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Native Americans Lock Down Occupy Border Patrol Headquarters Tucson

By Brenda Norrell

Courtesy photo: Lockdown at Border Patrol Headquarters

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lKGFy2KR7o

Native Americas occupied and locked down in the US Border Patrol Headquarters in Tucson on Friday, May 21, demanding an end to the militarization of Indigenous lands. Six people locked themselves together for up to three and one-half hours demanding an end to abuse by the US Border Patrol and immigration agents.

Estadounidenses y Megacable privatizarán seguridad pública en Hermosillo

La seguridad pública de Sonora corre el grave riesgo de ser privatizada a favor de las grandes corporaciones. El periódico Expreso reveló que la empresa de seguridad Safeguard Security Holdings y Megacable Comunicaciones echarán a andar en Hermosillo un programa piloto de cámaras de vigilancia a través de Internet. El sistema, dedicado a la escrutinio de zonas públicas, cuenta con tecnología de reconocimiento facial, placas automovilísticas y análisis de datos en tiempo real, con un costo de 8 millones de dólares. De tener éxito en la capital sonorense, la corporación utilizará la infraestructura de Megacable para brindar sus servicios a 24 estados y 200 municipios del país.

HIDTA task force on border mired in corruption charges

ICE agents who blew the whistle on fellow law enforcers’ fraud, waste and abuse faced swift retaliation from their agency

A law enforcement task force in New Mexico that is supposed to target drug-trafficking criminals is instead awash in charges that it is using its nearly $600,000 taxpayer-subsidized budget to fund its own corrupt practices.

The task force was previously the target of an investigation by the internal affairs unit of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that revealed a disturbing trail of bookkeeping irregularities and multiple mysterious bank accounts. In the wake of that investigation, nothing of consequence happened to the task force or its operations, and it continues to operate under the same leadership to this day.

Nadelmann y la nueva estrategia antidrogas de Obama

Barack Obama y el zar antidrogas Gil Kerlikowske presentaron ayer la Estrategia Nacional para el Control de Drogas 2010. Kerlikowske reconoció que la guerra contra las drogas no ha tenido un "gran nivel de éxito" y rechazó seguir considerándola una guerra. ¿Pero en qué consiste este nuevo enfoque? ¿Se trata de un cambio radical o es más de lo mismo?

Ethan Nadelmann es director ejecutivo de Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), una de las organizaciones antiprohibicionistas más influyentes de Estados Unidos. En un artículo titulado "Una mejoría imperfecta: La nueva estrategia de Obama de la guerra contra las drogas", publicado en The Huffington Post, el activista pondera los aciertos y los errores del ambicioso plan estadounidense.

Nadelmann dice que es indudable que la iniciativa apunta a una dirección diferente con la adopción de políticas opuestas a las puestas en práctica los pasados treinta años, aunque que no rompe con asuntos fundamentales como los recursos presupuestarios y el paradigma prevaleciente de concentrar los esfuerzos del gobierno en las medidas policiacas y en el control de la oferta.

One Year After The Swine Flu "Crisis" in Mexico, "Amor En Tiempos de Influenza" is Now Playing Online

One year ago this week, Mexico City was in lockdown. Swine Flu hysteria paralyzed the nation. I am proud to say that I broke that siege by strolling through the center of the Mexican capital with a live piglet walking behind me on a leash. For doing so, I was nearly arrested, along with my collaborators, by panicked police officers who spent several minutes literally debating whether or not "comedy" was a crime.

My "stroll" with a pig was part of the production of "Amor en Tiempos de Influenza" (Love In Times of Influenza) a satirical documentary about the real "pigs" behind the flu crisis that premieres online this week to commemorate the one year anniversary of the scare.

You can watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ymvt16yUg

Or at www.gringoyo.com

Autonomous healthcare in the Zapatista communities: "You can't think about health and not think about the river."

This article is based on information provided by a compa who has been working to train health promoters in two different areas of Chiapas. He stressed that he could only discuss healthcare in two of the five caracoles, the self-governing geographical regions into which Zapatista territory is divided.

U.S. Consulate worker in Juarez was targeted for assassination

Hit ordered because she refused to commit a fraud, law enforcement sources claim

 

The U.S. consulate worker murdered in Juarez in mid-March was approached in the days prior to her death by a man seeking to get her to sign off on an official document absent the proper paperwork.

Her refusal to cooperate with the man led to an order for her assassination from the top level of the Sinaloa drug trafficking organization. The murder was carried out by Sinaloa hit man with the nickname El Guero, who was assisted by individuals associated with the Aztecas, a criminal gang operating in Juarez and across the border in El Paso, Texas; and with La Linea, a “line” of corrupt Mexican law enforcers.

That information was provided to Narco News recently by law enforcement sources who claim it is credible intelligence that has not, to date, been seriously investigated due to turf wars, both within and between law enforcement agencies involved in the murder investigation.

Bolivia: Climate Conference Agreement Upholds Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Photo Michelle CookBy Brenda Norrell

UPDATE: Peoples Agreement released in English:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/04/bolivia-peoples-agreement.html

Photo by Michelle Cook, Navajo

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -- The World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth culminated Thursday and released the final declaration, the Agreement of the Peoples, calling for the establishment of an International Climate Court to prosecute polluters, condemning REDD and holding polluters responsible for their climate debt.

With the release of the final declaration, Indigenous Peoples proclaimed the outcome as, "The Cochabamba Protocols."

Detectores de migrantes / Encuesta: 56% a favor de la legalizar la mariguana en California

Un consejo para nuestros paisanos que tienen la mala suerte de vivir en Arizona: cómprense ropa de diseñador y aprendan a actuar como los ciudadanos anglosajones para engañar a las autoridades migratorias. De acuerdo al representante republicano por California, Brian Bilbray, existen "profesionales entrenados" que pueden identificar a los trabajadores indocumentados con sólo ver su vestuario. Bilbray afirmó durante una entrevista televisiva que los agentes de migración tienen la capacidad de reconocer a los sin papeles tomando en cuenta "aspectos no étnicos". "Ellos verán el tipo de vestuario que uno lleva, porque hay un tipo diferente de vestuario, un tipo diferente de... hasta con ver los zapatos y las prendas".

Bolivia: Sovereignty and the Rights of Mother Earth

By Brenda Norrell

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -- After being stranded in Peru all night at the airport, Timbisha Shoshone Chairman Joe Kennedy and Western Shoshone elder and freedom fighter Carrie Dann arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Chairman Kennedy is traveling on his sovereign Western Shoshone passport.

Boicot contra Arizona / ¡Celebremos el 420!

Los legisladores del estado fronterizo de Arizona aprobaron una de las leyes (SB1070) más retrógradas en contra de la migración ilegal. La gobernadora Jan Brewer tendrá la delicada responsabilidad de vetarla o promulgarla. De ser aprobada, cualquier persona sospechosa (es decir, con facha de migrante pobre, morenita o sin rasgos anglosajones, ciudadana o no) podría ser detenida y hostigada por la policía para verificar su estado migratorio y, de no comprobar su estancia legal, podría ser castigada con onerosas multas o privada de su libertad.

Murió Jack Herer "El Emperador del Cáñamo"

"Sólo existe un conocido recurso natural, anual y renovable que es capaz de proveer la abrumadora mayoría del papel y los textiles del mundo; de satisfacer todas las necesidades energéticas para la industria, los transportes y los hogares del mundo; mientras que al mismo tiempo reduce la contaminación, restituye la tierra y limpia la atmósfera al mismo tiempo. Y es el cannabis cáñamo... ¡la mariguana!" -- Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes.

 

Jack Herer, uno de los más importantes fundadores del movimiento por la legalización del cannabis y del cáñamo (la fibra que se obtiene de la planta), falleció ayer en Eugene, Oregon, a los 70 años de edad, producto de una complicación cardiaca que mantenía frágil su salud desde septiembre del año pasado. Nacido en Brooklin, el 18 de junio de 1939, en su juventud fue miembro del partido republicano y contendió dos veces (1988 y 1992) por la presidencia de Estados Unidos.

US Slaps Bolivia and Ecuador

US Slaps Bolivia and Ecuador, as corporate nations fear losing their grasp on exploiting the earth

By Brenda Norrell

As Bolivia prepares for the World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, the US has pulled out its daggers, slicing millions of dollars in climate change funds to Bolivia and Ecuador, a slap in the face to countries who do not support the dismal Copenhagen accord.

The London Guardian and Washington Post exposed the United States' denial of funds to Bolivia and Ecuador in response to the failed Copenhagen accord. However, more to the point of the US overreaction is the fact that Bolivia is launching the climate summit, April 19-22, and Ecuador was the first country in the world to recognize the legal rights of Mother Earth.

2010: 21st International Harm Reduction Conference

This year the IHRA conference will be held in Liverpool, England from April 25-29. More about the event can viewed at the IHRA's website: English, FrenchRussian.

Conference Agenda

House of Death informant, a confessed killer, soon to be released from jail

Sources claim a deal is struck; former ICE operative remains key witness to drug war corruption

< ;span>A former Mexican cop who helped to carry out multiple murders in Mexico in 2003 and 2004 while working for a cell of a major Juarez drug trafficking organization is about to be released from a U.S. jail, possibly to take up residency in a neighborhood near you.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the discussions underway between the government and the killer — an individual named Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez Peyro — claim it’s a done deal.

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