Volume XXX Number 27 July 7, 2006

FrontPage Stories

Ay, ay ay ay, Canta y no Llores...

By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan

During the World Cup, a game is by no means only a game. It’s a passion, a way of life, an embodiment of patriotism that is rarely met by any other event, be it cultural, political or artistic. No one really knows why this happens, yet there is no denying that every four years it does.

These were the thoughts that ran through my mind while on my way to Germany. A long flight seemed a small obstacle to overcome being that upon arrival, I would be part of a massive movement that in some way seemed bigger than life.

I was excited. Not only was I about to become a die hard soccer fan by default, I was also about to see how a team and a simple game can trigger such a vast international mobilization.

Walking down the streets of Frankfurt, hundreds passed by me, flocking to stores covered by flags from all over the world. Restaurants dare not exclude a large television screen both inside and outside their shops, where fans buy a few beers for a pass to sit down and enjoy the game. Apparently, nature also favors the cup since in a type of surreal setting, the sun still stands well into 11:00pm. And just as the moon hides out, so do people inhibitions.

Yet most striking is that throughout the excitement and chaos that runs through the streets of Germany, in some way, thousands from around the world communicate and understand each other. They speak a language that only surfaces during the world cup. When Germany won against Ecuador, the celebratory band that sang in the center of Berlin, did so in Spanish, yet Germans had no trouble following the lyrics. By that same token, just hours after Ecuador lost, cheers of “Deutschland” resonated among Ecuadorians.

The excitement was big then, but Mexico vs. Portugal would surely be bigger, I thought. My predictions were confirmed when I stepped off the train in the city of Gelsenkirchen. It took me a while to absorb what was going on, as a sea of green shirts filled the station both inside and out. People from all over Mexico, some with only emotional links to the country, were all singing at the top of their lungs. Noise makers were scattered all about and it was hard to see who was in front of me because I could only see hundreds of sombreros.I can only imagine what awaits outside the train station, but before I can even consider that, it’s impossible not to question: What is it about the World Cup that makes people save their money for four years, sell their belongings and venture out to a distant country where the language, culture and currency is foreign? If it’s only a game, why are people on the verge of tears and depression when their country looses?

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UCSD Gets Herman Baca Chicano Archives
Forty Years of San Diego’s Chicano Activism Included
By Raymond R. Beltrán
Kimberly Schwenk often spends her time dwelling on the past, at times, in an almost 60 degree temperature warehouse, with big metal hand wheels that open into vault-like corridors leading to a library of files, where anyone could imagine being close to the secret behind JFK’s assassination or Jimmy Hoffa’s dissappearance. Although here, Schwenk’s cloaked in documents of recent history, because, in actuality, it’s her job.

“All religions believe in justice”
Religious, labor, and community leaders gather against immigration hearings
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
LEADER: You call us to treat our neighbors as we want to be treated ourselves. “We want to be doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves… Being not hearers who forget but doers who act — they will be blessed in their doing.” James 1:22,25

“Todas las religiones creen en la justicia”
Líderes religiosos, laborales y comunitarios se reúnen en contra de las audiencias migratorias.
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
LÍDER: Tú nos dices que tratemos a nuestro prójimo como queremos ser tratados nosotros mismos. “Pongan por obra lo que dice la Palabra y no se conformen con oírla, pues se engañarían a sí mismos”. Santiago 1:22, 25.


Mexicans living in the United States faced several problems when voting in Tijuana
By Luis Alonso Pérez
The severe shortage of electoral ballots and the overall slowness of the voting process caused several annoyances and a general discontent among Mexicans residing in the United States who crossed the border last weekend to vote in one of the 18 “special” voting centers in Tijuana.

Mexicanos viviendo en Estados Unidos enfrentan problemas al votar en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La severa escasez de boletas electorales y la lentitud del proceso de votación provocó graves molestias y un descontento generalizado para los mexicanos residentes en Estados Unidos que cruzaron la frontera para emitir su voto en una de las 18 casillas especiales de la ciudad de Tijuana.

El agua, un derecho de todos: Ministro de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de México imparte conferencia sobre justicia ambiental en Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El Dr. Genaro Góngora Pimentel, Ministro de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de México, visitó la Universidad Iberoamericana de Tijuana (UIA) para impartir una conferencia relacionada con la justicia ambiental, en particular sobre las disposiciones jurídicas que prevén el buen uso, distribución, cuidado y protección del agua en el territorio mexicano y sus fronteras internacionales.

Por Marika Hoffman y John Suval
Salvando a la Tierra: Un mentor de estudiantes hispanos
Como muchos pioneros, Raúl Valdez ha aprendido a confiar en una brújula precisa: su pasión. Hijo de inmigrantes mexicanos, él no conocía a nadie que fuera graduado universitario, pero su amor por la biología lo motivó a seguir estudios superiores.

Saving the Earth, One Hispanic Student at a Time
By Marika Hoffmann and John Suval
Like many pioneers, Raul Valdez has learned to trust a reliable compass: his passion. The son of immigrants from Mexico, didn’t know a single person who had graduated from college, but his love of biology motivated him to pursue a higher education.

You’re not alone
The Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego offers Spanish-language support group
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Celia Medina has changed roles: Now it’s her turn to take care of her father, just like he took care of her when she was a little girl.

Girl Scouts Names San Diego’s 10 Coolest Women of 2006
La Mesa woman recognized as a Cool Woman
Lidia Martinez of La Mesa was named to San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2006 during Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council’s Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting, held at USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Center. San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2006 serve as inspiring role-models for girls and young women. This year’s Cool Women represent fields ranging from the arts and sciences to education and philanthropy. San Diego’s 10 Cool Women balance work, family, friends and service—all while giving back to the San Diego community.

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Mexico Holds A Presidential Election And Not A Revolution!
It came as a welcomed surprise to actually live long enough to eventually witness what no one ever expected: A real ELECTION FOR THE Presidency of Mexico! No it wasn’t a revolution, or an Indian uprising! It wasn’t a “make believe election!” What occurred in Mexico, this July 2, 2006 was a real election won or lost through the political process and not by force of arms!

Government Keeps People Poor
By Sheldon Richman
Washington reruns are boring. A Democrat beholden to Big Labor proposes an increase in the mandated minimum wage. Republicans beholden to Big (and small) Business defeat the bill. End of episode. Each side has thus reestablished its bona fides with its respective constituency and thus can return to what it really cares about - spending the people’s money on war against this, that, or the other.

México y los Futuros Conflictos al Sur de EU.
Por Manuel R Villacorta O
Los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales en México no proyectan beneficios inmediatos para este país. La polarización creada por dos candidaturas (López-Calderón) no se limita a una simpatía política concluída una vez realizadas las elecciones presidenciales. Esta polarización significa la separación ideológica que se está haciendo cada vez más profunda y permanente entre la población mexicana. Los seguidores del PAN generalmente provenientes de segmentos altos y medios de la sociedad mexicana, siguen creyendo en la capacidad del sector privado para conducir la política pública. Y es fácil explicarlo. Ocurre que los aciertos de la administración Fox favorecieron a estos segmentos sociales, mientras que sus desaciertos recayeron sobre los sectores más pobres y mayoritarios del país. Estos últimos creyeron en el programa de AMLO y le dieron su voto. Para ellos Fox y su administración han sido una horrenda pesadilla.

La democracia en México
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Cuando existen cuestionamientos de todo tipo, a los dirigentes del Instituto Federal Electoral de México (IFE) no les queda más que obedecer la voluntad de las mayorías de la sociedad civil. El conteo de votos –unidad por unidad—es necesario para disipar la creencia de una manipulación sistemática durante las elecciones presidenciales.

Congress wrong to stall on renewing Voting Rights Act
By Debo Adegbile
The House of Representatives recently missed an opportunity to reassert Congress’s commitment to political equality.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público
Spain responds to Bullfight World
There is no education in Public Schools of Cataluña in the Language of Spain (regarding: Bullfight World By Lyn Sherwood “Bullfight and Spanish Banned in Bercelona Area” published June 30, 2006). In fact, this very situation has stimulated hunger strikes and other activites by parents who demand that it is their “right” to receive education in Spanish for their children. At this moment, education in Castellano occupies less time than that provided for physical education.

La Raza del Sur have taken a leap of faith, and decided to test the politicos of Mexico. One more time they have risked their lives and trudged down to the Voting Urns to vote for the Next Presidente of Mexico! There aren’t too many choices for the residents of Mexico. After decades of living in poverty, they kind of know that they don’t have much political power!

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Deliver Us From Evil
By Mark R. Day
At a poignant moment during the recent Los Angeles premiere of the documentary, Deliver Us From Evil, the father of a clergy sexual abuse victim sobs on camera that he no longer believes in God. His remark provoked a smattering of applause, followed by a solitary voice. “I believe,” piped up a man in the audience.

“De este y el otro lado” Carlos Monsivais y Mike Davis reflexionan sobre la frontera
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
“La frontera es el principio de la integración inevitable que se ha ido produciendo cada vez más” expresó Carlos Monsiváis durante una rueda de prensa previa a la conferencia “De este y el otro lado” en la que el escritor angelino Mike Davis y el escritor mexicano reflexionaron sobre la identidad y la cultura de la región fronteriza de México y Estados Unidos.

Presentarán el 3er Festival de “Opera en la Calle” en Tijuana
“Los artistas líricos tijuanenses estarán de fiesta este fín de semana”
Por: Paco Zavala
Ha llegado el mes de julio portando en su cauda la presentación del magnífico festival musical-operático: “Opera en la Calle”, a la usanza de los antiguos pueblos italianos. Para realizar este evento la compañía independiente de ópera “ Opera de Tijuana”, ha organizado para los días sábado 8 y domingo 9, presentar al ávido público tijuanense, su 3ra versión de su festival anual “Opera en la Calle”, el cual se verificará en el perímetro de la calle 5ta entre Ave. Aquiles Serdán y Pino Suárez, en la colonia Libertad, de Tijuana.

Hector Buitrago: Connecting Colombian Rock with the Spirits
By James Klein
Hector Buitrago, who founded the legendary Colombian rock band Aterciopelados with Andrea Echeverri, has premiered a personal project called Conector, his first as a soloist. This project included an invitation to his artistic companion, Andrea Echeverri, who is present on five songs on the album.

Héctor Buitrago: Conectando Rock Colombiana con los Espíritus
Por James Klein
Héctor Buitrago, quien fundó la banda colombiana de Rock legendaria Aterciope-lados con Andrea Echeverri, ha estrenado un proyecto personal llamado Conector, su primero como solista. Este proyecto tiene como invitados a su compañera de carrera artística, Andrea Echeverri que está presente en cinco canciones del álbum.

Voodoo Glow Skulls’ inspires a cult addiction
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Riverside ska/punk outfit Voodoo Glow Skulls’ last album was titled “Adicción, Tradición, y Revolución” (Victory 2004). Self-produced and recorded in the group’s own Dog Run Studios, the album contains some of the band’s most rocking, candid music ever.

Grandiosos Festivales de Jazz, Rock y Pop
Multiples Actividades durante el transcurso del mes de julio
Por: Paco Zavala
El séptimo mes del año con periodo vacacional, contiene la realización de actividades musicales y culturales de distintos géneros en la fronteriza ciudad de Tijuana. En este entorno se le invita a que disfrute del Festival de Jazz, Rock y Pop, en conciertos gratuitos al aire libre para toda la familia, con los grupos más destacados de la región en estos géneros, organizados por el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, a través del Centro Cultural Tijuana, todos los miér-coles de julio, a partir de las 6:00 pm., en la Explanada del Cecut

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
Bullfighting The Most Misunderstood and Controversial Performing Art

by Lyn Sherwood
Every once in a while, it’s good to take a step back from allowing “Bullfight World” to appeal only to experienced aficionados, and provide a basic primer for those who have always wanted to see a bullfight, but have no idea of what it’s about. Today’s column is designed for those potential aficionados.

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