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Communal News platform is now published in over 97% of the world’s languages. CN has over 1,000 contributors from every corner of the planet and we wanted to bring all their interesting work to every reader with access to a computer. Use the drop down menu to select your language and enjoy all CN articles, blogs and gig listings in the language that you prefer.  A reader checked it out and commented:

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The Changing Faces of Rafael Caro Quintero

Rafael Caro Quintero remains a top priority for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. government is currently offering $20 million for information leading to his arrest. The effort to capture him is spurred on by his involvement in the murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Kiki was an undercover DEA agent working to bust the Guadalajara Cartel, which was the leading drug trafficking syndicate at the time, and Quintero had strong ties to the organization.

Is South America Another Arab Spring?

Instability in South America is growing. The nations currently experiencing unrest are Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Uruguay and Venezuela. The region is experiencing a shift from dictatorship to democracy. The left and the right factions remained the same for a long time with both sides supporting black markets, corruption, and taking outside funds either from the West or Russia/China (in the past from the Soviet Union).

Is Canada Following Britain with WEXIT?

This week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudueau has been re-elected for a second term. Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party which was only able to form a minority government this term. Trudeau is disliked in Western Canada. After the election the new movement #Wexit (Western Exit) is gaining popularity on social media. Within 24 hours a Facebook page for VoteWexit.com gained over 200,000 members.

Freelance Gigs from Canada into the US is the New Frontier

Many skilled Canadian professionals are finding news ways, utilizing online web services, to attain high levels of professional freedom combined with even higher earnings. David Rosenberg, a chief economist, was very bearish on the Canadian economy, putting odds of a recession at 80%, as slowing global growth swamps any future financial stimulus.

Trudeau, Liberals Lose Majority, Hang on to Power

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won Canada’s parliamentary elections Monday night. The party has, however, lost its absolute majority. “Tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity. They elected a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change,” said an evidently relieved Trudeau in his victory speech in Montreal.

Mexican Ambush Leaves 14 Police Officers Dead

At least 14 police officers died in an armed attack in the municipality of Aguililla, in the western Mexican state of Michoacán, authorities said on Monday. The region has been hit by violence linked to organized crime. According to the local press sources, state police were ambushed in the morning by men aboard armored vans when they were on their way to serving a court order in the area.

Death Toll Climbs in Haiti as New Protests Continue

At least four people were killed and dozens were injured during demonstrations Friday in Port-au-Prince and other cities in the country against Haitian President Jovenel Moise. The spokesman for the Haitian National Police (PNH), Gary Desrosiers, only confirmed to the media that one person was injured in St-Marc, about 100 kilometers north of the capital. Opposition protesters responded with great anger.

Giammattei, Guatemala President-Elect, Repeals Ban on Plastics

Guatemalan president-elect, Alejandro Giammattei, announced he will repeal the ban on single-use plastics ordered by the previous government and bet on the culture of recycling. “We will repeal it on January 14,” Giammattei told reporters after participating in a business forum, a sector that has strongly opposed outgoing President Jimmy Morales’ plastics ban measure.

The Independence of Guatemala – Where Modernity Seems Absent

The Republic of Guatemala is situated in Central America, and is home to many Mayan sites, volcanoes, and rainforests. It’s a place of mystery and intrigue, and is also relatively underdeveloped. The country relies heavily on foreign assistance and on private charities in order to prevent poverty at a large scale. There are numerous organizations that are working in Guatemala to improve the life of the locals, such as Developing Our World.

Russia’s Geopolitical Appetite in Latin America

Russia is trying to re-establish allies from the Soviet Era in Latin America. The current focus on Nicaragua is largely due to the president  José Daniel Ortega Saavedra. He has been a Nicaraguan leader since 2007. Ortega is serving his third consecutive term as president. The constitution had to be changed to allow Ortega to run for the past two terms. Ortega was also the president of Nicaragua during the Soviet Era from 1985 to 1990.

Mexico Condemns “Astonishing” SCOTUS Ruling on Asylum

Mexico regretted that the Supreme Court of the United States gave the green light to new restrictions on asylum promoted by the administration of President Donald Trump. The regulations directly affect the Latin American country because all applicants who have passed through their territory could not request protection on US soil unless they have done so in Mexico, or another nation, first.

Bahamas’ Count of Dorian Missing Drops, Thousands Still Unaccounted For

Government officials in the Bahamas now say that 1,300 people are missing following Hurricane Dorian, which recently ravaged the islands. This is down from an original estimate of 2,500 missing as a result of the Category 5 hurricane. Officials say the figure for missing persons may include people who have fled to relief centers in various locations in the islands.

Hurricane Dorian Hits Canada, Leaves Thousands in Darkness

After causing mass damages in the Bahamas, as well as North Carolina, Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday afternoon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It uprooted trees, blew off roofs and disrupted electricity supply, leaving several in darkness. Hurricane Dorian reached the extreme east of Canada with strong winds on Sunday and left hundreds of thousands of people without power supply.

Bar Attack in Veracruz Kills 28

Armed men attacked a bar in the city of Coatzacoalcos, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, Tuesday. The men closed doors and lit a fire in the bar before escaping. The fire has since claimed 28 lives and left 9 people seriously injured, according to information by the country’s authorities on Wednesday. “Twenty-eight people have died, 25 at the scene, and three in hospitals,” a senior Veracruz official told the media.

Panama: Former President Ricardo Martinelli Declared Innocent in Espionage Trial

A Panama court declared Friday former president Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) “not guilty” of all charges of political espionage and embezzlement of public funds and ordered his immediate release. The country’s chief prosecutors office had accused the former president of the charges and asked the court to jail him for 21 years as punishment.

“My Main Goal Was to Kill the Mexicans” – El Paso Attacker Now Confesses

Patrick Crusius offered no resistance when he was arrested, according to the city detective, and said: “I am the attacker.” The 21-year-old white man says he is behind the attack that left 22 people dead and two dozen wounded last Saturday in El Paso, Texas. He has since confessed that the target of his brutal attack, using a rifle that looked like an AK-47, was Mexicans.

Three’s Company: Wanda Vazquez Becomes Third Puerto Rican Governor in a Week After High Court Ruling

Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but Puerto Rico has a new governor.  After a constitutional snafu Wednesday, Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez— not Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi— became the U.S. commonwealth’s third governor in a week.  Seen as a loyalist to the disgraced former chief executive, Ricardo Rossello, Vazquez is the woman nobody wanted to become governor, including the woman herself.  Instead, she assumed office Wednesday as the world’s newest, and most reluctant, head of government.

Mexican Oil Company Pays Workers to Be Thin

Pemex, Mexican oil company workers will receive a bonus of approximately $5,545 for not exceeding 90 abdomen centimeters in men and 80 centimeters in women, and this program is regarded as a weight loss program. In the collective bargaining contract negotiations with Pemex’s union, the company agreed to an increase in the salary and benefits, but what stands out is that every employee will be entitled to this health bonus if they lose weight and maintain the loss until 2021.

Guatemalan Prosecutor Fights Against Asylum Deal with the United States

The Guatemalan Human Rights Procurator, Jordan Rodas, on Monday asked the Constitutional Court to curb the pact signed on Friday between the Government of Donald Trump and Jimmy Morales. As agreed, refugees seeking refuge or asylum in the United States can receive the same protection in the Central American country and, having passed through it before, will be channeled back to Guatemalan soil. A formula that, in diplomatic political jargon, implies making Guatemala a “safe third country.

Who is in Charge Here? Rosselló Resignation Brings Succession Questions

Who wants to be Governor of Puerto Rico?  With embattled incumbent Ricardo Rossello having resigned the office over the “Rickyleaks” text messaging scandal, and set to leave office August 2, the woman who would be next in line doesn’t want the job.  The people who chased him out of power don’t seem to want her either.  This has sparked a minor succession crisis on the island and U.S. Commonwealth, and given all of us a lesson in Puerto Rican civics.  Meanwhile, more details are emerging about what happened behind the scenes of the Rossello administration and his pro-statehood New Progressive Party.

Protesters Continues in Puerto Rico After Governor’s Resignation

The political crisis on the Caribbean island is far from over. Even after Governor Ricardo Rossello resigns, outrage at the political establishment continues to drive thousands of people to the streets.

“Hot dogs! Hot dogs! It costs nothing,” shouts a man toward the protesters. Right next door, water is distributed free of charge. Even after the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello, thousands gathered again in San Juan. Singing and dancing, they cross the streets of the capital to the Hiram Bithron baseball stadium.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Resigns Following Mass Demonstrations

Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation Wednesday after two weeks of mass protests following his exposed abusive remarks about women, gays, and victims of the Hurricane Maria. “After hearing the charges and [speaking] with my family…I took the following decision selflessly: Today I announce that I will resign from the post of the governor with effect from Friday, August 2 at 1700hrs,” said Rossello in a video released by the government.

Puerto Ricans Demand “Ricky Leaks” Governor Resign, More to Come Monday

What had initially looked like a minor, unrelated detail in a story about a massive corruption scandal has erupted in to a full-blown political crisis in Puerto Rico.  Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of San Juan Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled Governor Ricardo Rossello, with even bigger protests planned for Monday.  The protests were sparked in part by last week’s revelation of offensive text messages— now dubbed “Ricky Leaks”— between Rossello and his inner circle.  However, for residents of the U.S. commonwealth— themselves American citizens— the uprising is about much more on an island unaccustomed to seeing them.

El Chapo: Life Imprisonment for the Mexican “Drug Emperor”

Today, a Mexican drug tycoon Joaquin Guzman, a 62-year-old,  known as El Chapo, has been sentenced to life in prison. Guzman managed to escape from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015 but was later arrested and handed over to the United States in 2017. Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa drug trafficking group in northern Mexico, which officials say it was the largest supplier of drugs to the United States.

Four Arrested in Puerto Rico Corruption Probe; Federal Funds in Danger

Two former government officials were arrested Wednesday as a massive corruption indictment was unsealed by U.S. authorities.  Julia Keleher, former secretary of education on the island, and Angela Avila-Marrero, who managed Puerto Rico’s Health Insurance Administration, were arrested by FBI agents, along with four other people.  The two are accused of directing $15.5 million in government contracts to businesses with which they had ties.  Corruption has plagued the island for years, and could complicate matters as it asks for disaster assistance and money to fund basic services.

U.S., Mexico Strike Deal to Avoid Tariffs

Late Friday evening, President Trump took to his favorite platform to make a major announcement. “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” he tweeted. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.” At first glance, the agreement alluded to seems to have been based on earlier reports of Mexico redoubling its border security. The news was welcomed by all sides Friday night, weary of the damage Trump’s tariffs might have caused.

Mexico Wants to Appease Trump and Send National Guard to Southern Border

Negotiations take days in Washington- but still breakthrough is missing. If nothing happens, US tariffs will apply to all imports from Mexico on Monday. The Mexican government is now making concessions.

To appease US President Donald Trump in the migration dispute, Mexico wants to deploy 6,000 National Guardsmen on its Southern border. Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard said this on Thursday in talks with US officials in Washington. This is to prevent the entry of Central American migrants on their way to the USA. The Mexican government wants to prevent with a set of concessions that Trump raises from Monday to punitive tariffs on Mexican imports.

Trump’s Tariffs: Mexican Concessions, Republican Rebellion

President Trump is set to unilaterally levy an escalating 5% tariff on all Mexican goods next week, and just about everybody is working diligently to stop them. The two countries continued talks Thursday, aimed at satisfying Trump’s demands that Mexico do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America. To that end, Mexico has begun to deploy the National Guard on its southern border with Guatemala. Back in the States, members of the president’s own party have begun to show their own frustrations with Trump’s tariffs. This time, they might be serious.

The Best Bathroom in Canada is Made in Portland, Oregon

You may know that The Portland Loo isn’t just in Portland; there are several cities around the globe that host the unique standalone public restroom. In fact, the Portland Loo has been so popular in Canada, it was voted Best Bathroom in Canada several years ago! The win of the restroom that is sometimes referred to as “Langley Street Loo” in Victoria BC, was a victory over other celebrated washrooms all over the country.