#HurricaneRosa intensified into a major storm in the Pacific Ocean, with maximum sustained winds near 145 miles per hour (230 kph) and little change in strength was expected overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late on Thursday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: On the Pacific side, Powerful hurricane ‘Rosa’ may threaten #Phoenix and the desert southwest with strong winds and very heavy rain early next week. #Rosa #tropics #khou11 #houston #weather #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/ddMasZXeYd— david paul (@DavidPaulKHOU) September 27, 2018: Ace Newsroom Live https://ift.tt/2OkA6rU #AceNewsDesk reports

Rosa, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, was about 605 miles (975 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west at almost 9 mph (15 kph).

It is the seventh category 4 hurricane of the season.

“Little significant change in strength is forecast overnight, with some slow weakening anticipated by Saturday, and a larger decrease in wind speed expected early next week,” the NHC said in its advisory.

Swells generated by Rosa are forecast to affect parts of the coastlines of southwestern Mexico, the southern Baja California Peninsula, and southern California later this week and over the weekend.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the Miami-based center said.

However, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect, the NHC said.

#Mexico Weather Alert: Tropical Storm #Rosa could become a major hurricane on Thursday Sept 27. Swells generated by Rosa will affect portions of SW Mexico and southern #BajaCalifornia. Swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. http://ow.ly/BZKN30lZlG8 pic.twitter.com/7UhTjSbBme

Reuters: https://t.me/reuters_news/57307 Published: September.28:2018: Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler and Darren Schuettler

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#Mexico Security Alert: On Sept 25, the State AG for Guerrero announced an operation with Mexican armed forces, federal police, state police in #Acapulco: The armed forces have taken over law enforcement for the municipality until further notice – @AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: On September 25, the State Attorney General for Guerrero announced a joint operation with the Mexican armed forces, federal police, and state police in Acapulco. The armed forces have disarmed the municipal police and have taken over law enforcement responsibilities for the municipality until further notice #AceNewsDesk reports

Location: Acapulco, Mexico

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens not to travel to Guerrero state due to crime. Read the entire Mexico Travel Advisory here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/mexico-travel-advisory.html.

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#Mexico Security Alert: On Sept 25, the State AG for Guerrero announced an operation with Mexican armed forces, federal police, state police in #Acapulco. The armed forces have taken over law enforcement for the municipality until further notice. http://ow.ly/Pb9Y30lYjgc pic.twitter.com/siA4oiVjFn

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TUSCON: ‘ Immigrant in church for past will not leave as she fears deportation to Mexico ‘

#AceNewsReport – TUSCON:Aug.08: Rosa Robles Loreto could leave the small, Tucson church where she has spent the past year. But there is no guarantee she won’t be sent back to Mexico, her native country.

That’s enough to convince her to stay put, seeing her family only when they visit the church and missing her sons’ baseball games and first day at school.

She isn’t alone. Two other immigrants living in the U.S. illegally remain in churches to avoid deportation, all women who are afraid of going to their home country for different reasons. They are like many immigrants left behind by immigration reforms.

Robles Loreto’s case is unique in that her entire family is living in the U.S. illegally. In other cases, her attorney says, the government has granted leniency to immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens as part of President Barack Obama’s policy to try to keep families together.

Robles Loreto says she is not leaving Southside Presbyterian Church until she has certainty that she will not be deported. Her case began five years ago when she was pulled over for a traffic infraction and turned over to immigration authorities. She began living at the church on Aug. 7, 2014.

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MEXICO: ‘ SOLDIERS KILL FIFTEEN PEOPLE IN AN ABANDONED WAREHOUSE AFTER THEY SURRENDER ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 22 – Soldiers killed as many as 15 people after they surrendered in an abandoned warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, according to a National Human Rights Commission report.

Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stains cover a wall above papers marking where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. At least 12 and probably 15 of the 22 people killed by soldiers at the rural warehouse last summer were executed, the president of the governmental Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, contradicting both the army’s and prosecutors’ versions of the mass killing in southern Mexico.
Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP
FILE – In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stains cover a wall above papers marking where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. At least 12 and probably 15 of the 22 people killed by soldiers at the rural warehouse last summer were executed, the president of the governmental Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, contradicting both the army’s and prosecutors’ versions of the mass killing in southern Mexico.

The document gave the most gruesome version yet of what happened in the June 30 mass killing of 22 alleged gang members, AP said.

The military said all died in a fierce gun battle after soldiers came under fire in the town of San Pedro Limon.

Commission President Raul Plascencia called on prosecutors to investigate “the cover up.”

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#ANS2014

#mexico, #national-human-rights-commission

MEXICO: ‘ AUTHORITIES ARRESTS DRUG GANG LEADER ACCUSED OF COLLUDING WITH CORRUPT POLICE’

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – October 18 – Mexican authorities announced the arrest of the “maximum leader” of a drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the disappearance of 43 college students.

Mexico arrests drug cartel leader Sidronio Casarrubias in connection with missing students case

Mexico arrests drug cartel leader Sidronio Casarrubias in connection with missing students case

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the arrest of Guerreros Unidos kingpin Sidronio Casarrubias would open a “new line of investigation that can quickly and more easily get us closer to the truth” in the case.

The announcement came hours after thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco to demand the safe return of the 43 young men, who went missing in the southern state of Guerrero three weeks ago.

Tomas Zeron, director of investigations in the prosecutor’s office, said the “maximum leader” of the Guerrero-based gang was arrested Thursday at a police checkpoint on a highway between Mexico City and the nearby city of Toluca.

The announcement came three days after authorities said another Guerreros Unidos leader, Benjamin Mondragon, killed himself when federal police surrounded him in the central state of Morelos.

Authorities say the gang worked hand-in-hand with corrupt municipal officers in a night of violence in the city of Iguala on September 26 that left six people dead and the 43 aspiring teachers missing.

Iguala’s officers shot at the students’ buses and then handed them to their counterparts in the neighboring town of Cocula, who delivered the 43 young men to the Guerreros Unidos, according to authorities.

Casarrubias denied ordering the attack on the students but was informed when it happened and did nothing to stop it, Murillo Karam said.

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#ANS2014

#guerreros-unidos, #iguala, #mexico

MEXICO: ‘ Teachers & Students Burn State Capitol Building Over Police Corruption ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 14 – Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police.

The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves may contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday.

As an investigation is under-way, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos – an infamous drug cartel.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding.

View of the Municipal Palace in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state after students set it on fire on October 13, 2014.(AFP Photo / Yuri Cortez)

View of the Municipal Palace in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state after students set it on fire on October 13, 2014.(AFP Photo / Yuri Cortez)

The building in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, was seen from a distance, engulfed in flames.

According to local authorities, the crowds included hundreds of students and teachers from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, who blockaded the building and used sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails to attack it.

They initially tried to get into the state congress, but police in riot gear repelled the crowd.

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#ANS2014

#guerreros-unidos, #mexico

MEXICO: ‘ GOVERNOR SAYS SOME OF THE BODIES RECOVERED FROM MASS GRAVES ARE NOT ALL MISSING STUDENTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 12 – Some of the bodies recovered from the mass grave in Mexico are not those of 43 missing students, Angel Aguirre, the governor of violence-racked Guerrero state, said.

He also did not say how many bodies were identified.

“I can say that some of the bodies, according to the work of forensics experts, do not correspond to the youths from Ayotzinapa, he said.

The grave was found at the beginning of October on the outskirts of Iguala, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students went missing on September 27 after a protest in support of the rights of rural teachers.

#ANS2014

#guerrero, #mexican, #mexico

NORTH AMERICA: ‘ Task-Force Recommends Prioritising Canada-Mexico-US Foreign Policy ‘

#AceNewsServices  NORTH AMERICA: On October 02 a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the Canada-Mexico-U.S. relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

“It is time to put North America at the forefront of U.S. policy,” the report says. “The development and implementation of a strategy for U.S. economic, energy, security, environmental, and societal cooperation with its two neighbours can strengthen the United States at home and enhance its influence abroad.”

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community. These include:

ENERGY: 

Capitalizing on North America’s promising energy outlook. The North American countries need a regional energy strategy to strengthen the continent’s energy infrastructure, expand energy exports, support Mexico’s historic reforms, improve safety, and encourage harmonized policies to promote energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

“For economic, environmental, and diplomatic reasons, the Task Force recommends that the U.S. government encourage increased energy connections with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. government should approve additional pipeline capacity, including the Keystone XL pipeline,” the report says. “The Task Force also proposes that the United States end restrictions on energy exports, including oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas).”

ECONOMIC: 

Bolstering economic competitiveness through the freer movement of goods and services across borders. Upgrading infrastructure and policies across borders would interconnect national economies securely and efficiently. Recognizing trilateral economic interests, the United States should also include Canada and Mexico in its negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other free trade agreements.

“The United States’ ability to compete in a dynamic and competitive world economy would be strengthened by enhanced economic ties with Canada and Mexico,” the report explains. “The Task Force recommends working toward the free and unimpeded movement of goods and services across North America’s common borders.”

SECURITY: 

Strengthening security through a unified continental strategy and “continuous border innovation.” While working toward the goal of a unified security strategy for North America, the United States and Canada should support Mexican efforts to strengthen the democratic rule of law, dismantle criminal networks, contribute to the development of resilient and cohesive communities, and reduce arms smuggling and drug consumption.

“The United States should shift from border-centric security toward a strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region,” the report says.

IMMIGRATION: 

Fostering a North American community through comprehensive immigration reform, workforce development, and the creation of a mobility accord to facilitate the movement of workers. The U.S. Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reforms. To better aid the movement of North American workers, the three countries should also create a North American Mobility Accord, expand visas for skilled workers, streamline recognition of professional credentials, and develop a regional educational innovation strategy.

“The Task Force strongly recommends the passage of comprehensive federal immigration reform that secures U.S. borders, prevents illegal entry, provides visas on the basis of economic need, invites talented and skilled people to settle in the United States, and offers a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants now in the United States,” the report says.

CHAIRED BY: 

Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America StudiesShannon K. O’Neil.

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#ANS2014 

#canada, #canada-mexico-us, #economic, #energy, #immigration, #mexico, #north-america, #security, #us

MEXICO: ‘ Mass Grave Contained 28 Bodies but Immediate Identification not Possible due to State of Remains ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO (Iguala) – October 06 – A clandestine grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city where police clashed with student protesters a week ago contained 28 bodies but the remains are too damaged for immediate identification, state officials said AP reported.

Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the 43 college students reported missing after the violent confrontation in Iguala, located about 120 miles (200 kilometres) south of Mexico City.

#ANS2014 

#iguala, #mass-grave, #mexico, #protesters, #students

MEXICO: ‘ Mass Grave May Contain 43 Students Missing After Recent Clashes With Local Police ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – October 05  – A mass-grave has been unearthed in in southern Mexico by security forces investigating the role of local police in clashes with students, raising fears the pits might hold 43 students missing since the confrontations.

Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco did not say Saturday night how many bodies were in six burial pits uncovered on a hillside on the outskirts of the southern town of Iguala, and he declined to speculate about whether the dead were the missing students.

The students were protesting against what they claimed are discriminatory hiring practices for teachers that favour urban students over rural ones.

“It would be irresponsible” to jump to conclusions before tests to identify the bodies, Blanco said. Officials said the federal Attorney General’s Office and the National Human Rights Commission had sent teams of experts to aid state authorities in identifying the remains.

Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre said the victims had been “savagely slaughtered.”

About 100 soldiers, marines and federal and state police cordoned off the area where the grave site was found in the poor Pueblo Viejo district of Iguala, which is about 120 miles (200 kilometres) south of Mexico City.

“The Mexican state cannot permit such an outrageous incident to go unpunished,” said Mexican Federal Chief of Investigations Tomas Zeron.

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#ANS2014

#mass-grave, #mexico, #police, #students

MEXICO: ‘ Three Mexican Soldiers Accused of Murdering 22 Suspected Gang-Members ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – October 01 – Three Mexican soldiers have been accused of murdering 22 suspected gang members, Reuters cited the country’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo as saying on Tuesday.

Murillo stated that the three soldiers in question entered a warehouse, where the suspects were hiding, and opened fire with “no justification whatsoever,” The Canadian Press reported.

The soldiers were detained among the group of eight troops over the June 30 killing in the town of Tlatlaya in the State of Mexico.

The state borders with Guerrero and Michoacan States, which are known for their gang violence.

The accusation challenges the army’s interpretation that the suspects died in a shoot-out.

#ANS2014 

#guerrero, #mexico, #michoacan-states, #state-of-mexico, #tlatlaya

' Drug Cartels Steal Billions of Dollars in Oil '

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – September 25 – Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry AP reported.

But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars’ worth of oil from pipelines.

' Drug Cartels Steal Oil From Petroleos Mexicanos '

‘ Drug Cartels Steal Oil From Petroleos Mexicanos ‘

Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated.

So far this year, thieves across Mexico have drilled 2,481 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines, up more than one-third from the same period of 2013.

Pemex estimates it’s lost some 7.5 million barrels worth $1.15 billion.

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#ANS2014

#gulf-coast, #mexico, #oil, #pipelines, #shale-fields

MEXICO: ‘ More Than 2,000 People Evacuated As Hurricane Norbert Arrives ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – September 07 – More than 2,000 people were evacuated and a fishing village of 7,000 residents suffered severe flooding, as Hurricane Norbert came close to Mexico’s Pacific coast on Saturday, according to officials cited by AFP.

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With winds of up to 185 km/h (115 miles per hour), the storm increased to a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the US National Weather Service.

Hurrican Norbert Evacuation 634x380

It has, however, been moving away from the west coast of the Baja California peninsula.

It’s expected that the storm will weaken in the next 24 hours.

#ANS2014

#hurrican-norbert, #mexico, #pacific-coast

‘ Federal and State Police Raid Home in Zamora and Rescue 458 Children Suffering Sexual Abuse ‘

#AceWorldNews MEXICO CITY (Michoacan) – July 16 – Federal and state police officers raided a group home Tuesday in the western state of Michoacan and rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will in filthy conditions, Mexico‘s top prosecutor said (AP)

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Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said police also rescued 138 adults from the Great Family group home in the city of Zamora.

The group home residents were kept in deplorable conditions, fed rotten food and made to sleep on the floor among rats, ticks and fleas and many of them were never allowed to leave the premises, Murillo Karam said at a news conference attended by top federal investigators and Michoacan Gov. Salvador Jara.

“I’m in utter dismay because we weren’t expecting the conditions we found at the group home,” Jara said.

Police detained the home’s owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight workers for questioning, Murillo Karam said.

#ANS2014

 

#attorney-general-of-mexico, #great-comet, #group-home, #jesus, #mexico, #mexico-city, #michoacan, #state-police

` US Marine and Afghanistan War Veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Gets New Hearing '

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – May 30 – A judge has scheduled a new hearing for a U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war veteran who’s been held in a Mexican prison for nearly two months, a judicial source said.


Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s next day in court is scheduled for June 4, a Mexican government judicial source told CNN.

The judge started and then quickly suspended a hearing Wednesday after Tahmooressi fired his attorneys, the source said.

But the Marine’s mother, Jill Tahmooressi, said the next hearing is still weeks away as it will take time for the new attorney to be briefed.

Sgt. Tahmooressi is accused of illegally entering Mexico with three weapons. His family maintains that he legally owned the weapons and accidentally crossed the border.

It is illegal to bring guns into Mexico.

Jill Tahmooressi told CNN Wednesday that her son had made an innocent mistake.

“He is relieved that he’ll be able to go before the judge and explain precisely how he made that accidental wrong turn and ended up in the dilemma that he’s in right now,” she said.

The case has draw attention from several U.S. lawmakers and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who told CNN Wednesday that he spoke with Mexican authorities about it last week.

“We are working on determining whether or not certain evidence that has been presented is meeting the standard that’s necessary to be able to hold that young Marine, and we’re trying to find out exactly what the fact pattern is, but we are working on that,” he told Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day.”
911 call: ‘I crossed the border by accident’

“I’m at the border of Mexico right now. And my problem is, I, I crossed the border by accident and I have three guns in my truck and they’re trying to take my guns from me,” the Marine told a 911 dispatcher in March.

In a recording of the call released by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, the Marine appears unsure of whether he crossed the border and exasperated that Mexican authorities are trying to take his weapons.

“There’s nothing I can help you with then, sir,” the 911 dispatcher says after learning he’s in Mexico. “I do apologize.

You’re not on American soil any more.”

Tahmooressi asks if authorities have a right to take his guns.

The dispatcher tells him he should have seen large warning signs on the free-way saying it’s illegal to enter Mexico with guns.

“There are warning signs that do say that as you’re driving down the free-way, before you enter Mexico,” she says.

“Yeah, I was hoping there would be a turnaround point,” he says, “but there never was.”

Ace Related News:

  1. Fox News Exclusive – 30/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/kpedxhp
    2 Video Interview – 29/05/2014 – http://video.foxnews.com/v/3595881722001/marine-officer-found-me-guilty-of-crime-from-beginning/
    CNN – Fox News

#ANS2014

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` Mexican Authorities Arrest Juan Rodriguez Garcia of Gulf's Cocaine Trafficking Cartel '

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – May 26 – Following a wave of violence in the northern state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican authorities arrested Juan Rodriguez Garcia, a man from the top of the Gulf cocaine-trafficking cartel.

Rubido said Rodriguez’s struggle to gain control of the Gulf cartel was behind a wave of violence that has hit Tamaulipas this year.

Mexican security forces caught Mario Ramirez Trevino, the leader of the cocaine-trafficking Gulf cartel, in August last year, setting off a battle for control of the gang.

“The command of Rodriguez Garcia was not recognized by all the criminal factions of the group,” Rubido said, adding that Garcia was one of the government’s most wanted criminals in the region.

(Telegraph) – 18/08/201 – Reported capture and arrest of Ramirez, who was born in 1962 according to the U.S. government, is one of the top leaders of the once-powerful Gulf Cartel, now plagued by infighting and under attack by its former security arm, the Zetas.

The Mexican government in recent years has made major hits on the cartel, including the arrest nearly a year ago of leader Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias “El Coss.”

The U.S. State Department was offering a reward of $5 million for Ramirez’s capture. He is wanted on several federal drug violations.

The Gulf Cartel has controlled most of the cocaine and marijuana trafficking through the Matamoros corridor across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

The Gulf cartel has also been battling the Zetas gang over control of drug and migrant smuggling routes in Tamaulipas state, home to the biggest border crossing for trade between the United States and Mexico.

Sixteen bodies had been found earlier this month at two different sites in the port town of Tampico in Tamaulipas.

Garcia has been elbowing to become a new leader of the cartel after the arrest of his former boss Mario Ramirez Trevino last August.

It was Garcia’s struggle for power that caused multiple shoot-outs and massacres in Tamaulipas state in 2014.

MEXICO CITY – (Fox News Latino ) Published September 04, 2012 Associated Press Reported that one of Mexico’s top cartel leaders was arrested Tuesday.

Mexican Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara says marines on Tuesday detained Mario Cardenas Guillen, believed to be one of two top leaders of the Gulf drug cartel, in the northern city of Altamira.

Vergara says Cardenas Guillen, known as El Gordo, is the brother of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who led the cartel until he was detained in 2003. Osiel Cardenas was extradited in 2007 to the United States and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Marines killed another brother, Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, in 2010 in the city of Matamoros. At the time, authorities said Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen and Jorge Eduardo Costilla were the cartel’s top leaders.

Vergara says that after Antonio Ezequiel’s death, the Gulf cartel divided into two groups, one led by his brother Mario and the other by Costilla.

The Gulf cartel has been sparring with the Zetas cartel, which became more powerful after the groups split in two.

Telegraph – Fox News (Latino) – Reuters – AP

#ANS2014

#mexico

` NSA Records Almost All Domestic and International Phone Calls in Afghanistan ‘

#AceSecurityNews – NSA – May 23 – The NSA records almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan, similar to what it does in the Bahamas, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange said.

Reports in the Washington Post and the Intercept had previously reported that domestic and international phone calls from two or more target states had been recorded and stored in mass as of 2013.

Both publications censored the name of one victim country at the request of the US government, which the Intercept referred to as ‘Country X’.

Assange says he cannot disclose how WikiLeaks confirmed the identity of the victim state for the sake of source protection, though the claim can be “independently verified” via means of “forensic scrutiny of imperfectly applied censorship on related documents released to date and correlations with other NSA programs.”


This is not the first time it has been revealed mass surveillance was being conducted on Afghanistan by the NSA. According to a book released by Der Spiegel entitled ‘Der NSA Komplex’, a program called ACIDWASH collects 30-40 million telephony metadata records per day from Afghanistan. ACIDWASH has been identified as being part of the MYSTIC program.

WikiLeaks cannot be complicit in the censorship of victim state X. The country in question is #Afghanistan. https://t.co/vWwU4DJw0I#afpak
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 23, 2014
The Intercept, which Glenn Greenwald, who first broke the Edward Snowden revelations helped to found, had earlier named the Bahamas as having their mobile calls recorded and stored by a powerful National Security Agency (NSA) program called SOMALGET.

SOMALGET is part of a broader NSA program called MYSTIC, which the the NSA is using to gather metadata – including the numbers dialled and the time and duration of the calls – from phone calls in the Bahamas, Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines. SOMALGET by its nature is far more controversial, however, as it stores actual phone conversations for up to 30 days.

WikiLeaks initially opted not to reveal the name of ‘Country X’ as they were led to believe it could “lead to deaths” by Greenwald. WikiLeaks later accused The Intercept and its parent company First Look Media of censorship, saying they would go ahead and publish the name of the NSA-targeted country.

“We do not believe it is the place of media to ‘aid and abet’ a state in escaping detection and prosecution for a serious crime against a population,” Assange said in the statement.

Read More at: RT – 23/05/2104 – http://tinyurl.com/paehpu9

#ANS2014

#bahamas, #kenya, #mexico, #nsa, #philippines, #wikileaks

` Two Years Ago Activists Stopped New Resort Being Built Now Chinese are Applying ‘

#AceWorldNewsMEXICO – May 11- Environmentalists say the only living hard coral reef in the Gulf of California is once again under threat, just two years after activists persuaded the government to block construction of a huge 30,000-room resort nearby.

 Once an overfished area, marine life around the Cabo Pulmo reef just outside Los Cabos exploded following a decision nearly two decades ago by local residents to stop commercial fishing and instead develop eco-tourism activities on the Baja California peninsula.

But environmentalists are alarmed by renewed plans for a 22,000-room resort, this time led by Chinese investors.

Jeering and arguments erupted at a public comment session this week on the proposal, which is at the earliest stage in the approval process.

The developers, in one of their few public statements about the Cabo Dorado resort, say they have eliminated about one-third of the hotel and condo rooms proposed in the earlier project, and abandoned plans for a marina and a desalinization plant that caused controversy. They offer to treat and re-use water from existing aquifers.

But opponents say there isn’t enough fresh water available on the bone-dry peninsula to support even the reduced plan, and that the project gives little consideration to how the reef could be affected by resort wastes and run-off from golf courses.

Critics of Cabo Dorado say just as worrisome is what they don’t know about their deep-pocketed opponents: Chinese companies whose relationship with that country’s government is unclear.

China’s Foreign Ministry did not respond to an email requesting comment on whether the firms active in Mexico are Chinese state enterprises and the company’s websites or statements are unclear. Repeated calls and emails to the Chinese companies involved went unanswered.

An ad placed in Mexican newspapers by one investor, Beijing Sansong International Trade Group, suggests the project is backed by the Chinese government, and says it has $3.6 billion to spend on the proposed resort.

“In accordance with the agreements signed in recent months between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping … we announce that the La Rivera Desarollos BCS company, in which we are investors, will carry out a new project on the Cabo del Este,” it said.

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` Mexican Government States Vigilante Groups Have Until May 10 To Register Their Guns ‘

#AceWorldNews – MEXICO CITY  – May 10 – The Mexican government says vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have until May 10 to register their guns and decide whether to join the army’s “rural defence corps.”

The government had made little headway in a plan announced in January to put the estimated 20,000-strong vigilante force in the western state of Michoacan under the control of the army.

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But the government commission for Michoacan said late Monday it had agreed to extend the deadline for joining the rural defense corps, a little-used, century-old body that armed farm workers to fight bandits and uprisings in the countryside.

The heavily armed “self-defense” groups have posed a thorny problem for the government. While they have earned popularity by driving the vicious Knights Templar drug cartel out of many parts of Michoacan, some of the vigilantes themselves have been accused of looting and killing.

Dozens of others remain in jail on charges of carrying weapons such as assault rifles that are prohibited for civilian use.

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#AceBreakingNews WASHINGTON May 06 AP Secretary of State…

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – May 06 – (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry says he will comply with “whatever responsibilities” he has to Congress in answering questions about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

But he was silent on whether he would appear at a May 21 hearing under subpoena.

In his first public comments on the matter, Kerry said Tuesday that he was surprised to have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform because the panel had not first invited him to appear.

Kerry aides have said that he has previously scheduled travel plans and will be in Mexico on May 21.

Kerry did not mention his travel plans but said the State Department would respond because it has “absolutely nothing to hide.”

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