Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
September 6th | Listen to the program
CALIFORNIA ROUNDUPS - 81 Latino families in Southern California are experiencing hours of uncertainty after a series of recent “raids” by federal agents. As a result of four roundups, 104 people were detained. This measure to increase airport security did not turn up any terrorists. However, the means that were used in this roundup are being questioned due to the serious charges that detainees face. Ruben Tapia reports from Los Angeles.
BINATIONAL AGREEMENTS - A recent cooperation agreement for the development of the southern Mixteca region in Piaxtla, Puebla, sparks hope. Several business leaders in New York agreed to drive productive education and health projects in cooperation with U.S. and Mexico governments. But as Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports, weeks after the signing of these agreements, Piaxtla residents have doubts about the outcome.
HIV/AIDS STUDY - A study about the occurrence of HIV/AIDS in the Mexico Guatemala border by a group of health professionals from several countries ended recently. However, as our correspondent in Mexico, Raul Silva reports, the conclusions of the study are closely related with migration to the U.S.
September 13th | Listen to the program
PENTAGON CEREMONY - Washington DC, commemorated the first anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with a solemn ceremony at the Pentagon, where the third hijacked plane went down. With the National Anthem playing in the background, President Bush remembered the victims, and again vowed to win the war against terrorism. For the remembrance ceremonies, security in DC included anti aircraft missiles. Patricia Guadalupe reports.
IMMIGRANTS FEAR UNEMPLOYMENT - A year after the 9-11 terrorists attacks, New York wanted to prove that, in spite of the tragedy, the city remains strong and has found a renewed spirit of solidarity. President Bush, dozens of international leaders and federal officials were present for the commemorative ceremony. However, many immigrants living in the city say that although time has helped heal the sadness, now they are more afraid of unemployment.
REFLECTION ON WORLD PEACE - The first anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in Washington, DC and New York is marked with the growing possibility of a military attack against Iraq. But at an international level, there is growing concern about the convenience of starting a new war. Adolfo Perez Esquivel, winner of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize, comments on the need to end all forms of terrorism, including hunger, but he suggests that terrorism must be eradicated through peace and respect to international law.
September 20th | Listen to the program
POSSIBLE ATTACK - This week, President Bush asked Congress to authorize the use of military force to disarm Iraq. His request came after Saadam Hussein announced he would allow UN weapons inspectors to enter Iraq. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez, our correspondent in New York, talked to Mexico’s Ambassador to the UN and Member of UN Security Council, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser on the role of the UN in avoiding a new war.
INDIGENOUS LAW - Mexico’s Supreme Court decided not to intervene in a lawsuit of more than 300 communities for whom the new indigenous is illegal. These communities claim that officials did not consult them before approving the law. After the Court’s decision, communities such as Xoxocotla, Morelos are already mobilizing. Raul Silva reports.
ACTIVIST RESIDENTS - Residents of San Francisco’s Mission District continue to fight so that their rents do not increase. Booming dot com companies in the area, increased rental rates and as a result, many families were evicted. The recent dot com debacle temporarily halted increases in rent. However, Mission Distict residents remain active. Silvia Parra reports.
September 27th | Listen to the program
CONTORVERCIAL NOMINATION - The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. The Estrada nomination has caused division among Latino groups. While some think that Estrada will be a good judge, others claim that he doesn’t have the necessary experience and has never worked with or for Latinos.
LABOR VICTORY - More than 14,000 employees of fruit and vegetable stores in New York achieved an important labor victory. Mexicans make up a large part of this workforce that is employed by Koreans. As part of an initiative developed by the State District Attorney’s office, employers will sign a code of labor conduct with employees, union representatives and the State. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports that this labor code will also benefit undocumented immigrants.
THREAT OF NATIONAL STRIKE - A possible strike by Mexico’s oil workers union was at the center of political debate this week. This pending strike takes place just as government officials investigate charges against some of the union’s top leaders. Raul Silva, in Mexico City reports on this controversy.
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