Health and Society

'Robin Hood' Criminal Groups: Providing for the Community when the Government Cannot

November 7, 2018

Conventional perceptions of Latin America’s organized criminal groups tend to emphasize the greed and violence produced by these groups when, in reality, their existence is much more nuanced than this. Although most associate the presence of criminal groups with heightened levels of violence or drug use, these groups usually do much more than this, often providing certain services and resources to local communities.

Coffee rust disease posed to destroy Latin American market (and your daily coffee fix)

October 29, 2018

Since the introduction of coffee as a staple in morning routines worldwide, it has become one of the most traded commodities on the planet; in fact, it was second only to oil this year (teleSUR 2018).  The sudden demand for coffee helped to launch Latin America into the industrial age, with countries like Brazil and Costa Rica (which now leads world coffee production at around 45 million 60 kilogram bags per year) setting prices and international standards for the industry.

Spanish Speaking in Schools

October 23, 2018

Although the United States has no official language, English is by far the most spoken language in the U.S. That being said, approximately 40 million people speak Spanish at home in the United States (United States Census Bureau, 2017). There is little legislation regarding the use of Spanish instruction outside of language classes, and with such a large percentage of the U.S. population speaking English, most schools instruct their students in English. Some schools, however, have made attempts to enforce “English-only” policies, which is where the problem lies.

Xenophobia and the American Immigration Debate: The way we view Latino immigrants

October 11, 2018

In the past few years, there has been a particularly prevalent and polarizing dialogue surrounding the role and the place of Hispanic and Latino immigrants in our country. In the face of a rise in anti-Latino rhetoric in American politics, and an increase in hate-fueled criminal acts against Latinos in the United States, we are often left with a few questions: Where do these ideas come from? Is there any validity to this? And, how can we collectively become more educated on the reality of Latino-U.S. immigration?

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