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Award Winning Mexican Journalist Slain In Sinaloa State

Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was killed Monday in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, an area known for heavy cartel activity, the Washington Post reports. For years, Valdez reported on drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico, and authored multiple books on Mexico’s cartels. He’d previously been targeted by cartels: In 2009, a grenade was thrown into the office of Rio Doce, the publication where he worked, the Washington Post reports. Valdez’s death makes him the fifth journalist to be murdered in Mexico over the last two months. Valdez was 54.

Several journalists took to Twitter to express how they felt. Valdez’s death was met with anger…


… and disbelief.


Many peers praised their fallen brother and expressed grief at the loss.


They spoke of his dedication to journalism and journalists.


And of the friendship they shared.


Despite the heaviness of the violence, Valdez was a positive force among journalists.


And, above all else, he believed in what he did.


The death of such a high profile journalist has set a chilling precedent.

The Washington Post reported that since 1992, almost 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico, making it one of the most dangerous locations in the world to cover the news.

[H/T] Washington Post: Veteran journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico’s Sinaloa

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California Farm Workers Exposed To Toxic Pesticide Told To Seek Medical Help

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California Farm Workers Exposed To Toxic Pesticide Told To Seek Medical Help

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Dozens of farmworkers in Bakersfield, Calif., were recently exposed to extremely toxic pesticides, Mother Jones reports. It is believed that the poisoning was caused by chlorpyrifos, a chemical found in the pesticide that was being used on crops in the area.

As the New York Times reported, chlorpyrifos chemicals have alarmed public health officials for years, and until recently were on the Environmental Protection Agency’s radar for banning. However, since President Trump appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, the chemical was given the go-ahead. Mother Jones pointed out that the chemical in question was manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, whose parent company, Dow Chemical, gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

While more than fifty workers were exposed, only twelve workers reported symptoms of chemical exposure, including vomiting and nausea. Another twelve were checked but exhibited no symptoms. The remaining farmworkers dispersed before receiving medical attention, leaving their condition unknown.

Michelle Corson, a public health official for Kern County, released a statement, Kern Golden Empire reports, saying, “Anybody that was exposed, that was here today, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait. Particularly if you’re suffering from any symptoms. Whether it’s nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seek medical attention immediately.”


[VIA] Mother Jone’s: Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers.

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