Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

On Benito Juárez’s Birthday: What Would He Think Of Mexico?

March 21 commemorates the birth of former Mexican President Benito Juárez, a man who clearly outlined the rights of his country’s inhabitants. What did he think about respect?  Respecting the rights of others is peace. What did he think about principles? Men are nothing, principles are everything. What did he think about democracy? Democracy is the

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The Iraq War: 477 Latinos Killed In 9 Years Of Combat

The video of the men dressed in camouflage, casing the American forces flag that flew over Baghdad, was barely a few seconds long, but it signaled the end of almost 9 years of combat. A group of...

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Bien Hecho: WWII Veteran Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Part of what has been called the “Greatest Generation,” 87-year-old Texas native Abelardo R. Navarrette was inducted into the 35th Infantry Division Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri earlier this month for his service and bravery...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Rise In Suicides And Other Mental Health Problems For Veterans

Today marks the tenth year of the beginning of the war effort in the Middle East.  On October 7th 2001, the U.S. government sent combat troops into Afghanistan, and would later invade Iraq in 2003.  A decade of war...

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Latina Documentary Filmmaker Works For Social Justice

Laura Varela said that it was her experience growing up in a violent neighborhood that ultimately led her to work as a documentary filmmaker. Her journey from El Paso, Texas to the University of Texas at Austin...

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Texas Border Residents Pawns In Border Security War Games

A new report commissioned by Texas’ next wannabe Lieutenant Governor and current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples literally labels the border as a warzone. This, despite actual reality and statistics to the contrary. Ultimately what this report represents...

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Experiences Of Latino Vietnam Veterans In New Documentary

A new documentary chronicles the experiences of several Latino Vietnam veterans, who made up 20% of the casualties in that war but were only 10% of the U.S. population at the time. The documentary seems to serve...

Monday, July 4th, 2011

The Spanish, Tejano & Latino Contributions To Independence

By Dan Arellano In all of the wars that this great country has been involved in Americans of Mexican/Spanish descent have always been amongst the first to fight, the most to die, the last to leave but...

Monday, July 4th, 2011

What Was Life Like In 1776 In Texas And Mexico?

By Richard G. Santos Texas, the geographic area now called the U. S. Southwest and Northern Mexico, in 1776 was a war zone. The Spanish settlements, ranchos, haciendas and missions were besieged by hostile Native Americans tribes...

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Bien Hecho: Border Vets Fight For VA Hospital

For decades, Latino veterans in the Rio Grande Valley border region in South Texas have been fighting the good fight to urge lawmakers and the Veteran’s Administration to build a hospital that’s accessible to them. The nearest...

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Will Latino Veterans Be Excluded From Vietnam War Documentary?

In case you never heard about Ken Burns, “The War,” and the resulting controversy, let me try to break it down quickly. Ken Burns created this massive documentary about World War II for PBS, worked on it...

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Pain Of Losing A Son In Iraq, One Latino’s Story

Carlos Arredondo: I remember the war in Nicaragua in the 1980s, the Contra scandal, the weapons for hostages. Oliver North took...

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

News Taco To Go: WWI, HPV, Wisconsin, Budget And Libya

The last WWI veteran died Sunday. Frank W. Buckles was 110 when he died but only 16 when he lied to enlist in the Army to fight in WWI. Half of all men have HPV, or human...

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Latino State Of The Union

The “state of the union” of the Latino community appears to be one of confusion or uncertainty in what...

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