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Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Trump puts Mexican Wall on hold – for now

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Apparently, there has been no shortage of contractors submitting their interest and/or presentations/proposals to build President Trump’s Mexican Wall.

The Ethereal Texis Cartel

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

Why the American college kids on spring break chanted ‘Build that Wall’

Ben Brewer/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian In March 2017, there were several reports that a group of American college kids, vacationing in Cancun, Mexico for their spring break, chanted the Trumpist slogan ‘Build that Wall’.

Fugitive Government Officials

By Ricardo Swire On March 27, 2017 senior American Federal Agents intercepted and detained Edgar Veytia, the Attorney-General of Nayarit state in Mexico, while he attempted to enter the U.S. to visit relatives via one of three official Otay Mesa border crossings in San Diego, California.

Las Moicas

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Las Moicas is a powerful, invisible, drug trafficking entity headquartered in Michoacán state on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Members primarily cook Methamphetamine and Heroin, then hide the drugs in either vehicle engine or transmission parts, smuggled across Mexico’s border with America.

NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

The lucrative Caribbean sea route

By Ricardo Swire Navigating the Caribbean Sea section of the Atlantic Ocean is a specialist skill. On the night of March 3, 2017 a St Vincent & the Grenadines flagged, 145 feet, inter-island schooner sank in Grenada’s territorial waters eight miles offshore.

Will Trump Really Build A Wall?

Yuri Cortez/AFP   By Cliff Graham Politicians are known for making promises during their campaigns for office that they have no intention of keeping. Even politicians who intend to keep their promises often find that the political system in Washington D.C. makes it impossible for them to keep their word after they are elected.

The Third Border

By Ricardo Swire Caribbean nations’ importance as the US “third border” is often overlooked. America and Canada depend on law enforcement cooperation in illegal drug trafficking, migrant smuggling and financial crimes that threaten both foreign and regional security interests.

The Southern Cone

By Ricardo Swire Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the tip of Brazil make up the Southern Cone. Argentinian counter-narcotics teams battle South America’s second largest domestic cocaine market after Brazil.

Embezzlement

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire Most Western residents live in liberal democratically elected countries, based on principles of a free market economy. Through backroom deals and secret arrangements some political officials eagerly await kickbacks from nefarious charactersfor under the table favors. Corruption is not a stand-alone internal security challenge, the vice is interrelated with […]

Redefined Drug Trafficking Routes

USCG photo   By Ricardo Swire New drug trafficking patterns indicate the reintroduction of popular 1980s Caribbean routes. Drug shipment corridors between Peru, Colombia and the US are flexible, constantly evolving in response to law enforcement interdiction efforts or varying markets.

Challenging pillar of U.S. democracy, Trump says he may not accept election result

Rick Wilking/Reuters   By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson Republican candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday would not commit to accepting the outcome of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election if he loses, challenging a cornerstone of American democracy and sending shockwaves across the political spectrum.

Central America turns its back on hundreds of thousands fleeing ‘war-like’ violence

Tomas Munita   By Amnesty International Governments in Central America are fuelling a deepening refugee crisis by failing to tackle rampant violence and sky-high homicide rates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

Observations of an Expat: Free Trade – Ups and Downs

Brian Snyder/Reuters   By Tom Arms Free Trade has its upside and its downside. It is also emerging as one of the top issues in the Trump-Clinton tussle. The Donald is ‘agin’ it and Hillary is ‘fer’ it.

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

Mexico, Trump and the reclamation of land

Yuri Cortez/AFP   By Hazel Speed Just when one thinks Trump is ‘the’ man for President and given Hillary’s “political trust” issues, along comes the threat/promise that if he does indeed get into the White House, and build that Wall along the Mexican Borders, then straight out of history books, the Mexicans will be seeking […]

Observations of an Expat: Trumped in Mexico

Yuri Cortez/AFP   By Tom Arms For a few short hours on Wednesday Enrique Pena Nieto was NOT the most unpopular man in Mexico. During that brief window the mantle was happily shouldered by presidential wannabee Donald Trump.

US Dept of Justice admits growing problem of terrorism – from the ultra-right

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian The Washington Post published an article in mid-October 2015, stating that the American government’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is finally redressing the growing terrorism problem inside the United States – no, not the much-hyped and exaggerated threat from the Islamist camp, but the real and growing menace of ultra-right […]

American folk should report “suspected Islamophobes”!

By Ahmed Tharwat In December 2015, Donald Trump called for the “total and complete shutdown” of US borders to Muslims following a shooting in San Bernardino, California. As if banning Muslims wasn’t enough, the tragic terrorist attack on Brussels last Tuesday stemmed a tragic reaction from Donald too.

Hard Truth with Anant Mishra: Efforts to Consolidate Peace in War torn Africa

  By Anant Mishra Introduction “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams” – African Proverb.

The Tetanus Vaccine Controversy: Kenya should suspend the campaign

  By Joe Khamisi When the HIV first surfaced in the early 1980s, a finger was pointed at chimpanzees in West Africa as the source. That theory was given much credence by scientists at the Fourth International Conference on the HIV/AIDS in Sweden in 1988, which I attended.

PREVENTING BRIBERY AND CORRUTION IN POLITICAL PROCESSSES BY IMPLEMENTING INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES

  By Anant Mishra The prevention of bribery and corruption in political processes is a key challenge to the effective and undiscriminating operation of the public sector as well as sound policy making in many countries across the globe. It is an unfortunate fact that public officials often take advantage of their position, in order […]