Volume XXIX Number 10 March 11, 2005

FrontPage Stories

Mujeres unidas cambian el mundo

Por Luis Alonso Pérez

El mundo sigue siendo un lugar injusto para la mujer. A treinta años de la declaración de su día, la violencia, esclavitud, tráfico, prostitución, falta de representación política y oportunidades de superación, siguen atormentando a millones de mujeres alrededor del planeta.

En Estados Unidos, un país que continuamente demuestra una severa ceguera voluntaria a los problemas que aquejan a quienes viven más allá de sus fronteras, resultan admirables los esfuerzos de las instituciones civiles por discutir los retos que enfrentan las mujeres en el mundo, tal como se dio en el evento “Women together change the World”, organizado por el Instituto de Paz y Justicia (IPJ) de la Universidad de San Diego, el pasado Martes 8 de Marzo.


Abogada Lilia Velasquez hablando sobre violencia a mujeres en Guatemala.

Decenas de mujeres trabajadoras y estudiantes universitarias se reunieron para compartir información sobre los frentes de batalla de las trabajadoras sociales y activistas que buscan mejorar la situación de sus hermanas menos afortunadas.

El evento comenzó con la proyección del documental “Mujer… Haciendo paz, buscando justicia”, en el que se presentan las injusticias sufridas por algunos habitantes de países subdesarrollados y los frutos del trabajo de las cuatro activistas que formaron parte del programa “Women PeaceMakers” del IPJ, en el que Hyun-Sook Kim Lee de Korea, Raya Kadyrova de Kyrgyzstan, Zahra Ugas Farah de Somalia y Dalit Baum de Israel tuvieron una residencia de diez semanas en el IPJ, con el fin de documentar de forma escrita y audiovisual su trabajo social, además de compartir sus experiencias con sus compañeras y la comunidad, en un ambiente de descanso y reflexión.

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Women together change the World
By Luis Alonso Pérez
This world is still an unjust place for women. Thirty years from the declaration of their day, violence, slavery, traffic, prostitution, lack of political representation and opportunities; continue tormenting millions of women around the planet.


Reseña:
Los Tiempos y La Mujer de hoy
Por: Paco Zavala
La mujer, símbolo permanente de la procreación y de la permanencia del género humano sobre la faz de la tierra por disposición divina y natural, indiscutiblemente, se le honró el pasado 8 de marzo con infinidad de actividades a nivel internacional con motivo del “Día Internacional de la Mujer”


Gracia Molina de Pick celebrated 75 years of life and accomplishments
By Geneva Gamez
In celebration of International Women’s Day, a group of over a hundred guests gathered at the Centro Cultural de la Raza to also honor and celebrate the long lived Gracia Molina de Pick, who celebrated her 75th birthday last Tuesday. Food, music, poetry, and baile folklorico were among the highlights of the evening.

Angry Hispanic Caucus withholds party dues
By Hans Nichols
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are withholding their party membership dues until they receive assurances from House Democratic leaders that the party will make a concerted effort to engage Hispanic voters and better serve the needs of the Hispanic community.



Stories

Paraguay: Ex-President’s Daughter’s Suspicious Murder
By Patrick Quirk
On February 16, capping an escalating crime-wave and bringing an end to Paraguay’s most high-profile kidnapping, the body of Cecilia Cubas—daughter of former President Raúl Cubas—was found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of the capital city, Asunción. The discovery comes on the heels of a five-month investigation into the September 2004 abduction of the 32-year-old woman from outside of her home, which the media and public contend was mismanaged from the start by public officials.


Día Internacional de la Mujer
Reporteros sin Fronteras rinde homenaje a las mujeres periodistas amenazadas en el mundo
Mientras, el 8 de marzo, el mundo celebra el Día Internacional de la Mujer, una reportera francesa es actualmente rehén en Irak, y otras cuatro se encuentran encarceladas. Desde el 8 de marzo de 2004 han matado a una decena de mujeres periodistas, en el ejercicio de su trabajo.


México del Norte
Jorge Mújica Murias
Maras contra Milicias
Hace 126 años, en Tombstone Arizona, Wyatt Earp y sus hermanos Virgil y Morgan, acompañados de Doc Holliday, se enfrentaron a muerte con Ike y Billy Clanton, Frank y Tom McLaury y Billy Claiborne, en un establo conocido como el “O.K. Corral”.


Only 16% Think Mayor and Council Have Not Committed a Crime
Over 2/3 Think City Attorney is Right to Investigate Council
According to a survey released by the San Diego Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA), 38% of registered voters think the Mayor and Council have committed a crime in the ongoing pension scandal at City Hall, and 67% think it is the proper role of the City Attorney to investigate the Council.


Somewhere Between Pride and Self-Pity
By Heriberto Escamilla
There is debate among historians as to when and where Hernan Cortez actually set foot on the shores of what was to become the Republic of Mexico. Some say he first landed in Yucatan on the 19th or 21st of April, 1519. Others tell us that on that around that time, he dropped his anchor in the shallow waters of what is today Veracruz. Still other people that study history have the Spanish sails rising out of the eastern horizon a month earlier, on March 13, 1519. While the exact time and place may not be clear, one thing is certain, that event began a series of developments that forever changed the course of generations to come. The gold, silver and other resources extracted from the new world fueled the growth of technology and the industrial revolution, while the original Americans began to lose their connection to the natural forces that had up to that time shaped their consciousness and world view.


Desnudos en la Abundancia
Por Pastor Luis García
Mi cuñada no estaba conforme con los vestidos que se probó para salir esa noche. Con evidente ironía mi hermano le dice “Tienes el closet lleno de nada para ponerte”. Es muy fácil para los seres humanos pasar de la necesidad a la indiferencia.

Perspective change needed in obesity prevention
March is National Nutrition Month
The idea that eating right and getting physical activity are solely governed by personal responsibility is a concept of the past, according to University of California nutrition experts. Terms such as “environment” and “community” are now creeping into the lexicon of obesity prevention.


Editorials

Editorial:
Govenor Rates a Failing Grade in Education!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is finally taking on an issue that he is fully qualified to tackle: obesity! Of course, we find this a little ironic, fighting for the health of your children, while at the same time promoting steroids via his body building exhibitions. Additionally, and at the same time, admitting “no regrets” through his personal use of steroids. A mixed message here!

Commentary:
UCSD and Our Fragile Safety Net
By Sandra Perez, MD and James Santiago Grisolía, MD
We never think about our own health until it’s in danger. But we and our families are only one car accident away from needing emergency hospitalization, and now our health care safety net is about to unravel.


Comentario:
UCSD y Nuestra Frágil Red de Seguridad
Por Sandra Perez, MD and James Santiago Grisolía, MD
Nunca pensamos en nuestra propia salud hasta que está en peligro. Pero solo nos hace falta un choque automovilístico para obligarnos o a nuestras familias requerir servicios urgentes médicos. Y ahora, nuestra red de protección está en mucho peligro.


National City Spotlight:
One Fish, Two Fish, Sick Fish, Bad Fish
By Ted Godshalk
On Thursday, March 3 the school children of National City celebrated the annual event known as Read Across America. To the students, however, this day is known as Dr. Seuss Day. They attend school in their pajamas and read the wonderful literature of Seuss all day. Community members, elected officials, and other warmhearted adults give generously of their time to read to the children during the day’s proceedings.


Comentario:
El Regreso del Zorro Latino
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Se dice por ahí que la secuela del Zorro está por volver a la pantalla grande. Lo cierto es que los pobres, los abatidos por el tráfico y el crimen, ya están apostando banderillas de bienvenida a este personaje mítico que hará su entrada no en la pantalla grande, sino en las calles centrales del viejo Los Ángeles. Se le espera el 17 de Mayo y quiere ser Alcalde. ¿Será que llega?


Comentario:
SEGURO SOCIAL: Un debate importante para los latinos
Por Carlos M. Gutiérrez
El presidente Bush ha recorrido el país en semanas recientes para hablar con el pueblo estadounidense sobre su visión para solucionar permanentemente los problemas del Seguro Social. Gracias en gran medida a su liderazgo y valentía, el Congreso ahora se dedica a los graves problemas que enfrenta esta institución estadounidense. Los latinos, como todos los estadounidenses, quieren un sistema de Seguro Social que sea fuerte a largo plazo y que permita que los participantes ahorren para su beneficio personal y de sus familias.

Commentary:
Planting Trees for California’s Future
By Lupe Molina
As spring approaches, farm workers in California will begin their annual activities that usually lead to a fall harvest.


Tezozomoc Speaks
Gracias a Dios, the rains stopped! Pobrecito de mi perro! He couldn’t take the swimming pool that my back yard turned into! He looked at me with his sorrowful eyes and said: Ni modo! Jefito! And, off he went, looking for a better home. Haven’t seen mi perro since!

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


12th San Diego Latino Film Festival
By Luis Alonso Pérez
The big fiesta of Latin cinema is back in San Diego. It’s time to discover and celebrate.


12avo Festival de Cine Latino de San Diego
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
La gran fiesta del cine latino está de regreso en San Diego, es tiempo de Descubrir y Celebrar.


Vin Diesel redefine su carrera
El actor estrena comedia familiar “The Pacifier”
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Con sus más de seis pies de estatura y su masiva presencia (en términos literales), es difícil que Vin Diesel pase desapercibido. Pero su verdadera personalidad dista mucho de la imagen distante con que asume los roles más grandes que la vida misma. Vin Diesel es un “softie” (suavecito).


Lo mejor que Hollywood puede ofrecer
Hostage es un Thriller completo y emocionante
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Cuando los directores dejan que Bruce Willis sea Bruce Willis, el actor se come la pantalla viva. Esto ocurre con el nuevo drama psicológico “Hostage”, en donde el actor está en el tope de condiciones, en una historia fluída y coherente y con un elenco de apoyo de primera línea.


Los Robots cobran vida en la pantalla
Los dibujos animados de William Joyce celebran su humanidad
Por Jose Daniel Bort
La distribuidora de cine Fox se ha tomado para si el mes de Marzo para lanzar sus productos animados, lo que le garantiza la virtual falta de competencia de otras “comiquitas”, pero sin llegar a tener los copiosos beneficios que implica lanzar este tipo de películas en el verano. La estrategia funcionó con “Ice Age” en el pasado, y ahora le toca el turno a “Robots”.


New Documentary About the Mexican Immigrant Experience to Premiere at the Museum of Man
“Generaciones: Three Generations of Mexican Women Immigrants,” a new documentary which recounts the lives of women from four Mexican immigrant families, will premiere to the public at the San Diego Museum of Man, starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 19. It will be screened regularly through May 31 in tandem with an art exhibit related to the film.


Cantiflas and Pedro Infante Movie Marathons
My late night friends when my mother was away
By Fanny J. Garcia
I was not there. I only know what she has whispered in my ears as I lay in bed with the smells of Vicks Vapor Rub and Robitussin. My bouts of coughing forced her to interrupt her story. The phlegm would pour out of my mouth as if I was trying to exorcise the years without a father. Maybe if I did not think about it I could ignore that my family was not normal. It was not normal that my mother worked at night. I don’t know if what she says is the truth but I can do nothing else but believe her.


The Future of Culture Is Now
Mariachi Heritage Society Benefit Concert comes of age, March 19
By Marco de la Paz
Let’s talk about future of culture; not just its survival.


Spring Camps, Festivals Scheduled at Recreation Centers
Spring will be celebrated at Chula Vista’s recreation centers with a variety of activities for youth. The schedule includes a Spring Fest at Loma Verde Recreation Center, Breakfast with Bunny at Otay Recreation Center, Spring Fling Carnival at the Community Youth Center, and spring break/intersession day camps at Parkway Community Center and Heritage Community Center.


Super-Sub Abadi Sparks Falcons CIF Soccer Victory
By John Philip Wyllie
At the beginning of the just completed prep soccer season Mexican-born Torrey Pines attacker Jose Abadi was not getting the playing time he desired. But it is not important how you start, only how you finish. Last Saturday, the Boston University bound senior finished his high school career with a two-goal game and sparked his team’s 5-1 CIF Division I championship victory over the fourth seeded Bonita Vista Barons.


Eastlake’s Andrade Ahead of the Pack
By John Philip Wyllie
A year ago, Eastlake High School’s Tania Andrade came within an eyelash of qualifying for the CIF San Diego Section Track & Field Finals. She also nearly broke the school record of 12:10 in the two-mile run. Not bad considering that Andrade was a wide-eyed freshman and had rarely ever run that event in competition. Andrade’s coach, Joe Stubbs, expects his now seasoned sophomore to emerge this year as one of the area’s top long distance runners.


Aztec Soccer Recruits Signals a New Era
Giuliano signs eight for his first recruiting class
San Diego State women’s soccer coach Mike Giuliano has announced the signing of eight recruits on Tuesday. The incoming class includes one former national team player and four regional players.


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