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Mexican TV Spots Cartel Wielding Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher In Border Town Near Texas

Mexican TV Spots Cartel Wielding Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher In Border Town Near Texas

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The Mexican government has been waging war against drug cartels for over a decade with limited success. These cartels illegally procure modern military equipment from Western countries, making the fight comparable to those in Middle Eastern warzones. 

On Wednesday, Mexican TV channel Milenio published an article titled "Mexican cartels prepare for a war; they have military grade ROCKET LAUNCHER" that shows a video of a Gulf Cartel (Cartel Del Golfo, CDG) member carrying a "military-grade grenade launcher during a checkpoint in Matamoros, Tamaulipas." 

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The narco state on our southern border is a hellhole...someone tell Ablo

Mexico: Police discover 45 bags containing human remains

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The bags were discovered as part of a search for seven young workers of a call center who have gone missing. Authorities have yet to confirm whether the remains are those of the workers.

Mexican police have discovered dozens of bags with human remains, during a search operation for seven young workers of a call center who went missing a week ago, Mexican prosecution said on Thursday.

Forty-five bags containing dismembered bodies were discovered in the Mirador del Bosque, in the suburbs of the western city of Guadalajara. The city is considered the cradle of the powerful cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).

The Jalisco state prosecutor's office said it was not yet clear whether the remains belonged to the seven missing workers but declared that the search for them was ongoing.

Crimes of disappearance are common in Mexico, especially in cities rife with drug cartel activity,such as Guadalajara. In May last year, the Interior Ministry reported that there were over 100,000 missing people.

Mexico has seen spiraling violence since the war on drugs began in 2006, with over 350,000 people having died since then.

Remains recovered from ravine

State prosecutors said the bags were recovered from a 40-meter-deep ravine in an area with difficult access. One black plastic bag containing human remains was first found on Tuesday, leading to the search that resulted in the discovery of the rest of the bags the next day.

Police coordinated with Zapopan city's civil protection forces and firefighters to extract the bags with the evidence.

Forensic personnel were also at the scene to determine the number of possible victims and to try and identify them, the prosecution added.

The preliminary report suggests the 45 bags contain the remains of both men and women.

Mothers looking for missing sons


Government bombing and artillery fire kill many at Khartoum civilian market. How Muslims treat other Muslims!

Sudan: Deadly blasts hit Khartoum market

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Artillery and air strikes hit the Khartoum market after the Sudanese military said it was suspending talks. The US warned it wouldn't be able to mediate amid truce violations.

At least 18 civilians were killed in a market in Khartoum on Thursday, after the military announced withdrawing from truce talks the day before.

Military shelling and aerial bombardments hit the capital's market, injuring over 100. The French AFP news agency cited a neighborhood group which organizes aid as saying the situation was "catastrophic."

The number of casualties was even higher than the initial tally, a member of a local neighborhood committee told the Reuters news agency. They said several people were either treated at the scene or buried at home by relatives who feared the perilous trip to hospital.

The Sudanese military, led by Abdel-Fattah Burhan, has been using its air force to attack members of its rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) since the fighting started on April 15. The latter have nestled in the capital's neighborhoods, and the confrontation has left many Khartoum residents trapped in their homes to avoid the fighting.

What's the fate of the truce?

Clashes continued elsewhere in the capital and its surroundings, with residents of northern Omdurman and southern Bahri reporting heavy artillery fire.

"We are being terrorized by the sounds of heavy artillery around us. The house has been shaking," 49-year-old Nadir Ahmed in Omdurman told Reuters. "Where is this ceasefire we hear about?"

Sudan's army suspended talks with the RSF on Wednesday, accusing the paramilitary group of failing to implement "any of the terms of the agreement" and continuously violating the ceasefire.

Khartoum mother tells DW her story 


The truce talks were ongoing in Jeddah throughout most of May, mediated by Saudi Arabia and the US. They produced a fragile week-long cease-fire that was extended by five more days this week, despite multiple violations.

The US acknowledged on Thursday "serious violations of the ceasefire by both sides." A State Department spokesperson warned that Washington would only mediate if the warring parties were "serious."

"Once the forces make clear by their actions that they are serious about complying with the ceasefire, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are prepared to resume facilitation of the suspended discussions to find a negotiated solution to this conflict," the AFP news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying.

The fighting, ongoing since mid-April, has killed hundreds and displaced over a million, hundreds of thousands of whom crossed into neighboring countries to seek refuge.

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So it's racist to protect black children from murderous parents? The charge of racism is a cover for bad people

Children are dead because activists say it’s racist for ACS to act

When a child is found dead with bruises on her wrists and torso, the first question is always: Were there warning signs?

In the case of 6-year-old Jalayah Eason, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

It wasn’t just the upstairs neighbor who heard the child “screaming for her dear life” and yelling, “Stop, stop, stop!” Who told a reporter, “You could hear the thumps, bro.”

Nor was it the reports of her 8-year-old brother, who told a classmate that his mother was “whipping him, slapping him.”

Nor was it the school that reported long stretches of absences by the brother, that he was regularly picked up more than an hour late from school, that he wore the same clothes each day and smelled like urine.

Nor was it the brother who came to school with a bruised and swollen face and told a teacher his mother had punched and kicked him for drinking out of the sink.

It was also the worker at the Administration for Children’s Services who went to the home, heard the boy’s account and then listened as the mother explained she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but was not being treated.

The Administration for Children’s Services is apparently trying to peddle a story that this tragedy is in part the result of an agency that is stretched too thin.

Jalayah Eason.
Jalayah Eason died after being found unconscious and unresponsive in an apartment with bruises to her wrists and body on May 26.
Lynija Eason/Instagram

According to the New York Times, that neighborhood’s “caseworkers have an average load of 12.5 cases, ACS said — about 17 percent higher than the citywide average.”

Never mind that the average caseload nationwide is between 24 and 31 children. Or that it is well beneath the Child Welfare League of America recommendation of 15 children per social worker.

Just like smaller class size doesn’t guarantee a better education if the teachers are incompetent or spouting ideological nonsense, it has been clear for years that New York City’s child welfare problems do not stem from caseworkers being overwhelmed or children “falling through the cracks.”

Bronx apartment.
Neighbors reportedly heard Jalayah “screaming for her dear life” and yelling, “Stop, stop, stop!” 
Robert Miller

Between 2008 and 2020 (the last year for which data are available), the number of deaths of children in families who had been previously reported and investigated by ACS increased from 49 to 52 even while workers’ caseload plummeted from 18 to fewer than six children per employee at one point.

These tragic situations are often the result of deliberate decisions by agency leaders to leave children in situations that are unsafe.

There are two narratives driving these decisions.

Lynija Eason Kumar.
Jalayah’s 8-year-old brother told a classmate that their mother was “whipping him, slapping him.”
Lynija Eason/Instagram

The first is that ACS is racist. Activists argue the reason black children are placed in foster care more often is structural bias in the system. They want to abolish child protective services the same way they want to defund the police.

In her speech to fellow CUNY Law graduates last week, Fatima Mousa Mohammed proudly mentioned her classmates had gone to court to reunite families “torn apart” by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.

ACS has all but embraced this rhetoric, commissioning a survey of 50 black and Hispanic employees (in an agency with thousands of employees) that concluded child welfare is a “predatory system that specifically targets Black and brown parents.”

Lynija Eason.
Lynija Eason, Jalayah’s mother, at her arraignment.
Tomas E. Gaston

The other narrative is that families are investigated and children are removed from their homes simply because of poverty, and claiming a parent is engaging in neglect is really the same as just saying she’s poor.

While it is true families involved in the child welfare system are disproportionately poor, correlation is not causation. A recent study of almost 300 California case files that cited neglect, for instance, found 99% “included concerns related to substance use, domestic violence, mental illness, co-reported abuse or an additional neglect allegation (i.e., abandonment).”

Substance abuse and mental illness often lead to poverty. They also make it hard to properly care for children. But that doesn’t mean poverty is the root cause of child neglect.

Jalayah Eason.
ACS says its caseworker didn’t see visible signs of abuse on Jalayah’s brother.
Lynija Eason/Instagram

Agency leaders say they make a distinction between neglect and abuse and understand there are circumstances in which children are not physically safe.

But in the case of Jalayah, the evidence for abuse was there. ACS says its caseworker didn’t see visible signs on Jalayah’s brother, but that’s probably just an indication it took too long to investigate.

It is time for the agency to stop taking its cues from activists driven by progressive ideology and start putting the safety of children first.

Naomi Schaefer Riley is the author of “No Way to Treat a Child: How the Foster Care System, Family Courts, and Racial Activists Are Wrecking Young Lives.”