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Veja Magazine Caricatures Obama As Communist Revolutionary 'Che' Guevara

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Conservative Brazilian news magazine Veja marked the Obama administration’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba with a healthy dose of artistic license.

This week’s cover of Veja features a caricature of President Barack Obama in the style of a famous image of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernest0 “Che”...

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This Is The Biggest Change To U.S.-Cuba Policy In Most Of Our Lifetimes. Here's What It Means.

(92) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 4:43 PM

The Obama administration has long said that it would take more steps to open up Washington’s long-frozen relations with Cuba as soon as the country released a U.S. government contractor jailed there since December of 2009.

On Wednesday, Obama made good on the promise, announcing the most sweeping changes...

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Damning Report Claims Mexican Federal Police Participated In Disappearance Of 43 Students

(82) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Mexico's federal police collaborated with local forces in the September attack on 43 students whose disappearance and presumed killings have led to mass protests in the country, according to an investigative report published Sunday in the Mexican magazine Proceso.

Federal authorities also likely tortured key witnesses who offered critical testimony...

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San Francisco To Offer Ethnic Studies At All 19 Of Its Public High Schools

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:43 AM

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all of the city’s 19 public high schools to offer ethnic studies courses.

In offering ethnic studies across the city’s school system, San Francisco became the third California city to offer such courses, even as they...

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Brazilian Congressman Tells Colleague She's Not Worth Raping

(47) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:03 PM

A conservative Brazilian Congress member told a leftwing colleague on the floor of the national legislature on Tuesday that she is not worth raping, then bragged about the incident on Twitter.

Representative Jair Bolsonaro’s comments were recorded and widely reported by the Brazilian media. The Intercept profiled him in...

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Democratic Mayors Rally Support For Obama's Immigration Changes

(8) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:43 PM

NEW YORK -- A group of 20 Democratic mayors will meet on Monday to brainstorm ways of pressing Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and to trade information about how to best support President Barack Obama’s executive action softening deportation policy.

Facing Republican gains in Congress that make the...

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Akai Gurley Protesters Gather At Housing Project Where He Was Killed

(42) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 7:26 PM

NEW YORK -- As rain poured down in New York City on Saturday afternoon, more than 50 protesters gathered at the Louis Pink Houses, the Brooklyn housing project where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed man last month. The New York Police Department has called the...

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U.S. Is Deporting People Who Could Legally Stay Here: Report

(58) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:21 PM

When Border Patrol officers kicked Maria out of the country, they didn’t have to go before a judge or allow her to see a lawyer. They only had to file an expedited removal order to deport her. She was a U.S. citizen, but U.S. officials didn’t believe her because the...

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13 Reasons We'll Miss Uruguay's Weed-Legalizing President José 'Pepe' Mujica

(17) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Uruguay's President José "Pepe" Mujica became an instant celebrity in 2012 after the BBC published a feature documenting his austere lifestyle and detailing his past. A former guerrilla fighter who spent 14 years in jail -- more than 10 of them in solitary confinement and

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Gallup Poll Shows How Much Latinos Loved Obama's Immigration Announcement

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:53 PM

President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics shot up 10 points to 68 percent after he announced his administration would offer deportation relief to an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, according to a weekly Gallup poll.

Obama’s surge in popularity among Hispanics follows a nearly two-year long...

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Banned Mexican-American Studies Curriculum Boosted Student Achievement: Study

(7) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:20 PM

The Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson public schools banned by the conservative-dominated Arizona legislature helped boost student achievement and offers a promising approach to bridge the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students, a new study says.

The study, published in the December edition of the American...

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Here's Every Argument You'll Need For Your Immigration Debate This Thanksgiving

(105) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:21 PM

President Barack Obama gave all of us a Thanksgiving table topic to avoid last Thursday when he announced he will grant deportation relief to as many as 5 million people, most of whom are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Americans are split on whether...

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Legal Experts Say There's 'No Support' For Excluding Dreamers' Parents

(6) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 6:52 PM

At 27, José Luis Zelaya has had four knee surgeries, all stemming from when he was 13 and traveled overland for a month and a half from Honduras to Texas in search of his mother.

Having crossed the border illegally, Zelaya doesn’t have legal status in the...

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Farmworkers Call On Wendy's To Pay More For Tomatoes And Boost Their Wages

(9) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 6:32 PM

NEW YORK -- With a brass band accompanying chants of “Your burgers might be square, but your food ain’t fair,” and “Wendy’s sucks, give up some bucks,” about 200 people marched in front of two Wendy's restaurants in Manhattan this past Saturday, demanding the company pay 1 cent more per...

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Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Back Obama's Executive Action On Immigration: Poll

(45) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Almost 9 in 10 Latino registered voters support President Barack Obama's executive action to shield an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and offer them work authorization, according to a poll released Monday.

The widespread support among Hispanic voters registered in the Latino Decisions survey is...

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Kansas Conservative Doesn't Think Latino 'Socialists' Will Lead Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:12 AM

Hispanics will create a socialist voting bloc in the United States as they replace American workers, but that won't lead to ethnic cleansing, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said on his radio show on Sunday.

Basing his remarks on a Pew study showing that a majority...

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Immigration Activists Celebrate Bittersweet Victory After Obama Grants Relief

(57) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:29 AM

NEW YORK -- Shortly before President Barack Obama on Thursday night announced deportation relief that could benefit an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, Cesar Vargas already had a reason to celebrate. The co-founder of the DRM Action Coalition had received the basic outline of the White House’s...

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Legal Challenges To Obama's Deportation Relief Are Probably Doomed, Experts Say

(26) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:32 PM

President Barack Obama's planned executive action that would reportedly offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants is based on uncontroversial and widely accepted legal foundations, experts said.

It won’t be possible to fully assess Obama’s executive action until Thursday, when he unveils it. But if, as administration officials...

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Here's Why Immigration Advocates Are Pressing So Hard For Executive Action

(24) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 3:45 PM

As President Barack Obama prepares to announce an executive action on Thursday that will reportedly offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, opponents are crying foul. To understand why advocates have pressed so hard for reform, it's helpful to review the president's record on deportation and detention....

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This Is How Much The World Has Changed Since Last Time We Passed Immigration Reform

(47) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:31 PM

To understand how long overdue comprehensive immigration reform is, consider this: The last time the United States passed comprehensive immigration legislation, Republicans played a leading role in crafting the bill, the Berlin Wall had yet to fall, the U.S. had sided with Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War and the...

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