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"Relational violence is at the root of so much of the violence that we see on our streets and in our world today.” - Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President of Women Against Abuse since 2009


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Salt In The Wound

 12/13/2016 - 03:27

The brutal killing of a seven-year-old indigenous girl has horrified Colombia and sparkled protests against violence in the streets of Bogotá. The rape and killing of the little girl has highlighted deep class divides that still remain in the Latin American country.

"Tora, Tora, Tora!"

 12/07/2016 - 05:04

On December 7, 1941 - that is, 75 years ago-  Japanese torpedoes attacked by surprise the US military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawai. “Tora, tora, tora! (Tiger, tiger, tiger), Japanese soldiers ordered in the radio.

The Japanese attack provoked the involvement of the US in the Second World War, leading to disastrous events like the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and the killings of thousands of prisoners under general Tojo.

Dangerous Epidemic

 12/05/2016 - 05:30
For many years, Colombian cities have suffered from high rates of crime and violence.  EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

In the last decade, Latina America’s economy grew an annual 4.2 percent, and over 70 million went out of poverty. But despite a meaning reduction in income inequality and unemployment in the region, crime and urban violence rates keep at the top rates in the world, according to a report by The United Nations agency for development (UNDP).

Dr. Flirt

 12/02/2016 - 06:18
Bosnian football player Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha BSC) visited a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany, on November 28.  There are several initiatives coming from the civil population to help to integrate the Syrian and Iraq refugees in the German culture. EFE/Kay Nietfeld

Horst Wenzel is a 27 year old German from Dortmund who is helping refugee men from Muslim countries integrate into German society by learning how to hit on German women.

"I'd love to marry a German woman and live with her. She could help me with the language, and she knows the place and the laws much better than I do" , says Omar Mohammed, a shy 24-year-old Syrian refugee that attends ‘flirting classes” from Horst Wenzel.

Mad Dog

 12/02/2016 - 05:46
President-elect Donald Trump poses with former general James Mattis after a meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey. EFE/AUDE GUERRUCCI/POOL

President-elect Donald J. Trump has announced that he has chosen General James Mattis, 66, to serve as his Secretary of Defense. “We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense,”  Trump told the Ohio crowd, yesterday.  Who is General Mattis and why is a four-star general like him called ‘Mad Dog”? 

A German joke

 12/01/2016 - 06:21
 Photo: Charlie Hebdo

On January 7 2015, two Islamic terrorists attacked the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 reporters. Terrorists claimed that the magazine cartoons mocked at Islam.

Talk to her

 12/01/2016 - 06:04
Feminist activists protesting against gender violence and femicides in Quito, Equador. EFE/José Jácome

Gender violence has become a worrying issue in Latin America, not only because of its social and Human impact, but because it has an economic cost too. The economic cost of gender violence in Latin America represents between 1% and 4% of the Latin America's GDP, according to a recent report of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Mejor estar seguros que arrepentidos

 11/21/2016 - 17:20
Mejor estar seguros que arrepentidos

Con la aproximación del Black Friday, tanto tú como millones de otros compradores se levantan al amanecer para obtener televisiones con descuento, el último sistema de vídeo juegos o esa máquina de hacer jugos a la que le tenías el ojo puesto.

Antes de hacer click en ese ítem al comprar en línea o salir disparado hacia la puerta para empujar y lograr ser el primero en la fila, asegúrate de que tomas las precauciones necesarias para evitar el robo de identidad.

Better Safe than Sorry

 11/21/2016 - 17:18
Better Safe than Sorry

As Black Friday approaches, you and millions of other shoppers wake up at the crack of dawn to get that discounted television,  the latest video game system, or that juice maker you had your eyes on.

Before you click on that item while shopping online or make that mad dash out the door to shove and push your way to be the first in line, make sure you take the necessary precautions in preventing identity theft.

Flying High

 11/20/2016 - 17:20
Drones can have very different uses, from military to health and medical uses like the one in the photo (it carries an automatic defibrillator). However, drug dealers in Panama are using them to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. EFE/David Fernández

Colombia’s drug dealers are using drones to transport drugs to Panama. On Nov. 15, Colombian authorities confiscated one such vehicle, which they suspect was being used to ferry small shipments of cocaine from a jungle region in Colombia to the neighboring country. As reported in Quartz


Déjà Vu

 11/20/2016 - 16:41
Venezuela president, Nicolás Maduro, a populist, said on Sunday that president Obama was a "despicable" person for talking nonsense against Venezuela. EFE/Palacio de Miraflores

Latinos in the US do not need to be told about the dangers of Populism and its aftermaths. Many of them have experienced it first hand in their countries of origin: Hugo Chávez in Venezuela –after his death, the country is in crisis–, Cristina Fernández in Argentina – now facing corruption charges –, or Rafael Correa in Ecuador. So why is Populism now on the rise in the US and Europe? Growing inequality of incomes is one possible answer to understand why populism is on retreat in Latin America and growing in the West.

Crime and Punishment

 11/16/2016 - 17:18
Mayor Kenney as very open-minded and humanistic approach to keep the streets of Philadelphia safe. Photo: Wikipedia

There were two recent violent flash mobs in Philadelphia: one on Broad Street at Temple University and the most recent one at 16th and Walnut.  In reaction to the first incident at Temple, Mayor Kenney was silent. After the second incident, Kenney delivered a statement that condemned the flash mobs along with a series of racist post-election activities, including social media slurs and graffiti. “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, even hopeless.

“¿Estoy hecho para ésto?”: La realidad de los jóvenes sin hogar en Filadelfia

 11/14/2016 - 18:35
La instalación artística: “¿Estoy hecho para ésto?” Fuente: Comunicado de prensa de Covenant House

“Un adolescente sin hogar no se parece a lo que probablemente te imagines como un adolescente sin hogar”, explica John Ducoff, director ejecutivo de Covenant House Pennsylvania. “Los adolescentes y los niños se preocupan mucho por las apariencias y por cómo son percibidos. Por esta razón, se vuelven una comunidad invisible, y nuestra misión es sacarlos de la sombra”.

"Am I Cut Out?": The Realities of Philadelphia's Youth Homelessness

 11/14/2016 - 18:29
"Am I Cut Out?" Art Installation. Source: Covenant House Media Release 

“A homeless teen isn’t what you probably think a homeless teen looks like,”John Ducoff, the Executive Director of Covenant House Pennsylvania, explains.“Teens and kids care too much about keeping up with appearances and how they’re perceived. For that reason, they remain an invisible community, and our mission is to bring them out of the shadows.”

[OP-ED]: Los votantes Latinos de Trump me han fallado a mí, a nosotros y a ellos mismos.

 11/14/2016 - 05:02
Donald Trump posa frente a un bol de tacos en el The Trump Tower Grill on Cinco de Mayo. Fuente: su propia cuenta de Instagram. 

"Sé que no todos ustedes son rencorosos, sé que no todos los Repúblicanos son deplorables, sé que no todos los conservadores son aborrecibles, sé que no todos los hombres Blancos son odiosos, pero aquellos de ustedes que apoyaron a Trump se transformaron en facilitadores del odio."

[OP-ED]: [email protected] Trump Voters Have Failed Me, Us, and Themselves

 11/13/2016 - 16:47
Donald Trump posing with a taco bowl from The Trump Tower Grill on Cinco de Mayo. Source: His own Instagram account. 

"I know that not all of you are hateful. I know that not every registered Republican is hateful. I know that not every conservative thinker is hateful. I know that not every White person is hateful. However, those of you who supported Trump all became enablers of hate."

A Mother Detained: Fighting for the Life of Her Son behind bars

 09/27/2016 - 19:24

An interview with an Honduran mother that has been detained in Berks with her infant since the 10th of November of 2015. She tells about the conditions in Berks, the experience of the hunger strike, and all that she has suffered with the hope of being liberated in The United States.

Una madre detenida: luchando por la vida de su hijo tras las rejas

 09/26/2016 - 18:49

Una entrevista con una madre hondureña que ha estado detenida en Berks con su infante desde el 10 de noviembre del año 2015. Nos cuenta sobre las condiciones en Berks, la experiencia de la huelga de hambre, y lo que ha sufrido con la esperanza de ser liberada en Los Estados Unidos.

Breaking Down His Horns: Alberto Gonzales in a New Light

 09/09/2016 - 16:36

The former U.S Attorney General to President George W. Bush visited The National Constitution Center on September 8th to shed more than a few tidbits about his new book “True Faith & Allegiance.” Hosted by Chris Stigall of CBS Philly, Gonzales illuminates the doubtful and the arcane of one of our most hotly contested presidential administrations in the face of the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11.

U.S. Double Standards on Immigration: A Torturing Saga

 09/02/2016 - 04:01

The questionable confinement of 28 Central American immigrant women and their children in Berks County Residential Center, the arbitrary denial of an appeal to their asylum ruling, and the treament of said detainees exposes hipocrisy within the U.S. legal system, The Obama Administration, and the American public's outrage when one of our own is incarcerated abroad.

Rompiendo sus cuernos: Alberto Gonzales en una nueva luz

 09/12/2016 - 16:03

El ex-Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos al presidente George W. Bush visitó al Centro Nacional de la Constitución el 8 de septiembre para arrojar más de algunas curiosidades acerca de su nuevo libro, Verdadera fe y lealtad. Recibido por Chris Stigall de CBS Filadelfia, Gonzales ilumina lo dudoso y lo arcano de una de las administraciones presidenciales más disputadas en la cara del decimoquinto aniversario de 9/11.

Doble Standard en los Estados Unidos sobre la Inmigración: Una Saga de Tortura

 09/06/2016 - 15:17

80 días, 120 días, 276 días, 304 días, 368 días.  El reloj ha avanzado, los granos de arena han estado goteando, pero para las Madres de Berks, la cuenta regresiva para su liberación (y para el comienzo de una vida normal para sus hijos afuera de las paredes del centro de detención), se ha congelado en el tiempo. El 29 de agosto de 2016, la Corte del 3 ° Circuito de Filadelfia dictaminó que el estado para su libertad continuaría en un punto muerto, tras el rechazo de una apelación a su sentencia negando el asilo.