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"The Jewish Community of Cuba: Memory and History"

October 10, 2016

If you walk down the Calle 1 in Havana, Cuba, you will come across a wrought-iron gate fixed with the Star of David in the center. Beyond the gates is a geometric 1950s-era building whose front doors are marked with gold menorahs. Since 1953, the Synagogue Bet Shalom (also known as El Patronato) has been a reminder of the Jewish population throughout Cuba.

The Top 10 Number 10s: Five from the Past

October 10, 2016

It should certainly come as no surprise that football (soccer) holds a special place in the hearts of sports fans from across the globe. Particularly in Latin America, the pitch has served as the cathedral, and when mass is in session the pews fill to the brim with the faithful community. There is no sermon, however, only the masterful footwork of the finest players in the world. The Latin American footballer is of a different breed than his North American, European, African, Asian, and Oceanic counterparts.

Un Análisis Deconstructivo de "Vidas Secas" de Graciliano Ramos

October 10, 2016

El escritor brasileño Graciliano Ramos (1892-1943) publicó Vidas secas en 1938 con la intención de denunciar la explotación de las clases necesitadas del nordeste de su país. En la novela, Ramos retrata la vida de una familia de peones que deambula por el sertão sin esperanzas por su futuro y a merced de los patrones en un cruel sistema cuasi-feudal.

Green Card Joke toward Mexican Filmmaker Reflects Discrimination at Oscars

October 10, 2016

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s triumph at this year’s Academy Awards stirred much discussion; but not all necessarily for good reasons. Before announcing the winner for best picture Sean Penn asked, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” Although this comment was intended to be a joke, the controversy that it generated perhaps detracted from González Iñárritu’s well-earned win and highlighted to the older-white-male dominated nature of the Oscars.

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