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Dying at the Border and Beyond
By Domenico Maceri
It's a deadly ritual. Every year several hundred undocumented workers die on
the US-Mexico border as they attempt to enter our country, looking for minimum
wage jobs. Although some of these people come from Central America, most of
them are Mexicans. For those who make it across the border, the dangers are not
over. A recent study by the Associated Press found that Mexican workers in
the US are four times more likely to die on the job than US-born ones.
White men speak with forked tongue. - Again? Or Still?
By Patrick Osio, Jr
The United States did in 1969, sign the Vienna Convention on Consular
Relations (VCCR) treaty joining 165 other countries. The treaty clearly stipulates
that signor countries shall comply with the clauses as set forth in the treaty.
A specific number of clauses in the VCCR treaty mandate signor countries to
advise foreign detainees of their right to have their consulate or embassy
notified of their detainment, to notify the corresponding consulate of such
detainment, and allow access to their detained citizens. The reason why the United
States signed was to provide our government legal means in other countries to
intervene on behalf of US citizens with local authorities and courts to assure
that US citizens' civil and constitutional rights are respected.
Latino Domestic violence - get help before it's too late
By Erika Robles
Domestic Violence is a widespread and complex social issue that devastates
individuals and families regardless of ethnic, racial, or economic backgrounds.
It has been estimated by the FBI that every 30 seconds a woman is beaten -that
means that 2,880 women are beaten every day. Nearly 1 in 3 adult women
experience physical assault by a partner during adulthood.
By Carl J. Luna
Enough with all the chanting for Don Rumsfeld's head. Okay, as Secretary of
Defense, he does have ultimate responsibility for what occurs under his watch.
And, yes, allegations of abuse of Iraqi prisoners (and even the killing of a
few) have been hung up in the Pentagon pipeline for review by senior officials
for months. But the calls for Rumsfeld's bureaucratic execution are misplaced.
The Yaqui Indians: Four Centuries of Resistance
By John P. Schmal
Over the years, I have met many Americans who have proudly stated that they
had a Yaqui grandmother or Yaqui great-grandfather or are in some way descended
from the Yaqui Indians of Mexico's northwest coastal region. Many Mexican
Americans have indigenous roots from various parts of Mexico, but the
assimilation and mestizaje that took place in many northern and central states of Mexico
has obscured any cultural or linguistic identity with specific tribes.
However, the Yaqui Indians - and their cousins, the Mayo Indians…
Who speaks and Who speaks not?
By Manuel Hernandez
To speak or not to speak English or Spanish that is the question. Latinos
have once again brought up the dilemma of who speaks and who speaks not English
or Spanish. As the language debate continues into heights yet unknown, truth is
that the education of Latinos is in a state of national crisis. According to
US Census numbers, approximately one in eight Americans is Latino. The Latino
population augments every second while the education boom diminishes by the
It Takes More Than Salsa to Get My Vote
By Domingo Ivan Casañas
The Hispanic population is being courted by two political parties that seek
their votes. With an increasingly diverse and independent-voting perception
nationally, many Latinos are only seeking real solutions to our problems. No
longer is the Hispanic community looking for promises from today's politicians, we
want solutions regarding our concerns, we want someone that is real and will
not take us for granted and we want someone with good morals to lead us.
To Impeach or Not to Impeach
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt personally ordered that photographs of
dead American soldiers floating off New Guinea beaches not be published by
Life Magazine. In 1944 a group of American soldiers executed German prisoners of
war in Sicily. Also in 1944, an all-Black Army division ran away from a battle
¿Si? TSK, Tsk, tsk... ¿Que onda güey?
By Ricardo Castañón
While the expression is commonly accepted and used among the members of the
lowest stratums of our community, it has until now had a low profile and kept
at that level. To unreservedly use such derogatory connotations in a national
campaign implies that ALL members of our community use it -regardless of
COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
Teach everyone to sing.
That's how one avoids preaching to the choir. When the doings of government
become transparent, it no longer takes a preacher or a choir to discern the
notes of truth…
Something for Every Home
By Richard Baldwin
HispanicVista.com With the political situations in both the US and México
heading for self-destruction, I thought I would try something on the lighter side
while things, hopefully, settle down politically. Today's subject is cats.
Another Addition to the Editorial Dead Zone
By Jennifer Solis
As student body president of the largest high school in the nation (5,600
students, 95-percent Hispanic), I feel a loss when any publication designed to
serve our Latino community has gone belly-up, and joined the list in the
Editorial Dead Zone.
MALDEF and LULAC Rebuke Samuel Huntington's Theories on Latino Immigrants and
Call on America to Reaffirm Its Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Democracy
On May 27th, Samuel P. Huntington will publish his new book, alleging that
Latino immigration threatens "Anglo-Protestant values" which are the "creed" of
American culture. Since the release of his article announcing his new theory
in Foreign Policy magazine in March, Huntington's methodology and
conclusions have been proven wrong by experts across the board. As national Latino
civil rights groups, we further believe that Huntington's writing is dangerously
biased against Latinos and goes against fundamental American values.
Evaluating Enhanced US Border Enforcement
By Wayne Cornelius
During the past 10 years, the overwhelming emphasis in US immigration policy
has been on border enforcement, primarily on the US-Mexican border. Congress
has more than tripled spending for border enforcement activities since 1993,
despite evidence that this unprecedented border build-up has failed to deter
significant numbers of unauthorized migrants from attempting entry.
Advocates Praise Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Call for
Enactment of "Down Payments" This Year
The National Immigration Forum joined advocates, labor leaders, and community
groups across the country in praising new comprehensive immigration reform
legislation unveiled today in Washington. The new bill, the Safe, Orderly, Legal
Visas and Enforcement Act of 2004 or SOLVE Act, introduced at a Capitol Hill
press conference by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Bob
Menendez (D-NJ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), would go a long way toward fixing our
broken immigration system
Congress Unlikely to Change Immigration Laws This Year
By Bruce Alpert
Once a top priority of the Bush administration and a hot-button issue in
Congress, an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws appears unlikely to happen
this year…Dozens of bills that aim either to impose new limits or to give
legal status to tens of thousands of illegal workers are expected to be left on
the table when Congress adjourns this summer, victims of election-year politics
and the war on terrorism. With emotions running high and lawmakers eager to
avoid votes that might be used against them on the campaign trail, debate will
likely be put off until after the November elections.
SOCCER SLURS: A Level Playing Field in Iowa? Have state and school officials
ignored an Iowa coach's complaints about anti-Hispanic slurs on the playing
By Brian Willoughby
An Iowa soccer coach is out of a job and wondering why state athletic
officials won't take seriously his and his players' allegations that an ongoing
pattern of ethnic slurs is tarnishing the playing field.
In our name!
By Ramona Shashaani
Millions of witnesses were shocked and appalled by graphic photographs of
American soldiers reveling the vicious inhumane torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi
prisoners in "Abu Ghraib," a US-run prison outside Baghdad, notorious for
torture and massive executions
By Mona Charen
Today's picture on the front page of the newspaper shows a naked Iraqi
prisoner on the floor. A leash is tied around his neck. Holding the leash is an
American soldier. This is a disaster…These photographs are a dagger in the heart
of our hopes for Iraq and the wider Middle East. It isn't yet clear whether the
damage is reversible, but first let's be clear about what the damage is.
Op-Ed New York Post
A Higher Standard: America and Abu Ghraib
President Bush apologized publicly yesterday for the mistreatment of Iraqi
captives by U.S. military police, telling the world that he is "sorry for the
humiliation suffered by the . . . prisoners and the humiliation suffered by
Going it alone
By Rich Tucker
Things were so much easier in the good old days. Back then our isolationism
was voluntary…With two oceans for protection, the United States followed George
Washington's advice to avoid foreign entanglements. In fact, we didn't even
sign a treaty of alliance with another nation until 1949, after we'd fought in
two World Wars.
Report to the President from the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba
CHAPTER 1: HASTENING CUBA'S TRANSITION
Latin American Issues are Key to Kerry Victory
By Larry Birns & Jessica Leight If John Kerry is to emerge as a triumphal
alternative to George Bush and simultaneously fend off Ralph Nader's challenge on
his left, he must realize that his present tilt towards a Bush-lite platform
on Latin American issues could cost him the election. There are
hundreds-of-thousands of voters who will cast their ballots mainly on the basis of whether
Kerry unfurls an enlightened regional agenda…
Castro's rift with Mexico is an old scenario
By Andres Oppenheimer
There are three major reasons why Cuban president-for-life Fidel Castro is
picking a fight with Mexico, for several decades his biggest ally in Latin
America, in the latest incident that has led to a near break in the two countries'
By Paul Jacob
We find ourselves in the middle of an election year, and, because of the
McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, in a muddle…While Democrats took the lead in
arguing against soft money, it is Democratic groups that are now using what
other Democrats call a loophole to raise and spend large, unregulated
contributions to defeat President Bush.
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