Mexican Labor Union Leader Under Fire Over Undeclared US$1 Million Miami Apartment

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 21, 2017, 3:41 pm
Alejandra Barrales, president of the PRD in Mexico bought an apartment through a company she created one week before the transaction, in which she appears as the president and the only shareholder (Senado).

EspañolAlejandra Barrales, president of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) had not declared to the treasury the purchase of the apartment valued at USD $990,000 in Miami, until the news network Univisión discovered it and made it public.

Barrales had not made the acquisition of this property public until last March 17th through a clarification letter sent two organizations in Mexico after Univision News not only investigated the facts of the case, but also interviewed her.

The political leader has been known for her history as a union leader, and for her important role within the Mexican left. However, her role as an entrepreneur was unknown until she bought the aforementioned home in 2015 with a USD $693,000 down payment over a seven month period.

“The down payment was made in several payments. They all come from my savings account, from my personal account,” Barrales told Univisión to whom she denied that she had concealed the information from the voters. However, four days later she stated that “in recent days it has been brought to my attention that there is inaccuracy about the information.”

According to official Miami-Dade County documents, Barrales completed paying for the apartment with a USD $332,000 payment through Eastern National Bank.


Although Barrales said that the purchase was made with her salary in the Mexican Senate, in addition to the sale of a house, when she made the purchase in 2015, she was not a senator until 2016, when she assumed the presidency of her political party.

The apartment has two bedrooms, three bathrooms and is located in a luxurious building north of the city of Miami where it has an oceanfront view, as well as a private dock. The purchase was carried out by the company Maxba Development Inc that was created a week before making the transaction of purchase. Barrales appears as the company’s president and only shareholder.

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuelan Government Ships Food to Peruvian Flood Victims despite Own Hunger Crisis

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 21, 2017, 3:33 pm
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EspañolWhile Venezuela faces a food and medicine shortage never before seen throughout its history, President Nicolas Maduro's administration ordered a shipment of 100,000 boxes of food to Peru to help flood victims. Maduro has ignored his own country's humanitarian and economic crisis, and now is even going out of his way to send food to other countries, despite it being so scarce on the shelves of local supermarkets. The Local Committees on Supply and Production (CLAP) program in charge of delivering food to citizens was created a year ago by Maduro to help those facing severe scarcity. In Venezuela, only Chavista sympathizers reportedly have access to these boxes. Maduro, who has not accepted international aid to overcome shortages in Venezuela, ordered aid to Peruvians suffering from floods that have left thousands homeless or dead. "The President has just instructed the shipment of 100,000 CLAP boxes containing food for Peru," said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, adding also that the Civil Protection team of the Venezuelan Ministry of Interior has also organized rescue equipment and non-perishable food for the areas most affected by the heavy rain in Peru. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "President Maduro has been very clear, in accordance with the practice of Bolivarian diplomacy that is framed in friendly relations, which is based on relations of cooperation and international solidarity with peoples," added the foreign minister. The government official also claimed that Venezuela is a champion in housing construction through the Great Housing Mission program, which has contributed to helping Peruvians fighting the heavy rain. Peru began receiving humanitarian aid from neighboring countries such as Ecuador, Colombia and Chile to deal with the consequences of the rain and floods, which left 75 people dead and 100,000 homeless. Source: La Patilla

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