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LETTERS TO EDITOR
I fully appreciate your participation in the First Forum of Binational
Thought: "Los mexicanos de aquí y de allá: ¿perspectivas comunes?", organized
jointly by the Senate and the Mexican and American Solidarity Foundation, on April
28 and 29 in Mexico City.
From: InterAmerican Development Bank - and others.
Hispanic youths are the best retirement plan for non-Hispanics.
By Patrick Osio, Jr.
Harvard professor, Samuel P. Huntington, suggested that the United States
ignores the dual culture of the US Hispanics, the "Hispanic Challenge," at its
own peril. He is absolutely right - but not for the reasons he promotes, but
because the real challenge is how Hispanics are to support the aging non-Hispanic
white population of the United States. The peril faced by the White Anglo
Saxon Protestant (WASPS) described by Huntington is that they're aging very fast
and their Social Security benefits will depend on the earning power of the
John Kerry: Too French To Be US President?
By Domenico Maceri
James Garfield was a professor of classics before he became the 20th American
president. One time, wanting to show his abilities with foreign languages, he
amused friends by translating simultaneously an English document into Greek
with his left hand and Latin with his right hand.
Educational Issues in Oregon: Hispanics
By Erika Robles
From 1990 to 2000 the total number of Hispanics in Oregon grew 144%. It
jumped from 112,708 (in 1990) to 275,314 (2000), making Hispanics the largest
minority group in Oregon. According to the Census Bureau of Statistics (2000), 8
percent of the Oregon's population is Hispanic - 6 percent of Mexican origin.
Although it is not an extremely high percentage -compared to the Hispanic
percentage in California, for instance- the issue to take into account is that
Oregon is, in its majority, a White Population State -83.5 percent are White only.
This fact could have several repercussions, such as: lack of
knowledge/understanding of Hispanic culture and reduce numbers of Spanish speaking people.
Erminio Dominguez: In the Service of His Country
By Donna S. Morales and John P. Schmal
Erminio Lujan Dominguez was born on May 19, 1922 in Turner, Kansas as the
seventh of nine children of Geronimo Dominguez and Luisa Lujan, who were both
immigrants from the Hacienda de Santa Monica in the municipio of Sain Alto in
Zacatecas, Mexico. Erminio's parents had left Mexico in 1909 as the Mexican
Republic was beginning its rapid descent into its bloody ten-year Mexican
Revolution. Their first two children were born in Mexico, but the rest of their
children were born in Canadian, Texas and Kansas City, Kansas.
A White Guy Ex-convict Speaks
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
DAVID DUKE is fresh out of prison. David Duke, quintessential White
supremacist is out of jail and his mouth is running again. David Duke represents the
worst of the United States of America, that is, a loudmouth ex-convict spouting
Latino Parents - Let's Wake Up!
By Domingo Ivan Casañas
As a Latino parent I know that how we bring up our children will make them
into productive citizens of this great country. There are too many activists,
reporters, moviemakers and other that mistaken the Latino gang culture for the
larger Latino culture or view the Latino social ills as if they were either the
norm or the natural reaction to the Latino American predicament. As parents
we have the responsibility to bring up our children with good morals, with God
in their hearts, and with much love.
Turgid Political Relations
By Richard Baldwin
México has now "lowered" our diplomatic relationship with Cuba, downgrading a
full ambassadorial relationship to a "Charge de Affairs" level while still
maintaining embassies in both countries. Both countries have recalled their
ambassadors at México's request. This is the lowest level of relations between
México and Cuba in a century.
(Editor's note: Katherine Culliton, MALDEF attorney, was a keynote speaker at
the First Forum on Binational Reflections - "Mexicans from here and from
there. Common Perspectives" sponsored by the Mexican Senate and Ministry of
Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation.
Ms. Culliton's 20 page presentation in Spanish is available at the below link.
The Editor recommends all organizations and activists to download and use her
comments as guides and information of the work being done and yet to be done.)
Los Derechos Humanos y Derechos Laborales de los Inmigrantes Latinos en los
Presentación de Katherine Culliton, Defensora de los Inmigrantes de MALDEF
(Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), al Primer Foro de
Reflexión Binacional "Los Mexicanos de aquí y allá ¿Perspectivas comunes?, para la
Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano-Americano, ante el Senado de México, Abril de
Mexican Melodrama Leads to Diplomatic Crisis with Cuba
By Laura Carlsen
Mexicans have been living a national melodrama lately-but without the happy
ending. The plot has all the ingredients of prime-time television: suspense,
romance, espionage, corruption, and sensational twists and turns. All this, with
the "reality" component.
I have now received a workplace injunction preventing me from protesting
their illegal activity. What can I do now? Can you help me?
By Shawn Miller
This is to request help from you to help illegal Mexican immigrant employees
that work for Moon Valley Nurseries (Phoenix, AZ 7 locations). They are being
treated and paid like slave labor.
Oil Company Profits in Perspective
By Joe Armendariz
Recently, a reader accused me of trying to have it both ways in a column I
wrote about current gas prices. In my column, I suggested that when adjusted for
inflation, today's gas prices are a bargain compared to 25 years ago. And
they are. Yet, in his response, the reader suggested, "if oil companies are
declaring record profits in the midst of significantly higher gas prices, then they
must be charging more than they had to pay for their oil."
Hispanics Are Changing America and Forging Our New Future
By Jorge Ramos* and Adam J. Segal**
The United States is a nation being transformed by Hispanic influence. There
is no turning back. The striking image of America's population in 2050 painted
by the Census Bureau this month took almost everyone by surprise, even those
researchers who study the growth of minority communities.
Senator Martinez? - Former HUD chief makes a run.
By John J. Miller
And then there were 17? That's the number of candidates who met last week's
filing deadline for the Senate election in Florida, where Democrat Bob Graham
is retiring and both parties anticipate a close race.
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.
NCLR Announces Opposition to Federal Marriage Amendment
NCLR strongly believes that amending the U.S. Constitution for the purpose
defined in the Federal Marriage Amendment is unnecessary and dangerous.
Hispanic employees not getting their due, says rights coalition
By Amelia Gruber
Federal agencies are failing in efforts to recruit, retain and promote
Hispanics, and Congress and the Bush administration must take immediate steps to
address the problem, a coalition of civil rights groups said Monday.
Guatemala: Unique opportunity to combat impunity must not be missed Amnesty
Amnesty International today called on the Guatemalan Congress to approve the
creation of the United Nations backed Commission for the Investigation of
Illegal Bodies and Clandestine Security Apparatus (CICIACS) in Guatemala.
Brown Vs Board, 50 Years Later
By George Will
The Supreme Court's decision 50 years ago, although an immense blessing to
the nation, also carries a melancholy lesson. It is that great events -- the
school desegregation ruling was the largest judicial event since the Dred Scott
case of 1857 -- have myriad reverberations, some beneficial, others not.
Get black teens back to books
By Cynthia Tucker
I was born in Alabama in 1955, just months after the U.S. Supreme Court
outlawed segregated public schools in its famous ruling, Brown v. Board of
Education. My mother believed the decision would save me from being marooned in
second-class schools because of my skin color.
Wars can be lost on the battlefield, but not completely won there.
By Paul Jacob
Wars can be lost on the battlefield, but not completely won there. That's
because war, as the Prussian military strategist Karl von Clausewitz wrote, "is
the continuation of politics by other means." And politics is not naked force:
political endeavors succeed or fail on their ideas and values. Wars can only
be won when the peace is won -- in hearts and minds.
Bush's Fate Will Determine Kerry's Success
By David M. Shribman
Two truths, each discomforting, are dawning on the Democrats as they gird for
this autumn's presidential elections…The first is that the election is not
about John F. Kerry but about George W. Bush. The second is that the best recipe
for Democratic success is American failure -- in the economy, in the war on
terror, in the struggle in Iraq.
Bush is the Issue
By Richard Reeves
"Kerry Struggling to Find a Theme in Campaign Against Bush" was a headline in
The New York Times the other day. As a matter of fact, it seems the Times
runs that headline almost every day -- and so do other newspapers across the
country…Well, how about this for a theme: "I am not George W. Bush!"
Is the Game Over? A Comic Apology
By M. Shahid Alam
"There's a lot of people in the world who don't believe that people whose
skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject
that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith
can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren't necessarily -- are a
different color than white can self-govern."
That was no 'fraternity hazing' at Abu Ghraib prison
By Molly Ivins
Let's get real. On Fox So-Called News, former Army Sgt. Tony Robinson was
allowed to claim without contradiction that what happened at the prison at
Abu-Ghraib was no worse than "fraternity hazing." Rush Limbaugh concurs.
Cruelty comes to us so quickly - Most people would play role of torturer
By Vicki Haddock
7,500 miles removed from notorious Abu Ghraib prison were justifiably shocked
by photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, and couldn't help
asking themselves what kind of heinous human being could do such a thing? The
answer is, according to psychologists who study torture, most of us.
Army Times Editorial
A failure of leadership at the highest levels
Around the halls of the Pentagon, a term of caustic derision has emerged for
the enlisted soldiers at the heart of the furor over the Abu Ghraib prison
scandal: the six morons who lost the war.
Are there times when we have to accept torture?
By Ariel Dorfman
The Guardian (UK)
Is torture ever justified? That is the dirty question left out of the
universal protestations of disgust, revulsion and shame that has greeted the release
of photos showing British and American soldiers tormenting prisoners in Iraq.
A Wretched New Picture Of America
By Philip Kennicott
Among the corrosive lies a nation at war tells itself is that the glory --
the lofty goals announced beforehand, the victories, the liberation of the
oppressed -- belongs to the country as a whole; but the failure -- the accidents,
the uncounted civilian dead, the crimes and atrocities -- is always
exceptional. Noble goals flow naturally from a noble people; the occasional act of
barbarity is always the work of individuals, unaccountable, confusing and
indigestible to the national conscience
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