by Mike Whitney
Published: Jun. 01, 2011 – Information Clearing House
Imagine what your reaction would be if the Mexican government agreed to pay Barack Obama $1.4 billion to deploy US troops and armored vehicles to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to conduct military operations, set up check points, and engage in fire-fights that end up killing 35,000 US civilians on the streets of American cities.
If the Mexican government treated the United States like this, would you consider them a friend or an enemy?
But–the thing is–this is exactly how the US is treating Mexico, and it’s been going on since 2006.
by James Petras
Published: May 19, 2011 – Rense.com
In May 2011, Mexican investigators uncovered another mass clandestine grave with dozens of mutilated corpses; bringing the total number of victims to 40,000 killed since 2006 when the Calderon regime announced its “war on drug traffickers”. Backed by advisers, agents and arms, the White House has been the principal promotor of a ‘war’ that has totally decimated Mexico’s society and economy.
If Washington has been the driving force for the regime’s war, Wall Street banks have been the main instruments ensuring the profits of the drug cartels. Every major US bank has been deeply involved in laundering hundreds of billions of dollars in drug profits, for the better part of the past decade.
Dr Antonio Chavez, a specialist in respiratory diseases at the Mexico National Institute of Health, said there was panic as medical staff in Mexico City struggled to deal with the problem.
Another doctor claimed that in the early stages, staff were asked not to place the reason for dying on the death certificates.
More than 100 deaths in Mexico have been connected to the swine flu, but only 18 cases have been definitively linked to the virus through laboratory testing.
A further 1,600 people have complained of flu-like symptoms since the authorities publicised their concern about the virus on April 23.
Mexico was not aware of the novel strain of swine flu until tests were carried out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America at the end of April.
It is thought the virus – which mainly strikes people in their 20s and 30s – had been prevalent in Mexico since the beginning of March.
Dr Chavez said: “There is a severe emergency over the swine flu here. More and more patients are being admitted to the intensive care unit. Despite the heroic efforts of all staff – doctors, nurses, specialists – patients continue to inevitably die.”
Writing on BBC Online, he said many medical staff were scared of catching the virus: “The infection risk is very high among the doctors and health staff.
“There is a sense of chaos in the other hospitals and we do not know what to do. Staff are starting to leave and many are opting to retire or apply for holidays.
“The truth is that mortality is even higher than what is being reported by the authorities, at least in the hospital where I work.
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– Mexican government announces fatal flu outbreak
– WHO says Mexico cases same as mysterious U.S. virus
– New mixture of viruses never seen before (Adds Mexico City color, Egypt bird flu death)
MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Reuters) – A deadly strain of flu never seen before has killed as many as 61 people in Mexico and has spread into the United States, where several people were reported ill.
Mexico’s government said on Friday that at least 16 people have died of the disease in central Mexico and that it may also have been responsible for 45 other deaths.
The World Health Organization said genetic tests of the virus in 12 of the Mexican victims had the same genetic structure as a new strain of swine flu, designated H1N1, seen in seven people in California and Texas. [nLO274836]
Because there is clearly human-to-human spread of the new virus, raising fears of a major outbreak, Mexico’s government canceled classes for millions of children in its sprawling capital city and surrounding areas.
“It is a virus that mutated from pigs and then at some point was transmitted to humans,” Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said.
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