viernes, 3 de julio de 2009

En la Red - In the Net ...1a semana de julio

ESPAÑOL: Golpe de Estado en Honduras

Cobertura de la situación en Honduras por radio:

Cobertura en “Radio es lo de Menos”:
http://www.radioeslodemenos.org/

Cobertura por el Centro de Medios Independientes de Honduras:
http://honduras.mediosindependientes.org

Minuto a minuto por Kaos en la Red:
http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/secuestrado-presidente-honduras-militares

Cobertura y transmisión por la Asociación de Radios y Programas Participativos de El Salvador (ARPAS): http://www.arpas.org.sv/

Condena de la Asamblea General de ONU /Confía el gobernante en que los militares acatarán su mando - Afp, Dpa y Reuters, La Jornada, julio 1, 2009 - Nueva York, 30 de junio. La Asamblea General de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) condenó hoy el golpe militar del domingo en Honduras, e instó a los 192 países miembros a no reconocer otro gobierno que no sea el del presidente constitucional Manuel Zelaya, En el texto, el organismo repudió el golpe de Estado en la república de Honduras, que ha interrumpido el orden democrático y constitucional, y pidió la inmediata e incondicional restauración del gobierno legítimo de Zelaya y de la autoridad legalmente establecida en Honduras.

Congelan Banco Mundial y BID préstamos para Honduras - Reuters, Dpa y Afp, julio 1, 2009 - Washington, 30 de junio. Los presidentes del Banco Mundial (BM), Robert Zoellick, y del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), Luis Alberto Moreno, anunciaron el martes que dichos organismos congelaron todos los programas de préstamos que mantenían con Honduras, luego del golpe militar que derrocó al presidente de esa nación, Manuel Zelaya.

NOVEDADES DE SEMlac:Servicio de Notiacias de la Mujer de Latinoamericana y el Caribe - SEMlac
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  • "Consideraciones de género para la promoción de un acceso equitativo y justo a los beneficios de la utilización de la biodiversidad". Séptima reunión de la Conferencia de las partes para la Convención de Diversidad Biológica (COP7). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9-20 Febrero de 2004.

  • Training manual on gender and climate change. Produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Global Gender an Cliamate Alliance. 2009.

Materiales de Archivo

  • "Índice de desarrollo humano. Informe sobre desarrollo humano, PNUD 2007/2008.

  • "Agua para todos, agua para la vida". Resumen. Informe Mundial sobre el Desarrollo de los Recursos Hídricos (WWDR). UNESCO-WWAP, 2003.

  • "Fin de la crisis de agua y saneamiento". Informe sobre desarrollo humano, PNUD 2006.

  • "La mirada del ecofeminismo". Tres textos de Vandana Shiva, entre 1995 y 2001.

Dossier Especial: Medio ambiente, 17 de marzo de 2008

  • "Cambio climático: Preparándonos para el fin del mundo", Zoraida Portillo.

  • "Cambio climático: ¿Momentos de desolación o de esperanza?", Mirta Rodríguez Calderón.

  • "México: Contaminación que cobra vidas", Alicia Yolanda Reyes.

  • "Argentina: Minas de Esquel: podemos vivir sin oro, pero no sin agua",Norma Loto.

  • "Agua: Un bien que empieza a escasear en el planeta", Liliana Aguirre F.

  • "Chile: El único servicio sanitario público, patrimonio de la comunidad", Ángela Castellanos.

  • "Uruguay: Abambaé, una tierra que da frutos a la comunidad", Cristina Canoura.

  • "Bolivia: 'La Niña', no tan culpable", Helen Álvarez Virreira.

  • "México: Manglares en el ojo del huracán", Sara Lovera.

  • "Perú: Prefieren morir contaminados a morir de hambre", Julia Vicuña Yacarine.

  • "Guatemala: Potencial de bonos de carbono frente al calentamiento global", Alba Trejo
    "Cambio climático: Mujeres, las grandes olvidadas", Zoraida Portillo, 23 de febrero de 2009.
    "Argentina: El alud que destapó el olvido", Norma Loto, 23 de febrero de 2009.
    "República Dominicana: Aguas encabritadas esparcen tragedia y desesperanza", Mirta Rodríguez Calderón, 23 de febrero de 2009.
    "Ambiente: Agua, el negocio de la inequidad", Norma Loto, 2 de marzo de 2009.
    "Colombia: El agua, ¿un derecho o una mercancía?", Ángela Castellanos Aranguren, 5 de junio de 2009.
    "Cuba: Más huracanes, ¿otro lado feo del cambio climático?", Raquel Sierra, 22 de junio de 2009.
    "Bolivia: Bosques en peligro constante", Helen Álvarez Virreira, 22 de junio de 2009
    "Pascua Lama: La lucha de dos naciones por salvar el acuífero de la vida",Norma Loto, 29 de junio de 2009.
    "República Dominicana: Enfrentamientos por una cementera",Mirta Rodríguez Calderón, 29 de junio de 2009.

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SPECIAL: HONDURAS: The first military coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War occurred over the weekend, when "President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras was ousted by the army on Sunday, capping months of tensions over his efforts to lift presidential term limits. ... Soldiers stormed the presidential palace in the capital, Tegucigalpa, early in the morning...waking Mr. Zelaya and putting him on a plane to Costa Rica."

VIDEO: Military coup in Honduras / Tinker Salas: World leaders unified in calls for return to power of kidnapped President - Published on Monday, June 29, 2009 by The Real News Network, - On Sunday, Hondurans were expecting to vote in a first ever nation-wide survey. Instead they woke to find the military in control of the streets and their elected President Manuel Zelaya kidnapped and flown to Costa Rica. Soon after, an emergency convening of the National Congress appointed Zelaya's political rival, Roberto Micheletti, as the new president. However, Hondurans were quick to take to the street and world leaders just as fast to denounce the move, demanding the return to power of Manuel Zelaya and refusing to deal with the coup leaders.

Honduras for Dummies — By Sonja Sharp for Mother Jones, Wed July 1, 2009 - There was a coup in Honduras this weekend (the first successful one in Latin America since the end of the Cold War), but if you didn't know about it, you wouldn't be alone. Even if you heard the news, you might not know much else about the ex-banana republic located between Guatemala and Nicaragua. The small CentralAmerican nation of Honduras has produced none of the famous musicians or controversial populist demagogues that pique our interest, although deposed president Manuel Zelaya is a close friend of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. But now that President Obama has roundly condemned the coup and pundits are calling it a litmus test fo democracy in the region, there's a few things you might want to know.

FROM DEMOCRACY NOW! Coup in Honduras: Military Ousts President Manuel Zelaya, Supporters Defy Curfew and Take to the Streets * In the first military coup in Central America in a quarter of a century, the Honduran military has ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Former Parliamentary speaker Roberto Micheletti, who was sworn in as Zelaya's replacement on Sunday, has imposed a two-day nationwide curfew. But hundreds of Zelaya supporters remain on the streets, and shots were fired at protesters near the presidential palace early Monday morning. We go to Honduras to speak with Honduran medical doctor and award-winning human rights activist, Dr. Juan Almendares, and NYU professor of Latin American history, Greg Grandin.
Listen/Watch/Read:
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/6/29/coup_in_honduras_military_ousts_president

Honduras Coup Poses Challenges, Questions for Obama, Congress - by John Nichols, Published on Monday, June 29, 2009 by The Nation - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a reasonably muscular condemnation of the military coup in Honduras, where elected President Manuel (Mel) Zelaya was kidnapped and flown out of the country by soldiers bent on blocking an advisory vote on constitutional reform in the country.

A Few Thoughts on the Coup in Honduras- by Jeremy Scahill, Published on Monday, June 29, 2009 by Rebel Reports - There is a lot of great analysis circulating on the military coup against Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. I do not see a need to re-invent the wheel. (See here [1] here [2] here [3] and here [4]). However, a few key things jump out at me. First, we know that the coup was led by Gen. Romeo Vasquez, a graduate of the US Army School of the Americas. As we know very well from history, these “graduates” maintain ties to the US military as they climb the military career ladders in their respective countries. That is a major reason why the US trains these individuals.

Showdown in Honduras: The Rise, Repression and Uncertain Future of the Coup - by Benjamin Dangl , Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by Toward Freedom. - Worldwide condemnation has followed the coup that unseated President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras on Sunday, June 28. Nation-wide mobilizations and a general strike demanding that Zelaya be returned to power are growing in spite of increased military repression.

Undo the Coup - Posted on Jun 30, 2009 - By Amy Goodman - The first coup d’etat in Central America in more than a quarter-century occurred last Sunday in Honduras. Honduran soldiers roused democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya from his bed and flew him into exile in Costa Rica. The coup, led by the Honduran Gen. Romeo Vasquez, has been condemned by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, the Organization of American States and all of Honduras’ immediate national neighbors.

Military Using "Brutal" Force Against Anti-Coup Protests in Honduras - The ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is expected to meet with US diplomats in Washington today before attempting to return to Honduras Thursday, five days after being deposed by a military coup. Meanwhile, the streets in Honduras remain tense, and the crackdown on the media has reportedly not been lifted. We go to Honduras to speak with human rights activist, Dr. Juan Almendares.
Listen/Watch/Read: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/7/1/military_using_brutal_force_against_anti

* Generals Who Led Honduras Military Coup Trained at the School of the Americas - Romeo Vasquez, a general who led the military coup in Honduras against President Manuel Zelaya, received training at the US School of the Americas. The SOA has trained more than 60,000 soldiers, many of whom have returned home and committed human rights abuses, torture, extrajudicial execution and massacres. According to School of the Americas Watch, Vasquez attended the SOA in 1976 and 1984. The head of the Air Force, Gen. Luis Javier Prince Suazo, also studied there in 1996. We speak with Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch.
Listen/Watch/Read:http://www.democracynow.org/2009/7/1/generals_who_led_honduras_military_coup

What's Behind the Honduras Coup? Tracing Zelaya's Trajectory - We take a look at ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya with journalist Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left. Despite initial conservative leanings, Zelaya took on powerful vested interests in Honduras.
Listen/Watch/Read: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/7/1/whats_behind_the_honduras_coup_tracing

Honduran Coup Shines Spotlight on Controversial U.S. Military Training School - by Chris Kromm, Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by Facing South - Before the torture debates about Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, there was the School of Americas -- a U.S. military training school in Fort Benning, Georgia, which has trained some of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America.

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Palin to Resign as Governor of Alaska - By Mitchell L. Blumenthal, for The New York Times,July 3, 2009 - Robert DeBerry/The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, via Associated Press Sarah Palin at the news conference on Friday afternoon.Update | 5:30 p.m. Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska announced Friday that she would step down by the end of the month and not seek a second term as governor, fueling speculation that she is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Ahmadinejad Orders Investigation of Neda's Death – by Kathy Riordan for Open Salon.com, June 29, 2009 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose recent re-election in Iran as the country's president has been disputed and erupted the country into violent protests, has ordered an investigation into the most high-profile of those recent deaths, that of student Neda Agha-Soltan. Soltan, 26, was shot in the chest while she was on the streets of Tehran Saturday, June 21st. Within hours, the graphic video of her death captured on cellphone and posted online spread quickly around the world.

Burqa battle: France vs. Al-Qaida / The country is on guard after the militant group's call for "vengeance" on Sarkozy's anti-veiling comments - Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon.com, Jul. 01, 2009 | Nicolas Sarkozy must have expected his comments last week aboutoutlawing the burqa in Franceto ignite national debate -- but, oh, how fast news travels in our digital age. Before long, the North African arm of al-Qaida issued a response on various Islamic Web sites,vowing "vengeance," and calling forfollowers to "respond to this hate"and defend "the honor of our daughters and our sisters."

A sad defense of marriage/ The New York Times reports that couples are surviving infidelity. Should we be celebrating? - by Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon.com, Jun. 29, 2009 | From John minus Kate to Gov. Mark Sanford, last week was a rough one for the institution of marriage. The New York Times, however, points out a silver lining in this cultural rain cloud: Divorce is on the decline. The article, awkwardly titled "Marriage Stands Up for Itself," explains that while we are inundated with tales of high-profile infidelities, research actuallyshowsthat marriages todayare more likely to weather such storms. At least for a little while.Every year, roughly 10 percent of married people admit to having cheated on their spouse and it is "one of the most common reasons cited by people who divorce."

U.S. Nuns Facing Vatican Scrutiny - By Laurie Goodstein for The New York Times, July 2, 2009- The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition.
Nuns were the often-unsung workers who helped build the Roman Catholic Church in this country, planting schools and hospitals and keeping parishes humming. But for the last three decades, their numbers have been declining — to 60,000 today from 180,000 in 1965.

Rules of the Wronged - By Maureen Dowd, for The New York Times, July 1, 2009, Washington- Stay focused, ladies. Here is The Practical Guide to Help Spurned Political Wives Survive Old Problems in the Era of New Technology.
1. Skip the press conference, especially when your husband is copping to call girls, gay pickups in airport bathrooms or “tragic” and “forbidden” telenovela-style love stories. Stoicism at the skunk’s side is overrated and, as Larry Craig’s wife learned, sunglasses don’t help.
2. When there’s an Associated Press bulletin quoting your husband saying that he has found his soul mate but he’s going to try to fall back in love with you, change the locks. (At your second home, too.)

Bad week for repro rights - By Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon.com, June 24, 2009 - I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and I doubly hate being the bearer of two bad news items, but here goes: Yesterday, the Arizona Senate voted to require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, tighten its law requiring parental approval for abortion and allow pharmacists to refuse to hand out the morning-after pill. Then, today, afederal appeals court upheld Virginia's ban on so-called partial-birth abortion. It's worth once again noting that the restriction puts all doctors who perform the standard procedure of dilation and evacuation at risk of prosecution, and could "force physicians to stop a previability abortion mid-procedure, to the jeopardy of the patient’s health and well-being," according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents the plaintiffs. I'll leave you with a statement from CRR's Stephanie Toti, who argued the case before the court: "Today’s ruling is another stunning assault on women’s reproductive rights and on the doctors who provide abortion care. Forcing doctors to compromise women’s health for the sake of a previable fetus with no potential for survival is an outrage."

Aide Comes to Sarah Palin's Defense - by Marie Ann Akers for Washington Post, - At least one former campaign aide to 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is rushing to her defense in light of the lengthy and blistering profile of the Alaska governor in Vanity Fair. David Welch, a veteran campaign operative and behind-the-scenes researcher for the McCain-Palin campaign, takes issue with the anonymous quotes attributed to other former campaign aides in the magazine piece.

Bernie's Wife Bails - By Howard Kurtz for Washington Post , June 30, 2009 - Get this: Ruth Madoff feels "betrayed" by her husband's heinous crimes. Welcome to the club, lady.Is there anyone out there who wouldn't hope that Bernie Madoff could somehow serve every one of the 150 years to which he was sentenced yesterday?

GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS

Forty years after the Stonewall riot helped spark a movement for equal rights, "gay New Yorkers celebrated their gains at Sunday's gay pride parade and lamented the state has not legalized same-sex marriage." Gov. David Paterson (D) told the crowd that "he remains hopeful that the state Senate will pass a same-sex marriage bill -- if it can resolve the partisan stalemate that has paralyzed it."
This week, President Obama "will host an event at the White House
'recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments' of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans."

Obama woos LGBT leaders / The president welcomes 300 prominent gays to the White House. But when will his rhetoric translate into action? - By Mike Madden for Salon.com, Jun. 30, 2009 | The last time the president of the United States marked gay pride month with anything official at the White House, it was June 2006. George W. Bush decided to throw the weight of his office behind a proposal to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage. After all, the fate of Western civilization hung in the balance. "Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them," Bush said at the time. "And changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure."

E-Mail From Hilda Solis to Employees Who Defaced Gay Pride Posters at U.S. Dept. of Labor - By Nate Carlile, Think Progress, Posted on June 29, 2009 - Late last week, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis issued a warning letter to department employees after office posters celebrating Gay Pride Month were defaced or removed. ThinkProgress obtained the Solis e-mail sent to the department’s entire staff. Solis, who helped found the House's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus, wrote she was "particularly pleased to have the opportunity to be the first Secretary in the department’s history to publicly recognize Pride Month":

VIDEO: Remembering the Stonewall riots.
http://salon.com/ent/video_dog/politics/2009/06/27/stonewall/index.html?source=newsletter

Judge Declines to Stay Law on Gay Marriage – by By Keith L. Alexander for Washington Post , July 1, 2009 - A Superior Court judge decided yesterday not to delay enactment of a law stipulating that the D.C. government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.Judge Judith E. Retchin ruled that she would not a grant a stay preventing the law from taking effect Monday, as requested by opponents. However, the effective date is likely to be delayed by the need for congressional approval. Attorneys for the group said they needed more time to research and argue their position before the law takes effect.

Gay Sailor Found Dead on Military Base in a Suspected Homicide - Posted by Matt Corley, Think Progress on July 2, 2009.- Yesterday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the body of openly gay Seaman August Provost was discovered in a guard shack at Camp Pendelton. A “person of interest” in connection to the suspected homicide is now being held in the Navy brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. According to Provost’s sister, he had recently complained to his family that “someone was harassing and bothering him.” According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Provost likely didn’t report the harassment because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

Gay men go to hell: "God Says No"/ Author James Hannaham talks about religious repression, life in the closet -- and sex in the bathroom - By Sarah Hepola for Salon.com, Jul. 01, 2009 | At a time when legal gay marriage is spreading across the country and when "American Idol's" Adam Lambert's coming out on the cover of Rolling Stone elicits not a gasp but a shrug, it's easy to forget just how shameful and bewildering being gay in America can be. Just last week, a reminder of that came in the form of a jaw-dropping video from a Connecticut church that showed an apparent "gay exorcism" -- a preacher grabbing hold of a teenage boy and trying with every ounce of his fearsome, trembling baritone to shock the gay devil out of the kid.

HUMAN RIGHTS

How Long Is Long Enough? - By BOB HERBERT for The New York Times, June 30, 2009 - No one seems to know how old Mohammed Jawad was when he was seized by Afghan forces in Kabul six and a half years ago and turned over to American custody. Some reports say he was 14. Some say 16. The Afghan government believes he was 12.
What is not in dispute is that he was no older than an adolescent, and that since his capture he has been tortured and otherwise put through hell. The evidence against him has been discredited. He has tried to commit suicide. But the U.S. won’t let him go.

Life After Guantanamo: Why the Media's Happy-Ending Narrative Is Totally Bankrupt - By Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Posted on June 20, 2009 - "From Gitmo to Paradise!" So came the news via MSNBC last week, echoing the upbeat tone of so many covering the sudden transfer of four Uighur prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Bermuda. Broadcasting images of beaming bearded men in bucolic surroundings, the happy-ending narrative offered by the media was perfectly captured in a June 14 New York Times story: "Out of Guantanamo, Uighurs Bask in Bermuda."

Obama is Courting Disaster With His New Detention Plan - By Ari Melber, The Nation , Posted on June 27, 2009, - The Obama administration is rushing towards a unilateral plan to imprison people without trial, according to a huge, new jointarticlefrom theWashington Postand ProPublica. The proposal would completely cut Congress out of the process by using an executive order to essentially bring Gitmo stateside:

Tortured to Death: New Details On Detainee Abuse Prove Bush Officials Are (Literally) Getting Away With Murder - By Suzanne Ito, Blog of Rights. Posted June 30, 2009. - Today, several prominent bloggers are writing about detainees who died in U.S. custody, using documents released through the ACLU’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. We’re not talking suicide, or death by "natural causes." No, this is death as a result of torture and abuse while in custody.

The Military Invades U.S. Schools: How Military Academies Are Being Used to Destroy Public Education - By Brian Roa, TruthOut.org. Posted July 1, 2009 - For the past four years, I have observed the military occupation of the high school where I teach science. Currently, Chicago's Senn High School houses Rickover Naval Academy (RNA). I use the term "occupation" because part of our building was taken away despite student, parent, teacher and community opposition to RNA's opening.

'A Comedy of Errors': Why It's Time to Get Rid of the So-Called Terrorist Watch List - By Liliana Segura, AlterNet. Posted June 27, 2009. - If the recent outbreak of right-wing gun violence wasn't alarming enough, this week brought news that people whose names appear on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list have somehow managed to purchase firearms at a frighteningly steady rate.

Why Are Two Top Torture Lawyers Working for Obama? - Posted by David Swanson, After Downing Street June 29, 2009 - We've heard of John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales, and maybe even Jay Bybee. Some of us recall John Ashcroft, Michael Mukasey, and even David Addington. William Haynes, Stephen Bradbury, and Douglas Feith occasionally make the news. If I had any say about it all 40 of these facilitators of torture would be universally known -- plus the eight more that readers of this article will call to my attention and angrily accuse me of trying to cover for by only being aware of 40. I would also make universally known the fact that two of the worst now work for President Barack Obama.

Breaking the Siege of Gaza: Governments Refuse While Citizens Act - Published on July 1, 2009 by CommonDreams.org - When our governments refuse to act to stop the 22 month illegal and inhumane siege, blockade, quarantine of Gaza, citizens have stepped in to challenge the blockade. Since the December, 2008-january, 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza six months ago that killed 1440 persons, including 400 children, wounded over 5,000 and made 70,000 homeless, the international community has sent no aid to Gaza, no reconstruction materials -- nothing.

IMMIGRATION

Celebrate Immigration and Diversity This Independence Day - Posted by Staff, Immigration Impact on July 2, 2009. - In Order to Form a More Perfect Union / America is now--and has always been--nation of immigrants. What better time, then, to turn our attention this Independence Day to the demographic diversity that has long been a principal strength of the U.S. economy and civil society? Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians play critical economic roles as workers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. As a result, they will be crucial players in the nation's efforts to recover from the current recession and the success of America's economic future.

U.S. Shifts Strategy on Illicit Work by Immigrants - By Julia Preston for The New York Times, July 3, 2009 - Immigration authorities had bad news this week for American Apparel, the T-shirt maker based in downtown Los Angeles: About 1,800 of its employees appeared to be illegal immigrants not authorized to work in the United States. But in contrast to the high-profile raids that marked the enforcement approach of the Bush administration, no federal agents with criminal warrants stormed the company’s factories and rounded up employees. Instead, the federal immigration agency sent American Apparel a written notice that it faced civil fines and would have to fire any workers confirmed to be unauthorized.

FROM THE PROGRESS REPORT: The Obama administration is "developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military's counter-drug efforts along the Mexican border, senior administration officials said Monday." Some officials worry such a move will be "seen as militarizing the region."

The Obama administration is moving forward with lifting "a 1987 U.S. ban on travel and immigration by foreign nationals" infected with HIV. Last year, President Bush signed into law a provision to remove HIV from the list of banned diseases, and yesterday, the Obama administration published the official rule in the Federal Register. There is now a 45-day comment period before it can officially become law.

Armed Radical 'Minutemen' Kill Father and 9-Year-Old Daughter in Anti-Immigrant Hate -

By Sally Kohn, Center for Community Change, Posted on June 18, 2009 - A week after a white supremacist attacked the Holocaust Museum in Washington, and on the day three teenagers are being sentenced in Shenandoah, Pa., for brutally beating to death a Mexican immigrant, it's time we confront the fact that behind violently anti-immigrant and supremacist rhetoric is a real urge and a real encouragement for actual violence.

America’s ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration - By Andrew Becker and Hugo Cabrera, CIR,Posted on Jun 29, 2009 - This article is a collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting.-While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system. As a result, cases often take months if not years to complete, leading to more immigrants being held in a growing network of detention facilities and jails. On any given day there are more than 30,000 people in immigration lockup.

How the Dept. of Homeland Security Rips Families Apart in the Name of Fighting Terrorism - By Joseph Nevins, New America Media. Posted June 22, 2009.- As families celebrate Father's Day, consider the case of Roxroy Salmon. The father of four U.S.-born children, Salmon has lived in the United States for more than 30 years. Yet the Department of Homeland Security now threatens to deport him to Jamaica, a country where he has not resided for decades, due to minor drug convictions from more than 19 years ago for which he served no time. This would effectively deny his children their father by permanently exiling him from his family and their common homeland.

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