Latin America

Latin America

Do Central American Children on the US Border Deserve More?

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Rosemary Joyce: The violence these children are fleeing is worse than in war zones– one reporter makes a comparison of the situation in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in 2012 to Iraq.

Soccer, Politics and Sportsmanship

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ariachi bands are a tradition in Mexico. The Spanish word mariachi is derived from the French for marriage, because when Emperor Napoleon III ruled the country, small groups of musicians played at weddings. The French were booted out, but the mariachis stayed. Their colorful costumes and vibrant singing, expanded beyond churches to street corners, plazas [...]

The Devil Never Sleeps, So Play On

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Rudy Acuña: The victories of the Mexican team should be celebrated but not hide the memories of the Tlatelolco massacre or the raising of the black power fists that happened in 1968 while others were celebrating.

Latinos and Public Education

Latinos and Public Education

Rudy Acuña: California politicos are encouraging an insidious policy of divide and conquer, pitting the Asian community against the Latino and other minority communities. This has led to some Asian American leaders thinking affirmative action will discriminate against them.

Guantánamo: Obama Can Finish It Now

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John Peeler: He could simply order the closing of the detention facility, the transfer of detainees and the entire Guantánamo operation to ships at sea, and the evacuation of the base.

Time Now to Normalize Relations with Cuba?

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Tom Hayden: But while causing traffic jams on an interstate bridge is an outrage, how does it compare with a lone Senator flaunting his own president, fomenting US military interventions, and sabotaging a possible bridge to Cuba? Time will tell.

The Urgency of Venezuela

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Venezuela Crisis: There’s a secret network that works to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital.

It’s Time to Start Thinking of Our Southern Neighbor as a Partner on the Rise

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Our Southern Neighbor : We’d be better off thinking about Mexico as California’s China—a vital economic partner that’s also a competitor..

America’s Arab Spring

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American Arab Spring — If you knew your time remaining on this plane of existence were limited, would you change?

Honduras: Mega-Tourism and Garifuna Communities Collide

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Banana Coast –Mega-tourism “development” projects are destroying Afro-Caribbean Garífuna communities .

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis

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Tom Hayden: There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families.

¡Tierra y Libertad! Does History Matter?

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Rudy Acuña: Today land is a metaphor for other rights such as education. It represents our struggle for a better and just life.

Keeping Us in the Dark About Latin America

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Carl Bloice: Many of us here in the U.S. had entertained the notion that whatever disappointments await us after the election of the U.S. President Barak Obama, at least the reactionary U.S. policy toward Cuba might change.

Baja California: An “Earthly Paradise” in the Desert

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Jack Eidt: The Baja California peninsula, despite rampant growth in tourism, retains the spirit of primordial “earthly paradise” of California, stumbled upon by the gold-fevered Spaniards almost 500 years ago.

Class, Moral Economy, and Protest: Brazil and Venezuela

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John Peeler: Even though Brazil has made progress in reducing inequality, it is clear that most people, even in the middle class, struggle daily to make ends meet.

Ríos Montt: Accountability at Last

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John Peeler: The transition to democracy, now 30 years old, has passed a major test with the trial and conviction of Ríos Montt. The impediments to full democratization remain huge, but there is still good cause for Guatemalans to celebrate.

Reagan, Genocide and Guatemala

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Joseph Palermo: Now that a Guatemalan court has convicted General Erfrain Rios Montt of “genocide” maybe we can better come to terms with the history of the early 1980s when the Reagan Administration was determined to vanquish communism in Central America.

FBI’s Bizarre Move Against Assata Shakur

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Bill Fletcher, Jr: The bottom line is that the USA needs to keep its hands off of Assata, and while so doing, get on with the business of normalizing relations with Cuba rather than playing Cold War games.

Obama Shifting Rhetoric, Policy on Cuba, Drug War

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Tom Hayden: Opposition to the US role in the Drug War has risen sharply in Mexico and Central America, even among US allies.

Massive Mexico-U.S. Drug Trade: White Elephant in the Room

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Whether we want to admit it or not, any discussion revolving around the U.S. and Mexico must start and end with drugs. However, these next two days President Obama and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto will do everything in their power to dance around the issue and ignore the elephant in the room.

President Hugo Chavez and America’s “Backyard”

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Joseph Palermo: The simple fact remains: Chavez, who died of cancer at the age of 58, was the only president of Venezuela in modern memory who did ANYTHING for the poor people of that country who make up the vast majority of its nearly 30 million citizens.

Hugo Chávez: Rise and Demise of a Radical Democrat

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John Peeler: If Chávez’ elected predecessors had been serious about raising the living standards and life prospects of the poor majority, he would have been no more than a disgraced coup-plotter, a cashiered Lieutenant Colonel.

Sharing the Secret of Mystica

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Georgianne Nienaber: Mystica is a magical retreat where simplicity and attention to detail combine with a peaceful vortex of palpable “good energy” and environmental harmony.

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