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jueves, 22 de marzo de 2012

Charges filed against Chevron in Brazil

Charges filed against Chevron in Brazil: ... face as much as 31 years in prison. A judge will now decide if the executives will face trial, which would be a lengthy process given the number of defendants, the complexity of the case and the Brazilian legal system's room for numerous appeals.

Zakaria: Incarceration nation

Zakaria: Incarceration nation: Mexico has 208 prisoners per 100000 citizens, and Brazil has 242. As Robertson pointed out on his TV show, The 700 Club, “We here in America make up 5% of the world's population but we make up 25% of the [world's] jailed prisoners.

Quinn and Stringer tout a measure to punish employers for excluding unemployed ...


Quinn and Stringer tout a measure to punish employers for excluding unemployed ...

According to one of Hirsch's Law Project colleagues, the practice tends to more heavily impact black and Latino job applicants, who suffer from higher unemployment rates. People who have been disqualified from jobs on the basis of unemployment could, ...

Colombian police say rebel captured in Venezuela

Colombian police say rebel captured in Venezuela: BOGOTA – Colombian police say a member of the country's main rebel group has been captured in neighboring Venezuela. Gen. Carlos Mena, the director of Colombia's judicial police, says the 62-year-old man was captured while on the road between Caracas ...

Venezuela Central Bank Transfers Another $500 Million to Fonden

Venezuela Central Bank Transfers Another $500 Million to Fonden: Venezuela's central bank transferred $500 million of international reserves to off-budget development fund Fonden on March 20, bringing the total in 2012 to $2.5 billion, according to data on the bank's website. Central bank reserves have fallen 9 ...

Venezuela: Home of the World's Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors

Venezuela: Home of the World's Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors:
Several decades later, a Venezuelan ice cream shop puts that number to shame with enough flavors for two and a half years! Located in the university town of Mérida, Heladeria Coromoto made the Guinness Book of World Records for having nearly 900 kinds ...


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Report cites controversial mining firms


Report cites controversial mining firms

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 22 (UPI) -- The world's most controversial mining companies are named -- and shamed -- in a report comparing their performance against UN and other environmental, social and governance principles.

Carlos Fierro faces new charges from prison

Carlos Fierro faces new charges from prison: New Mexico Department of Corrections officials say improper phone calls, emails and use of a fax machine from behind prison walls to media, family and a lawyer will keep former Santa Fe attorney Carlos Fierro in prison at least until September.

Don't cut an educational lifeline for low-income kids

Don't cut an educational lifeline for low-income kids: Under the Education and Secondary Education Act (better known as No Child Left Behind), low-income families whose children attend low-performing schools are eligible to receive supplemental educational services outside of the regular school day.

South Dakota researchers look at whether sages used by Native Americans can ...

South Dakota researchers look at whether sages used by Native Americans can ...: KRISTI EATON AP SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) — Researchers at Black Hills State University are looking at whether plants used in traditional Native American medicine could be used to help treat malaria.Chemistry professor John Dixson and a group of students ...

Native American recording artist brings spirited show to Steel City


Native American recording artist brings spirited show to Steel City

By Rob Nagy For recording artist Bill Miller, the hurdles he has faced as a multitalented Native American recording artist have been challenging. Long admired for his award-winning songwriting, recordings and live performances, Miller's artistry as a ...

Latinos represent a 'mega force' in housing

Latinos represent a 'mega force' in housing: “Latinos were disproportionately affected by the housing crisis primarily because Latinos all too often were steered to sub-prime mortgages to purchase or refinance their home,” according to the NAHREP report. “Since 2007, Latino unemployment has ...

Brazil's poor get free beauty treatment

Brazil's poor get free beauty treatment: By JENNY BARCHFIELD AP RIO DE JANEIRO — A machine purrs as it delivers electrical pulses deep into the saggy skin on Barbara Penha's jawline, a high-tech treatment used first to tighten her jowls and then to sculpt her tummy.

Aldersgate Methodists Confront a Mountain

Aldersgate Methodists Confront a Mountain: A little girl of Chikisis, a San Antonio Mountain village in Guatemala. “It's a level of poverty we wouldn't find here in the States,” said the Rev. Jason Micheli, Aldersgate's 34-year-old associate pastor. The Mayans living there were pushed off more ...

Explainer: An Alphabet Soup of Regional Integration Organizations

Explainer: An Alphabet Soup of Regional Integration Organizations: When following current events in Latin America, it's easy to confuse the jumble of acronyms and abbreviations of the region's multilateral organizations. AS/COA Online has put together a list of integration organizations in Latin America, ...

Cuba replaces 88-year-old revolutionary veteran as vice president


Cuba replaces 88-year-old revolutionary veteran as vice president

HAVANA — Cuba replaced the oldest official in Raul Castro's Cabinet on Thursday, an 88-year-old ex-general who helped mold the communist country's new army and commanded defenses at the Bay of Pigs invasion. Jose Ramon Fernandez, a longtime member of ...

Vatican: Pope's Cuba trip should help democracy

Vatican: Pope's Cuba trip should help democracy: Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Latin America takes him to the region's most Catholic country; Mexico, and then Cuba, where churches are mostly empty and until the 1990s, believers were barred from the Communist Party. Photo: Javier Galeano / AP A vintage ...


Venezuela Captures One of FARC's Founders

Venezuela Captures One of FARC's Founders: Venezuela has captured a guerrilla known by the nickname "Marquetaliano," one of two remaining survivors from the founding of the FARC rebel group almost 50 years ago. William Alberto Chitiva Asprilla, alias "Fernando Bustos" or "Marquetaliano," had ...

Mexican drug cartel homicides slow in growth

Mexican drug cartel homicides slow in growth: Local police and prison reform is also needed, the report adds. A suggestion among some in Washington, DC that Mexico is undergoing a domestic insurgency, or that cartels are narco-terrorists, is incorrect, the report also says.

Prosecutors: Teen planned to rob British tourists

Prosecutors: Teen planned to rob British tourists: (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Florida teen accused of killing two British tourists told a friend that he saw the victims walking in his neighborhood and that he intended to rob them. Prosecutors said Thursday in their opening statements that the men didn't ...


Lesbian judge wins custody of children

Lesbian judge wins custody of children: SANTIAGO, Chile, March 22 (UPI) -- Karen Atala, an openly gay judge in Chile, has finally won back custody of her three daughters after a nearly eight-year court fight, officials say. Atala, 48, was stripped of custody of her children in 2004 when she ...

Napolitano defends US drug war in face of legalization debate

Napolitano defends US drug war in face of legalization debate: By Ioan Grillo and David Alire Garcia | MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano defended Washington's drug war strategy on Monday despite calls by some Latin American leaders to consider decriminalizing narcotics.

CMU to host Pow wow to share Native American culture

CMU to host Pow wow to share Native American culture: Central Michigan University freshman Lauren Grotkowski had no idea what a Pow wow was until she came to campus and met her roommate who is Native American. “I had never heard of it before,” she said. This weekend Grotkowski will be attending one for ...

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B: A staggering one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetime—three and a half times the national average. The law Iyotte testified about was designed to cut through the jurisdictional red tape that too often allowed rapists to go ...


Proposals to Remake Education System Hit Louisiana Legislature

Proposals to Remake Education System Hit Louisiana Legislature: Louisiana is currently home to the New Orleans Scholarship Program, which allows students under 250 percent of the poverty line and attending “D-” or “F-” graded schools to attend private schools using state funds. House Bill 976 would expand that ...