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A Week in Review 03/08/17
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By Joseph Rios


Man responsible for ivory trafficking sentenced to prison - Boniface Matthew Mariango has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing elephants. According to the Elephant Action League, Mariango is responsible for the death of thousands of elephants. Nicknamed “The Devil”, Mariango was arrested in September, 2015 after being on the run for a year. The Elephant Action League said Mariango ran an ivory trafficking business in five African countries. Mariango was arrested while attempting to smuggle elephant tusks worth over $800,000.


Man arrested for Kim Jong Un’s half brother’s death deported - Ri Jong Chol has been deported from Malaysia after being held in police custody. The North Korean was detained for an alleged connection to the death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother. However, after insufficient evidence, Chol was released from custody. After being released Chol was turned over to immigration officials for not having any travel documents. Two women from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah were charged for Kim Jong Un’s half brother’s death. The two women alleged that they thought they were participating in a TV prank.

Indian snowshoe athlete arrested in the U.S. - Indian snowshoe athlete Tanveer Hussain has been arrested in the U.S. for alleged sexual abuse with a minor. Hussain was arrested in New York. Before traveling to the United States Hussain was denied a visa. However, he was able to travel thanks to the efforts of U.S. activists and senates. Police said the charges against Hussain were for endangering a child and for engaging in a “passionate kiss” with a 12-year-old. Hussain’s attorney said his client will plead not guilty.


Human remains discovered in Ireland The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation discovered a “significant” amount of human remains at a mother and baby home in County Galway, Ireland. The home was open from 1925 to 1961. The commission said remains were found in at least 17 of the 20 underground chambers at the home. The remains found are believed to have died between the ages of 35 fetal weeks to three years old. The investigation was conducted after allegations of 800 dead babies in the area.

Russia/Syria pilots bomb villages - U.S. General Stephen Townsend said Russian and Syrian regime pilots bombed Syrian villages that were occupied by U.S. backed forces. Townsend said the pilots thought they were targeting an area occupied by ISIS. The bombing was stopped when U.S. forces communicated to Russian forces through “deconfliction channels.” In the Russian state-sponsored Sputnik News, Russia’s Defense Ministry denied Townsend’s claim. Russia denied that Syria or Russia struck a Syrian village occupied by U.S. forces.

Latin America

IOC investigates 2016 Summer Olympics - The International Olympic Committee confirmed that it would investigate allegations that the vote to give Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Summer Olympics may have been rigged. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, a Brazilian businessman paid $1.6M to the son of an IOC member. The payment was allegedly made days before Rio de Janeiro won the rights to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics contested that the vote was “clean.”

New study points to malnutrition in Venezuela - According to a study from an annual national survey by Venezuela’s major universities, 9.6 million Venezuelans eat two or fewer daily meals. The National Survey of Living Condition found that families are substituting meat and chicken with vegetables and tubers due to financial concerns. The study also found that the percentage of malnourished Venezuelans is growing.

North America

Undocumented immigrant detained by ICE - After speaking out about deportation fears during a press conference Daniela Vargas was detained by ICE agents. The 22-year-old spoke before the media in Jackson, Mississippi and called for a road to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Following the event Vargas was pulled over in a friend’s car. According to Vargas’ lawyer Abigal Peterson, Vargas could be deported without a hearing. Vargas is one of 750,000 people in the United States that is allowed temporary work permits under the DREAM act.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus looks to meet with ICE - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has made their third attempt to meet with Customs and Border Protection. In a letter to lawmakers, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus expressed their concerns about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The group had previously requested a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month after the Trump administration began to target undocumented immigrants. ICE agreed to schedule a meeting with the group, but the organization backed out shortly after. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus said it finds the Trump administration’s approach towards undocumented immigrants to be “dangerous and troubling.”





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