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  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • More violence in Matamoros (Mexico)

    09/30/2010 3:25:55 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | September 29, 2010
    Violence continued Wednesday in Matamoros as a grenade was thrown at city hall and a local university was shut down because of a threat of some type of attack. Also, the Mexican navy announced the arrest of 30 Gulf Cartel members during operations conducted Monday and Tuesday throughout the state of Tamaulipas. As disturbances continued to plague Matamoros, panic ripped through downtown around 9:30 a.m. when a grenade was thrown at city hall, injuring two people. Federal police and the military cordoned off an area six blocks wide around the main plaza at the intersection of Calle Sexta and Morelos....
  • Jennie Tobin Flexed Girl Power In Gay Bar Empire

    09/17/2010 7:34:16 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/06/10 | Friends of Ours
    The gay bar industry in New York City historically was dominated by the Mafia, and in defying stereotype and convention one of the principal players in this rough-and-tumble man's world was a woman named Jennie Tobin who -- together with her husband William "Sonny" Tobin until his violent demise -- allegedly had interests in dozens of gay bars from the 1950s through at least the late 1970s. * * * According to a recent court ruling in connection with a foreclosure action against one of Jennie Tobin's properties, the former gay bar queen may have died on February 3, 2007....
  • Italy seizes $1.9 billion of assets as Mafia goes green

    09/14/2010 12:49:17 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2010
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy Tuesday seized Mafia-linked assets worth $1.9 billion -- the biggest mob haul ever -- in an operation revealing that the crime group was trying to "go green" by laundering money through alternative energy companies. Investigators said the assets included more than 40 companies, hundreds of parcels of land, buildings, factories, bank accounts, stocks, fast cars and luxury yachts. Most of the seized assets were located in Sicily, home of the Cosa Nostra, and in southern Calabria, home of its sister crime organization, the 'Ndrangheta. At the center of the investigation was Sicilian businessman Vito Nicastri, 54,...
  • Mexican military arrests Zetas

    09/08/2010 9:45:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 1+ views
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | September 07, 2010
    Several alleged Zetas were arrested in operations last week in Tamaulipas, according to a press release from the Mexican navy. On Friday afternoon, Mexican marines found four alleged Zetas off a dirt road about three miles from Reynosa, after receiving an anonymous tip. The men had been tied up and appeared to have been beaten, the press release said. Those arrested were identified as Gilberto Tomas “El Beto” Marcelino, Elodio Cortez Yavismea, Elias “El Diablo” Nuñez Gonzalez and Milton Omar “El Trasquilado” Alvarez Montijo. The four men were flown to Mexico City and turned over to a special prosecutor for...
  • 3 suspects in Mexico migrant massacre found dead

    09/06/2010 8:21:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 6, 2010 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The bodies of three men suspected of participating in the massacre of 72 migrants last month were found by the side of a road in northern Mexico after an anonymous caller told authorities where to find the cadavers, federal officials said Monday. Prosecutors' spokesman Ricardo Najera said authorities have no information on who made the call, but in the past suspects in especially brutal killings that draw too much attention to Mexico's drug gangs have been "handed over" to authorities.
  • Mafia cash in on lucrative EU wind farm handouts, especially in Sicily

    09/05/2010 5:09:53 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 13 replies ^ | 05 Sep 2010 | Nick Squires and Nick Meo
    "It has been a matter of policy in the wind farm industry to make the financing of it both opaque and complicated," said Mr Etherington. "In all countries across Europe the customer is not told how much they are paying for it, and the whole financing of the industry is coming out of subsidy on electricity generation." .....Recent research by Kroll, the international corporate security firm, has discovered examples all over Europe of so-called "clean energy" schemes being used to to line criminals' pockets rather than save the planet. Some involve windmills that stand derelict or are simply never built,...
  • Former "La Barbie" associate killed[in Nuevo Laredo prison]

    09/04/2010 8:04:34 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 1+ views
    KGNS ^ | Sep 2, 2010
    A former associate of Edgar Valdez-Villarreal, "La Barbie," is killed in a Nuevo Laredo prison. An inmate in a Nuevo Laredo prison stabbed Jose Luis Carrizales-Coronado to death. Authorities say a federal judge released Coronado from a prison in Monterrey on Monday claiming a lack of evidence in a case. He came back to Nuevo Laredo and was arrested for previous murder charges. Officials say he started a fight with other inmates in the bathroom, where they beat and stabbed him. According to Mexican authorities, Coronado was an associate of Edgar Valdez-Villarreal back in 2003.
  • Big Labor's Legacy of Violence

    09/03/2010 3:35:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | 9/3/2010 | Michelle Malkin
    To mark Labor Day 2010, President Obama will join hands with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in Milwaukee and pose as champions of the working class. Bad move. Trumka's organizing record is a shameful reminder of the union movement's violent and corrupt foundations. The new Obama/AFL-CIO power alliance — underwritten with $40 million in hard-earned worker dues — is a midterm shotgun marriage of Beltway brass knuckles and Big Labor brawn. Trumka warmed up his rhetorical muscles this past week with full-frontal attacks on former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He indignantly accused her of "getting close to calling for...
  • Police: Human smugglers kidnap 16 migrants in Mexico

    09/02/2010 5:01:15 PM PDT · by AuntB · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 2, 2010 | Nick Valencia
    At least 16 migrants, including a woman, were being held for ransom by human smugglers in Tijuana, Mexico, according to a migrant who was freed, authorities said late Wednesday. "With respect to the man, we are not releasing his name but he is between 20 and 25-years-old. We can tell you that his family paid a ransom for his liberty and it was after that he came to us and told us there were others that were being held in Tijuana," Municipal Police Officer Jose Varela told CNN by phone. It was unclear how much the family paid, but reports...
  • 4 charged with murder in apparent drug slaying

    08/28/2010 10:02:03 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 34 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chonicle (SFGate) ^ | August 28, 2010 | Henry Lee
    Four men have been charged with murder in connection with the slaying of a man at a marijuana grow-house near Hayward in February, authorities said Friday. The men, two of whom are still being sought, were charged before the body of the victim, Francisco "Frankie" Lopez, 27, of East Palo Alto, was apparently found in heavy brush Thursday in Niles Canyon near Fremont. (snip) Alameda County prosecutors have charged Tiburcio Sanchez, 24, Miguel Michel, 41, Mohammed Zarin Khan and Manuel Trujillo with murder, attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of false imprisonment. Khan's and Trujillo's ages are...
  • Report: Victims of Massacre in Mexico Were Illegal Immigrants on Way to US (Video)

    08/27/2010 2:19:28 PM PDT · by Justaham · 37 replies ^ | 8-27-10
    The over 70 victims dumped in a mass grave in Mexico were all migrant workers heading to the US, according to the sole survivor.
  • Phoenix Bars Provide Recruiting Ground for Cartels, Authorities Say

    08/27/2010 5:46:25 AM PDT · by exbrit · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/10 | Unspecified
    Arizona's drug and human smuggling cartels are finding their newest hires in Phoenix bars, law enforcement officials say. The state's high unemployment rate and proximity to the Mexican border is making for fertile recruiting ground, as investigators say cartel members are singling out individuals desperate for money and employment. Capt. Kevin Zumbo, of the Illegal Immigration Prevention & Apprehension Co-op Team (IIMPACT), a multi-agency unit in the Phoenix metropolitan area focused on illegal immigration-associated crime, told that the cartels are looking for U.S. citizen who can easily blend in with society and not alert authorities.
  • 2 Car bombs explode near Mexico TV station, transit office

    08/27/2010 11:33:15 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 59 replies · 2+ views ^ | 8/27/2010 | cnn
    Car bombs explode near Mexico TV station, transit office A burned vehicle lies in front of Televisa TV network after a car bomb explosion Friday in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) -- At least two car bombs exploded Friday near the television studios of Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico, the station and the government-run news service reported. One blast occurred outside the TV station while the second happened next to the municipal transit service offices, said the state-run Notimex news agency.
  • Sarah Palin Will "Go Down in History like McCarthy," Says Labor Leader [AFL-CIO Prez Trumka]

    08/26/2010 12:28:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | August 26, 2010 | Brian Montopoli
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is calling Sarah Palin "almost a parody of herself" who will "go down in history like McCarthy" in a speech in Alaska today. When it comes to Palin, he plans to say, according to prepared remarks released this morning, "you just have to laugh -- but it's not really funny." "In this charged political environment, her kind of talk gets dangerous," Trumka will say at the Alaska AFL-CIO Biennial Convention. "'Don't retreat... reload' may seem clever, the kind of bull you hear all the time, but put it in context. She's using crosshairs to illustrate targeted...
  • Official: 72 found dead in Mexico may be migrants

    08/25/2010 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | MARK STEVENSON and E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A survivor has told police that 72 people found dead at a ranch near the Mexican border with Texas were migrants kidnapped by an armed group, a federal official said Wednesday. The bodies of 58 men and 14 women were discovered Tuesday when Marines manning a checkpoint on a highway in the northern state of Tamaulipas were approached by a wounded man who said he had been attacked by gang gunmen at a nearby ranch.
  • [Mexico:]2 bodies hung from bridge on road to Acapulco

    08/24/2010 3:01:33 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post/AP ^ | August 24, 2010 | SERGIO FLORES
    ACAPULCO, Mexico -- The dismembered bodies of two men were hung from a bridge Tuesday on a highway leading to Acapulco, the second such discovery in three days in a region where two drug lords are fighting for control of their divided cartel. The men were hung from their feet at the entrance of Chilpancingo, the city nearest to Acapulco along the highway connecting the Pacific coast resort to Mexico's capital, according to police in the state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located. Their arms had been cut off, and a message was left threatening extortionists, kidnappers, police and the...
  • Headless, mutilated bodies hung from Mexico bridge

    08/22/2010 2:11:35 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 75 replies · 1+ views
    The bodies of the four young men were discovered early on Sunday, hung upside down by their feet from a bridge near a wealthy area of Cuernavaca, a leafy city about an hour outside Mexico City, where many of the nation's elite own homes. The victims' genitals, index fingers and heads had been cut off, according to a statement from the attorney general's office in Morelos state, which includes Cuernavaca. Their heads and genitals were found nearby, along with a handmade sign, the statement said. "This will happen to everyone that helps the traitor Edgar Valdes," the placard read, referring...
  • France begins expelling Roma back to home countries

    08/19/2010 3:36:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/19/2010
    France has begun expelling approximately 700 Roma to Romania and Bulgaria on Thursday, AFP reported. The first 79 Roma to participate in what has been termed a "voluntary return procedure" agreed to leave France on a flight headed for Bucharest later in the day. Another 132 Roma are expected to leave France for Romania this Friday. Each adult to participate in the repatriation program is to receive 300 euros from the French government, and 100 euros for every minor that leaves the country.
  • Mexican Drug Gang Hires Pretty Hitwomen

    08/17/2010 2:56:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 2+ views
    KDFW ^ | Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010
    A Mexican drug gang is hiring pretty young women to carry out killings to surprise its enemies, a suspected member of the vicious La Linea gang said in a video released Tuesday. Around 30 women aged 18 to 30 have been trained by hitmen to carry out killings in recent months, and most of those have killed people, said Rogelio Amaya in a public security ministry video released by media. "They're pretty, good-looking, to help mislead opponents," said the suspected member of a gang of enforcers for the Juarez cartel in the country's most violent city, Ciudad Juarez. The women...