Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mexico Jalisco: Forensics identify 44 bodies in well

Mexico Jalisco: Forensics identify 44 bodies in well

Forensic scientists in Mexico have managed to identify 44 bodies buried in a well in the state of Jalisco. 
Discovered just outside the city of Guadalajara, the human remains were hidden in 119 black bags. 
The remains were discovered earlier in September when local residents started complaining about the smell. 
Jalisco is the heartland of one of Mexico's most violent drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies in the state this year.
The vast majority of the bodies were cut up, so authorities had to piece together different parts in order to identify them. 
Many body parts still remain unidentified. 
A local organisation which searches for missing people has appealed to the government to send more specialists to assist with identification.
They say the local forensic department is overwhelmed and does not have the necessary skills to complete the operation. 

Homelessness in Seattle

Seattle Area Council Member Proposes New Plan For Homeless Problem – Bus Homeless People Out Of The City

Unraveling the coup attempt by the of the biggest scandals in American politics. They'll bring up Watergate which was nothing like this.

The highly anticipated report of the investigation into alleged FISA abuses under the Obama administration has been delivered to U.S. Attorney General Barr, according to a statement released by the Inspector General on Friday.
Michael Horowitz made the announcement via a letter to congressional leaders.
"We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and FBI for classification determination and marking," he said in the letter.
"As I noted in my June correspondence to you, my direction to our team has been to follow the evidence wherever it leads and to complete the review as quickly as possible," continued Horowitz. "Consistent with this guidance, the team has reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed."
Allies of the president have accused members of the former administration of illegally surveilling the Trump campaign after the 2016 election.

Defenders of the Obama administration say the actions were legal and necessary as a part of the investigation into Russian interference in the election, and now unsubstantiated suspicions of collusion.
President Donald Trump began the very public firestorm himself when he tweeted in March 2017 the allegation that the Obama administration had ordered his "wires tapped" at Trump Tower just before the 2016 election.
In response to the tweet, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said at the timethat it would be an enormous national scandal if proven true.
"The president of the United States is claiming that the former president of the United States ordered wiretapping of his campaign last year," saidGraham. "I don't know if it's true or not but if it is true, illegally, it would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate."

...race hustlers

Step aside Jussie Smollett

A former NFL player is being charged for a racial hoax that police say he perpetrated on his own business in order to file a bogus insurance claim, and blame Trump supporters.
Georgia police responded to a report of a robbery on Wednesday at the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman's Creamery, owned by Edawn Coughman.
Police who were in the area pulled over a black truck that had the license plate obscured, thinking it might be involved in the robbery.
It turned out to be Coughman.
In his truck, they discovered televisions that looked like they had been pulled out of walls, and became suspicious.
"The brackets were still attached and there was still drywall attached to the brackets, meaning, someone took them off very quickly," said Cpl. Michele Pihera.
When police went to the restaurant, they found signs of a burglary and racial slurs spray-painted inside the business, as well as "MAGA," which refers to the Trump campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

Police also say that Coughman had spray-paint on his hands, and that the paint on the racial slurs in his restaurant was still fresh when they got there.
"He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull-over," Pihera explained. 
"He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest," she added. 
He was charged with insurance fraud, for tampering with his license plate, and for making a false report. 
Coughman was released on bond, but police say he may face additional charges.

Here's a local news report about the race hoax:

Iran spurs war in the middle east..

Saudi Arabia oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes

Drone attacks have set alight two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia, state media say.
Footage showed a huge blaze at Abqaiq, site of Aramco's largest oil processing plant, while a second drone attack started fires in the Khurais oilfield.
The fires are now under control at both facilities, state media said.
A spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said it had deployed 10 drones in the attacks.
The military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, told al-Masirah TV, which is owned by the Houthi movement and is based in Beirut, that further attacks could be expected in the future.
He said Saturday's attack was one of the biggest operations the Houthi forces had undertaken inside Saudi Arabia and was carried out in "co-operation with the honourable people inside the kingdom".
Saudi Arabia is said to be shutting down around half of its oil output, the Wall Street Journal reports
Officials have not yet commented on who they think is behind the attacks. 
"At 04:00 (01:00 GMT), the industrial security teams of Aramco started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of... drones," the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
"The two fires have been controlled."
There have been no details on the damage but Agence France-Presse quoted interior ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki as saying there were no casualties.
Abqaiq is about 60km (37 miles) south-west of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, while Khurais, some 200km further south-west, has the country's second largest oilfield.
Saudi security forces foiled an attempt by al-Qaeda to attack the Abqaiq facility with suicide bombers in 2006.

An attack method open to all

Jonathan Marcus, BBC defence and diplomatic correspondent
This latest attack underlines the strategic threat posed by the Houthis to Saudi Arabia's oil installations.
The growing sophistication of the Houthis' drone operations is bound to renew the debate as to where this capability comes from. Have the Houthis simply weaponised commercial civilian drones or have they had significant assistance from Iran?
The Trump administration is likely to point the finger squarely at Tehran, but experts vary in the extent to which they think Iran is facilitating the drone campaign.
The Saudi Air Force has been pummelling targets in Yemen for years. Now the Houthis have a capable, if much more limited, ability to strike back. It shows that the era of armed drone operations being restricted to a handful of major nations is now over.
Drone technology - albeit of varying degrees of sophistication - is available to all; from the US to China, Israel and Iran... and from the Houthis to Hezbolllah.

Markets await news from key facilities

Analysis by BBC business correspondent Katie Prescott
Aramco ranks as the world's largest oil business and these facilities are significant. 
The Khurais oilfield produces about 1% of the world's oil and Abqaiq is the company's largest facility - with the capacity to process 7% of the global supply. Even a brief or partial disruption could affect the company, and the oil supply, given their size.
But whether this will have an impact on the oil price come Monday will depend on just how extensive the damage is. Markets now have the weekend to digest information from Aramco and assess the long-term impact.
According to Richard Mallinson, geopolitical analyst at Energy Aspects, any reaction on Monday morning is likely to be muted, as markets are less worried about supply than demand at the moment, due to slower global economic growth and the ongoing trade war between the US and China.
However, there are concerns that escalating tensions in the region could pose a broader risk, potentially threatening the fifth of the world's oil supply that goes through the critical Strait of Hormuz.

Who are the Houthis?

The Iran-aligned Houthi rebel movement has been fighting the Yemeni government and a Saudi-led coalition.
Yemen has been at war since 2015, when President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the capital Sanaa by the Houthis. Saudi Arabia backs President Hadi, and has led a coalition of regional countries against the rebels.
The coalition launches air strikes almost every day, while the Houthis often fire missiles into Saudi Arabia.
Mr Sarea, the Houthi group's military spokesman, told al-Masirah that operations against Saudi targets would "only grow wider and will be more painful than before, so long as their aggression and blockade continues".
Saudi-led coalition air strike on Dhamar in Yemen, 1 SeptImage copyrightEPA
Image captionSaudi-led coalition air strikes regularly target Houthis in Yemen
Houthi fighters were blamed for drone attacks on the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility last month and on other oil facilities in May.
There have been other sources of tension in the region, often stemming from the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Saudi Arabia and the US both blamed Iran for attacks in the Gulf on two oil tankers in June and July, allegations Tehran denied.
In May, four tankers, two of them Saudi-flagged, were damaged by explosions within the UAE's territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman.
Saudi Arabia and then US National Security Adviser John Bolton blamed Iran. Tehran said the accusations were "ridiculous".
Tension in the vital shipping lanes worsened when Iran shot down a US surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz in June, leading a month later to the Pentagon announcing

Mugabe funeral: Leaders pay tribute at quarter-full stadium

Mugabe funeral: Leaders pay tribute at quarter-full stadium

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Media captionThe BBC's Shingai Nyoka said the national stadium in Harare was not full, as some African leaders paid tribute to Mugabe
African leaders have hailed Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe as a liberation hero at his funeral in the national stadium in the capital Harare. 
Current Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa called him a visionary and said "our motherland is in tears".
However, the 60,000 capacity stadium was only a quarter full. 
The country's economy is in crisis and many Zimbabweans said they would shun the ceremony because of the repression that marked Mr Mugabe's later rule.
Soaring inflation and unemployment grip the country and some blame this on the former leader.
"We are happier now that he is gone. Why should I go to his funeral? I don't have fuel," a Harare resident told AFP. "We don't want to hear anything about him anymore. He is the cause of our problems."
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Stadium three-quarters empty

By Andrew Harding, BBC Africa correspondent
Zimbabwe national stadium while Jerry Rawlings spoke at Robert Mugabe's funeralImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe crowd was concentrated on one side of the stadium, leaving the other side almost empty
Bright sunshine, enthusiastic crowds, and a fond, emotional farewell to Robert Mugabe at the National Sports Stadium here in Harare. True. But only up to a point.
As the coffin carrying Zimbabwe's founding father was wheeled into the stadium, it was immediately and uncomfortably clear that only a few thousand members of the public had bothered to show up for this funeral service. 
African leaders, past and present, filed into the stadium to applause, alongside veterans of the continent's liberation struggles. Mr Mnangagwa - the man who overthrew Mr Mugabe two years ago - sat just two seats away from Mr Mugabe's widow, Grace.
The public tributes to Mugabe's role as a liberation hero - paid by a succession of speakers including Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta - came in sharp contrast to the final words of the Mugabe family's own representative, Walter Chidhakwa, whose voice cracked as he spoke of his uncle's final years after he'd been removed from office.
"He was a sad man. A sad, sad, sad man. It was a hard and excruciating journey."
It was a powerful reference to the clear tensions that still exist between the current government and the Mugabe family.
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More than a dozen current and former African leaders attended the funeral, hailing Mr Mugabe as a pan-Africanist who had dedicated his life to the people of Zimbabwe. 
Mr Kenyatta said he was unwavering in his insistence that Africa's problems demanded African solutions. 
Later the crowds booed and jeered at South African President Cyril Ramaphosa - which appeared to be a reaction to the xenophobic violence across South Africa in the last month.
He acknowledged the boos by saying "in the past two weeks, we as South Africans have been going through a challenging period. We have had acts of violence erupting in some parts of our country… This has led, as I can hear you're responding to, to the deaths and injuries of a number of people".
But he insisted: "We as South Africans are not xenophobic". 

When and where will Mugabe be buried? 

The funeral follows a row between the Mugabe family and the government over his burial. 
It has now been agreed that he will be buried in the National Heroes' Acre monument in Harare, his family says.
Family spokesman and nephew Leo Mugabe says this should be in about a month, when the new shrine to Mugabe will be built at the existing Heroes' Acre.
Members of the Mugabe family prepare to view the body of the late Zimbabwean president on September 13 in HarareImage copyrightEPA
Image captionMembers of the Mugabe family prepare to view the body
Earlier plans to have a burial on Sunday appear to have been cancelled. 
Mugabe, who was 95, died last week while being treated in Singapore. 
Funeral map - Mugabe
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Who was Robert Mugabe? 

Mugabe was Zimbabwe's first leader after the country became independent in 1980. He held on to power for almost four decades before being ousted in the 2017 coup. 
During his early years, he was praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority. 
However his later years were marked by violent repression of his political opponents and Zimbabwe's economic ruin. An increasing number of critics labelled him a dictator. 
He seized land from white owners in 2000. 
Media captionMugabe: From war hero to resignation
Mugabe famously declared that only God could remove him from office. 
In 2017 he was placed under house arrest and, four days later, replaced as the leader of his party Zanu-PF by his former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. 
Mugabe initially refused to resign. But, on 21 November, as a motion to impeach him was being debated in the Zimbabwean parliament, the speaker of the House of Assembly announced that he had finally left office.
Mugabe negotiated a deal which protected him and his family from the risk of future prosecution and enabled him to retain his various business interests. He was also granted a house, servants, vehicles and full diplomatic status.
Media caption"We are crying for Mugabe"