Sunday, October 25, 2015

Iguala & Tlatlaya Cases: U.S. blocking Mexico's Mérida funds, due to human rights disasters

By Lucio R for Borderland Beat
From Tlatlaya extrajudicial killings of 22

The colossal mess and failure of Mérida 

Reforma is reporting the United States has again blocked a portion of funds due to be given to Mexico through the Merida Initiative.  The initiative was established to support Mexico in funds and equipment, in its fight against drugs.

The U.S. with withhold 15% (5M)of the total annual budget allocated, until the State Department issues a certification that Mexico has met the human rights standards.

The U.S. decided on this action in part based on the Iguala case of the killing and kidnapping of 49 persons on September 26-27, 2014.  43 of the 49, mostly normalistas, are missing and presumed dead,  ( the majority of people in Mexico are discounting the official explanation by the Enrique Peña Nieto administration).

Other cases are of extrajudicial killings such as the 22 in Tlatlaya. And 16 in Apatzingán, Michoacán where police were heard saying “mow them down like dogs” when killing or injuring the unarmed citizens including children. Some photos reveal a few of the citizens, with the only weapon they had in their vehicles, sticks.  Citizens reported federal police of planting the few weapons shown in photos.

The US government significantly strengthened its partnership with Mexico in combating organized crime in 2007 when it announced the Merida Initiative, a multi-year US security assistance package for Mexico.  Aside from funds, the U.S. has provided equipment and training.

Since the 2008 onset, the United States congress highlighted the importance of tying in assurances that Mexico respect human rights from the outset, US Congress recognized the importance of ensuring that the Mexican government respect human rights in its public security efforts, thereby mandated that 15% of funding be withheld of Merida funds until the State Department issued a report to the US Congress which showed that Mexico had demonstrated it was meeting four human rights requirements. 


    Apatzingán, Michoacán, directly above and above left
In the years since the initiative began, Mexico has been chastised by the U.S. for human rights violations.  Critics have said it has not been effective or that punitively at 15% funding freeze  is not harsh enough. (What it calculates to this year is meager 5 million USD)

The U.S. threatened to withhold money unless cases of violations by military elements, and Federal Police, are prosecuted in public court, instead of military court.

In 2010 U.S. congress set forth these following requirements to be met by Mexico. Astonishingly, in the same year it was determined by the State Department in a report to congress, that that Mexico was meeting the Merida Initiative's human rights requirements, and it stated its intention to obligate roughly $36 million in security assistance that had been withheld from the 2009 supplemental and the 2010 omnibus budgets.   

However, research conducted by organizations, including Mexico's National Human Rights
Futbol player, age 15 killed in Iguala attack
Commission, and the State Department's own reports, demonstrates conclusively that Mexico has failed to meet the four human rights requirements set out by law.

In consideration of these facts congress should not have been releasing funds.  In doing so and liberating previous fund withholding's, the Obama administration sent a message to Mexico, that the United States will not react punitively to grave human rights violations.  In effect, establishing the United States, tolerates human rights violations that include torture, rape, murder and disappearance. 

Four requirements:

1) Requirement: Ensuring that civilian prosecutors and judicial authorities are investigating and prosecuting members of the federal police and military forces who have been credibly alleged to have violated human rights.

In a report to congress it states that Mexico's military justice system continues to "systematically claim" jurisdiction over the investigation of these cases. The reports also states; "information on military prosecutions is difficult to obtain," the "limited information on military prosecutions and complaints filed suggest that actual prosecutions are rare."

According to the Mexican military's own reports, military courts have only sentenced one soldier for a human rights violation committed since 2007.

Up to 2015, not a single soldier has been prosecuted in civilian courts since the Merida Initiative came into effect in July 2008. In this sense, the State Department's assertion in its September 2010 report that civilian prosecutors are investigating and prosecuting members of the military accused of human rights violations is inaccurate.  To date, no bill has been introduced in the Mexican Congress to amend this practice. 

Requirement: Ensuring that civilian prosecutors and judicial authorities are investigating and prosecuting members of the federal police and military forces who have been credibly alleged to have violated human rights.

Requirement: Enforcing the prohibition on the use of testimony obtained through torture. 

Mexico claims to have addressed this practice of abuse, however the systematic practice of torture to obtain confessions have continued unabated.  This is a critical issue most effecting Mexico’s system of justice, as most often confessions are the sole or primary evidence in criminal conviction.

Amid the tactics documented in force confession abuses, are the use of electric shocks, beatings, water boarding and suffocation with plastic bags. Meanwhile, the practice of “arraigo” in  which a suspect may be detained for up to 80 days before being charged, in itself creates an environment that, facilitates torture. 

Requirement: Improve the transparency and accountability of federal police forces and work with state and municipal authorities to improve the transparency and accountability of state and municipal police forces.

Mexico has agreed to changes that would create effective accountability and transparency, it does not provide clear guidelines for human rights complaints nor does it provide mechanisms that ensures transparency in the investigation, court hearings and disciplinary actions

Requirement: Conduct regular consultations with Mexican human rights organizations and civil society on recommendations for the implementation of the Merida Initiative.

Mexico has for all intents and purpose have kept meetings private to only a few select groups of representatives by making it impossible to improbable all groups can attend.  By holding the meetings in D.F. with only a few days’ notice, rarely opened to the public, and exclusion of all groups having the right to set the agenda for the meetings, set only by the government.  As a result few groups are left participating in the consultations.
Iguala, Guerrero scene of first of two attacks in September, 2014 a massacre of 49 people
Obama administration adjustments and goals

The Barrack Obama administration has made wide changes in the implementation of the treaty, by shifting funds pegged for security, to social programs targeted at facilitating Mexico's  economic and justice system.

The administration implemented four goals:
1) The disruption of  organized criminal groups2) Establishing the rule of law and respect for human rights reforms3) 21st century border structure with the utilization of equipment, technology, and training”4) The creation of strong, stable communities (ex. Micro loans, workshops, education)
In the face of these changes, the deterioration of the situation in Mexico has proved the initiative of being a colossal failure, and yet it has continued. All the good intentions will fall flat without stringent safeguards, if the beneficiary is immersed in a bed of criminal collusion and corruption.

The 2014 Iguala nightmare set the stage for a global spotlight to shine of the chaotic state of culpability, organized crime collusion, corruption, and human rights abuses, threaded through all layers of municipal, state and federal governments.

Dr. John Ackerman, an author as well as a professor at the Institute of Legal Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and vice president of the International Association of Administrative Law puts it this way in speaking about the Merida Initiative;
“Through two United States presidents, and 3 billion dollars later, Mexico is more unsafe, chaotic and authoritarian than ever”.
American Julio Mondragon, a student teacher living in Mexico,
face was flayed in the Iguala attack against "normalitas" and others

In a September 2015 report from Small Wars Journal (authored by Michael Hoopes) this was the conclusion:


Conclusions
"Despite the official policy goals expressed by the U.S. and Mexican governments, U.S. support of Mexican security forces through training and cash transfers, has remained at high levels.

Moreover, while U.S. net assistance to Mexican security forces has declined from its historically high levels of the George W. Bush administration, data show that said decline has not coincided with an increase in U.S. funds devoted to non-security initiatives that seek to remedy Mexico's crime problem, despite public promises by the Obama administration.
While this report does not explore arguments in favor of the United States supporting Mexican security institutions through training and equipment transfers/sale, Mexico's human rights catastrophes of 2014 support the critics who say that U.S. funds continue to support a state security apparatus rife with corruption. Thus, an analysis of both the nature of the U.S. foreign aid budget to Mexico and the events of 2014 clearly show that the institution-building efforts enshrined in the Mérida Initiative elude achievement.
The U.S. government, specifically the agencies who administer Mérida Initiative and Department of Defense funds to Mexico, by all accounts lacks a program that methodically and specifically assesses the outcomes of their financing and training experts. The 2010 recommendation of the U.S. Government
Accountability Office that the Secretary of State “incorporate into the strategy for the Mérida Initiative outcome performance measures that indicate progress toward strategic goals” remains largely unfulfilled, and the more complete implementation of the recommendation would be the crucial step in allowing the U.S. government to properly assess the impacts of the military assistance that those inside and outside the U.S. government continue to deem negative."
Funds, equipment and training has been misappropriated and used to militarized
security and finance human rights abuses of Mexican citizens.  
In conclusion the once promising treaty should have been terminated long ago, either permanently, because of Mexico’s non-compliance, or temporarily, to enact adjustments. 

Mexico has been treated as a spoiled child knowing the punishment will be short lived and without meaningful consequence, especially during the Obama administration.

Funds should have never been diverted from security to social programs.

But the greatest enemy to the success of the treaty was lack of safeguards and oversight.  To throw funding, equipment and training at a nation deep-rooted in corruption, on every layer of government, municipal, state, federal, without stringent oversight, is tantamount to throwing funding at a windstorm, where at least,  it would have better odds at landing where it could do some good. 

In writing this post a portion of info or material was used from;  Gov Track, SMJ, Reforma and Human Rights Watch, BB archive


77 comments:

  1. Lucio, your up early.. Good article

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  2. Well done! Am in 100% agreement.

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    1. Agree! 8:23. Brilliant article, thank you, Lucio.

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  3. Ashamed to be American -:)

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    1. Americans did not do it, rogue american government agents are to be blamed and ashamed, maybe Obama needs to place blame where it belongs, for the money, and for the murders and for the exhonerations, general Cienpedos is too old, he will not go to court alive, but his estate can be sued, work on it...

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    2. I didn't vote for the administration. I have no shame for my nationality nor my race. Criminals come in all sizes and professions.The US citizens are lied to and coerced the same as Mexicanos.

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  4. IMO this is the most important article on the front page. and few will probably read it. Excellent job.

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  5. Someone said they are ashamed to be American? Why should America allow this money in the hands of the largest cartel there? Their government. I said time and time again sanctions should be brought against this country for its treatment of the citizens/ Great job America. Stop helping those who are doing nothing more than hurting others!

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    1. So arming criminals in mexico (ATF fast and furious) is fine, but not giving them 15% is a sanction? What about the other 85%? Stop buying drugs and arming these people.

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    2. I think you need to go back and read slooooowly. I think we are on the same side here buddy.

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    3. giving money to Mexico is a way of kinda hiding the fact that USA has a drug problem . you know like the politicians can say " well we are doing what we can " but really the solution is to close that freaking border . Cold turkey for Americanos ( notice im not saying whites )

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    4. 15% of funds witheld is like a mosquito bite en una nalga.
      --All the funds should have gone to human rights organizations and at least some to indemnify the parents of the disappeared, also the AutoDefensas not compromised with the state at any level and the freedom of the imprisoned including Dr Mireles, Nestora Salgado and Semei Verdia, and so many others...
      --But it was more important to release the Tlatlaya murderers because El General Cienpedos takes care of "HIS SOLDIERS"...
      --According to plata it (youtube) el general Cienpedos es puro cabron, puro culero incompetente, maricon, cobarde, y todo un hijo de su puta madre...
      --the mexican governingnarco-mierdocracia paints big smiles of happiness on the mexicans, american julio Mondragon (exchange student? Nah) Ayotzinapa student is witness...
      Thanks for taking care lucio}:●》

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    5. All funds should be stopped immediately and given to Latin countries who deserve. Mexico gets a big F in every category possibe. Blame Obama and the alphabet boys all you want but it's your country so own your problems.

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    6. but its ok to give israel 3.1 billion a year? USA should not be giving tax payers money to any country with the approval from tax payers.

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    7. Agree 100% with 9:20 PM

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    8. It is a way for the well connected US politicians to steal from the US taxpayer, "create a conflict and collect big bucks for trying to solve it" with the corporations they "create and own all by theirselves..."

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    9. @8:22 Mexico's #1 and the biggest problem is the US "rogue government" agents and their influence on their hijacked government that give money, weapons, training, sovereign impunity, and shelter to the mexican governing narco-mierdocracia who is Mexico's second #1 problem...

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    10. No Mames 9:20, how do you think you get bananas at .59 cents a pound.... We (U.S.) give a little and take a lot...

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  6. Excellent article. Obama believes black lives matter. In Mexico brown lives not much.

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  7. Was that one prosecution in 2007 mentioned as the only one, was that the lieutenant who was prosecuted for not being corrupt, for trying to do his job right, for being a whistleblower.
    I think I remember some such case written about here

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  8. Mexico is moving backwards on many fronts, not just human rights. Corruption is completely out of control with PRI back in power. Economic inequality is growing exponentially. Impunity is at the highest levels ever. Press freedom is in jeopardy.

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    1. @11:38..I have to agree, totally. The PRI, is just...the worst. You know their elections are all rigged. I can't imagine, why the Mexican citizens, would ever want the PRI back in that seat again.That's about like us, voting another Bush back in as our President, why would we ever do such a thing! However, Mexico's citizens are not in a place, to demand change, force people out of office..They will die, they do die..or they end up in a political prison somewhere(Dr.Jose Mireles)! Democracy, it doesn't exist for the Mexican citizen!!

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    2. @9:54
      ...AND THE US PAYS FOR ALL OF IT, STARTING WITH THE RIGGED ELECTIONS AND THE BOUGHT VOTES...
      all the human rights organizations the US, Latin america.mexico asia, 5he middle east pacific islands asia have signed agreements, none of them are respected in their quest for global privatization rights for the rich and powerful and global socialization of poverty, ignorance, malnutrition, lack of health care and human rights abuses...
      --"they" are trying to ram it down our throats that that is how it is and you don't have anything to say or do about it, because they got guns and gorilla armies, and the US leads the charge...

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  9. Feliciadades Lucio. Listo obra

    The EUA must understand that the mil de millones dolares in drugs makes 15% of Merida a laugh. 100% of Merida multa would get notice. But maybe a little is better than nada. Fucking politicos play stupid unless friend or family is involved. They make jokes of the tontos gringos. I remember the promise
    The day after the armas and dinero coming south stop the drogas going north will stop.

    Desde Tierra Caliente

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    1. La pura verdad, 11:58, asi es. Everybody's getting played. The insufferable EPN & narco gob managed to alienate every UN & NGO investigating human rights progress in Mexico, and there has actually been none as these human rights commissions have stated in public. The Merida Initiative es una mierda, a cruel joke, una burla total. The States cites congress as holding the purse strings, but EPN always gets his money from his uncle Sam, one way or another.

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  10. Great article. This falls @ the opposite end of the spectrum from your article Sunday, May 31, 2015
    "Mexican spending spree, purchasing military equipment from the U.S." One hand doesn't know what the other is doing.
    I am an American. I am not a syndicated news watching American. These are the types of stories that need to be shown & seen on U.S. T.V. It sickens me how 2 faced our gov't can be, at the same time how oppressive & brutal the PGR is. The majority of Americans have no idea what is really going on next door. They are more afraid of ISIS and the beheadings they use as scare tactics. They are not aware that these happen on an almost daily basis in Mexico. Americans are also unaware of the human rights violations & collusion by our gov't that allow such things to continue. It is a sad situation for Mexico, for as long as the U.S. govt. is making money off the drug trade, there is no reason to step in and stop this madness. Shame on our gov't and shame on the Mexican gov't too.

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    1. This is pure evil pinochetismo, but "low intensity", nobody to blame but the US foreign policy agencies and their terrorist practices that have dragged the US down to the pig pen mud where they belong with the pig poop...

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    2. The NAU..north American union will be born out of engineered conflict and chaos.

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    3. "The majority of Americans have no idea what is really going on next door."

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    4. "...pure evil pinochetismo, but "low intensity".. Call it for what it is: genocide.

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    5. In any north American union, the mexicans will still be 3rd class citizens, there really is no room at the table for I'll manneered fans of larry hernandez who no habla 'espikinglish'...

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  11. News on this subject is dotted along the mainstream news hwy. As if to ignore therefore it does not exist, waiting for its natural death, that way no one assumes responsibility for its failure.

    I am sure a low percentage of Americans know the travesty of the initiative.

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  12. Since when does the US government care about human rights?

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    1. Never but we have money and we can choose to not donate it to Mexico. That's life my friends.

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    2. 9:00 "you" do not have a penny in your name, the managers of the Mierda Accords who administration is terrible the money, also steal it in cahoots with the mexican side, but the US borrows the money they "spend" from chinese and Jewish bankers who steal it out the back door, the US and mexico see no benefit...

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  13. Well done BB, a welcome change from Larrymania

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  14. The money is no "given" to them. They in turn are required to use that money to purchase US weapons and equipment and training. And of course pocket some of it themselves. In essence we the tax payers are funding the Mexican government's "war" on its citizens. Its all on our tab.

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    1. Oh OK!!!! They are "required" to utilized funds in a set manner, and by gosh, Mexico always does what is required, follows the rules, hold fast to agreements. Yep. Pocket "SOME"?

      go back to sleep now

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    2. 8:40 Nah, me no sleep, i's not done, not by a looong shot, you go watch your telenovelas and peña nieto speeches to his associate bola de rateros...

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  15. Thanks to all who make this site possible, especially those who take the time to translate.Stumbled across it a few months back and have been hooked ever since.

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    1. Der Hirsch, prepare your homeless shelter, the dragon "but she was an angel" sorry excuse for a wife you married just because she used her witchcraft on You, must be about to kick ya' ass out of "her house" you bought for HER ass to stuff her maff in...
      Show her tits, I mean >this< report, ask her to Comment for BB in her defense...

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    2. 12:22 AM, Step away from the pipe or the needle, whatever. Get a life.

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  16. Can someone help me figoue out how to make my government understand that i want them to Not give MEXICO any Money. Or fight to give them LESS so that Mexico can see that we care about the poor Mexican families that get shot. What can i do, where can i go??? Someone help me fight.

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    1. You should go to the Merida Initiative web page to see where most of the money goes. Mexico has spent 20 times the money that the United States promise to give.

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    2. U.S. cuts $5 million in drug war aid to Mexico over human rights concerns
      by Rafa Fernandez De Castro | October 26, 2015
      ".... However, symbolically it is very harmful to Mexico’s image in the world.. The U.S. government will still give Mexico $190 million in anti-drug aid, according to the New York Times. ..When the Merida Initiative was signed, Congress allocated approximately $2.5 billion for programs in Mexico. “... more than $1.3 billion worth has been provided. Mexico, for its part, has invested some $79 billion of its own resources on security and public safety, including $11 billion in 2015,” according to the CRS report.
      Here's the link:
      http://fusion.net/story/220960/u-s-cuts-5-million-in-drug-war-aid-to-mexico-over-human-rights-concerns/

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    3. @9:24 ...And stole 200 hundred times the money they used...
      --That is the fucking mexican governing narco-mierdocracia for you...

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    4. Mexico has never invested 79 billion DOLLARS on defense, maybe pesos, but they were Stolen by presidents and secretarios of something or other, even major rata carlos salinas de gortari only stole like about 1 billion pesos from defense budget, and that sent the military scrambling for opportunities it to make their own money, from what else, DRUG TRAFFICKING, shaking down the mexicans like the federal poolice corporations, kidnappings for ransom also increased after the salinato, because anti-kidnapping experts like genaro garcia luna and his expert kidnapping for ransom team headed by his cousins luis cardenas palomino and alfredo castillo were doing the crimes themselves, they are tight with their partner and godfather, el mismitito demonio came from the lost tribe, lebanese pariah Carlos Slim Helu, mexico's newest "oilman"...
      --Kidnapping for Ranson helped Slim become the richest man In the world, with drug trafficking doing its part, having your brother "El Comandante Olvidado" Julian Slim Helu in charge of the International airport of mexico city helps there...

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  17. Some one could say the army is like the armed wing for some of the corrupt mx-gob officials in charge of "solving the mexicans ploblam" locally, regionally and nationally. They themselves be protecting the big criminals in power on the mx-gob offices and in the sierras...No wonder they themselves are inplicated many times with many, many mess ups...criminals against criminals? collusions? While common citizens get screwed in the process...

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  18. Arriba La Revolucion jijos del Cocho

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  19. This is a nice surprise. I wrote the article and kept it in draft for 10 days or so, thinking few would be interested. Thank you for the interest BB readers.

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    1. and I would have killed you, if you had killed this post! :)
      Excellent work "Louie"

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    2. A MIRACLE RESUSCITATED!!! Aleluia! She is back, el mamito still nowhere to be found...

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    3. Keep them coming Lucio, this is an excellent report, it compelled me to spend a couple of hrs researching further. The "Colossal Mess" is apropos,

      Welcome back chivis

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  20. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/5/demonstrations-plannedtoprotestmexicanpresidentswhitehousevisit.html

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    1. The opinions of other's have never mattered to him, not even the United Nations opinion. He's in it for himself, his own self- gain..not for his country!

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  21. No, thank you Lucio! So many have questioned, the support given, by the United States, that helped aid civilian deaths in Mexico."The buck stops here"..or some of the bucks anyway, but lots more needs to be done. I am thankful, for even the smallest of 'gifts' given.That box of bullets, that we will no longer supply Mexico with, it might just save an innocent life, or two..or three. Our supplies, were meant to help defend human rights, civilians..innocents. This was not meant, to ever aid in supporting human rights violations! This...is a very good thing, for us all!

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    1. The purpose of "giving" mexican governing narco-mierdocracia funds for its gorilla armies was/is to murder the disidents who do not agree that mexico should be all privatized, it is the only thing progressing in mexico...
      --there is more drug trafficking than ever thank you...

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  22. USA Politicians are straight up idiots! Trump is right. Why the hell is the US giving tax payer money to Mexican Politicians. Mexico is the most corrupt country, they dont give a damm about human rights. All that tax payer money goes straight into mexican politicians pockets.

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  23. Excellent article.
    The late Chuck Bowden wrote about this so long ago, no one listened. NAFTA, the maquiladoras,the drug appetite of the U.S., the money flowing both ways, in Murder City and Dreamland, the corruption on both sides of the river. The way the press in Mexico is strangled and the press in America turns a blind eye, for fear of offending Emperor BHO.
    The day the money and arms stop coming south is the day the drugs stop coming north, but then what? Can the Mexican people go back to the land? How will they survive without the dream of moving to America and earning a living? Only by Mexico changing its system. Such a rich country with such poor people. So far from God, so close to los Estados Unidos.

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    1. Education is the key. This requires long term financial investments in a universal education system. It's worth noting that US foreign aid packages quit including funding for education in the mid 1980's. Money for schools and university programs virtually dried up. Educate two generations of Mexicans, they'll build a country; educate three generations of Mexicans, they'll run their country better and more intelligently than anyone else ever could.

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    2. Educating, 3 generations, will take forever, by then, the educated will have sold out again...
      --we need a revolution of the people, by the people, for the people, and no education at all to agarrar a tablazos en las nalgas and unos pinchis gorillas "del gobierno". ..

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  24. 15%?? Take 100% until the motherfuckers get their shit together! Very interesting stuff though... This is the kind of shit i like to read on BB, not the same shit rehashed over and over. Good job putting it together, whoever you are...

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  25. Quality reporting Lucio.

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  26. Overthrow the corrupt Mexican government and let Chapo run the show. What how quick the country gets on it's feet again. Sorry but the war on drugs has been a complete waste of time, money and lives. When will Mexico get smart?

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    1. It has not been a waste of time or money for those running the "expensive war" it has made them billions of dollars, that is why they create drug trafficking, make money from it, and make money from "fixing the problem" that the new American Way...

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    2. Exactly. Stop and think, Who started the war on drugs? (The War FOR drugs). Who provided the weapons? Who provides the market?
      The war may be in Mexico, but the Generals are all north of the river.

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    3. The US created and financed the expansion of the War for Drugs. Just look how many more US citizens are addicted and pacified with drugs, and the ones who don't use drugs are terrified by the violence and are happy to accept the loss of rights and privacy. The Mexican government recieves billions of dollars, so it's a win/win for both governments....And a lose/lose for the common citizen of both Mexico and the US.

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  27. Get Smart? He could not even keep his lousy show alive Fer hell's high heels shakes!!!
    --Now, the Pentagon lost 2 trillion dollars or so, and when they was about to get investigated, a strange passenger plane WITHOUT WINGS, that looked like a Russian rocket but wasn't, struck the el pentagon on 9/11, right in the ass where those records were being kept (!!!), how is tan about efficient accounting...
    --THE MEXICANS only steal all the money and want to fix the governing problems using their US given gorilla armies to mug and rob the narcos and the people...

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  28. https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/10/28/mexico-police-killings-michoacan

    Human Rights Watch report on PF massacres in Michoacán.

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    1. Great timing Lucio, writing this article, the HR report concurs with your reporting and that of other BB reporters about the extrajudicial killings

      love this blog

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    2. Ditto that, 5:08 PM. Gratitude & Respects to BB & Lucio. "Timing is everything.."

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  29. This HR report has everything you have long reported as being the true story. Unarmed citizens, planted weapons, medical professionals warned against intervention...etc....etc....etc....etc..

    from report:

    A 19-year-old man wounded in the Apatzingán incident told Human Rights Watch that federal police opened fire on unarmed civilians, shot two of them in the head while they lay on the ground taking cover, and planted guns next to their corpses. Human Rights Watch obtained a written statement from another witness and a recorded interview that a third witness gave to a journalist that corroborated this account. A physician who treated injured people in the incident told the media in a recorded interview that police impeded the injured from receiving medical care, resulting in the death of at least one more person.

    In the days after the shootings at Apatzingán – when the official investigation had barely started – the presidentially appointed security commissioner for Michoacán, Alfredo Castillo, claimed that most of the eight civilians who died were killed in “crossfire” by the civilians’ own weapons. He also showed a video that he claimed proved that civilians had attacked police.

    The Interior Ministry later disseminated the video to Mexican media to support the claim that police fired in self-defense at armed attackers. Eight months later, when Interior Ministry officials were still using the video to support their “self-defense” claim, they met with Human Rights Watch and provided a copy of the video. The video in fact does not show the civilians attacking the police, and the civilians it shows appear unarmed.

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    1. Thanks for posting the HR outtakes, 5:20. Finally, there are records, which will let the horrific, terrible truth speak for itself. EPN and his lot warrant a trial at Hague.

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  30. Well, sorry mijitos...
    The Mexican Government does not accept the intromissions of foreign countries or their delegates in national matters and reserves to themselves the right and the duty to control dissent and discontent as it sees fit by any means necessary, or unnecessary, and to disappear the evidence and avoid the consequences, we only sign HR agreements to make you feel good, but that is not our problem...
    Atentamente: Mexico Government

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