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Bomb explodes at Sears store in Mexico
Houston Chronicle/ AP ^ | Aug. 1, 2007 | JOSE MARIA ALVAREZ

Posted on 08/01/2007 2:17:10 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

OAXACA, Mexico — A small, homemade bomb exploded outside a Sears store in the troubled southern city of Oaxaca early Wednesday, damaging the entrance but causing no injuries, authorities reported.

A similar bomb was found and deactivated outside the entrance of a nearby bank, state Attorney General Evencio Martinez told national radio station W Radio.

"I believe it could be (the work of) local groups, given the type and style of device," Martinez said.

He denied the bombs were related to the People's Revolutionary Army, a small leftist group that bombed gas pipelines in July. Sears in Mexico is operated by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. In 2004, a faction of the rebel group placed small bombs outside banks and an office of Telmex, Slim's telephone company.

Television footage from the shopping mall, where the bomb exploded hours before businesses opened, showed glass scattered across a parking lot and damage to a steel security curtain and parts of the entrance.

Oaxaca's state government said in a news release that police were investigating.

Oaxaca has suffered more than a year of political unrest, and on Tuesday, Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan urged Mexican federal officials to investigate alleged police abuse against demonstrators.

Khan presented a report describing the unsolved killings of 18 people, arbitrary detentions and other abuses during last year's Oaxaca protests.

"The federal government cannot avoid its responsibility to guarantee the protection of human rights in the state of Oaxaca," Khan said.

The conflict began in May 2006 as a strike by teachers seeking higher pay and quickly grew into a broader movement known as the People's Assembly of Oaxaca, or APPO. It included Indian groups, students, farmers and leftists who claim Gov. Ulises Ruiz rigged his electoral victory and has repressed opponents.

Ruiz, who met with Khan on Tuesday, rejected the report.

"We told them that we believe those who wrote it are advisers for the APPO," Ruiz said after the meeting.

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E. Eduardo Castillo contributed to this report from Mexico City.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bomb; corruption; explosion; mexico; oaxaca; sears; tarascan; terrorism
They also found a small bomb outside the Federal Electoral Commission offices.
1 posted on 08/01/2007 2:17:12 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

La Bamba!.............


2 posted on 08/01/2007 2:19:46 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: SwinneySwitch

la bomba!


3 posted on 08/01/2007 2:19:53 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: Red Badger

Ritchie Valens was unavailable for comment.


4 posted on 08/01/2007 2:25:11 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: SIDENET

I don’t understand the Sears target............I know they have Wal-Marts there......


5 posted on 08/01/2007 2:32:46 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: Red Badger
I don’t understand the Sears target............

It's part of the "Yankee Go Home" anti-Americanism that is rampant throughout Mexico.

Give them time, they'll target Wal-Mart also.

6 posted on 08/01/2007 2:43:08 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: ConservativeofColor

“Give them time, they’ll target Wal-Mart also.”

We call those “Mexi”-Marts here in North Mississippi!


7 posted on 08/01/2007 2:45:27 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (I like Rodney Carrington's recipe for World Peace.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Some nutcase Mexican lefty or environmentalist, probably. Yawn. They so dumb.

Glad nobody was hurt.


8 posted on 08/01/2007 2:46:53 PM PDT by livius
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To: ConservativeofColor

“Yankee Go Home” anti-Americanism that is rampant throughout Mexico?........Then why are they all COMING HERE?..........


9 posted on 08/01/2007 2:48:05 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: SwinneySwitch

People’s Assembly of Oaxaca is a Marxist group linked to Commandante Marcos in Chiapas. It would not surprise me a bit if the Mexicans announced that the APPO are getting help from Cuba. Calderon needs to crack down again, and hard on this kind of activity. There have been Sears stores in Mexico since the 1950s, but until NAFTA they could only sell the crappy stuff made in Mexico. Now they are like Sears stores in the U.S.


10 posted on 08/01/2007 2:50:18 PM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up:)
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To: Red Badger
Then why are they all COMING HERE?..........

Because they despise living in the rathole called Mexico.

11 posted on 08/01/2007 2:51:37 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: Red Badger

The last Sears I was in was as dirty as any Wal-Mart.

I’m not sure if that’s the connection, though.


12 posted on 08/01/2007 2:52:23 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Cheese . . . milk's leap toward immortality.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

So if you get a poncho there is it a real poncho, I mean a Mexican poncho or is it a Sears poncho?


13 posted on 08/01/2007 2:53:45 PM PDT by discostu (indecision may or may not be my biggest problem)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I’m sorry to hear the bad scene at Sears in Mexico.

Incidentally, I hope everyone will support their local Sears stores. They are doing great things for the families of their employees who are deployed in the M.E.

Sears deserves our patronage where ever possible.


14 posted on 08/01/2007 2:55:08 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I’m sorry to hear the bad scene at Sears in Mexico.

Incidentally, I hope everyone will support their local Sears stores. They are doing great things for the families of their employees who are deployed in the M.E.

Sears deserves our patronage where ever possible.


15 posted on 08/01/2007 2:55:18 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: 3AngelaD

Actually the indian people in Chiapas state have a legitimate beef with the Mexican powers that be. They are willing to start the revolution that the “mixed blood” Mexicans are unwilling to do to overthrow that crooked government.


16 posted on 08/01/2007 2:57:26 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: SwinneySwitch

Carlos Slim?


17 posted on 08/01/2007 2:59:03 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Evil never stops.)
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To: Xenalyte
The last Sears I was in was as dirty as any Wal-Mart.

Where in the world do you live? Our Wal-Marts and Sears are very clean, as well as K-Mart and Target stores.............

18 posted on 08/01/2007 3:00:11 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: ConservativeofColor; Red Badger
It's part of the "Yankee Go Home" anti-Americanism that is rampant throughout Mexico.

You have Mexico confused with Nicaragua circa 1970, I'm afraid.

I have traveled throughout Mexico, and most folks there have no problem with Americans as individuals, nor do they mind the dollars we spend there.

Oaxaca is a very volatile state, one which has been giving the PAN government hell for the past six years. Southern Mexico in general has seen tremendous social strife, as the economic gap between the largely Indian and rural south grows between the more prosperous (and mestizo) northern part of the country.

19 posted on 08/01/2007 3:01:32 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Clemenza

I’m not confused. I have traveled throughout Mexico since the early 70s; I was there as recently as last March when I made my fourth visit to the Copper Canyon at Divisadero Barrancas in the state of Chihuahua. And while I’ve never stopped to count the times I have heard that phrase I can safely estimate it to be well in the dozens. And yes, they do like our dollars. But they don’t like them enough to not show their disdain for the wealthy northern neighbors when given the chance.


20 posted on 08/01/2007 3:13:11 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: ConservativeofColor
You've obviously not talked to the right people. Been in several bars, village squares, mountain towns, valley towns, DF, etc. Other than from a bookstore clerk and an old Tarascan Indian woman, never experienced anything worse than the occassional tongue-in-cheek remark.

Saw more anti-Americanism in Italy and in Venezuela.

Then again, I will admit that Mexicans don't exactly care for folks that are darker than them.

21 posted on 08/01/2007 3:16:26 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

The world’s richest man?


22 posted on 08/01/2007 3:19:57 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: Clemenza

I’ve talked to the right people. Which is why I am acutely aware of the anti-American sentiments that runs though most every state.


23 posted on 08/01/2007 3:20:47 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: SwinneySwitch

Ven ve el lado mas suave de Sears.

24 posted on 08/01/2007 3:21:53 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: ConservativeofColor
Depends. What I've typically heard is, as is taught in Mexican schools, that 1/3rd of Mexico was stolen by the U.S. I always point out that it was Santa Ana's incompetance and brutality that cost them the territory. I can usually get agreement on what a scumbag Santa Ana is, but don't expect more.

There is also the perception among many that most Americans are racist against Mexicans.

25 posted on 08/01/2007 3:24:16 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Clemenza
There are several factors they contribute to the anti-Americanism I've experienced. From a cultural point of view, Mexico’s relationship with the United States has become strained to say the least. From the average Mexican's’s point of view, which isn’t always right or well informed, the American government mistreats and abuses migrants on a regular basis. Factor in the envy created by rich tourists swanking through poor Mexican cities and towns and it's no suprise they feel the way they do.

Athletic competition notwithstanding, this isn't the antics of a people who are enamored with the northern neighbors. It's more a unique insight into the underlying sentiments felt throught that land.

26 posted on 08/01/2007 3:43:36 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: ConservativeofColor

They don’t appreciate what they’ve got...Sears, Walmart, jobs, etc. Even Koolaid and Special K bars are made in Mexico. Check out the next food items you pick up and you might be surprised.

They’ve had over 500 years to make their country into a superpower, and look what they’ve got. talk about victicrats! And the Commies have a foothold there! America is only 231 years old!


27 posted on 08/01/2007 3:49:21 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Clemenza
I will admit that Mexicans don't exactly care for folks that are darker than them. I've seen that personally. If a Black buys something, the Mexican clerk will make them put the money on the counter.
28 posted on 08/01/2007 3:51:29 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Clemenza

My sister teaches school in New Mexico, and they don’t pull the “you stole our land” routine over there, because they know about the Gadsen Purchase, Louisiana Purchase, & Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago. It is only the Reconquistas that are “teaching” anyone that will listen that it was stolen. And those that are “learning” don’t question the validity.


29 posted on 08/01/2007 3:55:15 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Clemenza
Yeah, these people love us.

An overwhelming majority of Mexicans, 79 percent, believe Mexicans are discriminated against in the United States

A majority of Mexicans (52%) have an unfavorable view of Americans

Seventy percent of Americans said US wealth is due to work opportunities. Mexicans, by contrast, see US wealth as a result of the country exploiting others’ wealth—62 percent of Mexicans polled feel this way.

More here

30 posted on 08/01/2007 3:55:48 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: oneamericanvoice
They’ve had over 500 years to make their country into a superpower

Yet it's a poverty-stricken, filthy and corrupt as it's always been.

31 posted on 08/01/2007 3:57:31 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: Red Badger
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Costco, Home Depot, they're all down there.

32 posted on 08/01/2007 4:02:37 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Red Badger

They could take out more Mexicans at the Sears store in North Hollywood.


33 posted on 08/01/2007 4:04:42 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Paperdoll
You are so right! I’ve got a major kitchen renovation planned for the fall, and Sears will be a big part. I have used Home Depot before, but I called their “Customer Care” line yesterday to let them know I hoped they would continue to advertise in FNC. This was in regard to the attempted boycott by Kos and MoveOn.org and when I told the woman HD rep that I was a fan of FNC, she hung up on me. So, I sent an e-mail and told HD that we are now officially over.

Sears supports our troops and they’ve always been reliable.
Besides, I am sick unto death of walking 20 miles in a DIY store!!

34 posted on 08/01/2007 4:06:10 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: ConservativeofColor
Yet it's a poverty-stricken, filthy and corrupt as it's always been. Yep. They never learn. Years ago when I was in Tijuana helping build an elementary school, the potholes were almost big enough to put a VW Bug in. They didn't have clean water, out houses, most of the men were gone, the women still chain/rope the kids to something while they go off to work, because they can't figure out how to do child care. So sad. Good people. But something is missing.
35 posted on 08/01/2007 4:07:42 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Doomonyou

Not only that, Walmart is the number one private employer in Mexico.


36 posted on 08/01/2007 4:07:52 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: ishabibble

Good luck with your kitchen renewal! I have been thinking of doing mine over, too, and will certainly call Sears in on that. Do they do hardwood floors and cabinets and granite counters, or only the appliances? If not, where are you having those things done? Sorry, but what is FNC?


37 posted on 08/01/2007 4:18:45 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: oneamericanvoice
Years ago when I was in Tijuana helping build an elementary school

Were you a liberal? j/k

I've been throught Mexico well beyond the border towns. And I've witnessed anti-Americanism in every corner. There were exceptions of course but they were not "Mexicans" per se. The Tarahumara Indians for example, expressed no animosities towards Americans that I could tell, they just wanted to sell their wares.

38 posted on 08/01/2007 4:20:29 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: ConservativeofColor
I was somewhat of a liberal. Not now though. However, the reason I got involved with that school is I heard there story and it was compelling enough to get involved. I didn't get anti-American sentiments at all, but I believe you. As for the Indians, they may seem to want to just sell their wares, but there are a number of Communist activists like Subcommander Marcos working in the communities down there.
39 posted on 08/01/2007 4:36:49 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Red Badger

Houston. Our Wal-Marts are filthy here.


40 posted on 08/01/2007 5:18:54 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Cheese . . . milk's leap toward immortality.)
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To: Red Badger

lived in Puerto Rico a few years during 60’s and the “Independistas,” with financial and arms support from Cuba, planted explosives on transmission towers, tried to fire bomb American business interests even though owned or operated by Puerto Ricans. For example they went on several occasions into a Belks store in Bayamon to plant fire devises in suit pockets on the rack, set to go off after the store closed.

They lived to agitate and encourage anti=Americanism with the hopes of becoming an independent country. At one time they got on the ballot and only received 1% of the vote.

Not too popular among the people - but they did make a lot of noise and problems.


41 posted on 08/01/2007 6:25:58 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: ConservativeofColor
1. Take a poll of the average ghetto dweller, and ask what they feel about whitey. I could care less. Matter of fact, I've experienced LESS hostility from Mexicans, even in their own country, than the hood rats that infest our underclass.

2. In most of the world, including Mexico, wealth IS often the product of corruption and manipulation.

I would say that, judging from attitudes, the Americans match the Mexicans, although the Mexicans are poor and ignorant enough to admit it.

42 posted on 08/01/2007 8:09:41 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Clemenza

I never characterized it as hostility. I said they exhibted an anti-American attitude and they do. They do every time I am there. If you’ve never seen it perhaps you need to visit Mexico more. Or, you can continue beleiving it doesn’t exist, though that won’t change the fact that it does.


43 posted on 08/01/2007 8:24:41 PM PDT by ConservativeofColor
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To: Xenalyte

Ditto in Denver
I was in a Walmart and the dressing room was so dirty I didn’t want to undress far enough to try on a pair of jeans. And I’m not squeamish. Last time I willingly went into a Walmart.


44 posted on 08/01/2007 8:33:36 PM PDT by Mom MD (The scorn of fools is music to the ears of the wise)
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To: Xenalyte
Houston. Our Wal-Marts are filthy here.

Lemmee guess. They just got that way, suddenly after Katrina?......I'm in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Just up the beach a ways.......

45 posted on 08/02/2007 5:03:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: Red Badger

Not really - Wal-Marts here have never been quite clean. Target, on the other hand, maintains spotless stores.


46 posted on 08/02/2007 5:37:16 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Cheese . . . milk's leap toward immortality.)
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To: ishabibble; Paperdoll

I try to give Sears my business whenever I can, especially for tools. However, they did botch my emergency water heater install. The guy they used never contacted me after I, and the store, left numerous messages. The store gave us this big hassle when we canceled the sale. We ended up going with HD and the water heater was replaced the next day.


47 posted on 08/02/2007 5:38:51 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: Xenalyte
Wal-Marts here have never been quite clean

I would be complaining to to Bentonville. If I were in Bentonville, I'd be looking for a new set of store managers and district manager. There is no excuse for dirty stores. None.......

48 posted on 08/02/2007 5:44:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: Minutemen

Of course the Tzootzils and Tzeltals have problems with the Mexican government. Ditto the Tzoques to a lesser extent. They had problems with the Spanish government as well. Those problems stem from land ownership and property rights, and the Indians have been screwed by the Mexicans since the Mexicans stole Chiapas from Guatemala in the early 19th century, shortly after their revolution. The Indians have not helped themselves by declining to learn Spanish during their 500 plus years of Spanish domination. That said, Subcomandante Marcos is a Marxist who has very skillfully used the Indians’ grievances to further the Marxist agenda. If you think the Indians would be better off, or in charge, if Marcos prevails, you are smoking whacky weed. The Zapatistas’ plan to overthrow the Mexican government that the meztizos won’t take on would result in the end of any private property rights in Mexico, as opposed to the limited private property rights as well as the capitalism that exist in Mexico now. Think Cuba. Think Shining Path in Peru. Think dead Indians.


49 posted on 08/02/2007 6:19:57 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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