Volume XXIX Number 50 December 16, 2005

FrontPage Stories


District 2 candidate a step closer to being elected
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
On January 10, Lorena Gonzalez might make history: She could become the first Latina to be elected to the San Diego City Council.


Candidata al Distrito 2 un paso más cerca a ser electa
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
El 10 de enero, Lorena Gonzalez podría hacer historia: se podría convertir en la primera latina electa al cabildo de la ciudad de San Diego.


El Candidato a la presidencia de México Felipe Calderón visitó Tijuana
Fotos y texto por Luis Alonso Pérez
El aspirante a la presidencia de la república Felipe Calderón arrancó su primera gira como candidato oficial del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) con una visita de campaña a la ciudad de Tijuana el pasado viernes 9 de Diciembre.

La Flor de Nochebuena: planta navideña legendaria
Muchas de las plantas que asociamos con las fiestas decembrinas, tales como el muérdago, la hiedra y el acebo provienen de Europa o de la zona del Mediterráneo, reflejando el origen de muchas de nuestras tradiciones navideñas que se derivan de antiguos festivales y ceremonias griegas, romanas, inglesas y nórdicas. Sin embargo, la Flor de Nochebuena tiene sus orígenes en una leyenda navideña de las Américas.



Stories

Fragments of the 2005 FIL: Cross-Border Politics, Literary Polemics and Peruvian Gods
By Kent Paterson
Where can one find the Holy Bible, lucha libre, Che Guevara, bracero stories, children’s fairy-tales, and narco-corridos all in one place? In Guadalajara, where books transcend borders of all kinds. An annual tradition, the Mexican city’s Latin American International Book Fair (FIL) is a mega-event, drawing publishers, distributors, readers, literary superstars, and even wrestlers for an 8-day celebration of the book and its varied offshoots.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Pocas noticias y malas
Confieso que me pasé una semana dándole vueltas al anuncio de George W. Bush sobre su “nuevo” plan de inmigración sin saber cómo entrarle. Será porque no tiene nada de nuevo y no hay nada que pensarle.


Imperial Valley EDD Serves Breakfast to Farm Workers
This past Saturday morning in the wee early hours employees of the state Employment Development Department (EDD), in Imperial Valley, put on their cooks hats and hosted close to 3,000 field laborers breakfast in appreciation of all that the farm workers contribute to the valley - this the 26th annual Farm Workers Appreciation Breakfast.

Hispanic Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus and Rep. Jackson Lee Speak Out Against Ill-conceived, Enforcement-only Immigration Bill
Washington, DC - At a press conference held today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) joined in solidarity with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to strongly oppose the Border and Immigration Enforcement Act, H.R. 4437, which is expected on the House floor this week. Members speaking at the press event included Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, chair of the CHC; Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, chair of the CHC Immigration Task Force; Rep. Mike Honda, chair of CAPAC; Rep. Neil Abercrombie, chair of the CAPAC Immigration Task Force; and Rep. Jackson Lee.


First Person
A Closer Look at Mestizaje
By Heriberto Escamilla
On November 3rd, my wife and I stepped into one of those big jets, with seven seats across the cabin. Fourteen hours later, we landed, some 6,000 miles away from home. Within an hour we were lugging our bags onto the AVE, a sleek, ultramodern train that reduces the distance between Madrid and Sevilla to a mere three hours. Twelve days later we were anxiously making our way through secondary inspection and then running through the airport, looking for gate B-30 and the plane that would bring us back home. We were the last to board, with the doors literally closing behind us.


Tradiciones y Actividades en el Multifacético Mes de Diciembre
“Orígen y Significado Navideño Mexica”
Por: Paco Zavala
En el México contemporáneo, en la actualidad es poco lo que se ignora sobre su pasado, es tanta la información que existe, que la fluidez por adquirir el conocimiento es afortunadamente muy clara y transparente.


It’s Holiday Shopping at the San Ysidro Swap-Meet
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Ever since Trinidad Lopez discovered how convenient it is to shop at the San Ysidro Swap-Meet, she doesn’t have to travel all the way to Los Angeles to buy the items, such as women’s clothes, she sells at the street market in Tijuana.


Es temporada de compras navideñas en el Swap-Meet de San Ysidro
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Desde que Trinidad López descubrió lo conveniente de comprar en el Swap-Meet de San Ysidro, ya no tiene que viajar hasta Los Angeles para adquirir la ‘fayuca’ que vende en los mercados sobreruedas en Tijuana.


Postal Service changes policy on letters to Santa
By José A. Álvarez
Until last year, families or individuals wishing to adopt needy children and families for the holidays could do it by going to their local post office and selecting a child or family from the hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus. They would then purchase a present or food and deliver it to the families in need.


Servicio Postal cambia su política sobre cartas a Santa Claus
Por José A. Álvarez
Hasta el año pasado, las familias o individuos que deseaban adoptar niños y familias necesitadas durante las fiestas decembrinas podían hacerlo yendo a su oficina postal local y seleccionando a un niño o familia necesitada de los cientos de cartas dirigidas a Santa Claus. Después comprarían un regalo o comida y los entregarían personalmente a las familias necesitadas.


Editorials

Editorial:
The Voters Win Out Against Entrenched Corporate/Business Interest in National City and Chula Vista!
This was a great week for the residents of National City! The residents of National City, with much joy, witnessed the City Council voting down the Proposal to expand the use of Eminent Domain that would have consumed most of the Westside of the City. For the residents involved with this issue, this was a particularly satisfying outcome. Too often this issue brought out an antagonistic attitude from some of the Council members with the City Council taking the side of the vested members of the business community versus the interests of the residents!


Commentary:
Time To Say No To Unjust Immigration Bills
By David Bacon
It’s time to say no to repressive immigration bills.


Comentario:
Elección Parlamentaria en Irak
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
La democracia en Irak es un remolino de pasiones encontradas. El proceso político se desarrolla en medio de una guerra que no termina y entre una serie de debates públicos de candidatos al Parlamento, quienes por primera vez están bajo el escrutinio de su gente. Mientras unos candidatos presentan sus programas de gobierno en la televisión, otros se convierten en mártires. Así es la democracia en Irak, tan incipiente como la guerra contra el terrorismo, y está lejos de ser una solución tangible que crea estabilidad política y económica.


A Student’s Perspective
Why We Should Get Out Of Iraq?
By Garrett Downing
As the war in Iraq rages on, it has become apparent that the current conflict is beginning to look more like Vietnam. Recently, the Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean has ratcheted up his rhetoric toward the war. Dean maintains that Iraq is another Vietnam and we should begin pulling troops out. There are several reasons why he might be right.


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

Our Lady of Guadalupe in popular culture: Celebration in Baja California’s Culture Institute
By Luis Alonso Pérez
On December 12, millions of Mexicans celebrates one of the most important holidays of the year, the 474th anniversary of the Virgin of Guadalupe’s apparition to Juan Diego on the Tepeyac hill.


La Virgen de Guadalupe en la Cultura Popular: Celebración Cultural en el Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El pasado 12 de Diciembre, millones de mexicanos celebraron una de las fechas más importantes del año, el 474 aniversario de la aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe al indio Juan Diego en el Cerro del Tepeyac.


Hispanic out of line (Hollywood)
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I have a deep abiding concern for those who have been laid off, or suspect that the may be cut loose in the near future, especially during the Christmas season. Yes, I said Christmas Y Que?


Alida Cervantes Resultó Ganadora del I Concurso de Gráfica del Festival Mainly Mozart Binacional
Por: Paco Zavala
En la comunidad tijuanense diariamente se realizan eventos que reflejan el avance y la consecución de metas y logros para las instituciones y los artistas o escritores de cualquier género. Uno de estos eventos fue el I Concurso de Gráfica del Festival Mainly Mozart Binacional, promovido por la Promotora de las Bellas Artes, A.C. y “La Caja Galería”.


Hispanic Radio Stations Go Spanglish
By Tiffany Rainey
No need to cringe when you can’t think of that exact word anymore. With radio’s hottest new stars, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee, perfecting their own brand of Spanglish on stations nationwide, being bilingual has become not only normal but necessary.


VAMOS AL CINE:
Entretenimiento a gran escala
La producción de King Kong hace honor a su sujeto

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Nada menos que impresionante, ésta es la única forma de explicar la nueva King Kong. Su creador, Peter Jackson, ha hecho un espectáculo comparable tan solo con Titanic o Lord of the Rings, si consideramos las tres versiones de una película en sí misma.


Guerrero: ‘Loss will make me better’
‘The Ghost’ laments not coming out more aggressive in the earlier rounds against Diaz
By John Bagley
Gilroy’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero knows that the best fighters in the history of boxing have lost a bout at one time or another.


USA Drawn into Group E with Italy, Czech Republic and Ghana for 2006 World Cup
The U.S. Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group E with Italy, Ghana and the Czech Republic in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The Final Draw took place December 9 at the Congress Center Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany.


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