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domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2011

In Venezuela, An Abduction Highlights A Scourge

In Venezuela, An Abduction Highlights A Scourge: Not all Venezuelans are that lucky. The government's own statistics show that 895 kidnappings were reported last year. Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, seen here at a news conference on Saturday, has much to smile about: He was rescued just ...


Shots fired at Venezuela candidate's event

Shots fired at Venezuela candidate's event: AP CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan politician running to be the opposition's presidential candidate said she plans to return to a Caracas neighborhood where gunfire broke out at a campaign event. Shots rang out Saturday when opposition ...

Honduras, the world's homicide capital

Honduras, the world's homicide capital: The city was once a booming manufacturing center, but it has been overtaken by poverty, gangs and drugs. San Pedro Sula is a major stop on the cocaine pipeline through Central America. There were nearly 1800 killings in the city and surrounding Cortes ...

An in-depth look at the Mexican cartels that have killed thousands and ...

An in-depth look at the Mexican cartels that have killed thousands and ...:
Nevertheless, these are minor glitches, and a solid, comprehensive popular book on the current drug wars is much needed. Americans ought to be better informed about the cartels who are challenging Mexico's government for supremacy in the border states. ...

Salon

Brazil troops and police raid Rio shantytown in clean-up drive

Brazil troops and police raid Rio shantytown in clean-up drive:
The favela's population grew during the 1950s with an influx of economic migrants fleeing poverty in Brazil's north-east. To this day, many of Rocinha's estimated 70000-200000 residents have roots in the north-eastern states of Paraiba, Pernambuco and ...

The Guardian

US informant offers rare view of Mexican drug cartel


US informant offers rare view of Mexican drug cartel

The Sinaloa cartel has expanded rapidly through violent battles with its rivals and has intensified its global operations in the decade since elusive billionaire boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a Mexican jail. Flores -- who along with his ...

Report: US needs to encourage economic reforms in Cuba

Report: US needs to encourage economic reforms in Cuba:
The Center for Democracy in the Americas says the United States should show support for recent reforms that could improve the lives of the Cuban people. A man drives commuters in a horse-drawn carriage in Santa Isabel de Las Lajas, Cienfuegos province, ...

MiamiHerald.com

A decade on, terrorism tribunals are bogged down

A decade on, terrorism tribunals are bogged down:
... while civilian lawyers from many top US firms bolster the defense. Kammen, a civilian attorney from Indianapolis, was brought in on the Nashiri case because he has experience handling death penalty cases, something most military lawyers lack. ...

Reuters

Juan Manuel Santos: 'It is time to think again about the war on drugs'

Juan Manuel Santos: 'It is time to think again about the war on drugs':
If the war on drugs has failed, it has failed most abjectly in Latin America. That is where the bodies are buried. Or not so much buried, since the Mexican drug gangs prefer to litter the bodies of their victims along the byways and highways of the ...

The Guardian

Impunity for Venezuela's big landowners

Impunity for Venezuela's big landowners:
For close to a decade, Venezuela has been the focus and the target of mainstream news coverage, as the scene of a heated political struggle over control of the country's destiny. But the parade of pundits eager to criticise the country's elected ...

Aljazeera.com

Brazilian Woman Convicted of Providing Fake Visas for More than 1000 Hotel Workers


Brazilian Woman Convicted of Providing Fake Visas for More than 1000 Hotel Workers

Rafaela Dutra Toro, 30, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. She was indicted on Jan. 26. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Toro is a citizen of Brazil and will be subject to removal from the United States after ...

Columbia eliminates river blindness

Columbia eliminates river blindness: Former US President and Carter Center founder Jimmy Carter said of the announcements, “River blindness is a devastating disease that multiplies the challenges and burdens already faced by poverty stricken populations. Thanks to thousands of dedicated ...


Legal complexities stall executions of Idaho killers

Legal complexities stall executions of Idaho killers:
Of the 40 inmates given the death penalty since 1979, eight have had their death sentences reversed by the Idaho Supreme Court, according the Idaho attorney general's office. Ten cases are pending in the US District Court in Idaho or the 9th Circuit ...

The Idaho Statesman

Native Americans and Canada's First Nations delay Toxic Pipeline

Native Americans and Canada's First Nations delay Toxic Pipeline:
With the voices of the First Nation Chiefs such as Bill Erasmus of Northwest Territories, Canada and George Stanley, from Alberta, Canada and the voices of Native grassroots young people from the tar sands impact zone, Americans are better informed of ...

Canadian National Newspaper

The disconnect with Latin America

The disconnect with Latin America: The sad truth is that Washington and the United States in general have no bandwidth for Latin America and the Caribbean. All the people from the executive branch, Congress, human-rights organizations, lobbying groups, from the left, right, ...

Ending boycott of Cuba can spur more reforms

Ending boycott of Cuba can spur more reforms:
A Havana apartment: Cuba announced it will allow privately owned real estate. Franklin Reyes - AP What happens in Cuba normally stays in Cuba, largely because the Communist government is so effective in tightly controlling every facet of life on the ...

Charlotte Observer

Brazil police move in to huge Rocinha slum ahead of 2014 World Cup

Brazil police move in to huge Rocinha slum ahead of 2014 World Cup: ... country should be doing more to life the slums out of poverty and ensure that their inhabitants are no longer trapped in a life of little or no work, and terrible living conditions. Earlier this week, Brazilian police arrested Antonio Bonfim Lopes, ...

Online Native American Studies courses open for spring registration ...

Online Native American Studies courses open for spring registration ...: Montana State University's online graduate courses in Native American Studies are now open for registration. In Spring 2012, MSU offers two courses: Native America: Dispelling the Myths (NAS 552) and Federal Indian Law (NAS 530). ...

Love, murder and a suicide run for Cuba

Love, murder and a suicide run for Cuba: Hunted for gunning down his girlfriend, Noel Sosa Ruiz saw no way out except returning to Cuba. Then his plan ran out of fuel. By Melissa Sanchez and Susan Carroll HOUSTON -- The phone rang just before 6 pm, as Yodanis Cruz Rojas and a co-worker were ...

Author of book on escaping poverty is again trying to climb out

Author of book on escaping poverty is again trying to climb out:
The Washington Post described it as "a valuable book about the mental, physical and spiritual hardships of America's worst ghettos." It was also praised as a poignant story of an African-American who escaped the violent and gang-ridden inner-city ...

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Leaders of China, Peru seek new cooperation

Leaders of China, Peru seek new cooperation: Since Humala took office in July, he has made it clear that he wants "a larger bilateral relationship with China," which for Peru is part of a strategic fight against poverty. China stands as the second-largest trade partner of the Latin American ...

United States denies asylum to gay Saudi diplomat

United States denies asylum to gay Saudi diplomat: Asseri argued that if he returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia he would face execution because the country's radically fundamental form of Islam mandates the death penalty for same-sex relations. The Saudi-American journalist and blogger, ...

Shots fired at Venezuelan candidate's bus

Shots fired at Venezuelan candidate's bus: By the CNN Wire Staff Maria Corina Machado is vying to be an opposition unity candidate in Venezuela's presidential election. (CNN) -- A couple on a motorcycle fired shots into a bus carrying Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Maria Corina ...


Sharon High Alum Helps Educate Children In Dominican Republic

Sharon High Alum Helps Educate Children In Dominican Republic: By Michael Gelbwasser Sharon High School alum Philip Jordan spends time with some students at Colegio Los Ninos, in the Dominican Republic. submitted Philip Jordan says he has a deal with some kids in the Dominican Republic. A fundraiser in Boston this ...

Spanish Bank Has Loaned Latin American Businesses $3.4 Billion Since 2007

Spanish Bank Has Loaned Latin American Businesses $3.4 Billion Since 2007:
According to a communique the foundation released Saturday, it currently serves about 1 million clients through eight microfinance agencies across Latin America. These eight purveyors of microcredits are the Bank of Microfinances-Bancamia in Colombia, ...

Latin American Herald Tribune