Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
February 3rd | Listen to the program
ENTHUSIASTIC STATE OF THE UNION - On his sixth State of the Union, president Bush talked about the war in Iraq and Americans’ addiction to foreign oil. The President also spoke about facilitating medical coverage and making it portable, and promoted the need for a Bracero program that would hire foreign workers. Nonetheless, Latino leaders say he failed to address the most urgent topics for the Latino community. Patricia Guadalupe reports.
LOS ANGELES - AGAINST ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, stated that his city would oppose Congressman James Sensenbrenner’s bill, which intents to process undocumented workers as criminals and plans to expand the Expedited Removal program. This is one of the most recent efforts by local governments and citizens to stop Sensenbrenner’s bill from becoming law. Ruben Tapia shares details.
DRUG KILLINGS IN MEXICO - The city of Acapulco in Mexico has become a dangerous zone, according to the country’s Federal Preventive Police, PFP. The PFP has stated that increasing levels of violence and the presence of drug traffickers in the city are reveling a “delicate” situation. The port seems to have turned into disputed land for rival drug cartels. However, even with the spike of drug-violence in several parts of the county, the Mexican federal government insists that the situation is under control. Citlali Saenz reports from Mexico City.
February 10th | Listen to the program
MINUTEMEN IN WASHINGTON - Only a couple of legislators attended the calling of members of the migrant-hunting vigilante groups known as the Minutemen, outside of the Capitol building in Washington, DC. The civilian border vigilantes intended to gain support of legislators to oppose legalization and guest worker initiatives. However, what they accomplished was the presence of pro-immigrant groups, security forces and neo-Nazi extremists. Patricia Guadalupe reports from the Capitol.
ARIZONA BORDER SHUT DOWN - The undocumented immigration continues in its peak in Arizona, where Democrat and Republican legislators are proposing ambitious initiatives to halt immigration. Among the proposed new laws are penalties to companies that hire undocumented workers, the deployment of the National Guard to the border area, and the building of a border fence that separates Arizona from Mexico. Elvia Diaz shares reactions from some Latinos in Phoenix.
FAST FOOD NATION – THE MOVIE - Renowned Hollywood actors Kris Kristofferson, Esai Morales, Catalina Sandino and Mexican actress Yareli Arizmendi are part of the cast of a new movie that targets the U.S. fast food industry. The thriller Fast Food Nation aims at exposing the effects of the powerful industry on the American society. In this segment, Samuel Orozco, host of Radio Bilingue’s Linea Abierta, talks with Yareli Arizmendi about the film, fast food, and its effects on Mexicans on both sides of the border.
February 17th | Listen to the program
PRO-IMMIGRANT LOBBYING - Although the U.S. Senate decided to postpone the discussion of immigration initiatives until next moth, the issue was not absent from the Capitol’s political scene. As Patricia Guadalupe reports, this week pro immigrant groups and Mexican legislators made their voice heard at the nation’s capital.
DIABETES OUTBREAK - Obesity and its close consequence, diabetes, are endangering the health of youth in Mexico and the United States. Both countries are competing for the questionable honor of being first place on diabetes rates in the world. In this report, Marco Vinicio Gonzalez talks about the measures put in place by authorities in both sides of the border to correct the problem.
GOVERNOR’S TIDES TO CACHO CASE - Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, in trial for alleged defamation of a prominent businessman, says that recently disclosed recordings prove her imprisonment was part of a plot. Cacho was charged with making false accusations against the textile magnate Kamel Nacif in her book, "The Demons of Eden," where she talks about the alleged involvement of the businessman in a pedophile ring. The new recordings released this week, disclosed conversations reportedly between Puebla's governor Mario Marin and the manufacturer, talking about Cacho in insulting and even obscene terms. In Mexico City, Citlali Saenz reports on the latest legal and political implications of the case.
February 24th | Listen to the program
BORDER VIOLENCE - Earlier this month, in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, masked men stormed into the offices of El Mañana newspaper, spraying the newsroom with bullets and setting off two grenades. This is just the latest chapter of violence in a city where it seems law and order has been left to the powerful Narco-Cartels. Adam Saytanides visited the scene of the crime, and bring us the report.
COLON CANCER - Six months ago, our collaborator in Los Angeles Eleazar Salinas, learned he had colon cancer. In the first of a series of occasional commentaries, Eleazar tells us how as most people he never imagined he would have to live with cancer himself.
GUITARRON VIRTUOSA - Little Marisa Orduño would watch her grandfather play guitar, wondering if she could ever perform like him...Several decades later, Marisa not only mastered the guitar but became know as the best Guitarron player in the nation. If this wasn’t enough, Marisa founded Mariachi Mujer 2000, a group formed and directed by women. This piece by Marco Vinicio González is a portrait of the Guitarron virtuosa.
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