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ThursdaySeptember 26, 2013

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Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Lead Mexicans Calling for Decriminalization of Marijuana

Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Lead Mexicans Calling for Decriminalization of Marijuana

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A group of 67 prominent Mexican artists, politicians, intellectuals and attorneys on Wednesday called for full decriminalization of marijuana consumption.

The petition, published in several dailies, was signed by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, writers Angeles Mastretta, Juan Villoro and Javier Sicilia, attorneys Fernando Gomez Mont and Agustin Acosta, and former Health Secretary Julio Frenk, among others.

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John McCain Defends Obamacare, Slams Ted Cruz For Comparing Implementation To Nazi Appeasement

John McCain Defends Obamacare, Slams Ted Cruz For Comparing Implementation To Nazi Appeasement

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave a forceful response to Texas Republican Ted Cruz’s lengthy diatribe against the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, noting that the 2009 deliberations on the bill were fair and open and that the American people effectively endorsed it by re-electing President Barack Obama.

Noting that he had strongly fought against the bill’s passage, McCain said that the process was “one of the most hard fought, fair, in my view, debates that has taken place on the floor of the Senate [over] the time I’ve been here.”
McCain then observed that the bill had been a major issue in the 2012 election and that the people spoke through their votes:

McCAIN: I’d remind my colleagues that, in the 2012 election, Obamacare, as it’s called — and I’ll be more polite, the ACA — was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. I campaigned all over America for two months, everywhere I could. And in every single campaign rally I said “we had to repeal and replace Obamacare.” Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they re-elected the President of the United States. No that doesn’t mean that we give up our efforts to try to replace and repair Obamacare. But it does mean elections have consequences and those elections were clear, in a significant majority, that the majority of the American people supported the President of the US and renewed his stewardship of this country. I don’t like it, it’s not something that I wanted the outcome to be. But I think all of us should respect the outcome of elections, which reflects the will of the people.

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McCain also slammed Cruz for comments in his lengthy speech that suggested accepting Obamacare was similar to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis. “I do not agree with that comparison. I think it’s wrong,” he said, “And I think it’s a disservice to those who stood up and shouted at the top of their lungs that we cannot appease, and we must act, and we did act.”

McCain noted that his own father and grandfather both served in World War II and that he had been unsatisfied with the response he received from Cruz when he conveyed his objection to his colleague.

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State Department Issues Global Terror Alert

State Department Issues Global Terror Alert

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The U.S. State Department on Wednesday issued an alert to American citizens and U.S. interests worldwide on “terrorist actions and violence” by Al Qaeda and other militant groups.

The broad warning recommends that all U.S. nationals “maintain a high level of vigilance” and take appropriate measures to guard and increase their security.

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Blog del Narco: Human Trafficking Expands Prostitution and Labor Abuse

Blog del Narco: Human Trafficking Expands Prostitution and Labor Abuse

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Combating human trafficking for sexual exploitation is difficult. Unfortunately there is a huge demand. “If men are paying for sex, they are financing the trafficking networks,” said Marcela Loaiza, a survivor.

This Colombian woman, who was engaged by the Yakuza mafia, now travels the world to prevent potential victims.  On a street in Japan where she was forced into prostitution, there are about 30 women, one Mexican. “He forced me to work in prostitution to pay the yakuza mafia who was my pimp, a alleged debt of $45,000. He claimed this debt was for ” the processing of my passport and the plane ticket that led to Japan.

Marcela, who is a single mom and dancer, enlisted the help of a person in Colombia who offered to be her manager. She was desperate as she had a seriously ill daughter in the hospital and was unable to cover the cost of her care. He offered to turn Marcela into professional dancer and, after paying the hospital for the daughter’s bills, he handled the passport and plane ticket for Marcela in less than a week. They traveled together to Pereyra, Colombia, Bogota, and then to Japan. In Japan she was taken by another Colombian, who told Marcela of the conditions: She would need to be a prostitute to cover her debt, and if she reported what happened her daughter and her mother would be killed. “I wanted to call the police, I said I would call and report him-, he said I could do it and I would be deported but he doubted if I would make it back in time for my daughters funeral. I collapsed, begging him not to do anything “.

I did escape the situation when a client offered to help and took her to the Embassy of Colombia. Authorities denounced what happened, but no one assisted her. “I had to face everything alone.”  “Even if a woman says she is dedicated to prostitution as an choice, there is always an intermediary, a pimp establishing conditions and running the girls lives.

Another angle, labor abuse: Flor Molina, originally from the mountains of Puebla, was exploited in a garment factory in Los Angeles, United States. She was forced to work 18 hours a day to make dresses that were sold in department stores. She had no right to rest, given only 10 minutes to eat a small serving of food and slept in the workshop. The woman who was exploiting these workers is the head of the Puebla factory but became a U.S. citizen and still haunts Flower. “What happened is that she had been doing this for several years, it was not until I escaped that she began to have any problems. She was never prosecuted for trafficking, only labor abuse, and a crime that was only punishable by six months of house arrest in Los Angeles.

Flor Molina accepted the job promise in 2001, after one of her four children died for a health problem that was treatable but they could not afford the costs. . To prevent another son from the same fate, Flower decided to take the job in the sewing workshop. On December 31, 2001 she came to Los Angeles and began to work in the seat shop. She escaped after 40 days of confinement, and asked to go to a church. A parishioner offered help and directed her to an institution dedicated to the defense of the rights of migrants, who in turn reported the incident to the authorities.

Flor now lives in the United States, the US government supported it with the condition that she collaborate in research. Flor and was reunited with her children after years of not seeing them. Mexico authorities were indifferent and at first did not want to provide help to recover their children. “Until I saw that my case was published in U.S. media] then they gave me attention.”
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Many Undocumented Immigrants Unable to Qualify for Deferred Action

Many Undocumented Immigrants Unable to Qualify for Deferred Action

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The dream of living and working legally in this country has come to fruition for many who have been able to qualify for the Deferred Action program, but there are still young undocumented immigrants who are facing challenges in benefiting from the measure.

According to statistics compiled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, between Aug. 15, 2012, and June 30, 2013, a total of 537,662 requests were received under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, of which 400,562 were approved.

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Most Popular MLB Jerseys - Latinos Dominate

Most Popular MLB Jerseys - Latinos Dominate

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Today, the MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the annual list of the most popular jerseys, based on Majestic Athletic sales at the MLB.com Shop.

Unsurprisingly, Latinos have dominated the list.  Five Latinos were in the top ten and a Latino jersey was the most purchased in the league.

Non-Latino players in the top ten included New York Mets’ Matt Harvey (ranked #2), San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (#5), Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (#6), Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (#8), and LA Angels of Anaheim’s Mike Trout (#10).

Check out which Latino had the most purchased jersey below.

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6.9 Earthquake Rattles Peru, Injuring 6

6.9 Earthquake Rattles Peru, Injuring 6

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The magnitude-6.9 earthquake that struck the southern Peruvian region of Arequipa left six people injured, President Ollanta Humala said Wednesday, announcing his immediate return to the Andean nation to deal with the situation.

“We’re accelerating (our) activities to be able to travel as soon as possible, probably tomorrow,” he told RPP radio from New York, where he traveled this week for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Miss Mexico Went From “Ugly Duckling” to Miss World Candidate

Miss Mexico Went From “Ugly Duckling” to Miss World Candidate

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Marilyn Chagoya, who as a little girl was considered the “ugly duckling” of the class, wants to make her mark as the first Mexican to win the upcoming Miss World competition on the Indonesian island of Bali.

“In school they called me ‘the monster’ and now I’m representing the beauty of the Mexican woman,” the native of Poza Rica, Veracruz, told Efe, adding that if she becomes Miss World she intends to raise international awareness with regard to school bullying.

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Brazil Increases Amazon Dam’s Generating Capacity

Brazil Increases Amazon Dam’s Generating Capacity

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The company operating the Santo Antonio dam in the Brazilian Amazon has announced plans to increase its power-generating capacity by 417.6 MW, a project that will involve flooding an additional 71 sq. kilometers (27 sq. miles) of rainforest.

Once the expansion plan is completed, the dam will have nearly 3.6 GW of installed capacity, up from an initial projection of 3.1 GW, and be able to supply electricity to 44 million people, Santo Antonio Energia said in a press release.

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Vives, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas Lead Latin Grammy Nods

Vives, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas Lead Latin Grammy Nods

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Colombia’s Carlos Vives and Argentine rock duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas lead the nominations for the 14th annual Latin Grammys with five apiece, the Latin Recording Academy said Wednesday.

Edgar Barrera, Andres Castro, Julio Reyes Copello, Caetano Veloso and Alejandro Sanz each picked up four nominations.

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ThursdaySeptember 26, 2013