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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanMan View Post
    Mexico latinas, north america's answer to thais, but with actual butts and boobs, some risk of obesity. Nice, worth a look.
    Yeah, pretty much

    I figure in 2 to 4 more years I'll be ready to move on from Asia.

    Hola babe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumbitch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanMan
    Not sure Mexico has food that is any better than anywhere, and beer is beer. Didn't mention the women, they would in my estimation rank above food or beer.
    No way the food is healthy--rice, beans, greasy meat and tortillas? AFAIC the only redeeming factor is the hot sauce. The beer is nothing special either. Tecate and Tres Equis?
    I ate a lot of Thai food but most dishes are deep fried in cheap palm oil. That's not healthy either

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    The Mexican govt finally is doing what the US government should have been doing. Arrest, detain, and deport.


    MARCH 15, 2017
    Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest

    BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

    A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to demand their release.

    The Quadratín news agency reported that the Cubans filed a formal complaint against officials of the state of Chiapas' Public Security Department and the National Migration Institute following the alleged incidents last week at the Siglo XXI immigrant detention center. According to several reports, the Cubans refused to return to their cells during a hunger strike to demand their release. They also called for an end to their harassment and the extortions of their relatives.

    Mexican journalists reported that some of the Cubans sewed their lips together as part of the protest, which was took place on Friday. In a separate incident last month, Mexican press reported that some of the Cubans at the detention center were beaten when they shouted “freedom” and “free Cuba.”

    Many Cuban migrants who were heading to the United States were stranded in Mexico when the Obama administration ended the “wet foot, dry foot policy” on Jan. 12. Until then, Mexican officials usually allowed Cuban migrants who entered through the southern border with Guatemala to continue on their way to the border with the United States.



    5 Cubans turn themselves in at U.S.-Mexico border

    A group of Cubans walk across the bridge to the U.S. border to turn themselves over to the U.S. Border Patrol and request asylum. Up until Thursday, January 12, Cubans were allowed to stay legally in the U.S. under the long-standing “wet foot, dry foot” policy.
    Franco Ordonez fordonez@mcclatchydc.com

    That is no longer the case: In January, alone, the Mexican government deported at least 91 of the Cubans held at the Tapachula center. It is not known how many are currently held there.

    Cuba native Olga Lidia González, 52, who lives in Texas, said relatives held at the Siglo XXI center told her by telephone after the incidents Friday that “a young man had sewn his lips, and there was violence and people wounded.”

    González's daughter and son-in-law — Dayana Suárez, 27, and Yamir Ponce, 29, – have been held at the center since Dec. 29. She said the couple and the daughter's father Giraldo Villacampa, 53, obtained refugee status Friday through the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees but all three were told they would remain in detention until they received their residency documents for Mexico.

    Officials at the Siglo XXI center declined to comment and referred all questions to the National Migration Institute, which has not yet responded to queries sent by el Nuevo Herald.

    González said she has received dozens of phone calls from people in Mexico who identify themselves as lawyers at the Siglo XXI center and demand money for the release of her relatives.

    A lawyer for the National Commission on Human Rights in Chiapas confirmed that the Cuban migrants filed a formal complaint on Monday. The lawyer, who declined to give his name, said the commission can take two to three months to investigate complaints and issue its findings.


    Cuban woman denied U.S. entry fears a violent return home
    With her back to the bridge that connects Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to the U.S., Idiana Laurencio gives an emotional appeal, saying she fears returning to Cuba after being denied entry to the U.S. “They will put me someplace, shut me in and beat me,” she said.

    Franco Ordonez fordonez@mcclatchydc.com

    But “it's very hard to access the justice system and win reparations” in a country where there is “total impunity” for crimes and human rights violations, said Salva Lacruz, a coordinator at the Fray Matías de Córdova Center for Human Rights in Chiapas.

    The center, which assists migrants detained at Siglo XXI, is supported by the United Nations and has Mexican government permission to enter the facility once a week. Lacruz said his center will investigate the Cubans' complaints of mistreatment, which is a common complaint at the detention center.

    THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES OF ANY TYPE. THE TREATMENT IS TERRIBLE AND THE PLACE IS ENORMOUS.
    Salva Lacruz, human rights activist

    Siglo XXI “is an extremely troubled center where the cases of mistreatment are very frequent. There are no guarantees of any type. The treatment is terrible and the place is enormous,” Lacruz added.

    In 2015, more than 100,000 migrants of various nationalities were detained there.

    El Nuevo Herald tried to reach one of the Cuban detainees currently at Siglo XXI by phone but an official who answered the call said the detained Cubans could not use telephones. Lacruz said the detainees technically do have the right to make and receive calls but officials “probably don't want these people to give out information.”

    Read more here: Cuban migrants in Mexico claim abuse by authorities | Miami Herald

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    Here is a documentary on 'El Chap.'

    Very informative.


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    Governor of Vercruz Javiar Duarte who fled corruption charges and stole a lot of public money is arrested in Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Book him danno!


    Fugitive Mexican governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala


    Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, sits handcuffed following his arrest in Panajache municipality, Solola departament, Guatemala, 150 km west of Guatemala City on April 15, 2017.


    Mr Duarte was arrested in a Guatemalan hotel

    A former Mexican state governor who has been on the run for six months was arrested on Saturday, police said.

    Javier Duarte, the former governor of Veracruz state, is suspected of corruption, involvement in organised crime, and embezzling millions.

    He was arrested in Guatemala in a joint operation between Interpol and Guatemalan police, Mexico's attorney general said.

    He is expected to be extradited to Mexico at a later date.

    Guatemalan police said Mr Duarte was found and arrested in a hotel lobby in the city of Solola.

    He is suspected of having siphoned off at least 645 million Mexican pesos ($35m; £28m) of public money that was put into a series of shell companies.

    Mr Duarte resigned his post to face corruption allegations - but then disappeared in October 2016.



    Mr Duarte had been suspended from his party before he disappeared
    When authorities raided a warehouse belonging to him, they discovered a wide array of valuable assets, including many paintings.

    A search of his luxury ranch also found 17 paintings believed to be by famous artists such as Joan Miro, Fernando Botero and Leonora Carrington.

    Under Mr Duarte, Veracruz also became the most dangerous region of the country for journalists, with 17 killed during his term.

    He was suspended from this party, PRI - which is also the party of President Enrique Pena Nieto - before his disappearance.

    His political opponents from the National Action Party won the election to fill his position in December.

    Fugitive Mexican governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala - BBC News

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    "AMLO" and the Moreno party are rising for the coming elections in 2018. The election for governor of the state of Mexico is June 4th.


    Mexican leftist's party could win key state vote -poll
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    Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    MEXICO CITY, April 25 (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling party could be defeated by the candidate of leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a June state election seen as a litmus test for next year's presidential race, a newspaper poll showed on Tuesday.

    On June 4, voters will choose a new governor in the State of Mexico. The most populous state in the country, it is a bastion of President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which won by a landslide in the last election in 2011.

    However, the poll by daily Reforma showed Delfina Gomez of Lopez Obrador's party, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), holding a wafer-thin lead over PRI rival Alfredo del Mazo, a cousin of Pena Nieto.

    The survey of 1,000 voters showed 29 percent backing Gomez and 28 percent del Mazo, with 22 percent favoring Josefina Vazquez Mota, a former presidential candidate for the center-right opposition National Action Party, or PAN.

    A March poll by Reforma had shown del Mazo with a one-point lead over Gomez in the state, where the PRI has held power since the party's inception.

    The loss of the 16-million-strong State of Mexico and its financial resources would be a major blow to the PRI in its bid to stop Lopez Obrador from winning the presidency next year.

    The runner-up in the last two presidential contests, Lopez Obrador has led a number of early polls for the 2018 race, profiting from widespread discontent over political corruption, gang violence and anemic economic growth.

    However, MORENA suffered a blow on Monday when newspaper El Universal published a video showing one of its candidates for a mayoralty in eastern Mexico accepting a cash donation apparently worth 500,000 pesos for Lopez Obrador, which would be illegal.

    The candidate immediately stepped down and Lopez Obrador dismissed the incident as a set-up aimed at discrediting him.

    Reforma's State of Mexico poll was taken between April 19 and 23, before the video emerged.

    The PRI has bet on keeping the opposition divided to limit electoral losses in recent elections, but faces formidable opposition in the State of Mexico.

    Del Mazo was shown losing by at least 10 points in hypothetical run-offs with his two main rivals in the Reforma poll.

    The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent, said Reforma, which came closer than most of the major polling outlets to showing Lopez Obrador's true strength in the 2012 election, when his final vote tally surprised many. (Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    Mexican leftist's party could win key state vote -poll

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    Book him, Danno.

    "El Licenciado" vies for control of the Sinaloa cartel now that Chapo is in the slammer. He got busted, too.




    Mexico captures Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez

    By MARK STEVENSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MEXICO CITY — May 2, 2017,

    One of the Sinaloa cartel leaders who launched a struggle for control of the gang following the re-arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured Tuesday, Mexican prosecutors said.

    The attorney general's office said that soldiers and prosecution agents carried out a morning raid to capture a drug gang leader it called "Damaso N."

    A federal official confirmed the suspect is Damaso Lopez, known by the nickname "El Licenciado" — a title for college graduates. Lopez was long considered Guzman's right-hand man and helped him escape from a Mexican prison in 2001.

    Lopez, 51, is believed to have been locked in a dispute with Guzman's sons for control of the cartel's territories. The head of Mexico's federal detectives' agency, Omar Garcia Harfuch, said Lopez was "one of the main instigators of violence in Sinaloa and the southern part of Baja California."

    The Baja California twin resorts of Los Cabos have been hit by a string of killings, apparently related to disputes between Lopez and other Sinaloa traffickers and the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

    Garcia Harfuch also said Lopez was looking to ally himself with another cartel, and that his arrest diminished possibilities of forming that alliance. He did not name the other cartel, but the federal official confirmed that he was looking to ally with the Jalisco cartel, Mexico's fastest-growing drug gang.

    Soldiers in full battle gear guarded the entrance of an upscale apartment building on a major boulevard in Mexico City, not far from downtown, where Lopez was arrested.

    The soldiers and police later escorted a man who appeared to be Lopez out of the building under heavy guard.

    Lopez would not be the first high-level drug suspect from outlying provinces captured in the capital. While Mexico City officials say drug cartels do not control territory in Mexico City, they acknowledge that drug lords have sometimes lived in the city and moved drug shipments through the capital.

    The cartels apparently like upscale properties. One of Lopez's alleged lieutenants was arrested Tuesday in Santa Fe, one of Mexico City's most expensive neighborhoods.

    Garcia Harfuch said the lieutenant was Lopez' financial and logistics coordinator, and rented properties in Mexico City as hide-outs for his boss.

    Lopez was caught with methamphetamines, but apparently no guns. He faces organized crime charges in Mexico, as well as a provisional extradition request from the United States.

    With Guzman in jail, the Sinaloa Cartel has been controlled by Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada Garcia and Rafael Caro Quintero, two of the most traditional, old-school capos, plus Lopez, and Guzman's sons, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar.

    Guzman was extradited to the United States earlier this year to face drug trafficking, money laundering and other charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Lopez has been blamed for attacks on Guzman's sons and a supposed attack on Zambada.

    The dispute has led to an upsurge in violence in Sinaloa and other states.

    "This (arrest) is a big deal because it may stave off an internal war within the Sinaloa cartel," said Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "This could have easily gone into a full-scale war which could have translated into massive casualties and violence in Mexico."

    "I would say this is the most significant capture after Chapo Guzman," said Vigil.

    But Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope said Lopez's arrest probably won't reduce the level of violence,
    "not in the short term." He said Lopez's son, Damaso Lopez Serrano, would likely seek revenge for his father's arrest. Like Guzman's sons, the younger Lopez — known as the "mini-licenciado" — is known to be violent, flashy and undisciplined.

    The newer generation of the Sinaloa cartel has apparently abandoned the relative low profile, discretion and calculated violence of their fathers.

    "The only thing they know about the drug business is violence" Vigil noted.

    The violence has gotten so bad that in San Jose del Cabo that on Monday, a military patrol was attacked by suspected cartel gunmen, setting off a firefight that killed one marine and seven alleged aggressors.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control described Lopez as Guzman's "right-hand man" and "one of the top lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel" in 2013 when it announced U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international drug trafficker.

    In 2011, Lopez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and conspiring to commit money laundering. He would face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted.

    Mexico captures Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez - ABC News

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    Telling stats. Second only to Syria.


    Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016

    By Elizabeth Roberts, CNN
    May 9, 2017

    (CNN)It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines.

    As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico's drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 -- second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.

    "This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths [in
    Mexico] are nearly all attributable to small arms,"
    said John Chipman, chief executive and director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which issued its annual survey of armed conflict on Tuesday.

    "The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan claimed 17,000 and 16,000 lives respectively in 2016, although in lethality they were surpassed by conflicts in Mexico and Central America, which have received much less attention from the media and the international community," said Anastasia Voronkova, the editor of the survey.

    Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016 - CNN.com

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    Yeah saw the story on CNN about Mexico being the second deadliest country in the world.

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    That's very sad. Mexico is a great country with plenty of good people who don't deserve this.

    I guess it always goes that way though...

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    ^Largely thanks to the USA "war on drugs" which gave birth to militairized drug cartels.

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    The celebration of "day of the Calendaria" (Candlemas in English) is exactly half-way between the Winter solstice and Spring Equinox - another pagan celebration of the Sun that was incorporated in Christianity (such as Dec., 25th being the first day that the naked eye can see the sun "rise" - 3 days after Winter's lowest point of the sun.

    According the Jewish tradition, a mother was unclean for 40 days after giving birth and the Virgin Mary gave birth 40 days before Feb 2.


    Feb 2 is also Ground Hog day in the US.

    Interesting as well as this celebration in Mexico today.



    Día de la Candelaria

    Candlemas Celebrations in Mexico


    BY SUZANNE BARBEZAT

    Updated 10/14/17



    •••

    Día de la Candelaria (called Candlemas in English), is celebrated in Mexico on February 2nd. It is mainly a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, in the state of Veracruz, it is a major fiesta with bullfights and parades. Throughout Mexico on this date people dress up figures of the Christ Child in special outfits and take them to the church to be blessed, as well as getting together with family and friends to eat tamales, as a continuation to the festivities on Three Kings' Day.


    Presentation of Christ at the Temple:

    February 2nd falls forty days after Christmas, and is celebrated by Catholics as the feast of the Purification of the Virgin or as the Presentation of the Lord. According to Jewish law, a woman was considered unclean for 40 days after giving birth so it was customary to bring a baby to the temple after that period of time had passed. Therefore, Jesus would have been taken to the temple on February second.


    Candlemas and Groundhog Day:

    February 2nd also marks the mid-way point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which aligns with the pagan holiday of Imbolc. Since ancient times this date was thought to be a marker or predictor of the weather to come, which is why it is also celebrated as
    Groundhog Day in the United States. There was an old English saying that went: "If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again." In many places, this is traditionally seen as the best time to prepare the earth for spring planting.


    Día de la Candelaria:

    In Mexico, this holiday is celebrated as Día de la Candelaria. It is known as Candlemas in English, because from around the 11th Century in Europe there was a tradition of bringing candles to the church to be blessed as part of the celebration. This tradition was based on the biblical passage of Luke 2:22-39 that says that when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple, a particularly devout man named Simeon embraced the child and prayed the Canticle of Simeon: "Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." The reference to the light inspired the celebration of the blessing of the candles.


    In Mexico Día de la Candelaria is a follow-up to the festivities of
    Three Kings Day on January 6th, when children receive gifts and families and friends gather together to eat Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with figurines of a baby (representing the Child Jesus) hidden inside. The person (or people) who received the figurines on Three Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice.
    Niño Dios:

    Another important custom in Mexico, particularly in areas where traditions run strong, is for families to own an image of the Christ Child, which is called a Niño Dios. At times, a godparent is chosen for the Niño Dios, who is then responsible for hosting various celebrations between Christmas and Candlemas. First, on Christmas eve the Niño Dios is placed in
    the Nativity scene, on January 6th, King's Day, the child is brought presents from the Magi, and on February 2nd, the child is dressed in fine clothes and presented in the church. Around this time of year, while walking the streets of Mexican cities, you may come across people holding what appears to be a baby reclining in their arms, but upon closer look you'll see that it is actually a figure of the Christ Child that they are embracing.



    They may be taking him to one of the special shops that does brisk business this time of year repairing, fixing up and dressing baby Jesuses.


    https://www.tripsavvy.com/dia-de-la-candelaria-1588765



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    Interesting

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