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Mariela Dabbah
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Now It's Possible to Make Your Dreams Come True

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Just on time, right before we end yet another year without having done much to fulfill our dreams, an innovative platform sees the light. Posibl. -- the first solidarity social network in the world -- uses crowdsourcing, philanthropy and social media to enable you to achieve your dreams...

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Ahora es posible hacer realidad tus sueños

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Justo a tiempo para no cerrar un año más sin haber hecho nada para cumplir nuestros sueños, aparece una innovadora plataforma que nos permite dar el primer paso: contarle a todo el mundo ese sueño y recibir ayuda para lograrlo.

Posibl. es la primera red social solidaria global...

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¡Estos jóvenes latinos no son nuestro futuro, son el presente!

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2012 | 11:00 AM

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Quiere ser abogado de derechos civiles y senador de los Estados Unidos y para lograrlo está dispuesto a interrumpir su sueño cada dos horas para revisar los mensajes en su teléfono. No puede darse el lujo de perderse un mensaje de texto de un reportero...

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Writer Carlos Fuentes Dies

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 8:51 AM

With the death of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, the world loses not only a great writer but also someone who always had an opinion. Whether you agreed with his point of view or not, Fuentes always had something to say about literature, culture and politics.

I attended the...

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My New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 6:49 AM

In the last few years the holiday season has been catching me by surprise. When I was finally starting to get used to writing 2011 on forms and letters, it's time to make room for 2012. I honestly have no clue of what happened to the year that's about to...

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My 2012 Predictions

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 5:08 AM

Twenty years ago, a psychotherapist friend of mine well versed on the Kabbalah, compared cultures, and religions explained to me that the world alternates between times of light and times of darkness. According to my friend, as we move into a time of light it becomes harder to hide the...

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Secrets to Success: An Olympic Athlete Who is Not Athletic

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 2:43 AM

From the time he was 10 years old, Rubén González wanted to compete in the Olympics; but he didn't do anything about his dream for many years. As a soccer player, several coaches had told him that he was too slow on the field and as a result he spent...

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Immigrants Must Learn English Fast

(8) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 7:48 AM

There's no way around it. If you are an immigrant looking to succeed in the United States, you must learn English.

Coming from countries where English is not taught in public schools early enough (if at all!) and arriving largely without college degrees at a time when most jobs...

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The Snowstorm: What I Learned From Losing Power

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 7:24 AM

It was the longest time I've ever been without power. And curiously, I wasn't in some remote town in South America, but in New York!

During the recent record-breaking October snowstorm, I spent four days in the dark. And when I say 'in the dark' I don't just mean...

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Protests: When Enough is Enough

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2011 | 11:49 AM

Occupy Wall Street is no longer a local movement. What started as a protest against the greed of the financial industry has become a series of protests in over 1,000 cities across the globe. Without a unified agenda and, so far, without a list of demands, the protesters...

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Community Colleges or Four-Year Schools?

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 9:14 AM

I was recently invited to attend a press conference on a report by the College Board, which featured its president, Gaston Caperton, along with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Miami-Dade College president Eduardo J. Padrón. But before I showed up, I was given a dismal warning: The...

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The Power of Spanglish to Make us Laugh

(21) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 9:47 AM

Regardless of where you stand on the Spanglish debate, for those of us who live in both languages there comes a time when you will inevitably put your foot in your mouth. Case in point: I was trying pants at a cute little store in Buenos Aires. I came out...

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American Culture: Arriving in America Can be Like Landing on Mars

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 8:26 AM

The first time I landed in Las Vegas only a few years ago I thought I had mistakenly taken a Virgin Galactic flight to Mars. From the slot machines at the airport to walking through a casino to get to my room at the hotel, to running into people gambling...

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What Keeps Latinos from Helping Other Latinos?

(16) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 10:19 AM

A frequent complaint I hear from Latinos trying to break into power circles is that other Latinos who are already there don't extend a helping hand. I've seen it myself. And if you wonder, like I do, why there aren't more visible Latino leaders or why our share of power...

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The Impact of Negative Statistics on the Latino Brand

(15) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Hispanic College enrollment hit an all time high in 2010.

This is terrific news for our country. Given that 19% of the 16- to 24-year-olds is Hispanic, a 24% increase in college enrollment straight out of high school is an extremely positive occurrence. According to a new report by...

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The Power of a Bilingual Brain

(75) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 7:59 AM

I've been an English language learner since I was 6-years-old, first in my native Argentina and then as a young adult in the United States. I studied the language in an academic environment, thus my almost perfect fluency. "Almost" being the operative word here.

A few years ago when...

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Should More Latinos Play Golf?

(8) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 12:13 AM

I don't play golf; but after my lunch with a powerful African-American woman executive who works at a large financial corporation, I'm seriously considering giving it a try.

Her passion for the game is on par with my newly found passion for Zumba, albeit I presume the...

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When Biased Talk Becomes Dangerous

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 8:37 AM

On a recent evening, I was with several mostly Latino friends engaged in a heated discussion over the use of Spanish in the workplace. Suddenly, one person launched into a diatribe against Spaniards that left all of us speechless partly because the comment seemed unrelated to the ongoing conversation and...

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Superwoman in Feather Earrings

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 11:58 PM

What I noticed first were her outrageous, long, feather earrings cascading down to her shoulders. They were black and bright pink, and I could see them from across the room. The second thing I noticed were her crutches. "Bummer," I thought, feeling sorry for the bad luck of this beautiful...

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