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  • Mordida, a common event in Mexico

    10/31/2009 8:01:52 AM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies · 1,668+ views
    Por Esto (Merida, Yucatan) 10/28/09 “Mordida”, a favorite extortion and bribe in Mexico In Cancun, Mexico, police stopped a driver, a visiting tourist, for an alleged “administrative violation.” Then they asked the tourist for up to $300 dollars so she could proceed without having a penalty issued to her. It turned out that the victim of this extortion was Michelle Fischbach, a state senator from Minnesota, who later presented a written complaint to the local authorities regarding the episode. Five Cancun “Tourist Police” officers are now under investigation for their personal attempt at extortion. “Mordida” (a “bite”) is a common...
  • In Mexico's Drug War, Bad Cops Are a Mounting Problem

    11/22/2008 9:36:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,089+ views
    Time ^ | 11/22/08 | Tim Padgett with Dolly Mascarenas
    Few rituals are more futile than the "housecleaning" of Mexico's police forces. So deep, broad and brazen is cop corruption south of the border that removing it makes eradicating rats from landfills look easy. Mexico stages quasi-annual purges of officers high and low — last year it was 284 federal police commanders — and yet every year it seems to find itself with an even more criminal constabulary. This year's scandals, however, are especially appalling. Over the summer, President Felipe Calderon's anti-drug czar, Noe Ramirez, resigned abruptly. This week, the likely reason became apparent after Ramirez was detained and accused...
  • I'll Never Go to Baja Again

    09/06/2007 1:13:26 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 131 replies · 5,160+ views
    Surfer Magazine (online) ^ | 9/3/2007 | Scott Bass
    I'll Never Go to Baja Again They were looking forward to surfing the uncrowded south swell. A pending protest at the border on Friday was sure to slow down the normal throngs of south bound surfers. Baja at dusk. It should be an exciting time, but not a life threatening one. It was 4 a.m. Friday morning, August 31. Duke, Walt and Roger, three buddies from North San Diego County, were headed down to Mexico keen on surfing the predicted south swell. Their destination: San Carlos, Baja California for a Labor Day holiday weekend filled with surfing, kite surfing and...
  • The African Connection:Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 72 replies · 2,731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/25/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. [snip] But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to bribing him.
  • Delahunt: A warm Venezuelan gift in a cold winter **BARF ALERT**

    12/22/2005 3:10:28 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 8 replies · 591+ views
    The Register ^ | Dec. 22, 2005 | Congressman Bill Delahunt
    Last month, as chilly November winds hinted at the winter to come, Massachusetts received a warm gift from Venezuela via CITGO Petroleum Corporation. It could not have come at a more critical moment as those on fuel assistance faced heating price increases of up to 50 percent. Many low-income families looked ahead to a winter of unbearable options: choosing between heat and food or medication. As a result of the Venezuelan oil program, more than 12 million gallons of heavily discounted heating oil will flow to needy households and social service institutions across the state. Together with local nonprofits Citizens...
  • George Galloway Hears The Dinner Triangle Again

    11/27/2005 9:28:33 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 508+ views
    Babalu Blog ^ | Nov. 27, 1005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    George Galloway, the repulsive, treasonous British MP who was on Saddam Hussein's payroll for years, pocketing Saddam's oil-for-food money and acting as his apologist in UK parliament - has just heard the dinner triangle again. Just as Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has come out with pork-barrel cheap oil for the states, via Citgo, showing how oil can be delivered for the benefit of Congressmen like Bill Delahunt and Jose Serrano, out pops George Galloway, lining up behind them to see Santa Chavez. Galloway has decided to sing for his supper first, by coming out with a statement in support of...
  • George Galloway pledges 'solidarity' to Hugo Chavez

    11/27/2005 9:21:49 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 811+ views
    VCrisis ^ | Nov. 27, 2005 | Aleksander Boyd
    27.11.05 | Sure enough, it was only a matter of time. ... Green Left is reporting today "BRITAIN: Respect pledges solidarity with Venezuela" in which the following can be read: At its national conference in November, the anti-war Respect coalition passed the following resolution pledging solidarity with Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution. 1. This conference extends its solidarity to the people of Venezuela and applauds its government for its challenge to neoliberalism and US domination. 2. We pledge our support for a broad based campaign of solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution. 3) We encourage those Respect members who can to attend the...
  • Helpers Busy With Santa Chavez On Way

    11/26/2005 9:44:42 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 14 replies · 697+ views
    Inveestor's Business Daily ^ | Nov. 26, 2005 | Editorial Staff
    Latin America: Oil earnings have given Hugo Chavez a colossal sense of his own power at home and abroad. He's not limiting himself to small countries like Bolivia, though. Surprise: The U.S. is also in his cross hairs. Venezuela's president has targeted America and not just by organizing political fifth columns called "Bolivarian Circles" ... He's also getting himself good press for delivering discounted oil for his handpicked "poor" ... Chavez has won plaudits from the mainstream media for his newly launched program to deliver cheap heating oil to carefully "screened" low-income constituencies. Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, through its...
  • What Was Castro Buying In Brazil?

    11/03/2005 9:03:12 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 472+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Nov. 3, 2005 | Staff
    Latin America: Brazilians are rightly angry over allegations of illegal campaign donations from Fidel Castro. True or not, they coincide with an alarming weakness in foreign policy that benefits the Cuban dictator. Was there a connection? We wonder for two reasons. First, Castro in recent years has aggressively sought influence across Latin America on a scale not seen since the 1960s. Second, Brazil has been oddly passive in response. Fortified by the record-high oil earnings of his Venezuelan ally, Castro's had a free hand to whip up anti-capitalism and anti-Americanism in a bid to confront the West. Brazil is no...
  • UN Moves to Guard Against Tsunami Aid Corruption

    01/10/2005 10:07:56 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 11 replies · 463+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 11, 2005 | Irwin Arieff
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations is adopting new steps in its global tsunami-relief campaign to guard against improprieties like those alleged in the oil-for-food program for Iraq, U.N. officials said Monday
  • CA: State auditor paints damaging picture of Shelley's use of funds (ShmelleyGate)

    01/10/2005 9:43:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 512+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 1/10/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Kevin Shelley bent rules, missed deadlines and failed to do proper paperwork as he spent millions of dollars in federal election money, state Auditor Elaine Howle told a legislative committee conducting its first hearing Monday to investigate the embattled state elections official. Howle meticulously told the Joint Legislative Audit Committee that Shelley's management failures, which also included the questionable use of federal money, added up to "disregard for proper controls and poor oversight" of money given California to modernize its voting systems. But a representative of Shelley's office testified under oath that much of the...
  • And when the great wave fell back, the UN stood revealed, Notably Useless

    01/02/2005 4:26:03 PM PST · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,916+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/3/05 | Tim Hames
    ADLAI STEVENSON once argued that a politician is a statesman who “approaches every question with an open mouth”. If the performance of Jan Egeland, of the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is an indication, the same is true of those paid by the United Nations. A week ago, despite just one day having passed since the Asian tsunami, with the reported death toll one tenth of what it is now believed to be, and ignoring the fact that public holidays are never the easiest times to start organising an aid effort, Mr Egeland saw fit to dismiss...
  • United Nations: US Stingy; UN Corrupt (Right in the Chops, this one!)

    12/28/2004 8:41:59 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,403+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2004 | STEVE YUHAS
    I only have access to a few English language television stations while I am visiting Israel: BBC News and CNN International. Every quarter hour they recap the top stories. Today’s big story (after the non-stop images of a tidal wave taking out resorts frequented by Europeans and few Americans) is the comment of U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland who said that western nations, particularly the United States, were being stingy with their aid packages offered for victims of the disaster. Without putting into context the fact that the United States provides more funding to the UN than any...
  • Ring linked to 200 heists [Illegal Mexican aliens as victims]

    01/10/2004 12:22:19 PM PST · by archy · 3 replies · 152+ views
    The Commercial-Appeal [Memphis, TN] ^ | January 10, 2004 | Bill Dries
    Ring linked to 200 heistsRobbers preyed on Hispanics By Bill DriesContact January 10, 2004 Memphis police have charged six people with taking part in a series of violent home invasion robberies last year - perhaps as many as 200 - that targeted Hispanic citizens, many in Memphis apartment complexes. Investigators said Friday that the gang-based ring robbed victims in Memphis, Jackson, Tenn., and North Mississippi of money and anything else they could carry. "This is the biggest single criminal enterprise Memphis has seen in a long time," said police robbery bureau supervisor Lt. Darren M. Goods. Corry Lee Fulford and...