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TuesdayMay 24, 2011

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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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Wi Rep Introduces Arizona Style Immigration Bill

Wi Rep Introduces Arizona Style Immigration Bill

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A Wisconsin state Republican legislator has introduced a bill that would mirror some of the tough enforcement measures of Arizona’s controversial Immigration bill.

Rep. Don Pridemore of Hartford’s bill would force local law enforcement to ask those stopped for civil or criminal violations for proof of citizenship or legal Immigration status. Those who fail to provide proper identification must be handed over to a U.S. Immigration or border patrol agency.
Pridemore believes this new language does not promote stereotyping while opponents disagree.

The bill also includes a $500.00 a day fine for those who refuse to comply with the law.

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

Nonprofits File Suit Against North Carolina Courts, Saying Lack of Interpreters Is Illegal

Nonprofits File Suit Against North Carolina Courts, Saying Lack of Interpreters Is Illegal

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A federal complaint filed against North Carolina’s courts state that they are violating the rights of those who do not speak English by not providing free interpreter in civil cases.

Charlotte, North Carolina’s Latin American Coalition, Muslim American Society, and Vietnamese Society have come together in asking the U.S. Department of Justice to put an end to what they believe to be discrimination in the state’s courts.

Though indigent defendants in criminal case are provided interpreters by the state, limited-English speakers in civil court proceedings are not and often do not understand what is being said.

Last year, President Obama issued a warning stating that states that don’t provide interpreters in all cases, both civil and criminal, they would be in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

New York University’s Brenna Center for Justice released a study in 2009 that revealed that 50 percent of the 35 states examined did not require interpreters to be provided in civil cases.

Advocate for greater immigration restrictions Ron Woodard agrees that courts should provide interpreters for all citizens who need it, as well as for undocumented immigrants facing charges, but says tax dollars should not be used to provide interpreters for the undocumented involved in civil cases.

“If people are here illegally and it’s not a criminal case, they ought to go back to their home country to sort out their problems,” Woodard said. “And if they’re going to sort it out here, they ought to at least pay for their own interpreter.”

Read more at The Sun News →

Hispanic Federation Tackles The Issue of Homophobia in the Hispanic Community

Hispanic Federation Tackles The Issue of Homophobia in the Hispanic Community

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ImageHomophobia is generally defined as hostility towards or fear of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (LGBTs). It has many faces, living in those who bully, taunt and commit violence against gays, in individuals who make gay jokes, and in parents who deny their children their love because they are gay.

ImageIt’s manifested by both intentional and unintentional actions committed by anyone, even the least likely – such as siblings, a best friend, neighbor or coworker.

The truth is, we can all be instruments of homophobia – whether we know it or not.

In our community, the bonds of family and friendships are the glue that binds us together. These values that we hold so dear as Hispanics also provide us with the motivation, the instinct and the courage to act toward each other with love instead of fear.

This challenge applies to both heterosexuals and homosexuals, and can be met by each person communicating from the heart, with respect and without judgment or hate.

ImageWe have the power to stamp out homophobia in the Hispanic community – that power rests in each one of us.

The Hispanic community takes pride in our respect for all people and our strong belief that everyone should be treated equally. We expect equal rights & treatment under the law and demand it of others.

This attitude is deeply rooted in our community and the immigrant experience that led so many of us or our families to come to the U.S. – to improve our lives and build more promising futures for our families.

The best way to express this heritage and show that each person deserves individual respect is treat others as you’d like them to treat you.

For many LGBTs, the “coming out” process includes a period of “acting out”. This may be characterized by expressing your newly found freedom through excessive behavior, like alcohol, drugs, sex or other types of recklessness.

“Acting out” puts added strain on relationships with family members still struggling to come to terms with your “coming out”, and what it means for you, for them and for the entire family. An abrupt change in behavior can create even greater distance between you and family members who thought they knew you so well.

Oftentimes, when someone “comes out” to their parents or family members, the family’s reaction is to “go into the closet”. This is a result of not having the knowledge, support and resources to discuss or process the information.

As an LGBT individual (and friend or family member), to gain understanding & acceptance from others requires your active participation.

  * Remember that “Coming out” may be the end of one process for you, but it’s only the beginning of the process for your family

  * Be patient with your family; Trust them; Communicate with them; They need your help and direction to reach the acceptance that you’ve reached.

ImageMany Hispanic parents, grandparents and families are dealing with the gay or LGBT topic for the first time. It’s a completely unknown subject for them and they have no knowledge or positive experience to discuss, ask questions or learn about it. The unknown nature of this topic creates fear and develops an insular homophobia within one’s own mind and family.

However, this reaction is a complete contradiction to our beliefs.

Our families are rooted in the principles of mutual love and respect. We know the first priority for any parent is to protect and care for your kids, and a vital key to protecting your children is acceptance.

The first step to understanding and acceptance is open and respectful dialogue within our families. Know that you are not alone. Push yourself to communicate, ask questions and seek information.  There are many wonderful organizations across the nation who are working to help promote acceptance and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and combat the profound social impact of anti-gay bias and prejudice.  We encourage you to find out about resources and additional information available to you and your loved ones by visiting the following sites:

ImageAlianza Dominicana HOPE Program

Bronx Community Pride Center

Family Acceptance Project

Hispanic AIDS Forum


GLBT National Help Center

International Day Against Homophobia
www.homophobiaday.org Las Buenas Amigas

Latino Commission on AIDS

LGBT Community Center

Long Island GLBT Community Center

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Positive Life

Teatro El Puente


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JUST IN: Juanes Fires Manager, Puts Singing Career in Hiatus

JUST IN: Juanes Fires Manager, Puts Singing Career in Hiatus

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Through a series of Tweets, the Colombian musician unexpectedly canceled three US tour dates, to “take some time off for my family and myself”

Earlier today, Juanes tweeted:

Fortunately, today we have this tool [twitter] to communicate with you, my fans!

…and then,

Of course I’m not retiring from music, that never. I’ve just decided to make a little STOP to spend sometime with my family and myself.

…followed by,

I’m tweeting from the studio, I keep making music every day, I just need a moment of reflection and calm before carrying on!

Juanes’ next two tweets describe how three dates in the US will be cancelled, but in July he will return full throttle to resume the tour through Spain and Latin America.

The ‘Yerbatero’ crooner tweeted that he is no longer conducting business with his former manager, Fernán Martínez:


It’s true that my professional relationship with Fernán has ended, it’s false that I’ll delve into politics, that would be a joke.

“It’s true that I lived a difficult moment with this album. It’s false that that is the only reason. Tiredness brings consequences of every kind,“ was the last thing Juanes tweeted before saying “Because of all the love and respect that I have for my fans, here I leave you the truth!”




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With Few Exceptions Hispanics Earn Less, No Matter Their Undergraduate Major

With Few Exceptions Hispanics Earn Less, No Matter Their Undergraduate Major

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A new study confirms that Hispanics make less—in some cases, much less—than their White and Asian counterparts, no matter what their undergraduate major.  Even in one of the highest-paying majors for Hispanics, Chemical Engineering, Hispanics make $36,000 less than their White counterparts.

Using United States Census data available for the first time, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is helping Americans connect the dots between college majors and career earnings.  In the new report, What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors, this research demonstrates just how critical the choice of major is to Hispanic median earnings, and how Hispanics continue to be segregated by race in choice of major.

Some of the findings include:
The top 10 majors with the highest median earnings for Hispanics are: Mechanical Engineering ($70,000); Civil Engineering ($65,000); Management Information Systems and Statistics ($65,000); Computer Science ($62,000); Electrical Engineering ($60,000); Computer and Information Systems ($60,000); Chemical Engineering ($59,000); Architecture ($59,000); Nursing ($58,000); and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering ($56,000).  They make more than African-Americans but less than Whites and Asians in most of these majors. 

The 10 majors with the lowest median earnings Hispanics are: Theology and Religious Vocations ($30,000); Advertising and Public Relations ($38,000); General Education ($38,000); Social Work ($38,000); Mathematics ($40,000); Physical and Health Education Teaching ($40,000); Biology ($40,000); Psychology ($40,000); Elementary Education ($40,000); and Fine Arts ($40,000).  Hispanics make less than their White, Asian, and African-American counterparts in almost all of these majors.


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Latin American Population in London Nearly Quadruples.

Latin American Population in London Nearly Quadruples.

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As news of the increasing Latino population in the United States continues to make headlines – especially with elections recently past and upcoming – London, England has seen a near 400 percent increase in its Latin American inhabitants, according to research.

The increase, the report by the University of London said, is has raised the Latin American population in London from 31,000 in 2001 to about 113,000 today. This number includes those who arrived legally, illegally, and those who were born in the city.

The report also states that around 85 percent of the Latin American community is employed, and that they work jobs for which they are over-qualified, with very few taking any state benefits. Many earn below-average salaries and live in bad housing.

Integration remains an issue, as nearly one third of London’s Latino community speaks English.

The largest Latino group in London and the United Kingdom in general is made up of those from Brazil.

The Latin American population in London now tops the 122,000 Polish population that also has a large presence in London.

Read more at BBC News →

Oldest Mine in the World Found in Chile

Oldest Mine in the World Found in Chile

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Archaeologists have reportedly discovered a 12,000 year old mine, the oldest in the New World. 

A report led by Universidad de Chile’s Diego Salazar and published in The Current Anthropology journal pre-dates the world’s oldest known indigenous mine by 75 hundred years.

The mine, approximately 130 feet in length, was used by South American natives to dig up the red and yellow iron oxide pigments found in 200,000 year old archaeological sites in the Old World.

Iron oxides have been used extensively in the Americas from the Paleoindian period up to the ethnographic present. But, because archaeological mining sites are extremely rare in this continent, we still know very little about how indigenous groups exploited and processed these minerals. Here we report finds from the San Ramon 15 site, located on the arid coast of northern Chile, where our research revealed a prehistoric mine with associated tailings and mining debris that was exploited by hunter-gatherer-fisher groups.

The mine is located some 1.24 miles above sea level, and was most likely exploited for 2,000 years by the first settlers in the region, the Huentelauquens.

The remarkable duration and extent of the operation illustrate the surprising cultural complexity of these ancient people.

We wish to emphasize that this study demonstrates that at least part of the mining production at (San Ramon)-15 is contemporary with the oldest human occupations of northern Chile and the Pacific Coast of South America , thus extending by several millennia the mining sites yet recorded in the Americas. The regular exploitation of (San Ramon)- 15 for more than a millennium during the Early Holocene indicates that knowledge about the location of the mine, the properties of its iron oxides, and the techniques required to exploit and process these minerals were transmitted over generations within the Huentelauque´n Cultural Complex, thereby consolidating the first mining tradition yet known in America.

This tradition is related to other iron oxide mines in both the Old and the New World, but it is different from later copper mines in the Americas and elsewhere. In the case of later copper mines, there is certainly evidence of systematic mining knowledge similar to that in (San Ramon)-15, but the abundance of hafted hammerstones indicates a different technology and probably a different technological organization from the early hunter-gatherer mining reported in this paper.

An estimated 700 cubic meters and 2,000 tons of rock were extracted from the mine. Carbon dates for charcoal and shells found in the mine suggest it was used continuously from around 12,000 years ago to 10,500 years ago, and then used again around 4,300 years ago. The researchers also found more than 500 hammerstones dating back to the earliest use of the mine.

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Criminal Organizations in Mexico Gain Majority of Money from Pirated Merchandise Not Drugs

Criminal Organizations in Mexico Gain Majority of Money from Pirated Merchandise Not Drugs

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When thinking about criminal organizations in Mexico, one would likely assume that they majority of their money is made from illegal drug trafficking, but today, less than half of these organizations’ money is derived from the drug trade. The lucrative business of choice is now the buying and selling of pirated goods, and the country is suffering for it.

As jobs are still hard to come by for may in Mexico, the appeal of pirated (and thus cheaper) goods usually wins, but experts estimate that pirating is responsible for the loss of about 480,000 jobs. In terms of apparel, the faking of brand-name clothing cost the clothing industry about $9.5 billion. As many as 70 percent of footwear companies have closed in the last few years, as they cannot compete with the counterfeit “brand-name” goods sellers.

Mexican director Federico de la Garza is working on a campaign to try to convince Mexicans not to buy pirated goods, as he says 9 out of 10 movies sold in Mexico are pirated.

A government official wishing to remain anonymous told Dallas News that cartels often put their logos on pirated merchandise, and while they are “obviously not registered trademarks, … it’s their own brand.”

“If someone from La Familia shows up, enters (a store) and sees that the discs don’t carry the butterfly, things are going to get ugly for the owners,” the official said. “They are forcing stores to buy their discs.”

Piracy and criminal organization expert, Gustavo Fondevila says drug traffickers “get involved in piracy in the same way they get involves in the kidnapping of migrants. They’re looking for ways to diversify their criminal business.”

Though people believe buying pirated items links them to organized crime and weakens local industry, many still purchase them.

Studies have even suggest that Mexicans generally do not see piracy as a crime or as immoral.

Read more at Dallas News →

Mexican President Calderon Looks to Bring Additional Tourism to Mexico

Mexican President Calderon Looks to Bring Additional Tourism to Mexico

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According to trade publication, Travel Mole, travelers appear to be ignoring travel warning from the State Department, and continue to head to Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Haiti.

Diana Washington Valdez of the El Paso Times suggests that the warnings are not be heeded, as the government has been too vague in describing the danger.

Mexico is taking advantage of those still traveling to the country, and President Felipe Calderón has said that the country is investing 5 percent of its gross domestic product into its tourism industry. In Las Vegas, Nevada, the Mexican president recently spoke with tourist industry executives at the Global Travel & Tourism Summit. He attempted to convey the safety of travel to Mexico, and used spring break as an example.

“I saw thousands of spring breakers in Mexico having fun. My understanding is the only shots they received were tequila shots - a lot of them.”

Calderon noted that Mexico is the 10th most visited country in the world by international travelers and he hopes bring Mexico up to 5th by the end of the decade.

Read more at International Business Times →

Brazilian Police Use Excessive Force Against Marijuana Marchers (VIDEO)

Brazilian Police Use Excessive Force Against Marijuana Marchers (VIDEO)

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Brazilian riot police fired tear gas to break up a protest in support of the legalization of marijuana in Sao Paulo.

A court ruled the Marijuana March in the largest sdouth American city,  was illegal. About 1,000 people still showed up for the rally Saturday in the city’s financial district, caliming the march was for freedom of expression and not pro-marijuana.

“Protesters, journalists covering the event, drivers who happened to be traveling in the opposite direction of the march and people who were simply walking down the street at the time became victims of police violence” reported Ricardo Galhardo to “Último Segundo.

Henrique Carneiro, a history professor at the University of São Paulo who was taking part in the march, was injured after being hit in the head with a percussion stun bomb and had to be hospitalized. “Folha de São Paulo” reports that TV Folha reporter Felix Lima was pepper sprayed in the face and had his equipment damaged by the police, despite wearing his press credentials.

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Arnold’s Love Child Prefers Mexican Beer, Watch George Lopez’s Exclusive Chat With the Boy’s Mother

Arnold’s Love Child Prefers Mexican Beer, Watch George Lopez’s Exclusive Chat With the Boy’s Mother

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The photo below shows Arnold’s child with Mildred “Patty” Baena, the Schwarzenegger/Shriver household’s 20-year housekeeper. The photo is reportedly dated November 17, 2007, when the boy would have been about 10 years old. He may be underage, but he’s already showing a taste for Mexican beer.


Also, on Monday’s “Lopez Tonight,” George Lopez spoke with the former housekeeper. See the hilarious “interview” below.

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Rudolph Giuliani Hired as Security Adviser for Keiko Fujimori (VIDEO)

Rudolph Giuliani Hired as Security Adviser for Keiko Fujimori (VIDEO)

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Former New York City, Rudolph Giuliani has been hired as a security policy adviser for Keiko Fujimori, Peruvian President candidate.

Mrs. Fujimori told reporters in the northern city of Trujillo that she invited Giuliani to advise her on citizen security. “He has a great record of fighting delinquency, so I think his presence here is helpful to strengthen our proposals,” Fujimori said.

In recent weeks, analysts have said Mrs. Fujimori should distance herself from the shadow of her father, former President Alberto Fujimori (who is serving a 25-year sentence for authorizing death squad killings and corruption) if she hoped to win the vote of the moderate constituency in the upcoming June 5 election.

Keiko Fujimori indicated Giuliani will mainly help with programs combating urban crime.

News of Mayor Giuliani as an advisor to the Peruvian president came soon after U.S. Rep. Peter King said the former mayor is “very close to saying he’s going to run” in 2012

“If he were to make the decision today, he would run,” said King, a friend of Giuliani and supporter of his campaign in 2008.

Earlier this month Giuliani told a group from the Republican National Lawyers Association that he can “probably be talked into” a run for the presidency. But a few days later he admitted to CNN’s Piers Morgan that “I haven’t really decided or focused on it yet.”


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Nearly All Dominican Provinces Report Cases of Cholera

Nearly All Dominican Provinces Report Cases of Cholera

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According to the Associated Press, health officials in the Dominican Republic are reporting hundreds of new cholera cases as the disease spreads to almost all of the nation’s provinces.

Physicians in the area have confirmed that of the 32 provinces, 28 have confirmed cases of cholera.

This outbreak began back in November of 2010, and since then, 14 deaths and 1,143 cases have been reported. The Dominican physicians union has warned that with hurricane season beginning in June, the situation may get worse.

The Dominican Republic shares its island with Haiti, where there have been almost 5,000 deaths and 266,000 cases reported since their outbreak began in October 2010.

The number of cholera cases in the Dominican Republic have risen about 50 percent since the middle of May.

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Remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende Exhumed: Suicide or Murder?

Remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende Exhumed: Suicide or Murder?

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Remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende have been exhumed to determine once and for all was it Suicide or Murder?  The remains of the socialist leader were exhumed Monday.

Almost forty years after the bloody 1973 coup that overthrew Chilean Socialist President Allende, the government of Sebastián Piñera has decided to put an end to 4 decades worth of gossip and urban myths surrounding the death of the leader violently replaced by general Augusto Pinochet.

The exhuming, approved by a Chilean judge, aims to clear up controversy over whether Allende killed himself, was taken down by a bullet shot from outside the palace, given a mercy shot by an associate after a botched suicide attempt, or was executed by Pinochet-led soldiers.

Allende, who perished during a military attack on the presidential palace Sept. 11, 1973, was removed from Santiago’s Central Cemetery and taken to a forensic medical facility.

Senator and renowned writer Isabel Allende as well as her family, believes the president killed himself as Gen. Augusto Pinochet, stormed the palace, as Allende had vowed not to be taken alive. We will soon find out if she is right.

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Green Afterlife: Barcelona Designer Creates Urn That Turns Your Ashes Into a Tree

Green Afterlife: Barcelona Designer Creates Urn That Turns Your Ashes Into a Tree

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“Bios Urn” is a project by Barcelona based Martín Azúa, designed to “reintegrate humans to the natural cycle of life,” after their own cycle, has ended.

The “Bios Urn” is a biodegradable funerary urn fabricated with coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose; inside, it contains the seed of a tree, plant or bush.

Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow.  And if you would like you can be planted in your back yard and keep on ‘living’ only in a different form of life. 


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‘There’s a Benedict Arnold Feeling’ Latinos Say of Senator Rubio’s No Vote for the Dream Act

‘There’s a Benedict Arnold Feeling’ Latinos Say of Senator Rubio’s No Vote for the Dream Act

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Many in the Latino community and its leadership are still reeling from Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s stance on the DREAM Act – which is a no vote.  The Cuban-American senator, is only one of two Hispanics in the senate and the son of Cuban immigrant-exiles. 

Rubio now has defined his position on immigration - no amnesty, no DREAM Act with ramped up workplace enforcement and border security – twice.  Once on a Spanish-language TV interview and the other with Politico.

‘There’s a Benedict Arnold feeling,’ said Jorge Mursuli, a Cuban immigrant and executive director of Miami-based Democracia, a Hispanic civic engagement group. ‘Having known him, his political career and knowing where he comes from — a hardworking immigrant family — one has to wonder what it is that he’s thinking or how his political ambitions outweigh his life experiences. ... It’s not only disappointing; it’s disheartening and, frankly, almost unbelievable.’

Some feel he is letting political ambition guide his stance on immigration, since he was more of a moderate during his state house tenure.  Others correctly point out he was never that warm and fuzz on the issue of immigration and smartly tried to avoid the issue during the election.  And for others he has always been a Tea party darling and in line with their value system which is not pro-immigrant.

‘To be against comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship and against the DREAM Act defines you in the Latino immigrant community as a hard-liner and an enemy of the community,’ said Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America’s Voice, a pro-immigration advocacy group.

Read more at Politico →

TuesdayMay 24, 2011