Volume XXXII Number 26 June 27, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Los rostros del carbón: testimonio constante de una tragedia

Por María Dolores Bolívar
y Manuel Rodríguez Muro

Las modas informativas a menudo impiden dar seguimiento a los hechos crudos. Para los medios masivos los acontecimientos no tienen rostro; solo lo tienen para quienes experimentan las geografías paso a paso, pozo a pozo, cuerpo a cuerpo. Esta narrativa y la exposición que la inspira tienen que ver con la región minera de Santa Rosita, en el estado de Coahuila. Pero la vida de los mineros no inicia ni termina en la explosión que dio muerte a 65 mineros el 11 de febrero de 2006. El olvido, la negligencia o el dolor amordazado por la indiferencia del resto del país y del mundo no se esfuman cuando se cambia de canal o se da vuelta a la perilla de la sintonía, en la radio. A veces, la historia asume ciclos que nos hacen ver al tiempo como una espiral donde los desastres y las crisis se repiten.


El minero se cuida solo: Antes de bajar, cualquier persona que ingrese al pozo debe llevar puestas unas botas de hule, un casco y la lámpara. Fotografía: Manuel Rodríguez Muro


Un siglo atrás, un 1º de junio de 1906 fueron huelguistas del Mineral de Cananea, Sonora, quienes portando el estandarte simbólico de cinco pesos -salario al que aspiraban- se convirtieron en emblema de la revolución. Su protesta trascendió como la clave que dio pie a la insurrección de 1910. El 7 de enero de 1907 las demandas de los mineros quedaban reiteradas en las protestas de los obreros del ramo textil en Río Blanco, Veracruz. El país se incendiaba en la lucha. Un denominador común aquejaba a los trabajadores en ambos casos: el abuso de los patrones, manifestado en la tienda de raya y la casa de empeño.

En 2006 el Grupo México, propietario de la mina Pasta de Conchos, al enterarse de que los mineros habían quedado atrapados, ordenó la suspensión de las labores de rescate argumentando que las condiciones de los túneles y los pozos no ofrecían seguridad para los rescatistas. La ausencia de cuerpos dejaba cómodamente pendiente la investigación de las condiciones reales en las que perecieron estos 65 mineros; exhibía, también, la relación, o contubernio, entre el gobierno y las clases privilegiadas. Es obvio que las leyes son laxas y miopes para con los empresarios. Hacen de cuenta que abogan por todos, cuando sólo sirven para soliviantar el orden existente y funcional de unos cuantos.




On Sex Abuse: The Pope, the Bishop and the Mexican Priest
By Mark R. Day
If Pope John Paul II fails to get on the fast track to sainthood, it could have something to do with how he handled sex abuse charges against one of Mexico’s most influential priests: the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionnaires of Christ.


Back to School: A Veteran Goes from Iraq to College
By Amanda Martinez
CHICAGO – Marine Veteran Rodrigo Garcia is boarding a plane from his hometown of Chicago. But this time he isn’t going to Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait – three of the countries he has been since he signed up for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000. He is flying to New York, where he will begin training for his new position as a wealth manager for Morgan Stanley.

Obama’s Latino edge
By Ed Morales
Suddenly it seems that Sen. Barack Obama’s Latino problem has become a Latino edge. A recent Gallup poll shows the Illinois senator winning 62 percent of registered Latino voters nationwide, with Republican nominee Sen. John McCain lagging behind at 29 percent.



Stories


Federal and military personnel arrested 62 people in a party at Tijuana
Mariana Martínez
62 people were detained last weekend in Tijuana in an operation where many drugs, guns and ammo were also found. The unofficial version is that at least two bosses from the Arellano Félix Cártel (AFO) where among those arrested, and autorities have not denied the possibility.

Agentes federales y el ejercito irrumpieron lugar donde se celebraba un bautizo en Tijuana
Por Mariana Martínez
Sesenta y dos personas fueron detenidas en Tijuana, en un operativo en el que se decomisaron además, armas municiones y droga. Se sospecha que al menos dos de los detenidos puedan ser cabecillas del cartel de los Arellano Félix, rumor que no se ha desmentido.

Latino media getting cold shoulder from campaigns?
By: Gebe Martinez
The burst of anger on the Barack Obama campaign’s recent news media call was unexpected, but it should not have been a surprise.

Museum on wheels portrays Bush’s ‘failures’
By Jackie Best
WASHINGTON - After being the president for eight years, George Bush has made a lasting impression on many Americans. The sponsors of a painted bus that started a nationwide tour Tuesday hope to keep that impression - a negative one - rolling long enough to influence the presidential election.

3 years on, YouTube is the object of serious study
By Cheryl S. Ntumy
WASHINGTON - In August 2007, DeAndre Ramone Way posted a video on YouTube showing people how to dance to his self-published song, “Crank That (Souljah Boy).” Soon thousands of people had posted videos of themselves doing the “Soulja Boy” dance. By September the song had reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Atleta Latina Vence Obstaculos De Una Infancia Dificil Para Ganar Premio Jevenil De Deportes De La Herencia Hispana
A Monique Barrios, de 18 años, la adversidad le ha acompañado durante toda su vida. Esta excepcional joven méxicoamericana, producto de un hogar disfuncional donde el alcoholismo y el abuso emocional eran constantes, se propuso desde temprana edad no dejar que nada le impidiera hacer realidad sus sueños. Armada con una sólida fe en Dios y en sí misma, logró vencer sus difíciles circunstancias para lograr cosas extraordinarias.

Ray of Hope in California’s Foreclosure Crisis
The foreclosure crisis is far from over. California is home to 5 of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest foreclosure rates in the country. In 2008, the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco are anticipating economies that will have shrunk by billions of dollars. The housing bubble that forecasters have predicted for so long has finally burst, and many California families are finding themselves trapped in non-traditional loans with adjustable rate mortgages that are poised to sharply increase.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Sexo inseguro: Embarazo seguro
Aproximadamente la mitad de los embarazos en Estados Unidos son indeseados y aunque las tasas de embarazos juveniles han disminuido sustancialmente, entre los hispanos la problemática va en aumento.


Childhood Obesity
By Chris Larson
Since 1980, obesity among children and adolescents in the United States has increased dramatically, and, most disturbingly, the heaviest children have become even heavier over that time period.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Chula Vistans deserve better than what they got in the last election
Becoming involved in the political process, either running for office or in supporting and working for a ballot issue, is not for the timid! Politics can be a rough game and if you are in the game you have to have tough skin, you will take hits and some will be personal. Like it or not that is the nature of politics. In Chula Vista, historically, the nature of politics has been pretty straight forward, honest, and at times a little tough but in the end most elections could be looked upon as an effective effort of Democracy that the residents could be proud of. Sure, Chula Vista has its ‘good old boys’ and the power seemed to lie in the hands of a few, but the political campaigns usually were a decent affair, that was until this last election!


San Diego Community College District
A Special Message from the Office of the Chancellor Regarding the Tentative Budget for 2008-2009
Dear Colleagues and Friends of the San Diego Community College District:
It turns out that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was not exaggerating on January 10 when he described the 2008-2009 California budget process as a “roller coaster thrill ride.” It has definitely been that and more. In January, Californians were introduced to a budget deficit of $14.5 billion, which later mushroomed to $16 billion and over $20 billion.

Commentary:
Budget Cuts Put Hospitals and Lives at Risk
By Dr. Arthur A. Gonzalez
Community hospitals in San Diego County provide vital health care services and emergency care to millions of people around-the-clock. But our hospitals – and our lives — are increasingly at risk.

Comentario:
Recortes de Presupuesto Ponen a Hospitales y Vidas en Riesgo
Por Dr. Arthur A. Gonzalez
Hospitales comunitarios en California acilitan servicio médico esencial y atención de emergencia a millones de personas a toda hora. Pero, nuestros hospitales — y nuestras vidas – están en creciente riesgo.

Comentario:
Reforma Migratoria: Un Camino de Doble Sentido
Por Israel Ortega
Inmigración. Parece que últimamente simplemente diciendo la palabra es parecido como el disturbar un nido de abejas. Sin embargo, nuestro país necesita hacer algo. Así que la pregunta sigue siendo: ¿Qué hacer?


Comentario:
Entre la alquimia económica
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La economía nacional está por los suelos y el “intelecto” del presidente George W. Bush no alcanza para solucionar nuestros problemas.

Comentario:
Vota o nos botan
Por José R. Uzal
En Estados Unidos lo que cuenta no es el peso del voto de cada individuo. Lo que en realidad cuenta son los pesos y el total votos. Los hispanos somos un poderoso bloque económico con un poder adquisitivo combinado de más de un trillón de dólares; pero no somos todavía un bloque importante de electores. A pesar de ser la minoría más numerosa de EE.UU. el voto hispano es significativo solo en Florida, California, Illinois y Nuevo México, estados que pueden afectar los resultados del conteo electoral nacional.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
El famoso Chuey’s in bankruptcy, but the doors are still open. Matt Camarrillo is trying to save the Barrio Logan landmark and bring it back to the community. Buena suerte!


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


ASK A MEXICAN!
By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: Whenever I have an immigration debate with my Chicano hermanos who support open borders and get angry at any type of immigration control, they don’t seem to understand the basic laws of economics, such as the fact that migrant workers who pick fruit, work in construction and do other blue-collar jobs can never demand wage increases as long as a steady flow of their friends keeps coming up from the homeland. Will somebody please remind them that Cesar Chavez was against illegal immigration because it ruined his union’s chances of controlling the labor market, unionizing and demanding better pay?


First Person:
New Reality Show: The Slipper Olympics
By Al Carlos Hernandez
It seems to me that many of the competition reality shows on TV have ignored a significant part of the population. They have not leveled the playing field by allowing ethnic urbanites to attain fame fortune and valuable prizes.

Adrian Alonso proves there are no limits in ‘Bajo La Misma Luna’
By Kiko Martinez
He matched swords with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2005 and went on a dangerous journey across the border this year to find Kate de Castillo… all before his 14th birthday.


Participó la Primerísima Actríz Mexicana Lilia Aragón en Tijuana en Programa de Lectura
“Alternó recientemente con Shirley Night, Monique Wilson y Leila Costa”
Por: Paco Zavala
La primerísima actríz mexicana, Lilia Aragón, estuvo de visita en Tijuana a participar en el programa de lectura en voz alta: Leo…luego existo, que promueve el Centro Cultural Tijuana en colaboración con el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Este evento se realizó el pasado martes 24 de junio, a las 7:00 pm., en la Sala de Usos Múltiples.

Fastuosas Fiestas para Celebrar el XIII Aniversario de la Inauguración de “El Lugar del Nopal”
Por: Paco Zavala
Se cumplirán trece años el próximo miércoles 16 de julio, en unos días análogos a estos, ese 16 de julio, se oía el rumor del aire, cuando silva o aúlla al rozar con la maleza, los talonazos de los “paisas” que corrían de aquí para allá, caminando, trotando, casi corriendo, por la premura del tiempo; se escuchaban unas voces que cuchicheaban, otras que murmuraban, las había también que gritaban sonidos inpronunciables, en fín todo era un barullo tremendo, pero ¿Cuál era la razón de todo este movimiento? Pues nada, simplemente se ultimaban detalles de preparación, para que “El Lugar del Nopal”, comenzara a funcionar y abriera sus puertas al público.

Calendar of Events:
Jason Castro, Colombian Idol
Written by Mary Falcon
Jason Castro is the first Colombian finalist of the television show American Idol on the Fox network. He is 21 years old and has won over the American public with his talent, originality and smile. In addition to singing, he plays guitar and drums.


International Car Show at Revolution Avenue
Auto enthusiasts and families will enjoy hundreds of custom tuned cars and interacting with their pilots before rallying from the famous Jai Alai to Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada
Car lovers will unite at the famous Revolution Avenue in Downtown Tijuana, Sunday June 29th. “Families and Car Lovers of all ages will be able to walk through over 200 customized sports cars and motorcycles, meet the owners and cheer them on as they rally to Ensenada” said Oscar Chavarria of Scuderia Hermanos Rodríguez Association and Autoinsignia the organizers of the 4th annual “Street Tour”.

“I’m the Man!” Marquez Wins!!!
By John Martinez
June 21, 2008 — A poll was distributed asking various members of the boxing media along with other boxing insiders to predict who would win the IBF Middleweight title eliminator featuring the former champion Raul “El Diamante” Marquez (40-3-1, 29 KO’s) against the highly touted, fourth ranked IBF undefeated contender Giovanni Lorenzo (26-0, 18 KO’s).

Manny Pacquiao v David Diaz.
“Take all…. By name and by nature”
By Gary Todd
When Emmanuel D. Pacquiao came into his world of harsh poverty, and later as a little boy, the grim prospect of an even harsher future ahead, do you think he could ever imagine the life he would be leading now, as a man, a boxing superstar, actor, and Filipino legend? When I asked him a few years back, the answer I got was a big “Oo, Oo” [yes, yes.] It was never easy for the wiry flyweight, fighting his first 23 fights for very little rewards as a professional prize fighter.


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