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SundayMay 22, 2011

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Costa Rica Joins UN Human Rights Council for First Time, While Chile and Peru Return

Costa Rica Joins UN Human Rights Council for First Time, While Chile and Peru Return

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Six countries that have never previously served on the United Nations Human Rights Council are among 15 new members of the Geneva-based body after a round of balloting among UN Member States this past Friday morning.

Austria, Benin, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, Costa Rica and Kuwait will make their debut on the Council next month, starting three-year terms on the 47-member panel that allots seats according to a formula based on world regions.

The other elected members – although they have previously completed stints since the Council was created in 2006 – are Burkina Faso, Chile, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines and Romania.

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss announced the results of the voting, which was conducted by secret ballot among Member States at UN Headquarters in New York.

Four countries were elected in the African category, four in the Asian States grouping and three from Latin America and the Caribbean, while two countries were chosen from Eastern Europe and two from the Western European and other States grouping.

In the Eastern European category, Georgia was unsuccessful, while in Latin America and the Caribbean, Nicaragua missed out on a seat.

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Mexico Ready to Propose One of Its Own to Head IMF, Defying European Support for Another Frenchmen

Mexico Ready to Propose One of Its Own to Head IMF, Defying European Support for Another Frenchmen

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Mexico appears set to offer its head of the central bank, Agustin Carstens, as a candidate to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to replace disgraced Frenchman Dominque Strauss-Kahn.

Mexico’s finance minister will present the Carstens candidacy inspite of France, Britain and Germany all throwing their support behind the candidacy of French finance minister Christine Lagarde.

The IMF is made up of 187 country members and is responsible for overseeing the global financial system.  The head or managing director was Dominque Strauss-Kahn that resigned after being charged with a violent sexual assault of a maid in his NYC hotel last week.

Carstens is in for a tough race with most managing directors coming from Europe.  However, he served as deputy managing director for three year with his term finishing in 2006.  Furthermore Mexico leads a consortium of 8 countries that control almost 5% of the votes.  Mexico currently has a $72 billion line of credit with IMF. 

The IMF is expected to conclude its search by June 30th. 

Read more at Bloomberg →

UN Urging Peru to do More to Combat Modern Day Slavery in Its Country

UN Urging Peru to do More to Combat Modern Day Slavery in Its Country

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A United Nations human rights expert on slavery today urged Peru to do more to combat abuses in the country’s logging, mining and domestic services sectors.

Gulnara Shahinian, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, said after a 12-day fact-finding visit to the Andean country that the Peruvian authorities have “demonstrated a strong will to combat contemporary forms of slavery by establishing multi-sectoral institutions at both national and regional level and developing relevant national plans.

“However, a lot remains to be done, in particular by enforcing existing legislation, introducing separate criminal sanctions for all forms of slavery, developing comprehensive protection mechanisms as well reintegration and compensation schemes for victims and strengthening implementation and monitoring of programs at regional and local levels.”

Ms. Shahinian focused on potential contemporary forms of slavery including forced labor in logging and mining, domestic servitude, and child labor.

“In urban areas domestic servitude remains mostly invisible and victims who are predominantly girls and young women migrating to cities, are not aware of their rights and feel unable to report of their abuses and exploitation,” the Special Rapporteur said.

In artisanal mining, she said that the “ungoverned gold rush in Madre de Dios [in the country’s southeast] has brought lawlessness and with it a whole range of slavery-like practices, mainly forced labor and sexual exploitation of both minors and adults.”

In the logging sector, she said, indigenous communities who live in remote and isolated communities find themselves entrapped by mounting debt for equipment, loans, and concession rentals and are locked in a cycle of poverty.

“Peru, which is experiencing one of the world’s fastest economic growths, should ensure that economic development does not take precedence over people’s rights,” Ms. Shahinian said.

Ms. Shahinian, who serves in an unpaid and independent capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Depp-Cruz’ Pirates of the Caribbean Sees Biggest International Opening EVER at $256.3M

Depp-Cruz’ Pirates of the Caribbean Sees Biggest International Opening EVER at $256.3M

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Good news for Johnny Depp and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and even better news for new cast mate Spaniard Penelope Cruz.  Box office reports places the newest Pirates sequel “One Stranger Tides” as the biggest international opening with box office receipts of $256.3 million.  Russia was the movie’s biggest opening day market. 

In the U.S. alone the movie earned $90.1 million over the weekend making it the biggest domestic box opener thus far this year.  Globally the movies’ receipts are pegged at an astonishing $346.4 million while it took $400 million to produce and promote the film.

In spite of a $90.1 million-dollar U.S. opening it falls short of previous Pirate openings.  The first Pirates movie garnered $135.6 million in the U.S. 

The movie could be on track to gross $1 billion.

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Boxing Great Oscar de la Hoya Enter Rehab

Boxing Great Oscar de la Hoya Enter Rehab

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Bad new for Tres Generaciones tequila, its premier spokesman Oscar de la Hoya has just acknowledges he is in rehab for a substance abuse problem.

The 10-time boxing champion-writer-singer admitted to TMZ, who broke the story, that he has been in a California-base treatment facility for the past several weeks. 

Noting, “Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws.” “Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.”

Some had suspected the Mexican-American boxing great was in rehab since he had been tweeting inspirational, 12-step type messages to his Twitter followers.

According to sources and TMZ the 38-year old, De la Hoya voluntarily checked himself in to a facility whose name is not known. 

De la Hoya won a gold medal at the Olympics shortly after graduating high school and from there went on to become a boxing legend and own a national boxing promoting company, the only Hispanic to do so.

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Lancaster County No Longer Land of the Amish but Rather of the Latino

Lancaster County No Longer Land of the Amish but Rather of the Latino

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Lancaster County in Pennsylvania no longer appears to be the land of the Amish but rather the Latino, with its population surging past the Amish.

The U.S. census data is showing that this southern central Pennsylvania region will have a decidedly Latino flavor with over 45,000 Latinos living in the area.  The Hispanic population grew over 68 percent in the last 10 years and surpassed the 30,000 Amish that have long called the region their home.

Now it is common to see Mexican diners with horse-and-buggys parked outside.  There are two Spanish-language radio stations, Latino city council members, Hispanics on the school district board and home to the only officially Latino-designated Catholic parish.

It is important to note that many of the Latinos are not recent arrivals but can trace their family roots back for generations in Lancaster.  Studies have found Latinos coming to the area since the mid-20th century with their numbers quietly passing that of the Amish just recently. 

Read more at Penn LIve →

Argentine Court Mandates Google Censor its Search Results for Anti-Semitic Searches

Argentine Court Mandates Google Censor its Search Results for Anti-Semitic Searches

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In an unprecedented move, an Argentine court has ordered Google, Inc. to stop having its search engine suggest any sites that are anti-Semitic in nature.  In addition the court is mandating that Google remove those type of sites from it massive search engine index.  As a result of the court order Google would have to stop suggesting searches that lead to anti-Semitic sites even if someone was asking to be lead to those type of sites.

Many view this as a form of censorship, though it is in essence a censoring of search results, and the Argentinian constitution does not allow censorship in general.  However, the ruling judge stated that he was deciding in favor of protecting people from discrimination which outweighs the censorship argument.

The ruling was the result of numerous Jewish organizations in the country working under the umbrella of ‘Delegacion de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas’ filing for an injunction against 76 different websites they find ‘highly discriminatory’. 

Google, for its part, said it is waiting to see the official court order before deciding what to do next. 

Read more at Scribd →

Number Swell as Spain’s Youth Continue to Hold Anti-Government Rallies on Day of Elections

Number Swell as Spain’s Youth Continue to Hold Anti-Government Rallies on Day of Elections

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The number of Spanish youth protesting their government’s economic policies and the high unemployment rate amongst them, continue to climb.  The anti-government protests are being held across key cities in the country like Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.

Today Spain is holding its elections and was hoping to dispel the protesting that started 7 days ago.  The government went as far as to place a protesting ban, which clearly was ineffective.  Spain’s youth is especially disturbed by the 45% unemployment rate amongst them and the country’s overall rate of 21.3% unemployment. 

Spanish newspapers and other sources are putting the number of protesters across the country at 60,000.  They are all united in demanding a better present and future with more job opportunities and a higher quality of life. 

The protesters, who have dubbed themselves ‘los indignados’ or the Indignant, are overall peaceful. 

Read more at BBC.UK →

Hispanic Republican Group Urge Porsche to Boycott Georgia in Light of Anti-Immigrant Laws

Hispanic Republican Group Urge Porsche to Boycott Georgia in Light of Anti-Immigrant Laws

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Somos Republicans, a national watchdog group and the largest Hispanic Republican grassroots organization, is urging Porsche North American to reconsider its decision to build a new headquarters facility in the state of Georgia.

The letter was prompted when Georgia enacted harsh anti-immigration legislation, HB87, very similar to Arizona’s SB1070.  The new legislation gives police officers the right to question anyone’s immigration status if the officer has ‘reasonable suspicion’ the person is in the country illegally.  In addition, the bill creates many new requirements for Georgia businesses when hiring new employees and fines anyone with fake identification $250,000 and a 15 years in prison. 

Here is the open letter to Porsche:

May 20, 2010


Mr. Detlev von Platen
CEO, Porsche Cars North America
980 Hammond Dr., Ste. 1000
Atlanta, GA 30328
Subject: New Headquarters in Georgia
Dear Mr. von Platen:
We are pleased at Porche’s commitment to the U.S. market, but surprised at your choice of Atlanta for a location, especially as a foreign based company.
As a national organization based in Arizona, we’ve seen the disastrous results of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law (SB1070) on Arizona’s economy and reputation as a place that welcomed hard working immigrants. Losses run well into the 100s of millions due to lost tourism, and lost economy from over 100,000 hard-working tax-paying Hispanics leaving. SB1070 has already cost several million in legal fees, and hate crimes against Hispanics have soared along with a very negative image of Arizona as hostile.
Proponents of anti-immigrant laws would like for others to believe that all 100,000 of those who left Arizona were undocumented immigrants, but in fact a sizeable percentage are U.S. Citizens and legal immigrants tired of the hostile environment and racial profiling by police that has become so pervasive in recent years. Many Arizona companies report difficulty recruiting Hispanics from outside Arizona. Fortunately, a second round of anti-immigrant bills failed to pass, as Arizona businesses finally decided they had had enough of the disastrous consequences of SB1070 and aggressively opposed the new bills.
Georgia enacted a very similar law just a week ago, HB87, and Georgia can expect similar consequences as Arizona, perhaps even worse due to more of Georgia’s economy dependent upon critical sectors that depend heavily on immigrant labor, such as tourism and agriculture.
Critics of HB87 are already organizing boycotts, a development which should concern PCNA, which as a Georgia based company would likely experience a reduction in sales from such a boycott.
We urge Porsche to reconsider your choice of Georgia as the site of a new headquarters facility, as we don’t believe Georgia has provided an accurate picture of Georgia’s economy and the regression into a past era where Georgia experienced some of the worst bigotry in modern times.

Yours truly,

DeeDee Garcia Blase
President, Somos Republicans

Bob Quasius
Vice-President, Somos Republicans

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SundayMay 22, 2011