Thursday, February 28, 2013

Private Sector and Dirty War in Argentina; Chicago Declares Mexican Drug Capo Public Enemy #1; Honduries Tries to Restore Private-Cities Program

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Articles in SourceMex, NotiCen, and NotiSur for Feb. 27-March 1, 2013

City of Chicago Declares Drug Trafficker El Chapo Guzmán Public Enemy Number One
Confirming his status as a larger-than-life figure, Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera was declared Public Enemy Number 1 by the Chicago Crime Commission (CCC) on Feb. 14, 2013, replacing the infamous gangster Al Capone as the city’s most reviled personality. While the declaration is symbolic, the commission decided to single out the notorious drug trafficker because a large share of the drugs sold on city streets are thought to come from the Sinaloa cartel, led by Guzmán Loera. El Chapo, who has made the list of the world’s wealthiest people, also made headlines in other places besides Chicago during February. There were rumors that he died in a shootout in Guatemala. And Mexican Interior Secretary Sergio Osorio Chong candidly acknowledged that the capture of El Chapo Guzmán was a top objective in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s crime-fighting strategy. -Carlos Navarro    Read More

Former Ford Executives Charged with Crimes Against Humanity in Argentina.
The Argentine judiciary has begun investigating former top executives of the Argentina subsidiary of US-based Ford Motor Company during the 1976-1983 civilian-military dictatorship for crimes against humanity: kidnapping, torture, murder, and disappearance of persons. The executives could face life sentences . On Feb. 18, the former president of the multinational Nicolás Enrique Courard and three former executives, Pedro Müller, Guillermo Galarraga, and Héctor Jesús Sibilla, joined the list of civilians under investigation for collusion with the military and benefitting from that collusion. During those bloody years, the regime's policies left 30,000 disappeared, thousands murdered, some 500 babies taken from their parents and given new identities, and tens of thousands of exiles. -Andrés Gaudín   Read More

Honduran Congress Passes Revamped Law to Build Private Cities; Opponents Gear Up to Bring It Down Again
In November 2012, Honduras' Supreme Court declared a plan to create private model cities in Honduras unconstitutional. But supporters of the notion appear to have come up with an alternative plan. In January 2013, a new, revamped private cities bill--Ley para la Creación de Regímenes Especiales de Desarrollo--landed in Congress. The ciudades modelos are now Regímenes Especiales de Desarrollo, instead of Redes Especiales de Desarrollo, changing one word in the label and keeping the acronym RED. Promoters insist tthat the new version eliminates the legal flaws that made it possible for the court to declare the first bill unconstitutional. But opponents are fighting the new effort. -George Rodríguez    Read More

Peruvian Women Say NO to Violence Against Women.
On Feb. 14, St. Valentine's Day, thousands of Peruvians, including many couples, celebrated the day of love and friendship by participating in a dance in 20 districts of the capital Lima and in numerous other cities to say "enough is enough" to violence against women. Peru thus joined the international One Billion Rising campaign to stop feminicide, which the Ministerio Público says claimed 97 victims in 2012, 93.8% of whom were killed by their partner, ex-partner, or a relative (intimate femicide), while 6.2% were killed by an acquaintance or by a stranger (non-intimate femicide). -Elsa Chanduví Jaña    Read More

Nicaragua’s Eight-Month-Old Femicide Law Slow To Deliver Results
A gruesome murder case in Nicaragua’s Matagalpa department has brought new attention to what--despite the implementation last year of a much-heralded femicide law--remains a serious problem for the Central America nation: violence against women and girls. Last year, 85 femicides (murders of women at the hands of men) occurred in Nicaragua, nine more than in 2011, according to the Red de Mujeres contra la Violencia (RMCV), a nongovernmental women’s rights group. -Benjamin Witte-Lebhar     Read More

Avian Flu Outbreak in Guanajuato Raises Concerns about Price Speculation for Eggs, Chicken
The dreaded avian flu has returned to central Mexico again this year, this time causing significant poultry deaths in Guanajuato state. The outbreak of the H7N3 virus--which had forced poultry farmers in the state to destroy more than 2 million birds as of the end of February—appears confined to the municipalities of Dolores Hidalgo, Juventino Rosa, and San Felipe in northern Guanajuato. The Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA) said the outbreak originated at a poultry farm operated by the company Pilgrim’s, initially spreading to 17 farms owned by the firm Bachoco. The virus was later discovered on 20 other farms in the area. -Carlos Navarro    Read More

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