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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:50 am

The New Yorker
How Mexico Deals with Trump

A few months ago, at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional, workers were cleaning up after a triumphant viewing of “L’Elisir d’Amore,” broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House. Outside, in the bright sunshine, Reforma Avenue was closed to traffic for a protest. Angry people gathered on the theatre steps, waving Mexican flags and hoisting effigies of Donald Trump, and then began marching toward El Ángel, a century-old monument to Mexican independence. One protester carried a placard that read “Mexico Deserves Respect.” Another held a poster of Trump with a Hitler mustache and the tagline “Twitler.” A local activist known as Juanito carried a large American flag bearing an unflattering image of Trump and the message “Enough! Gringo Racist, Full of Shit Trump, Son of Satan, You’re a Danger to the World.” Juanito said that he was prepared to take up arms against the American incursion, demonstrating his resolve by pointing out the scars of old bullet wounds.

Trump began his assault on Mexico almost as soon as he announced his candidacy for President. In a rambling speech at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, he blamed Mexico for stealing American jobs, and for allowing its worst elements to cross the border: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” To solve the problem, he pledged, “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.” These ideas proved popular with Trump supporters, and rants about Mexico were soon a regular feature of his campaign events. As he sharpened his routine, Mexicans became not only rapists and drug dealers but also murderers. Trump promised to overhaul U.S. immigration policy and to deport “bad hombres” by the millions. At rallies, he asked, “Who’s going to pay for the wall?” and the crowds howled back, “Mexico!” If Mexico would not pay, he suggested, he might cancel visas for Mexicans and block migrants living in the U.S. from sending remittances back home.

In Mexico, Trump’s insults and threats have made him a figure of loathing. A poll in July found that eighty-eight per cent of Mexicans viewed him unfavorably. During the march, as protesters gathered at El Ángel to sing the national anthem, one group held up a large sign that said “Make America Hate Again.” Another brandished a Trump piñata, its mouth obscenely open in the manner of a sex doll. Yet the demonstration lacked the urgency that typifies politics in Mexico, where, last winter, rioters protesting gas prices set tires ablaze and sacked hundreds of shops. Along Reforma Avenue, pushcart venders sold ice cream, and groups of friends posed for smiling selfies. As it turned out, most of the political left had skipped the event, perceiving it as a thinly disguised rally of support for the highly unpopular government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Since his election, in 2012, Peña Nieto has fumbled his way through a series of scandals. He campaigned on promises to curb crime and improve security; instead, during his time in office, more than ninety thousand Mexicans have fallen victim to homicide. His government has been lambasted for a lacklustre investigation into the disappearance and presumed mass murder of forty-three teacher trainees, a crime that involved state police and, allegedly, local politicians, the military, and a drug cartel. He supported a series of exceedingly corrupt state governors, including several who became fugitives from the law. His wife struck a deal with a government building contractor to buy a multimillion-dollar house on unusually favorable terms. In 2015, the notorious drug kingpin Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán tunnelled his way out of a maximum-security prison, with evident official complicity. And, this summer, the Administration was accused of using spyware to target government critics.


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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:05 pm

WSJ
Mexico’s Embattled Attorney General Resigns Amid Debate over Judicial Overhaul

MEXICO CITY—Mexican Attorney General Raúl Cervantes, under fire since his appointment a year ago for his ties to President Enrique Peña Nieto, resigned Monday in a move that could remove a key obstacle to the overhaul of a dysfunctional judicial system.

Mr. Cervantes, a senator on leave of absence and a former lawyer for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, made the surprise announcement in a hearing at the Senate. ...

Mr. Cervantes’ resignation could free up the political gridlock holding back the naming of an independent prosecutor who would have a nine-year term and who can’t be fired by the president—seen as a cornerstone of the judicial system overhaul in a country where just 3% of crimes are investigated and justice is highly politicized. ...

The changes are intended to build a more impartial attorney general office, as many critics say the office has been politicized and controlled by the different presidents at their convenience for decades.

Impunity in Mexico, due in part to the lack of independent prosecutors, is seen by many as one of the major brakes on the country’s prosperity in the long run. Just 3% of crimes were investigated in 2015, according to the national statistics agency, and only 0.4% of crimes were brought before a judge.


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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:27 pm

The Guardian
Murder of three teens in Mexico led police to a fugitive US polygamist and his dark world ...

“We almost never saw him or his people. He was not a Mennonite and he didn’t go to church on weekends,” said Juanito Peters, Black’s closest neighbor, before adding: “He had a very untidy way of living.”

Then in September, the bodies of three American males, aged 15, 19 and 23, were found shot dead nearby – and neighbours started to fear that the truth about Rancho El Negro was much darker than they had suspected.

Last weekend, more than a hundred law enforcement officials descended on the ranch and four other properties and arrested the owner, whom they identified as Orson William Black Jr, 56 – the fugitive leader of a polygamist sect.

He had been on the run for around 15 years after facing five felony counts of sexual misconduct involving two minors in Arizona.

Along with Black, officials detained three of his wives, a woman described as “a concubine”, and 22 other Americans living in Mexico illegally. Another woman escaped during the raid, according to Mexican prosecutors.
Adding:
LA Times: Fugitive Arizona polygamist suspected of killing 2 sons in Mexico is returned to U.S.


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Post by Flatpointhigh » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:25 pm

Don't worry. someone will come to his defense regarding the misconduct.



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Post by maydijo » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:27 am

SL Trib (the liberal, non-Mormon paper) was reporting they were killed by drug gangs. Black Sr was cooking meth for the gangs, got in a disagreement with them, and they killed two sons and a stepson for revenge. They had a good article with his SIL who has fought for years or justice for her sisters (who were married to him ridiculously young -one had a baby when she was 12.) The child sex charges were, last I knew, dropped, so she was worried that he'd be released and disappear again.



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Post by Addie » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:53 am

This story, whatever the truth of it, is going to make a blast of a TV crime series. Wowser.
maydijo wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:28 am
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http://www.sltrib.com/news/polygamy/201 ... ers-emerge


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Post by maydijo » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:34 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:53 am
This story, whatever the truth of it, is going to make a blast of a TV crime series. Wowser.
maydijo wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:28 am
Link for above

http://www.sltrib.com/news/polygamy/201 ... ers-emerge
There's a lot of weird stuff that goes on in polygamist communities. Most of it is so far-fetched, if it was turned into a movie, nobody would believe it. The isolation of these groups (not only physically, but also socially) means that abuse is common (although they won't recognise it, because it's their normal) and that it's incredibly difficult to leave or get help.



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