|Simply put, we loved him|
Once again I was side tracked by this awful heat which makes me sick and last night we watched the first part of "Bobby Kennedy For President" documentary which Mike had downloaded. I was in tears, puddles of them reliving the past. I mentioned to another person that I could not believe we were so naive back then and it never occurred to most of us at that time that "they" would get rid of Bobby eventually. If you get a chance, watch this documentary - five stars out of five stars.
Let's start off with.....
Zero Tolerance & The Separation of Families in the USA
The United States Government has until this Thursday to get their shit together and reunite the families of immigrants they outrageously separated. I don't think they are going to make the deadline - they might squeak through then pat themselves on their backs and say "Look how great we are !" What will happen to the hundreds who have been deported back to their countries while their kids remain locked up in the USA? Even the so-called move to ban and dismantle ICE fell apart at the last moment due to political reasons, that is how spineless our government is.
For weeks, the Corporate MSMedia has been spot on with outstanding coverage of the atrocities, here are just some the most recent, of course these are just the tip of the iceberg:
- From CNN - 07/24/18
Exclusive: Listen to Separated Moms Beg For Their Kids in Court
By, Tal Kopan & Nick Valencia
- From MSN - 07/24/18
CBS News - 07.24/18
Migrantes Describe Frigid Hungry Days In ""Ice Boxes" and "Dog Pounds"
By, Graham Kates
- From ABC News - 07/24/18
Government, ACLU Differ on Wait Time For Asylum Seekers
by, Elliot Spagat, AP
- From Reuters - 07/24/18
U.S. Urges Judge to Allow Quick Removals of Reunited Families
By, Tom Hals
Not exactly MSM:
- From TeleSur - 07/24/18
Traumatized Children Drugged Without Consent at US Immigrant Shelter: Report
Probably the most concise coverage which has been receiving widespread MSM attention:
- From The Intercept:
"As the Trump administration has ratcheted up its vicious crackdown on immigrants, The Intercept has been reporting from the front lines and the borderlines — exposing the lies and the inhumanity of U.S. immigration enforcement agencies."
The War On Immigrants
And more in details & coverage with interviews:
- From Democracy Now !
Immigration|Democracy Now !
BTW, Frontera reported yesterday that 120 of their fellow countrymen including 25 children have fled the states of Michoacan and Guerrero seeking asylum in the USA. They are being cared for by the civilian group Movimiento Juventud 2000 AC in Tijuana who will be helping them with the process and acting as intermediaries with the Mexican INM.
Here is the Facebook site for the Movimiento Juventud 200 AC with directions if you want to take supplies to help them out:
Movimiento Juventud 2000 AC
Clearly the US Corporate - MSM has not been giving President-elect AMLO coverage. Assuming that this could be about the lunatic Trump taking center stage, keep this in mind from The Canary.
It has been a whirlwind of activity and probably the best and easiest way to summarize these events would be to give you the Telesur link which is in English and covers the stories with video: (note the latest killing of journalist in Cancun)
The re-Negotiation of NAFTA
The Proposed Legalization of Drugs
The Creation of Truth Commissions for Disappeared People
Zapatista's Reject Padre Solalinde and AMLO
AMLO Cuts His Salary by 60%
Pope Francis to Participate in Mexico's Peace Process
Public Peace Forums
The Legislative Agenda
An End to Mexico's Energy Dependence - Especially on USA
The Women of AMLO's Cabinet
Regional Policy on Venezuela
AMLO & Mexico's Business Sector
Military Off The Streets
No Presidential bodyguards
You have to do a little work, type AMLO in the search box and click search Telesur - AMLO
Perhaps the reasoning behind the non coverage of AMLO by the US MSM is that these issues are rattling the US Military-Industrial Complex and making the United States look like something from out of the Dark Ages (which it is).
Here's a look at an editorial by Denise Dresser on the legalization of drugs from a couple of days ago - and even more people are talking about the legalization of poppies.
Columnas - Ideas y Palabras
Por, Denisse Dresser
"Here are the reasons to support the process of pacification announced by the government at the door, which includes the decriminalization of marijuana:
1. Because the futility of the war on drugs - as it is done today - is becoming more and more obvious. More evident. More painful It has not contributed to combating violence, it has exacerbated it. It has not deactivated organized crime, rather it has contributed to its encystment and expansion. It has not resolved the historical problems of political corruption and government complicity; it has only helped deepen them.
2. With the new government, Mexico has the opportunity to determine its own destiny and make decisions that strengthen its national security, regardless of what the US government demands. Political stability and social cohesion are at stake, as the last ten years have shown to do the same, only with worse results.
3. It would be the way to break the addiction of the predecessors of AMLO to a failed drug policy that has led to devoting more and more resources, more money, more weapons and more troops to a war that can never be won.
4. If we do not move to a new paradigm, it will be another six years of militarization and death, but with an increasingly weak and inefficient state. The deterioration of the security situation will continue to be progressive and lethal.
5. The decriminalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use could become an instrument -among others- able to face a market too powerful to be overcome by any government. Enrique Peña Nieto and Felipe Calderón tried to dismantle it and failed. The legalization, accompanied by a robust state regulation, could break the economic structure that produces huge profits for unstoppable mafias. And that would be a first step to reduce violence, contain corruption and pacify Mexico.
6. There are already successful examples in many countries and states of the American Union that can be emulated, where decriminalization progresses and regulation works. The collection of taxes on their marketing provides substantial resources to governments that use them to provide public goods.
7. The turnaround motto should be like that of the state of Colorado and others that have decriminalized: "let's do business, not war." Based on the government regulation of cannabis in 2012, taxes on its marketing have generated income dedicated to the construction of schools and public services. The profits do not go to organized crime but to society, producing multiple benefits, including the reduction of the population imprisoned for the possession of a drug whose use would no longer be considered a criminal act.
8. The major challenge, as it has been raised by Lourdes Cárdenas in the book Marijuana; the trip to legalization, would be to create strong and reliable institutions that can withstand what would involve the legalization of cannabis, regulate its production until its sale, passing through the payment of taxes, the granting and monitoring of private crops, control of consumption among minors, the prevention of addictions, among many other topics. This scenario is difficult to see due to the regulatory and revenue weakness of the Mexican State. As many have warned, the process would probably have to be gradual, supported by scientific information, in the objective collection of data, in the clarification of social opinions and in the construction of solid institutions that lead the process.
9. The decriminalization and regulation of marijuana would free the Armed Forces from tasks that do not touch them, while it strengthens and professionalizes police officers committed to daily crime, which is not linked to drug trafficking, which most affects the population.
10. The post-election conjuncture has created an important space for innovation and a mandate for change. This is the time for a foundational rethinking. Forward to the ideas proposed by experts, academics, analysts from different latitudes. Welcome the turn promised by Olga Sánchez Cordero at the head of a Ministry of the Interior whose attention would be centered where it corresponds: on routes to ensure peace and not continue with the war, in new strategies and not in old mistakes. Tap regular."
Current Drug War Fatalities For Tijuana for the month of July:
The Drug War continues despite the overall exuberance over the AMLO victory. We will all have to wait until he is actually sworn in 12/01/18, so there are four months and a few days left; it is unclear at this point if the new President-elect will have a calming effect on the battling cartels during the interim.
Frontera reported on 07/23/18 @ 8:00am that there had been 151 murders/executions in the city giving Tijuana the YTD figure of 1,337 dead.
Frontera - 07/23/18 @ 8:00am
Acumula Julio 151 Asesinatos
Por, Angel F. Gonzalez
This afternoon, Zeta reports 14 more in a little over twenty four hours giving a larger number of 176 for the city of Tijuana with no arrests on these.
Zeta - 07/24/18 @ 3:23pm
14 Ejecutados En Las Ultimas Horas en Tijuana
Rosarito, Ensenada, Mexicali and Tecate have also had more executions, plus the narco mantas and threats and kidnappings are back, I'll return to those.
Meanwhile, to stay abreast of the situation here are a couple of links for you:
Frontera Policiaca twitter