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I hadn't been paying attention to what was going on with AMLO post-election, but he was just inaugurated and these are good overviews on him although I take issue with some of the depictions of him in the Atlantic piece. There is truly historical and deep-rooted issues with corruption, not the least of which is in connection to the drug trafficking et. al., so this:
Like Trump, amlo claims that his supporters have been handed the short end of the stick by his nation’s more globalized elites (and, says amlo, by certain “power mafias” ruling over the country from swampy Mexico City).
strikes me as a bit disingenuous but nonetheless...
The U.S.-Mexico Relationship Is About to Get Weirder
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the incoming president, is a nationalist and a populist—just like Trump.

NOV 29, 2018
Andrés Martinez
Editorial director of Future Tense

The president of the United States is threatening to close the border with Mexico to prevent the entry of Central Americans seeking asylum. He is also threatening to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t finance his border wall. All this in the same week that he intends to sign a new, revised North American Free Trade Agreement, rebranded as the USMCA.

It’s a confusing juxtaposition for Mexicans tired of President Donald Trump’s bombastic rhetoric as well as for ardent Trump supporters and Fox News viewers who must wonder why the U.S. would ever enter into a free-trade agreement with that country.

The situation may yet become more confusing, and surreal, after Andrés Manuel López Obrador is sworn in as the new president of Mexico on Saturday. Although it’s not popular to point this out south of the border, amlo, as he’s known, shares a few traits with Trump, including disdain for deeper economic integration with the outside world. That’s why it’s rather convenient for him that outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto will sign the deal with Washington and Ottawa in the final hours of his administration (although amlo’s representatives grudgingly approved it).

Trump and amlo will make an odd economic marriage, given both men’s insistence on putting their country first (for a change, they’d add). Like Trump, amlo is a nationalist populist, though of a more proletarian variety. Like Trump, amlo claims that his supporters have been handed the short end of the stick by his nation’s more globalized elites (and, says amlo, by certain “power mafias” ruling over the country from swampy Mexico City). Like Trump, amlo has little patience for established norms or checks and balances, considering them pretexts for the establishment’s subjugation of the voters he has now come to vindicate.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... 64/#Mexico

The Washingtom Post paints him as Mexico's Bernie Sanders...
The wildly ambitious plan of Mexico’s President AMLO
He promises millions of trees, 100 new universities and a security plan with a possible papal blessing.

MEXICO CITY — He is Mexico’s Bernie Sanders, according to his foreign fans. No, say critics — he is more like a Mexican Hugo Chávez.

In fact, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s new leftist president, is pretty different from both the American senator and Venezuela’s late socialist leader. But like them, he is a man with a plan.

A big plan.

To López Obrador, known as AMLO, the six-year term beginning Saturday isn’t just another presidency. It is the “Fourth Transformation” — following independence from Spain, the mid-19th century political reforms and the Mexican Revolution.

He is promising to end corruption. To transform the “neoliberal” economic model. To pacify a country with soaring violence — bringing in Pope Francis to help if needed.

It might be tempting to laugh off some of his proposals. Free Internet all over the place! A train linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts! Two million acres planted with trees!

But, in a country fed up with politics as usual, he won a landslide victory.

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Trump predicts he’ll work well with Mexico’s new president

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is congratulating Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on taking office as Mexico’s new president.

Trump tweets that Lopez Obrador had a “tremendous political victory with the great support of the Mexican People.” Trump predicts the two will “work well together for many years to come!”

Lopez Obrador was sworn in to office on Saturday. More than 30 million Mexicans voted for him in a sweeping July 1 election victory.

The day he was sworn in, Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to work on a plan to stem migration to the U.S. from those countries. The issue of Central American migrants has vexed Trump, who has complained that Mexico hasn’t done enough to stop the flow.

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Mexico's new president puts predecessor's luxury plane up for sale

By Pascale Davies with REUTERS• last updated: 03/12/2018

Mexico's newly elected president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has not even his finished his first day in office, but in the spirit of ridding the country of excess he has already put his predecessor's plane up for sale.

“We are selling all the planes and helicopters that the corrupt politicians used,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a rally.

Journalists were invited inside the luxury Boeing 787 Dreamliner to see the presidential bedroom and what appeared to show a marble-lined bathroom.


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Mexico missing students: New president creates truth commission

New Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has signed a decree to open a truth commission to investigate the disappearance of 43 students.

The student teachers were kidnapped from the town of Iguala in 2014, and subsequently killed, allegedly by members of the security forces.

The announcement was made on Mr López Obrador's first working day in office.

There have been no high-profile prosecutions for the murders, which shocked Mexico and the world.

The 65-year-old, popularly known by his initials Amlo, won a landslide victory in July - his third presidential bid. He was sworn in as president on Saturday.

Opening an investigation into the Iguala killings was a key election promise for the new president. Despite the outrage over the case, correspondents say the lack of meaningful action or any prosecution of those involved was a stain on the previous administration.

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It seims like a dangerous place.

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The weirdly great relationship between Trump and Mexico’s new leftist president

MEXICO CITY — Of all the foreign countries targeted by President Trump’s tweet-bashing, Mexico holds a special place. He has called it a “totally corrupt” country with “a massive crime problem” that has done “little, if not NOTHING,” to stop U.S.-bound migrants. The election of a combative leftist as Mexico’s new president seemed destined to drive the relationship to a new low.

And yet, five months after Andrés Manuel López Obrador won a resounding victory, he has defied expectations on both sides of the border. He and Trump publicly praise one another. Their administrations have worked fairly smoothly on such hot-button issues as illegal migration and the renegotiation of the North American trade deal. The U.S. government is even looking with interest at López Obrador’s proposal for a multibillion-dollar international aid package to deter Central American migration — although the idea is in its early stages, American officials say.

In the endless quest by foreign leaders to understand and manage Trump, López Obrador marks the latest example of a savvy politician who bonds with the mercurial U.S. president, at least temporarily.

On the phone, the two presidents have mused about people’s expectations they would be at each other’s throats, one senior Trump administration official said. “But it’s not the case,” he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. “It’s a relationship off to a good start. They do like each other.”

Many analysts believe it is only a matter of time before the two leaders clash. They are vastly different in style — López Obrador is an austere leftist who doesn’t own a credit card, while Trump favors 24-karat gold faucets and private jets.

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batguano wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:54 pm
It seims like a dangerous place.
I see what you did there.
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The Searchers: Mexican women who look for the dead

More than 37,000 people have been reported missing in Mexico since 2006, according to official government figures. Many have disappeared without a trace, leaving behind relatives desperate to know what happened to them.

In the northern state of Sinaloa, one mother took matters into her own hands, picking up a shovel and digging for remains whenever she got tip-offs about clandestine graves.

Photojournalist Alejandro Cegarra has documented her search and those of some 30 women who have since joined her.

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U.S. commits $5.8 billion to develop Central America, Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States is committing $5.8 billion toward development in Central America, as part of a plan to strengthen economic growth in the region and curb illegal immigration, the U.S. and Mexican governments said on Tuesday.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to work with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to reduce migration from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as Mexico’s poorer south, by spurring economic development.

In Mexico City, Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said the United States was also committed to increasing public and private in investment in Mexico by $4.8 billion via the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), $2 billion of which would go to the south.

Speaking as the U.S. State Department issued a statement setting out the commitments, Ebrard told a news conference that the Mexican government had pledged to find $25 billion to develop the south of the country during the next five years.

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The United States is committing $5.8 billion toward development in Central America, as part of a plan to strengthen economic growth in the region and curb illegal immigration, the U.S. and Mexican governments said on Tuesday.
I'll be surprised if Trump doesn't dip into that for his wall.

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Jim wrote:
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:41 pm
The United States is committing $5.8 billion toward development in Central America, as part of a plan to strengthen economic growth in the region and curb illegal immigration, the U.S. and Mexican governments said on Tuesday.
I'll be surprised if Trump doesn't dip into that for his wall.
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Jim wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:51 pm
Addie wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:41 pm
The United States is committing $5.8 billion toward development in Central America, as part of a plan to strengthen economic growth in the region and curb illegal immigration, the U.S. and Mexican governments said on Tuesday.
I'll be surprised if Trump doesn't dip into that for his wall.
Bestest deal evahh: build the wall south of the bo(a)rder on Mexican soil, the $$$ go to "development" over there :!:

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For anyone interested in the topic of the drug cartels and drug wars, there are two books by Don Winslow I often recommend. Both are novels, well-researched and based on recognizably true crime stories: The Cartel and The Power of the Dog.

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El Chapo Trial Shows That Mexico’s Corruption Is Even Worse Than You Think

It is no secret that Mexico’s drug cartels have, for decades, corrupted the authorities with dirty money. But as bad as the graft has been, the New York trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug lord known as El Chapo, has suggested that the swamp of bribery runs even deeper than thought.

In two months of testimony, nearly every level of the Mexican government has been depicted as being on the take: Prison guards, airport officials, police officers, prosecutors, tax assessors and military personnel are all said to have been compromised.

One former army general, Gilberto Toledano, was recently accused of routinely getting payoffs of $100,000 to permit the flow of drugs through his district.

Even the architect of the government’s war on Mr. Guzmán and his allies — Genaro García Luna, the former public security director — was suspected to have taken briefcases stuffed with cartel cash.

Federal prosecutors have charged Mr. Guzmán, a longtime leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, with taking part in a continuing criminal enterprise by shipping more than 200 tons of heroin, cocaine and marijuana across the United States border from the 1980s until his arrest in Mexico two years ago.

To prove its case, the government plans to call as witnesses at least 16 of the kingpin’s underlings and allies, some of whom served as cartel bag men.

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Mexican president decrees tax cuts for U.S. border region

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s new leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday decreed tax cuts for northern states that he says will help power economic growth and deter migration to the United States.

An executive order in the government’s official gazette granted lower rates for both value-added and income taxes in more than 40 municipalities bordering the United States, an area that has become a flashpoint over U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies to deter immigrants, including building a wall.

Lopez Obrador’s tax cuts could reduce government tax income during 2019, when he will implement a budget that seeks to use spending cuts to help fund new social welfare and infrastructure projects.

At an event in Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon on Saturday, Lopez Obrador said the minimum wage in the northern strip of municipalities would rise to 177 pesos ($9.00), nearly double the national level, starting Jan. 1, and that fuel prices would be set on a par with U.S. prices.

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Do tax cuts fix erectile dysfunction too?

Um... asking for someone else. :?
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you think they're trying to lure slime up there so they can just push him back over?

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Mexican mayor gunned down after being sworn in

MEXICO CITY

The governor of Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca is condemning the slaying of a local mayor shortly after he took office.

Gov. Alejandro Murat confirmed the killing of Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio Santiago via his Twitter account Tuesday. He promised a thorough investigation and said a suspect was already in custody.

The state prosecutor's office said in a statement that Aparicio had just been sworn in and was headed to a meeting at city hall when an unknown number of gunmen opened fire at him. He was taken to a hospital, but died there later.

Four other people were wounded in the attack.

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Construction on new Mexico City airport suspended: minister

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Construction on a partly-built $13 billion new Mexico City airport which the new president wants to cancel has been officially suspended, the Mexican government said on Thursday.

Before taking office last month, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the airport would be scrapped, justifying his decision on a straw poll that was widely derided as opaque and open to question because his party organized it.

Lopez Obrador argued the airport had been tainted by corruption and would be too expensive to maintain, but his Oct. 29 announcement rocked Mexican financial markets, wiping billions of dollars off the value of the main stock index.

Communications and Transport Minister Javier Jimenez Espriu told a regular news conference on Thursday that “construction of the airport is officially suspended.” ...

The outgoing government said the airport was about one-third complete when Lopez Obrador decided to cancel it. Jimenez maintained it had not advanced that far.

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Mexico urges thorough probe into border tear gas incident

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s foreign affairs ministry has formally asked the United States government to conduct a thorough investigation into a Jan. 1 incident in which U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to stop crossing migrants.

In a statement Thursday, the ministry said through its embassy that it lamented any violent acts along its border. It reiterated its commitment to the safety of migrants.

In the first hours of the new year, about 150 migrants attempted to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that agents fired gas at migrants throwing rocks. It said it was investigating.

But an Associated Press photographer at the scene only saw rocks thrown after agents fired gas as migrants scaled the fence.

The confrontation was at least the second time in a little over a month that U.S. authorities have fired tear gas into Tijuana. The action drew sharp criticism from politicians and activists on both sides of the border and raised questions about the use of force against migrants.

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El Chapo Trial: How a Cartel Prince Left the Drug Trade

In 2007, an unlikely figure vowed to leave the Sinaloa drug cartel: Vicente Zambada Niebla, a son of one of its leaders and the group’s heir apparent.

As strange as it was that a cartel prince wanted to quit the empire that he had been groomed to run, Mr. Zambada’s plan to escape the enterprise was even more unusual: His father’s partner, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the crime lord known as El Chapo, offered to put him in touch with federal drug agents in the United States, he said.

While many of the details of Mr. Zambada’s departure from the drug trade are still shrouded in secrecy, he talked about some of them for first time Friday on the witness stand at Mr. Guzmán’s drug trial in New York.

At 32, Mr. Zambada told the jurors, he had grown weary of the narco life and asked his father, Ismael Zambada García, for permission to “retire.” It was then, he said, that Mr. Guzmán made an astonishing proposal: He offered to reach out to his “contacts” in the Drug Enforcement Administration and see if they would meet with the young man.

Mr. Zambada never said who those contacts were or whether Mr. Guzmán made good on his offer, but the American authorities have acknowledged that within two years of floating the idea of leaving the cartel, Mr. Zambada sat down with agents from the D.E.A. at a clandestine meeting in Mexico.
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New York Daily News: Sinaloa Cartel prince betrays father and El Chapo in stunning testimony about corruption, death squads and that diamond-encrusted pistol

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Chapo’s I.T. Guy: Working for a Kingpin Can Cause a Nervous Breakdown

Not long after his 21st birthday, Christian Rodriguez got the contract of a lifetime for his new info-tech company: The Colombian was hired as a cybersecurity consultant by Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

While Mr. Rodriguez had little experience or formal education, he had been recommended by one of his other clients: Jorge Cifuentes Villa, a veteran trafficker who worked with Mr. Guzmán making cocaine deals with left-wing guerrillas in Colombia.

And so in 2008, the ambitious, young techie visited Mr. Guzmán at one of his hide-outs deep in the Sierra Madre mountains, inspecting the kingpin’s communications system and his shoddy internet setup, which often broke down when it rained. In several follow-up meetings, Mr. Rodriguez testified this week, he pitched Mr. Guzmán on an elaborate plan to enhance his information security, offering to build him a private phone network that ran on the internet and was totally encrypted.

That sophisticated system was, within three years, used against Mr. Guzmán after Mr. Rodriguez became ensnared in an F.B.I. sting operation and was then persuaded to become an informant. The I.T. expert helped the American authorities secretly collect a vast trove of the kingpin’s phone calls and text messages — among them, dozens he had sent to his wife and mistresses. In two days of testimony that ended on Thursday, Mr. Rodriguez told this riveting story to great — and damaging — effect at Mr. Guzmán’s drug conspiracy trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn.

Mr. Rodriguez’s account was a kind of 21st century cautionary tale. The moral? Always treat your I.T. people well. It was also a high-tech spy thriller in which federal agents were able to leverage Mr. Guzmán’s obsession with espionage against him.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:48 pm
New York Times
Chapo’s I.T. Guy: Working for a Kingpin Can Cause a Nervous Breakdown
:snippity:

Mr. Rodriguez’s account was a kind of 21st century cautionary tale. The moral? Always treat your I.T. people well. It was also a high-tech spy thriller in which federal agents were able to leverage Mr. Guzmán’s obsession with espionage against him.
In a criminal environment, don't let the IT guy get old, have a replacement right at hand to inspect and update the priors guy implementation.

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I would just point out that it's doubtful there was an administration since the 1980s, of any party, that was not paid off by the narcos. They would all have had an El Bagman whether they wanted one or not. Plata o plomo.

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'El Chapo' paid former Mexican president $100 million bribe: trial witness

(Reuters) - Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a former associate testified on Tuesday that he previously told U.S. authorities.

Alex Cifuentes, who has described himself as Guzman’s onetime right-hand man, discussed the alleged bribe under cross-examination by one of Guzman’s lawyers in Brooklyn federal court. Asked if he told authorities in 2016 that Guzman arranged the bribe, he answered, “That’s right.”

Cifuentes testified that he had told U.S. prosecutors Pena Nieto reached out to Guzman first, asking for $250 million. Cifuentes told the prosecutors that the bribe was paid in October 2012, when Pena Nieto was president-elect, he testified. ...

Cifuentes also said testified that Guzman once told him that he had received a message from Pena Nieto saying that he did not have to live in hiding anymore. ...

Jesus Zambada, another cartel member, testified in November he paid a multimillion dollar bribe to an aide of current Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2005. The aide was not named but later Gabriel Regino, an official in Mexico City when Lopez Obrador was mayor, wrote on Twitter that an accusation of bribery had emerged against him in the trial but was false.

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At least 21 people killed, dozens injured in gasoline pipeline explosion in Mexico
By Nicole Chavez and Jackie Castillo, CNN

Updated 0539 GMT (1339 HKT) January 19, 2019

(CNN)At least 21 people were killed in central Mexico after a ruptured gasoline pipeline blew up Friday evening, the governor of the state of Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo Gov. Omar Fayad said at least 71 others were injured after a explosion in Tlahuelilpan, a town about 80 miles north of Mexico City.
The fire is still burning, Fayad said.

In a statement, state oil company Pemex said the explosion was caused by illegal taps in the pipeline. Fayad called on the community to not steal gasoline.
comment: a different clip show a rupture of the pipline and folks trying to capture the gasoline streaming out under pressure. Unclear wether the rupture was illegal taping. The location shows some soil coverage moved as if people searched for the pipeline. The pipeline seemed hadrly covered by soild making illegal access easy.
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It is worse. :(
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