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The State Department's MEXICO Human Rights Controversy; SWEAT SHOPS; First Lady Obama to Visit Mexico; US Customs: Mexican Cartels Corrupt Border Agents & Pelea Por Guerrero Deja 28 Muertos: El Universal
Saturday, 13 March 2010 09:29

 SecurityCornerMexico.com Recommended READING: United States Department of State 2009 Human Rights Report: Mexico
"unlawful killings by security forces; kidnappings; physical abuse; poor and overcrowded prison conditions; arbitrary arrests and detention; corruption, inefficiency, and lack of transparency that engendered impunity within the judicial system; confessions coerced through torture; violence and threats against journalists leading to self-censorship. Societal problems included domestic violence, including killings of women; trafficking in persons; social and economic discrimination against some members of the indigenous population; and child labor."
More, HEREMexico defends army courts after US rights report by Washington Post. 

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Permanent Agression: War on the Horizon in Latin America 


March 12, 2010, by Eva Golinger
Soldiers Are Being Forced to Choose Between Their Children And the Military, And They’re Paying the Price In Jailtime
by Dahr Jamail. January 26, 2010


In January, U.S. Army officials announced four separate court-martial charges against Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother who missed her deployment to Afghanistan in early November 2009 when her childcare plans for her infant son, Kamani, fell through at the last minute. Hutchinson was jailed and threatened with a court-martial if she did not agree to deploy to Afghanistan. Kamani was placed into a county foster care system. 

Hutchinson, in accordance with the family care plan of the U.S. Army, had been allowed to fly to Oakland, California to leave her son with her mother, Angelique Hughes. However, after a week, Hughes realized she couldn’t care for Kamani along with her other duties of caring for a daughter with special needs, her ailing mother, and an ailing sister. She told Hutchinson and her commander, Captain Gassant and the Army granted a Hutchinson an extension so that she could find someone else to care for Kamani. In the meantime, the boy came back to Georgia to be with his mother. 

More, HERE.  

America's Child Soldiers: US Military Recruiting Children to Serve in the Armed Forces

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Obama wants to reshape No Child Left Behind law

Michelle Obama to visit Mexico on first solo trip
Reuters, Friday, March 12, 2010
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama will visit Mexico next month on her first solo international trip, the White House said on Friday.
On the April 13-15 trip, she will seek to "amplify the president's commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world," according to a statement.
The statement also said she will seek to "build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon on the issues of education and economic advancement in both countries."
(Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Eric Beech) 

U.S. Marines going rogue or leading the fight?: At Afghan outpost, troops battle Taliban with an autonomy that riles many higher up in chain of command but may offer model for future missions  

China blames U.S. for tensions: Comments underscore China's growing self-confidence after coping with financial crisis 

Israeli PM voices regret
If Republicans keep ignoring abortion, they'll lose in the midterm elections
Democrats' hopes build for vote on health care
Moscow's rich and reckless
'Corporations are people, too'
After high court declares companies persons for campaign fund purposes, Md. firm "runs" for office
Clinton rips Israeli housing plans
Clinton warns Netanyahu to renew peace efforts
Secretary of state's message comes two days after Biden condemned Israel's announcement it would build housing in a disputed area of Jerusalem
BAE Systems pays $450 million to settle bribery scandal charges

By Mike Musgrove, Washington Post Staff Writer, Saturday, February 6, 2010
The world's second-largest defense contractor, BAE Systems, agreed on Friday to pay nearly $450 million in penalties to settle U.S. and British charges related to a long-running bribery scandal.
The British company had been accused of making payments, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, to foreign authorities to illegally win defense contracts in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Hungary. The company agreed to pay $400 million in fines and to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to make deceptive statements -- about whether the firm had created an anti-corruption program -- to the U.S. government. The charge was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
More, HERE.

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, The Associated Press, March 11, 2010
McALLEN, Texas -- Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies along the southwest border and those charged with weeding them out say they don't have the money to catch all the corrupt agents, homeland security officials told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday.
James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs, told a Senate homeland security subcommittee in Washington that only about one in 10 of the new hires for agency jobs are given polygraph tests, and of those, 60 percent are deemed unsuitable for employment. 

Salesman in chief : President Obama talks up U.S. exports. Is that enough?

Thirteen killed in crime wave at Mexico's Acapulco 

Obama says he's committed to immigration overhaul
Gunmen kill 5 at wake as Mexican drug violence escalates
Calif. teen pleads not guilty in death of boy

New border violence erupts with Mexico cartel rift 

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U.S. Falters in Screening Border Patrol Near Mexico
Federal anticorruption investigators continue to struggle to keep up with the screening of newly hired United States law enforcement officers working on the Mexican border and have fallen far behind in checking current employees as well, federal officials testified on Thursday.
The testimony came during a hearing in Washington before a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on rising corruption among the ranks of federal law enforcement officers who patrol the border and guard ports of entry.
More, HERE.
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Mexican military copter over U.S. neighborhood
By Lynn Brezosky and Gary Martin - Express-News
March 12, 2010 BROWNSVILLE — The Zapata County sheriff Thursday was questioning why a Mexican military helicopter was hovering over homes on the Texas side of the Rio Grande.
It was one of the more jarring incidents of the fourth week of border tensions sparked by drug killings, and rumors of such killings, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said he'd reviewed photos of the chopper flown by armed personnel Tuesday over a residential area known as Falcon Heights-Falcon Village near the binational Falcon Lake, just south of the Starr-Zapata county line. He said the helicopter appeared to have the insignia of the Mexican navy.
More, HERE.
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*Haitian workers earn only 6 cents for every pair of Disney “101 Dalmatians” outfit that Disney sells for $20. Disney pays its workers in Haiti about 28 cents an hour. A woman in Salvador working in a sweatshop makes 12 cents sewing a GAP T-shirt that sells in the US for $20.  (Sources: In These Times; National Labor Committee; Jobs with Justice)  


*Almost half of all toys sold in the US are produced in China, Thailand, and other Asian countries.  “China is the champ in the low wage sweepstakes. With minimum wages that hover around 80 cents a day, China is forcing a further decline in the already hideous working conditions in neighboring countries.  Naturally, Western executives are flocking to China to do business.”  (Bob Herbert, The New York Times)  

*In 1995, Mattel CEO John Amerman made $7 million and held an additional $23 million in stock options - more than the combined annual salary of the 11,000 Mattel workers making Barbie dolls in China.  (Eyal Press, The Nation)


*There are sweatshops in the US, too. One worker at a Los Angeles garment factory making clothes for Guess was paid 40 cents for his labor on a blouse that sold in a New York department store for $58. (Source: American Teacher)  


*Myth: It’s OK to pay workers in poor countries lots less than workers are paid here because living expenses are so much less.  Milk: in Haiti, 75 cents; in NY, 65 cents; eggs: in Haiti, $1.50, in NY, $1.39; cereal: in Haiti, $1.90, in NY, 1.69; gas: in Haiti, $2.20, in NY, $1.26. (Source: Newsday)  


*In Indonesia, the minimum wage is $2.36 per day. The Suharto dictatorship admits that in Jakarta and other urban centers it takes $4 a day to meet subsistence needs.  If Nike took just 1% of its annual advertising budget ($280 million), it could raise the income of all its Indonesian workers above the poverty line. (Source: Counterpunch, Global Exchange)  


*Almost all soccer balls used in the US are imported.  Major soccer ball manufacturing countries: Pakistan, China, and Indonesia.  Between 1985 and 1995, the soccer ball industry greatly increased production in countries where children make leather hand-stitched balls.  In countries like Pakistan, children may work 12 hour days for very little pay.  (Source: International Labor Rights Fund)  

*Nike CEO Phil Knight is the sixth richest man in the United States.  He owns 100 million shares of Nike stock.  His dividend income alone for the third quarter of 1996 was $80 million dollars.  More than 75% of Nike's shoe production occurs in countries where it is illegal to form independent trade unions. (Source: Counterpunch, Press for Change). More HERE by Library of HALexandria  


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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present


by Peter Liebhold and Harry Rubenstein


1940-Present: The Resurgence of Sweatshops

Sweatshop production came out of hibernation in the late 1960s. A combination of forces at home and abroad contributed to their reappearance: changes in the retail industry, a growing global economy, increased reliance on contracting, and a large pool of immigrant labor in the U.S. The focus of public, government, and media concern remains centered on problems in the apparel industry, although, as in the past, sweatshops continue to be found in a variety of industries.


Sweatshops Today

In the United States, sweatshops produce garments for the domestic market, primarily items that require short delivery times. These clothes are often indistinguishable from garments produced in legal shops and can be found in stores ranging from discount houses to fashionable boutiques. Foreign sweatshops are harder to define. Widely varying standards of pay and workers' rights make it difficult to compare practices in the United States with other countries. Demand for reform has lead to many initiatives from government, unions, public interest groups and the industry itself.


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MEXICO: Mexican government promotes medical tourism
11 March 2010 -The Mexican federal government’s Tourism Secretariat has a new initiative to rejuvenate medical tourism in the country, expecting 650,000 visitors, who will spend $US50 million by 2020.
Secretary of tourism Rodolfo Elizondo explained that the project sought to enlist all private hospitals of international status and create a specific offer that will be primarily promoted within Hispanic communities in Texas and California. Most of this community has no health insurance; so several thousand people living over the border could be interested in the services that Mexico has to offer.
More, HERE.
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Si a César Nava se le ve como a un Pinocho, el mismo títere de madera aplica para Beatriz Paredes y Enrique Peña Nieto. La mentira no está en decir que no había acuerdo, sino en pactar a escondidas el blindaje de una candidatura presidencial del PRI.

 © 2010 IndigoMedia Mexico S.A. de C.V

Mexican travel rebounds as spring break crowds flock to Cancun

Spring break revelers dance at the beach in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico.

By Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press
March 12, 2010 CANCUN, Mexico — Mexico's spring break king —Cancun— is rebounding quickly from last year's triple blow to its tourism industry caused by the country's swine flu epidemic, drug violence and a global economic crisis. 
Those worries couldn't compete this year against Mexico's cheap airfare from the United States and phenomenal package deals that include the popular all-you-can-drink enticements.
More, HERE.
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Sangriento sábado en Guerrero: 24 muertos, cuatro de ellos decapitados  

La cacería contra Peña Nieto

Las propiedades ocultas de Calderón  

La narcopolítica, una realidad: Manuel Espino

El PAN necesita renovar su dirigencia: Fox

Sangriento sábado en Acapulco: van 24 muertos, cuatro de ellos decapitados  

Explotan dos granadas en Tuxtla Gutiérrez; un muerto

Juárez: Irrumpe comando en velorio y mata a seis  

Sinaloa: Ataque de sicarios en una fiesta deja ocho muertos  

Reaparece Cabañas ; contesta preguntas y juega tenis de mesa 

Paredes arremete contra Calderón y retoma críticas a las alianzas
Operativo de la Marina en hospital de Nuevo León; siete detenidos

Los abusos de Maciel han destruido credibilidad de la Iglesia: Arzobispo Rábago


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Pelea por Guerrero deja 28 muertos 

El Operativo Conjunto será reforzado en Acapulco, a fin de que el flujo de turistas no se vea afectado con esta ola de violencia y balaceras en pleno puente vacacional y temporada de springbreakers



Adrián Hernández: UN ESTACIONAMIENTO. Cientos de vehículos avanzan muy lentamente por Periférico Sur, que en su mayoría enfilan a la carretera México-Cuernavaca para aprovechar el fin de semana largo | Ver nota 

GDF prevé 1 millón de turistas en Semana Santa  

PGJDF no tomará declaración de Chava

La Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del DF aseguró que los cadáveres aparecidos en los últimos días en la capital fueron ejecuciones cometidas en otros estados

Atacan a jóvenes durante velorio en Juárez: 6 muertos

EFE: MARINOS SITIAN NL. Elementos de la Armada de México realizaron un operativo en cuatro colonias del municipio de Escobedo e ingresaron en un centro médico donde capturaron a siete personas | Ver nota

GANAN COMPETENCIA. Jesús Pérez, Luis de Jesús Martínez y Gilberto Gómez Correa, obtuvieron medalla de oro en la International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition | Ver nota

AP: CONDECORAN A SLIM. El presidente libanés, Michel Suleiman, entregó la Orden de Oro del Mérito Libanés al empresario mexicano Carlos Slim, considerado por Forbes como el más rico del mundo, durante su visita a esa nación | Ver nota

Lucia Godinez. FIRMAN CONVENIO. El jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal, Marcelo Ebrard, firmó el convenio de colaboración que crea el mecanismo de seguimiento y evaluación del programa de derechos humanos de la ciudad | Ver nota

Yadin Xolapa. VIGILANCIA EREA. Helicópteros del agrupamiento Cóndores dan apoyo desde el aire al operativo desplegado por la policía capitalina para combatir el robo de automóviles | Ver nota

Presunto ladrón muere tras balacera en Constituyentes


Muere una persona en balacera en Constituyentes

Fernando Ramírez: CAOS VIAL. Debido a la balacera, reportan tránsito lento en avenida Chapultepec y Circuito Interior hacia la zona del Panteón Civil de Dolores

VOCES DE AYUDA. Familiares de los jóvenes asesinados en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, demandaron a integrantes de la Mesa Directiva de la Cámara de Diputados poner fin a la violencia que se vive esa ciudad | Ver nota

FCH acepta reto de IP para crear empleos

FCH acepta reto de IP para crear empleos

TRABAJO EN EQUIPO. El Presidente dijo que este pacto también incluye al Congreso y a los gobiernos estatales y locales

Emilio Vazquez. CAPTURAN PISTOLEROS: Elementos de la Marina trasladan a varios detenidos luego de participar en un enfrentamiento con fuerzas federales en la carretera Reynosa-Monterrey | Ver nota

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