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MondayNovember 22, 2010

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Image of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Now Protected through Presidential Decree

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has forbidden the use of his “name, image and figure” on any kind public building, as well as for use in “political, social and community organizations” and any old advertising campaigns.

The law announced today indicates that the image or name of Hugo Chávez can only be used with previous and explicit consent from the head of state and only for “political and social activities, or pro-Chávez propaganda in posters, banners and/or flyers.”

Specifically the presidential decree prohibits the exhibition of the name “Hugo Chávez” in construction sites, buildings, establishments, enclosures, educational institutions, medical facilities, roads, public spaces and any kind of space occupied by public administrators.

It also forbids political, social and community oriented groups to use the name to “identify organizations, societies, goods, works, projects, programs, social or political activities, etc.”

According to the sources that expedited the new decree, these measures were taken under the premise that the image of Hugo Chávez is “a fundamental part of the illustrative profile of the national presidential institution” and so “it must be used under regulations that allow its proper identification, as far as the honorable role of the president is concerned”

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NY Congressman Comes Out Loud and Strong In Support of DREAM Act and Urges Others to Follow

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) announced today that he is circulating a letter among House Democrats urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to schedule a floor vote on the DREAM Act during the lame-duck session of Congress, which is set to resume the week of November 29th. The letter, which Ackerman began to circulate late Thursday, currently has more than 40 co-signers. 
The DREAM Act would enable undocumented children – who were brought to the United States before their 16th birthday and have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years with no criminal record – to earn permanent legal status, and begin the process towards citizenship through attending college or joining the Armed Forces. The DREAM Act would benefit an estimated 934,000 students presently in elementary or secondary school. Many of these students have no memory of life in a country other than the United States.

“The DREAM Act is a humanitarian bill that helps kids who are our neighbors that are being punished for a decision they did not make,” said Ackerman. “All children, documented or undocumented, deserve the same basic educational opportunities that this bill provides. We must fight to pass this legislation now, before the current Congress ends, because next year we won’t have the votes. We owe these children that much.”

The full text of the letter appears below:

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Hunger Strike Day 13: Texas DREAMers Get Boost over Weekend (VIDEO in Spanish)

Today marks the 13th day of the UTSA DREAMers’ hunger strike being held to raise support of the passage of the DREAM Act this year.  The hunger strikers received alot of attention and support over the weekend to keep them going. 

Friday, the Texas Catholic Sisters called on Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to meet with the hunger strikers.  In a letter to the senator, the Catholic sisters asked that she meet with the DREAMers to “engage in an open dialogue, share views on the matter, and come up with a just, workable proposal.”  They also urged Senator Hutchison “to join the march of history and play a key leadership role in helping to enact DREAM Act legislation in this session of Congress.”

The strikers also gained support in the form of a vigil held for the cause by the United Methodist Church in Texas on Sunday night.

Also Sunday, two DREAMers spoke with Jorge Ramos, a Univision anchorman, to bring awareness to their cause. DREAMers Claudia Sanchez and Lucina Martinez spoke with Ramos about the importance of the DREAM Act.  Below is Sanchez and Martinez speaking with Ramos. (Video in Spanish)

Read more at DREAM Act Now! →

A Little too Much “Twilight Vampire” Inspiration in Uruguayan Soccer Game (VIDEO)

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez faces severe penalties for biting an opponent, Otman Bakkal,  from the Netherlands PSV Eindhoven team.

Luis Suarez, the Ajax Club Team and Uruguay forward caused controversy in the World Cup when he scored a goal with his hand, eliminating Ghana.

The referee of Saturday’s match did not see the incident, as he was dealing with the aftermath of a foul play that resulted in a red card. Suarez was not punished for gnawing at his rival during the game, but he’s been sanctioned by his team with an undisclosed fine, and will sit on the bench for two games.  Suárez could still face sanctions from the league or a starring role in the next Twilight movie.

This wasn’t the only violent act perpetrated by Suárez in the game; a few minutes later, he allegedly knocked out Ibrahim Afellay, after a high-speed foul. Noticee (in second :29 below) that after being bitten, Bakkal doesn’t hesitate in taunting Suárez, stepping on him as he ties his shoe. 

The highly regarded Dutch daily De Telegraaf branded Suarez the “Cannibal of Ajax” in its Monday edition and called for his club and the Netherlands Football Federation to take action against him.


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Salvadoran Immigrant Found Guilty of Chandra Levy Murder

UPDATE:  A jury has just convicted Salvadoran immigrant, Ingmar Guandique on two counts of first-degree murder for the attack and killing of Chandra Levy back in 2001.  The Washington D.C. jury was out four days before returning the verdict. 

Guandique, who entered the country illegally though qualified for “temporary protected status”, faces 30 years to life in prison when he is sentenced. 

There was no direct evidence linking Guandique to the crime, no eyewitnesses and no DNA evidence but rather the fact that Guandique was implicated in two attacks of women in the same Washington D.C. park.  The DNA found on Levy’s running tights has never been identified and is not tied to Guandique or former Congressman Gary Condit, who Levy was romantically involved with. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  An illegal immigrant from El Salvador, Ingmar Guandique, is on trial beginning this week for the murder of Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy.  The trial will be drawing a lot of attention not only because Levy was involved with a former married Congressman but because of Guandique’s criminal alien status.  That very status and his alleged involvement with a Latino gang in D.C. is expected to cause outrage and put more fuel on the debate fires of immigration reform. 

Guandique entered the country illegally but was eligible for ‘temporary protected status’  coming from war-torn El Salvador.  Guandique was in the midst of applying for the protected immigrant status but never completed the process.

Levy disappeared in 2001 while jogging in a park where Guandique had assaulted two other women, crimes he is currently in prison for.  Her body was not found until a year later but not before her illicit relationship with Congressman Gary Condit became public forcing his departure from Congress.  There is no evidence tying Guandique to the crime except for several confessions that he says were forced and were the result of not speaking English. 

The case has already caught the attention and ire of conservative bloggers like Michelle Malkin and Stop the Invasion who brought President Obama to task as “pro-illegal”.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Border City of El Paso, Texas Named Safest U.S. City

As Texas Governor Rick Perry calls for U.S. troops to enter Mexico and continues to ask for more help to secure the border, El Paso, Texas has been named the safest large city in the U.S.

The annual rankings produced by CQ Press announced this Sunday that El Paso had the lowest crime rate among cities with more than 500,000 residents.  The survey looks at FBI crime statistics that include auto theft to rape to murder.  El Paso is located right across the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez, considered the most dangerous city in North America.

This year thus far there were 2,700 murders in Juarez, Mexico versus 13 in El Paso. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

Bye Bye Gucci Hello Kohl’s?  J. Lo and Marc Anthony Launching “Lifestyle” Line (VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez is looking to extract more money from being J. Lo and her reported multi-million dollar salary as a new judge on American Idol clearly wasn’t enough – because she has just announce another capitalist (i.e. money-grabbing) venture; this one with her husband Marc Anthony.

The Latino couple will be launching a his-and-hers contemporary “lifestyle and home décor brand” for Kohl’s Department Stores that will debut in fall of 2011.  Marc is calling it the “biggest celebrity launch ever” and J. Lo assures us that she will be wearing the clothes.

Where?  While cleaning her own toilets?

While the couple’s twins are debuting kids clothes at high-end retailer Gucci, mom and dad are going low-end with track suits and food trays at Kohl’s.  It is unknown when and if the super couple has ever shopped at Kohl’s.

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Read more at Brand Week →

Former Governor of Colima, Mexico Silverio Cavazos, Assasinated in Front of his Home

An armed commando carried out a lethal attack on Jesus Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, a former governor of Colima when armed men sprayed Cavazos (along with Rafael Gutierrez Villalobos, Economic Development Officer of the Government of Colima) with automatic weapon fire, outside his house.

Seriously injured, both men were taken to a local medical center, the clinic of Saint Francis.  Shortly after being admitted, the former governor succumbed due to the amount of wounds all over his body.

In November of last year, Silverio Cavazos had left the governorship of Colima; sources indicated that the politician had received several threats, and he kept a security detail to protect him until the last minute of his life.

Authorities have since engaged emergency operations throughout the state of Colima, in hopes of finding those responsible for the fatal attack.

Who was Silverio Cavazos Ceballos?

JesúsSilverio Cavazos Ceballos was born in Tecoman, Colima, October 15 1968. Developed his political career in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) party, which led him to the governorship of his state in 2005 – 2009 term.  Cavazos graduated in Law from the University of Colima.


Read more at El Blog Del Narco →

WTF - Cuban Born Fidel Castro Becomes a U.S. Citizen?

Last week in San Juan de Puerto Rico, Fidel Castro Sotolongo, a native of Cuba, was granted American citizenship by a federal court that could hardly contain their laughter through the Pledge of Allegiance and the monumental irony of it all.

Fidel Castro raised his right hand, and solemnly prayed “I, Fidel Castro hereby declare on oath…” before the entire court lost it to laughter and giggling. Then, Castro moved on to promise to fulfill the duties implicit in his new citizenship, as reported Friday by El Nuevo Dia newspaper in San Juan.

Castro Sotolongo left Cuba with a tourist visa to visit Haiti but it wasn’t until he arrived in Miami that all the jokes and funny situations started. For instance, there was the time when every single immigration official at Wilcox Field left their post to come meet Fidel Castro in person, or the time when his name saved him from a speeding ticket in Puerto Rico; apparently, after seeing the name on his license, the officer told him: “I can’t believe I’m going to slap a fine on Fidel Castro.”

Castro has admitted to interviewers that he doesn’t like his name, and since he arrived in Puerto Rico in January 2002, he has asked people to call him Leo.  We aren’t sure what the real “Fidel” think of the American Fidel or if he considers him just another ‘imperialist Americano’. 


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Telenovela-Inspired Jewelry Coming to a Store Near You

Telemundo, owned by NBC, has launched a new telenovela-insprired jewelry collection designed by Israel-native Udi Behr.  The first question should be why a Latino isn’t designing the line followed by who wants to buy this stuff anyway.

Behr is the creative mind behind jewelry and accessories featured in other television programs like True Blood and Dexter.  Her new line for Telemundo is called “Todo por Un Beso”  or “All for A Kiss”.  The line will be featured at the NBC store in New York as well as on-line.  In addition,  NBC hopes to have the jewelry on QVC and U.S. major retailers.

Behr who has stated he’s not a telenovela fan nor does he speak Spanish somehow felt he knew the audience enough to know they love to kiss on telenovelas, hence the name of the line. 

We’re aren’t sure whether to be offended or just ignore the product line all together, that ranges in price from $49 to $900.

Read more at Portada →

Mexico Foils Kidnapping Plot Targeting Upcoming Climate Change Conference

As Mexico prepares to receive over 200 world environmental leaders next week for the United Nation’s (UN) Climate Change conference, the government announced it foiled a plot to conduct kidnappings during the conference.

The gang of seven was arrested by the Mexican Navy and in their possession they had maps, conference schedules and hotel information of the conference attendees.  They also had false police identifications cards and police uniforms.  Mexico is facing increasing rates of kidnapping as drug cartels use this as a method to increase revenue.

The conference will begin in Cancun on November 29 through December 10 under very heavy security.  Mexico and the U.N. is not announcing what head of states might speak at the conference. 

Read more at WTAQ →

U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition of Colombian Paramilitary Leader to U.S.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in New York and the Department of Homeland Security announced the extradition of Eder Pedraza-Pena, a/k/a “Don Ramon”, on charges that he conspired to import cocaine into the United States and to engage in maritime narcotics smuggling. Pedraza-Pena 45, a citizen of Colombia and former commander in a right-wing Colombian paramilitary drug organization, arrived in the United States last Thursday.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As we have charged, Pedraza-Pena was a ringleader of one of the most vicious and deadly narco-terrorist groups in South America. He bankrolled his organization, in part, by allegedly smuggling their poison into the United States. Today’s extradition demonstrates once again that we will work seamlessly with our law enforcement partners both here and around the world to thwart those who are exporting their illegal trade and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

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Illegal Re-entry by Immigrants #1 Crime Prosecuted in U.S. not Drug Crimes or Terrorism

According to information in a new report coming out of Syracuse University’s TRAC, re-entry into the U.S. by unauthorized immigrants was the crime most prosecuted by federal authorities.

In August there were 13,122 federal criminal prosecutions, and illegal re-entry accounted for 2,139 of those prosecutions. August’s information was the most recently released from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The next most commonly prosecuted crimes were drug-related, and accounted for 1,028 of the cases. Also at the top of the list were unlawful acts with firearms, smuggling and harboring undocumented immigrants, the importation of controlled substances, and crimes involving materials related the sexual exploitation of minors.

Co-director of TRAC, Susan B. Long, said the number of these illegal re-entry prosecutions is a sign that a drastic change in enforcement priorities has occurred over the last few years.

‘It shows the priorities of the federal government right now,’ Long said. ‘There’s been a huge policy shift, and a definite decision to criminally go after people [for immigration offenses]. More resources have been devoted to immigration enforcement.’

Formerly, the FBI was the top referrer of unlawful re-entry cases, but now the bureau’s referrals account for only 10 percent of the total.

The Department of Homeland Security, ICE’s parent agency, accounts for 56 percent of the prosecutions referred to federal authorities to take the top referrer spot from the FBI.

Read more at Fox News Latino →

MondayNovember 22, 2010