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Barack Obama's 2012 Playlist Leaves Out Hip Hop, Has One Latino Artist

(51) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 9:34 AM

Fortunately, "Livin' La Vida Loca" did not make Barack Obama's 2012 campaign playlist although the Ricky Martin number might have been apropos given the tumultuous times of his first term.

But another Martin song, "The Best Thing About Me Is You," did make the president's all-inclusive, demographically-friendly soundtrack...

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Latino Voters 2012: Exhilaration Over President Obama Turns To Dread And Disappointment

(1829) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 2:07 AM

NEW YORK -- David Galarza remembers the heady days of the 2008 campaign season "like it was yesterday": the trip down from New York to central Florida's critical I-4 corridor in the final get-out-the-vote push for Barack Obama, the faces of hope and expectation.

"You could...

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Guantanamo Bay Prison Anniversary: Cuba's Opposition To Territorial Invasion Long Predates Caribbean Gulag

(13) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 4:49 PM

The 10th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay prison will be marked today with demonstrations in London, Washington and other cities throughout the world. And prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba also plan to stage sit-ins, erect banners and refuse meals.

Cuba, however, has been railing against...

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'Work It' Controversy: Actor Amaury Nolasco Tries To Explain ABC Sitcom's Puerto Rican Diss Amid Debate About Island's Drug Scourge

(212) Comments | Posted January 8, 2012 | 10:05 PM

Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco says via Twitter that his line suggesting that Puerto Ricans are "great at selling drugs" on the ABC sitcom "Work It" should be seen in a comedic context and that he's always tried to "uphold the positive image of my beautiful island and...

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Fidel Castro Death Rumor: Cuban Leader's Half Brother Calls Twitter Reports Of Fidel's Demise 'A Lie'

(71) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 2:56 PM

The latest Twitter-fueled rumors about Fidel Castro's death may be exaggerated, but doctors have ordered the 85-year-old Comandante to get some bed rest, according to Castro's half brother.

"It's a lie, a big lie!," Martin Castro told The Huffington Post, referring to the latest speculation about his brother's demise. "He's...

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Latino Voters: The GOP's Post-Iowa Challenge To Cut Into Obama's Support Among Hispanics

(148) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 1:01 AM

Let's get this party started.

For months now, the leading GOP candidates -- ever aware of the importance of the Latino vote to winning the White House -- demonstrated a remarkable ability to deftly dance on both sides of certain issues.

Newt Gingrich, for instance, drew loud applause...

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Cancer In Latin America: Diagnoses Of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and Other Leaders Highlight Growing Problem

(30) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 2:37 PM

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's thyroid cancer makes her the latest in a series of Latin American leaders to be diagnosed with cancer -- a reflection of escalating rates of the disease in the region.

While Latin America's presidents have access to the best medical care in the world,...

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Shakespeare Theatre Company Responds To Controversy About Naming Buffoonish Characters 'Juan Huevos' And 'Jose Frijoles'

(335) Comments | Posted December 17, 2011 | 12:44 PM

The unfortunately named characters Juan Huevos and Jose Frijoles in a new version of "Much Ado About Nothing" at Washington D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company are out after complaints about insensitivity.

Less than a month after the formal opening of the Shakespearean comedy with a Cuban twist, the renowned theater company...

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'Disappearing Parents': A Deported Mother's Struggle To Be With Her U.S.-Born Children

(886) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 12:12 PM

Ana, 37, keeps a daily vigil by the phone in Guadalajara, Mexico.

With the exception of two brief court-supervised visits, Ana hasn't spent time with her three daughters or son since 2008, when she left her children in the care of her ex-boyfriend in Phoenix. She went to run an...

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Cuba Launches Copycat Facebook Site, 'Red Social', Despite Internet Restrictions

(55) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 11:17 AM

It certainly looks and sounds like Facebook. Even its name, "RedSocial," the Social Network, would make Mark Zuckerberg's lawyers squirm.

Cuba, a nation where just 2 percent of the population has an internet connection, has quietly launched a Facebook wannabe, a "virtual meeting place for Cuban universities," according to a...

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Miami's Cuban Exiles: The Widening Chasm Between The Leadership And Newer Arrivals

(220) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 10:08 AM

Mitt Romney appeared amid crates of tropical guava paste and coconut water at Conchita Foods, a Florida family-run business founded by Cuban exiles -- a rite of passage for aspiring GOP presidential candidates.

Established near Hialeah, a city just west of Miami and heart of the Cuban diaspora, Conchita is...

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Immigrants Flock To Neighborhood Slaughterhouse, Relive Rituals From Back Home

(148) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 10:50 AM

NEW YORK-- On Thanksgiving Eve, people from South America, the Caribbean and Africa poured in from the rain to the damp smell of offal at La Granja, a live poultry market in West Harlem.

Instead of buying organic turkeys at Whole Foods or Fairway nearby, these last-minute shoppers relived a...

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Jose Pimentel, New York Bombing Suspect, Was Frustrated By Unemployment, Mother Says

(18) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 1:50 PM

NEW YORK -- The mother of the man accused of plotting to build and detonate bombs in New York said Monday that her son had grown increasingly frustrated in recent weeks by his inability to find work.

Her account adds twist to the official version of the Saturday...

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Botanicas: A Testament To The Perseverance Of Dreams

(45) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 6:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Deirdre Bentancourt, currently unemployed, escorted her daughter through the aisles of a Bronx botanica that bills itself as the largest on the East Coast, a spiritual superstore of herbs, candles, oils, perfumes, baths, incense, animal skulls and amulets.

The mother consulted a dog-eared book on the spirit...

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Deportations Leave Behind Thousands Of Children In Foster Care

(2896) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 5:22 PM

An unprecedented increase in the deportation of undocumented immigrants has left an estimated 5,100 children languishing in U.S. foster homes -- a troubling figure that could triple in the coming years, according to a November report from a New York-based advocacy group.


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Latinos Rewrite America's Urban Folklore

(32) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 11:39 AM

"This is an Irish pub," the red-haired barman was saying.

On a rainy late-summer night, I sat with a group of friends at an old pub on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Abbey is a neighborhood institution near Columbia University, in an ethnically-rich part of town within walking distance of...

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