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2017年10月31日

Mexican tourism falls dramatically due to rising drug cartel violence

Mexican tourism falls dramatically due to rising drug cartel violence
Guests in Mexican hotels have canceled 35,000 booked nights in the coming year, as hotel occupancy tumbled 10 percent this year. The reason is an outbreak of violence near tourist hot spots.

While the Mexican peso is weak, which is usually a sign for more bookings, American tourists still prefer to stay away from Mexico. Gunmen opened fire at a Cancun nightclub in November, and an ice cooler containing two severed heads was found at the resort of Cabo San Lucas.

Murders have quadrupled in Los Cabos and doubled in Cancun this year. Authorities in Mexico recorded 2,234 homicides in June, making it the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years.

For the first six months of 2017, Mexican authorities opened 2,155 homicide investigations, 31 percent more than in the same period last year.

Homicides rose in Baja California Sur, the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and even in Mexico City, the places which had been long considered an oasis from drug cartel violence.

As a result, this August, the US State Department issued a warning, saying that “US citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states.”

"Group tourism automatically went down the moment the warning hit," Carlos Gosselin, head of the hotel association for Cancun and Puerto Morelos told Bloomberg.

According to the report, hotel chains like Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International are spending millions to make guests return. However, Marriott told the media that “Mexico continues to be a desirable destination for visitors from around the world and we've had very few cancellations for the Holiday season due to this matter."

Barclays says the decline in tourism could cost Mexico half a percent of its gross domestic product. Mexico gets about $20 billion a year from tourism.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

被曝問題に対する人々の姿勢が変化 次なる苛酷事故の際には阿鼻叫喚の混乱になるだろう

※  cmk2wl‏ @cmk2wl 氏の2017/10/31のツイート
「危険厨」「安全厨」という分類があるらしいけど、危険厨(と見せかけていた?)アカウントが、コロッと安全厨にひっくりかえるケースが増えている。
フェーズの一貫性が取れないということは分裂しているということ。
あるいはそもそも何も考えてなかったか。

・・・引用終わり・・・

このブログ管理人は、ツイッターのフォロー先も少なく、参照しているサイトもデータ主体の公的運営主体によるものが主なので特に気付きませんでした。

ただ、このブログのアクセス実績を通じてわかるのは、平日午前中のアクセス数が数年前と比べて段違いに少なくなっていることです。この時間帯の読者は、主に主婦です。

菜っ葉大根情報は載せなくなりましたし、サプリメントなどの情報もありません。福島第一原発事故による健康被害情報は継続掲載していますが、事例的なものでも深刻度が高まっていて見たくない情報だということもありましょう。

管理人が現地調査に出かけて測定した結果は、エステーエアカウンターを使ってやっていたころはアクセスがありました。ですが、それがSOEKS、さらにMAZURと機器を高度化させてくるにつれてこういう測定結果の記事に対するアクセスが減っています。

とても不思議に思うのは、地名を伏せて深刻な被曝を受けるリスクが高い場所、つまり空間線量率が高いところ、表面汚染が強いところの記事を掲げても、全然照会などがないことです。

市原市については、年に何回も確認し、その都度場所の推定がつくような情報を加え、最後は地図まで掲げましたが1件のコメントも照会も意見もありませんでした。

鎌ヶ谷市については、放射能問題をテーマに活動している市民グループがあり、公園などで測定を行ってその結果を公表していますが、ガンマ線のみの測定では片手落ちです。道野辺小学校付近での測定結果も掲げましたが、1件のコメントも照会もありませんでした。鎌ヶ谷市では残念な事故が起きてしまいました。

松戸市新松戸近辺の測定結果については、当初から見出しを刺激的なものにしたためかそれなりのアクセスがありました。ただ、その前に掲載した高塚交差点の測定事例についてはアクセスが少なかったです。

こういう測定事例を掲載する際に、管理人はそれがどれほど危険なのか、という点については触れていません。被曝による健康障害の発生については学問的にも研究が乏しく、同じ場所に住んでいても生活行動で被曝態様が大きくことなるからです。それに最も大きな健康被害発生要因である吸気被曝は管理人の現地調査ではほとんど分かりません。

MAZURで測って地上高1m、急に65cpm(0.19μSv/h相当)が出れば放射性物質を含んだ気流が流れてきていると判断し、内部被曝回避のためにそこを退散する程度の対応しか自分自身できないわけですから。

危険度は、相対比較で見るしかありません。人口動態の指数化も地域相対比較を行って地域のリスク度合いを把握するためのものです。これは当初の狙い通りの成果を上げています。東京第23区の指数がワーストワンであることは、他にどんな要因で説明できるでしょう。

そう言えば、東京第23区に住むと言う方からのコメントも質問もほとんど記憶にありません。

放射能問題を勉強した人も知れば知るほどに事態の深刻さが分かってくる。そしてその問題がいつ終わるかも見えない。自分が死ぬまで続く。原発の再稼動が続き、更なる事態の深刻化も十分ありうる。

そこまで分かると、心因性の不整脈が出たりする人もおられるであろうことは良く理解できます。

食べ物に注意を払っていても、いつしか怪しげなものも口にするようになる。管理人もそうです。

被曝回避を社会制度的にビルトインしなければ、個人の負担が大きくなりすぎて被曝回避を長い年月にわたって維持するのは難しいのです。個人のレベルでも、近海魚は食べない、国産の乳製品は食べない、汚染地域産の農産物は産地で一律排除という割り切りをしないと、とても対応できるものではありません。それでも産地偽装もあって油断できない。

ただでも疲れきっているのに、ガンマ線以外のベータ線源やアルファ線源に気をつけろと言うサイトなどを眼にしたら、もう無理! ということになるのでしょう。

それも仕方がないと思います。それぞれの生き方です。私自身、他の模範となるほどに被曝回避を実践できているとは思いません。

ただ、そんなふうに現状を評価しつつ、次なる苛酷事故の際にはすさまじい被曝による健康被害が発生するだろう、自分の目で確かめる機会がないことを願っていますが、今は過去の被曝はさておいて次なる被曝回避をどうやって回避するか、それに関心を集中させています。

GM-10の貸出しを検討しているとあるところに書きましたが、これまでのところ反応なし。知ってどうする、もう避難のための引越しは嫌だ! どこに越したらよいか! 確かにその通りです。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:53| Comment(1) | 福島原発事故

2017年の末までにISISは破壊される

RT2017/10/30
‘ISIS will be destroyed before year’s end’- Duma defense chief
The head of the Lower House Committee for Defense, a former commander of the Airborne Troops, says that by the end of 2017 the Syrian government will regain control of its eastern border and the Islamic State terrorist group will ‘cease to exist.’
“We count upon the scenario in which [Syrian] government forces restore control over the eastern border of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic State ceases to exist as a military structure,” MP Vladimir Shamanov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The MP was speaking at a meeting between members of the parliamentary defense committees of Russia and Kazakhstan on Monday.

Shamanov also stated that it was already clear that Russian Air Force had successfully fulfilled all major objectives of its Syrian operation.

Last week President Vladimir Putin said that Syrian government forces, supported by the Russian Air Force, had liberated over 90 percent of the country’s territory. Earlier, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that before Russia sent its Air Force Group to fight the Islamic State, terrorists had controlled about 70 percent of Syrian territory.

Also on Monday Russian business daily Kommersant quoted unnamed “military-diplomatic sources” as saying that Russia planned to reduce its military presence in Syria in the nearest future, because the counter-terrorist operation was nearing its end. However, the sources noted that the anti-aircraft defense systems protecting sites used by the Russian Air Force would remain in the country.

Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov neither confirmed nor denied Kommersant’s report, saying that such decisions are never publicly announced.

Russia began its Air Force operation against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In mid-March of this year, President Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to begin the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, as most of the initial objectives of the operation had already been achieved by that time. However, the president also decided to maintain Russia’s military presence at the port of Tartus and at the Khmeimim airbase in order to monitor the ceasefire arrangements in Syria.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:57| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリアの反政府勢力向けの援助はすべてトルコを経由し米軍と調整された

2017年10月30日
カタール高官がシリア戦争の裏にいる国々を曝露と同じ内容です。アラビア語の動画が70万回閲覧されています。

RT2017/10/30
Al-Nusra terrorists may have received Syria ‘aid’ sent to rebels by Qatar, US, Saudis – Qatari ex-FM

https://www.facebook.com/RTPlayArabic/videos/1987188038237539/

Some of the military aid sent to the Syrian opposition by Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US may have ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra terrorists, the Qatari foreign minister has admitted.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani
foreign minister between 1992 and 2013
prime minister between 2007 and 2013
Born: August 30, 1959 (age 58), Doha, Qatar

The revelations, which are the first of their kind to emerge, were contained in a statement by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who served as Qatari foreign minister between 1992 and 2013. When the conflict started in Syria back in 2011, Hamad bin Jassim said that he went straight to the late Saudi King Abdullah, who then supported Doha’s plan on Syria.

While Qatar is now being accused by the Gulf kingdoms of backing terrorism, Hamad bin Jassim insists that when the Syrian crisis broke out, Doha, Riyadh and Washington were “in one and the same trench” in their vision on supporting anti-Assad militants. He made the comments during a television interview with Qatar TV in October.

According to the former minister, all aid destined for the Syrian rebels passed via Turkey and was coordinated with the US forces. “All aid distributed on Syrian territory was also coordinated by the US forces,” said Hamad bin Jassim who also served as Qatari prime minister between 2007 and 2013.

He did not specify who exactly was to receive the aid, but the US – together with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have repeatedly voiced their support for Syrian opposition and issued both humanitarian and military aid to anti-government militants.

Distributing aid wasn’t always smooth and on at least one occasion the shipment might have fallen into the hands of terrorists, which the former official suggested were from the group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front.

“Maybe there was some ‘interaction’ with Al-Nusra militants,” Hamad bin Jassim said. He did state that Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) terrorists were not the ones who received this unspecified aid.

At the same time, he stressed that Qatar “stopped” all interactions with Al-Nusra Front after the group was formally recognized as a terrorist organization by the international community. However, he did not specify whether the group had been supported by Doha and its allies prior to this decision.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim: All the support that reached the Syrians was in coordination with the Turks and the Americans .. # The truth- Qatar TV (@QatarTelevision) October 25, 2017

The politician apparently likened Assad and his government to “prey” that was hunted by the Gulf monarchies and their allies but eventually got away: “We’ve all focused on liberation of Syria, but we all were fighting over the prey [Syria] and now the prey is gone. And many people in Syria died,” he said.

With Syrian President Bashar Assad still in power after years of war, many countries have suggested that he should remain, the Qatari ex-minister said. He voiced his frustration that the then-allies did not coordinate their policy shift with Doha: “I don’t object to one changing his mind if he finds that he was wrong, but at least inform your partner.”

The Syrian war, which triggered a major refugee crisis, entered its sixth year last March. The Damascus government has repeatedly dubbed the US-led campaign in the region as "illegitimate.” In September, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that the US was enabling former Al-Nusra jihadists to subvert the Astana peace process.

According to data from Russian Defence Ministry, an offensive launched by Al-Nusra terrorists and their allies in Syria last September was orchestrated by US security services, aimed at derailing the Syrian Army operation near Deir ez-Zor.

This is not the first time that US aid has been found to have ended up in the wrong hands. In May, a declassified audit from the US Department of Defense showed that negligent accounting by the US military had resulted in the Pentagon not knowing what happened to more than $1 billion in arms and equipment meant for the Iraqi Army. The findings were made public as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from human-rights group Amnesty International.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:08| Comment(0) | 国際・政治