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More and more Cubans are trying to flee their country by boat to the United States. A phenomenon that worries the American authorities. More than 50 people, divided into six different groups, arrived in Florida over the past weekend. All fled in makeshift boats, according to the Miami Herald. The newspaper specifies however that the majority of the refugees are, in general, directly intercepted at sea and sent back to Cuba.
Since last October, the US Coast Guard has prevented more than 1,600 Cubans from disembarking in Florida. According to Ramon Saul Sanchez, an anti-Castro activist based in Miami, the Havana authorities are encouraging this “Cuban exodus”. The objective is to create internal tensions in the United States six months before the midterm elections.
Still according to this activist quoted by the Miami Herald, Cubans will continue to flee their country. “ They are desperate, some have no more drinking water, the government frequently cuts electricity, there are no more medicines “. Ramon Saul Sanchez believes that Florida authorities should prepare to welcome even more Cubans in the coming months.
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In Mexico, violence against journalists continues
Two reporters were murdered yesterday Monday in the state of Veracruz. They are Yesenia Mollinedo, director of the El Veraz news site, and cameraman Sheila García. The two women were shot while riding in a car in a supermarket parking lot, writes The Universal. The Association for the Protection of Journalists in Veracruz asked the authorities that the investigation focus on the professional activity of journalists as the motive for the crime. This double homicide comes just four days after the assassination of Luis Enrique Ramírez, editorial writer for the newspaper El Debate, in the state of Sinaloa. In total, eleven journalists have been killed in Mexico since the beginning of the year, according to the organization Reporters Without Borders.
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Ex-president Lula launches campaign for third term
Two days after declaring his candidacy, the veteran of the Brazilian left held his first campaign meeting. It was yesterday in Belo Horizonte. His voice already very tired, he assured his supporters that he was not the candidate of a party but of a movement, that of all those who lost their jobs or their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. , and who in general cannot manage to live decently on their salary.
During his speech, he presented himself as the antidote to far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he repeatedly called “ fascist “. His 2018 election was a historic mistake, he said, comments echoed by Folha de Sao Paulo. The newspaper notes that the candidate of the Workers’ Party made his speech without notes, while moving on the stage, a practice already well established.
It is no coincidence that Lula chose the state of Minas Gerais to start his campaign, it is the state whose electoral college is the most important after that of Sao Paulo. For the moment, the polls give him 44% of voting intentions in Minas Gerais, against around 30% for his rival Jair Bolsonaro, according to Carta Capital.
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The American right goes to war against contraception
In the United States, the battle for or against the right to abortion continues, but another front is already opening up: that for or against contraception. “ Should condom users be worried? asks the Canadian newspaper The Press. The daily reports on the case of a Republican candidate from Arizona who is running in the senatorial elections next November. Blake Masters, a devout Catholic, plays on an ambivalent position: he declared himself in favor of overturning Grisworld v Connecticut, a 1965 judgment in which the Supreme Court legalized the use of contraceptives, including The preservative.
But at the same time, after the publication of an article attributing to him an anti-contraception position, he vowed not to oppose the condom. Nevertheless, the religious right already has the contraceptive in its sights. According to The Press“ anticipating the reversal of the Roe vs. Wade decision, the organization Heartbeat International recently devoted part of its annual conference to a debate on expanding the definition of abortion itself to include contraception “. At least three states, written The Pressnamely Louisiana, Missouri and Idaho, are currently considering bills to restrict the use of contraception.
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