Opinion

Surrendering is not giving up

09/05/2013
With accelerating climate change, the end of economic growth and the rapid depletion of our natural resources, we can certainly get overwhelmed as we try to figure out what it all means for us. Our sense of panic at peak oil and fracking, along with the melting Arctic ice and...

La televisión en español y sus intereses

08/29/2013
El modelo de la televisión comercial en español tiene ya una larga historia, siempre siguiendo y adaptando las pautas estadunidenses en cuanto a estilo, técnica y contenidos; desde su nacimiento a principios de los años 50 en México, pasando a su expansión comercial como el medio de comunicación más importante...

Discrimination throughout generations

08/22/2013
Ronald is a third-generation Latino immigrant. His father, Max, was the son of a Mexican immigrant who arrived in Texas some 80 years ago when crossing the border was relatively ordinary and little discussed, although discrimination did exist. Ronald is 21 years old; he lost his father, who died of...

Agricultural abuse of antibiotics

08/22/2013
As soon as antibiotics were discovered and developed for medical use, bacteria began a Darwinian “arms race,” with pathogens developing resistance to antibiotics, necessitating continual development of new types of medications. Experts have been warning that humans are starting to lose more of these battles every year. The specter of...

Discriminados por generaciones

08/15/2013
Ronald pertenece a una tercera generación de inmigrantes latinos. Su padre, Max, fue hijo de un inmigrante mexicano que llegó a Texas hace unos 80 años, cuando pasar de un lado a otro no significaba mucho y poco se hablaba del tema, aunque ya había discriminación. Ronald tiene 21 años...

Water sharing revisited

08/15/2013
Governor Jerry Brown’s twin tunnel proposal to divert Sacramento River water to the Central Valley’s corporate farms and greater Los Angeles stirs feelings that have long divided northern and southern Californians. Now the governor’s leader for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Inverness resident Jerry Meral, seems to be diverting himself...

Poor and poorer Mexicans

08/08/2013
The Mexican government released its most recent figures on poverty amid triumphant speeches by President Enrique Peña Nieto, who, like his predecessors Calderón and Fox, claims that Mexico will grow and take its place among the world’s most powerful economies because of the long-awaited structural reforms under discussion in Congress...

Mexicanos: Pobres y medio pobres

08/01/2013
En medio de discursos triunfalistas del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y sus dos antecesores (Calderón y Fox), de que México crecerá y reafirmará entre las economías más poderosas del planeta (hoy es la 13 o 14), con las reformas estructurales que hoy discuten los partidos en el Congreso, para darle...

Say goodbye to the dollar

07/25/2013
Outside there are birds chirping, trees whispering, kids laughing and people walking and driving—pretty much like normal. It looks like it did in the 1960’s, except now we have computers, iPhones and the national seashore. So what is it that provokes this Chicken Little to declare that the sky is...

Obama’s escalating war on the freedom of the press

07/25/2013
The part of the First Amendment that prohibits “abridging the freedom … of the press” is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets. Last Friday the administration got what it wanted—an ice-cold chilling effect—from the Fourth...

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