America de Pie: 5/6/11: Mexico: Zapatistas join Drug War protest

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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 110

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell

Mexico: Zapatistas join Drug War protest

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Headlines for May 6, 2011

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 110

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell

Brazil legalizes same-sex civil unions

from PA Editors Blog by Political Affairs
Brazil’s high court orders same-sex civil unions recognized, cheering gay rights supporters

By Associated Press

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s high court ruled that same-sex civil unions must be recognized, a decision welcomed as a watershed by gay activists who also hope it will cool rising violence against homosexuals in Latin America’s most populous nation.

The ruling, however, stopped short of legalizing gay marriage in Brazil, which has more Roman Catholics than any other country. The Catholic Church fought the measure.

In a vote late Thursday, all but one of the 11 Supreme Court justices backed civil union rights for same-sex couple. One justice abstained.

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Mexico: Zapatistas join Drug War protest

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
As momentum builds for the May 8 protest against violence and impunity in Mexico, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) announced its support for the movement started by poet Javier Sicilia. In a communiqué dated April 28, the EZLN leadership declared it would wholeheartedly support the struggle by conducting a silent march of Zapatista base communities in the Chiapas highland city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas on May 7.

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Mexico: rights activists threatened as more mass graves unearthed

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
The number of bodies found in clandestine graves in the northern Mexican city of Durango reached 104 after the discovery of eight more corpses April 27. The total bodies pulled from two sets of clandestine graves this month is now approaching 300, after 183 were also found buried in the border state of Tamaulipas to the northwest. The prosecutor general’s office for Durango state said the 104 bodies had been found in hidden graves around the city since April 11, and that they had been buried for at least one year.

Mexico: “drug war” has intensified violence against women

from World War 4 Report blogs by Weekly News Update
Mexican president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa’s militarization of the fight against drug trafficking has increased the level of violence against women, a leading Mexican feminist, María Marcela Lagarde y de los Ríos, told the Spanish wire service EFE on April 29. “Everything that is happening favors violence against women,” she said. Calderón’s strategy “cultivates a very violent culture” and “establishes an ideology of violence, of defeat, of war… That’s a very macho culture, very misogynist, and we women are left defenseless.”

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Mexico: coal mine hit by deadly disaster operated “outside of the law”

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
Rescue crews recovered the last of 14 bodies May 8 from the Pozo 3 coal mine hit by a gas explosion in Mexico’s northern Coahuila state, while Labor Secretary Javier Lozano called for an overhaul of mine safety in Mexico and the federal Prosecutor General opened an investigation into the disaster. Mexican officials said the May 3 blast was caused by a buildup of gas. A teenage boy who was evidently employed illegally at the mine, Jesús Fernando Lara Ruiz, had his right arm blown off in the explosion. The National Union of Mine and Metal Workers and the Like of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSRM) said the mine’s work force was not unionized, and protested the “completely unsafe conditions under which coal mines operate in the country, and especially in this region known as the coal belt.”

Central America: US-backed militaries arm the drug cartels?

from World War 4 Report blogs by Weekly News Update
Military officers in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have been selling significant amounts of heavy weaponry to drug trafficking organizations in Colombia and Mexico, according to US diplomatic cables and criminal charges filed in a US court against a retired Salvadoran captain. The sales have been made possible by what US diplomats called “lax controls” by military authorities and also by the authorities’ failure to bring criminal charges against officers who have been caught.

Cuba: right-wing terrorist Orlando Bosch dies in Miami

from World War 4 Report blogs by Weekly News Update
Far-right Cuban activist Orlando Bosch died in Miami on April 27 at the age of 84. He had “a long and painful illness,” according to a statement by fellow right-winger Pedro Corzo. Although accused of involvement in a number of terrorist actions targeting Cuba’s leftist government, Bosch was only convicted of one: a Sept. 16, 1968 rifle attack on a Polish freighter docked at the Port of Miami. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but fled the US after getting parole. In 1976 Venezuelan prosecutors charged Bosch and longtime US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) asset Luis Posada Carriles in the 1976 bombing of a Cubana de Aviación jetliner; 73 people died in that attack. A Venezuelan military court acquitted Bosch and Posada in 1980, but they remained in prison pending a prosecution appeal to a civilian court. Posada escaped in 1985 and went on to work in US operations to supply the right-wing contra rebels in Nicaragua. The Venezuelan civilian court acquitted Bosch in 1987.

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Most Americans Would Consider Visiting Cuba If Travel Restrictions Were Lifted

from PA Editors Blog by Political Affairs
HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 28 (acn) Nearly 75% of all Americans would at least consider visiting Cuba if all travel restrictions were lifted, according to an informal survey carried out among almost 1,000 people by Travel Leaders, a Minneapolis-based network of travel agencies.

The online survey relied heavily on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and it was conducted from March 10 through April 10. During this period, 953 consumers responded to the question: “If all travel restrictions are lifted, how interested would you be in traveling to Cuba?”

Among respondents, 20.2% said “I’d go immediately”; 33% said “I might consider going”; 21.8% said “I would go as soon as I believed Cuba was ready for Americans”; and 23.2% said “I have no interest in going.” The rest, almost 1.7%, said they had already been to Cuba.

In spite of new guidelines to implement loosened restrictions on travel to Cuba recently issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, most Americans are barred from visiting the Caribbean nation.

“Culturally and historically, Cuba fascinates a large number of Americans. Physically, it’s amazingly close to the Florida coast, yet so far away because of continued restrictions for most citizens,” stated Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group in a statement quoted by the Sun Sentinel newspaper on Tuesday.

Haiti: election results challenged, media threatened

from World War 4 Report blogs by Weekly News Update
As of April 30 the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the US were all pressuring Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to change 18 questionable decisions in the March 20 runoff races for Parliament. On April 20 the CEP announced final results for the long-delayed second round of the 2010 presidential and legislative elections. As expected, the CEP confirmed the victory of conservative presidential candidate Michel Martelly (“Sweet Micky”). However, the final results for legislative seats changed from the preliminary count in 19 cases, and critics questioned the decisions for 18 of them: 17 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and one in the Senate. All but two of the changes awarded the seats to candidates from the centrist Unity party of outgoing president René Préval. The CEP didn’t offer any explanation for its decisions, which would give Unity a majority in the 99-member Chamber and a strong position relative to president-elect Martelly, since the party already had a majority in the Senate.

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Bolivia to enshrine “rights of nature” in law

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
The president of the Bolivian Sentate’s Commission on Land, Territory, Natural Resources and Environment, Julio Salazar, announced April 20 the introduction of a Law of Mother Earth, which would officially enshrine the “rights of nature” in the Andean nation’s legal code. Saying the bill would also be introduced in the Chamber of Deputies, lower house of Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly, Salazar stated: “We are going to seek an equilibrium between man and nature, because under previous law natural resources were anticipated to be commercialized, and now with the new laws we are converting what nature offers into a common good for the benefit of all living beings.” (ABI, Bolivia, April 20)

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Peru: “uncontacted” peoples resist enroachment as Amazon oil leases proliferate

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
The Native Federation of the Río Madre de Dios and Tributaries (FENAMAD) issued a statement protesting that the state company PeruPetro has demarcated three new oil exploration blocs in Peru’s southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. The new blocs—numbered 187, 190 and 191—are located in the provinces of Tahuamanu and Tambopata, and bring to 22 the number of new exploration blocs instated nationally under President Alan García. FENAMAD charges that the new blocs threaten the Manú Biosphere Reserve and the Vilcabamba-Amboró biological corridor—already under threat by the operations of Hunt Oil and Repsol YPF in Lot 76, established in the ancestral territory of the Harakmbut, Yine and Matziguenka indigenous peoples. Hunt and Repsol have concluded seismic exploration in the bloc, over the protests of traditional indigenous leaders of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, which overlaps with the exploration bloc. The Hunt-Repsol consortium is now about to drill eight test wells in the bloc. (FENAMAD, May 6)

Peru: one dead as strike paralyzes Puno

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
At least one is reported dead in Peru’s southern region of Puno after the National Police fired on protesters April 26, the second day of a 48-hour civil strike or paro called by campesino groups to demand a halt to local mining and petroleum leases. The deceased, identified as María Choque Limache, 61, died after inhaling tear gas as police broke up a protest at the village of Yohoroco, in Huacullani district of Chucuito province, according to Walter Aduviri Calisaya, president of the Puno Front for the Defense of Natural Resources. National Police commander Jaime Cordero Ayala denied this version of events, insisting she had not been at the protest and had died of natural causes. (Peru21, April 27)
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