Monthly Archives: February 2014

NM to loosen ‘restrictions’ on cops

New training an overreaction to a nonexistent threat

Mike Scanlon

Rio Grande Digital | Commentary

In New Mexico — a state now famous for its anal-probing cops who force enemas and colon exams on innocent people — the police are likely to become even more aggressive with a new training program devised by a retired military officer.

Mike Scanlon

Mike Scanlon

This comes at a time when social media networks and news media brim with stories of police overreaction — fatal shootings of suspects, bystanders and family pets among them

And when the police do get called out for actions, their superiors dismiss complaints by saying something like, “The officers acted in accordance with their training.” And that’s that. End of story.

Mexico still top choice for American expats

Mexico remains the top destination for US residents leaving the country. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Mexico remains the top destination for US residents leaving the country. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Juliana Barrera

VOXXI

While the United States remains one of the most attractive options for immigrants, there are always plenty of citizens who are eager to leave it too. At VOXXI we explored the most popular countries for US citizens who decide they rather live abroad.

Dreamers march for driver’s licenses, end to deportations

Demonstrators for the Dream Act. [Photo courtesy of by Todd Dwyer via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Demonstrators for the Dream Act. [Photo courtesy of by Todd Dwyer via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Griselda Nevarez

VOXXI

When President Barack Obama announced that undocumented youth would be allowed to stay and work in the United States under the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Korina Iribe-Romo felt a sense of hope.

She imaged herself being able to apply for a job and get a driver’s license.

“But life after DACA didn’t happen that way for me,” she said. “It didn’t happen that way for 19,000 Dreamers in Arizona.”

Satellite technology to help fight deforestation

Alejandro Alba

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, will it make noise? But now, someone will always be around to hear it.

Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico, says he would have liked to have had the Global Forest Watch when he was president. He said it would have helped him reduce deforestation even more. [SHFWire photo by Alejandro Alba]

Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico, says he would have liked to have had the Global Forest Watch when he was president. He said it would have helped him reduce deforestation even more. [SHFWire photo by Alejandro Alba]

The World Resources Institute, with Google and 40 other global partners, launched a website Thursday that helps monitor forests, Global Forest Watch.

“Because of amazing developments in the availability of billions of pieces of satellite data … it is possible to bring, for the first time ever, really real-time data at a very local level to everybody in the world,” Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the institute, said. “That is what Global Forest Watch is all about, and it is free.”

NMSU’s Latino Week: Entertainment with comedian, speakers

NMSU

The Hispanic Council and Associated Students of New Mexico State University present four events for this year’s Latino Week, providing comic relief and topics regarding Hispanic culture and society. 

The fall of El Chapo

 Ftontera NorteSur

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Less than three days after the summit of North American leaders, the government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has its biggest plum to date: the capture of wanted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Contrary to speculation that the elusive Guzman was hiding in Central America or the outback of Mexico’s Sierra Madres, the man named by Forbes magazine as one of the richest indiviudals in the world was reportedly nabbed overnight by Mexican marines at a modest hotel in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. He was then quickly transferred to Mexico City.

FCC proposes toothless rules in fight for Net neutrality

Plans to create new rules regulating broadband giants will be ineffective unless FCC takes bolder steps, critics warn. [Image courtesy of Common Dreams under Creative Commons license.]

Plans to create new rules regulating broadband giants will be ineffective unless FCC takes bolder steps, critics warn. [Image courtesy of Common Dreams under Creative Commons license.]

Jacob Chamberlain

Common Dreams

Following an announcement by the Federal Communications Commission that it will issue new rules in the coming months to protect an open internet, communications advocates are crying foul, saying the FCC’s promises are largely toothless and the agency has the power to do far more.

Southern NM Pride to honor LGBT leaders, allies

Southern NM Pride

Southern New Mexico Pride will honor community leaders at a gala event this week in Las Cruces.

The event will feature live music by The Mother Tuckers, dinner by The Double Eagle of Mesilla with libations poured by Dublin’s Street Pub. Honors will be awarded to LGBTQ-friendly business, activist citizen, political figure, best media advocates, best LQBTQ outreach campaign, and Southern New Mexico Pride Board Service Award.

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