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Cartel Violence, Kidnapping Haunt University in Mexico
Thelma Gutierrez & Wayne Drash

Just five years ago, Monterrey was dubbed the safest city in Latin America and the commercial hub of Mexico. Now, it's fallen victim to the lawlessness and violence spreading throughout the country - a cartel battleground where grenade attacks, shootouts and kidnappings dominate headlines.

Why Poverty Spreads Across America
Sherwood Ross

Pockets of poverty, like the sores of some malignant disease, are spreading across America, as its states and cities go broke and bankrupt.

U.N. Remains Deadlocked on Defining Terrorism
Thalif Deen

Perhaps not surprisingly, a U.N. Ad Hoc Committee to Eliminate Terrorism, created by the General Assembly back in December 1996, has remained deadlocked as it tries to reach agreement on a comprehensive draft convention to eliminate terrorism.

Is the U.S. Continuing to Pay No Heed to Latin America?
Jerry Brewer

While international media and other officials chastise the U.S. for ignoring Latin America, as well as for having little interest in Latin American affairs, leftist leaders led by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela do just the opposite.

Wikileaks Shows No "New Mind-Set" in US Foreign Policy
The Real News Network

Phyllis Bennis: Clinton ordered spying on UN leaders shows Bush style still around.

Belinda’s Immigration Story: Weird in a Good Way, a Hybrid Nature has Always Served America
Mark Alvarez

Belinda’s opinion about immigration reform is plainly strong: “People have made their lives here. There is no way you can send them back. We are not objects. We are not merchandise. We are human beings.”

Many Say US Government Now Operating Outside the Constitution
Rasmussen Reports

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 39% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government currently operates within the limits established by the Constitution of the United States.

DREAM Act Students Defy Deportations, Demand Vote in US Congress
David Bacon

This week, if Sen. Harry Reid keeps his word, Congress may get a chance to vote on the DREAM Act. First introduced in 2003, the bill would allow undocumented students graduating from a US high school to apply for permanent residence if they complete two years of college or serve two years in the US military.

Homeland Security Shuts Down Dozens of Web Sites Without Court Order
Daniel Tencer

The Homeland Security Department's customs enforcement division has gone on a Web site shutdown spree, closing down at least 76 domains last week, according to online reports.

How Are the Kids? Unemployed, Underwater, and Sinking
Mark Paul & Anastasia Wilson

In some cultures asking how the kids are doing is a colloquial way of asking how the individual is faring, acknowledging that the vitality of the younger generation is a good metric for the well-being of society as a whole.

Why Do Mexican Workers Head North?
The Real News Network

Timothy A. Wise, Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, says Mexican agriculture was undermined by NAFTA and companies like Smithfield.

Graffiti in Mexican Border City Threatens Teachers, Students
Edgar Roman

A series of recent graffiti messages on school walls in Mexico's most violent city threaten attacks if teachers don't hand over their Christmas bonuses.

In Mexico, Sexist Violence Invisible in War on Drugs
Daniela Pastrana

According to government statistics, 30,000 people have died in drug-related killings since the army was enlisted in the war on drug cartels. But that figure does not include an undetermined number of widows, orphans, maimed victims, and people who have been forced to leave their homes or flee into exile.

Mexico's Shame; Abuse of Children
Yvonne Reyes Campos

Indira Vizcaíno Silva, a deputy of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), said this week that the figures of child abuse in Mexico are alarming.

The Snakes Sleep: Attacks Against the Media and Impunity in Honduras
Sandra Cuffe

According to the “Death Watch” compiled by the International Press Institute (IPI), Honduras is now the second most dangerous country for journalists, second only to Mexico.

The Food Safety Modernization Act: The US Government's Assault on "Food Freedom"
Rady Ananda

The voice of controlled opposition wants Americans to believe that the Tester Amendment to S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, elevates the bill to something we should adopt.

NATO Arctic Security and Canadian Sovereignty in the Far North
Dana Gabriel

Arctic nations continue to assert their sovereignty through military means. Rising tensions could further escalate the militarization of the region.

U.S. Commodore Stephen Decatur's Philosophy Haunts the Memory of Japanese Attack in 1941
Sherwood Ross

The American Commodore was war hero Stephen Decatur, for whom several U.S. cities are named, and who uttered the famous words: “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be right; but right or wrong, our country!”

The Dreams of the World, In The Palm of Your Hand
Jittima Jantanamalaka

Poverty and disease in any one country has an impact on every other country because we are all living in an age where national borders should matter less and humanity matters more.

22 Incredibly Revealing Quotes About Enhanced Pat Downs and TSA Groping
The American Dream

The following are 22 quotes about enhanced pat downs and TSA groping. They are presented without commentary because they speak for themselves.

Migrant Workers 'Left Without Rights'
Rémi Barroux & Brigitte Perucca

Governments are prioritising temporary work that leaves migrants without rights, according to the Council of Global Unions.

Pope: Vatican Acted Slowly, Late in Legion Scandal
Alexandra Olson

Pope Benedict XVI lamented that the Vatican acted "slowly and late" in a scandal surrounding the Legionaries of Christ, and a Vatican official called Tuesday for an investigation into who covered up for the conservative order's disgraced founder.

The Key to 2012: Can President Obama Rally His Organizers?
Brave New Conversations

In this Brave New Chat, Berman talks about the root cause of why GOP won the 2010 Mid-Term Elections. Berman traces the cause to the Obama administration failing to further connect with the grass roots organizers that helped get him into office.

Revolt Against the Body Scanners
Matthew Harwood

Wednesday, the public uproar over the government's ability to virtually strip-search air travelers or feel them up before flying could turn into widespread civil disobedience.

Michael Moore Meets Wendell Potter on Countdown With Keith Olbermann
Michael Moore

In his book "Deadly Spin" former health insurance executive Wendell Potter describes his industry's efforts to de-legitimize Michael Moore's 2007 documentary "Sicko." According to Mr. Potter, the industry at large had a plan to figuratively, quote, "push Moore off the cliff."

Residents Not Returning to Town Hit by Mexico Drug War
Mark Stevenson

While Mexicans increasingly have fled border towns up and down the Rio Grande Valley, Ciudad Mier is the most dramatic example so far of the increasing ferocity of war between rival drug cartels, and the government's failure to fight back.

BP Spill Panel Details Goofs, Hero In Ending Gusher
Associated Press

A single picture from a cell phone camera may have saved the Gulf of Mexico from a few more weeks — if not months — of oil gushing from the BP well.

American Women Made Amazing Strides In the Past Fifty Years, New Book Says
Sherwood Ross

In the comparatively short span since, American women have made astonishing progress, from legal secretaries to lawyers, from nurses to doctors; from kitchen menials to astronauts, and from USO hostesses to front-line warriors. Their dramatic story is charted in the new book by New York Times columnist Gail Collins.

Mexico's Lost Generation
The Real News Network

Al Jazeera: In Mexico, 35,000 children under the age of 18 are estimated to have been recruited to work for drug gangs.

TSA: The Agency Americans Love to Hate
Adam Geller

After nine years of funneling travelers into ever longer lines with orders to have shoes off, sippy cups empty and laptops out for inspection, the most surprising thing about increasingly heated frustration with the federal Transportation Security Administration may be that it took so long to boil over.

Trying to Save Lives Amid Relentless Drug Violence, Mexican Medical Workers Put Their Own On the Line
Anne-Marie O'Connor & William Booth

As mounting drug violence tears at the country's social safety net, it is shuttering clinics, creating no-go zones for ambulances and forcing medical workers to flee north of the border.

Fine, Arrest Possible for Some Who Refuse US Airport Scans and Pat Downs
John Lantigua

If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

Four Million U.S. Hispanics Would Migrate Permanently
Jesus Rios & Julie Ray

A newly released Gallup study of U.S. Hispanics reveals that more than one in seven - or an estimated 4 million adults - would leave the U.S. permanently if they had the opportunity.

Mexico Marks Revolution Centennial Amid New Struggles
Agence France-Presse

Mexico on Saturday marked the centenary of its revolution - the first major social revolution of the 20th century - with its goal of greater justice in mind as the country battles poverty and violent crime.

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