Obama Begins Outreach to Latin America
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2009 - 18:00

President Obama met with Brazilian head of state Lula da Silva on Saturday as part of a new effort to open up dialogue with Latin America. Over the 8 years that President Bush was in power in the United States, South America saw an explosion of leftist leadership.

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The Steep Price of Immigration for Latin American Women
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2009 - 14:15

After the overwhelming response to the article about rape trees published last week, we decided to take a more in-depth look at the perils women face as they attempt to immigrate into America. The journey is dangerous—from the malevolent coyotes transporting their human cargo, to the harsh conditions faced in the desert—and many women are realistic about crossing the border.

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First Traces of Chocolate Found in Ancient Ruins on US/Mexico Border
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2009 - 17:30

Scientists recently found traces of chocolate residue on ancient jars in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The discovery marks the earliest known presence of cacao north of Mexico. "It is the first known cacao north of the Mexican border in the United States, and as far as I know the only known cacao in the United States before contact," Patricia Crown of the University of New Mexico told LiveScience, referring to the time before Native Americans interacted with European settlers.

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U.S.- Mexico Border Fence Nears Completion
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/28/2009 - 16:23

With 601 miles of the Mexican/U.S. border fence complete as of last week, the project is almost done. According to the AP, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lloyd Easterling says 69 miles of the fence still must be built to meet the goal set during the Bush administration.

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Manuel Noriega Completes Prison Term, Awaits Extradition
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/08/2009 - 16:47

Although Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega has completed his U.S. sentence for drug racketeering and money laundering, his trials are far from over.

Now France wants to try him on charges of laundering $25 million in cocaine profits through three major French banks and investing in three lavish Paris apartments with drug cash. But Noriega refuses to go down without a fight.

On January 14, a federal appeals court will hear arguments on Noriega’s claim that as a POW he should be sent back to Panama, 19 years after a U.S. invasion removed him from power.

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U.S. Mexico Border Fence now 500 Miles Long, Only 170 More To Go
By Yuliana Gomez | 12/18/2008 - 15:25

Officials at the Department of Homeland security are reporting that Customs and Border Protection has added about 93 miles of fencing to the controversial anti-immigrant fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in 2008, bringing the total length at the end of the year to about 520. “The goal is to complete roughly 670 miles of fencing,” the Department states.

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New Yorkers Celebrate Obama’s Victory
By Mariela Rosario | 11/05/2008 - 13:02

We joined Remezcla.com and Voto Latino for their Election Night party held at SOB's in downtown NYC. What we found were hundreds of engaged and excited Latinos, some political junkies and others first time voters, but all absolutely energized by this historic presidential race.

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Crisis in Bolivia
By Mariela Rosario | 09/19/2008 - 15:36

Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in South America, which are located in the eastern region. The opposition centers around these energy-rich regions and is calling for greater autonomy and control over their natural gas revenues.

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