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ThursdayOctober 7, 2010

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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U.S. Consulate Confirming Murder of Texas College Student in Mexican Bus Hijacking

The U.S. Consulate in Mexico is confirming the shooting death of University of Texas student, Jonathan William Torres, last week on a bus he was riding in Mexico. 

Torres was in Mexico traveling to visit family when the bus was hijacked in Ciudad Mante located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.  Another individual was also shot to death by the bus hijackers.

Torres was an 18-year old freshman at the University of Texas, Brownsville.  He was pursuing an associate degree in art.  The University confirmed to news sources that Torres had been killed but was not on a school-sponsored trip and that it had recently stopped academic trips to nearby Matamoros, Mexico. 

Read more at Brownsville Herald →

Why Hispanics are Laughing This Week

For more on this story, read Estelle Gonzales Walgreen’s ¿Por Que? and partake of all our humor in Amigo ó Enemigo

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Largest Fresco in North American Debuts Honoring Hispanic Culture

ImageThe National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is debuting the largest concave fresco in North American in celebration of their 10th anniversary and in honor of Hispanic culture.  The 4,000 square foot fresco titled Torreón Fresco was created by local artist Frederico Vigil and took a decade to complete.

Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted in the broadest sense, from Europe to Mesoamerica and into the American Southwest, illustrating the complexities and diversity of the Hispanic experience. 

The fresco is painted in the round and is accomplished through a complex process requiring great precision and concentration by the artist. It involves numerous coats of plaster, various stages of drawing, precise mixing of inorganic pigments, and application of paint onto wet plaster.


Read more at National Hispanic Center →

The Literature Nobel Prize Returns to Latin America in the Hands of Mario Vargas Llosa (BILINGUAL)

The Nobel organizing committee awarded the coveted literature prize to Vargas Llosa “for his cartography of the structures of power, and his acute reflection of the individual’s resistance, his revolt, his failures.”

The 74 year old has been a landmark of the literary world through his ability to perceive and put on paper the complexities of the Peruvian society.  Next to huge names in literature such as García Márquez, Julio Cortázar and Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa was one of the protagonists of the literary movement known as the “Latin American boom”

“Us Latin Americans are dreamers by nature, and have problems to differentiate the real world from fiction.  This is why we have such great musicians, poets, painters and writers, as well as horrible and mediocre governing,” said the new Nobel.

His entire work has been translated to 30 languages and has been presented with several prestigious awards like the Cervantes award, Principe de Asturias award, Rómulo Gallegos award, National Novel Prize of Perú and many others.

He once had a beautiful friendship with Colombian writer and 1982 Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, but it ended abruptly under confusing circumstances that both men prefer not to discuss. “Let the biographer’s deal with that,” said Vargas Llosa.

“I’m in New York, because I am a guest professor at Princeton University. I was reading, and the committee called me on the phone (…) to give me the news (…) but I’m still bedazzled with the news” Vargas Llosa said to Colombian Radio interviewers. “I’m glad to see how many friends are happy with and for me, for this decoration”

“Writing is a job that requires perseverance and a developed ability to obey and respect a certain self imposed discipline, and I think that’s the key. The reason why I submit with such ease to this self-imposed discipline, is because I don’t feel it is a job, but a pleasure” Vargas llosa says about a “hobby” he’ll keep indulging in “for as long as I live”.

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Newscaster Bachelorettes Get Ready: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is Officially Divorced

Newscaster Bachelorettes Get Ready: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is Officially Divorced

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ImageLos Angeles Mayor and the third Mexican-American to hold the post, Antonio Villaraigosa is officially single after his three year divorce finalized today.  Many might think he was already a swinging single after his embarrassing affair with local TV news reporter Mirthala Salinas came to light.

It was actually this extramarital affair in 2007 that prompted Villaraigosa wife Corina Villaraigosa to file for divorce.  The mayor did acknowledge the failure of his marriage as he fault. “I have had a relationship with Ms. Salinas over time. It has evolved, and today I have acknowledged that relationship,” said the mayor, when he announced his separation from his wife.  Recently the Mayor has been linked to another newscaster, Lu Parker, a former Miss U.S.A.

It has been a rocky road for the couple having separated in 1994 when Villaraigosa is alleged to have had an affair with one of his wife’s friend and godmother to one of their children. Ouch!

The divorce ends the couple’s 20-year marriage.  Villaraigosa had two children out of wedlock before marrying Corina; the couple has two children together. 

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Minority Communities Less Likely to Receive Adequate Pain Management

Studies are showing that Hispanics and Blacks are less likely to get adequate care for pain and more likely to simply deal with it than their white counterparts. Minorities are also more likely to suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder down the road when not properly treated for their pain.

Researchers have been unable to determine whether the difference is due to cultural differences, doctor/nurse bias, physiological variances, or a combination of factors, but as pain specialist, Dr. Carmen Green says, “There is an unequal burden of pain.”

Green’s recent study of 200 chronic pain patients, as part of University of Michigan’s health system, found that black patients were prescribed fewer pain medications than whites. Also, women were prescribed weaker pain meds than men. The Journal of Pain published Green’s research which presented that, on average, a minority pain patient would be prescribed 1.8 pain medications compared to 2.6 for non-minority pain sufferers. In an earlier study, Green found that once the prescriptions are given, minorities have a tougher time getting them filled as only 54 percent of pharmacies in their neighborhoods carry the most common painkillers, as opposed to 87 percent in majority-white pharmacies.

In Green’s two decades’ worth of research, she found that even in cases of late-stage cancer and broken bone patients, minorities are given less pain relief.

Part of the problem rests in the fact that doctors are not given very good training on how to identify and treat pain. The experience of pain is also subjective and relies solely on a patient’s ability to explain his or her pain to the doctor.

Read more at MSNBC →

Argentinian President in Berlin to Discuss Renegotiation of Nation’s Multi-Billion Dollar Debt

Argentinian President in Berlin to Discuss Renegotiation of Nation’s Multi-Billion Dollar Debt

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President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirshner made a plea to global financial institutions last Wednesday urging them to enter negotiating talks with Buenos Aires about the repayment of the nation’s sovereign debt.

President Fernández alleged that Argentina has always displayed eagerness and promptness when it comes to pay its multi billion dollar debt to the Paris Club, a group of wealthy creditor nations.

Fernández was also quoted saying that “after the international crisis of 2008 new rules are required for the financial system.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed after a luncheon and a meeting with the Argentine president to reactivate the mixed commission between the two nations, which has been halted for almost 20 years.

After the meeting with Chancellor Merkel, Fernandez was scheduled to meet with her German homologue, Christian Wulff, at the Bellevue Palace.

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Join in Today: Latin America’s Economic Future (WEBCAST)

Today the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin America Initiative at Brookings will host a conference examining the outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of current economic recovery and the global financial safety nets needed to make it sustainable. In the wake of the most severe global financial crisis in recent times, the region has shown remarkable resilience despite incomplete financial safety nets. Leading international experts will evaluate the region’s recovery agenda and present independent policy analysis on the macro-economic challenges ahead as well as discuss ideas for reforming international financial architecture in light of recent experience.

Commentary will be provided by panelists Ilan Goldfajn, Chief Economist at Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco, Andrés Velasco, former Chilean Minister of Finance, Alejandro Werner, former Mexican Deputy Secretary of Finance, Guillermo Calvo, Professor of Economics, International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, Nicolás Eyzaguirre, Director for Western Hemisphere at the IMF, and Steven Kamin of the Federal Reserve Board.

The live webcast will be held at 2:30 pm EST and 1:30 CST.  To access the live webcast go to:  www.iadb.org/researchwebcast/


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Special Report- Guatemala: A Test Tube of Repression

Special Report- Guatemala: A Test Tube of Repression

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Indeed, as troubling as the VD experiments were, U.S. administrations from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan would do much worse, treating Guatemala as a test tube for Cold War counterinsurgency experiments that led to the slaughter of some 200,000 people, including genocide against Mayan Indian tribes.

Guatemala’s special place as Washington’s experimental lab for repression began in 1954 when President Eisenhower authorized the CIA to try out new psychological warfare strategies in destabilizing and removing Guatemala’s democratically elected President Jacobo Arbenz.

Arbenz had offended U.S. business and government leaders by implementing a land reform project that threatened the massive holdings of United Fruit and by letting leftists compete within the political process.

The CIA ousted Arbenz with a combination of clever propaganda and armed insurrection, leading to a series of repressive military dictatorships that further radicalized Guatemala’s indigenous poor and urban intellectuals.

Washington grew more alarmed after Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution in 1959, his alliance with the Soviet Union and the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.  As the Cold War heated up with the U.S. intervention in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson’s administration looked for new strategies to thwart the spread of leftist revolution elsewhere, especially in Latin America.

By the mid-1960s, the United States was assisting the Guatemalan military in developing more refined methods of repression. Guatemala’s first “death squads” took shape under anti-terrorist training provided by a U.S. public safety adviser named John Longon, according to U.S. government documents released in the late 1990s.

In January 1966, Longon reported to his superiors about both overt and covert components of his anti-terrorist strategies. On the covert side, Longon pressed for “a safe house [to] be immediately set up” for coordination of security intelligence.

“A room was immediately prepared in the [Presidential] Palace for this purpose and … Guatemalans were immediately designated to put this operation into effect,” according to Longon’s report.

Longon’s operation within the presidential compound became the starting point for the infamous “Archivos” intelligence unit that evolved into a clearinghouse for Guatemala’s most notorious political assassinations.

Just two months after Longon’s report, a secret CIA cable noted the clandestine execution of several Guatemalan “communists and terrorists” on the night of March 6, 1966.

By the end of the year, the Guatemalan government was bold enough to request U.S. help in establishing special kidnapping squads, according to a cable from the U.S. Southern Command that was forwarded to Washington on Dec. 3, 1966.

By 1967, the Guatemalan counterinsurgency terror had gained a fierce momentum. On Oct. 23, 1967, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research noted the “accumulating evidence that the [Guatemalan] counterinsurgency machine is out of control.” The report noted that Guatemalan “counter-terror” units were carrying out abductions, bombings, torture and summary executions “of real and alleged communists.”Image

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11 Países de America Latina Piden Revisión de Leyes Migratorias de Arizona

México y otros 10 países de América Latina buscan que un tribunal federal de apelaciones de los Estados Unidos revise sus puntos de vista en la apelación presentada por la gobernadora de Arizona, Jan Brewer, contra la orden de un juez que suspendió partes de su dura ley estatal de inmigración.

La unión de países está pidiendo a la Corte del Noveno Circuito de Apelaciones de Estados Unidos que les permita presentar documentos al recurso de apelación de la orden judicial presentada por la gobernadora, que se dio luego de que fuera puesta una demanda por parte del Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos.

Los 11 países manifestaron su interés en garantizar relaciones confiables con los Estados Unidos y deseo que tales relaciones no se vean obstaculizadas por las leyes aprobadas en Arizona.

Al gobierno de México se le unen en su petición los gobiernos de Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay y Perú e inclusive los Estados Unidos, quien también lucha en la corte contra la ley firmada hace dos meses por la gobernadora Jan Brewer, quien según algunos analistas lo hizo en parte presionada por las elecciones de fin de año.

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Massive Crack-Down on Puerto Rico’s Police Force

The U.S. Justice Department and 750 members of the FBI were involved in a large scope investigation of Puerto Rico’s police force resulting 133 individuals arrested for providing drug dealers protection.

Operation Guard Shack, a two year initiative, lead by the FBI was an unprecedented effort to root out corruption with the island’s police force.  The island is seeing increased drug activity due to its strategic location as a major shipping point for drug smuggling from South American countries.  In the investigation FBI agents worked undercover as drug dealers and observed police officers provide security while drug transaction were being executed or participate in the actual drug sale. 

The investigation concluded yesterday with a island wide sweep that netted 133 defendants arrested on charges ranging from drug trafficking, corruption and possession of illegal firearms.  The majority of individuals arrested were members of the Puerto Rico Police Department but members of other police forces were also involved, including National Guard soldiers and correctional officers. 

Read more at CNN →

ThursdayOctober 7, 2010