Mexican police chief flees to US, asks for asylum

March 4, 2011

One has to admire the naive idealism of youth: that brave willingness to make a difference combined with a near-total ignorance of the hopelessness and futility of their efforts. I really do admire people like that, because they sometimes accomplish amazing things.

Most times, though, they have to run for their lives:

A college student and mother who was a Mexican bordertown police chief has fled to the United States seeking asylum, one of her relatives told AFP on Thurssday.

Marisol Valles, 20, “received death threats from a criminal group that wanted to force her to work for them,” the relative told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Valles, who has a baby son, took over the job as police chief in the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero in October after two other job candidates dropped out following the assassination of the mayor and his son.

Valles “went to the United States along with two relatives and will seek asylum,” the source told AFP.

Praxedis G. Guerrero is on the Rio Grande border with the United States some 65 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Ciudad Juarez.

According El Diario (link in Spanish), Marisol Valles has sought refuge in Ft. Hancock, Texas. She had even said when she took the job that battling the cartels was not her responsibility, that other Mexican agencies would handle that. She concentrated on what we call “community policing.” Still, the gangs had to show her who was really in charge. She was probably given the usual choice: “plomo o plata” — lead or silver. In other words, a bullet or a bribe. She took the third option — get the hell out.

Probably a wise decision.

RELATED: Other women have taken leading police roles in Mexico when no man would stand up to do the job, but the results haven’t been good. Erika Gándara, 28, became the sole police officer in the village of Guadelupe, near Ciudad Juárez, when all the men quit. She was kidnapped last December and hasn’t been seen since. In Meoqui, Chihuahua, police chief Hermila Garcia Quinones, 38, was shot dead on her way to work.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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Failing state watch: Mexican soldiers arrested for drug smuggling

March 4, 2011

Thirteen soldiers arrested for smuggling drugs:

The Mexican army has ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug trafficking and organized crime charges after they were allegedly caught with more than a ton of methamphetamines and 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of cocaine.

The military announced earlier that several soldiers were arrested last week with drugs at a military checkpoint south of Tijuana, across the border from San Diego. It was not clear whether it was the same group named in the charges announced Thursday.

Like cops, Mexican soldiers are poorly paid, so the temptation must be great to make a little extra on the side by acting as couriers or guards; the cartels have plenty of money to spread around in bribes. The danger of course comes when Mexico City wants these soldiers to do something against the interests of the guys who pay them better: whose soldiers are they, then?

RELATED: Border crossings by Mexican troops.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The United Nations as farce: an insult to the world’s women

March 4, 2011

A couple of days ago I provided an example of why the United Nations is useless: while the world is beset by problems around the globe, the Secretary General came to Hollywood to lobby for movies that would serve as propaganda for the alarmist side of the global warming debate. Sure, that’s worthy of a face-palm moment, but it’s not evil.

This is:

Today, Iran officially becomes a member of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Only three days ago, the U.N. General Assembly voted to suspend Libya’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a desperate bid to save the Council’s tattered reputation and itself.

But not a single state, including the United States, has indicated anything but smooth sailing for today’s membership of Iran on the U.N.’s top women’s rights body.

Yes, you read that right. A misogynistic Islamic (But I repeat myself) theocracy has been elected to an international board meant to promote the rights of half the world’s population.

This is how the commission describes itself:

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

The Commission was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women’s rights.

Emphases added.

Gee, I wonder what kind of recommendations and reports we could expect from Iran to promote the “gender equality and advancement of women?” Maybe we should look at their track record:

For the UN to agree to Iran’s membership on the Commission is beyond a joke or a farce; it is a slap in the face to all women everywhere, and especially to Iranian women, who have to suffer under this barbaric tyranny.

And, never forget, your tax dollars pay for this.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention something: Notice how the Obama administration has voiced no objection Iran’s membership? Another proud moment for the diplomacy of Hope and Change.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)