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SaturdaySeptember 3, 2011

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Latino Immigrant Children More Likely to Go Hungry

Latino Immigrant Children More Likely to Go Hungry

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Nearly one in four children in the United States lives in families that struggle to put food on the table, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But Latino children are even more likely to be at risk of hunger, according to new analysis by Bread for the World Institute. More than 30 percent of Latino children live in such households, and a third of Latino families rely on food banks to help feed their families.

What:
Teleconference on “Hunger and Poverty among Latino Immigrant Children,” in Spanish and English.


When:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Call:  888-208-1812 Confirmation Code:  4083180


Who:
Ivone Guillen, Bread for the World Institute immigration policy fellow and author of the study.


Why:
Bread for the World Institute shares new analysis about Latino immigrant children derived from recent census data and other government sources documenting poverty and hunger in this country. “More than half of immigrant children in the United States live in low-income households where food is scarce,” said Guillen. “Sadly, many of these children—who are U.S. citizens—are not eligible for federal safety-net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps) and free school meals because of current laws that restrict use by both undocumented and legal immigrants.”

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Double Agent- Police Officer /Zeta Member Arrested in Casino Massacre-HS News Narco Blog

Double Agent- Police Officer /Zeta Member Arrested in Casino Massacre-HS News Narco Blog

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Late Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Federal Police made another arrest of a man involved in the attack on Casino Royale.

It was Miguel Angel Barraza Escamilla, part of the State Police of Nuevo Leon, who was active on the force when he participated in the slaughter in which more than 60 people were executed. “Through intelligence information provided by the Federal Ministry of Public Security it was learned that he served as State Police of Nuevo Leon, “said Jose Salinas Cuitlahuac, deputy regional control of PGR.

The officer has 9 years experience in the Police Department, but has also been working for the Zetas Cartel. He was identified by the security videos from the Casino.

Salinas also said, ” On this basis of the video, today Federal Police have captured the subject, whom is currently being presented to the prosecutor of the Federation, which is responsible for ascertaining the facts. ”  The authorities note that there is an extensive network of uniformed state police providing protection to criminal groups, including Los Zetas. Stakeholders were also involved in extortion at casinos in Nuevo Leon.

Miguel Angel Barraza Escamilla and his past ... In April 2006, a drug dealer was caught by members of the State Police. The Attorney General’s Office reported that the person they had arrested had had received 30 thousand dollars in cash from two of the drug runners.  The Attorney General identified that the Police officer who was receiving the cash sum had been identified as Miguel Angel Barraza Barragán Escamilla.  In October 2010, the Mexican Army performing an operation in the colony Mirasol, where they managed to release a U.S. resident who had been kidnapped where two of the gunman were killed. During the investigation, a State Police patrol marked No. 554, suddenly appeared, one of the officers was Miguel Angel Barraza Escamilla. It is believed that he was involved in the kidnapping.

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Unusual Smuggling Tunnel Found Near California-Mexico Border

Unusual Smuggling Tunnel Found Near California-Mexico Border

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Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continued to gather evidence following the discovery of an incomplete pipeline-style smuggling tunnel Thursday afternoon. The tunnel originated beneath the floor of a vacant supermarket.

ICE says that the discovery came after a hazardous materials unit from the city of Calexico responded to reports of a possible gas leak at the former Vons store on West 2nd Street. When the team attempted to enter the shuttered building, they spotted a massive piece of drilling equipment parked inside. Local authorities alerted ICE HSI agents, who secured the scene and informed their law enforcement counterparts in Mexico. HSI agents subsequently obtained a federal search warrant authorizing them to enter to the vacant building.

HSI investigators estimate the 4-inch diameter tunnel extends approximately 100 yards from the vacant supermarket, but it had not yet reached Mexico. The use of pipeline-style tunnels is one of the newest approaches being employed by drug smuggling organizations. The narrow passages are lined with PVC pipe and the drugs are smuggled through.

So far, no arrests have been made, but ICE HSI agents underscore the investigation is ongoing.

“This discovery again shows the Mexican cartels’ growing desperation in the face of heightened border security,” said Ricardo Sandoval, assistant special agent in charge for ICE HSI in El Centro, Calif. “Frustrated by our defenses, they’re literally going underground, but we’re thwarting them there as well. That’s owing to the extraordinary ongoing enforcement efforts involving the agencies here and in Mexico.”

In the last four years, authorities have uncovered more than 10 smuggling tunnels in the area around Calexico and the neighboring city of Mexicali, Mexico.

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Annual Fireball Fight in El Salvador ( VIDEO)

Annual Fireball Fight in El Salvador ( VIDEO)

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Salvadorans throw fiery, gasoline-soaked rags at one another in the streets in El Salvador as part of an annual festival in honor of a volcanic eruption in 1922.

Residents in the town of Nejapa, located some 18 miles north of San Salvador, gather every August 31 to hurl fireballs at one another in honor of a huge volcanic eruption in 1922 that forced all of the residents to abandon the town.

Local churches and their worshippers have embraced the tradition with urban legend saying that the hot lava that flowed from the volcano was actually the local Christian Saint Jeronimo fighting the devil with balls of fire.

The fireball hurling is meant to remember the old town which was destroyed in the battle.

The festivities have been going on for over a decade and consist of opposing groups launching palm-sized fireballs at each other.

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UmeNow: Facebook’s Worst Nightmare Is Unleashed by Latina Entrepreneur (VIDEO)

UmeNow.com is positioning itself as the bold new player set to destroy Facebook’s lead in the social networking universe. It’s the first and only ad-free social communication service in the world that is totally focused on privacy.

Founded by a Latina entrepreneur mom based in South Florida, UmeNow.com officially begins its “Facebook is Trash, National Privacy Celebration” promotion. “We will kill off the Facebook data eating monster,” says Evelyn Castillo-Bach.

“Our service is all about privacy. Facebook is a professional data collector. Google is the mothership of all data collectors. It has nothing on us. They’re not even in our league. Let’s not forget, Google chief Eric Schmidt told the world straight up that Google+ is not even a social network. It’s an ‘identity verification’ service. Anyone still think these giants really care about privacy?

We’ve designed the perfect anti-Facebook service. We give you everything they won’t while still making it easy and simple to connect with friends.

Because we have no ads, we could care less about your private information or collecting data on you. Our only focus is to give you the power to connect and share without risk.

Our belief is that most people crave privacy and resent Facebook for limiting their access to it,” says Castillo-Bach, a former single mom poised to be the leading advocate for online privacy.

A video released by UmeNow.com depicts a superhero (actually a heroine) defending a Facebook user tracked by Facebook. It has created controversy among some who view it as violent with sexual messaging. But Castillo-Bach dismisses those critics: “It’s not about sex or violence. It’s about privacy.”


Evelyn Castillo-Bach earned her M.S. in 1993 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.


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NM Gov Martinez Alienates Latino Voters by Pushing Anti-Immigrant Legislation

NM Gov Martinez Alienates Latino Voters by Pushing Anti-Immigrant Legislation

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Here’s some more proof that having a Latino last name won’t make you particularly popular with the Latino crowd.

In New Mexico, Governor Susana Martínez and her GOP buddies are pushing to repeal a law enacted in 2003 that allows all residents of New Mexico to apply for a driver’s license. An immigrant advocacy group, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, is mobilizing its members to take action against the Governor’s move. The group maintains that it would “have disasterous consequences for public safety in New Mexico” and that Martinez is only targeting immigrants for political gain.  The press release from Somos Un Pueblo Unido states that the Martiez legislation is being used to intimidate immigrant families.  That’s not far-fetched, given the scope and effects of anti-immigrant laws that have passed in other states – like neighboring Arizona, for example.

Last month, Martínez announced her “residency verification plan.” According to Fox News Latino:

Under the residency verification plan, New Mexico sent notices to people that they must schedule an in-person appointment and bring documents, such as a utility bill or lease agreement, to prove they live in the state. The administration plans to cancel licenses of people who no longer are New Mexico residents.

Martínez wants the Legislature to repeal New Mexico’s license policy by requiring people to have a Social Security number, which is not available to someone living in the country illegally, to obtain a driver’s license. The governor’s proposal failed in the Legislature earlier this year but she’s renewing her push when lawmakers return to work next week in a special session.

Luckily, Elise Kaplan at alibi.com has some good news for immigrant rights advocates in the state – at least in the short term:

Yesterday, a District Court judge in Santa Fe, Sarah Singleton, issued a temporary halt to the gov’s push. The order came in response to a lawsuit brought against the Taxation and Revenue Department. Freedman Boyd, working with the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, filed the suit. He says Martinez’ license verification effort violates the separation of powers between New Mexico’s executive and legislative branches.

“We think it’s a great step towards ending this unconstitutional action once and for all,” says David Urias, an lawyer who also worked on the lawsuit. “We believe the courts will step in and stop it.”

Hopefully, they will.

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Did Evita Trade Visas for the Holocaust’s Stolen Goods?

Did Evita Trade Visas for the Holocaust’s Stolen Goods?

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A new book accuses Eva Perón of accepting the stolen Jewish family treasures from the Nazis in return for safe haven for the war criminals.

In ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Latin America,’ authors Leandro Narloch and Duda Teixeira wrote: “It is still suspected that among Perón’s possessions, there were pieces of Nazi treasure that came from rich holocaust victims’ families killed in concentration camps.” They added, “Perón himself even spoke of goods of German origin that the Argentine government had appropriated.”

Among those who fled to Argentina was Adolf Eichmann, a key supporter and organizer of the concentration camps. He lived under a false name and worked for Mercedes Benz until 1960, when he was kidnapped by Mossad agents and taken to Israel. He later faced trial and was hanged for the war crimes he committed. Josef Mengele, the Nazi “Angel of Death” responsible for human experiments on Holocaust victims, also found refuge in Argentina and lived in South America until his death in 1979 at the age of 67.

The second wife of Juan Perón, Evita, died from cancer in 1952 at the age of 33 and is still regarded as a national heroine.

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CA Dream Act Clears Senate

CA Dream Act Clears Senate

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Without much debate, the California state Senate on Wednesday passed AB 131 in a vote of 22-11, reports La Opinión. The second of two bills known as the California Dream Act, the bill would give undocumented college students access to state-funded financial aid. It now heads back to the Assembly for a vote to approve the amendments made in the Senate. The bill will then go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.

The first bill, AB 130, signed into law last month, allows undocumented college students access to privately-funded scholarships and grants. The second bill would give undocumented college students access to state-funded financial aid.

Undocumented students in California qualify for in-state tuition, but are currently banned from accessing public financial aid.

Unlike the federal Development, Relief and Education of Minors (DREAM) Act, the California bills do not provide a path to legalization for undocumented students.

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Chilean Military Plane Crashes With 21 Aboard- Incl. Felipe Camiroaga

Chilean Military Plane Crashes With 21 Aboard- Incl. Felipe Camiroaga

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Chilean officials have begun recovering bodies from the crash of a military airplane that went down in the Pacific Ocean with 21 people aboard.

Search crews have also found many pieces of the CASA 212 that crashed Friday afternoon after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the remote Juan Fernandez islands. Officials said they believe all aboard died.

The bodies of two women and one man were recovered Saturday. They have not yet been identified.

Chile’s TVN national television said five of its staff members were among the passengers, including popular TV presenter Felipe Camiroaga.

Camiroaga, 44, worked for Television Nacional’s Good Morning Everyone show and he was flying to the island to do a program on its reconstruction following the magnitude-8.8 earthquake and tsunami that wiped out its main town on Feb. 27, 2010.

Fans of the show lit candles and said prayers outside the TV station in Santiago on Friday night.

“We are extremely upset,” said TVN executive director Mauro Valdes.

The remote Chilean archipelago, about 830km west of Chile’s coast, is known for possibly having inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe.

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Madrid Amongst Six Cities to Compete for the 2020 Olympic Games

Madrid Amongst Six Cities to Compete for the 2020 Olympic Games

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday announced the six countries which will compete to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Among the six are Spain and Japan who lost their bid to host the 2016 Games.

The announcement was made after a deadline expired. National Olympic Committees were required to notify the IOC by September 1st that a city within their jurisdiction was interested in applying to host the Games.

The cities which have come forward and applied for a chance to host the Games are Baku in Azerbaijan, Doha in Qatar, Istanbul in Turkey, Madrid in Spain, Rome in Italy, and Tokyo in Japan. They will now proceed to Phase 1 during which the IOC will conduct a technical review of cities to determine if they are able to host the massive sports event.

At the end of Phase 1, in May 2012, the IOC will select the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase 2. By the end of Phase 2, on September 7, 2013, the IOC will elect the Host City of the 2020 Olympic Games.

Spain, Italy, and Japan have all experience with hosting the Summer Olympics, while Azerbaijan, Qatar and Turkey have not. Both Italy and Japan also twice hosted Winter Games.
The 2020 Olympics are to be held between July 15 and August 31 in 2020, but Doha is requesting to hold the Games at the end of October and the start of November should it be chosen as the host city.

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Relocate or Die: Mexican Entrepreneurs Migrate to the Interior Fleeing Violence, Insecurity

Relocate or Die: Mexican Entrepreneurs Migrate to the Interior Fleeing Violence, Insecurity

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Edgar N. ran a profitable business in the state of Michoacán during most of his adult life, but after falling victim to extortion by local organized crime groups five years ago, he closed his export business and relocated to the state of Querétaro.

“Business was doing fine, 500,000 pesos of sales monthly; I was one of the most successful businesses in my area of the region,” he says. “Michoacán has always had organized crime. Different criminal gangs ran their drug businesses in the area. But in those days they operated like businessmen,” explains Edgar. “When I got to Michoacán, the first thing they told me was not to look for trouble. Things were quieter then. We all knew who were the bad guys and we simply didn’t get into it with them, and they didn’t get into it with us.”


Then everything changed. “It was around midyear in 2005 when we began to see the black pickups that nobody knew. They were a bad sign. By the end of the year rumor had it in the community that they were Zetas. Within two years these were replaced in a bloody battle by an even more unstoppable group: La Familia Michoacana [The Michoacán Family], a kind of military and religious sect that today controls the whole region.”

Fear, the new way of life


Weekday afternoon on Calle Palacio de Paquimé in colonia Rinconada de las Torres: Closed for business. (©Borderzine.com)

Edgar, 45, recalls that in Michoacán extortion became more frequent. First a fire at a chicken farm, two days later an auto parts was burned, after that a shoe store. The message was clear; if you don’t cooperate, pay the consequences. “They demanded a very high quota that began with 10,000 pesos. As your business grew they increased the amount.” Each time they sent somebody to collect, that person would look around taking notes in a little accounting book about the business and earnings. If they saw improvements they increased the demand. “Fear took over our daily lives. Profits were marginal and we made our decision to begin a new life in Querétaro.” He, his wife and son had to rebuild their entire lives there.

Edgar and his family have now lived in a two-story house in a modest colonia in Querétaro four years. He was lucky to leave Michoacán in time. In spite of having to start his business again from zero, today he can say he lives free of threats. He pays rent and earns one third of what he made before, but unlike his Michoacán friends, he is worry free. Querétaro has benefitted from a significant influx of small and midsize businesses like his during the last two years.

In contrast, Edgar’s friend, Samuel, who stayed in Michoacán, is not doing as well. Today it is difficult to move from the city because La Familia keeps track of its victims. Samuel has an auto parts business in Morelia and he pays La Familia a monthly fee of $(US) 4,000. When he tried to move his business, a thug from the cartel threatened him and his family, describing where his children, parents, siblings and nieces lived. “I prefer not to fight them,” he laments.

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Katt Williams Apologizes For Anti-Mexican Statements (VIDEO)

Katt Williams Apologizes For Anti-Mexican Statements (VIDEO)

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Comedian Katt Williams has released an apology for remarks he made to an audience member of Mexican descent last weekend.

“My remarks were not meant to be offensive. I want to apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context. I sincerely appreciate my fans within the Mexican community and would never intentionally go out of my way to offend them,” he said.

The transgression occurred on August 20th, in a comedy club in Phoenix, Arizona. In part of his response to his heckler, Williams launched into a tirade against Mexicans living in the United States.

“Mothaf*ckas think they can live in this country and pledge allegiance to another country… Do you remember when white people used to say go back to Africa? And we’d have to tell them we don’t want to? So if you love Mexico, bitch, get the f*ck over there!” he said.
William’s comments have provoked outrage from some of his fans on YouTube and from members of the Latino community, including prominent Mexican-American author Luis Rodriguez.

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UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

Juan Laverde, Latin American Natural Wonder

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SaturdaySeptember 3, 2011