Mexicanos en Exilio, is going to start offering virtual therapy via skype to our members. We are working with a group of Mexican therapists from DF and they have very kindly offered us over 20 hours of free therapy a week. The only problem is that we do not have a computer to do this with and we have absolutely no funds at this time. I was wondering if you knew of anyone who could lend or donate a used computer that can handle wireless internet and skype so we can get started. Thanks so much! Alejandra Spector for Mexicanos en Exilio
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Mexicanos En Exilio (Mexicans in Exile), founded by the Law Offices of Carlos Spector, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those forced to leave Mexico because of the Mexican government’s failure or unwillingness to protect them. These individuals have risked their lives for truth and justice in Mexico. These individuals include reporters, photo journalists, political activists, human rights activists, businessmen, and former members of law enforcement.
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New information: There is a border surveillance camera at the scene that recorded the shooting. The 16 yr old Mexican boy was shot at least 6 times. He has no criminal record. He lived in the neighborhood and often walked along the street in the area at at the hour he was shot. His family has legal representation. So, it is likely that the video will become public. We can look at this as a certain case of violence spilling over the border… from the north to the south. molly
I admire a lot of Ed Vulliamy’s reporting from Mexico, but based on known research that has been posted repeatedly on this list and elsewhere, it is just WRONG to repeat the number of Mexican dead as “60,000 since 2006.” That number MAY have been true 2 years ago and the killings have only increased since. And these numbers are not wild estimates from human rights groups. These are the hardest numbers available from Mexican agencies: INEGI and SNSP. Jim Creechan and I have posted and published these numbers often in the past few months. Mexican journalists have also written estimates from 100,000–150,000 dead in Calderon’s sexenio. LE MONDE, the major French newspaper, reported 120,000 back in August. What kind of data do the mainstream English-language press require to update their reports of the death toll from homicide in Mexico?
I would also note again the unquestioned reporting of the government line as to who (or what) is behind the killings of journalists in Veracruz. This report mentions the killing of Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco in 2011, but ignores the testimony of his surviving son, Miguel Angel Lopez Solana, who implicates the state government and the military in the slaughter of his family. The reason Miguel Jr. is seeking political asylum in the United States is because criminal organizations working in tandem with corrupt government entities murdered his family and will come after him also as they have subsequently murdered many of his colleagues in Veracruz.
His story is told here
and much of it is in his own words.
In this passage highlighted below from the Observer article
, why believe a note left by supposed Zetas when there is eyewitness testimony that the note was not there when the body is first discovered? Apparently, it is only after the police and marines come to investigate that a note from Zetas appears:
Apart from the barbarism of his killing, Víctor Báez’s death bore another hallmark of a narco execution: a note pinned to his torso, this one reading: “Here’s what happens to traitors and people who act clever. Sincerely, the Zetas.” But Báez’s colleague says that he learned from the marines “that the note was not there when the body was discovered by a neighbour who found Víctor’s door open – it was put there later… by someone, for some reason”.
Compare this information with the similar account of one of the most spectacular massacres officially attributed to Zetas also in Veracruz. News reports in REFORMA (a conservative paper affiliated with the PAN government) at the time said that the bodies bore hallmarks of military-style torture. Family members of some of the victims proved that their dead relatives (most of them young men and women) had no criminal records and no involvement in any criminal activity. In fact, there was evidence that they had been picked up at random, tortured, killed and dumped in Veracruz with messages penned on their bodies supposedly from Zetas… These stories have been cited in published articles and also posted in full on this list and elsewhere. Feel free to search for them or ask me and I can repost if necessary. molly
Scores of journalists have died in a country gripped by violence that has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives since 2006