Mexico: “We Are the Problem Because We Disturb the Government and the Narcos” · Global Voices

“The human traffickers grab you as a woman, the hired killers if you’re a student. Here we are all the problem, disturbing the Government as well as the narcos; we’re faced with repression on two fronts, the legal and the illegal. Because the narcos are the government in this state. The narcos are the ones in power; the Zetas are literally the ones who manipulate this whole state, rule it; here they charge you use rights, there they charge you to operate a bar, they charge you just to have a job,” said the young University of Veracruz graduate who, up to the time of her death was cultural affairs promoter.

Vera’s body was found last Friday, July 31, together with those of other three women and photojournalist Rubén Espinosa, 31, in an apartment in Mexico City’s Narvarte section. Vera’s body showed signs of “a gunshot wound to the head and multiple abrasions.” Both Espinosa and Vera were well known in Veracruz for publicly denouncing the violence and out-of-control impunity in the city, especially after 2010, when Javier Duarte de Ochoa took the reins of the state government.

via Mexico: “We Are the Problem Because We Disturb the Government and the Narcos” · Global Voices.

Turkey’s Push Into War Is Seen as Erdogan’s Political Strategy – The New York Times

so when Mr. Erdogan, now president, suffered a stinging electoral defeat in June that left his party without a majority in Parliament and seemingly dashed his hopes of establishing an executive presidency, Turks were left wondering how he would respond.

Now many say they have their answer: a new war.

In resuming military operations against the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., analysts see a calculated strategy for Mr. Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party to regain its parliamentary majority in new elections.

Having already delayed the formation of a coalition government, analysts say, Mr. Erdogan is now buttressing his party’s chances at winning new elections by appealing to Turkish nationalists opposed to self-determination for the Kurdish minority.

via Turkey’s Push Into War Is Seen as Erdogan’s Political Strategy – The New York Times.