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jueves, 16 de febrero de 2012

Latin American Prison Deaths Alarming Human Rights Advocates


Latin American Prison Deaths Alarming Human Rights Advocates

A senior United Nations human rights official has voiced concern over a wave of violence inside prisons in South America, where at least eight inmates have been killed in the past two weeks in four separate countries. Three prisoners died in Uruguay, ...

Innocent American imprisoned in Nicaragua, defenders say

Innocent American imprisoned in Nicaragua, defenders say: A growing chorus of defense attorneys, investigators, human rights activists and lawmakers is calling for 34-year-old Jason Puracal's release. Puracal's advocates include the director of the California Innocence Project, the human-rights attorney who ...



Activists in Chile demand gay rights in Valentine's Day protest ...

Activists in Chile demand gay rights in Valentine's Day protest ...: The gay rights activist said the South American country has not done enough in granting the LGBT community equal rights since emerging from a brutal ...

Bolivia's Morales seeks to tap reserves to boost industry

Bolivia's Morales seeks to tap reserves to boost industry: Bolivia is South America's leading natural gas exporter - supplying neighbors Argentina and Brazil - and is rich in metals including silver, zinc and tin. RECORD HIGH RESERVES Surging commodities exports in recent years have lifted the central bank's ...

An Economy Built to Last and Security for Latino Families


An Economy Built to Last and Security for Latino Families

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 extended for two years the new American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)—a partially refundable tax credit worth up to $10000 per student over four years of college.

AIM Founder Inspires Native American Students

AIM Founder Inspires Native American Students:
This money was raised by the alliance and will be used toward scholarships for incoming Native students. North Idaho College is a two-year school on the shores of Coeur d'Alene Lake in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. There are currently 172 Native American ...

Indian Country Today Media Network.com

Ecuador court upholds pro-Correa libel verdict


Ecuador court upholds pro-Correa libel verdict

The ruling, widely criticized by human rights groups, is not subject to appeal. El Universo's director was reported to have taken asylum in the Panamanian Embassy on Thursday. The other three defendants had previously left the country.

Honduras under fire after huge prison blaze

Honduras under fire after huge prison blaze: Honduran authorities said the prison was built for 400 but prison chaplain Moncada said it was meant for just 250. Already struggling with violence and poverty, Honduras has struggled to maintain law and order since a coup in 2009 divided the already ...

Prison sentence for Quebec TV mobster

Prison sentence for Quebec TV mobster: The sentence was handed down Thursday more than three years after Conte was nabbed in an elaborate sting operation; he was caught plotting a transaction with a group of men that included Mexican drug dealers and, unbeknownst to him, undercover police.



Iran is Not Cuba

Iran is Not Cuba: To the possible historical models for confronting Iran, the former commander of Israel's air force has added the Cuban missile crisis. As reported by military commentator Alex Fishman of the Yediot Aharonot newspaper (sloppy English version here ...

Worming way out of poverty

Worming way out of poverty: “They're trying to eradicate extreme poverty in Latin America,” Ms Nesbitt said. “It's a lofty goal, but a great one.” The goal behind Byoearth's plan is to help the women in the slums of Guatemala City start their own worm composting micro-businesses ...

Longtime Puerto Rico mayor charged with bribery

Longtime Puerto Rico mayor charged with bribery: By Danica Coto AP : Puerto Rico—A longtime Puerto Rico mayor was arrested in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday and accused by federal prosecutors of accepting $55000 in bribes from developers. Sol Luis Fontanez, who has ...

Argentine boxer banned after threatening to kill referee

Argentine boxer banned after threatening to kill referee:
10 at a seaside resort near Buenos Aires. Lazarte, a 40-year-old veteran whose loss to Casimero, 22, at the Club Once Unidos helped incite the post fight incident, was banned by the IBF for threatening to kill referee Eddie Claudio after a points ...

USA TODAY

Americas summit should include Cuba, Latin leftists tell US

Americas summit should include Cuba, Latin leftists tell US: HAVANA (Reuters) - Officials from the left-leaning ALBA bloc of Latin American countries threw down the gauntlet to the United States on Wednesday by insisting Cuba participate in April's Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia and asking the host ...

Rights set for American Indian medical care

Rights set for American Indian medical care: 16 February 2012 AP DENVER (AP) – A civil rights complaint that a Colorado Native American woman did not get proper medical treatment has been settled. The settlement between the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Southwest Health Systems Inc.

5 Things Americans Should Know About Working With the Poor in Central America


5 Things Americans Should Know About Working With the Poor in Central America

We all want to see a world without poverty. Existing approaches to economic and social development, such as microfinance, village savings, and loan associations, or healthcare interventions are important and respond to the need to build up financial ...

Poverty and food

Poverty and food:
He ran Brazil's Fome Zero (zero hunger) campaign, a policy that has helped to cut hunger by more than a third in Latin America's largest country. Now Mr Graziano wants to apply the lessons he has learned more widely: he recently took over as head of ...

The Economist

As violent Puerto Rican drug trade seeps into mainland US, Washington must act


As violent Puerto Rican drug trade seeps into mainland US, Washington must act

Drug trafficking is at the root of most of the 1136 homicides perpetrated in Puerto Rico in 2011, the highest number ever recorded, exceeding even Mexico's murder rate. The Puerto Rican government cannot manage this crisis alone.

Cuba reports food output up 8.7 percent in 2011

Cuba reports food output up 8.7 percent in 2011: *Non-sugar agriculture up 8.7 percent *Rice, beans and corn up significantly *Export crops remain at historic lows HAVANA , Feb 16 (Reuters) - Cuba's non-sugar agricultural production increased 8.7 percent in 2011, the government said this week, ...



Why is Guatemala Considering Legalizing Drugs?

Why is Guatemala Considering Legalizing Drugs?:
Last Saturday he raised the possibility of legalizing drugs in Central America, saying he'd put the debate on the table in future meetings with regional leaders. He followed through on this promise on Monday, when he discussed decriminalization with ...

The Atlantic

Native Americans dance to share culture with students

Native Americans dance to share culture with students:
by Sue Austreng Stepping to the beat of a living drum and twirling in colorfully beaded regalia, Native American dancers performed center stage in Anoka High School auditorium Feb. 10. Raelynn Swain, Chippewa, performs the oldest of women's dance, ...

Coon Rapids Herald

DRUG WAR: Police find 6 mutilated bodies in central Mexico

DRUG WAR: Police find 6 mutilated bodies in central Mexico: By AP MEXICO CITY - Mexican police have found the mutilated bodies of six men inside plastic bags dumped on a road leading to the tourist city of Cuernavaca. Morelos state prosecutors say the bodies were found Wednesday on a highway in the town of ...

Honduras's horrific prison fire was a tragedy waiting to happen

Honduras's horrific prison fire was a tragedy waiting to happen:
To quote one recent report: This was written not by Amnesty International, but a working group established under the authority of Brazil's supreme court to investigate the state of its penal system. After studying the cases of 400000 prisoners, ...

The Guardian

Brazilian politics

Brazilian politics:
In turn, he owed his popularity to Brazil's rapid economic growth in his second term and to social programmes that helped to reduce poverty and inequality. However, Lula was a consummate dealmaker and pragmatist, who, like many Brazilian presidents, ...

The Economist

Brazil's World Cup, Olympics upgrades spark criticism

Brazil's World Cup, Olympics upgrades spark criticism: FIFA has authorized 300000 to be sold in Brazil for $25 each and another 100000 have been reserved for underprivileged groups such as indigenous peoples and those in extreme poverty programs. Brazilian soccer legend Romario, a World Cup winner in 1994 ...