WORLD: PURPOSE of “FAST AND FURIOUS: Help MARXIST BECOME PRESIDENT

February 21, 2012
By CMAC

If PRI Regains Control OF MEXICO: Withdraw Military, and Return to a Pact with the Devil?

WAS THE REAL PURPOSE OF PROJECT GUNRUNNER TO GET THIS MARXIST ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MEXICO?

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If PRI Regains Control: Withdraw Military, and Return to a Pact with the Devil?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis

Pena rises, as cartels push to influence elections, in an unprecedented immersion.  A PRI victory has implications reaching across the border in a complete game changer for immigration, trade and the drug war…Chivis

They made pacts with criminals, and now Peña Nieto, when the time comes, is going to say ‘I don’t know anything…” Silvano Aureoles
Peña Nieto
Sandro Mairata for Univision
The former Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) candidate for governor of Michoacan, Silvano Aureoles, was pretty straightforward when speaking to Milenio newspaper about the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) political dealings.
In an interview published Wednesday, Aureoles stated: “We know how the networks at PRI work,” he said. “And we know the source of its former power: They made pacts with criminals, and now Peña Nieto, when the time comes, is going to say ‘I don’t know anything…’”
Enter Enrique Peña Nieto, the handsome 45-year old former governor of Mexico who, after Manlio Fabio Beltrones declined to seek the presidential nomination for the party, now has a clear path to run as the PRI candidate for the presidential elections. In a statement published in many newspapers on Tuesday, November 22, Beltrones – a senator who, by many accounts, is a savvy politician – said he stepped aside as a “contribution to the PRI victory in 2012” and “not as a sacrifice.”
After last week’s confirmation of Andrés López Obrador as PRD’s official presidential candidate, it’s only the National Action Party (PAN) that needs to select its candidate. The choice is between Sen. Santiago Creel, former Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero, and former Education Minister Josefina Vazquez Mota.
In any case, under Mexican electoral rules, candidacies won’t be official until March.
Peña Nieto, a widower who made headlines and magazine covers a year ago by marrying soap opera star Angélica Rivera, is the strongest candidate the PRI has had in years and provides hope to a party seeking to regain the power it held from 1929 to 2000.
Polls favor the Atlacomulco lawyer, and he’s been confident enough to speak about his own approach to the U.S. – Mexico relationship regarding immigration and the war on drugs.
“I think we need better regulation about the participation of the military,” Peña Nieto told Univision News in a recent interview, “and, gradually, I believe that the military forces need to go back to their quarters and … have civil institutions [fight] the crime organizations.”
Current president Felipe Calderón is a harsh critic of U.S. policies and is also reluctant to give meaningful interviews.
But drug cartels are casting their shadow over the elections. It was Milenio – via its TV network branch – that aired an audio recording of drug trafficker Horacio Morales Baca, aka “El Perro” (The Dog), intimidating people from two Michoacan towns. He threatened to kill them unless they voted for PRI candidate Julián Rodríguez Rosales for mayor of Tuzlanta.
Morales Baca is a member of the drug gang “La Familia” (The Family), a rival group of “Los Caballeros Templarios” (The Templar Knights), which is allegedly tied with some PRD candidates. Milenio reports that Silvano Aureoles, a PRD governor candidate, might have received $2 million from Los Caballeros Templarios, led by Servando Gómez Martínez.
After the tragic death of Interior Minister José Francisco Blake Mora in a November 11 helicopter crash, newly appointed Minister Alejandro Poire said: “From now until next year we have to do everything possible to guarantee a peaceful electoral process in which the expression of organized crime is eliminated.”
Many certainly hope so. In the meantime, now that it’s clear who the main contenders are, Mexicans would have to choose to whom they give a second chance: The narrow loser of the 2006 elections – when Calderón defeated López Obrador by 0.56 percent – or the former almighty political party that many attribute Mexico’s current accomplishments as a country to – as well as most of its problems.
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The Church comes under fire:
The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico has come under fire for issuing voting “guidelines.” The “pastoral guidelines” do not mention any particular party, but dictate that Catholics should not “choose as a political option those who support or promote false rights or liberties that attack the teachings contained in the Holy Scriptures, tradition and doctrine of the Church.” They should also “be alert to the commitments of the candidates and their parties to respect the foremost of all rights, which is the right to life, from the moment of conception.”
According to The Associated Press, the recommendations seem to be aimed especially at candidates from the PRD, which legalized both  gay marriage and abortion in Mexico City  The document seems carefully constructed to skirt the ban on all religious groups from engaging in electoral politics. The law prohibits the church from  supporting or opposing a candidate or party. ..(Mexico Institute)
Left, Right, or Center? or Red, blue or yellow?  Mexican political brand names explained.
LA Times gives an excellent user friendly overview of the parties, link on here

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY to host conference calling for the destruction of the Jewish State

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Harvard University is going to be hosting a conference entitled “One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One State Solution,” scheduled to take place March 3-4.

INN According to the “Vision and Goals” of the conference, as outlined by its website:

“To date, the only Israel/Palestine solution that has received a fair rehearsal in mainstream forums has been the two-state solution. Our conference will help to expand the range of academic debate on this issue. Thus, our main goal is to educate ourselves and others about the possible contours of a one-state solution and the challenges that stand in the way of its realization.”

The conference was organized by a number of student groups including, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Palestine Caucus, the Arab Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Association for Justice in the Middle East, all of which perpetrate an ideology based on the belief that Israel is an “apartheid state,” responsible for the “ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population.”

Speakers include, Ali Abunimah, the Executive Director of the Electronic Intifada; Dalit Baum, of the BDS organization Coalition of Women for Peace; Ilan Pappe, radical left Israeli academic and fervent supporter of the BDS movement; Marc Ellis, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, who compares Zionism to colonialism and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi treatment of Jews; as well as a number of other academics and scholars who advocate similar beliefs.

“Most of the speakers are heavily involved in anti-Israel advocacy. The conference program features an activist workshop, in contrast to an academic or research framework in which different perspectives are presented… Such events represent the antithesis of constructive academic dialogue and peaceful coexistence,” the NGO Monitor claimed.

“Those who promote a one-state ‘solution’ advocate creating an entity which would, through its merger with the Palestinian Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza and an influx of Palestinians from neighboring states, lose its Jewish majority and its Jewish character. In effect, Jewish self-determination would be nullified,” the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) reported. The forum is clearly focused, therefore, on “dismantling the Jewish State of Israel.”

“According to the working definition of anti-Semitism developed by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and recognized by the United States Department of State, the One State Conference, in implicitly ‘denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination,’ is an exercise in anti-Semitism,” CAMERA explained.

Anti-Semitism and Sham Scholarship

CAMERA Another element in the State Department-recognized working definition of anti-Semitism is “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” That is also likely to occur at the conference. Scheduled speaker Ali Abunimah has previously compared Israel to Nazis, and similar statements have been made by others. Conference organizer Ahmed Moor also accuses Jews of racism asserting, “Many Israelis and Jewish people are weaned on the idea of Jewish exceptionalism.” Marc Ellis likens Jews to Nazis and to the Egyptians of the Passover tale.

This sort of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic invective, masquerading as education, has become commonplace at these conferences. Far from being scholarly, however, many of the scheduled speakers are of dubious academic integrity and frequently disseminate misinformation and false narratives about Israel and Jews. For example:

  • Ali Abunimah has intentionally understated Hamas violence and disseminated false quotations to make Israeli leaders appear cruel.
  • Diana Buttu has repeatedly and falsely understated the extent of Palestinian terrorist violence and mischaracterized international law. She has even gone so far as to claim that Hamas rockets have no explosive head. This is an obvious falsehood.
  • Marc Ellis wrote a column describing how a Palestinian friend of his was murdered because Jewish settlers coveted her family’s land, falsely implying she was killed by Jews when, in fact, her murderer was an Arab. Ellis is currently defending himself against charges by Baylor University that could lead to his dismissal.
  • Leila Farsakh falsely asserted in a French newspaper that the PLO had agreed to share land with Israel in 1974. The truth is that in 1974, the PLO reaffirmed its rejection of a land-for-peace deal in what is known as the “Phased Plan” for the destruction of Israel.
  • Ilan Pappé repeatedly published a fabricated quotation to make David Ben-Gurion appear to endorse ethnic cleansing. Pappé has so little regard for historical facts, he freely admits “I am not as interested in what happened as in how people see what’s happened.”
  • Nadim Rouhana was denied tenure at Boston College due to the insufficient quality of his scholarship.
  • Stephen Walt is best known for his book, written with John Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. The book, which claims American Jews are a fifth column that controls American policy for the benefit of Israel, is little more than a rehash of classic anti-Semitic tropes which is also rife with falsehoods.

Denying the Jewish People Their Right to Self-Determination

The “One State Conference” seeks to promote the destruction of Israel’s Jewish character. Conference organizer Ahmed Moor says as much in a piece he wrote for the Huffington Post entitled, “Israel’s Jewish Character Is Subject for Debate.”

The conference will feature a number of panels. Panel 7 deals with cultural identity, asking “What role should the state play in the maintenance of the national groups’ identities? Will it be necessary to forge a new, shared identity in the new state?” It is interesting that this question should be addressed without a single pro-Israel panelist participating.

In addition, this is how the third panel is described on the website:
Many people with an intimate understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict insist that the one-state solution is wholly impossible to implement. Worse, it is a recipe for protracted ethnic bloodshed. Could that be true?

Could it? Let’s examine this issue. With a Jewish minority in Israel, Jews would face the same fate as ethnic and religious minorities in other Arab countries. For example:

  • According to human rights activist and former Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Sudanese government’s sustained persecution of religious minorities culminated in the genocide in Darfur that began in 2003. Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which charged him with three counts of genocide, and still the violence rages on.
  • Saudi Arabia bars all public expressions of religion other than Wahhabi Islam and prohibits all non-Muslim houses of worship. Saudi police recently raided a private home and arrested 35 Christians who had gathered simply to pray.
  • For decades, Coptic Christians have been second class citizens in Egypt where the building or even routine maintenance of a church was illegal, but since the fall of Hosni Mubarak violence against Christians has surged. Recently thousands of Muslims went on a rampage, attacking Copts, burning and looting Coptic homes and shops.
  • In Iraq, church bombings are increasingly common. Since June of 2004, 70 churches have been bombed.Thousands have been killed and nearly one half of Iraqi Christians have fled the country.
  • In Tunisia, the dominant political party, Ennahda, plans to institute Shariah law.
  • In Libya, the head of the Tripoli Military Council once led an Islamic militia with links to al-Qaida. He intends to run for office in upcoming elections which makes Christians uneasy.
  • Christians in Yemen are subject to abuse when they openly embrace their Christianity, with men being beaten and women harassed. They are not allowed even to bury their dead in the capital of Sana’a where all cemeteries are strictly Muslim.
  • Since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007, the Christian community has been facing severe persecution, afraid to practice their religion publicly. In November of that year, a Christian bookstore was bombed and the store’s manager tortured and murdered.

In a conversation recorded on February 9, 2012 at Imperial College in London, infamous Judenrat Norman Finkelstein, who describes himself as having devoted his life to the “Palestinian cause” told his interviewer, “You know and I know exactly what we’re talking about because if we end the occupation, and we bring back 6 million Palestinians, and we have equal rights for Arabs and Jews, there’s no Israel. That’s what it’s really about.”

Israel was declared a state on May 14, 1948 and is a full fledged member of the United Nations. Its Declaration of Independence clearly states: “On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable. This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.”

Perhaps little should be expected from Harvard when it comes to the subject of the Middle East. Harvard’s Middle East Outreach Center, charged with providing curriculum materials to middle and high schools, has distinguished itself mostly by disseminating propaganda instead of scholarship. In addition, Harvard accepts millions in funding from Saudi Arabian princes and other wealthy Arab donors.
The assault against Israel involves a war of words and concepts which are just as deadly as the vicious  episodes of terrorist violence that punctuate daily life in the Jewish State.  A propaganda narrative casting Israelis as “Nazis” who are perpetrating a Jewish version of the Final Solution against hapless Palestinians has spread from the Middle East into the capitals of Europe, and is echoed in the “boycott and divestment” movement and “Anti-Israel Apartheid Weeks” on prestigious American college campuses.
 

 

One of the most wrenching facts of this war against the Jews is the central role played by Jewish enablers of anti-Semitism.  These individuals, mostly in the universities (American and Israeli alike), have given protective cover to the revival of Jew-hatred, which gains momentum with each passing day.  The fact that these enablers are Jewish gives legitimacy to the hateful rhetoric about Jews and the Jewish State, and allows such ideology to flourish with utter impunity.

“Jewish Enablers of the War Against the Jews” by University of Haifa Professor Stephen Plaut exposes these Jewish Jew-haters—this is the only label for them—for what they really are.  Plaut has written 20 searing portraits based on the words and deeds of these enablers, including figures such as the notorious Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein; the pseudo-rabbi Michael Lerner; and Harvard’s Sara Roy, an apologist for the terror group Hamas. This collection is comprised of Israelis as well, including Oren Yiftachel, who composes tracts purporting to show that his own country is a racist, apartheid state.

As Plaut’s work shows, these are not “self-hating” Jews; they hate both Israel and America.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY demonstration for Free Palestine the day after Palestinians murdered 5 members of Israeli family:

 

 

 

If PRI Regains Control: Withdraw Military, and Return to a Pact with the Devil?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
Pena rises, as cartels push to influence elections, in an unprecedented immersion.  A PRI victory has implications reaching across the border in a complete game changer for immigration, trade and the drug war…Chivis
 

 

They made pacts with criminals, and now Peña Nieto, when the time comes, is going to say ‘I don’t know anything…” Silvano Aureoles
Peña Nieto
Sandro Mairata for Univision
The former Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) candidate for governor of Michoacan, Silvano Aureoles, was pretty straightforward when speaking to Milenio newspaper about the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) political dealings.
In an interview published Wednesday, Aureoles stated: “We know how the networks at PRI work,” he said. “And we know the source of its former power: They made pacts with criminals, and now Peña Nieto, when the time comes, is going to say ‘I don’t know anything…’”
Enter Enrique Peña Nieto, the handsome 45-year old former governor of Mexico who, after Manlio Fabio Beltrones declined to seek the presidential nomination for the party, now has a clear path to run as the PRI candidate for the presidential elections. In a statement published in many newspapers on Tuesday, November 22, Beltrones – a senator who, by many accounts, is a savvy politician – said he stepped aside as a “contribution to the PRI victory in 2012” and “not as a sacrifice.”
After last week’s confirmation of Andrés López Obrador as PRD’s official presidential candidate, it’s only the National Action Party (PAN) that needs to select its candidate. The choice is between Sen. Santiago Creel, former Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero, and former Education Minister Josefina Vazquez Mota.
In any case, under Mexican electoral rules, candidacies won’t be official until March.
Peña Nieto, a widower who made headlines and magazine covers a year ago by marrying soap opera star Angélica Rivera, is the strongest candidate the PRI has had in years and provides hope to a party seeking to regain the power it held from 1929 to 2000.
Polls favor the Atlacomulco lawyer, and he’s been confident enough to speak about his own approach to the U.S. – Mexico relationship regarding immigration and the war on drugs.
“I think we need better regulation about the participation of the military,” Peña Nieto told Univision News in a recent interview, “and, gradually, I believe that the military forces need to go back to their quarters and … have civil institutions [fight] the crime organizations.”
Current president Felipe Calderón is a harsh critic of U.S. policies and is also reluctant to give meaningful interviews.
But drug cartels are casting their shadow over the elections. It was Milenio – via its TV network branch – that aired an audio recording of drug trafficker Horacio Morales Baca, aka “El Perro” (The Dog), intimidating people from two Michoacan towns. He threatened to kill them unless they voted for PRI candidate Julián Rodríguez Rosales for mayor of Tuzlanta.
Morales Baca is a member of the drug gang “La Familia” (The Family), a rival group of “Los Caballeros Templarios” (The Templar Knights), which is allegedly tied with some PRD candidates. Milenio reports that Silvano Aureoles, a PRD governor candidate, might have received $2 million from Los Caballeros Templarios, led by Servando Gómez Martínez.
After the tragic death of Interior Minister José Francisco Blake Mora in a November 11 helicopter crash, newly appointed Minister Alejandro Poire said: “From now until next year we have to do everything possible to guarantee a peaceful electoral process in which the expression of organized crime is eliminated.”
Many certainly hope so. In the meantime, now that it’s clear who the main contenders are, Mexicans would have to choose to whom they give a second chance: The narrow loser of the 2006 elections – when Calderón defeated López Obrador by 0.56 percent – or the former almighty political party that many attribute Mexico’s current accomplishments as a country to – as well as most of its problems.
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The Church comes under fire:
The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico has come under fire for issuing voting “guidelines.” The “pastoral guidelines” do not mention any particular party, but dictate that Catholics should not “choose as a political option those who support or promote false rights or liberties that attack the teachings contained in the Holy Scriptures, tradition and doctrine of the Church.” They should also “be alert to the commitments of the candidates and their parties to respect the foremost of all rights, which is the right to life, from the moment of conception.”
According to The Associated Press, the recommendations seem to be aimed especially at candidates from the PRD, which legalized both  gay marriage and abortion in Mexico City  The document seems carefully constructed to skirt the ban on all religious groups from engaging in electoral politics. The law prohibits the church from  supporting or opposing a candidate or party. ..(Mexico Institute)
Left, Right, or Center? or Red, blue or yellow?  Mexican political brand names explained.
LA Times gives an excellent user friendly overview of the parties, link on here

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Three Die, Including Two Ex-Soldiers, in Shootout

Monday, February 20, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs
At least three people, including two retired military men, were shot dead in this western Mexican city, spokespersons for the Jalisco state Attorney General’s Office said.
 

 

The bodies of Mario Miguel Ibarrola Garcia and Roberto Maceda Pacheco – former members of the Defense Secretariat, which oversees Mexico’s army and air force – were found inside their luxury apartment in the state capital’s upscale Altamira neighborhood.

Investigators also discovered the body of another man, Jesus Jimenez Padilla, next to an AK-47 assault rifle and a bullet-riddled SUV with a Baja California state license plate.

Initial reports said Sunday morning’s shootout stemmed from a military operation in the area, but sources from the 15th Military Region told Efe the troops had merely responded to reports of gunfire and did not participate in the clash.

The state AG’s office thus far has not offered a motive for the gun battle nor indicated whether Jimenez Padilla belonged to an organized crime gang.

Approximately 50 organized crime-related homicides have occurred so far this year in Jalisco, including seven bodies found in clandestine graves and 15 others killed in a series of shootings in different parts of the state in late January.

The Los Zetas cartel, which served as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel until 2010, and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion gang, which was created following the death of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, one of the leaders of the powerful Sinaloa drug mob, operate in that state.

Source: EFE
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Mexican security forces bag six bad guys in Zacatecas

| Borderland Beat Reporter badanov
By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com
 

 

Mexican Policia Federal (PF) and Zacatecas state police agents killed six armed suspects and detained eight others in Zacatecas in a brief running gunfight Monday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.

The shootout took place at about 0730 hrs between the communities of Buenavista de Trujillo and San Cristobal in Fresnillo, where state police agents observed the drivers of two trucks take evasive maneuvers when they saw the police, prompting at attempt at a traffic stop.

The drivers then attempted to flee, prompting a pursuit and an
exchange of gunfire.

Previous versions of the story were that agents had detained an unidentified Los Zetas Valapraiso cell leader, and that the appearance of several armed suspects was an attempt to free the leader.  That version was not denied by Zacatecas attorney general, Arturo Nahle Garcia, however, subsequent reports from Zacatecas do not refer to the arrest.  Nahle Garcia said an arrest had been made, and that several suspects did attack state police agents.

A version of the story published Monday afternoon by El Diario de Coahuila news daily was that when the state police agents were intercepted, they called for backup and that a PF road patrol unit showed up to provide relief.

PF road units frequently patrol and operate in Fresnillo and the surrounding area.

After the gunfight, a total of eight suspects were detained:  Martin Hernandez Torres, AKA El Mongo, 35, Inocencio Pizaña Ramirez, 25,  Everardo Daniel Casanova Mejia, 21, Hidalgo Jerez Cajbon Caal, 18,  Eduardo Ramirez Arteaga, 37, Marcos Ivan Bojorquez Corona, 25 José Ordaz Razcoc, 31 and Domingo Beb Caal, 39.

All the detainees are from Guatemala, according to El Sol de Zacatecas news daily.

Materiel seized in the aftermath include: 87 weapons magazines, 2,156 rounds of ammunition, 63 “stars”, communications and tactical gear, and two vehicles: a Dodge Double Cab pickup truck and a Cadillac Escalade SUV, both reported stolen.  El Diario de Coahuila reported six rifles and a rocket launcher was also seized following the confrontation.

Chris Covert writes Mexican drug war and national political news for Rantburg.com

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UPDATE: The 44 Dead in Apodica Prison Riot Were CDG Killed by Zetas-Then Escaped

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
Prison authorities have been detained suspected of helping the mass escape.
In an interview with media, the warden said the riot occurred between 2 a.m. (0800 GMT) and 3 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Sunday due to the power struggle between members of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas Cartel that vie for control of drug sales inside the prison, located north of the city of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon, about 800 km north of capital of Mexico City.
 

 

In photo below:
A woman shows a list of the inmates dead inside the Apodaca prison as relatives wait outside the prison. Source: AFP…Paz, Chivis
MONTERREY, Mexico – Imprisoned members of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel stabbed and bludgeoned 44 members of the rival Gulf cartel to death and then staged a mass escape, apparently with the help of prison authorities, officials in northern Mexico said Monday.
Rodrigo Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, said the prison’s director and three other officials have been fired and are under investigation for purportedly helping in the escape. The same was done with 18 prison guards.
“Unfortunately, a group of traitors has set back the work of a lot of good police,” Medina told a news conference. “The most important thing is to make sure that the people working on the inside are on the side of the law, and that they not be corrupted and collaborate with the criminals, as the investigations indicate they presumably did.”
Medina did not say how the escape was carried out, but he noted that no members of any gang had broken into the prison to spring their colleagues, as has happened at other Mexican prisons. Nor were any firearms smuggled into the facility; all of the deaths apparently occurred with blunt instruments or improvised knives.
Medina confirmed that all 30 escaped inmates were linked to the Zetas cartel, a brutal gang founded by deserters from an elite Mexican military unit.
He did not say what crimes the escaped inmates had been convicted of, but said 25 of the 30 were in the prison on federal charges, which often involve drug trafficking or illegal weapons possession. Medina offered a reward of 10 million pesos (almost $800,000) for information leading the arrest of those involved in the mass escape.
Medina did not say whether the riot and murders were carried out to cover up the jailbreak, but said the mass escape appeared to have been planned, and may have involved help from authorities at a specific point along the prison perimeter, known as Tower Six.
The Zetas and Gulf cartels were allies before splitting in 2010 and they have been fighting turf battles in Monterrey and elsewhere in northeastern Mexico.
Medina repeated a complaint often voiced by governors in northern Mexico, where violent drug cartel suspects are often lodged in state prisons that are overcrowded and don’t meet the standards of the country’s few maximum-security federal lockups.
“It would be very good for the state if a large number of federal inmates are transferred out, in light of the overcrowding we have,” Medina said, noting that a lot of the inmates “are very highly dangerous.”
Prison guards in Mexico are vulnerable to corruption; they are poorly paid and in many cases, they and their families are vulnerable to threats because they live in the same poor neighborhoods where the cartels operate.
The prison is located in Apodaca, a part of the Monterrey metropolitan area that is Mexico’s third-largest and that has long been the country’s symbol of development and prosperity.
All 2,500 inmates in the prison were incarcerated for federal crimes, and as many as 70 percent had yet to be convicted. The inmate population there grew by 1,500 in the last year to 180 percent of capacity, the result of a crackdown on organized crime and drug trafficking in the last year.
Medina said about 60 percent of inmates in local lockups across the state are facing federal charges.
Deadly fights happen periodically in Mexico’s prisons as gangs and drug cartels stage jail breaks and battle for control of penitentiaries, often with the involvement of officials. Sunday’s riot was one of the deadliest so far.
Thirty-one prisoners died in January during a prison riot in the Gulf coast city of Altamira in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas. Another fight in a Tamaulipas prison in the border city of Matamoros in October killed 20 inmates and injured 12.
Zeta Escapees
Last July, a riot at a prison in the border city of Juarez killed 17 inmates. Mexican authorities detained the director and four guards over that clash. Surveillance video showed two inmates opening doors to let armed prisoners into a room where the slain victims were reportedly holding a party.
Twenty-three people were killed in a prison riot in Durango city in 2010, and a 2009 riot in Gomez Palacio, another city in the northern Mexican state of Durango, killed 19 people.
More than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon intensified Mexico’s crackdown on organized crime.
Families of prisoners protested outside the prison because they couldn’t get information on the victims. Only 10 of the dead had been identified by late afternoon.
The Apodaca prison was also the scene of a fire last May that killed 14. Officials then said the blaze could have been caused by a short circuit, not a prisoner uprising.

Source: Fox News

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Hogs, sows, shootouts

Sunday, February 19, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the border city that lies across from Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, ended the weekend with a 3 hour shootout Sunday that may have been signaled  by banners hung in the city the day before.
 

 

The city has been the scene of violent fighting between factions of the Gulf cartel that was precipitated by the September 2011 execution of Samuel Flores Borrego, “El Metro 3″, the Reynosa plaza boss at the time.

Saturday morning various peculiar messages containing cryptic threats and written in pink lettering were hung on banners that appeared on several pedestrian bridges.

The mesages read:
“A cada MARRANO le llega su 24.

Y en efecto esto pasó el 15-Feb-12 cayó otro de los traicioneros.
Pero la lista sigue y faltan varios.

Tarde o temprano le vamos a ir adelantando su 24 a cada uno.

Mientras pónganse a lidiar con su conciencia, porque después siguen las COCHINAS!”.

Every hog (filthy person) will get his 24.
And in fact this is what happened February 15, 2012 when another traitor fell.
But the list continues and others will follow.
Sooner or later we will overtake each one with their 24
Meanwhile you better grapple with your conscience, because the sows (filthy female) are next

Just as peculiar as the messages was the fact that they were published in the El Manana newspaper. Newspapers in Tamaulipas, and in particular those in the border cities, are censored by organized crime to prevent any mention of activities of organized crime. Both the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas follow this policy and only information that is approved by them is published.

It is probable that a Gulf cartel comandante ordered the banners published.

The penalty to disobey these orders to publish or not publish can mean death for local journalists.

The banners may fave foretold the heavy fighting that began Sunday morning in Reynosa between rival groups of armed civilians and intensified when military forces entered the fray.

The street battles began at 5:45am in the la Cañada area along boulevard El Maestro between armed civilians in pickups and on foot, possibly attacking safehouses, and spread to Las Fuentes and Valle Alto.

Automatic weapons and grenades were used by the groups and Army and Marine forces, including at least one armed helicopter, mounted an operation and entered the area an hour after the fighting started.

The fighting ended at about 8:30am. No casualties were reported but an unknown number of gunmen were believed to have died.

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Mexico’s Deadliest Prison Riot in Apodaca as GDG and Zetas Clash

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
MEXICO CITY–Fighting between two warring drug cartels appears to have killed 44 inmates in what may be Mexico’s deadliest prison riot, officials said Sunday.
Jorge Domene, security spokesman for Nuevo Leon state, said that the prisoners died when inmates from one cell block invaded another cell block in a prison in Apodaca, a few miles from the city of Monterrey, Mexico’s industrial capital. Mr. Domene said it was likely that the killing involved “a feud” between members of the Zetas drug cartel and the rival Gulf Cartel.
“It appears that inmates in one cell block attacked the other,” said Mr. Domene, speaking in a telephone interview from Monterrey.

The entire prison staff on duty at the time has been detained to determine if guards were involved in the fighting, which started at 2 am, Mr. Domene said. The prison, built to house some 1,700 inmates is jammed full with some 2,700 prisoners, he said..

The dead prisoners were stabbed, beaten and hit with stones in the fighting, Mr. Domene said. Television footage showed hundreds of worried and weeping relatives of inmates gathered around the prison fence.
Since President Felipe Calderon declared war against Mexico’s drug traffickers in 2006, Mexican prisons have often become deadly battlefields for members of rival drug gangs captured by security forces. Last month, thirty one inmates died in a similar riot in the next door step of Tamaulipas. In October, 20 inmates were killed in fighting in a prison in Matamoros, also in Tamaulipas, across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
In many cases, prisons are run by one or another criminal cartel, which use the prisons as sanctuaries. In 2010, the government arrested the prison director and guards at one facility in the state of Durango where officials allegedly provided arms and transport for a death squad of Sinaloa cartel members who were allowed out every night to kill rivals. The inmates, who were involved in a number of drug related killings, including the massacre of 17 people at a restaurant, would then return to sleep safely at the prison..
“Prison reform is a pending agenda item in Mexico,” says Eric Olson, at the Mexico Institute at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “The strategy has been to arrest a lot of people, but when you warehouse prisoners in prisons that are overcrowded and poorly managed, you are likely to have this kind of warfare breakout inside prisons.’
For the last two years, the Zetas, once enforcers for the Gulf Cartel, have been fighting their former colleagues for control of drug routes and local drug markets in both Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, which border the U.S. The Zetas have also orchestrated massive prison breaks to free gang members and to recruit inmates as soldiers for their organization.
Police hold back the relatives of inmates outside the Apodaca correctional state facility as they try to get past the gates in Apodaca on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico.
Prison conditions in all of Latin America have deteriorated as governments through the region incarcerate more people as they try to deal with a wave of violence linked in part to drug cartels. The region’s creaky judicial system means that many times prisoners awaiting trial for minor crimes are kept in the same population as the worst criminals. Last week, a fire swept through a jammed prison in Honduras, killing 357 people. Last year, in Venezuela, 30 people died in a 27 day riot and siege of a notoriously overcrowded prison.
Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director of Washington-based Human Rights Watch, says governments throughout Latin America have abandoned their responsibility for running prisons. “Inmates in many prisons run the prisons as they wish,” said Mr. Vivanco. “In the last two decades in Latin America, most of the violence, the worst abuses, committed with total impunity, have been done by prisoners against other prisoners.”
 

 

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Arsenal seized in Cuernavaca

| Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

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The Mexican Army reported the seizure of multiple weapons and tactical equipment Friday night in the municipality of Cuernavaca, Morelos. The city is located south of Mexico City and is considered a stronghold of the Cartel del Pacifico Sur, a small but powerful criminal group composed of the remnants of the Beltran Leyva Organization and led by Hector Beltran Leyva “El H”.

According to military authorities 19 mostly assault type weapons, 8 pistols, 153 magazines, approximately 4,000 rounds of ammunition, tactical harnesses, 1 kilogram of heroin and what appears to be a set of U.S. camouflage fatigues with U.S. hook and loop patches were discovered by soldiers inside an abandoned stolen vehicle that was located with information from an anonymous tip.

No arrests directed linked to the weapons were reported.

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FRANCE: Suburbs are becoming violent, crime-ridden Muslim ghettos

Posted: February 20, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islamization of the West | 21 Comments »

French suburbs are becoming ‘Muslim no-man’s land’, says French journalist and historian Alexandre Adler. Adler also said that many French Muslims want this, and that he’s concerned about the self-administration against the State in those neighborhoods.

Islam in Europe Adler said the violence in the suburbs can’t be explained only as social problems, and that it’s due to the Muslim doctrine that wherever Islam spreads is Muslim land.

According to Alexandre Adler, violence in the suburbs can not be explained only by social problems, but he said there is “a conception of the land base of Islam”: “There is the idea in the Muslim doctrine that most traditional it is a land of Islam. Wherever Islam has spread, where the people have accepted this land is now Islamic, “he said.

He said the situation in the French suburbs is comparable to Muslim areas of India that eventually secede and become Pakistan and Bangladesh.  This what happens when districts try the merits of self-administration against state power. It is a land of Islam and at one point actually, the Republic will not be allowed in anymore, “he said.

 

Derby Patriot Radical Muslims in France’s housing estates are waging an undeclared “intifada” against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.

As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded in 2010, a police union declared that its members were “in a state of civil war” with Muslims in the most depressed “suburban” estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin.

It said the situation was so grave that it had asked the government to provide police with armoured cars to protect officers in the estates, which are becoming no-go zones.

The number of attacks has risen by a third in two years. Police representatives told the newspaper Le Figaro that the “taboo” of attacking officers on patrol has been broken.
Instead, officers – especially those patrolling in pairs or small groups – faced attacks as soon as they tried to arrest locals.

Senior officers insisted that the problem was essentially criminal in nature, with crime bosses on the estates fighting back against tough tactics.

 

The interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is also the leading centre-Right candidate for the presidency, has sent heavily equipped units into areas with orders to regain control from drug smuggling gangs and other organised crime rings. Such aggressive raids were “disrupting the underground economy in the estates”, one senior official told Le Figaro.

However, not all officers on the ground accept that essentially secular interpretation. Michel Thoomis, the secretary general of the hardline Action Police trade union, has written to Mr Sarkozy warning of an “intifada” on the estates and demanding that officers be given armoured cars in the most dangerous areas.

He said yesterday: “We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their ‘comrades’ free when they are arrested.”

 

He added: “We need armoured vehicles and water cannon. They are the only things that can disperse crowds of hundreds of people who are trying to kill police and burn their vehicles.”

Mayors in the worst affected suburbs, which saw weeks of riots and car-burning a year ago, have expressed fears of a vicious circle, as attacks by locals lead the police to harden their tactics, further increasing resentment.

As if to prove that point, there were angry reactions in the western Paris suburb of Les Mureaux following dawn raids in search of youths who attacked a police unit on Sunday. The raids led to one arrest. They followed clashes on Sunday night when scores of youths attacked seven officers who had tried to arrest a man for not wearing his seat belt while driving. That driver refused to stop, and later rammed a police car trying to block his path.


FRANCE: Mainstream Media underreports Muslim attacks on churches

Posted: February 20, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islamization of the West | 15 Comments »

While the media blows minor graffiti vandalism on mosques all out of proportion, they virtually cover up Muslim attacks on churches.

Islam vs Europe Muslims are behind the escalating attacks on churches in France.  In the above photo, you can see graffiti sprayed on a church wall in Escaudain. It says “Fuck France”, “Fuck FN” (Front National), “Sarko(zy) we fuck you”, “Death to the Pigs”, and “Morocco Power!” But the AFP reported this incident, mentioning only the anti-Sarkozy and anti-Front National tags, completely leaving out the anti-French and pro-Moroccan (Muslim) messages.

Another church in Épiais, dating from the 16th century, was robbed and then burned. The perpetrators were also responsible for a series of recent burglaries in the area.

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