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          Un temblor de magnitud 5,6 Richter sacude Guatemala sin víctimas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Guatemala, 9 ago (EFE).- Un sismo de magnitud 5,6 en la escala abierta de Richter se registró hoy en Guatemala sin que se reporten víctimas ni daños.
          El calentamiento global, catalizador de los incendios forestales - El Nuevo Diario      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Desde Portugal hasta California, gigantescos incendios están devorando docenas de miles de hectáreas de bosques, un fenómeno que podrían agravarse con el calentamiento global, advierten científicos.

Otros factores, como la mala gestión de los bosques o la construcción de viviendas cerca de estos espacios verdes alimentan el problema. "El paciente ya estaba enfermo", afirma David Bowman, profesor de la Universidad de Tasmania, en Australia, y especialista de los incendios forestales. "Pero el cambio climático es el catalizador".

 Lea: Guatemala se solidariza con las víctimas de los incendios en California

- Condiciones ideales para un incendio -

Un clima cálido, seco y ventoso favorecen los incendios forestales. Por lo que no es una sorpresa que las regiones devastadas por los incendios son aquellas donde las temperaturas y las sequías están aumentando como resultado del calentamiento global.

"El cambio climático, además de traer aire más seco y caliente, crea ecosistemas más inflamables al aumentar la tasa de evaporación y la frecuencia de las sequías", explica Christopher Williams de la Universidad Clark en Massachusetts.

El sur de Francia y Portugal han registrado varios episodios de sequía en los últimos 20 años. Antes se producía uno cada 100 años.

- Combustible -

"Estos años de sequía extrema o repetida, más numerosos que en el pasado, crean una gran cantidad de biomasa seca" con árboles y arbustos muertos, señala Michel Vennetier, ingeniero e investigador del Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Ciencia y Tecnología para el medio ambiente y la agricultura (Irstea). "Es un combustible ideal".

- Cambio en la vegetación -

Para empeorar las cosas, se están desarrollando especies mejor adaptadas a condiciones semiáridas. En las áreas mediterráneas, la naturaleza del sotobosque cambia. "Las plantas a las que les gusta la humedad desaparecen y son remplazadas por otras plantas que soportan mejor la sequía, como el romero, el tomillo, la lavanda silvestre, que son más inflamables", dice Michel Vennetier.

 De interés: Desalojan a cientos de personas en Texas por un incendio en un parque natural

- Plantas sedientas -

Con el aumento del mercurio y menores precipitaciones, las raíces de los arbustos y de los árboles bombearán agua más profundamente en el suelo. Como consecuencia de ello, ya no existe la tierra húmeda que podría haber ralentizado un incendio forestal.

- Una temporada seca más larga -

En las zonas templadas del hemisferio norte, la temporada de incendios se limitaba tradicionalmente a julio y agosto. Actualmente, puede extenderse de junio a octubre en la cuenca mediterránea. En California, los expertos estiman que ahora los incendios forestales pueden iniciarse en cualquier momento del año.

- Vientos -

El clima en América del Norte y Eurasia depende fuertemente de los vientos en altitud --la corriente en chorro-- producida por la diferencia de temperaturas entra las zonas polares y ecuatoriales. Pero el calentamiento global, el aumento de las temperaturas en el Ártico, debilita estas corrientes.

Las consecuencia son "más eventos meteorológicos extremos" causados por corrientes de aire descendentes, que se calientan y secan", explica Mike Flannigan, profesor de la Universidad de Alberta en Canadá.

- Incendios más poderosos -

El cambio climático aumenta la probabilidad de incendios forestales, pero también su intensidad. "Si los incendios se vuelven demasiado fuertes, como es el caso actualmente en California y como vimos en Grecia hace unas semanas, no hay medidas que puedan detenerlos directamente", estima Mike Flannigan. "Es como escupir en una fogata" para extinguirla, agrega.

 Además: El mortal incendio en el norte de California se mantiene sin control

- Más rayos -

Un clima más seco se traduce en un aumento de rayos y de posibles incendios. Sin embargo, es importante recalcar que el 95% de los incendios siguen siendo de origen humano.

- Círculo vicioso -

Los bosques son gigantescos sumideros de carbono, que almacenan alrededor del 45% de carbono en todo el mundo. Cuando se queman, parte del carbono se libera a la atmósfera, lo que contribuye al calentamiento global.


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Listos para el fin de semana??? Recuerden siempre tomar antes un #partysmart para una mejor mañana 🙌🙏 #readyfortheweekend #partylife #drinks #onecapsule #partylife #hangover #bettermorning #fiesta #guatemala
          Fox's Ingraham goes full racist: America 'doesn't exist anymore' because of immigration      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Laura Ingraham is nothing if not consistently a Fox News bigot. She isn’t consistent about her ideas or the things that come out of her mouth; but she is consistent in one thing—she wants to stay on television, making money, no matter what. Ingraham went on her Fox News show The Angle* Wednesday night to pretend the blue wave of change isn’t upon the elections process. She did this by trying to deride Ocasio-Cortez’s inability to win every election outside of the district in New York City that she actually won.

In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people; and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed.

Now much of this is related to illegal, and in some cases legal immigration—that, of course progressives love.

Ingraham laments how “old Democrats” believed that “borders mattered.” Shit, you go back that far and you’ll remember that Democrats didn’t get to “vote” to end slavery! But, facts and all that are for commies. From there, Ingraham goes to a nightmare cherry-picked story from The Daily Caller about some monster rapist using sanctuary status to molest a child he entered the country with. It’s the kind of dehumanizing story that racists like Fox News’s Laura Ingraham use to frighten your grandparents—while winking at the camera in order to say these people are monsters, you know.

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Of course, even in the context of their statistically pointless anecdotal story about a single terrible person entering our country legally, they don’t care to mention or talk about the fact that the child—also an immigrant—is now free of that monster of a man. Something that would not have happened for her if she were left outside of our country. But logic and morality aren’t strengths of Fox News’s narcissists like Ingraham. Atatcking immigration from anywhere seems particularly strange for someone like Ingraham. She has three adopted children, two from Russia and one from Guatemala—I guess if you have two white immigrants to every one non-white you’re in the clear?

They are right that there are terrible people out in the world; but there are places where the percentage of monsters to non-monsters are higher than others. An example would be Fox News, which seems to be made up of mostly amoral, power and fame-hungry monsters. 

Time to boycott Ingraham again. If you want to rage watch you can check Laura Ingraham work Fox viewers into a frothy hate-lather below the fold.

*The “angle” is “being a racist.”


          Cinco continentes - Niños nacidos a los que hay que proteger - 09/08/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hoy empezamos en Yemen donde casi 30 niños menores de 15 años han muerto durante el bombardeo contra un mercado, donde se encontraban los autobuses en los que viajaban. Nuestra corresponsal en Oriente Próximo, Cristina Sánchez, nos cuenta cuál es la posible autoría y las reacciones de la comunidad internacional. Cristina nos habla también de la situación en la que se encuentra la Franja de Gaza, con constantes bombardeos desde hace unas horas por parte de Israel y de cohetes de Hamas. Sobre Argentina, Sara Alonso nos cuenta las reacciones al NO del Senado a la reforma de la ley del aborto. Escuchamos a los seguidores que estaban a favor y en contra. Hablamos con la periodista, activista por los derechos de las mujeres e impulsora del movimiento 'Ni Una Menos', Ingrid Beck.

Acabamos en Guatemala, donde el pasado 3 de junio entraba en erupción el Volcán del fuego. Más de dos meses después, se sigue buscando a los desaparecidos y continúan las críticas contra la Conred, la Coordinadora Nacional de Desastres, por la falta de alerta temprana. Visitamos con Esther Ferrero, en este reportaje hecho desde uno de los albergues donde viven decenas de familias desplazadas, en la localidad de San Juan Alotenango.


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          Embajada de Estados Unidos advierte de guerra de maras      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Embajada de EE.UU. pronostica enfrentamiento entre pandillas en Guatemala Durante este mes podrían enfrentarse las pandillas Barrio 18 y Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) en Guatemala, vaticinó la embajada de Estados Unidos en el país. La legación diplomática explicó que podría darse por el nuevo aniversario de la ruptura de una tregua entre ambos grupos criminales, en...
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La mismísima muerte puso los ojos en Guatemala y nombro a tres representantes para que hagan su trabajo, estos son Iván Velázquez, Thelma Aldana y Ericka Aifan, que por su incompetencia e ineptitud han atrasado los casos de corrupción y negado medida sustitutiva a las personas que pueden aplicar a ella, por lo que su...
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          A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.

GEOPOLITICAL POWER PLAYS

RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.

THE WAR ON TERROR

What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.

A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OTHER POLICY QUESTIONS

NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.


          Comienza la 21° edición del Festival cultural del Centro Histórico de Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

La fiesta en el Centro está por comenzar Es tiempo de celebrar las riquezas de una ciudad llena de belleza y contrastes. Por eso, el Festival del Centro Histórico invita a guatemaltecos y extranjeros a disfrutar de su 21 edición, bajo el lema “Fiesta en el Centro”. Del 9 al 18 de agosto, con una gran […]

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          Guatemala: trasladan al expresidente Otto Pérez Molina a un hospital militar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

El exmandatario Otto Fernando Pérez Molina fue trasladado hacia el Centro Médico Militar, ubicado en zona 16, por orden del Juez Miguel Ángel Gálvez Aguilar. El martes a las 12.00 horas de la noche fue egresado del hospital Roosevelt, confirmó su abogado, César Calderón. En la misiva enviada por el juzgador al director del Sistema […]

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          Comment on Album Review: Rae Sremmurd Nearly Drown in Fluff on Triple-Disc SR3MM by Rae Sremmurd bring “Guatemala” to Fallon: Watch|Music News From Around The World|Canadas Music Scene      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[…] on Wednesday to perform “Guatemala”, a track off their recent triple album, SR3MM. Rhymes weren’t all that Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi brought, either — they also set […]
          Comment on Rae Sremmurd announce Dazed and Blazed Summer 2018 Tour by Rae Sremmurd bring “Guatemala” to Fallon: Watch|Music News From Around The World|Canadas Music Scene      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Rae Sremmurd Perform “Guatemala” on ‘The Tonight Show’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rae Sremmurd appeared on Good Morning America last month to perform their SR3MM single “Guatemala.” The duo of Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi continued their promo run with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (Aug. 8), where they performed the island flavored record for the studio audience. Catch Rae Sremmurd […]
          Lawsuit filed against new government asylum rules      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:30 pm (CNA).- Immigration activists have made a legal challenge to the government’s criteria for migrants seeking asylum on Tuesday, saying that the grounds outlined were too narrow and should be expanded.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed suit on behalf of a dozen individuals who say they left their home countries after experiencing “horrific persecution,” including the murder of family members. These people were denied asylum in the United States.

The lead plaintiff, identified only as “Grace,” is a native of Guatemala who says she came to the United States after two decades of physical and sexual abuse by her husband. “Grace” faces the possibility of deportation back to Guatemala, where her lawyers say her life is at risk.

Previously, a person could claim fear of gang violence or domestic abuse as a reason why they should be granted asylum into the United States. In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a new policy, stating that these factors “generally” do not constitute a suitable reason.

In a June 11 decision by the attorney general relating to a particular case referred to as A-B-, he ruled that “generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.”

While Sessions said that he did not “minimize the vile abuse” that particular woman had endured, “the mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes—such as domestic violence or gang violence—or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.”

Catholics have spoken out strongly against the new policy.

At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly in June, USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston condemned the new policy in his opening address to the bishops.

DiNardo said that the policy would risk the lives of women, and that “unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors.”

The ACLU argues that the updated policy is an “attempt to subvert decades of settled asylum law” and is a “fundamental misunderstanding of domestic violence.” The plaintiffs are arguing that the new policy effectively restricts asylum claims to those fleeing persecution either by the government, or that the government actively condoned the persecution.

This, they argue, goes against the established legal standard that the local government merely be “unwilling or unable” to offer protection.

In May, administration officials said that individuals and people-smuggling organizations were exaggerating the threat of violence they faced in an effort to exploit the system and gain entry to the United States.

Sessions said that the June changes would restore "sound principles of asylum and long-standing principles of immigration law."

Under immigration law, a person seeking asylum must prove that they are subject to persecution in their home country due to their race, nationality, religious beliefs, political views, or membership in a certain social group. Over time, the definition of “certain social group” has been expanded to include women who are fleeing domestic violence in countries where there are few legal avenues for a woman to prosecute or even escape her abuser.

Over the past year, the number of people seeking asylum who fail the first step, known as the “credible fear screening,” has increased. People who fail the credible fear screening are subject deportation back to their country of origin.

The case will be heard by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.


          8/10/2018: World: Guatemala volcano explodes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, which erupted on June 3 killing 165 people, recorded a strong new explosion accompanied by avalanches around the crater, authorities said. According to the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and...
          ‘I want to die’: Was a 5-year-old drugged after being separated from his dad at the border? - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
@roburban, @dianabhenriques, @hblodget, @lrozen
          Lawsuit filed against new government asylum rules      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:30 pm (CNA).- Immigration activists have made a legal challenge to the government’s criteria for migrants seeking asylum on Tuesday, saying that the grounds outlined were too narrow and should be expanded.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed suit on behalf of a dozen individuals who say they left their home countries after experiencing “horrific persecution,” including the murder of family members. These people were denied asylum in the United States.

The lead plaintiff, identified only as “Grace,” is a native of Guatemala who says she came to the United States after two decades of physical and sexual abuse by her husband. “Grace” faces the possibility of deportation back to Guatemala, where her lawyers say her life is at risk.

Previously, a person could claim fear of gang violence or domestic abuse as a reason why they should be granted asylum into the United States. In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a new policy, stating that these factors “generally” do not constitute a suitable reason.

In a June 11 decision by the attorney general relating to a particular case referred to as A-B-, he ruled that “generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.”

While Sessions said that he did not “minimize the vile abuse” that particular woman had endured, “the mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes—such as domestic violence or gang violence—or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.”

Catholics have spoken out strongly against the new policy.

At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly in June, USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston condemned the new policy in his opening address to the bishops.

DiNardo said that the policy would risk the lives of women, and that “unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors.”

The ACLU argues that the updated policy is an “attempt to subvert decades of settled asylum law” and is a “fundamental misunderstanding of domestic violence.” The plaintiffs are arguing that the new policy effectively restricts asylum claims to those fleeing persecution either by the government, or that the government actively condoned the persecution.

This, they argue, goes against the established legal standard that the local government merely be “unwilling or unable” to offer protection.

In May, administration officials said that individuals and people-smuggling organizations were exaggerating the threat of violence they faced in an effort to exploit the system and gain entry to the United States.

Sessions said that the June changes would restore "sound principles of asylum and long-standing principles of immigration law."

Under immigration law, a person seeking asylum must prove that they are subject to persecution in their home country due to their race, nationality, religious beliefs, political views, or membership in a certain social group. Over time, the definition of “certain social group” has been expanded to include women who are fleeing domestic violence in countries where there are few legal avenues for a woman to prosecute or even escape her abuser.

Over the past year, the number of people seeking asylum who fail the first step, known as the “credible fear screening,” has increased. People who fail the credible fear screening are subject deportation back to their country of origin.

The case will be heard by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.


          The Morning Sound Alternative 08-09-2018 with Dennis Rider      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Playlist:

HandyCat- Away - Women Of The World Compilation
Chrome Sparks- To Eternity - Chrome Sparks
Mo Kolours- My Love Medley - Inner Symbols
Bebel Gilberto- Nossa Senhora - All In One Bonus Track Version
Andra Wood- Hold On To The Center House Of Jade feat Elijah Jamal Balbed - Dhyana
Danielle Reich- This Years Kisses - This Years Kisses
Jessie Marquez- Tu Sombra Your Shadow - All I See Is Sky
The Tierney Sutton Band- The Eagle And Me - American Road
Jim Guttmann- Bb Freylekhs - Bessarabian Breakdown
Dobet Gnahor- Mousso Tilou - Na Afriki
Nellie McKay- Dig It - Normal As Blueberry Pie A Tribute To Doris Day Bonus Track Version
Surot- Bonheur Lenvers - MiCarme
Black Dub- I Believe In You - Black Dub
Lao Ra- Patrona - Patrona Single
Ledisi- Higher Than This - Turn Me Loose Bonus Track Version
Mariachi El Bronx- Clown Powder - Mariachi El Bronx
BB Seaton- Hard To Confess - Sings Golden Hits Of The Gaylads
Jungle- Happy Man - Happy Man Single
Bacao Rhythm Steel Band- Xxplosive - Xxplosive Single
Silva Anitta- Fica Tudo Bem - Fica Tudo Bem Single
Katz Oso- Crazy4luvinU - Pastel
Cheikh Sidi Bmol- Swa Swa - Paris Alger Bouzegune
Rae Sremmurd Swae Lee Slim Jxmmi- Guatemala - SR3MM
Gaucho- Amnesia feat Leon Oakley - Pearl
Bardo Martinez- Summer - Summer Single
The Sha La Das- Open My Eyes - Love In The Wind
Charles Bradley- Whatcha Doing To Me feat The Inversions - Whatcha Doing To Me Strike Three Single
Charlie Wilson- Shawty Come Back - Uncle Charlie
Sharon Jones The DapKings- Make It Good To Me - Daptone Gold
Mayer Hawthorne- Your Easy Lovin Aint Pleasin Nothin - A Strange Arrangement Bonus Track Version
Shirley Brown- Let Me Relax You - Unleashed
Stan Mosley- Lockdown - Im Comin Back
Forro In The Dark- Lampio Chegou - Light A Candle
Melvin Williams Lee Williams- Peace In My Heart - Duets
Bonsoir Catin- Le Moulin - Vive LAmour
Dwight Carrier- Goin Down South - Aint My Fault
Staff Benda Bilili- Sala Mosala - Trs Trs Fort


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/49/playlistDate/2018-08-09
          After Long-Awaited Reunion, Guatemalan Family Braces for Challenges      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Now that 5-year-old Filomena has been returned by U.S. officials, her father must deal with the debt he took on to make the trek north with his daughter.
          AFA anunció los próximos partidos amistosos de Argentina      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA) presentó las próximas fechas donde la Albiceleste tendrá encuentros internacionales. Lionel Scaloni con la ayuda de Pablo Aimar dirigirán (en periodo interino) a Argentina contra los combinados de Guatemala y Colombia.


          #ecuador - frases_dios_nos_ama      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Y reflexiona en la palabra de Dios. √√activa NUESTRAS NOTIFICACIONES √√Etiqueta a una persona √√Comparte esta imagen #Venezuela #zionmusic_relevant #Cuba #frwasesdebendicion #Guatemala #brasil #frasesdeedificacion #Chile #frasescristianas #Bolivia #Uruguay #Mexico #Paraguay #CostaRica #Honduras #EstadosUnidos #ElSalvador #Únete #PuertoRico #Cristianos #sigueme #España #nicaragua #Ecuador #RepublicaDominicana
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Y reflexiona en la palabra de Dios. √√activa NUESTRAS NOTIFICACIONES √√Etiqueta a una persona √√Comparte esta imagen #brasil #Venezuela #Mexico #Guatemala #CostaRica #Paraguay #zionmusic_relevant #Peru #Honduras #Uruguay #Panama #frwasesdebendicion #frasesdeedificacion #Bolivia #ElSalvador #Chile #Cuba #frasescristianas #nicaragua #España #Cristianos #RepublicaDominicana #PuertoRico #sigueme #Ecuador #Únete
          #ecuador - frasesdiosnoscuida      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Y reflexiona en la palabra de Dios. √√activa NUESTRAS NOTIFICACIONES √√Etiqueta a una persona √√Comparte esta imagen #Argentina #CostaRica #ElSalvador #Guatemala #Mexico #Peru #frasesdeedificacion #brasil #frasescristianas #zionmusic_relevant #Bolivia #Venezuela #Paraguay #Honduras #Cuba #colombia #frwasesdebendicion #EstadosUnidos #Uruguay #Chile #Panama #España #nicaragua #RepublicaDominicana #sigueme #Únete #PuertoRico #Cristianos #Ecuador
          Green earthquake alert (Magnitude 5.6M, Depth:28.59km) in Guatemala 09/08/2018 19:21 UTC, 890000 people within 100km.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 8/9/2018 7:21:53 PM, an earthquake occurred in Guatemala potentially affecting 890000 people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 5.6M, Depth:28.59km.
          Guatemalan Textile Organic Cotton and Dyes 15 X 17 inches by Spanglishfabrics      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

29.40 USD

This gray, brown, celadon, and blue textile that was woven in the town of San Juan La Laguna from locally grown organic cotton. It was dyed with local plants. It is 15 inches wide and 74 inches long. The weaver's name is Isabel. She is a member of a cooperative in San Juan that works together to provide for their families. .

This piece could easily be used as a scarf or a table runner. It could be cut up to make great pillow covers, a table runner, jacket, etc. It is a gorgeous piece.

The last picture is of Filomena showing us how plants are used to make natural dyes in San Juan. I took weaving lessons from her daughter a couple of years ago. It's always so much fun to get together and visit!!

Check out more great Guatemalan fabric in my etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/spanglishfabrics

You can also find other great items like purses, jewelry, etc on www.artisan-made.shop

Spanglish Fabrics is on facebook and pinterest.


          Lawsuit filed against new government asylum rules      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:30 pm (CNA).- Immigration activists have made a legal challenge to the government’s criteria for migrants seeking asylum on Tuesday, saying that the grounds outlined were too narrow and should be expanded.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed suit on behalf of a dozen individuals who say they left their home countries after experiencing “horrific persecution,” including the murder of family members. These people were denied asylum in the United States.

The lead plaintiff, identified only as “Grace,” is a native of Guatemala who says she came to the United States after two decades of physical and sexual abuse by her husband. “Grace” faces the possibility of deportation back to Guatemala, where her lawyers say her life is at risk.

Previously, a person could claim fear of gang violence or domestic abuse as a reason why they should be granted asylum into the United States. In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a new policy, stating that these factors “generally” do not constitute a suitable reason.

In a June 11 decision by the attorney general relating to a particular case referred to as A-B-, he ruled that “generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.”

While Sessions said that he did not “minimize the vile abuse” that particular woman had endured, “the mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes—such as domestic violence or gang violence—or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.”

Catholics have spoken out strongly against the new policy.

At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly in June, USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston condemned the new policy in his opening address to the bishops.

DiNardo said that the policy would risk the lives of women, and that “unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors.”

The ACLU argues that the updated policy is an “attempt to subvert decades of settled asylum law” and is a “fundamental misunderstanding of domestic violence.” The plaintiffs are arguing that the new policy effectively restricts asylum claims to those fleeing persecution either by the government, or that the government actively condoned the persecution.

This, they argue, goes against the established legal standard that the local government merely be “unwilling or unable” to offer protection.

In May, administration officials said that individuals and people-smuggling organizations were exaggerating the threat of violence they faced in an effort to exploit the system and gain entry to the United States.

Sessions said that the June changes would restore "sound principles of asylum and long-standing principles of immigration law."

Under immigration law, a person seeking asylum must prove that they are subject to persecution in their home country due to their race, nationality, religious beliefs, political views, or membership in a certain social group. Over time, the definition of “certain social group” has been expanded to include women who are fleeing domestic violence in countries where there are few legal avenues for a woman to prosecute or even escape her abuser.

Over the past year, the number of people seeking asylum who fail the first step, known as the “credible fear screening,” has increased. People who fail the credible fear screening are subject deportation back to their country of origin.

The case will be heard by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.


          Así celebran en América y España el rechazo a la ley del aborto en Argentina      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


REDACCIÓN CENTRAL, 09 Ago. 18 (ACI Prensa).- Diversas plataformas americanas y españolas de defensa de la vida, así como líderes de la Iglesia Católica, se pronunciaron tras la derrota del proyecto de ley del aborto en el Senado de Argentina.

Defendimos el derecho a la vida. #FueÉpico#SalvemosLas2Vidas pic.twitter.com/ZkwqzN0fvs

— ARG Oramos x Vos (@los40dias) 9 de agosto de 2018

Mons. Ubaldo Santana, Arzobispo Emérito de Maracaibo (Venezuela), expresó su agradecimiento a Dios “por el rechazo del Senado argentino a la ley del aborto libre”.

“Sí es posible derrotar estas leyes anti-vida financiadas por ONGs y lobbys poderosos, y descaradamente promovidas por la ONU y el Parlamento europeo”, aseguró.

Damos gracias a Dios por el rechazo del Senado argentino a la ley del aborto libre. Si es posible derrotar estas leyes anti-vidas financiadas por ONGs y lobbys poderosos, y descaradamente promovidas por la ONU y el Parlamento europeo.

— Mons. Ubaldo Santana (@MonsUbaldo) 9 de agosto de 2018

Por su parte, en México el Presidente de la plataforma Dilo Bien, Carlos Ramírez, celebró en Twitter que “¡ganó la vida!” y dio “¡gloria a Dios!”.

Rodrigo Iván Cortés, Presidente del Frente Nacional por la Familia de México, aseguró que la decisión del Senado en Argentina “es algo que tenemos que celebrar: ganó la vida”.

“Desde México lo que tenemos que hacer es seguir el ejemplo que se ha dado en Argentina, tenemos que dejar atrás la cultura de la muerte”, aseguró en un video publicado poco después de la votación en Argentina.

Ante reciente el intento de legalizar el aborto en el estado mexicano de Veracruz, Cortés alentó a “ponernos las pilas” y “hacer que esa ola celeste llegue hasta nuestra patria y defender la vida de los mexicanos”.

La portavoz de la plataforma española Derecho a Vivir, Dra. Gádor Joya, destacó en un comunicado que “hemos visto en Argentina una movilización ciudadana muy masiva y muy mantenida en el tiempo, defendiendo la vida de la de la madre y los niños que van a nacer. Por ello, los representantes políticos se han sentido respaldados y animados a la hora de votar en contra de un proyecto que atenta contra el derecho a la vida”.

Joya recordó la campaña de CitizenGO que recogió más de 100 mil firmas en todo el mundo en contra de la legalización del aborto en Argentina, y celebró que “los argentinos han hablado alto y claro para posicionarse en contra del aborto”.

“Lo han hecho sin miedo. Su lucha servirá de ejemplo para muchos países”, aseguró.

La Arquidiócesis de Monterrey (México) se sumó a la oración en defensa de la vida a través de Twitter, e invitó a todos a acudir este Jueves Eucarístico “a Hora Santa y pide a Dios por la vida”

Hoy #JuevesEucarístico acude a #HoraSanta y pide a Dios por la vida. #SalvemosLas2Vidas #SomosIglesia

— Arquidiócesis de Monterrey (@Arquimty) 9 de agosto de 2018

Pasos por la Vida, que cada año organiza la Marcha por la Vida en Ciudad de México, se unió a la alegría de Argentina: “¡La vida ganó hoy en el Senado de Argentina! Los argentinos que hacen la causa por la vida nos dejan su ejemplo y muchas ganas de seguir trabajando. ¡Los admiramos!”.

Desde México unidos a la alegría de #Argentina, ¡la vida ganó hoy en el @SenadoArgentina! Los argentinos que hacen la causa por la vida nos dejan su ejemplo y muchas ganas de seguir trabajando. ¡Los admiramos!
Ccp @FrenteJovenAR
#ArgentinaDefiendeLaVida pic.twitter.com/18XGnlil30

— Pasos X La Vida (@pasosxlavida) 9 de agosto de 2018

A su turno, Sara Larín, de VIDA SV de El Salvador, aseguró que “las mayorías silenciosas ya despertaron en Perú, México, Estados Unidos, Paraguay y Argentina. ¡Le seguimos otros! ¡Vamos abolir el aborto en el mundo!”.

Las mayorías silenciosas ya despertaron en Perú, México, EEUU, Paraguay y Argentina... le seguimos otros! vamos abolir el aborto en el mundo!!💙 https://t.co/KgrWpW1Mz0

— ن Sara Larín (@SaraLarin) 9 de agosto de 2018

La Asociación La Familia Importa expresó su unión a la “ola celeste latinoamericana”, y aseguró que “la defensa de la vida es universal y es por eso que hoy también desde Guatemala levantamos la voz por los que no la tienen y por las mujeres que merecen más que el aborto como solución”.

La defensa de la vida es universal y es por eso que hoy también desde Guatemala levantamos la voz por los que no la tienen y por las mujeres que merecen más que el aborto como solución. #ArgentinaDefiendeLaVida #OlaCelestelatinoamerica

— La Familia Importa (@familiaimporta) 8 de agosto de 2018

En Perú, la plataforma Con Mis Hijos No te Metas celebró que “la dignidad humana ha prevalecido sobre el asesinato de los inocentes e indefensos, la conciencia moral ha triunfado sobre la mentira del descarte humano”.

Argentina | La dignidad humana ha prevalecido sobre el asesinato de los inocentes e indefensos, la conciencia moral ha triunfado sobre la mentira del descarte humano. #SalvemosLas2Vidas #FirmesYAdelante pic.twitter.com/4xS3YvxJWh

— Con Mis Hijos No Te Metas (@CMHNTM) 9 de agosto de 2018






          Se registra sismo de magnitud 4.7 en Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Un sismo de magnitud 4.7  en la escala de Richter se registró este jueves en Guatemala, sensible sobre todo en el sur y centro del país, que no causó daños personales ni materiales, informaron fuentes oficiales. El Instituto de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (Insivumeh) indicó que el temblor de magnitud 4.7 se registró a las 13:21 horas (19:21 ...

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          Chipping away at Guatemala's anti-impunity body      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Angelika Albaladejo has a great op-ed for CNN with Guatemala's corruption should be at the top of Trump's agenda.
Morales and other Guatemalan elites accused of corruption are likely thrilled that the previously solid US support for the CICIG is being dented by new opposition in both the White House and Congress. But among Guatemalans, the anti-corruption body is the country's most trusted institution.
If the Trump administration and the US Congress truly want to address gang violence and reduce the number of Central American migrants turning to the United States as a safe haven, ending corruption should be at the top of their agenda. If recent developments are any indication, it looks like that's unfortunately far from the case.
Much of the story is well-known to those following Guatemalan politics but @AAlbaladejo does a really nice job picking up on some of the connections among those people surrounding Morales and Trump that rarely make it into English-language coverage. The Guatemalan government hired a firm connected to Vice President Mike Pence to lobby on its behalf. Guatemalan officials traveled to Israel in a plane owned by Trump donor Sheldon Adelson.
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Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized, not-quite-a-month. (It's the back half of September and the front half of October). That, according to the government's website , is because Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of Independence from Spain in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica. (Mexico declared its independence a day later). And Oct. 12 is Día de la Raza , loosely translated as Day of the Race, or "Columbus Day" — a national holiday in a number of Latin American countries. Día de la Raza marks Christopher Columbus' landfall in the Caribbean, and is celebrated in various Latin American countries as the start of the "hispanicization" of the "new world." (Though it seems weird to me that the month spans both September AND October to include a day many believe marks the beginning of the rape, pillage and genocide that began with Columbus' voyage. But, I digress.) Now, the whole notion that those of us from the Latin American diaspora refer to ourselves as
          Laura Ingraham sparks outrage after saying the 'America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore' because of 'demographic changes'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Laura Ingraham sparked outrage on Wednesday when she said on her Fox News show that the "America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore" because of "demographic changes."
  • Many responded on Twitter, with some describing the "Ingraham Angle" host as racist.
  • The show has been the subject of two advertiser boycotts since it premiered in October. 

Laura Ingraham has come under fire for comments she made about immigration on her Fox News show on Wednesday.

At the top of "The Ingraham Angle," she weighed in on a podcast's recent interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic candidate for a House seat in New York, in which she said the upper-middle-class, moderate Americans many in the Democratic Party try to pander to no longer exist.

Ingraham commented on the number of times Ocasio-Cortez, 28, said "like" in the clip, adding that she was "kind of right in a general sense."

"In some parts of the country it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore," Ingraham said. "Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they're changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don't like."

She continued: "From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love."

Ingraham said "it's not about race or ethnicity" at the end of her monologue. But critics quickly lambasted her on Twitter, saying her comments played into the white-nationalist rhetoric that has sparked tensions across the country.

Some even renewed calls for an advertising boycott. Since "The Ingraham Angle" premiered in October, it has been the subject of two waves of boycotts over controversial comments.

The first boycott came in March, after Ingraham said David Hogg, a gun-control activist who survived the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, was "whining" when he spoke about getting rejected by his top college choices. Hogg responded by tweeting a list of companies that advertised on Ingraham's show and encouraging people to contact them to complain.

Advertisers started pulling out almost immediately, and by the following month she had lost more than two dozen.

Hogg called for a second boycott in June after Ingraham described detention centers at the US-Mexico border used to hold immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy as being like "summer camps."

The former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted Wednesday's clip, calling it "one of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of" mainstream media, then later deleted the tweet, The Daily Beast reported.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here's a roundup of Twitter criticism:

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          Conoce los participantes de la segunda temporada de Reto 4 Elementos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El próximo lunes 13 de agosto inicia la segunda temporada de Reto 4 Elementos. Naturaleza Extrema, el programa será transmitido de lunes a jueves a las 8.30PM por Canal 5.

La conducción de Reto 4 Elementos. Naturaleza Extrema, nuevamente estará a cargo de Montserrat Oliver, a quien ahora se suma el actor Cristián de la Fuente, para ser los guías de los participantes de esta extrema e intensa competencia.

Reto 4 Elementos. Naturaleza Extrema pondrá a prueba la resistencia física y mental de 28 contendientes, al enfrentarse en las pistas de los elementos primordiales: agua, tierra, aire y fuego.

Bazooka y Yavidan serán nuevamente los comentaristas de esta emisión. Yurem, participante de la primera temporada de este reality, se integrará como conductor digital.

La Riviera Maya será la locación donde, una vez más, se desarrollen las competencias de Reto 4 Elementos. Naturaleza Extrema. Ahora con pistas renovadas y más extremas, nuevos retos y sorprendentes dinámicas. “El Inframundo”, zona de castigo de esta competencia, será realmente un lugar temible.

También las instalaciones de “La Aldea” han sido totalmente renovadas, creando un mejor espacio para el descanso, recuperación y convivencia entre los competidores.

Al igual que en la primera temporada de este reality, en esta nueva emisión, el ganador de la contienda será coronado como “Maestro de los 4 Elementos” y recibirá una importante suma de dinero.

En esta temporada de Reto 4 Elementos. Naturaleza Extrema participan 7 equipos, integrados de la siguiente manera:

· Equipo Xports: Yann Lobo Martín, Irving Cárdenas, Ella Bucio, Paulina Laborie.

· Equipo Modelos: Mariana Berumen, Giovanna Romo, Pablo Hütt, Ulises Ariel.

· Equipo Fitness: Raúl Victoria, Pedro “Pico” García, Mónica Aceves, Cecilia Aguilera.

· Equipo Actores: Adrián Di Monte, Julio Camejo, Mariana Ávila, Sachi Tamashiro.

· Equipo Futbolistas: Jonathan Kuri, Silverio Rocchi, Paulette Gallardo, María Luisa Ballina.

· Equipo Comediantes: Isaac Salame, Verónica Jaspeado, Eduardo Talavera, Mariana Echeverría.

· Equipo Combatientes: Alan Llado, Frank Gómez, Pamela Ramírez, Aldonza González.

LOS EQUIPOS



XPORTS

Irving Cárdenas / 29 años. Ciudad de México.
Es licenciado en Arquitectura, pero actualmente se dedica a los tatuajes. Ha practicado natación, tae kwon do, gimnasia y futbol, entre otros. En levantamiento de pesas ha competido a nivel estatal en la categoría Mens Physique, obteniendo el primer lugar en 2017.

Yann Lobo Martín / 23 años. Ciudad de México.
Ha practicado surf, tiro con arco, skate, patines agresivos y capoeira. Estuvo en la Selección Mexicana de Hockey Sobre Hielo y en la Selección Mexicana de Rugby. Dedicado al Parkour compitiendo en diferentes países, entró a la clasificatoria de la competencia más importante a nivel mundial de Parkour, en Grecia.

Paulina Laborie / 26 años. Ciudad de México.
Estudió Dirección de Empresas de Entretenimiento. Empezó a practicar ballet cuando tenía cinco años. A los 17, se fue a Los Ángeles a un camp intensivo de Baile y actualmente está certificada en Fit Dance y como instructora de fitness. Jugó futbol mientras cursaba la universidad. Como instructora, Paulina se enfoca en ejercicio funcional. No está peleada con el gimnasio, pero prefiere trabajar con ejercicios dinámicos, lúdicos y baile.

Ella Bucio / 20 años. Ciudad de México.
Estudió Artes circenses en la Escuela de Circo de Bruselas. Actualmente es experta en Parkour. De los 4 a los 13 años practicó gimnasia artística. Ha practicado diversos deportes entre ellos, el trapecio volante. A los 18 años y para poder pagar sus estudios en Bruselas incursionó como Stunt (dobles de acción).


MODELOS

Mariana Berumen / 26 años. León.
Ha practicado box, crossfit, spinning, remo, kickbox, trx y natación. En 2012 ganó el título “Miss World México” con el que representó a México en China. También participó en Mexico´s Next Top Model.

Giovanna Romo / 33 años. Ciudad de México.
Imagen a nivel mundial de Smirnoff. Vocera e imagen por tercer año de Maja (Grisi). Protagonista de la segunda temporada de la teleserie “A corazón abierto”.

Pablo Hütt / 29 años. Ciudad de México.
Modelo. Personal trainery. Ex futbolista. Durante 12 años jugó futbol en Guatemala, El Salvador y Tailandia. En 2017 representó a México en futbol y ganó medalla de bronce en la Universidad Mundial de Taipei. Hace dos años se retiró del balompié y se convirtió en trainer. La frase que lo define es “Nada que valga la pena, se consigue fácil”.

Ulises Ariel / 49 años. Ciudad de México.
Estudió canto, baile y participó en talleres de actuación. Ha practicado karate, futbol americano y basketball, entre otros. Desde hace 25 años e influido por un amigo, se dedica a bailar para mujeres. Se ha presentado en “Sólo para mujeres”, “Piel caliente” y “Sin censura”. Participó en el reality “El bar provoca”. Actualmente prepara su carrera musical en el género de la salsa.


FITNESS

Mónica Aceves / 28 años. Tijuana.
Es médico general y tiene un canal de YouTube (FNT Life) donde comparte temas de Fitness, Nutrición y de Entretenimiento.

Pedro “Pico” García / 49 años. Ciudad de México.
Atleta amateur. Entrenador profesional. Coach fundador de Commando Studio, uno de los sistemas de entrenamiento más innovadores del momento, basado en un sistema de intervalos de alta intensidad.

Cecilia Aguilera / 28 años. Ciudad de México.
Mercadóloga de profesión. Bloggera y Fitness Coach certificada. Entrenadora personal certificada por el American Council on Exercise. Estudiante de la especialidad de Fitness para mujeres. Instructora grupal en Commando.

Raúl Victoria / 44 años. Puebla
Conductor de Ponte FIT. Economista y entrenador personal de alto rendimiento con más de 18 años de experiencia. Ha sido ciclista de ruta y montaña. Triatleta. Actualmente es corredor elite de carreras con obstáculos a nivel a nacional e internacional. Entre sus principales logros obtuvo el segundo lugar de la Ultrabeast en el campeonato mundial de Spartarrace en LakeTahoe, USA (2017). Amante del futbol y las artes marciales mixtas.


ACTORES

Sachi Tamashiro / 38 años. Ciudad de México.
Ha participado en ocho telenovelas. Formó parte del elenco de “Tenías que ser tú”. Ha doblado tres series, incluyendo Teen Wolf. Fue nominada como mejor actriz juvenil por su papel en “Tres veces Ana”.

Mariana Ávila / 39 años. Ciudad de México.
Desde pequeña ha sido parte del mundo de la actuación trabajando en cine, teatro y televisión. En 1998 formó parte del desaparecido grupo juvenil “Mamá no lo sabe”. Después se integró a la telenovela “Carita de ángel”. Ha participado en más de 10 telenovelas y 8 películas.

Adrián Di Monte / 28 años. Cuba.
Conocido por su participación en las telenovelas Quién es quién, Señora Acero y La doble vida de Estela Carrillo. Ha participado en más de ocho telenovelas. En 2017 participó en Bailando por un sueño y en 2018, formó parte del jurado de Pequeños Gigantes.

Julio Camejo / 40 años. Cuba.
Estudió en la Escuela Nacional de Arte y en la Escuela Superior de Arte. Ha practicado baile clásico, baile moderno, acrobacia, malabares música, arte dramático y composición, entre otros. Estudió actuación en el CEA. Ganó el Premio Nacional de las Artes a la mejor actuación por la puesta en escena Solo y Desnudo. Ha participado en producciones como “Amar otra vez”, “Rebelde” y “Destilando amor”, entre otras. Participó en el reality show “Big Brother VIP”.


FUTBOLISTAS

Jonathan Kuri / 32 años. Ciudad de México.
Jugó por más de ocho años futbol a nivel profesional en los equipos San Luis, Puebla, Atlante, Dorados y Tijuana. En 2011 ingresó al CEA a estudiar actuación. Ha participado en “Amores verdaderos”, “Mujeres de negro”, “Simplemente María” y “Tierras salvajes”. En 2014 creó “La Tribu” grupo de entrenamiento funcional. Certificado en preparación física, TXR, Entrenamiento Funcional y Nutrición.

María Luisa Ballina / 32 años. Tamaulipas.
En 2005 comenzó a practicar capoeira en Ensenada, Baja California, con el profesor Alex Guaraná en el grupo Capoeira Brasil. En 2009 inició su entrenamiento en Artes Marciales Mixtas, KickBoxing, Muay Thai, Jiujitsu, Lucha y Box. En 2012 estudió Diseño Integral en Universidad Xochicalco. Imparte clases de danza aérea en Tampico.

Paulette Gallardo / 26 años. Tijuana.
Futbolista profesional, actualmente es preparadora física y puntera del Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuincles Femenil de la Liga MX profesional. En la Liga MX Femenil debutó en el Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuincles Femenil (temporada 2017 apertura y clausura 2018). Ha trabajado en radio como comentarista, en televisión local dando rutinas de entrenamiento. Ha sido entrenadora personal y grupal, entrenadora de porteros, directora técnica con el equipo de Baja California. Tiene estudios en preparación física y deporte, actuación y como entrenadora profesional en México y Estados Unidos.

Silverio Rocchi / 30 años. Puebla.
Fue portero del club Puebla, Lobos BUAP y Tiburones Rojos. También jugó en España en el Barcelona Atletic, Club Deportivo Masnou y UDA Gramenet. Actualmente trabaja como coach en Inteligencia Emocional y PNL (Programación Neurolingüística)



COMEDIANTES

Isaac Salame / 38 años. Ciudad de México.
Standupero, conductor, actor, comediante y emprendedor mexicano. Creador de Flash Mob México, un movimiento ciudadano que incitó a los mexicanos a subirse al metro en ropa interior. Es un destacado representante del Stand Up en México. Se ha presentado en más de mil ocasiones en distintos foros nacionales e internacionales, así como varias veces en Comedy Central. En radio, colaboró en programas de Televisa Radio y Grupo Fórmula.

Eduardo Talavera / 45 años. Ciudad de México.
Iniciador del género Stand Up en México. Comediante con más rutinas grabadas en Latinoamérica. Grabó su primer especial de media hora en 2013 y su especial de una hora #frágil en 2017. Ha presentado su show en diversos países de Latinoamérica: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, además de Estados Unidos (Los Ángeles y Chicago) y Canadá (Vancouver). En inglés y español.

Verónica Jaspeado / 41 años. Puebla.
Actriz, cantante y modelo. Perteneció al grupo musical Mestizzo. Ganó Nuestra Belleza Tlaxcala México 1994. Posteriormente en Guadalajara, obtuvo el premio a “La Mejor Figura de Diet Coke”. Ha participado en más de diez telenovelas, la más reciente “Papá a toda Madre”. También ha participado en sitcoms y ha realizado doblaje en películas como “Cars 3” y “Bolt”.

Mariana Echeverría / 33 años. Ciudad de México.
Conductora y actriz. Fue conductora del programa “Se Vale” y colaboradora en el programa “Guerra de Chistes” de Telehit. Participó en el reality “El Gran Chapuzón”. También ha sido parte del talento base de “Me caigo de risa”. En 2018 formó parte de “El Privilegio de Amar”.


COMBATIENTES

Alan Llado / 29 años. Tampico.
Actualmente es entrenador y peleador profesional de MMA: artes marciales mixtas.
Ha entrenado box. Antes de dedicarse al deporte cantaba en una banda de handcore llamado Rabia.

Aldonza González / 28 años. Ciudad de México.
Licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales por el Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. Actualmente participa como fitness coach en el programa “Ponte Fit” y Hoy. Fue seleccionada por Spartan México para participar en “Huracán Heat” en New Jersey, carrera de obstáculos con duración de 14 horas, donde logró cruzar la meta. Ha trabajado con distintas editoriales, entre las que destacan Editorial Televisa (en las revistas Women´s Health y Men´s Health).

Frank Gómez / 34 años. Michoacán
Lo más importante para él es su madre, sus hijos y sus amigos. Además del deporte, ha sido extra en series y películas. Después de años difíciles en Estados Unidos, regresó México y tuvo que empezar desde cero en la frontera norte.

Pamela Ramírez / 25 años. Ciudad de México.
Desde pequeña se inclinó por la danza y el teatro. Practicó natación, tenis, gimnasia y fútbol. A los 19 años decidió desarrollarse profesionalmente como artista escénica, comenzó sus entrenamientos en danza, estudió actuación, circo y una vez dentro del medio, conoció la acrobacia y el tricking. Estudia psicología social.
          Conceptual Sculptures by Dario Escobar Reflect the Product Displays of Popular Sporting Goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Unlike Guatemalan conceptual artist Darío Escobar, most people who pass through the sporting goods section of a store would not pause to consider the accumulation of mass-produced industrial objects like soccer balls and the cultural value that they gain via those who consume them. Escobar’s sculptural works make use of balls that have had their patches removed and resewn inside out, bats that have been broken and configured to form skylines, and skateboards that have been cut into pieces and reformed using gold hinges. More
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Primera TRS en Guatemala y que mejor bienvenida que esté paisaje lindo y de fondo los volcanes y el lago Atitlán #trsmotorcycles #trrs #trsrr #hebo #hebohelmets #2stroke #horus #liquimoly #liquimolyguate #guatemala #guate #mototrial #motorcycles #bikes #trials #trial #moto #bikelife #tr3 #2018 #selmadewrld #selfmade #selfmadepeople #onlyyoucandriveyourlife #braap #gass #sptrialteam #mototec #lakeatitlan @trs.motorcycles @jorditrs
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          La corrupción en Guatemala debería preocuparle a Trump… y bastante      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[OPINIÓN] "La corrupción endémica en Guatemala alimenta directamente las condiciones que obligan a miles de inmigrantes a huir del país en busca de seguridad y estabilidad, a menudo en Estados Unidos".
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#Repost @keepitphotography (@get_repost) ・・・ studio Photography de un bello momento en la vida de @angiegmorfin con un gran equipo de trabajo junto a @julitocalderon #fashion #fashionista #cool #embarazada #nuevo #pregnant #pancita #apuntodenacer #bebeencamino #pregnantfashion #photoshoot #sesiondefotos #fotografia #guatemala
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Una filial de la canadiense Tahoe Resources pidió este jueves a la máxima instancia judicial de Guatemala que le permita reiniciar operaciones en una mina de plata suspendidas hace más de un año por reclamos de ambientalistas e indígenas, dijo la empresa. Gabriela Roca, directora de asuntos corporativos de la minera San Rafael, dijo que...
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          Offer - http://supplementtalks.com/g10-force/ - GUATEMALA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Brand Ambassador for an All-Babe Adventure Retreat Company - Origin Travels Inc - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Guatemala erradica millones de plantas de marihuana      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Guatemala erradica millones de plantas de marihuana   En cumplimiento al combate al narcotráfico, las autoridades guatemaltecas, particularmente los agentes antinarcóticos de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC), erradicaron en el norte del país, más de 29 millones de matas de marihuana valoradas en $82,5 millones de dólares, de acuerdo con una fuente oficial.   Con […]
          Vintage 60s Men's Hippy Shirt Woven Cotton Shirt Embroidered Shirt Embroidery Shirt Men Guatemalan Jacket Aztec Peacock Folk Tribal Style by ZeusVintage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          NEH grant will fund excavation of ancient Maya citadels by Brown researcher, colleagues      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brown professor Stephen Houston will excavate a massive series of citadels in present-day Guatemala, which can shed light on how the leaders of the ancient Maya city of Tikal responded to a foreign threat.
          Blog Post: NAIJ Files Grievance over Sessions' Meddling in Castro-Tum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"Judges’ Union Files Grievance Over DOJ’s Interference with Judicial Independence and Violation of the Due Process Rights of Those Appearing before the Immigration Courts; Guatemalan Youth Ordered Deported Despite Philadelphia-based Federal Judge’s Decision to Delay Hearing" Press Release, Aug. 8, 2018 - "The National Association of Immigration Judges, the union that represents the nation’s roughly 350 federal Immigration Judges, filed a formal grievance today seeking redress for the unwarranted removal of cases from the docket of a Philadelphia-based judge, United States Immigration Judge Steven A. Morley. NAIJ also is seeking a written acknowledgement from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees Immigration Courts, that no case assignment or reassignment be conducted in a manner that interferes with a judge’s decisional authority. According to the Judges’ filing, EOIR subverted the judicial process, undermined Judge Morley’s decisional independence, and impugned his competence and integrity, by removing pending cases scheduled for decision in order to obtain an Agency determined outcome. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally interceded in the Matter of Castro-Tum in January using the case to severely limit the authority of Immigration Judges to schedule and prioritize their cases, otherwise known as “administrative closure.” The matter was then remanded to Judge Morley to continue to preside over the proceedings. At that remanded hearing, an attorney appeared as “friend of the court” on behalf of Castro-Tum. Finding that the legal notice of hearing was too rushed to proceed on that day, Judge Morley continued the case to assure adequate time for proper notice. Disagreeing with Judge Morley’s exercise of judgment to ensure that due process was observed, the Agency re-assigned the case to a supervisory judge who traveled from Virginia to Philadelphia to hear just this one case, presumably to assure that an in absentia removal order was issued. Dozens of additional cases were also removed from Judge Morley's docket after he questioned the reliability of the addresses provided to the Court by the government on behalf of juvenile respondents, including Castro-Tum. “The decisional independence of immigration judges is under siege,” said Tabaddor. “If allowed to stand, the Agency can simply forum-shop its cases for the outcome it wishes to achieve,” she added. The grievance filed by NAIJ maintains that actions against Judge Morley, a well-known, respected impartial judge, violated the integrity of the Immigration Court proceedings. The NAIJ filing further states that EOIR’s actions undermined not only Judge Morley’s judicial independence and ability to properly manage his docket, but also threatens the ability of all Immigration Judges nationwide to fairly apply the immigration laws of the United States consistent with due process rights of all parties." Ani Ucar, Vice News, Aug. 8, 2018 - "[T]he grievance is a sign that immigration judges are growing increasingly defiant of the Trump administration's efforts to control the way they manage their cases. “It is the most blatant example of an affront to decisional independence,” said Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president emeritus of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “It’s a threat to our very existence, the heart of what we are trying to protect.” ... “Morale is at an all-time horrible low,” said Judge Marks, who has been serving as an immigration judge in San Francisco for over 30 years. “Never in the history of the organization have we filed a grievance such as this that goes to the core of our existence.”
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          Irlanda Pop: “La gente votó por mí porque quería ver un cambio"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Irlanda Pop. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown Irlanda Pop es la alcaldesa de Lanquín, un municipio del departamento de Alta Verapaz en Guatemala. Es la única alcaldesa indígena y una de las diez alcaldesas del país. Elegida en 2015 para un mandato de cuatro años, Pop ha sobrevivido a...

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          Concern at rise in attacks on human rights defenders in Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

UN human rights experts have raised alarm over the increase in killings, attacks and other acts of intimidation against human rights defenders in Guatemala.

UN human rights experts have raised alarm over the increase in killings, attacks and other acts of intimidation against human rights defenders in Guatemala, amid restrictive legislative and political attempts to curtail their work.

Between 9 May and 27 July 2018, 11 defenders who were working to protect various indigenous communities’ rights in the context of safe and healthy environment, including access to land and to basic services, were killed. These defenders, the majority indigenous, sought to protect their communities from development and business-related human rights abuses. The attacks were of an unusually violent nature- four suffered fatal cuts by bladed weapons, including cuts to their ears and throat.

“We are concerned that the frequency and severity of these attacks could have ripple effects throughout the population, sending a message that there are dangerous consequences for defending human rights, especially given that these crimes often go unpunished”, the UN experts said.

“In Guatemala, there is a broader environment of stigmatisation of human rights defenders, including on social media, which undermines the legitimacy of their work, and could provoke attacks against them”,  the experts emphasised 

“Human rights defenders have also been subjected to poorly founded criminal accusations and legal processes in which their due process guarantees are not always ensured – acts that are carried out directly by State agents and have the effect of disrupting and sanctioning of the work of human rights defenders”, they added.

The recent closing of space for dialogue to discuss the protection of human rights defenders with government and civil society could also contribute to their heightened situations of insecurity.

“It is important for the State to meet with civil society organisations to listen to their concerns with the aim of re-establishing civic space and strengthening protection measures for human rights defenders”, said the UN experts. 

“Further, the wave of attacks is taking place amid what appears to be an attempt to tighten legislative restrictions on civil society. In recent months, Congress has been considering draft bills in key areas that could restrict the work of civil society and stymie the promotion and defence of human rights, and the fight against corruption and impunity”, the UN experts said.

They called on the Guatemalan authorities to investigate the killings and attacks in an objective, transparent and independent manner and bring those responsible to justice. “It is fundamental that due examination be given to the role of the potential masterminds of such attacks, including those whose interests may be affected by the work of human rights defenders.

“We further urge the Guatemalan authorities to publically recognise the important work of human rights defenders, which is an essential factor for their protection, and call upon the State to prevent harm against them and refrain from measures that restrict their work. Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional lands and resources and to participate in decisions regarding its use and development, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, the UN experts said. 

They also called on companies to consult with and engage collaboratively with defenders – treating them as key partners in ensuring that business activities respect the rights and dignity of people who are impacted by their operations, as set forth by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The experts have been in contact with the Government of Guatemala regarding the issues highlighted.

* Office of the High Commissioner for Human RIghts https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/Home.aspx

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          Guatemala: ONU alerta aumento de asesinato a defensores de DD.HH.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La Acnudh se mostró preocupado por el efecto que pueda tener el incremento de los asesinatos a defensores de DD.HH. en la población guatemalteca.
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          El Gobierno salvadoreño advierte de deslizamientos en el volcán Chaparrastique      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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San Salvador, El Salvador.

El Gobierno de El Salvador advirtió hoy de la "posibilidad" de deslizamientos en los alrededores del volcán Chaparrastique, en el departamento de San Miguel (este), por lo que pidió precaución a la ciudadanía.

El Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN) informó que "debido a la ocurrencia de un flujo de escombros por lluvias intensas en las laderas del volcán Chaparrastique, se prevé condiciones de alta susceptibilidad a deslizamientos en la zona".

La entidad gubernamental indicó que, según el pronóstico meteorológico, se tendrán tormentas eléctricas y chubascos dispersos este jueves, con énfasis en la cordillera volcánica, producto de una Onda Tropical que va de salida del territorio salvadoreño, lo que "aumenta el riesgo de deslizamientos".

Lea más: Terremoto de magnitud 5,5 sacude Guatemala y El SalvadorAnte esta situación, el MARN pidió a las personas que viven en las cercanías de dicho volcán estar pendientes de su actividad, tomar las medidas de precaución necesarias, acatar las recomendaciones de Protección Civil y de los cuerpos de socorro, y evacuar, si es necesario.

El 29 de diciembre de 2013 este volcán expulsó una enorme columna de ceniza que se expandió a varias zonas del país, sin que se registraran víctimas mortales ni daños materiales severos.

Después de esa erupción, la primera en muchos años, Protección Civil emitió una alerta naranja (vigilancia) que se mantiene permanente en las faldas del volcán, que se localiza cerca de la ciudad de San Miguel, departamento del mismo nombre, a unos 138 kilómetros al este de la capital salvadoreña.


          ¿Dónde están? Casi 8.000 niños siguen desaparecidos en Guatemala desde el 2010      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La jefa de la Unidad encargada del Alba-Keneth, Suilma Cano, explicó hoy que ha habido "un 80 por ciento de efectividad del sistema, pues han sido desactivados 31.118 casos
          Guatemala Volcano Toll Rises To 99      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET The death toll from Guatemala's Fuego volcano rose to at least 99 on Wednesday, with many people still missing, after two strong explosions that scattered ash over a wide area and displaced thousands of residents from their homes. The scenes of devastation were accompanied by heartbreaking stories of entire families devastated by the disaster — the biggest eruption from the mountain in four decades. The Associated Press spoke with Lilian Hernandez, who has 36 family members missing and presumed dead — aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren — in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes. "My cousins Ingrid, Yomira, Paola, Jenifer, Michael, Andrea and Silvia, who was just 2 years old," the distraught and weeping woman told the news agency. Tuesday afternoon, as ash from the volcano reached 16,000 feet, Guatemala's seismology and volcanology institute warned of a new pyroclastic flow of hot, toxic gases and debris from the volcano, one of the
          'Everything Is A Disaster': Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Erupts, Killing At Least 69      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SbDjCeR4Cc Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET Around midday Sunday, the bright blue sky less than 30 miles southwest of Guatemala City darkened to a billowing gray — and with a vicious rumble, one of Central America's most active volcanoes stirred to life again. Mount Fuego spewed ash and lava from its heights, blanketing the lands nearby and leaving at least 69 people dead, according to Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences. Many people were injured and, with others still missing, Guatemalan authorities fear the death toll may rise further as the aftermath from the sudden eruption becomes clear. More than 3,200 people have evacuated the area. "It is too early to know the full extent of the damage," President Jimmy Morales said in a statement posted to Facebook . And, as rescue workers sought survivors in the pale gray just miles from his presidential palace in the capital, Morales added that it is a time for Guatemalans to come together in "unity,
          La otra faceta de la carrera de Gustavo, el karate combat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SANTO DOMINGO. Un gran ausente en los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe resultó ser el karateca Dionisio Gustavo. En nada eso significa que se retiró. Y hay algo más.

El peleador ha tirado el ojo a otra modalidad de su deporte, “el karate combat”, que es una nueva con más de 100 peleadores de 30 países del mundo de esa arte marcial. La oficina principal está en Nueva York con oficinas en Calabasas (Los Ángeles, EEU.UU.) y Budapest (Hungría), donde se hizo el primer evento en enero de este año. La empresa “Karate Combat” la preside Michael Depietro, también su jefe ejecutivo y el director es Jamie Roberts Seltzer.

A esta liga pertenece, señala, Rafael Aghayev, de Azerbaiyán, quien es 13 veces campeón de Europa y cinco veces campeón mundial. Gustavo perdió en su primera pelea ante él, pero a su vez el dominicano tiene acreditado el nocaut más rápido (42 segundos) en una pelea posterior a Aghayev. “Cuando hablas de la NBA y LeBron James, ese es el fenómeno del karate”.

Gustavo tiene un contrato por cuatro años y un programa de combates de seis por año. Aunque no tiene patrocinador puede contar con los que les sea posible.

La próxima pelea de Gustavo será en Dubai. La liga le cubre todo, desde el boleto aéreo, transporte al hotel “en limusina”, tanto a él como a un entrenador. Esa función la ocupa Tony Mesa y además de Gustavo también está Deivis Ferreras, medallista de oro de los pasados Juegos Centroamericanos de Barranquilla y Jorge Pérez.

Esta modalidad “va de la mano con el karate”, sostiene, con una diferencia significativa y es que aquí “se permite el golpe más fuerte”, incluso “puedo noquear”. Otro punto es que sólo se permiten karatecas. “Se puede decir, karate profesional”, explica Gustavo, quien advierte que tiene carácter de exclusividad, por lo que se descarta que pelee en cualquier otro circuito, sea de este deporte u otro, como las artes marciales mixtas.

Aun pertenezca a esa liga, tiene permitido representar al país en la selección dominicana de karate.

Gustavo es medallista de oro de Juegos centro-caribe en las últimas tres ocasiones consecutivas para establecer una hegemonía en los 75 kilogramos.

En esa ocasión se ausentó debido a su plan de explorar otros senderos, dentro del mismo karate. Es por eso que ante su declinación para formar la selección de karate, quedó la oportunidad de subir al tatami en Anderson Soriano un joven de 22 años que asistía a sus primeros Juegos.

El paso a Soriano se dio luego de una conversación con el presidente de la Federación Dominicana de Karate, José Luis Ramírez, quien aceptó el proceso consciente de que Gustavo retorne a luchar por su puesto en el 2019 en ruta a los Juegos Panamericanos, de Lima, Perú y consecuentemente para los Juegos Olímpicos de 2020. Soriano quedó distante de un papel decoroso al perder sus tres combates: primero ante Jhosed D. Ortuño (Venezuela) por 2-1; luego de Juan Landazuri (Colombia/6-4) y cerró con otra derrota frente a Allan Maldonado (Guatemala/5-1).

“Quiero hacer algo que me llene”, señala Gustavo. “Tengo otras metas, por ejemplo llevar un juvenil a ser campeón del mundo”. Esta será otra faceta de Gustavo, quien ahora se hace responsable de la selección nacional juvenil. “Ganar los Juegos Olímpicos” es otro de sus objetivos, dice.

“Ahora entré como técnico a devolverle a mi país lo que han invertido en mí durante 21 años que tengo en la selección”, señala Gustavo.


          8/10/2018: FRONT PAGE: After separation, a child’s cry: ‘I want to die’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

moultrie, ga. — The boy stood at the window with clenched fists, watching a heavy rain fall on the overgrown yard outside. Three months earlier, the 5-yearold and his father had fled death threats in Guatemala, seeking asylum in the United States....
          Guatemala: Más de 30 alumnos heridos en actividad escolar tras reacción a químicos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Los jóvenes de entre 16 y 19 años, estaban en el Instituto Fishman participando de un "rally" en que tenían que deslizarse sobre un plástico. Al entrar en contacto con agua y otras sustancias que tenía el "tobogán" se les irritó la piel y algunos presentaron ampollas y quemaduras de primer grado.
          Towards a New North American Free Trade Agreement (in Principle)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

After a brief hiatus during the run up to the recent Mexican elections, negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are in the news again, with hints of an agreement by the end of August. We have heard talk of an imminent agreement before and the chances of an agreement within the month may not be very high, and even if it does happen it may be more of an “agreement in principle” with many details still to be worked out. Nevertheless, with the renewed interest, we thought it was worth breaking down some of the key remaining issues (there are a lot of them, which helps illustrate the amount of work still left to do!).

Rules of Origin (RoO) for Autos

This is the focus of the current talks taking place between the U.S. and Mexico (Canada does not appear to be actively involved, perhaps because it does not have strong feelings about some of the outcomes here). In essence, the Trump administration wants to tighten the requirements for having trade in autos benefit from zero tariffs. In this regard, the U.S. wants to increase the percentage of content that must be from North American sources (currently the figure is 62.5%; the U.S. proposed raising it to 85%, and press reports suggest that 75% is the figure being discussed now). It also wants a percentage of the autos to be made by workers who make above a certain hourly wage (reports suggest that the current U.S. proposal is that 40% of light-duty vehicles and 45% of pick-up trucks are to be made by workers that make as least $16 an hour).

The Trump administration’s goal here is to provide an incentive to do more production in higher wage Canada and the U.S., although the actual impact will depend on the percentage required and the wage specified, so the effect of this policy is unclear. If the Trump administration gets what it wants, it is likely that free trade in autos in the North American market will be scaled back.  If the requirements are too burdensome to meet, automakers will simply opt for paying the 2.5% MFN tariff instead and just raise the cost of cars for consumers to compensate; and if they do meet the requirements, their costs will go up as a result of doing so. Either way, it will be bad for the industry and for consumers.

Government Procurement

In October, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross suggested that government procurement rules should be made more “reciprocal” by establishing dollar-for-dollar access to each country’s procurement market. This idea prompted some cheekiness from Mexican negotiators who proposed that the U.S. should receive the same level of government procurement contracts in Mexico as Mexico receives in the United States (about $1.1 million dollars, a very small portion of the overall American procurement market). As with auto rules of origin, the Trump administration seems to be looking to take some of the free trade out of NAFTA.

Canadian Agriculture Restrictions.

The U.S. has had its sights on dismantling Canada’s agriculture barriers for quite some time. The 2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers highlights concerns with Canada’s supply management for dairy, and also for the chicken, turkey and egg industries. Another bone of contention has been Canada’s Special Milk Class Permit Program that gives domestic processors milk components for discounted prices. Canada has opposed any changes to its supply management system “on principle” and argued that the U.S. also maintains agricultural protections, such as on sugar.  Canada may ultimately give a little bit here, but it is likely to want something in exchange.

Seasonal Growers

There was some talk early on that the U.S. would push for rules that would make it easier for seasonal growers to bring anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. Current trade remedy laws require domestic producers to account for at least half of domestic industry to access AD/CVD proceedings. This has been a hotly contested issue even within the U.S., as it has pitted produce growers from different states against each other.

Chapter 11: Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

The Trump administration wants to opt-out of the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism for investment protection, based on their own concerns about sovereignty, and also to make the agreement more palatable to various critics of trade agreements. The precise scope of the opt-out is unclear, but it seems likely that some form of it will end up in any new NAFTA.

Chapter 20: State-to-State Dispute Settlement

The Trump administration has said it wants to “soften” dispute settlement, by making the outcomes of dispute settlement “non-binding.” It would be hard to see Congress or Canada and Mexico going along with this.

Chapter 19: Binational Panels on Anti-dumping/Countervailing Duty Disputes

Chapter 19 allows special binational panels, rather than domestic courts, to review domestic anti-dumping and countervailing duty decisions involving the NAFTA parties. Though a similar mechanism appeared in the predecessor to NAFTA, the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA), it has not appeared in any other U.S. trade agreement. There has also been a question of whether Chapter 19 is constitutional. In the first round of negotiations, the U.S. put forward a proposal to completely eliminate Chapter 19. Canada and Mexico want to keep it. Nothing has been said about this issue in recent months.

Sunset Clause/Performance Review

The Trump administration has been pushing for a provision under which NAFTA automatically expires after 5 years unless all three governments affirmatively decide to stay in. Congress, Canada, and Mexico are unlikely to accept this, but there is some possibility that Canada and Mexico would agree to a periodic performance review, so long as it didn’t trigger a lapse in the agreement.

Currency Manipulation

The November 2017 update of USTR’s NAFTA negotiating objectives stated that it would aim to “ensure that the NAFTA countries avoid manipulating exchange rates in order to prevent effective balance of payments adjustment or to gain an unfair competitive advantage” through “an appropriate mechanism.” In the recently renegotiated Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), the currency side-deal was said to be “historic” even though the provisions are non-binding. The big question in NAFTA is whether there would be a binding and enforceable chapter on currency manipulation.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property protection has some powerful industries behind it, and some strong advocates in Congress. In the TPP, the United States pushed hard for stronger protections on “biologic” drugs and achieved some but not all of it what it wanted. And the United States has long complained of insufficient Canadian protections for copyrights and patents. There has been little reporting on these issues during the NAFTA renegotiation, but the outcomes are going to be important for generating Congressional support.

Telecommunications

Telecom reform has been a longstanding issue in North America. USTR’s 2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers noted that “Canada maintains a 46.7 percent limit on foreign ownership of certain suppliers of facilities-based telecommunication services” and that Mexico’s “barriers included limitations on foreign investment in telecommunications and broadcasting, a weak regulatory agency, and an uncompetitive market dominated by a near-monopolistic player.” There seemed to be some progress on this issue in the second round of negotiations, but very little has been heard of it since then.

E-Commerce

This is a key component of the “modernizing” elements of a new NAFTA. It was widely suggested that the e-commerce provisions in the TPP would be the starting point for negotiations on this chapter, and would cover issues such as digital trade and data localization.

De Minimis Threshold

The U.S. has been pushing for Canada and Mexico to increase their de minimis threshold for duty-free treatment of express shipments to the higher U.S. standard of $800. Currently, Canada and Mexico have a $20 and $50 threshold, respectively. Christine McDaniel of the Mercatus Center has noted the value to small businesses from raising this limit.

Regulatory Cooperation

Inu talked in detail about the possibility of a regulatory cooperation chapter in the new NAFTA after a proposal was tabled in the second round of negotiations. In March, it was reported that a chapter on Good Regulatory Practices was closed, but it was unclear as to what it would include. Will this go beyond the TPP? How much of the current bilateral regulatory cooperation initiatives would be incorporated? In June 2018, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the U.S. and Canada reaffirming their commitment to the Regulatory Cooperation Council. This could be a signal that this process will remain outside of NAFTA.

State-Owned Enterprises

In the TPP, the United States and others pushed for the most detailed provisions on SOE behavior in any trade agreement. This issue has flown under the radar in the NAFTA talks, but the TPP provisions are likely to be carried over to the new NAFTA.

Labor and Environment

The labor and environment side-letters were brought into the original NAFTA by President Clinton to increase Democratic support. Over the years, many groups have argued that the lack of enforceability has made these chapters little more than symbolic gestures. All parties seemed to be on board to include them as individual chapters in the agreement, but the revised content remains unclear. Will there be, as Canada proposed, some sort of provision on combating climate change? Will Mexico concede in addressing concerns over unions and the minimum wage? Will there be updates to the standard labor chapter language in response to the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) panel ruling related to Guatemalan labor practices? And finally, what will happen to the NAFTA institutions that were created to monitor the labor and environment side letters?

Trudeau’s “Progressive Trade Agenda”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made his “progressive trade agenda” a central marketing pitch in his government’s trade policy. What this means in practice, however, has been rather vague. In NAFTA, Canada has pushed for the inclusion of a chapter on trade and gender, as well as on indigenous rights. Questions that remain are: (1) whether the U.S. and Mexico would agree to an indigenous rights chapter at all, and (2) to what extent would a trade and gender chapter be any more than just opening up a dialogue, as it is in the Canada-Chile FTA?

What’s Next?

Given the deadlines set out by Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), it is clear that the current Congress will not vote on a new NAFTA, even if it is completed this month. However, it is possible that the deal can be voted on in Mexico ahead of the presidential transition, as President-Elect Lopez Obrador will assume office in December. His domestic agenda will be ambitious, and it is possible that NAFTA would not get the high-level attention it has received up until this point. What we do know is that we are down to the final grind, and no deal this year may lead to this being dragged out for quite a while.  The Trump administration says it wants to sign many new trade deals, but it is hard to see how they can do anything new if they struggle to update an existing agreement with our closest neighbors.


          Guatemala: Más de 30 alumnos heridos en actividad escolar tras reacción a químicos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Los jóvenes de entre 16 y 19 años, estaban en el Instituto Fishman participando de un "rally" en que tenían que deslizarse sobre un plástico. Al entrar en contacto con agua y otras sustancias que tenía el "tobogán" se les irritó la piel y algunos presentaron ampollas y quemaduras de primer grado.

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renatagrieco: June 28, 2018 – Crescent-chested Warbler (Oreothlypis superciliosa) These warblers are found in parts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. They eat insects and other invertebrates, picking their prey from foliage, often foraging in mixed-species flocks. Their cup-shaped nests are constructed from mosses, grass, hair, and sometimes pine needles, on or near […]
          When They Try To Delete Palestine!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hussein Samawarchi

If England were to occupy Mexico and agree with a certain religious or ethnic group’s claim to it, the phone at ten Downing Street would probably ring off the hook; most world leaders would be calling the British Prime Minister to condemn this blatant act. England manages to secure the success of its plan and facilitates the transport of many waves of illegal immigrants to Guadalajara, Tijuana, and Monterrey. The people rushing into ships and airplanes to their new homeland can be Yazidis, Bahraini Shiites, or any other minority that has suffered at the hands of an absurdly stronger dogmatic organization with little assistance from the international community. The recently victimized people of Rohingya would fit the profile just fine.

England also succeeds in deleting the name “Mexico” at the United Nations and the once victimized and exhausted people of Rohingya form armed gangs and begin committing atrocities against the civilians living in Mexican villages and then towns and cities. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans flee southwards to live in refugee camps from Guatemala to Colombia.

England pulls out of Mexico leaving the Rohingya population to marginalize every remaining Mexican into a second-class citizen or less. They are also given the facility to create the most superior army in the region, to a point where they start invading parts of neighboring countries and calling it annexation.

Of course, all of the above is not true. Mexico is too powerful to be stolen and the good people of Rohingya are not land thieves. But the story is just made up to explain to the new generations what really happened in Palestine and the region.

Palestinians have lost their country to a group of foreigners claiming that their god had promised them the land. These foreigners came from many countries where they are already citizens. They speak of antisemitism when many of them are actually Europeans annihilating the original Semites of the land. The rationale of it all is beyond logic.

In a world that advocates religious freedom, how can it be acceptable to impose someone’s beliefs on others? How can someone say that his “god” is more correct than yours and that his “god” has promised him your home? According to them, “god” has favorites among the humans he had created and that he has categorized the overwhelming majority as Goyim who are equal to cattle and are destined to serve the chosen ones who are blessed in their massacres of little children in Gaza just like he blessed their butchery of every living person in Deir Yassin.

These same chosen ones denounced the biased and discriminatory Egyptian gods who approved their enslavement. Yet, they fanatically worship the one allowing them to enslave others.

Palestine was officially deleted from so many history books and from the charter of the world’s main authority on countries, the United Nations. This happened during a time when the Germans were still trying to understand how it was possible to literally melt down tens of thousands of women and children in one long air raid and the Japanese were trying to figure out if the radioactive effects of two atomic bombs would eventually kill the rest of them. On the other side of the world, much closer to the land being raped, some Arabs were busy creating a covert Zionist state in Mecca while others were establishing the worst Machiavellian dictatorships under the pretense of progressive revolutions.

The average Arab citizen, Christian and Muslim, had and still has his heart in the right place. The long Ottoman invasion did its best to fight all chances of education for those Arabs. Then came the British and French invasions that delivered an abundance of education; only, this education was targeted towards the submission of future generations to a Zionist vision of what the Arab society should be like. The acceptance of an “Israeli” tree being irrigated with Palestinian blood in the Arab orchard was to be achieved.

The well-placed plan began with encouraging Arabs to attack the “Israelis”. Among the first and second line leaders of those Arabs were ones who worked directly with the British intelligence services and others who served unknowingly. This needed to be done so as to march the Western world’s opinion to the rescue of the poor minority who had just barely escaped total Nazi annihilation. Of course, the Arab campaign failed miserably but not because the “Israeli” gangs were strong; rather, due to traitors placed in the highest government ranks. Then the so-called chosen people needed more Western support, so more Arab campaigns with preset plans of failure were required.

All this was to delete not only the name Palestine from the world map but, to delete any traces of a Palestinian identity as well.

Things very rarely work perfectly as planned though. The Syrians had Hafez Assad for a leader – Love him or hate him, everyone agrees that the man was a genius. He knew that fake Islamic movements would be utilized to break Arab countries from within. He also knew that betting on Western regimes would mean a national loss in dignity and geography. The man held his ground and forged correct alliances. The proof to that is Syria today; it simply would not have the whole world trying to break it down if the Assad legacy was not on the right ethical track.

Then there were the highly educated common well-read people in other Arab countries; most of whom were imprisoned or assassinated by their governments for voicing out animosities against the reality of the Zionist colonial scheme. Only regime-controlled opinions were allowed in the media.

No other people on earth have been subject to a conspiracy this big and this well planned. The Palestinians were not only to have the claim to their home wiped out but the reference to it as well. If a Palestinian today would say "I want what is mine back," the answer would be "You can't have what was never yours." After all, and thanks to the dominant Zionist media, the whole world thinks “Israel” is a real national entity.

Freedom of opinion dictates that people may choose what they believe in. Arthur Balfour may only give away his own property and not an inch of that which he holds no deed to. This is the belief of people who agree with justice. If it is legal and acceptable for England to invade and give Mexico away then an argument could be considered regarding another country; one like Palestine. But, theft is a battled concept.

No possible amount of years can deprive the righteous of their rights. No amount of instigating media can make right of what is wrong. Palestine is a reality and it is made of Arabs belonging to many religions and sects, including Judaism. Ottoman oppression is not a valid pretext for British acquisition.

England is responsible for what the Palestinians are enduring today. As far as many are concerned, England never really pulled out of Palestine regardless of what it declared. The fact is, regular troops were exchanged with European mercenaries carrying the star of David for a banner.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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          Laura Ingraham sparks outrage after saying the 'America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore' because of 'demographic changes'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Laura Ingraham sparked outrage on Wednesday when she said on her Fox News show that the "America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore" because of "demographic changes."
  • Many responded on Twitter, with some describing the "Ingraham Angle" host as racist.
  • The show has been the subject of two advertiser boycotts since it premiered in October. 

Laura Ingraham has come under fire for comments she made about immigration on her Fox News show on Wednesday.

At the top of "The Ingraham Angle," she weighed in on a podcast's recent interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic candidate for a House seat in New York, in which she said the upper-middle-class, moderate Americans many in the Democratic Party try to pander to no longer exist.

Ingraham commented on the number of times Ocasio-Cortez, 28, said "like" in the clip, adding that she was "kind of right in a general sense."

"In some parts of the country it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore," Ingraham said. "Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they're changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don't like."

She continued: "From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love."

Ingraham said "it's not about race or ethnicity" at the end of her monologue. But critics quickly lambasted her on Twitter, saying her comments played into the white-nationalist rhetoric that has sparked tensions across the country.

Some even renewed calls for an advertising boycott. Since "The Ingraham Angle" premiered in October, it has been the subject of two waves of boycotts over controversial comments.

The first boycott came in March, after Ingraham said David Hogg, a gun-control activist who survived the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, was "whining" when he spoke about getting rejected by his top college choices. Hogg responded by tweeting a list of companies that advertised on Ingraham's show and encouraging people to contact them to complain.

Advertisers started pulling out almost immediately, and by the following month she had lost more than two dozen.

Hogg called for a second boycott in June after Ingraham described detention centers at the US-Mexico border used to hold immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy as being like "summer camps."

The former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted Wednesday's clip, calling it "one of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of" mainstream media, then later deleted the tweet, The Daily Beast reported.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here's a roundup of Twitter criticism:

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          living your love      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Guatamalan-Maya Center
Writing with George …

Welcome Annaise, how can I help? We’re here to serve you. Bienvenida Eulalia, what a beautiful name you have. Welcome Rosa Mayra, thank you for bringing your gentle children. Oneida! Good to see you again. I hope everything is going well. Hello Juana, does your family live near to the volcano? Are they all right? Carmen! Is your family in Cali still dancing, still doing the samba? Nohemy! A surprise to see you. Dare I ask about your family in Guerrero? I remember the murders. How are your sisters surviving? Odelina from Honduras… Is your brother surviving the violence at school? Can he study? Alma, when I hear your name I think of the beauty of your soul. Welcome Mariela, welcome again. It’s always a joy to see you. Nicolasa, every time we meet I feel like your brother with my Nicholas name. Amany from Egypt, you frightened me at first with your stern presence, but you always soften. Your children must love your softness dearly. Bienvenida Viviana. You strike me as living vitally. You capture the bright life of your name. Gudelia, good woman, good mother, marked by goodness. Delmi, Karina, Francisca, Kellyn, Mariela, your names, once so foreign to me I couldn’t imagine you, now open a world not only for me, but for my neighbors as well. I can harvest your names for them. I can harvest your truth for them. Most of you bring the heart of Maya joining the heart of the earth to the heart of the sky, teaching the urgency of love. We live in these perilous times when the government deports or threatens to deport your husbands, but you go on caring for the place of your heart, the place of your children, the place of their hearts. You have seen all around you murder and the threat of murder. You know the precariousness of life. But no matter you go on living your trust, living your love, teaching us the profound depths of your poverty.

I will not compare you with anyone. But I must say you have found a place, a heart place which others, if they would only open themselves to discover, would cherish. They would follow with all their heart. And this is what you have taught me if I could only learn: lead with my heart, lead with my heart, lead with my heart.

- from an email by Fr. Frank O'Laughlin

The Guatamalan Maya Center
          Leonardo da Vinci to do list - c.a 1490      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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NPR’s Robert Krulwich had it directly translated. And while all of the list might not be immediately clear, remember that Da Vinci never intended for it to be read by web surfers 500  years in the future.


[Calculate] the measurement of Milan and Suburbs


[Find] a book that treats of Milan and its churches, which is to be had at the stationer’s on the way to Cordusio


[Discover] the measurement of Corte Vecchio (the courtyard in the duke’s palace).


[Discover] the measurement of the castello (the duke’s palace itself)


Get the master of arithmetic to show you how to square a triangle.


Get Messer Fazio (a professor of medicine and law in Pavia) to show you about proportion.


Get the Brera Friar (at the Benedictine Monastery to Milan) to show you De Ponderibus (a medieval text on mechanics)


[Talk to] Giannino, the Bombardier, re. the means by which the tower of Ferrara is walled without loopholes (no one really knows what Da Vinci meant by this)


Ask Benedetto Potinari (A Florentine Merchant) by what means they go on ice in Flanders


Draw Milan


Ask Maestro Antonio how mortars are positioned on bastions by day or night.


[Examine] the Crossbow of Mastro Giannetto


Find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill in the Lombard manner


[Ask about] the measurement of the sun promised me by Maestro Giovanni Francese


Try to get Vitolone (the medieval author of a text on optics), which is in the Library at Pavia, which deals with the mathematic.


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          What's driving the growth of Catholic churches in the Bible Belt?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Charleston, S.C., Aug 10, 2018 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the thick of the Bible Belt, the famously evangelical Protestant region in the southeastern United States, some Catholic Masses are filling to standing-room only.

Meanwhile, many Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches are struggling to keep enough people in the pews to justify opening their doors.

It has widely been reported that the U.S. as a whole is losing its religion, with Protestant mainline churches seeing the most decline over the past 15 years. But two key factors are contributing to Catholic growth throughout the south: a boom in the Hispanic population, and the southern migration of Catholic retirees and families from the Northeast.

St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Bluffton, along the southern coast of South Carolina, particularly illustrates this shift along the Bible Belt — the congregation grew by a massive 70 percent in just 10 years, and now claims 10,000 registered members. Even though South Carolina is gaining in population, the growth of this parish outpaces even that of the state, according to local newspapers.

“Sunday Masses are crowded as latecomers squeeze into pews or stand in the back of the church. Twelve Masses are held Friday evening through Sunday — two of which are in Spanish. And work is underway on a new parish life center for community events,” Kasia Kovacs reports in The Island Packet.

Hispanics made up about 40 percent of the Church in the United States in 2016, with especially large representation among youth and young adults: 50 percent of Catholics ages 14 to 29 are Hispanic; and 55 percent of Catholics under 14 are Hispanic. Though immigration rates from Hispanic countries have begun to slow in recent years, the percentage of Hispanic Catholics in the U.S. is expected to continue growing during the next decade.

At St. Gregory’s, Masses for major holidays like Christmas and Easter are said in both English and Spanish, and seminarians in the state are required to be fluent in Spanish before their ordination. The parish celebrates Las Posadas and other traditional Hispanic celebrations, and food trucks at parish events now feature empanadas and gorditas.

“Having this summer experience, and seeing how it comes together — seeing how the Hispanic community and English community collaborate — it really is a single entity,” seminarian Tom Drury told The Island Packet.

Parishioner Jenny Bermejo, who moved to the area as a child with her family in 2004, said that St. Gregory’s has provided them with community and the familiarity of home.

“We were still pretty new to South Carolina, so hearing Mass in Spanish really brought us a sense of home,” Bermejo said.

St. Gregory’s pastor Monsignor Ronald Cellini told The Island Packet that his Hispanic parishioners are often more active in church life in the United States than they were back in Mexico, Guatemala or Colombia. The rural area of Bluffton reminds them of home, and they are putting down roots — they are not transient migrants who will leave in a few years.

“The Bluffton Hispanic community is here — it’s not a migrant community,” he said. “Kids grow up here. They’ve been here, they’re staying here.”

In response to these shifting demographics and the influx of Hispanic Catholics throughout the United States, the U.S. bishops have called for a meeting called the V Encuentro- Fifth Encounter- a national gathering of U.S. Hispanic leaders and ministers to consult with Hispanic Catholics and respond to their pastoral needs.

The first Encuentro was held in 1972, and the most recent was held in 2000, with a related youth meeting held in 2006.

This year, the V Encuentro will be held in Grapevine, Texas Sept. 20-23.


          Rae Sremmurd: “Guatemala”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Music guest Rae Sremmurd performs “Guatemala” for the Tonight Show audience. Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: …
          Relatores de la ONU denuncian homicidios de defensores de los derechos humanos en Guatemala       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once activistas indígenas han sido asesinados en dos meses. Expertos de la ONU piden una investigación independiente y que el Estado dialogue con la sociedad civil.
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          Guatemala volcano explodes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Guatemala volcano explodes#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000Guatemala City: Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, which erupted on June 3 killing 165 people, recorded a strong new explosion accompanied by avalanches around the crater, authorities said. According to the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, the explosion occurred at around 9.20 p.m. and was the first strong volcanic activity in the last six …
          UN rights experts concerned over increased attacks on human rights defenders in Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

UN human rights experts expressed concern [press release] Thursday about the increase in attacks against human rights defenders in Guatemala. The experts reported that 11 human rights defenders in Guatemala were killed between May 9 and July 27, 2018. The killings were “of an unusually violent nature—four suffered fatal cuts by bladed weapons, including cuts to […]

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          Un distrito en Guatemala planta una nueva iglesia en colaboración con los diferentes ministerios       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Un Grupo de la Película Jesús, Socios de la Cosecha, de la Iglesia del Nazareno de Washington, EUA, visitó al distrito norte de Petén, Guatemala, con el fin de unir esfuerzos con los ministerios distritales para ministrar la comunidad y plantar una nueva misión en el barrio El Esfuerzo II, en el municipio La Libertad del 11 al 17 de julio. 


          Más de 100 familias afectadas por la erupción volcánica en Guatemala reciben ayuda      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Miembros del concilio de la Juventud Nazarena Internacional del distrito central de Guatemala,junto al doctor René Rivas del comité de Ministerios Nazarenos de Compasión, llevaron suministros el 28 de julio a familias que perdieron sus pertenencias y viviendas como consecuencia de la erupción volcánica en Escuintla, Guatemala. 


          More than 100 families affected by Guatemalan volcano receive supplies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Members of the Nazarene Youth International council from the Guatemala Central District, along with Rene Rivas from the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries committee, delivered supplies on 28 July to victims of the recent volcanic eruption in Escuintla, Guatemala.


          Guatemala district hosts community ministries, plants new church      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A Jesus Film Harvest Partners team from a Church of the Nazarene in Washington, USA, visited the Guatemala North Peten District to join in district community ministries, and to help plant a new church in the El Esfuerzo II neighborhood in La Libertad from 11 to 17 July.


          Magnitude 5.0, Near Coast of Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Mégaprojets et militarisation de la zone frontalière Mexique-Guatemala | Yannick Deniau      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lors d'une mission internationale d'observation des droits humains à la frontière Guatemala-Mexique, et après une enquête basée sur des sources officielles, des ateliers de cartographie participative dans des communautés du Chiapas ont permis d'établir les liens existant entre mégaprojets, flux migratoires et militarisation dans la région.
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          (Clarksville) Guatemalan 5.56 - $ 150      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
450 rounds of Guatemalan 5.56 M193 55 grain ammo.

30 rounds in a box.  15 boxes in a USGI .30 cal ammo can.

$150 firm.  Face to face near Fort Campbell please.
          Facebook and journalism. Part two      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

lead lead March 2018, Hamburg: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE and President of the Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers, at 'Online Marketing Rockstars' fair. Axel Heimken/Press Association. All rights reserved.

When asked in December 2016 what kind of a company Facebook was exactly, Mark Zuckerberg replied that "Facebook is a new kind of platform. It's not a traditional technology company. It's not a traditional media company." Zuckerberg has always been reluctant to describe his company as a publishing house, but the control he has acquired over who gets to see what and when makes him the most powerful news editor the world has ever seen and although Facebook does not produce any content of its own, the news publishers’ dependence on the social medium for the distribution of their content has turned Facebook into a de facto news company.

One of the more serious consequences of this development is that neither the news publishers nor the news consumers have much control over the flow of news content. Instead, Facebook can decide which user sees what type of information, based on detailed psychographic profiles. The company therefore has a considerable impact on how its more than two billion active users perceive the world. How easy it is for Facebook to affect the sensitivities of its users has been proven by a number of controversial experiments conducted by Facebook without its users’ knowledge. In 2013 for example, a group of psychologists tried to see whether or not a change in the news feed can alter the mental states of Facebook users. By tweaking the algorithm, the scientists tried to find out whether exposure to positive or negative posts would lead to emotional contagion. They found strong evidence for mood alterations on Facebook. “When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred”, they concluded. The company therefore has a considerable impact on how its more than two billion active users perceive the world.

There have been fears that Facebook could use the sway it holds over its users’ emotions to influence election results. Unknowingly to its users, Facebook conducted several social experiments during the 2012 US presidential election campaign to see whether a higher amount of political news in one’s news feed would increase interest in politics and, consequently, voter turnout. The data analysts concluded that Facebook did have an impact on voting behavior, as the number of voters did indeed go up as a consequence of the experiment. Likewise, in 2016 Facebook launched its “get out the vote” campaign, which, according to a post by Zuckerberg, has “helped as many as 2 million people register to vote”. What Zuckerberg presents as civic responsibility of his company was seen by many as a meddling in the election campaigns. Facebook has reacted by declaring it will never use the platform to influence the electoral results: “Voting is a core value of democracy and we believe that supporting civic participation is an important contribution we can make to the community. We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues. We as a company are neutral – we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.” The distribution of news on Facebook is anything but impartial. The platform can be – and has been – misused for political manipulation and propaganda.

Conservative groups in particular were not persuaded by these promises of neutrality – not only because Zuckerberg has never made any bones about his support for the Democratic party, but more crucially, because Facebook has been accused in the past of wilfully suppressing conservative news publishers. In January 2014, Facebook launched “Trending Topics”. Thanks to this news feature, which showed up on the right side of the News Feed, Facebook users could know which stories were most popular on the platform at a given moment. Publishers for their part were able to extend their reach and engagement. Furthermore, advertisers could adapt their ads campaign to the prevailing trends. In May 2016 the tech website Gizmodo issued an investigative piece based on interviews with Facebook “news curators”, who claimed that conservative news were deliberately prevented from showing up in the Trending Topics list. At the same time, news about liberal causes such as posts relating to the Black Lives Matter movement were artificially injected into the list to push their reach, according to the same Facebook employees. Furthermore, Facebook also indicated that news about Facebook should not be circulated via the Trending Topics feature. Not only did Gizmodo’s article accuse Facebook of political bias but it also showed that the distribution of news was not merely based on algorithms but that human editors were also at work.

The report seemed to corroborate the fears of Trump supporters who worried about Facebook’s opposition to their candidate following a leak that documented how Facebook employees were toying with the idea of stopping Donald Trump from becoming the next US president. Tom Stocky, who is responsible for Facebook’s Trending Topic feature, and Mark Zuckerberg responded to the allegations by denying any wrongdoing. Internal investigation did not find any evidence to support the claims iterated by Gizmodo. “ We have rigorous guidelines that do not permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or the suppression of political perspectives ”, Zuckerberg wrote in a May 2016 post. Nonetheless, Zuckerberg has met with leaders of conservative publishers, such as Glenn Beck, following Gizmodo’s scathing article. A few months after the meeting, Facebook decided to get rid of its news editors in favour of distributions based completely on algorithms.

While conservative groups have voiced concern over Zuckerberg’s support for the Democratic party, several newspapers have documented how the Republican party itself had instrumentalized the platform during the 2016 elections by flooding the News Feed with fake news in order to promote Trump and denigrate his adversaries. Fake news are believed to have strongly influenced the outcome of the US presidential election – though it is difficult to measure their political impact. However, according to a 2016 BuzzFeed study, the most successful election-related fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the most successful posts from reference newspapers. Facebook algorithms are believed to have prioritized fake news over accurate reporting – mostly to the advantage of the GOP. The Cambridge Analytica (CA) and Aggregate IQ scandals further corroborated the accusations against the Republican party. (Interestingly enough, CA’s parent firm Strategic Communications Laboratories Group has been hired by several national defense departments to disseminate military propaganda.) Fake news also influenced political decisions in Europe. It is believed that disinformation has strongly affected the outcome of the Brexit referendum. In April 2018, Facebook representative Mike Schroepfer had to give evidence to the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the issue of fake news and its impact in Britain.

Political leaders worldwide have reacted to the dangers of fake news in upcoming elections and have urged Zuckerberg to take measures against the scourge. What Gizmodo’s revelations as well as the scandals around the elections and referenda show, is that the distribution of news on Facebook is anything but impartial. The platform can be – and has been – misused for political manipulation and propaganda.

Monetizing

Financial incentives are an important factor in the propagation of fake news as well as in the decline of accuracy and quality of news. In the current system publishers hope to attract as many clicks as possible in order to monetize on the ads placed on their website. As a result of this ads-based monetization system quality and truth becomes subordinate to reach and engagement. As a consequence, online journalism has adopted the style and methods of tabloids and muckraking newspapers in order to attract the attention of Facebook users. Articles are often emotionally charged, strongly biased, hyperbolic or intentionally provoking. Phenomena such as clickbait or engagement bait have invaded the social network. Viral propagation, shitstorms and hashtag campaigns have become the boon of online journalism. Even highly respected news publishers have preferred to produce trashy pieces and infotainment that may be low-quality but that nonetheless results in a great deal of engagement. Even highly respected news publishers have preferred to produce trashy pieces and infotainment that may be low-quality but that nonetheless results in a great deal of engagement.

The Facebook page of leading international newspapers are filled with so-called junk food news. There is in fact an enormous quality gap between print and online versions of the same news publishers as the quality of online newspapers is considerably lower to the print versions due to the “eye-catching” effects needed to attract the attention and the clicks of Internet users.

News consumers have now become very sceptical of the press in general and are questioning the objectivity and accuracy of news reporting. A 2018 global report by the Edelman Trust Barometer, which surveyed people from 28 countries, showed that media in general are facing a crisis of trust. 66% of the respondents agreed with the statement that news organisations are overly focused on attracting large audiences rather than reporting, 65% found that news organisations sacrifice accuracy in order to be the first to break a story and 59% thought that news media supported an ideology instead of informing the public. The study also shows that 7 in 10 people worry about fake news being used as a weapon. 63% of respondents have admitted that they were unable to tell good journalism from rumour or falsehood.

Polarisation and echo

Both fake news and partisan low-quality articles have led to two other dangerous and related developments: the polarization of society and online echo chambers. Content that can potentially go viral often deals with divisive and highly emotional issues such as immigration as well as identity-related topics such as race or gender. By flooding the social platform with partisan articles on these topics in order to generate more engagement, newsrooms have contributed to further fragment society along ideological and identity-based lines. Furthermore, the result of this distrust is not that people read less news or that they restrict their news consumption to renowned news publishers but rather that they only read news that confirms pre-existing beliefs. Ironically, this only worsens the problem as confirmation is replacing accuracy as a yardstick for good journalism. News consumers are less likely to read and engage with content that does not conform to their pre-existing beliefs, which in turn leads to more polarization.

Facebook plays a big part in this development. Algorithm-generated distribution may reduce the risk of biased human intervention, but it opens the door to other dangers, such as for instance the risk of creating echo chambers. This concept denotes the selective exposure to ideas that a given individual agrees with, thereby reinforcing her belief system. As stated above, most news that appear on our wall tally with a user’s perceptions thereby reinforcing the impression that her own beliefs are the predominant ones. The user is only confronted with topics she is interested in and with opinions she agrees with. The digital world makes it easier for individuals who share certain outlooks and beliefs, to gather in virtual discussion spaces and mutually confirm their common bias. Several studies have indeed found evidence that echo chambers exist on Facebook and that Facebook users are highly polarised. This polarisation obviously has consequences in the offline world, too.

After initially dismissing the scope and effects of fake and low-quality news on its platform, Facebook has promised to introduce new measures in order to reduce these phenomena. Acknowledging that financial gain is one of the main incentives for spreading fake news as well as clickbaiting headlines and sensationalist articles, Facebook made several updates to make it more difficult to reap profits from such misleading posts. On August 2017 for instance, Facebook made an update to block ads from users who have repeatedly shared false or misleading content on Facebook. Critics were quick to warn about possible abuses of power. Facebook should not take the spread of misinformation on its platform as an excuse to suppress content. In an interview with the Swiss publication “Blick”, Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the German publishing house Axel Springer, explained the dangers of Facebook turning into a news editor: “Those who are now calling upon Facebook to employ an editor-in-chief and to verify the accuracy of independent editorial texts, deleting them where appropriate, they are creating a kind of global super censor and are destroying precisely the diversity that makes up our democracy.” Dunja Mijatović , the Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, seconded Döpfner and argued that monitoring content “may just cause greater harm to free expression than any lie, no matter how damaging”. A number of NGOs advocating free speech, such as IFEX or Article19, have documented cases of government censorship that have been justified on the grounds of protection against fake news, thereby underlining the dangers of instrumentalising the debate for political goals.

Global super censor

Facebook has repeatedly pledged that, as a tech company, it was not going to make such editorial decisions. “We cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, it’s not feasible given our scale, and it’s not our role. Instead, we’re working on better ways to hear from our community and work with third parties to identify false news and prevent it from spreading on our platform.” One possibility is to work with third parties who check the veracity of news posted online. In December 2016 Facebook announced its collaboration with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to fight fake news. Once a news item has been identified as fake, the fact-checkers can issue a rebuttal that will then be attached to the original link. Döpfner has criticized the initiative arguing that journalists are doing even more free work for Facebook in order to solve its fake news problem instead of producing quality articles. Some fact-checkers themselves have also questioned the efficiency of the initiative. Besides, it has been argued that the project puts newspapers in a conflict of interest given that some selected media outlets were granted the privilege to assess the articles of other newspapers.

Additionally, Facebook has introduced measures to expose users to a more diverse range of sources. In April and October 2017, Facebook has tested a function that would show related articles in order to offer different perspectives, as well as a function that provides context for articles that are shared on the news feed, such as information on the publisher or related articles, so that readers can make “an informed decision about which stories to read, share, and trust”. Another early attempt was to introduce a function that let users flags news as “disputed”. According to Facebook, this would make it easier to tell fake articles from authentic ones and thus prevent the spread of hoaxes.

A year after introducing the function Facebook withdrew it, admitting that it generated the opposite effect of what was hoped. In 2018, Zuckerberg introduced a new measure to rank publishers according to their trustworthiness: Facebook users could now decide for themselves which news publishers they deem authentic. News publishers who are “broadly trusted across society, even by those who don’t follow them directly” would as a consequence be prioritised. This again has drawn criticism by those who accuse Facebook of “taking the path with least responsibility”, implying that Facebook should censor instead of continuing to make money with hoaxes.

“Meaningful interaction”

It is clear that whatever the solutions offered, there will always be downsides. The press has become so dependent on Facebook that each adjustment may lead to undesired consequences. This has been exemplified by Facebook’s introduction of a separate news feed which would only display non-promoted press content. The original news feed would instead focus on posts made by friends and family in order to foster what Zuckerberg described as “meaningful interaction”.

Ads would still show up in the original news feed, as well as news – if publishers paid for it to appear there. The feature was launched in 6 countries on 19 October 2017 and has resulted in a massive loss of referral traffic for the concerned news outlets – especially smaller and local publishers relying on Facebook for reaching their audience and making money. The reach of the Guatemalan publisher Soy502 has dropped by 66%, according to one of its editorial board members. In Slovakia, publishers are reported to have lost two thirds to three quarters of their Facebook reach. The failed experiment shows just how much the press is hooked on Facebook and what effects a change in Facebook’s policies can have on media pluralism and especially local and small-sized media outlets in countries as distant as Slovakia and Guatemala.

One of Facebook’s more ambitious and arguably less controversial initiatives has been the launch of its “Facebook Journalism Project” (FJP) under the aegis of Campbell Brown. The declared goal of this news initiative is to raise the quality of and the trust in journalism and is based on three pillars according to Fidji Simo, the director of the project: collaborative projects, training for journalists and training for everyone. One of the focal points of FJP is therefore the educational axis. FJP offers several courses directed at journalists who want to enhance their digital skills. In January 2018, Brown has announced that FJP would offer scholarships to 100 ongoing journalists. Furthermore, FJP tries to advance media literacy through the “News Integrity Initiative” (NII) which it founded in collaboration with a series of other institutions in order to help people “make informed judgments about the news they read and share online”. NII has also pledged to support quality journalism with a $2.5 million grant to partners worldwide.

Facebook FJP has also started to reach out to local media with projects such as the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator aimed to help local media raise their subscription revenue or apps such as Today In which only displays local news and events. The results of these projects remain to be seen but, here again, publishers have questioned the efficiency of the initiative, wondering whether FJP was not a mere PR stunt after all.

Reluctant to quit

While discontent over Facebook is constantly growing, media outlets have nonetheless been reluctant to quit the platform. In fact, they have become too dependent on the social network. News publishers see themselves confronted with a difficult dilemma: should they continue to use Facebook as a distributive platform in order to reach larger audiences at the expense of quality and control?

Or should they stop using Facebook to retain control over production and readership and produce high-quality journalism but suffer a loss of audience as well as revenue? The dilemma involves Facebook users and news readers, too: should they consume free, low-quality news that is conveniently selected by a Facebook algorithm according to one’s interests and preferences or should they find more cumbersome alternatives that involve fees but also higher quality standards? It seems that, without the willingness of readers to pay for journalism, news publishers will hardly have an incentive to quit Facebook. Without the willingness of readers to pay for journalism, news publishers will hardly have an incentive to quit Facebook.

Facebook too is facing an important dilemma. Should it stress its quality as a tech company whose ultimate goal it is to maximise its gain ­– in which case, it can continue to monetize on viral posts that are usually low quality, sometimes false and often extremely divisive. Or should it identify more strongly as a news distributor, thereby assuming greater responsibilities in its function as a primary news source for a growing amount of its users worldwide? In this case, Facebook ought to promote better journalism, which entails sharing a greater part of its revenue with publishers. The company may as a consequence also experience a reduction of reach and engagement for many posts.

But even if Facebook opts for the latter, as seemingly it has during the last two years, it is still difficult to find a solution that satisfies all parties: the advertisers, major publishers, local news outlets, governments, NGOs and, obviously, Facebook itself as well as its users. Changes in Facebook’s News Feed or algorithms may for instance have serious consequences on some of the publishers, as the fates of Slovakian and Guatemalan news outlets have shown. Furthermore, Facebook is caught between demands for more regulation of news content on the one hand, being accused of a laissez-faire attitude vis-à-vis fake news and low-quality garbage, while on the other hand it is confronted with accusations of using fake news as an excuse to monitor and censor content on its platform along the lines of ideological preferences.

Whatever the decision taken by the different parties involved, the repercussions on the press may be considerable. Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

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          Tenista de Aguascalientes representará a México en Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gerardo Delgado Meneses, un tenista de Aguascalientes que participa en torneos nacionales en la categoría de 12 años, fue seleccionado para representar a México en el COTECC Regional de grupos 2018, el cual tendrá lugar en Guatemala del 20 al 24 de agosto. Tras haber hecho un excelente año en los torneos nacionales de tenis, […]
          What's driving the growth of Catholic churches in the Bible Belt?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Charleston, S.C., Aug 10, 2018 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the thick of the Bible Belt, the famously evangelical Protestant region in the southeastern United States, some Catholic Masses are filling to standing-room only.

Meanwhile, many Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches are struggling to keep enough people in the pews to justify opening their doors.

It has widely been reported that the U.S. as a whole is losing its religion, with Protestant mainline churches seeing the most decline over the past 15 years. But two key factors are contributing to Catholic growth throughout the south: a boom in the Hispanic population, and the southern migration of Catholic retirees and families from the Northeast.

St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Bluffton, along the southern coast of South Carolina, particularly illustrates this shift along the Bible Belt — the congregation grew by a massive 70 percent in just 10 years, and now claims 10,000 registered members. Even though South Carolina is gaining in population, the growth of this parish outpaces even that of the state, according to local newspapers.

“Sunday Masses are crowded as latecomers squeeze into pews or stand in the back of the church. Twelve Masses are held Friday evening through Sunday — two of which are in Spanish. And work is underway on a new parish life center for community events,” Kasia Kovacs reports in The Island Packet.

Hispanics made up about 40 percent of the Church in the United States in 2016, with especially large representation among youth and young adults: 50 percent of Catholics ages 14 to 29 are Hispanic; and 55 percent of Catholics under 14 are Hispanic. Though immigration rates from Hispanic countries have begun to slow in recent years, the percentage of Hispanic Catholics in the U.S. is expected to continue growing during the next decade.

At St. Gregory’s, Masses for major holidays like Christmas and Easter are said in both English and Spanish, and seminarians in the state are required to be fluent in Spanish before their ordination. The parish celebrates Las Posadas and other traditional Hispanic celebrations, and food trucks at parish events now feature empanadas and gorditas.

“Having this summer experience, and seeing how it comes together — seeing how the Hispanic community and English community collaborate — it really is a single entity,” seminarian Tom Drury told The Island Packet.

Parishioner Jenny Bermejo, who moved to the area as a child with her family in 2004, said that St. Gregory’s has provided them with community and the familiarity of home.

“We were still pretty new to South Carolina, so hearing Mass in Spanish really brought us a sense of home,” Bermejo said.

St. Gregory’s pastor Monsignor Ronald Cellini told The Island Packet that his Hispanic parishioners are often more active in church life in the United States than they were back in Mexico, Guatemala or Colombia. The rural area of Bluffton reminds them of home, and they are putting down roots — they are not transient migrants who will leave in a few years.

“The Bluffton Hispanic community is here — it’s not a migrant community,” he said. “Kids grow up here. They’ve been here, they’re staying here.”

In response to these shifting demographics and the influx of Hispanic Catholics throughout the United States, the U.S. bishops have called for a meeting called the V Encuentro- Fifth Encounter- a national gathering of U.S. Hispanic leaders and ministers to consult with Hispanic Catholics and respond to their pastoral needs.

The first Encuentro was held in 1972, and the most recent was held in 2000, with a related youth meeting held in 2006.

This year, the V Encuentro will be held in Grapevine, Texas Sept. 20-23.


          The Nicaraguan Crisis: How a Peaceful Protest Turned Into a National Revolt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Violence stemming from protests over the past four months has made Nicaragua, once the safest Central American country, now one of the most dangerous.  

The U.S. on July 6 ordered non-emergency government personnel to leave the country, encouraging citizens to do the same.

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega accused the Organization of American States (OAS), which is now investigating the unrest, of taking "right-wing measures" against his government and of being directly supported by the U.S. Others have cast the blame back at Ortega.

This has been the bloodiest protest in Nicaragua since the civil war ended in 1990 where close to 40,000 people were murdered. So far, 448 people have been killed, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Here’s what else to know:

The protests
Peaceful demonstrations began on April 12 when university students in Managua took the streets to protest the lack of response from the government to wildfires in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. The protest grew two days later when thousands joined the students against the government’s intention to cut pensions and social security, a policy that would greatly affect the elderly. Protesters and human rights activists claim people were beaten up by the opposition.

During the first days, several people were killed including policemen and many unarmed students. Angel Gahona, a journalist who reported on police abuse and drug trafficking, was killed while livestreaming the protests.

Although Ortega canceled the pensions policy a few days later, riots protesting violence and demanding the president’s resignation continued. Ortega, once a leftist icon, is now being compared to Anastacio Somoza, the right-wing dictator he fought against during the Sandinista Revolution. “Ortega y Somoza son la misma cosa” (Ortega and Somoza are the same thing) is the rallying cry.

Since the protests began, the government, along with the Sandinista Youth, have been accused of murdering, torturing, jailing and kidnapping hundreds of opponents. While the protests have ceased due to the brutality, the country is in such state of emergency that it is causing Nicaraguans to flee. 

Ortega has blamed protesters on gangs violently attacking one another. But the United Nations claimed Ortega’s government committed crimes against human rights, including killings, torture and freedom of expression.

A few days ago, the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights closed its offices after receiving what it called “alarming threats.” The group, which has been reporting violence in the country for the past four months, said its workers have experienced death threats over the phone and other sorts of harassment. 

Daniel Ortega
Once known as “Comandante Daniel,” Daniel Ortega, 72, became first known for his role in the 1979 Sandinista Revolution, when Sandinistas overthrew the right-wing Somoza dynasty that ruled Nicaragua from 1936 to 1979. Since then, Ortega has climbed his way to power. He was elected president in 1984 and after losing elections in the 1990s was elected president again in 2006 following a divided vote. 

When he took office in 2006, Mr. Ortega, once a Marxist, vowed to be open to foreign investment in the country and sought reconciliation with opponents to fight poverty. Today, he has power over the four branches of the government and is head of the police.

His wife, vice-president Rosario Murillo, is known by many as "the power behind the throne." After appointing herself as "communications chief" and leading the role since 2006, she took office as vice-president in January 2017. Ortega was criticized by opponents for establishing an authoritarian dynasty. Murillo's daughter, Zoilamerica Narvaez Murillo, accused Ortega, her stepfather, of sexually harrasing her for many years since she was 11.  She tried to pursue legal action, however, Ortega has immunity as member of the Nicaraguan congress. Murillo denied the charges and claimed she was "embarrassed" her own daughter would claim such a thing. 

Ortega and his wife are compared by many to the Somoza dynasty and are accused of being corrupt, repressive, authoritarian and brutal.

Response
Although Murillo and Ortega have blamed the violence on a “diabolic oppression” led by anti-Ortega right-wing groups, two weeks ago, 13 Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, called for immediate end to repression. Additionally, The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Organization of American States are further investigating the unrest. 

In an interview with journalist Max Blumenthal Ortega said, "what weakens the OEA the most is their revengeful attitude from right-wing Latin governments that have taken over most of Latin America."

On July 15, at least 10 were killed throughout the country, including two students trapped overnight inside a church while hiding from gunfire from pro-government supporters. Nicaragua’s Catholic Church had served as a mediator between the government and protesters. The church has since said it supports protesters due to the increasing violence and repression.

The opposition, which includes mainly students, clergy, activists, rural workers and business people, has claimed they will keep fighting to remove Ortega from power and attain a true democracy. In a recent essay published en El País by Nicaraguan author Sergio Ramírez, he wrote: "It's difficult not to believe that in Nicaragua, history is repeating itself with astonishing, terrifying accuracy."

The author stressed the importance of non-violent protest to make a real change: “If a transition from dictatorship to democracy can be achieved without civil war, we will avoid the risk-so often a reality- that from the country’s ruins a new tyrant will rise up to take the place of the tyrant who was violently overthrown.” 



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          Curso Gratis Online “Tecnologías Web Emergentes para la Enseñanza Virtual” Universidad Galileo Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Cursos Online Gratis: El curso “Tecnologías web emergentes para la enseñanza virtual” está orientado a que conozcas las tecnologías web emergentes que están revolucionando la enseñanza virtual, así como las herramientas web 2.0 que se pueden aplicar en el área […]

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We have been working diligently.  Every month we send supplies to somewhere in need around the world.  We are so excited that we’ve been able to grow our programs. Last summer we expanded our vitamin program in Guatemala to two additional elementary schools. We now have three schools with very dedicated directors and teachers who […]
          ICFJ Covering Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health Programme for Young International Journalists (Funded to New Delhi, India) 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This new ICFJ program aims to elevate coverage of women’s and children’s health issues, by bolstering the knowledge and skills of young journalists. Participants will learn from top international experts, and amplify the conversation around these critical topics in their own countries. Application Deadline: 21st August 2018 11:59pm. Eligible Countries: International (Journalists from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Malawi, […]
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RIO - Além de nove vezes campeã da Copa do Mundo, uma potência econômica. Assim seria a União das Repúblicas Socialistas da América Latina (Ursal). Se de fato existisse, o projeto de “pátria grande” citado pelo candidato Cabo Daciolo (Patriota) teria um Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) de US$ 3,6 trilhões, à frente de países como Itália, Índia e Reino Unido, segundo levantamento do GLOBO com base em dados do Banco Mundial. DACIOLO

A criação do suposto bloco não tem respaldo em fontes oficiais, mas sites de conteúdo duvidoso que fazem referência ao projeto atestam que a Ursal seria formada por 16 países, incluindo o Brasil, Venezuela, Uruguai, Equador, Bolívia e Guatemala. O PIB de US$ 3,6 trilhões é a soma das riquezas de todos os integrantes. Só perderia para Alemanha, Japão, China e Estados Unidos.

LEIA: Ursal é citada em debate e vira um dos assuntos mais comentados do Twitter

A ideia fantasiosa virou imediatamente piada nas redes sociais. O termo “Ursal” figura nesta sexta entre os assuntos mais comentados no Twitter. Houve quem lembrasse o fato de que, com os países combinados, a nova nação seria eneacampeã mundial de futebol, com uma seleção imbatível, com craques como Neymar, Messi e Suárez.

Teorias sobre a Ursal já circulavam na internet. A ideia veio à tona quando Cabo Daciolo perguntou a Ciro Gomes sobre o projeto durante o debate presencial, afirmando que “o comunismo não ia ter vez”. O candidato do PDT respondeu com ironia, arrancando risos da plateia: “A democracia é uma delícia, mas tem certos custos”.

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           Tiroteio no Canadá deixa pelo menos quatro mortos       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hoje pela manhã (10), a polícia de Frederiction cidade situada no Canadá, informou que pelo menos quatro pessoas morreram em um tiroteio.Ainda não foi confirmado a possibilidade de atentado ou ato de marginais, a polícia da cidade solicitou que os moradores permaneçam em suas casas, fiquem atentos a atos estranhos e surgindo algum evento suspeito que telefonem para as delegacias.As investigações continuam na busca pelas causas do tiroteio.Leia mais: Vulcão ativo causa explosão na GuatemalaTerremoto na Indonésia já deixou 105 mortos, diz governoCompanhias aéreas podem ter 'lista negra' contra terroristas
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O terremoto de magnitude 6,9 que castigou no domingo a ilha de Lombok, continua causando mortes, o número foi elevado para 321. O porta-voz da Agência Nacional de Desastres, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, informou que o número pode aumentar consideravelmente.Acrescentou que há inúmeros relatos de desaparecidos, assim como, desabrigados, que já chega a  270.168, podendo aumentar nos próximos dias. As operações de resgate continuam intensas, e ainda segundo Sutopo, ocorre a chegada de assistência humanitária e voluntários de centenas de ONGs e organizações comunitárias.  Além das vitimas e desabrigados, o terremoto causou a destruição ou danificou 67.857 casas, 468 escolas, 50 lugares de oração, 20 escritórios, 15 mesquitas 13 hospitais.  A Indonésia localiza-se no Círculo de Fogo do Pacífico, uma região de grande atividade sísmica e vulcânica, onde são registrados a cada ano cerca 7 mil terremotos.   Leia mais:Terremoto na Indonésia já deixou 105 mortos, diz governoVulcão ativo causa explosão na GuatemalaTerremoto de 6,1 graus atinge a Colômbia
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Califórnia - Sobe para dez o número de vítimas confirmadas devido aos incêndios que atingem a Califórnia desde o fim de julho. A informação foi divulgada nesta quinta-feira (9) em um balanço do Departamento Estadual de Proteção Florestal contra Incêndios. Há dez dias, 20 incêndios afetam a região e o maior deles ainda está ativo. Chamado de Carr e já destruiu mais de 71 mil hectares no Norte do estado. Segundo o levantamento, até agora somente 48% das chamas foram contidas e cerca de 1100 casas foram destruídas.Leia também: Marroquino condenado pelo 11 de setembro pode ser liberado Ao todo, quatro mil bombeiros trabalham para conter os focos do incêndio. Mas segundo o governo as equipes sofrem com o trabalho intenso. Dois bombeiros morreram em atividade.   Os incêndios deste mês de julho e começo de agosto já destruíram mais de 1,150 mil quilômetros quadrados (km²) e já ultrapassaram o recorde anterior deixado pelo incêndio Thomaz, que em dezembro atingiu uma área de 1,140 mil km², no Sul do estado. Segundo especialistas, os incêndios na Califórnia têm sido cada vez mais frequentes e intensos, formando tempestades de fogo, por causa do tempo seco, calor intenso e ventos fortes. Combinados, esses três elementos servem de combustível para aumentar o poder de destruição das chamas.Leia mais:Filha de Catherine Oxenberg deve sair de culto sexualPassageiro bêbado que tumultuou voo entre Caracas e Manaus é condenadoVulcão causa explosão na Guatemala
          Inauguran en Quetzaltenango Primer Encuentro empresarial México-Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reunión busca impulsar desarrollo económico de región transfronteriza Guatemala. Con el propósito de construir alianzas estratégicas para desarrollar el potencial socio económico y productivo de la región transfronteriza común entre México y Guatemala, por medio de la formación y fortalecimiento de cadenas de valor en los sectores agroindustrial y alimentario, este jueves y viernes se […]
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Representantes de ochenta empresas de Guatemala y México se reunieron en un centro de convenciones de Xela con el propósito de formar cadenas de valor en los sectores agroindustrial y alimentario. De acuerdo con el Ministerio de Economía (Mineco) las alianzas comerciales son importantes porque el 29% del comercio bilateral en estos países corresponde a […]
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Once jóvenes asturianas recibirán becas financiadas por el Principado para participar durante dos meses en acciones de cooperación al desarrollo en nueve países de África, Oriente Medio y América Latina. En concreto, colaborarán en proyectos que se llevan a cabo en Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal,....
          Hondureña es destacada en la BBC por sus estudios sobre la isla de basura del Pacífico      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Redacción.

La bióloga hondureña Laura Leiva fue destacada en un artículo de la BBC Mundo luego de completar una travesía para estudiar la mayor acumulación de plástico marino del mundo denominada "isla de basura" o "continente de plástico" en el Océano Pacífico.

"Es triste pensar que soy de la generación que comparte el océano con esta contaminación", lamentó la hondureña a la cadena británica.

La hondureña participó en la expedición internacional EXXpedition North Pacific, en la que viajaron exclusivamente mujeres a bordo de un buque de investigación desde Hawái a Vancouver y luego a Seattle.

Esta expedición de mujeres fue concebida por Emily Penn, una navegante británica convencida de que el plástico tiene un impacto tóxico en la salud, especialmente de las mujeres.

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com/i/pod25EKgj" alt="Laura Leiva 1" width="380" height="220" layout="responsive"></amp-img>"En el fondo me uní a este viaje esperando que no todo fuera a estar tan mal como había leído, con islas de plástico flotando con sandalias, cepillos de dientes, sillas y una lista de objetos variados, pero eso fue exactamente lo que se encontró en EXXpedition", relató Leiva a la BBC Mundo, quien está cursando actualmente su doctorado en el Instituto Alfred Wegener en Heligoland, Alemania.

La isla de basura en el Pacífico es tres veces más grande que el territorio de Francia y es denominado oficialmente como giro del Pacífico norte, debido a que los vientos y corrientes oceánicas hacen girar los desechos de plástico de la misma forma en que el agua forma un remolino en un desagüe.

Leiva y sus compañeras verificaron que existe una corriente que viaja a más de 1,200 km de la costa con botellas plásticas y hasta asientos de inodoro.

La amenaza de los microplásticos"La verdad es que los pedazos grandes no son los que me hicieron sentir impotencia, sino la cantidad de microplásticos que atrapamos con una especie de colador que dejamos flotar al lado del barco por 30 minutos", señaló la bióloga hondureña.

El grupo realizó esta tarea todos los días de la expedición para comprobar la alta concentración de minúsculos trozos de plástico que terminan en el estómago de la fauna marina y concluyeron que solo en el kilómetro cuadrado donde se obtuvo la muestra había más de 500 mil microplásticos.

El Océano Pacífico tiene un área de 161.

8 millones km².

<amp-img src="https://imageshack.

com/i/po1gHTAnj" alt="Laura Leiva 2" width="380" height="250" layout="responsive"></amp-img>Uno de los sitios que más impactó a Leiva durante la travesía fue la visita a Benson Island, parte de las Broken Islands, una serie de islas remotas e inhabitadas en la costa de Columbia Británica, en Canadá.

"Llegar al lugar no es fácil, se necesita de un barco, tiempo y destreza.

La idea de que un lugar tan lejano, lleno de naturaleza salvaje, estaba infestado de basura me tomó por sorpresa", comentó.

La hondureña indicó que no cree que a las personas no les importe este problema, "simplemente la mayoría no sabe el estado de nuestras costas y océanos".

<amp-img src="https://imageshack.

com/i/pnXCTaCJj" alt="Laura Leiva 3" width="380" height="450" layout="responsive"></amp-img>Hay que actuar yaSe estima que actualmente unos 500 trillones de pedazos de plástico flotan en nuestros océanos y aún así cada minuto alrededor del mundo se venden casi un millón de bebidas embotelladas, cuyos envases se utilizan solamente una vez pero pueden terminar flotando el océano por cientos de años.

Leiva urge a todos a que al comprar un producto "piensen si en realidad necesitan ese producto, de qué está hecho y si es posible volverlo a usar".

Luego de ver con sus propios ojos el problema, Leiva está comprometida a actuar pronto por lo que dará charlas sobre sus hallazgos.

<amp-img src="https://imageshack.

com/i/pm8cQeRWj" alt="Laura Leiva 4" width="380" height="250" layout="responsive"></amp-img>"Espero inspirar a más mujeres, especialmente jóvenes latinoamericanas, a educarse y a luchar por nuestros océanos y su futuro", señaló la bióloga hondureña.

Honduras también sufre el impacto de contaminación por plásticos a lo largo de sus costas en el Mar Caribe donde se está formando una isla de basura proveniente del río Motagua y que amenaza con afectar los principales destinos turísticos del país: Roatán y las playas del norte.

Los gobiernos de Honduras y Guatemala se comprometieron a tratar el problema, pero la basura sigue acumulándose en las playas hondureñas.




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