Women who marched in cities across the country were joined by many men
A Women’s March in defense of their rights, on October 17, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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WASHINGTON – Thousands of women, and some other men, protested this Saturday in several cities of the country against the nomination of the ultra-conservative judge Amy coney barrett, openly opposed to abortion, to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court that President Donald Trump made, before the elections.
Such is his indignation that Women’s March, which has normally been held in January since Trump’s inauguration on the 20th of that month in 2017, has decided to organize a special edition just 17 days before the general elections, in which the president is up for re-election, and in the middle of Barrett’s confirmation process in the Senate, which will almost certainly be endorsed on October 26 in the plenary session of the chamber.
The main demonstration took place in Washington DC, where the participants concentrated in Freedom Plaza to march shortly after around the Capitol and finish in the Mall, the monumental esplanade that connects the headquarters of Congress with the White House.
Trump and the Senate Republicans, where they have the majority, have accelerated the process to confirm Barrett before the election, following the death in September of the progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pioneer of feminism and reproductive rights.
In the march there were many people with posters of the campaign of Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, running for Vice President.
In parallel to the march in Washington, the organizers called this Saturday similar protests in some 400 points throughout the country, with instructions such as wear a face mask and maintain social distance to protect yourself from COVID-19.
In parallel to this protest, the organization Voice of Independent Women gathered in front of the Supreme Court, in the capital, a rally in support of Barrett, under the slogan “I’m with her.”
The arrest of the former Mexican Defense Secretary exposed the fragility of the Mexican State, which has seen some of its former high-ranking officials being tried for organized crime
“If you don’t speak of a narco-state, you could speak of a narco-government.”
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, harshly criticized this Friday the “regrettable” detention in the United States under drug trafficking charges by former Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos.
The actions of the US justice system once again exposed the fragility of the Mexican State, which has seen in recent years how some of its former high-ranking officials they were tried for organized crime outside their borders.
“This is an unequivocal example of the decomposition of the regime, of how the public function was degraded (…). We are cleaning, purifying public life, but the disease was very advanced, “said the president.
On the streets, many in Mexico agreed this Friday when considering that the latest arrest confirms the indisputable penetration of drug trafficking in the institutions and power structures of the country.
And at the same time, they criticized the fact that the US justice must be the one to operate against their compatriots and wondered what the effect of these actions will be on the relationship between the two countries.
Importance for the region
“There had not been an arrest of this military caliber in Mexico. Without a doubt, the arrest of Cienfuegos has an enormous significance, ”security expert Alejandro Hope tells BBC Mundo.
The analyst Ricardo Márquez Blas agrees and highlights the consequences that his detention could have even for the rest of the American continent.
“As head of Defense, he had an important role in the dialogue with the US Southern Command and, practically, with all the defense secretaries in Latin America. It is not only a matter of dialogue, but also of information exchange ”, he tells BBC Mundo.
“So it is important to know how much information could have been compromised if the accusations against Cienfuegos turn out to be true ”, he says.
Despite the significance of his arrest, the truth is that the military man – who served as Secretary of Defense during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto – is not the first high-ranking Mexican official to be detained on US soil for his alleged links to drug trafficking.
From former security chiefs to state prosecutors
The most recent case was that of Genaro García Luna, Secretary of Public Safety during the government of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and who was arrested last December in Dallas, Texas.
Whoever was considered one of the ideologues of the war on drugs in Mexico was accused of collaborating with the Sinaloa cartel and accept bribes from Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán, for which he is currently on trial in New York.
Another tremendous paradox was the arrest in 1997 of the so-called “anti-drug czar” of the Ernesto Zedillo government, General Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo, although his arrest took place in Mexican territory.
Appointed director of the National Institute for the Fight on Drugs, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his ties to Amado Carrillo, leader of the Juárez cartel and better known as the Lord of the Skies. He passed away in 2013.
The person who was arrested in the United States three years ago was the former prosecutor of the Mexican state of Nayarit, Edgar Veytia.
Also nicknamed the Devil, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for benefiting the group headed by Juan Francisco Patron Sánchez, the H-2, considered the regional card in Nayarit and southern Sinaloa of the Beltrán Leyva cartel.
Precisely, it is yet to be confirmed if his case is related to that of Cienfuegos, since the former Secretary of Defense is accused by the US Attorney’s Office. to use his position to help the same H-2 group.
Do they really reflect a “narco-government”?
Analysts consulted by BBC Mundo coincide in describing these arrests as extremely serious and worrying, although they rule out that they should be considered practices so widespread and generic as to speak of “narco-government.”
“It does not seem to me that the accusation is extensible or fair for the entire Mexican government or army, I do not think it is possible. But we can speak of public officials in collusion with organized crime groups, ”says Márquez Blas.
Guillermo Valdés Castellanos, former director of the Center for Research and National Security of Mexico (CISEN), highlights how while Cienfuegos was allegedly bribed – according to US accusations – by the H-2 group, its leader was killed in 2017 by the Secretariat of the Navy in an armed confrontation.
“This tells you that not the entire state is committed to criminal organizations. The government is complex and with many dependencies, and not everyone is bribed by organized crime ”, he tells BBC Mundo.
“We are facing two real events: there is corruption, but also agencies and officials that fulfill their task ”.
How will it affect the relationship between Mexico and the US?
Another of the unknowns after the arrest of Cienfuegos in the US is whether Mexico’s relationship will be resented in any way with its northern neighbor.
Experts agree that this action will in some way increase the tension between the two countries in terms of security, even more so after Donald Trump threatened Mexico with sanctions in September if it did not improve the results of its fight against drug trafficking.
According to Márquez Blas, the fact that the Mexican government did not receive official information on the investigation into Cienfuegos responds to the fact that “Mexico did not have the ability to understand the messages clearly issued by the US, so his government acted on its own and detained it.” .
Valdés Castellanos stresses that a common problem for both countries, such as drug trafficking, requires collaboration between both governments, so the arrest of Cienfuegos will strain diplomatic relations.
“In the Mexican army there will be a lot of cracksr and distrust of collaboration with the DEA (The US Drug Enforcement Agency) if there is still this unilateral action on their part, and this is not good for the relationship, “he says.
“There is not going to be a soldier in Mexico who wants to cooperate with the DEA,” Hope agrees. “The cooperation between Mexico and the United States. it will end up destroyed for a generation. “
Will more high-level arrests follow?
Another of the unknowns now is whether the arrest of a former high-ranking official with as much power as Cienfuegos will result in the arrest of other officials.
López Obrador announced that all those involved in the investigation will be suspended from their position and made available to the authorities.
“We are not going to cover up for anyone, that time has passed”, remarked.
Márquez Blas predicts important news in this regard, based on the fact that the US courts made reference to evidence about how Cienfuegos would have contacted drug trafficking leaders with “other corrupt Mexican government officials” to help them in exchange for bribes.
“That is particularly worrying and indicates that there will be new indictments for other officials of the time. Clearly, there will be derivations of this case ”, forecast.
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The former president will go to Philadelphia to host Joe Biden’s first campaign event on October 21.
Barack Obama addresses the virtual Democratic Convention on August 19, 2020.
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The ex-president Barack Obama will carry out his first act of electoral campaign with his former vice president, Joe biden, on Wednesday, October 21 at Philadelphia, in the last weeks of the presidential campaign.
Biden’s campaign reported that additional details will be provided later on where the campaign event will take place in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania is an important state on the battlefield for Biden and Trump in the 2020 election.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that Biden’s campaign has prioritized safety and avoided large gatherings, ensures that the scene will look very different from the last time Obama held a presidential campaign rally in town.
On the last day before the 2016 election, he and Michelle Obama campaigned alongside Bill and Hillary Clinton in front of thousands of supporters on the Independence Mall.
Obama has been urging voters to participate in elections before, but has stayed away from the presidential campaign for long periods this year. He was finishing his presidential memoirs, due out next month, and he was also giving Biden and other Democrats room to present their own arguments on the 2020 election.
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While the Biden campaign has yet to announce the details of Obama’s speech, it likely looks a lot more like a more recent apparition in Philadelphia: Obama’s searing anti-Trump speech, delivered from an empty room in the Museum of the American Revolution during the Democratic National Convention.
WASGHINGTON- The United States continues to be the nation most affected by the pandemic, exceeding 8 million COVID-19 infections this Friday.
The latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University point to 8,008,402 positives, and 218,097 deaths.
The entity’s data confirm that the US It is the country in the world with the most infected. The US is followed by India, with 7,370,468; and Brazil, with 5,169,386.
The US is also the nation with the highest number of deaths, surpassing Brazil, with 152,460, and India, with 112,161.
The institution registered the first case of coronavirus in the North American country on January 21; 98 days later (April 28) it reached one million cases.
Medical authorities have recorded increases in cases over the past few weeks in at least 37 states in what experts fear are serious new spikes in the disease.
In view of the proximity of festivities such as Halloween and Day of the Dead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)they issued guidelines to prevent further spread during that date. Among the recommendations are not to perform the traditional “trick-or-treat” to collect sweets at home and avoid fancy dress parties indoors.
The ex-host of Al Rojo Vivo, María Celeste, is engaged with her children in a very important fight that includes the next presidential elections in the United States
After leaving the show Telemundo, Red Hot, the journalistMaria Celeste Arrarás She has devoted herself to her role as mother but with a very justified sense. On the one hand, she is dedicated to the musical career of her son exercising the role of manager and on the other, she is determined to be part of an important change in the next presidential elections 2020 in the United States.
To do this, he decided to make a promise with his offspring and is that he plans to put all his energy until he sees that heads of government are chosen who have among their priorities the care and preservation of the environment. He alleges that many of the problems that we are currently experiencing is due to the fact that the population has not been educated enough to take care of the Earth.
In this way, he joined the campaign #votecomounamadre#votelikeamother which is also being led by other celebrities of Latin origin such as Eva Longoria Y JLo. There is no doubt that Maria Celeste her departure from the television and that she is taking care of large-scale causes and especially of the education of her children regarding these issues. A great example to follow.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the UN body for electing the countries (File)
Pakistan along with China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the UN Human Rights Council despite strong opposition from activist groups over their abysmal human rights records.
In a secret-ballot voting in the 193-member UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Pakistan secured 169 votes, Uzbekistan received 164, Nepal 150 and China 139. Saudi Arabia lost the race with just 90 votes.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the UN body for electing China, Russia and Cuba to the agency tasked with defending human rights.
“The election of China, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council validates the US decision to withdraw from the Council in 2018 and use other venues to protect and promote universal human rights.? At #UNGA this year, we did just that,” Mr Pompeo tweeted.
“US commitment to human rights is far more than just words. We have identified and punished human rights abusers in Xinjiang, Myanmar, Iran, and elsewhere, and call for all nations to take this moment to recommit to the #UDHR,” he said in another tweet.
Last week, a coalition of human rights groups from Europe, the US and Canada called on UN member states to oppose the election of China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Uzbekistan, saying their human rights records make them unqualified.
“The bad news: governments just elected China to the UN Human Rights Council despite its severe repression in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong. The good news: the number of governments voting for it declined from 180 last time to 139 now. The fear is melting,” Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth tweeted after the vote.
Pakistan is currently serving on the HRC since January 1, 2018. With its re-election, the country will continue as a member for another three-year term commencing on January 1, 2021.
Under the Human Rights Council’s rules, seats are allocated to regions to ensure geographical representation.
Except for the Asia-Pacific contest, the election of 15 members to the 47-member Human Rights Council was all but decided in advance because all the other regional groups had uncontested slates. To be elected, a country needed to obtain the required majority of 97 votes.
Since the HRC’s establishment in 2006, this is the fifth time that Pakistan has been elected to the United Nations’ human rights agency.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was pleased with his country’s re-election to UN Human Rights Council for another 3-yr term.
“We remain committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritizing advancement of tolerance and constructive engagement. We stand resolute against Islamophobia and in support of mutual respect,” Mr Khan said.
Still, the survey showed little erosion in support for Joe Biden.
Nearly three-quarters of Indian Americans plan to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the U.S. election next month, believing the country is headed in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump, according to a survey on Wednesday.
Indian Americans, the second largest immigrant group in the United States, make up less than 1% of registered voters for the Nov. 3 election. But both parties have reached out to the community in case they become important in the event of a close vote.
The Indian community is also in the spotlight after Biden picked Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian immigrant, as his running mate. Harris is the first Black woman and Asian American in history to make the presidential ticket for a major party.
The survey found 72% of registered Indian American voters supported Biden for president compared to 22% for Trump. The rest either chose “others” or said they did not intend to vote.
The survey, a collaboration between the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Johns Hopkins-SAIS, and the University of Pennsylvania, covered 936 Indian Americans.
It was conducted between Sept. 1 and Sept. 20 in partnership with YouGov with an overall margin of error of +/- 3.2%.
The Indian community has traditionally supported the Democratic Party, but strong personal ties between Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have raised expectations of a shift.
In an effort to win support from Indian-American voters, Trump hosted a 50,000-person “Howdy Modi” rally in Texas with PM Modi last year. PM Modi returned the favor in February, organizing a 110,000-attendee rally for Trump in India.
There has been speculation the Indian community in the U.S. may not favor a potential Biden presidency, fearing he may be tougher on India on issues such as human rights and civil liberties that activists say are increasingly at risk under PM Modi.
Still, the survey showed little erosion in support for Biden.
“The big takeaway from these numbers is that there is scant evidence in the survey for the widespread defection of Democratic voters toward Trump,” said Milan Vaishnav from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Devesh Kapur from Johns Hopkins and Sumitra Badrinathan in their assessment.
Voters who were polled listed the economy and healthcare as their top two concerns in the lead-up to the vote. U.S.-India ties were near the bottom of the list.
Harris’s run for vice president has galvanised Indian Americans to turn out to vote, especially the Democrats.
About 49% of respondents indicated that Harris’s nomination made them more enthusiastic about Biden’s candidacy while just 15% said it made them less enthusiastic.
Harris is born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both emigrated to the United States in their youth to study.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The Zambrano family, from Wilmington, North Carolina, got an unexpected show of solidarity from their neighbors after receiving a threatening note against the Mexican flag on their porch
The letter was addressed to the “head of the household” and in four lines (loaded with insults) it expressed its purpose.
“When you sons of bitches like you raise your Mexican flag shit, that means war. The second amendment gives the right and the duty to use weapons to eliminate people like you and your family from my country.
“LOWER THE FLAG OR YOU WILL FEEL MY ANGER“.
Jessica Zambrano said she had to reread it “not to misunderstand the purpose” of what it said.
But the letter was very clear: someone did not agree that there was a Mexican flag hoisted next to an American at the entrance of his house in Wilmington, North Carolina.
In that city in the southeastern United States, where more than 75% of the population is white, less than 10% of its inhabitants are Latino, the state has been a conservative stronghold since the 1960s.
The Zambranos are Mexican-Americans and, proud of it, they decided to display it on their porch.
After knowing the threat, their neighbors gave a show of solidarity that drew attention on social media and in US local and national media.
The street was filled with Mexican flags.
“Supportive neighbors, letting this person know [el remitente de la carta] that your beliefs are not welcome here. They expressed it to us in a time of need and we are eternally gratefulJessica Zambrano wrote on Facebook.
American Jessica Zambrano is married to Gustavo Zambrano, a man originally from Michoacán, Mexico, who has dual nationality.
“Although he is also a US citizen, that does not erase where he comes from,” explains the woman in a message with thousands of reactions on Facebook.
“We have a Mexican flag on our porch. Well, the person who sent this letter clearly didn’t like that. And he felt it was his ‘duty’ to inform us, “he adds.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office told BBC Mundo that, after receiving the complaint of the threat, it began an investigation together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Postal Service.
Jessica Zambrano told BBC Mundo that last week she spoke with a detective: “They are still investigating.”
The right to have weapons
The Second amendment of the US Constitution, to which the letter refers, guarantees the right of Americans to own and bear arms, but its meaning has been debated for decades.
“Being necessary a well ordered militia for the security of a free State, the right of the people to possess and carry weapons“, Says the constitutional text.
The meaning of a “well-ordered militia” that seeks the “security of a free State” has historically been debated between those who consider it a personal duty to take care of the sovereignty of the United States, and others who believe that this was a reflection of an era. that has been overcome.
“We must expose it and face it”
For Zambrano, the “actions and comments” of US leaders in recent times have been “gasoline” for “extremist groups that feel validated in their beliefs.”
“Racism and xenophobia run through the veins of this country. They are embedded deep in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, everywhere. We must expose it and confront it, “added Zambrano, who believes that the sender of the letter”does not represent the majority of true Americans“.
A few days after its publication, in early October, the street where the Zambrano family lives was filled with Mexican flags.
“The great support we received from our friends and family gave us peace. It gave us hope that one day there will be a place where behavior like this does not exist. Where our children will not feel threatened by the color of their skin, where they come from, the language they choose to speak in public or simply because of who they are, ”said Zambrano.
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The proposed $ 1.8 trillion stimulus plan did not win the backing of either Democrats or Republicans
Nancy Pelosi acknowledges problems approving new stimulus package.
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In a total change and in a few days, PresidentTrump said this week he’s interested in a large-scale stimulus deal, 48 hours after abruptly canceling the stimulus talks altogether on Tuesday.
Trump’s offer to Pelosi of a $ 1.8 trillion stimulus plan is more than the $ 1.6 trillion put on the table earlier this week, but is still well below the $ 2.2 trillion project of law passed by House Democrats last week.
The president said Friday that he would like to see a bigger stimulus than the one currently being launched by the Democrats or his administration.
However, The offer met with opposition from the House and Senate on Saturday.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy pelosi and the Senate Republicans opposed President Donald Trump’s roughly $ 1.8 trillion stimulus proposal on Saturday, so that Congress is sure not to pass a financial aid package before Election Day, CNN reported.
Saturday, Pelosi called Trump’s counter offer on Friday “insufficient” and “amounted to one step forward, two steps back.” in the negotiations, underlining that there are several important political issues pending to resolve.
“At this point, we still have disagreements on many priorities, and Democrats are awaiting the Administration’s language on various provisions as negotiations continue on the full amount of funding,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats, the Saturday.
Pelosi’s cold reception to Trump’s $ 1.8 billion offer, Management’s highest bid so far in months’ talks, comes as Republicans have made it clear to their respective leaders that they don’t want to be part of such a big deal, as both Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have communicated to the White House.
In a conference call Saturday with the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, and the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, Senate Republicans criticized the $ 1.8 trillion offer the White House made to President Pelosi, according to multiple sources.
While the sentiment was that talks with Pelosi should continue, it was clear that the White House plan has virtually no chance of being approved by the GOP-controlled Senate, the sources told CNN.
Dr. Sean Conley reported that President Trump is no longer a Covid-19 contagion risk to other people
Dr. Sean Conley leads the team serving President Trump.
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week ago, “is no longer considered a risk of transmission for others,” said the president’s doctor at the White House this Saturday. Sean Conley.
“I am pleased to report that in addition to the President meeting the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) criteria for safe isolation interruption, this morning’s COVID PCR samples demonstrate, according to currently recognized standards, which is no longer considered a risk of transmission for others ”, indicated the doctor.
In a memorandum released by the White House, Conley detailed that “on the tenth day since the onset of symptoms,” Trump has been “fever-free for more than 24 hours and with all symptoms improved.”
Likewise, he affirmed that the diagnostic tests reveal that “there is no longer evidence that the virus reproduces actively.”
Trump’s doctor added that sequential tests also show “a decrease in viral load” and a “decreasing and now undetectable subgenomic RNA.”
This Saturday, Trump led his first public act since announcing on October 2 that he and his wife, Melania, had tested positive for coronavirus.
An energetic Trump addressed from the balcony of the White House a message to law enforcement, African Americans and Hispanics in the face of what he considered the “most important election in the history” of the country.
“Our nation is going to defeat this terrible virus in China,” promised the ruler in his speech, which began by assuring that he feels very well.
In addition to thanking his followers for their prayers, Trump stressed that the US is producing “powerful therapies and medications”, and indicated that the vaccine against the virus is coming out “in record time” and that it will be distributed “very quickly” by the Army.
The United States reached this Saturday the number of 7,709,628 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 214,305 deaths from the COVID-19 disease, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.