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FridayJanuary 31, 2014

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Mexican Businessman Alleges Local Officials in Cahoots with Cartels

Mexican Businessman Alleges Local Officials in Cahoots with Cartels

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A prominent businessman in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero who was wounded two days ago in an attack that claimed the life of his son’s wife said Thursday that politicians are complicit with organized crime.

Pioquinto Damian Huato, head of the Guerrero chapter of the National Chamber of Commerce, said the state faces a crime wave like that in neighboring Michoacan, where the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel has instituted a reign of terror.

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Honduran Authorities Seize 4,600 Pounds of Cocaine

Honduran Authorities Seize 4,600 Pounds of Cocaine

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Honduran authorities seized 2,098 kilos (4,621 pounds) of cocaine being transported in one of three suspicious containers that arrived at Puerto Cortes aboard a ship from Colombia, an official said Thursday.

The inspection of the three containers was completed on Thursday morning and the drugs were found “in just one container,” the deputy police chief in Puerto Cortes, Alfredo Ponce, told reporters.

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54 Percent of Republicans Support Legal Residence for Undocumented

54 Percent of Republicans Support Legal Residence for Undocumented

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Half of Republicans agree that undocumented migrants should be given legal residence permits, according to a survey made public as a high-profile GOP gathering is under way on the matter.

The result is in line with data from three surveys by the Pew Research Center conducted between March and June 2013, where at least six of every 10 Republicans and 71 percent of all respondents said they approved of legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants.

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Jennifer Lopez Releases Music Video for “Same Girl” (VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez Releases Music Video for “Same Girl” (VIDEO)

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In a song that will have you remembering “Jenny From the Block,” Jennifer Lopez shoots the video in her old neighborhood, The Bronx.

The song, “Same Girl,” is the new single from J.Lo’s forthcoming eighth studio album.

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IMF Predicts Economic Growth in Latin America But Warns of Market Turmoil

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it expected Latin America would grow 3 percent in 2014, up from 2.6 percent last year, although it warned of more “turbulence” in the region in the coming months.

“While growth is picking up, we should expect more turbulence for our region. Hence, policy makers in Latin America and the Caribbean should not rest easy just yet,” Alejandro Werner, the IMF’s director for the Western Hemisphere, said here in a statement, referring to recent volatility in emerging markets.

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Gutiérrez: A Long Way To Go, But Republican “Standards” Move Us A Little Closer to Reform

Gutiérrez: A Long Way To Go, But Republican “Standards” Move Us A Little Closer to Reform

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“The details really matter and I have not seen anything concrete from the Republicans so I am not in a position to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to anything… I think we are getting a little bit closer and that bodes well for the future. ” Rep. Gutiérrez

Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), issued a statement in response to the release of the Republican “Standards for Immigration Reform,” a document of principles that House Republicans are debating at their retreat in Maryland this week.  Rep. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Immigration Subcommittee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.  The following is a statement from Rep. Gutiérrez:

We have gone from the Republicans saying ‘self-deportation’ and ‘veto the DREAM Act,’ to saying we need bipartisan solutions in just about a year.  And we have gone from some Democrats saying immigration is too difficult an issue to handle to saying we need bipartisan solutions in just a few years.  We are now talking about how people stay and how they come legally, not how we kick out 11 million people and build a big moat around the country.

Nobody in Congress is talking about immediate citizenship for everyone and no one still talks about mass deportation for everyone.  We can find common ground that allows millions to eventually apply for citizenship, legalizes millions who are working and contributing to the country, and puts our economy, our security, and the legality of America’s workforce on solid ground.

The details really matter and I have not seen anything concrete from the Republicans so I am not in a position to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to anything.

I am concerned with stopping the deportations, not erecting any new barriers to applying for citizenship, protecting the rights of working people, be they immigrants or U.S. born, and making sure we don’t turn our local police into enemies of immigrants in our communities.  There is a long way to go and we all need to carefully evaluate actual legislation, but the principles are a first step.

Citizenship is very important, to me, to Democrats, and to the American people.  Turning immigrants into American citizens over time has been the tradition in the U.S. and it has worked very, very well for more than 200 years.  If you are a citizen, you are “all-in.”  You have all the rights, but just as important, all the obligations and responsibilities we share as citizens.  I want immigrants incorporated and integrated into our society and citizenship is a part of that process.

The most important first step from the point of view of immigrants is to stop the massive increase in deportations.  It is devastating, breaking up families and painting a target on whole communities in Illinois and elsewhere.  We deport more than 1,100 people per day, putting parents in detention and children in foster care.  Everyone knows we should stop wasting money and lives deporting working-class people and families.

The Senate passed a bill with strong bipartisan support and the House should do the same.  I think we are getting a little bit closer and that bodes well for the future.

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Blog Del Narco: Cartel Kingpin Says They are Necessary Evil

Blog Del Narco: Cartel Kingpin Says They are Necessary Evil

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Despite being one of the most wanted men by the state, and the fact that there are five arrest warrants out against him, a reward of 30 million, Peso’s- Servando Gómez, La Tuta, appears on TV but can not be found. The government has been unable to locate but journalists in the last six weeks have broadcasts two interviews to international sources. Though none of the reports mentioned where they met to interview the leader of the Knights Templar, the images onscreen from Mundo Fox and the British Channel 4 News, show Servando Gómez walking slowly through the streets of any community and greeting residents. Many those who know him and approach him, so it should be an area where the cartel is one of their bases of operations.

Both interviews were conducted when the federal forces were already deployed in the area addressing with the escalation of violence. Even the latest, which was released last Tuesday by the British channel was made when and Federal Police and the army had taken control of several towns in the lowlands area overlooking the Cartel Camp. Servando Gomez likes the camera and has become a media personality. He consistently uses videos on YouTube to broadcast the Cartels statements and warnings. The most recent interview came in December, with the U.S. television network Fox World, it was released in several parts. La Tutu recognizes that he is a criminal but insists that the Knights Templar Cartel is “a necessary evil.”  “I have been altruistic since childhood. My mother told me I would have given away everything I had. “We have explained to them and told them that we are a necessary evil and fortunately we are here, because there would be another group if not us. ” 


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Hewlett-Packard Introduces Innovative Programs for Entrepreneurs, Students in Colombia

Hewlett-Packard Introduces Innovative Programs for Entrepreneurs, Students in Colombia

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Computer giant Hewlett-Packard this year will bring to Colombia two innovative programs it is marketing worldwide aimed at entrepreneurs and students.

That is what H-P’s general manager in the Andean nation, Eduardo Rueda, told Efe’s Colombia.inn attributing the decision to the optimism over “Colombia’s excellent economic finish in 2013” and the good forecast for 2014.

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Picasso, Goya, Dali, Pissarro To Be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

Picasso, Goya, Dali, Pissarro To Be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

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Works by Picasso, Goya, Salvador Dali and Camille Pissarro will be featured in Sotheby’s auction next week of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art.

The Feb. 5-6 sale at Sotheby’s London is expected to generate up to $271 million.

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Brazilian President Makes Changes to Cabinet Ahead of Mid-Term Elections

Brazilian President Makes Changes to Cabinet Ahead of Mid-Term Elections

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced changes in her Cabinet on Thursday with an eye on the October elections in which some of her current ministers will run for Congress and regional government posts.

Presidential chief of staff Gleisi Hoffmann and Health Minister Alexandre Padilha are stepping down effective next Monday, Rousseff’s press office said.

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FridayJanuary 31, 2014