• USA: Former undocumented student shows what happens when DREAMS are realized

    By Mariana D. Zamboni LatinaLista USA -- Just three years ago, my friends and I gathered a compilation of different stories of undocumented immigrant students and titled it, "Underground Undergrounds: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out." Three years later, I stand amazed at their overt activism for they, we, are no longer...

  • Puerto Rico: Police attack protesting University of Puerto Rico students

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- Seven days after students from five of the eleven campuses of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) declared an official strike, the state police intervened. On Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, police used tear gas, taser guns and batons against almost 100 students...

  • USA: The Senate Must Pass DREAM Act

    By Maria Pesqueira LatinaLista USA -- As an immigrant brought to this country at a young age myself, I can relate to the stories of young men and women who desire better opportunities for themselves and for this country. I can remember being brought to this country from Guanajuato, Mexico at the...

  • Bolivia: Protecting freedom of religion is on President’s agenda

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Honoring the Pachamama in the nation has been one of the President's priorities since the beginning of his term. President Evo Morales gave his inaugural speech at a sacred religious site called Tiwanaku. He continues to place importance on the issue of freedom of religion....

  • Puerto Rico: House legislator resigns in disgrace

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista PUERTO RICO -- Representative Ivan Rodriguez Traverzo resigned Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 after being the subject of expulsion by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives. His decision came on judgment day -- his legislative judgment day. The House was already in session at 1 p.m. to settle the...

  • Venezuela: A transgender candidate’s run for Supreme Court challenges culture of intolerance

    By Jennifer Barreto-Leyva LatinaLista CARACAS -- Venezuela is making history with the very first transgender candidate who has applied to be a member of the Supreme Court. Her name is Tamara Adrian, and she exemplifies what it means to be a human being, for several reasons. I wanted to let Tamara tell...

  • Guatemala: A new currency honors the masters of marimba

    By Mayra Beltrán de Daetz LatinaLista GUATEMALA -- As almost everyone knows, the official currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal. I would like to do a small review of Guatemala currencies. At the moment, the currency in cents are: one, five, ten, twenty-five, fifty and one quetzal, all in circulation. The coins...

  • Mexico: A nation mourns for lives lost and a country under siege by corruption and violence

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO: It's raining again... in October. Heaven is crying. During the last week of October 2010, the worst loss of life this year in Mexico occurred -- 48 young mexicans died in events related to drug traffic. Multiple victims of Juarez drug violence await burial. Yes, 48 families...

  • USA: Making Latinos the boogeyman of the 2010 midterm elections

    By Mary Moreno LatinaLista USA -- In Louisiana, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and across the country, politicians in heated races have turned to vilifying immigrants and Latinos to appeal to their white base. Some, like Sharron Angle, have tried to create distance between the immigrants their ads say are out to destroy everything...

  • Bolivia: The Adoption Culture — One of hope and frustration

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Ages ago in the United States children were shipped long distances on trains in order to be adopted. Many of them grew up as little more than servants in the homes of their patrons. This was a dark time for the States. As the economy...

  • Puerto Rico: A personal mission creates a new life experience for student journalist

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- The tourist guide never mentioned the humid hot air of Istanbul, Turkey. It made a difference when stepping out of the Ankara airport after 34 hours by air from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the 2010 World Youth Congress hosted by the city of...

  • Puerto Rico: Istanbul felt the Puerto Rican Rhythm

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- Probably, people heard them singing or talking out loud in the commons areas after midnight. Or they saw them dancing a couple of salsa steps in almost every corner of the Yildiz University Technical Campus in Istanbul, Turkey, without any particular reason. Either way,...

  • Peru: Country’s international food festival showcases Peru’s “kitchen artists”

    By Isabel Guerra LatinaLista LIMA, PERU -- Lima, the Peruvian capital, is currently hosting the third edition of what has become known as "The Event." It's official name is "Mistura 2010: The Third International Gastronomic Fair of Lima" and it takes just one word to describe what it's all about -- food....

  • Bolivia: Feet and pedal power fuel Pedestrian Day

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Imagine a smog-free world. The sky becomes bluer. The grass becomes greener. The air is finally breathable once again. That is the goal of the annual Pedestrian Day in Cochabamba, Bolivia. On the first Sunday of September every year this city of 800,000 people nestled...

  • Venezuela: A Latino Switzerland?

    By Jennifer Barreto-Leyva LatinaLista VENEZUELA: "The Guardians of Chávez" is the name of a very controversial documentary produced and made by Spanish journalist Jon Sistaga, who also covered the American invasion of Baghdad and is ranked by Gallup as one of the ten journalists in Spain with the most credibility. This documentary...

  • Mexico: The Other Side of the Fight

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO: I think if everything looks terrible for us here, it should be worse reading it in US newspapers!! Well, 200 years ago we were in war for independence. 100 years ago we were in another war. The revolution now is against the narcos!!! But let me show...

  • Guatemala: My country is not just about soccer

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz LatinaLista GUATEMALA -- As you may know, July 18 was the start of the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in the city of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Guatemala sent 411 athletes, the largest athletic delegation in history. This number of delegates illustrates that Guatemala values many other...

  • Puerto Rico: Ten university students on the road to Istanbul for World Youth Congress

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berríos LatinaLista PUERTO RICO -- From July 31st until August 13th, ten university students will serve as Puerto Rico's delegates to the 5th World Youth Congress (WYC) in Istanbul, Turkey. The delegation will attend workshops, conferences and also play a crucial role in action projects under the categories of...

  • U.S.-Mexico: 2010 a Banner Year for Mexico – A country that still holds wonder

    By Deborah Charnes Vallejo PUEBLA -- Mexico has long been a magnet for tourists from Canada and the United States. The coastal resorts seem to always be flooded with the vacationers, even in slow seasons. Over the years there has been an increase in direct flights and charters to the Mexican Riviera,...

  • Guatemala: Carlos Castresana: ” I cannot do anything more for Guatemala”

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA CITY -- Carlos Castresana Fernandez, Director of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG by its acronym in Spanish), resigned his position on June 7, 2010. What motivated his resignation? Threats and the systematic attacks by groups belonging to organized crime. Castresana took the position...

  • Puerto Rico: Media fights for the right to preserve Freedom of the Press

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista  SAN JUAN -- More than ten media outlets and organizations have pledged to defend their constitutional right to freedom of the press after the unprecedented closure for two days of the Senate floor to reporters and the general public. Newspapers such as El Nuevo Dia, Primera Hora,...

  • Puerto Rico: Human trafficking not recognized as a crime on island

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios   SAN JUAN -- He sold drugs and robbed people of their social security checks. He dropped out of school after earning from $80 to $120 dollars a day -- as a victim of human trafficking. The problem was he didn't even know he was a victim. How...

  • U.S.-Peru: Sharing a meal creates a lasting souvenir

    By Deborah Charnes Vallejo PERU -- Sometimes, the best travel souvenirs are not what you buy or what you visit, but rather, the people you meet and the experiences you share. With three hours to kill, I went to eat lunch at an informal oceanfront café in a small town four hours south...

  • Cuba: The “Cuban Dream” includes squatter’s rights

    By Sandra Vigil Fonseca   HAVANA -- I arrive at my flat. There is my mom, who is old, and then here is July, her niece. She has 3 kids and is pregnant again. I leave my keys, which I don't want to lose, in a small pot. I need water. It's...

  • Guatemala: Suffering and loss from Guatemala’s natural catastrophes linger on

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA CITY -- Everything began Wednesday, May 26, 2010, about three in the afternoon. That's when many in Guatemala City first felt a frightening tremor. This tremor wasn't the same which we customarily feel. Most of the time, it feels like a swing. This could be felt...