A team of 200 U.S. Marines began patrolling Guatemala’s western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to beat drug traffickers in the Central America region, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
The Marines are deployed as part of Operation Martillo, a broader effort started last Jan. 15 to stop drug trafficking along the Central American coast. Focused exclusively on drug dealers in airplanes or boats, the U.S.-led operation involves troops or law enforcement agents from Belize, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain.
“This is the first Marine deployment that directly supports countering transnational crime in this area, and it’s certainly the largest footprint we’ve had in that area in quite some time,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Earnest Barnes at the U.S. Southern Command in Miami.
It was 50 years ago when the U.S. military last sent any significant aid and equipment into Guatemala, establishing a base to support counter-insurgency efforts during a guerrilla uprising. That movement led to 36 years of war that left 200,000 dead, mostly indigent Maya farmers. The U.S. pulled out in 1978.
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The face of America is changing. In 40 years, the United States will become a minority-majority nation – a remarkable milestone for a country that already boasts one of the most religiously, ethnically and racially diverse societies in the world.
But you wouldn’t know it looking at our nation’s schools. Census and school data tell a very different story:
The average white student goes to a school that is more than three-quarters white.
One in four children in poverty attends schools with few middle- and upper-middle class schoolmates.
One-third of black and Latino students attend schools with 90 to 100 percent minority populations. In the Northeast, over half of black students are in majority black schools.
This re-segregation of America’s schools has only been accelerated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that marks its fifth anniversary this year – Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District.
That 2007 decision found that districts cannot use race as a factor in assigning children to schools – eliminating a powerful tool for integration. Sadly, some school districts aren’t using the few remaining tools. We’ve seen school districts – such as the Wake County, N.C., district – dismantle successful programs that use economic diversity to assign students to schools.
At a time when we should be preparing our children for a diverse nation, more communities are seeing their schools segregate. It’s not that people are suddenly rallying around an explicit call to return to Jim Crow-era school segregation, but that we have lost sight of the value of integration.
If you’re Latino and are in the New York area, you could have a chance at taking up residence at a very exclusive address: Sesame Street.
According to the Associated Press, the long-running PBS children’s show, which is in its 43rd season, is holding an open audition at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on Aug. 20 to find a bilingual Latino person between the ages of 18 and 25 to join the series as a recurring character.
This wouldn’t be the first Latino to be a human member of the cast. Miguel (played by Jaime Sanchez) was the first Latino cast member of “Sesame Street” in 1970. He left in 1971 and was replaced by Luis (played by Emilio Delgado), Maria (played by Sonia Manzano) and, briefly, Luis’ partner in his Fix-It shop, Rafael (played by Raul Julia).
The first Latino puppet, Rosita, debuted in 1993.
“We hope many people show up,” Rocio Galarza, senior director of content planning, design and outreach for Sesame Workshop, told the AP. He also said that the show’s upcoming 44th season would focus on Hispanic heritage.
Washington, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina)- The United States has for months helped opposition armed groups in Syria after President Barack Obama signed a secret executive order with that end.
The order authorized by the White House aims at overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad and apprised bodies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to clandestinely back groups considered as terrorists by Damascus.
Official spokespersons of the Obama administration have confirmed that the U.S. would increase its aids to subversive organizations since the UN Security Council has not been able to reach a consensus on the situation of this country.
According to a license passed by the Department of Treasury, Washington would send sophisticated communications equipments but not military supplies to the Free Syrian Liberation Army.
It was known that the United Stated collaborate financially and logistically with those countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia that supply arms to Syrian terrorist groups and provide intel on the movements of the troops loyal to al-Assad.