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MondaySeptember 24, 2012

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Honduran Attorney Shot 11 Times, 2nd Murder of Attorney in Less Than a Week

Honduran Attorney Shot 11 Times, 2nd Murder of Attorney in Less Than a Week

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A prosecutor assigned to the human rights unit was gunned down Monday in the southern Honduran province of Choluteca, an official spokesman said.

The incident occurred just a few meters (yards) from the prosecutor’s office in Choluteca, where Manuel Diaz “was hit by at least 11 bullets,” the spokesman said.

“We have no idea who killed him, we only know that there were two individuals on a motorcycle,” he said.

Honduras’ assistant attorney general, Roy Urtecho, condemned the slaying of the prosecutor and requested a life sentence for murderers of lawyers and journalists.

“I condemn these murderers who are really cutting short the lives” of attorneys, said Urtecho, who is also president of the Honduran bar association.

Attorney Antonio Trejo, who represented peasants trying to reclaim land in the Caribbean province of Colon, was slain over the weekend in Tegucigalpa.

The lawyer, who traveled to Tegucigalpa to attend a wedding, was fatally shot when he stepped outside the reception to take a telephone call, according to press accounts.

In 2011 there were 86.5 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, according to figures of the state Human Rights Commission, making this country one of the most violent in the Americas.

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Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and Contributions of Hispanics

Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and Contributions of Hispanics

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As our nation commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced a bipartisan resolution which passed on Saturday September 22, 2012 recognizing the month-long celebration and honoring the heritage, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans throughout the history of the United States.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently over 52 million Latinos in the United States, representing the fastest growing and largest minority in this country. Nearly one in every three children in the United States is of Hispanic descent, and that number is expected to increase by 60 percent over the next 20 years. Hispanics now own more than 2.3 million businesses, and the growth of these businesses has outpaced non-minority owned firms by 44 percent, according to the latest economic data from the U.S. Census. Moreover, the purchasing power of the Hispanic community is at nearly $1 trillion.

Hispanic Americans have historically been an integral part of this nation’s history. Latinos have served with distinction in all branches of the Armed Forces, and have bravely fought in every war in the history of the United States. As of July 2012, there were 143,054 Hispanic active duty service members in the United States Armed Forces. In fact, 44 Hispanic Americans have received the Congressional Medal of Honor – the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed on an individual serving in the Armed Forces.

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Soon-to-Be Former Pres. Calderon Says Mexico is “Better Neighborhood”

Soon-to-Be Former Pres. Calderon Says Mexico is “Better Neighborhood”

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Felipe Calderon, due to step down as president of Mexico on Nov. 30, said here Monday that he will be leaving behind “a stronger nation and a better neighbor.”

The outgoing head of state addressed a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

His six-year term has witnessed a strengthening of the rule of law and an economic “transformation” based on “financial discipline, economic freedom and increased competitiveness.”

Calderon expressed his wish for bilateral cooperation to continue with the next administrations of the United States and Mexico, warning that “no nation can succeed without the support of its strategic partners.”

The president emphasized the achievements of his administration in economic and security matters, but he issued a call for greater integration in North America.

In reviewing his six-year term, Calderon said that his country, for example went from being the world’s ninth-largest auto exporter to the No. 4 position during his time in office.

“(W)e buy more U.S. goods than the rest of Latin America combined, more than Japan and China together,” he said. “Indeed, this deep transformation of the Mexican economy is of critical importance to the economic success of the United States as well.”

“But if you - if we want to guarantee our mutual prosperity in the long run, we need to do more. We need to maintain the North American competitive edge over other regions, and the key to get there is more integration, not less,” Calderon said.

Meanwhile, Calderon repeated his call for the U.S. government to take more comprehensive measures to reduce demand for drugs in that country or, on the contrary, “money will keep flowing to the pocket of the criminal.”

If it is not possible to put the brakes on demand, he said, alternatives must be explored to improve the fight against drug trafficking, but he did not specify if these measures would include legalizing drugs, as his predecessor, Vicente Fox, had suggested.

Calderon also once again asked the U.S. Congress to renew a federal law to control the sale of assault weapons that lapsed in 2004.

In addition, he emphasized the decline in illegal emigration from Mexico and praised the decision of President Barack Obama to suspend for two years the deportation of more than half a million undocumented students who were brought to the United States by their parents.

Calderon on Monday began a three-day working visit to Washington and New York, where he will participate in the 67th U.N. General Assembly, among other things.

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STUDY:  Proposed Voter ID Laws in 23 States Could Deter as Many as 10 Million Hispanics from Voting

STUDY:  Proposed Voter ID Laws in 23 States Could Deter as Many as 10 Million Hispanics from Voting

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A new study by the ‘Advancement Project’ shows that proposed Voter ID Laws in 23 states stand to deter up to 10 million U.S. Hispanics from registering and voting.

The study called called “Segregating American Citizenship: Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012” finds that 23 states currently have legal barriers that disproportionately impact voter registration and participation by Latino citizens. 

In many states, the number of eligible Latino citizens that could be affected by these barriers exceeds the margin of victory of the 2008 presidential election.  The study states that “Voter suppression laws and policies threaten to relegate eligible Latino voters to second-class citizenship and impede their ability to participate fully in American democracy.”

Key findings in the study are: 

(1) Alleged noncitizen voter purges of registered voters (in 16 states), which target naturalized citizens and may violate equal protection guarantees.  Communities of color, specifically Black, Latino and Asian Americans, form a large percentage of naturalized citizens in states pursuing these purges, with Latinos comprising the largest percentage in most.

(2) Proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration (in effect in Georgia, and pending in Alabama and Arizona), which impose onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on prospective voter registrants.  These laws target naturalized citizens, many of whom are Latino.

(3) Restrictive photo ID laws in 9 states, which similarly impose costs in time and money for millions of Latino citizens who do not have the required documents.

 

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Check Out Argentina’s Casa FOA 2012 “Molina Ciudad Fábrica” (PHOTOS)

Argentina’s important yearly exhibition of decorators, designers, architects and landscape architects, Casa FOA, is once again taking place in order to highlight these artists talents in architecture, interior design, and landscaping.

This year Casa FOA is taking place at the former Alpargatas factory with the name “Casa FOA - Molina Ciudad Fábrica” in Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca from September 7 to October 14.

Casa FOA features more than 40 architectural spaces that will make up the 7500 square meters of a renovated old building.

The exhibit was born in 1985 as an initiative of Mercedes Malbrán de Campos and a group of ladies with the purpose of raising funds for the Argentine Ophthalmology Foundation “Jorge Malbrán” (FOA). With a growing success, Casa FOA has become one the most important events in the Argentina’s cultural agenda.


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Peru to Spend $30 Million to Fight Generational Poverty

Peru to Spend $30 Million to Fight Generational Poverty

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $30 million loan to the government of Peru to support social sector reform. It is the third of three loans to foster human capital development and increase employment opportunities.

The goal of this third phase is to support government efforts to consolidate policy instruments used in its anti-poverty and social inclusion strategy. In particular, it intends to consolidate the National Program of Direct Support for the Very Poor (Juntos), which aims to interrupt the transmission of poverty from one generation to another.

The operation also supports the government’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Program, which provides health services for people not covered by Social Security; improves participants’ employability through job-training programs, such as Trabaja Perú, Jóvenes a la Obra, and the One-Stop Employment Promotion Window. In addition, it will strengthen the Household Targeting System (SISFOH).

The first two phases of the loan program were approved in 2009 for $50 million and in 2010 for $100 million. During these early phases, the government sought to raise program efficiency and extend coverage by improving operating processes, information systems, monitoring, and evaluation.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Burglar Defecates, Falls Asleep in Victim’s Kitchen

LATINO BLOTTER: Burglar Defecates, Falls Asleep in Victim’s Kitchen

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A young man was arrested after he was found asleep in the kitchen of a woman he did not know, but that was not all.

Washington County deputies in Portland, Oregon’s Rock Creek neighborhood were called by a woman who informed them she woke up Sunday to find an unconscious man in her kitchen wearing pantyhose, no pants, and sleeping among at least two piles of his own feces.

According to local CBS affiliate KPHO, deputies believe 20-year-old Villarreal-Castillo was drunk when he managed to get into Shannon Patton’s home and start going through her things. When authorities arrived they reportedly found Villarreal-Castillo was in possession of a number of small, allegedly stolen, small electronics. His pants were crumpled up next to him, apparently removed so he could defecate – twice.

Villarreal-Castillo is now facing trespassing, criminal mischief, burglary, and theft charges. The items recovered are believed to have come from unlocked vehicles he had gone in to that night.

It is believed he simply fell asleep while looking for things to steal from Patton’s home.

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David Villalobos Jumps into Tank at Bronx Zoo to be “One with the Tiger”

David Villalobos Jumps into Tank at Bronx Zoo to be “One with the Tiger”

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A man mauled by a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has been charged with trespassing after he told police he wanted to pet the 400-pound animal.

Friday afternoon, 25-year-old real estate agent David Villalobos jumped 16 feet down into the tiger tank, because he was seeking some kind of spiritual connection with the animal.

Despite reports that the incident was an attempt at suicide, police do not believe it was.

“His leap was definitely not a suicide attempt, but a desire to be one with the tiger,” NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne told the Associated Press Saturday.

After Villalobos jumped into the tank, the male Siberian tiger named Bashuta went after him and dragged him around by his foot. He remains in the hospital with bites and puncture wounds on his shoulders, arms, legs, and back. He also suffered a collapsed lung and a broken rib, ankle, pelvis, and shoulder.

He was rescued by zookeepers who instructed him to roll under an electrified fence to safety as they used a fire extinguisher to keep the tiger back.

A quick look at his Facebook profile and it is clear he has a love of animals, even a

This New Age animal lover has now been charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Zoo officials maintain the tiger did nothing wrong and will not be euthanized, stating that if Bashuta had wanted to kill Villalobos, he easily could have.

In the end, Villalobos says he reached his goal and was able to pet the animal.

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Israel Shalom Castillo Arrested in Connection with Oklahoma Megachurch Sex Abuse Scandal

Israel Shalom Castillo Arrested in Connection with Oklahoma Megachurch Sex Abuse Scandal

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An Oklahoma church is currently doing damage control after a lawsuit was filed against them claiming a 13-year-old girl was raped and the church center’s personnel knew but chose to wait two weeks to report the alleged attack.

Tulsa’s 17,000-member megachurch, the Victory Christian Center, has been sued by the alleged victim’s mother, and accuses the church of not only waiting two weeks to report the incident, but attempted to conceal that it had occurred.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,00. Five members, and two former members of the ministry have been arrested, including Israel Shalom Castillo, who turned himself in at the Tulsa jail. The former employee has been charged with making a lewd proposal to a child and using a computer to commit a sex crime.

ImageA 20-year-old former church employee Chris Denman has also been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in a stairwell on August 13. He has also been charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl in August as well.

The five current church members arrested:
Paul Willemstein, 32 – associate youth pastor
Anna George, 24 - high school outreach program director
Harold “Frank” Sullivan, 73 - the church’s human resources director
John Daugherty, 28 - senior high youth pastor
Charica Daugherty, 27 - assistant senior high youth pastor

The two Daughertys are Pastor Sharon Daugherty’s son and daughter-in-law.

Pastor Daugherty has stated she was told aware of the alleged attack on the 13-year-old, but trusted the ministry to “follow in-house policies on reporting such incidents,” and has not been charged.

Police say believe there are at least three victims.

Pastor Daugherty is also Victory Christian’s co-founder. The church’s daily broadcasts are seen in more than 200 countries.

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Costa Rica Starts Crack Down on Undocumented Workers, Large Fines for Employers

Costa Rica Starts Crack Down on Undocumented Workers, Large Fines for Employers

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Starting this week Costa Rica will implement new regulations that will heavily fine employers that hire undocumented workers.  The initiative is meant to discourage the hiring of the estimated 60,000 foreigners living in the country and work undocumented.

Most of the undocumented in Costa Rica are from other parts of Latin America, especially Honduras and Nicaragua.  Employers now face fines of up to $8,600 dollars or $4,327,200 colones for each undocumented employee it hires.

Costa Rica has already implemented laws criminalizing immigrant smuggling and increased fees for anyone seeking legal residency – all in an effort to curb illegal immigration.  Though the country’s per capital income is $10,900 year and considered relatively low it is neighbors to some of Central America’s poorest countries including Nicaragua. 

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Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Continues Scandalous Year With Marijuana Charges

Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Continues Scandalous Year With Marijuana Charges

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Boxer and former middleweight titlist, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., has once again gotten himself into trouble with his use of drugs.

Last week, Chavez tested positive for marijuana, but this is not the first time he has been in trouble, and not even the first time this year. In January, just two weeks before he won a San Antonio bout against Marco Antonio Rubio, Chavez was arrested on a DUI charge in Los Angeles. In June he reached a plea deal in the case and was given three years of probation.

Also, in 2009, Chavez tested positive for Furosemide, which is typically used as a diuretic to cut weight before a weigh-in or to hide steroid use. The boxer was subsequently suspended for seven months and fined $10,000.

Because the most recent failed drug test is his second, the Nevada State Athletic Commission may suspend the boxer for one year and he could lose as much as all of the $3 million payout he won on September 15 against Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

Over the weekend, Chavez took to Twitter saying, “Any attempt to explain or justify the recent developments will be of little or no convincing, so I want to let everybody know that I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences thereof.”

In a statement her went on to say:

I apologize to all those who are disappointed or aggrieved by my behavior. I alone know the causes (for the failed drug test) and it is for me alone to confront them. In contrast, I can say that I will emerge stronger from these events and I shall endeavor to vindicate my personal image.

Everything that happened makes this a perfect time to stop and think about the future. Now it is time for a new Julio Cesar Chavez to be born and I will begin a period in my career that will prepare me physically and mentally to achieve new goals, including, in the short term, a rematch with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez. I take this opportunity to thank everybody for all of the support that I have received and I also recognize all of those who have sent me messages of any kind.

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80 Percent of Brazil’s Coral Reefs Gone, Lost Over Last 50 Years

80 Percent of Brazil’s Coral Reefs Gone, Lost Over Last 50 Years

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The coral reefs of northeastern Brazil have been reduced in size by some 80 percent over the past 50 years due to abusive extraction and pollution from urban and industrial sources, a new report says.

Researchers working on the study, which was prepared by the Federal University of Pernambuco and the Environment Ministry, started gathering data in 2002 and finished their work last year under professor Beatrice Padovani.

The report, which will be presented at an environmental conference on Monday, found the presence of coral along about 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) of coast in northeastern Brazil, the Globo Web site reported, citing excerpts from the study.

Extractive activities, pollution, excessive fishing and rising water temperatures led to an 80 percent decline in coral reefs, the report said.

“Until the 1980s, there was much extraction to make lime in the country,” Padovani said, adding that pollution and sediment also harmed the coral reefs.

The researchers also noted that rising ocean temperatures due to climate change and more frequent weather phenomena, such as the “El Niño” effect, had affected reefs.

“In 2012, it is likely that there will be a new ‘El Niño.’ The reefs that will suffer most are the ones in the worst environmental condition,” Padovani said.

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Check Out Arrest of Dream Act Leader’s Mother in Arizona   (VIDEO)

Check Out Arrest of Dream Act Leader’s Mother in Arizona   (VIDEO)

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Saturday night, the mother of one of the national Dream Act movement leaders, Maria, was detained as she drove through Mesa, Arizona. According to the immigrant advocacy group, DRM Capital Group, she was detained for no reason, and was repeatedly told by the police that she had no rights.

The conversation was caught on tape.

A judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that police can immediately start enforcing part of the state’s immigration law, marking the first time officers can carry out the so-called “show me your papers” provision. In response to the implementation, local activists work tirelessly to inform the undocumented community about their rights.

They have also opened up a hot-line, 1-855-RESPETO, to allow for individuals to call with questions, concerns, or to report abuse.

Erika’s mother was the best example of how undocumented immigrants can exercise their rights and not allow the police to question for their immigration status. She was release the same day and was motivated to make the video to inform the community about her experience, and how, many, can learn their rights as well.


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Cuba Makes Key Advances In Its Pharmaceutical Production

Cuba Makes Key Advances In Its Pharmaceutical Production

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Cuban scientists have developed a new variation of a drug used to prevent the rejection of organ transplants and which constitutes the first nanopharmaceutical product that the island has manufactured on an industrial scale.

Experts cited Saturday by local media said that the product was created by specialists at the Medicine Research and Development Center and is a ?variation? of cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant for patients undergoing organ transplants.

The new formulation was presented during the 4th International Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Seminar held this week in Havana, where it was announced that the patent for the new drug has already been applied for.

The chief creator of the drug, Dr. Orestes Dario Lopez, told the daily Granma that the Cuban medicine has a composition completely soluble in water, where the cyclosporine dissolves in the form of nanoparticles in microcapsules.

Among its advantages is that ?with a dose three times smaller it has the same positive effect provided by the medicine of this kind that is most sold on the international market, significantly reducing adverse side-effects.?

Cuba considers nanosciences and nanotechnology to be ?strategic? areas for its scientific and commercial development; both are focused principally on health services and the biotechnology industry.

Cuba aims to become one of the leading countries in Latin America in these fields during the 2015-2020 period, and as part of its strategy has established in Havana the Center for Advanced Studies, or CEAC, dedicated to the development of these fields.

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Mexico’s President-Elect Peña Neito Meets with Peru President Humala

Mexico’s President-Elect Peña Neito Meets with Peru President Humala

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Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto met over the weekend in Lima with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala to discuss the state of bilateral relations.

Peña Nieto and his wife, actress Angelica Rivera, arrived on Sunday afternoon in the Peruvian capital, the last stop on the president-elect’s tour of Latin America.

The meeting between Peña Nieto and Humala was originally scheduled for Monday.

Peña Nieto and Rivera were welcomed at presidential palace by Humala and first lady Nadine Heredia.

The two men had a private meeting that lasted less than an hour.

Peru hopes to work “in a united manner” with a country that has experienced growth in recent years “in the economic, trade and integration fields,” Humala said in brief comments to reporters.

“We discussed integration issues, our vision for the future and working together to improve the conditions of our fellow citizens,” Humala said.

The 46-year-old Peña Nieto thanked Humala for his hospitality and expressed “great interest” in strengthening ties between Mexico and Peru.

“This relationship we have based on brotherhood can be strengthened, deepened and turned into greater benefits for our peoples. I am here to make clear my interest in working, my commitment and my political will to work together with the president of Peru in this brotherly relationship,” Peña Nieto said.

Mexico and Peru signed a free trade agreement that took effect in February.

Bilateral trade grew at an average annual rate of 13.7 percent from 2000 to 2010, rising from $389 million to more than $1.41 billion.

Peru and Mexico are members of the Alliance of the Pacific, a trade bloc that also includes Colombia and Chile.

The two nations also belong to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, forum along with 19 other countries.

Humala hosted a dinner for Peña Nieto following their brief appearance before reporters, who were not allowed to ask any questions.

Peña Nieto’s tour of Latin America started last Monday in Guatemala and also took him to Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, with the president-elect meeting with the leaders of all the nations he visited.

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Lawyer Representing Peasant Land Rights Cases Murdered in Honduras

Lawyer Representing Peasant Land Rights Cases Murdered in Honduras

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Honduran attorney Antonio Trejo, who represented peasants who have attempted to reclaim land in the Caribbean province of Colon, was murdered by unknown killers in Tegucigalpa, a human rights group announced Sunday.

Trejo was the legal adviser to the MARCA land reclamation movement and was shot to death Saturday night near the Toncontin International Airport, the Committee of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees in Honduras, or Cofadeh, said.

According to the versions of the murder published in the local media, Trejo attended a wedding on Saturday night in the southern capital neighborhood of America near the airport and when he left the noisy venue to answer a cell phone call he had received he was riddled with bullets by gunmen waiting outside.

Trejo was taken to the state-run Escuela Hospital, where he died, the Cofadeh report added.

The attorney was brought to trial by the Public Ministry in August after a peasant demonstration in the capital in which the protesters, some of them from MARCA, were demanding land.

The protest was broken up by the National Police and several of the demonstrators were injured in the melee.

Trejo, Confadeh said, “played a significant role in the defense of the right to land by peasant cooperatives affiliated with MARCA: San Isidro, Despertar, San Esteban and La Trinidad.”

The attorney presented “legal motions for several years until he got a civil judge to issue a ruling that returned the lands to the peasants on June 29 of this year, 18 years after they were taken from them by landowners Miguel Facusse and Rene Morales,” Cofadeh said.

However, according to the humanitarian organization, during a Supreme Court recess, the landowners had their lawyers introduce a motion that was resolved in an illegal manner to benefit them.

On July 18, Trejo said at a press conference at Cofadeh headquarters that the landowners were influence peddling in the courts to reverse a ruling returning the lands to the MARCA peasants.

In Bajo Aguan, one of the most fertile areas of Honduras, groups of peasants are demanding land from the government. It is a tense region with frequent armed clashes between laborers and security guards working for local landowners and over the past three years more than 60 people have been killed.

The violence has not fallen off despite the fact that the government signed an agreement with the landholders to buy more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), some of it cultivated with African palm, from which palm oil is extracted, to return to the peasants.

Honduran authorities say that the clashes that continue to occur in the region are being provoked by armed criminal bands who say they are peasants.

Other groups of laborers who are demanding land are affiliated with the Unified Movement of Peasants of Aguan, or MUCA.

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Colombian Navy Finds Over 1 Ton of Cocaine on Boats in Caribbean Sea

Colombian Navy Finds Over 1 Ton of Cocaine on Boats in Caribbean Sea

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Navy ships found one ton of cocaine aboard an abandoned vessel anchored in the Caribbean and another 160 kilos aboard a boat in northwestern Colombia, navy spokesmen said Sunday.

The Muñequita, which held nearly one ton of cocaine in a double hull, was discovered off Isla Fuerte in Cordoba province.

The boat and its illegal cargo were taken to the coast guard station in the port city of Coveñas and turned over the CTI criminal investigations unit of the Attorney General’s Office, the navy said.

Navy personnel, meanwhile, seized 160 kilos of cocaine hidden in the double hull of the Nalunega, which had a crew of three and was carrying bananas.

The Nalunega was searched while it was docked at Wafe pier in Turbo, a city in the northwestern province of Antioquia.

Dogs trained to find drugs detected the presence of cocaine aboard the boat.

The vessel’s three crewmen and the cocaine were taken to the coast guard station in Uraba and handed over to prosecutors.

More than 35 tons of cocaine and other narcotics have been seized this year in Colombia’s Caribbean region, the navy said.

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MondaySeptember 24, 2012