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Cuba Upholds Alan Gross’ 15-Yr Prison Sentence, Denying His Appeal

Cuba Upholds Alan Gross’ 15-Yr Prison Sentence, Denying His Appeal

The pleas of the U.S. government and Alan Gross’ family fell on deaf ears in Cuba again. First there was the two-day trial where the contractor was found guilty of crimes against the island nation and sentenced to 15-years in prison. Then on Friday Cuba uphold that 15-year sentence and dismissed Gross' appeal. Gross has been detained in Cuba since 2009. continue reading »

Director of Mexico’s War on Drugs to Address Border Security

Director of Mexico’s War on Drugs to Address Border Security

Mexico’s secretary of public security, Genaro García Luna, is scheduled to address the eighth annual Border Security Conference on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), August 15-16. continue reading »

The New Operation Wetback: Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the Obama Era

The New Operation Wetback: Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the Obama Era

Last week Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) joined a demonstration in Washington D.C. to protest the refusal of President Obama to use his executive powers to halt the deportations of the undocumented. Gutierrez’ arrest came only two days after Obama had addressed a conference of the National Council of La Raza. continue reading »

Bill Maher Knows What You Are!  (VIDEO)

A socialist! Yes, you. Watch: continue reading »

TV Series About Amazonian Tribe Called ’ Staged, False and Fabricated’

TV Series About Amazonian Tribe Called ’ Staged, False and Fabricated’

A TV series about an Amazonian tribe has been slammed as ‘staged, false, fabricated and distorted’ by experts on the tribe. ‘Mark & Olly: Living with the Machigenga’ was shown on the Travel Channel in the US, and on the BBC last year. In the show Mark Anstice and Olly Steeds lived in a Matsigenka Indian village for several months to show the ‘reality’ of life among the tri continue reading »

How to Choose a Prepaid Telephone Card Some Have Hidden Fees that Cost Consumers Minutes

How to Choose a Prepaid Telephone Card Some Have Hidden Fees that Cost Consumers Minutes

When it comes to prepaid telephone cards, every minute counts. That's why the federal government is always taking steps to ensure that the companies that sell them provide the minutes promised and clearly disclose any hidden fees that might decrease the number of minutes available for calls. continue reading »

The War on Drugs Enters Mexico’s Prisons

The War on Drugs Enters Mexico’s Prisons

The clash of gang members in a Juárez prison last week shocked Mexico and the world. Seventeen prisoners died and four were wounded in a confrontation last Tuesday night when various members of the group Los Aztecas, an armed branch of the Juárez Cartel, were fired upon when they entered the prison by members of Los Mexicles, which is part of the Pacific Cartel continue reading »

Head Lice Return to School: Five Tips To Avoid Panic and Worry (Video)

Head Lice Return to School: Five Tips To Avoid Panic and Worry (Video)

It’s back-to-school season and for many families, that means new morning routines, homework and head lice. Each year, approximately 6 to 12 million children in the U.S. are infested with this common, six-legged critter that feeds on human blood. After weeks at summer camps, sleepovers and sharing of personal items, back-to-school season usually is the time when head lice infestation is noticed. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Bolivia on Your 185th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Bolivia on Your 185th Year of Independence

Today, all of Bolivia is celebrating and rejoicing its 185-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for over 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations. continue reading »

Sandra Echeverria is Busy-Telenovela’s, Movies and a New Album

Sandra Echeverria is Busy-Telenovela’s, Movies and a New Album

Sandra Echeverria, star of the Univision primetime telenovela “La Fuerza del Destino” (The Force of Destiny), is releasing an album that exposes more of her personal side through song. The 29- year continue reading »

5 Easy to Understand Effects of a Credit Downgrade

5 Easy to Understand Effects of a Credit Downgrade

Standard and Poors have downgraded the US Credit Rating to AA+. What does this mean? Here are five effects of the action: continue reading »

Running from Violence, Young Student Finds Cultural Barriers in Her New Country (VIDEO)

Running from Violence, Young Student Finds Cultural Barriers in Her New Country (VIDEO)

Mariana had always dreamt of her quinceañera party. For several months, she and her family planned the celebration, looked for the nicest dress and the best place, sent the invitations and ordered a big cake. But exactly 15 days before the big day, she was kidnaped from her home by a gang of thugs. On April 1st, 2009, 20 men dressed as Mexican police agents broke into her house in a small town in the state of Chihuahua, beat up her father and threatened him and the rest of the family. They took her away for two days and one night. Mariana’s family was required to pay $8,000 to get their daughter back. continue reading »

Mexican Diocese’s Gay Ministry Comes Under Vatican Scrutiny

Mexican Diocese’s Gay Ministry Comes Under Vatican Scrutiny

A ministry for gay men and women operated by a northern Mexican diocese has come under scrutiny from the Vatican and might revert to its original status as an unaffiliated nonprofit organization. Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo told Catholic News Service July 31 that he is responding to questions from the Vatican about Comunidad San Aelredo, which began as a youth group for gay Catholics and recently became a diocesan ministry. continue reading »

Bolivia’s National Day  August 6th!

Bolivia’s National Day August 6th!

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Bolivia as you celebrate the 186th anniversary of your independence this August 6. continue reading »

CELEBRATE this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

CELEBRATE this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

CELEBRATE this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder. Guess What and Where this is? continue reading »