February

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Uncertainty

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Love, Loss and Longing of Cubans and Cuban Americans

In “Love, Loss and Longing: The Impact of U.S. Travel Policy on Cuban American Families” by Jeanne Parr Lemkau and David L. Strug, a beautiful collection of photographs and first-person narratives captures the hardships inflicted on Cuban-Americans, and their relatives in Cuba, by the Bush administration’s draconian travel restrictions.

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Some terrific new childrens books

Right now public libraries and local bookstores are featuring titles for African American history month, and next month they will be featuring titles on women’s history. Here are some new titles for children that you won’t want to miss.

A peoples surge that could reshape our country

A people’s surge is heaving its way across the country with unexpected force. And in doing so, it is confounding pundits, challenging conventional wisdom and reconfiguring our nation’s politics. Only one thing is for certain: it could well prefigure a triumphant victory for peace, economic security and equality in November.

Timing is everything

Bringing to justice the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack is something everyone in our country would like to see.

Digging out of crisis

Many analysts say the United States is already in a recession. Whatever it’s called, economic crisis is a grim and grinding daily reality for the millions who are jobless, underemployed, struggling with soaring health care costs, losing their homes to foreclosure or already homeless.

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Joyous magnificence, African American experience through words and deeds

There is a consistent, if not conscious, effort to make it appear as if the African American people have become a sea of dehumanized barrenness in the desolate ghettoes of inner cities.

Puerto Ricos teachers fight for public education

Puerto Rican teachers and their allies took to the streets of San Juan on Feb. 8 to protest the decertification of their union. The decertification happened in reaction to the union’s recent strike vote over the conditions of public schools and low wages. The Puerto Rican Federation of Teachers (FMPR) picketed the Public Sector Labor Relations Commission under the slogan, “You cannot decertify our fight!”

Ohio, Texas could decide Dem primary race

Unexpectedly, voters in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania could be the decision-makers in the tight Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Landslide victories by Obama in a series of caucuses and primaries in the past week set the stage for all-out contests in the March 4 primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the April 22 Pennsylvania primary.

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