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With the continuing turmoil on our southern border, we need to take border security seriously. As long as Mexico remains unstable, it will pose a threat to the U.S. as well.
 
In any event, the events in Mexico need to be watched carefully because they may have an impact on American national security.

 

The author sounds like a wanker. My first thought was that the US shares responsibility for Mexican instability and that we should prepare to provide direct humanitarian aid and follow up with a long term recovery assistance. 

 

I really can't imagine how that can end well there will be plenty who think the US is just trying to take over, considering that people still get mad over the Spanish-American war.



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8.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico Kills at Least 26 People

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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Update: MEXICO CITY, Sept 8 (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake late on Thursday in Mexico killed at least 26 people, authorities said, raising the number of fatalities after the governor of the southern state of Oaxaca said on Friday that 20 people were killed in that region.

 

Oaxaca governor Alejandro Murat said 17 of the 20 fatalities were in Juchitan, a town on Mexico's Tehuantepec isthmus. (Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom)

 

Earlier story: An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least six people and triggering small tsunami waves but no major destruction.

 

The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time damage to the city was limited.

 

A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble.

 

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Patients and family members are seen outside the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) in Puebla, Mexico, Sept. 8, 2017, after an earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday.


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Protests In Mexico Push Country To Brink Of Revolution And Nobody's Talking About It

Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.
The U.S. media has remained mostly mute on the situation in Mexico, even as the unfolding civil unrest has closed the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week. Ongoing “gasolinazo” protests in Mexico over a 20 percent rise is gas prices have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths. Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked. Protests have remained relatively peaceful overall, except for several isolated violent acts, which activists have blamed on government infiltrators.
The few mainstream news reports that have covered the situation blame rising gas prices but fail to examine several other factors that are pushing Mexico to the brink of revolution.


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Mexico murder rate reaches record high

Mexico registered more than 2,000 murders in May, a record high for any month since 1997, underlining the country's struggles to deal with the trade in narcotics.
There were 2,186 murder investigations in May, according to the latest government statistics released on Wednesday, surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011.
Some cases may include multiple homicides, and the number of murder victims reported in May was 2,452, the highest for any month in a separate series of data that only goes back to 2014.
The deadliest state was Guerrero, in the south, a hotspot in Mexico's war on drugs where 216 people were killed.


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More and more people are being murdered in Mexico — and once more drug cartels are to blame

Last year, there were 20,792 homicides in Mexico — a 22% increase over 2015, and a 35% jump over 2014.
This year has seen an unprecedented uptick in violence, with federal statistics showing nearly 2,000 people killed in the first month of 2017 — more than in any January since federal officials began releasing crime data in the 1990s.
The Mexican government does not distinguish which deaths were tied to the cartels, but some crime experts have estimated that narco-violence could account for up to half of the overall numbers.
The surge in homicides has called into question Mexico’s military-led drug war strategy, as well as the United States’ prominent role in the fight.


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Mexico Earthquake

 

 

https://www.nature.c...l-cause-1.22586

 

Introduction:

 

A deadly magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the southern coast of Mexico on 7 September, killing dozens of people and injuring at least 200. The tremor, which Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said was the strongest registered in the past century, prompted mass evacuations along the country's Pacific coast.

 

Scenes of demolished buildings, teetering streetlight posts, and blacked-out subway stations have been circulating on social media. Mexico’s Federal Commission of Electricity calculates that 1.85 million residents across the country were affected by power cuts.

 

According to the National Seismological Service of Mexico, the quake hit the Gulf of Tehuantepec near the state of Chiapas just before midnight local time. The country’s earthquake early-warning system gave residents seconds to more than a minute of warning, depending on their proximity to the tremor’s epicentre. In Mexico City, more than 725 kilometres away, that amounted to 86 seconds of advanced notice.

 

Mexico City resident and agronomist Obed Mejía Yáñez was in a 23rd floor apartment at the moment alarms went off in his building. “I was writing my thesis when it hit. The lights went on and off, and the windows began to crack,” he says. “I said ‘this is it’ and even thought about jumping out the window. I got very scared. I had never felt an earthquake like this.”

Although buildings in the capital suffered some structural damage, the southern states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco were the most affected, with more than 30 confirmed deaths. In Oaxaca, patients were evacuated to the streets in hospital gurneys and several buildings collapsed, including the city hall of the town of Juchitán.

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The magnitude-8.2 quake damaged buildings in Mexico City.

Carlos Jasso/Reuters


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Death Toll Rises to 90 After Mexico Earthquake

 

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

 

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JUCHITAN, Mexico — Government cargo planes flew in supplies and troops began distributing boxes of food to jittery survivors of an earthquake that destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed at least 37 people here, even as officials on Sunday raised the nationwide death toll to 90.

 

Some people continued to sleep outside, fearful of more collapses, as strong aftershocks continued to rattle the town, including a magnitude 5.2 jolt early Sunday. Some prompted rescue workers to pause in their labor.

 

Local officials said they had counted nearly 800 aftershocks of all sizes since late Thursday's big quake, and the U.S. Geological Survey counted nearly 60 with a magnitude of 4.5 or greater.

 

Teams of soldiers and federal police armed with shovels and sledgehammers fanned out across neighborhoods to help demolish damaged buildings in Juchitan, where dump trucks choked some narrow streets as they began hauling away tons of rubble.

 

President Enrique Pena Nieto said a third of the city's homes were uninhabitable — a problem that extended throughout the region. Both Chiapas and Oaxaca states reported thousands of homes, and hundreds of schools, badly damaged by the magnitude 8.1 quake.


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Mexico didn't wait long after the earthquake to raze a building that housed low-wage textile workers. Neighbors want to know why

 

http://www.latimes.c...0926-story.html

 

Extract:

 

Scraps of fabric, handwritten clothing orders, scattered beads and labels, a women’s fashion catalog from summer 2016 — all are strewn across a mostly vacant lot that only a few days ago was a four-story factory and commercial building that housed low-wage textile workers.

 

Bulldozers have scraped away much of what was left after last week’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake: the pancaked concrete, rusty strands of rebar, bits of lacy fabric — and anything else that was entombed under the rubble. On the site, mourners have left flowers and crosses, and expressions of outrage.

 

….Whereas searches were still underway Monday at many collapsed structures around the capital, the building here was quickly bulldozed last week, prompting protests that authorities did not search long enough for possible survivors.

 

…To many of those asking questions now, the episode recalls the fates of hundreds of seamstresses who perished in the Mexico earthquake of 1985, which destroyed multitudes of apparel factories, including clandestine sweatshops that had no legal permits.

 

But the Mexican government’s refusal to answer questions about the building — who operated it, how many worked there, whether the businesses operating there had legal permits, whether workers employed at the site were in the country legally — has spurred complaints that the hasty demolition foreclosed any such uncomfortable questions.


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Mexico Readies Plan to Save Nearly Extinct Porpoise

 

http://www.futuretim...o-watch-thread/

 

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(CN) – Using U.S. Navy-trained dolphins, Mexican authorities will try to round up and capture some of the nearly extinct vaquita porpoise – the smallest and rarest kind of porpoise.

There are fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left in the northern Gulf of California, and scientists say their population has declined by 90 percent in the last five years.

 

While not generally hunted, the decline in population is partly due to gillnet fishing in the vaquita’s habitat.

 

Gillnet fishers in the upper part of the gulf often seek the totoaba, whose bladder is in high demand for use in Chinese traditional medicine.

 

The Mexican government has invested millions into protecting the vaquita porpoise, and earlier this year President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to permanently ban gillnet fishing and strengthen enforcement of the ban.

 

 

The article also discusses the use of trained porpoise to round up wild porpoise as part of the preservation effort.


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There is another Mexico worth understanding.

 

Vicente Del Rio is bringing high-end Mexican cuisine to the masses

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-himi-del-rio-20171029-htmlstory.html

 

Introduction:

 

Vicente Del Rio, 47, is founder and chief executive of Frimex Hospitality Group, which operates eight Mexican eateries, with a ninth on the way. The first Frida Mexican Cuisine launched in Beverly Hills in 2002. There are three other Frida full-service restaurants; another location will open soon in Sherman Oaks. The restaurant company also operates the more casual Frida Tacos in Pasadena, Brentwood and West L.A. A third brand, Taco Libre in Santa Monica, is “quick and affordable,” Del Rio said. Frimex employs about 300 people and has $20 million in annual sales.

 

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The accounting graduate from the Universidad Iberoamericana was working at Arthur Andersen when he was transferred to the Los Angeles office in 1998. The Mexico City native dreamed of eating his way through town, in a way that would make it feel like home, but every restaurant came up short. “When you can’t find the food you grew up with, you have the feeling that you’re missing a big part of your life,” Del Rio said.

 

A good mole

 

Among the things he found lacking was one of his favorites, mole poblano, a complex sauce that can include as many as 20 ingredients, including chocolate. “It’s very traditional, a rich sauce served with chicken, rice and beans and handmade tortillas.” The Los Angeles version just wasn’t the same as the one he remembered. “I didn't try to invent anything,” Del Rio said. “I was just creating the same dishes you would find in a good restaurant in Mexico City.”

 

A cuisine dream

 

Del Rio ran a small taqueria while he was a student, and he found cooking role models in his mother and grandmother. After the 2001 terror attacks, he heard from a restaurateur with an excellent Beverly Hills location but no customers. “It was a Middle Eastern restaurant,” Del Rio said. “So, this guy was, like, ‘No one wants to come. I’ll sell it to you.’” Del Rio named his restaurant after Frida Kahlo, the famed Mexican painter and social activist, who also happened to be an excellent cook.


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Violent crime in Mexico is at a 20-year high. This is why Mexico’s political parties don’t fix it.

 

https://www.washingt...es-dont-fix-it/

 

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Mexico has been in the news lately for its devastating earthquakes — and for the number of people organizing donations and helping with rescue operations, independent of a slow-to-react government. But there’s another disaster ravaging the country: Violent crime has reached a 20-year high.

 

News media show videos of mutilations with electric saws and photographs of corpses hanging from bridges — human billboards sending the message that organized crime is more powerful than the government.

 

And recent research suggests that instead of working together to stop the violence, Mexico’s highly polarized political parties and weak political institutions may be exacerbating it for political gain.

 

Mexico’s polarized politics gives parties an incentive to undermine one another — sometimes by allowing violence.

 

Although it controls the presidency, Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, lacks a congressional majority and shares power with nine other parties. The PRI frames itself as centrist, putting itself in the middle of wide ideological variation between its eight counterparts and their respective policy proposals. And political scientists Guillermo Trejo and Sandra Ley have argued that the ideological gaps between left and right are not only causing gridlock — but also contributing to the growth of violence.


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Mexico City has never cataloged its buildings to know how many are at serious risk of collapse in an earthquake

 

http://www.latimes.c...-htmlstory.html

 

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Certain types of buildings are especially vulnerable to collapse during earthquakes — and earthquake-prone Mexico City is filled with them.

 

Those with so-called brittle concrete frames are well-known hazards. Buildings with a weak first story, often supported by narrow columns to accommodate parking, are also known to be dangerous.

 

How many such buildings exist in this 573-square mile metropolis, home to nearly 9 million people, is hard to know. The government has never cataloged its real estate to identify risky structures.

 

Now, in the wake of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 360 people in September, some experts are urging city officials to do just that — so tenants can be warned and building owners can be ordered to retrofit them with steel braces or new walls.

 

“We have to move very fast,” while the issue is fresh in people’s minds, said Sergio Alcocer, an earthquake expert at the Institute of Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


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Time to Ban Horsemeat Trade in All of North America, as Investigation in Mexico Uncovers Horse Sold as Beef
 
 

https://www.alternet...vers-horse-sold

 

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(Alternet) Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to stop buying eggs and pork from operations that confine hens and pigs in small confinement cages and crates. Our Humane Society International/Mexico office and partner organizations are working hard to keep this important and strategic country trending in the right direction and to also crack down on other abuses of animals.

 

One of those abuses involves the slaughter of horses for human consumption. A new study in six Mexican cities has found horsemeat in nearly 10 percent of meat products that are being sold as beef or that are not clearly labeled. The samples of meat were collected from common vending points, including butcher shops, supermarkets, street markets, and street stalls.

 

The study, commissioned by HSI and conducted by researchers at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, also found high levels of a veterinary drug commonly prescribed for horses, clenbuterol, in some raw meat samples. Clenbuterol is not approved for food-producing animals, and can be harmful to humans.

 

The researchers collected 433 samples of cooked and uncooked meat from an assortment of vendors across Mexico, of which nearly 10 percent tested positive for horsemeat. Samples were collected in six cities: Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Pachuca, and San Vicente Chicoloapan. The samples included four types of meat samples (ground meat, regular tacos, crispy tacos, and thin steaks [bistec]) and were either unlabeled or labeled as beef. The samples that tested positive for horsemeat were obtained at informal selling points such as street stalls and markets, and most vendors appeared to be unaware that there was horsemeat in the products they were selling.

 

Mexico is the second largest horsemeat producer in the world, after China. According to the Mexican Ministry of Trade, between January and August 2017, Mexico exported almost 1,500 tons of horsemeat, worth more than $4 million, to Japan, Russia, and Vietnam. 

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Rescued horses at the Duchess Sanctuary.
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Speaking of Mexico and animal rights, this notice was reportedly first placed in the U.S. Federal Register on or about June 30, 2017:

 

Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, First Revision

 

https://www.federalr...-first-revision

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) Draft Recovery Plan, First Revision (draft recovery plan). The Mexican wolf is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and is currently found in Arizona and New Mexico, in the United States, and in Chihuahua, Mexico. The draft recovery plan includes specific recovery criteria to be met to enable us to remove this species from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The first Mexican wolf recovery plan was completed in 1982. We request review and comment on the revised plan from local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public, in both the United States and Mexico. We will also accept any new information on the Mexican wolf's status throughout its range to assist in finalizing the recovery plan.

 

DATES: Comment submission: To ensure consideration, we must receive written comments on or before August 29, 2017. However, we will accept information about any species at any time.

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Mexico is heading in the right direction :) Any society that doesn't treat its animals and the weakest of its society right isn't really some place you want to be.


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To follow my work on tropical cyclones


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In Mexico, they made a new American dream 

 

http://www.latimes.c...-htmlstory.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) For decades, millions of Mexicans crossed into the U.S. in one of the largest mass migrations in modern history. But stricter immigration enforcement and new opportunities in Mexico have reversed the trend. Now, many are returning to towns like Malinalco, a rural community southwest of Mexico City. But coming home, it turns out, can be complicated.

The home that American dollars built stands out among the dusty adobe farmhouses and crumbling concrete shacks on the edge of this rural Mexican town.

 

Visitors may wryly refer to it as a “hacienda” because of its grandiose touches — the elaborate wooden entryway, the curved staircase leading up to the front door — but with its red brick, pitched roof and garage sheltering a bright blue SUV, what it really looks like is a little bit of Texas.

 

Athens, Texas. That’s where German and Gloria Almanza spent two decades toiling in factories and building, cleaning and repairing other people’s homes so that one day they could make a place of their own back in Mexico — a place to finish raising their two kids.

 

When in 2012 the couple brought their children back to their hometown of Malinalco, a picturesque pueblo two hours southwest of Mexico City, they were not alone.


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What it’s like to live in 325 square feet

 

http://www.latimes.c...sing-chapter-5/

 

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(Los Angeles Times) As developers erected enormous housing projects across Mexico, the homes they built were getting smaller and smaller.

 

Today, there are about 1 million houses so tiny that they have come to be known by their reviled nickname: mini-casas.

 

A mini-casa squeezes a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen into about 325 square feet, a space smaller than a typical American two-car garage.

 

Bunched side-by-side 50 units at a stretch, they look like dilapidated dollhouses.

 

Inside they are pictures of extremes in confined living.


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