Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
September 2nd | Listen to the program
PRI PARTY SHAKEY - Before a great opportunity to once again gain the presidency, the political party that governed Mexico for more than 70 years, is stuck in the change of its leadership. The new president of the tri-color party will lead it towards the 2006 presidential campaign. However, exiting leader, Roberto Madrazo Pintado, opposes the succession of Elba Esther Gordillo, the party’s second most prominent figure, who says is her turn to occupy the party's leadership position, and threatens to go to the courts if this doesn't happen. Citlali Saenz shares details from Mexico City.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST MILITARY RECRUITMENT - The nightmare of many parents is that someone will end up convincing their sons to enlist in the military during times of war. And according to activists, few are aware that they have the right to keep their children’s personal information out of military recruiters’ reach. For this reason, the father of a fallen soldier in Iraq is leading a national orientation campaign for those opposing recruitment. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez shares details from San Diego, California.
NOT ALL DAIRIES POLLUTE - In California’s Central Valley, national milk capital, prosperous mega dairies are signaled out as responsible for gases that result in dirty air and lead to asthma in this highly contaminated region. According to environmental agencies, gases emitted by cow excretions cause more smog than automobiles. But, environmental groups claim that not all dairies are polluters: Only those ranches of the large mega-dairy industry. Stables may help clean the air if they would simply return to what they once were: corrals in which cows used to eat pasture on big open-air fields. Alma Martinez visited one such ranches called organic near Fresno, California.
September 9th | Listen to the program
KATRINA: LATINO VICTIMS - The devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands homeless and thousands more presumably dead. Little is known about the fate of Latino victims, but is reported that many stayed in New Orleans. Our correspondent Dolores M Bernal visited the flooded city and spoke to several immigrants that had not received any type of assistance.
FAILURE IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA - Nearly two weeks after the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush is facing growing criticism over the management of the national emergency, and in response vowed to investigate the delays to help the victims. Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington, DC.
FORMER BRACEROS TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION - They left the best years of their lives, work, sweat and even their families for an opportunity of a better life in the U.S. They were given the promise of a pension, which after 50 years has not yet arrived. The veteran Braceros say they have faith in the word of the Mexican government, which created a trust fund of nearly 300 million pesos to compensate the former workers, who in a few days finally be paid. Citlali Saenz reports from Mexico City.
September 16th | Listen to the program
U.S. SUPREME COURT CHIEF CANDIDATE - The U.S. Senate is nearing a vote on the nomination of Judge John Roberts as Chief Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Some analysts consider such nominations even more crucial than the presidential election because they are life terms and their rulings tend to be over issues that affect the nation’s character, such as voting rights and abortion. Judge Roberts was under the Senate Judiciary Committee’s scrutiny this week on televised public hearings. Patricia Guadalupe attended the hearings and files the report.
MEXICO’S INDEPENDENCE AND LA GÜERA RODRIGUEZ - This week, Mexico holds national celebrations to commemorate its national independence. With this in mind, we present a report on Adolfo Arrioja’s novel “El Aguila en la Alcoba”, where the author reviews a little known episode from this revolutionary period. It is the story of la Güera Rodriguez, an intelligent and beautiful woman that deeply influenced the Mexican transition from the Colonial period to the Independence. Raul Silva spoke to the author and shares the details.
BATTLE AGAINST ASTHMA - A majority of children living in California’s Central Valley live with an unbearable chronic pain that often bans them from school and play. We are talking about the coughing and shortness of breath that accompany asthma. Specialists say that the alarming epidemic is due to the area’s polluted air in one of the country’s most contaminated regions. Alma Martinez traveled to a small agricultural community where many children have asthma and spoke to a mother that lives with the illness’ ghost through her daughter’s sickness.
September 23rd | Listen to the program
PUSH FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM - A broad coalition of pro-immigrant groups renews its call for an immigration reform. This week, leaders from across the country held several days of demonstrations and lobbying before Congress seeking to persuade legislators to discuss immigration proposals before the end of the legislative session. Patricia Guadalupe shares details.
POLICE ACTIONS LEAVES TRACE - Maribel Cuevas is the 11 year-old daughter of a farm working family that made international headlines after being arrested in April with heavy police force. Cops arrived at Maribel’s home after receiving reports that the girl had struck a boy with a rock to the head. However, what started out as children’s dispute turned into an odyssey for Maribel, who was shoved to the ground, handcuffed, detained, incarcerated and punished as a dangerous criminal. Several months after the incident, the police department’s exaggerated actions threaten to leave a deep scar on Maribel’s future and the Cuevas’ trust of authorities. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez shares details.
COMMERCE BONANZA THREATENS HEALTH - The twin ports, as the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are commonly known, plan to triple operations in the next 25 years. If the plans go thru, up to one million commercial big rigs would enter and exit the ports daily. The ports, which are third busiest in the world, promise great economic benefits to the area. However, some say that this bonanza may result in a public health crisis if the increases to traffic congestion and pollution are not avoided. Ruben Tapia presents this investigative report.
September 30th | Listen to the program
REAL MEN, REAL DEPRESSION - Sadness, anxiety and irritation are ailments usually linked to women, but according to a new information campaign, there are millions of men around the country suffering from these same symptoms. Many men suffer from depression without knowing it. For the first time, the national campaign, “Real Men, Real Depression” is targeting Spanish-speakers who are advised that real men know how to ask for help. Sara Shakir reports.
SAFEGUARDS AGAINST PESTICIDES - In California, Governor Schwarzenegger is keeping an initiative that seeks to fight pesticide intoxications in the state’s agricultural fields on a tense hold. The initiative was approved swiftly by the state’s Assembly and Senate and is backed by farm worker groups. However, prominent agricultural industry groups lobby against the measure up until the last minute. Alma Martinez shares details.
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