Tuesday - Apr 23, 2019

Calendar & Tourism

  • Did Mexico cause the war in Iraq?

    ­by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — A lingering question has surfaced: Did Mexico and the undocumented traffic that crosses its northern border into the United States cause the war in Iraq?

    If “illegal immigration” is becoming a presidential campaign issue, you should ask each and every candidate about his or her position on this.

    The issue might have stayed in the closet had it not been for a recent essay and a round of commentaries in the high-brow tabloid New York Review of Books. It started this way.

  • The old man’s last gasp

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON – Fidel was calling by cell phone during Hugo’s final remarks at the National Stadium in Santiago de Chile, after King Juan Carlos of Spain had told Chávez, Venezuela’s president, to shut up.

    The convalescing Cuban dictator wanted to tell Chávez he was thinking about the Chilean volunteers who had gone off to fight against Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in the 1960s.

    Is Fidel’s reminiscence of consequence? You decide.

  • The raid: one family’s ten year of living in fear

    by Pedro Arroyo

    As federal immigration agents creep up California to probe into long-established communities for families without documents, my memory rolls back to that hot August day 20 years ago as though it were yesterday. My father and mother came home from work with terror scrawled on their faces. They looked as though they’d had a run-in with the devil.

  • Tabacco’s other victims

    ­by Dick Meister

    Ideally, tobacco should be outlawed. But as long as people continue to use the deadly stuff, those who harvest it for the great profit of tobacco companies deserve far better than the miserable pay and working conditions imposed on them.

  • “Oh, shut up!” said the King

    ­by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON—Confronting Venezuela President Hugo Chávez during a plenary session of the XVII Ibero-American Summit, held in Santiago de Chile this month, King Juan Carlos of Spain, told the Venezuelan to bug-off, in so many words.

    The incident occurred when Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had the floor. Chávez interrupted a second time.

  • The real victims of immigration rais

    by Raúl Reyes

    Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents burst into a factory in New Bedford, Mass., and rounded up more than 300 undocumented immigrants for detention and deportation. In the ensuing chaos, many parents were afraid to give information about their children, fearing that they would be arrested too.

  • When a driver’s license not a driver’s license?

    by José de la Isla

    ­HOUSTON — The give-and-take at the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia, Oct. 30, finally looked like the candidates might drill down to display their differences.

    The build-up was there. Barack Obama had said the week before he was going to take off the gloves. Perhaps because NBC and MSNBC with Drexel University sponsored the event, those news people felt they had a certain license to egg on the candidates.

  • Latin America – the new ‘old neighbor we almost forgot

    by Michael Shifter

    Few would dispute that the U.S. relationship with Latin America has deteriorated over the past decade, or that the past half dozen years have been the worst. Even Bush administration officials, and certainly many Republicans in Congress, concede as much. There is manifestly less trust in inter-American affairs.

  • The noose – Mexicans can’t forget their Texas legacy

    ­by Andy Porras

    The noose is on the loose. Again.

    Ever since those nooses dangling from a schoolyard tree raised racial tensions in Louisiana, the frightening symbol of segregation-era lynching has been hanging around the country.

    The ghosts of Jim Crow and certain Texas Rangers are smiling and dancing in their graves. The rope trick they made famous is making a comeback.

    Tejanos share memories of their ancestors facing situations similar to those of their darker brothers.

  • How to unseat a former president

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON– Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox has a talent for drawing almost as much criticism out of office as when he was the incumbent

    In July of last year, he was succeeded by Felipe Calderón, of his own center right National Action Party, PAN in Spanish. Fox is widely credited with advancing democracy and reforming Mexico’s economy by controlling inflation and lowering interest rates. But he left office with a trail of disappointments.