Could drug legalization counter violence and corruption in Mexico?

Mexico City (TD) – Drug prohibition has fueled corruption and brutal violence across Mexico for decades. As a radical new president prepares to take office, could legal regulation be the answer? According to Transparency International, Mexico is ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world. A recent report by the Washington Office on Latin America found that at least 14 former or current state governors are currently under investigation for corruption, some of whom are alleged to have colluded with criminal syndicates. The same report also cited evidence of the diminishing trust…

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US citizens can now publish models of 3D printed firearms online. What does it mean for us?

US (Conversation) – A landmark case in the United States has been settled out of court, giving gun rights advocate Cody Wilson the right to publish instructions on the web that explain how to 3D print firearms. The suit was filed by the Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, which was previously instructed by the US government to remove such blueprints. The company will resume publishing the files at the end of the month. The Defence Distributed website now shows a landing page that celebrates the victory…

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How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat

US (ProPublica) – The chemicals once seemed near magical, able to repel water, oil and stains. By the 1970s, DuPont and 3M had used them to develop Teflon and Scotchgard, and they slipped into an array of everyday products, from gum wrappers to sofas to frying pans to carpets. Known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, they were a boon to the military, too, which used them in foam that snuffed out explosive oil and fuel fires. It’s long been known that, in certain concentrations, the compounds could be dangerous if they…

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For Texas ranchers living along border fence, talk of an illegal crossing crisis is exaggerated

Brownsville, TX (TT) – Crisis. Siege. Chaos. These are words the president and some of his supporters have used to describe the situation at the United States’ southern border, where every day migrants illegally cross into the country from Mexico. Jaime Portillo, one of the ranchers who farm the land near the U.S.-Mexico border, uses a different word to characterize the last few months in the Rio Grande Valley: “igual” — the same as ever. To the people living on the Old Military Highway, which stretches for 100 miles along the…

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On a bridge over the Rio Grande, immigrants seeking asylum wait for a chance to enter the U.S.

Rio Grande (TT) – On Sunday and Monday night, 22-year-old Marcos Samayoa slept on pieces of old cardboard on a concrete sidewalk. He was perched above the Rio Grande, surrounded by a small pack of strangers on the international bridge that connects this Mexican border city to Brownsville, with his dusty green backpack and an old pair of sneakers. A few yards away, on the Texas side of the line, three Customs and Border Protection agents watched. It had been a long journey from Samayoa’s hometown of Mazatenango in southwest Guatemala….

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The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters

Chicago, IL (ProPublica) – Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trump’s inauguration last year, city police were watching. Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. Then, throughout that day — Jan. 20, 2017 — police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches…

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George Soros Buys Shares in New York Times Newspaper

New York, NY (Sputnik) – Billionaire globalist George Soros has been accused of attempting to meddle in the internal affairs, including elections and other democratic processes, of sovereign nations to suit his own political agenda. Soros’ investment firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, has purchased over $3 million worth of shares in the New York Times, according to recent filings to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, described the move as a “big step” up from his previous endeavors in journalism and the media. Wikimedia READ MORE: ‘Soros is…

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How Racial Profiling Goes Unchecked in Immigration Enforcement

Pennsylvania (ProPublica) – When immigration officers raided a rural Pennsylvania poultry transport company early last year, a lawyer for five undocumented men arrested saw plenty of evidence their rights had been violated. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers had no warrant to drive past the company’s “No Trespassing” signs and block the exits with their vans, or to demand documentation on the workers’ legal status. According to witnesses, the officers seemed to target workers solely based on their ethnicity: They lined up Latinos for questioning and asked white employees to lead…

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Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses

US (OW) – Most mornings lately, I’ve woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it’s time to get up. Then I see the news stories about other toddlers our immigration authorities ripped away from their parents. For weeks, I’ve felt the gnawing need to write something, anything, about it. But God, where even to begin? First, there are the stories. The Congolese asylum seeker who heard her six-year-old scream “Don’t take me away from my mommy!” and couldn’t reach her. The woman forced to put her 18-month-old…

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Long Live the Litigators

Washington, DC (OtherWords) – Shortly after Donald Trump was awarded the presidency by our perverted and antiquated electoral system, I got desperate calls from some normally non-political family members and friends. They wanted to know what they could do to counter the governing debacle they knew would come. Most asked where they could give money. I had only one answer: “Give to the litigators.” While think tanks and policy shops are also a much-needed resource in a democracy, groups that directly challenge the government in court can sometimes stop the worst…

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