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Myths of Latin America Often Ignorant, Inaccurate

Many objected when Secretary of State John Kerry referred to Latin America as "the backyard" of the United States last April. While his statement may have been intended as an innocuous comment on geography, the implications of his words represent an all too common attitude about our Southerly neighbors that is not only ignorant, but often inaccurate. Even a quick second glance at the region reveals that the mainstream U.S. media and government perspectives on Latin America are based on ethnocentric myths rather than fact.

GOP Senate Candidate Defends Use Of 'Wetbacks' Slur As 'Normal As Breathing Air'

Senate, Chris Mapp Texas, Chris Mapp Senate, Latino Voices News A U.S. Senate candidate is facing fierce criticism after saying ranchers should be free to shoot "wetbacks" on sight, using a derogatory term that the candidate describes as "normal" in his home state. Texas Republican Chris Mapp, who is challenging Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the upcoming GOP primary, made the remarks during an interview with the Dallas Morning News' editorial board.

The Case for Health-Warning Labels on Soda

Imagine you are at the beach in Malibu. The weather is perfect, the ocean is shimmering, and you are thirsty. You buy a Coke from a nearby bodega and prepare to take a hefty swig, only to be met with the following text: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” This California dream could become reality under a new bill proposed in the state's legislature late last week. Citing obesity research, state Sen.

Is the Future of Hispanic Broadcast Television Up in the Air?

Hispanics are among the most enthusiastic consumers of information, news and entertainment in the United States today. They value reliability, accuracy and most importantly, access. To many of these families the high cost of monthly basic cable and satellite TV packages are beyond their means. As a result, they turn to broadcast television for their favorite shows, community news and critical updates during emergencies. In fact, 51 percent of the 59.7 million of Americans who rely on free, over-the-air broadcast TV live in homes where Spanish is the language of choice.

How to deal with sugar

THERE’S HARDLY an ingredient in that candy bar you just unwrapped that the government didn’t have a strong, distorting hand in producing — the peanuts, the sugar, the milk, to name a few. U.S. sugar companies, for example, benefit from a series of overlapping trade protections that the last “reform” farm bill left untouched. If you’re drinking a soda while reading this editorial, you’re probably consuming large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup. Corn farmers are unfairly coddled, too.

How to deal with sugar

THERE’S HARDLY an ingredient in that candy bar you just unwrapped that the government didn’t have a strong, distorting hand in producing — the peanuts, the sugar, the milk, to name a few. U.S. sugar companies, for example, benefit from a series of overlapping trade protections that the last “reform” farm bill left untouched. If you’re drinking a soda while reading this editorial, you’re probably consuming large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup. Corn farmers are unfairly coddled, too.

Rene Gonzalez Awaits Fellow "Cuban Five" Agent's Release

HAVANA (AP) — When Fernando Gonzalez walks out of an Arizona prison next week, the "Cuban Five" will be down to three. Intelligence agents in the employ of Fidel Castro's Cuba, they were arrested in the United States in 1998 and given terms ranging from 15 years to consecutive life sentences on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents.

Ted Cruz On Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro 'Taking A Page' From Castro Playbook

WASHINGTON -- With all eyes on the bloodshed in Ukraine, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered a sharp warning Friday on another political crisis: demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Cruz issued a statement as anti-government protests in Venezuela's western state of Tachira reached their largest since the death of the country's longtime president Hugo Chavez nearly a year ago.

Government Shutdown Hurt More Than 37,000 Immigration Cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards. While the country's immigration courts are now running as usual, immigrants who had hoped to have their cases resolved in October so they could travel abroad to see family or get a job have instead had their lives put on hold.

Asians overtake Hispanics as top Nevada immigrant population

Nevada’s Hispanic population has surged in the last decade, increasing from 19.7 percent of the total population in 2000 to 27.3 percent in 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. But in recent years, the biggest group of immigrants coming to Nevada from outside the United States — both legally and illegally — are not Latino, according to Census Bureau data released last month.
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