Volume XXVII Number 51 December 19, 2003

The Feaster Edison Charter Elementary School delighted the audience with Christmas Carols during the 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista. The choir is composed of students from first to sixth grade.

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International Human Rights Day Activists Oppose Operation Gatekeeper
By Raymond R. Beltrán
Last Wednesday, December 10, while celebrating a 55-year-old tradition, marked by the world’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, activists across the world commemorated the day known as International Human Rights Day, addressing issues such as women’s right to choose, California prisoner’s rights, and human trafficking in Southeast Europe. Here in San Diego, human rights groups began a three day fast to bring about a sense of awareness behind immigration issues and to oppose the U.S. Border Patrol’s Operation Gatekeeper.

Latinos Remain Marginalized by Network News Coverage
Crime, Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Make Up Majority of Latino-Related Stories
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite the enormous growth of the nation’s Latino community, Latinos continued to be marginalized on the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC in 2002, according to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists eighth annual Network Brownout Report recently released.

The Death Penalty: Two countries, two different points of view
By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan
Analysis
The stretch of miles that outline the physical border between U.S and Mexico define and differentiate land and territory. However, the militarized border proves to be irrelevant when it comes to the merger of culture, language and certain laws. Both Mexico and the United States have been boisterous of their opposite stance on the death penalty. Yet, at a given point, both countries are faced with the inevitable compromise of defending their own citizens and laws.

Política a la Mexicana
Héroes
Por Luz Aída Salomón
A mis queridos padres e hijos.
Llegar hasta el fondo del sistema político mexicano es fácil, siguiendo la receta de cocina de un platillo mexicano. Ingredientes: primero, dos decénas de estudios en escuelas públicas; segundo, lecturas autodidáctas desde un cuento infantil, diferentes versiones de la Historia de México, hasta el estudio profundo de las ideologías -ideas-, cuidando de discernir entre el marxismo, el funcionalismo, el estructuralismo, etc.; tercero, aquí deviene un ejercicio de la libertad y aspiraciones democráticas; cuarto, y más importante, conocer en carne y hueso a los actores económicos, políticos y sociales, ahondando en los intereses que los mueven. Todo mezclado con un profundo amor a México. El toque final, la búsqueda del sabor que trasladado a la realidad mexicana significa ir tras la verdad para presentarla en claro español.

A Scam to Remember
By Andrés Lozano
This is a personal account of a widespread fraud attempt happening throughout México. Last Saturday, December 13, at 3 PM, my distraught sister called and told me: Brother, brace yourself; I am bearing bad tidings. “FX, your son just called me from a prison where he is being held in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. The Mexican police captured him. Upset and almost unintelligibly, FX told me he was involved in a car accident whereby he killed a pregnant woman in San Diego, CA.” FX told my sister he was turning the telephone to an officer, since his allowed time to talk had expired. A new voice, identifying himself as commander Clemente Gabriel López Juárez, carried on and told my sister FX called her was because he was unable to get hold of me. He gave my sister the telephone number 33/3904-2292, suggesting her to contact me to call him.

Fraude Memorable
Por Andrés Lozano
Comparto este recuento personal de intento de estafa generalizado en México. El sábado pasado, 13 de diciembre, a las 3 de la tarde, me llamó muy afligida mi hermana y me dijo: “Hermano, prepárate, te tengo malas noticias. Acaba de hablarme tu hijo Francisco Xavier desde una prisión en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Lo capturó la policía mexicana. Turbado y en forma casi ininteligible, FX me dijo había estado involucrado en un accidente automovilístico en el cual había matado a una mujer embarazada, en San Diego y habíase dado a la fuga”. FX pasó la llamada a un oficial, pues su tiempo de teléfono había expirado. Continuó una nueva voz, identificándose como el comandante Clemente Gabriel López Juárez quien dijo a mi hermana FX la había llamado a ella al no haberme conseguido a mí. Le dio a mi hermana el número telefónico 33/3904-2292 y sugirió me contactara y yo lo hiciera con él.

Who Empowers Me?
The high price of higher education

By Lizette Escobedo
Become a “Succeful Latina! Educate yourself!!”

Prestigious Scholars Program Brings Latino College Student to Washington, DC, to Experience Federal Legislative Process

WASHINGTON, DC — How does federal health policy affect health care in Latino communities? What steps can federal policymakers take to better meet the health care needs of Latinos and other traditionally underserved populations? How can federal health policy improve minority communities’ access to quality health care? Next summer, 15 minority college students and recent graduates will learn the answers to these questions and much more as Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars.

10th annual La Posada planned Dec. 20
Auxiliary Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego will be the keynote speaker at the tenth annual La Posada Sin Fronteras which has been scheduled from 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the border fence on Rail Court at the southern terminus of San Ysidro Boulevard.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por German Velasco C.
Celebremos la fuerza de la familia
Algunas estadísticas que acompañan a la palabra “latino”, nos asocian con un bajo índice de alfabetismo, con un alto índice de pobreza y algunos otros aspectos que tienen que ver directamente con una parte de la realidad. La mayor parte de nuestra gente ha escapado de la pobreza en distintas naciones, pero cuando llega a los Estados Unidos, la realidad no cambia de la noche a la mañana, toma tiempo, sacrificio, y a veces, una generación entera para superar un comienzo sin oportunidades.

Rotary Club of San Marcos Builds Home in México
North County – The Rotary Club of San Marcos recently gave a family in Tijuana México a gift for the holidays – Their Own Home.
Rotarian Joe Madrigal has been the Project Chair. In addition to the Rotarians, students from the San Marcos High School Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Rotary club, joined the Rotary club. This leadership club worked side by side with Rotarians, and family members to make this dream come true for the Mendoza-Ventura family. This year, Mr. Madrigal also organized for members of the Rotary Club of Tijuana to participate that day in the house raising. Future joint San Marcos-Tijuana Rotary Club projects are being discussed.

La Paradoja de la Captura de Saddam
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
No cabe duda, la aprehensión de Saddam Hussein ha despertado un gran clima de triunfalismo dentro y fuera de los Estados Unidos. Para los iraquíes, ver al viejo “zorro” de Bagdad humillado, al punto de ser afeitado por el propio “demonio”, no estaba prescrito ni en las tiras cómicas de aquel país, ni tampoco estaba contemplado en la imaginación del incrédulo. Y qué decir en los Estados Unidos. A excepción de algunos apologistas de la dictadura y formas de gobierno de “mano dura” –que siempre existen—, todos mostraban un júbilo inusitado. Esto fue claramente patentizado por el Presidente George W. Bush cuando señalaba que “el mundo es mejor sin ti (Saddam)”.

Editorials

Editorial:
Saddam Hussein The Desert Fox Caught in His Lair!
Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator whose capture is an event that should be celebrated. He needs to be held accountable for his murderous actions as dictator of Iraq.

Commentary
Thoughts of Beauty in an Old Black Man’s Mind
by Ernie McCray
I saw something truly beautiful the other day in the form of Gary Payton going around a defender, who was leaning to far in, with a 360 degree spin and then dishing a no-look bounce pass to Kobe who, in full stride, takes to the air like he had bounced off a trampoline and gently kisses the ball off the backboard ending just about the prettiest play I have ever seen. 

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
An Open Letter
I am the General Manager of the railroad between Tijuana and Tecate and my company is Ferrocarriles Peninsulares del Noroeste (FPN). We are a sister company of Carrizo Gorge Railway, the firm that has the operating contract in México as well as on a portion of the rail line that has been out of service for 20 years in eastern San Diego County. My office is located along the railroad tracks as they enter/leave México for the United States. I guess many people, including most in Tijuana, would say that they enter México from the United States, so it is a matter of perspective.

OBITUARIES

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

Por Primera Vez CoverGirl Contrata Simultáneamente a Dos Modelos Latinas Para Que Sean Las Caras de Una Nueva Línea de Cosméticos
CoverGirl Cosmetics anunció recientemente la contratación de dos modelos latinas que se sumarán a la familia CoverGirl: la actual Miss Universo, Amelia Vega, y la célebre modelo, Elsa Benitez. Ambas modelos empezarán a verse en la publicidad impresa y televisiva de CoverGirl a partir de marzo de 2004. Amelia y Elsa se suman al exclusivo grupo de modelos de CoverGirl que incluye a Molly Sims, Queen Latifah, Tasha Tilberg y Kiara.


Es una Maravilla “Fiesta Femenina”
Por: Paco Zavala
Leer es una de las más apasionantes distracciones y aún más cuando se lee un excelente libro.
Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Ha llegado el día de “Las Posadas” y con esto se enfilan las festividades de diciembre directamente a la celebración del advenimiento del niño Jesús y con la vivencia de ésta memorable fecha termina el ajetreo de la Navidad y se olvidan muchísimas cosas.
MACUILXOCHITL KIVA:
Quetzal Chooses Its Own Path to Success
By Francisco H. Ciriza
It’s an age-old lopsided battle. Art versus business conjures up images and memories of talented individuals with marketable talent that inevitably become virtually enslaved and indentured indefinitely to the cooperate machine that is the entertainment industry.

VAMOS AL CINE
El Pacifísta
Viggo Mortessen usa su estrellato para su agenda política

Por Jose Daniel Bort
Viggo pone su energía donde están sus ideas. Acérrimo promotor de la paz mundial, se apareció en la Premiere de su última película: Lord of the Rings: The return of the king, con una camisa azul celeste con el signo de la ONU predominantemente estampado, aprovechando su momento ante los ojos de todos para expresar sus ideas de forma original.

Calendar of Events......
By Berenice Cisneros
** Help make a difference this holiday season by giving back to the San Diego community. You and your family can help make a difference by adopting a family, collecting items for the homeless, sing carols to patients at a local hospital, dress up as a showman and distribute gifts to foster children, etc. There is so much we can all do. For more information call 1-800-Volunteer.

Presentaron Extraordinarios Conciertos Navideños La Orquesta de Baja California Acompañada de Coros
Por: Paco Zavala
Los diversos instrumentos musicales, las diversas clasificaciones de las voces humanas, una buena dirección orquestal y vocal, unos estupendos arreglos, además de gozar y disfrutar de momentos de grandeza musical y de un buen ambiente, forman un exquisito e indiscutible momento.

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