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  • Lost City of Atlantis found – again – this time in Guatemala

    04/19/2011 9:17:29 AM PDT · by Palter · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 17 April 2011 | Will Evans
    Retired German math teacher Joachim Rittstieg says ancient Dresden Codex and Mayan priests guided him to the legendary Atlantis in eastern Guatemala. A retired German math teacher has spurred a national hubbub in Guatemala by claiming to have discovered an ancient underwater city laden with treasure. Joachim Rittstieg grabbed headlines in March with his visit to Lake Izabal in eastern Guatemala. Buried there, he claims, are eight tons of gold tablets in Plato’s legendary Atlantis. Instead of being dismissed, Mr. Rittstieg has garnered a lot of interest. Guatemalan newspapers called him a “German scientist” and followed his expedition with enthusiasm....
  • Immigrant households have higher usage rates of welfare than native households, report finds

    04/10/2011 5:54:28 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 Apr 2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Households headed by immigrants have a substantially higher rate of welfare use than native-headed households, according a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies this week. The report examined census data about the use of welfare programs – cash assistance, food assistance, housing assistance, and Medicaid – and compared usage by immigrant headed households with at least one child – those headed both by legal and illegal immigrants – with usage by native headed households with at least one child. 57 percent of immigrant headed households participate in at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent of native...
  • Mexican Cartels Get Heavy Weapons from Central America, U.S. Cables Say

    04/02/2011 7:27:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 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...
  • Girl returns to US after erroneous deportation (illegal Guatemalan parents hide from cameras)

    03/31/2011 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies
    A 4-year-old girl who was deported was reunited with her parents. Emily and her grandfather were traveling from Guatemala when their flight was diverted due to bad weather. The grandfather apparently had immigration infractions dating from the 1990s on his record, but it is not yet clear if he reentered the US later with expired documents; the family's lawyer said that he has a valid H-2B visa. Customs agents told the girl's father that they could transfer Emily to a detention center for minors in Virginia or send her back to Guatemala with her grandfather. US authorities did not permit...
  • Murder suspect is an alleged illegal immigrant

    02/27/2011 3:07:29 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Mohave Valley News ^ | February 26, 2011 | Jim Seckler
    KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man was indicted for first-degree murder for the alleged shooting death of another man. A Mohave County grand jury indicted Carlos Elisianio Gomez, 24 of first-degree murder. He is expected to be arraigned on the charge Thursday before Superior Court Commissioner Derek Carlisle. Originally from Guatemala, Gomez is being held in county jail without bond. He also has a border patrol hold for being an illegal immigrant, according to the county jail. Gomez is charged with shooting Daniel Mares Lopez on Feb. 17 while Lopez was in the street at Coronel and Coronado drives. He...
  • Che Guevara Ordered His Father's Death, So Gustavo Villoldo Promised Payback

    08/05/2009 3:30:39 AM PDT · by BGHater · 20 replies · 2,191+ views
    Broward-Palm Beach ^ | 04 Aug 2009 | Tim Elfrink
    Ernesto "Che" Guevara's famous beret is gone. His iconic beard is filthy and matted against skeletal cheekbones. One bushy eyebrow arches over his half-open eyes. As a Bolivian country surgeon methodically saws off his lifeless hands, Che appears vaguely amused. Gustavo Villoldo, a stocky figure in green army fatigues, stands just inside the tiny laundry room where the Cuban revolutionary's corpse rests atop a sink. For five months, the CIA operative has led soldiers hunting Guevara through the rough crags and valleys of southern Bolivia. Less than 24 hours ago, his team had captured and executed him in a village...
  • Over the Weekend: Increased Violence Leaves More Police Dead or Kidnapped

    01/31/2011 10:25:26 AM PST · by AuntB · 4 replies
    NAFBPO M3 Foreign News report ^ | Jan. 31, 2011 | National Assn. of former Border Patrol Agents
    Cuarto-Poder (Mexico) 1/30/2011 Cops Go to War Without a Gun (Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas) “They send us to war without guns,” said a police officer while nostalgically looking at new, unused patrol vehicles. Nearby, six vehicles have been scrapped, while others are being repaired. From December through January 15, there were only 5 patrols circulating with the remainder in repair. This officer is patrolling on foot, while nearby are 14 new units and 15 motorcycles, all ready for use. They either lack the plates or fuel. ______________________ El Universal (Mexico) 1/29/2011 Mexico grows despite violence: Calderón (Davos, Switzerland) President Felipe...
  • Police chief: Officer justifed in use of deadly force against knife-wielding man(S. TX illegal)

    01/31/2011 10:55:49 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jared Taylor
    McALLEN — A police officer who shot a man while responding to a domestic dispute late Sunday night was justifed in using deadly force, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday. Officer Richard Villarreal fired one shot at the man after the suspect allegedly failed to put down two butcher knives while investigators tried to quell a domestic situation. The shooting occurred when McAllen police responded to a domestic dispute at 904 Redwood Ave., No. 1, about midnight Sunday, the chief said. Carlos Esquivel, 47, allegedly assaulted officers as they attempted to enter his apartment to respond to the dispute,...
  • Mexico investigates report of 50 missing migrants

    12/22/2010 1:47:57 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Dec. 22, 2010
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the possible kidnapping of 50 illegal migrants in the southern state of Oaxaca, a day after saying there was no evidence of the crime. Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants were being interviewed by officials at the federal Attorney General's Office about an assault last Thursday, the National Migration Institute said in a statement. The migrants — 30 men, 15 women and five children — were held up by gunmen while trying to cross the country by train and are now missing, said the Foreign Ministry of El Salvador, which first...
  • America's Third War: Fighting Drug Cartels in Guatemala

    12/14/2010 9:30:09 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jennifer Griffin
    ... The murder rate in Guatemala is already double that of Mexico, where more than 10,000 drug-related murders have taken place this year. Now there is evidence that one of Mexico’s most vicious cartels, the Zetas, are setting up bases in Guatemala as they come under increasing pressure from Felipe Calderon’s government. The Zetas have set up training camps and are trying to intimidate Guatemalan cartels. So far they’ve forced at least one Guatemalan drug family to leave the country. “When you have drug traffickers afraid of other drug traffickers, you know its getting pretty bad,” U.S. Ambassador Stephen McFarland...
  • Guatemalan consulate comes to serve (Illegal aliens in GA)

    11/14/2010 2:18:08 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies · 1+ views
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | November 14, 2010 | Perla Trevizo
    Guatemalan Jose Vicente, 31, has lived in the United States for 15 years but never applied for a passport to his home country until this weekend. The closest Guatemalan consulate is in Atlanta, and "It's really hard for people to go to Atlanta, especially if you don't have a driver's license," said the Chattanooga resident, who had a work permit until recently and now needs official identification. But this weekend, for the first time in almost four years, the consulate came to Vicente. A mobile Guatemalan consulate came Chattanooga on Saturday and remains today to process passports, birth certificates and...
  • Earthquake felt in Guatemala and El Salvador

    10/28/2010 1:21:30 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 4 replies
    Prensa Libre (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | October 28, 2010 | Agencia ACAN-EFE
    (English-language translation) An earthquake was felt this Thursday at 11:11 AM in the Pacific Ocean near Escuintla [Guatemala], the Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology & Hydrology Institute ([Spanish acronym] INSIVUMEH) reported. It measured 4.8 on the Richter scale and 1 on the Mercalli scale, although INSIVUMEH only has a report on its strength, none on damage or victims. In El Salvador, the earthquake was measured at 5 degrees Richter, the authorities not reporting on victims or property damage.
  • Resurrecting the Maize King [ Mayan funeral ]

    10/21/2010 8:11:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Archaeology ^ | September/October 2010 | David Freidel, Michelle Rich, and F. Kent Reilly III
    For two weeks we had been tunnelling beneath the surface of the acropolis hill at the ancient Maya city of Waká in Guatemala's Petén rainforest. It was the spring of 2006, and we knew that under the surface of the acropolis was a virtual layer cake of earlier structures. The acropolis had been one of the city's enduring spiritual centers before it was abandoned around A.D. 820. A large pyramid and several buildings still stand there today.We were at the bottom of a shaft we had dug the previous spring, working our way up the stairs of a buried building...
  • Outrage in Guatemala over US study on sex diseases

    10/02/2010 9:27:29 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 38 replies
    AFP ^ | 2 October 2010
    Guatemalans on Saturday slammed a US confession that it led a 1940s study in the Central American country in which hundreds of people were deliberately infected with sexually transmitted diseases. "No matter how much of a superpower it is, the United States cannot do this kind of experimentation," Nery Rodenas, the chief of the human rights office at the archbishop of Guatemala's office, told reporters. "They used Guatemalans as lab rats. It is important that family members receive some kind of compensation." Lawmaker Zury Rios also urged compensation for not only the victims, but the nation as a whole. "It...
  • U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments

    10/01/2010 11:04:43 AM PDT · by Redalways · 24 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10-1-2010 | By Robert Bazell
    U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago. Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study.
  • LAPD's Rampart station evacuated following threat connected to officer-involved shooting (Updated)

    09/28/2010 5:29:18 PM PDT · by AuntB · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | LA Times
    The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated its Rampart Area station Tuesday after an envelope containing an unknown powder was found at the station. The envelope contained a threat directed at one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant earlier this month in the Westlake District, according to sources familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing. The nature of the threat was not specified. [Updated at 2:34 p.m.: Officials said they determined the white powder was not hazardous.] Manuel Jamines was shot and killed Sept. 5 at the...
  • Protests over police shooting resonate all the way to Guatemala

    09/26/2010 9:32:36 AM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | September 26, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Reporting from Caserio Xexac, Guatemala
    It was just before 11 a.m. when Isabel Marroquin Tambriz once more began to cry. Her wails were so piercing they rose above the brass band. They traveled down the dirt paths of the village, which grew ever more crowded with mourners. "Walijoq caewaj!" she yelled over and over in Quiche. Wake up, my love. Wake up, my love. In a casket outside her cinder-block home lay the body of her husband, Manuel Jaminez Xum. He was dressed in a pinstripe three-piece suit, finer than anything he'd worn when he was alive. Following Maya tradition, his family had filled the...
  • Another Wall Blocks Route to U.S.

    09/21/2010 8:36:24 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 6 replies
    IPS ^ | Sep 15, 2010 | Danilo Valladares
    GUATEMALA CITY, Sep 15 , 2010 (IPS) - Travelling without documents to the United States from Latin America can turn into an odyssey, in which migrants have to elude common criminals and drug traffickers along the way, not to mention the laws on migration. But now another obstacle is emerging: a wall between Guatemala and Mexico. According to the head of customs for Mexico's tax administration, Raúl Díaz, in order to stop boats carrying contraband, the southern Mexican state of Chiapas is building a wall along the border river Suchiate, similar to the one the United States is building along...
  • TV News Blackout: Los Angeles, 3rd night of violence and disturbances

    09/08/2010 9:27:44 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 148 replies · 1+ views
    KFI Los Angeles ^ | 9/8/2010 | kfi
    For the most part, people from Mexico and Central America just attempted to torch an apartment building 40 minutes ago so this is ramping up a few notches. This is the 3rd night in a row...Their current excuse for taking to the streets is the fatal shooting by LAPD of a drunken Guatemalan, who was likely here illegally, was threatening people with a knife 3 days ago, in broad daylight. Generally this would not be breaking news, but since television news media in LA is all but ignoring this, I thought it should go in breaking news. This is occurring...
  • Villaraigosa call officers who fatally shot man 'heroes'

    09/09/2010 10:52:54 PM PDT · by UncleHambone · 27 replies
    Losa ANgeles Wave ^ | September 9, 2010 | Wire Services
    Los Angeles police who confronted and fatally shot an apparently drunk man with a knife who was threatening a pregnant woman and her child is a hero, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asserted Wednesday. The mayor also defended police Chief Charlie Beck, who was shouted down at a community meeting meant to calm residents in the neighborhood where the officer-involved shooting occurred Sunday afternoon near MacArthur Park. Protesters have taken to the streets in anger three nights in a row — setting fires, dumping garbage and throwing rocks and bottles at police — since an LAPD bicycle patrol officer shot and killed...