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SundayOctober 31, 2010

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BREAKING NEWS: Brazil Elects Dilma Rousseff, First Female President in the History of the Nation.

BREAKING NEWS: Brazil Elects Dilma Rousseff, First Female President in the History of the Nation.

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Dilma Rousseff, 62 has been elected president of Brazil and next January 1st she’ll become the first woman to ever move into the office Lula has occupied for two terms. 

She vowed to “honor the trust” Brazilians had put in her and work towards eradicating poverty.

Throughout her campaign, Rousseff enjoyed the full support of President Lula, who steps down with record popularity.

The daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant and a schoolteacher, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte.  She became a socialist during her youth, and after the coup d’état of 1964 joined left-wing urban guerrilla groups opposing the military dictatorship. Between 1970 and 1972 Rouseff was captured, jailed and reportedly tortured for close to a month.

Following her release, Rousseff rebuilt her life in Porto Alegre with Carlos Araújo, her partner of 30 years. The couple helped found the Democratic Labour Party (PDT) in the state, and played key roles in several of the party’s electoral campaigns.

Rouseff became the Secretary of the Treasury of Porto Alegre during the Alceu Collares administration, and later the Secretary of Energy of Rio Grande du Sol under both Collares and Olívio Dutra administrations.

In 2002, Rousseff joined the committee in charge of the energy policy of the then candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who invited her to become Minister of Energy.

In 2005, a political crisis triggered by a corruption scandal led to the resignation of Chief of Staff José Dirceu; in June 2005 Ms. Rouseff was appointed Chief of Staff by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, becoming the first woman to assume the position.

Rousseff took over the post, remaining in office until March 31, 2010, when she left in order to run for President.

The Superior Electoral Court declared that with 99% of the votes counted, Rouseff had won 56%, against 44% for her rival, Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party.
This second round of voting was forced after Ms Rousseff fell short of the 50% needed in the first round, October 3rd . She won 47% to Mr Serra’s 33%.

Thousands of supporters of the governing Workers Party have taken over the streets of Brazil in celebration.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Oral Arguments in United States v. Arizona to be Televised Live on C-Span Tomorrow

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has announced that oral arguments in USA v. State of Arizona, Case No. 10-16645, will be heard by a three judge panel on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 9 a.m. (PST) or 11 a.m. (CST) at the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, and will be televised by CSPAN.  The case involves the constitutionality of Arizona Senate Bill 1070. The preliminary injunction of key components of the law requested by the U.S. government was granted in part and denied in part by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The State of Arizona and its governor have appealed.

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In Spite of Pending Court Case Most Arizona Voters Continue to Support SB1070

Arizona voters are still bullish about the state’s new immigration law despite the U.S. Justice Department’s ongoing legal challenge.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of the state’s voters still favor the new law, while 34% are opposed to it. That’s down a bit from 64% in April just after Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law. Support for the law among Arizona voters hit a high to date of 71% in May when the state was the target of repeated criticism by President Obama, major Hispanic groups and others.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Arizona voters agree with Brewer’s challenge of a federal judge’s decision blocking implementation of some portions of the new law. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree with that challenge.  The court proceedings will start tomorrow.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Arizona was conducted on October 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports.  Current Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, remains well ahead of Democratic state Attorney General Terry Goddard in Arizona’s gubernatorial contest. Brewer supports the immigration law; Goddard does not.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports →

A Second Call Goes Out For Latinos NOT to Vote on Tuesday

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, which represents 20,000 mostly evangelical churches and 7 million members, is telling its congregants NOT to vote on Tuesday. Referencing Congresses failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Hispanics are being urged not to vote for congressional candidates on Tuesday.
“We’re saying to Latinos, ‘Go to the polls, but leave the ballot blank,’” said Rev. Miguel Rivera, head and founder of the clergy group, known as CONLAMIC. “That way, our numbers, our presence at the polls will be there, and our message of disappointment too.”
“The community has been disappointed because nothing has been done for it, especially about immigration,” Rivera added. “They promise to reform immigration when they are seeking our votes, then do nothing when they’re elected. Why vote when you’ve been taken advantage of? This is a grassroots campaign.”

There are many who are outraged at the no-vote campaign.

“This does not help the [Latino] community,” said Gloria Montaño Greene, director of the Washington D.C. office of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). “For individuals like Rev. Rivera and the [Latinos for Reform] video and ad last week telling us to stay home is voter suppression, un-American and cynical. This needs to be denounced.”

Sen. Robert Menéndez, the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, called Rivera’s move “alarming” and “disdainful.”

Political experts agree that the Hispanic vote is crucial to the outcome of elections in several states, including Nevada, California and Colorado. Latinos comprise 9.2% of eligible voters or 19 million votes. Approximately 65% of Hispanic voters are registered Democrats while 22 % are registered Republican.

“Silence is not going to set us free,” said Clarissa Martínez, director of Immigration and National Campaigns at NCLR, a leading civil rights organization. “One of the clearest choices Latino voters may have in November is to vote for respect.”

Read more at Fox News →

ELECTION:  Multiple Sources Available to Assist Eligible Latino Voters

Latinos are poised to play a critical role in this year’s midterm election, and the NALEO Educational Fund is ready to ensure that all eligible Latino voters have the information and support needed to cast their ballots and have their voices heard.

The national bilingual voter information and protection hotline 888-VE-Y-VOTA (839-8682) has already assisted more than 4,800 registered voters this election cycle, and will have extended hours of operation in the final days before the election.

Operators will be available from 7am EDT on Monday until 2am on Tuesday, and again from 5:30am EDT on Tuesday until 3am on Wednesday, when polls have closed in all 50 states. Operators are trained to assist callers with any voting-related questions or concerns, for any state – from polling-place look-up and referrals to non-partisan ballot guides, to documentation and resolution of election administration irregularities. On Monday, November 1 and on Election Day, bilingual attorneys will be available via the hotline to assist voters with any challenges they encounter in the election process.

In its seventh year of operation, the 888-VE-Y-VOTA hotline has assisted more than 70,000 people since its launch, and now serves as the official hotline of the historic ya es hora campaign. It is widely promoted by Spanish-language media partners, through print, radio, television and online. The hotline also serves as the official Spanish-language hotline of the Election Protection Coalition, and fields all Spanish-language calls to the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline.

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Brazil’s Ruling Party Candidate Dilma Rousseff a Clear Favorite Today in the Presidential Runoff

Rousseff has not only benefited from President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva’s fantastic popularity, but from a thriving economy as well. Both Rousseff and Jose Serra, the two leading candidates support the current economic policies that have made Brazil one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

One are in which the two disagree is in the area of fiscal discipline. Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party has proposed increasing the minimum monthly salary to 600 reals ($349) from the current 510 reals, expanding the social welfare program and boosting pension pay by 10%.

Rousseff, whose Workers Party has strong ties to the public sector unions, has campaigned on maintaining current fiscal discipline with very gradual adjustments but has not supported any strong austerity measures.

Rousseff fell short of the 50 percent she needed to win the first round on Oct 3, sending the election into today’s runoff.

South American’s 3,400 Mile Transoceanic Superhighway Soon to Become a Reality

The 3,400 mile Transoceanic superhighway connecting Brazil’s Atlantic seaports to Peru’s Pacific seaports is soon to become a reality in South America.  The project, which has been decades in the making, is entering its last phase and the most difficult, yet experts anticipate a 2011 debut.

When completed the Transoceanic superhighway will be another human wonder feat since the highway travels through jungles, Andean mountain ranges to glacial peaks reaching 16,000 feet.  It will also be Brazilian President Inacio Lula’s crowning achievement in the region and most probably his greatest legacy, having served as the projects driving force.

The benefits for the region are many.  Brazil will be linked to the Pacific and closer to Chinese shipping routes and Peruvians will be readily connected to Brazil’s vast and strong trade economy and its consumer base.

Read more at LA Times →

Soccer Field Massacre in Honduras Leaves 14 Dead

A group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a football field in Colonia Felipe Zelaya, Honduras leaving 14 dead and scores of others injured.  The group of players playing on the open field were known to come every weekend to play and might have been targeted, police report, nonetheless a motive is unknown.

The massacre took place in one of the more crowded and poor neighborhoods in the north of the country.  Colonia Felipe is also home to hundreds of gang members and their families. 

These mass shootings are common place in Honduras in areas where there is gang concentration.  They are used as a tool of extortion or intimidation toward rival gang members.  In September 18 people were killed in a shoe factory and last month 6 youth were killed in a drug house. 

Read more at Fox News →



SundayOctober 31, 2010