Tuesday - Jul 16, 2019

Calendar & Tourism

  • 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.

  • Prop D is bad for library and its users

    by Peter Warfield

    Proposition D, titled “renewing Library Preservation Fund,” actually hurts the things we want most in our libraries: good book collections, services, and open hours.

    Proposition D raids funds reserved for those uses, and spends them to bail out the Library’s mismanaged construction program. And it severely reduces public oversight.

  • Another wall for the GOP – humpty dumpty’s on it

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — The second shoe fell last week when the Christian-conservative “Values Voters” met in Washington. Out of 5,775 opinion votes cast, national frontrunner Rudy Giuliani finished next to last, with only two percent, in a field of six contenders.

    The Christian right is far from reaching consensus. Meanwhile Latino evangelicals, a crucial swing bloc, have quietly left Republican hopefuls to fend for themselves.

  • How to spot a Chicano from New Texicalorizona

    ­by Philip Móntez

    (As Hispanic Heritage Month fades from the calendar, Hispanic Link News Service offers this satirical view of Mexican Americans as products of their Southwestern geographical divisions. First published by Hispanic Link News Service 27 years ago, it is authored by Philip Móntez, who recently retired from his position as Western Regional Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.)

  • A passion for life inspires Mexico’s Day of the Dead

    ­by Mary J. Andrade

    In Mexico once a year, the living and the dead get to converse. Inspired by the belief that death is a transition from one life to another, during the last days of October and the first days of November they chat.

    The occasion: the country’s Day of the Dead celebration.

  • Disconnecting Hispanic heritage and Alberto González

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — Only hours after announcing in late August he would resign, embattled Attorney General Alberto González talked to Rubén Navarrette, a columnist with the San Diego Union Tribune.

    The AG told Navarrette he wanted to be remembered “as someone who did the best he could … based on what was right and what was just.”

    That sounds like a fair yardstick for measuring his public service. But there was more about Alberto González not yet known.

  • Addressing the Hispanic foreclosure crises

    by Janet Murguía

    Stories about families who face foreclosure on their homes because they trusted lenders have become part of the daily news cycle. Unscrupulous lenders offered easy and fast approvals, only to leave ill-informed borrowers with risky, expensive, and in some cases, deceptive financing.­

    In recent days, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. has pointed to bad lending practices as the reason for the current downturn in the mortgage market.

  • The bill of sale

    by Esther J Cepeda

    Do you see a dollar sign on my forehead?

    There’s a Mexican saying: “el nopal en la frente.” It translates as “having a nopal on the forehead –” a reference to the native prickly green vegetable. It means that your dark skin, eyes and hair make it obvious you’re a Mexican.

    Merchants have turned the phrase on its head, so to speak. That “nopal” is now a dollar sign and rather than being a slam, it’s a target countless U.S. businesses are gleefully setting their sights on.