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SundaySeptember 12, 2010

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El Salvador Boosting Its Housing Sector

El Salvador will improve housing conditions for low- and middle-income families and boost the housing sector’s ability to equitably meet demand with the second phase of its multi-phase housing program and a total investment of $140 million.

The program will finance individual subsidies to help families acquire new homes or improve their existing properties. It will also provide collective subsidies to improve informal urban neighborhoods and help establish a legal framework to regulate the sale of low-cost lots, providing legal security to residents of informal urban communities.  The program will also directly improve housing conditions and quality of life for 32,000 households with incomes less than four times the minimum wage (equivalent to a total of US$830 per month). It will help raise property values in the targeted neighborhoods by 35 percent, provide residential drinking water and sewage systems for 7,400 families living in informal urban neighborhoods, improve primary and secondary roads, and finance measures to ensure that 40,000 lots are formally recorded and titled.

The social housing subsidies will help bridge the gap so that low income families can improve their homes and gain access to new properties in the formal market.  Additionally, collective subsidies will be financed for investments in basic infrastructure, development of community spaces, urban facilities, risk mitigation works, and property titling.


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Hunger Strike of Indigenous Mapuche Detainees in Chile draws Attention

President Sebastian Pinera has asked the Catholic Church to help negotiate an end to the nearly two-month hunger strike.

The Mapuches claim that the anti-terrorism laws that the government uses to prosecute them are unfair. Some specific examples they site are that the out dated law permits masked witnesses -which allow anonymous testimony to be heard and recorded, extended time that the Mapuches can be held in custody with out any communication and double prison sentences.

The Mapuches have demonstrated to recover lands that they claim are theirs based on treaties and autonomy promises made over the years. 14 detainees have been on a hunger strike since July 12 calling first for a repeal of the Pinochet era law, but they also are demanding better property rights for the indigenous people of Chile.

Juana Reiman, mother of José Huenuche, one of the hunger strikers in Concepción :
“My son was arrested 15 months ago under the Antiterrorist Law and still has not been charged. This is why they have decided to go on hunger strike. The law is unjust. Not only do we want to see the law retracted, we want to end the impunity with which the police act. They come to the towns looking for trouble and that is why my son is in prison even though he has done nothing wrong.

They have all lost a lot of weight and their faces are looking thin. We don’t have doctors though, so we don’t really know how serious their condition is. Yet the government and the courts say nothing. The press is also silent, as usual.

The situation of the Mapuche in the south where I live does not concern other Chileans. We are poor people; we don’t have access to the same kind of goods as they do, including computers to get our voice heard. Even the Mapuche who have gone to the city in the hope of improving their lives have turned their back on us and we feel very discriminated against.

Our struggle has been a long one, centuries and centuries. We want our land rights to be recognized. But firstly, we want the political prisoners to be released and the antiterrorist law to be dropped.”

The Catholic Church has agreed to help negotiate an end to the hunger strike.

Read more at France 24 International News →

“U.S. Agents are Shooting Mexican Migrants” Asserts Mexican Felipe Calderon

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and El Salvador President Mauricio Funes met to discuss the problem of migrant safety after the massacre of 72 mostly Central Americans migrants at the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The murdered migrants were crossing Mexico enroute to the U.S. border when they were kidnapped by Los Zetas cartel members.  The two President’s created a joint commission to develop strategies to combat the cartels.  Funes emphatically stated he was not here to criticize or condemn Mexico and its efforts to styme the cartels and recognized his own country’s responsibility for not having been able to produce enough jobs to keep the migrants in El Salvador.

The Mexican President however, used this occasion to reassert the humane treatment of Mexican migrants in other country’s especially in the U.S. “Of course we have the moral authority [ask for better treatment], because Mexican officials are not shooting Central American youths at the border, but U.S. agents are shooting Mexican migrants,” Calderon said.

He also lay blame on some of the migrant issues on the lack of comprehensive U.S. immigration reform.  “If we are talking about responsibility, at the root of this, in the case of immigration, is the lack of immigration legislation in the United States that would recognize this phenomenon,” Calderon said. 

Read more at el Paso Times →

Alertan Sobre Mercado Negro de Antibióticos en Frontera Sur

Con la disposición de vender antibióticos sólo con receta médica se logra el efecto esperado, pero en la frontera sur ocurre un fenómeno paralelo referente a un mercado negro de esos productos, lamentó el subsecretario de Salud en el sur del estado, Rafael Alpuche Delgado.

Afirmó que con la entrada en vigor de la nueva regulación que prohíbe la venta de antibióticos sin prescripción médica disminuyó la automedicación y prueba de ello es que en los hospitales aumentó la cifra de pacientes que acuden a consulta.

Sin embargo, denunció, no hay un control en la frontera sur de México con Belice, donde se detectó la introducción de medicamentos y antibióticos, con lo que se genera un mercado negro de esos productos.

Read more at Zocalo Satillo →

Chilean Miners Wish list includes Booze and Cigarettes (VIDEO)

NASA doctors recommend that Chilean miners should focus right now on building up their strength by eating the high- protein, high calorie foods from the narrow plastic tubes being sent down. On average each miner has lost 22 pounds during their captivity. To the continued request for cigarettes they have responded with nicotine patches and gum. “Life science experts” warn that in the tight quarters the men share that cigarette smoking would add to the other problems with the air in the mine.

But the request for cigarettes continued.

This weekend Chilean authorities relented and agreed to send down two packs of cigarettes a day for the miners who wish to smoke to share. The addition of a new compressor that will help the air circulation in the mine allowed authorities to reconsider the decision.

The addition of electricity this week will enable the men to have more light and restore their sleeping patterns, a key element in maintaining their mental health until the rescue.

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SB 1070 Invokes Hispanic Pride

Although many of the anti-immigrant aspects of SB1070 have been put on hold, the pressure put on immigrants throughout the US has awakened a sense of Hispanic Pride. The new law has caused many to become more organized, to be more aware of the need to protect their rights.

“We Hispanics are going through a difficult time, victims of a divisive campaign that is frankly racist,” Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva told Efe.

Convinced that Latinos will “weather the storm,” Grijalva said that out of this very complicated period will emerge a Hispanic community far more influential and united.

With the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15), many look at the enactment of SB 1070 as an awakening. A time to appreciate in America it doesn’t matter where you came from, that being American does not mean you must pick one culture at the sake of the other.  Everyone has a right to keep their culture even as they integrate in to the American one.

“The approval of SB1070 has made our community cling even tighter to our culture and defend the rights we have under the Constitution,” Tucson Deputy Mayor Regina Romero told Efe.
“It has helped us acknowledge the deep roots that we Hispanics have in this country,” Romero said.

Hispanic Heritage Month will be a special time this year by encouraging Latino families to celebrate both belonging to a double culture and being bilingual.

“My family has always celebrated our Mexican culture, the mixture of traditions and languages and adapting to life in the United States, and now we’ll do it with even greater intensity,” Romero said.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

SundaySeptember 12, 2010