The Organization of American States (OAS) is the most important institution in the Western Hemisphere. It comprises 35 States, including the United States, Mexico and Canada. Formally, it was born on April 20, 1948,...
How do we here in south Texas, near the famous Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, the border between the U.S. and Mexico, survive? On one hand, it is, per capita, one of the poorest regions in the...
In a strange way, the annual commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stirs up unease in me. I fear it is steadily enfeebling the power of the contradictions in our society that he forced us to...
1929: The “Crash” (of banks, of the economy, of confidence in government). Then, old deals. More laissez-faire, do-nothing reaction from government, as per the dominant political theology of the times (and still, of our times?).
Guillermo Del Toro, the Mexican filmmaker, considered by today’s standards the best monster maker, says a monster is “the idea of otherness being seen as the enemy.” This concept applies perfectly to U.S. foreign...
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. An estimated 99.7 percent of cervical cancer cases are caused by the group of viruses known as HPV. In 2007, two governments initiated a massive public health...
Sheisse! I don’t know why I’m cursing in German. Probably because my editor wouldn’t like me to do it in English. (Nor does my wife like it, at home, especially in Spanish.) So, just...
Last week I believe I got a glimpse of God. This happened while with some people who were visiting the Rio Grande Valley. The visitors had wanted to go across the bridge into Matamoros,...
“I am not a member of any organized political party – I’m a Democrat!” So lamented (bragged?) Will Rogers. The beloved cowboy humorist of my home state of Oklahoma found the right touch to...
Paul A. Volcker, who recently passed away, was a giant figure in modern economics. As head of the Federal Reserve, he took bold and unpopular steps to solve major economic problems, setting the stage...

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