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WednesdaySeptember 28, 2011

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UN Urges More Protection for Mexican Journalists

UN Urges More Protection for Mexican Journalists

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Condemning the murders of three women journalists in Mexico over the past month, the United Nations agency that defends press freedom pressed for stronger measures to halt the frequent violence against reporters in the Latin American country.

“I urge the authorities to take all possible measures to improve the safety of journalists and bring those guilty of attacks against media workers to justice,” Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova said. “Impunity is posing a direct threat to freedom of expression and press freedom in Mexico.”

According to Reporters without Borders, a total of 80 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, making it one of the most dangerous countries to exercise freedom of expression. The majority of killings have been linked to organized crime and drug trafficking, adding to the overall number of casualties – estimated at 50,000 – since the start of the country’s federal offensive against drug trafficking in December 2006.

The beheaded body of María Elizabeth Macías, editor of Primera Hora newspaper from Nuevo Laredo in the state of Tamaulipas, was found on September 24, with a message linking the murder to her reporting on organized crime on social networks.

“María Elizabeth Macías is one of all too many brave Mexican journalists, including several women, murdered because they maintained their integrity as journalists and wrote about the activities of organized crime. It is essential for democracy and for the restoration of rule of law, that journalists and editors be able to exercise their profession without fearing for their lives,” Ms. Bokova said.

The killing of Ms. Macías, 39, follows the murders of María Yarce Viveros and Rocio González Trápaga, whose bodies were found strangled in a park in Mexico City on 1 September.

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U.S. Diplomat Travels to Spain to Discuss Trade & Investment Issues

Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez will travel to Spain from September 28 to October 2, and to Turkey from October 2-4.

During his trip to Madrid, Spain, Assistant Secretary Fernandez will meet with Spanish leaders, government officials, and business people to discuss macroeconomic issues, as well as trade and investment issues. While there, he will also speak to groups including the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain; the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Carlos III University.

In Ankara, Turkey, Assistant Secretary Fernandez will lead the U.S. delegation for the seventh Turkey-United States Economic Partnership Commission (EPC), in keeping with the United States’ commitment to deepen and expand the economic engagement between the two countries.

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AFL-CIO Against Pending Free-Trade Agreement with Colombia, Citing Job Loss and Violence

AFL-CIO Against Pending Free-Trade Agreement with Colombia, Citing Job Loss and Violence

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Along with a letter stated its opposition to the pending free-trade agreement with Colombia, the national trade union center known as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has sent President Obama a list of labor union leaders who have been killed in Colombia, a country with documented violence against union activists.

In the letter, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stated, “Simply put, Colombia should not be rewarded with a trade agreement until it develops a proven track record of ensuring that workers can exercise the fundamental rights of free association and collective bargaining; preventing violence against union leaders and other social justice advocates; and bringing to justice those who perpetrated such crimes.”

The letter also said that about 55,000 jobs would be lost if the deal were to be made, and said President Obama should really be against taking the already low number of jobs away from Americans when the U.S. unemployment rate remains so high.

Trumka wrote, “Given this predicted job loss, at a time when working Americans are already struggling to find jobs, pay their mortgages, and make ends meet, advancing the Colombia Trade Agreement will send the wrong message to the working people of both Colombia and the U.S.”

Read more at The Hill →

Teamwork, The Name of the Game in Real Madrid’s 3-0 Over Ajax (VIDEO)

Teamwork, The Name of the Game in Real Madrid’s 3-0 Over Ajax (VIDEO)

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Spanish soccer clubs Barça and Real Madrid have elevated the soccer standard to an art. Watch the Real Madrid work together to beat the Ajax 3-0.

Take a look at Ronaldo start and finish off a beautiful counterattack of one-touch passes between Oezil and Benzema that left the Portugal goalie wondering what hit him.

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Rhode Island Officials Approve In-State College Tuition Rates for Undocumented Immigrants

Rhode Island Officials Approve In-State College Tuition Rates for Undocumented Immigrants

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Monday, following a long public hearing, Rhode Island education officials voted in favor of a measure allowing undocumented high school students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

Eleven of the 13 members of the Board of Governors for Higher Education voted, all in favor of the measure.

Due to fear of backlash from voters, the state’s higher education officials had put off addressing the issue for years, but after this week’s vote, Rhode Island joins 12 other states in the U.S. with similar laws.

In recent GOP debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has received flack for allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates.

Not all approve of the measure, as The Associated Press reported that Tea Party member and executive director of Rhode Island for Immigration Law Enforcement, Terry Gorman, stated that it equivalent to “aiding and abetting” illegal immigration. Adding that he’s met a number of students who would benefit from the bill.

“ My heart goes out to them, but their parents put them in this situation.”

The measure states that undocumented students who have attended a Rhode Island high school for at least three years and have graduated high school or have earned an equivalent degree are eligible to pay in-state tuition at any of the state’s public colleges or universities.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee supported the measure, saying in a statement, “This policy change will improve the intellectual and culture life of Rhode Island while strengthening our workforce and helping our economy.”

Read more at LA Times →

Rob Schneider’s New TV Show Approved for 8 Episodes With New Cast

Rob Schneider’s New TV Show Approved for 8 Episodes With New Cast

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Spanish actress Claudia Bassols and Cheech Martin have joined the cast of Rob Schneider’s new TV venture.

Deadline has reported that CBS has approved filming of 8 episodes of the new –still unnamed, Rob Schneider show, after Shneider and associate Lew Morton redid the pilot having replaced some of the cast.

Spanish actress Claudia Bassols will now be Schneider’s wife, while Diana Maria Riva will be his mother in law.

Cheech Martin will play Schneider’s conservative father in law.

Only two actors from the previous pilot were chosen to reprise their roles for the second one: Eugenio Derbez, who plays Bassol’s uncle and Lupe Ontiveros, who stars as her grandmother.

The series will hopefully start airing in early 2012.

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Carlos Slim Helú Asked How he Would Fix the Economy

Carlos Slim Helú Asked How he Would Fix the Economy

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The world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú, believes he knows how to fix the U.S. economy, and in a recent interview with journalist Lloyd Grove he shared his insight.

The Mexican telecommunications tycoon, whose family is estimated to be worth roughly $74 billion, and whose empire spans about 200 companies and 220,000 employees, said he believes the U.S. needs to do what it did in 2000 and 2001.

He said that ten years ago, the recession was “temporarily solved with big expenditures and very aggressive monetary and fiscal policy.” Adding that, “Aside from lowering taxes, we should be directing more money to the real economy, not to the financial economy. The volatility of the markets is so great that more is won or lost in a single day than in five years of accumulated interest. And that’s not a good thing.”

When asked if he believes President Obama’s Buffet rule, which would mandate that the wealthy pay at least the same tax rates as their secretaries, is a good idea, Slim had this to say:

“I don’t know what Warren Buffett pays, but I think that the fiscal policy should be fair. You don’t need to raise taxes on rich people, because they create capitalization and investment. But you need to tax speculation—meaning capital gains. Why should it be just 15 percent? Salaried people pay 35 percent. Why shouldn’t that be paid on capital gains?”

He added that the welfare policies in the U.S. and in some European countries are unsustainable.

“You cannot have people retiring at 60 years old, and you cannot provide universal health care the way you do. That’s crazy.”

When Grove asked what Slim thinks should be one about the ongoing drug war in Mexico he replied that it’s a problem coming from the U.S.

“You stay with the money and the drugs. We stay with the weapons and the violence. And you’re selling the weapons to the consumers in Mexico. And the retail price [of the drugs] is, I don’t know how much bigger, let’s say 10 times in the U.S. what it is in Mexico. And that means the demand is here and the money is here. It’s like what used to happen during Prohibition in Chicago. You had a lot of violence there.”

When asked what the solution is, Slim replied, “Follow the money.”

Read more at The Daily Beast →

Could The Woman Reportedly Splitting Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore be Latina?

Could The Woman Reportedly Splitting Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore be Latina?

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Nothing is official, but rumors are all over that Ashton cheated on Demi with a San Diego blonde actress called Sara Leal.

The gossip everywhere says that Ashton flew into San Diego Sept. 23 for a weekend of partying with Danny Masterson, his former “That 70’s Show” co-star. 

That day, Demi Moore tweeted a quote from Greek philosopher Epictetus, writing, “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.” Cryptic.

The couple’s six year wedding anniversary was the next day, but they spent it apart.

Furthermore, RadarOnline.com reported, that a 23-year-old woman is now accusing Kutcher of cheating on Demi with her during last Friday’s booze-filled night out in San Diego with Masterson.

“Ashton was checking out all the girls when he arrived at the Fluxx nightclub on September 23, an observer told Star, who said:
“He told me that none of the girls were ‘hot-tub-worthy.’

The Punk’d creator eventually zeroed in on sexy blonde coed Sara Leal and according to theTheDirty.com, he later had sex with her at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel, where he told her he and his wife were, “separated, but the public just didn’t know yet.”

We can only find Latinas called Sara Leal on social networks, but this girl is apparently a blonde actress, who directed a short called “Runaway” and likes to party, as all the available pictures of her, are at nightclubs.

But is she a Latina?  Leal is a common Hispanic surname, so we are just asking but of course it doesn’t matter because bad behavior is bad behavior.

Neither Moore or Kutcher’s reps have made any announcements, and the usually twitter happy couple has been unusually quiet and strange, for instance, Kutcher posted a bluegrass version of Modest Mouse’s “Float On,” while Moore posted a picture of herself with her eyes closed and the caption “I see through you.”

What do you think? Join us in our forums section for the conversation. 


Read more at RadarOnline →

Hispanic Hero: Latina and Husband Keep Extremely Drunk Woman From Driving A Car With Children Inside

Hispanic Hero: Latina and Husband Keep Extremely Drunk Woman From Driving A Car With Children Inside

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When a woman and her husband saw an drunk woman passed out on an Albuquerque, New Mexico street over the weekend they may have saved the lives of the woman’s children.

Sunday night, Felicia Santillanes and her husband found Jennifer Jones unconscious behind her car, reeking of alcohol. Inside the vehicle were five children, one of them a baby.

Santillanes told local ABC affiliate KOAT news, “It was craz. We ended up doing CPR on her. We did it three times, that’s when she ended up waking up.”

ImageTo keep her from attempting to drive her and her children home while clearly too drunk, Santillanes said her husband took Jones’ car keys, saying, “You’re not taking off with these kids.”

Santillanes said the children in the car did not have car seats and the baby’s diaper hadn’t been changed in so long it was completely full. She and her husband called police and waited with the very hungry children until officers arrived.

The police called the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department before arresting Jones, who was described as being drunk and incoherent.

The drunken mother has been charged with child abuse, and Santillanes said she is happy to know the children are in a good place.

Read more at KOAT ABC 7 →

JUST IN:  Judge Allows Most of Alabama’s New Strict Immigration Law to Go Forth

JUST IN:  Judge Allows Most of Alabama’s New Strict Immigration Law to Go Forth

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A federal judge in Alabama has given the state a victory in allowing it to put forth one of the strictest immigration laws in the country.  U.S. District Sharon Blackburn ruled that Alabama can indeed check the immigration status of its students and allow police to check that same status of suspected undocumented immigrants they have stopped.

It will also become law that if a person is stopped and cannot produce their driver’s license “the person must be transported to the nearest magistrate; a reasonable effort shall be made to determine the citizenship of the drive.”

Alabama’s H.B. 56 was enacted back in June and was due to become effective on September 1.  Various immigrant advocacy organizations filed lawsuits to block the law including the Department of Justice.

Judge Blackburn did uphold the U.S. government’s position that it shouldn’t be a crime to transport or provide housing for the undocumented.  The judge also threw out H.S. 56’s stipulation criminalizing the undocumented who seek out work.

Read the entire ruling here.

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Mexican Woman Survives Surgery to Remove Live Narco Grenade In her Face (VIDEO)

Mexican Woman Survives Surgery to Remove Live Narco Grenade In her Face (VIDEO)

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Meet Mexico’s newest miracle woman: Karla Flores, a seafood vendor from Culiacán who had a live grenade lodged in her face and survived!

Flores, a mother of three from Culiacán, Sinaloa was selling seafood on the street when she heard a deafening noise, followed by an impact that knocked her to the ground and a burning sensation on her face.

She lost consciousness and woke up in the city’s general hospital, where doctors told her the object lodged in her face wasn’t a stone that hit her, as she thought. It was a live grenade.

The hospital was put in alert, and patients and staff were evacuated. Doctors refused to operate on her, too afraid that the grenade would go off.

Hospital director Dr. Gaxiola Meza asked for volunteers and four brave people came forth: anesthesiologists, Felipe Ortiz and Cristina Soto, nurse Rodrigo Arredondo and Dr. Lidia Soto.

Assisted by two Mexican Army explosive experts, the team took Karla to an open field to operate far from the hospital grounds.

Only local anesthesia was used during the 4 hour procedure, which ended successfully towards midnight; though the patient lost half her teeth and her face was left with a sizable scar.  The device was dislodged from her jaw and detonated in a controlled environment, far from her head and the surgical team.

Police believe a rocket launcher typically used by narco traffickers launched the grenade that injured Karla.  The police currently have no leads.  Culiacan is the largest city in Sinaloa and the birthplace of the Sinaloa cartel.

Check out the video below and join us in our forums section for the conversation.


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Greed in the Amazon: Death Toll Rises as Diggers Fight For Amazon Gold

Greed in the Amazon: Death Toll Rises as Diggers Fight For Amazon Gold

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In 1993, more than 2,000 Yanomami Indians were killed by garimpeiros (independent gold diggers) who entered the Yanomami’s land in the Amazon rainforest along the Brazilian and Venezuelan border during the new gold rush. Today, just like the Yanomami before them, people are dying in the name of gold and greed.

The global economic crisis has caused the price of gold and minerals to skyrocket, and in turn has caught the attention of the money hungry, some of whom have gone so far as to kill anyone they believe stands in their way.

Though the scramble for South America’s undiscovered gold in the Amazon is nothing new, the down turn of the economy has brought out those willing to do anything for it, even murder teens like Elton Thompson, who was bludgeoned to death by a miner.

“There is a direct correlation between the price of gold and what we have to deal with these days,” said Guyanan police commander David Ramnarine to the Demerara Waves news website after a string of gold-related killings in his country, which sits along the northern coast of South America.

The Guardian is reporting that the mineral-rich rainforests of Brazil, Guyana, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela have seen increases in violence, disease, and overall conflict since both the U.S. and European economies have taken a hit.

As of August 24, 26 murders and numerous armed robberies have occurred in the jungles of South America.

Health coordinator for the Yanomami’s Hutukara association, Dário Vitório Kopenawa Yanomami, said he is worried his people are suffering and that as many as 2,000 illegal miners are operating on the Yanomami reserve.

“The miners are hiring planes to come into the reserve. Their entry is constant. It is dangerous to go where they are. They are all armed.

“If we go near them they will kill us. We are getting information that the invaders are getting close to our lands. The Yanomami are asking for support.”

It is said that the region’ gold prices have risen 40 percent since last year.

Read more at The Guardian →

New Barça Shirt Heavy on Players Shoulders and Breaks with Tradition

New Barça Shirt Heavy on Players Shoulders and Breaks with Tradition

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Designed by Nike, the new Barça shirt gets more than 15 ounces heavier by halftime and breaking with tradition carries an ad for the first time.

Barcelona had a reputation for being the only team pretty much anywhere that had resisted temptation to co-opt to corporate brands, and cash-in huge deals for advertising with logos on their shirt.

Barça even went the other way around, and paid UNICEF $2 million a year to promote the charity on the team’s jersey.  Their super star line-up of players is actually encouraged to sport their shirts to events, and routinely appear publically supporting UNICEF’s mission.

But as of recently, the priorities of the team honchos have changed, and the 112-year-old tradition of not using the jersey to sell a product was broken with a $232 million deal to carry the Quatar Foundation name on t-shirts for the next five years.

Joan Laporta, the club president from 2003 to 2010, and the force behind the Unicef agreement, regretted the decision.

“Our team looks like the Qatar national team now,” Laporta told reporters. “They’ve sold the shirt for four cents.”

Former Barça star Johann Cryuff, called the deal “vulgar.” The UNICEF deal now calls for its logo to be relegated to the back of the shirt.  Many thousands of club fans are upset and have signed a petition to demand that the endorsement agreement be revoked.

But the agreement went on, and Nike took on the project, creating the new Barcelona shirts out of Dri-FIT,  “a game-ready performer with sweat-wicking fabric for distraction-free competition,” according to the company.

The fabric, made of recycled polyester micro fibers—environmentally friendly, uses the recycled plastic of “up to eight bottles” in a single shirt.

Problem is, it also collects eight bottles worth of sweat in half a game, as proved by Barça players who put their collective complaint about the shirt to the test, and found that in 45 minutes of play, the Nike shirt weighed 17 and a half ounces more than before putting it on, at the beginning of the match.

Nike said in a statement to AP that it is “working to find a solution to the problem with the shirts along with the club,” and hopes to have the issue resolved within the next two or three weeks.

Read more at Dallas News →

7-day Immigration Enforcement Sweep Nets 2,900 Criminal Aliens

7-day Immigration Enforcement Sweep Nets 2,900 Criminal Aliens

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As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced the results of a seven-day national “Cross Check” enforcement operation - which led to the arrest of more than 2,900 convicted criminal aliens.

This seven-day operation, the largest of its kind, involved the collaboration of more than 1,900 ICE officers and agents from all of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations’ (ERO) 24 field offices, as well as coordination with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners throughout the United States. Arrests occurred in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

All of the 2,901 individuals taken into custody had prior criminal convictions including at least 1,282 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions. More than 1,600 of those arrested had felony convictions including manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors, and aggravated assault. Of the total 2,901 criminal aliens arrested, 42 were gang members and 151 were convicted sex offenders.

In addition to being convicted criminals, 681 of those arrested were also immigration fugitives who had previously been ordered to leave the country but failed to depart. Additionally, 386 were illegal re-entrants who had been previously removed from the country multiple times.

Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, at least 146 of those arrested during the enforcement action were presented to U.S attorneys for prosecution on a variety of charges including illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

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Get Ready to Participate in Hispanic Roundtable Hosted by President Obama

Get Ready to Participate in Hispanic Roundtable Hosted by President Obama

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Today, at 11:25 a.m. EDT, President Obama will participate in an Open for Questions roundtable with Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost Latino Voices live from the White House.

The President will answer questions about issues that matter most to the Hispanic community and all Americas – the economy and job creation, education, health care, fixing the broken immigration system and more.

Hopefully some of you have submitted questions for the President in English or Spanish.  Don’t forget to watch live here.

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WednesdaySeptember 28, 2011