Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
June 3rd | Listen to the program
POLLUTION CLAIM AGAINST SMELTING PLANT - Established in 1887, the old smelter American Mining and Smelting Company, ASARCO, is one of the most recognized along the El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and south New Mexico border region. The El Paso-based company is advertised as a great source of employment, however government reports point to massive lead and other heavy metals contamination originating from the plant. Now, community groups from both sides of the border are organizing to investigate the effects of ASARCO on their neighborhoods. Our correspondent Kent Paterson visited Anapra, New Mexico, and files the report, narrated by Maria Eraña.
LATINO VETERANS - This week, the United States celebrated Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers killed during times of war. To mark the occasion, the national leader for Latino veteran affairs spoke to Radio Bilingue's News Director, Samuel Orozco on the difficulties faced by soldiers returning from Iraq. Vietnam veteran David Rodriguez, Commander of the American G.I. Forum says that the war in Iraq is leaving many soldiers homeless and destitute.
STREET CHILDREN - Mexico City's streets are full of very young street children. Dirty and smelly, they wander the streets, at times with a small bag containing inhalants. The common citizen sees street children as part of the city's landscape, however for those attempting to rescue them from the “concrete jungle” and the underground sewers, they are a real violence threat. Thus, these groups are asking citizens to stop motivating the panhandling business and stop giving change to these kids. Citlali Saenz reports from Mexico City.
June 10th | Listen to the program
POSADA CARRILES AWAITS TRIAL - International pressure is mounting against the Bush Administration for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, Cuban extremist accused among other crimes of destroying a commercial airplane with 73 Cubans on-board, in 1976. The Venezuelan government wants to press charges against Posada and has petitioned his extradition. However, his defense argues that Venezuelan courts have acquitted him twice, and seeks his political asylum, arguing that Posada Carriles collaborated with the U.S. during the cold war years. On Monday, Posada Carriles will face an immigration judge in El Paso, Texas for having entered the country illegally. Ruben Tapia has followed the case and files the report.
CALIFORNIA’S SEWER - California’s Kern County has been widely known for its agricultural land. However, the last few years it is gaining notoriety for its sludge fields, serving as something like the state's sewer. Kern is the number one importer of sewage sludge. The county receives thousands of tons of processed sludge, mainly from Los Angeles, and it is deposited as fertilizer on agricultural soil. Yet the county’s public opinion fears hidden effects. The county's legislator promotes a law that will end waste transports from other cities. Alma Martinez visited the area and shares the following report.
NEW PROSECUTOR IN JUAREZ CASE - Murders of women have continued during the last few months in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Victims are younger, in some cases even girls. President Vicente Fox’s Administration assures that the feminicides have already been solved, and has replaced the prosecutor investigating the killings. In response, the victims’ families and human rights groups raise questions about fiscal Maria Lopez Urbina's replacement. Citlali Saenz shares details from Mexico City.
June 17th | Listen to the program
REPUBLICANOS PROMETEN REFORMAS MIGRATORIAS - El presidente de la cámara de representantes, Dennis Hastert de Illinois, y varios congresistas latinos del partido republicano, se reunieron hace unos días para hablar de asuntos pendientes en el Congreso de particular importancia para la comunidad latina. Reformas a las leyes migratorias estuvieron al frente de la discusión y hubo promesas de presionar para que se aprueben nuevas leyes en esta área. Patricia Guadalupe asistió a la reunión y ofrece los detalles desde Washington.
CAMPESINOS INTOXICADOS CON PESTICIDAS - Un grupo de campesinos del Valle Central de California sigue padeciendo fuertes dolores de cabeza, vómitos y otros malestares, luego de haber sufrido intoxicación por rocío de pesticidas el mes pasado, mientras laboraban en un viñedo. A pesar de que el gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger firmó recientemente una ley que aseguraría tratamiento médico apropiado para víctimas de estos accidentes, los trabajadores reportan que esa ayuda no les ha llegado y temen por su salud. Sara Shakir tiene el reporte.
VOTO EN EL EXTERIOR EN LA RECTA FINAL - La próxima semana se analizará en el Congreso mexicano la iniciativa que permitiría el voto en el exterior para el 2006, vía postal. Está será la última oportunidad para que se apruebe la iniciativa, y existe preocupación porque aún hay opiniones encontradas. Unos tienen mucha esperanza, pero otros advierten del riesgo de que se pierda la secrecía del voto. Sin embargo, como reporta nuestra corresponsal en la Ciuda de México, Citlali Sáenz, en general hay confianza en que sí se apruebe la modalidad en el periodo extraordinario que comienza este Martes.
June 24th | Listen to the program
LATINO MIGRANTS VULNERABLE TO AIDS - According to data presented a few days ago at the National HIV Prevention Conference, the HIV/AIDS virus is spreading fast among minorities. How much do migrants know about HIV/AIDS prevention? Do they use health services for HIV/AIDS? Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports on answers given to these questions by migrants in Mexico and California to a group of investigators and health officials on both sides of the border.
EXPORTED WASTES - State Senator Dean Florez, a California Democrat, is shelving his initiative that aimed to end the transportation of sludge to his area. Florez says he will seek other alternatives to ban the transportation of sludge from large cities to rural communities. Meanwhile, residents from Central Valley farming communities express uncertainty over harmful health effects that may result from the imported wastes. Alma Martinez visited some of these towns and files the report.
LOS PANCHOS IN CALIFORNIA - After successful presentations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the
legendary Los Panchos trio is expanding its tour to northern and central California. Los Panchos initiated their career during the 40's when they popularized the bolero across the world and incorporated the requinto, a small-sized guitar, to their distinctive trio music. Samuel Orozco spoke about this and other issues with the present trio members, Gaby Vargas, adoptive son of co-founder Alfredo Gil, Taurino Vargas and Jaime Islas.
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