a minute, AMLO downplays the violence in Baja California. Well, if you feel comfortable camping out with your family in San Quintin, or any points north or south of that, by all means just go for it, because the new mantra now is that the violence is only in Tijuana.  When you're down that a way, keep in mind the entire area is the main drug route, and everyone wants to control it.

 ~ From Zeta:

En Tijuana Se "Concentra" Problema De Inseguridad Y Violencia, No En Todp BC, Afirma AMLO
Por, Carlos Alvarez - 07/23/2019

"President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador acknowledged Tuesday, that in Tijuana the problem is "insecurity and violence," but that this is not a matter of all of Baja California.
"Indeed, in Tijuana, which is not all of Baja California, the problem is insecurity and violence we have more concentrated in Tijuana," said the president during his morning conference at the National Palace.
"On Monday, 68 homicides were registered in the country, so the average daily figure dropped," said the Tabasco politician, who added that there are 10 entities that "alter the average number of homicides."
The national president said that in Guanajuato, Baja California, the State of Mexico and Veracruz, the crime of manslaughter has decreased.
He added that after the rebound in insecurity in Tijuana, his Government is already counteracting him and is studying the deployment of more federal forces in the border city to try to reduce the number of homicides committed on the northern border.
The federal president said that the work of the three levels of government is also reflected in the reduction of other crimes, such as car theft, which, according to the report given by the Security Cabinet, has suffered a notable decrease.
"Just as we have not been able to reduce the incidence of homicides, we have significantly reduced vehicle theft," L贸pez Obrador added in his morning conference.
Yesterday, ZETA informed that in 18 of the 32 entities of the country there was an increase in the number of victims of murders, while in 14 states there was a detriment in homicides, during the first half of 2019, as reflected in the Map figures of Criminal Incidence of June, announced by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP).
During June, the entities that accumulated the highest number of victims of manslaughter were Baja California, with 272; Guanajuato, with 248; Chihuahua, with 243; State of Mexico, with 228; Jalisco, with 226; Michoac谩n, with 175; Guerrero, with 171; Sonora, with 164; Veracruz, with 149, and Mexico City, with 143.
The national monthly average went from 2,714 victims of manslaughter during the first half of last year, to 2 thousand 856 of this, a difference of 142. If the trend continues, 2019 will close with more than 34 thousand 200 victims and displace to 2018 as the most violent year in the modern history of Mexico."


Kind of reminds me of "Jaws." But doesn't it leave you wondering what kind of a deal was made down in BCS, and who exactly made it.  Perhaps the same thing will happen up here, although no one will ever get rid of the dope, it's a billion dollar enterprise here to stay.

Javier Sicilia addresses the issue of Andres Manuel coming up, eyes are killing me.

Monday, May 13, 2019

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

Relatives of the real Emiliano Zapata Greet AMLO

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

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

  ~ From Zeta:

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

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


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

 ~ From the New York Times:

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


Also from the New York Times:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Cierra Abril Con 183 Ejecutados En Tijuana


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

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

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

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

~ Zeta Reports:

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

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

Ocho Ejecutados en Las Ultimas Horas 

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

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

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


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

 - Hallan Restos Humanos en Las Delicias 

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

Courtesy Zeta

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

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

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


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

 Zeta Tijuana 

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


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



Friday, April 12, 2019

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

Courtesy The Guardian

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

  ~ The Purge In Progress and Immigration:

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

 ~ From Democracy Now! 



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

 ~ From Zeta:

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


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

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

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


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

~ From The Intelligencer:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You just believe the f眉hrer should have included your people among the chosen."


courtesy Counterpunch

  ~ The Arrest Of Julian Assange

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

 ~ From Counterpunch:

 by, Bob Urie - 04/11/19


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


It feels spooky to me.