• Mexico — It’s time to create laws recognizing the value of housekeepers

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO CITY -- In Mexico, one million 816,000 women work as housekeepers. I' don't think there are any women stronger than them. Usually, they live in small villages where there is no water or even telephone service, and they always come to big cities searching for a better...

  • Puerto Rico: Now, It’s the Island’s Turn to Work on Health Care

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN -- Barack Obama's healthcare reform will benefit Puerto Rico with $6.6 billion more than the $4.8 expected for Medicaid between 2011 and 2019. After the healthcare bill passed on March 21, Puerto Rico began to look at the next decade which will be crucial...

  • For Haiti, this year’s World Water Day has new meaning

    By Crystal Wells HAITI -- March 22nd marks the 18th World Water Day, a date set aside each spring by United Nations proclamation to celebrate the importance of fresh water. For those living in the Developed World, it's a chance to remember that an estimated 900 million people globally still lack access...

  • Too many global communities still lack access to clean water or basic sanitation

    LatinaLista -- It's being reported by relief workers in Haiti that the lack of clean water and proper sewage could prove to be even more devastating than the initial earthquake. The lack of both of these essentials could cause widespread disease that could kill hundreds. Unfortunately, Haiti isn't the only place on...

  • Haiti: A Promise Made, a Promise Kept

    By Crystal Wells If I remember but one face of Haiti, it will be that of four year-old Ornesto, with his big eyes and a nose that crinkles when he laughs. He is small and delicate, with a frame more like a child half his age, and a warm, rambunctious personality. Beyond...

  • International Museum of Women creates online exhibits celebrating women year-round

    LatinaLista -- In 1997, the International Museum of Women (IMOW) was founded on the premise that it would be a museum that inspired visitors with "powerful ideas" and "new ways of thinking that transform women's lives and the world." Since then, the museum has hosted a number of exhibits that fulfilled that...

  • Dr. Paloma Pina: Looking back on two weeks in Haiti

    LatinaLista — I had the chance to volunteer in Haiti for the past 2 weeks with International Medical Corps. Today my journey in Haiti has ended and it is just now that I have the time to think about what really this experience meant to me. Now I'm back to reality or...

  • Latina Lista launches “Haiti Reports” to honor ongoing Haitian relief efforts

    LatinaLista When the world first learned about the devastating earthquake in Haiti last month, the news reports of the destruction, suffering and loss of life couldn't come quickly or often enough. For a couple of weeks, people were glued to their television sets or clicking through photos online of what was happening...

  • Goddard: Changes to Mexico’s justice system bode well for reducing corruption

    By MELANIE KISER Cronkite News Service PHOENIX -- Dramatic changes to Mexico's criminal justice system will make its prosecutions more like those in the United States, opening proceedings and paving the way for more transborder collaboration, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said Monday. "It is far more obvious to the public what...

  • Puerto Rico: Athletes at the Special Olympics LatinoAmerican Games play for more than to win the gold

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN -- It started at 6 p.m. The launch of the first event of its kind to ever be held on the Island, left 20,000 spectators ecstatic. On February 20, Puerto Rico became host to the II Latinoamerican Games of the Special Olympics 2010 in...

  • Relief workers in Haiti say the need is getting greater for help and supplies

    LatinaLista In the days after the Haiti earthquake when the world was gripped with the need to know news -- any news -- of conditions in Haiti, Latina Lista was contacted by the International Medical Corps in the hopes that we could help spread the word that they needed donations badly to...

  • Mexico strives to live down cartel violence with global Independence celebration

    LatinaLista — With all that is happening in Mexico these days, even the drug cartels can't deter the country from celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence. In fact, Mexico is proceeding with a national celebration that aims to be global in nature. Mexico...One Country, All Nations is the theme for a...

  • Mexico: Natural disaster floods poor area of Mexico City with sewage due to common government negligence

    By Anahi Parra LatinaLista   CHALCO, MEXICO -- Last Friday at 1:30 in the morning, an unexpected roar woke hundreds of families in a section of Mexico City known as Chalco. After a few seconds, the horror of the roar soon registered with the sleepy residents who saw their houses being flooded...

  • Mexico City: Signs that same-sex marriages gaining wider acceptance

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO CITY: Two friends of mine are already organizing their wedding. They're a gay couple. Since December 22, of last year, people of the same sex can now get married in Mexico City. On March 4, the new law goes into effect that will not only allow same-sex...

  • Puerto Rico: Gov. Fortuño’s State of the Union deals with same issues as Obama’s plus one: country’s status

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista PUERTO RICO -- Governor Luis Fortuño announced this week in his State of the Union address the activation of the National Guard as a preventive action against crime. "While we take the time to integrate new policemen, the National Guard will help us on preventive patrol -with...

  • Chile preserves its tortured past in new museum dedicated to country’s victims of human rights abuses

    By Pamela Morales LatinaLista SANTIAGO, CHILE -- Some 20 people stood silently in a small, black-walled room staring at a dozen television monitors playing testimonials from torture victims. One woman remembering bleeding from her nose, ears, mouth, vagina and thinking she would die. Another recalling she, her mother and sister were all...

  • Guest Voz: Spread the word, Haiti still needs help

    By Margaret Aguirre LatinaLista — Margaret Aguirre is the Director of Global Communications for the 26-year-old, California-based International Medical Corps (IMC). IMC goes anywhere in the world it's needed to save lives and improve the quality of life through health interventions performed by volunteer doctors and nurses. Ever since January 12, 2010...

  • Puerto Rico: The Island answers the call for help from their neighbor Haiti

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios PUERTO RICO -- In two hours, we made $3.3 million dollars.   For the first time in the history of Puerto Rico, the government created a benefit radio-telethon to bring aid and hope to the 8 million people in the Haiti capital of Porto Principe (Port-au-Prince ) after...

  • Guatemala: A national natural treasure is almost lost because of government indifference

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz   Guatemala -- Lake Atitlan, located in the Department of Solola¡, has one of the most beautiful landscapes found anywhere in Guatemala. Its beauty has been compared with Switzerland's lakes. Along the margins of the lake, there are three imposing volcanos: Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro. The...

  • Mexico: Living in Mexico is like walking on a bridge over troubled waters

    By Martha Ramos MEXICO CITY: For some strange reason, I happened to hear a David Foster CD and heard a song that touched me so deeply that I couldn't help but cry: Bridge over troubled waters, sung by Josh Groban. For no reason at all, I felt myself in a vulnerable position...

  • Argentina: Families challenge government corruption in seeking justice for children killed in horrific concert fire

    By Cecilia Mansilla   Five years ago on December 30, 2004, the most cruel, unimaginable tragedy to hit Argentina happened when during a rock concert 194 people died. The case is still on trial. ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires is a rock music capital. People here love the music. Rock and Roll shows are...

  • Unique online toy drive & fundraiser bridges children’s needs in both Latin and North America

    LatinaLista — While December 25 is recognized as being THE day to share gifts in the United States, and around the world, there is another day that is equally important to most Latinos worldwide -- Three Kings Day or Dia de Los Reyes Magos. January 6 is the traditional day when most...

  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez now weighs in on being a “size activist”

    By Jennifer Barreto-Leyva VENEZUELA: "Venezuelans, check yourself, you are way too fat" Those were the -- once again -- wise words of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez on his very own 5 hour-long TV Show "Alo Presidente" broadcast every Sunday on National Television. "Venezuelans are way too fat, well not the female ones,...

  • Honduras gets ready for another showdown with Sunday’s elections

    LatinaLista — From the beginning when news broke that Honduran President Zelaya had been forced from his presidential palace at gunpoint, there has been much controversy in the blogosphere and around the world as to whether or not this was a bona fide coup or a government enforcing its constitutional right to...

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires eagerly awaits the reopening of its premier opera house, Teatro Colón

    By Cecilia Mansilla ARGENTINA: Milan has La Scala. New York City has the New York Metropolitan and then there's the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Munich National Theater and the Paris Opera. In Buenos Aires, we have the Colon Theater or better known here as Teatro Colón. Teatro Colón was opened in...