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After Krakauer’s book was published, the bus drew hikers from around the world, who regularly embarked on the dangerous 20-mile hike to reach it. Two hikers have died in their attempt to reach the bus, swept away by the unpredictable Teklanika River. “I know it’s the right thing for public safety… At the same time, it’s always a little bittersweet when a piece of your history gets pulled out,” Denali Borough mayor Clay Walker told Alaska Public Radio. The abandoned bus made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild,” which documented the life and death of Christopher McCandless who lived in the bus, has been removed from its location in the wilderness outside of Healy, Alaska. The bus was airlifted out of the wild by a Chinook helicopter and then loaded onto a flatbed trailer and moved to an unknown location. Some things never change—like the forward march of Earth’s warming temperatures. NOAA reports that 2020 is on track to be one of the warmest on record. Karin Gleason, a climatologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, told NBC News that it’s “virtually certain” that 2020 will rank among the top five warmest years in the 141 years the agency has tracked the climate. The current warmest year on record was 2016, but the agency says there’s a nearly 50% chance 2020 could set a new record. The year-to-date period from January through May 2020 has been the second-warmest on record, Gleason said. California woman fights off bear with her laptop The woman fought back with the only defense she had—her laptop. “She hit the bear with it and stunned it long enough to escape inside the house,” Foy said, adding that the attack was “unprovoked.” Wildlife officials have not yet located the bear but if they do it will be euthanized. In this photo released by the Alaska National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers use a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to removed an abandoned bus, popularized by the book and movie “Into the Wild,” out of its location in the Alaska backcountry Thursday, June 18, 2020, as part of a training mission. Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige, in a release, said the bus will be kept in a secure location while her department weighs various options for what to do with it. SGT. SETH LACOUNT AP Alaska removes ‘Into the Wild’ Bus from the wilderness Read more on Christopher McCandless: A teenager that fell asleep in her Sierra Madre, California backyard on Monday evening got a rude awakening when she awoke around dusk to a black bear approaching her. “It immediately attacked,” Fish and Wildlife Captain Patrick Foy told CNN. The bear scratched the woman’s arms and legs and then began to bite her leg. Is Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless a Hero? 2020 gearing up to be one of the hottest on record
By Dialogo May 07, 2010 Brazil is to build a 483-million-dollar nuclear reactor to produce radioactive material for medical use as well as industrial-grade enriched uranium, local media reported Wednesday, citing a cabinet minister. “The multipurpose reactor has a very important role in the nuclear program,” Science and Technology Minister Sergio Rezende said in the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo. The reactor will be built in Ipero, 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the southeastern city of Sao Paulo, in an area where the Brazilian navy is developing a nuclear submarine project and building ultracentrifuges to enrich uranium. The reactor will be used for nuclear medicine, producing what are known as radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosing and treating diseases like cancer, Rezende said, as well as produce industrial-level enriched uranium starting in 2014. The announcement came as senior officials from around the world meet at the United Nations to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and ahead of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s May 16-17 trip to Iran. Lula in February announced that two new nuclear power plants would be built in Brazil’s northeast. Brazil has an ambitious civilian nuclear program, and for more than 20 years has had two nuclear plants in Angra dos Reis, in Rio de Janeiro state. The country’s constitution bans the presence of nuclear weapons on Brazilian territory.
Mexican officials to try alleged teenage killer as a minor Panama: Police seize more than two tons of cocaine Colombia: Police seize 105 kilograms of cocaine BOGOTÁ, Colombia – President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration scored a victory in its fight against narcotics when police recently seized 105 kilograms (231 pounds) of cocaine hidden in a shipment of fruit bound for the United States. The narcotic was discovered in the cargo area of the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón airport in the city of Cali in the department of Valle del Cauca, said Col. Carlos Alfonso Aguirre, the head of the Department of Ports and Airports of the Narcotics Division. Aguirre said the cocaine, which had a street value of about US$4.2 million, was initially headed for the island of San Andrés but “had as transit places countries in Central America, and the final destination would have been the United States.” No arrests were made, but police have launched an investigation to determine who owned the cocaine, according to the Colombian websites El Colombiano.com and El Espectador.com. CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – The Federal Police have apprehended seven suspected gunmen who allegedly are members of the Gente Nueva, a group that works on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Federal Police officers confiscated five AK-47 assault rifles, about 300 rounds of ammunition and two vehicles from the suspects in the city that has become the country’s murder capital, the Public Safety Secretariat said, according to EFE. Police arrested José Ángel Juárez, Héctor Triana Aldaba, Gilberto Román Arguijo Rosales, Ángel Horacio Valles Peña, Juan Carlos Ramírez Rodríguez, Cristian Raymundo Miranda Juárez and Julian Ernesto Ordoñez Oliva during the operation, the secretariat said, according to EFE. José Ángel Juárez, Ángel Horacio Valles Peña, Juan Carlos Ramírez Rodríguez and Julian Ernesto Ordoñez Oliva have criminal records – for robbery and drug trafficking – according to the Federal Police’s Intelligence Center. The arrests were carried out after Federal Police received an anonymous phone call about two vehicles with armed men in the neighborhood of Praderas de la Sierra, in the southern section of Ciudad Juárez, according to EFE. The suspects, who range from 18 to 39, are mainly from the state of Chihuahua, home to Ciudad Juárez. Gente Nueva has been locked in a turf war with La Línea, which has partnered with the Juárez cartel in the fight to possess the state’s lucrative smuggling routes into the United States. The operation resulted in the apprehension of 11 Colombians, nine Spaniards, three Algerians and a Romanian national, and authorities are pursuing at least five more suspects in connection with the case. The Civil Guard seized a kilo of cocaine, €13,000 (US$17,227) in cash, and €40,000 (US$53,009) in property during the operation, according to the Colombian website El Colombiano. By Dialogo December 09, 2010 Spain: Police arrest 24 suspected narcotics traffickers CUERNAVACA, Mexico – A 14-year-old boy who allegedly had a role in four beheadings on behalf of a drug cartel will be tried under a state juvenile law that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence if found guilty. The juvenile court judge in the state of Morelos could have ruled the boy, known only has “Edgar,” be tried in federal court because of the severity of his alleged crimes. The judge said national law allows him to take cases involving minors facing federal charges. Edgar, who goes by the alias “El Ponchis,” is facing murder, organized crime and other charges in the state of Morelos. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Security forces recently confiscated three tons of marijuana in a housing complex in the Complexo do Alemão a week after about 2,500 police officers had descended into the slum to quell an uprising by suspected narcotics traffickers. The marijuana had been stashed in a hidden room behind a fake wall in a residence in the area known as Fasendinha, one of the 15 slums comprising Complexo do Alemão. The bust came after police and soldiers confiscated 33.8 tons of marijuana, 313.9 kilograms (692 pounds) of cocaine, 54 kilograms (119 pounds) of crack, and about two kilograms of hashish (4.4 pounds), as well as an array of assault rifles and grenades during a recent seven-day period that ended on Dec. 5, according to EFE. Edgar was apprehended last week along with his 19-year-old sister at an airport south of the nation’s capital. Officials allege he works on behalf of the Cartel of the South Pacific, an organization comprised of members who left the Beltrán Leyva cartel. “I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn’t, they would kill me,” the boy told federal prosecutors, according to The Associated Press. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Police arrested three suspects in connection with the confiscation of 2,030 kilos (4,471 pounds) of cocaine, a senior prosecutor said on Dec. 5. Nataniel Murgas said the narcotic was seized during a traffic stop, when police discovered it hidden in a tank with a double bottom that was being towed by a van on Dec. 4. The police learned of the vehicle’s location because of a tip, he added. The bust occurred at a checkpoint in Guabala, in the province of Chiriquí, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of the nation’s capital, Murgas said. Police arrested a Panamanian and a Mexican who were escorting the van in a pickup truck, as well as a Honduran national who was driving the van, EFE reported. Law enforcement officials also confiscated three guns discovered inside the truck, according to a police report. Panama’s security forces have seized 71 tons of narcotics, mostly cocaine, so far this year, according to the Public Safety Ministry. Mexico: Federal Police arrest seven suspected cartel hitmen PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – Eleven Colombians and nine Spaniards were among 24 suspected narcotics traffickers who were arrested during a nearly two-week operation carried out by the Civil Guard, officials said. Authorities said the suspects allegedly worked for an organization that trafficked cocaine in the Formentera in the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula.
The countries of Central America are examining the possibility of creating a regional intelligence center in order to exchange the information they gather about drug-trafficking cartels, Honduran Vice Minister of Security Armando Calidoneo announced. “In this effort, the fight against drugs, we’ve debated the need to create a possible Regional Intelligence Center, which is fundamental,” he indicated to the press at the Twenty-Eighth International Drug Enforcement Conference, which is meeting in Cancún, in eastern Mexico. Calidoneo, who participated in a meeting of Central American anti-drug authorities, also said that the countries of the region are seeking to improve their capacity to increase their operational capabilities against drug trafficking. The Honduran vice minister’s statement was made after several officials at the event, which will last until Thursday and in which delegates from more than a hundred countries are participating, warned that Central America is increasingly becoming a field of operations for the cartels. On 5 April, the director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Michele Leonhart, warned that at the same time that they are being confronted in Mexico, the Mexican cartels are increasing their presence in Central American countries. On 6 April, Mexican Security Secretary Genaro García Luna said that the region most affected by the cartels’ shift in location “is Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle, made up of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.” By Dialogo April 08, 2011
For four days, they ran with a replica 3kg rifle on their back, fired at targets, hurling grenades under the sun for more than 30°C, executing naval skills and rowing – all against the clock. After testing their endurance and speed, finally on July 21st, 24 of the 67 athletes from 11 countries who competed in the Naval Pentathlon arrived at the podium of the 5th Military World Games. Among the athletes, the women’s individual gold went to Warrant Officer Caroline Buunk, of Norway. Sweden placed first in the women’s team category. Matthias Wesemann of Germany, injured on the last day of competition, went to the podium on crutches to receive the men’s individual gold, and Poland won the gold men’s team category. The host country made it to the winners’ podium four times. Brazil won the bronze medal in the individual male category with Sergeant Max dos Santos, the individual female category with Simone Lima, and the male and female team categories. After competing alongside traditional powerhouses like the Norwegians, Germans and Polish in Naval Pentathlon, Argentina will come home with much more motivation. “Now I will train very hard for the next competition,” said Corporal Sergio Martinez, 29. Despite six years in the Argentine Navy, he acknowledges that his greatest weakness is in the water events. For Navy Petty Officer Jaime Luis Claudio his greatest challenge was training five athletes in only four months, three of whom had never participated at the international level. “So our goal was to finish the competition to accumulate points for Argentina. And we did that,” added the coach. By Dialogo July 22, 2011
During the commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of the world’s most-wanted man, after a manhunt that lasted a decade and cost billions of dollars, brought to an end by the SEALs in Abbottabad, in Pakistan, some obscure points and uncertainties with regard to the future of international terrorism and the terrorist network that he led can now be seen more clearly. With the disclosure of part of the thousands of secret documents confiscated in his hiding place, the conclusion is that the once-powerful al-Qaida, capable of destabilizing international politics and shaking global economic markets, no longer exists, at least not in the form in which we came to know it through the mega-attacks that it sponsored in various parts of the world during the last decade. In these historical documents that have now entered the public domain, Osama bin Laden himself recognizes the fragility of the organization he created, with the need for decentralization and the increasing lack of trust in that organization by Muslims, due to the thousands of innocent victims who perished indiscriminately in its attacks, including Muslims. However, the most important discovery is certainly that, contrary to what many specialists believed, he was still active and posed an enormous risk to the Western democracies, since he was planning new mega-attacks, especially against U.S. targets. Today, al-Qaida is a fragmented and unstructured network, without the financial support it received previously, with several failed attempts and small-scale attacks, committed by “lone wolves” who sought publicity for the group for little more than the notoriety that also comes with it. In addition, due to the constant failures accumulated over the years, with a leadership lacking the same charisma and some of its old and experienced collaborators imprisoned or dead, it becomes difficult to convince people to die in a war already considered lost by many of the same extremists who promoted jihad in the recent past. Although it would not be wise to underestimate terrorism, the tendency is that the network created by Osama bin Laden still remains a regional threat with the rise of various cells of local sympathizers, especially in the Maghreb region, and that it can spread rapidly. Fortunately, however, it no longer constitutes a global threat, at least for the moment, insofar as security and defense technologies have evolved a great deal since 9/11, and the international community is more aware of the risks that international terrorism and its connections pose. Nevertheless, al-Qaida will always remain a myth in people’s imaginations, a synonym of extremist terror that scarred a decade, but that nowadays is part of a cycle that ended with the death of its chief and most charismatic leader and sponsor. André Luís Woloszyn is a strategic affairs analyst and consultant to international organizations on issues of terrorism and low- and medium-intensity conflicts By Dialogo May 07, 2012
“All in one rhythm,” is the official slogan of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA announced on May 29, saying it would unite fans who head to the Samba nation for the football extravaganza. The official slogan was a joint effort between Brazil and the football world, said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke at a ceremony in Rio, noting it “represents the unique flavor” Brazil will bring to the tournament. “Based around the central idea of ‘rhythm’, it will unite fans in Brazil and abroad, around what will be a colorful and vibrant celebration set to uniquely Brazilian rhythm,” said Valcke. Brazilian Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo, said the slogan was an invitation to citizens and visitors “to join together and celebrate the immense sense of pride” in the country’s role as hosts. It was Valcke’s first trip to Brazil since he caused an uproar in March with his criticism of the country’s 2014 preparations, saying organizers needed “a kick up the backside.” Valcke and FIFA President Sepp Blatter had to apologize for the remarks, which triggered fury from the host country. Rebelo then said Valcke would no longer be welcome as a FIFA spokesman. FIFA has expressed varying degrees of concern about whether preparations – renovation or construction of stadiums as well as infrastructure projects – are on track for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950. A little over two years before the championship kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014, nearly 40 percent of projects are yet to start, the Brazilian government said last week, insisting there was no cause for alarm. Brazil plans to spend $13 billion on 101 projects to build or modernize stadiums, airports, roads and public transport ahead of the World Cup, but work has begun on only 60 of them, the government said. By Dialogo May 31, 2012
The Secretary for Multi-Dimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), Adam Blackwell, will arrive on August 31, in San Salvador, to evaluate a truce put in place since last March between two violent gangs in the country, informed AFP an official source. “Mr. Blackwell is coming to evaluate how the truce is working out and to see if the established roadmap process is being followed,” the former guerrilla commander, Raúl Mijango, told AFP. Raúl, along with Military Chaplain, Fabio Colindres, is the mediator of the truce between the two gangs or Maras. Mijango celebrated the “monitoring” that the OAS provides to the process of détente, or goodwill, after José Miguel Insulza, the Secretary General of the hemispheric organization, conducted a visit last July. Blackwell has scheduled a meeting with the Minister of Security and Justice, General David Munguía. It is the second time that Blackwell arrives in the country since last May, when he visited prisons where gang members are being held to observe the course of the unprecedented truce, according to officials; it reduced the average daily homicides from 14 to 5.5, whereupon the country ceased to rank as the second most violent nation in the world. On July 12, the leaders of the feared Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13) and Barrio 18, delivered a list of demands to Secretary Insulza during a meeting held in a prison in the northern outskirts of San Salvador. Insulza, who did not disclose the proposal, said on that occasion, that the OAS was going to give “all possible support” to the process of détente, or goodwill. On March 9, the leaders of both gangs agreed to a truce mediated by Colindres and Mijango. On August 27, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, with members of the Civil Society, completed a series of meetings to design a comprehensive program to prevent young people from falling into the world of the Maras. According to official estimates, some 10,000 gang members are in prison in different parts of the country in El Salvador, and another 50,000 are free. By Dialogo August 30, 2012
By Dialogo January 16, 2013 On January 14, Cubans got their first taste of a reform letting them travel abroad without a reviled and costly exit visa. As a vestige of the vanished Cold War era, Cubans gained a long-sought right for the first time in 50 years, with some calling it the most far-reaching of the changes President Raul Castro has undertaken since taking over for his ailing brother, Fidel, in July 2006. Still, people there earn an average of $20 a month, while an airline ticket to Florida — a magnet for them — costs $500 or more, and Cubans still need visas to get into other countries, even if they no longer need one to get off their communist-ruled island or an invitation letter from the people they want to see, experts said. In fact, on the first day the law came into effect, there was no stampede at passport offices or embassy consulates. But there was an air of relief. Marta Piloto, a 50-year-old retiree, said she was delighted over the prospect of visiting her mother in North Carolina. “This is the best thing Raul Castro has done. Now you can go wherever you want and come back whenever you want. Before, my relatives had to come here and see me,” Piloto said. Skeptics remained wary of the government, however, and wondered if the new travel freedom is for real or will be enforced selectively. Until now exit visas were granted haphazardly, with no explanation given when an application was turned down. Even under the new reform, the fee for getting a passport was doubled to $100 — a small fortune for most Cubans. Dissident award-winning blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has been repeatedly denied permission to leave Cuba, went to a passport office to apply for one on January 14, and was told it will be ready in two weeks. “I asked them if I will be able to travel, and they said yes. But I will believe it when I get on the plane,” Sanchez told AFP. The U.S. State Department said it welcomed any reform that allows Cubans to depart from and return to their country freely, “which is obviously a right that’s provided to everyone under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” But spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said it was too soon to tell if more people would now get the chance to travel abroad. Many Cubans have long been separated from relatives living in exile. About one in six Cuban nationals lives abroad — around a million Cubans and Cuban-Americans live in Florida alone. The reform eliminates messy red tape for those among the two million or so Cubans living abroad who want to visit the island, including athletes and others who defected while overseas. Rights groups slammed the previous system for impeding Cubans’ basic freedom of movement, although Raul Castro’s government has ended several unpopular restrictions since 2006 as it tinkers with economic reforms. The United States said it planned no change in its policy toward Cuban migrants.