Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Mexico- Taxi driver burned alive in Veracruz.

Narcos Burn Alive a Taxista In Veracruz

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: LaOpinion

VIDEO: Narcos burn live taxi driver in Veracruz, Mexico
It is suspected that he was a victim of the "Grupo Sombra" that operates in the town where the crime occurred.

In the state of Veracruz , in Mexico , a taxi driver suffered a terrible death after being burned alive inside his own car, after unknown subjects intercepted him to shoot him several times and then finish him off by setting fire to the unit where he worked. It is believed that he may have been a victim of the " Grupo Sombra ", criminals related to drug trafficking that operate in the area.

People who knew the victim point out that the man, who was identified as " El Hercules ", was traveling aboard the sedan-type rental vehicle as he used for work, on a state highway when the assailants surprised him. Without hesitation, the guys who were traveling aboard another unit and who were armed with their teeth, shot him.

Mexico- State Government official shot and killed and put in the trunk of his car.

Guerrero: Regional DIF Coordinator tortured and Killed-Godson of Governor

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With his hands tied and a bullet in the head, the body of Salvador Rosas González, regional coordinator of the DIF in Montaña Alta de Guerrero, was found deceased.

Police sources reported that Rosas González was shot dead on Saturday night in Tlapa.

It was also said that the body of the state government official was found in the trunk of a vehicle on the Ahuatepec Pueblo highway crossing near the Juquila hotel.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Mexico City -Six people were executed in less than a day.

Six people were executed in less than a day in the Mexican capital, making the violence in Mexico City more and more alarming.
CJNG and alliance with other cartels could be behind violence in Mexican capital
It is feared that this may be the result of the presence of drug trafficking cartels such as Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), Cartel de Tláhuac and Unión Tepito that would have sealed a non-aggression pact between them but now would be going for members of other bands. One of the most outstanding cases and one that most caught the attention of the media occurred in one of the most important avenues in Mexico City.
In the mayor's office of Gustavo A. Madero where a man was executed by strangers while driving. After dying, he lost control of the car and crashed into another vehicle. In the same town hall during the early morning hours, a 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman were executed inside a gymnasium. The fourth victim that apparently was attacked by drug gangs.
It was a 51-year-old man who was shot and killed but lost his way to the hospital. These three people would be related to the gym where the first two young people were killed, so among the lines of investigation is the robbery and the collection of the right to a flat by crime gangs.
Meanwhile, in the historic center of Mexico City, one of the most visited by local and foreign tourists, the owner of a restaurant was killed when he left his business, in the company of his mother, who was injured.
The sixth murder in less than 24 hours occurred in the mayor's office of Álvaro Obregón where a man was murdered in his own home. According to witnesses, several men knocked on the door of his home and when he opened, he was shot to burned clothes.
But that's all, only this week, in the same Mexico City there were three other homicides, including that of a man of Italian origin inside a restaurant in the city hall of Cuauhtémoc.
Just this week an organization that reports the crime rates in Mexico announced that 2018 was the year with more malicious homicides in the last 22 years in the Mexican capital.

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U.S Citizen Killed in Mexico (Gun fight)

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from SinEmbargo

During a shootout between to men

A Mexican tourist was shot dead on Saturday on the Costera Miguel Aleman, in Acapulco, Guerrero, according to local reports.

The report of a murdered man and a wounded woman in the La Pinzona neighborhood was alerted to the authorities at 11:30 am.

The Ministry of Public Security reported that the events were recorded at 11:30 in the morning in a building, next to Las Tarascas restaurant, which caused tourists and locals to run for cover.

These facts are given on the eve of the start of the Tianguis Touristico of Acapulco, which seeks to boost the tourism industry, however, so far this week there have been at least 10 homicides in that coastal city

A tourist who was based in California, United States, was shot dead  a few blocks from the Zócalo of the city of Acapulco.

According to local media, a woman was also wounded by a firearm in the vicinity of the CROM building, one block from the Zócalo of that city in the state of Guerrero.

The authorities' report indicates that they received an alert for an attack with firearms, and when they reached the place they found the two tourists, the dead man and a woman was wounded.

From Reforma:

This Saturday, a Mexican tourist who was from the United States, died of a gunshot wound during a firefight that was carried out by two individuals who were chasing each other on Avenida de la Costera Miguel Aleman, four blocks from the base of this port.

The tourist Esteban Moreno, who was with his wife in the building of the CROM, was shot and died instantly. [Reforma does not report the wife being shot]

Mexico : Decapitation behind the Caterpillar company.

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Rancherita Airethank you Lacy! 

In Ciudad Acuña, the red code was activated after  the location of a man's decapitated head in the maquila sector, behind the Caterpillar company.

Although authorities have not disclosed the finding, it was learned that a human head was found on the site and a blue cartulina  was left next to the grisly discovery.

The cartulina message says this will happen to all of those who are with La Fuerza and Ministeriales and was signed by the CDN, Cartel del Noreste.
Although authorities have not yet been able to identify the beheaded,  is a person of dark complexion, about 30 years, short hair and a mustache, with a beard.

At 600 meters from the head the police located a Dodge Neon car, in which there were sharp weapons including an axe, with which they decapitated the man.

This is the second decapitated located in the North Region of Coahuila in 20 days.

Chivis Note: This state is adjacent to Tamaulipas and has been largely controlled by Zetas before and after the 2010 split with CDG. It has been relatively peaceful for a few years with sporatice outbreaks of violence in some cities such as Piedras Negras.   Acuña sits on the bravo Rio side of the border adjacent to Del Rio Texas.  Piedras is adjacent to Eagle Pass Texas.  Both are close to Allende where the Zetas massacre occurred killing hundreds, during the time of ongoing horrific violence.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

What does 2019 hold for Iraq? All bets are off

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Monday 7 January 2019 14:06 UTC
Looking ahead at what 2019 will bring in Iraq is like walking through a hall of mirrors. Reality is distorted, vision is blurred and walking down the wrong path could find one crashing into glass. 
For all the beginning-of-year predictions since 2003, few have been accurate, and 2019 will most likely be the same. Too many variables, too many outside actors and bevvies of black swans await the foolhardy prognosticator. Even the US, usually the most predictable of actors, cannot be second-guessed. 
President Donald Trump's clandestine night-time trip on 26 December marked his first-ever visit to US troops fighting “dumb wars in the Middle East” for a meeting that lasted three hours, focused on Syria, and did little to endear his country to the new Iraqi government.

Violent riots

For many observers in the region, if Trump’s attitude was indicative of anything, it was a definitive sense that in 2019, Iraq and its many concerns are up for grabs.
A year after the Islamic State (IS) was mostly vanquished in Iraq, the country continues to suffer sporadic flare-ups by residual fighters or sympathisers, whether near a restaurant in Tikrit or a marketplace in Tal Afar. In addition, exasperation across the country over enduring daily problems has resulted in violent riots in the south
In effect, 16 years after a war “of liberation”, Iraqis might have gained a measure of democracy, but they continue to suffer from a lack of basic services, such as potable water, electricity, adequate healthcare and employment opportunities.    
IS may be defeated, but that doesn’t put food on the table, clean water in the wells or a roof over one’s head
As British journalist Patrick Cockburn wrote last September, the defeat of IS only diverted the focus of Iraqis to “the ramshackle state of their country - the lack of roads, bridges, hospitals and schools, as well as the shortage of electricity and water, in a place where summer temperatures reach 50C”.
This may be true. Among the consequences of the anti-IS campaign, billions are required to rebuild infrastructure, resettle displaced people and heal victims, although neither Baghdad nor the international community has yet to address these fundamental challenges. IS may be defeated, but that doesn’t put food on the table, clean water in the wells or a roof over one’s head.

Political change

Indeed, the victory of the movement led by populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in last May’s parliamentary elections underscored how average Iraqis - whatever their ethnicity or religious denomination - were less concerned with obscure threats, such as Iranian influence or the return of dictatorial rule, than with a life of dignity, health and opportunity.
The Sadrists’ base reportedly includes not only Iraqi Shias, but also Sunnis and Christians who are now disillusioned with the current state of affairs and who identify as Iraqis rather than as a sect. They want to see an improvement in living conditions and personal prospects.
A follower of Muqtada al-Sadr carries a smartphone with his picture used as a cover, during demonstrations in central Baghdad on 14 December (AFP)
Alongside the riots in the south, there have been growing calls for shifting Iraq’s government from a parliamentary system to a presidential one. Proponents of such a change believe that the current parliamentary system is marred by corruption and intramural squabbles over power, and that it allows external powers to interfere and exploit these divisions, further weakening governance. 
A presidential system, proponents insist, would resolve these challenges; a wise and temperate “strongman” would solve the problems of corruption, bureaucratic stasis, basic services, insecurity and the “tyranny of the majority”. 
As one source close to the government told MEE: “Everyone talks big: democracy, innovation, free press, etc … but no one even attempts to tackle the feudalism which is the underlying cause of why they are not living in a real civil society.”

Reasons for hope

As Iraq enters 2019, the government of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi will have to prioritise development, social services and a life of dignity if it is to avert another crisis. 
But there remains plenty to be hopeful for. Some 16 years after the US-led invasion that ousted an unelected dictator, a new generation enters the voting booths - a generation that, for the most part, has seen nothing but war, insecurity and poverty, but is connected to the world via social media and is cognisant of their rights as citizens and how a functioning democracy ought to look. For this reason, the riots might be viewed as the birth pangs of a civil society, which could keep checks on the government.
Among the defining moments of last year was the emergence of new players taking the reins from the old-guard septuagenarians who have dominated the scene in Iraq and from afar for decades. Sadr is just 44 years old. 
In scoping the challenges that lay ahead for Iraq in 2019, it would be inaccurate to belittle the enduring spectre of Iranian influence over the country, especially in view of the apparent US retreat from the scene
In the north, Kurdish voters saw less of the old faces and more of their sons and nephews, including Qubad Talabani, 41; Masrour Barzani, 49; and Nechirvan Barzani, 52. There was also a newcomer party aptly called the New Generation, headed by businessman-turned-politician Shaswar Abdulwahid Qadir.
Of course, in scoping the challenges that lie ahead for Iraq in 2019, it would be inaccurate to belittle the enduring spectre of Iranian influence over the country, especially in view of the apparent US retreat from the scene. Iraq’s Sunnis are especially vocal about this concern. 
But events in Syria suggest that rather than abandon this project, the US is entrusting its concerns over Iran’s expansionism to Turkey - a far more amenable option for Iraq’s Sunnis, who have longstanding cultural and religious ties with Turkey dating back to the Ottoman era. Turkey, it is believed, would be a force more capable of mitigating Iran’s agenda than an abrasive US. 

What lies ahead?

In 2003, shortly before the US invasion of Iraq, I was in the northern city of Erbil, where the mood was thick with excitement and anticipation. In a busy marketplace, I spoke to a vegetable vendor who said: “We hope Saddam will be removed. Maybe then, the local government can focus a little bit more on our plight.”
It has been an epochal change within Iraq in every sense of the word. Whether it is in living standards, economic opportunity, governance, external influences or even a sense of what it means to “be Iraqi”, Iraq has been turned upside down, multiple times, in the past 16 years.
This will be another one of those years of instability and uncertainty, and trying to predict with clarity what Iraq will look like in 2019 is a fool’s errand.
Sixteen years on, I wonder what the vegetable vendor would say.
Tanya Goudsouzian is a Canadian journalist who has been covering the Middle East and Afghanistan for over 15 years. Follow her on Twitter @tgoudsouzian
The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.
Photo: Iraqis set tires aflame and block a road as they protest against corruption and unemployment in the southern city of Basra on 21 December (AFP)

One dead after protesters storm Turkish military camp in north Iraq

One protester was killed and at least 10 others wounded following demonstration against regular Turkish airstrikes in Kurdish region of Iraq
Video shows protesters walking towards Turkish controlled-positions in northern Iraq (screenshot)
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Saturday 26 January 2019 17:10 UTC
One protester was killed and at least 10 others wounded when they stormed a Turkish military camp near Dohuk in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region on Saturday, burning two tanks and other vehicles, residents and Kurdish officials said.
An unamed Kurdish official in the region of Dohuk said the crowd was demonstrating over a recent Turkish air raid that killed four civilians. He did not want to be named.
Najib Saeed, the chief health official in the area, said it was not yet clear what caused the death of the protester. Saeed said Turkish soldiers had shot at protesters and that the burning of vehicles and equipment had caused several explosions.
Turkey's Defence Ministry wrote on Twitter: "An attack has occurred on one of the bases located in northern Iraq as a result of provocation by the PKK terrorist organisation. There was partial damage to vehicles and equipment during the attack.
"Necessary precautions are being taken regarding the incident," the ministry said, without naming the base.

One Palestinian killed and several wounded by Israeli settlers near Ramallah

Group of settlers from illegal Adei Ad outpost reportedly clashed with Palestinian villagers in olive grove near village of Mughayir
Hamdi Taleb Nasan, 38, was father of four children
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Last update: 
Saturday 26 January 2019 19:47 UTC
Israeli settlers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said.
The incident followed a confrontation between settlers and Palestinians near the city of Ramallah in which a settler was lightly injured, the military said.
"Initial details suggest that shortly thereafter, a conflict erupted between Israeli civilians and Palestinians in the area, in which live rounds were fired by the civilians. One Palestinian died and several others are injured," the military said in a statement, adding that an investigation has begun.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the man was one of at least six Palestinians shot during clashes in Mughayir village near Ramallah. It identified the dead man as Hamdi Taleb Nasan, 38, a father of four children. One of the wounded Palestinians was said to be in serious condition.