The Death of Osama bin Laden: a Reflection on 9/11

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“Turn on the TV NOW.” This text from Lil’ Sis pulled me out of bed before midnight on Sunday. Like millions around the world, I learned that Osama bin Laden, the diabolical mastermind behind the most deadly terrorist attacks on U.S. soil had been killed by Navy SEALs. Even before President Obama’s soundbites would be […]

SEAL an Anchor Baby? How an Assumption Became Truth (and I’m Not Talking about la Virgen María)

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As details of Osama bin Laden’s assassination spread virally throughout the internet, so are rumors that one of the Navy SEALs involved in arguably one of history’s most anticipated deaths is an “anchor baby” or a child born to illegal immigrants in the U.S.  Not only has this information NOT been confirmed or denied, it is likely […]

Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel

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Dear Mr. Stengel, When I noticed the lack of Latinos and Latin Americans in the 2011 Time 100, I thought: Again?  My criticism does not probe whether Gossip Girl Blake Lively should be on the same “list” as Afghan prosecutor general Maria Bashir or if the blonde bombshell took the place of someone more relevant. […]

Latinos’ Bad Credit, No Credit, Big Problem: TWLC Interviews Progreso Financiero’s James Gutierrez

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“In this country if you don’t have a credit score, it’s like not having a face.” -James Gutierrez, Progreso Financiero Because of the global financial crisis, we know how integral credit is to economic growth, recovery, and overall U.S. competitiveness.  Eyes glazing over?  It’s also vital to YOU–the middle class.  No, not spending what you […]

Latinos May Save Your ______: TWLC Interviews Google’s Mark López

Mark López, Head of U.S. Hispanic Audience for Google

Latinos may save your ______. Fill in the blank: Retirement.  Stock portfolio.  Medicare/social security benefit.  Help companies grow and hire new employees.  Build new schools and roads in your community. U.S. investors are color blind, unless it’s the color of greenbacks.  Whether it’s a car dealership or Google, companies understand that U.S. economic recovery, growth, […]

Mr. President: Try Substantive Instead of “Equal” Partnership with Latin America

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“¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos!” “Poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States!” -Porfirio Díaz Mexican strong man Porfirio Díaz is credited with these words that describe the 20th Century U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Latin America relationships as the Roosevelt Corollary (Monroe Doctrine on […]