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SundayJuly 25, 2010

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ACLU Files Suit Over Fremont, Nebraska Immigration Law

This week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of landlords, tenants and employers in Fremont. The premise of the suit is that Fremont’s new law stating that it is both discriminatory to those who look or sound “foreign” as well as interfering with the federal governments authority over immigration issues. Last month the town of Fremont Nebraska passed a law banning undocumented immigrants from renting property or from being hired in the town.

“This law encourages discrimination and racial profiling against Latinos and others who appear to be foreign born, including U.S. citizens,” Amy Miller, Legal Director of ACLU Nebraska, said in a statement. “We’re going to do all we can to make sure this extreme law, which would lead to individuals losing housing and jobs because of their appearance and language accent, never goes into effect.”

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President Pinera of Chile Turns Down Plea from the Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church was seeking pardons for people who committed crimes during military rule as members of the armed forces.

The Chilean Bishops Conference had pleaded with Mr. Pinera to award clemency to inmates who had already served long prison sentences and had shown repentance. Pinera rejects the idea of pardons for serious offenses such as murder and crimes against humanity. More than 3000 civilians were killed in Chile by the military between 1973 and 1990 under the rule of Augusto Pinochet.

Mr. Piinera explained his rejection by saying: “I have reached the conclusion that it would not be prudent or convenient in the current circumstances to promote a new law of general pardon. 

“These proposals continue to create tensions and divisions between Chileans, and have reopened old wounds and the rancor’s of the past”.

Mr. Pinera, Chiles first conservative president since the end of military rule in 1990 has been in office since March.

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Spain Continues to Gather World Titles in Sporting Events

Spain continues its winning strike after its World Cup victory, by having Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa take top spots in the Formula One Grand Prix in Germany today all while Alberto Contador won his third Tour de France this Sunday afternoon racing on the 2,262 mile course.

These notable victory’s come on the heals of Spaniard, Rafael Nadal winning the Wimbledon Men’s title and ascending to the No. 1 tennis ranking in the world.  Contador is being called the next Lance Armstrong with such strong finishes each year he competes in the Tour de France winning in 2007 and 2009. 

Alonso is as legendary in Spain as any tennis or soccer superstar having won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship at 24 years old and marrying Spanish pop star Raquel del Rosario.  This critical win will add to his “Alonsomania” which is credited with increasing the audience for Formula One in Spain.  Alonso recently joined the Ferrari racing team with a contract valued over $30Million per racing season.  ¡Felicidades! 


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Explosión de Granada Deja 4 Heridos en Honduras

Cuatro campesinos resultaron gravemente heridas al estallar los restos de una granada antitanque que un niño llevó a su casa tras encontrarla en un polígono militar en las afueras de esta capital.

“Esta es una tragedia inexplicable”, dijo el domingo a la AP el portavoz de las fuerzas armadas, coronel Benjamín Oliva.

Informó que el lugar, que con frecuencia limpia el grupo antibombas, sirve de prácticas de guerra al Segundo Batallón de Infantería, situado a unos 10 kilómetros al norte de Tegucigalpa.

Read more at Univision →

Hispanics Helping Each Other: Please Become a Tissue Donor

Hispanics and Latinos are united by a common heritage that includes language and culture but more importantly there is a genetic heritage.  Since your tissue type is inherited from your parents, the best chance of finding a matching donor is with a brother or sister.  The NEXT BEST chance is with someone of the same race or ethnicity.  By increasing the number of Hispanic donors, more Hispanic children and adults facing life-threatening diseases can be saved through marrow transplant.  A marrow transplant requires matching tissue types between a patient and a donor.  You could be that donor.

Please join the National Marrow Donor Program, (NMDP), a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the Hispanic and Latino communities.  The NMDP works diligently to help more Hispanics and Latinos receive the transplants that can save their lives.  There are many success stories including that of Diego Lara, diagnosed with acute leukemia and needing a transplant after there was no suitable family match.  NMDP searched its pool of Hispanic donors to find a suitable match and success followed resulting in a health, happy Diego today.

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Anticipation Builds as Cuba Prepares for State of the Union Speech at Rally

Anticipation Builds as Cuba Prepares for State of the Union Speech at Rally

Photo: July 26,1953 Castro launches revolution

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In anticipation of the July 26th rally where Raul will deliver Cuba’s state of the Union Address, hopes of dealing with currency problem is high on many peoples list.
Cuba has a very unpopular dual currency system. There is the Convertible currency (CUC) instituted in 1994 and the non-convertible currency, the Cuban peso. Workers are paid in Cuban pesos and must convert them to the CUC at very unfavorable exchange rates. Shops only take CUC’s for such popular items as bath soap, toothpaste, cooking oil and butter.

It is hopeful that when the Communist Party Conference meets in November that it will address the Cuban economy and the establishment of a single currency. The party has said that the surviving currency will be the Cuban peso. This appears supported by the fact that several stores and restaurants have recently opened up across the country selling products normally priced in CUC for Cuban pesos. The problem is that they are priced at much higher costs.

A can of beer is 10 pesos; a large can of tomato puree is 120 pesos. One university professor and department head said that even on her salary of more than 600 pesos a month—well over the average—she can rarely afford these items. “It costs 100 pesos, if I’m lucky, to take my three children for a simple lunch at one of the peso cafeterias. How many days’ work does that 100 pesos represent,” she asked

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New Film by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu is Confusingly BIUTIFUL

The new film by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu is dark, crazy and full of Javier Bardem, one of Spain’s great acting exports. Iñarritu gained fame and world acclaim for his Amores Perros , an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, 21 Grams and Babel

The film, Biutiful, premiered at this year’‘s Cannes Film Festival where Bardem won a best actor award for playing the lead Uxbal.  It tells the tale of a devoted father, tormented lover and underground business man all roled in Uxbal, whose living a marginal existence in Barcelona.  The film will debut in Spain and then come to the States in December.  The trailer has just been released which we have included here for your viewing pleasure.

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Colombian National’s Extradited to U.S. on Smuggling and Fraud Charges

Three Colombian nationals have been extradited from Colombia to the United States on charges of conspiracy to smuggle aliens for profit, alien smuggling for profit and conspiracy to commit visa fraud. These charges are in connection with their alleged roles in an extensive and sophisticated visa fraud scheme through which they fraudulently procured visas from the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. The charges are the result of “Operation Coffee Country,” a coordinated international investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service.

Heliber Toro Mejia, 52; Humberto Toro Mejia, 60; and Luz Elena Acuna Rios, 52; all of Bogotá, were charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Feb. 4, 2009. The defendants were arrested on June 2, 2009, by Colombian authorities in Bogotá on provisional arrest warrants in response to a U.S. government request for their arrest. The defendants have been in custody in Colombia since their arrest and prior to their extradition to the United States.

According to the indictment, the defendants were the leaders of an extensive and sophisticated visa fraud ring that profited by assisting otherwise inadmissible Colombian nationals in fraudulently procuring visas from the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. To support the visa applications of alien applicants, the defendants and other conspirators allegedly created fictitious backgrounds for the aliens and fraudulent supporting documentation, including paperwork that appeared to be official Colombian government-issued documents such as tax filings and birth and marriage certificates.

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Cobertura Universitaria Avanza 4% en México

El secretario de Educación, Alonso Lujambio, dijo que en casi cuatro años de la presente administración, el gobierno ha logrado un avance de 29.1% de cobertura de la demanda en educación superior, casi cuatro puntos porcentuales por encima de lo que se tenía en 2006.

Al inaugurar el nuevo edificio sede del Consejo para la Acreditación de la Educación Superior (Copaes), Lujambio Irazábal aseguró que el gobierno del presidente Felipe Calderón realiza esfuerzos para fortalecer el nivel educativo en el país.

El objetivo, dijo, es que más jóvenes puedan acceder a este nivel y participen con su talento en la construcción de un México mejor, más competitivo y con mayores niveles de bienestar para todos.

Además, comentó que se ha avanzado de manera significativa para lograr una educación superior de calidad, pues de 156 programas académicos acreditados en 2002 se pasó a 2 mil 13 en el presente año; 74.6% de éstos se imparten en universidades e instituciones de educación superior públicas y sólo 25.4% en particulares.

Read more at El Universal →

Immigration Officials Announce New Online Site to Help Locate Detained Aliens in Custody

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the launch of ICE’s Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS), a public, Internet-based tool designed to assist family members, attorneys and other interested parties in locating detained aliens in ICE custody.

The ODLS is located on ICE’s public website, www.ice.gov, and provides users with information on the location of the detention facility where a particular individual is being held, a phone number to the facility and contact information for the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations office in the region where the facility is located.

“The ODLS is an easy, accessible tool that allows family members and counsel to locate an individual in ICE custody in a matter of minutes,” said Phyllis Coven, acting director of ICE’s Office of Detention Policy and Planning. “ICE is making great strides in our effort to translate the principles of reform into innovative, practical and timely solutions.”

ODLS users will be able to locate detained aliens by two different search methods. First, users can search by entering an individual’s alien registration number, also known as their “A” number, and their country of birth. Users can also search by entering an individual’s first name, last name, country of birth and date of birth.

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CRIME UPDATE:  As Monterrey, Mexico officials continue to search the “drug-gang dumping site” more bodies have been uncovered revising the figure up from 38 to 51 corpses.  Thus far 48 men and 3 women’s bodies have been uncovered but remain unidentified.  Authorities are also confirming that a phone tip led them to the site.  If more bodies are found it can be the largest mass grave found in Mexico.  In May, in Taxco a mass grave was found and excavated containing 55 bodies.

:  United Nation officials have condemned the murders of two Mexican journalists, which bring the total number killed in the country to ten.  Most recently Marco Martinez Tijerina was killed in Montemorelos while filming a human rights report.  The UN urged Mexico to bring to justice the murderers of journalists and to assure their safety in order for democracy to continue.

CRIME: A group of 50 people are fleeing their village in Oaxaca due to armed violence and constant gunfire and are seeking government protection under human rights violations.  Most of the violence is due to land disputes in the village of Zimtlal de Lazaro Cardenas.  The group mostly women and children are hold up in the offices of Indigenous Human Rights Commission. 

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ENVIRONMENT:  Criticism is mounting for President Alvaro Colom’s decision to renew drilling in Laguna del Tigre National Park, the largest tropic forest of Central America.  Many environmental groups are protesting the decision saying it violates Guatemala’s free-trade agreement with the U.S. calling for “respect” of the environment and eco-friendly practices. 

CRIME:  A total of six murders have occurred in the same exclusive sector of Guatemala City known as the Zona Viva, from Friday through Saturday.  On Friday two innocent by passers were killed with assault rifles as they walked in the capital city.  On Saturday four bodies of men were found bullet ridden in a car parked in the Zona Viva.  It is unknown if the murders are related and who committed the crimes, an investigation is underway.

BUSINESS:  Productos del Aire de Guatemala, Grupo Infra and Grupo Fabrias have announced a successful first year of operations as it supplies industrial and medical gases to most of Central America.  Its success has allowed it to increase capacity and start supplying the health sectors of Panama and Costa Rica.


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SundayJuly 25, 2010