By Mariela Rosario | 02/19/2009 - 17:00
Demonstrations against the military presence in the border towns of Mexico have swept across the country over the last few days. Mexico's drug cartels have been the primary catalyst for a wave of crime and violence that have shaken the country to its core. Widespread corruption among the police led government officials to take the drastic step of sending 40,000 soldiers into towns and cities along the border of the United States.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 18:30
Phoenix, Arizona has recently received the dubious distinction of being named the kidnapping capital of the United States. Second only to Mexico City in the world in terms of rates of violent kidnappings, local officials have cautioned that Phoenix is caught in a dangerous and even deadly crime wave. Many blame the rise in violent crime on Mexico's drug cartels.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 16:30
The Marxist FARC guerrillas recently admitted that they were behind the massacre of 8 Indians in the Southwest region of Colombia. Government officials and Human rights organizations had accused the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia of killing 27 Awa Indians, but details hadn't emerged and members of the Awa community had admitted it was difficult to identify the attackers since the murders occurred at night.
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 02/13/2009 - 17:30
The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) are said to have attacked the Awa in remote village of Narino state—southwest of Columbia—because of their support for the Colombian government. The guerrilla force may be responsible for the bloodshed of at least 10 Awa Indians, adding to the 17 reportedly killed by the FARC last week.
By Yuliana Gomez | 02/10/2009 - 09:00
Retired Brigadier General Mauro Enrique Tello Quiñones was violently tortured and killed over the weekend, the Washington Post reports. The decorated general had retired just one week prior to his assassination in Cancún, where he had moved after being hired by the resort city’s state government to help eradicate the very cartels that ordered his murder.
By Erika Ramirez | 01/26/2009 - 17:00
Infamous drug trafficker Santiago Meza Lopez, 45, was recently arrested. Known as "El Pozolero" (The Stew Maker), Lopez gained notoriety for dissolving the bodies of approximately 300 victims in bath tubs of acid over a ten year span. Lopez, a native of Sinaloa, Mexico stated that he executed the jobs for a drug lord by the name of Teodoro Garcia Simental, also known as "El Teo." Meza confessed to being paid $600 a week for his torturous acts.
By Yuliana Gomez | 01/26/2009 - 16:20
On August 25, 2008, the largest single immigration raid in U.S. history took place in Laurel, Mississippi, at the city’s biggest employer, Howard Industries (which produces commercial and industrial products). That day, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took into custody nearly 600 Hispanic, undocumented workers.
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 01/16/2009 - 17:20
Drug wars and escalating violence has prompted a summit in Panama between Latin leaders from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Panama. The summit, being held today will address the substantial increase in crime and violence in an effort to counter drug-trafficking, money laundering and organized crime groups.
The summit between Presidents Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Alvaro Colom of Guatemala, Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, and Martin Torrijos of Panama is a clear recognition by the leaders of these countries that they share a common problem.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/08/2009 - 18:01
Narcotrafficker's attacked Televisa, Mexico's top television network on Tuesday evening during the filming of the nightly news. The attack on the television station, located in the bustling northern Mexican town of Monterrey, was the most brutal effort thus far made by drug traffickers to convey their message: that news media should back off of their coverage of the ongoing drug wars.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/10/2008 - 17:09
Although it may seem as though we have made significant strides in this country with regards to race relations, the murder of Marcello Lucero serves as a stark reminder of how far we have yet to go.
Lucero, a 37 year old man of Ecuadorean descent was just walking down the street with a friend in Patchogue, LI late Saturday night when a group of seven teenage thugs attacked them without provocation.