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MondaySeptember 10, 2012

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Mexican Muralists Paint to Depict Crime-Ridden Neighborhoods

Mexican Muralists Paint to Depict Crime-Ridden Neighborhoods

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Around 100 inhabitants of a crime-ridden neighborhood of this metropolis in western Mexico have painted murals as a plea for greater security for their families.

The locals are using the walls to request an end to the incessant robberies, murders and street-gang brawls in their area, one of the project’s organizers, Rosalio Lopez Casanova, told Efe.

“There have even been murders here, and we see this project as a peaceful way for local residents to say we’ve had enough,” he said.

Armed with paintbrushes and paint cans, children and adults in the Los Colorines housing development took to the streets and began daubing colors on the walls of their buildings to express their yearning for peace.

Adolfo Nava Bustos, a member of the neighborhood’s security committee, said that besides giving people a way to express themselves, painting murals is also a way for them to take back the streets, so often the scene of gang fights and drug trafficking.

“Having a more orderly space and with elements of art as well makes people feel safer and they actually want to go outdoors into the streets - it creates a healthier atmosphere,” he said.

Multicolored lines representing a snake stretching around homes in much of the neighborhood, and the image of a woman mourning with red handprints around her, are some of the creations covering close to 700 square meters (7,500 square feet) of wall space.

In a second phase of the project, fences will be decorated with fragments of poems, with slogans calling for peace and with the lyrics of songs composed by young people of the neighborhood.

The project is aided by two artists, who advise the locals on how to paint their murals, and by the Guadalajara municipal government, which donates the paint.

Nava said that the community is made up of some 500 families. It is located in a poor area of the city and has suffered increasing crime and violence.

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Edward James Olmos Joins Fellow Latino Entertainers in Support of Increased School Spending

Edward James Olmos Joins Fellow Latino Entertainers in Support of Increased School Spending

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A group of Latino entertainers, among them actor Edward James Olmos and actor/screenwriter Rick Najera, launched on Monday a campaign to promote a November ballot initiative to increase funding for California’s public schools.

“We’ve done much harm to our children by removing the money from the schools to pay for other things that the government thinks are more important than education,” Olmos, the star of films such as “Stand and Deliver” and “Selena Remembered” and television series “Battlestar Galactica,” told Efe.

Proposition 38 suggests an increase of 2.2 percent in taxes on individuals and companies having annual incomes greater than $50,000 with the aim of collecting funds for public education.

“It costs more than $176,000 each year to put a child in jail and we’re spending $7,500 to educate him in one year,” Olmos said.

“With that, we have a problem, because we’re spending more money to jail kids than to educate them,” said the actor, who is fighting along with teachers unions, students and other activists like the family of legendary farmworkers leader Cesar Chavez.

Olmos, who attended Belvedere High School in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood and earned a degree in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles, is the president of the “I Am 38” campaign, which artists such as Johnny Sanchez, the voice of Lombardo in the animated film “Happy Feet,” have joined.

“The education system in the public schools when I was studying was much better than now,” Rick Najera, a graduate of San Diego State University, told Efe.

“At this time we’ve lost 40,000 teachers just in California, we’re 47th out of 50 in allocation of funds for education and by class size we’re in last place,” he said.

“In other words, our kids simply have a place where they’re spending the day in the schools; but they’re not being educated. And that has to stop,” the star of the Broadway play “Latinologues” said.

“These funds that will be destined for public education will benefit all Californians, but particularly minorities like Latinos, almost all of whom are educated in public schools,” Najera said.

“I think that the dominant political class in California doesn’t want us Latinos to have the funds to pay for our education because we’ll only find very low-paying work like cleaning (jobs),” he said.

The artist said that his Mexican-born grandparents could only attend school up to third grade, his parents studied up through high school and he graduated from college.

“And that’s the difference in the United States that we new generations can progress through education,” he said.

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Mexico’s “Muxes” Find Safe Home in Oaxaca, MX Town (VIDEO)

Mexico’s “Muxes” Find Safe Home in Oaxaca, MX Town  (VIDEO)

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For transvestite men, one Mexico town is a safe haven.

The town of Juchitan, Oaxaca in southern Mexico is home to a growing number of gay and transvestite men (“Muxe”) simply looking for a safe place to be themselves. While the Muxe community in Juchitan is not generally discriminated against, same-sex couples are not generally a common site on the streets. It does seem that a number of mothers of a Muxes understand and accept this community, one in the video even saying she gave birth to a Muxe, something not likely heard in most Mexican communities, as the country is known for its regard of “Machismo”.

Watch The Third Gender - produced, shot and edited by Deborah Bonello for GlobalPost.

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Border Agent Arrested for Fraud and Smuggling Brother-in-Law In from Mexico

Border Agent Arrested for Fraud and Smuggling Brother-in-Law In from Mexico

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Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Thomas Silva, age 33, a nine-year veteran with the CBP has been arrested for wire fraud and concealing a person from arrest.

Silva was arrested without incident on Friday morning, September 7, 2012, at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (SYPOE).

The CBP reported that Silva was allowing individuals with imposter immigration documents to pass through the SYPOE. Subsequent investigation revealed that Silva was involved in a variety of criminal activity, some of which related to his position as a CBP officer.

The complaint alleges that in April 2012, Silva knowingly allowed Julio Cesar Landaverde Valdez, a federal fugitive, to enter the United States from Mexico through the SYPOE. Landaverde Valdez was convicted in 2006 for alien smuggling.  Landaverde Valdez is Silva’s brother-in-law.

The complaint also alleges that in 2011, Silva engaged in a scheme to defraud Farmers Insurance Company by filing a false claim concerning the theft of his personal vehicle. Silva was paid $7,329.37, as a result of this false claim.

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Venezuelan Designer Carolina Herrera Says Spring Collection All About “Flirty, Feminine” Look

Venezuelan Designer Carolina Herrera Says Spring Collection All About “Flirty, Feminine” Look

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Venezuela’s Carolina Herrera paid tribute to the “very flirty, feminine” woman in her new spring and summer collection for 2013 that she unveiled during New York Fashion Week.

“The woman we’re going to see next spring and summer is very flirty, very feminine, the kind that likes to have some clothes that are very soft, light and never heavy,” the designer told Efe in an interview.

Herrera, one of New York fashion’s most reliable compasses, is giving her style a new silhouette, “with a little higher waist, longer skirts, very fluid with a lot of movement,” something she achieves with materials soft and fine like gauze, organza, silk, tulle and Georgette.

Under the title “Timeless Influence,” her new collection comes focused on the basics and on proportion, with an abundance of abstract geometric prints.

The Venezuelan had her husband Reinaldo Herrera and their daughters Carolina and Patricia with her at the show, and not a few famous faces including Ivana Trump, Bianca Jagger, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, sugar baron Jose “Pepe” Fanjul and his wife Emilia.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Soccer Star Allegedly had Mistress Tortured and Killed

LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Soccer Star Allegedly had Mistress Tortured and Killed

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Known simply as Bruno, the Brazilian goalkeeper is accused of killing the mother of his love child in order to protect his reputation.

Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 27, allegedly tortured and killed model Eliza Samudio, 25, in June of 2010 with the help of eight others, including his wife. De Souza is already serving a 4 1/2–year prison sentence for assaulting Samudio.

Upon learning Samudio was pregnant after the two had sex at a teammate’s party, de Souza was reportedly enraged. Investigators say he and the group of eight kidnapped Samudio from her Rio de Janeiro hotel around four months after she gave birth to the child.

According to de Souza’s cousin, the group, which also included his friend Luiz Henrique Ferreira Romao, took her up to a property in Belo Horizonte owned by de Souza and his wife. There, the footballer allegedly watched as Romao tortured Samudio and ultimately killed her. Parts of her body were allegedly fed to de Souza’s dogs after the footballer allegedly helped Santos dismember her body, while the rest was buried in concrete.

De Souza, however, maintains his innocence and says he has a “clear conscience”.

As for the child, in the upcoming trial, prosecutors will claim de Souza planned Samudio’s murder after she told him she was taking legal action to prove the baby was his. After Samudio’s murder, the goalkeeper was going to have his wife say they adopted the child from a poor relative. Police found the child in the care of a family member of de Souza’s wife.

De Souza’s contract with Rio de Janeiro’s Flamengo club is currently suspended, though club president Patricia Amorim has stated that even if acquitted, de Souza will not be playing for Flamengo.

He now faces charges of corrupting minors, forming a criminal gang with intent to murder, hiding a body, kidnapping, and murder.

The other members of the group involved have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and kidnapping.

Various news sources have claimed de Souza has tried to commit suicide twice while awaiting trial.

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Brazil’s 30th Bienal de São Paulo (PHOTOS)

Brazil’s 30th Bienal de São Paulo (PHOTOS)

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Chief curator, Venezuelan-born Luis Pérez-Oramas, along with associated curators André Severo and Tobi Maier and curator assistant Isabella Villanueva, will curate the 30th Bienal de São Paulo (Sao Paulo Biennial) titled The Imminence of Poetics.

According to Pérez-Oramas, imminence is manifested by the fact that works of art materialize and acquire a different form every time they are presented. Poetics is the symbolic arsenal that permits the establishment of the discursive strategies, ever more present in contemporary art.

“These works illustrate the character of originality and vigor of the 30th São Paulo Biennial,” according to Heitor Martins, director-president of the São Paulo Biennial Foundation.

Some 3,000 works by 111 artists – half of them produced especially for this exhibition – make up the universe of the 30th Bienal de São Paulo. A glance at the creative process of srtists hailing from different backgrounds and generations transforms The Imminence of Poetics into a discursive apparatus in which bonds prevail: the relationships between works and artists in the exhibition and their resonance in seminars, discussions and other poetic or performatic events.

Artists taking part in the showing include many from the Americas, but also include artists from Europe, Asia, and two from Africa.

The Bienal will take place from September 7 to December 9, 2012 at the Oscar Niemeyer’s Ciccillo Matarazzo Hall in Sao Paolo’s Parque do Ibirapuera.

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Border Patrol Halts Flights for Undocumented to Mexico after Border Patrol Arrests Reach 40-Yr Low

Border Patrol Halts Flights for Undocumented to Mexico after Border Patrol Arrests Reach 40-Yr Low

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U.S. Border Patrol announced they will stop flying Mexican nationals they deport back to Mexico due to decrease in demand and as a money-saving move.

The program started in 2004 with more than 125,000 Mexican nationals returned.  The chief motivation behind the program was to discourage immediate illegal reentry to the U.S., typically deportees were sent to the nearest Mexican border city. 

The flights were from Tucson to Mexico City and were held during the summer months only.

As a result of border patrol arrests decreasing and arrests at a 40-year low many flights were empty.  Many Mexicans are choosing not to head north while others have chosen to return to Mexico on their own.  This summer there were not enough deportees to send on flights, so none were made.  The U.S. government is calling this a suspension versus cancellation of the program. 

The flight program, also known as ‘Repatriate’ or ‘ICE Air’, cost the U.S. government $90.6 million over the seven years it was in existence, averaging $724 per person according to AP

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Costa Ricans Targeted by Thieves with False Reports of More Earthquakes and Tsunami

Costa Ricans Targeted by Thieves with False Reports of More Earthquakes and Tsunami

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As Costa Rica recovers from a 7.9 earthquake that occurred on September 5, 2012 and numerous aftershocks, people are also having to contend with heartless thieves preying on their fear.

The country’s National Emergency Commission is reporting that several ‘street’ bandits are driving through the streets of Guanacaste, Liberia and Cobano announcing via loudspeaker that they must evacuate their homes immediately because “the Big One” is coming.  The thieves are claiming another earthquake is coming with a tsunami to follow in hopes that people will leave their homes allowing them to burglarize them.

This fear was present when the country felt the strongest aftershock thus far, measuring 5.6 on Saturday afternoon.  Rumors were running wild that in fact the government was calling for an evacuation when it was the bandits, many ran to the local mountainside.

The Costa Rican government is urging all of its residents to only listen to government issued notices and remain in their homes.

The country has experienced 1,000 aftershocks and over 350 people remain in shelters.  The majority of damage to property occurred near the epicenter at Samara and areas along the Pacific coast.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Colombian Convicted of Stealing Over $1 Million from Program for At-Risk Kids

LATINO BLOTTER:  Colombian Convicted of Stealing Over $1 Million from Program for At-Risk Kids

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Former Portland resident Gerardo Mosquera was convicted in the United States District Court last Thursday of stealing from a program that provides food to underprivileged children.

Mosquera, 42, was convicted of two counts of theft from the program. He has been in custody while awaiting trial since his extradition from his native Colombia in December. Mosquera will remain in custody until his sentencing, which is set for December 12, 2012, before U.S. District Court Judge Marco A. Hernandez.

Mosquera could face up to 120 months in prison, pursuant to federal sentencing guidelines. According to the indictment, Mosquera made claims to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) for meals he never served to children at various program sites in the Portland area. Between 2003 and 2009, Mosquera, doing business as Diversity Initiatives, was paid more than $1.6 million by the ODE. ODE representatives became suspicious when they observed that the number of sites served by Mosquera had decreased, but the number of meals claimed by Mosquera had increased.

A subsequent audit by ODE revealed the theft had been ongoing for at least two years and that approximately 100,000 meals claimed by Mosquera had never been provided.

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U.S. Marshals Arrest One of Puerto Rico’s Most Wanted After 14 Years on the Run

U.S. Marshals Arrest One of Puerto Rico’s Most Wanted After 14 Years on the Run

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A major fugitive wanted on Puerto Rico state charges for his alleged participation in a 1998 murder of a man in Ponce, Puerto Rico was captured in Huntingdon Valley, PA, by the United States Marshals Service.

Carlos Rodriguez-Alcala was being sought on a warrant issued in Puerto Rico. He had been a fugitive from justice since 1998, when the Puerto Rico Police Department Homicide Division began investigating him for the brutal murder of a Ponce man as well as for several violations of Puerto Rico weapons laws.

U.S. Marshall had information that Carlos Rodriguez Alcala may of been hiding in Pennsylvania working in the automotive sales industry.

Carlos Morales Alcala is now awaiting extradition back to Puerto Rico to face his charges in Puerto Rico state court.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives.

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Four Bodies Found Shot to Death in Abandoned House in Rio, Two Teens Amongst Victims

Four Bodies Found Shot to Death in Abandoned House in Rio, Two Teens Amongst Victims

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The bodies of four people who had been shot dead were found over the weekend in an abandoned house in a Rio de Janeiro suburb by police, Brazilian officials said.

The victims - three men and a woman - were shot dead and left inside the house in Japeri, a city in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area.

One of the victims was identified as the 15-year-old son of an evangelical minister and another was a 16-year-old boy.

The other two victims appear to be an older couple, but investigators have not identified them yet, police said.

The house where the bodies were found is used for drug sales and consumption, neighbors said.

Police found cocaine and a shell casing from a .38-caliber revolver next to the bodies, media reports said.

Officers went to the house Sunday after receiving an anonymous tip.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that the victims were drug users who owed money to dealers.

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Vice President of Bolivia Marries in Traditional Indian Ceremony at Temples of Tiahuanaco

Vice President of Bolivia Marries in Traditional Indian Ceremony at Temples of Tiahuanaco

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Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and journalist Claudia Fernandez married one another in an unannounced ceremony that included indigenous rites at an open-air temple in the pre-Columbian citadel of Tiahuanaco held prior to the Catholic and civil ceremonies on Sunday.

The Indian wedding of the 49-year-old Garcia Linera and the 24-year-old Fernandez was held Saturday at the Kalasasaya temple by Aymara Indian priests of Tiahuanaco.

The ceremony was attended by President Evo Morales, who in 2006 and 2010 had used the same site for indigenous ceremonies before his inaugurations as president.

This is the first time that a non-indigenous couple has married at the ruins, which are the country’s main archaeological center and located 71 kilometers (44 miles) from La Paz.

The event was attended by hundreds of invited guests, among them several diplomats.

The ceremony was directed by four Indian priests - two men and two women - who prepared an offering at a small altar where a fire was lit to the Pachamama, or “Mother Earth,” and they charged the couple to “walk together forever.”

“In our tradition, on this road there is no separation. Mother Earth, Father Sun, Father Cosmos are those who are going to unite ... They are never going to separate. Now they are together and they are going to walk together forever,” one of the priests said.

Among the invited guests at Tiahuanaco were Nobel Peace Prize winners Adolfo Perez Esquivel (1980) and Rigoberta Menchu (1992), as well as government ministers, legislators, officials, diplomats, beauty queens and union leaders loyal to the government.

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MondaySeptember 10, 2012