Latin America

Latin America

Why Menudo Is White?

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Rudy Acuña: Like most grad students of my time, my priority was to select a topic on the real Mexico, which of course meant Mexico City. Without knowing it I was committing the sin of the chilango believing that the provincias had little to offer.

Voyage of the Damned War on Drugs

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Mary Theroux: Caring for these innocent victims of the U.S. War on Drugs is the only course that accords with professed American values of personal accountability, fiscal responsibility, and compassion.

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

Tlatelolco Massacre

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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