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In lower income neighborhoods, students can struggle without access to proper educational materials, exposure, and parental poverty. 

The story of education in lower income neighborhoods is an all too familiar one. The struggle to obtain a stable education is a story of overcoming conditions that are less than favorable, much like the swamp plant. What is causing these students, especially Latinos, to fall behind? How can they grow from these meager and impoverished conditions?  

37 die in clash between inmates, police at Venezuelan prison

 08/17/2017 - 04:56
Venezuelan authorities guard the Jose Gregorio Hernandez Hospital after an interior ministry team tried to take the prison by force that in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, 16 August 2017. EPA/Pedro Zapata

 As part of an effort to curb prison violence, the leftist government has imposed a militarized administration in roughly half of Venezuela's penal institutions. US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday in Cartagena, Colombia, that Venezuela is a failed state that threatens the security and prosperity of the entire hemisphere.

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Black Women from Latin America Get Ready to Face Challenges Ahead

 07/26/2017 - 06:31
Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women (RMAAD) Southern Cone coordinator Vicenta Camusso speaks during a press conference held on July 25, 2017, in Montevideo, Uruguay, to discuss the organization's 25th anniversary. EFE/Federico Anfitti

The main task ahead for Afro-descendants is to "make definitive progress to close the economic gap since, in Latin America and the Caribbean, poverty has a face and a color, according to the coordinator of the Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women (RMAAD)

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[OP-ED]: Heroin Corridor Cleanup – Is City Hall Addicted to Exclusion?

 07/19/2017 - 10:54
The train-tracks in  the area between Kensington Av. and Fairhill is known as “El Campamento”. The City of Philadelphia and Conrail signed an agreement in June to clean and seal this place. The company’s deadline is schedule on to July 31st. File AL DÍA News

Disappointment is how Louis Cruz described his reaction to the closed door he encountered when he sought work for his company on the project City Hall and Conrail proudly announced recently to cleanup a section of railroad tracks in West Kensington where a filthy heroin abuse corridor has festered for nearly twenty years.

[OP-ED]: America & me: A love story

 07/06/2017 - 14:05
A group of deported veterans protested in honor of deported veterans who have died outside the United States, and demanded changes to laws that would give veterans deported access to medical benefits. EFE

At the risk of setting off more fireworks, I’ve spent the days surrounding the Fourth of July trying to answer a question that has perplexed U.S. Latinos for generations. Whether the yardstick is starting businesses, creating jobs, spreading opportunity, serving in uniform or displaying optimism in hard times, America’s largest minority has shown time and again that we love this country. 

But does the country love us back?

[OP-ED]: Cleaning The ‘Heroin Hell’ Will Not Create Heaven In Surrounding Communities

 06/26/2017 - 10:41
'Bedroom' for a man in Philadelphia's West Kensington community where festering structural impoverishment sparks social ills like rampant drug sales. LBW Photo

The recent announcement that City Hall and Conrail cut a deal to cleanup the notorious heroin corridor along a section of railroad track running through Philadelphia’s Fairhill and West Kensington communities is welcomed removal of a dangerous blight that’s festered for nearly two decades.

[OP-ED]: Pensar en el bien común, la razón fundamental para ayudar a los niños a que crezcan y den lo mejor de sí mismos

 06/19/2017 - 11:10
Alumnos de una escuela gestionada por la mezquita de Blikkiesdorp, un barrio de la periferia de Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica. Linn Washington

El pasado 16 de junio, Día de la Juventud, diversas protestas estallaron en varias ciudades de Sudáfrica. Dichas protestas sirvieron para recordar  los orígenes de esta importante celebración anual para el país.

Washington's Priority in Latin America: Ending Drug Trade

 06/16/2017 - 06:30
US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (L) during the opening of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami, Florida, United States, 15 June 2017. EFE/Giorgio Viera

US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras and the vice president of El Salvador within the framework of the economic and security conference on Central America being held in Miami. The Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle was created in 2014 by the US, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador due to the wave of US arrivals of undocumented and unaccompanied Central American minors. 

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Electing a new president won't solve Mexico's problems, writer Diego Osorno says

 05/26/2017 - 03:12
Mexican journalist Diego Osorno in Tijuana, Mexico on May 24, 2017. EFE/Alejandro Zepeda

The 36-year-old journalist made his remarks in the border city of Tijuana, where he presented the latest edition of his book "Oaxaca sitiada" (Besieged Oaxaca). He first wrote the work a decade ago to tell the story of a 2006 uprising in that impoverished, largely Indian-populated state against then-Gov. Ulises Ruiz.

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Santos tras su encuentro con Trump: "Nosotros no construimos muros"

 05/19/2017 - 08:26
US President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (L) during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 18 May 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

El presidente de EEUU Donald Trump dio el jueves la bienvenida a su homólogo colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, de visita oficial en el país. Los líderes expresaron más interés en temas como la erradicación del problema de la cocaína, la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas y la crisis en Venezuela, que en el proceso de Paz en Colombia. 

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USA-Colombia: Trump focuses on anti-drug fight, asks Santos for help to end Venezuela political crisis

 05/19/2017 - 05:46
US President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (L) during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 18 May 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US President Donald Trump welcomed his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, to the White House on Thursday, appearing to express more interest in coca eradication, the anti-drug fight and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela than in the Colombian peace agreement.

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