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ThursdaySeptember 23, 2010

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A First: Mexican Journalist Granted Political Asylum in U.S.

Jorge Luis Aguirre, director of the news website “La Polaka,” fled Mexico in 2008 with his family to the United States after receiving death threats in his home city of Ciudad Juárez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. He immediately applied for asylum in the United States and now he has granted asylum to escape the cartels’ increasingly violent campaign to silence the media.

Aguirre fled across the border to El Paso after receiving telephone threats minutes after the murder of a fellow journalist by hitmen in November 2008.  “I can breathe again ... this asylum opens the door to journalists caught in the middle in Mexico, where there is no justice and where the (local) governments are part of drug trafficking,” Aguirre told Reuters.

Aguirre is one of the first Mexican reporters to be granted political asylum in the United States.  Mexico has been deemed the most dangerous country for journalists with 10 killed since the beginning of the year and 10 killed throughout Central and South America.  U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment.

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Catholic Bishops Making U.S. Tax Policy Recommendations

Bishop William Murphy, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Congress to “strengthen and improve” the child tax credit and earned income tax credit.  Some have been critical of the Church’s overreach in making recommendations on secular policy’s such as abortion, gay marriage and now tax policy. 

In his letter to U.S. Senators Bishop Murphy urged lawmakers to preserve the existing refundable provisions of the Child Tax Credit fearing 600,000 more children will become poor and the four million children living in poverty will fall deeper into poverty.  He sees the Earned Income Tax Credit as a means to reduce the “marriage penalty” and reminded the Senators that Pope Benedict feels “economic decisions have ethical consequences.”

“We believe these essential programs assist workers and families raising children to provide the necessities of life,” Bishop Murphy writes. “Unless Congress acts, these vulnerable workers and their children will be left worse off than they are now.”

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U.S. Donating $5 Million to Dominican Republic to Reduce Drug Trafficking

The United States will donate US$5 million to the Dominican Republic as part of the Caribbean Basis Security Initiative (CBSI). The CBSI came to be in April 2010 when the leaders of the Caribbean nations met with President Barack Obama in Trinidad and urged the US to contribute more to the fight against drug trafficking in the region on the grounds that is spurred by strong demand by US consumers. The region is a leading drug smuggling corridor after efforts to reduce trafficking across the Mexico-US border resulted in success.

The US Embassy in Santo Domingo said the funds were approved by the US Congress to be used from October 1, 2010 to October 1, 2011.

The CBSI is a regional cooperation initiative for security that covers a global sum of US$45 million for the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean nations. The Obama administration has requested another US$79 million to continue the initiative.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, along with the former president of Chile, Michelle Bachele and Queen Rania of Jordan took time from the UN General Assembly meetings this week to support the Latina sensation… Jim Carry was also spotted in the audience chanting for “Shakira, Shakira!”

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Year of the Bat Begins - Animals Deemed Critical for Sound Ecosystems

The United Nations and partners today launched the Year of the Bat to conserve the world’s only flying mammal and its critical role in seed dispersal and pollination for the benefit of humankind.

“From insect-eating bats in Europe that provide important pest control to seed-dispersing bats in the tropics that help sustain rainforests, bats deliver vital ecosystem services across a wide range of environments,” the UN said, noting that bat populations have declined alarmingly in recent decades due to habitat loss, human disturbance at hibernation sites, increasing urbanization and epidemics.

The joint campaign, led by the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS), concluded under the auspices of the CMS, will draw attention to the world’s 1100 bat species – around half of which are currently at risk.

“Compared to animals like tigers and elephants, bats receive little positive attention,” EUROBATS Executive Secretary Andreas Streit said. “But they are fascinating mammals and play an indispensable role in maintaining our environment.”

The Year was launched in Prague, the Czech capital, where EUROBATS is holding its sixth session of member parties. The actual Year will be spread over two years with 2011 focusing on a European campaign and then the event going global in 2012.

Bat species throughout the world need continued protection, UNEP said in a news release. “Most people are unaware that bats provide invaluable services to the environment,” it stressed. “Fruit agriculture, central to tropical economies, depends to a large extent on the ecological contributions of fruit bats. An estimated 134 plants that yield products used by humans are partially or entirely reliant on bats for seed dispersal or pollination.”

Bat populations in large urban areas can consume up to 30,000 pounds of insects in a single night. They play a role in tourism. One of the most unusual sights in Austin, Texas, is the Congress Bridge bat flight from mid-March until November, when over 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats stream into the sky at dusk on their nightly forage for food. A popular tourist attraction, the spectacular flight generates millions of dollars for the city each year.

Besides the Arctic, Antarctic and a few isolated oceanic regions, bats are found everywhere on Earth. Having inhabited the planet for the last 50 million years, bats today make up nearly a quarter of the global mammal population.


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U.S. Signs Financial Commitments with El Salvador and Honduras

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed separate Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez outlining the United States’ commitment to the Building Remittance Investment for Development Growth and Entrepreneurship (BRIDGE) Initiative in Honduras and El Salvador.

Led by the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, the United States has committed through the BRIDGE Initiative to work with El Salvador and Honduras to develop and support partnerships with strong and reliable in-country financial institutions to maximize the development impact of remittance flows from the U.S. and to help establish strong foundations for sustainable, inclusive, and transformational economic growth.

Remittances have the potential to be a transformational asset in meeting the development goals of the Latin America region as they can enable greater access to the types of long-term capital required for the multi-year investments that will sustain growth. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that U.S. $50 billion in worker remittances flow from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean annually.

Under the BRIDGE Initiative, strong in-country financial institutions in Honduras and El Salvador will be able to partner with the United States and multilateral partners to help explore options to use their remittance flows safely and soundly as an asset to raise lower-cost and longer-term financing for infrastructure, public works, and commercial development initiatives that are currently lacking in these countries. USAID-supported market assessments confirmed the feasibility of BRIDGE’s goals in Honduras and El Salvador.

Based on previous successful efforts in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, BRIDGE will not impact the basic transfer of remittances. The millions of households in El Salvador and Honduras that depend on remittances as income and for basic daily living expenses will not see their regular payments disrupted by this effort.

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Arpaio Accused of Misspending $80 Million of Taxpayers Money

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused of misspending as much as $80 million on unauthorized activities and expenditures over the past 5 years. The Board of Supervisors released a report yesterday calling Arpaio’s actions “biggest misspending of state funds in the history of Arizona.”

Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said the misspending could explain why Arpaio’s office has refused to cooperate with county officials over budget issues and initiated a number of corruption investigations against them instead. The report found that the sheriffs department spends 3 to 6 times as much as other agencies to extradite a prisoner, while job records show employees in county jobs that are actually working on immigration sweeps. The Sheriffs office kept a separate set of payroll books different from the records that they submitted to the county.

Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said that if the sheriff’s office doesn’t cooperate, she will ask the federal government to take over running of the county’s jail system.

When asked for comment by New America Media, Arpaio said only: “We are trying to correct the deficiency.”

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ThursdaySeptember 23, 2010