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Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

Rick Perry Walking a Fine Line on Immigration Due to Texas “Emergency Sanctuary City Bill”

As the Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry has walked both sides of the immigration line, at one point implementing a Texas-style Dream Act that some say was the model for the national act. On the other hand, he’s authorized local police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they come in contact with. continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba: The Narrow Width

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba: The Narrow Width

I felt a shock on learning that Diana Nyad would make an attempt to swim across the Florida Straits. I recalled the days in 1994, when my neighborhood of San Leopoldo was swarming with people building improvised rafts on which to launch themselves into the sea. continue reading »

Cross-Cultural Legal Transactions Can Easily Get Lost in Translation

Cross-Cultural Legal Transactions Can Easily Get Lost in Translation

When Frank Perdue launched his poultry company’s marketing slogan, “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken,” it was a huge success in the United States. But its rollout in Mexico reportedly raised eyebrows and produced giggles instead. Apparently, the Spanish translation gives the slogan a raunchy sexual connotation. continue reading »

US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that part of the Obama administration's overhaul of the health care system is unconstitutional. A divided three-judge panel Friday struck down the provision of the law that requires all Americans to pay for health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty. continue reading »

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

Cry room supporters argue that other parishioners deserve a chance for prayer and meditation without the interruptions of a hungry newborn’s cries or inappropriate discussions of bodily functions right at the moment of consecration. Mommies and daddies can relax in cry rooms, they say, and avoid the guilt of knowing their progeny are disturbing their fellow Christians. continue reading »

Brazilian President’s Approval Rating Drops Amid Political Scandal

Brazilian President’s Approval Rating Drops Amid Political Scandal

A poll shows that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's personal approval rating has declined since March. A Ibope poll released this week shows President Rousseff's popularity fell six percentage points to 67 percent. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed described the president's administration as good. In an earlier survey, the approval rating for her government stood at 56 percent. Ms. Rousseff took office January 1. continue reading »

Celebrations of Fidel Castro´s 85th Birthday Last  All Week

Celebrations of Fidel Castro´s 85th Birthday Last All Week

A music concert by 22 artists from nine countries will take place on the eve of Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday, Saturday, August 13. continue reading »

Persecution of Paraguay Indians Exposed to UN (VIDEO)

Persecution of Paraguay Indians Exposed to UN (VIDEO)

UN officials have been warned of the imminent threat against the lives of Paraguay’s last remaining uncontacted tribe ahead of their meeting today that will assess the country’s racial discrimination record. continue reading »

ICE Clears Itself of Misconduct in Internal Investigation, Draws Ire from Immigrant Rights Groups

ICE Clears Itself of Misconduct in Internal Investigation, Draws Ire from Immigrant Rights Groups

As if immigrant rights groups needed another reason to distrust the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cleared its agents of any wrongdoing in a recent internal investigation into reports of abuse. continue reading »

New CDC Data Shows Increase in HIV Infection Amongst Young Latino Men

According to new HIV incidence data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall number of new HIV infections has been steady from 2006 to 2009. continue reading »

Feds Raid University Popular With International Students

Feds Raid University Popular With International Students

U.S. immigration officials July 29 raided the University of Northern Virginia, which bills itself as the most popular American college for Indian students, for allegedly failing to comply with federal regulations for administering foreign student visas. continue reading »

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Threatens Suicide at the Top of 30 Rock in NYC

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Threatens Suicide at the Top of 30 Rock in NYC

On Wednesday, Jorge Ruiz climbed over a glass barrier and placed himself on the ledge of 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s observation deck, planning to jump after becoming distraught over news regarding publication of a book he’d written. continue reading »

In Case You Ever Wondered, it has Been Confirmed: Beto y Enrique aka Bert and Ernie Aren’t Gay!

In Case You Ever Wondered, it has Been Confirmed: Beto y Enrique aka Bert and Ernie Aren’t Gay!

Plaza Sésamo officials have dissipated the doubts: Beto y Enrique, as they are known in Spanish land, are best friends that happen to live together on Sesame Street, and not life partners. continue reading »

México Celebrates 100 Years of “Cantinflas” (VIDEO)

México Celebrates 100 Years of “Cantinflas” (VIDEO)

Charlie Chaplin once said that his Mexican counterpart was the funniest comedian alive. Celebrate with us 100 years of “Cantinflas” continue reading »

Hispanics Drinking More Bottled Water than Any Other Demographic, Marketers Taking Notice

Hispanics Drinking More Bottled Water than Any Other Demographic, Marketers Taking Notice

Poor minority parents are spending a sizeable chunk of their income on bottled water based on unfounded beliefs that it's safer, researchers say. A poll of 632 parents visiting an emergenc continue reading »