Sunday, November 19, 2017

Trump and Mueller Pull The Biggest Sting In History! (Part 2)

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How Trump and Mueller are Pulling the Biggest Sting in History
Liz Crokin
Friday, November 17, 2017
On the crisp fall night of October 9, 2016, there was an electric energy in the air at Washington University in St. Louis for the second presidential debate. Hillary Clinton ended the first debate with a below the belt attack on Donald Trump accusing him of bullying a former Miss Universe beauty queen. There was a sense in the air that Trump – famous for his counter punches – would swing back with a TKO, and boy, did he deliver.
That night on stage Trump made a shocking promise to Clinton in the event he got elected. “If I win, I’m going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation…we’re going to have a special prosecutor,” Trump said. Clinton responded, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” Trump then interrupted and said: “Because you’d be in jail.” Trump’s statement was met with cheers and thunderous applause.
Trump’s famous “because you’d be in jail” line is constantly rotated throughout the Internet via memes and videos on social media to this day; however, what many seem to have forgotten is the first part of Trump’s statement: he promised to assign a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s crimes.
Fast forward to May 16, President Trump is now in the White House and meets with Robert Mueller. CNN reported that Trump interviewed him as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey. As Trump would say, “wrong!” It’s not possible that Mueller could’ve been interviewing for the FBI director position because he already served in that capacity – under Presidents George W. Bush and briefly Barack Obama – and he exceeded the term limit allowed to work in that role. The term limit is ten years and Mueller served as FBI director for 12 years. Mueller got a special additional two-year extension from Obama that the Senate approved. The fake news totally got this wrong — to no one’s surprise.
So what was the meeting really about? I believe Trump was finalizing his decision to appoint Mueller as his special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. Don’t believe it? Keep reading.
The day after Mueller’s meeting with Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice. In the appointment record signed by Rosenstein it reads:
The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct an investigation including “any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
Trump did not collude with Russia. The left and the media have carried that narrative based off of lies and a fake dossier. Trump allowed them to carry their false narrative because he knew he was innocent and that the investigation would eventually turn to the real parties who colluded with Russia. Enter the Clintons. What stands out in the affidavit Rosenstein signed included “matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” because they knew an investigation into Russian collusion would eventually lead to Clinton.
Trump is a man of his word and he’s making good on all of his campaign promises, so why wouldn’t he keep this one? The left and the media has been so blinded by their partisanship that they’ve failed to see that the greatest bait and switch in the history of the world is going down right before their very eyes. They’ve naively assumed that since Mueller had been a part of the swamp, he’d protect the swamp. However, just because he’s associated with corrupt politicians like the Clintons for years does not mean that he likes them or has any interest in protecting them at this point. After all, the Clintons did go to Trump’s wedding and you know what they say: keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
So the investigation is steering straight for the real guilty actors and Tony Podesta is under the gun for The Podesta Group’s involvement with selling the country’s Uranium to Russia. This will lead to the indictments of his brother, John, Clinton’s former campaign manager, and, yes, Hillary too! Now if Mueller wasn’t going after Tony, why did he step down as CEO of his company last week? Multiple sources have confirmed to me Podesta is one of the 17 sealed indictments currently sitting in DC.
Other guilty swamp creatures are catching on to the true nature of Mueller’s investigation. On Oct. 30, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a call for an independent investigation into Trump’s alleged campaign collusion with Russians just moments after Mueller unsealed indictments for campaign operatives Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. She’s also softened her tone from calling for Trump’s impeachment to now stating “impeaching Trump is not someplace we should go”.
Last week, top Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Donna Brazile threw Clinton under the bus by admitting she rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders. Why would they do this now? They’re distancing themselves from Clinton for a reason.
On Nov. 3, The Hill reported that Trump said that he’ll be proven innocent in the Russia election meddling investigation if special counsel Mueller treats “everything fairly”. “I hope he’s treating everything fairly and if he is I’m going to be very happy because when you talk about innocent, I am truly not involved in any form of collusion with Russia,” Trump said on Sharyl Attkisson’s show Full Measure.
When Trump was asked if he’d consider firing Mueller, he responded by stating he was confident he’d be absolved of wrongdoing. If Mueller is so corrupt and intent on protecting the Clintons, like so many on both the right and the left believe, why isn’t Trump sweating? He alluded that he’s not even thinking about firing Mueller. Not only is Trump a man of his word, he’s rarely ever wrong and his instincts are killer. It also should be noted that Mueller is a decorated Marine who served in Vietnam and has received many medals including the Purple Heart.
Mueller was hired to investigate Clinton, period. If my theory proves to be correct, this will go down as one of the most brilliant sting operations in history.
About the Author
Liz Crokin is an investigative journalist and the award-winning author of Malice.
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Tourist killed by falling masonry in famous Florence church
Death of Spaniard struck in Basilica di Santa Croce raises questions about state of Italy’s ageing and fragile monuments
Associated Press in Milan
Thursday 19 October 2017
Authorities are checking the stability of Basilica di Santa Croce, which is expected to remain closed to visitors indefinitely. Photograph: Maurizio Degl Innocenti/EPA
A 52-year-old tourist from Spain has been killed by falling masonry in one of Florence’s most famous churches, the Basilica di Santa Croce.
The fatal accident at the church where Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried raised questions about the state of Italy’s many ageing and fragile monuments.
The country’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, speaking from New York, said prosecutors would conduct an investigation to determine whether faulty maintenance was to blame.
The victim was struck by a piece of decorative stone that fell from a height of 20 metres (66ft) as he visited the church with his wife. According to Italian media reports, the fragment was about 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in).
The 15th-century basilica, which has a famed neo-gothic facade, has been undergoing years of maintenance in collaboration with Italy’s civil protection agency, Irena Sanesi, the head of the organisation that manages the church, told the Italian news agency Ansa.
“We are really astonished at what has happened, and we ask ourselves how it could happen,” she said.
Authorities were checking the stability of the church, which is expected to remain closed to visitors indefinitely.
Other deadly incidents involving Italian monuments include the 1989 collapse of a 14th-century bell tower in the northern city of Pavia, in which four people died. The cause of the accident has never been determined.
A toddler and a 30-year-old were seriously injured in July when plaster fell from the ceiling of the Acireale Cathedral in Sicily during a wedding.
In October 2012, a cornice fell from the wall of the royal palace of Casertanear Naples causing part of the roof to cave in just a few feet from tourists. No one was injured.
Mexico drug cartel violence hits tourist hotspots of Cancun and Los Cabos
By Andrew O'Reilly,  Fox News
August 11th, 2017
In January, a lone gunman entered the trendy Blue Parrot nightclub in the upscale Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen and opened fire. Chaos ensued as the crowd scrambled for cover as the gunman traded shots with another man inside the club and security working the annual BPM music festival tried to suppress the melee.
When the bullets stopped flying in what is believed to be a drug cartel-related gunfight, five people were dead – including a Canadian bodyguard caught in the crossfire and an American teenager who was trampled to death as panicked partiers fled the club.
On Sunday, sunbathing tourists were forced to take cover on the white sand beaches of Los Cabos – a popular getaway at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula – as gunmen unloaded and left three people dead.
These two incidents bookended a bloody eight months for the resort towns of both of Mexico’s coast, heightening concerns that the country’s ongoing drug war could leave more tourists dead and threaten Mexico’s multibillion dollar tourism industry.
“We’re in a period of disequilibrium and it will take some time to get back to equilibrium,” Christopher Wilson, the deputy director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told Fox News.
In Quintana Roo, the Mexican state that is home to both Cancún and Playa del Carmen, the government has recorded 134 homicides this year, which is nearly equal to the 165 the state saw in the entirety of 2016. The Benito Juárez municipality, which includes Cancún, has already surpassed last year’s homicide total of 89 when it ended June with 95 murders and in nearby Solidaridad has registered 21 slaying through June, closing in on last year’s total of 26. In Los Cabos, homicides in the famed beach area are up 400 percent this year.
The U.S State Department, which last updated its Travel Warning for Mexico last December, cautioned travelers of the dangers of travel in Baja California, but so far has no advisory for Quintana Roo.
Mexico’s drug war, which began in earnest in 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón declared an all-out military offensive on the country’s narcrotraffickers, has left at least 200,000 dead. While current President Enrique Peña Nieto came into office in 2012 at time when violence was on the decline, the bloodshed continues and in June the country saw a record number of killings with the 2,566 homicides victims being the most in a month since the Mexican government started releasing that data in 2014.
The skyrocketing demand for heroin in the United States due to the opioid crisis – cartels are believed to make somewhere better $19 and $29 billion annually from the U.S. drug market – and the splintering of major drug trafficking organizations following the arrests or deaths of their leaders are believed to be the main factors for the spike in violence in places like Cancún and Los Cabos.
The arrest and extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States has created a massive power struggle within the Sinaloa Cartel, once the country’s largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, and is believed to be the main cause of violence along Mexico’s Pacific coast. Disparate factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, along the rising Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generación, are also known to be active in Quintana Roo.
“The overall rise in violence in Mexico is due to the extradition of “Chapo” Guzmán,” Wilson said. “Simply because of internal criminal group dynamics there is a natural waxing and waning of violence. The one constant is that there is no governmental structure to respond effectively and until that is implemented these types of flare-ups will continue to happen.”
Mexico’s tourism officials are undeniably concerned with the spike in killings and the accompanying bad press. Tourism is the fourth largest source of foreign exchange for Mexico, with visitors doling out an estimated $20 billion a year to visit the country’s beaches, clubs and famed archeological ruins.
Drug war violence has already turned one of the country’s preeminent tourist hotspots, Acapulco, into one of the country’s most dangerous cities with dead bodies being hung from bridges, human heads being left in coolers outside city hall and shootouts occurring at posh hotels.
At least in regards to Cancún and other Caribbean resort towns, however, both Mexican officials and outside experts attest that while violent crime may be on the rise there is little chance of it reaching the endemic levels seen in Acapulco and other towns along the country’s Pacific Coast – home to the traditional trafficking routes used by the cartels.
"Tourist security has been a constant priority for the authorities," Daniel Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Tourist Promotion, told USA Today, adding that the violence is between "criminal groups settling scores among themselves" and that authorities are taking action against them. He also noted that the majority of the violence has occurred far from the all-inclusive resorts frequented by tourists.
For now, it appears that the violence has not deterred tourists from vacationing along Mexico’s coasts. Occupancy rates at hotels in Cancún are at 90 percent and 74 percent in Los Cabos.
Mexico also saw a record 35 million international travelers visit the country last year - a 9 percent jump compared to 2015. The Mexico Tourism Board aims to reach 50 million international visitors by 2021.
Cancun crime wave threatens tourist mecca
David Agren, Special for USA TODAY
Published Aug. 2, 2017 | Updated Aug. 3, 2017

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article did not make clear that Chicago leads the nation in total homicides this year.
Teresa Carmona, an anti-crime activist in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo: David Agren)
CANCUN, Mexico — Anti-crime activist Teresa Carmona hangs embroidered sheets in a park with details of those killed in this tourist mecca. She started with eight sheets two years ago. Now she hangs up to 80 every Sunday and has 70 more stored at home.
"Most cases are not even investigated and go unpunished" because of indifference by authorities and residents, she said.
Violent crime is encroaching on this Riviera Maya tourist hot spot, as well as nearby Playa del Carmen and Tulum, jeopardizing a $20 billion a year business that attracts millions of visitors lured by the white sand beaches, archaeological ruins and pulsing nightlife.
Although the crime wave so far is mostly limited to areas outside the resorts where tourists stay, Cancun shows signs of following the ill-fated path of Acapulco. That city was once the granddaddy of Mexican tourist destinations, but now is one of country’s deadliest areas and no longer a mecca for international travelers.
Crime and violence between rival drug gangs has surged throughout Mexico, creeping into other popular destinations, such as Los Cabos on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Homicides there are up 400% so far this year, underscored by the discovery of 14 bodies in a mass grave in June.
The spike in violence comes as Mexico welcomed a record 35 million foreign visitors in 2016, up nearly 9% from the previous year, according to the Tourism Secretariat.
Tourism officials acknowledge the problems plaguing tourist towns: low wages, inadequate housing for workers and increased crime, problems that recently prompted the Tourism Secretariat to announce plans to improve housing for tourism workers.
“A life like that creates the perfect situation so that many people turn to crime,” Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid told Televisa. “We don’t just work to attract foreign tourists … but above all to improve local people’s quality of life.”
Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, recorded 133 murders in the first six months of 2017, more than double the total for all of last year.
In comparison, Chicago has recorded more than 400 homicides through July, the most of any U.S. city this year. 
The violence in Cancun reflects a broader problem for Mexico, which is on pace this year for the most murders since 1997. The country listed 13,726 homicides between January and June, a 33% surge over the same period in 2016.
Mexico declared war on drug cartels and organized crime a decade ago, a conflict that claimed more than 200,000 lives and shows few signs of slowing up.
Security analysts pin the spiraling violence on fights over heroin production, which cartels have turned to as several U.S. states loosen their marijuana laws. Plus, when a cartel kingpin is killed or captured — such as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — fights for territory erupt and smaller criminal groups emerge to carry out kidnappings and extortion.
Five criminal groups operate in Quintana Roo, including the Sinaloa Cartel and the upstart Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to a state report.
"Tourist security has been a constant priority for the authorities," said Daniel Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Tourist Promotion. He described the violence as "criminal groups settling scores among themselves" and said authorities are taking action against them.
"No tourists have been impacted," he said, adding that the region's occupancy rate is 90%. 
Some local tourism workers object to suggestions that the state is unsafe for visitors. “People don’t talk about Florida and all the crazy stuff happening there, but they focus on Mexico when one or two things happen and it has nothing to do with tourism,” said Martha Mendez, who sells day trips for tourists to places such as the Maya ruins Chichén Itzá.
“If you’re not in that (criminal) circle, you’re fine,” she said.
Still, three men were gunned down in the Cancún hotel zone last November and the prosecutor’s office in the city was shot up a few months later. Five security guards died at an electronic music festival in Playa del Carmen in January, and a July shootout in a nightclub on the city's famed Fifth Avenue injured three. Gunmen shot a police commander outside his home in late July.
A June survey by state statistics institute INEGI found 79% of Cancún residents call the city “insecure,” up nearly six percentage points from December.
Tourists tend to stick to Cancún’s isolated all-inclusive resorts, minimizing the risk of encountering violence.
“It’s fine here. We’ve been taking the bus everywhere,” said George Marquez, a sign shop employee from San Antonio. “I wouldn’t say that about the (U.S.-Mexico) border region.”
Tourist walks along the beach in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on March 28, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Slim, AFP/Getty Images)
“There are gangs everywhere. You have to be smart,” said DeJuan Muschamp, a bank employee from Belize. "I’ve had no issues. I didn’t get sick drinking the liquor,” he added, referring to a USA TODAY Network report about tourists falling ill after drinking what they believe to be adulterated liquor in Cancún clubs and resorts.
Local residents, meanwhile, live in shabby barrios that tourists seldom see.
“Everyone says we live in paradise. But there’s a heaven and hell here. Hell is the colonias” where people live, said Ildefonso Pool, an Uber driver and 37-year resident of Cancún. “This city brings in more money than any other in the country, and people live in a garbage dump.”
Cancún, with a current population 725,000, was a sparsely populated fishing outpost prior to 1970, when the Mexican government started construction to turn this part of the Yucatan Peninsula into a resort and tourism locale. Tourism was always the focus, never accommodating the hoards of impoverished workers arriving. 
“Every mayor here talks as if they are the tourism secretary … and doesn’t plan for residents so that they can live with a little dignity,” said Celina Izquierdo, of the Social and Gender Violence Observatory, which monitors security issues. “Cancún never planned for growth or social development. It planned for tourism development."
U.S. State Department warns tourists about tainted alcohol at Mexico resorts after blackouts reported
Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published July 26, 2017 | Updated Nov. 10, 2017
The U.S. State Department is alerting travelers to Mexico about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could cause sickness and blacking out.
The department on Wednesday updated its information page specific to Mexico under Safety and Security, cautioning vacationers who choose to drink alcohol to “do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”
“The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities,” a department official said in an email to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The updated warning comes in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation surrounding a Wisconsin woman’s death that raised questions about drinks being served in all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Following the initial report, the Journal Sentinel has received accounts from more than three dozen people reporting similar experiences after drinking limited amounts of alcohol at such resorts.
“Following these reports and in consultation with our Posts in Mexico, we updated our Country Specific Information for Mexico to provide updated safety information regarding potentially tainted alcohol,” the department official said in the email.
The blackouts have happened to men and women, young and old, to singles and to couples, according to interviews with travelers and family members whose loved ones died or were injured at the resorts, as well as hospital records, ambulance receipts, hotel correspondence and other documents.
Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old from Pewaukee, died in January after being pulled listless from a pool at the Paraiso del Mar, part of a cluster of Iberostar resorts near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She was brain dead, and a few days later was flown to Florida, where she was taken off life support.
Her brother, 22-year-old Austin, also reported blacking out. He had a lump on his forehead and a severe concussion. The two had arrived with their mother and step-father at the resort just hours earlier and had been drinking at a swim-up bar.
Numerous others told the Journal Sentinel of similar experiences, with several couples reporting blacking out at the same time. A woman from Neenah reported being sexually assaulted, while her husband woke with a broken hand.
Blackout incidents have happened at Iberostar’s property in Cancun and at the company's cluster of resorts 30 miles to the south in Playa del Carmen. Incidents were also reported at other all-inclusive resorts in the region.
Often the vacationers reported they drank tequila, but in other cases it was rum, beer or another alcohol.
The new State Department travel alert cautions people to drink in moderation, but many told the Journal Sentinel they had only a drink or two before losing consciousness and waking up hours later — with no recollection of how they got back to their rooms or to the hospital, or how they were injured.
An attorney working for the Conner family recently visited the Paraiso del Mar pool area, where the Conners had been swimming, and noted in a report: “They serve alcoholic drinks with alcohol of bad quality and in great amounts, mixing different types of drinks."
A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service found that 43% of all the alcohol consumed in the nation is illegal, produced under unregulated circumstances resulting in potentially dangerous concoctions.
The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010 — not just from small local establishments, but from hotels and other entertainment areas, according to a 2017 report by the country's Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks.
The bootleg liquor could be infused with grain alcohol or dangerous concentrations of methanol, cheaper alternatives to producing ethanol, government reports warn.
In a statement last week, Spain-based Iberostar said the company adheres to strict regulatory standards and noted they "only purchase sealed bottles (of alcohol) that satisfy all standards required by the designated regulatory authorities."
In addition, a representative for the company said in an email to the Journal Sentinel that resort officials responded appropriately to the discovery of the Conner siblings in the pool.
"From the moment in which the guests were found, IBEROSTAR personnel acted with urgency, following established protocols," the email stated.
“We reiterate that we are deeply saddened by this incident and that we take this matter very seriously – our heart is with the family and has been from the moment the incident occurred several months ago."
Travelers also told the Journal Sentinel they faced difficulties getting help in Mexico, from reluctance by police to take reports to hospitals and clinics demanding cash payments — sometimes of amounts that seemed to involve gouging.
The State Department alert noted:
"U.S. citizens have lodged a large number of complaints about unethical business practices, prices, and collection measures against some of the private hospitals in Cancun, the Maya Riviera, and Cabo San Lucas. Travellers should make efforts to obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care in these locations."
The State Department also said U.S. citizens should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico.
“The Embassy stands ready to provide appropriate consular services to any U.S. citizens in need."
Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter. Her work has been recognized with numerous national awards, including a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for exposing rampant fraud in Wisconsin's child-care subsidy program. Contact Raquel by email at, or by phone at 414-224-2778. You can follow her on Twitter: @raquelrutledge.
Is Mexico getting more dangerous for Canadian tourists?
Drug cartels and violent crime are rampant, but there are 'bubbles' of safety, expert says
By Nicole Ireland, CBC News
Posted: Jan 17, 2017
A man carries scuba tanks on the beach near the Blue Parrot nightclub, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Mexican authorities said they are investigating a deadly shooting at the club Monday that left a Canadian and four others dead. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)
The deaths of five people, including a Canadian man, in Monday's nightclub shooting in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, are tragic — but that doesn't mean it's more dangerous for people to travel to the popular resort area, security experts say.
"Chicago has had close to a 1,000 shootings in the last year," said Walter McKay, a former Vancouver police detective who is an expert on security issues in Mexico. "I still don't see a travel advisory on [a] Canadian website for Chicago."
Global Affairs Canada does not have a nationwide travel advisory in place for Mexico, but its website 
does advise Canadians against "non-essential travel" to several states in the northern and western parts of the country. Those areas are far from Playa del Carmen, Cancun and other beach vacation destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula in the east.
Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel in the pink-shaded areas of Mexico. Exceptions within the advisory zones include the cities of Monterrey, Mazatlan, Hermosillo, Guaymas/San Carlos, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Taxco and Morelia. However, the Canadian government urges travellers to 'exercise a high degree of caution' throughout Mexico, even where no advisory is in place. (Natalie Holdway/CBC News)
Still, the Canadian government urges travellers anywhere in Mexico to "exercise a high degree of caution due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks throughout the country."
More than 1.9 million Canadians travel to Mexico every year, according to the Global Affairs website, and the "vast majority" do not have any safety problems.
Mexico as a whole is plagued with violence, largely drug-related, McKay said. But it's Mexicans themselves, not tourists, who are most often the victims.
The country tends to have "bubbles," he said, which are "safe" and "have lower homicide rates than many cities in Canada and especially the United States." Those places include Playa de Carmen and nearby Cancun, he said, as well as Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's west coast. 
Kirk Wilson, 49, from the Hamilton, Ont., area, was working security for the BPM Festival when he was killed in the shooting at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun, Mexico. (Neil Forester)
"You have these places — the [Mexican] government has [a] vested interest in keeping them safe," McKay said, "so it spends a lot of money in security forces to make sure tourists can fly in, spend their money and fly out."
But the key to maximizing safety, he said, is to stay within the resorts.
The danger for tourists in Mexico is "being in the wrong place in the wrong time — because if you stay within these bubbles, your chances of encountering a violent or unpleasant incident are the same or less than if you're at home, for the most part."
State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said the gunman fired directly at one of the Mexican victims at the Blue Parrot nightclub, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. A confused shootout ensued in which guards — it is not clear whether festival security personnel or the Mexican's bodyguards — returned fire.
Scott Stewart, vice-president of tactical analysis for Stratfor, a U.S.-based global security consulting firm, said the shooting was clearly targeted — likely related to organized crime factions — and the other victims were unfortunate "collateral damage."
Despite Monday's tragic shooting, Playa del Carmen has a lower murder rate than many cities in Canada and the U.S., says Walter McKay, an expert on security issues in Mexico and a former Vancouver police detective. (Walter McKay)
"There are a lot of issues down there in some of these clubs, especially if you have a club ... where there is a lot of dope flowing," Stewart said.
But he still wouldn't hesitate to advise his clients to travel to Mexico, Stewart said, although he recommends tourists don't go outside their resorts late at night and that they be aware of their surroundings.
He also notes he would give that same advice to people travelling to other popular sun destinations, including Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
For both of those countries, the Global Affairs Canada website tells Canadians to "exercise a high degree of caution" due to crime, but there are no national or regional advisories against non-essential travel.    
Neither Stewart nor McKay believe that Monday's shooting indicates an increased threat to tourists in Mexico, even though criminal activity continues to be rampant.
"[The drug cartels] are business entities," McKay said. "They're there to make money. And if they start shooting up and doing this all the time and all the tourists flee, well, what's the point of having the Playa del Carmen area under your control?"

With files from The Associated Press
Timeline: Canadians killed in Mexico since 2006 (to 2010)
Vincent McDermott
November 16, 2010
According to Foreign Affairs Canada, 112 Canadians have been killed in accidents, murders, drownings or suicides since Mexico started an aggressive war against its various drug cartels in Feb. 2006. From that number, 15 Canadians were murdered or died in suspicious deaths.
Nov. 14, 2010:
An explosion at a Cancun resort kills five Canadians and two employees. Seventeen people were reported injured. Mexican authorities say that the explosion was caused by an accumulation of natural gas beneath the hotel, however a spokesperson from Mexico’s environment ministry said that this was unlikely.
Oct. 30, 2010:
Daniel Dion of Ottawa disappeared during a business trip on Oct. 22. Dissatisfied with the Canadian consulate and local police, Mr. Dion’s relatives decided to start their own search for Mr. Dion.
His family and found the 51-year-old’s body in the trunk of a car that had been torched near Acapulco
They had used the vehicle’s GPS to locate the sight. Mexican police confirmed that he had been kidnapped.
June 9, 2010:
Kenneth Klowak of Mansfield, Ont. was travelling near the Texas-Mexico border, when a gunman jumped onto the roof of the had just started his vacation when a gunman climbed onto the vehicle he was travelling in. When the driver refused to stop, the gunman fired into the vehicle, killing Mr. Klowak.
Sept. 17, 2009:
The body of Renee Wathelet of Montreal was discovered in her apartment near Cancun, after being stabbed repeatedly and having her throat cut
Neighbours called police after hearing screams and seeing a man carrying a bloody knife. He was later arrested.
May 15, 2008:
Vancouver-area resident Bouabal Bounthavorn, 29, died after three men appeared at his hotel room in Cabo San Lucas and shot him three times. His girlfriend was shot in the foot before the gunmen fled. Mexican authorities believe that the incident was a botched robbery. Two men have been charged.
Nov. 27, 2007:
Christopher Morin fell from a four story hotel balcony. Mexican authorities say they found traces of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana in the blood and that the 30-year-old Albertan had committed suicide. Friends who were travelling with Morin said that they saw nothing that would indicate Mr. Morin was suicidal, and that he had gotten into an argument at a bar earlier that evening.
May 6, 2007:
Jeff Toews, a 34-year-old Albertan, died after falling from a second storey balcony at a Cancun resort, after he returned from a night club. An autopsy confirmed that his injuries were consistent with that of a fall. However, his family believes that he was beaten, possibly by security guards at the resort.
Jan. 17, 2007
Glifford Glasier of Chatham, Ont. died of injuries that he suffered from a hit and run accident in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 67-year-old was on vacation with his wife, Janette Lerch, 54. She was seriously injured in the incident.
Jan. 8, 2007:
Adam DePrisco, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, Ont., was killed outside an Acapulco nightclub. Local police say that Mr. DePrisco was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Friends who were travelling with him say he was beaten and thrown out of a bar after dancing with a local girl’s girlfriend. Days later, Ontario coroners found evidence that DePrisco could have been hit with a car, not beaten to death.
Feb. 20, 2006:
Dominic and Nancy Ianiero of Woodbridge, Ont. were found dead in their hotel room. The couple, who had no gambling debts or any ties to organized crime, were in  Mexico for their daughter’s wedding. Mexican authorities originally suspected  two Thunder Bay women of the murders, but were later cleared.

A judge issued an arrest warrant for a hotel security guard in July, 2009.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

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What’s Behind Crown Prince’s Crackdown In Saudi Arabia - And Where Will It Lead?
To loyal Saudis, the crown prince is courageously taking on corruption. To sceptics, he’s indulging in a power grab that could inflame tensions. Whoever is right, Saudi Arabia will never be the same
By Thomas W. Lippman
18 November 2017
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Life in Saudi Arabia is very different today from what it was a few weeks ago – not on the streets or in the markets, where activity is normal, but in the way the kingdom does business and governs itself.
With astonishing speed, the headstrong young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has seized control of almost all levers of power in his country and disrupted patterns of governance and commerce that had been in place for decades.
At the age of 32, he has shunted aside all potential rivals, gained control over the armed forces and security services, taken charge of economic planning and oil policy, instituted a more muscular foreign policy and altered the line of succession to the throne. Not since the reign of King Abdul Aziz, who founded the modern kingdom in 1932, has one member of the al-Saud family wielded such uncontested power.
To his supporters, mostly Saudis, his stunning moves, including the arrests of princes and billionaire tycoons, represented a long-overdue shake-up of a feudal system that was choking on corruption and incompetence, and was no longer sustainable. Those arrested and dismissed from their positions apparently submitted without protest, reflecting the fact, as one Saudi analyst said, that “those old rich guys have no constituencies” except each other. He described the arrests as “shock therapy” for a sclerotic system. The message to the sprawling royal family is “no more parasites”, he said.

Saudi men chat in front of a poster of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photo: AFP
“Saudis are saluting Prince Mohammed and appreciate the courage it takes to do what he is doing,” a prominent Riyadh businessman wrote in a private communication. “There are very few instances in the past when I saw Saudis all agree to something, and this is one of them.”
To outside analysts, including many with long experience in Saudi affairs, it appears that the prince has staged a power grab that could threaten the kingdom’s stability, discourage foreign investors, and exacerbate the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran that has inflamed tensions across the Middle East.
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It may be years before the full outcome is known. It is possible both groups are right – it was a power grab, but it was also necessary. Either way, there is no doubt that the familiar Saudi Arabia that represented a reliable strategic and economic partner for the United States and other Western powers has been unalterably changed. The old patterns, in which kings ruled by consensus within the royal family and parcelled out positions of power to all its branches, and in which Saudi Arabia’s preferred instruments of foreign policy were diplomacy and cash, rather than confrontation, have been cast aside.

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“Call it shock and awe. Call it a purge. Call it a clean sweep. However it’s characterised, the mass arrest of some of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent royals, administrators, and tycoons [in early November] has completely upended both the structure of the Saudi elite and the country’s way of doing business,” the Washington-based analyst Hussein Ibish wrote.
Another prominent Arab commentator, Rami G Khouri, decried what he called a “dangerous phenomenon”. He said “the wealthiest and strongest Arab state, Saudi Arabia, has decided to adopt the most destructive and failed governance model of one-man rule for life that has brought most of the Arab region into the early decades of the 21st century as a tattered, fraying wreck.” The Saudis, he said, are adopting a state model that failed in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and other Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman with Crown Prince Mohammed. Photo: Reuters
Few people outside Saudi Arabia knew much about Crown Prince Mohammed before his father, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, became king in the spring of 2015. He had held no prominent public position and, unlike his elder and better educated half-brothers, had never studied outside Saudi Arabia or served in the military. But it soon became apparent that his father, who is 81, was entrusting him with fast-expanding responsibilities and was grooming him as a successor.
Backed by his father, the young prince has taken on one powerful portfolio after another, sidelining potential rivals within the ruling family. He is now the designated heir to the throne, minister of defence, director of an interministerial committee responsible for all economic planning and oil policy, and chairman of an “anti-corruption” commission empowered to arrest people and seize assets without court proceedings. An earlier shake-up removed the previous crown prince, the respected Mohammed bin Nayef, and stripped him of his position as minister of the interior, the agency that controls the police. With the dismissal and arrest on November 3 of Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the son of the late King Abdullah who commanded the National Guard, Prince Mohammed bin Salman took over the last component of the security and defence forces that did not already report to him. Under the Saudi system, in which the king is also prime minister, the crown prince has become de facto head of the entire government.
Saudi Arabia’s previous crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef. Photo: AP
All kings for the past half-century have distributed those positions and commands to other princes of the al-Saud dynasty, building the family consensus that has ensured stability. Crown Prince Mohammed’s supporters have accepted and even acclaimed his moves as essential to breaking bureaucratic obstacles and personal fiefdoms that have impeded the economic and social restructuring they see as necessary.
In addition to taking over the government, Crown Prince Mohammed is clearly appealing to the country’s tech-savvy younger generation with social changes that will enhance personal freedoms. The most notable was the decision to allow women to drive, beginning next summer, but the prince has also silenced reactionary imams and preachers and promoted once unthinkable entertainment options, such as concerts and cinemas.

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Some analysts have likened his consolidation of power to that of President Xi Jinping of China, who also has used a campaign against corruption to centralise power and tighten control over society and the Communist Party, but the analogy is inexact. Xi is twice Crown Prince Mohammed’s age and is a veteran of years inside the ruling system, while the prince was a newcomer to public affairs. Saudi Arabia has not imposed the restrictions on the internet and travel that limit dissent in China: young Saudis are the most active users of social media in the Arab world, and are mostly free to leave the country if they wish.
Prince Mohammed is appealing to the country’s younger generation with social changes – including allowing women to drive. Photo: EPA
The purge that shocked Saudi Arabia began on the weekend of November 3-4, with the mass arrests of princes, well-known business executives, media tycoons and even cabinet ministers. The government still has not released a full list, but it unofficially leaked some of the most prominent names to al-Arabiya, the Saudi-owned news outlet. In addition to Prince Miteb, the list included Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a globally connected investor said to be one of the kingdom’s richest men, who is Rupert Murdoch’s partner in the Rotana entertainment group; Bakr bin Laden, chairman of the construction conglomerate that bears the family name; Alwaleed al-Ibrahim, owner of the MBC television network; and Adel Fakieh, the minister of economy who was a principal architect of Crown Prince Mohammed’s ambitious “Vision 2030” for modernising the kingdom’s economy and ending its dependence on oil revenue.
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is thought to be among those arrested. Photo: AP
Six days later the official Saudi News Agency issued this statement from Saud Al-Mojeb, identified as attorney general and “member of the supreme anti-corruption committee formed by Royal Order” the same weekend as the arrests:
“The investigations of the supreme anti-corruption committee are proceeding quickly, and we can provide the following updates:
1. A total of 208 individuals have been called in for questioning so far.2. Of those 208 individuals, seven have been released without charge.3. The potential scale of corrupt practices which have been uncovered is very large. Based on our investigations over the past three years, we estimate that at least US$100 billion has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades.
The evidence for this wrongdoing is very strong, and confirms the original suspicions which led the Saudi Arabian authorities to begin the investigation into these suspects in the first place.
Given the scale of the allegations, the Saudi Arabian authorities, under the direction of the Royal Order issued on November 4, have a clear legal mandate to move to the next phase of our investigations, and to take action to suspend personal bank accounts.
On Tuesday, the Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), agreed to suspend the personal bank accounts of persons of interest in the investigation.”
A man withdraws money from an ATM in Riyadh. There have been widespread reports of prominent Saudis moving their money out of the country. Photo: Reuter
That explains the widespread reports of prominent Saudis moving their money out of the country.
The government has not said what will happen to the suspects. They are not in jail, not yet – they are confined to the luxury Riyadh Ritz-Carlton hotel. Saudi sources say the authorities are negotiating with them over how much of their wealth they will turn over to buy freedom, and expect to use those settlements as precedents for similar negotiations with many others it has so far chosen not to arrest.
Whether this amounts to a legitimate effort to recover ill-gotten gains or, as one analyst said, a “sheikh-down”, apparently depends on who is doing the analysing. The reality is that arrangements that would be perceived as corrupt in many countries have been the lubricant of commerce in Saudi Arabia for decades. Seekers of government contracts and import licences routinely paid “commissions” or “finder’s fees” to princes and prominent middlemen.

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Whether those rake-offs can be terminated, and how the foreign investors whom Crown Prince Mohammed is courting to implement his economic plan will respond to the new environment, remains to be seen. Even assuming that all members of the ruling family acquiesce in the crown prince’s full control of the country and avoid the palace feud that crippled the country in the 1960s, he will have his hands full steering the kingdom through one of its most difficult periods in many years.
Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil facility. The slump in oil prices has created wide budget deficits in the kingdom. Photo: Handout
The continuing slump in oil prices has created wide budget deficits and forced the kingdom to borrow in international markets for the first time in years and draw down its foreign currency reserves, which have declined from US$737 billion in August 2014 to US$475 billion. Those figures lend urgency to Crown Prince Mohammed’s plan to restructure the economy, but so far that plan has produced more lofty goals than development or jobs.
As defence minister, the prince is also responsible for the war in Yemen, which is in its third year with no end in sight. Led by Saudi Arabia, an Arab coalition is battling Yemeni rebels known as Houthis, whom the Saudis have depicted as tools of the kingdom’s arch-rival, Iran.
Saudi Arabian bombing has destroyed much of Yemen’s infrastructure, killed at least 10,000 people – including civilians – displaced millions, and brought Yemen to the brink of famine. But American military analysts say an aversion to casualties means the Saudis fly at too high an altitude to bomb effectively. They avoid the loss of air crews and planes, minimising popular criticism, but do not achieve their objectives.
An armed Yemeni man looks at a communications tower destroyed in Saudi-led air strikes. Photo: AFP
The Saudis see Iranian aggression all around them, in Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Lebanon, and because of their lingering resentment over the United States’ acceptance of an international agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear programme, they no longer feel fully confident in the US as their strategic protector – despite unstinting rhetorical support from President Donald Trump.
But they remain heavily dependent on American military equipment and training, and are taking delivery of billions of dollars in weapons ordered during the Obama administration.
Despite rhetorical support from US President Donald Trump, the Saudis are no longer fully confident in the US. Photo: AP
Saudi Arabia has also engineered a multi-nation boycott of its neighbour, Qatar, which the Saudis and their allies accuse of being supportive of Islamic extremist groups and insufficiently hostile to Iran. The boycott has disrupted life and commerce throughout the Arab Gulf monarchies, and has disrupted years of American efforts to get those countries to enhance their defence capabilities through joint action. That stalemate has defied intervention by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the emir of Kuwait.
“Saudi Arabia doesn’t care about Qatar any more,” a well-placed Saudi said in a private conversation. “The elephant doesn’t worry about the fly,” he said, dismissing Qatar because of its tiny population.
However shrewd and energetic Crown Prince Mohammed may be, it will require all the luck and skill he can muster to navigate these treacherous waters.

Thomas W. Lippman is the author of Saudi Arabia on the Edge
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