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MondayNovember 29, 2010

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WikiLeaks Run Rampant While UN Deems Freedom of Information as Critical to Cultural Diversity

Freedom of information, and universal access to it, is crucial to promoting cultural and linguistic diversity, and the United Nations is at the forefront of the battle to protect these rights, a senior information official has said.

“Free speech and media freedom are an inseparable part of the United Nations’ mission for peace, human development and a better world,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka told a global seminar on linguistic diversity, globalization and development in Egypt.

By the end of 2010, there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cell phone users; access to mobile networks is now available to 90 per cent of the world population and 80 per cent of people living in rural areas.

Moreover, the total number of text messages sent globally has tripled in the past three years, from 1.8 trillion to a staggering 6.1 trillion, that is 200,000 text messages sent every second.  But the digital divide remains, the UN warns, with 71 per cent of the population of developed countries online, compared to only 21 per cent in developing countries.

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WikiLeaks and Latin America - What was U.S. Saying About the Region’s Leadership

The WikiLeaks website, much to the embarrassment of the U.S., has revealed over 250,000 secret diplomatic cables many discussing different Latin American country’s and their leaders.  The website publishes documents leaked from government’s worldwide with the stated purpose to eliminate corruption.

We took a look at what the U.S. is alleged to have said and thought about Latin America.  Here’s what has been under covered so far:

ARGENTINA:  Documents show that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought an assessment of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, seeing her as mentally unstable. 

HONDURAS:  The U.S. in a June, 2009 cable blame the Honduran legislative and judicial branch for the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.  The cable insinuates that the power in Honduras didn’t know how to deal with a corrupt President so they “fell back on what they knew” ordering the coup.

PARAGUAY:  In 2008 the U.S. was investigating whether there were terrorist cells operating in the border of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.  More damaging it appears the U.S. believed Paraguay sheltered Iran and Islamic terrorists.  The memos also show the U.S. doubted Paraguay’s commitment to the “war on terror.”

VENEZUELA:  A September 2009 memo between a French diplomat and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon label Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as “crazy” and accuses him of turning his country “into another Zimbabwe,” which is also an insult to Zimbabwe.  Other cables show the U.S. attempting to get Latin American countries to isolate Chavez.

Latin American countries are carefully reviewing the leaked documents before deciding on what their next steps will be.  Numerous U.S. ambassadors to Latin America have already issued statements of apology to their counterparts. 


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TAKE ACTION: Ask Congress to Pass the DREAM Act Now

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has created a petition and facebook page encouraging supporters to ask their government officials to pass the DREAM Act during this weeks lame duck session.

The DREAM Act would allow for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant children who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, live in the country for at least five years, graduate from a U.S. high school, and attend at least two years of college or serve in the military for two years.

So click here to sign the petition that will be sent to your government representatives urging them to pass the DREAM Act.

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Transplant Program at Chicago Hospital Successfully Reaching Hispanics

Transplant Program at Chicago Hospital Successfully Reaching Hispanics

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“Something that really surprised me was hearing a patient say that he had called 10 different transplant centers, but because they all answered the phone in English, he would hang up,” said Chicago transplant surgeon and director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Hispanic-friendly program, Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo.

Northwestern Memorial’s new transplant program was created after Caicedo realized that the Hispanic community was not receiving proper attention when it came to health care, specifically in regards to transplants.

The clinic offers assistance in what they call a “culturally-sensitive manner” as they are the only hospital in the United States that conducts their entire transplant program in Spanish in an attempt to tailor the process directly to the needs of Hispanic patients and their families.

The program, which began in December of 2006, is likely the central reason for the increased number of kidney transplants in Hispanic patients at the hospital as the number has risen from 22 transplants in 2005 to 41 so far in 2010.

A patient arriving at Northwestern will be given the option of the Spanish-language program, and Caicedo says about 75 percent of the Hispanic patients choose to be seen by Spanish-speaking staff members.

Caicedo, who was born in Bogota, Colombia, points out that the program will not move anyone up the transplant list any quicker as its only intention is to provide specialized attention to Hispanic families.  The program also offers educational sessions in Spanish for families of patients in an attempt to inform entire families about the disease and its treatment options.

In August, the hospital announced it would expand to include liver transplants. Hispanics come in second for the number of people on the waiting list for liver transplants according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

He Could be the Next Mexican President. She’s a Soap Opera Star. Together: Mexico’s Brady Bunch

The man who very well could be Mexico’s next president, Governor Enrique Pena Nieto, has married soap opera star, Angelica Rivera, this weekend in a ceremony regarded south of the border as “the wedding of the century.”

News of the wedding is all over Mexican press, Twitter and Facebook;  Analysts are watched the affair less for its impact on social media, and more for its effect on the 2012 election, which the PRI hopes will catapult it back into the presidency, which it lost in 2000. Pena Nieto is a PRI candidate and governor of the state of Mexico.

Early polls have the photogenic Peña Nieto, favored to win the presidency in 2012. Rivera, in the other hand has her own big fan base, and is known to many simply as La Gaviota, or Seagull, for her character in a soap opera on the Televisa network.

The wedding took place in Toluca, outside Mexico City and only 80 lucky couples were invited with their children. 

The lovebirds began working together in 2008, when Peña Nieto hired Rivera as the public face of a promotional campaign for the state of Mexico. Last year, he went public with news that they were a couple.

In December, Pena Nieto announced that the couple’s plans to wed had been blessed by the pope during a visit to the Vatican. (Rivera’s previous marriage to Televisa producer José Alberto Castro was not officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church because she got married on the beach instead of in a church.)

Peña Nieto’s wife, Monica Pretelini, died in 2007, a victim of an epileptic episode. Some detractors, though, have never abandoned suspicions that Pretelini killed herself, after initial media reports said she had suffered a drug overdose, and some even say Peña Nieto might have something to do with the death, since when asked about it by the police, he choked up and deflected.

“Gaviota, be careful of this man,” someone warned on Rivera’s Facebook page.

In the eyes of many, Televisa has all but openly admitted Peña Nieto to be its candidate for president in the next elections. Televisa produced the governor’s state-of-the-state address a few months ago, and a Televisa-owned magazine devoted a 25-page photo spread to the couple and their children, three his and three hers from their previous marriages.

Could it be that these Mexican Brady’s are going to be the next first family of México?

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Critical UN Climate Change Conference Kicks off Today In Cancun, Mexico

Today over 200 nations and their representative gather in Cancun, Mexico for the critical UN Climate Change Conference.  The goal of the conference is to engage nations to reduce negative climate change for the better of society. 

The last conference in Copenhagen resulted in many developed nations, including the U.S., committing to substantially reducing their green house gas emissions, a leading cause of climate change.  In addition, these nations pledged $100 billion annually to assist developing nations reduce their carbon emissions and commit to a green agenda.  Now its time to see how far along these commitment are.

This year, President Obama nor anyone key member of his administration will be attending, which is not a good sign.  They are sending a “climate change envoy” Todd Stern.  The President is getting ready to fight Republicans that are pledging to reverse the current U.S. climate change agenda.

Mexico for its part is ready.  Climate change is suppose to be an personal obsession of President Felipe Calderon.  The country is the only developing nation to have a full inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions.  In addition the country has an aggressive pollution reduction plan, is building many windfarms and offers green mortgages for those greening their homes. 

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Mexico Now Top Source for U.S. Methamphetamines

Mexico has more bad news at its doorstep, its drug cartels are the number one importers of cold medicine chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamines (meth) consumed in the U.S.

The drug cartels, always looking for businesses to expand into, quickly figured out the demand for black market flu, cold and allergy pills that eventually get turned into meth.  These pills are banned in Mexico and very restricted in the U.S.

In just the last 18 moths Mexican authorities have raided over 300 pill factories producing million pounds of methamphetamines.  It appears the cartels are now trafficking through their sophisticated distribution systems ephedrine-type medicines just like they would cocaine.

Read more at Washington Post →

Pacquiao to Márquez: I’ll Fight you, but.. Is it Worth the Effort? (VIDEO)

Manny Pacquiao, the Phillippine’s congressman who also happens to be the only human alive to hold ten titles in eight different weight divisions, announced on Monday that he will fight Mexico’s Juan Manuel Márquez next.

Still, he didn’t seem too thrilled about the fight.

“I would not watch Pacquiao vs. Márquez,”  Pacquiao said to The Philippine Star on Sunday, and questioned whether the public would be interested in watch him fight Márquez again; Pacquiao beat Márquez for the WBC Super Featherweight title in a 12-round, split decision in Las Vegas in 2008.

The newspaper said Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda would accept the fight if Marquez promoted it.

Márquez’s record includes 52 wins with 38 KOs and only 5 loses. The only draw of his career came against Pacquiao in 2004 when he retained his WBA and IBF featherweight titles, and in 2008,  he lost his WBC super featherweight belt in a controversial split decision to the steel knuckled Filipino.

“We know that Pacquiao has been avoiding us. We will put a lot of work into it, and a third fight is what the public wants to see,” Marquez told reporters after beating Michael Katsidis.

“Yes he [Pacquiao] beat bigger fellows but they are all past their prime, while I beat younger and stronger boxers like Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis.”

However, one issue that could delay or even cancel the rematch is that Marquez wants the fight to be at the weight limit of 140-142 pounds, while Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach says he wants to fight at 147.

“I know he can make that weight as when he fought Margarito [earlier this month], he was just 144 pounds. So if they insist in fighting at 147, like Freddie Roach has mentioned, they are again giving excuses.”

Roach said that the Pacman weighted 144 the day of the fight, but walked out to the ring at 148, and he won’t let his fighter box under that weight again.


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Dominican Republic is Reporting Four-out-of-Seven Cholera Cases are Relatives

The Minister of Public Health in Dominican Republican, Bautista Rojas Gomez,  has reported that three new cases of cholera have been confirmed over the weekend bringing the total to 7.

The first two involves a Haitian girl, 7, and a 12-year old boy. The girl, a resident of Villa Gonzalez, was being treated at the Dr. Arturo Grullon Children’s Hospital in Santiago and the boy is being treated at the San Lorenzo Hospital in Los Mina in Santo Domingo East. Both children were said to be “in good condition.” 

On Sunday another case was announced by Rojas Gomez, this time a five-year old girl, a cousin of the 12-year old boy. The latest victim is being treated at the Cabral Children’s Hospital in Santo Domingo. The minister also revealed that four of the seven patients so far are all members of the same family and live side by side in the Dique sector. 

Minister Rojas Gomez told reporters that more than 100,000 people would be taking part in the ministry’s outreach program to inform people about the disease and how to prevent it.

Read more at DR1 →

Gutiérrez Continues Fight for DREAM Act

Gutiérrez Continues Fight for DREAM Act

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Monday, thanks in large part to Illinois Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D), Congress is expected to discuss the DREAM Act.

Over the Thanksgiving recess, Gutiérrez traveled to a number of states, asking for the support of the act on behalf of tens of thousands of undocumented youth that are forced to forego higher education because they’re status means they have to pay out-of-state tuition, and they simply cannot afford it.

The 57-year-old Illinois representative said in an interview last week, “They didn’t decide, when they were six, seven or eight years old, to come here. Should we hold children responsible for the actions of their parents?” He added, “They’re all American except for that little paper.  Culturally, linguistically, socially, American is who they are. We’ve educated them, so let’s let them join the military, let them go to college. Let them give this country a lot in return what we’ve given them.”

Gutiérrez’s critics claim he is little more than an overly empathetic left-winger who is calling on Congress to reward those who out-right break federal laws. They say that any kind of pardon for ANY “illegal” immigrants is only going to increase undocumented immigration and send a message to the world that the U.S.’s immigration laws are meaningless.

Chosen over a run for Chicago mayor, Gutiérrez’s fight against injustice has not wavered in his attempt to get the DREAM Act passed, but despite his endless cross-country rallying, he says he’s not holding his breathe for its passage during the current lame-duck session.

“I’m not worried, [but not passing it] will just drive people further underground.”

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Sara Lee Buy Brazilian Coffee Company

Brazilian coffee company Café Damasco has been bought by the Sara Lee Corporation for almost $60 million in Sara Lee’s attempt to gain more profitable coffee and meat businesses.

Sara Lee had already announced the selling of its troubled North American bread business to the Mexican giant Grupo Bimbo for $959 million earlier this month. That deal is expected to be finalized within the first half of 2011.

When the Downers Grove, Illinois–based company announced the sale to Bimbo, it said the transaction allowed them to focus on their other businesses while also saying that it would allow them to expand through unnamed acquisitions.

The purchase of Café Damasco, which is expected to close on Tuesday, allows Sara Lee a stronger presence in Brazil where they already own the Pilao and Caboclo coffee brands. Its other coffee brands out of Brazil include Cafe do Ponto, Moka, and Seleto. The company also own the coffee brands Senseo and Hills Bros.

In an attempt to slenderize the business, Sara Lee has made a series of deals including selling its air freshener business, Ambi Pur, to Procter & Gamble Co., selling its stake in an insecticide venture in India, as well as its remaining insecticide business to SC Johnson, and Sara Lee also sold its body care business to Unilever N.V..

Read more at Chicago Business →

Kournikova’s Diamond Studded Wedding Band - Is Enrique off the Market Officially?

Paparazzi that photographed Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova coming out of Mateo’s restaurant in Beverly Hills, reported seeing a new diamond studded band under the engagement ring that the tennis bombshell has been wearing since the beginning of the year.

Rumors are that Iglesias (35) and Kournikova (29) got married in the utmost secrecy a couple of weeks ago; the pair has been together since 2002, in the set of the filming of Enrique’s video “Escape,” starring Kournikova.

Anna and Enrique, have weathered more than a few shake-ups, including a supposed split, Kournikova’s retirement, and the removal of Iglesias’ once signature mole.

News of the alleged nuptials came just a few months after Anna’s comments to TV talk show host Graham Norton on the subject of marriage, “Not really, no. We’re fine. What’s the point if you’re happy anyway? Being eight years down the line it’s more than some married couples”  Supporting her, Iglesias told Look Magazine, “I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. A lot of people think I’m against marriage but you can be happy with someone without being married,”

So are they or are they not Mr. and Mrs. Iglesias?  Leave us your comments.

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Cyber Monday Crack Down on Foreign Counterfeiters by Immigration and Customs Officials

Seizure orders have been executed against 82 domain names of commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works as part of an ongoing investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The coordinated federal law enforcement operation targeted online retailers of a diverse array of counterfeit goods, including sports equipment, shoes, handbags, athletic apparel and sunglasses as well as illegal copies of copyrighted DVD boxed sets, music and software.

During the course of the operation, federal law enforcement agents made undercover purchases from online retailers suspected of selling counterfeit goods. In many instances, the goods were shipped directly into the United States from suppliers in other countries using international express mail. If the goods were confirmed as counterfeit or otherwise illegal, seizure orders for the domain names of the websites that sold the goods were obtained.

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Homeland Secretary Napolitano Visits Panama

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today visited Panama City to meet with her international counterparts and reiterate the Obama administration’s strong commitment to fighting terrorism and other threats in collaboration with our partners around the globe–signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Panama that will enhance information sharing and help secure the international aviation system against terrorism and international crime.

The MOU enhances the abilities of both countries to combat transnational crime and terrorism by improving information sharing–supporting Panama’s efforts to strengthen its own air travel security measures to better identify suspicious individuals traveling by air and utilizing U.S. expertise in aviation security technologies, training and privacy protections.

While in Panama City, Secretary Napolitano met with Panama President Ricardo Martinelli and Vice President Juan Carlos Varela to reiterate the country’s shared commitment to expanding partnerships between Panama and the United States on security issues. She also met with representatives from several Central American nations to discuss the United State’s continued collaboration with the region to bolster aviation security and combat multinational threats.

Following the attempted Dec. 25 terrorist attack, DHS has worked with the International Civil Aviation Organization and its global partners at five regional aviation security summits on five continents in an unprecedented effort to strengthen international aviation security.

Tomorrow, Secretary Napolitano will visit Mexico City to meet with her counterparts to reiterate the United States’ commitment to working with our Mexican partners to enhance information-sharing and ensure our mutual security.

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MondayNovember 29, 2010