President Obama Leaving for First Diplomatic Trip to Latin America This Weekend
President Obama Leaving for First Diplomatic Trip to Latin America This Weekend
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2011 - 16:00

Despite many assumptions that President Barack Obama would cancel his Latin American tour after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last week, the White House recently announced his intentions to move forward with the trip. “Every day you’re president there’s a world event somewhere. The American people understand and expect their president can walk and chew gum at the same time,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.


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UPDATE: Shakira Meets "Shakiro"!
By Lee Hernandez | 03/13/2011 - 17:00

Shakira is a woman of her word. After tweeting earlier this week that she wanted to meet Rodolfo Burgos, the Chilean man who impersonated her on the Chilean show Yo soy, the Colombian singer has now invited her master impersonator to her upcoming concert in Santiago, Chile. 


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Where in the World are the Chilean Miners?
Where in the World are the Chilean Miners?
By Latina Staff | 03/02/2011 - 12:45

Looks like the Chilean miners who tugged at the world’s heartstrings last fall will continue to tell (and sell) their story. The 33 miners, who were rescued last October after being stuck in a copper and gold mine for over three months, signed their official life rights to the talent and literary agency William Morris. All areas of the miners’ life rights will be represented, including film, commercials, books, and television.


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New Ad Campaigns Take Aim at Machismo in Latin America
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2011 - 18:55

New ad campaigns sweeping across Latin America are taking on a centuries-old code of machismo propulgated by outdated ideas of male and female power dynamics.

First, Chile launched a campaign that declared, "Maricón, el que maltrata a una mujer." Watch the PSA below:


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VIDEO: Selena Gomez Leaves South America in Tears
By Lee Hernandez | 02/17/2011 - 13:36

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with excitement that you couldn’t help but cry tears of joy? Well, that’s what happened to thousands of screaming fans during Selena Gomez’s South American tour.

Gomez, who last fall became the youngest Ambasador ever for UNICEF, went down to Latin America earlier this year for both a series of concerts and a UNICEF mission and she has now posted a new video documenting the experience on her website, SelenaGomez.com.


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Two Chilean Miners Killed in Accidental Blast
Two Chilean Miners Killed in Accidental Blast
By Mariela Rosario | 11/09/2010 - 08:50

Two miners were killed and a third critically injured when an accidental explosion ripped through a copper and gold mine in Chile—not far from where the heroic rescue of 33 Chilean miners occurred just weeks ago.

The miners were working in a new mine called Los Reyes, just 30 miles away from Copiapo. The San Jose mine where the 33 were saved is on the outskirts of Copiapo.


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Cheating Chilean Miner Offered $100,000 to Be Spokesman For Website
Cheating Chilean Miner Offered $100,000 to Be Spokesman For Website
By Mariela Rosario | 10/21/2010 - 15:23

Ashleymadison.com, a website specializing in promoting marital infidelity recently offered rescued Chilean miner Yonni Barrios $100,000 to become their new spokesman.

Barrios first gained attention when it was discovered that both his wife, Marta Salinas and his mistress,Susana Valenzuela were camped outside the collapsed mine awaiting his release.


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POLL: Should the Chilean Miners be Paid for their Stories?
POLL: Should the Chilean Miners be Paid for their Stories?
By Mariela Rosario | 10/18/2010 - 11:48

The Chilean miners have faced intense media scrutiny since their rescue last week, and for some of them, the relentless press attention is more frightening than the 69 days they suffered underground.

Intimate details of the miner's ordeal have yet to emerge, with the men saying they signed a pact of secrecy about their entrapment and subsequent rescue. While leaving a special Mass held for the men outside of the San Jose mine on Sunday, rescued miner Omar Reygadas, 56 told reporters, "I've had nightmares these days. But the worst nightmare is all of you."


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Lost & Found: 5 Heroic Stories of Survival in Latin America
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/15/2010 - 11:35

The Chilean miners’ inspiring story of heroic survival and rescue is undoubtedly one for the ages. But Latin America has long captured worldwide attention for dramatic events—whether massive natural or manmade disasters and daring rescues—before. Here are some of the most enduring stories.


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