• Colombia: ¡It’s time to change!

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo LatinaLista There’s a proverb that says “nobody is a prophet in their own land,” but this expression doesn’t relate to Juanes, the Colombian Grammy-award winning singer. More than 140,000 people sang his songs on December 19, 2008 in his birthplace of Medellin when Juanes staged a free concert...

  • Colombia: Pyramid money scams fall down and take people’s savings

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo LatinaLista COLOMBIA:In Colombia, there are pyramids but they weren’t built by the Chibchas or natives. The discovered pyramids are financial pyramids. Because of them, the country is in shock — from the President and every government minister to all the citizens. The pyramids are non-legal organizations that receive...

  • U.S.A.: Get Out the Vote!!! Every vote counts…seriously.

    By Lauri USA — This election is critical for everyone. Just the other day I was catching up with an old friend, when she told me she wasn’t voting this election. I was in shock, I asked her why. She said, “I just don’t know enough about the two parties.” I sat...

  • Chile: Obama is a person who sees opportunities and possibilities in the world, rather than threats

    By Arttemisa CHILE: In Chile, there’s little coverage in the on-air broadcast news programs about the North American presidential elections. I believe the editors of these segments are more focused on local matters, without leaving behind the most relevant news of international nature, being the U.S. elections not among them. However, I...

  • Guatemala: We depend on the USA to conduct a good election

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA: We all know that USA is one of the world-power nations and that the Latin American countries all depend on its stability to continue growing, or at least to maintain a certain stability in our economy. Some in Guatemala are indifferent if one or the other...

  • U.S.A.: Generational differences among Cuban-Americans exist when it comes to thinking about Cuba

    By Lauri USA — So the other day some friends and I went to the Cuba USA soccer game here in Washington. I was very excited to see the Cuban national team come to play the United States. It’s not like soccer is the national sport, we all know baseball is. Nevertheless,...

  • Chile: Don’t forget the Pap test

    By Arttemisa CHILE:Once a year, a check-up is required of all automobiles to comply with the law. There are other reviews that exist which are done according to conscience, nothing requires them and no law obliges us to do them in order to function, just our responsibility is what motivates us to...

  • Colombia: A tribute to BIT Women — Helping women to believe in their own leadership

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: ¡This is a tribute to my friends, to my women!   Here in Colombia, the expression “BIT Women,” is a fashionable way to describe a woman who is an achiever, intelligent and a multi-tasker. (In Spanish the acronym stands for: Berraca, Inteligente y Todera). I have discovered...

  • Peru: Students protest government’s decision to stop granting art degrees

    By Janett Chavarry Garcia In my country, half of the young people live in the capital, Lima. These people are traveling around the city looking for a special way to live. Some of them study, work, combine both together and they always think, and I think the same — that the government...

  • Colombia: Where is the value of truth in our politics of State?

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: When I was a child, my grandmother used to say to me that “the most important thing is to tell the truth.” Now, that I’m an adult and a citizen (voter), I observe with uneasiness how, in the world, the truth is an object that the powerful...

  • Latina Lista links Latinas from south of the border

    LatinaLista — Visitors to Latina Lista know that this section of the site is all about my perspectives. But everyone should know that all Latinas, wherever they live, have a perspective to share. I’ve tried to do my small part in finding those Latinas who live south of the border, and who...

  • Argentina: A grass-roots radio station that keeps the mentally ill in touch with outside world underscores who are the real crazies

    By Ana Maria Hanssen ARGENTINA: These days in Argentina, the news headlines involve the government and the farmers. Since March, all we hear and read about is the taxes that Cristina Kirchner’s government wants to keep applying to the crops and meat producers and their determination to not accept her impositions. Protests...

  • Colombia: Marching for freedom until FARC disappears

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: Their low steps advanced between the crowds. The yell of ¡Freedom and No More FARC! rung from their throats. The children don’t understand about the causes of Colombia’s conflict but do understand how the war, lies and kidnappings anguish our country and boils our blood, their blood....

  • Chile: We should take advantage of our opportunities to make the world a happier place

    By Arttemisa CHILE:This morning while I was with a group of friends whom I blog with at, Mujeres Chilenas de 30, I reflected upon the responsibility we have as bloggers because of the power that some of our posts have in changing people and making other women’s lives different. Violence is a...

  • Colombia: The most vulnerable in Latin America deserve equal opportunities

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: Ofelia is the name of my wheelchair. It stands in stark contrast with the worn-out wheelchairs of the salespeople’s wheelchairs that enter the building where my new job is located. These are the people who sell the lottery tickets. They are the vulnerable of the most vulnerable....

  • Peru: Women workers need greater recognition and responsibility in Peru

    By Janett Chavarry Garcia PERU:During this month, I have been traveling to different places around my country, Perú. Throughout my entire journey I was left in awe of the huge efforts, creativity and sacrifice of women who work day-to-day to earn money. In my journey to three different cities, I saw special...

  • Guatemala: The violence in Guatemala sends a clear message: No One Is Safe

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA: Guatemala is living through a series of events forcing us all to face the issue of insecurity. So much so, that it has caused Guatemalans to think deeply about it and say, “And now…what else can happen?” A morning headline appears in the first edition of...

  • Argentina: Passionate Protests in Argentina Keep the Spark of Democracy Alive

    By Ana Maria Hanssen ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires is going through the unimaginable; there’s no meat, anywhere. This quite possibly could be one of the worst moments in history to be a visitor. Protests, chaos, a bouncing dollar and even the risk of having something stolen could seem folkloric to those tourists looking...

  • Colombia: Peace Without Borders is Music to the Ears

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA:This past March 16 at Simon Bolivar, the international bridge between the Colombian and Venezuelan borders, seven peace ambassadors and 60,000 people gathered together in a reaffirmation of brotherhood. The occasion was a peace concert. Juanes, the Colombian singer, born in Antioquia, and who is an active leader...

  • Colombia: Solitude is a Relic of Latin America’s Past

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: Poets, from here and others lands, have dedicated an infinity of verses to our landscapes. The happiness of our rhythms resound in the Caribbean music’s absolute happiness, but it is also expressed in the nostalgia of the tango. Dois Candangos monument in Brasilia, Brazil (Source: theodora.com) Latin...

  • Canada: Feminism: A Concept to be Celebrated not Feared

    By Maria Luisa Grimaldi CANADA:Since the word feminism entered our vocabulary, in my opinion, it has continued to create controversy between men and women. (Source: wethewomen.org) It has many supporters and critics. It is a word that stirs emotions and apparently illustrates that prejudices do not die. Yet, what is its unpardonable...

  • Peru: Peru’s Future: A Route Hard to Predict

    By Janett Chavarry Garcia PERU:Since the new Peruvian government took office, some Peruvians have been asking what route will Peru follow. As it is, the economy is growing, more businesses are netting profits, we signed the Free Trade Agreement (TLC) with the United States that will benefit our agriculture and export sectors,...

  • Argentina: No Change in Argentina: A shortage of coins leaves people counting their dinero

    By Ana Maria Hanssen ARGENTINA: I went to buy some groceries today at a nearby store and they gave me bananas as change. “How many do you want? You have 1 peso left.” “Don’t you have any coins?” I asked. “No, no coins,” said the Korean guy. I needed some real money...

  • Colombia: On February 4, the world shouted ¡Colombia is me!

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA:Every one of the t-shirts worn by the people read, “Colombia is me.” February 4 will be forever remembered as a day that everybody in Colombia and around the World shouted: ¡Freedom, No More FARC! A sea of marchers in Colombia take to the streets on February 4...

  • Guatemala: What Does the Future Hold in 2008 for My Deported Paisanos?

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA: Last year, Guatemala received about 185,000 Guatemalans who were living in the United States illegally and deported by the U.S. government. In January 2008, 1,500 Guatemalans were deported from the United States. Apparently, there is no possibility that the Congress of the USA will return to...