The 3 million tons of stone that make up the pyramid are supported by little more than soil, and one side of the soil is much less stable than the other. How long the pyramid has left is a question for future research and a lot of debate.
Well…good thing I’m (hopefully) going in 2+ weeks…
“Chapo [Guzman] was protected by Mexican federal agents and military, by the Mexican government,” Berrellez told Narco News. “He was making [Mexican President Enrique] Peña Nieto look bad, and so the government decided to withdraw his security detail. Chapo was told he could either surrender, or he would be killed.”
Berrellez, who retired from the DEA in 1996, stresses that he is not speaking on behalf of the US government, but rather as an individual who has decades of law enforcement experience, including serving as DEA’s lead investigator in Mexico.
“This information comes from my sources, that I am still in contact with,” Berrellez adds. “I developed a large informant network in Mexico, including sources in the Mexican Attorney General’s office, Mexican generals and others. These people are still in contact with me.”
Berrellez says his version of what happened is further evidenced by the fact that Guzman was apprehended early Saturday morning, Feb. 22, in an unremarkable condominium tower in the Pacific resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico, without a shot being fired and no security detail present to offer a fight.
“This guy [Guzman] was bigger than Pablo Escobar [the infamous Colombian narco-trafficker whom law enforcers killed in 1993 in a rooftop shootout in Medellin],” Berrellez says. “He [Guzman] ran around with a several-hundred man security detail that included Mexican military and federal agents, yet, in the end, he is arrested like a rat in a hole. My sources are telling me it was an arranged thing.”
I have just seen the film Lifeboat, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and billed as written by me. While in many ways the film is excellent there are one or two complaints I would like to make. While it is certainly true that I wrote a script for Lifeboat, it is not true that in that script as in the film there were any slurs against organized labor nor was there a stock comedy Negro. On the contrary there was an intelligent and thoughtful seaman who knew realistically what he was about. And instead of the usual colored travesty of the half comic and half pathetic Negro there was a Negro of dignity, purpose and personality. Since this film occurs over my name, it is painful to me that these strange, sly obliquities should be ascribed to me.
John Steinbeck wrote this letter to 20th Century Fox in 1944! (via roscoemcnally)
“The economic and social disaster has dissipated the mirage of the chavista project. Its pretensions of overcoming the structural problems of our country within a capitalist framework, placing its weight on the protagonistic role of the nationalist, military and corporate bourgeoisie has failed and now finds itself in an advance stage of decomposition. The social assistance programs implemented following the defeat of the 2002 coup are past their peak, and since 2007 have entered a recessive dynamic. The corporatization of social organisations continues unabated, strengthening itself with each legal barrier on the right to protest and to strike. We can now see an increased deployment of the repressive and administrative state apparatus to diminish social conflicts, a policy of which the imprisonment of the Yukpa cacique Sabino Romero and the syndicalist Rubén González between 2009 and 2011, alongside the recent detention of ten oil workers who participated in a worker’s assembly at the Puerto La Cruz oil refinery, among them the general secretary of the Unitary Federation of Oil Workers, José Bodas, are clear examples of. In addition to this is the economic debacle, of which the transnational sectors ingrained within the oil industry, the private banks and the import corporations have all survived intact. The corollary to all this is that the reactionary utopia of a ‘socialism with capitalists’ has fallen apart. It is now up to the revolutionary left to rescue the banners of socialism that chavismo utilized for its own purposes.
According to official statistics, over nine million people, a third of the population, live under conditions of poverty. Almost three quarters of the public sector workers earn salaries below the cost of the canasta básica—the government’s measure of the minimum required monthly food staples for each person, of which now more than two minimum wages are required to cover. Only in the military sector are there salary increases above the inflation. Undoubtedly, the working class can play a decisive role in facing the government’s political economy, defeat the regression of our democratic rights and raise demands such as a general raise of wages and salaries—a minimum wage equal to the canasta básica, the elimination of the IVA tax, the full nationalisation of the oil industry without empresas mixtas or transnationals; agrarian reform that guarantees the increase of agricultural production and the access to land for those who labour in it, the rescuing of the basic industries in Guyana and those acquired by the State, support of the territorial demands of the indigenous peoples, the suspension of foreign debt payments and the cancellation of treaties on double taxation signed with the US and other countries, instruments that allow transnationals to evade over 17 billion dollars in taxes annually…”—
it is true that what i’d like to do is i guess. .. contribute to pressure on the venezuelan government from the left. not with an intent to make it easier for the mainstream opposition (though i am aware of how it can work that way, and that is something that has to be actively contravened) but just to get the social bases it has absorbed to be encouraged to make their support more conditional, to find international support for such posturings, to acknowledge the power they do hold and force the government to challenge its own bourgeois capitalist shit interests. cede spaces to workers and autonomous social organisations that hold the key to getting over this mess. just anything.
it is warranted, it is important. it lays bare an empty posturing from the state and as things are heading right now you can see that liberal capitalism, etc will be perpetuated from within the government; that the more time that passes they can more openly turn their backs on the radical ‘break’ with past they gained so much support from promoting (though never came close to fulfilling) and become something akin to the PRI in mexico over the long run.
it’d just be quite sweet to get at all these foreign caviar left trotskyists with undue importance in what they say and tell them in slogans and lively language that the biggest danger to the revolution is the venezuelan government itself, that the ‘clashes’ with U.S. imperialism are at best superficial and don’t mean anything to the people in the country, when in fact the opposite is true—over how much production has been supplanted in favor of buying imports through U.S. $$$ gained in oil exports (an imperialist device of dependence that forms the backbone of the venezuelan economy). that in corruption, criminalization and the dynamics of crime and violence and how it acts on the population whatever social demands that gave chavismo its past support are cancelled out and open the way for reaction.
so that’s what i’ll be trying to do for as long as this goes on and i hope it is a worthwhile goal foreign communists—to whom i should not even face up to myself for approval on my opinions on my own country, fuck you—think is a noble & worthwhile goal.
so ya know it’s upsetting that no matter how much stuff i’ll attempt to translate and source and build into a coherent leftist and anticapitalist critique of the venezuelan state you all will most likely still eat up a photo op and proclaim unconditional support for the government and it’s depressing as heck.
As the March 5th anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s death approaches, there is turmoil in Venezuela. Students have been protesting against the government in nation-wide demonstrations characterised by disorder and violence that have led to the death of three people. Initially organised to protest against economic shortages and insecurity, these demonstrations have been calling for ‘la salida’ – the exit of President Nicolás Maduro. They have been supported by sections of the opposition alliance, Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), led by Leopoldo López and Maria Corina Machado.
For many commentators – and for the government itself – these events mark a rerun of earlier events, when the opposition pushed for the removal of Chávez through a failed coup in 2002, a private sector lock-out in 2002-3 and a recall referendum against Chávez in 2004. Maria Corina Machado, a signatory to the 2002 ‘Carmona Decree’ that temporarily dissolved the Chávez government, was a key protagonist of the recall referendum. Her ‘civil society’ organisation, Súmate, received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, where she was feted by President George Bush in May 2005.
Te espero cuando la noche se haga día, suspiros de esperanzas ya perdidas. No creo que vengas, lo sé, sé que no vendrás. Sé que la distancia te hiere, sé que las noches son más frías, Sé que ya no estás. Creo saber todo de ti. Sé que el día de pronto se te hace noche: sé que sueñas con mi amor, pero no lo dices, sé que soy un idiota al esperarte, Pues sé que no vendrás. Te espero cuando miremos al cielo de noche: tu allá, yo aquí, añorando aquellos días en los que un beso marcó la despedida, Quizás por el resto de nuestras vidas. Es triste hablar así. Cuando el día se me hace de noche, Y la Luna oculta ese sol tan radiante. Me siento sólo, lo sé, nunca supe de nada tanto en mi vida, solo sé que me encuentro muy sólo, y que no estoy allí. Mis disculpas por sentir así, nunca mi intención ha sido ofenderte. Nunca soñé con quererte, ni con sentirme así. Mi aire se acaba como agua en el desierto. Mi vida se acorta pues no te llevo dentro. Mi esperanza de vivir eres tu, y no estoy allí. ¿Por qué no estoy allí?, te preguntarás, ¿Por qué no he tomado ese bus que me llevaría a ti? Porque el mundo que llevo aquí no me permite estar allí. Porque todas las noches me torturo pensando en ti. ¿Por qué no solo me olvido de ti? ¿Por qué no vivo solo así? ¿Por qué no solo….
I first read about Nicaragua’s Island Of Widows through here on Tumblr. I was moved by the story and reached out to Ed Kashi for an interview.
Kashi, a photojournalist, has been raising money to complete post-production on a number of media materials for non-profit groups. These materials will help raise awareness about the plight of young sugar cane workers who are dying of a curable disease, which you can read about in my story.
The good news is Kashi has raised the money he needs with just one day left.
Their names are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank. Now they are never going to play sports again. Jawhar and Adam were on their way home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon them as they approached a checkpoint. After being shot repeatedly, they were mauled by checkpoint dogs and then beaten. Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot. After being transferred from a hospital in Ramallah to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, they received the news that soccer would no longer be a part of their futures.
I had the honor of speaking with Dr. Rodolfo Acuña on Friday (even if only by phone) about the partnership between Cal. State U. Northridge and Uni. Nacional Autónoma Mexicana (UNAM) that was announced this past Thursday. The partnership will create a Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies on CSUN’s campus.
It sounds great but, unfortunately, there’s some shady shit going down, which Dr. Acuña was more than happy to speak to me about.
Although women make up nearly half of all gamers, only a fraction of video game characters are female, and fewer still are playable. Maybe that’s why I felt so shocked when I played Left Behind, the newest chapter of the award-winning survival game The Last of Us.
venezuelan protests have to be seen on a case-by-case basis which is why i get really angry when people try to impose a Unitary Narrative (i.e. protesters are fascists/protesters are staging a popular uprising against an authoritarian regime) when there isn’t one!
so from within the protest movement there are many one ought to see as progressive and many which are the worst kinds of reaction basically. for instance you get people making barricades (but in a very idiosyncratic venezuelan way—guarimbas) who are 90% of the time middle-class shitheads obsessed with the ‘tyranny’ of ‘cuban castrocommunism’ and—i wish i were exaggerating—taking cues from reinaldo ‘the prophet of the americas’ from miami and will not listen to anyone and have caused deaths. there are gatherings led by opposition political parties which try to establish or push for a liberal dialogue (among actually liberal factions) for peace or compromise or whatever and then there are things which not empathizing with would be a seriously shitty thing to do such as one scheduled through social networks for today in which the lack of medical equipment and severe shortages of drugs are the main topic. finally there are the outright outward showings of arrechera which are not easy to generalize as they are more spontaneous and can quite easily transcend class/political barriers such as the cacerolazos or youths throwing rocks at the police.
so if you HAVE to have a posturing and have to support or disown a thing because it is in your gringo shit compulsion to do so then i advice you look at a) the participants of each b) the agenda c) the way the protests were called for/organised
The North American Soccer League remains a work in progress. In its fourth season, kicking off on April 12, the continent’s other professional league will expand its playoffs from the one-off winner-takes-all Soccer Bowl to a four-team “Championship,” the league announced on Thursday.
Rather than pitting the Spring season champion directly against the Fall season champion, as it had in the past, those two title winners will now be joined by whatever other two teams hold the best overall records across the two periods. The champions will each host a semifinal in the post-season labeled “The Championship” – the champion with the best combined regular season record will play the qualifier with the lowest overall points. The top-seeded semifinals winner will then host the final, which will no longer go by Soccer Bowl, although the prize will still be called that.
The NASL, a “free-market league” – Commissioner Bill Peterson’s words – that gives its clubs almost total autonomy, sharply contrasted by the centralized Major League Soccer, envisions growing to 18 teams from its present footprint of 10. But it plans to keep the playoff format as laid out above. “When we look at where we’re going and what we want to be, one of the components of that final plan is the post-season tournament that we’re announcing today,” Peterson said in a conference call.
It’s always amusing when I’m told to ‘take X elsewhere’
what take it somewhere other than my own blog, which is mine, that I post whatever I want on?
yeah. well bigotry is an ugly trait. and i’ll call it out every time i encounter it.
and theres fuck all amusing about it
You’ll call out language that’s insulting to pigs, but the rape torture and murder of the North Korean state gets a pass? Wow you’re so principled.
And I’ll be the judge of what I find amusing, like I find the fact that your blog header has a picture of the queen with a Hitler moustache and the word “bilderberg” across her head amusing, but you probably think it’s a serious political statement.
"Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people. I’m for democracy and letting everybody live but you gotta have some respect. You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now shit gotta change because you’re here?"
Last week, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA, the much-maligned Southern California franchise, will soon cease to exist under that name. The league has purchased the team from Mexican owner Jorge Vergara, with the intent of installing new management and identifying fresh investors to keep a rebranded version of the club in Los Angeles.
What went “wrong” with Chivas USA? This article supplies the best explanation courtesy of the team’s former Communications Director Keegan Pierce.
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to order the city of Glendale to remove a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II.
MEXICO CITY—If all goes well, drillers responsible for a shale-oil bonanza in Texas will soon cross the southern US border and extend the hydraulic fracturing boom to Mexico. But first the Mexican government, foreign oil companies or some combination of the two will have to neutralize some of the most savage gangsters in the world.
Welly welly well…was El Chapo captured as a favor to the Zetas/Gulf Cartel in exchange for their staying out of the way of fracking operations by US companies in their territory?