Today has become a very busy day, and I don’t have the time for a post, but I recommend that you read Mary O’Grady’s article on how Monterrey tycoon Alfonso Romo, whom AMLO has named chief of staff of his proposed cabinet, got richer quick through a 2004 IPO and buyback of sorts.
When Justin Trudeau decided to go to India, he must have tried to kill two birds with one shot, and dress up like Mr. Darcy in Bride and Prejudice:
It did not go well.
Read my post, Justin Trudeau dresses up for Bride and Prejudice.
UPDATE: Trudeau still auditioning fo B&P
Justin Trudeau dons traditional dress again and dances the BHANGRA
Compare and contrast:
Paul Berard writes that report from the Center for Immigration Studies, MS-13 spreads to 22 states, fed by 300,000 illegals, DACA recipients, tied to 207 murders
One MS-13 clique leader in Frederick, Md., who had received a DACA work permit and was employed as a custodian at a middle school in Frederick, Md., and who was recently incarcerated for various gang-related crimes, reportedly was told by gang leaders in El Salvador to take advantage of the lenient policies on UACs to bring in new recruits, knowing that they would be allowed to resettle in the area with few questions asked. Several of these unaccompanied minors now have been arrested and incarcerated for various crimes, including a vicious random attack on a sheriff’s deputy in 2015.
Crime, torture and theft are the trademarks of the gang.
“The MS-13 members identified in the cases we found were accused of very serious crimes, including 207 murders. More than 100 were accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others were charged with drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion,” said the report. Vaughan is the center’s policy director.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., introduced “Protecting our Communities from Gang Violence Act,” which would revoke the citizenship of people who acquired citizenship through naturalization and got involved in gang activity either ten years prior or within ten years of becoming a citizen.
The Center for Immigration Studies blog reports on MS-13 and Sex Trafficking, and how the gang preys on undocumented girls,
The website Human Trafficking Search describes how MS-13 is able to obtain the victims it exploits:
In the United States, victims of MS-13 tend to be Latino immigrant girls or girls from the Northern Triangle countries who came into the country as unaccompanied minors. Once the unaccompanied minors are smuggled into the United States, they become prime targets for human trafficking. HHS places minors either in foster care, with family or a sponsor. The majority of unaccompanied minors end up in California, New York, Texas, and the Washington DC area that includes Maryland and Virginia — states that have large Central American populations and thus large MS-13 populations. … MS-13 preys on the vulnerability of the unaccompanied minors; some have previously suffered sexual abuse either in their home country or during the trip north; others lack a community and do not speak English. Members of MS-13 seek out the vulnerable young girls using violence and other coercive tactics to intimidate the girl into having sex for money to help financially support the gang. Runaways are also appealing to the MS-13. Family problems, transitions from foster care and economic problems are some of the reasons that unaccompanied minors run away from their homes. Many of the unaccompanied minors may have experienced sexual abuse, exploitation or physical abuse in their home countries or during their migration to the United States and even more suffer from poverty and lack of a stable social network. These are all factors that make young girls more susceptible to human trafficking.
The money that the gang makes from these horrendous crimes supports its other criminal activities. In October 2012, the Treasury Department designated MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization“.
Transnational indeed,MS13 Trial in Spain Highlights Gang’s Struggle for International Unity
From InSight Crime’s MS13 in the Americas: Major Findings,
- The MS13 is a largely urban phenomenon that has cells operating in two continents.
- The MS13 is a social organization first, and a criminal organization second.
- The MS13 is a diffuse organization of sub-parts, with no single leader or leadership structure that directs the entire gang.
- The MS13 has guidelines more than rules, which are subject to varying interpretations.
- MS13 violence is brutal and purposeful.
- The MS13’s diffuse nature makes it hard for it to control its own expressions of violence.
. . .
- The MS13 is a transnational gang, not a transnational criminal organization (TCO).
Read the full report.
He was tall, good-looking, very American, hugely appealing, but he made a difference only because of his message – which resonated not just because Billy Graham spoke the words. It’s because he lived them.
Read my post, Billy Graham, RIP.
It comes just over a month after he was released from prison, where he was serving 25 years for human rights abuses and corruption.
The 79-year-old was given a pardon on health grounds but the court in the capital Lima says this does not apply to the new case.
Fujimori was president of Peru from 1990 to 2000. After faxing his resignation from Tokyo in 2000, he received citizenship from Japan, from where his parents had emigrated to Peru.
In 2005, Mr. Fujimori unexpectedly ended a self-imposed exile in Japan and traveled to Chile, apparently intending to return to Peru and try for a political comeback. But he was arrested soon after he arrived, and Peru quickly sought extradition.
Fujimori found guilty of ordering killings and kidnappings during the war with “Shinning Path” Maoist guerrillas, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Fujimori is the first democratically-elected Latin American president to be found guilty of human rights crimes in his own country.
Fujimori was tried for ordering the 1991 killings at the Barrios Altos area of Lima, where 15 people died, and the killings at La Cantuta University in 1992, along with the kidnappings of journalist Gustavo Gorriti, a correspondent for Spanish daily El País, and businessman Samuel Dyer, who were abducted to the basement of the army’s Intelligence Service.
There were street protests in Lima last December when he was granted a pardon over health issues. Last month he was released from prison where he was serving the 25-year sentence.
Japan Times has covered Fujimori over the decades.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.
Trending at Bad Blue.
The two agents went missing on 5 February while they were on leave attending a christening in Nayarit state, western Mexico.
Mr Martínez, a 26-year-old lawyer, and Mr Hernández, a 28-year-old criminologist, had joined the agency less than a year ago.
Their bodies were found in a car in the city of Xalisco. So far no one has been arrested in connection with their killing.
. . .
The country experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders, official figures suggest.
It is the highest annual tally since modern records began. Organised crime accounted for nearly three-quarters of those murders.
in case you missed it, Jesús Pérez Caballero examines Mexico’s CJNG: Local Consolidation, Military Expansion and Vigilante Rhetoric
In each of the states where the group operates, it continues to successfully exploit its defining features: the flexibility to combine a military perspective with its historical criminal ties, a strategic commitment to become involved in pre-existing conflicts, and the promotion of vigilante rhetoric through propaganda.
Read the full article.
— InSight Crime (@InSightCrime) February 19, 2018
Mary O’Grady explains why:
The last non-Peronist president to finish his elected mandate was Marcelo T. de Alvear in 1928.
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Mr. Macri could break the spell. But it is far from certain that he will, and because he underestimated the magnitude of the problems he inherited from former President Cristina Kirchner, the case for smaller government now requires even bolder leadership.
Twelve years of Kirchner rule—first Néstor Kirchner (2003-07), followed by his wife (2007-15)—left this country bankrupt, both institutionally and financially. The Kirchners jailed political opponents, confiscated private property, nationalized businesses, gagged media critics, fomented street mobs, falsified government statistics, and destroyed the central bank’s independence. Kirchnerismo bloated the government and left the economy in shambles.
Cristina Kirchner plans to use upcoming negotiations with teachers’ unions to paralyze the country. It’s up to the Argentines to play along – or not.
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