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Written in the blood from a victim’s severed leg, in Spanish: “What’s up, Otto Salguero, you bastard? We are going to find you and behead you, too. —Sincerely, Z200.”On a cattle ranch in the northern Petén region of Guatemala yesterday, at least 27 agricultural workers were murdered, 26 of whom were decapitatedOn a cattle ranch in the northern Petén region of Guatemala yesterday, at least... more
One of the topics we follow closely here at Current News is the growth of megacities in the developing world. As more and more of the world's citizens leave their farms and take up residence in urban settings, cities like Lagos in Nigeria, Chongqing in China and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil become visions of our possible future.
Rio's winning of the 2016 Olympics was seen by many as a recognition of the growing influence of such cities. This week, however, Rio has been engulfed in violence as its drug gangs have gone toe-to-toe with its police. In this dramatic video you can see that gangs even managed to down a police helicopter.
From the NYTimes:
For years, the police essentially abandoned the shantytowns, or favelas, that ring the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, following a policy that resembled containment more than enforcement. That allowed drug traffickers to create strongholds where violence is pervasive. And as the downing of the helicopter illustrated, the police have not done enough to slow the flow of weapons into the favelas.
This is the sort of strategy we'll see more and more of in developing megacities as under-resourced municipal services strain under the pressure of rapidly growing populations. The Olympics, as it so often serves to highlight a country, may end up highlighting this escalating drama in Rio.
If you're down in Rio, let us know on Current News. We'd love to hear your perspective from down there.
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Several black-colleges in Georgia - including Paine College in Augusta - are partners in a new project to lower violence, reduce the influence of gangs and drugs, increase quality of life, proviide HIV/AIDS information and provide access to healthcare facilities for low-income and underserved residents
The three-year project is funded by a $255,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,
"We have identified violence as a public health issue," said Rev. Terence A. Dicks, chairman of New Tools New Vision Augusta in an interview with the United Methodist News Service.
New Tools, New Vision is teaming the resources of the Southeast Community Research Center, the Research Center on Health Disparities at Morehouse College in Atlanta and four communities surrounding historically black colleges and universities in Georgia.
In addition to Paine (a United Methodist school), other colleges participating include Morehouse College in Atlanta, Savannah State University, Albany State University and Fort Valley State University.
The Kellogg grant will build problem-solving partnerships in several cities including Augusta where Paine College faculty will work with inner city communities residents are victims of violence, plagued by youth gangs and are witnesses to a dramatic rise in gun crimes (30901, 30906 zip codes).
Augusta is home to the prestigious and exclusive Masters Golf Tournament at the famous Augusta National Golf Club - that's a rich enclave located near some of Augusta's poorest communities.
The excellent story is written by UMNS Reporter Linda Green
Rev. Dicks is well known for his civil rights work in Georgia and recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and is chair of the Georgia Clients Council.
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The violence in Mexico is spiraling out of control--seven federal officers were killed and four more injured as the drug war continues to escalate. The police were conducting a drug raid on a home when they were attacked. More than 1,000 people have died from drug-related violence since the start of the year. The violence in Mexico is spiraling out of control--seven federal officers were killed... more