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Harvard Professor Huntington is looking under the wrong bed for the
By Patrick Osio, Jr.
How unfortunate it is to have Samuel P. Huntington, a now defrocked but
formerly renowned Harvard professor, betray his lofty academic credentials to
espouse his personal biases using facts contrary to evidence, suppositions used by
white supremacists and fictionalizing historical accounts. As the Miami Herald
put it, "Racist in America must be having a field day. At long last they have
found a world-renowned intellectual to rationalize their resentment against
America's rapidly growing Hispanic community."
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Bashing Immigrants Academically?
By Domenico Maceri
Although America is a land of immigrants, the relationship between those who
have just arrived and those who have been here a long time has never been
easy. The myth is that America welcomes immigrants. The reality is that in
difficult times, immigrants are blamed for many of the country's ills…It has happened
in the past. And it continues to this day. The ethnicity may have changed but
the feelings toward immigrants repeat those of the past.
March 11th, 2004, Madrid: Shades of Guernica
By Luis Tijerina
In 1937, when the Basque campaign by Generalisimo Franco began in earnest,
little would historians and scholars of Spanish history realize how his campaign
of terror against the Basque people would come full circle on March 11, 2004,
with the killing of over 200 Spanish citizens. But beyond the human carnage,
beyond the sorrow of relatives and friends of these citizens who died in this
act of political terror, was the 'double game' or domestic political duplicity
that would affect the national elections…
Where Have You Gone, Cruz Bustamante
By Carl J. Luna
California Democrats have a serious problem- they've become a party without a
leader. With Davis out, Bustamante down and a weak bench, Democrats go into
the November general elections General-less.
¡Si...! Something must be done!
By Ricardo Castañón
An investigation conducted by The Associated Press, compared safety
statistics among various ethnic groups. Justin Pritchard (AP) reports that the study
covered from 1996 through 2002 and based its findings on data from the US Bureau
of labor statistics. The annual death rate for Mexican workers was found to
be -one in 16,000- while the average US born worker was -one in 28,000. Our
brothers are more likely to be killed than other workers doing similar work. Kids
in their teens get buried in ditches at construction sites or in the fields.
Others get torn apart by heavy equipment -it is gruesome.
A Culture with Rhythm and Good Food
By Domingo Ivan Casañas
I have been a proud United States Citizen for over 30 years now. I still
remember when I arrived from Cuba with my family. To this date people will ask me
how I got my blue eyes, and fair skin. This people are Hispanics as well as
Anglos. I am also given hot sauce to put on my food, because some people think
that Hispanics means Mexican. I bring this up because our History classes are
not doing a good enough job on the difference of cultures when it comes to
Latinos and Educational Reform in the United States (Part 2)
By Manuel Hernández
A student must be much more than a student and become a disciple. The
denotative meanings are similar, but the connotations of one and the other are far
apart. A student is bond to a classroom, one school and several teachers. The
disciple receives an intensive impartation from one or few teachers in a
The System is Broken
By Richard Baldwin
Television watchers in México have had a real treat recently in watching
opposition party members in films taking suitcases of what appears to be bribe
money. This may be a sinister plot to discredit a political party by their
rivals, or it might be real. But it sure is entertaining. One comes to the
conclusion that our next federal election will be a nasty one because it is still three
COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
What is it about MEChA?
The nationwide attacks against MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de
Aztlan) by the extreme right wing have escalated to extremely disturbing levels.
For example, tens of thousands of dollars are now being funneled by hate-radio
aficionados to target the UCLA chapter…
By Dan Glaister
(sic)…A decade on, and Huntington has another theory. In May his new book,
Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity, will be published. It
is clear who the "we" of the title are: Americans, principally white
Americans, the dominant majority, glorying in Old Glory, basking in the heritage of
the Founding Fathers and the superiority of white, Protestant culture.
Latinos, Cowboys, and Samuel P. Huntington: A Community Responds to 'The
By Mary Jo McConahay
Is America losing its traditional values and character in the face of a tidal
wave of Latino immigrants? Some Latinos say they don't know whether to laugh
or to cry at the eruption of debate over Samuel P. Huntington's new argument,
which is the talk of campuses, chat rooms and business offices.
Professor's essay fuels immigration debate
By Rick Badie
Manuel Dominguez grew up in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a border town that
straddles the culture of two nations…Today, Dominguez runs a computer business out of
his Lawrenceville home. He and his wife, Ana, have a 4-year-old son who shifts
between English and Spanish during family conversation…They live a bilingual,
bicultural existence, a mixture of Latin roots and American aspirations.
By Joseph Contreras
In his provocative 1996 book "The Clash of Civilizations," Samuel P.
Huntington argued that culture would replace ideology as the principal cause of
conflict in the 21st century. The Harvard professor foresaw a collision of "Western
arrogance, Islamic intolerance and [Chinese] assertiveness" that would
dominate global politics in the post-cold-war era. In his new book, "Who Are We? The
Challenges to America's National Identity," the conservative Cassandra looks
at American society through that same cultural prism and discerns an internal
clash of civilizations: the new war is between the country's white majority and
its burgeoning Hispanic population.
GOP Nativists Tarnish Reagan's 'Shining City'
By JASON L. RILEY
Just what is it about immigration that makes so many conservatives lose their
bearings?.. Broach the subject, as President Bush did in January with his
guest-worker initiative for illegal aliens, and free-market advocates start
forgetting principles. (Flexible labor markets? What use are those?) Self-styled
realists start fantasizing. (Let's just deport all 10 million of 'em,
Elian-style!) And colorblind sensibilities are suspended. (White hegemony, where have
you gone?) Suggest that immigration, legal or otherwise, not only is in the
American tradition but a net benefit to our economy besides, and watch the editors
at National Review and the pseudo-populists at Fox News come unhinged.
Mexican immigration is different from past mass migrations
By Jorge Castañeda
In his recently published book excerpt on Hispanic, and particularly Mexican,
immigration to the United States, Samuel Huntington reveals a serious concern
for his country along with a deep affection for it. I understand this
affection and have the same love for my country. He also foresees a divided America,
with two cultures and two languages. This apprehension can't be dismissed or
Bush's immigration piñata is fragile
By Denise Dresser
President Bush's immigration policy is a big piñata hanging across the border
between Mexico and the United States. For some immigrants, the piñata is
shaped like a star to guide them across the Rio Grande to work in the Promised
Land. For others, it resembles a devil, offering the tantalizing prospect of
legal jobs in the United States, only to discover that this is a mirage.
In race for international students, US erects hurdles and loses out
By Philip G. Altbach
An accumulation of little things can add up to a major change. Before our
very eyes, the United States is losing its central role as the preferred
destination for students and scholars from all over the world. Its role as the most
influential higher education system may be in jeopardy.
Jason Mattera and The Whites Only Scholarships Fund
By Andrew R. Holguin
A student at Roger Williams University named Jason Mattera, 20, has been in
the press recently because he is the President of the Young Republicans Club on
campus and the club is offering a scholarship for which only white students
are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action. What
makes Mr. Mattera different is that he is of Puerto Rican descent and is and
has been the recipient of numerous scholarship awards given out by the Hispanic
College Fund, a Washington D.C.-based organization run predominately by and
exclusively for Hispanics.
On flattering minorities
By Jeff Jacoby
The ad in USA Today wasn't headlined "For Blacks and Hispanics, These Kids
Are Pretty Smart" -- but it might as well have been. The full-page layout
trumpeted the 32 college students selected as finalists in the American Advertising
Federation's annual "Most Promising Minority Students Program." That program,
the AAF says, "connects the advertising industry with the nation's top
minority college seniors."
The Contentious 'No Child' Law II: Money Has Not Been Left Behind
By Paul E. Peterson & Martin R. West
The No Child Left Behind law is, intrinsically, an inexpensive school reform,
a plan to get more bang from existing bucks…"An unfunded mandate," cry the
critics of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In the words of Sen. John
Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee: "By neglecting his promise
to provide the funding necessary to help each student to reach high standards,
George W. Bush has made a mockery of the phrase 'leave no child behind.'"
Americans in Solidarity with People of Spain
By Maria Corrales
Recently, I read news articles regarding American's not being sympathetic to
Spain's loss of civilians in the recent bombing of Madrid. This broke my
heart. In various forums that I belong to on the internet, they criticize Americans
for grandstanding their losses and giving little attention to theirs. This is
New Spanish leader just doesn't get it.
By Joe Armendariz
The decision to take to the streets, by millions of Spaniards in Madrid, had
little to do with standing up and protesting terrorism and much to do with
standing up and protesting their government's decision to support the United
States in a global-war against terrorism.
Spain's wake-up call to US - to lead, listen to global constituents
By Suzanne Nossel
Spain's rebuff of the ruling Popular Party on Sunday was a slap in the face
to the Bush administration, and a potential setback for US plans in Iraq and
the fight against terror. The upset is a wake-up call to US policymakers that
democratic influences on global politics are here to stay and can affect - even
thwart - US aims.
Spain goes wobbly
By Paul Greenberg
The headline on the front page of The New York Times the day after Spain's
election summed up the bad news:…"Blow to Bush: Ally Rejected/Voters Clearly
Reiterate Opposition to Iraq War."…You could almost see terrorists around the
The News from Spain: Terror Works
By Michael Radu
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Spain's March 14 election is bad news for the War on Terrorism. It suggests
that terrorism, at the very least, can panic a democratic vote to appease it.
The new socialist government, opposed to the war in Iraq, will be watched very
carefully for its performance not only with ETA but the al-Qaeda and other
Islamic terror cells known to be operating in the country.
A Year After Iraq War
Pew Research Center
Mistrust of America in Europe Ever Higher, Muslim Anger Persists
LA Times Editorial
A War's Woeful Results
March 20, 2004
The first anniversary of the war in Iraq provides an inevitable and
appropriate time for reflection. The Bush administration deployed its top officials
this week to argue its case. President Bush on Friday took his turn, telling
diplomats from scores of countries gathered in the East Room of the White House
that Iraqis are better off now and that the world at large is safer than it was
a year ago.
Time and Tide
By Paul Jacobs
According to the oft' told tale, King Canute ordered the tide to recede, and
the sea ignored him. What we usually forget about that story is that Canute
gave this order not to demonstrate his power but to dispel the illusion of
kingly power -- to teach his ministers that there are some things that kings cannot
By Steven Rosenfeld
To really understand the way Washington works, you must accept that big
scandals are often perfectly legal-and the presumed system of ethical checks and
balances has been gamed to provide cover to the people who wield the most power
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