• USA: For World No Tobacco Day, Stop Exposing Others to Dangerous Smoke

    By Amelie Ramirez, Dr. PH U.S.A. -- May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. It's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the effects of smoking and the opportunities to quit smoking, especially among Latinos. For every one person that dies from a tobacco-related cause, there are 20 more people who are suffering...

  • Puerto Rico: UPR Administration Closes Campus for Semester

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- There will not be anymore wake-ups at 5 a.m. Neither will the early morning search for a parking space around the campus will be much of a problem. The Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico will be entirely...

  • Puerto Rico: Celebrities and organizations unite with UPR students and call for National Strike

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- The time for separate protests is over. At least, that's the sentiment that the University of Puerto Rico Workers' Syndicate, the Puerto Rican Worker's Federation and the Teacher's Federation have expressed. The three organizations have called for a national strike of...

  • Puerto Rico: Student strike update

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- Tomorrow, April 13, the students will hold an assembly at a site that has yet to be determined. The students had petitioned to hold the assembly in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum but the city's administration denied the request. As of today,...

  • Mexico: What about our kids?

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO CITY -- A couple of days ago, I was talking with a friend about old times. When we were kids, we played on the streets in Chihuahua. Last week, he was at a neighbor's funeral. This guy lived near where we played. Now, the violence there took...

  • Puerto Rico: Striking students wait to see if their voices were heard

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- When you see that after five days of student strikes that the main gates of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Rio Piedras Campus, are still closed, you sense something's definitely wrong. Moreover, when you see your classmates sleeping in tents...

  • Puerto Rico: Student strike indefinitely closes University of Puerto Rico campus

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- Pepper gas, pushes and shoves were today´s dawn prescription for campus guards and students at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. What began as a peaceful 48-hour strike became a confrontation between administrative forces and civil resistance at 5:50...

  • Puerto Rico: Ongoing story: Professors may join student strike at UPR

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN -- After opting for a 48-hour strike starting Wednesday, April 21, student members of the Negotiation Committee of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Rio Piedras Campus, stood outside the Botanical Garden this morning when the UPR President, José Ramón de la Torre, didn't...

  • Puerto Rico: University students find themselves challenging the administration and government at the same time

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN -- Empty halls and closed classrooms greeted the Humanities and Social Studies students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Rio Piedras Campus. The University of Puerto Rico is most prestigious educational institution on the Island, and the only one that is maintained by the...

  • Peru: Holy Week in Peru — a time for religion and recreation

    By Isabel Guerra LatinaLista Peru, a country that has been through 300 years of Spanish Viceroyalty, is still, despite the advances of other religions and cults, a Catholic country. Spanish conquistadores set foot on current Peru's territories in 1532, and imposed Catholicism by force on the native Peruvians, who adopted the Catholic...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • USA: A way out for undocumented victims of domestic violence

    By Almudena Toral LatinaLista NEW YORK CITY -- Graciela Beines is a survivor. She arrived in the United States from Argentina 10 years ago. She was undocumented, unmarried, had no children in the country and barely spoke English. In 2002, Beines, 50, was victim of brutal domestic violence. Many undocumented women like...

  • 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...

  • 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...