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  • Latina Cubicle Confidential™ — From Combat to Cubicle—Transitioning to Civilian Life

    By Dr. Maria G. Hernandez Latina Cubicle Confidential™ Are you returning home from your tour of duty? Between 2011 and 2016, the US Veterans Administration estimates that roughly 1 million men and women in the armed services will return to civilian life as their tour of duty ends. Currently there are 1.2...

  • Guest Voz: (Ret.) Ambassador Antonio Garza — Mexico promises high stakes but big opportunities for the U.S.

    By Antonio Garza, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) LatinaLista This week's meeting between Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto brings...

  • Climate Denial Seeps Into Our Schools

    By Ronnie Citron-Fink Mom's Clean Air Force The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a targeted plan regarding what your child learns about climate change. ALEC pushes anti-science bills that mandate teaching climate denial or “skepticism” in public schools. ALEC is a “corporate bill mill” — written by, and for corporate lobbyists...

  • New digital tool helps the world keep track of attacks on Mexican journalists and bloggers

    LatinaLista — While the number of how many Mexican journalists who have been assassinated by drug cartels isn't exactly known — the number ranges from 70 upwards — one thing is certain — Mexican journalists have become prime targets for cartel violence. It has gotten so bad that aside from several journalists...

  • Guest Voz: The Texas Recipe for Muting the Hispanic Voice in Public Opinion Polls

    By Dr. Edward Rincón The Culture of Research If you are a tax-paying Texas resident, should your opinion matter in decisions related to publicly-funded programs or services in Texas? Of course, you may say, the opinions of all Texas residents are important. But one Texas state agency thinks that it is acceptable...

  • Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador to collaborate on joint visa system

    By Manuel Vigo Peru This Week (Photo: El Comercio/Reference) This week the governments of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia agreed to collaborate on the implementation of a new joint smart visa system, El Comercio reported. The agreement was signed at the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Summit, on...

  • States of Spanish: Why the U.S. has its own, recognized variety of Spanish

    By Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau Language Magazine Ten years ago, it was still common in the U.S. to hear Spanish described as a “foreign” language. But those days are over. Hispanic scholars and language teachers are now witnessing the rise of an authentic U.S. variety of Spanish. The shift really got...

  • Bus ConCiencia brings rural Chilean schoolchildren fun experiments to trigger their interest in science

    LatinaLista — Getting more kids interested in science and math or curious about the world around them is not solely a problem of the U.S. Practically every major country in the world is facing the same dilemma of not having enough of their next generation pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and medical) careers....

  • Steps for Creating Culture of ‘Active Living’ in a Latino City

    SaludToday Physical activity is increasingly recognized as a critical way to prevent obesity, chronic disease and other serious health issues. But nationally, only 1 in 4 adults meet physical activity guidelines. Even fewer youths do. A local volunteer group is trying to change that in San Antonio, a Texas city whose residents,...

  • Poll shows Central America regards U.S. highly

    By Ezra Fieser Infosurhoy.com Hondurans and Salvadorans have the most favorable opinion of the U.S. at 88% and 85%, respectively. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – When U.S. President Barack Obama visits Central America next month, he will find a region that holds his country in high esteem. The United States is one...

  • Civil Rights in Communications – A Movement Still in Motion

    By Jacqueline Clary Broadband & Social Justice A common question civil rights practitioners receive is: “Why?” In an era where a Supreme Court Justice is comfortable talking about the continuation of the Voting Rights Act as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” and mainstream America is eager to chalk up racial discrimination as...

  • Guest Voz: Watching America — through the eyes of young immigrants

    By Claire O'Brien Eléctrica in the Desert Two very small girls waited for a 4th of July parade in a small Midwestern city a few years ago. The city's economy is based upon a large, fluid workforce from throughout Central America - a majority of them Mexican - and an industry which...

  • Urban Gardeners in Buenos Aires Seek Solutions to Hunger and Poverty on Earth Day

    By Ivonne Jeannot Laens Global Press Institute As the world celebrates Earth Day, urban gardeners take advantage of limited spaces in Buenos Aires to grow and exchange their own vegetables rather than buying them. One urban gardener has tallied 1,500 fruit trees in the city from which many people, including the homeless,...

  • Guest Voz: Why AP dropped the “illegal” word

    By Eduardo Stanley LatinaLista On April 2, 2013, the Associated Press (AP), perhaps the biggest news agency in the world, announced it would no longer use the word “illegal” when referring to immigrants without legal residence or working permits. The announcement was made by Kathleen Carroll, Vice President and Executive Editor of...

  • Colombia no longer on human rights ‘blacklist’

    By Johnny Crisp Colombia Reports The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday ratified its 2012 decision to remove Colombia from its human rights "black list." This is the first time in over a decade that Colombia has not been included in Chapter IV of the report, which is known as the...

  • Let go of suffering: 5 daily practices

    By Sandra Guzman The New Latina's Bible This karmic cleanse is a like weeding a garden, except in this case, you are not toiling soil, but weeding your soul. It all starts with the work we do within--clearing out spaces so that we can grow and harvest goodness. Going in and checking...

  • The Border Book Festival at the Casa Camino Real

    Condor Musings I first experienced Denise Chávez at a fabulous Port Townsend Writers Conference directed by Cristina Garcia. Although I’m a huge supporter of Centrum and the Port Townsend Writers Conference, and I live only a ferry ride and an hour’s drive away, I have not been able to attend another conference...

  • New report reveals Latin American citizens not shy about taking to the streets to demand better quality of life

    LatinaLista — A good hint at how civically involved undocumented immigrants from Latin America will be in US politics once they gain citizenship can be found in a new United Nations' report Understanding Social Conflict in Latin America. In 2011, in EL Alto, Bolivia, residents protested against the...

  • As FAFSA Deadlines Approach, New Tool Helps Students with Immigrant Parents

    By Divya Raghavan NerdScholar As the last FAFSA deadlines approach, students with unusual family circumstances struggle to complete their applications to help fund their college degree. Some may have lived outside their home on their own, some may have LGBT parents, and some have to deal with tricky immigration statuses. In response,...

  • Florida Scholarship Changes Could Hurt Latino Students

    By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat A Florida scholarship program known as Bright Futures may soon no longer have such a sunny reputation. Recently announced eligibility requirement changes mean that significantly fewer Latino and black students will qualify for assistance. The required minimum GPA of 3.0 will remain the same. State...

  • Gallup poll finds Venezuelans torn between loyalty for Chavez and reality of the state of the country

    LatinaLista — Though the former president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, enjoyed high approval ratings before his recent death, many Venezuelans feel he left the country in worst shape than ever, according to a new Gallup Poll. His legacy and its effect on Sunday's elections were the premise of Gallup's special report on...

  • Guest Voz: In the political cycle the “young grow old” and forgetfulness sets in

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Rank and file Democrats are desperate for a turnaround of their political fortunes, and an end of the Robber Baron era -- so much so that they see the recent elections as their deliverance. For them, the last presidential election was a sign that the country is...

  • Study: Latinos get online via mobile and in English

    By Elaine Rita Mendus Más Wired Educated, middle class Latinos are embracing tech, English is not the dominant language Latinos use while engaging with social media and elderly Latinos who speak Spanish don't have access to the Internet, according to a new study from the Pew Center. A data set released by...

  • Peru hosts the world’s only choreographed race where no one cares about winning

    LatinaLista — Two of the most popular activities for women — dancing and running — have been combined in an unique event in Lima, Peru dubbed the 2K Evolution. Participants dance their way to the finish line of world's first choreographed race in Lima, Peru. Sponsored by KOTEX,...

  • Guest Voz: The Voting Rights Act Becomes More Vital By the Day

    By Andrew Cohen Brennan Center for Justice The law may sometimes lie in suspended animation — like it is now, today over voting rights — but politics always moves relentlessly ahead. So while the justices of the United States Supreme Court contemplate the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,...