The information war in Mexico: journalists murdered, citizens monitored

by Kade Crockford and Paola Villarreal, Privacy SOS

On July 31, 2015, assassins broke into an apartment in Mexico City and executed five people: photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, 31, community organizer and human rights activist Nadia Vera, 32, student Yesenia Quiróz, 18, and two unnamed women. Their bodies showed signs of torture.

Espinosa and Vera had fled to Mexico City from the state of Veracruz, 200 miles east the capital, on the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ), Veracruz is not only one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for journalists, but one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

At the time of their murders, Espinosa and Vera were living in Mexico City because their criticism of Veracruz’ governor, Javier Duarte, was met with threats, surveillance, and harassment, forcing them into exile in their own country. During Duarte’s governorship, at least twelve journalists have been murdered in suspicious circumstances that activists and fellow reporters call political assassinations.

Espinosa arrived in Mexico City in June, and was very vocal about his experience, speaking out against the culture of corruption and violence that drove him from his home. On July 1, 2015, he told a fellow reporter why he left Veracruz for what he thought would be a safe haven in the nation’s capital.

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Hundreds of Civilians Credibly Reported Killed in First Year of Coalition Airstrikes, Airwars Study Finds

from Common Dreams

A six-month investigation into alleged civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has identified more than 120 incidents of concern to June 30th according to an Airwars report published today – three times more problem events than the Coalition itself was aware of.

Airwars believes that for 57 of these incidents, there is sufficient publicly-available evidence to indicate Coalition responsibility for civilian and friendly forces deaths. Between them these events account for 459-591 alleged civilian fatalities, and the reported deaths of 48-80 allied forces.

In stark contrast, the Coalition has investigated just ten incidents – and has so far conceded just two civilian deaths in thousands of airstrikes across Iraq and Syria since August 2014.

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US welcomes Sisi’s economic efforts, supports Egypt’s security: Kerry

from Ahram Online

The US “welcomes” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s “steps to improve economic conditions,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday at the start of the US-Egypt Strategic Dialogue.

John Kerry met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri. Kerry will also meet with President El-Sisi later today.

In a press conference, Kerry said that the importance of US-Egypt relations “cannot be overstated.”

Kerry expressed the United States’ support for Egypt’s economy, saying the US is ready to work with Egypt to “attract more capital.”

In an effort to boost the economy and improve infrastructure, Egypt has been seeking to attract foreign investment since El-Sisi assumed office.

Kerry also addressed security concerns in the region, mainly over the rise of Islamic State group militants, saying his government is “committed to the security… of the Egyptian people.”

Meanwhile, Shoukri said that Cairo looks forward to “close cooperation” on the military front which, he said, will help achieve security and enhance economic opportunities for investors.

The meetings were scheduled to take place over two days. However, due to last minute changes, the ‎dialogue has been shortened to just one day. ‎

Some of the meetings that were supposed to take place between the US delegation and representatives ‎of the Egyptian private sector in the Egyptian-US Chamber of Commerce were canceled accordingly. ‎‎

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Greek Stock Market Follows Manufacturing Sector Over the Cliff Upon Opening this Morning

Greece stock market nosedives after five-week shutdown

Greece’s stock market plunged nearly 23% on Monday when it reopened after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears that the country was about to be dumped from the eurozone.

The main Athens stock index fell to in worst ever one-day performance after only a few minutes of trading.

Greek manufacturing activity hits record low in July

With capital controls, banks closed and slumping demand, Greece’s factory output fell to its lowest level on record in July.

The manufacturing sector – which makes up about 10% of the economy – fell to 30.2 points according to Markit’s montly purchasing managers index. Anything below 50 is a sign of contraction. This is the worst performance since the company started compiling the data in 1999

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MH17 Tribunal Aims to Lend Legal Weight to Biased Accusations – Lawyer

from Sputnik International

On July 29, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to create an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, proposed by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

“When it has already been decided who is the guilty party, the next step is to set up an ad hoc tribunal to formalize this as a court ruling,” Goran Petronijevic, who was a legal adviser to former President of the Republika Srpska Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, said.

He added that all tribunals established to prosecute an individual case are illegal, starting with the ICTY and ending with the tribunal on the downing of flight MH17.

“Consistent application of international law and the preservation of international legal order should not be based on temporary, ad-hoc tribunals,” he said.

An international tribunal to investigate last summer’s Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight crash in eastern Ukraine, if established, would become a NATO punitive mechanism, not an independent judicial body, a prominent international lawyer said.

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Obama Orders Airstrikes to Defend ISIS in Syria

by Steve Lendman

Previous articles explained what Western officials and media scoundrels suppress. ISIS or ISIL or IS are US recruited, trained, armed, funded and directed Pentagon proxy foot soldiers doing Obama’s dirty work – to destabilize and/or topple governments where they’re deployed.Using them is part of Washington’s imperial strategy for unchallenged global dominance. They’re likely to show up almost anywhere. Mass slaughter, destruction, brutal atrocities and human misery follow – notably in Syria and Iraq.

On August 2, the Wall Street Journal headlined “US to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime.” The so-called “new” force is the old one. They’re not Syrian rebels or others supporting the rights of its people.

They’re US enlisted death squads – cutthroat killers, trained in the art of committing the most brutal acts of murder, torture and other atrocities, including use of chemical and other illegal weapons.

The Journal said Obama “authorized using air power to defend a new US-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.”

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German journos and bloggers face treason charges over revealing intel plans

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