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Rubén Blades le envía megacarta a Maduro ¿leerá?

febrero 21, 2014 12:42 am

Luego que Nicolás Maduro hablará de Rubén Blades en su alocusión del #20F, el cantante se tomó la molestia de hablarle y dejarle en claro algunas de las críticas que le realizó.

Aqui su respuesta completa:

Señor Presidente Maduro,

He tenido la oportunidad de ver un vídeo en el que se dirige a mi persona, en ocasión de una nota que he publicado en mi página de internet. No acostumbro responder comentarios, pero me siento obligado a referirme a sus palabras por el hecho concreto de que en el vídeo mencionado, usted me nombra directamente. Espero que el dicho vídeo no resulte una falsificación como las que hoy abundan en internet, y si lo fuera, confieso que es de muy buena calidad.

Con el respeto que merece su condición de Presidente, y como tal, representante de una Nación, debo iniciar esta nota agradeciendo el tono general de su comentario a mi escrito. Me complace entender en su gesto amable, que comprendió la buena intención de mis pensamientos, hechos con el c…

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : How Mexico's west was won: It took a village, and plenty of AK-47s

Dudley Althaus

February 20, 2014 

The story of how vigilante militias took their western Mexican towns back from Knights Templar meth lords — for now.

APATZINGAN, Mexico — Businessman Carlos Halabe at last feels safe enough to describe the terror his city endured under the thumb of Mexico’s Knights Templar gang.

“They controlled all social and economic life here,” says Halabe, the 42-year-old head of the chamber of commerce in Apatzingan, a city of 120,000 people in the citrus-growing lands along the Pacific coast of Michoacan state (map).

“They killed many business owners, kidnapped people who objected, obligated us to close businesses, collected very high extortion,”
he says. 

“This was utter hell.”

Apatzingan was once ruled by the Knights Templar, which officials say also runs meth-smuggling routes.

But the gangsters seemingly evaporated from the city on Feb. 8, when anti-Templar militias marched into the city backed by federal police. 

Hundreds of soldiers and cops now patrol the city’s st…

17 Photos From The Massive Protests That Have Swept Venezuela


FEB. 20, 2014, 8:10 PM 

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Several weeks ago, a few hundred students marched into the streets of Caracas and other cities in Venezuela to protest against President Nicolas Maduro and the Chavista government. 

Since then, the protests have grown by the thousands and turned violent.

Sparked by the violent death of actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and calls by opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to protest the poor economic situation, the students have called for Maduro's resignation and an end to the chronic scarcity of basic goods, out of control inflation, and high levels of violence and murder in the country. 

Riot police have been out in force, firing tear gas and buckshot at protesters to disperse the crowds. So far, the protests have claimed six lives.

Below are some pictures from the rapidly unfolding protests. 

WARNING: Some of these photos are graphic.

Peaceful protests began several weeks ago in cities and towns across the count…

DYSFUNCTIONAL : Movements to Create New States Gaining Real Traction!


Posted by Ian Huyett on 20 Feb 2014 

California movement has passed first hurdle.

A movement to split California into six states has passed its first legal hurdle. 

If the proposal gathers 807,615 signatures by July 18, it may be put to a vote in the Golden State.

The initiative holds some promise. Unlike similar movements in other states, which are largely lead by grassroots activists, Six Californias is spearheaded by Timothy Cook Draper, a media-savvy venture capitalist known for being an early investor in Skype and Hotmail.

“It’s very difficult to govern this state,” Draper has said. 

“We have the farmers in the Central Valley, and the entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley, and we have the Hollywood group, and we have the military suppliers down in Southern California. They all have separate interests and separate needs. It’s very difficult for one group in Sacramento to serve all those needs.”

Meanwhile, a movement to split New York into two regions is likewise ga…

VENEZUELAN PROTESTER: We Have Reached The Point Of No Return


FEB. 20, 2014, 8:57 PM 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protests have been a semi-regular occurrence in Venezuela for quite some time, but they've gained steam in recent weeks with high-profile murders galvanizing protesters to continue their opposition.

As in Ukraine, the politics on the ground can be difficult to understand as an outsider, but as one activist explained to Business Insider, the people really just want a stable economy, safety in their communities, and trust in the government.

Sadly, none of them are present in the Venezuela of today, as Reuters reports.

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested on Tuesday on charges of"fomenting unrest"that led to the deaths of at least four people, but that has only brought tens of thousands of his supporters onto the streets.

"In just six days, things have gotten absolutely out of hand,"
a source under the pseudonym "Manuel Gutiérrez" told Business Insider in an email.