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US Government Confirms Connection between Mexican Drug Cartels and ISIS

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 15, 2017, 4:43 pm
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Tillerson told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives that the two countries are now concentrating on the “supply chain of how drug trafficking, human trafficking and other criminal activities are conducted in a cross-border manner.”
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EspañolUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress that a “very different approach” will be implemented for fighting  Mexican drug cartels and other transnational criminal groups from now on.

Tillerson told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives that the two countries are now concentrating on the “supply chain of how drug trafficking, human trafficking and other criminal activities are conducted in a cross-border manner.”

“This is a comprehensive effort that we have been promoting, with the cooperation of our Mexican counterparts,” he said. “I think they will see a very different approach to how we attack the cartel problem.”

Tillerson was questioned by Texas State Rep. Michael McCaul about whether he shared concerns with National Security Secretary John Kelly regarding the connection between “criminal networks and terrorist networks.” Kelly had previously said “cartels share ties with terrorist networks, with the possibility of smuggling not just drugs or people, but dirty bombs.”

To this, Tillerson responded that the the connections are certainly there, including with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which, he said, “is part of our global effort to deny funding to terrorists.”

The Texas representative said that they are equally concerned and that it is “therefore important to have security both on the border with Mexico but also on the southern border of Mexico.”

Source: Noticieros Televisa

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Cuban Journalists Denied Exit from Island to Attend International Press Event

By: Karina Martín - Jun 15, 2017, 3:55 pm
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EspañolThe Cuban government continues to prevent journalists Sol García Basulto and Henry Constantin Ferreiro from leaving the island this week. Both work as reporters for the independent magazine La Hora de Cuba. They were invited to the Regional Youth and Democracy Forum in Mexico, but won't be able to attend due to "usurpation of legal capacity" accusations levied against them. "That reality forces us to stay on the island. But we will try, we will not sit still," Constantin said, "and we do not know if they will fulfill the threats they made against on months ago." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Constantin was referring to the initial accusations made against them by the Cuban government that they were practicing journalism without proper certification. The Inter-American Press Association said it considers the accusations against the two journalists contrary to international provisions that support the right to seek, receive and disseminate information and to express opinions. Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship Read More: PC Campus Culture Run Amok: The World Needs More Bret Weinsteins Yet García and Constantin continued to be under constant surveillance, they said, waiting for a police investigator "who follows the case" to bring it to a close. According to the reporters, Cuba establishes that a defense lawyer must have access to the case within 20 days, but there has still been no response. "They are useful, productive events, full of experiences," Constantin said of the event they are missing out on. "Surely State Security will do everything they can to make sure we do not attend." Sources: Cubanet; Martí Noticias.

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