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MondayJune 27, 2011

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Narco Blog: Man Decapitated and Hung in Mazatlan

Narco Blog: Man Decapitated and Hung in Mazatlan

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At approximately 06:00 hours yesterday, authorities were alerted in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, as the head of a man was left close to the facilities of the Ministerial Police of the State, which are located in Fraccionamiento Talleri.

It was a man who could not be identified at the time, in the forehead was a mark made with a knife. The head was taken to the Forensic Medical Service facilities.

However 20 minutes after the initial discovery, authorities were called to the bridge of the Maxipista as the body of a decapitated man had been hanging from the pipes of the bridge.

There were several cars on the road that noticed the grim fact, and they called authorities. The gunmen tied up the right foot of his victim, also cut off an ear. The victim was wearing a shirt that looked very red from the blood, plus a pair of jeans. Officials confirmed reports that the victim was identified as Mauricio Hernández Casillas, 33.

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Brazilian to Become Next Chief of UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Brazilian to Become Next Chief of UN Food and Agriculture Organization

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A former Brazilian food security minister will become the first person from Latin America to head the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations agency leading international efforts in the fight against hunger.

José Graziano da Silva, who has served as a senior regional official for FAO since 2006, will take up the post of Director-General on 1 January next year after beating five other candidates during voting today at the agency’s headquarters in Rome.

Mr. Graziano da Silva, received 92 votes from 180 votes cast by FAO Member States during the second round of balloting, narrowly defeating Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaube, a former foreign minister of Spain.

Four other candidates—Franz Fischler (Austria), Indroyono Soesilo (Indonesia), Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini (Iran) and Abdul Latif Rashid (Iraq)—all withdrew from the contest after receiving fewer votes during the first round of balloting earlier today.

Mr. Graziano da Silva, 61, will be only the eighth person to lead an agency that was established in 1945 and he will be the first person from his region.

In a speech yesterday in which he outlined his proposed programme as FAO chief, Mr. Graziano da Silva pledged to work towards five main goals: eradicating hunger, promoting a shift to sustainable food production, ensuring greater fairness in global food management; swiftly implementing agreed internal FAO reforms, and expanding South-South cooperation.

“My track record shows that I can bring to the Organization the leadership that it needs,” he said. “I have spent my whole working life dealing with issues related to agriculture, food security and sustainable development that are central to FAO’s mandate.

“Not only have I taught and written about them, but as [the] first minister of food security in Brazil, I have led the design and implementation of the Zero Hunger programme that has enabled millions of people to escape from hunger.”

He said the recent economic and food crises should serve as a wake-up call for countries that they must work together to ensure that everyone has access to food.

Mr. Graziano da Silva’s term will expire on 31 July 2015, but he will be eligible to run for a second, four-year term. He succeeds Jacques Diouf, who has served as FAO Director-General since 1994. GUZ2MVWQW3Y6

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Hackers Known as LulzSec Aren’t Fans of Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law, Release Documents

Hackers Known as LulzSec Aren’t Fans of Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law, Release Documents

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The now-famous LulzSec hackers have taken aim at Arizona, and the state’s controversial immigration legislation.

Not fans of Arizona’s SB1070, which was signed into law last year, LulzSec hackers obtained and released law enforcement documents the group said included “intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords.”

Their reasoning for the hack?

“We are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”

Adding, “Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors—the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world.”

This target was different than previous ones, as the previous hacks had mostly been for entertainment.

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Mexican Singer Paulina Rubio Arrested in Miami

Mexican Singer Paulina Rubio Arrested in Miami

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After crashing her BMX outside of Miami’s Little Havanna, the artist went berserk on the cops, who proceeded to handcuff her.

The arrest report says Rubio failed to get out of her car when asked by the police, cursing instead at the officers in Spanish.

The report indicates that as the officers tried to get her out of the vehicle, and onto the sidewalk in order to process a crash report, she became increasingly agitated, and went onto making phone calls and screaming obscenities.

“You are going to regret this,” said Rubio to officers, according to a report signed by herself, and the officers at the scene.

Her belligerence ended in police handcuffing her, and putting her in the back eat of the patrol car, where she became hysterical and began yelling to passersby “Help! Help! I didn’t do anything! Look what they’re doing! Help! Abusers! You bunch of liars! Help!”

Rubio was ordered to appear in court on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and refusal to obey a lawful command. She was not thrown in jail as she alleged she had to go breast-feed her 6-month old baby.

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México City, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Madrid in Facebook’s Top 10

México City, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Madrid in Facebook’s Top 10

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Despite 20% of the total number of Facebook users being American, it is in the Hispanic world where the most Facebookers are found.

The Hispanic world has emerged as the most Facebook active region, as indicated by studies conducted by comScore that say Ciudad the México, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Madrid are all within the 10 cities with the most number of Facebook users, followed by Caracas at #11, Santiago de Chile at #12, and Lima, Perú at #18.

The study revealed that in Caracas, there are more active Facebook accounts than there are people, as users often create more than one profile.

Spanish is consolidated as the second language used in the network after English, with more than 130 million users that interact in Spanish on Facebook.

According to comScore, México is the Latin American nation with the most users (26,418,280), while Chile is the most Facebook-user saturated countryin the world, with 50.62% of the sampled population owning a Facebook account.

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Man Pretends to Be U.S. Soldier to Get Special Treatment on Airplane

Man Pretends to Be U.S. Soldier to Get Special Treatment on Airplane

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A wannabe G.I. Joe is in serious trouble after authorities say he pretended to be a U.S. soldier to get special treatment.

On Friday, Rock Diaz, 22, entered a Dominican Republic airport on his way home to Long Island. He was wearing camouflage fatigues and a cap over a military-style haircut. Wanting to do something nice for an Army service member, an airport worker upgraded him to first class. He happily accepted the upgrade and boarded the plane.

Upon arriving at JFK airport, he came across a customs agent that noticed something was off with the supposed solider. The agent asked Diaz his rank, to which he replied “E-5,” referring to his pay grade. However, his uniform had the insignia of a staff sergeant, and E-6. The agent then asked the man where he was stationed, and Diaz failed to answer.

Image“If you knew anything about the military and you looked at him, you could tell he wasn’t really a soldier,” a cop said.

Still, Diaz claimed he was indeed a member of the U.S. Army.

Upon closer inspection by officers, Diaz’s uniform was sadly comical. Not only had he stated a rank different from what his uniform indicated, but he also wore a POW (prisoner of war) patch in the wrong place, and the dog tags he wore were emblazoned with “USA Marines Corp.” which is completely wrong.

When confronted, Diaz admitted he had used the fake uniform to receive special treatment once before. That time he managed to land a viewing of a jet cockpit.

However, the phony commando blames the stewardess and a language barrier for the “mistake” in the upgraded seat.

“I never asked to get upgraded. The stewardess offered me a new seat and I asked why? They explained it to me in English and I did not understand,” Diaz told The New York Post Sunday. “I moved where they told me to sit.”

Diaz has been charged with second-degree impersonation.

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U.N. Report: Central America at Risk of Losing Countries to Drug Traffickers

U.N. Report: Central America at Risk of Losing Countries to Drug Traffickers

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In its World Drug Report, U.N. officials warned that Central America is in danger of being taken over by leaders of the drug trade due in large part to “unequal distributions of income”.

The report, which was released Thursday, described Central America, specifically the “Northern Triangle” of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as “racked by competition over drug trafficking routes to the United States and a legacy of warfare and inequality,” wrote the Washington Post.

The U.N.’s report stated that “the region suffers from having one of the most unequal distributions of income in the world, comparable only to southern Africa or the Andean countries.”

A list of national politicians, top cops, and military professionals arrested in the last two years for having ties to the drug traffickers was included with the report, showing that several have also been ordered released by judges.

Eric Farnsworth of the Council of Americas, stated, “There is almost a greater chance of being struck by lightening than facing justice for crimes committed in Guatemala.”

Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton conveyed the need for the wealthy in Central America to do more, and for all the countries to assume their “shared responsibility” in fighting drug cartels/traffickers.

And last week, activist, poet, and father of a young man killed in the ongoing violence in Mexico, Javier Sicilia, met with President Felipe Calderon, and told him he should being apologizing to the victims of the drug war he initiated in 2006. Sicilia added that military troops should be returned to their barracks, stating, “The problem is that you, Mr. President, think the bad guys are outside and good guys are inside. The problem is that you went to war with rotten institutions.”

Calderon countered by saying that he does ask for forgiveness for those who are died, but that he does “not regret having ordered the army into the streets,” and simply wishes he would have done it sooner.

 

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RIOTS After Argentine Fútbol Team River Plate Gets Demoted (VIDEO)

RIOTS After Argentine Fútbol Team River Plate Gets Demoted (VIDEO)

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The Argentine fútbol team with the most titles ended a horrible season last weekend, relegated to the B division for the first time in 110 years!

The River Plate, one of the most popular fútbol teams in Argentina, and the one that has won the most local leagues (33), has been demoted from the first division, to the “National B,” or the second division of Argentine soccer.

Relegation is based on an averaging system. At the end of each season, the two teams with the worst three-year averages are relegated from the twenty-team first division, and the best two teams in the Primera B Nacional are promoted. For the first time in its history, River Plate didn’t make the cut to stay in the first division, currently lead by Vélez Sársfield.

The River Plate lost it’s space in the first division after tying 1-1 with the Belgrano, from Córdoba. At the end of the game, furious River fans begun rioting, breaking stadium chairs to hurl pieces at the players.

Argentine soccer authorities had contemplated not allowing an audience for the game, as the game before also ended in violence (River plate fans jumped and tear down the fence to reprimand players for their poor performance); finally they decided to have 2,200 police men looking after the stadium, a number that wasn’t enough to contain the chaos that went on in and outside the stadium once the game ended.

Irate fans broke everything they could find and looted nearby businesses as well as cars in the parking lots; armed with rocks, sticks and pieces of debris, fans attacked journalists, police and soccer club officials. They even set every trashcan they found ablaze.

Fans for the Belgrano team had to wait inside the stadium for several hours before police armed with water tanks managed to control the rioting River Plate fans.

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Police Chief in Juarez Survives Assassination Attempt

Police Chief in Juarez Survives Assassination Attempt

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A Juarez police chief is relatively safe after an assassination attempt against him failed.

Thursday, Lt. Colonel Julian Leyzaola was on patrol when in a neighborhood near downtown Juarez when he came across men carrying out an extortion attempt on a local business. When the offenders saw Leyzaola’s patrol they opened fire.

Leyzaola was not injured, but one of the attackers was wounded by one of the lieutenant colonel’s bodyguards. The other gunmen managed to get away.

Ciudad Juarez is a drug violence hotspot in Mexico, and gun fights between police and drug traffickers had become common. In 2010, 15,273 people were killed in drug-related murders according to the Mexican government, making it the bloodiest 2010 the most deadly year so far.

“The municipal police is still standing ... and will continue fighting,” Juarez Mayor Hector “Teto” Murguia said. “The municipal police, particularly the lieutenant colonel, confirm that they will clean up this historic city.”

Leyzaola has only been the chief in Ciudad Juarez since March of this year, and earlier this month told CNN, “If the criminals resist giving up ... well then there will be incidents of confrontation. Until what point? As long as necessary.”

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Two Professors Arrested for Running Southwest Prostitution Ring

Two Professors Arrested for Running Southwest Prostitution Ring

Photo: Flaviano Chris Garcia one of two professors arrested for running southwest prostitution ring

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UPDATE: HS-News was contacted by Cara Garrett who did not deny starting the site, but stated she was never charged with the previously stated crimes. The story has been edited to reflect this.

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Two college professors have been arrested for being part of a prostitution ring, one of them the former president of the University of New Mexico.

David Flory, a physics professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and Flaviano Chris Garcia, a political science professor and ex-president of UNM, were taken into custody for taking part in a prostitution ring police allege involved 200 prostitutes in several states in the southwest.

The multi-state online prostitution operation known as Southwest Companions was discovered after police spoke with Cara Garrett, the woman who started the site in 2005.

It is believed the ring was based in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, but reached into Denver and Phoenix.

Flory, 68, and Garcia, 71, were among seven people believed to have been the ring’s top operators.

Garcia is said to have been part of “the hunt club”, which was responsible for finding new prostitutes for the site.

ImagePolice Lt. William Roseman told the Associated Press, “At this point it looks purely coincidental” that two of the top members, Flory and Garcia, were academics, and it is not thought that any other school’s were associated with the enterprise.

Susan McKinsey, a UNM spokeswoman said, “The University learned of the ongoing APD investigation (Thursday) morning. We are and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement. Media reports which state the search warrants were served in connection with the multi-state online prostitution ring are deeply disturbing. It is important for all of us, our entire university family, that we get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible.”

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The Latino Commission on AIDS commends Marriage Equality Victory!

The Latino Commission on AIDS commends Marriage Equality Victory!

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The Latino Commission on AIDS celebrates the historic victory for justice with the long-overdue passage of the Marriage Equality Act, which will allow same-sex couples to enter into civil marriage in New York State. Removing the current barrier same-sex couple’s face in recognizing their relationships, protecting their families and obtaining essential benefits is a step forward in the effort to educate the community at large that equal rights are fundamental to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We must make inroads to celebrate and affirm same sex relationships, for we know that recognizing the rights of same-sex couples will ultimately have a far-reaching effect in improving the health and lives of all New Yorkers. “We recognize the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the tireless advocates who helped make this important victory for equality, possible” stated Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.

The Latino Commission pledges to support any on-going efforts to promote equality for all. Through mobilization and educational activities, we can address homophobia and discrimination in our communities in order to achieve a healthier and safer New York.

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Epic PITUFIESTA Turns Into New Smurfrecord (VIDEO)

Epic PITUFIESTA Turns Into New Smurfrecord (VIDEO)

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Almost 5,000 people around the world dressed in blue to beat the world record of more people dressed as Smurfs in a 24hr period.

The former record of 2,510 people was smashed last Saturday, when 4,891 people around the world went blue in the face for the Global Smurf Day.

Fans in Brussels, Athens, La Hague, Dublin, Panamá Warsaw, Moscow, Johannesburg, New York, London, Copenhagen, Brazil and México City, dressed as smurfs to celebrate creator Peyo’s birthday, and celebrate in a massive Pitufiesta.

In México, some 300 fans sung “Las Mañanitas,” before cutting a cake adorned with hundreds of small blue sugar pitufitos.

In Spain, Sony Entertainment painted blue every single house and building of the Málaga town of Júzcar; the local bar and hostel, the church, the plaza, even the cemetery were painted blue to celebrate the smurfs. Only one person in the whole town reportedly opposed the idea.

“There’s always a Gargamel everywhere” the town folk said.

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3,000 Chilean Students Go Thriller for Education (VIDEO)

3,000 Chilean Students Go Thriller for Education (VIDEO)

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Dancing in front of Chile’s “La Moneda” students demand changes in the national Education System.

Some 3,000 students dressed like zombies took over the “Constitution Plaza” right in front of Chile’s presidential palace “La Moneda” to perform the emblematic choreography for Michael Jackson’s thriller, as a protest for the betterment of the Education System.

The objective of the youths is to demonstrate they are organized, and united for a greater cause. Felipe Villaseca a public management student in the “U” said he was “in my house watching Michael Jackson’s videos on YouTube, when thought of writing as my status on Facebook: Massive Thriller for Chilean Education. Who is With Me?  2 minutes later I was overflowing with supporting comments”

Villaseca’s idea resonated with several thousand students who believe a zombie march is an appropriate metaphor for the current state of Chilean education, which they perceive as “dead” and “rotten.”

 

 

 

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Bolivia: Calling for The Necessary Distinction between Child labor and Exploitation

Bolivia: Calling for The Necessary Distinction between Child labor and Exploitation

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Statistics indicate that over 800,000 children have a full time job in Bolivia, one-fifth of the population in the age group between 5 and 14 years. Shoe-shine boys and girls work in La Paz, wearing a ski mask partly to resist pollution, partly to hide their identity and protect themselves from discrimination; they are ticket inspectors on the buses of Cochabamba; informal workers in the markets in Salar de Uyuni, where they sell bottles of water to the tourists who visit the salt plains; farmers of Brazilian nuts for many months in the year risking to catch malaria in the jungles near Riberalta. The book “Diversity in Motion”, analyzes these realities, written by Christian Morsolin, an expert of the Observatory on Latin America SELVAS, who has been working in the Andean Region since 2001, with the support of Terre des Hommes TDH Italy and the International Catholic Children’s Rights Organization (BICE).

Robin Cavagnoud, of the French Institute of Andean Studies IFEA of La Paz, on the occasion of the presentation of the book pointed out that “in the Andean countries the majority of children workers and adolescents are located in rural areas, where the economic participation of children is linked to their socialization and development within the community and family, but it is not an imposition of the parents. Working in the fields, taking care of animals ... are part of an activity that has a cultural identity”.

These children and adolescents work to help the family, to support themselves in their studies, to provide for their personal expenses, to secure themselves a better future compared to their fathers and brothers buried by silicosis and accidents in mines or plantations of sugar cane . Since the ‘90s, they have grouped themselves in an organization called NATs (Ninos y adolescentes trabajadores, the acronym in Spanish) present in Bolivia, South America and spread to other parts of the world, to claim their right to decent work, with proper working hours and adequate health conditions for children, but also to defend their ability to study and play like everyone else.


The Catholic Church is constantly concerned towards working children. Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, said that “the kingdom of God is expressed when we feel affection and love for those thousands of children working in the street or going to work as if they were adults, who have not had a proper childhood, who are threatened by many things. But we must not only rejoice because we are celebrating the Day of the child worker, but we think that in God’s plan, in the Kingdom of God it is not anticipated that such young children do not have the opportunity to be free and that their dignity is not recognized ” .


In 2009, Bolivia’s new Constitution was approved: article 61 recognizes that “the State prohibits forced labor and child exploitation. The activities that children, and adolescents carry out in the family and social life are oriented to their full formation, as citizens, and should have a formative function. Their rights, guarantees and institutional mechanisms of protection will be the subject of a special regulation”.

This historic recognition of the Social Movements NATs is the result of a mobilization of working children. It is the first time in modern human history that a Constitution (and not only the code of Infants) recognizes child labor in descent conditions. What the social movements NATs want is a clear distinction between child labor - which for them is an economic necessity, because of poverty - and exploitation, which is the work of children in situations of great danger, such as work in mines or Brazilian Walnut or sugarcane cultivation.

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MondayJune 27, 2011