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Rocky Chavez Launches U.S. Senate Campaign In California

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:47 PM

California Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Calif.) announced Thursday that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will open up when Democrat Barbara Boxer retires.

Chavez’s plans could help Republicans boost their appeal among Hispanics during an election season in which the contentious issue of immigration will likely loom...

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Arizona Won't Fine Tucson Schools Over Ethnic Studies Courses

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Arizona state officials won’t strip Tucson public schools of 10 percent of its funding for alleged infractions against a state law restricting the teaching of ethnic studies.

Tuesday’s announcement by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, a Republican, came after her predecessor cited the teaching of Mexican history,...

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Research Group Media Matters To Scrutinize Hispanic News More Closely

(11) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Media Matters is taking a closer look at Latino news.

The research group known for calling out what it considers “conservative misinformation” in the mass media launched a Hispanic engagement initiative on Monday aimed at undermining what it views as attempts by rightwing organizations to influence Latinos through Spanish-language...

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13 motivos para sentirmos falta do presidente do Uruguai, José 'Pepe' Mujica, que legalizou a maconha

(5) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 12:38 AM

O presidente uruguaio, José "Pepe" Mujica, tornou-se uma celebridade instantânea em 2012, depois que a BBC publicou uma matéria especial documentando seu estilo de vida austero e detalhando seu passado. Um ex-combatente da guerrilha que passou 14 anos na prisão -- mais de dez deles em confinamento solitário...

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No Foreign Country Can Change Dominican Republic's Immigration Laws, President Says

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 6:39 PM

Dominican President Danilo Medina offered a full-throated defense of his government's controversial changes to citizenship and immigration law in a speech Friday. which marked the country's independence from neighboring Haiti.

In a speech marking the country's independence from neighboring Haiti, Medina said he would refuse to back down under pressure...

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DAPA-Eligible Immigrants Face Threat Of Deportation, Advocates Say

(38) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Brenda Castro, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, has two U.S.-born children, lives in New Orleans and has been in the country since 2008. Though she has a misdemeanor for attempted theft and a prior deportation, immigrant rights advocates are confident she would qualify for the deportation relief program...

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What's Really Wrong With Bill O'Reilly's El Salvador Reporting

(202) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:10 AM

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly has pointed to his brief stint in Latin America in 1982 as a correspondent for CBS News as proof of his experience covering “active war zones.” Those claims have come under fire this month after reports in The Nation, Mother Jones and elsewhere...

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Pasco Police Fired 17 Shots At Unarmed Mexican Migrant For Throwing Rocks At Them

(241) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM

Police in Washington state fired 17 shots at an unarmed Mexican migrant on Feb. 10, hitting him as many as six times, authorities said Wednesday.

Wednesday's statement from the Tri-Cities Special Investigations Unit, a squad of officers from four police departments assigned to investigate the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes,...

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Why The Media Pays Less Attention To Police Killings Of Latinos

(39) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 5:14 PM

Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Antonio Zambrano-Montes were all unarmed men who died at the hands of police officers, sparking protests from critics who questioned whether the killings were justified.

Michael Brown and Eric Garner are now household names in the United States. Antonio Zambrano-Montes?...

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Antonio Zambrano-Montes' Death Isn't The First 'Ferguson Moment' For Latinos

(223) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:24 AM

The New York Times this week called the videotaped police killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican migrant fatally shot in Washington state after throwing rocks at officers, the Latino community's "Ferguson moment."

The Feb. 10 killing of Zambrano-Montes, 35, in Pasco, Washington, gained national attention as cell...

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Confusion Over Killing Of Haitian Man In Dominican Republic Amid Contradictory Reports [UPDATE]

(9) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:37 PM

Police have yet to make an arrest in the case of a Haitian man found hanged in a public park in the Dominican Republic's second-largest city of Santiago, according to a Wednesday report by the Dominican news site 7 Días.

The 7 Días report, which cites comments made Wednesday...

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5 Theories About The Economic Effects Of Illegal Immigration You Shouldn't Trust

(106) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 4:50 PM

A Texas judge’s decision on Monday to block the executive actions on immigration announced by the Obama administration last year has cast the issue of illegal immigration back into the national spotlight.

While the debate is ostensibly a fight over the limits of executive power pitting President...

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Dominican Journalists Claim Death Threats For Covering Citizenship Debate

(16) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:20 PM

Four journalists in the Dominican Republic say they have been threatened for covering their country’s increasingly contentious citizenship and immigration debate and accuse an outspoken nationalist of calling for their deaths.

The journalists filed a lawsuit this month alleging Dominican nationalist Luis Díaz fomented the threats at a public protest....

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Haitian Man Lynched Amid Dominican Republic Immigration Controversy

(83) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 6:21 PM

The corpse of a Haitian man was found hanging from a tree in a public park in the Dominican Republic’s second-largest city Wednesday morning, according the newspaper Listín Diario.

Local police said the killing in Santiago appeared to have occurred during a robbery. But human rights groups...

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These Pictures Prove Brazil's Legacy Of Slavery Is Not A Thing Of The Past

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 11:51 AM

In 1889, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. More enslaved Africans were sent to Brazil than any other country in the hemisphere.

That legacy of racial slavery is readily apparent in Brazil's socioeconomic structure today.

Among the poorest 10 percent of the population,

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U.S.-Cuban Relations Aren't Normalizing As Fast As You Might Think

(24) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 7:45 PM

The U.S. and Cuba joint announcement on Dec. 17 that they would work toward re-establishing diplomatic relations seemed to symbolize the dawning of a new era for the Cold War foes.

But in the weeks that followed, Cuban officials have demanded that the U.S. meet ambitious conditions...

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John Oliver To Ecuadoran President: 'If Your Skin Was Any Thinner, You'd Be A Taint'

(4) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:11 PM

John Oliver roasted one of Latin America’s most sensitive presidents on Sunday for attempting to confront his critics on Twitter.

The segment poked fun at Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, whose government has launched an effort to rally its supporters to gang up on critics who use social...

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Weed-Legalizing President Launches Website To Keep In Touch With Fans

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Fans have a new way to keep in touch with outgoing President José “Pepe” Mujica.

The leftwing politician launched a website on Saturday, where he says he’ll direct his messages to the public after leaving office.

Emblazoned with the words “gracias pueblo,” or “thank you, my...

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Arturo O'Farrill: Afro-Latino Heritage Is 'One Big Culture That We All Share'

(29) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Arturo O'Farrill wants Africa to get the credit it deserves.

The New York-based pianist, composer and educator traveled Friday to Los Angeles to attend the Grammys, where his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's "The Offense of the Drum" is nominated for best Latin jazz album.

"We talk a lot...

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Here's Why Oscar Romero Became A Martyr And Why His Work Still Isn't Done

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero died as a martyr, opening a path toward his beatification, which is the last step before sainthood. For many people across the Americas, the decision affirmed the moral fortitude of Romero, who was killed in 1980 for defending...

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