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The Dakota War, Manila's Million People March, and "The Little House on the Prairie"

           ("Million People March" against corruption in Manila.  photo by Koryn Iledan)

It was an idyllic outdoor setting for a talk by historian Bill Bolin: surrounded by the trees and the lake at the Shetek Retreat Center in Slayton (near Tracy) in Southwest Minnesota.

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'Forward, not back'

'Forward, not back'

Even before applying to WPI, there was a plan. If I was approved, I would stay almost one month more to cover the United States elections. It would be two dreams at a time, since I’ve always aspired to both participate in a fellowship and to cover the American elections.

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Hispanics relish growing electoral clout

Published in The Australian newspaper, October 1

 JORGE Ramos has a simple explanation for the intense political spotlight being shone on the US Hispanic community. "They need us," he says, pointing out that to become president, a candidate needs about 11 million Hispanic votes.

Ramos is the charismatic frontman for Univision, the Miami-based Spanish-language television network that is now the fifth largest in the nation.

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"They need us"

"They need us"

I've been talking about this guy, Jorge Ramos, for two days, so I thought I might as well write my blog about him.

There could be few journalists more influential. Last week President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney came down to Miami to be grilled by him. I can't imagine there are too many journalists in the US that have that kind of pulling power.

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In Boston looking for the real Romney

In Boston looking for the real Romney

Martin Baron has been the top editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years and during that time has become a close observer of Mitt Romney.

Romney was governor of Massachusetts for four of those years (2003–2007) and also ran an unsuccessful senate race in that state against Ted Kennedy in 1994.

Like any good local paper, the Globe has scrutinised their man.

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Inertia is not That easy

Inertia is not That easy

Sleep deprived, our starved selves had once again taken refuge in the ever trusted black coffee to march on. From the subway to our next destination. Fatigue and city hopping has blurred our comprehension, enough to not be able to distinguish one city from the other. What remains constant is this inertia, to hop and to ask question (by now almost drab and repetitive).

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Democratic National Convention and Brazil

Democratic National Convention and Brazil

It was a tiring three-day journey, but it was worthy. As I have been working with international issues for ten years, I've always wanted to cover the United States elections, and I am now in USA doing exactly that.

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Conventional Politics

The climate in Charlotte could not have been better. Wait.. It IS true that the heat was humid and sticky, and that at any moment it rained, skies unleashed lightning, which I can tell you can be easily compared with the much colder Bogotá. To avoid confusion, it might be better to say it this way: the political climate in Charlotte could not have been better.

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Rape and other demons

The problem with being a perennial cribber is that the moment you take a break to catch a breath, the world turns tables to embarrass you, to tell you that you slacked.

On our way back to the Twin cities from Ely I got a call from back home, “Did you hear about Todd Akin’s remarks on women? I was surprised you didn’t even discuss it with me.” 

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News from Charlotte

News from Charlotte

Well, I haven't been all that active at the blog, so far, BUT I have been writing my, let`s say, head off for my newspaper. I share with you my first post, about the increasingly important role of the latino communityin this election and its pervasive presence in the Democratic National Convention.

I have translated the first paragraph:

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