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SaturdaySeptember 11, 2010

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The Other 9/11 Remembered in Latin America (VIDEO)

As many Americans remember the dead and wounded of 9/11 nine years ago, Latin America is remembering the other 9/11 – this one occurring in Chile in 1973.  On this date the government of Chilean President Salvador Allende was overthrown by a military coup putting an end to democracy and putting in place General Augusto Pinochet.

Here 9/11 was marked by the bombing of the Presidential Moneda Palace, the suicide of Allende in the palace, the closing of most radio and television stations and many being killed or ‘forced to disappear’ in the days and months to follow.  The military arrested 40,000 pro-Allende supporters.  This day marked the start of Pinochets’s 16-year brutal dictatorship noted for its many human rights abuses.  The coup has become the most notorious military takeover of a government in power in Latin American history.

Read and see the last words of President Allende as he is being bombed in the Palace Moneda.

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Dara Torres to Compete in 2012 Summer Olympics, Will be 45-Years Old

12 time Olympic winning swimmer, Dara Torres has announced she will compete in London at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  She last competed in Beijing in 2008 becoming the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics; she won three silver medals there.  When she arrives in London she will be 45 years old placing her in direct competition with athletes half her age.  This will be her 6th Olympic Games.  Torres, when not in the pool, is also a sports commentator and author, her second book ” Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program” was released this year. 

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Catholic Identity of Brazil Challenged by Evangelicals Says Pope

Meeting on September 10 with a group of bishops from Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Catholic Church has always been a crucial part of the Brazilian identity. But that identity is now challenged, he said, by the rapid rise of Evangelical sects.

The Pope remarked to the Brazilian bishops, who were finishing their ad limina visits to Rome, that Brazil has always been marked by “harmonious coexistence among people from different regions and cultures.” What is remarkable about recent changes in that country, he said, is the growth of influences that were “practically unknown just a few decades ago.”

The rise of Protestant sects, the Pope continued, testifies to “a widespread thirst for God.” But at the same time, the fact that so many people who were raised as Catholics now seek religious support elsewhere suggests that the evangelical efforts of their Catholic pastors has been “sometimes superficial.” “In this context it is necessary, first and foremost, for the Catholic Church in Brazil to commit to a new evangelisation which spares no efforts in seeking out lapsed Catholics and people who know little or nothing of the evangelical message, bringing them to a personal encounter with the living person of Jesus Christ Who is active in His Church,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff went on to say that Catholics must recognize the new influence of other Christian groups, and establish an ecumenical dialogue with them. Otherwise, he said, “the lack of unity is a cause of scandal” that inhibits evangelization. He cautioned, too, that true ecumenism should be characterized not by “doctrinal indifference” but by mutual respect and a shared commitment to serve Christ.

Read more at Vatican Information Service →

9/11 Tribute Latino Style (VIDEO)

Today marks the 9th anniversary of the attacks of September 11.2001.
Please enjoy this beautiful tribute.

Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives; those brave people who gave their lives, and the Heroes that responded to the emergency.

11 September 2001.

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Japón ha Financiado con Cien Millones Dólares 140 Proyectos en Nicaragua

En los últimos tres años y tres meses el Gobierno del Japón ha financiado unos 140 obras en infraestructura, educación y salud en Nicaragua con donaciones de unos cien millones de dólares, informó hoy el embajador del Japón en este país, Shinchi Saito.

El diplomático japonés dijo que estos proyectos han contribuido al desarrollo y a disminuir la pobreza en el país centroamericano, tras haber sido condecorado por el canciller de Nicaragua, Samuel Santos, con la orden José de Marcoleta en el grado de Gran Cruz.  Saito presentó credenciales como jefe de misión diplomática en Nicaragua el 15 de mayo de 2007 y finalizará su labor en este país el 8 de octubre próximo.

Señaló que durante su gestión diplomática ha visitado mas de 50 localidades nicaragüenses para observar la ejecución de proyectos como adoquinado de la red vial, construcción de escuelas y de obras de agua potable, así como para desarrollo de la industria pesquera.

Read more at Univision →

Road to Machu Picchu to be Built

For you Machu Picchu fans and for all those that have traveled there by train or a daylong hike, there will soon be a Machu Picchu-Santa Teresa-Santa Maria highway.  The Peruvian government unanimously agreed to construct a highway to the country’s main tourist attraction, located on a mountainous peak in a heavily forested region known as Cuzco.

Machu Picchu averages 2,500 tourists a day and is currently only accessible by train or hiking the arduous Inca trails.  In the past tourists have gotten stranded in nearby towns when the hiking trails washed out or the train became inoperable due to heavy rains. 

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca site known as the “Lost City of the Incas” and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in South America. 

Read more at LAHT →

85 Prisoners Escape Mexico Border Prison (VIDEO)

Eighty-five prisoners escaped jail by climbing over the prison fence in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen Texas. The escaped prisoners are mainly cartel members; drawing attention to the problems Mexico faces in battling the powerful drug cartels. Police moved in and arrested 40 prison guards and staff who were working at the prison at the time of the escape. Local radio and newspapers report that two prison guards are missing.

Mexican President Calderon has put many resources behind his commitment to clean up the prisons. Charges have included drug lords living in luxury as well as guards allowing the drug lords to come and go at will.

Hillary Clinton said this week that Mexico was beginning to resemble Colombia from 20 years ago. President Obama does not agree with the comparison to a time when Colombian drug lords controlled sections of their country. The border cities in Mexico have lost 75,000 manufacturing jobs this past year, which is making it difficult for Latin America’s second largest economy to pull out of its worst recession since 1932.

President Calderon has said that he will discuss the possibility of legalizing drugs to get the violence under control. Here is an opinion on why this will not work.

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Deadliest Day of the Year in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

The northern city of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico already considered one of the deadliest experienced the worse violence, early Friday with 25 deaths occurring throughout the city.  Fifteen people were killed in one location when armed gunmen stormed four homes in the city and killed the residents believed to be involved in drug cartel activities.  The city is a key battle ground for drug trafficking routes between the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels.

In other news in Mexico, at least five people were murdered in Guerrero with one body found floating in the ocean near a resort in Acapulco.  In Morelos, Mexico a prison riot resulted in one death and numerous wounded prisoners. 

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

SaturdaySeptember 11, 2010