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MondayAugust 16, 2010

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Major Drug Operation Shut Down at Miami International Airport

Twenty-seven members of an international drug trafficking organization operating primarily through Miami International Airport (MIA) were charged with federal narcotics violations, following an investigation by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD).  Eighteen defendants were arrested while nine, all Hispanic, remain at large.

This joint investigation began in the spring of 2007 and focused on long-term narcotics traffickers importing drugs, including cocaine and heroin, through MIA for subsequent distribution in Miami. As a result of this proactive investigation, the defendants were charged with federal narcotics violations, including importation and possession and distribution of cocaine and heroin. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

“This case demonstrates that drug smuggling organizations will utilize any means available to smuggle narcotics into the United States,” said Anthony Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office in Miami.  The U.S. District Attorney of Florida stated “The smuggling of any contraband through MIA threatens our domestic security.” 

Read more at ICE →

Corte Avala Bodas y Adopciones Gay

Es un hecho. Los matrimonios gay y las adopciones de niños por parte de estas parejas se mantienen. La Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación declaró infundado el juicio que promovió el procurador General de la República, Arturo Chávez Chávez, en contra de la reforma al Código Civil que permite este tipo de uniones en el Distrito Federal.

Esta es la segunda ocasión en que un procurador, emanado de un gobierno federal panista, pierde un juicio vinculado con una reforma política polémica impulsada en la capital del país. La primera fue cuando la Corte avaló la despenalización del aborto en las primeras 12 semanas de gestación.

Read more at El Universal →

Caca, Tequila and Juggalos and its Just Monday

World news agencies, well not the serious ones anyway, reported a Hispanic performer was attacked by flying feces.  Dios Mio! Alarmed HS-News staff investigated and after a thorough 5 minute investigation can report its only Tila Tequila, a non-Hispanic.

The 28 year-old no-talent except for seeking out attention, was performing in Illinois at the 11th annual gathering of the Juggalos, not to be confused with gigolos.  The Juggalos are fans of musical group Insane Clown Posse and other hip hop groups. 

Juggalos have been meeting annually, for the last 10 years, in hot spots like Cave-in-Rock, Illinois or Ohio’s Ledges Quarry Park, population too small to count or matter, as a sort of “Juggalo Woodstock.”

Tila, who claims not to be on Tequila, claimed she was pelted with rocks, bottles and flying feces suffering a gash under her botoxed eye.  HS-News is not sure what enraged the audience her lack of talent, or that she was handing out her self help book “Hooking up with Tila.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Hispanic Market to be Key Army Recruiting Focus

The Army plans on spending over $150 million on its upcoming recruiting campaign “Army Strong” for all markets with a special emphasis on the Hispanic market. 

The Army will deploy a specific strategy to market their recruiting efforts to the Hispanic market using traditional advertising, digital and multi-cultural events to get their message out.  11% of the Army’s active duty members are Hispanic the majority is enlisted. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

More and More Argentinean Land in Hands of Foreign Interests

The amount of land owned by foreign interests in Argentina has more than tripled in the last 10 years alarming the country so much so they are considering legislation placing restrictions on additional purchases.

Since 2000 the amount of land owned by foreigners has surged from 17 million acres to 50 million acres.  Foreigners in great part are attracted to the country’s beauty, rich resources and inexpensive price tag with land averaging $8,000 per acre. 

The largest foreign landowner in the country is Italy’s Benetton family.  They have vast holdings in resource rich Patagonia, where the wool production is for their clothing line.  Ted Turner, founder of CNN, billionaire George Soros and Joe Lewis, Hard Rock Café owner, amongst others are substantial landowners in Argentina.

Currently there are few restrictions to owning land in the country and those that are on the books date back to 1944.  A bill introduced in March, 2010 by farmers would require landowners to reside in the country and limit the amount of land purchased.

Read more at LAHT →

Utah Looks at Guest Worker Program, Shifting its Once Harsh Stance Toward Undocumented Workers

Utah was on the path to craft legislation similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 and go beyond Arizona’s controversial law and require state welfare workers to check the immigration status of applicants.  Now all you hear in the halls of Utah government is the spirit of cooperation and worker integration.  What happened in Utah on the road to creating its own SB 1070?

Well, SB 1070 happened. Portions of the law were struck down with a federal court injunction; there are lawsuits, boycotts and loss of state revenue.  Couple this with the black eye that Utah received for releasing the names of 1,300 people suspected of being in the country illegally – all made for an opportunity to look at the illegal immigration problem with a new lens.

Discussions are under way to redraft the current illegal immigration legislation to integrate undocumented workers already in the state and punish those entering after enactment with strict enforcement rules.  The “integration program” would allow undocumented individuals in Utah to pay a fine and agree to learn English allowing them to remain working in the state. 

The law has the support of the Republican Governor, Gary Herbert, the state’s chamber of commerce and its attorney general while the opposing view feels this would only encourage other undocumented workers to come to Utah. 

Read more at Wasington Post →

Un Muerto y 114 Heridos en Un Avión Alcanzado Por un Rayo (Video in English)

Un avión de pasajeros fue alcanzado por un rayo que causó un muerto y al menos 114 heridos en el aeropuerto de la turística isla de San Andrés, en el norte de Colombia, informaron fuentes policiales.

El accidente tuvo lugar a las 1:50 hora local (06:50 GMT) cuando un Boeing 737-700 de la aerolínea Aires y con 121 pasajeros en su interior, que cubría la ruta Bogotá-San Andrés, se disponía a aterrizar en el aeropuerto de la isla caribeña y fue alcanzado por un rayo.

Como consecuencia del accidente falleció Amar Fernández de Barreto, al parecer de una parada cardíaca, mientras que 34 pasajeros resultaron afectados por heridas de diversa índole, aunque ninguna de ellas por ahora se ha informado de que su caso revista gravedad.

“La aeronave que cubría el trayecto Bogotá-San Andrés aterrizaba en medio de una intensa tormenta eléctrica, cuando un potente rayo habría ocasionado su descontrol en la cabecera de la pista 06”, informó a Caracol Radio el coronel Gustavo Barrero, comandante del Grupo Aéreo del Caribe de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana.

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The Tea Party Comes to the Border

The remote desert of Hereford, Arizona was abuzz with activity yesterday as the Tea Party held a rally at this portion of the U.S.-Mexico border.  The rally billed as the “United Border Coalition Tea Party” brought together some 400 people and speakers most of which were Republican candidates for office.  The group was there to give support to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law and demand the President do more to secure the border.

Anti-immigration super-stars like Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of SB 1070 was there, J.D. Hayworth, Republican primary opponent to Senator John McCain was there and other individuals not notable in name but for their visible gun holsters.  And what would a ‘Love America – Hate the Illegals’ event be without Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

The boisterous self-anointed law man of the West, spoke of his own ideas on border security:  “Let’s say lock them up in the interior,” Arpaio announced not caring what all the new jails would cost or ignoring foreign sovereignty when he prefers to track down migrants on the Mexican side before they cross.

Many speakers curiously made little mention of the $600 million Southwest Border bill signed on Friday by the President that will gives border states additional border patrol agents, unmanned aircraft and technology to fight illegal immigration.  Those who did mention it saw it as “a little, too late.”

Read more at AP →

Intimidation of the Media Continues in Mexico

Mexico’s largest television network, Televisa was bombed in Monterey. The bomb went off in front of the building causing some damage to the facility but no one was hurt. Their studios in Matamoros were attached just hours earlier.

It is incidents like this that have prompted Human Rights groups to declare Mexico as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.

The same station had two reporters and two colleagues kidnapped last month while they were covering a story of corruption at a prison in Durango. The ransom demand was that the TV station must broadcast a series of videos accusing local officials of working with the drug cartels.

Two of the journalists were later freed and the remaining two were rescued.

Several broadcasters in Mexican Media have refused to go on the air while journalists are exposed to such dangers to cover the news.

Monterrey often considered the industrial capital as well as the richest city in Mexico is experiencing a sharp increase in crime as drug gangs increase their operations there. On Saturday, the Zeta cartel blocked off 13 major roads in Monterrey, in a display of the notorious drug gangs presence in the city.

Read more at BBC →

Major Latin American Airline Merger Announced

Chile’s LAN Airlines, SA announced the $3.7 billion purchase of Brazil’s TAM, SA making it the 3rd largest airline carrier in the world.  The acquisition which will proceed as a merger and be known as LATAM Airlines Group, gives TAM 43% of the Latin American domestic market resulting in total annual sales of $8.5 billion.  The transaction is expected to result in $400 million in savings for the newly merged entity.

The merged airline will offer flights to 23 countries with 116 different stops and will expand its freight business.  The TAM stock will no longer be publicly traded and the LAN stock will become LATAM. 

Read more at Bloomberg News →

MondayAugust 16, 2010