Archive for November 2nd, 2012

López Obrador: Incitación a la Violencia

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Felipe Trigos

López Obrador se mantiene firme en su curso rijoso, antidemocrático y populista con tal de conseguir el poder que el pueblo no le ha conferido con su voto.

Si bien es cierto que la elección del 2006 ha sido una de las más disputadas en la historia contemporánea de México, los alegatos de López Obrador sobre la ilegalidad de la elección nunca pudieron ser comprobados ni por su campaña ni por sus asesores legales.

AMLO, como es conocido en México, se autoproclamó como ‘Presidente Legítimo’ días antes de que el presidente constitucional tomara posesión en la cámara de diputados. Este acto por si solo, confirmó la falta de institucionalidad y democracia que caracterizan al ‘izquierdista’ mexicano. Acto seguido y por los próximos seis años, López Obrador se dedicó a polarizar y a dividir a la izquierda Mexicana en grupos de choque que solo buscaron, y en muchos casos consiguieron, bloquear reformas de ... Read More

At launching point of Mexico’s drug war, quasi-religious cartel rules 6 years later

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APATZINGAN, Mexico –  Forest-camouflaged pickups roared to life as the Mexican soldiers pulled on their black masks and hoisted their Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifles.

The three-truck convoy pulled out of the base to patrol the rugged, mountainous region of the western state of Michoacan, when a raspy voice burst out of an unencrypted radio inside one of the cabs: “Three R’s, 53.” Three army vehicles, headed your way.

It wasn’t a soldier’s voice. The radio had picked up a call from the Knights Templar, a quasi-religious drug cartel that controls the area and most of the state. Its web of spies monitors the movements of the military and police around the clock. The gang’s members not only live off methamphetamine and marijuana smuggling and extortion, they maintain country roads, control the local economy and act as private debt collectors for citizens frustrated with the courts, soldiers say.

“Because they’re vigilant and ... Read More

2 killed, 37 injured in Colombia Halloween bombing

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A suitcase bomb exploded near a town square where 5,000 children were celebrating Halloween, killing two suspected bombers and injuring 37 people, including two boys who were hospitalized in critical condition Thursday, authorities said.

The two dead were suspected members of a drug-trafficking band allied with rebels from the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said the regional police chief, Col. Nelson Ramirez.

They were carrying the suitcase on a bicycle two blocks from the central square of Pradera, in Valle del Cauca state, where more than 5,000 children had gathered, said town security chief Carlos Leynton. The bomb apparently went off prematurely.

He said seven of the injured were hospitalized, including the 9- and 11-year-old boys who suffered head injuries and were rushed in critical condition to the regional capital of Cali. Fourteen children in all were reported injured.

“It was chaos, horrible,” said Alba Nelly, a ... Read More

Cuba’s oil hopes hit by another unsuccessful well

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Article originally appeared in Reuters


HAVANA, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Cuba’s offshore oil hopes suffered a major blow on Friday with the announcement of another dry hole in its still untapped fields and word that the drilling rig used in the project will soon depart the communist island.

Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that a well drilled off western Cuba by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had been plugged because it “did not offer possibilities of commercial exploitation.”

It was the third unsuccessful well drilled this year in Cuban waters, where the country says it may have 20 billion barrels of oil and the key to future energy independence.

The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated a more modest 5 billion barrels.

Cuba gets two-thirds of the nearly 150,000 barrels of oil it consumes daily from oil-rich socialist ally Venezuela.

Granma said that because of the “technical experience and valuable geological information obtained,” in the failed well, PDVSA planned to “continue its participation in the exploration campaign ... Read More

Sean Penn, Global Ambassador for the Coca Leaf?

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ABC News


He has backed Argentine claims to the Falkland Islands, and campaigned with Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez.

But did Sean Penn ever imagine that he was going to be asked to be a global ambassador for the legalization of the coca leaf?

According to officials from Bolivia, this is the new task that was requested of Sean Penn on Tuesday, during a meeting with President Evo Morales.

The two-time Oscar winner was also asked if he would back Bolivia’s efforts to regain coastal territories lost to Chile in the 19th century, and if he would help to convince the U.S. government to extradite a former Bolivian president.

“President Evo has asked this gentleman with his utmost respect, if he can present our claims….in different scenarios abroad, so that we can see some advances at the international level” Government Minister Juan Ramon Quintana told journalists in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city.

There’s no word yet from Penn on whether he will accept ... Read More

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to Travel to Brazil Next Month

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said today that he will travel to Brasilia on Dec. 7 for a meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc.

A delegation from Brazil’s Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social, or BNDES, will visit Caracas on Nov. 12 and 13, Chavez said on state television with Brazil’s foreign minister Antonio Patriota.

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff may visit Venezuela in January, Patriota said.



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