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SundayJuly 4, 2010

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“Zoot Suit” Play Finishes it Triumphant Run in Mexico City

Thirty-two years after the “Zoot Suit” play debuted in Los Angeles and some 65 years after the actual Zoot Suit riots , the play debuted in Mexico City to sold out audiences.  The groundbreaking Luis Valdez play that was eventually made into a Broadway play and then movie opened in April at the National Theater Company of Mexico City.  It was an instant hit until today when the show closed.

The Mexican “Zoot Suit” production was one of many first.  It was the first time the play was done entirely in Spanish, first time ever performed in Mexico and first time the play had an all Mexican cast.  The play was based on the racially motivated riots of 1942 when many Mexican Americans were falsely accused of crimes, convicted and jailed.  The riots ensued when some residents felt not enough was done to punish the Mexican-American youths. 

The play is viewed as relevant today especially in Mexico, where there is a perception that Mexican’s living in the U.S. are discriminated against.  Valdez, aged 70 now, worked with the Mexican production team as part of the cultural exchange that is happening between Mexicans and Mexican-American artists of the U.S.

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

Chicago Alderman Danny Solis wants to Break “Code of Silence”

Chicago Alderman Danny Solis wants to Break “Code of Silence”

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“I want to use the technology of the day to provide extra eyes and ears for the community,” Mr. Solis said. Mr. Solis’s plan would involve utilizing Google, Yahoo and Bing for filtering information sent in from residents. This would give the residents who might not trust the police to protect their identities, assurances of anonymity.

Robert Rocha with Ceasefire Chicago believes the problem is more complicated than simply protecting identities. “Not only are families in denial about any involvement their children might have with the gangs but the Hispanic culture of not talking goes way back in history.”

Chicago implemented Text-a-tip back in 2008. Compared to Boston’s use of the program begun in 2007, Chicago had only 36 text tips in the first 6 months while Boston received 694messages in the first year.

Danny Solis’s ordinance would protect the anonymity of those who report crimes to the police. He urged the residents to pick up their phone when a crime was committed and break the silence.

Read more at New York Times →

Yale Finds Rare Diego Velazquez Masterpiece in Basement

For over 80 years an early work of Spanish Master Diego Velazquez has lingered unattended in the basement of Yale University.  It was donated in the 1920’s in poor condition without a Velazquez signature and was assumed to be from another unknown painter from Seville, Spain. 

The 300 year old painting, “The Education of the Virgin” is believe to have been painted by the Master painter in 1617 and damaged by floods in 1626.  When it was donated it was in poor condition and sent immediately into storage without much thought.  As the University Art Gallery was undergoing renovations it surfaced and a keen employee realized what they had on their hand – one of the earliest works of Velazquez with a value between $15 to $17 million. 

Read more at Gothamist →

They’re Getting Clever! Drug Cartel Submarine and Cocaine World Cup Statue Seized by Authorities

It’s a Boat, It’s a Plane, It’s a Train – No it’s a diesel-electrical powered submarine captured near the Ecuador-Colombian border in a remote jungle area.  US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who assisted in seizing the submarine, believe it was built for one thing only transporting cocaine.

The submarine is nine feet high and 100 feet long and capable of trans-oceanic travel and designed for comfort with air conditioning.  Its maiden voyage was due to be this upcoming Friday.

In an unrelated incident being reported by Colombian authorities,  a 14 inch World Cup replica made entirely of cocaine heading for Spain was seized.  The statue was constructed with 24 pounds of cocaine mixed with gasoline to give it shape and was painted in gold to hide its true contents.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Syria Seek to Strengthen Ties with Latin America

Syrian President Bashar Al Assas is on a state visit to Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina.  Al Assad met with his counterpart in Venezuela Hugo Chavez. The two promised to work together to fight “Americas imperialist and capitalist interests.” Syria is particularly interested in Venezuelans oil supply. While Syria’s oil reserves dwindle, Venezuela has some of the largest reserves outside the US. In Brazil it is expected the delegation will sign technology agreements. Brazil’s Sao Paulo is home to the world’s second largest Syrian population after Damascus. In Argentina the two countries are expected to sign agreements on tourism, transportation and culture.

The Obama administration does not encourage Latin America’s desire to develop relationships in the Middle East. In December, Hillary Clinton warned these countries not to “flirt with Iran”. “They should take a look at what the consequences might well be for them. And we hope that they will think twice and we will support them if they do,” she added.

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El Dinero No Compra la Felicidad

Tener más dinero podría mejorar la satisfacción de la gente con su vida pero no les ayudará necesariamente a disfrutarla, según sugiere un nuevo estudio.

Los investigadores analizaron los datos reunidos en la primera Encuesta Mundial de la Gallup, que incluyó a más de 136,000 personas de 132 países que fueron encuestados entre 2005 y 2006. A los encuestados, que calificaron sus vidas en una escala de cero (la peor) a 10 (la mejor), se les preguntó acerca de las emociones positivas o negativas que experimentaron el día anterior, si se sentían respetados, si tenían familiares y amigos con los que podían contar ante una emergencia y cuán libres se sentían para elegir sus actividades diarias, aprender cosas nuevas o de hacer lo que mejor sabían hacer.

Al igual que otros estudios, el análisis reveló que la satisfacción con la vida, la creencia de que la vida va bien, aumenta a medida que crece el ingreso, a nivel individual y de país en general. Pero los investigadores también encontraron que aunque los sentimientos positivos en general aumentaron un poco junto con el aumento del ingreso, estos sentimientos se relacionaban más con otros factores, tales como sentirse respetado, tener autonomía y contar con el apoyo social de amigos y familiares y tener un trabajo satisfactorio.

“La gente siempre se pregunta: ¿El dinero compra la felicidad? Este estudio demuestra que todo depende de cómo se defina la felicidad, porque si nos fijamos en la satisfacción con la vida, cómo se evalúa la vida como un todo, se ve una correlación muy fuerte en todo el mundo entre los ingresos y la felicidad”, dijo Ed Diener, alto científico de la Organización Gallup y profesor emérito de psicología en la Universidad de Illinois, en un comunicado de prensa de la universidad. “Por otra parte, es bastante sorprendente que la correlación entre los sentimientos positivos y disfrutar de la vida sea tan pequeña”.

De acuerdo con Diener, éste es el primer estudio que establece una diferencia entre la satisfacción con la vida y los sentimientos positivos o negativos que las personas experimentan en el día a día.

“Todo el mundo se ha fijado solamente en la satisfacción con la vida y los ingresos”, señaló. “Y si bien es cierto que hacerse más rico le aportará mayor satisfacción con su vida, quizá no tenga un impacto tan grande como creíamos sobre el hecho de disfrutar de la vida”.

El estudio aparece en la edición en línea del 15 de julio de Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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SundayJuly 4, 2010