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Meditating on the Maya Calendar for 2012

New America Media, Profile, Marcelo Ballvé , Sep 02, 2009

José Argüelles, author of the 1987 New Age classic, “The Mayan Factor,” focuses much of his energy these days on preparing for Dec. 21, 2012, the date around which the ancient Maya "Long Count" calendar resets, at the end of a 5,125-year cycle.

Achieving Healthy Immigration Reform

New America Media, Commentary, David Coates, Aug 22, 2009

The best thing supporters of immigration reform can do right now is fight for health care reform, writes the commentator. If Obama loses on this, he argues, immigration reform will become even more elusive.

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The Other Town Halls

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Aug 17, 2009

Health care is not the only issue heating up town hall meetings across America. The country's largest labor organizations have put together a joint statement on immigration reform. Selling their members on it is a much tougher job. Traducción al español

Asian Americans' Rising Suicide Rates -- Three Students Take their Lives

New America Media, Analysis, Andrew Lam, Aug 13, 2009

Asian Americans are much more likely than the average American to commit suicide, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NAM editor Andrew Lam traces the root of this disturbing trend to a tradition that existed long before the American dream.

Asian Men Lead in Cosmetic Surgery Increase

New America Media, News Feature, Vivian Po, Aug 12, 2009

Although in general the number of people from ethnic communities going for plastic surgery continues to rise, Asian Americans are the fastest growing segment.

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Coalition Vows to Press Congress and Obama for Immigration Reform

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah, Jun 04, 2009

A new coalition launched a campaign yesterday in the nation's capital to press Congress for comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign announced its plan to garner enough votes to pass what it says are needed changes in U.S. immigration policy.

Pharmaceutical Companies Stand to Make Profit From ‘Swine Flu'

Final Call.com, News Report, Saeed Shabazz, May 26, 2009

A Boston-based company, Emerging Portfolio Fund Research Global, Inc., a provider of fund flows to financial institutions around the world, reported that health-care and biotechnical companies recorded their first week of stock price increases since February.

Slackers, Moochers, UberGirls and Equals

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia , Commentary, Various Authors, Photo: Ann Dabney/Flickr, May 17, 2009

With young women outnumbering men on college campuses, and layoffs in traditionally male fields now placing women on the verge of becoming the majority of the workforce too, ripple effects are felt down to the high school level, where girls identify their male classmates as slackers, and their mothers’ unemployed boyfriends as moochers.

The Saint of Drug Cartels

La Voz de San Diego, News Report, Alejandro Maciel, Translated by Elena Shore, May 13, 2009

Mexican authorities have destroyed 30 capillas dedicated to Santa Muerte in response to their strong association with drug trafficking. But observers say dismantling the shrine of the so-called “narco-saint” isn’t going to diminish crime. Traducción al español

How NAFTA Helped Spread Swine Flu

New America Media, Commentary, Laura Carlsen, May 01, 2009

An investigation into the root causes of the swine flu epidemic must lead to a full accounting of the risks of globalization and industrial farming. A misplaced priority on profits over human health may have led to the world’s latest pandemic.

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