Tuesday, August 30, 2016


The Wasting of Borneo: Dispatches
From a Vanishing World
Nonfiction book by Alex Shoumatoff
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Penguin Random House:
Acclaimed naturalist Alex Shoumatoff issues a worldwide call to protect the drastically endangered rain forests of Borneo. 
In this wide-ranging narrative, seasoned travel and environmental writer Alex Shoumatoff takes readers on a journey from the woods of rural New York to the rain forests of the Amazon and Borneo, documenting both the abundance of life and the threats to these vanishing Edens. 
Since growing up in the forest of Bedford, New York, Shoumatoff has built a career as an author and journalist, traveling the world to bring to light places, animals, and indigenous cultures in peril. And there is hardly any place more imperiled than Borneo. Insatiable demand for the palm oil ubiquitous in Western consumer goods is wiping out the world's most ancient and species-rich rain forest, home to the orangutan and countless other life-forms, as well as the Penan people, who are fighting for their right to exist as their home is logged and burned to make way for vast palm-oil plantations. Shoumatoff takes us to their villages and introduces us to their way of life and their habitat. 
In his first book in twenty years, Shoumatoff explores what binds humans to animals, nature, and each other, and calls for Westerners to address the palm-oil crisis and protect the biodiversity that sustains us all.

Monday, August 29, 2016


BBC News:

Zika Virus

Florida State University (FSU): "A team of researchers from Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health has found existing drug compounds that can both stop Zika from replicating in the body and from damaging the crucial fetal brain cells that lead to birth defects in newborns."


University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science: "In a new study, University of Miami (UM) scientists found high concentrations of toxins linked to neurodegenerative diseases in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks. The research team suggests that restricting consumption of sharks can have positive health benefits for consumers and for shark conservation, since several of the sharks analyzed in the study are threatened with extinction due to overfishing."


University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF): "Ice Age inhabitants of Interior Alaska relied more heavily on salmon and freshwater fish in their diets than previously thought, according to a newly published study."


University of Texas at Austin: "Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing in Nature led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin."


Deutsche Welle (DW):

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Voice of America: "FARC rebel commanders in Colombia have ordered a final cease-fire at the stroke of midnight Sunday (0500 UTC Monday) as part of a permanent peace deal with the government."

Yellow Fever


Saturday, August 27, 2016


BBC News: "An ambush on a military patrol in Paraguay has left at least eight soldiers dead."


The Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex:
The True Narrative That Inspired
Herman Melville's Moby-Dick
Nonfiction book by Owen Chase
Foreward by Kenneth Kamler
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Perseus Books Group:
The Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex is the harrowing narrative of an unfortunate vessel's calamitous encounter with a great white whale, and the crew's perilous fight for survival on the open sea. This Explorers Club edition faithfully reproduces Owen Chase's original 1821 narrative, in which he chronicles the great whale's attack on the ship, the Essex’s subsequent sinking, and the more than exhausting months at sea that followed, in which the fraction of the crew that survived desperately clung to life. Struggling against a relentless sea, the insufferable climate, and ever-increasing hunger, Chase was one of only eight crew members who survived the ordeal. 
Evoking all of the passion and terror of the greatest adventure stories, The Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex is a thrilling tale that captures both man and beast's most shocking and raw natural impulses. Filled with terror and suspense, it is no wonder that the great American novelist Herman Melville chose it as his inspiration for one of the most iconic works of literature in American history.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Federated States of Micronesia

U.S. Coast Guard: "Two mariners who were stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia, are safe, Friday, after writing 'SOS' in the sand."


United States

God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion
and the Making of Modern America
Nonfiction book by Louis S. Warren
Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Hachette Book Group:
In 1890, on [American] Indian reservations across the West, followers of a new religion danced in circles until they collapsed into trances. In an attempt to suppress this new faith, the U.S. Army killed over two hundred Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek. Louis Warren's God's Red Son offers a startling new view of the religion known as the Ghost Dance, from its origins in the visions of a Northern Paiute named Wovoka to the tragedy in South Dakota. To this day, the Ghost Dance remains widely mischaracterized as a primitive and failed effort by Indian militants to resist American conquest and return to traditional ways. In fact, followers of the Ghost Dance sought to thrive in modern America by working for wages, farming the land, and educating their children, tenets that helped the religion endure for decades after Wounded Knee. God's Red Son powerfully reveals how Ghost Dance teachings helped Indians retain their identity and reshape the modern world.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


BBC News:

Washington (U.S. State)

U.S. Justice Department:
A federal jury today convicted a Vladivostok, Russia, man of 38 counts related to his scheme to hack into point-of-sale computers to steal and sell credit card numbers to the criminal underworld, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes of the Western District of Washington. 
Roman Valerevich Seleznev, aka Track2, 32, was convicted after an eight-day trial of 10 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of intentional damage to a protected computer, nine counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, nine counts of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices and two counts of aggravated identity theft.  U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones of the Western District of Washington scheduled sentencing for Dec. 2, 2016. 
According to testimony at trial and court documents, between October 2009 and October 2013, Seleznev hacked into retail point-of-sale systems and installed malicious software (malware) to steal credit card numbers from various businesses from a server he operated in Russia. Many of the businesses were small businesses, some of which were restaurants in western Washington, including the Broadway Grill in Seattle, which was forced into bankruptcy following the cyber assault. 
Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that the malware would steal the credit card data from the point-of-sale systems and send it to other servers that Seleznev controlled in Russia, the Ukraine or in McLean, Virginia. Seleznev then bundled the credit card information into groups called "bases" and sold the information on various "carding" websites to buyers who would then use the credit card numbers for fraudulent purchases, according to the trial evidence. Testimony at trial revealed that Seleznev's scheme caused 3,700 financial institutions more than $169 million in losses. 
When Seleznev was taken into custody in July 2014 in the Maldives, his laptop contained more than 1.7 million stolen credit card numbers, some of which were stolen from businesses in western Washington. The laptop also contained additional evidence linking Seleznev to the servers, email accounts and financial transactions involved in the scheme. 
Seleznev is charged in a separate indictment in the District of Nevada with participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO) and conspiracy to engage in a RICO, as well as two counts of possession of 15 or more counterfeit and unauthorized access devices. Seleznev is also charged in the Northern District of Georgia with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, one count of bank fraud and four counts of wire fraud.
 Seleznev is the son of Russian parliament member Valery Seleznev.

World Population

Population Reference Bureau (PRB):
The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to projections included in the 2016 World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). 
The world population would hit the 10 billion mark in 2053 if the assumptions underlying PRB's 2050 projections are applied to subsequent years. 
"Despite declines in fertility rates around the world, we expect population gains to remain strong enough to take us toward a global population of 10 billion," said Jeffrey Jordan, president and CEO of PRB. "Significant regional differences remain, though. For example very low birth rates in Europe will mean population declines there while Africa's population is expected to double." 
PRB’s projections show Africa's population will reach 2.5 billion by 2050, while the number of people in the Americas will rise by only 223 million to 1.2 billion. Asia will gain about 900 million to 5.3 billion, while Europe registers a decline from 740 million to 728 million.  Oceania (which includes Australia and New Zealand) would rise from 40 million to 66 million.


Agent 110: An American Spymaster
and the German Resistance in WWII
Nonfiction book by Scott Miller
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Simon & Schuster:
This is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender to bring about the end of World War II before the Soviet's advance. 
Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an eminent family. From his townhouse in Bern, and in clandestine meetings in restaurants, back roads, and lovers' bedrooms, Dulles met with and facilitated the plots of Germans who were trying to destroy the country's leadership. Their underground network exposed Dulles to the political maneuverings of the Soviets, who were already competing for domination of Germany, and all of Europe, in the post-war period. 
Scott Miller's fascinating Agent 110 explains how leaders of the German Underground wanted assurances from Germany's enemies that they would treat the country humanely after the war. If President Roosevelt backed the resistance, they would overthrow Hitler and shorten the war. But Miller shows how Dulles's negotiations fell short. Eventually he was placed in charge of the CIA in the 1950s, where he helped set the stage for U.S. foreign policy. With his belief that the ends justified the means, Dulles had no qualms about consorting with Nazi leadership or working with resistance groups within other countries to topple governments. 
Now Miller brings to life this exhilarating, and pivotal, period of world history — of desperate renegades in a dark and dangerous world where spies, idealists, and traitors match wits and blows to ensure their vision of a perfect future.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Deutsche Welle (DW):


From Harvard University: "A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot — nicknamed the 'octobot' — could pave the way for a new generation of such machines."

Youth Unemployment

International Labor Organization (ILO):


Three Minutes to Doomsday: An FBI Agent, a Traitor,
and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History
Nonfiction book by Joe Navarro
Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Simon & Schuster:
This edge-of-your-seat memoir from former FBI agent Joe Navarro reveals the shocking, inside details of how he spearheaded a 1980s investigation into a colossal espionage breach that would have left the U.S. defenseless in a Soviet attack. 
In 1988 FBI Agent Joe Navarro divides his time among SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. A body-language expert with an uncanny ability to "read" the suspects he interrogates, Joe dreams of snaring an assignment that will get him noticed by headquarters. Then he interviews Rod Ramsay. 
Ramsay is a former American soldier who is linked to a soldier-turned-traitor, Clyde Conrad. When Navarro notices Ramsay's hand twitch at the mention of Conrad's name, Joe thinks he smells a liar. He insists to his bosses that they launch an investigation. What follows is unique in the annals of espionage detection — a cat-and-mouse game played at the highest level. Navarro is the FBI agent who can't overtly tip to his target that he suspects him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and Rod Ramsey is the suspected traitor — an evil genius with the second highest IQ ever recorded by the U.S. Army — who enjoys sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro must pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance. 
And the backdrop to this battle of wits is the crumbling of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that Russian leaders may launch all-out war. If they do, they will have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro learns over the course of nearly fifty mind-bending interviews, Ramsay has handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the U.S. Three Minutes to Doomsday puts it all into exciting focus, from the shocking revelations of what Ramsay and other American soldiers leaked to the human factors that even today expose our most critical secrets to thievery.
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Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's
Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die
Nonfiction book by Garrett M. Graff
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Simon & Schuster:
A fresh window on American history: The eye-opening truth about the government's secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil — even if the rest of us die — a roadmap that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today. 
Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, code-named "MUSSEL," flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the Presidential motorcade, most people assume the squadron is a travel perk for VIPs. They're only half right: while the helicopters do provide transport, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear attack on the capital. In the event of an attack, select officials would be whisked by helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens were left to fend for themselves. 
For sixty years, the U.S. government has been developing secret Doomsday plans to protect itself, and the multibillion-dollar Continuity of Government (COG) program takes numerous forms — from its plans to evacuate the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to the plans to launch nuclear missiles from a Boeing 747 jet flying high over Nebraska. In Raven Rock, Garrett M. Graff sheds light on the inner workings of the 650-acre compound (called Raven Rock) just miles from Camp David, as well as dozens of other bunkers the government built its top leaders during the Cold War, from the White House lawn to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado to Palm Beach, Florida, and the secret plans that would have kicked in after a Cold War nuclear attack to round up foreigners and dissidents and nationalize industries. Equal parts a presidential, military, and cultural history, Raven Rock tracks the evolution of the government plan and the threats of global war from the dawn of the nuclear era through the War on Terror.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL): "With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, 'ethical ivory' from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an insatiable market in China. This rush on mammoth ivory is luring 'tuskers' into the Russian wilderness and creating dollar millionaires in some of Siberia's poorest villages."

Travel Warning

U.S. State Department:


United States

The Land of Enterprise: A Business History
of the United States
Nonfiction book by Benjamin C. Waterhouse
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Simon & Schuster:
A new, gripping history of America — told through the executives, bankers, farmers, and politicians who paved the way from colonial times to the present — reveals that this country was founded as much on the search for wealth and prosperity as the desire for freedom. 
The Land of Enterprise charts the development of American business from the colonial period to the present. It explores the nation's evolving economic, social, and political landscape by examining how different types of enterprising activities rose and fell, how new labor and production technologies supplanted old ones — and at what costs — and how Americans of all stripes responded to the tumultuous world of business. In particular, historian Benjamin Waterhouse highlights the changes in business practices, the development of different industries and sectors, and the complex relationship between business and national politics. 
From executives and bankers to farmers and sailors, from union leaders to politicians to slaves, business history is American history, and Waterhouse pays tribute to the unnamed millions who traded their labor (sometimes by choice, often not) or decided what products to consume (sometimes informed, often not). Their story includes those who fought against what they saw as an oppressive system of exploitation as well as those who defended free markets from any outside intervention. The Land of Enterprise is not only a comprehensive look into our past achievements, but offers clues as to how to confront the challenges of today's world: globalization, income inequality, and technological change.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Travel Warning

U.S. State Department:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

American Indians

NPR: "Florida, with its lush grasslands, ranks tenth in the nation for its beef cattle herds — nearly 2 million head. And the Seminole Tribe of Florida is a major player in the cattle industry."

Saturday, August 20, 2016


United States

Good Friday on the Rez: A Pine Ridge Odyssey
Nonfiction book by David Hugh Bunnell
Publication Date: April 25, 2017

Macmillan Publishers:
Good Friday on the Rez introduces readers to places and people that author, writer, and entrepreneur David Bunnell encounters during his one day, 280-mile road trip from his boyhood Nebraska hometown to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to visit his longtime friend, Vernell White Thunder, a full-blooded Oglala Lakota, descendant of a long line of prominent chiefs and medicine men. 
This captivating narrative is part memoir and part history. Bunnell shares treasured memories of his time living on and teaching at the reservation. Sometimes raw and sometimes uplifting, Bunnell looks back to expose the difficult life and experiences faced by the descendants of Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull while also illuminating their courageous resiliency. 
Substantive and at times disturbing, Bunnell reflects back to his time on the rez during the violent '70s when he smuggled food to radical Indians at Wounded Knee. Peppered with Vernell White Thunder's spellbinding stories of growing up in a one-room log house with his medicine man grandfather, Bunnell's begs the reader to join in on the poignant conversations about present-day Native Americans. 
Good Friday on the Rez is a dramatic page-turner, an incredible true story that tracks the torment and miraculous resurrection of Native American pride, spirituality, and culture — how things got to be the way they are, where they are going, and why we should care.
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The Thunder Before the Storm:
The Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt
Nonfiction book by Clyde Bellecourt
as told to Jon Lurie
Available: November 15, 2016

Minnesota Historical Society Press:
Iconic activist and AIM cofounder Clyde Bellecourt tells "the damn truth" about the American Indian Movement as he lived it. 
The American Indian Movement [AIM] burst onto the scene in the late 1960s as indigenous people across the country began to demand what is rightfully theirs. Clyde Bellecourt, whose Ojibwe name translates as "The Thunder Before the Storm," is one of its cofounders and iconic leaders. This powerful autobiography provides an intimate narrative of his childhood on the White Earth Reservation, his long journey through the prison system, and his embodiment of "confrontation politics" in waging war against entrenched racism. 
Bellecourt is up-front and unapologetic when discussing his battles with drug addiction, his clashes with other AIM leaders, his experiences on the Trail of Broken Treaties and at Wounded Knee, and the cases of Leonard Peltier and murdered AIM activist Anna Mae Aquash. This gritty, as-told-to memoir also uncovers the humanity behind Bellecourt's militant image, revealing a sensitive spirit whose wounds motivated him to confront injustice and to help others gain a sense of pride by knowing their culture. 
The Thunder Before the Storm offers an invaluable inside look at the birth of a national movement — the big personalities, the creativity, and the perseverance that were necessary to alter the course of Native and American history.

New York

Voice of America: "Taxi drivers in New York City, a largely immigrant community, are no longer required to know English."

Friday, August 19, 2016


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL):
Forget duty-free vodka and "matryoshka" dolls: Travelers looking for a last-minute souvenir of Russia can now pick up an assault rifle — well, a plastic replica — before heading for flights out of Moscow's main airport. 
Arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has opened a shop at the terminal of a train that carries passengers from central Moscow to Sheremetyevo International Airport. 
Along with less striking souvenirs such as pens, backpacks, and caps, the boutique sells replicas of assault rifles and pistols.


From Stockholm University, Sweden: "A Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has been dendrocronologically dated to be more than 1,075 years old. This makes it currently the oldest known living tree in Europe."


U.S. State Department:


Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History
Nonfiction book by Bill Schutt
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Algonquin Books:
Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons related to famine, burial rites, and medicine. Cannibalism has also been used as a form of terrorism and as the ultimate expression of filial piety. 
With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, Bill Schutt, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us on a tour of the field, exploring exciting new avenues of research and investigating questions like why so many fish eat their offspring and some amphibians consume their mother's skin; why sexual cannibalism is an evolutionary advantage for certain spiders; why, until the end of the eighteenth century, British royalty regularly ate human body parts; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals. 
Today, the subject of humans consuming one another has been relegated to the realm of horror movies, fiction, and the occasional psychopath. But as climate change progresses and humans see more famine, disease, and overcrowding, biological and cultural constraints may well disappear. These are the very factors that lead to outbreaks of cannibalism — in other species and our own.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Middle East

United Nations: "A new United Nations report lays bare the widespread and systematic manner in which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da'esh) has committed 'terrible atrocities' against the Yezidi and other ethnic and religious communities, the UN envoy for Iraq said today, calling for the perpetrators to be fully and properly held to account."


University of Washington (UW):
Paleontologists with the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture have discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex, including a very complete skull. The find, which paleontologists estimate to be about 20 percent of the animal, includes vertebrae, ribs, hips and lower jaw bones. 
The team, led by UW biology professor and Burke Museum Adjunct Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Greg Wilson, discovered the T. rex during an expedition to the Hell Creek Formation in northern Montana — an area that is world-famous for its fossil dinosaur sites.


The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos,
and  a Friendship Made and Lost in War
Nonfiction book by James McGrath Morris
Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Hachette Book Group:
From World War I, when they both served as ambulance drivers, to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War, writers Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos maintained a close, complex, and tumultuous friendship while at the apex of their creative powers. 
Eager to find his way in life and words, Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France, as he retrieved the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Hemingway, who was just arriving for service in the ambulance corps. Two months later, Hemingway was seriously wounded, and his story was splashed across newspapers in America. When the war was over, they both knew they had to write about it; they had to give voice to what they felt about war and life. 
Their friendship and collaboration developed through the peace of the 1920s and 1930s, a time in which no American author became more associated with the literature of war than Hemingway, while Dos Passos penned the greatest antiwar novel of his generation, Three Soldiers. As they each achieved literary recognition for works that saw war differently, their friendship slowly unraveled. By the time they came back from another war — in Spain — their lives, loves, and ideologies had irretrievably torn them apart. Making war on each other through books, they both wrote novels with unflattering characters barely disguised as each other. When eulogists heaped praise on Hemingway at his funeral, his old friend, Dos Passos, walked out. 
Set in the caf├ęs of Paris and on the streets of Pamplona, on the ski slopes of Austria and in the waters off Key West, The Ambulance Drivers is an evocative rendering of two of the century's greatest writers at work and at play, in companionship and rivalry, giving voice to the Lost Generation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


BBC News: "Three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slit by glass-coated strings used for flying kites on India's Independence Day."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA):

East Africa

Voice of America: "The militant group al-Shabab, once a threat primarily in Somalia, has grown and expanded its aspirations, operations and aims, and is preparing to wage a long war in East Africa, according to analysts and experts on the region."


An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom
and the Return of the Ordinary Economy
Nonfiction book by Marc Levinson
Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Perseus Books Group:
The decades after World War II were a golden age across much of the world. It was a time of economic miracles, an era when steady jobs were easy to find and families could see their living standards improving year after year. And then, around 1973, the good times vanished. The world economy slumped badly, then settled into the slow, erratic growth that had been the norm before the war. The result was an era of anxiety, uncertainty, and political extremism that we are still grappling with today. 
In An Extraordinary Time, acclaimed economic historian Marc Levinson describes how the end of the postwar boom reverberated throughout the global economy, bringing energy shortages, financial crises, soaring unemployment, and a gnawing sense of insecurity. Politicians, suddenly unable to deliver the prosperity of years past, railed haplessly against currency speculators, oil sheikhs, and other forces they could not control. From Sweden to Southern California, citizens grew suspicious of their newly ineffective governments and rebelled against the high taxes needed to support social welfare programs enacted when coffers were flush. 
Almost everywhere, the pendulum swung to the right, bringing politicians like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to power. But their promise that deregulation, privatization, lower tax rates, and smaller government would restore economic security and robust growth proved unfounded. Although the guiding hand of the state could no longer deliver the steady economic performance the public had come to expect, free-market policies were equally unable to do so. The golden age would not come back again. 
A sweeping reappraisal of the last sixty years of world history, An Extraordinary Time offers forces us to come to terms with how little control we actually have over the economy.

Sinaloa Cartel

U.S. Treasury Department:
Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two Mexican nationals and two Mexican companies pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, a money launderer, and Jose Olivas Chaidez, a key narcotics trafficker, have been designated as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) for materially assisting, supporting, or providing services to the Sinaloa Cartel and/or high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel members, including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada Garcia and his top lieutenants. OFAC has also designated two Culiacan, Sinaloa-based companies, Nueva Atunera Triton, S.A. de C.V. and Operadora Eficaz Pegaso, which are owned, controlled, or directed by, or acting for or on behalf of, Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza. As a result of today's action, all assets of those designated that are within U.S. jurisdiction or are in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
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