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Hacia El Norte: Honduras to Mexico

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2012

Google gets most of the credit for this translation. I just don’t seem to have the energy today. Jenaro Villamil, Proceso:

MEXICO, DF (Approved). – A lobbying firm that advised the coup president of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, and a law firm specializing in defending high-ranking U.S. Navy members, and having important contacts in the Pentagon, are two new acquisitions by the team defending Enrique Peña Nieto, both in the media and a California court, from the scandal triggered by businessman Jose Aquino, and the tentacles that represents his lawsuit in the “Monexgate” case.

At the suggestion of Diego Gomez Pickering, a partner of Louis Videgaray, the brain of Team Peña Nieto, the Peñistas hired the firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates (CSLA), for an amount not yet determined, to counter tales in the U.S. media of the purchase of votes, alleged fraud and alleged money laundering through Monexgate.

The Peñistas have been disheartened since 15 days ago. The lawsuit filed by Joseph Aquino and critical coverage of the international press of Peña Nieto’s win on 1 July, made urgent the hiring CSLA, which specializes in “communications advice and assistance in transition ” to Peña Nieto, under the Registration Act Foreign Agents (FARA, for its acronym in English).

Coincidentally, CSLA also lobbies for the Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, also of the PRI, who has been sued in federal court of the United States for alleged responsibility for crimes against humanity following the massacre of Acteal Chiapas in December 1997. The story among the ranks of the PRI, hardly a secret, is that this lawsuit against Zedillo was driven by his archenemy in the internal ruling technocracy: Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

CSLA also lobbied in favor of former [Colombian] President Alvaro Uribe, whose former head of the National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, is the star advisor to Peña Nieto for security issues. And his other client is Roberto Micheletti, who took power in Honduras after the coup against Manuel Zelaya.

Let me guess. Lanny Davis will be appearing before Congress to tell us what a fine, upstanding narcotr…er, gentleman P-Nieto is. And next year, he’ll be explaining to the Chinese government why they should accept Mitt Romney’s surprising 70:30 win over Barack Obama, slightly assisted by military intervention in the vote counting.

Yes, the imposition of P-Nieto is getting that weird.

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More joy in Murdoch City

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2012

Nick Davies and David Leigh, The Guardian:

Directors within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation could face corporate charges and prosecution for neglect of their duties, in plans that are being examined by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Company lawyers, fearing a dramatic escalation of the hacking scandal by criminalising the boards on which Murdoch family members sit, are understood to have protested to the authorities.

A criminal prosecution could have a strong adverse impact on the deliberations by Ofcom as to whether News Corp representatives are “fit and proper” to hold UK broadcasting licences.

One problem for News International, however, is the wording of section 79 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the hacking legislation under which eight senior News of the World journalists and executives have already been charged. It provides for the corporate prosecution of a company which commits such an offence, and also of any director whose neglect or connivance led to the crime.

For any prosecution to actually ascend the ladder to include not just the hired hands but the…::shudder:: capitalists who actually run things… is unusual and about the only thing likely to cause the organization to come clean.

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