Liu Xiaobo dies at 61: China says awarding Nobel Peace Prize was ‘blasphemy’

Liu Xiaobo dies at 61: China says awarding Nobel Peace Prize was ‘blasphemy’

Jul 14, 2017

Beijing — China said on Friday that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo amounted to “blasphemy” and lodged protests with several countries, including the US, for making “irresponsible statements” on the death of the prominent dissident. Liu, China’s best-known human rights prisoner, died on Thursday at age 61 following a battle with liver cancer. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent his last eight years as a prisoner of conscience died at a hospital in Shenyang, China. He was granted medical parole in June after receiving his diagnosis in prison, but China did not let him seek treatment abroad despite Liu’s wishes and international pressure. File image of Liu Xiaobo. CNN-News18 Liu’s death led to international criticism of China’s handling of the issue. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen said the Chinese government bore a “heavy responsibility” for Liu’s death. Answering a barrage of questions on Friday over the death of Liu, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had lodged protests with “certain countries” for interfering in its “judicial sovereignty”. “Liu is a prisoner who was sentenced to imprisonment in accordance with Chinese law…Conferring the prize to such a person goes against the purposes of this award. It’s a blasphemy of the peace prize,” Geng said, referring to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Liu in 2010. “China is a rule of law country and everyone is equal before law. Anyone who violates the law will be punished and remarks by certain countries constitutes interference in China’s internal affairs. That goes against the spirit of international law,” Geng said at a regular news conference. China has lodged a protest with the US to show its dissatisfaction following remarks from Washington about Liu’s death, he added. Geng specially targeted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein for his statement that Liu “devoted his life to defending and promoting human rights, peacefully and consistently, and who was jailed for standing up for his beliefs.” The UNHCR chief “should respect the judicial sovereignty of China and not interfering in China’s internal affairs. He should fulfil his duties in objective and fair manner. I can tell you that we also made representation with him...

San Diego-Baja California binational Police authorities meeting

San Diego-Baja California binational Police authorities meeting

Jul 13, 2017

Strengthen the cooperation links and binational work against crime was the main objective of the meeting of Baja California Public Security Secretary, Daniel de la Rosa Anaya with the Chief of San Diego Police, Shelly Zimmerman where De la Rosa said that this meeting was the starting point for an integral program that includes joint training, reinforcement of information exchange and homologation of technology and denounce programs which benefit citizens on both sides of the border. De la Rosa also said that the instruction of Governor Kiko Vega has been to consolidate coordination with USA authorities as to strengthen bilateral work regarding security, as well as develop stronger intelligence schemes to make more efficient police actions against American criminals and fugitives hiding in Mexico trying to evade justice. San Diego Police Chief, Shelly Zimmerman, pointed out the police and intelligence processes used in Baja California which have facilitated the capture and arrest of international fugitives wanted for homicide, kidnapping or drug trafficking, and American authorities awarded a recognition to Secretary De la Rosa and different State Police rank members for the job of the Secretary regarding arrests of criminal with a high criminal...

Resignation, anticorruption attorney and a movement getting tired

Resignation, anticorruption attorney and a movement getting tired

Jul 6, 2017

GILA MONSTER THE BAJA POST Electoral authorities in Mexico are more an ornament and side kick of the powers that be. Nevertheless, when resigning to the Electoral State Institute, Javier Garay said he’d been neutral. Garay feels that he didn’t respond to any partisan interest, at least that’s his perception. But his resignation leaves a lot of questions and goes beyond his wishful thinking. The main thing (at least for him) is that he made his best effort to do a good job . . . Was it enough? The “bad name” and uncertainty in the acts of electoral authorities are not his fault. HE tried to do a good job, if achieved that goal or not, only time will tell. Meanwhile, the polemical anticorruption system and the names to head it are the theme of the day. Pancho Fiorentini is widely mentioned all over, but now with Garay’s resignation there’s another name Nevertheless, it seems Mission Impossible: Are Mexicans really permeated by corruption in their DNA? PRI members such as Partisan Chief CLAVILLAZO Ochoa Reza and Nancy Sanchez seem to think thusly From policemen ready and eager to give people a ticket for speeding applying “the long arm of the Law” To the negligence of policemen who denied help to people when they’ve just been victims of criminals. A Police Beaurocracy of sorts, ready to give us a ticket, slow to react and confront crime “on the spot”. Mexicali Resiste is slowly turning into a totalitarian movement of “Hitlers and Stalins” Pinochet and Castro coincide in a movement that is losing momentum and is enclosing towards itself Closed within its own ideas, a fistful of “fighters” camping outside Government Buildings. The fight and guerrilla of Lucio Cabañas and Genaro Vazquez has been left behind, shameful and pitifully They used to camp on the highlands and surprise attacked the government to vanish again They didn’t camp outside Acapulco, Chilpancingo or Atoyac City Hall, no sir. They didn’t just shout and insult Congress members or attacked other protest movements. Hiding in the mountains they carried out REAL GUERRILA against oppression and a repressive system They didn’t just scream and shout and didn’t discard other fighters,...

Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico

Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico

Jun 21, 2017

According to ABC News, Venezuela’s foreign minister walked out of a meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country’s political crisis on Monday June 20, as a 17-year-old anti-government demonstrator was shot and killed by security forces during another day of violent clashes. The Organization of American States meeting being held in the Mexican resort of Cancun once again narrowly failed to approve a resolution that would have pushed back against some of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s most radical actions. The United States, Mexico, Canada and several South American nations issued a statement expressing their “disappointment” at the vote, which for the second time in a month fell a few votes shy of the two-thirds majority of the 34 member nations needed for approval. “What can we say to the sick, who can’t find medicines?” Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said of the setback, referring to the medicine shortages that Venezuelans are experiencing. As the meeting took place, thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, to protest against Maduro’s government. Protesters chanted “Who are we? Venezuela! What do we want? Freedom!” Amid the clashes on Caracas’ main highway, 17-year-old Fabian Urbina was killed as the result of a bullet wound to the chest. Several others were also shot. Click here for full article on ABC...

Wanted for sexual abuse against minors, captured in Tijuana

Wanted for sexual abuse against minors, captured in Tijuana

Jun 5, 2017

An American citizen wanted for sexual abusing a minor in the USA, was captured in Tijuana, according to State Preventive Police International Liaison, Rodolfo Luna, who also said that the alleged criminal had gone AWOL from the American armed forces. A video from one of Tijuana border crossing’s cameras alerted the law enforcement officers that Luna was crossing to Tijuana, “we immediately deployed a search operation which ended up in Colonia Libertad where the fugitive was arrested”, said Luna. The man identified himself as Jose Martin, hailing from California, when authorities checked on that it was confirmed he had an outstanding warrant as of June 2016 in San Diego county for sexual abuse of a minor so he was sent to the National Immigration Institute to be sent to the US so he can be tied under that country’s Law, Una vez intervenido el individuo se identificó como José Martín “N”, de 25 años de edad, originario de California. Al verificar los datos del detenido en la base de datos del Centro de Control, Comando, Comunicación y Cómputo (C4) se  confirmó que contaba con una orden aprehensión activa en su contra. La orden fue girada el pasado 8 de abril de 2016 en el condado San Diego, por el delito de abuso sexual cometido en contra de varios menores de edad. José Martín “N” fue turnado al Instituto Nacional de Migración para luego ser trasladado a su país de origen donde será juzgado según las leyes. La Policía Estatal Preventiva continúa con firmes resultados en la búsqueda y captura de delincuentes extranjeros que intentan de manera fallida esconderse en Baja...

Journalists march to demand return of abducted Mexican TV journalist

Journalists march to demand return of abducted Mexican TV journalist

May 24, 2017

MEXICO CITY — Journalists in the Mexican state of Michoacan marched on Tuesday May 23 to demand the return of a journalist abducted last week, a call that was echoed by the United States ambassador. Relatives of Salvador Adame also joined the march in Michoacan’s capital Morelia, located 190 miles south of San Miguel de Allende. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson said via Twitter that the U.S. lamented Adame’s kidnapping and urged Mexican authorities to act quickly to bring him back alive. Michoacan’s state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Monday May 22 that it had joined federal police and the military in searching for Adame, the owner and director of the local channel 6TV. It said it had no record of reports from Adame about receiving threats. Adame was grabbed by armed men and forced into a vehicle in th evening of Thursday May 18 in the city of Nueva Italia, Michoacan, located in the middle of a violence-plagued region. The abduction came on the heels of the murder of prominent journalist Javier Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa state. Valdez was one of six journalists killed this year in Mexico....