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MondayAugust 9, 2010

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UN Urges Protection of World’s Indigenous People

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to step up efforts to improve living conditions of the planet’s indigenous communities and to protect them, saying they continue to suffer discrimination and poverty despite a United Nation declaration that aims to promote their rights.

Throughout the Americas indigenous people are defined as those that were there before Christopher Columbus arrived on their land.  Numerous Latin and South American countries have large indigenous populations, for example, there are 12 million indigenous people in Mexico, constituting 10% of the country’s population.  Bolivia and Peru are thought to have the largest populations with close to 50% of all their citizens being indigenous.

Ban Ki-moon pointed out that the first-ever UN report on the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in January this year came up with alarming statistics. In some countries, indigenous peoples are 600 times more likely to contract tuberculosis than the general population. In others, an indigenous child can expect to die 20 years before his or her non-indigenous compatriots.

UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillary, is encouraged by the fact that in a number of countries, new tools have been created to give voice to indigenous peoples in decision-making and to stamp out human rights violations.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Onset of Early Puberty More Likely to Happen to Hispanic and African- American Girls

The onset of early puberty, defined as showing some kind of breast development, is happening earlier and earlier to American girls, especially Hispanic and African American girls.  A comprehensive study showed that more 7 and 8-year old girls were going into early puberty; double the rate from the last time the study was done.

Fifteen percent of all 7-year old Hispanic girls are now showing an early onset of puberty versus 10.4% for their white counterparts.  In the 8-year old category the numbers are more alarming with 31% of Hispanic girls and 43% of African American girls going into early puberty.  Regardless of ethnicity, numbers are on the rise alarming medical professionals.

Psychologically most girls cannot handle the sexual pressures that come from a mature body and onset of early puberty has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.  Rising obesity rates were identified as the lead contributor to early puberty though other environmental causes have not been ruled out.

Fifteen percent of all 7-year old Hispanic girls are now showing an early onset of puberty versus 10.4% for their white counterparts.  In the 8-year old category the numbers are more alarming with 31% of Hispanic girls and 43% of African American girls going into early puberty.  Regardless of ethnicity, numbers are on the rise alarming medical professionals.

Psychologically most girls cannot handle the sexual pressures that come from a mature body and onset of early puberty has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.  Rising obesity rates were identified as the lead contributor to early puberty though other environmental causes have not been ruled out.

Read more at Business Week →

Anahí to Host Kids Choice Award Mexico

Nickelodeon just announced that former Mexican child star and singer Anahí will host the September 4th first-time-ever Kids Choice Award Mexico in Mexico City.  She is a favorite amongst children having started her career at age 2 and has a Barbie doll in her image.

Kids Choice Awards Mexico adds to Nickelodeon’s other international Kids Choice Award shows created for Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.  The original Kids Choice seen in the U.S. has been around since 1988.

Children from Mexico and Latin America have selected the nominees in 13 categories and now can vote for their favorite in each category.  Log on to MundoNick to vote. 

Anahí better get ready to be slimed!

 

Read more at Todo TV News →

Chávez y Santos se Reúnen Mañana para Dialogar Sobre Crisis Bilateral

Venezuela y Colombia, inmersas en una crisis bilateral desde hace dos años, acordaron hoy convocar a una reunión de los presidentes Hugo Chávez y Juan Manuel Santos para este martes al mediodía en territorio colombiano, donde hablarán sobre la posibilidad de restablecer las relaciones diplomáticas rotas hace dos semanas, a raíz de acusaciones de Bogotá sobre el presunto apoyo de Caracas a las organizaciones guerrilleras del país vecino.

El anuncio sobre la cumbre estuvo precedido de una serie de señales políticas hechas por Chávez y Santos para acabar con las tensiones, que este domingo selló el venezolano con un llamado a las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) y al Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) de ese país para que se manifiesten por la paz con demostraciones contundentes como la liberación de todas las personas que tienen secuestradas.

Chávez fue todavía más lejos sobre el tema de los grupos guerrilleros colombianos, que en varias ocasiones fueron la causa de los conflictos del bolivariano con el ex presidente Álvaro Uribe, al afirmar que la guerrilla colombiana no tiene futuro por la vía armada.

Read more at La Jornada →

Texas Governor Gets to Tell President DO MORE on Border Control

Texas Governor Rick Perry will be meeting with President Barack Obama after repeated requests to discuss border issues ranging from immigration to the flow of illegal drugs.  The President will be in Texas today attending several Democratic fundraisers and agreed to briefly meet with Perry, probably right at the airport tarmac.  Brief it will be. 

Perry has his own ideas on how to secure the Texas-Mexico border and wants to present them to the President.  He doesn’t feel the unmanned drones and additional border patrol agents that have been sent are enough and is advocating for a military presence amongst other things.

Read more at Dallas News →

Newly Inaugurated Colombian VP Suffers Heart Attack

Just two days into his new job as Vice President of Colombia, Angelino Garzon, has suffered a heart attack and is undergoing emergency surgery.  The former union leader, governor and member of congress was installed as Vice-President on Saturday along with President Juan Manuel Santos.  A full recovery is expected.

The emergency surgery will not disrupt the key meeting to be held between Santos and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuelan scheduled for Tuesday.

Read more at Reuters →

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Immigrants with Mental Disabilities

The nation’s first class action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant detainees with severe mental disabilities was filed by a coalition of legal organizations.  The suit asks a federal district court to order the U.S. government to create a system for determining which non-citizens lack the mental competence to represent themselves and to appoint legal representation for those who are unable to defend themselves. Unlike the criminal court system – where appointed counsel is part of due process – immigration courts and detention facilities have no safeguards for ensuring that the rights of people with serious mental disabilities are protected.

The six immigrants represented are from California and Washington, and all have been diagnosed with severe mental disabilities, such as schizophrenia and mental retardation.  Several have been found incompetent to stand trial in other court proceedings. One of them, Jose Antonio Franco-Gonzalez, was lost in detention facilities in California for nearly five years because of the government’s failure to account for his mental retardation. Another detainee named in the lawsuit, Ever Francisco Martinez-Rivas, is a 31-year-old lawful permanent resident who came to the U.S. at the age of nine. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia so severe that he gets confused when given simple directions, and has been deemed “a gravely disabled person.” Despite this, the government intends to deport Mr. Martinez without giving him a lawyer and without having his mental state evaluated.

The exact number of detainees with severe mental disabilities is unclear, but some reports estimate that at least two to five percent of the immigrants detained by immigration authorities nationwide – or 7,000 to 19,000 individuals – might have a serious mental disability.

Read more at ACLU-SC →

Golpe Para México en Inversión, Remesas y Las Exportaciones

Las exportaciones, las remesas y la Inversión Extranjera Directa son las áreas en que la economía mexicana resultará afectada en mayor medida por la desaceleración económica estadounidense, coinciden analistas.

“El combate a la pobreza de México se verá obstaculizado por la caída en las remesas”, causado por el desempleo de la población hispana en Estados Unidos que es cercana a 12.4%, vaticina Juan Sherwell, director de la Escuela de Graduados en Administración del Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Estado de México.

En cuanto a las exportaciones no petroleras, especialmente de autos, revertirán los avances que han registrado a causa de recuperación estadounidense, ya que “si hay una desaceleración más fuerte, éstas inevitablemente caerán”, reconoce el economista del Colegio de México, Arturo Herrera, quien sentencia: “El país depende de las decisiones que tome el Congreso de Estados Unidos”.

Asimismo, reconocen que al ser Estados Unidos el principal socio comercial de México, existirá una debacle en los flujos de inversión provenientes de esta economía.

Read more at El Economista →

$100,000 per Month Spent on Police Bribes in Mexico

In an effort to improve the country’s public safety issues, deal with corruption and ineptness, Mexico is looking to revise its local police system.  At a conference in Puerto Vallarta safety experts from different Latin American countries and the governors and mayor’s of different Mexican regions gathered to discuss ideas.

The administration of President Felipe Calderon is advocating one police force per state that are better trained, carry more weapons with more oversight thereby eliminating municipal police districts.

There are approximately 165,000 police officers in Mexico and are not to be confused with federal police and the military that also police Mexico and are part of the fight against cartels.  Local police make anywhere between $79 to $317 per month and are often the target of bribes and death by drug cartels.  Experts at the conference estimated that cartels spend $100 million per month to bribe local police officers.

 

Read more at LAHT →

Fox Joins Growing Number to Legalize Drugs in Mexico

Former President Vicente Fox joins a growing number calling for the legalization of drugs in Mexico. “We should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs,” wrote Fox, who was president from 2000 to 2006 and is a member of Calderon’s conservative National Action Party. “Radical prohibition strategies have never worked.”
“Legalizing in this sense does not mean drugs are good and don’t harm those who consume them,” he wrote. “Rather we should look at it as a strategy to strike at and break the economic structure that allows gangs to generate huge profits in their trade, which feeds corruption and increases their areas of power.”

These comments come less than a week after President Calderon opened the door to discussions about the legalization of drugs although he reiterated his opposition to the idea.

Mexico already has some of the world’s most lenient laws for drug users. Jail time has been eliminated for carrying small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroine, LSD and methamphetamine since 2009.

Fox argues that countries that have legalized drugs have not seen a significant increase in drug use. He thinks that the government could tax the sale of legalized drugs and use the funds for addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Read more at The Miami Herald →



MondayAugust 9, 2010