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The abridged Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 19th, 2014

LatinAmerSince last week I was attending my son’s college graduation, this week’s Carnival is brief.

Congratulations to my son in his wonderful achievement.

ARGENTINA
Court In Argentina Strikes Down `Truth Commission` With Iran
A federal appeals court in Argentina declared unconstitutional a controversial agreement between the South American country and Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Argentina’s Vice President May Have to Testify
An Argentine federal appeals court decision on Friday opened the door for Vice President Amado Boudou to be called to testify as a suspect in a criminal investigation.

La herencia kirchnerista
La sociedad enfrenta divisiones inducidas desde el poder político, y la unión nacional se ha vuelto a convertir en una asignatura constitucional pendiente

BRAZIL
Police clash with protesters near São Paulo airport
Tear gas and rubber bullets fired amid demonstrations less than a month before Brazilian city hosts World Cup opener

COLOMBIA
Inside Medellin: How Pablo Escobar’s hometown hopes to become South America’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Medellin was once the world’s most murderous city, famed for cocaine cartels and death squads. But now, writes Harriet Alexander, it is putting its business acumen to good use, and reinventing itself as a thriving tech hub

Colombia rebels and government reach agreement on drugs
FARC will divorce itself from the drug trade.
Color me skeptical.

Alvaro Uribe president again in a month. What happens then?

CUBA
Remarks by Cuban author and democracy leader, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

ECUADOR
Galapagos emergency over stranded cargo ship
Ecuador has declared an emergency in the Galapagos Islands, saying that a cargo ship which ran aground last week still poses a threat to the archipelago’s fragile ecosystem.

HONDURAS
SLAUGHTER OF HONDURAN CHILDREN LIKELY LINKED TO TEXAS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INFLUX

MEXICO
Mexico ‘Los Rojos crime cartel boss’, Leonor Nava Romero, arrested
Mexican authorities say they have jailed the head of a major criminal gang in the southern state of Guerrero.

PUERTO RICO
The Fight To Save Puerto Rico’s ‘Alcatraz Of The Caribbean’, the Oso Blanco,

Oso Blanco is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named after the cement brand used to build it. Among its claims to fame: a 1974 exhibition fight featuring boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who sparred with an inmate while Puerto Rican actress and singer Iris Chacón served as referee.

PERU
Peruvian Regional President Suspected in Murder of a Rival
Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Cesar Alvarez and Others in Connection With Killing of Activist in March

VENEZUELA
Taps: Last of Protesters Keep Vigil in Venezuela
A small group of protesters in the city San Cristóbal, the town where the recent nationwide demonstrations began, try to keep up the pressure after the government largely succeeded in cowing the opposition.

I am afraid there is no peaceful outcome for Venezuela anymore

In the land of silicone socialism

The week’s posts:
Argentina: Joseph Stiglitz’s conflict of interest

Argentina: World’s largest dinosaur found

Saturday night kizomba: Isabelle and Félicien

Brazil: 1 stadium, 3 x the cost

En español: La historia de Argenzuela

At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Venezuela: Crackdown time


The Corcovado thumb Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio was struck by lightning, damaging its right thumb. Here’s the striking photo.

ARGENTINA
Argentine Government Rules Out Military Role in Drug Enforcement

The fish are biting . . . you: Carnivorous fish injure 10 Argentine river bathers in area where 70 were wounded last month

BOLIVIA
Bolivian President Touts Nuclear Power Program

BRAZIL
The Laureus World Sports Awards, abruptly cancelled, Sporting events in Rio
We regret to announce

Inri Cristo, preacher on a scooter

Mulher de malandro decidirá eleição
O eleitorado diz que quer mudança, mas pretende reeleger Dilma. É puro chavismo

CHILE
The drugs industry in Chile
Getting the treatment

COLOMBIA
Someone explain to me why should anyone trust the FARC, Bomb explodes in Colombian town as rebel ceasefire ends
At least one person was killed when a bomb went off in the town of Pradera in western Colombia, officials say.

Bogota; time to move on

CUBA
Cuban political prisoner Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta starts hunger to protest denial of family visit

Another Moronic Offensive Stunt to Take Place in Castrogonia

One Year of Immigration And Travel Reform… What Changed?

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
OBAMA CALLS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ‘THE DOMINICAN REPUBLICAN’

ECUADOR
A tale of two hacks: Ecuador’s continued assault on the press

Ecuadorian state newspaper says new media outlet would seek to destabilize the government

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador’s first presidential debate brims with pledges – but can candidates deliver?
El Salvador’s presidential election takes place next month, and topics of gang violence, the economy, and healthcare are top of mind.

GUATEMALA
Guatemala’s president and vice president withdraw criminal complaints against newspaper editor

HAITI
Haitians living abroad weigh investment opportunities
After four years in Washington, D.C., a diaspora investment conference moves to Port-au-Prince

JAMAICA
LGBT tolerance growing in Jamaica, push to repeal of anti-gay law

LATIN AMERICA
Cuban Actress Maria Conchita Alonso Has Lived in an Oppressive Society

Andres Oppenheimer is optimistic: Latin America’s downward spiral?

Sure, Venezuela may descend into further chaos, but it doesn’t have many followers. Argentina will most likely change course within the next two years, and Brazil will, in the worst-case scenario, remain stagnant.

More importantly, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile are doing well, and may drag several other countries in their direction. Together with Brazil, the four Pacific-coast countries make up more than 75 percent of Latin America’s economy.

More than a downward spiral, we may soon see the end of the populist cycle, and the beginning of an upward spiral.

Organized crime in 2014: What can Latin America expect?
Organized crime is adaptable and profit-driven, and in 2014, that could mean moving beyond Mexico and Colombia to a more diverse set of nations.

MEXICO
Adrift in Mexico’s deportation capital
Mexicali has became the U.S. government’s biggest dumping ground for deportees who often have deep ties in America.

Michoacan replaces security chiefsMexican soldiers patrol the streets of Apatzingan, Michoacan. Photo: 16 January 2014
Mexico’s authorities say top security officials will be replaced in the western state of Michoacan that has recently been rocked by violence.

Deep-water drilling is a test for Mexican oil company Pemex

Gangs from Central America on the rise in Mexico: Report
A new report out of Mexico details the growing links between Central American Maras and the nation’s main criminal groups, highlighting more cross-border gang activity

El pincel de la justicia
Ramiro Gómez hace su primera presentación en un espacio formal, en una pequeña galería en Chinatown. No tiene un taller: el dueño del lugar le prestó el primer piso para que ahí concluyera cuatro lienzos que son parte de la obra que expone.

PANAMA
Canal Standoff Worries Panamanians
A standoff over cost overruns in the Panama Canal expansion has Panamanians as anxious as the global shipping industry.

PERU
Peru: Media Merger Serving as Pretext for Manipulation
Let the People, Not Caudillos, Determine the Role of the Press

Disagreement between Vargas Llosa and his son illustrates the debate in Peru over media concentration

PUERTO RICO
Fixing Puerto Rico: Part I

URUGUAY
A leopard never changes its spots: Paris Hilton poses up a storm on the beach in Uruguay wearing animal print dress

VENEZUELA
Regulation, Death by a thousand cuts (Updated)

Thomas Berry died ‘trying to show family real Venezuela’, parents say
Berry family speaks for the first time of grief at death of their son and his wife, killed by robbers in front of their daughter after their car broke down on a dangerous stretch of highway

Pet rights? When all are rights there are no rights

Venezuelan economic controls lead to newsprint shortage

The week’s posts and podcast:
Puerto Rico: Festival success

Brazil: Corcovado damaged by lightning

Argentina: Where’s Cristina?

Panama: North Korea to pay fine for the rust bucket

Mexico: Mireles won’t back down

Puerto Rico: Take down that fence!

Venezuela: Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic UPDATED

Mexico: Military clash with cartel-fighting militias

Ecuador, Iran, Syria: The new axis?

Argentina’s crumbling economy

Mexico: El Universal claims DEA-Sinaloa deal in Fast & Furious

At Da Tech Guy Blog: Do heed those travel warnings.

The week’s podcast: The US-Latin America stories of the week


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 17th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentina Media Group Suffers Reversal in Court

Ghana Ordered to Release Argentine Ship

BRAZIL
Brazil’s Graft Probe Now Targets Ex-Leader
Da Silva Denies Wrongdoing in Vote-Rigging Scheme Under His Tenure, but Supreme Court Justices Call for Another Look

CAYMAN ISLANDS
Cayman Islands leader arrested in corruption probe

CHILE
Mysterious mass whale graveyard unearthed in the Chilean desert
Scientists are baffled after finding fossil remains of 75 whales that died within yards of one another, more than a kilometer away from the sea.

COLOMBIA
El riesgo populista

COSTA RICA
30 Years Of Recipes Down The Drain: Ex-Pats in Costa Rica Try Cooking Up A New Life

CUBA
Al-Jazeera Shames the U.S. Media By Telling the Truth About Cuban Repression

Jailed Spanish activist Angel Carromero may leave Cuba

Obama’s Vision for Cuba Turns a Blind Eye Towards History

Cuban political prisoner Calixto Ramon Martinez ends hunger strike

Projects Fair

EL SALVADOR
MS-13 Leader Sentenced in Juvenile Prostitution Case

HONDURAS
Press freedom group in Honduras denounces “censorship” of radio ad supporting the democratization of the broadcast spectrum

‘Technical’ coup against Supreme Court (Part 2)

MEXICO
Obama Ignores Ex-Marine Wrongly Held In Mexican Jail

Mexico’s crime wave has left about 25,000 missing, government documents show

NICARAGUA
Back in Sandinista Days . . .
John Kerry now talks a moderate game; but what does the record say?

Today’s Video: Telenovelas for Change

PANAMA
Panamanian held in Spain with cocaine breast implants
A Panamanian woman has been arrested in Spain with fake breast implants that turned out to be plastic bags containing 1.4kg of cocaine.

PARAGUAY
Children discover Mozart in Paraguay landfill, playing instruments made from recycled garbage

PERU
IPYS condemns change in law that classifies national security information in Peru

PUERTO RICO
Moody’s downgrades University of Puerto Rico bonds

Puerto Rico family mourns death of girl, 6, in Connecticut school shooting

URUGUAY
Mujica reconoció haber estado internado en un psiquiátrico porque se “figuraba voces”

VENEZUELA
Will the State Department Legitimize a Narco-Authoritarian Regime in Venezuela?

Chávez’s Outlook Darkens, Doctors Say
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s cancer is most likely terminal given the disease’s recurrences, say several leading cancer specialists not involved in the treatment.

With Hugo Chavez cancer-stricken, regional elections in Venezuela suddenly hugely important

Trying (Not) To Look At Venezuela’s Sunday’s Gubernatorial Elections

Post Chávez Surgery, Venezuela Warns of ‘Difficult’ Days

Nicolas Maduro, bus driver turned vice president, could succeed Hugo Chavez

Post Chavez scenarios

The week’s posts:
BBC Four – La Confiteria Ideal

Iran, McAfee, Litvinenko in the news; and don’t overdo the Gangnam

Post-Chavez Venezuela: Corruption and chaos

Chavez: “I do not surrender political power, I delegate it.”

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 14th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentina as No Claims-Nation Revealed in Repsol Losses: Energy

Repsol YPF SA (REP), the Spanish oil explorer seeking $10.5 billion from Argentina for seizing its assets, will line up behind companies from Exxon Mobil Corp. to Unisys Corp. yet to be repaid by the most-sued nation on earth.

There are 26 cases pending against Argentina, more than any other country, at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, the principal arbitration court for claims against sovereign countries. So far, it has refused to pay any of the tribunal’s judgments, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists’ report.

Argentina’s state-owned firms
So far, not so good
Can YPF avoid the grim fate of other nationalised companies?

BOLIVIA
Bases militares venezolanas: Entrevista a la Diputada Norma Pierola

CHILE
Chile charges suspect with Japanese astronomer murder
A Chilean man has been charged with the murder of Japanese astronomer Koichiro Morita in Santiago earlier this week.

CUBA
Smile, You’re on Candid Camera.

Getting Ready for Life after Castro
Managing the transition to a democratic Cuba: A user’s guide.

More Red Than Cross

ECUADOR
Ecuador seeks answer to riddle of Inca emperor’s tomb

Chevron’s Ecuador Morass
The U.S. oil company charges that the $18 billion judgment against it was secured by fraud.

UPDATE:
MUST-WATCH VIDEO,


EL SALVADOR
Central America’s gangs
A meeting of the maras
Precarious truces between gangs have lowered the murder rate in two of the world’s most violent countries—but for how long?

GUATEMALA
End of times not quite here yet: Mayan art and calendar at Xultun stun archaeologists

“The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this,” he said.

MEXICO
Maps Show 330 Illegal Aliens Crossing Ariz. Border in One Night in March, Including Ultralight Incursion

Forty-nine headless corpses found in Mexico

Mexico’s presidential election
Political lucha libre

Mexico’s leading presidential candidate is handsome, popular and still a mystery

PERU
‘Mutated’ Shining Path Resurfaces in Peru

Peru ministers resign over Shining Path rebel clashes
Peru’s interior and defence ministers have resigned in the face of a public outcry over a failed security operation against Shining Path rebels.

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Plans to Stop Deficit Borrowing by Fiscal 2014

Puerto Rico plans to offer free Web connections at dozens of centers and public plazas

VENEZUELA
Venezuela’s narcostate

Venezuelan politics
A modest concession to reality
, but the weird news continue: Venezuela crossword Chavez assassination plot denied
A Venezuelan crossword compiler has been questioned by intelligence agents after being accused of hiding a coded assassination message in a puzzle.

Venezuela analysts cast doubt on presidential election
Venezuelan analysts in Miami said the Hugo Chávez administration is casting doubts about this year’s presidential election.

Watching Some “Strategic” Companies In Bolivarian Venezuela

The week’s posts:
Saturday tango: CNN version

Cuban slave labor used to build Ikea furniture in the 1980s

The History of Ernesto Che Guevara – A Short Story

Argentina’s Olympic gaffe

Mexico: The boob tube UPDATED with VIDEO

In Defense of Marco Rubio’s Story of His Family’s Exile


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, April 9th, 2012

LatinAmerARGENTINA
No cause is permanently lost, even the worst causes

BRAZIL
Another “summit” for Obama to waste: Dina’s coming to Washington, Hopes Rise on Brazilian Ties, but The Economist says,BRAZIL has probably never mattered more to America than it does now. America has probably never mattered less to Brazil.

Can Brazil Stop Iran?

CHILE
Chile: La Cuba que Camila Vallejo no quiso ver – por Yoani Sánchez

An open letter to Chilean communist student leader Camila Vallejo

COLOMBIA
Colombian politics
Santos v Uribe
Álvaro Uribe has fallen out with his chosen successor, Juan Manuel Santos. At stake are conflicting visions of the country’s future

CUBA
Cuba After Benedict
Dissidents who asked to meet with the Pope are now being arrested.

18,262 days to be thankful for

Oscar Biscet says religious freedom does not exist in Cuba

Economist special report: Revolution in retreat
Under Raúl Castro, Cuba has begun the journey towards capitalism. But it will take a decade and a big political battle to complete, writes Michael Reid

ECUADOR
Meet Latin America’s next Hugo Chavez
Ecuador’s Rafael Correa demonstrates same anti-American behavior

FALKLAND ISLANDS
The Significant ‘Little War’
Declassified documents show that the Falklands War really did matter.

GUATEMALA
Two of Latin America’s deadliest gangs join forces, via Dick and Silvio Canto.

MEXICO
Earthquake warnings in Mexico City
This app could save your life

Miguel de la Madrid, 1934-2012
When the PRI shook

“That is how I infiltrated Iran” A Young Mexican spy narrates the details of an operation executed in Teheran from La amenaza Iraní [The Iranian Threat (in Latin America)]

US GUN LOBBY COULD HELP STOP MEXICO’S VIOLENCE

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico warns Occupy Movement to clean up mess

Samuel must have been off that day: Santero priest targeted in Puerto Rico drug operation

Orlando Robles Ortiz is accused of helping the group transport U.S.-bound cocaine from the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten to Puerto Rico and of consulting with a spirit named “Samuel” on which days were best to do so, officials said.

VENEZUELA
Searching for Gorbachev in Caracas
The Bolivarian Revolution risks breaking to pieces. With each passing day, Caracas more closely resembles Moscow circa 1991.
via Real Clear World

The Unforgiven

The week’s posts:
Mexico: The big business of oil theft
Cuba: Aftermath of the Pope’s visit
Argentina: Book banning through unleaded ink
Monday’s North American summit: Just how bad was it?
The wasted 1-day summit

At Real Clear World:
Chavez Heading Back to Cuba
Chavez Medical Emergency?


The carnival week Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, March 7th, 2011

ARGENTINA
Cada cinco días sale un Narcojet del país

Argentina’s Supreme Court demands government balance allocation of state advertising

BOLIVIA
Smuggling Scandal Shakes Bolivia

Bolivia’s Evo Morales
The calle gets restive
Inflation, shortages and scandals have caught up with Latin America’s hitherto most popular leftist leader

BRAZIL
Weary Brazilians seek escape from Carnival crowds

89 million condoms to be given out at Brazil’s Carnival

Already Lofty Interest Rates in Brazil Get Even Higher

30 Billion USD 2011 budget cut

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s Leader Looks Beyond the U.S.

Fidel’s Ideal Road Map to Solve the Alan Gross Case

CUBA
The Motorcycle Drones On

Gross trial gets under way in Havana

Cuba and the internet
Wired, at last
The battle of the blogs begins

Bohemia Lagoon

Jaime de Marichalar y su exabrupto anticastrista

ECUADOR
A cure worse than the disease

EL SALVADOR
Obama meets with El Salvador’s president

HAITI
A journey to Jacmel
Little miracles

JAMAICA
Music and crime in the Caribbean
Bad news for Buju Banton

MEXICO
I have been reading about – but not blogging on – the Gunwalker scandal. Via Instapundit, Robert Farago has three explanations on The Real Reason the ATF Smuggled Guns Into Mexico: 1. To catch the “big fish”, 2. Empire building, and 3. ATF Agents enabled smuggled guns to line their own pockets, concluding that,

The amount of money—cash money—flowing in the drug trade is beyond your wildest imagination. Tens of billions of dollars. The Mexican drug lords have corrupted officials on both sides of the border, at the highest possible levels. Why not the ATF? Money talks, guns walk. Makes perfect sense.

No Man’s Land: The Mystery of Mexico’s Drug Wars

Heads of U.S., Mexico to Meet as Tensions Rise
Violence From Drug War to Top Agenda as Calderón Visits Obama in Washington

Calderon and the Mexico Mess

U.S., Mexico Unveil Deal to End Trucking Dispute

Calderon: WikiLeaks caused severe damage to U.S.-Mexico relations

Obama’s Mexico Standoff

The elephant in the room, via Gancho

Murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Was Armed with … Beanbags?
A political policy that left a Border Patrol agent facing lethally armed men with only a beanbag gun is likely responsible for his death
.

NICARAGUA
US to Nicaragua’s opposition: We can dance, but you lead

PERU
The Liberation of Lori Berenson

Minute-by-minute: A recount of the Peru’s electoral debate

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico sweetens film incentives
Looks to lure biz as some states trim offerings

VENEZUELA
Qaddafi Said to Accept Venezuelan Offer for Help

The Chavez Doctrine

Qaddafi’s Pal in Caracas
Hugo Chávez had better hope he doesn’t end up like his dictator friends

That Sirocco breeze from Libya….

IMMIGRATION
Slaughtering the Innocents that Americans Won’t Slaughter: MS-13 Gang Members Wreak Bloody Havoc Thanks to Open Borders Policy

The week’s posts and podcasts,
Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, and Hugo Chavez to the rescue!, also in The Greenroom.
Podcast: President Calderon meets Pres BO
Mexican drug cartels in the USA: The new Mafia
Is Castro Gaddafi’s pimp?
Caracas’s high-rise to nowhere

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Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean: The post-Venezuelan-referendum edition

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

With Hugo in the headlines again, the Carnival goes on.

If you have a chance, please listen to last night’s 1/2hr podcast on the Venezuelan referendum.

SPANISH LANGUAGE BLOG OF THE WEEK:
Basta de apartheid en Cuba

POSTS ON LATIN AMERICA IN GENERAL;
How to enjoy traveling abroad

Venezuela: A Political Storm Rages Over the Andes

MS-13 Creeps Into Canada: Documentary videos at LiveLeak.

Hugo and Raul, Chew on This … OohRah!

ARGENTINA
Really intact Dinosaur found

ARUBA:
Brothers in Holloway case walk away from jails — again

COLOMBIA
Force, Not Talk

Proof of FARC captives’ survival

Is S. America a terrorist incubator?

CUBA

“His family in Puerto Rico had to send him the medicine”

Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty

Are you afraid of ghosts?

Media: Cuba is a Demcracy, Right?

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s Correa’s communist freak show in Montecristi

JAMAICA
This is not news

MARTINIQUE:
Tremor in Martinique

NICARAGUA
Nica news for Nov 27

Nica news for Dec 1

PANAMA
Thinking about Santa and Panama

PUERTO RICO
Beauty queen ‘wasn’t pepper sprayed’

VENEZUELA:
The Limits of 21st-Century Socialism

Via Human Rights Foundation,
Caracas Nine:

HRF Seeks Protection for Leader of Student Movement in Venezuela; Yon Goicoechea is “Caracas Nine” Dissident #2

The Path to Self-Destruction

Here are a few links to recent posts on Venezuela:
On Election Eve, Chavez Ally Turns Against Him

US Senator Carl Levin Rejects Chavez Allegations of Interference

Venezuela Loses Its Mind – And Its Freedom!

Chavez cuts ties to Columbia, Threatens to expel US Diplomat

The Left Begins Venezuelan Black (DGI/DISIP-driven) Op

Chavez’s Ex Apologizes for His Government

Is Chavez Hurt by His Incessant Insults?

Why Chavez is a Leftist Hero

Useful idiocy personified

The President in his Labrynth

Hugo Chavez: The Musharaff of South America

Hugo Chavez’s Most Dangerous Enemy? It’s Chavez Himself

Hugo Chavez and his Allies are State Sponsors of Terror

Al-Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reporting from Venezuela finds discontent among Chavez’s base:

BLOGGING ON THE CARNIVAL:
A colombo-americana’s perspective
ECrisis

Prior posts and roundups from the last 7 days:
Hugo’s meltdown, at IBD
Wednesday: Countdown to Tyranny
Thursday: Today’s Countdown to Tyranny
The “Blame the CIA Game” is back!
Friday: Countdown to Tyranny: Last-minute Chavista Propaganda Offensive
Countdown to Tyranny: The day before the vote
Election day roundup

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MS-13 gang members arrested in Princeton

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Last August I posted about the MS-13 gang’s connection to the Newark murders of three young college students in Newark.

In yesterday’s Princeton Packet (I’m including the full article since the Packet tends to not keep their articles up permanently):
Night of burglaries in Princeton nets arrests
Three gang members are charged

Princeton Borough Police followed silently for more than two hours the night of Oct. 19 as three individuals allegedly cased several homes before being arrested and charged in connection with at least 10 burglaries in the borough, the township and on the campus of Princeton University.

All three suspects are undocumented illegal aliens, and evidence has linked all three with the MS-13 street gang, police said, in announcing the arrests this week.

Saul Eduardo Palma-Chajon, 22, whose last known address was in Princeton, and Byron Diaz, 18, of Princeton, and a 16-year-old male Princeton resident were charged with numerous counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief as well as conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving stolen property and being armed while committing a burglary.

Mr. Palma-Chajon and Mr. Diaz were also charged with employing a juvenile in a crime, and the juvenile was also charged with juvenile delinquency.

Police said the series of residential burglaries over the last several weeks involved homes being entered with the use of force during the late afternoon or evening hours.
Once inside, the suspects stole merchandise, including jewelry, laptop computers, cameras, iPods and credit cards.

Princeton Borough Chief Anthony Federico said two burglaries in the borough occurred on Gordon Way, and two occurred on Hamilton and Vandeventer avenues, respectively.

At least one of the two burglaries in the township occurred on Deer Path, and at least three more occurred on the university campus, he said.

Although much of the stolen items have been recovered and claimed by the victims, a substantial amount of stolen merchandise has not yet been linked to any victim, and police are still determining how many burglaries occurred, Chief Federico said.

As part of the investigation, a team of officers engaged in a burglary surveillance detail on the east end of the borough on Oct. 19, a Friday night.

At 8:30 p.m., officers began to observe the group of three males acting suspiciously near Hamilton Avenue, before they entered yards on a number of properties and walked around to allegedly “case” the homes, police said.

For the next two hours, the surveillance unit followed the group while they continued to enter yards in the northeast and southeast sections of town and occasionally split up, police said.

Although they did not attempt to break into a house, the group was stopped by police at 10:30 p.m.

Two of the three individuals gave police fake names and identification, police said.

Further investigation revealed that all three individuals possessed property that had been reported stolen from recent burglaries, police said.

Subsequent residential searches in the borough yielded stolen items from at least eight different recently reported burglaries and thefts in the borough, the township and on the university campus.

Borough police have notified Immigration Customs Enforcement to advise the agency of the arrests of the individuals, all of whom are from Guatemala.

Charges are also pending within Princeton Township and within the Princeton University Campus.

Mr. Palma-Chajon’s bail has been set at $1,000,000 cash, and Mr. Diaz’ bail has been set at $500,000 cash.

The juvenile is being held at the Mercer County Youth Detention Center.
Chief Federico said it was unusual that most of the stolen property was recovered.

“Most burglars will get rid of the stuff really quickly,” he said. “It’s unusual when we get back this amount of property.”

Any victim of a recent burglary or theft in the Princeton area should call the Princeton Borough Police Detective Bureau at 609-924-4141 to view the recovered property to see if it belongs to them.

More posts and links here. Background: Nationwide crackdown on vicious gang nets 10 in N.J.

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MS-13 and the Newark murders

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I have blogged in the past about the MS-13, a.k.a. the Mara Salvatrucha gang. Back in 2005 there was a huge nationwide crackdown leading to arrests of gang members around the country and here in NJ.

On Saturday August 4 four young people, including three students at Delaware State University, were shot in the head at close range in a school parking lot in Newark. Deshon Harvey, 20, Terrance “T.J.” Aeriel, 18, and Iofemi Hightower, 20, were killed that night. The surviving victim is helping police with the case.

Newark is a “sanctuary city”,

According to ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’, “Newark’s sanctuary policies protect illegal aliens, even those charged with commission of crimes.”

Jose Lachira Carranza, a 28 yr old illegal immigrant from Peru, has been charged with the murders. At the time of the murders Carranza was out on $150,000 bail in a child rape case of a girl who had been in his care since she was four years old.

According to the NY Times

An illegal immigrant from Peru, Jose Lachira Carranza, 28, possessed of a temper and a growing rap sheet, appears to have directed the group of a half-dozen or more — answered to like a boss. The group pulled off petty stickups in the elevators and parking lots of the sprawling Ivy Hill Park Apartments in the West Ward, according to interviews with relatives, friends and victims, who say the crew extorted people for quick cash, sometimes slipped through apartment doors cracked barely open by frightened residents.

Over the years, Mr. Carranza and Rodolfo Godinez, 24, who is Ms. Gomez’s other son, were each arrested at least twice on serious charges. But together they also carried off crimes under the radar, their victims say. On one occasion, they shook down Anglade Montel, a 33-year-old father of two babies, for $30, he said, adding that he was too terrified to ever call the police.

Godinez is an illegal alien from Nicaragua who had been ordered deported on May 5, 1993.

Newark’s police director goes through great pains to emphasize that

“At this point there is nothing in this case that indicates that this has to do with a gang angle, gang initiation, or gang violence,”

However, Dan Riehl (via Larwyn) has been looking at one of the suspects’ MySpace page, and the connection is clear. The suspect is a 15-yr old living in Morristown. At least one of the victims in the Aug. 4 attack in Newark was sliced with what the lone survivor told police was a machete, a “trademark” of the MS-13.

New Jersey is among the places where local authorities aren’t required to check the immigration status of someone arrested. Mike at Flopping Aces points out that Jon Corzine, the governor of NJ, announced a few days after the murders, that “we have a responsibility to look after the human rights and civil rights of each and every immigrant.” As Mike points out,

Corzine’s emphasis on “civil rights” which apparently shielded child raping mass murderers must have left mourners at the funerals of the victims somewhat hollow when they heard him say “These children deserved better.”