Trump threat: Against our Beautiful and Beloved Mexico

In his usual rude language, Donald Trump said he will regard drug traffickers as illegal groups operating in Mexico.

Such statement was immediately retorted by the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Thus, the AFP repeated the essence of his words:

In his morning press conference he asked Trump for "cooperation, not interventionism in the fight against drug trafficking."

However, he rejected controversy on the eve of Thanksgiving, "a very special date for Americans."

"In my case, I don't want to discuss anything today or tomorrow. I just want to say cooperation yes, interventionism no," he said before sending a "hug to the American people."

With this position, the president further stressed the difference between a true statesman and a barbarian from the north.

What Trump said, AFP added, unleashed criticism among different political sectors in Mexico, which they even believe it "could lead to a US intervention."

Earlier, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard rejected any meddling by his northern neighbor on Twitter.

“Mexico will never admit any action that means violation of its national sovereignty. We will act firmly. ”

I have already transmitted our position to Washington, as well as our determination to fight back organized crime, Ebrard said.

“Mutual respect is the basis of cooperation,” he wrote.

AFP recalled that Mexican-American ties share a border of almost 3,200 kilometers, and both nations have experienced moments of tension during 2019, especially due to a large traffic of undocumented migrants from Mexico to the United States.

After Trump suggested the possibility of increasing the cost of Mexican import tariffs, Mexican troops were deployed to stop irregular migration.

Now, facing this new grumbling of the rumbled and brutal North that hates all of us, Mexico's honor is endorsed.

Recently exalted when that nation saved the Indian president of Latin America, Evo Morales, from the fascist claws.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

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López Obrador details advances in first year of his mandate

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, recounted achievements of his administration in the first year that is marked today, in a crowded Zócalo that acclaimed him warmly.

Already on the big stage in front of the main gate of the National Palace and under a thunderous acclamation with slogans such as 'it is an honor to be with Obrador,' or 'Amlo, you are not alone,' he began reading his huge report of achievements of the IV Transformation of the National Life of Mexico.

The president tried to cover what his government has done in just 12 months, starting with the numerous substantial reforms to the Constitution, which allowed him to ensure there have been so many and so deep that Mexico has in fact a new Magna Carta, without shocks or violence, in peace.

The transformation of national life is in sight, he said, and the neoliberal system is left behind because now the reforms are intended to guarantee the development of the country and the well-being of the people.

Among the numerous reforms he listed the laws to fight corruption, the law of republican austerity, the extinction of the domain to recover and return the stolen people to the people, the reform to prohibit the return of taxes, classifying the fuel theft, evasion Prosecutor and electoral fraud as serious crimes.

He added the elimination of the jurisdiction to the president so that he can be put to trial for any crime, the revocation of the mandate, the popular consultation, the new labor law that guarantees the secret and direct free vote in the unions.

In addition, the health law to guarantee all Mexicans free medical care and medicines, the cancellation of the so-called educational reform and the creation of a new one, as well as the reform that allows the creation of the National Guard and giving the army and navy tasks of public safety.

A reform to raise the right to pensions for the elderly and people with disabilities and scholarships to poor students at all levels of education is in Congress.

He cited as a great success the application of the formula to end corruption and reduce the cost of government allowances to finance the budget without increasing taxes, without increasing fuel prices and without putting the country in debt.

On the other hand, López Obrador claimed the sovereign right of Mexico to practice asylum in accordance with international law, to the legal and constitutional precepts of the nation.

The president briefly referred to the traditional free and independent foreign policy of Mexico and stepped out to those who criticized the granting of asylum to former Bolivian president Evo Morales, victim of a coup d'etat.

After uttering words of praise to Morales and his plurinational government, López Obrador said that Evo 'is not only our brother, but also worthily represents the people of Bolivia and especially the indigenous people, which means a double commitment.'

He asked the whole world to listen loud and clear: Evo Morales was the victim of a coup d'etat and from Mexico, for the whole world, we want democracy, and he repeated 'democracy yes, militarism no'.

Regarding the United States, with which it shares a long border of more than three thousand kilometers in length, he insisted that his government defends the more than 36 million Mexicans living there, although with all due respect to the laws of that country.

He explained there is a radical change in immigration policy so that no Mexican is ever forced to leave the place where he was born because of poverty and insecurity.

He said his administration tries to involve the United States and Central America in economic recovery mechanisms so that all people can work, study, have health, be happy, so they do not emigrate.

In the final part, after greeting the presence in the act of former president of Uruguay José Mujica, López Obrador recalled that a year ago in that same scenario he committed himself to 100 actions in favor of the people, of which he already accomplished 89 and only rest 11 that are in the process of execution.

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AMLO Announces New Investment Agreement in Mexico

The Mexican President said he is counting with the private investment to ensure the development of Mexico. 

Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), presented on Tuesday a national agreement for infrastructure investment, which in its first stage would make  US$42 billion  by 2020 with the support of the private sector.

RELATED: Evo Denounces Set Up to Prosecute Him Internationally

The President made the announcement during his morning conference from the national palace, accompanied by the head of the Office of the Presidency, Alfonso Romo, and executives of the country's corporations and banks.

AMLO highlighted the importance of private collaboration in investment to guarantee the development of the 147 projects he has.

He said that in Mexico private investment represents 80 percent, while the state provides resources as "seed to detonate growth.”

He added that the second part of this Infrastructure Investment Agreement will be announced in January 2020, with resources for health and the energy sector.

"We are managing public finances with discipline, we said that there would be no deficit, no new taxes or that the current ones would not be increased, fuel price has not been increased, we are fulfiling our promises" said López Obrador.

He also stressed that in Mexico "is not increasing public debt," nor will the next year.

"We have saved a lot with the fight against corruption and austerity, for the first time in 14 years oil production stopped falling," he added.

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Mexican embassy awards Cuban artists

Havana, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Embassy in Havana granted the Cultural Merit award to Cuban prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes, choreographer Alberto Mendez and Cultural Director of Habana Vieja municipality, Reinaldo Mendez.

Valdes, deputy artistic director of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), has shined with her dance in all five continents and has been the guest artist of several galas, companies and festivals in many countries, a Mexican diplomat noted at a gala in Havana's Cathedral Square.

Cuban Deputy Culture Minister Fernando Rojas and Russian Ambassador Andrei Guskov were present at the ceremony, at which the Mariana de Gonitch Singing Academy, the Okantomi group and the BNC performed.

During the event, Valdes was also presented with the Gitana Tropical distinction, which is granted every year by Havana's Provincial Culture Directorate to those who contribute to the development of Cuban culture.

'I would like to express my deepest gratitude to those who appreciate art and all the organizations involved in such a beautiful event. It is a great honor for me to receive this award and above all to dedicate it to all those Cuban women who are also heroines of the dance we have today in Cuba,' Valdes said.

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WBSC and Japan Baseball leaders applaud Premier12 and its growth of international baseball

“Premier12 is extremely important to international baseball, providing the opportunity for teams to compete in a high-level, international event,” said Mr Masatake Yamanaka, President of the Baseball Federation of Japan."

World Baseball and Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari and President of the Baseball Federation of Japan Masatake Yamanaka have lauded the success of the WBSC Premier12 and baseball in Japan overall.

With two days of the WBSC Premier12 Super Round left to play before the medal matches on Sunday, Mr Fraccari and Mr Yamanaka were in agreement about how important the Premier12 is for international baseball and the growth of the sport around the world.

“Premier12 is extremely important to international baseball, providing the opportunity for teams to compete in a high-level, international event,” said Mr Masatake Yamanaka, President of the Baseball Federation of Japan. “As the Sports Director of Samurai Japan, I work on player selection and their preparation, but at the same time, together with NPB, we worked with the Tokyo Dome and ZOZO Marine Stadium to make the event very successful and provide a welcoming experience for each team and their fans who are coming here from all over the world.”

“This second edition of the Premier12 is yet another example of the continuous growth of international baseball,” said WBSC President, Riccardo Fraccari. “For this we must also praise the relationship with all professional leagues around the world; without them an event of this level would not be possible. Next summer, our athletes will be once again representing their countries, this time on the highest sport stage, the Olympic Games. The whole global baseball community is excited about it. Japan has been a wonderful home for international baseball this week and we expect to continue to showcase the best of our sport.”

Baseball was introduced in Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson, an American Teacher at Ichiban Chugaku (now Tokyo University) who presented the game to its students. Since then, baseball has become one of the most iconic and popular activities in Japan. The NPB is Japan's largest professional sports competition in terms of television ratings and spectators, that’s why baseball is expected to be one of the most important events during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

It is the second time for the WBSC Premier12 to feature in Japan after the 2015 Opening Game and Finals were held here at Sapporo Dome and Tokyo Dome respectively. The top international baseball competition in recent years, the Premier12 is the perfect lead in to what will be the historic return of baseball to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.


Efren Navarro: “This is historic for Mexico”

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Clark hit a clutch home run in the ninth inning to tie the game, while Navarro hit the game-winning RBI single in the tenth to send Mexico to the Olympics
Mexico defeated today USA, 3-2, in ten innings in a great team effort. However, the game had two heroes: Matt Clark and Efren Navarro.

“Qualify for the first time for the Olympic Games is historic for Mexico,” said Navarro, who hit the game-winning RBI single in the tenth to send Mexico to the Olympics, during the post-game interview.

“It’s a great honour. I respect a lot USA, they have great prospects that will be soon in the Major Leagues, but tonight was our night.”

“We all grow up dreaming on defending your country and playing in the Olympics. And being the first time for Mexico it’s such an honour for us and for the fans.”

Asked about the game-winning hit, Navarro said: “First we must credit the team. Our pitchers, the lineup, Clark, who homered to keep us in the game. Every at-bat is very important, I just tried to fight, to play for the team and thanks god I could do it.”

“We’re going to the Olympics,” said Clark, who tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a solo dinger. “You can’t put it in words, is such a great achievement as a country, as players, as coaches… everybody that’s involved back home, the fans. It’s going to be an amazing experience for everybody to be able to go there and show the world what we have.”

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Mexico Grants Evo Morales Political Asylum

Russia, China, Uruguay and Argentina also expressed support for Evo Morales.

Mexico which has offered Bolivian President Evo Morales political asylum on Monday after his forced resignation in the wake of a coup, while thousands of pro-Morales protesters were marching towards the nation's legislative assembly.

RELATED: Major Police Repression Against Evo Morales' Supports, 1 Dead

"It's a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president, and that violates the constitutional order of that country," Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.

Ebrard recalled that Mexico was known for respecting the domestic affairs of any nation, as well as granting the right to political asylum for whoever suffered from political persecution.

He reported that Morales did a formal request following Mexico's offer of asylum, and granted the status over "humanitarian reasons, and the emergency situation currently experienced in Bolivia."

Russia also showed strong support for Morales, lamenting "an orchestrated coup."

"We are alarmed by the dramatic developments in Bolivia, where the wave of violence, unleashed by the opposition, prevented the completion of Evo Morales's presidential mandate," said Russia's Foreign Ministry in a statement.

China also "hopes to see that both parts can find a political solution in Bolivia as soon as possible so political stability would return."

Morales repeated on Monday that he was the victim of a conspiracy by enemies including election rival Carlos Mesa and protest leader Luis Fernando Camacho. "The world and our Bolivian patriots repudiate the coup," he tweeted.

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez echoed Morales' denunciations, as well as Uruguay.

The departure of Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president and part of a wave of leftists who dominated Latin America's politics at the start of the century, followed weeks of violent protests by far-right sectors pretexting fraud claims at the Oct. 20 re-election.

In a redrawing of Latin America's political landscape, the left has regained power in both Mexico and Argentina, though powerhouse Brazil still retains a far-right government.

Bolivia under Morales had one of the region's strongest economic growth rates and its poverty rate halved.

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Mexico Condemns Coup in Bolivia, Slams OAS Over Inaction

The Mexican foreign minister will demand an emergency meeting of the Organization of American States which he accused to remain silent after the "military pronouncement and police operations".

The Mexican government said Monday it recognizes Evo Morales as t5he "legitimate" president of Bolivia, denouncing that his resignation was due to a "coup" carried out by the army, which it described as a serious setback for the region.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard also said the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would not recognize a military government in the Andean country.

"What happened yesterday (in Bolivia) we consider a coup ... It is a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president and that violates the constitutional order of that country," said Ebrard at the morning press conference of Lopez Obrador.

"The position that Mexico has defined today is to claim, demand respect for constitutional order and democracy in Bolivia," added the foreign minister who will demand an emergency meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) he accused to remain silent after the "military pronouncement and police operations."

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Mexico shuts-out Chinese Taipei, stays undefeated

A solo homer by veteran catcher Alì Solis broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth

Mexico defeated Chinese Taipei, 2-0, to keep the record perfect after game 1 of the WBSC Premier12 super round.

Mexico broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth, when veteran catcher Alì Solis homered off starter Chiang Shao-Ching.

Chiang Shao-Ching didn’t give up a hit in the first four innings. He got two quick outs to start the fifth. Then he went down in the count with Alì Solis. The Mexican catcher looked at two balls and homered on the third pitch.

“I stepped to the box with the plan of being patient and look for one pitch,” said Alì Solis in the post-game press conference. I thought I could get the fastball I was looking for with a two-ball count. He threw it to me and fortunately enough I could put the right swing on it.”

“I think I pitched a good game,” commented Chiang Shao-Ching. “I had a clear game plan. I thought I had to be aggressive in the lower part of the strike zone. I executed that plan pretty well until I gave up the home run. I realize it all comes down to that. That was the game.”

Mexico added a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Esteban Quiroz. This sent Chiang to the showers. Chinese Taipei called Chen Kuan-Yu from the bullpen.

A total of five relievers protected starter's Arturo Reyes win.

Jesus Cruz pitched the sixth. Humberto Castellanos left with a runner on in the seventh. Humberto Castellanos gave up a single to pinch hitter Hu Chin-Lung and went to the showers. Left-hander Brennan Bernardino got the key out of the top of the seventh when he struck out Lin-Li, another pinch hitter. Felipe Gonzalez got out of the inning and pitched a perfect eighth inning. Carlos Bustamante added a perfect ninth and earned the save.

“We had our chances,” said Chinese Taipei manager Hong I-Chung “I believe we played a good game overall, but we failed to turn chances into runs. I don’t have in mind many changes for the games against Australia tomorrow. I have in mind a huge change in the mental approach. It’s going to be a sport-fight.”

Mexico’s manager Juan Castro was extremely satisfied: “We knew it was not going to be easy. We came here with a lot of confidence and we earned a great win for Mexico.”

Japan comes from behind, defeats brave Australia

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The Aussie took a lead into the seventh. Their bullpen wasn't as effective as in the key game of the opening round against Canada. Samurai relievers Kaino and Yamasaki were untouchable

Japan defeated Australia, 3-2, and keeps cruising undefeated in the WBSC Premier12. The Aussie didn't let Samurai Japan have an easy debut on home turf. Australia took an early lead and gave it up only on a two-out bunt that scored pinch hitter Ukyo Shuto from third.

Reliever Jon Kennedy gave up three walks, one intentional, in the bottom of the eighth and allowed the go-ahead run.

Hiroshi Kaino and Yasuaki Yamasaki proved untouchable for Australia's lineup in the eighth and the ninth.

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