Posts Tagged ‘Dominican Republic’

Migrants: Where from, where to and local impact

Originally posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World

If you ever wondered why there is a better selection of tortillas in your local store or why getting good garam masala is suddenly much easier, the Pew Research Group has a quick way to look at immigration and emigration.

The Pew Group has a GREAT interactive graphic to look at immigrant and emigrant movements during the past 25 years at Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, from 1990-2015

Along with an interactive map, the Pew Group added a table so you can see with real numbers migration movement.

I’ll let the Pew Group explain what its wonderful graphic depicts:

The figures in this interactive feature refer to the total number (or cumulative “stocks”) of migrants living around the world as of 1990, 2000, 2010 or 2015 rather than to the annual rate of migration (or current “flows”) in a given year. Since migrants have both an origin and a destination, international migrants can be viewed from two directions – as an emigrant (leaving an origin country) or as an immigrant (entering a destination country).

According to the United Nations Population Division, an international migrant is someone who has been living for one year or longer in a country other than the one in which he or she was born. This means that many foreign workers and international students are counted as migrants. Additionally, the UN considers refugees and, in some cases, their descendants (such as Palestinians born in refugee camps outside of the Palestinian territories) to be international migrants. For the purposes of this interactive feature, estimates of the number of unauthorized immigrants living in various countries also are included in the total counts. On the other hand, tourists, foreign-aid workers, temporary workers employed abroad for less than a year and overseas military personnel typically are not counted as migrants.

And for those wondering, the total number of migrants living in the United States in 2015 came from:

  1. Mexico – 12 million
  2. China – 2.1 million
  3. India – 1.9 million
  4. Philippines – 1.7 million
  5. Puerto Rico – 1.7 million
  6. Viet Nam – 1.3 million
  7. El Salvador – 1.2 million
  8. Cuba – 1.1 million
  9. South Korea – 1.1 million
  10. Dominican Republic – 940,000
  11. Guatemala – 880,000

Remember, this is the TOTAL number of people from these countries living in the United States, NOT the number arriving in 2015. And I would personally put the migration from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland as internal migration rather than international. (That is why I have a Top 11, rather than Top 10). Seems the United Nations has its own way of looking at these things.

And in case you are wondering, in 2015 there were 180,000 people from Iraqi living in the United States and 70,000 from Syria, both up from 40,000 each in 1990.

Local reporters can follow-up on this information for a local angle by using material from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For example, I know from the American FactFinder, there are a lot of Ethiopian restaurants in Fairfax County, Virginia (population 1.1 million) because Ethiopian immigrants are the largest African group in Fairfax – 6,000 out of 31,000 African native-born residents.

You can get good papusas because Salvadorans make up the largest single group of Latin American residents — 32,000 out of 102,000 from Latin America.

We all know Annandale, Va., is known as Little Seoul. Well, the Census numbers bear that out, of the 170,000 people born in Asia in Fairfax County, 30,000 are from Korea. But what should be evident to anyone paying attention, the Indian and Vietnamese presence is also big. Fairfax has 29,000 people who were born in Indian and 23,000 born in Vietnam.

Not to leave out Europe, but let’s face it, the numbers are weak compared to the rest of the world. Fairfax has 25,000 people born in Europe. The single largest group are the Germans with 3,600.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a foreign story, start in your own neighborhood.

Proof global knowledge and editors needed

First posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World.

The article below was posted on today. Too bad there is no such country as the Dominican Republic of Congo

Ordinarily such a glaring error by the writer would be caught by the editor. But I am willing to bet all the money in my pocket against all the money in your pocket that there was no editor.

If there was an editor, then the writer and editor both deserve to be fired.

Just to be clear: There is a Democratic Republic of Congo and the Dominican Republic. Two different countries in two widely different parts of the world.

United Nations Plane Crashes in Dominican Republic of Congo

Posted by Josh on April 5, 2011 · Leave a Comment

A United Nations has plane has crashed in the Dominican Republic of Congo killing all of the 33 people on board aside from just one person. It is said that the accident occurred as the plane was coming in to land in the main airport of the country that is located in the capital city of Kinshasa.

It has now been confirmed that out of the 33 people on board the plane, there was only one survivor. Condolences have been offered to the families of those killed in the crash by the Security Council. It is thought that the plane missed the runway as it was coming in to land although the exact reasons for this happening are not yet confirmed. It is thought however that the wind conditions could have played a big part in the crash.

It is said that of the 33 passengers, four of them were the crew and the other 29 were UN personnel. It is said that the crew of the plane was Georgian. The plane in question was a Bombardier CRJ-200 jet which was part of Airzana Georgian Airways.

FOI: It’s not just a local thing

First posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World

Welcome El Salvador to the ranks of governments that  have accepted the idea that its citizens have a right to know (most) of what the government knows.

El Salvador Joins the List of FOI Countries

The latest action by El Salvador also proves that no matter how parochial many may think the freedom of information movement is, it is really global in its reach. In fact, there is even an International Right to Know Day. (It’s Sept. 28, in case you did not know.)

The Carter Center is especially active in the global right to know/information movement.

Last year it held a major conference in Africa. (Report) The year before it sponsored a conference in Latin America. (Report) And it kicked off the regional sessions with a global conference in 2008.

The important point here is that while journalists and journalism groups are some of the most vocal in support and defense of freedom of/right to information laws, they are not the biggest users of those laws. The vast majority of FOI requests come from individuals, civic groups or private organizations.

A good example of how one person used the Virginia FOI laws is recorded in the Fairfax City Patch:

And it is clear that FOI laws are never as strong as we would like. But once the laws are on the books, it is up to the citizenry to use what is available and push for better laws. (This was the basic argument former SPJ president gave to journalists and civic groups in the Dominican Republic in 2005 on the first anniversary of that country’s FOI law.)

If nothing else, promotion and strengthening of FOI laws is a link that journalists and civil society activists share around the globe. Unfortunately, too few in the United States see that connection.

Corporations have globalized. It strikes me that the only way to keep track of what they are doing is to make sure that there are strong FOI laws around the globe as well. It further occurs to me that citizens who are used to having strong FOI laws should be reaching out to those in countries with no or weak FOI laws.

New online news service in Dominican Republic

Good news for people who love good journalism in the Dominican Republic.

A new online newspaper is starting.

New digital newspaper launches in the Dominican Republic

The best part is that it is being run by an old friend of the SPJ and our Code of Ethics.

When Fausto Rosario Adames ran Clave — a now-defunct online publication — he adopted the SPJ Code of Ethics for his publication. Then SPJ President David Carlson met with Adames to talk about online journalism and ethics.

When Clave came out with a monthly weekly paper edition, it printed the SPJ Code in its first edition and at the unveiling party Adames specifically thanked the SPJ for providing copies of the code to him and his journalists.

Unfortunately Clave closed about 6 months ago. Besides angering many in the business community for their hard-hitting reporting (and thereby losing advertisers), Adames and his staff were under death treats because of their reporting of the growing influence of the drug syndicates.


Dominican journalists attacked by bus operators

First posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World

Dominican Today reports that a reporter and photographer for Diario Libre were attacked by two different groups of public bus operators.

The bus owners/drivers were members of two different collectives the CONATRA and FENATRANO. The groups called a work stoppage over disputes of passenger poaching and road blockage.

The two journalists were covering the dispute when the drivers turned on them.

Armed with knives called “liver cutters” machetes, bats and stones the drivers furiously rushed and surrounded the reporters who managed to flee and come out alive thanks to the quick response by Police agents.

Violence in strikes — or for that matter any dispute — in the Dominican Republic is common.

The reporters were “lucky” they were only attacked with machetes, bats and stones. It has been my experience that way too many people in the DR carry guns.

I have often told people that the gun ownership — and use — in the Dominican Republic makes Texas look like Sweden.

Clave Digital Closes: DomRep loses feisty news organization

First published at Journalism, Journalists and the World

Clave Digital, which started as an online news organization in 2004, announced it will be shutting down.

GOOGLE Translation of announcement: Executive Weekly reports official closure of Key and Key Digital

This is a serious blow to professional journalism in the Dominican Republic.

Clave was an upstart news organization that said from the beginning it would not be beholden to any business, social or political organization. And it lived up to that promise.

Clave regularly broke stories about corruption that other news organizations in the country ignored.

When Dave Carlson, the former president of the Society of Professional Journalists, visited the Dominican Republic in 2005, he gave Clave founder and executive editor Fausto Rosario Adames a copy of the SPJ Code of Ethics in Spanish. Adames read over the document. He asked Carlson a number of questions about how the code was developed and how it was received by American journalists.

At the end of the discussion, Adames asked Carlson for permission to use the SPJ code — in its entirety — as a code of ethics for Clave.

When Clave started a monthly print journal, Adames announced that ALL employees of Clave would have to sign a contract that held them to the code of ethics. He then publicly thanked the SPJ for allowing his news organization to use the code.

In the years that I read Clave and from the discussions I have had with people about journalism in the Dominican Republic, it seems as if Adames and his crew lived up to the SPJ code.

The journalism landscape will be much more barren without the feisty and ethical Clave

DR journalist explains “How I Got The Picture.”

There has been a lot of coverage in the Caribbean about the arrest of alleged drug lord José Figueroa Agosto in Puerto Rico and his girlfriend Sobeida Felix Morel.

Figuero is wanted on more money laundering, drug and murder charges than can be enumerated here. (Suffice it to say his operations are said to have made the Colombians look like amateurs.)

Felix was wanted in the Dominican Republic on more charges than she was in the United States so when she was caught in Puerto Rico, the DR government asked for her to be extradited to the Dominican Republic for trial.

The U.S. government agreed.

On July 21 she arrived in Santo Domingo. The arrival was recorded by a lone newspaper reporter. And the picture was dramatic.

The photographer, Tomas Ventura, described for the readers of Diario Libre how he was in the right place at the right time and how he got the picture.

Taking Sobeida’s picture was not easy

The “how I got it” story is one that journalists in free societies around the world can relate to. We have all had our great moments.

And we all love to talk about them.

For now, let’s celebrate with Ventura his tenacity and skills.

DomRep journalist attacked

The producer and presenter of a discussion program in Santiago, Dominican Republic, was shot and seriously wounded June 2.

Dominican Republic TV host wounded in shooting, motive still unknown

As the brief article explains, the reason for the attack is not yet clear.

Crusading journalists in the DR have regularly come under physical attack.

Just last month, a camera crew recording material for a story on corruption in the national lottery were shot at when the crew was filming what appeared to be improper use of government vehicles.

Of course, violence is pretty common in the DR, as are gun-related incidents. Despite the images of tranquil sandy beaches and tropical forests, the exhibition and use of guns in the DR makes Texas and Virginia look like Sweden.

Follow up: Dominican journalists report story despite being shot at

The other day there was a story about Dominican journalists being shot at while they were tracking down a story about improper use of government material. (Dominican journalists shot at while on a story)

Now there is a follow up from DR1:

Alicia Ortega follows politicians

On her Monday TV show, Alicia Ortega presented evidence that relatives and candidates with ties to governmental National Lottery administrator Enrique Martinez have benefited from the distribution of appliances and other household goods from the National Lottery, as reported in Diario Libre and Hoy.

Ortega showed footage of the goods being distributed to candidates for senator Tommy Galan (PLD-San Cristobal) and Cristina Lizardo (PLD-Province of Santo Domingo), Amarilis Santana (PLD-La Romana), deputy Tobias Crespo and others who were described as “very close” to the manager of the National Lottery. Santana, who is running for senator for the PLD in La Romana, is married to Enrique Martinez.

Martinez said that Lottery personnel had fired shots at the film crew (as reported in yesterday’s DR1 news) because they thought the reporters were assailants.

See the report at:

Journalists under fire in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a love affair with guns that makes Virginia and Texas look like Sweden. (When I lived there, it seemed that everyone was packing heat.)

And many in DR society are not known for, shall we say honest and ethical behavior. (See Transparency International report.) The Dominican Republic was rated in 21st place of 31 countries in the Americas. (The higher the number the more corrupt.) That put it as more corrupt than Mexico and El Salvador. But less corrupt than Honduras and Haiti.

To be fair, there are honest politicians. Organizations that try to end corruption and make the government more responsive to the citizenry, such as Citizen Participation, are growing in influence. But they still have a long way to go.

Besides the civic groups, the DR is fortunate to have strong and independent media. The pursuit of stories by some Dominican reporters can and do make many politicians and government leaders nervous.

So with the use of guns in the DR as common as Tombstone in 1880 and political leaders looking to prevent reports of their activities, no one was surprised that some journalists were shot at while pursuing a story of questionable use of government vehicles.

Below is a summary of the event from DR1, a news service that translates the Spanish-language news into English.

Note: The PLD, the Dominican Liberation Party, is the ruling party. La Romana is a city about an hour from the capital of Santo Domingo. In the recent past, drug runners brought their product in either by boat to the La Romana port or by airplanes with late-night landings on the new highway leading to the city. (Some landed at the regional airport after making the proper “contributions” to local political leaders and security forces.)

Who shot at Alicia’s reporters?

For several weeks reporters for El Informe, the SIN channel investigative television show hosted by Alicia Ortega, have been trailing trucks loaded with appliances from the Lottery headquarters to several PLD warehouses. According to the reporters, on Friday night their vehicle was following a truck from the National Lottery to a Price Stabilization Institute (INESPRE) building in La Romana where it unloaded its cargo of appliances. The SIN reporters say that they were shot at by armed men in a gray and black L200 Mitsubishi and another that the SIN reporters could not identify due to the darkness, except for the fact that it was flying the PLD flag. The shooting occurred just outside San Pedro de Macoris.

In La Romana, the PLD candidate for re-election in the Senate is Amarilis Santana, who happens to be married to National Lottery administrator Enrique Martinez.

A video of the incident was broadcast on El Informe de Alicia Ortega Monday night.

From SIN

First published on Journalism, Journalists and the World.


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