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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


An Articulate, Bright and Clean Slip
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Thursday, February 01, 2007
ImageIt was perhaps the first major blow for a candidate in the early presidential race thus far. Strangely, it was self-inflicted. After Senator Biden described his colleague and possible Democratic opponent in a “best-of-breed” fashion, a public outcry ensued. The Delaware Senator may be the first casualty in what promises to be a heated and crowded Presidential run.
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Alienation of Park Land Continues with Development on Randall’s Island
MARINA ORTIZ   
Saturday, December 16, 2006

ImageThe privatization of parklands in Randall's Island will cause traffic and ecological problems for the surrounding areas of East Harlem (under whose jurisdiction Randall’s Island lies) and the South Bronx while limiting access to the poor. This is a price too high to pay for "development."

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The Artful Framing of Fredy Muñoz and the Criminalization of TeleSur
ARAM AHARONIAN   
Friday, December 01, 2006
Image"Make invisible" seems to be the slogan. So no one gets to know what's going on in Latin America, that way they can stigmatize social movements, cover up the most outrageous repression as public safety, forget the millions and millions of excluded people in America, the impoverished.
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Fidel Castro Delegates Functions for Health Reasons
PRENSA LATINA   
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
ImageThe President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, has temporarily ceded his powers of state to his brother and First Vice President, Raúl Castro, due to health issues, including an emergency surgery to stop intestinal bleeding. "Miami streets burst with spontaneous joy," according to the Miami Herald, on thoughts of an impending doom for the 79-year-old leader.
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Mexican Elections Mired in Anomalies
JOHN GIBLER   
Saturday, July 08, 2006
ImageIn a divided country, divided opinion comes as little surprise and depending on whom one speaks with, the Mexican presidential election was either the cleanest in Mexican history, or victim of the biggest fraud since 1988 when the ruling party staged a bogus computer breakdown to justify turning the election results inside out.
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President Bush's Speech on Immigration
NYLJ   
Monday, May 15, 2006
Image"We will construct high-tech fences in urban corridors, and build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas. We'll employ motion sensors, infrared cameras, and unmanned aerial vehicles...Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend." President Bush outlined his perspectives on securing the southern border, the English language and assimilation in hopes to encourage Congress to pass immigration reform.
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May Day for Immigrants
Dr. LUIS BARRIOS   
Friday, April 28, 2006
ImageThe call to boycott did not come from union leaders or from elected officials, it was realized from a community base. For some people this is a serious conflict. But regardless of any divisions or reservations, the convergence of the immigration rights movement and the International Worker’ Day could prove to be a perfect storm for businesses and government alike.
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Immigrant Rights At The OK Corral
MIGUEL GUZMÁN   
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
ImageAlthough corralled like cattle, immigrants gave color to the Great White Way as they and their supporters demonstrated against pending immigration legislation. The controlled gathering was frustrating to some but liberating to most. Among the important messages, we were reminded of a time when immigrants spoke English only and Mexicans were known as natives.
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Canyon of Immigrants
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
ImageAbove a sea of humanity, banners flapped, placards waved and flags unfurled on Broadway in Downtown Manhattan as more than a hundred thousand people protested against pending immigrant legislation. Politicians were at hand ranting cliché slogans in broken Spanish in hopes to gain votes in upcoming elections.
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Bad Blood on the Border
LAURA CARLSON   
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
ImageIn considering the FBI’s mock terrorist incursion, the North American summit meeting in Cancun and the immigration debates in the US Senate, the masses of immigrants and their supporters fear that the realities of labor in the US, future immigrant flows and poorly designed trade policies may be overlooked in light of overstated security dread.
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Mexican Campaign Turns Dirty As López Obrador Stretches his Lead
MICHAEL LETTIERI   
Monday, March 20, 2006
ImageFrontrunner for Mexico’s Presidential elections (July 2, 2006) Andrés Manuel López Obrador begins to extend his lead and is now coming to dominate all political discourse in the country. As his opponents grow desperate, Mexico prepares for a profound shift in its political landscape.
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A Multitude in Chicago for Immigrant Rights
JOSHUA HOYT   
Sunday, March 12, 2006
ImageChicago’s downtown was paralyzed by an immigrant march estimated at more than 100,000 people. They carried hand-lettered signs saying: “We are America,” “My Mexican immigrant son died in Iraq,” “I’m a dishwasher—not a criminal,” and “Don’t deport my parents.”
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Players and Movers
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
ImageIf you’ve decided to keep your children home during the transit strike, perhaps you can take the opportunity to teach them about labor history in the United States and throughout the world, from the Chicago Haymarket Affair to the 2005 TWU Local 100 strike. This country was not built on honorable ventures of bravery and gallantry alone. “Illegal” strikes, demonstrations, boycotts, and other forms of protests forged this nation just the same.
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In Cuba Women Confront Gender Roles
LUCILA HORTA   
Thursday, December 15, 2005
ImageCuban women make up 45 percent of the nation’s labor force, and on average, for every 100 hours men work, their female counterparts work 120 hours, according to a recent study by the National Statistics Office, a difference that is a result of domestic and family responsibilities. Although women have made significant advances, machista mentality impedes further progress, some say. 
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President Bush Ignores UN Vote Against Cuba Blockade
CIRCLES ROBINSON   
Friday, November 11, 2005
Image"The United Nations Charter recognizes the right of Cuba to choose its own political system, it recognizes respect for the principle of equality among states and it recognizes the right of peoples to self-determination. Thus, the blockade, the aggressive actions and pressures on Cuba are attempts at violating our people's right to exercise its self-determination."
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Students Occupy Army ROTC Building in Puerto Rico
BENJAMIN DANGL   
Sunday, November 06, 2005
ImageStudents protesting against the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos took over an ROTC building in the Mayagüéz campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Many of the students were part of the guard placed by the independence movement in front of Filiberto's house until his family was able to get their things and close it.
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Puerto Rican Nationalists Under FBI Persecution
JACQUELINE MARIE MESTRE and KAREN JUANITA CARRILLO   
Thursday, October 20, 2005
ImageThe killing of Filiberto Ojeda Rios, founder of the Ejército Popular Boricua-Los Macheteros, may have re-sparked activities within the islands' independence movement. But independentistas, as movement organizers are known, are also claiming that an onslaught of government repression may have also been re-kindled.
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A Time To Be Bold Again—An Interview With Margarita Lopez
NYLJ   
Friday, September 09, 2005
Image"We have to organize building by building, block by block, and wake up the sleeping giant -- the power that people have. Nobody elected to office has power. The only way they have power is when the people relinquish their own power..."
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In City vs. The People, Melissa Dons Her Armor
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
ImageCity government is squeezing the poor and working-class out of Manhattan, New York, to make room for people and commercial projects with greater tax revenue potential. Can Melissa Mark-Viverito stave off the barbarians at the [Hell]gate?
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Looking in the Mirror: A Talk with Adolfo Carrion
SANTIAGO NIEVES   
Monday, May 02, 2005
Image"We have to, as a community, be grown up and take responsibility for the issues that our community faces. That's a difficult and uncomfortable place to be, cause you have to look in the mirror." Santiago Nieves talks to Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion about domestic violence, his agenda for the Bronx, and the Mayoral race.

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