• Venezuela: Hometown designer makes his mark on international fashion stage

    By Jennifer Barreto-Leyva LatinaLista CARACAS -- Venezuelan native and fashion designer, Angel Sanchez, believes every woman should have a little black dress. It's a message that he shared during the recent sneak peek showing of his line, "Angel for Angel Sanchez" at the main fashion event of Central America's Fashion Week Panama...

  • Bolivia: Improving the Race

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- One arm balanced my chubby baby on my hip. The other flagged down a taxi. I crawled in and adjusted my cooing bundle on my lap. The taxi driver started in with the usual round of questions that most Bolivians have for this blue-eyed lady....

  • Peru: An election countdown to change and social unrest

    By M. Isabel Guerra LatinaLista LIMA, PERU -- June 5th is the scheduled date for the second round of voting in Peru's presidential elections. Polls indicate that the percentage of distance between the two candidates, Keiko Fujimori (Fuerza 2011) and Ollanta Humala (Gana Peru) has increased a bit, breaking their previous virtual...

  • Bolivia: Teaching children to move beyond asking to be pitied towards showing compassion

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Pity is the lazy cousin of compassion. A small girl sits on a swing. Not a week has passed since she was removed from an abusive situation and put in the orphanage. Her feet are covered in sores. She must be carried from place...

  • Guatemala: Massacre of defenseless farmers leaves nation shaken

    By Mayra Beltrán de Daetz LatinaLista.net GUATEMALA -- The front pages of all the newspapers in Guatemala on May 16, 2011, carried news about the murders of at least 29 farmers. The horrendous crime happened on a farm named Los Cocos, in La Libertad, Petén. According to investigators from the Public Ministry,...

  • Mexico: True social revolution comes with knowing how to use the Internet

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO: I have a teenage daugther. Of course, she feels she is invincible. She doesn't need mom's protection any more; she can make the world spin around. I, on the other hand, look around in search for answers to my many questions: What should I do? How do...

  • Brazil: Obama’s visit shows the world Brazil is ready for 21st Century

    By Edy Bestle LatinaLista SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- In March, the whole of the country was ready for President Obama, his family and his entourage´s visit to Brazil. The schedule was slightly changed due to security matters and the bad weather; however, the visit was a success. People in Brasília - Brazil´s...

  • Bolivia: 132 years later feels like yesterday for a nation grieving a war lost and a seaport taken

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- How heavy is a grudge? The burden of loss passed down through generations weighs heavy on loyal hearts. At Bolivia's birth as a nation, the people enjoyed a coast line. Trouble arose some 54 years later when that shore was lost during the War...

  • U.S.A.: On her own: One young Latina strives for college success

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista I grew up middle-class, like almost every other Mexican-American in the Texas Valley. I was fed because the government would help us with food stamps, I was healthy because the government would help us with Medicaid and I finished high school because public schools are free -- and I...

  • USA: Chicago could be the dry run for how Latinos are politically courted

    By Debbie Gordils LatinaLista CHICAGO -- During Chicago's November general election, no candidate received the majority or 50 percent plus one vote. As a result, special run-off elections will be held on April 5th with early voting beginning March 31st. Of the 53 offices that were in the general election, 14 failed...

  • Peru: Same-sex marriage an issue in upcoming presidential elections

    By Isabel Guerra LatinaLista LIMA, PERU -- The issue of same-sex marriage has recently become a part of the political platforms of presidential candidates in Peru. Foreseeing upcoming Presidential elections, to be held on April 10th, candidates are using the situation to define their positions on the issue. While former President Alejandro Toledo confirms...

  • Brazil: Sao Paulo’s unique tie to Japan makes tragedy personal

    By Edy Bestle LatinaLista SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- Like thousands around the world, I saw on TV the horrible scenes of the devastation in Japan, as a result of an earthquake and the tsunami. As some of you might know, the largest Japanese community outside of Japan is located here in Brasil....

  • Puerto Rico: The world shows solidarity with University of Puerto Rico Students

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista   SAN JUAN -- Today, 16 cities around the globe will show support for the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) students who are still fighting for lower education costs and maintaining academic programs. Besides showing international support to the Puerto Rican youth, the World Solidarity Day with...

  • USA: Waiting to see if Chicago’s new mayor is friend or foe to Latinos

    By Debbie Gordils LatinaLista CHICAGO, USA -- What a week in Chicago! The former White House Chief of Staff of the United States came home to Chicago and won the mayoral seat with less than 42% of the vote, a feat not accomplished in close to 100 years. I wish that as...

  • Bolivia: Rations a part of life

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Dotted along every major thoroughfare, vendors set up tarps to sell their wares. When I drove by a long line of people, shopping bags in hand, I was curious what wonderful product was being offered. As I peered under the covered bed of the...

  • USA: Latina candidate not discouraged by “dirty” politics

    By Debbie Gordils LatinaLista CHICAGO, USA -- Living in Chicago and being Hispanic, makes for an interesting backdrop to Chicago-style politics. In the last 8 years since I became involved, I have run for office twice -- in 2003 for 33rd Ward Alderman against Richard Mell and again in the 2009 special...

  • TEDWomen: The world now knows Bolivian women have ideas worth sharing

    By Jacqueline Patiño LatinaLista.net In December 2010, a special conference for women was held in Washington DC. It was titled TEDWomen: Reshaping the Future. The conference was unprecedented in how many women from around the world and from all walks of life converged together to learn from one another, get to know...

  • Brazil: Nature’s revenge brings out the best in Brazilians

    By Edy Bestle LatinaLista.net SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- People have been hearing and seeing things about the floods in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. This natural accident or Nature´s revenge caught us all by surprise. Although heavy rains are expected from January to March every year, it seems that we are...

  • Honduras: As Human Rights Violations Go Unpunished, “Feminists in Resistance” Fight for Justice

    By Silvia Viñas LatinaLista HONDURAS -- On June 28, 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted through a coup d'état. The Americas Policy Program reports that just two months after the coup "over 400 cases of violations of the human rights of women were registered." The report goes...

  • Bolivia: Christmas at The House of Dreams

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- They hear our truck roll up. Even before we can knock on the door the children are calling out our names and peeking through the gate to get a glimpse of what we have brought. It is Christmas Eve. This is the first year that...