Category: Latin America

Finding our way in Lima, Peru

Finding our way in Lima, Peru
I was walking down the street with my husband in the historic center of Lima, Peru. From a bridge we gleaned a view of San Cristobal hill with humble homes made of concrete painted pink, pale blue, yellow and orange. We walked over the heavily guarded bridge located behind the presidential palace to get a... Read more »

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. works to release prisoners in Cuba and Colombia

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. works to release prisoners in Cuba and Colombia
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is working on diplomacy in Latin America. Jackson was in Cuba over the weekend at the invitation of the Catholic Church, and he also hoped to meet with an American man, Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government, according to Essence. Gross, 64, was sentenced to 15 years... Read more »

Roberto Bolaño lives on

Roberto Bolaño lives on
Roberto Bolaño Ávalos, the late novelist and poet, was born on this day in 1953. Much has been written about this enigmatic writer who was born in Chile, lived in Mexico and then moved to Spain. His most known novels are “The Savage Detectives,” and his posthumous novel “2666.” Mónica Maristain, a  journalist and friend... Read more »
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Harvest of Empire showing in Chicago

Harvest of Empire showing in Chicago
Immigration is often debated without much discussion of why people come here. A documentary by journalist Juan González looks at some of the root causes of immigration and how United States policy in Latin America has played a role. It is based on his book by the same name. It also focuses on the family... Read more »

Women's History Month: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner advocate for gay marriage

Women's History Month: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner advocate for gay marriage
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been a strong advocate for gay marriage in her country and signed a law making it legal in 2010. As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews laws on gay marriage, it’s surprising to consider our government is socially behind countries like Argentina that are overwhelmingly Catholic. Argentina was the... Read more »

First Latin American Pope: Francis I

First Latin American Pope: Francis I
                  The world has the first pope from Latin America. He is Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina and will go by the name Pope Francis I. He is a man that can perhaps bridge Catholics in the old and new world. Bergoglio is the son of Italians who... Read more »
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Yoani Sanchez cannot be silenced

Yoani Sanchez cannot be silenced
Imagine you’re going to attend a trail that you read in the newspaper was open to the public. You’re a blogger and you want to write about the events. Then when you get there you are arrested. The authorities claim that you plan to disrupt the trial. You are held in detention for 30 hours... Read more »

Olympics 2012: Felix Sanchez wins gold, remembers abuela

Olympics 2012: Felix Sanchez wins gold, remembers abuela
One of the most emotional wins was by Felix Sanchez, born in New York, but who races for the Dominican Republic. He won gold in the 400-meter hurdles Monday at the London Olympics. He had previously won gold in the same race at the Athens Olympics in 2004. He did not win in the Beijing... Read more »

Remembering Carlos Fuentes: 1928-2012

Remembering Carlos Fuentes: 1928-2012
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12 things to watch in 2012

12 things to watch in 2012
2012 The Year Ahead 1. The Latino voter – How will Latino voters influence the 2012 presidential election? Latinos are key voters in many states. Obama got 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008 but those numbers could slip as many Latinos are upset over his immigration policies that have resulted in more than... Read more »