A military guards the electoral process in a school in the colony La Travesía, popular district of Tegucigalpa. (PHOTO BY ORSETTA BELLANI)
On Sunday, Nov. 24, Honduras showed a devastating situation in the polls: 70 percent of the population lives in poverty and 40 percent is unemployed. The collusion between officials and organized crime is invasive and the militarization of society, on behalf of the fight against organized crime, has caused an increase in murders and the presence of drug-trafficking organizations, which takes advantages of the impunity of 80 percent of crimes.
According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), ..
The real Black Friday - happened 80 years ago
Ebullient consumers mask the real peril of stock market madness
by Kurt Nimmo
Black Friday opened with a predictable boom that resounded favorably through the Big Casino on Wall Street. Stocks on the Dow Jones climbed to 22 points to 16,119 soon after opening this morning. Standard & Poor’s index bumped up a modest two points to 1,809 and the Nasdaq jumped 15 points to 4,060.
“Consumers weren’t the only ones shopping on Black Friday. Stocks pushed even higher into record territory, as investors returned from Thanksgiving break for a short, final day of trading in November,” CNN reports.
Despite modest gains on the stock market, the hype that revolves around Black Friday seems to be losing some of its media generated luster. The large retails chains – Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Kmart and Toys R Us – have downgraded expectations.
“Indeed the latest poll from AC Nielsen’s Holiday Spending Forecast study, which surveys over 22,000 households throughout the US, indicates that 85 percent of consumers plan on skipping the stores on Black Friday this year,” Zerohedge reports. “This is up from 82 percent in 2012, 82 percent in 2011 and 80 percent in 2010 so a negative four-year trend is taking shape. Black Friday shopping seems to be merging with Cyber Monday as well with 51 percent of consumers say they will do their Black Friday shopping online this year. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season generally accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry’s annual sales so all eyes will be on retail sales updates/snippets over the weekend.”more...
Dos Constituciones de los Estados Unidos Part 1
by Marvin Ramirez
NOTA DEL EDITOR: Estimados lectores de El Reportero, recibí este interesante artículo, publicado en varios sitios web en internet”. Se adentra en una historia no contada por los libros de historia. Sin embargo, me pareció que valía la pena publicarlo para compartirlo con todos ustedes. Abre una perspectiva diferente y expone reclamaciones controvertidas acerca de cómo los ESTADOS UNIDOS realmente funciona, no como un país, sino más bien como una corporación. Ustedes deben hacer su propia investigación con el fin de obtener una mejor comprensión de la información.
La primera fue suspendida en favor de una corporación del Vaticano en 1871
Publicado por primera vez en Press Core
El Papa se reune con la junta de directores del Banco Central del Vaticano
Desde 1871 el Presidente de los Estados Unidos y el Congreso de los Estados Unidos han estado jugando a la política en un marco diferente de normas y políticas. El pueblo estadounidense no sabe que hay dos Constituciones en los Estados Unidos. La primera por los dirigentes de los nuevos estados independientes de los Estados Unidos en 1776. El 4 de julio de 1776, la gente reclamó su independencia de Gran Bretaña y nació la democracia. Y por 95 años, el pueblo de los Estados Unidos es libre e independiente. Que la libertad terminó en 1871 cuando la original “Constitución de los estados unidos para América” fue cambiado por “LA CONSTITUCIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA”.more...
Jesuit-trained Pope trashes capitalism in call for a worldwide socialism
by Kurt Nimmo
Pope Francis released his first encyclical on Tuesday. In addition to restating opposition by the Catholic Church to abortion, the new Pope criticized free market capitalism and advocated wealth redistribution.
He said “some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”
So-called “trickle down” is not an economic theory. It is a pejorative term used by socialists and others in favor of wealth distribution to describe laissez-faire capitalism. A product of the Enlightenment, laissez-faire capitalism was “conceived as the way to unleash human potential through the restoration of a natural system, a system unhindered by the restrictions of government,” writes Toufic Gaspard. For political economist Adam Smith and other classical economists, the concept was inextricably connected to natural rights.more...
Elections change traditional power relations in Honduras
by the El Reportero’s wire services
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives needs to approve immigration reform by the end of 2013, President Barack Obama said Tuesday before a meeting with business leaders at the White House.
“So this is something that has strong bipartisan support. Keep in mind that my predecessor, George W. Bush, was a strong supporter of this. We have a fascinating cross-section of people - some unlikely bedfellows, some very liberal folks, some very conservative folks - who all believe that now is the time to get this done,” he said.
“There’s no reason why we can’t get this done before the end of the year,” Obama said.
Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, met with top executives of such companies as Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Motorola and McDonalds.
The president noted the economic advantages of going ahead with immigration reform, since it would mean that “businesses are going to have more customers, we’re going to see people who are currently working here, out of the shadows, paying taxes and getting right with the law.”more...
Arts & Entertainment
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera reunited at photo exhibition in France
by the El Reportero’s news services
Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
The French city of Strasbourg is hosting a photographic exhibition this week titled Complicities. Diego and Frida, which includes 35 images of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
The show, organized by the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat and the Permanent Office of the Council of Europe, features images from Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute and the National Fine Arts and Literature Institute.
The exhibition provides visitors with a window into “the complicities shared by the two artists,” who “were not only lovers, a couple, militants and painters, but were also behind an entire generation of change in modern Mexico,” former Diego Rivera Research Center director Magdalena Zavala said.
Half of the photographs are by unknown authors, while the rest are signed by Agustin V. Casasola, Jose María Lupercio, Hugo Brehme, Tina Modotti, Enrique Díaz, Lucienne Bloch, Ismael Casasola, Louis Riley, Esther Born and Nacho López.
Filming for “Pele” the Movie Starts in Brazil
The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro provides the set for the filming of “Pele,” a U.S. production in English of the life story of the Brazilian soccer legend, from early childhood to the masterful way he led his team to victory in the 1958 World Cup.more...
Calendar & Tourism
World of AIDS Day gallery event
Compiled by the El Reportero’s staf
Puro Bandido band
Esperanza will hold a gallery event displaying the masks from the workshops along with other art from local artists. In addition, local merchants will be providing food and drinks for the guests to enjoy. A ceremony to remember the lives lost to the epidemic will conclude the event. Donations are welcome. Masks and other artwork will be available for purchase.
MNHC – Clínica Esperanza – has invited clients, staff and community members who are infected or affected by HIV to participate in crafting masks that express their experiences with HIV and their hopes for health and well-being in the future. Through these workshops, HIV positive and HIV negative participants alike, work hand-in-hand for a common goal: to fight the epidemic and stigma of HIV through art.
On Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., San Francisco.
Holiday Party with Puro Bandido, Gunn Slingers, Mingo Lewis’ Room of Voices
The band plays high energy Latin Rock music, and was formed in the Mission District of San Francisco. Puro Bandido was instrumental in the development of Border Rock - crossing all borders; having no boundaries.more...
Cell phone radiation breast cancer link - new study raises grave concerns
by Lloyd Burrell
A new study raises concerns of a possible association between cell phone radiation exposure and breast cancer in young women.
The research team, led by Dr. Lisa Bailey, a former president of the American Cancer Society’s California Division and one of California’s top breast surgeons, studied four young women - aged from 21 to 39 years old - with multifocal invasive breast cancer.
The researchers observed that all the patients developed tumors in areas of their breasts next to where they carried their cell phones, often for up to 10 hours per day, for several years. None of the patients had a family history of breast cancer. They all tested negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2 - breast cancer genes linked to about one-half of breast cancer cases - and they had no other known breast cancer risks.more...