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  • Dems Wrong: 2008 Law Does Not Allow Alien Child Invasion

    07/25/2014 5:59:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 25, 2014 | IIBD EDITORIALS
    Border Crisis: A new report shows the vast majority of unaccompanied minors aren't unaccompanied at all, have family members inside the U.S., are not victims of human trafficking and thus can be deported immediately. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and other Democrats have repeatedly made the argument that Republicans shouldn't complain about the current border invasion since it was a 2008 law that automatically entitles minors from noncontiguous countries to asylum hearings before they face deportation. Gutierrez and his liberal colleagues in Congress and the media should read the law to find out what's in it. As the Center for...
  • Obama to urge Central American leaders for help

    07/25/2014 9:24:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 25, 2014 12:19 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama was meeting with Central American leaders Friday to urge them to help slow the exodus of unaccompanied children from their countries, as House Republicans tried to get behind a solution to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP lawmakers said Friday they were attempting to coalesce around a narrow package of changes including sending National Guard troops to the border, increasing the number of immigration judges, and changing the law so that migrant youths arriving by the tens of thousands can be sent home more quickly. The package would cost less than $1 billion, several lawmakers said,...
  • Obama Plans to Slow Number of Central American Migrants… by Importing More Central American Migrants

    07/25/2014 5:40:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sure the boat may look like it’s sinking. But that’s because we haven’t drilled enough holes yet. The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. I would like to unveil my plan to slow down the rate of Obama’s lies by paying him a silver dollar for every lie he tells.Obama doesn’t want to slow down the rate. He wants to speed it up. So his solution to the...
  • New Obama Executive Action Plan on Amnesty: Bring Kids to U.S. Directly From Central America

    07/25/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    With no plans to secure the border, President Obama is considering executive action without Congress to grant Hondurans amnesty and to set up a program to screen "refugees" in the country before green lighting them into the United States, cutting out the process of trekking through Mexico. From the New York Times: The Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and...
  • OBAMA ADMIN PRAISES MEXICO-GUATEMALA PACT LIKELY ENTAILING MORE 'DEATH TRAIN' TICKETS

    07/19/2014 5:57:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Breibart ^ | July 18, 2014 | TONY LEE
    The Obama administration praised a recent agreement between Mexico and Guatemala that could allow even more migrants to hop on so-called "death trains" to try to unlawfully enter the United States. In fact, the administration may even send Mexico foreign aid to help the country implement its "southern border initiative" with Guatemala. At a Thursday Senate hearing on the unaccompanied children who are flooding across the border, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, the Counselor of the Department of State, told senators that Mexico's "Southern border strategy" with Guatemala "was a welcome step towards improving Mexico’s ability to exercise greater control along...
  • Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials

    07/18/2014 5:16:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/14 | Jeff Mason - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, senior administration officials said on Friday. The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, the officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has largely consumed the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks. In June roughly 2,000 children were crossing the border on a weekly...
  • Border Tsunami: Has GOP Forgotten How to Play Offense?

    07/15/2014 9:24:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 14, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Republicans have played defense on immigration for so long that they’ve forgotten how to play offense. The waves of aliens, the dead children washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande, the thousands of free airline tickets for reunions with stateside relatives — all of these things are happening because left-wing control of the levers of power has been met by Republican ineptitude. Shock and outrage at administration policies isn’t enough. The Republicans have provided no effective leadership in stopping the tsunami rolling north from Central America. But Republicans can control the issue, and the nation’s future, if they...
  • Leaked Data Shows 10-Fold Increase In Obama’s Asylum Approvals

    07/14/2014 11:10:55 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/14/2014 | Neil Munro
    The number of foreigners who successfully filed asylum claims in the United States almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, up to 30,393. That’s 10 times the number from 2008, when President Barack Obama was elected, and it is evidence his immigration officials are approving most of the asylum requests from the growing wave of Central American migrants. If you came illegally to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2013, you had better than a four-in-five chance of successfully filing an asylum claim. That’s up from a three-in-five chance in 2008. The migrants include mothers with children, and youths who have been...
  • Report: Us Propaganda Song Discouraging 'Death Train' Trips Tops Charts In Central America

    07/14/2014 11:10:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/14/2014 | Tony Lee
    The U.S. government has created a widely popular song about the "death train" to discourage Central Americans from risking their lives in pursuit of the amnesty that they believe awaits them across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Daily Beast reported that "La Bestia" is a hit song in Central America that is a part of America's propaganda campaign to let Central Americans know about the dangers of the "death train," which is also called "the beast." “Migrants from everywhere, entrenched along the rail ties. Far away from where they come, further away from where they go,” the song informs Central American...
  • Yes, the Mexican Government is Facilitating the Immigrant Influx from Central America

    07/11/2014 1:58:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You see where the first lady of Guatemala went to visit the US-Mexico border. Well, she went to the Rio Grande river. That's where the US border used to be. She's not afraid of doing photo-ops. She's not afraid of doing theater. She showed up. Oh, speaking of that, we ended the program yesterday, we had a woman call and wanted to know how in the world all of these kids from El Salvador and Guatemala and Ecuador made it through the Southern Mexico border with no problem whatsoever. And of course her theory was that there...
  • "Flee or die": violence drives Central America’s child migrants to US border

    07/10/2014 7:16:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 73 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | July 10,2014 | Jo Tuckman
    Two weeks ago, Karla arrived at the Texas border with her two very young children, her mother, and three siblings under the age of 15. It had taken the family a month to make the 1,500 mile journey from their home in northern Honduras, travelling by bus through Guatemala and Mexico. They had sold everything they owned to pay a network of people smugglers who bribed the way clear through checkpoints along the route.
  • Documents: Illegal Immigrants Sending Billions Back to Home Countries

    07/08/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    Central American nations may have no incentive to prevent migrants from flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border because of the billions of dollars of remittances that illegal immigrants who are able to stay in the United States are sending back home. As the number of illegal immigrants from Central America has been increasing over the last three years, so have the remittances that Central American nations have received. According to a leaked June 4, 2014 internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that Breitbart Texas obtained, remittances from those in the United States to El...
  • OBAMA ADMIN: ILLEGALS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA "NOT DANGEROUS"

    07/07/2014 6:21:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    The Obama administration claimed Sunday that illegal immigrants flooding across the border from Central America are not dangerous, despite numerous reports of gangsters and criminals being apprehended at the border.
  • DHS Tells Congress They’ve Sent Open Letter Telling Parents Not to Send Kids Across Border

    07/03/2014 7:56:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/03/2014 | RODRIGO SERMEÑO
    WASHINGTON – Congress seeks to stop an influx of unaccompanied children from Latin American countries as thousands continue to stream across the southern border – and wants enforcement to start with an “unambiguous message” from the Obama administration. The House held three hearings last week on the crisis as federal officials struggle to slow the tide of young immigrants crossing the border. More than 52,000 minors traveling without their parents have been caught crossing the southwest border illegally since October, including 9,000 in May alone. More than 250 children are being apprehended every day along the southern border. Nearly two-thirds...
  • Obama Warns Central Americans: ‘Do Not Send Your Children To The Borders’

    06/26/2014 5:03:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 26, 2014
    President Obama says tens of thousands of Central American children flooding into the U.S. along the southern border have created a “humanitarian crisis,” and he appealed directly to parents to stop sending kids north. “Our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview here. “We don't even know how many of these kids don't make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train. “Do not send your children to the borders,” he...
  • First Lady of Honduras to visit Valley amid immigration crisis

    06/25/2014 11:19:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    Valley Central ^ | June 25th,2014 | Action 4 News Staff
    The First Lady of Honduras and other high-ranking officials will tour a Border Patrol detention facility in McAllen amid the ongoing immigration crisis along the border. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) invited Ana Garcia de Hernandez to visit the Border Patrol facility in McAllen and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The McAllen visit is scheduled for Saturday morning while the San Antonio visit is scheduled for late Saturday afternoon. The Border Patrol facility in McAllen has been under the international spotlight following a surge of women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador crossing the border. Many...
  • The Daily Rattle: Children's Crusade Edition

    06/24/2014 7:00:33 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | June 24, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    The mendacity of our current administration is at times stunning, even for those of us who should by now have become inured to the lies regurgitated by the Obama administration and its factotums for the better part of two terms. The disavowals by La Raza graduate Cecilia Munoz and village idiot Joe Biden notwithstanding, the systematic emigration of unaccompanied minors from their homelands to the southwestern United States is nothing if not a ploy designed by those in power to destroy whatever prophylactic measures the government currently takes to prevent the complete dissolution of our nation’s system of border controls....
  • Honduras’ First Lady Says She Will Collect Her Country's Child Immigrants

    06/21/2014 9:11:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 19, 2014 | Karla Zabludovsky
    Honduras’s first lady will travel to the United States to find and return the country’s unaccompanied minors who have recently flooded across the border, the president’s office said Wednesday. In an effort to track down 13,000 Honduran children who made their way to the U.S. through Mexico, President Juan Orlando Hernández has created a commission that includes transportation, migration and foreign affairs authorities. But immigration lawyers say Honduran officials will face several legal challenges before they can repatriate the children. A surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America has overwhelmed U.S. authorities in recent months. Between October 2013 and May...
  • Joe Biden teaches future immigrants to say ‘credible fear’

    06/23/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 6/22/14 | Richard Berkow
    In a feeble attempt to stem the deluge of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border, the Obama administration Friday dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Guatemala to talk tough to regional leaders. Instead, the man renowned for sticking his foot in his mouth sent a decidedly mixed message. In meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Salvadoran President Sanchez Ceren and senior officials from Mexico and Honduras, Biden said families would be detained at the border and that the “vast majority” would be sent home. But at a televised news conference later in the day, Biden said if the illegals...
  • Obama to Give Central American Countries $250 Mil to Send More Illegals

    06/23/2014 8:15:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Officially this money is supposed to discourage illegal immigration, in reality it sends the message that if a lot of illegal aliens from your country come and create a crisis, the United States will send you huge piles of money.It encourages the very behavior that it claims to be discouraging. The White House announced $254.6 million in new aid for Central American countries today.The money will go toward returning unaccompanied minors who travel to the U.S. illegally to their families and fostering youth centered programs in their home countries, the White House said this afternoon.The assistance to the governments of...
  • Central American migrants are on a word-of-mouth exodus to the U.S.A.

    06/21/2014 6:23:38 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 59 replies
    LATIMES.COM ^ | 6/21/2014 | Los Angeles Times
    audia Sanchez crouched on a grassy slope alongside the railroad tracks, breast-feeding her 10-month-old daughter, Heather. It had already been a long journey from Honduras to central Mexico, clinging with her baby to the top of a rickety train. They still had a thousand or so miles to go to reach the U.S. border. Her 3-year-old boy, Jonah, ran up and down the empty rails with Ethan, also 3, who was traveling with his single dad, Kenny Rodriguez, from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Ethan's mom abandoned them long ago. Article Link: Central American migrants are on a word-of-mouth exodus...
  • Thousands of Immigrants Stuck in Mexico Stash Houses Just Outside US

    06/21/2014 5:08:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | June 21, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--Thousands of illegal immigrants--most of whom are from Central America--continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border each day, but there are many who never complete the dangerous journey north because they run out of money. The trip from Central America can be a life-threatening one, but rumors of "amnesty" have only caused more immigrants to make it to the U.S. at any cost. Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told Breitbart Texas that smugglers typically charge hopeful foreigners hundreds of dollars to take them from their home countries to the U.S. Often, however, the...
  • US boosts aid to Central America to cope with migrants

    06/20/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 June 2014
    The United States is boosting aid and speeding up deportations to cope with the growing number of migrants from Central America. Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras will all receive millions of dollars to combat gang violence. The money will also be used to help citizens repatriated from the US The White House said it would also step-up the removal of illegal migrants from the country and open additional detention centres. But, in a statement, it added it would protect the rights of those seeking asylum. From October 2013 to 15 June, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on the US border with...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] In the Midst of Much Blood God extended a Rose. A Meditation on Guadalupe…

    12/13/2013 2:17:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/12/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Reflecting on this evening of the great feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, I am mindful of the first reading we had today from the book of Revelation the 12th chapter. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems....
  • Thousands in El Salvador Flee Erupting Chaparrastique Volcano

    12/29/2013 7:47:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | 29 December 2013
    Thousands of people in eastern El Salvador are leaving their homes after a volcano erupted on Sunday morning. Residents in the coffee-producing region said they had heard a powerful explosion before the Chaparrastique volcano began spewing hot ash and smoke into the air. No one has been hurt, say the authorities. Anyone living in a 3km (2 mile) radius will be evacuated.
  • U.S. slams 'conservative gender norms'

    12/28/2013 7:59:06 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 31 replies
    WND ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Obama agenda won't tolerate 'preference for heterosexuality' in other countriesHomosexuals, prostitutes, and transgendered people of Central America are about to receive another boost from the Obama administration, which is expanding an HIV program initially launched during the William J. Clinton presidency. But chief among impediments to achieving U.S. policy goals in the region are “conservative gender norms related to sexuality and strong normative preference for heterosexuality,” a revised government planning document says. Organizations that help “Most-at-Risk Populations,” or MARPs, therefore, will be the beneficiaries of this Phase Two initiative, according to the revised Statement of Work detailing the Central America...
  • Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Has Terror Infrastructure in Central, South America

    12/10/2013 1:18:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/10/2013 | Abraham Rabinovich
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said yesterday that Iran has built up a terror infrastructure in Central and South America from which to attack Jewish and Israeli targets in the region and as a base for attacking inside the United States. “The Iranians use diplomatic mail in order to transport bombs and weapons,” he said in a meeting with visiting Guatamalan President Otto Fernando Perez Molina, himself a former intelligence chief in his country. “We know that there are states in South America like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia where the Iranians have terror bases, both in the embassies and...
  • Vice president of El Salvador visits Watsonville

    08/18/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Regulator · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/18/13 | calvin men
    WATSONVILLE -- Much to the fanfare of locals, El Salvador's vice president, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, made a stop in Watsonville on Saturday to greet elected officials and residents of Salvadoran descent. There are an estimated 5,000 people of Salvadoran decent in Santa Cruz County, said Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville. A former mayor, Oscar Rios, is of Salvadoran descent. "I think it's only natural that the vice president come here to the community to see how we can work and create a great relationship between California and El Salvador in terms of a wide range of issues," Alejo said. Among the...
  • NSA's ‘Homeland' includes Canada, Greenland, Mexico, Central America

    08/02/2013 7:13:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Americans now have responsibility for a bunch of new places they can’t find on a map. It turns out that the National Security Agency considers Canada, Greenland, Mexico and parts of Central America as part of the U.S. “Homeland.” During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein — chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — displayed a diagram that revealed the NSA considers Mexico, Canada, Greenland and parts of Central American as part of the U.S. ‘Homeland.’ The diagram displayed by Feinstein visualized the 54 events around the world allegedly disrupted by the...
  • China and Colombia announce 'alternative Panama Canal'

    02/14/2011 11:26:43 AM PST · by Oakeshott · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Colombia has announced it is negotiating with China to build an alternative to the Panama Canal. The proposed transport route is intended to promote the flow of goods between Asia and Latin America. The plan is to create a "dry canal" where the Pacific port of Buenaventura would be linked by rail, across Colombia, to the Atlantic Coast. Trade between Colombia and China has increased from $10m in 1980 to more than $5bn last year. The announcement came from the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who told the Financial Times that the project was "a real proposal... and it is...
  • Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

    11/13/2010 6:59:02 AM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 13 Nov 2010 | Shlomo Papirblat
    The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal. Costa Rica says that last week Nicaraguan troops entered its territory along the San Juan River – the border between the two nations. Nicaragua had been conducting channel deepening work on the river when the incident occurred. Sources in Latin America have told Haaretz that the border incident and the military pressure on Costa Rica, a country without an army, are...
  • The $40 Bil. Chinese Plan To Build A Panama Canal-Like Waterway Across Nicaragua Sounds Ridiculous

    06/14/2013 8:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/14/2013 | Michael Kelley
    Nicaragua has approved plans for a mysterious Hong Kong-based company to build an estimated $40 billion canal across the middle of the country, Luis Manuel Galeano and Michael Weissenstein of The Associated Press report. The waterway, which would have to be roughly three times as long as the 50-mile Panama Canal, would be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever. The plan has some serious detractors: Environmentalists say it would devastate Lake Nicaragua, the country's primary source of fresh water, while shipping experts say that it may be an economically unfeasible power play by China. The company, HK Nicaragua Canal...
  • Nicaragua waterway to dwarf Panama canal (China Connecting to Atlantic)

    06/13/2013 1:50:09 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 41 replies
    Nicaragua's parliament is due to vote on Thursday on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Latin America's history – a trans-oceanic canal that is to be built and run by a Chinese company. If it goes ahead, the $40bn (£26bn) scheme, which is twice as expensive as Brazil's Belo Monte dam and likely to be three times longer than the Panama canal, looks set to transform global shipping and jump start the economy of this Central American nation. As well as the waterway, the draft agreement between Nicaragua and a Hong Kong registered firm — Nicaraguan Canal Development Investment...
  • Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia

    07/10/2013 1:56:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2002.aspx Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia 7/9/2013 Trade Based Money Laundering Network Supported Narcotics Traffickers Ayman Joumaa and Evaristo Linares Castillo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Colombian nationals Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). These 31 individuals and entities together form a money laundering network responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in...
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | 6 June 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. The president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuñez, announced the $40bn (£26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator. The national...
  • LiDAR survey 'finds' lost Honduran 'city of gold'

    05/15/2013 11:15:53 PM PDT · by OddLane · 23 replies
    Archaeology News Network ^ | May 14, 2013 | Tim Walker
    The Google Map of eastern Honduras is almost blank. A vast and virtually unexplored rainforest region known as the Mosquitia covers around 32,000 square miles, home to dense jungle, hostile terrain and the terrifying-sounding jumping viper. Legend has it that somewhere beneath the forest canopy lies the ancient city of Ciudad Blanca – and now archaeologists think they may have found it. Tomorrow in Cancun, Mexico, an interdisciplinary group of scientists from fields including archaeology, anthropology and geology will appear at the American Geophysical Union’s annual conference to present the technology that has allowed them to discover a “lost world”...
  • Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

    01/03/2013 3:07:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | January 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    "IRAN SPY NETWORK 30,000 STRONG Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks" SNIPPET: "Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report." SNIPPET: "“MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224,” the report said. The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France,...
  • The Passing of a Patriot

    06/07/2012 4:39:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 8, 2012 | Oliver North
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The classical definition of a hero is a person who puts himself at risk for the benefit of others. That certainly describes Adolfo Calero, who died June 2 at the age of 80. The obituaries of this remarkable man hardly do justice to his courage, perseverance, faithfulness and humility. Here is the Adolfo Calero I knew, admired and called a friend for nearly three decades: A graduate of Holy Cross High School in New Orleans and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., he was a devout Roman Catholic and educated to be a...
  • John Kerry’s Quest to Communize Central America

    12/28/2012 7:17:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    Say what you want about Senator John Kerry, nobody ever called him lazy. He landed in Congress and immediately rolled up his sleeves and spat on his hands. The Nicaraguan people must end up like the Cuban and Vietnamese! Toward this end the man was tireless. The vision inspired him to such a staggering work load, energized him to such a frantic pace, and propelled him to such legislative feats, that his colleagues -- even the pinkest -- gaped in envy and awe. Back in the mid 80’s Nicaragua was the pinkos' latest City on a Hill, Daniel Ortega their...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Private city in Honduras will have minimal taxes, government

    09/22/2012 8:17:40 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9/22/12 | Maxim Lott
    Small government and free-market capitalism are about to get put to the test in Honduras, where the government has agreed to let an investment group build an experimental city with no taxes on income, capital gains or sales. Proponents say the tiny, as-yet unnamed town will become a Central American beacon of job creation and investment, by combining secure property rights with minimal government interference. “Once we provide a sound legal system within which to do business, the whole job creation machine – the miracle of capitalism – will get going,” Michael Strong, CEO of the MKG Group, which will...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Honduras sets stage for 3 privately run cities

    09/07/2012 1:37:53 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 5, 2012 | Alberto Arce
    Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving the project. An international group of investors and government representatives signed the memorandum Tuesday for the project that some say will bring badly needed economic growth to this small Central American country and that at least one detractor describes as "a catastrophe." The project's aim is to strengthen Honduras' weak government and failing infrastructure, overwhelmed by corruption, drug-related crime and lingering political instability after...
  • Good Neighbor Policies and the U.S. Presidential Election

    08/24/2012 7:27:50 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 23, 2012 | Jaime Daremblum
    Barring a major international crisis, the outcome of the 2012 U.S. presidential election will have very little to do with foreign policy. It certainly won’t have much to do with U.S. policy toward Latin America, a region that both President Obama and Governor Romney have largely ignored in their campaign speeches. All of this is understandable, but also rather unfortunate. Leave aside the obvious foreign-policy challenges in the Middle East and Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, China, and so forth): The next administration will surely have to make important decisions about our own hemisphere. For example, Washington must decide whether its...
  • Tomas Borge Martinez, last living founder of Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista movement, dies

    04/30/2012 9:20:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EDT, | Associated Press
    The last surviving founder of the Sandinista guerrilla movement that overthrew Nicaragua's U.S.-backed right-wing dictatorship in 1979 has died. Tomas Borge Martinez was 81. First Lady Rosario Murillo said in a simultaneous broadcast on Radio Ya and other stations that Borge Martinez died late Monday.
  • Guatemalan gets 6,060-year sentence in massacre

    03/12/2012 10:25:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A former member of an elite Guatemalan military force extradited from the United States last July was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison Monday for his role in the killings of 201 people in a 1982 massacre. Pedro Pimentel Rios was the fifth former special forces soldier sentenced to 6,060 years or more for what became known as the "Dos Erres" massacre after the northern Guatemala hamlet where the killings occurred during the country's 1960-1996 civil war.
  • Feeding the Monster: Militarization and Privatized Security in Central America

    12/11/2011 9:55:30 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Project Brain Saver ^ | December 9, 2011 | Annie Bird
    Last week, the Honduran National Congress passed a law allowing the military to perform police functions, and Assistant Secretary of State Maria Otero visited Honduras with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Todd Robinson, to promote security initiatives. The United States is advancing a regional security strategy which apparently is oriented toward the militarization of Central America and the participation of private security contractors in policing, a strategy also being promoted for the region by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe. The murder of a Honduran national university...
  • Peru confirms Latin America's swing to the Left

    06/07/2011 1:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 6, 2011 | Daniel Hannan
    First it was Venezuela, then Bolivia, then Ecuador, then Nicaragua. Now it’s my native Peru. One by one, largely unremarked here, Latin America’s nations are turning to the authoritarian Left. Ollanta Humala, who won yesterday’s presidential run-off, is typical of the breed of modern caudillo. A cashiered former army officer, he had concocted an angry and aggrieved programme which mingled ethnic nationalism, hostility to private enterprise, nostalgia for pre-Columbian times and anti-Chilean revanchism..... Humala’s opponent in the run-off was Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the man who, as president in the 1990s, closed down Congress and gave himself autocratic powers, and...
  • El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya

    04/23/2011 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Palter · 6 replies
    The Smithsonian Mag ^ | May 2011 | Chip Brown
    Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization Had we been traveling overland, it would have taken two or three days to get from the end of the road at Carmelita to El Mirador: long hours of punishing heat and drenching rain, of mud and mosquitoes, and the possibility that the jungle novice in our party (that would be me, not the biologists turned photographers Christian Ziegler and Claudio Contreras) might step on a lethal fer-de-lance or do some witless city thing to provoke a jaguar or arouse the ire of the...
  • Mexican Cartels Get Heavy Weapons from Central America, U.S. Cables Say

    04/02/2011 7:27:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    laht.com ^ | March, 2011 | NA
    MEXICO CITY – The most fearsome weapons wielded by Mexico’s drug cartels enter the country from Central America, not the United States, according to U.S. diplomatic cables disseminated by WikiLeaks and published on Tuesday by La Jornada newspaper. Items such as grenades and rocket-launchers are stolen from Central American armies and smuggled into Mexico via neighboring Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City reported to Washington. The assertions appear in embassy cables written after three bilateral conferences on arms trafficking that took place between March 2009 and January 2010 in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Tapachula, Mexico, respectively. The cables’ authors...