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There's No Need to Panic Over the Mexico Travel Warning

Travelers who keep an eye on U.S. State Department warnings may know by now that the department has issued cautions for the Mexican states of Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur. The addition of those states to the government's periodic updates of travel dangers caused a significant stir, largely because they are the homes to two of Mexico's most popular resorts: Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. It is not surprising that these states were included in the warning, which was issued Aug. 22. As Mexico's powerful drug cartels have splintered, a spiral of crime and violence has enveloped all parts of the country, to include its storied resorts. However, I believe that by understanding what drives the violence, and the types of the incidents that result, companies operating in Mexico and travelers to the country can avoid most of it.
Cartel Balkanization and the Spread of Violence
For well more than a decade, Stratfor has kept an eye on Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking cartels. An…

TRUMP THRIVES ON TENSIONS WITH N. KOREA, SUGGESTS JAPAN, S. KOREA TO BUY SOPHISTICATED MILITARY EQUIPMENT

© AFP 2017/ KIM JAE-HWAN US President Donald Trump has found a way to thrive on tensions with North Korea. The US president claimed on Tuesday that the US would allow South Korea and Japan to buy more “highly sophisticated” US military equipment in response to the so-called North Korea threat. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States. 14:36 - 5 Sep 2017 18,95418,954 Replies

PUTIN: “IT IS DIFFICULT TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO CONFUSE AUSTRIA AND AUSTRALIA”

Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at his blog It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part of the American establishment. As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilised people. Vladimir Putin Wow.  Even though I have just written a commentary on the level of frustration and, frankly, contempt, the Russians are feeling towards their American counterparts, these words by Vladimir Putin are truly a slap in the face that will resonate around the world for a long time to come even if the imperial corporate media makes another herculean effort at not noticing them.   I can only repeated what I said in my previous article, I have never ever heard anything even remotely resembling the kind of language coming out of Russia today. By the way, Putin confirmed what I wrote yesterday when he said: “

IRAN CLOSES ITS AIRSPACE FOR US, SAUDI AIRCRAFT

Iranian air defense missiles (Photo: AFP) Iran has closed its airspace for US and Saudi Arabia as well as for other countries that have attacked Yemen, the Iranian FARS News agency reported citing Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier Gen Farzad Esmayeeli. “After the cruelties against Yemen and given the fact that the military system of a country is not separate from its government and trade system, therefore, we cannot show double-standard behavior towards the world and for instance, when we say that the US is a world arrogant power, therefore, we don’t allow the US aircraft, even passenger planes, to fly over the Islamic Republic of Iran because we are against its government’s policies,” FARS News quoted Gen Esmayeeli as saying on Tuesday. According to FARS News, the decision will also impact other countries which have attacked Yemen, including Saudi Arabia.