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Guest Voz: How one film’s international win shines hope in a country feeling hopeless

Guest Voz: How one film’s international win shines hope in a country feeling hopeless

By Jennifer Barreto-Leyva LatinaLista CARACAS — For Venezuelans, going to the movies is now as much a source of national pride as international Venezuelan beauty queens or baseball. The reason is because of the film Azul y no Tan Rosa (Blue and Not So Pink) — the first Venezuelan film to win a Goya at


A business that ‘flips’ the rainforest in order to preserve it

LatinaLista — In the ultimate example of real estate flipping, where investors buy neglected property to ‘flip’ — remodel and resell at a higher price — two Southern California entrepreneurs working in Panama decided to buy perhaps what is becoming the most neglected property in the Americas, and instead of flipping it or reselling it

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Guest Voz: For American Farmworkers, ‘Guest Workers’ Proposal is Not Immigration Reform

By Michael G. Harpold Latina Lista In the State of the Union speech, President Obama said, “Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.” Who would disagree, I thought. And then, I remembered farmworkers. Fifty years ago, César Chavez fought to lift farmworkers out


Young girl’s love of Costa Rica’s rainforest wildlife turns into a lifesaving mission

By Deborah Charnes LatinaLista Jennifer Rice was living in Connecticut with her three-year-old daughter, when her husband passed away after a heart attack. Feeling lost and alone, she ended up traveling around the world with her toddler. After visiting countless countries and climates and cultures, she ended up in Costa Rica. “I searched around the