UPDATE: President Obama Responds to Generación Y Blogger Yoani Sanchez
By Mariela Rosario | 11/20/2009 - 17:05

Cuban Generación Y blogger Yoani Sanchez is putting her media spotlight to good use and recently posed a series of questions to both President Barack Obama and Raul Castro challenging the current state of US/Cuban relations.

President Obama agreed to answer her questions, which Sanchez posted yesterday. Sanchez also developed a questionnaire for Cuban president Raul Castro, but she does not know whether or not he will answer.


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President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize, Mexico Blames U.S. for Hindering U.N. Climate Talks
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/09/2009 - 09:27

  • President Obama shocked the world this morning when it was announced that he won the Nobel Peace Prize for diplomacy, just nine months into his presidency. The Nobel Committee said of the president: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.

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Latin Music Night Planned at the White House
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/08/2009 - 15:04

President Obama announced plans to celebrate Hispanic musical heritage on Oct. 13 with a concert featuring top Latin artists. Sounds like it’s gonna be a major party, too. Mexican musician Sheila E.


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Rio de Janeiro Wins Bid to Host 2016 Olympic Games
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/02/2009 - 13:30

It was a close battle between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro as the final vote neared, but the International Olympic Committee announced today that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.


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Chicago Vs. Rio de Janeiro in Bid to Host the 2016 Summer Olympics
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/29/2009 - 12:39

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is going up against President Obama in an effort to convince the International Olympic Committee to see things his way. Both leaders will be in Copenhagen, Denmark this Friday in an effort to convince the committee that their respective cities—Rio for Lula, and Chicago for Obama—would serve as the best host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Other cities in the running include Madrid and Tokyo.


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President Obama Extends Cuban Embargo
By Mariela Rosario | 09/16/2009 - 12:31

After taking steps towards healing the longstanding rift between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama recently renewed the economic embargo against the island nation.

Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, established after World War I, U.S. companies are banned from trading with what are determined to be hostile nations.


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Obama Celebrates New Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
By Mariela Rosario | 08/13/2009 - 11:15

President Barack Obama has his hands full, but he still took the time yesterday to throw a fiesta in honor of the first Latina Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor.


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Chita Rivera Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2009 - 13:25

Two time Tony Award–winning actress Chita Rivera was honored by President Barack Obama today. Obama presented the boricua legend with a Presidential Medal of Freedom; she was one of 16 recipients. 


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Obama Addresses Plans to Curb Swine Flu
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/10/2009 - 17:15

President Barack Obama completed a two-day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he took part in a summit—dubbed the Three Amigos' summit—with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The three met today to discuss, among other things, their commitment to fighting swine flu and climate change. In a joint statement, they said their countries will collaborate to combat the threats.


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Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed as First Latina Supreme Court Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 08/06/2009 - 15:10

The Senate just voted 68-31 in favor of confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor, officially making her the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States

We were moved to tears here in the Latina offices, similarly to how we felt on the evening on Nov. 6, 2008, when Barack Obama became the first African American President. Sonia Sotomayor—like President Obama—has a history deeply rooted in perseverance, education and the love of family and country.


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