Mar 23, 2015

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. 'Blackmail' Over Snowden Asylum

La Jornada (Translated by WorldMeets.Us): According to a report on the electronic portal The Intercept, the U.S. government pressured Germany to help deny information on terrorist plans to its intelligence services if Berlin offered asylum to U.S. computer analyst Edward Snowden, who currently lives as an exile in Russia. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has assisted the former Central Intelligence Agency analyst screen and disseminate [classified] documents, said that information was revealed by German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. Washington, meanwhile, has denied the accusation and said that the relationship between the two secret services has saved lives.

More than two years after Edward Snowden's first leaks exposed the massive spying programs of the United States which involves among other global actors the German government, data continues to surface revealing the extent and negative implications of the refusal of U.S. diplomacy to accept responsibility in a multipolar international environment that demands transparency. Read more. 

Mar 10, 2015

Ban CIA Weather Manipulation Disguised as Climate Research

La Jornada (Translated by WorldMeets.Us) In February 2015, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences along with other institutions published two reports on geoengineering (technological proposals to manipulate the climate) that were funded by, among others, the CIA.

The CIA and other sectors of the U.S. intelligence apparatus have called climate change and climate control matters of geopolitical strategy and national security. In 2009, the CIA even opened its own Center on Climate Change and National Security, but Congress ordered it closed in 2012. This is perhaps one of the reasons the agency, since 2013, has sponsored the Academy of Sciences' project. Many of the proposed geoengineering technologies have great potential for hostile use. Read more.

Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok

La Jornada (Translated by WorldMeets.Us) The United States wants to legitimize its long-running intervention in Mexico. Over the past 60 years, through so-called bilateral integration, Washington has penetrated the security and intelligence agencies of the Mexican government. Now it wants thousands of undercover U.S. agents operating on our national territory to be permitted to legally carry firearms. The vehicle for consummating this above-said demand is the new PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] of Enrique Peña Nieto. The U.S. started with softening his stance, and now, as it was with [former presidents] Salinas, Zedillo, Fox and Calderón, Peña is the one proposing that U.S. agents carry firearms in Mexico. Read more. 

Mar 1, 2015

'Flying in Face of History,' Texas Again Frustrates Undocumented

La Jornada (Translated by World Meets): Texas is again at the forefront in terms of measures taken against undocumented migrants. This time a federal judge in the state backed a Texas government challenge of executive orders issued by President Obama. The preliminary injunction suspends the orders, which would allow more than five million undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country.

Last week was just the latest ignominious episode restricting the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States to live as individuals. The person responsible for that misfortune is Federal Judge Andrew Hanen, who has lived in Texas his entire life and was nominated by George W. Bush. Twenty six other states in which 2.3 million undocumented residents live have initiated similar procedures for constraining the provisions of the president. Read more.

Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington

La Jornada (Translated by World Meets): On February 11 and 12 this year, Bolivarian security organs aborted a coup attempt nicknamed Operation Jericho which included armed attacks and air bombardment of a number of strategic points in Caracas. The principals involved were arrested, among them retired and active members of the military. Their statements and the investigation of events led, after several days, to the arrest and indictment of Antonio Ledezma, the Mayor of Caracas. [video fourth from top, right].

About a year ago Leopoldo López was also arrested, who shortly before was in Miami and issued a call to "speed the government's fall" and say "President Nicolás Maduro must leave office sooner rather than later … how can we wait six years? ... We cannot now assume an attitude that befits a democratic system." Read more. 

Feb 25, 2015

Murders, threats and duopoly: the state of press freedom in Mexico

The Guardian: On 2 January, journalist Moisés Sánchez was kidnapped by an armed group. Nine people with covered faces stormed into his house in Medellin de Bravo, a town in the wealthy eastern state of Veracruz. They searched and grabbed documents, and took Sánchez, along with his camera, laptop, mobile phone and tablet. The police took hours to come to the house. Sánchez was found dead 23 days later on the outskirts of the town.

Sánchez, editor of La Unión, is the eleventh journalist to be murdered in Veracruz since Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa took office on 1 December 2010. As well as murders, four media professionals have gone missing and there have been 132 attacks against the local press in the same period. Read more. 

Feb 24, 2015

These are the 2 classic ways Mexican cartels launder money

Business Insider: Mexico is home to several drug trafficking organizations (DTOs): the Sinaloa cartel, La Familia cartel, Knights Templar cartel, Juarez cartel, and others.

Generally, these organizations buy cocaine processed in South America and smuggle it into the United States to sell. After that, however, they need a way to get the money back to Mexico — and secretly. Read more.