Archive for July, 2010

20 Jul
2010

Antigone

This short but interesting play reveals that what we tend to think of as modern-day issues, such as the role of women in society, political leadership, conflicts between the beliefs and morals of the individual and the laws of a society, are in fact issues that have been troubling people for thousands of years. The message of the play is about the need to obey the law while still following the dictates of one’s own conscience and beliefs. It is also about the need for leaders to be firm in their leadership, and yet open to discussion and differences of opinion. In life it is important for everyone, especially leaders, to never be so presumptuous as to think they are all-knowing and infallible in their judgment.

20 Jul
2010

Unidos Por un Esperanza

El frio y la distancia no impidieron a José Gómez y un grupo de 4 amigos que viajaran desde Queens hasta Newark (New Jersey) para atender un programa benéfico organizador por la organización Unidos Por Una Esperanza este pasado 12 de diciembre. La llegada fue grata y calurosa. Las organizadoras del evento recibían a la gente y repartían sonrisas y abrazos como si se volvieran a encontrar con viejas amistades. La música comenzó temprano y el baile no tardo en empezar. Pronto el salón estuvo lleno y la mayoría bailaba como si se tratara de una celebración familiar. No hubo formalismos, discursos, o al menos presentación de las organizadoras. Todos éramos iguales, estábamos entre amigos, compañeros y compatriotas.

20 Jul
2010

Hispanic Queens Chambers of Commerce Celebrated its Annual Gala

On December 11, the Hispanic Queens Chambers of Commerce (HQCC) celebrated its eighth annual gala. This event that took place in the luxurious Terrace on the Park attracted people from all backgrounds such as business owners, students, community activists, and elected officials such as the Assemblyman Jose Peralta. The low temperatures did not stop neither women from wearing their beautiful dresses nor people from attending this important event. From the beginning, the organizers of the event greeted and welcomed people at the door and signaled another successful event while at the same time posed for pictures that will be a true reminder of that great night.

20 Jul
2010

The Negative Effects of Globalization in Latin America

Since the 1980s, globalization has changed drastically both negatively and positively the life of millions of people around the world, and Latin America has not escaped this change. Globalization is not new, it “can be traced back at least to the 15th century, with the genesis of the capital world economy and the geographic expansion of division of labor, access to raw materials, industrial production, and the circulation of capital.”[1] However, in the last 30 years, the process of globalization has increased in an unprecedented speed, and today, it involves so many reforms that simply some governments are unable to adjust themselves to these policies, and as a result governments see their sovereignty and power vanish away.

20 Jul
2010

Ecuador-Peru Boundary Dispute: Liberal and Realist Explanation

The boundary dispute between Ecuador and Peru has been a painful experience that nationals from both countries have had to endure. “The dispute is not only one of the major international issues of Latin America, but it is also dangerous, because it’s long history has clothed it with considerations of national prestige and honor and because it involves a very considerable extent of territory with which neither country is willing to depart.”[1] The boundary disputes between these two countries can be traced back to colonial days and are due largely to the uncertainty as to the limits of colonial territorial divisions.

20 Jul
2010

NAFTA: Regional Trade Agreement and the Creation of International Law

The international law created under NAFTA is a complex set of rules and norms that binds three countries together; Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The aim of this agreement is to: first, eliminate barriers to trade and facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services among the parties. Second, promote conditions of fair competition. Third, increase investment opportunities. Fourth, provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Fifth, create effective procedures for the implementation and application of the agreements, and sixth, establish a framework for trilateral, regional, and multilateral cooperation to expand and enhance the benefits of the agreement.

20 Jul
2010

International Relations: Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism

International relations is a complex subject that attempts to study political, social, and economic interactions among independent sovereign states. The complexity of the subject is attributed to the differences that exist between and among each state and to the anarchical international system. In an attempt to better understand how sovereign states interact with one another different approaches have been developed. But these approaches do not have a universal view of the basic elements necessary to study international relations like, the state, the individual, and the structure of the international system.

20 Jul
2010

James Madison

James Madison was the fourth President of the United States, and one of the country’s founding fathers. Since he was the primary author of the Constitution, he is often referred to as the “Father of the Constitution.” He wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, which were the most influential writings on the Constitution. He helped draft many of the basic laws of the United States, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution. For this reason, he is also known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights.” Since Madison played such an important role in the formation of the United States, his views were very influential in forming the basic ideas about the ideal political leadership and government of the country. At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, Madison drafted the Virginia Plan, which laid out his revolutionary idea for a three-branch federal system which became the basis for the Constitution that is still in effect today. Madison advocated a strong federal government that could overrule actions and decisions of individual states when necessary. He was a very strong advocate of a government that would use a system of checks and balances to limit the powers of factions, or special interest groups.

14 Jul
2010

Immigrant Reform: a continental problem

Since President Obama came to power, he has not only continued the Bush administration’s immigration politics—things have gotten worse. The fact that the White House has not reformed immigration causes a feeling of deception in the 67 percent of Latinos who voted for Obama and in the 12 million immigrants in the United States who are waiting for immigration reform. In this article, we will describe how things for immigrants are worse under Obama. And, as a solution, we will offer five suggestions that we hope will win the support of the public, including some Republicans, in order to make immigration reform a reality. These suggestions might seem lofty, but we think it is time to act, and act big, especially when protests and hunger strikes don’t seem to be working.

14 Jul
2010

Relación entre la Falta de una Reforma Migratoria y los Crímenes de Odio

A falta de una acción federal en el caso migratorio, políticos locales en Long Island y Arizona, por ejemplo, han venido no solamente tolerando crímenes de odio sino también promoviendo políticas en contra de los inmigrantes. Estas acciones combinadas con el descontento popular sobre algunas políticas federales y los cambios económicos y demográficos en el país no han hecho más que aumentar el número de crímenes de odio en contra de los inmigrantes latinos. Este artículo demuestra dicho incremento y argumenta que una reforma migratoria es necesaria para reducir el clima de inseguridad e impunidad.

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