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Iglesias evangélicas: entre el cielo y la tierra

Joaquín Sánchez Mariño 

La señora tiene las manos atrofiadas. Las veo de cerca porque las extiende al cielo y está justo a mi lado, de modo que su mano derecha casi se pega a mi cara. Pasó algo en ellas, un accidente, una quemadura. No puedo saberlo. En el codo, una venda le cubre la zona. No le hablo porque estamos en plena ceremonia, en la segunda fila del templo Jesús La Esperanza, en la calle Necochea, La Boca.

Tiene los ojos cerrados y las manos extendidas. Digamos que mira hacia arriba, pero en verdad reza. Dice: "Tu nombre, Dios, exaltaré. Tu majestad levantaré". Lo dice como un mantra, para sí, tu nombre, Dios, exaltaré, tu nombre, Dios... No es la única. Son las 8 de la noche de un martes. En el templo -que era una cantina hasta 1976, cuando José Manuel Carlos la compró y convirtió en iglesia- hay cerca de 500 personas. Muchas de ellas, con los brazos extendidos. La diferencia con la señora no son las manos, sino que mientras ella parece estar en su propio trance, el resto se siente parte de una liturgia colectiva. Están juntos mientras escuchan la música. Yo también la escucho. Es pegadiza y la voz de la cantante, prodigiosa.

Al frente, en el escenario, lo siguiente: tres escalones, un atril azul semitransparente con una cruz en el medio conformada por las palabras "Jesús", "la" y "Esperanza". Una pantalla gigante que hasta hace diez minutos no se veía, pero con el inicio del culto se desplegó. Un teclado eléctrico frente al cual está sentado Fernando Blanco, el pastor -y tecladista- de la ocasión. Una batería, un guitarrista, y lo ya dicho: una mujer de voz fenomenal que nos contagia a todos de fe, de alguna fe. Mientras ella canta, la mujer de las manos diferentes la seguirá con un murmullo que acá, desde su lado, se siente como un coro. Ella, la cantante y yo, que estoy de invitado, por un segundo somos otra iglesia. Y pienso que de esto se trata esta nota, de contar cómo la iglesia evangélica parece lograr lo que la católica no: crecer en gente, crecer en poder, crecer en influencia.


Osvaldo Carnival, en acción ante sus fieles, en la Catedral de la Fe Fuente: LA NACION - Crédito: Ignacio Coló


Así lo indican los números: mientras que en América Latina hay cerca de 425 millones de fieles de la Iglesia Católica (según una encuesta de la organización Latinobarómetro, el 59% del continente se considera católica hoy, mientras que en 1996, el 80% lo hacía como tal), se estima que ya son cerca del 20% los seguidores de las iglesias evangélicas (según esa misma encuesta, el 19% se considera evangélico). En nuestro país, ese número baja al 15%, aunque no hay una estadística rigurosa al respecto. ¿Cuántos había hace 30 años? Se habla de un 5%.

Este crecimiento despierta todo tipo de fantasías, que encuentran eco en lo que parecería ser un corrimiento del poder en América Latina. Jair Bolsonaro es lo más caliente del candelero: se dice que fueron los evangélicos quienes lo llevaron al poder. Pero se sabe que Bolsonaro no es evangélico, sino su mujer, Michelle. Para Gabriel Salcedo, conferencista cristiano y escritor, hay algo clave en la manera de entender el mundo de los evangélicos que permite este fenómeno: no hace falta creer para ser acogido por ellos, solo es necesario estar dispuesto a llevar el mensaje. Es evangélico y durante mucho tiempo estuvo cerca de los hombres fuertes, pero sus ideas se ablandaron respecto de algunas cuestiones y ahí, cuando abandonó el dogma, se le empezó a complicar su relación con las iglesias. Según él, no son muy permeables al cambio y a las ideas progresistas, pero depende qué iglesias.


La radiografía del poder sigue: en México se dice que un partido de base evangélica apoyó al presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador ; en Guatemala, está al mando Jimmy Morales, evangélico. En Brasil, se sabe que Bolsonaro recibió un gran apoyo de la Iglesia Universal del Templo de Dios (aunque veremos luego que los pare de sufrir, como se los llama acá, no forman una iglesia evangélica propiamente dicha).

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¿Cómo entender el mundo evangélico? La primera aclaración que me hicieron cuando empecé a hablar con pastores es que prefieren no ser llamados evangelistas, porque un evangelista es alguien que predica el evangelio, pero no necesariamente un fiel de una iglesia evangélica. La segunda aclaración es que no tienen nada que ver con la Iglesia Universal del Templo de Dios. Ellos son de Brasil y tienen otro funcionamiento.



Crédito: Ignacio Coló

Aclarado esto, lo siguiente: las iglesias evangélicas surgen en el siglo XVI, tras la reforma luterana iniciada por Martín Lutero. De allí que a muchas se les llama "iglesias reformadas". Surgieron allí las iglesias protestantes, que se separaron de la católica. El primer desmarque fue en relación con el Vaticano: las iglesias protestantes dejaron de reconocer al Papa como figura máxima. Luego, fueron afinándose las diferencias hasta llegar a las distintas denominaciones, que agrupan a su vez distintas iglesias. Las más tradicionales que salieron de ese primer movimiento son la anglicana (que vino de Gran Bretaña) y la presbiteriana (de Escocia). Pero luego están las más modernas: la pentecostal, la bautista, la metodista. Las denominaciones son muchas. A su vez, cada una se concentra en distintas congregaciones que reúne iglesias. La más grande en el país es la Unión de las Asambleas de Dios, compuesta por iglesias pentecostales. Y a su vez, cada congregación responde a una cámara, por decirlo de algún modo. En la Argentina, hay dos fundamentales: la Alianza Cristiana de Iglesias Evangélicas de la República Argentina (Aciera) y la Federación Argentina de Iglesias Evangélicas (FAIE). Allí radica el poder político.

En diciembre de 2018 aparecieron en las calles de la ciudad unos mensajes que sorprendieron a muchos. En los carteles electrónicos oficiales se leía "Navidad es Jesús". Se dijo que fue parte del lobby evangélico. Así fue: gente de Aciera se reunió con el Gobierno de la Ciudad y le propuso difundir ese mensaje. Hasta ahí pude confirmarlo. Al parecer, al Gobierno le pareció bien y se procedió. ¿Pero hay realmente un poder oculto?

Rodolfo Polignano es el pastor de una iglesia de Colegiales que está en plena reforma. Es hijo y nieto de pastores. El apellido Polignano es famoso entre los suyos. Rodolfo es amable y explica sin cansancio una y otra vez las distintas complejidades de este mundo (sin contar, claro, la complejidad última de la fe). Para él no es extraño que un colectivo que ya reúne cerca del 15% de la población haga propuestas. La principal lucha en la que está Aciera en este momento, me explica, es por lograr la ley de culto que les permita a los templos ser considerados iglesias. Hoy esa potestad pertenece solo a la Iglesia Católica.



Fuente: LA NACION - Crédito: Ignacio Coló


Sin problemas me explica cómo se sostiene una iglesia evangélica: por el aporte de sus fieles. No hay secretismo (aunque sí intriga) al respecto: cada fiel aporta lo que quiere. El pastor sugiere siempre el 10% de los ingresos (el famoso diezmo), pero el aporte es voluntario.

Los movimientos pentecostal y bautista son los más grandes del país. La actividad pentecostal en la Argentina comenzó en 1910, de la mano de inmigrantes italianos y pastores suecos, canadienses y norteamericanos que llegaron al país. El comienzo de la Unión de las Asambleas de Dios (la congregación evangélica que reúne mayor número de iglesias y fieles), habría sido en Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos, de la mano de la pastora Alice Wood, proveniente de Canadá. Otra fecha clave fue 1954, año en que se llenaron de fieles los estadios de Atlanta y Huracán. Esa fue, acaso, la mayor concentración de fieles junto con la marcha contra el aborto del 6 de agosto del año pasado.

En 1980, llegó lo que probablemente sea el punto de quiebre para todo el mundo evangélico: la aparición de Carlos Annacondia. Es la referencia ineludible de todo pastor, el hombre -milagroso, según dicen- que sacó al mundo evangélico de las sombras. Nació en Quilmes el 12 de marzo de 1944. Tiene 9 hijos y 18 nietos. En su página web oficial dice que "conoció al Señor el 19 de mayo de 1979 de San Justo, provincia de Buenos Aires, en una Cruzada Evangelística con el Reverendo Manuel A. Ruiz, de Panamá". Su actividad como evangelista comenzó por las villas de emergencia de la provincia de Buenos Aires. Según se dice, los milagros son comunes de ver en sus campañas. Cuando uno ve un milagro, me dice Rodolfo, la cosa cambia. Supongo que nadie podría discutir eso. Para muchos, ese es el camino de la conversión.



Fuente: LA NACION - Crédito: Ignacio Coló

Lo fue para el padre de Rubén Daconte. Pastor evangélico de la iglesia William Morris, de Palermo (Charcas y Uriarte), cuenta que a su padre "solo le interesaba hacer dinero porque venía de una infancia muy dura", pero un día tuvo un accidente y quedó en silla de ruedas. Vivían en Mar del Plata. Desesperado por esa situación, un día acompañó a un conocido a una iglesia evangélica. "Fue en silla de ruedas, y volvió a mi casa caminando", me dice Rubén. "Ahí empieza nuestra experiencia con Dios", agrega.

-A partir de ahí no dejó de ir nunca más, supongo.

-No, no. Además, no es solo el tema de que sos sanado, es el tema de lo que pasa internamente en tu corazón. Tuvo un cambio total. Dios le dio sentido a su vida, lo llamó para predicar el Evangelio. Así que liquidó su empresa (tenía más de 45 empleados), y se dedicó al Evangelio. Yo tenía en ese momento 13 años.

-¿Hay competencia entre pastores?

-No. Es tan difícil la obra que lo que hay es un corazón para acompañar, para ayudar. No trabajamos para el reino propio, trabajamos para el reino del cielo. Y las iglesias no son nuestras, la gente no es tuya.

-Si yo te veo predicar hoy y te veía hace quince años, ¿cambiaste mucho?

-Sí, sí. La madurez viene con la experiencia y la experiencia te da autoridad. Cuando uno empieza, habla de grandes ideas, grandes teologías, pero después vas viviendo y las experiencias, la relación con la gente empieza a darte esa autoridad.



Fuente: LA NACION - Crédito: Ignacio Coló

-¿Sentís que hay alguna iglesia o religión que sea más cercana a lo que vos entendés por fe?

-Cada uno tiene el testimonio de su relación personal con Dios. ¿Qué significa eso? Cuando alguien me habla a mí, me ve como pastor, en la iglesia, y me dice: "Usted es religioso". No, porque la religión es el dogma, es el esfuerzo del hombre por agradar a Dios. Yo no vivo religión, yo vivo salvación. Es el esfuerzo que hizo Dios por salvarme. No sé si yo lo merecía. La ley del merecimiento es la ley de la gracia. Lo que yo sí hice fue aceptarlo. Yo lo vi a mi viejo sano y lo que Dios hizo en mi familia hizo que me dijera "Dios está acá, yo lo quiero".

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Son las 6 de la tarde y la avenida Eva Perón, en el límite entre Caballito y Parque Chacabuco, está movida. Llegan señoras, hombres, chicos, chicas, familias. todos van entrando a la Catedral de la Fe, una de las iglesias evangélicas más grandes del país. Apenas cruzar la entrada, un hombre de traje y bigote refinado recibe a la gente tras un mostrador de recepción. A la izquierda, Catedral Kids, una especie de guardería donde los fieles dejan a sus hijos para presenciar en paz el culto. Al lado, una librería con bibliografía acorde a la situación. Si en la calle hay movimiento, adentro hay un mundo. Gente que va de acá para allá, muchos con los ojos llorosos, no sé aún bien por qué. Después de la recepción, un stand de venta de productos estilo merchandising: remeras, gorras, pines. Y atrás, una entrada a la parte baja del auditorio del templo y una escalera al pullman. Los sábados como este hay ceremonias a las 16, a las 18 y a las 20. Entran cerca de 2500 personas en el auditorio. Lo mismo sucede los domingos.

La música se escucha desde el inicio. Suena a rock. Cuando pase la ceremonia, sin ninguna ironía me iré cantando una de esas canciones, como quien escucha a alguien tararear un hit y se le pega por el resto del día. Pero ahora, que entro por primera vez a la Catedral de la Fe, todavía no sé las canciones. Veo un grupo de gente que entra en una sala vidriada acompañada de otras con chalecos naranjas, con el lema Ministerio de la Consolidación escrito en ellos. Los de chaleco son de la iglesia, los otros son los primerizos. Los de la consolidación les pedirán sus datos y los llamarán en la semana para preguntarles cómo se sintieron e invitarlos a volver.



Crédito: Ignacio Coló

Mientras tanto, en un predio al lado del templo, pasa otro montón de cosas. Es el complejo social de la Catedral de la Fe. Allí se dan clases a jóvenes, se organizan encuentros, y se realizan las ceremonias para adolescentes. Paso un rato. El auditorio está a oscuras y con el aire acondicionado a todo motor. Hace frío y hay cerca de cien chicos. El pastor está al fondo, ya hizo su trabajo y ahora cedió la palabra y el escenario a un adolescente pichón de pastor al que llaman líder. Hay música también. Una chica, al costado del escenario, agita una bandera roja, como vemos en las inauguraciones de los Juegos Olímpicos. El líder adolescente dice cosas, arenga a sus compañeros, que lo festejan. Y al final, cuando llega al último segundo, dice algo de la fe y cierra con el siguiente combo de palabras: "Atr perro cumbia cajeteala piola gato". Atr es "a todo ritmo". Perro cumbia cajeteala piola gato creo que son palabras sueltas que, combinadas, configuran una especie de santo y seña motivacional.

Vuelvo ahora al templo principal y entro al auditorio. En el escenario hay efectivamente una banda de rock: dos guitarras, batería, piano, coristas. La gente, de pie, tiene los brazos abiertos; muchos, los ojos cerrados. En poco menos de media hora saldrá a escena Osvaldo Carnival, el pastor de este templo y una de las figuras más reconocidas del universo evangélico. Pero antes de verlo ahí, encendido en prédica, lo veré tras bambalinas, en la sala en la que se prepara. Y me dirá que prepara su discurso durante la semana, y el día de la ceremonia solo lo ofrece. "Lo que uno hace es compartir una charla, algunas verdades de la Biblia. Generalmente nosotros lo hacemos como en series. Por ejemplo, ahora tenemos una serie que se llama No temas. En la Biblia hay unos trescientos sesenta y cinco No temas, son expresiones, como cuando se le acerca el ángel a la Virgen o José y lo primero que dice es no temas", me explica. Luego, ofrece café y me cuenta que al lado del auditorio hay una sala de ensayo en la que se preparan las siete bandas musicales que intervienen en su iglesia.

-¿Qué significa tener a tanta gente escuchándote?

-Es la gran oportunidad para uno de expresar la vivencia con Dios. Creo que la cosa fuerte en la iglesia evangélica pasa por lo vívido, ¿no? Fue lo que a mí me impactó. Yo siempre fui a una iglesia católica, tomé la comunión y demás, pero para mí el Cristo estaba cosificado ahí. Hasta que un día, un evangélico me dijo: "Nosotros tenemos una cruz, pero está vacía porque el tercer día resucitó y quiere ser tu amigo". Yo no tenía problemas de droga o delincuencia, que generalmente son las historias más comunes, pero sí estaba en la búsqueda de lo trascendente.



Fuente: LA NACION - Crédito: Ignacio Coló

-¿Cómo era hace veinte años ser un pastor evangélico en la Argentina?

-Y quizás había una sensación de proscripción. Yo no he vivido tan crudamente la persecución. Acá ha habido pastores que los han metido en la cárcel, los han proscripto, los han prohibido. Es decir, han sufrido una persecución muy notoria. Yo no la viví tan así, pero sí había una sensación de una secta.

-Hoy, en cambio, hay un auge de visibilidad. ¿A qué lo atribuye?

-Bueno, justamente la visibilidad estuvo marcada el 6 de agosto de 2018, en la marcha en contra del aborto. Creo que eso fue un hecho muy contundente para los medios y, a través de los medios, para toda la ciudadanía pública. Fue un elemento que nos permitió alinearnos. La iglesia evangélica es muy amplia en sus conceptos, desde la política, la música. Vos te vas a encontrar con templos donde la música tiene onda cumbia, onda pop, más comercial, más rock. Por eso hay bandas de cualquier estilo de música. Pensamientos, formas de vestir, de lo que te puedas imaginar... Chamamé, lo que vos quieras. Hay una diversidad muy grande, pero hay temas que no negociamos.

-¿Siente que el diputado Alfredo Olmedo representa en la política a los valores evangélicos? Algunas encuestas hasta le dan diez puntos...

-No, él es una persona que ha tenido una experiencia con Jesús y a la vez tiene una vocación política. Es decir, definitivamente nadie -creo yo y creo que es un poco el pensamiento común de todos- va a representar a los evangélicos. La palabra partido viene de parte, y vos en una congregación tenés que tener gente de Vélez, de Boca, de River, de Racing.



Fuente: LA NACION - Crédito: Ignacio Coló

Nos despedimos. Tiene una calma opuesta a lo que veré después, cuando se pare en el escenario y comienza a decirle a la gente que no tema. "Cuando temo. En Dios confío". Lo dirá una vez, el resto de las veces (más de 20), dirá solo la mitad: "Cuando temo". Y la gente completará: "En Dios confío". ¿A ver los de arriba? ¿A ver los de abajo? "¿Cuando temo?". La congregación responde. No será nuevo decir que hay algo de show. No será nuevo decir que cuando la música comienza, hay algo de emoción. Pero antes de ese momento (un reloj con una cuenta regresiva -44 minutos- va marcando los tiempos de la prédica), Carnival invitará a sus fieles a bajarse una aplicación para releer en la semana lo que se dijo allí, y tomar notas de lo más resonante y demás. YouVersion se llama, es la versión aggiornada de los cuadernillos o volantes que entregan en la iglesia.

El reloj marca que quedan siete minutos y la banda entra, mientras Carnival sigue predicando. Se acomodan en sus puestos, la voz del pastor ahora es acompañada suavemente por una guitarra. Siento cómo la música me va cautivando, una especie de masaje que me enciende el corazón y me pongo de pie. A mi lado, una chica hermosa se pone de pie. A su lado, un muchacho con su hijo. A su lado, una señora. A su lado, un muchacho con los ojos cerrados que tiembla como si una fiebre de 40 grados le hubiera tomado el cuerpo. La música va levantando la ola. ¿Qué sección de mi cerebro se acaba de encender? Pienso en consultar a un neurólogo, pero no, la gente que me rodea no va a consultar a un neurólogo, hacerlo sería alejarme de ellos. Y no quiero. Por mi artículo y porque no quiero, ahora mismo se siente bien. La voz de Carnival crece y me pregunta, solo a mí me lo pregunta, eso siento. ¿Cuándo temo? La respuesta es a la multitud. En Dios confío. Comienza el llanto entonces. ¿Qué se ve en las caras de los otros? Comienza la canción. ¿Qué se ve? Y Carnival canta el coro: yo soy hijo de Dios. Y la gente canta el coro: yo soy hijo de Dios. Continúa el llanto, entonces. Continúa para muchos el momento más emocionante de la semana, el que volverá a buscar la semana siguiente, y la otra, y la otra. Cada semana, hasta que Dios los sane.

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The Spanish word somos means “all” in English, so it seems a fitting new title for the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s LGBTQ showcase. Formerly known as Cine Gay, this year’s event will run March 14th-24th at AMC Fashion Valley and Digital Gym CINEMA North Park.


Now in its 26th year, the festival annually screens more than 160 films from Latin America, Spain, the United States, Mexico and other parts of the world in celebration of Latino film, art and culture. Also featured are after parties, filmmaker workshops and guest celebrities from the hottest TV shows and feature films. The Somos showcase is made possible by the San Diego Pride Festival, the Media Arts Center, and Filmout San Diego.

“LGBTQ cinema is transcendent by nature, oftentimes forcing spectators to look beyond their own experiences and inviting them to engage, reconcile and ultimately relate to issues initially outside of their understanding,” according to Moises Esparza, the festival’s curator. “It is our pleasure to continue our annual tradition of bringing the very best of LGBTQ Latino cinema” to San Diego.

Though primarily reflective of Latino/Latina experiences and locations, the themes of the various movies to be shown are universal. Screenings will be hosted by local drag superstar Franceska. Individual tickets and full festival passes can be purchased in advance here. One can also become a member of this non-profit organization and enjoy special perks here.

A fabulous LGBTQ Short Film Showcase will be presented on Sunday, March 17th at 3:30pm. These mini-movies will include: Broken Sunflower Hearts, Estigma, Infinite While It Lasts, Neither From Here, Nor There, Oasis, The Serenade and The night, unsheltered.

Feature films to be screened are:



Eva + Candela (from Colombia)
The professional ambition of two strong, independent women brings them together but it is also what ultimately pulls them apart. We witness their intense love transform amidst stages of infatuation, sensuality, love, comfort and, finally, routine.


Claudia tocada por la luna (Claudia touched by the moon) (Chile)
Having suffered discrimination throughout her life, Claudia, a trans-Chilean midwife, remembers the hardest and most difficult moments she had to face in order to live her identity. This documentary tells the history, struggle, and constant abuses that are part of a society that still excludes those it considers different.


Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint) (Brazil)
Set in Brazil’s southern city of Porto Alegre, the film focuses on a socially-repressed young man who only comes out of his shell during chatroom performances, when he strips and smears neon paints on his lithe body.


José (Guatemala)
The title character is 19 and lives with his mother in Guatemala, one of the world's most dangerous, religious, impoverished, and socially conservative countries. He spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to drivers. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected and forbidden relationship that thrusts José into an unexpectedly passionate and self-reflective period in his life.


Retablo (Peru/Norway/Germany)
Segundo Paucar, a 14 year old boy, wants to become a master story-box maker just like his father to carry on the family legacy. On his way to a community celebration in the Andes, Segundo accidentally observes his father in a situation that shatters his whole world. Trapped in a chauvinistic environment, Segundo will try to deal in silence with all that is happening to him.


Bixa Travesty (Brazil)
The female trans body becomes a political means of expression in both public and private space. The black, transgender singer Linn da Quebrada deconstructs how alpha males conceive of themselves. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla's documentary portrays a charismatic artist who reflects on gender and has an extraordinary stage presence.


Las herederas (The Heiresses) (Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/France)
Chela and Chiquita, both descendants of wealthy families, have been together for over 30 years. Recently, their financial situation has worsened, and Chiquita is imprisoned on fraud charges. Chela, forced to face a new reality, begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly, wealthy ladies for money. As she settles into her new life, Chela encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. This drama was Paraguay’s submission to this year's Oscars.


Las Chuntá (The Chunta) (Mexico)
Once a year in a small town in Mexico, men transform into women and become the Chuntá. This documentary follows two gender-bending gangs of dancers as they face off in a struggle between queer identity and powerful traditions.

The San Diego Latino Film Festival will be presented from March 14th to the 24th. Click here for more information.

Preview by Rev. Chris Carpenter, resident film and stage critic of Movie Dearest and Rage Monthly Magazine.


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A real hero with on the ground real news about Nicaragua: The Obsession With and Lies About Nicaragua by S. BRIAN WILLSON FacebookTwitterRedditEmail The intense focus on the “ills” of Nicaragua completely misses the deep issues of continued US intervention – imperial neocolonialism – into the sovereign lives of other countries, as here with Nicaragua. Whether you love or hate Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, their personalities and personal lives are not the issue, whatsoever. For US Americans to be so closely scrutinizing clearly the most progressive government in Central America, ignoring the new US friendly but unpopular president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada; the systematic violence in the streets of El Salvador which is directly related to the US funded death squad governments of the 1980s; the repressive and illegal President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez; and the repressive and corrupt government of Guatemala under President Jimmy Morales, is very interesting, and disturbing. The elaborate, well-planned conspiracy behind the April-July 2018 US-orchestrated coup attempt against Nicaragua, included most of the church hierarchy, many wealthy ex-Somocistas, many NGOs including the European-funded CENIDH, the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and USAID, and a couple thousand young Nicaraguans trained over 4 years in the use of social media to blitzkrieg an agenda-loaded propaganda campaign when the right opportunity arose. It had been in the works since at least 2011 when Nicaraguan Felix Maradiaga teamed up with Colombian narco-trafficker Julio Cesar Paz Varela to develop a drug distribution network in Nicaragua, many of the proceeds of which were to be devoted to overthrow the Sandinista government. S. Brian Willson, as a 1st lieutenant, served as commander of a US Air Force combat security police unit in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta in 1969. He is a trained lawyer who has been an anti-war, peace and justice activist for more than forty years. His psychohistorical memoir, “Blood On The Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson” was published in 2011 by PM Press. A long time member of Veterans For Peace, he currently resides in Portland, Oregon. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/21/the-obsession-with-and-lies-about-nicaragua/
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El partido de Codeca, Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos, proclama binomio Thelma Cabrera y Neftalí López Miranda fueron proclamados el jueves pasado candidatos a la Presidencia y Vicepresidencia de la República por el Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos (MLP), el brazo político del Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Codeca). Cabrera y López […]

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La Prensa

Ciudad de México.

Las migraciones forzadas de Centroamérica protagonizaron el encuentro privado que mantuvieron este martes el presidente mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, y el mandatario electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, en el Palacio Nacional de Ciudad de México.

"Platicamos con el presidente electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, sobre la cooperación para el desarrollo como opción para atemperar el fenómeno migratorio", publicó en Twitter el mandatario mexicano al terminar el encuentro que tuvo lugar en la sede del Ejecutivo mexicano.

El mensaje estuvo acompañado de una fotografía de ambos líderes políticos sonrientes y estrechándose la mano en un encuentro en que el presidente mexicano iba vestido con un clásico traje con corbata mientras que el político salvadoreño vestía una camisa blanca abierta con un pañuelo morado en el bolsillo del abrigo.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1105604397634150404"></amp-twitter>A su salida del Palacio Nacional, situado en la céntrica plaza del Zócalo de la capital mexicana, Bukele declaró brevemente ante la prensa que apoya el plan de desarrollo de Centroamérica que promueve López Obrador para frenar la migración forzada.

Previamente, el salvadoreño había publicado en Twitter que en la reunión "fortaleceremos las relaciones con nuestro país hermano y les propondremos diseñar juntos una política que reduzca la migración forzada, generando seguridad y más oportunidades".

Desde octubre del año pasado, varias caravanas de migrantes, formadas por personas de Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala que huían de la violencia y la pobreza, entraron en México para dirigirse a Estados Unidos.

El Gobierno estadounidense, liderado por Donald Trump, optó por bloquear la frontera con México y aumentar las restricciones para la entrada de los migrantes, que se fueron acumulando en la fronteriza ciudad mexicana de Tijuana junto con grupos de otras caravanas llegadas meses antes.

Este lunes, en su informe sobre sus primeros 100 días de mandato, López Obrador sostuvo que su Gobierno "no está a favor del uso de la fuerza para contener la migración" sino que busca "atender las causas que la originan" como la violencia y la falta de empleo.

Por ello, aseveró que su Ejecutivo quiere cooperar con el Gobierno estadounidense, que tiene el "compromiso" de invertir al menos 2,500 millones de dólares en los países centroamericanos y 4,800 millones en México para impulsar el desarrollo económico.

"Esta política se enmarca en la propuesta de crear una cortina de desarrollo para convertir la migración en voluntaria, no en un acto forzado por la carencia y la inseguridad", dijo.

Vea: Demócratan presentan ley para legalizar a inmigrantes con TPSEsta fue la primera visita de Bukele, de la derechista Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (GANA), a México tras su victoria en las pasadas elecciones presidenciales del 3 de febrero.

A pesar de sus diferencias ideológicas, el ganador de las elecciones presidenciales de El Salvador comparte con el presidente mexicano un férreo discurso contra la corrupción que puede ayudar a estrechar los lazos entre ambos países, según expertos.

Además ambos comparten una imagen de líderes antisistema a pesar de haber protagonizado largas carreras políticas.

López Obrador gobernó Ciudad de México entre 2000 y 2006 y Bukele fue alcalde de Nuevo Cuscatlán de 2012 a 2015 y de San Salvador de 2015 a 2018.

Y la persistencia también une a López Obrador y a Bukele, quienes orquestaron escisiones dentro de sus partidos para poder concurrir en las presidenciales.


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La Prensa

Ciudad de Guatemala.

Diferentes organizaciones de turismo de Guatemala pidieron este martes a las autoridades investigar y dar con los responsables de la muerte de la turista británica Catherine Shaw, de 23 años.

"Hacemos un llamado a las autoridades, especialmente a la Fiscalía de delitos Contra Turistas del Ministerio Público (MP), Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Forenses (Inacif), Ministerio de Gobernación y a la Dirección General de la Policía Nacional Civil a fin de realizar a la brevedad las investigaciones necesarias para establecer la causa de su muerte", aseguraron.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1105375372076445697"></amp-twitter>El comunicado está firmado por el Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (estatal), la Cámara de Turismo de Guatemala, sus gremiales y filiales; la Asociación de Exportadores de Guatemala, el Buró de Convenciones y la Fundación para la Promoción de la Ciudad de Guatemala, quienes enviaron además el pésame y sus condolencias a la familia.

Shaw, quien había estado viajando durante tres meses y previo a llegar a Guatemala había estado en la ciudad de México, desapareció el pasado lunes en el poblado de San Juan La Laguna y, según la Policía, fue hasta el jueves 7 de marzo cuando su compañera de viaje activó la alerta Isabel Claudina (para mujeres desaparecidas) "luego de no localizarla en el hotel donde se hospedaba".

El cadáver fue encontrado en un área montañosa del mirador llamado "Nariz del Indio" de San Juan La Laguna, con vista hacia el lago de Atitlán, en el departamento occidental de Sololá.

Vea: Hallan cuerpo de Catherine Shaw, la turista británica desaparecida en GuatemalaLas autoridades trabajan para esclarecer la causa de la muerte y las organizaciones del sector turístico, que solicitan mayor vigilancia en las áreas de "afluencia turística", han pedido que, de comprobarse que fue un asesinato, "aprehendan, juzguen y condenen a los responsables en el menor tiempo posible".

Según informes de ONUMujeres, de la Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos, del Observatorio de Acoso Callejero y del Ministerio Público, en 2018 fueron asesinadas 794 mujeres en Guatemala, es decir: 2,17 al día.

Además, cada 60 minutos se denuncia una violación (casi 24 en un día) y solo el año pasado se registraron 8.

694 denuncias.

En la capital del país, casi la totalidad de las mujeres han sufrido algún tipo de acoso sexual durante su vida y el 87 por ciento asegura que los comentarios de connotación sexual sobre sus cuerpos "no son un halago".

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GUATEMALA – Ako ukázalo forenzné vyšetrovanie, mladá Britka hľadajúca duchovné zážitky sa niekoľko dní pred zmiznutím postila a prestala sa umývať. Spoločnosť jej robilo iba túlavé sivobiele šteňa. Čo je za dramatickou smrťou Britky Catherine Shawovej (23) na úbočí hory?
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A doctor said a post-mortem showed signs of ‘blows to the body’.
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La Unidad de Cine del Departamento de Apoyo a la Creación Artística del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes inició el Diplomado de Realización Cinematográfica, en la sede Altiplano de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, ubicada en la cabecera departamental de Sololá. La primer jornada se realizó el domingo 10 de marzo. “Este es el […]
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Durante marzo y abril, el Ballet Nacional de Guatemala y el Ballet Moderno y Folklórico dedican su trabajo al público infantil y juvenil, por medio de sus temporadas escolares. Con este tipo funciones estas instituciones artísticas del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes fomentan el aprecio por la danza y brindan esparcimiento, mensajes positivos y conocimiento […]
          'Remain In Mexico' Immigration Policy Expands, But Slowly       Cache   Translate Page      
In late January, Carlos Catarldo Gomez of Honduras was the first person returned to Mexico to wait for his asylum trial date. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that this program, dubbed 'Migrant Protection Protocols,' will expand from San Diego to Calexico, Calif.

In late January, Carlos Catarldo Gomez of Honduras was the first person returned to Mexico to wait for his asylum trial date. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that this program, dubbed 'Migrant Protection Protocols,' will expand from San Diego to Calexico, Calif.; Credit: Gregory Bull/AP

Joel Rose | NPR

The Trump administration is expanding a hard-line immigration policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their assigned court dates in the U.S.

The program, which is officially known as the "Migrant Protection Protocols," began earlier this year at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego. Homeland Security officials say it expanded this week to include the border crossing in Calexico, Calif., and areas between official ports of entry in the Border Patrol's San Diego sector.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the program, initially dubbed "Remain in Mexico," in December. Administration officials say it's intended to deter the growing number of migrants fleeing the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to seek asylum in U.S. immigration courts.

The program was quickly challenged in federal court by immigrant rights advocates. They say it forces migrants to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexican border towns, and deprives them of access to lawyers to help prepare their asylum cases.

For now, the vast majority of asylum-seekers are still allowed to remain in the U.S. pending their immigration court appearances.

So far, only 240 migrants have been returned to Mexico under the program, according to immigration officials. That's a small fraction of the 76,000 migrants who crossed the southern border in February — one of the busiest months for the Border Patrol in a decade.

"We are starting small to see how this process works," said a DHS official during a background briefing with reporters today. "To make sure we have the coordination down, and a process that works."

There is no formal agreement with the Mexican government concerning the Migrant Protection Protocols, according to DHS. But U.S. officials insist there is coordination between authorities in the two countries.

"We work very closely with Mexican authorities," a DHS official said. "We're not going to open a location that Mexican authorities aren't ready to handle."

A report earlier this month said the "Remain in Mexico" policy could soon expand to El Paso, Texas. DHS officials say they're working to further expand the program, did not indicate when or where that would happen.

Meanwhile, immigrant rights' advocates are going to court later this month in hopes of shutting the program down altogether. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco set a hearing for March 22 on their motion for a preliminary injunction.

The case was brought on behalf of asylum-seekers and non-profit organizations that work with them by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.

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La Federación Nacional de Futbol de Guatemala (Fedefut) anunció este martes la cancelación del partido del 26 de marzo de la Selección guatemalteca contra su par de Trinidad y Tobago, por lo que ahora busca rival para jugar en esa misma fecha. Según el ente rector del balompié guatemalteco, la FIFA “prohibió” el partido porque...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Isaac says he’s pleased to be making more use of his Spanish in his newest film, “Triple Frontier .” The Guatemalan-American star of “Star Wars” and “Ex Machina” plays a former special forces operative leading a dangerous heist in South America in this J.C. Chandor directed film, which begins streaming […]
          Guatemalan General Election Brings Two Gay Men Fighting For LGBT Rights      Cache   Translate Page      

Two gay men are running for Congress in the country of Guatemala.

General elections are happening in Guatemala this year, and the political race is rampant with conversation about corruption in the executive branch. In addition, rampant poverty has forced several citizens to emigrate out of the country.

Plus, a new bill called Initiative 5272 was introduced to the country’s Congress in an attempt to “protect the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, freedom of conscience and expression and the right of parents to guide their children in the area of sexuality.” 

In midst of all this, two gay men are running for open seatw in Congress, according to the Washington Blade.

Aldo Dávila is the executive director of a Guatemala City-based HIV/AIDS Service group called Asociación Gente Positiva. Now, he’s running for Congress as a member of the Winaq Movement, which is a leftist party made by Nobel Peace prize winner Rigoberta Menchú.

Joining him in the race is Otto René Félix who's a member of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) party. The party was first a guerilla movement that then became an official political party in 1998.

With the general election on the way, both men have expressed their desire to fight Initiative 5272 and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the legislative branch.

“There are many laws at this moment that are violating our rights,” Dávila said to the Washington Blade.

“There is a lot of social inequality in Guatemala,” Félix added.

Felix shares that there’s many LGBTQ citizens who have no access to health care or employment because of bias and discrimination based on sexual orientation. But the two men want to create change within their country.

“I think it is important that we begin to start to be in places where we can make decisions,” said Dávila.

h/t: The Washington Blade


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Se reunieron con familias de Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala que esperan volver a Estados Unidos en medio de la política del gobierno de Trump de "permanecer en México"
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POLICE today launched a criminal investigation into the death of a British backpacker in Guatemala as searchers told of the moment they found her body. Cat h e r i ne S h a w, 2 3 , o f Witney, Oxfordshire, was found yesterday at the mountainous I...
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A doctor said a post-mortem showed signs of ‘blows to the body’.
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Iowa News: Guatemalan Man, Victor Morales-Suar Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Prior Deportation

Marshalltown, Iowa – Attempted to enter Meskwaki Casino using fraudulent identification. A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost four months in federal prison.

Victor Morales-Suar, age 42, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Marshalltown, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 16, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

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QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala (AP) - An English tourist whose body was found near a Guatemala highland lake popular with travelers died of hemorrhaging resulting from a traumatic brain injury, according to an autopsy report completed Tuesday.

In a statement, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala also said 23-year-old Catherine ...

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GUATEMALA CITY | Two openly gay men are among the candidates who are running for seats in Guatemala’s congress. Aldo Dávila, executive director of Asociación Gente Positiva, a Guatemala City-based HIV/AIDS service organization, is a member of the Winaq Movement, a leftist party that Rigoberta Menchú, an indigenous human rights activist who won the Nobel […]

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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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A doctor said a post-mortem showed signs of ‘blows to the body’.
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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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Apparent 'blows' found on backpacker's body, doctor says
          Re: Tuesday's open line and news roundup      Cache   Translate Page      
Olphart, let us get something straight from your earlier incorrect post. I served on active duty for 20 (not 30) years, but served civil service for 19 more doing the same thing. I began as an enlisted man and retired as a chief warrant officer. I began my civilian career as a GS-12 and retired as a GS-13 step 8.
Yes, I served drinks at a couple of officers' clubs and my trinkets (i.e., 12 Medals) were all for superior performance, non combat related although I was briefly in Vietnam. Then I spent 10 years as a Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer earning a lot more "trinkets". The only Guatemalans encountered was the leader of that country and their Air Force when I handled a CIA dinner hosting all of the leaders of South and Central America in one of my clubs. And, yes I poured drinks for them, several presidents, the returned Iranian hostages and many deserving warriors. I have had two blessed careers and no old sorry sonovabitch like you can take that away from me. I am still contributing to the greater good which is more than you can claim. Lastly, get rid of the ugly cat picture on your posts. If you want a photo of a cute cat, I can provide one.
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Most people wouldn't consider the global refugee crisis a laughing matter, but American comic actor Ben Stiller says humor can help draw people's attention to it. Humor can help tell the stories of the more than 25 million refugees around the world, said the actor in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday. "I do think you can reach a lot more people that way," said Stiller, who recently returned from a visit with Syrian refugees in his role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR). He has held the role since last year. "I don't want to get people depressed. I want people to see that these are human beings," he said. "Humor's an important part of it." People might shut out the refugee issue because it is overwhelming but humor can capture their attention, Stiller said. "I'm trying to find that," he said. "It's interesting to try to find humorous ways to tell the story." Stiller, 53, an actor, producer and director known for such films as "Zoolander," "Meet the Fockers" and "There's Something About Mary," visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photographs and videos from his trip, posted on Twitter, show him visiting students in an art class and playing soccer with refugee children. "The memories I take back from these trips are of laughing with the kids and families," Stiller said. "We're finding things in common and laughing about things that are funny, and humor is a part of life." Using humor to talk about refugees does pose a challenge, he added. "You don't want to in any way make it seem trivial or make fun of it." But a little humor can help in grim situations like those facing refugees, he said. "People I find have really wonderful resilient attitudes towards their experiences, and the ones who find the humor in it are able to find a way to survive." More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, when civil war erupted, according to UNHCR. More than a million of them live in neighboring Lebanon, most in poverty. Stiller, a New York native, said he would like to see Americans be less fearful and more welcoming of refugees, more supportive of countries hosting refugees and open to more resettlement in the United States. He also has visited refugees in Jordan and in Guatemala with UNHCR. "I walk away feeling it is important to get the word out about what these people are going through," Stiller said.
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La Prensa

Ciudad de México.

Las autoridades mexicanas manejan como principal hipótesis sobre los migrantes desaparecidos al ser bajados de un autobús por cuatro personas armadas en Tamaulipas, la posibilidad de que hubiesen contratado a los secuestradores para cruzar a Estados Unidos.

El secretario de Seguridad Pública de México, Alfonso Durazo, explicó este martes en rueda de prensa que se contemplan esta teoría de que "hubiesen estado en ruta hacia Estados Unidos en un eventual acuerdo con tratantes de personas".

Otra posible hipótesis es que "hubiese habido algún acto de alguna organización criminal que pudiera desembocar en un secuestro", apuntó.

Durante el suceso, que tuvo lugar el pasado 7 de marzo, los cuatro asaltantes subidos en cuatro coches interceptaron el autobús, que circulaba de sur a norte sobre la carretera 53 (Tampico-Reynosa).

Lea más: Embajador desconoce si hay hondureños entre migrantes secuestrados en MéxicoAbordaron el autobús y consultaron en una lista que portaban el nombre de las personas que fueron bajando del autocar para llevarlos a los cochesLas cifras de personas desaparecidas no está clara, oscila entre 19 y 25, ya que según la carpeta de investigación de la fiscalía local eran 25 y el conductor aseguró que se trata de 19.

El autobús salió de Tampico con 42 pasajeros y tras lo acontecido, el conductor decidió continuar hasta su destino final en Reynosa, ciudad en la frontera de México con Estados Unidos, donde hizo la denuncia ante las autoridades.

Según Durazo, todavía quedan "faltantes de información pero se está avanzando" y el hecho de que no hubiese violencia y de que solo seleccionasen a hombres "minimiza el riesgo para las personas bajadas de la unidad".

También aclaró que por parte de los departamentos de inteligencia de Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador no hay denuncias de desapariciones.

Lea más: Demócratas presentan ley para legalizar a inmigrantes con TPS y dreamersDurazo hizo un balance con cifras y datos sobre los avances en seguridad del Gobierno de Andrés Manuel López Obrador, que cumplió 100 días de mandato el pasado domingo.

El secretario habló de un "cambio de paradigma" desde el 1 de diciembre, ya que ahora "los altos niveles de violencia no son atendidos con más violencia, sino con visión amplia y no solo desde lo militar y lo político, sino también desde lo social, abatiendo las causas", defendió.

En relación al Plan Nacional de Seguridad y Paz, explicó que los 8 puntos en los que se divide, son necesarios para "atender problemas heredados".

En este sentido, dio gran importancia a la creación ya inminente de la Guardia Nacional, en la que habrá 80,000 elementos al terminar este año, 120,000 en los tres primeros años de legislatura y 150,000 en 2023.

"La Guardia Nacional es el eje central para conseguir paz y justicia y para llegar a un estado de derecho real", sentenció.

Para terminar, comentó que ya hay cuatro detenidos en relación al ataque a un bar en el estado de Guanajuato, en el centro del país, en el que fallecieron 15 personas, relacionado con el cartel de Santa Rosa de Lima.

"Es importante ir contra las finanzas del grupo criminal, porque si no tienen recursos no pueden pagar las operaciones y ya se han congelado 17 cuentas de presuntos criminales vinculados a este grupo", finalizó.

EFE


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La Prensa

Ciudad de México.

Las migraciones forzadas de Centroamérica protagonizaron el encuentro privado que mantuvieron este martes el presidente mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, y el mandatario electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, en el Palacio Nacional de Ciudad de México.

"Platicamos con el presidente electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, sobre la cooperación para el desarrollo como opción para atemperar el fenómeno migratorio", publicó en Twitter el mandatario mexicano al terminar el encuentro que tuvo lugar en la sede del Ejecutivo mexicano.

El mensaje estuvo acompañado de una fotografía de ambos líderes políticos sonrientes y estrechándose la mano en un encuentro en que el presidente mexicano iba vestido con un clásico traje con corbata mientras que el político salvadoreño vestía una camisa blanca abierta con un pañuelo morado en el bolsillo del abrigo.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1105604397634150404"></amp-twitter>A su salida del Palacio Nacional, situado en la céntrica plaza del Zócalo de la capital mexicana, Bukele declaró brevemente ante la prensa que apoya el plan de desarrollo de Centroamérica que promueve López Obrador para frenar la migración forzada.

Previamente, el salvadoreño había publicado en Twitter que en la reunión "fortaleceremos las relaciones con nuestro país hermano y les propondremos diseñar juntos una política que reduzca la migración forzada, generando seguridad y más oportunidades".

Desde octubre del año pasado, varias caravanas de migrantes, formadas por personas de Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala que huían de la violencia y la pobreza, entraron en México para dirigirse a Estados Unidos.

El Gobierno estadounidense, liderado por Donald Trump, optó por bloquear la frontera con México y aumentar las restricciones para la entrada de los migrantes, que se fueron acumulando en la fronteriza ciudad mexicana de Tijuana junto con grupos de otras caravanas llegadas meses antes.

Este lunes, en su informe sobre sus primeros 100 días de mandato, López Obrador sostuvo que su Gobierno "no está a favor del uso de la fuerza para contener la migración" sino que busca "atender las causas que la originan" como la violencia y la falta de empleo.

Por ello, aseveró que su Ejecutivo quiere cooperar con el Gobierno estadounidense, que tiene el "compromiso" de invertir al menos 2,500 millones de dólares en los países centroamericanos y 4,800 millones en México para impulsar el desarrollo económico.

"Esta política se enmarca en la propuesta de crear una cortina de desarrollo para convertir la migración en voluntaria, no en un acto forzado por la carencia y la inseguridad", dijo.

Vea: Demócratan presentan ley para legalizar a inmigrantes con TPSEsta fue la primera visita de Bukele, de la derechista Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (GANA), a México tras su victoria en las pasadas elecciones presidenciales del 3 de febrero.

A pesar de sus diferencias ideológicas, el ganador de las elecciones presidenciales de El Salvador comparte con el presidente mexicano un férreo discurso contra la corrupción que puede ayudar a estrechar los lazos entre ambos países, según expertos.

Además ambos comparten una imagen de líderes antisistema a pesar de haber protagonizado largas carreras políticas.

López Obrador gobernó Ciudad de México entre 2000 y 2006 y Bukele fue alcalde de Nuevo Cuscatlán de 2012 a 2015 y de San Salvador de 2015 a 2018.

Y la persistencia también une a López Obrador y a Bukele, quienes orquestaron escisiones dentro de sus partidos para poder concurrir en las presidenciales.


          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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The Trump administration is expanding a hard-line immigration policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their assigned court dates in the U.S. The program, which is officially known as the "Migrant Protection Protocols," began earlier this year at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego. Homeland Security officials say the program expanded this week to include migrants crossing at the Port of Entry in Calexico, Calif., and those apprehended in areas between official ports of entry in the Border Patrol's San Diego sector. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the program , initially dubbed "Remain in Mexico," in December. Administration officials say it's intended to deter the growing number of migrants fleeing the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to seek asylum in U.S. immigration courts. The program was quickly challenged in federal court by immigrant rights advocates. They say it forces migrants to wait in dangerous
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OFFICERS investigating the death of a backpacker in Guatemala are yet to rule out 'foul play'.
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A FAMILY has paid tribute after the tragic discovery of backpacker Catherine Shaw who was found dead in Guatemala.
          These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
  • The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.

In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.

Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017

The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."

Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.

See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016

Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.

Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.

Here's the top 50:

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50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, New Orleans had a population of 393,292 people and 145 homicides.



29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Chihuahua had a population of 938,713 people and 352 homicides.



48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Teresina had a population of 861,442 people and 324 homicides.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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The 23-year-old from Oxfordshire was found dead in Guatemala after a week-long search came to a tragic end
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Adults and children in the isolated, mountainous village of Sillab in north-central Guatemala are currently in the dark. The village has never had access to electricity before, but their story will soon change.  The Oklahoma Association of Elec
          These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

brazil gangsta

  • In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
  • The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.

In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.

Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017

The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."

Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.

See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016

Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.

Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.

Here's the top 50:

DON'T MISS: These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world — and there's a clear winner

50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, New Orleans had a population of 393,292 people and 145 homicides.



29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Chihuahua had a population of 938,713 people and 352 homicides.



48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Teresina had a population of 861,442 people and 324 homicides.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Photo @ CentroPro DH At the end of February, the civil organization World Justice Project (WJP) published its “Index on Rule of Law 2019”, in which Mexico was ranked 99 out of 126 listed countries, worse than countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and its neighbor, Guatemala. At a Latin American level, Mexico is still […]
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In yet another potential example of cultural relativism, a young woman who went hiking in a dangerous country alone has been found dead. 23-year-old British woman Catherine Shaw had set out traveling in September 2018 and was in Guatemala for two weeks before being reported missing on March 5. Her body was subsequently found at at San Juan La Laguna. **Watch the uncensored video streams at: https://infowars.com/show **Download The Official Infowars Free App https://www.infowars.com/app/ http://www.infowarsapk.com/ **Subscribe: https://infowars.com/newsletter **GET YOUR NASCENT IODINE FIX TODAY>>> https://www.infowarsstore.com/survival-shield-x-2-nascent-iodine.html
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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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YUMA, ARIZONA – On Monday, a report from U.S. Border Patrol affirmed that approximately 750 undocumented immigrants were apprehended this weekend. A border patrol agent confirmed the group was apprehended less than a mile from the Arizona San Luis/Mexico port of entry, which is directly below Yuma. The group, mainly Central American families (Guatemalan, Honduras, […]

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          Catherine Shaw: Missing British backpacker's cause of death confirmed      Cache   Translate Page      
It's believed Catherine Shaw, from Witney in Oxfordshire, could have lay dead for up to six days after falling to her death in Guatemala
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"The Trump Challenge: How Many Circumcised Cocks Can You Fit in Your Mouth?" (Anglin):
"Look.
I can handle a little bit of kikesucking. But this is now officially out of control. It has become unreasonable."
"Has Trump Gone Full Neocon??" (Whitney).  Note how Bolton was supposed to be in Canberra but managed to muscle his way to Hanoi:  "Bolton’s Act of Sabotage" (Macilwain).

"Dual Loyalty as Racism" (Mykytyn).  One of these things is was not like the others:  "bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty".  "Transgender Prof: Excluding Men From Women's Sports Is Like Excluding Black Women".  A lot of this is starting to sound like an reductio ad absurdum trick to undermine identity politics.

"Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘pretty face’ who got ‘away with murder’" (Fredericks).  She's fearless, and has reached the point of just taunting them with a never-ending stream of truth bombs.

It was striking, and clarifying, how the Khazars went automatically to their bastion of bullying power, the Holocaust, in their dirty attacks on truth.  You'd think they might have just a smidgen of shame, but they don't:  "Oh, Here We Go Again, or, “The Holocaust”: Bringing White People to Heel Since 1967".  The idea that 'dual loyalty' charges are impossible now because the Nazis might have made similar charges in the 1930s is ridiculous, all the more so when such charges are so obviously true (much more so now with the existence of Israel).  (((Their))) loyalties, and the shameless way (((they))) flaunt them, are actually quite amusing:  "If he fails in his bid to serve as government chief, Farhi plans to return to Israel, he told Ynet News."

"Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela" (Roberts).

Sabotaging the power grid in Venezuela is the kind of useless trouble making that you would expect from punks like Abrams and Bolton.

"Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria " (Cartalucci):
". . . the world is witnessing a 21st century rendition of the British Empire's withdrawal from around the globe, stubbornly being thrown out of one corner of its realm after the other until relegated as Washington's subordinate. For Washington, there is no other Western power for it to hand the torch of Western imperialism over to. Once it is evicted from around the globe, it will struggle to find a relevant or more constructive role to play in these regions ever again.

By virtue of Washington's shortsightedness and its inability to adapt to the world as it really is versus how Washington desires it to be - Washington has proven itself unfit to lead the "international order" it presumes dominion over.

In a global order predicated on "might makes right," Washington is now faced with the reality of no longer being mightiest, and thus no longer "right.""
"Pentagon Gives Erdogan An Ultimatum: Don't Expect Our F-35s If You Buy Russian S-400s" (Durden).  So the threat is you can't have our pilot-killing joke of a plane leaving you free to buy far superior tech from the Russians?

"On Int’l Women’s Day, Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Assault Women of the Wailing Wall".  It is always going to be amazing that Israel is one of the most profoundly hateful places on the planet but solely through Khazar control of the (((media))) manages to pinkwash itself into some kind of world beacon of intersectional love and understanding.

"Did secret nuclear talks with Donald Trump trigger the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Security expert's claim gives a chilling explanation for Saudi activist's shocking slaughter" ('Owen Wilson').  These are the real impeachable offenses of Trump and his boss, President Jared.

"Saudi investment fund hires US PR firm to create distance from crown prince" (Pecquet).

"Cover-up in India’s 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed" (Miller).  Might have to wait for Corbyn to get the information.

"Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy " (Durden):
"Interestingly, Merkel's stance wasn't based on any principled desire to promoted peace or prevent needless provocations which could potentially spark regional war between Ukraine and Russia and western allies, but out of concern it essentially "wasn't enough"."
"Over 30 New York scholars and activists spied on by former Mossad agents".  The amount of effort put into this kind of thing is amazing, and has completely failed, even backfired.

"Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify About Wikileaks" (Durden). MI6 gloatingBackground.

"Zuckerberg Has 70+ Personal Guards, Spends $10 Million Each Year in Security While He Shills For Open Borders" (Pomidor Quixote).  "Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State" (Agorist).

(((They))) are going after Winstanley now:  tweet:
"Comrades, friends, well wishers: I'm inundated and I can't keep up with all the outraged texts, calls and emails sending solidarity. Please be patient a little while longer: the truth will be revealed soon."
Tweet (Wedaddy):
"🇩🇿 Algeria: based on the massive turnout today, it's no longer a matter of debate; Algeria is in the midst of peaceful homegrown civic uprising against the clan & the Algerian deep state "
Tweet (Savvy and Realistic Democrat):
"Who says Realistic Democrats aren't ambitious? My policy agenda: • (means-tested) • Trope Police, to sniff out hurtful tropes against military aid packages • Rehab programs for ALL imprisoned parents of truant children (means-tested) • "

          Horrifying moment an aerobatic plane crashes in Guatemala, killing the pilot and co-pilot      Cache   Translate Page      
An air show in Guatemala ended in tragedy when the plane plummeted from the sky shortly after taking off Sunday at the Escuintla Volcanes Racetrack, killing the pilot and co-pilot.
          ‘BLOWS TO THE BODY’: Body of U.K. tourist in Guatemala shows signs of trauma      Cache   Translate Page      
QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala — An English tourist whose body was found near a Guatemala highland lake popular with travellers died of hemorrhaging resulting from a traumatic brain injury, according to an autopsy report completed Tuesday. In a statement, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala also said 23-year-old Catherine Shaw had died four to six […]
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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THE parents of a backpacker who was found dead in Guatemala have issued an emotional thank you to all those who helped search for her daughter.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Parents of backpacker found dead are thankful for support      Cache   Translate Page      
THE parents of a backpacker who was found dead in Guatemala have issued an emotional thank you to all those who helped search for her daughter.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Catherine Shaw death: Woman missing in Guatemala had 'blow to head'      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw was reported missing after she left a Guatemala hotel on 5 March.
          Catherine Shaw death: Woman missing in Guatemala had 'blow to head'      Cache   Translate Page      
A woman who went missing in Guatemala died of a blow to the head, a post-mortem examination has found. Catherine Shaw, 23, from Witney, Oxfordshire, was reported missing after she left Hotel Mayachik near Lake Atitlan on 5 March. Her body was...
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          'Remain In Mexico' Immigration Policy Expands, But Slowly       Cache   Translate Page      
The Trump administration is expanding a hard-line immigration policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their assigned court dates in the U.S. The program, which is officially known as the "Migrant Protection Protocols," began earlier this year at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego. Homeland Security officials say the program expanded this week to include migrants crossing at the Port of Entry in Calexico, Calif., and those apprehended in areas between official ports of entry in the Border Patrol's San Diego sector. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the program , initially dubbed "Remain in Mexico," in December. Administration officials say it's intended to deter the growing number of migrants fleeing the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to seek asylum in U.S. immigration courts. The program was quickly challenged in federal court by immigrant rights advocates. They say it forces migrants to wait in dangerous
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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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The U.S. should work more closely with Guatemala and Mexico to reduce the flow of migrants into Mexico because many wind up in America.
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Beading has made a tremendous difference in the lives of many indigenous Guatemalans. This colorful and whimsical 1" x 5.75"
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          Catherine Shaw death: Woman missing in Guatemala had 'blow to head'      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw was reported missing after she left a Guatemala hotel on 5 March.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Cultural Relativism? British Woman Found Dead After Hiking in Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page      
Paul Joseph Watson | Growing list of women traveling alone in dangerous countries who never come home.
          Backpackern Cathrine, 23, hittad död på turistmålet      Cache   Translate Page      
Efter att ha varit på resa i över ett år försvann Cathrine Shaw, 23, spårlöst. En vecka senare har hennes nakna kropp hittats - död i ett ökänt bergsområde i Guatemala. Polisen misstänker nu att hon kan blivit våldtagen och mördad, skriver Daily Mail.
          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Gloria Álvarez se postula a presidencia de Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page      

Gloria Álvarez se postula para presidencia de Guatemala

La politóloga antipopulista presentó un plan de gobierno de 10 acciones.
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After two eight-year-old Guatemalan children died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in December 2018, CBP has announced changes to its policies for handling child immigrants. Specifically, CBP indicated that they would be performing secondary medical checks on all children taken into custody, with a special focus on those children under the age of 10. The agency also is considering requesting additional medical support from other government agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control. Furthermore, CBP has recognized the need to review its procedures for holding immigrants in custody so as to alleviate overcrowding in centers located in the El Paso area. CPB also has taken the step of informing the media of any deaths of individuals in their custody within 24 hours. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces Changes After Second Child Death CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, who testified…
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Middenschool Sint-Jan steunt Broederlijk Delen en Guatemala. Patricia Melendez, een advocaat van Guatemala die opkomt voor de rechten van de arme boeren, kwam haar verhaal vertellen aan de leerlingen van de middenschool. Ze verblijft een tijd in een gastgezin in Korspel.
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Catherine Shaw, tânăra dată dispărută în urmă cu şase zile, a fost găsită de către o echipă de salvatori, care pornise în căutarea ei în Guatemala, unde fata se afla în vacanţă.
          YouTube Premium and Music now available in South Africa and many Latin American countries      Cache   Translate Page      

Just a few hours ago, Google announced that YouTube Premium and YouTube Music had made their way to India. Oddly enough, it neglected to mention the 13 other countries both services just debuted in. Of these 13, 12 are in Central and South America, with the odd duck out being South Africa.

Without further ado, here's the list:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay

We aren't too sure what sorts of promotions are being run in every new country, but South Africa in particular is offering three months of YouTube Music Premium, with prices coming in at R60/month for single users and R90/month for the family plan.

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YouTube Premium and Music now available in South Africa and many Latin American countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


          Briton found dead in Guatemala died of traumatic brain injury, post-mortem finds      Cache   Translate Page      
Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
          Çırılçıplak halde bulundu!      Cache   Translate Page      
Guatemala'daki San Juan La Laguna kasabasında görüldükten sonra kayıplara karışan 23 yaşındaki Catherine Shaw'dan haber var. Kayıp haberi çıktığı günden bu yana dünyanın dört bir yanından onlarca insanın yakından takip ettiği konu haline gelen 23 yaşındaki genç kadının cesedi dağdaki gölün yakınlarında bulundu.
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La Prensa

Tamaulipas, MéxicoEl presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, confirmó este martes que 19 hombres secuestrados el jueves pasado en el violento estado de Tamaulipas, en el noreste del país, son migrantes, mientras se investigan las circunstancias de su desaparición.

El caso se suma a otro registrado en febrero, cuando desapareció otro grupo de 25 personas que viajaban también en autobús en Tamaulipas.

México investiga si los migrantes desaparecidos planearon su secuestroEl mandatario ratificó la versión de la fiscalía estatal de que el autobús en que viajaban los migrantes fue interceptado por un grupo de hombres armados a bordo de cuatro vehículos cuando viajaban por una carretera desde Tampico hacia Ciudad Reynosa, fronteriza con la estadounidense McAllen, y se llevaron a 19 pasajeros con rumbo desconocido.

"Esto último es cierto, que así se dieron las cosas según el informe que nosotros tenemos, pero que a partir de ahí ya no se supo más", dijo López Obrador.

CifraEn México hay más de 40.

000 personas reportadas como desaparecidas, según cifras oficiales, muchas de ellas en medio de la violencia ligada al narcotráfico.

El mandatario afirmó, no obstante, que se contempla la posibilidad de que el secuestro sea una modalidad en la que los migrantes -cuya nacionalidad no precisó- se introducen a Estados Unidos, y detalló que ya se han registrado dos casos parecidos en lo que va de su administración.

"Se está investigando para tener certeza porque hay hipótesis de que es una forma de introducirse al territorio estadounidense, que no es que desaparezcan sino que cruzan así la frontera", dijo.

El secretario de Seguridad, Alfonso Durazo, dijo más tarde que esa hipótesis era "una de las principales, aunque no la única", en la investigación.

Aseguró que, según les han informado autoridades de Tamaulipas, los hombres armados "llevaban una lista de las personas que bajaron del autobús".

"La información de inteligencia refiere que los grupos delictivos que operan en la entidad (Tamaulipas) ofrecen el servicio de traslado a los migrantes a Estados Unidos", añadió Durazo en rueda de prensa, al asegurar que en los principales países centroamericanos desde donde parten los migrantes, como Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador, no hay denuncias de familiares secuestrados.

Sin embargo, dijo que no descartan aún la posibilidad de un secuestro o desaparición.

El subsecretario de Derechos Humanos, Población y Migración de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Alejandro Encinas informó por la tarde del martes que suman dos los casos de desaparición de personas mientras viajaban por Tamaulipas.

El 21 de febrero desaparecieron otras 25 personas que se trasladaban en un autobús por carreteras de esa región.

"Son estos dos casos los que tenemos reportados", dijo Encinas.

- Detalles borrosos -La Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos dijo por su parte que sí era posible que los migrantes hayan sido realmente secuestrados, y que sus vidas podían estar en peligro.

"Se encuentran en situación de vulnerabilidad múltiple que las ubica en riesgo extraordinario, y si no se realizan acciones de búsqueda y localización se puede poner en riesgo su integridad personal y su vida," advirtió en un comunicado.

Atribuyen a narcos matanza de 72 migrantesLos detalles del incidente permanecen borrosos.

Durazo dijo que el conductor del autobús declaró que fueron 19 pasajeros los que habrían bajado del autobús, pero otras fuentes de la investigación hablan de 22 o 25.

Según la fiscalía de Tamaulipas, la detención ocurrió cuando el autobús pasaba por San Fernando, uno de los tramos viales más peligrosos del estado.

En agosto de 2010, allí fueron secuestrados y asesinados 72 migrantes, en su mayoría centroamericanos, cuando viajaban de manera clandestina hacia Estados Unidos, masacre atribuida al cártel de Los Zetas, que supuestamente intentó reclutarlos a la fuerza.

"Lo que queremos es seguir investigando porque no queremos que se repitan casos lamentables, horrendos, como los de San Fernando, tenemos que cuidar a los migrantes y no dejarlos sin protección", dijo López Obrador.

Como parte de la investigación, autoridades mexicanas han pedido información tanto a los gobiernos centroamericanos como al de Estados Unidos, informó el presidente.

Según autoridades, grupos criminales secuestran a hombres que viajan en carreteras para obligarlos a sumarse a sus filas.

Tamaulipas, donde actúan los cárteles del Golfo y Los Zetas, es uno de los distritos que reporta el mayor número de desaparecidos.


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Jesse Pittman, head brewer, uses an in-line labeler to overwrap printed cans for small-batch runs requiring labels. When using h
This brewery and tap house is known for small-batch experiments. To decorate the cans, it overwraps printed can stock, originally destined for its higher-volume varieties, with labels.

With five years now under their belts, Urban Growler Brewing’s co-founders, Deb Losch and Jill Pavlak have been slowly building their brewery through quality products and local participation.

Minnesota’s first woman-owned brewery, the St. Paul facility features a taproom, an on-location kitchen, and an outdoor beer garden. There are also indoor retail spaces that can be rented for hosting meetings, weddings, and local social gatherings. The building itself lends itself to being a gathering place. This brick-and-timber space once was home to the St. Paul Police’s horse stables in the late 1800s. It then became a manufacturing facility for wooden skis and hockey sticks—after all, this is Minnesota—as well as other warehousing in later years. Designers retrofitted the facility to support modern brewing while preserving the character of the old building.

Lately, much of its focus has been on a concept that Losch and Pavlak callPlow to Pint.They found their customers would rather drink locally and appreciate locally-sourced products. Some of the recent favorites include Blueberry Wheat, featuring blueberries harvested from a family-owned farm in Princeton, MN, and an Oak Aged Imperial Ale that uses classic oak barrels and Frontenac grapes gown outside Red Wing, MN. On a farther-flung project, they have even worked with the University of Minnesota and the Rainforest Alliance in Guatemala for a collaboration brew using the sustainable ramon nut in a stout.

Flagship brews include traditional beers like their CowBell Cream Ale, Midwest IPA, and De-Lovely Porter. They also brew an interesting Kentucky Uncommon Ale and a “West-Coast-hops-meets-East-Coast-maltiness” Golden Hammer IPA.

The brewery is agile enough to brew small batches and experiment with limited releases. Last year, Urban Growler brewed more than 40 different beers, some as small as half-barrel experiments. Most end up in the taproom where their popularity is voted on by their customers’ consumption. The more popular winners then might end up as a seasonal or limited release for distribution in 16-oz cans.

The 10-barrel brewery pushed out 1,900 barrels in 2018, up from about 1,250 in 2017, and is looking to blow past that number in 2019. Currently, distribution is limited to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores in the Twin Cities area; grocery retail can’t sell beer in Minnesota. This means there’s not much by way of secondary packaging at the moment but look for that to change.

“It’s a point of discussion for the coming year,” Losch says.

Labeling small-batch beers
While most of the flagship beers at Urban Growler are filled by a Wild Goose system into preprinted cans bought in bulk from Crown, most of the new small-batch creations are getting canned and labeled using pressure-sensitive, custom-designed labels. This allows the brewery to be more flexible while doing a small batch economically and using eye-catching designs for their new brews.

Urban Growler has been canning approximately 150 cases of their small-batch seasonals every few months. Because of their success, they are now ramping things up to 250-case batches of their special beers once a month. To do this, the brewery had to invest in a new automated labeling system from Weber Packaging Solutions. They explained to the Weber rep that the brewery was growing and would need to be able to scale up to the larger brew runs at higher speeds in the future. Reliability was key to a new system, and it had to be easy for the staff to operate.

The result was a PackLeader 501 wraparound labeling system that fit into their existing canning line. It only needs to be switched on when operating; volume-printed cans not requiring labels pass through the machine in-line. And since Weber is one of the largest label manufacturers in the U.S., the company helped Urban Growler get their custom labels printed for the first few runs. Their first two brews off the new line were a Rhubarb Wit and their Kentucky Uncommon.

“What we do is we over-label the printed cans,” Losch says. “What that allows us to do is use our flagships as the base can, and then over-label with a pressure-sensitive label. We’ve actually modified our can design so the top of the neck is generic, demonstrating only our brewery name. The top logo then applies to whatever label is wrapped over the can.”

Head brewer Jesse Pittman, who came to Urban from Swamphead Brewing in Florida, was there for the installation and managed the first runs.

“Experience has taught me you need good gear with a simple interface that is easy for everyone to run,” says Pittman. “It took no time at all to teach the other brewers and staff how to work the PackLeader 501.”

The line
Urban Growler uses a Ska Can-i-Bus depalletizer with a twist rinser and a measure of conveyer to deliver 16-oz cans to a Wild Goose 250 filler and seamer. This machine runs at about 38 cans/min once it hits its stride. Cans then get a rinse and a blow dry before being marked with a Pack Date on a Markem Imaje ink-jet date coder. Conveyors move cans past the aforementioned PackLeader station for labeling if necessary, then cans are bundled into four-packs with plastic ring carriers. Uniquely, these are sustainably-minded, photodegradable four-pack rings from Mumm. Mumm also supplied Urban Growler with an automated 350 ring applicator machine. The rings are fed into the Mumm on a large spool housing the web of can rings. The four-packs are then hand-packed into 24-count, hand-erected trays, hand-palletized at 12 cases per layer, and taken to coolers. Urban Growler self-distributes, so the sales team loads its trucks from the cooler as needed.

What’s next
“Mixed four-packs in paperboard cartons might be a potential growth area. We also have a Great Pride beer coming out. With this labeler we can do a lot smaller batches. So that’s really providing some flexibility and opportunity for us,” Losch says. “We want to grow to be one of the top-10 breweries in Minnesota by reputation. We want to continue to build our brand by bringing people together with our quality products and innovation.”

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          Missing tourist found dead with ‘blows to the body’ in Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page      
An English backpacker who went missing last week in Guatemala has been found dead — and authorities said she suffered “blows to the body” and died of hemorrhaging caused by a traumatic brain injury. Tourist Catherine Shaw, 23, of the southeastern English county of Oxfordshire, was reported missing after she left a hotel in Guatemala’s...
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Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on Thursday.
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Instances include a 71-year-old U.S. citizen who sought a visa for a 17-year-old spouse from Guatemala and a 14-year-old who sought entry for a 38-year-old from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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I was very surprised by something today. I found out yesterday that my FB account, once again, had been hacked. So I took measures to fix that. 

Today I get an email from Google asking me if I'd signed in with a Mac in the past hour. Well, no, I don't have a Mac, and so I email them back and said no. 

So I kept clicking the links and came to this...



Now it won't let me copy everything, but it let me save this photo. 

Apparently someone in the city of Pontiac, Illinois, someone with a Mac, has hacked my Google account. 

Yeah, they've zoned in on them!

I have changed my password and added another measure of security where they have to send you a code for you to be able to access your account. Yeah, a pain in the arse, but so are the damned hackers.

It also gave me a map with an arrow to the place and said it is sunny and 82 degrees in Pontiac, Illinois today!

Great job, Google!

In other news...

I ordered some photos to be developed by Walgreens. I paid for it to come to my residence. Probably won't do that again.

They are photos I've taken while driving out in the country, and I intend to frame them. So waiting on them is holding up a decor project I am eager to get done to show you.

Said package has been sitting somewhere in town for four days now, and no one knows where.

It might be faster to go this route...


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I called and was told that because it's between two companies, (UPS Mail Innovations; what the heck is that) it is difficult to communicate, so they don't know who has it. I hope I got that right, because the fellow did not speak good English.

So I Google "what is UPS Mail Innovations? And get this info...


Please note, after your package is delivered to the USPS that there may be a lapse in tracking information. If the tracking information for your package is unavailable or has not been updated recently, please rest assured that your should still arrive within the time frame listed at checkout. Below are the normal delivery time frames for in-stock items:

Service typeProcessing timeTransit timeDelivery time frameHawaii / Alaksa / International
Standard1-2 business days3-7 business days4-9 business days+7 business days

Did you notice the misspelling of Alaska? Alaksa. Geez Louise.


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What to do?

I asked the guy where he was, and he said Guatemala. (Don't you know that they absolutely hate being asked that question?)

For some reason, knowing that US mail has been somewhat out-sourced makes me kind of sad, if that's what has happened.

I'm sure someone will email or comment and let me know if I am inaccurate about this matter...if so, please be nice.

I've always kind of thought of the US postal service as being somehow inviolate from the transferring of work in the US to other countries.

Like it's kind of an un-American thing to do. Ya know? 

So I Google "is US mail being outsourced to other countries?"

And I found this one forum, and this is what the guy said. Remember, these are his epithets, not mine...

USPS has offshore-outsourced Customer Service!?!?