Monday, March 2, 2015

Peña Nieto's Government Thrashed by the World

Lucio republished from Sinembargo: Translated by Leila English Mexico Voices

 EPN's Catching the capos' makes a nice diversion, like a  Hollywood movie set,
impressive to see, but nothing real or of substance
 
A friend in Europe called me over the weekend after hearing about the arrest of La Tuta.  "I read that the 'most wanted drug trafficker' in Mexico has been apprehended.  Knowing what you have shared with me, I respectfully ask if this is a big deal, and is the press here correct in celebrating Peña Nieto’s successes in fighting organized crime and his taking hold of corruption in general?".......You can use your imagination as to my answer, but my point being; how in the world can much of the world press be so lazy as to fly the EPN PR banner and not dig in and present the truth?  The truth surrounds us all, it is not difficult to see.  Exemplified in this article from Sinembargo.

 The United Nations rebuked Peña Nieto’s government when it declared that:
“forced disappearances are widespread throughout much of the Mexican territory.”
Pope Francis warned his fellow countrymen about violence in Argentina by saying
“hopefully, we’re in time to avoid the fate of Mexico.”
(referring  to his concern over the increase of drug trafficking in his native country, as well as rampant corruption. “I hope we are in time to avoid Mexicanization,” he said)


Members of the European Parliament warned, upon visiting the country, that Mexican justice is slow, selective, and fails to protect victims’ families.
And, in case that wasn’t enough, Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu delivered a message, from Hollywood and with an Oscar in his hand, that the entire world saw and heard:
“I pray that we may discover and build the government that we deserve…”
And official voices and writers must not skirt the issue: the message was directly targeted at Peña Nieto and his government. Iñárritu’s dart. was aimed at them, and nobody else.

[Later he added: "My frustration peaked, like with all Mexicans due to the level of impunity and corruption that prevails now as a generalized system ... the things that happen every day; every day there is news that is outrageous, right? 
 
“Because a government must serve a society, and not use that society, for personal gain" said the filmmaker. González Iñárritu said that the political class in general is backed by corrupt businessmen who weave alliances.
"Impunity is the lifeblood of corruption, because if there were  justice,  the first who would go to jail, are those who commit such crimes, and it’s those at the top "]

Mexico in the spotlight. Mexico beaten. Mexico admonished.
The filmmaker is right: we don’t have, today, the government that we deserve.

[interesting that mainstream Mexican media laundered the story, at first, Proceso reported "The best director dedicated the win to all Mexican's", completely side stepping the real story, until the following day and when the news was widespread]

When the PRI [Party of the Institutional Revolution] won the presidential election in 2012, party members smugly declared: “Mexico has changed.” It’s true: it’s a country distinct from the government of Luis Echeverría Álvarez, [President, 1970-76] and even differs from the government of Carlos Salinas [President, 1988-94]. But that wasn’t the point. The question was: the PRI, have they changed?
In just two years of Peña Nieto’s government, the response has become automatic: Mexico has changed, but not the PRI. Examples? The corruption, conflicts of interest and network of influences that today drown the President, his wife, and his friend Luis Videgaray [Secretary of the Treasury]; a complete lack of transparency; the farce of naming a subordinate employee – Virgilio Andrade – to fiscally investigate his own boss Peña; the PRI’s resistance to approve the Anticorruption Law; the doctoring of statistics on violence and on the economy; the Federal District’s [Mexico City] embarrassing candidates: Christian Vargas, alias “Politicohooligan,” and mafiosa Alejandra Barrios, both nominated to become heads of Mexico City delegations (boroughs). Shall we go on? The list is interminable.
PRI party members were not designed for democracy. They don’t know, practice, or understand it. And such is revealed, whether they want it to be or not, in their relations with world powers.
Faced with criticism from the UN, the Pope, and European legislators—who describe the country in grim terms, yes, but who aren’t lying—what does Peña’s PRI government do? Fight among itself rather than proving, with actions, that their international critics are mistaken; refute with arguments, and not with hollow rhetoric; debate with numbers and reasons, instead of falling back on their tired and useless demagogy that only paints them as outdated and prehistoric politicians.
The letter Pope Francis sent doesn’t leave room for doubt: from the Vatican, he warned Argentina about the danger of reaching extreme levels of violence, out of control in a situation equivalent to the Mexican one. “I was speaking with some Mexican bishops and the thing is terror,” wrote Pope Francis. Neither the Pope nor the bishops are wrong about the chaos in Mexico.

How did the government respond? With futile talk, full of hot air:
“We should look for better approaches and spaces for dialog and for recognizing the efforts that Mexico and Latin America are making with respect to the matter that worries us,” was the earful offered by Chancellor José Antonio Meade.
(Certainly, Meade has played a lamentable role since he joined Foreign Relations. He shouldn’t have left the Treasury, where he had turned in good figures at the end of Calderón’s tenure. Mexico gained a poor Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and lost a good Secretary of the Treasury.)
 Criticism comes from Pope Francis and from the United Nations.
 On February 14, the message offered by the UN Committee Against Forced Disappearance was neither loving nor friendly: Mexico faces a situation of “widespread disappearances” across much of its territory. The verdict was solemn.
It was what the Mexican government wanted to avoid at all costs: to be crucified at the heart of the United Nations on the issue of forced disappearances. They didn’t manage to avoid the condemnation. Moreover, our country was presented to the world at the level of horrors like those in African dictatorships and Syria. Who can deny it?
And the more that Peña Nieto’s government tries to censure or veto its critics, the more it fails to clarify or contradict their critiques. The report that representatives from the European Parliament took back to their respective nations, for example, is of a lawless, violent, and corrupted Mexico. What to do, if that is true?
The opinion of European representatives Heidi Hautala and Franziska Keller about the situation in Mexico is forceful and accurate.
“If human rights are not respected, if there is not a free press, if there is no rule of law, if victims are not supported, then there is no future.”
Nothing more to add.
If all that weren’t enough to demonstrate the poor and questionable performance of the Peña government after two years, the message of González Iñárritu last Sunday night, delivered to millions of eyes watching worldwide, was a crushing blow to Los Pinos [The Pines, Presidential residence, Mexico's "White House"].
Let’s not be mistaken: the phrase “construct the government which we deserve…” had addressees: the Mexican President and his government. It wasn’t intended for anyone else. Let’s hope that Peña Nieto’s official spokespeople don’t complicate things unnecessarily.
“I believe that the level of dissatisfaction, of injustice, of corruption, of impunity, has risen to an unsupportable degree,” Iñárritu said to Carmen Aristegui in MVS.
To whom was the message spoken? Surely not for the parents of Ayotzinapa. It was directed to those in power in Mexico: businesspeople, politicians, and, of course, the President and his team.
 A government, Peña Nieto's , that in two years has collapsed

 A government paraded before and admonished by the world.

A government that, in its disgrace—and this is the serious part—is also taking the country into the abyss. 

67 comments:

  1. I use to love going to mexico for vacation with my family i dont think i will ever be back sadly I don't see mexico changing for the better I least not in my life time it's really sad I had very good times and good memories to sad

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    1. Depends where you used to go on vacation, but most resorts are safe. Last year I spent a few weeks out there and never doubted my safety.

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    2. Maybe Alot Of Places Are Safe, but many others are not the same! People used to be able to drive their pride and joy pick-up truck to Mexico without fear of getting mugged or getting their pick-up stolen! Not any more! Many people have left because of the vast lawlessness!!!!

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    3. No we cannot go either. My family safety is more important

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    4. I have lived in Mexico most of my life cannot go out at night. Get up early shop and get home, and always watch your back. Its probably not very safe yet

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    5. I used to love backpacking around Mexico. To me it seemed big and kind of rough, but colorful, friendly, and full of energy. The last time I went, (around 2000), I traveled by bus to L.C., then up thru Michoacan on the way to D.F.
      I spent six days in Michoacan and really enjoyed it.
      Wouldn't feel safe doing that now, but I still hope someday Mexico will be like that again. Viva la gente decente de Mexico! Son la gran mayoria, ya estoy muy seguro de eso.

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    6. dear "i still go". for the sake of face to face meatings with multi million dollar companies ask about the security teams in place ready for emediate extraction of vip emplyees!!

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    7. 1:52 A lot of the places where people could backpack have now been replaced by illegal crop growing & meth labs. Definitely not safe.

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  2. DEAR LUCIO:
    And what does this have to do with drug rafficking? Everything.my friend, everything...
    The pope was there in Argentina for their Arab spring that led to disappearances, torture and murders at the hands of argentina's military, and has been accused of collaborating...
    --Argentina, where Carlos slim helu...I mean Aristotle Onassis became a billionaire through trafficking, drugs, oil and weapons, disguised as coffee and tobacco shipping magnate...
    --I know you just translated, but finding the right stuff to translate is 90% of a good job, THANKS!!!

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  3. Awesome, Lucio. Just the right combo of facts, perspective and humor.

    Mil Bravos!!

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  4. Iñárritu made me proud to be a Mexican.. and that has been a while.

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    1. and Sean Penn made a fool out of himself

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    2. Inarritu movie sucks

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  5. Thank you both kind readers, however in this case I did not translate, it is the work of Leila English-I just added salt and pepper and threw in a few jalapeños.

    I thought It was worth sharing. I celebrate those who dare to speak the truth.

    The Pope should have been brave and conceded that yes, his was a private conversation, but it has open the door to a real conversation of what has happened in Mexico. I am deeply disappointed that he instead he apologized to Mexico.

    Just when I was beginning to really, really, like Pope Francis.

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  6. I think Lucio is one or bb blogger, chivis never posted documentaries like Lucio did with "legend of shorty".. I'm fan Lucio post ..Arriva el C.A.F #puro tijuana Zona Norte

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    1. Theres no caf nomore its gone

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    2. Callese jediondo y lavese el hocico si piensa hablar de Chivis.. but still props to you Lucio..

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  7. Cholo ivan busted

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  8. Another problem is our northern neighbor. As long as NAFTA goods keep rolling and exports continue to climb the gringos could care less if la republica was under the control of canibalistas. How are la gente going to vote for the sexenio proximo? Being a citizen I can tell you Aduana is on the rampage. Los Ricos are ignored la gente are seeing impuestos sobre impuestos. I am going to take a safe guess...When gringo oil comes say goodbye forever to 14 peso gasolina. It will rise to 20-pesos. Gobernacion will flood with new money coming in and blame everything on the gringos. My hero Lazaro Cardenas must be crying bitter tears. Campaneros, it's going to get worse - a lot worse. Prepare for it. Gobernacion fights with los carteleros because it wants the money not because of justicia.

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    1. At 852pm....don't blame the United States of America for the problems in mexico....yes is true we as a nation we have a huge drug problem, caused by a structure set of laws.....most people have a hard time following rules and regulations, so they turn to drugs and alcohol for a temporary escape....the real problem here is that we fail to see, the social decay that is causing wars- between nations.....it comes down to needs and wants..we need oil and cheap labor...mexicans are cheap labor, middle east is full with oil....some people outside the USA, blames all the problems on us.....I personally say so what. What can you expect from a nation with a capitalist mind set........I warranty you if United States of America was around. The Russians or the Chinese would have mexico making iphones and cheap merchandise under a communist regime.....bottom line is change your culture...instead of listening to narco corridos, cheering for the tricolor, eating spicy food...change your constitution by any means necessary....Lazaro Cardenas did something right it took many years but he did it..... mexico as a nation is back to square one...

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    2. Sounds familiar? ???

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    3. I agree the only way to keep gasoline prices low is Pemex, on outside oil companies than the price will go up. Thanks to LC and FDR in 1938

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    4. I do believe the PRI will do a better job in the future, They r close to the Cartels and will work out a solution

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    5. Nieto is only been President 2 years

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    6. I'm sure the PRI will find a way to rape and steal the wealth of Mexico a lot easier in the future!

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    7. 8:52 & 3:03
      U.S. is now trying to work to reduce dependency on oil, and considering there are so many dead and disappeared bodies buried on Mexico’s soil, I believe the U.S. should eliminate NAFTA too.

      With only a minimal of protests, Mexican’s have freely let their country go to hell. But they are all crying now!!

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  9. Sad to say, Mexicans are getting exactly what they deserve.

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    1. So 9-11 was it deserved?

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    2. Fuck you. ...9-11 is a day of infamy... red white and blue. Those colors don't run....

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    3. Mexicans have lived under systemic governmental corruption for many many decades (without undue influence from drug cartels), but when the drug cartels started buying your leaders, corruption became totally out of control…so out of control that corruption has now flowed down to many of the average citizens. You now have entire towns participating with the drug cartels in some form or another because the citizens say the cartels provide them steady work! WTF!! This is almost schizophrenic behavior!

      With so much active participation in crime, solutions to improve conditions in Mexico look bleak…

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    4. Red White and blue dont run but Obama does lol

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    5. Yes, many Mexicans want the revenues that come from participating in criminal activities, but don’t want the negative consequences that come from it.

      To a very large degree, the Mexicans themselves have brought this upon themselves.

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    6. Very true. And at the end all of that acumulated corruption, criminal 'activities' came to bite them right in their fucking faces. Same thing is going happen to all those countries doing the same sht, ignoring the problems they, their own ppl create inside and outside... at the end all hell breaks loose...

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    7. BCCI, HSBC, BANK OF AMERICA, CITYBANK, WELLS FARGO, all of the biggest banks that havery been caught laundering dirty drug money, are NOT MEXICAN...
      or chinese, arabian, Afghani, or islamobanks...
      --So, who owns the drug trade? I'mean sure it is not you, stupid...

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    8. 10:16
      But the so called “poor little Mexican farmer” who decided to stop growing his avocados, lemons & other food crops have razed their lands of these precious commodities and started allowing the cartels to grow marijuana plants and erect meth labs on their lands (for greater profits) …they are funneling these same profits through those very same banks you have mentioned. Those banks are not going to refuse to take the Mexican's dirty monies!

      Mexicans need to stand straight, look themselves squarely in the eye, stop lying to themselves and take responsibility for their personal criminal behaviors.

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    9. @9:25 Correct…Many people (not just the cartels) are doing so much crimes over there it is now spilling over everywhere!

      If for example parts of the government were brought under control from so much corruption, the country would have to build several more prisons because now the individual citizens are participating in crimes too!

      Within the last 2-3 years extortion has risen over 1,200%, crimes not normally affiliated with the cartels such as kidnappings, car jacking, murders etc. has also risen exponentially. Many of these crimes are being committed by the citizens but blame them on the cartels.

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    10. Lol, stop the bullcrap everyone around the world can see what the u.s has done and is doing. Get ready for the fall of the us. Its along time coming.

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    11. Ha Ha, then the Americans can stream over to your border and take over.

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    12. @3:46 and it is no where near as devestating as what Mexicans have done to Mexico and its own people. Yours is a perverse culture. .

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  10. We are worried about mexico and Latin America when social decay is destroying the United states of America. It isn’t just our economy that is crumbling.  Something is happening to America that no amount of money will be able to fix.  Everywhere around us we can see evidence of the social decay that is systematically eating away at the foundations of our society.  It can be found on the streets of our inner cities, in dark basements in extremely rural communities, in the most prestigious boardrooms on Wall Street, and definitely in the halls of power in Washington.   Bringing in an entirely different crop of politicians or printing gigantic mountains of money is not going to solve this problem, because it exists in the hearts of millions of ordinary men and women.  The truth is that we really need to take a good, long look at ourselves in the mirror, because we need to take a 180 degree turn as a nation.  What we are doing now is clearly not working, and the longer that we take to address this problem the worse it is going to get.  The following are 10 examples of the social decay that is eating away at America like cancer.  Individually, they could be dismissed as isolated incidents.  But I could have easily listed 100 examples or 1000 examples.  Every single day, we are inundated with reports like these.  The symptoms of the decay of our society are all around us.  We just have to be willing to look at them…..hey Lucio thanks for the articles...Im from mexican decent and I lived first hand all the atrocities mentioned on the article........thanks for making people aware.

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    1. I am a Mestizo de la tercer generacion, whose abuelos went norte after the battle of Ojinaga, in 1914, as civilians not military. I am approaching this web portal for the 1st time even tho I have consistently relied on "Borderlandbeat" for briefings of criminal activity in Mexico since at least 2009. I agree with the supposition that 'social decay' is endemic in the United States and that yes, all social, political, cultural, economic and racial classes are living through a profound watershed moment in the nation I am a citizen of. I also need to commend 'Lucio", for his commentary, helping ground level gente like me understand certain mechanism essential for building knowledge and effective communications.....this 180 degree turn will happen in Mexico, starting a domino effect that will reach into the halls of power in the United States.....

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    2. 2:36 & 10:31
      When you remove GOD & his teachings from the government & other organizations, social & moral decay will set in. For the past 50 years there has been several court cases involving a systematic removal of mentioning God & prayer from the US government as well as the school system. The likes of Steven Engel & Atheist Madalyn O’Hair insured prayers were removed from the US School systems in the 1960’s. Before Engel & O’Hair & other court cases, you seldom heard of students cursing, beating up and murdering the teachers. And there were no scanners for weaponry; Now all these crimes and more are occurring since prayer was removed from the schools & now our judicial systems. Incidentally one of the main protagonists Ms. O’Hair’s body was found dismembered & buried, but look at the legacy she left the U.S. schools with.

      If we people publicly & privately state we don’t want the Holy Spirit present in our lives, then HE will surely depart, leaving us open to attacks from all kinds of unclean & criminal behavior. Be careful what you wish for…

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  11. DR: MIRELES VIVE LA LUCHA SIGUE

    There is only one Chance for Mexico - get rid of all the corrupt politicianas .

    FREE DR: MIRELES!!!!!!!!!!!! MIRELES FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Wow. So, should Tuta be set free? I don't love Penia Nieto or anything. But is setting him free the answer to Hollywood's and the Pope's prayers? Chapo was the "most wanted" and Mexico along with US intelligence managed to nab him. Still you here so many stories about governments not doing enough. When are the "important folks" gonna start teaching and "preaching" self control? I get a creepy feeling reading these type of things. I consider myself "spiritual" but I'm also grown enough to know I have to do my part in order to survive. It's very easy to applaud revolution when it's not happening at home. Just some food for thought.

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    1. The people's spirit have been beaten down after living under hundreds of years of governmental corruption. They would rather run to another country than take a stand and fight.

      Even if there were a true revolution, it would be hard to change the country because you now have several generations who have grown up under and know only how to behave corruptively.

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  13. What is the difference between now, and before EPN? only because all the things started to xplode in calderons years when all those wars, mess started to erupt, getting things out of control and got even worst when Penia Nieto got in los Pinos, how can some expect something to change that fast with something that bad, where the problems are rooted all the way from small towns to big cities like el D.F., just because the real bad things came out to light? Does that mean they are worst now then before??

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    1. 4:34 keep your spirit safe, less somebody gets ahold of it and turns your spirit positively into his bitch...

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  14. The times have changed, not just down south but everywhere, some places are going to get better some others are going to get bad. Heck even the vaticans, look at the pope is he doing a good job with all of that religion stuff??

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  15. I go to mexico once a month tijuana, rossarito, and ensenada and take my family I have never had any problems and feel safe I grew up in LA and seen dead people on the sidewalk, drive by, and riots baja california is way safer

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  16. The airport of Toluca mexico with the looongest landing strip where la barbie and arturo beltran leyva owned hangars they rented to genaro garcia luna SSP, until the death of el barbas, also had landing rights and parking spaces free for the state governor, enrique pena nieto, now president of mexico...(anabel hernandez)
    --With that track record, extravagant spending of millions of dollars on foreign countries before he was elected, AND as president, also reflected on his achicincle luis videgaray who also spends a lot more money than he earns thanks to his strange breeding and foreign education, is mexico improving???
    --the mexicans may not be making cell phones, because they did not have the communist slave labor to trade away, but now the mexicans have the one way north highways and tollways owned by the chinese dragon that lead to the mortgaged paper tiger's empire of defaults and reposessions, it was all pre-envisioned and prognosticated by the gurus of reaganomics, and called trickle down economics, the huddled masses got tricked down...
    The US keeps fucking up, ukrainia, libya, iraq, iran, egypt, syria, lebanon, israel, latin america, spain, 'grease', russia, malaysia...
    --even the new re-conquest of cuba is getting fucked up, we don't really want robert vesco returned to the US to sing about all the dirty business of money laundering between the castro brothers and some big amerikkkan businessmen, do we???

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    1. Wow, what a rant! I have no idea what you are talking about, and I've got a feeling you don't either.

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    2. From what i can tell this guy posts every once in a while.. and all his posts are the same..it seems he knows a lot, probably very intelligent.. but when he comments it seems like he smoked a bunch of meth right before.. maybe isnt fluent in english.. but then there would be more misspellings.. so im sticking with meth ha

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    3. Russia is full corrupt bastards enriching themselves at the cost of others almost like they do in mx. They also got their dirty hands in some of those countries helping the others fight against the West, Last Friday the politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down... He was against the corruption in russia and with what is going on in Ukraine. West related, who knows what the hell is going on over there. At the end the real victims are the deffenseless citizens of those countries, and all because some want to what? help make things better or just make things worst for everybody? it would be a good question know....

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    4. -Mexico 68, the US unleashes the Arab spring on mexican students...
      -SoChi Olympics bring the neo-nazi revolution in US Navy ships to ukrainia...
      -Tonkin, cuba, Veracruz, chile, cuba again, libya, isis, iraq, iran, even 9/11, all blamed all over the world on the US OR USAID, OR THE CIA...
      --I want to be disabused of the brainwash... no drugs, it is all spite and contempt...

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    5. Russian soldiers will fight like bitches for their motherland, and for their dictators, underfed and I'll supplied; maidan neo-nazis will run away when they run out of chocolates, they will not save bidden's son "gas executive job" in ukrainia...
      --are we at the US really in need of another trillion dollar unwinnable war for corporate welfare of a few warmongering private military contractors???

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    6. March 3 at 7:46 , important message, below...

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  17. Are going to hear what everybody has been wanting to hear now, CABALLEROS TEMPLARIOS DISMANTLED!

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  18. Instead of catching la Tuta, when is EPN going to catch job creation. The catching of these drug traffickers is just a diversionary tactics considering it is election year in Mexico and some important governor seats are up for grabs this year. What about Viagras, Migueladas. Next! The kickbacks will continue.

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  19. Templarios dismantled, VIAGRAS UP!!! Corrupt army UP!!! Corrupt police UP!!! Pri politics UP!!! Juersaz ruralezzz half way in/half way out...
    --500 AutoDefensas, still in prison, Doctor Who and hipolito mora are waiting for their free ''amparo''...
    --At the end of the movie De Todos Modos Juan Te Llamas, military, politicians, police and church dignitaries are dancing cheek to cheek, history repeats itself...

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  20. @1:31 don't worry, just keep reading, when you see more than three word sentences, SKIP IT...
    --i don't get baseball, football, soccer, or man to man wrestling, but i understand elbowing rivals on the teeth, i will always comment i like it, like a baby...
    --grown people understand ''thou shall not cast pearls to swine'', few people understand that maybe the pearls were not cast for the swine, to make swine wonder: who, meee? Whaat???
    --I'm just grateful i get posted once in a while, thanks BB!!!

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  21. What we need is another revolution in order things to changed

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  22. People talk about theyll never go back to Mexico and all this bs that it's dangerous Mexico is growing so much economically in big cities so much construction new streets new condos we'res the dangerous Mexico ppl talk about some ppl make others think that just by going it's dangerous that's all bs

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    1. New contractions & condos don’t mean shit. If one has to have some type of mediation or assistance from the police, judicial or governmental agency, it will not be worth it to live in a new home, while being extorted and in general living in misery.

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