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without being caught first. It's a good idea to compare it to what awaits ALL other immigrants who reach US soil who are NOT Cuban immigrants:
Benefits of the Cuban Adjustment Act
In 1966 the government of the United States passed the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows Cuban citizens who arrive in the country to enjoy certain immigration privileges. Thanks to this law, Cubans who migrate illegally to the US may be eligible to obtain the Green Card or permanent residence.
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The most important advantage that Cuban immigrants have over those of other nationalities is that they immediately receive migratory benefits. By stepping on American soil regardless of the media, especially illegal ones, they immediately obtain legal status in the United States.
The US government immediately grants refugee status (prima facie) to Cubans fleeing the island. In addition, they obtain facilities for work and access to social programs.
Among the main benefits obtained through the Cuban Adjustment Law in the United States we find:
Employment authorization automatically. Processing of the Legal Residence Card without the need to provide an affidavit of support. Assignment of the Social Security Number. State benefits of food and lodging. Adjustment of immigration status without leaving the country to carry out the consular processing.
Included in, and by no means the end of additional benefits are medical expenses, financial expenses for education, very low cost loans for starting businesses, etc.
The easier path awarded these politically high-value immigrants have made it easy to create a class of immigrants who have lower birth rates, with children generally securing higher education levels, usually staying in parents' homes longer than any other immigrant group in the country.
4 October 2018 - 07:18 AM
Brazil Elections: 13 Years of Achievements Under PT Gov'ts of Lula and Dilma
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva once said he "never thought that putting a plate of food on a poor man's table would generate so much hatred from an elite that never tires of throwing food away every day."
Such comments could explain the constant attacks directed at the Workers' Party (PT) and both former presidents, Lula and Rousseff, while also providing context for why Lula left the presidency with an over 80 percent approval rate after his second term.
The PT gave more than just a "plate of food to the Brazilian people. As Brazilians prepare to go to the polls on Oct. 7 to elect the country's next president and new lawmakers, and while Lula remains the country's most popular politician, teleSUR looks at the achievements reached by 13 years of PT governments between 2003 and 2016.
In 2003, while the world's attention was on the illegal U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a steelworker union leader, affectionately known as Lula, was declaring his own war, but against hunger and an unjust system that made Brazil one of the most unequal countries in the world. "My war was against hunger," said Lula during an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the emblematic program "Bolsa Familia" (roughly translated as Family Allowance).
The Lula and Dilma governments meant the development of social policies that translated into social benefits for citizens. With its complex social, economic and political plans, the PT government managed to lift around 50 million people out of poverty.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
HBO Max began streaming a documentary on September 15: A La Calle (To the Street). It portrays US-backed opposition leaders in Venezuela as pro-democracy heroes battling a brutal dictatorshipa total reversal of the truth. A Daily Beast article (9/13/21) promoting the film is headlined Capturing Venezuelas Descent Into Socialist Hell, which succinctly conveys the films slant, and suggests why it found a big corporate platform like HBO Max, a subsidiary of AT&Ts WarnerMedia.
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Legacy of violent coup attempts
López, a former oil industry executive, was one of the perpetrators of a US-backed coup in 2002 that briefly ousted the democratically elected president at the time, Hugo Chávez. A dictatorship under business executive Pedro Carmona killed 60 protesters during the two days it was in power. (Another 19 people, half of them Chavistas, were killed in violent confrontations just before the coup.) Lópezalong with another prominent politician, Henrique Caprilesled the kidnapping of a Chávez government minister while Carmona was in power. López appeared on local TV, proudly saying that he had briefed President Carmona about the kidnapping.
Several months later, López backed a second major coup attempt, the opposition-led sabotage of the oil industry that supplied almost all Venezuelas export revenue. The coup attempts against Chávez drove the poverty rate to over 60% by early 2003.
López supported violent protests again in 2013 after the candidate he backed, Capriles, refused to accept his loss to President Nicolás Maduro in the first presidential election after Hugo Chávezs death. Later that year, López criticized Capriles for calling off the protests, saying they should have continued until Maduro was ousted. When Capriles called off the protests, they had already left nine people dead, all supporters of Maduro.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
CounterSpin interview with Milton Allimadi on New York Times and Africa
Janine Jackson: Benighted. Backward. Tribal. Corrupt. Inherently violent, yet somehow also docile unto imbecility.
Listeners will be familiar with the imagery that corporate media have long used to talk about Africa and Africans. Not just tabloids that blare their racism in crude cartoonselite media have been key in promoting the narrative in which Europeans represent civilization, which they feel moved to provide, on their own terms naturally, to Africans that could never otherwise attain it.
In 1877, a New York Times editorial explained that inferior intellectual development gave Africans an old touch, a tertiary or pre-tertiary touch about them, affiliating them with the ancient hippopotamus and the crocodile. It continued, Surely this is a case where the introduction of European civilization would be most justifiable and might well repay the cost.
Thats a long time ago, you say. OK, but the Times piece Colonialisms Back and Not a Moment Too Soon, that argued that the civilized world has a mission to go out to these desperate places and govern, ran in 1993.
A new book makes the point, and illustrates it expansively, that dehumanizing coverage of African nations and African people has never been accidental or incidental, but part of efforts to justify violent colonization and resource theft, and to rationalize continued economic exploitation of Black people and the institutionalized racism intertwined with it.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
BY NICK ESTES
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has given new license to the killing of Indigenous people in Brazil. Before he came to power in 2019, it wasnt clear what he wanted to build, but he knew exactly who and what he wanted to destroy: the Indigenous people and the Amazon rainforest, respectively.
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Since becoming president, the former Army captain, who served under the countrys last military dictator, has led an unprecedented war against the environment and the people protecting it. A slew of anti-Indigenous legislation, escalated violence against and assassinations of Indigenous land defenders, and the COVID-19 pandemic have threatened the existence of Brazils original people, the Amazon rainforest, and the future of the planet.
Under Bolsonaros oversight, about 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometers) of the Amazon has been deforested, mostly by fires caused by the cattle and logging industries. The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is pushing the biome toward an irreversible tipping point where it wont be able to renew itself and making the Amazon uninhabitable for Indigenous people.
Meanwhile, in 2021, scientists found that for the first time the Amazon has been emitting more CO2 than it has been absorbing. The Amazonoften touted as the lungs of the planet for the oxygen it createsseems to be dying faster than it is growing.
September 17, 2021
2:25 PM CDT
Last Updated 7 hours ago
By Anthony Boadle
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BRASILIA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The only two known male members of the Piripkura tribe in Brazil live in isolation on ancestral lands the size of Luxembourg in the Amazon rainforest, resisting decades of invasion by loggers and cattle ranchers.
Brazil's indigenous affairs agency Funai renewed a protection order on Friday for the 242,500-hectare (599,230-acre) area in western Mato Grosso state. But the renewed protection will last just six months, unlike the three-year extensions granted for the territory since 2008.
The Piripkura's fate has become a test of indigenous rights under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has criticized reservations for giving too much land to too few people and blocking the expansion of mining and farming.
Indigenous rights advocates had pressed for a three-year extension as in previous renewals. Advocate group Survival International called it a "stay of execution" by the government to gauge reactions before ending the protection altogether.
BY JOSEPH BLOCHER AND MITU GULATI
SEPT 14, 20212:26 PM
Haiti is in desperate need after a devastating earthquake, a hurricane, a presidential assassination, and not eough vaccines to stop the delta variant. International aid is pouring in, which is all good, but not good enough.
It is time to ask about what Haiti is owednot in terms of international benevolence or moral duty, but as a matter of basic legal rights and principles. Many think of Haiti as a debtor nation, but the fact is that former colonial powers might be the ones legally in debt to Haiti. And the basis for that debt is not just a generalized grievance about colonial domination, but something much more tangible: Haiti once had something of great value, and the United States took it. That something is a small, uninhabited, rocky island covered in a million tons of sun-baked bird poop.
The island of Navassa is about 30 miles off the coast of Haiti and is covered in centuries worth of accumulated bird droppingsguano. Sometimes referred to as white gold, guano is a potent fertilizer that in the mid-1800s was a scarce resource for which American farmers were desperate. Peru had large amounts of the stuff, but its near monopoly position and special deal with Britain meant that American farmers were priced out. In 1850, guano was $76 a pounda quarter of the price of gold at the time. The situation was so dire that President Millard Fillmore devoted portions of his 1850 State of the Union address to the subject.
To solve the problem, the U.S. resorted to a kind of privatized colonialism. The Guano Islands Act of 1856 (which, incredibly, is still on the books) authorized American entrepreneurs to search the world and seize unclaimed islands anywhere that guano could be mined. The key implication was that the might of the U.S. Navy would back up Americans claims.
Published 10 August
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Bullet holes are seen after a battle between the CJNG and Los Viagras cartels in Aguililla
Men claiming to speak for Mexico's most powerful drug cartel have released a video threatening to murder a prominent female news anchor over what they deem to be unfair coverage.
The warning was made by a man who said it was on behalf of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG).
He complained that Milenio Television was favouring so-called self-defence groups organised to resist the CJNG.
In the video, journalist Azucena Uresti is threatened directly.
"I will make you eat your words even if they accuse me of femicide," the masked speaker, who is surrounded by six heavily armed men, warns.
'Don't worry about it,' replied the president, saying he was used to sarcasm
Former president Michel Temer called Jair Bolsonaro and explained the satire that radio commentator André Marinho made of him at a dinner at the home of businessman Naji Nahas, in São Paulo.
Temer told the president that Marinho also imitated him and that no one at the meeting was making fun of Bolsonaro.
Contrary to what some press reports showed, Nahas' guests laughed at several jokes made by Marinho.
According to an interlocutor with a direct connection to Bolsonaro, the president reassured Michel Temer. "Don't worry," he said. He claimed to be used to criticism and sarcasm.
At dinner, Marinho, who is a commentator for radio Jovem Pan, imitated Bolsonaro and pretended that he was talking to Temer about the meeting the president had had with him last week. The meeting resulted in Bolsonaro publishing a letter in which he retreated from the coup statements he had gave during the September 7th demonstrations.
(Short article, no more at link.)
André Marinho, "comedian"
Is André Marinho clairvoyant?
Host of the party, Naji Nahas.
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New evidence supports idea that America's first civilization was made up of 'sophisticated' engineer
New evidence supports idea that Americas first civilization was made up of sophisticated engineers
Washington University in St. Louis anthropologists believe the massive earthen structures at Poverty Point were built in a matter of months possibly even weeks. (Photo: Shutterstock)
By Sara Savat September 1, 2021
The Native Americans who occupied the area known as Poverty Point in northern Louisiana more than 3,000 years ago long have been believed to be simple hunters and gatherers. But new Washington University in St. Louis archaeological findings paint a drastically different picture of Americas first civilization.
Far from the simplicity of life sometimes portrayed in anthropology books, these early Indigenous people were highly skilled engineers capable of building massive earthen structures in a matter of months possibly even weeks that withstood the test of time, the findings show.
We as a research community and population as a whole have undervalued native people and their ability to do this work and to do it quickly in the ways they did, said Tristram R. T.R. Kidder, lead author and the Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences.
One of the most remarkable things is that these earthworks have held together for more than 3,000 years with no failure or major erosion. By comparison, modern bridges, highways and dams fail with amazing regularity because building things out of dirt is more complicated than you would think. They really were incredible engineers with very sophisticated technical knowledge.
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Native Americans discovered sophisticated ways of mixing different types of materials to make them virtually indestructible, despite not being compacted. Theres some magic there that our modern engineers have not been able to figure out yet.
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