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After Political Turmoil, Hondurans Back Conservative Candidate

New America Media//The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Interview, Video, Marcelo Ballv with Margaret Warner, Dec 01, 2009

After months of tensions following the ousting of Honduras' top leader, the country elected a new president on Sunday.

Honduran Voters Hope to Leave Political Chaos Behind

New America Media//The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Audio, Marcelo Ballv, Nov 30, 2009

The recent political turmoil appeared to motivate voters to show up at the polls.


HIV-Positive Immigrants Make the Final Trip Home

La Opinin, News Feature, Claudia Nez, Translated by Elena Shore, Nov 30, 2009

An estimated 100,000 immigrants in the United States carry the virus that causes AIDS, and more than a fifth of them are Mexican. In the next few years, Mexican health authorities expect the return of as many as 14,000 infected people. Traduccin al espaol

Mexico and the Crisis of a Dependent Economy

Americas Program, News Report, Laura Carlsen, Nov 24, 2009

Felipe Calderons government has announced an increase in the price of petroleum and electricity. A popular movement has responded by boycotting the payment of electricity bills, resulting in arrests and the cutting of power to the most vulnerable communities.

Puerto Rican Cop Accused of Bias in Gay Murder Case

Primera Hora, News Report, Nov 18, 2009

The Puerto Rico Para Tod@s Human Rights Foundation is calling for an unbiased investigation into the brutal murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, a 19-year-old gay man who allegedly was the victim of a hate crime and whose body was found Friday burned, decapitated and dismembered in Cayey, Puerto Rico.

Jesuit Massacre Still Haunts Salvadorans After 20 Years

New America Media, Commentary, Mary Jo McConahay, Nov 16, 2009

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter - a turning point in El Salvadors civil war. Former NAM contributing editor Mary Jo McConahay was the first reporter on the scene.

A Farce in Honduras

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff, Nov 14, 2009

A constitutional farce is taking place in Honduras, write editors of La Opinin. It started in June with the overthrow of Zelaya and continues to this day, making a mockery of the international community and the efforts of the United States.

Mea Culpa, Hablo Espaol

La Opinin, Commentary, Pilar Marrero, Translated by Elena Shore, Oct 27, 2009

A hotel owner in Taos, N.M. ordered Hispanic employees to change their names to something more "Anglo." La Opinin columnist Pilar Marrero wonders what world he is living in.

Basta Dobbs, Honduras Under Fire and City of Borders

New America Now, Audio, Oct 23, 2009

This week on New America Now -- The Campaign mounts against Lou Dobbs, Marcelo Ballve looks at the situation in Honduras and Aaron Davidman discusses his play based on a bestselling book 'The Chosen' by Chaim Potok.

Cuba Ends Food Guarantees, Steps Back from Socialist Ideal

New America Media, News Analysis, Louis E.V. Nevaer, Oct 23, 2009

Cuba is set to abandon the food rationing program that has been the cornerstone of its Socialist revolution.

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