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Mexican Sports Newspaper Says To Send Salvadoran Soccer Team “To The Death Train”

After its humiliating 7-0 defeat versus Chile at this year’s Copa América Centenario, Mexico’s national soccer team is looking to regain its confidence (and its support from fans) in several upcoming World Cup qualifying matches. Although Mexico has already qualified to the next round of World Cup qualifying — nicknamed “The Hex” — coach Juan Carlos Osorio is likely hoping that a solid performance can keep Mexico’s notoriously cynical fútbol journalists from calling for his head.

Just how cynical are some Mexican soccer journalists? Ahead of El Tri’s match with El Salvador, Tiempo Real, a sports newspaper in Mexico, recently released this cover :

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CREDIT: Credit: Tiemporeal.com.mx

“Mándenlos A La Bestia.” “Send them to La Bestia,” reads the cover.

In case you’re not familiar with La Bestia, it’s a freight train that runs from Mexico’s southern border to the United States. Thousands of migrants, many of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, risk their lives attempting to cross into the U.S.

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision Noticias

It is estimated that half a million migrants ride La Bestia every year. More and more women and children are beginning to take the train ride, which consists of riding atop the train with very little food, water and little protection from the elements.

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision Noticias

The 1,4500-mile ride is so dangerous that La Bestia is also nicknamed El Tren de La Muerte (The Train of Death). Some riders have died from falling off the train, others have been sucked into the train’s wheels.

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision Noticias

La Bestia was also the target of the drug cartel Los Zetas, who kidnapped migrants and extorted them by threatening with rape or forcing them into sex slavery.

Yeah, that’s where Tiempo Real wants Mexico’s soccer team to send El Salvador’s soccer team.

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CREDIT: Credit: Univison Noticias

Can you imagine what would happen if an American sports outlet wrote about the Mexican soccer team and said something like “Deport ’em all”?

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CREDIT: Credit: Tiemporeal.com.mx

Not only does it show how cynical Mexican sports journalism can get, it also illustrates the lack of empathy that some Mexicans show for Central American migrants, who are often disrespected and dehumanized — by those in the U.S. and Mexico —  in the same way that politicians like Donald Trump disrespect and dehumanize Mexicans (and Latino immigrants). If you’re going to call out Trump and his supporters on their s**t, make sure you’re not turning around and doing the same thing.

Watch Univision’s report on La Bestia:

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READ: Find Out What Mexico Is Doing To These Central American Refugees

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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