Border Issues

Death at the Border and San Diegans Protest In Arizona

June 18, 2010 by Source

Editor: Rocky Neptune accompanied local San Diegans as they caravaned to Phoenix to join thousands in protest of Arizona’s new immigration and ethnic studies laws. Here, he recites his observations of that trip and summarizes local developments, including the death of Anastasio Rojas.

by Rocky Neptune
San Diego Man Brutally Beaten to Death by Border Agents

In front of hundreds of terrified border crossers several U.S. Border Patrol Officers killed Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, 42, a lifetime resident of San Diego, with a wife and five children. Apparently, trying to flee earlier abuse by agents after his arrest some hours earlier Hernandez Rojas, was attempting to run into Mexico, to awaiting Mexican custom officials, when federal agents tasered him and beat him to death Friday evening, May 28.

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Arizona Pastor Beaten and Tasered by Border Patrol

April 17, 2009 by Source
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Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Ariz., says he was Tasered, assaulted and denied medical treatment after he refused to submit to a search by Border Patrol officers at an immigration checkpoint east of San Diego. The ACLU has called the area a “Constitution-free zone” where such abuse has become commonplace.

The pastor of a Baptist church in the Phoenix area says he was stopped at an internal Border Patrol checkpoint, Tasered and beaten.

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Eye-Popin’ News from San Diego: Outrage at Border Agents and Powerlink

February 22, 2009 by Source
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BORDER AGENTS BLOCK MARCHERS
In the end, immigration activists never made it to the site of yesterday’s planned demonstration, a plaza dubbed Friendship Park that sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean at Border Field State Park. For the first time, Border Patrol agents formally sealed off access on the U.S. side to the plaza, for years a popular meeting place on the U.S.-Mexico border for families to visit through the fence.
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POWERLINK CAUSES OUTRAGE
Jody Morgan cherishes his 100-acre property in El Monte Valley, where El Cajon Mountain rises above the rural community that’s home to a dairy and horse farms. At a Lakeside planning group meeting Wednesday night, Morgan held up a photo he created of what the valley would look like if the proposed Sunrise Powerlink transmission line were built there.

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‘Bush’s Way of Waving Goodbye to Syria?’

October 28, 2008 by Staff

World Condemns U.S. Action –  Iraq Rejects American Move Into Syria by Josh Ward / Der Spiegel / October 28, 2008 BERLIN. The US says its cross-border raid into Syria killed a top terrorist. Still, international reaction has been intense and critical. While the German government has kept silent, media commentators haven’t been shy about […]

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As the Violence Soars, Mexico Signals It’s Had Enough of America’s Stupid War on Drugs

October 15, 2008 by Staff

The U.S.-financed War on Drugs has had savage results in Mexico, and now its president wants to decriminalize pot, cocaine and heroin possession. By Silja J.A. Talvi / AlterNet / Posted October 14, 2008. Even on his most homicidal of days, Al Pacino’s character in Scarface couldn’t even approach the level of drug trafficking-related brutality […]

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A US-NATO War In Pakistan? – An Anatomy of the Current Crisis

September 24, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE: Pakistan Army says it found U.S. spy drone wreckage but denies shooting plane down – Go here for story. by Alan Nasser / Common Dreams / Sept. 22, 2008 On Saturday evening, the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, one of the city’s two most luxurious hotels, located near the presidential office, the parliament building, […]

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Pakistanis open fire on US copters

September 22, 2008 by Staff

By Ishtiaq Mahsud / The Associated Press / Posted : Monday Sep 22, 2008 15:35:57 EDT ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani troops and tribesmen opened fire on two U.S. helicopters that crossed into the country from neighboring Afghanistan, intelligence officials said Monday. The helicopters did not return fire and re-entered Afghan airspace without landing, the officials […]

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Nun Describes Witnessing Prison Riots

September 22, 2008 by Staff

Overcrowding Blamed for Riots That Left 23 Dead Including 2 Americans By Artie Ojeda, NBC 7/39 Reporter /  Mon., Sept. 22, 2008 SAN DIEGO – An Amercan nun who was the only outsider allowed into a Tijuana prison the day after riots broke out describes the horrifying ordeal. Riots at the La Mesa Penitentiary outside […]

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Photos From the Tijuana Prison Riots

September 19, 2008 by Staff

Here are a few photos of the two riots at La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, September 14 & 17.

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Georgia On My Mind

September 16, 2008 by Richard Nadeau

The song “Georgia On My Mind” has been one of my favorites for many years. I have several versions of the song on CD. But lately it has been another Georgia on the far eastern shores of the Black Sea that I have been worried about. She does not bring me peace of mind.The worry […]

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Are We About to Go to War With Pakistan?

September 16, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

We have to ask this question despite the assurances we are being given. There’s been a flurry of diplomatic activity within the last 24 hours. Earlier today, Sept. 16th, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, made a hastily arranged flight to Pakistan for talks.  Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, meanwhile, […]

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Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids

September 16, 2008 by Staff

by Stephen Graham / Huffington Post /  September 16, 2008 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s military has ordered its forces to open fire if U.S. troops launch another air or ground raid across the Afghan border, an army spokesman said Tuesday. The orders, which come in response to a highly unusual Sept. 3 ground attack by […]

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100 San Diegans Protest Blackwater’s Otay Mesa Training Facility & the Media Ignored It

September 13, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Local Mainstream Media Boycott Demonstration – Politicians Are a No-Show OTAY MESA, San Diego, CA.  One hundred San Diegans protested on a warm Saturday afternoon, in the middle of an industrial park. They were protesting the training facility of Blackwater, the mercenary outfit that is operating just a couple blocks from the U.S.- Mexican border. […]

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5 Reasons to Demonstrate Against Blackwater Today – Sept. 13th – at Otay Mesa

September 13, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a demonstration against Blackwater being in San Diego County today. From 3pm to 5pm down at their Otay Mesa facility. Here’s five reasons to protest their incursion into our region: 1. Blackwater is a mercenary group responsible for the massacre a year ago in Iraq. Blackwater Worldwide has a history of killing innocent civilians. […]

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The Value of One, the Value of None

September 11, 2008 by Staff

An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era By Tom Engelhardt/ TomDispatch.com / September 11, 2008 In a little noted passage in her bestselling book, The Dark Side, Jane Mayer offers us a vision, just post-9/11, of the value of one. In October 2001, shaken by a nerve-gas false alarm at the White House, […]

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U.S. Role in Georgia Crisis

August 20, 2008 by Staff

By Stephen Zunes / ZNET /August, 20 2008 Source: Foreign Policy in Focus The international condemnation of Russian aggression against Georgia — and the concomitant assaults by Abkhazians and South Ossetians against ethnic Georgians within their territories — is in large part appropriate. But the self-righteous posturing coming out of Washington should be tempered by […]

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Russia and Georgia : Proportion and Distortion

August 20, 2008 by Staff

By Michael Neumann / CounterPunch.com / August 20, 2008 It’s said that Russia’s response to Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia is disproportionate: we hear of “Western leaders anxiously watching for a withdrawal and puzzling over how to punish Moscow for what they called a disproportionate reaction to the Georgian offensive”. No one has asked whether […]

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Georgian minister tells Israel Radio: Thanks to Israeli training, we’re fending off Russian military

August 20, 2008 by Staff

Editor: This article is a week old, but should be viewed by Americans who are too quick to jump to their old Cold-War attitudes. By Haaretz Staff / Posted August 12, 2008 Georgian Minister Temur Yakobashvili yesterday praised Israel for its role in training Georgian troops and said Israel should be proud of its military […]

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High Cost of Diesel Protest Hits Tijuana

August 19, 2008 by Staff

by Kinsee Morlan / at Last Blog On Earth / August 18, 2008 Saturday night (August 16, 2008) at around 8 p.m., the streets of downtown Tijuana were taken over by a parade of semi trucks protesting the high cost of diesel fuel. The wailing horns of the trucks could be heard across the city. […]

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Georgia War: A Neocon Election Ploy?

August 14, 2008 by Staff

By Robert Scheer / truthdig / August 13, 2008 Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival from the grasp of the Russian bear was stoked to influence the US presidential election?Before you dismiss that possibility, consider […]

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Putin Is Not Hitler

August 14, 2008 by Staff

by Michael Dobbs / Washington Post / for the August 17, 2008 Sunday edition It did not take long for the “Putin is Hitler” analogies to start, following the eruption of the ugly little war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. A neo-conservative commentator, Robert Kagan, compared the Russian […]

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Developments in Georgia-Russia Conflict

August 14, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Georgian Leader’s Overstated Claims Finally Challenged by U.S. Media & Government Unsubstaniated claims by Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili on Wednesday, August 13th, are finally being recognized and challenged for what they are by U.S. media and the government. The Associated Press stated that Saakashvili’s false claim that the United States is readying to take over […]

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The Real Aggressor

August 13, 2008 by Staff

Georgian invasion of South Ossetia sets the stage for a wider war by Justin Raimondo / antiwar.com / Originally posted August 11, 2008 The anti-Russian bias of the Western media is really something to behold: “Russia Invades Georgia,” “Russia Attacks Georgia,” and variations thereof have been some of the choice headlines reporting events in the […]

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Ceasefire Holds Despite Wild Claims By Georgia’s Leader that Russian Troops Have Encircled Capital

August 13, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Georgia Leader Tries to Incite West by Claiming Russian Forces Are Encircling the Capital of Georgia Trying to incite the U.S. and other Western nations, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili told CNN that Russian forces are moving towards the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, and trying to encircle the city. “The Russians are encroaching upon the capital. They […]

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Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” Still Banned In Wales – New Effort to Overturn Ban Begins

August 12, 2008 by Staff

From the ‘I Just Couldn’t Resist’ Desk: “He’s not the Messiah – he’s a very naughty boy!” scene in famous parody could finally be seen by the Welsh if former actress gets her way by Steffan Rhys / Western Mail (Wales) / Originally posted Jul 21 2008, but who cares? IT FEATURED some of the […]

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Georgia-Russia Fight Over South Ossetia: ‘the plot sickens ….’

August 12, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Editor: The more we understand the context and sub-plots of the six day war between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia, the more we see our own government’s underhandedness and complicity in Georgia’s military attack on the autonomous region. Georgia attacked Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, without warning, – right after it had just […]

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Georgia Tries out the Bush War Doctrine, Loses Badly

August 12, 2008 by Staff

The president of tiny Georgia must have caught a case of his pal Bush’s war lust to attack a Russian ally and think he’d win. By Gary Brecher / eXiled Online / Posted August 12, 2008. There are two basic facts to keep in mind about the smokin’ little war in Ossetia: 1. The Georgians […]

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Russia’s Medvedev Orders Halt to Military Action in Georgia

August 12, 2008 by Staff

by: Megan K. Stack and Peter Spiegel / The Los Angeles Times / Tuesday 12 August 2008 The close ally of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the military operation against Georgia, sparked by fighting over the disputed breakaway republic of South Ossetia, had accomplished its goals. Tbilisi, Georgia – The Russian president today ordered […]

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Roots of Georgia-Russia Clash Runs Deep

August 11, 2008 by Staff

By Fred Weir / The Christian Science Monitor / August 12, 2008 edition MOSCOW – Ancient ethnic strife, fanned by East-West rivalry and Moscow’s growing regional ambitions, lie behind the war over Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where Russian troops opened a second front Monday.For dozens of young Ossetian men lined up […]

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More News From South Ossetia – Georgia – Russia

August 11, 2008 by Richard Nadeau

South Ossetians flee cellars for safety in Russia by Dmitry Solovyov / Reuters / August 11, 2008 JAVA, Georgia, Aug 11 (Reuters) – A safe haven in Russia was almost within sight for refugees from South Ossetia’s besieged capital on Monday as they waited in parched streets for buses to ferry them over the border. […]

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