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Washington, January 20 (RHC)-- The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly voted to renew a warrantless internet surveillance program, disregarding civil liberties advocates.  In a 65-34 vote, the United States Senate approved a bill that renews a warrantless … Continue reading
New York, January 19 (RHC)-- The majority of extremist-related murders last year in the United States were committed by right-wing, white supremacists, according to a new report.  The number of slayings committed by white supremacists in the U.S. more … Continue reading
El Paso, January 19 (RHC)-- In the United States, the migrant support group No More Deaths says U.S. Border Patrol agents routinely vandalize or confiscate humanitarian aid left by activists near the U.S. border with Mexico, condemning border crossers to … Continue reading
… the U.S. and Cuba, a small Cuban company finds a way … produced in Clandestina’s Old Havana design studio were on sale … de Cuba” capsules in the United States, but the Cuban-grown coffee beans … want to promote everyday Cubans and show Cuba life as it is … Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2018 — Ana Gálvez, now 72, spent eight months picking sweet potatoes, yuccas and squash in a state agricultural enterprise outside of Havana before she was allowed to leave for the United States in 1971. “They treated us as if we were prisoners or slaves. The food was disgusting. We had to work twelve … Continue reading "The "Worms" and the Future of Cuba / Iván García" Continue reading
In this article, I outline why the current dip presents a great opportunity to average your portfolio positions by incrementally buying as prices decrease. WEST PALM BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2018 / -- These are dark … Continue reading
A Palestinian girl looks through a plastic sheet as raindrops are seen, outside her family's house in Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City January 17, 2018. (REUT Washington, January 19 (RHC- Agencies) -- The United States will not provide 45 million … Continue reading
In a recent op-ed, Yong suggested that today’s cryptocurrency space may be somewhat of a global casino, but that shouldn’t distract from the technological... CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2018 / -- DNotes Global … Continue reading
Jersey City, January 18 (RHC)-- In the United States, students at Frisch School in New Jersey, where Jared Kushner once attended, have been encouraged to send letters thanking U.S. President Donald Trump over recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the … Continue reading
Washington, January 18 (RHC)-- U.S. President Donald Trump has repeated a threat to pull the United States out of a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.  In a Wednesday interview with Reuters, Trump once again threatened to withdraw from the North … Continue reading
… from the United States and Cuba met Wednesday in Washington D … ; laws, established between Washington and Havana in November 2015. The two … the future. According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the meeting developed … respect and high professionalism. The Cuban delegation was made up of … Continue reading
While being interviewed by NewsWorld, the gentler side of Attorney Marc Weinberg was on full display and that side was pretty good. JENKINTOWN, PA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 18, 2018 / -- Marc Weinberg, Esq. is a … Continue reading
LiveChime’s Intercept Music suite is the most powerful collection of DIY social media marketing tools in the market today designed for Artists and Bands SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 18, 2018 / -- Digital … Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 18 December 2017 — On the night of Thursday, 14 December at night, after fifteen hours on the road under a copious downpour, from Sagua de Tánamo, in Holguín, province 530 miles northwest of Havana, in an old General Motors truck from the 1950s, Erasmus and his wife arrived in Havana ready to fulfill … Continue reading "Cuba: The Devotion to Saint Lazarus / Iván García" Continue reading
Washington, January 17 (RHC)-- The United States has withheld tens of millions of dollars in money for a United Nations agency tasked with providing services for Palestinian refugees.  The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump held back 65 million … Continue reading
… Technical Meeting on Cooperation between Cuba and the United States on … to the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the talks were … Continue reading
Woody Auction will celebrate the grand opening of its new Douglass gallery with a major antique and fine art auction on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Douglass, Kansas. DOUGLASS, KS, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2018 / -- DOUGLASS, Kan. – … Continue reading
Woody Auction will celebrate the grand opening of its new Douglass gallery with a major antique and fine art auction on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Douglass, Kansas. DOUGLASS, KS, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2018 / -- DOUGLASS, Kan. – … Continue reading
EFE / via 14ymedio, 11 January 2018 — A life-size statue of English musician Paul McCartney, a former member of The Beatles, will be inaugurated next Saturday near Castillo del Morro in Santiago de Cuba — the only colonial fortress in eastern Cuba — which was visited by the composer and his family 18 years ago. … Continue reading "Once Banned in Cuba, Musician Paul McCartney to Get Statue There" Continue reading
Phoenix, January 16 (RHC)-- In the United States, the infamous racist former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he is running for Senate in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake.  Arpaio has been a major supporter of President … Continue reading
Washington, January 16 (RHC)-- The United States has moved more warships and aircraft near the Korean Peninsula, expanding its military presence in the region as South Korea prepares to host North Korean athletes in Winter Olympics next month.  The USS … Continue reading
… capital Havana. The United States prohibits tourism travel by Americans to Cuba … the Cuban economy illegally. Knowing the history of America and Cuba and … Jay-Z and Beyoncé saunter around Havana so casually? Jay-Z is a … policy that causes millions of Cubans to suffer economically from the … Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, November 24, 2017 – The new immigration law which takes effect this Wednesday in Brazil could benefit hundreds of doctors who have escaped from the Mais Medicos (More Doctors) mission in this country. According to André De Santana Correa, a lawyer who represents 80 doctors from the Island who abandoned their … Continue reading "A Lawyer Sees Salvation in Brazil’s New Immigration Law for "Deserter" Doctors" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 11 January 2018 — Jimena yawns and says she has barely slept since leaving San Juan y Martínez, in Pinar del Río province, to be on time Wednesday at the Colombian consulate in Havana. The quiet street in Havana’s Miramar neighborhood where the consulate is located has become a hive of activity this … Continue reading "Turmoil Previously in Front of US Consulate in Havana Moves to a Quiet Street in Miramar" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 16 January 2018 — Two State Security officers threatened the journalist Luz Escobar on Monday with prosecution for a common crime and making her life hell if she continues her work as a journalist for 14ymedio. “We are going to be watching you, because everyone here [in Cuba] has to buy something on … Continue reading "“We Will Be Watching You”" Continue reading
"It’s not based on race. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with corrupt incompetent governments that abuse their citizens" US Navy SEAL Erik Prince LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2018 / -- … Continue reading
Original paintings by noted Southern artists William Aiken Walker and William Hemmerling, and a mug and vase from the studios of George Ohr are a few top lots. NEW ORLEANS, LA., UNITED STATES, January 15, 2018 / -- NEW ORLEANS, … Continue reading

Carlos Alberto Montaner

Latinos in the United States es un libro que acaba de publicar Oxford University Press. Lo escribió Ilan Stavans, un brillante judío méxicoamericano, profesor del Amherst College en Massachusetts.

Un tema perfectamente adecuado a una época en la que se discute el destino de millones de seres humanos cuyas vidas dependen de la buena voluntad y la compasión de una clase política que no parece poseer esas virtudes, como se desprende de las palabras de Donald Trump divulgadas por la prensa: “¿Por qué vienen a Estados Unidos personas de shitholes countries (países de mierda) como Haití o África?”.

La obra comienza con un exergo de Mark Twain que podría encabezar este artículo: "Todas las generalizaciones son falsas, incluyendo ésta". El autor abordó el asunto desde una perspectiva informativa y múltiple, con centenares de temas, unos esenciales y otros no tanto, como si les dijera a los norteamericanos: "Observen cuidadosamente este fenómeno demográfico y presten atención porque tendrán que vivir con él de manera creciente y permanente".   

En efecto, la obra lleva un subtítulo que es una advertencia: What everyone needs to know, lo que todo el mundo necesita saber. Se refiere, claro está, a Estados Unidos. "Todo el mundo" es Estados Unidos.

¿Por qué los americanos necesitan saber lo que Stavans cuenta? Acaso porque los latinos constituyen una inmensa minoría. Son unos sesenta millones de personas, de un total actual de 325, pero a mediados de siglo serán 100. En la medida en que declina la población blanca de origen europeo, aumenta la proporción de latinos.[[QUOTE:Los latinos no existen. Tal vez, poco a poco, se elaborará una identidad latina, pero por ahora es una quimera, una criatura imaginaria]]

Naturalmente, eso de latinos es una falsa categoría para esconder un prejuicio racial o cultural. Los latinos no existen. Tal vez, poco a poco, se elaborará una identidad latina, pero por ahora es exactamente una quimera: una criatura imaginaria con cabeza de león, vientre de cabra y cola de dragón que echa fuego por la boca.

Existen los mexicanos, los puertorriqueños, los cubanos, y así sucesivamente, pero no los latinos. Ilan Stavans, pese a su nombre, es un latino, porque procede de México (especialista –entre otras cosas- en Spanglish), pero si sus abuelos se hubieran instalado directamente en Estados Unidos o Canadá, sería un judío americano más aunque se dedicara a lo mismo.

Es tan severo (aunque sutil) el rechazo a los latinos en Estados Unidos, que los judíos cubanos, cuando se exiliaron en el sur de Florida tuvieron que crear su propia sinagoga. Era mayor la aversión cultural de sus correligionarios norteamericanos que los lazos de la fe común que debió unirlos.

¿Por qué se desencuentro entre anglos y latinos?

La mala noticia es que, posiblemente, se trate de un rasgo típico de la naturaleza humana. La identidad propia se refuerza en el odio a lo ajeno. Probablemente, por viejos prejuicios que se pierden en el tiempo. Los griegos despreciaban a los bárbaros, incluidos los rústicos romanos. Los romanos despreciaban a los germanos. Los católicos a los protestantes y viceversa. Todos a los musulmanes y a los negros y viceversa. Los españoles a los indios y viceversa. Los estadounidenses blancos de origen nórdico a los más oscuros de procedencia italiana o de cualquier país mediterráneo. En Miami hubo toque de queda –curfew– no sólo para acorralar obligatoriamente a los negros en sus guetos, sino también a los judíos blancos.

La buena noticia es que, con el tiempo, los prejuicios van cambiando o se desvanecen. Los chinos, que en la década de los veinte del siglo pasado eran considerados inferiores, en los tiempos que corren se les respeta y se admite, humildemente, que tienen un cociente intelectual superior al de los anglos.

¿Sucederá lo mismo con los latinos?  Depende. Los asiáticos no modificaron la percepción general lavando ropa o vendiendo comida étnica en las calles. Poco a poco fueron invadiendo los departamentos de ciencias de las universidades y se labraron su lugar al sol en una sociedad en la que prevalece el respeto por el cambio y la tecnología. ¿Está sucediendo esa transformación entre los latinos? Creo que sí. Es cuestión de tiempo.


El equipo de 14ymedio está comprometido con hacer un periodismo serio que refleje la realidad de la Cuba profunda. Gracias por acompañarnos en este largo camino. Te invitamos a que continúes apoyándonos, pero esta vez haciéndote miembro 14ymedio. Juntos podemos seguir transformando el periodismo en Cuba.

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14ymedio, Maite Rico, Madrid, 13 January 2018 — Madrid’s Zarzuela racecourse, with its spectacular grandstands and challenging cantilevered decks, is notable in the annals of architecture. As is Havana’s Focsa building, that “open book” of 39 floors, inspired by Le Corbusier, that dialogues with the bay and Malecon in Cuba’s capital city. Behind these two emblematic … Continue reading "Martín Domínguez Architect of Havana’s Focsa Building, Erased by Francoism and Castroism" Continue reading
Geneva, January 13 (RHC)-- A UN agency that delivers aid to Palestinian refugees has waned of a "catastrophic" impact on them if it loses significant funding from the United States, days after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut his … Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 12 January 2018 — The division between correístas (supporters of former president Rafael Correa) and morenistas (supporters of current president Lenin Moreno) that runs through Ecuador, less than a month before the upcoming 7-issue referendum called by President Lenin Moreno is also reflected among Cubans residing in the country. The polls maintain that the YES … Continue reading "Ecuador’s Cuban Community is Involved in February 4th Referendum" Continue reading
Washington, January 12 (RHC)-- The United States launched massive attacks on mainland Japan after seizing the island of Okinawa toward the end of World War II, dropping around 7,000 tons of bombs, a new analysis of U.S. documents show.  More than 65 … Continue reading
Washington, January 11 (RHC)-- The Donald Trump administration has proposed allowing offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all of the United States’ coastal waters.  The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of … Continue reading
DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 11, 2018 / -- Every day, people around the country see the deadly force of Alzheimer’s disease on families. Organizations are grateful for the interest in donating to the Alzheimer’s … Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 8 January 2018 — The Colombian consulates in Havana and Miami have been overwhelmed in recent weeks by the number of Cubans who hope for a visa to travel to Colombia due to the transfer of immigration procedures from the US consulate in Havana to its counterpart in Bogota “Every day … Continue reading "Cubans in Search of Visas Overflow Columbian Consulates in Miami and Havana" Continue reading
… and their relatives stationed in Havana. The United States also ordered … Nacional and Hotel Capri in Havana,” says the new warning. According … and the Cuban government knows who did it,” said Cuban-American Sen. Marco … against its diplomats in Havana, nor that Cuba may be responsible or … Continue reading
by Mark Gonzales, Founder and Executive Director, Hispanic Action Network WASHINGTON D.C, UNITED STATES, January 10, 2018 / -- “We knew this day would eventually come, the day where we would have to pass official legislation to … Continue reading
"The complexity of the permitting process creates opportunities for corrupt individuals to seek to extract bribes from unwitting developers. Fernando Zumbado" LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 10, 2018 / -- … Continue reading
"The complexity of the permitting process creates opportunities for corrupt individuals to seek to extract bribes from unwitting developers. Fernando Zumbado" LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 10, 2018 / -- … Continue reading
Colombia's consulates in Miami and Havana have been jammed in recent weeks by Cubans seeking to travel to Bogota to process visa requests at the U.S. Embassy there. “We are … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Mr. Christian Leathey, Costa Rica Attorney, Accused David Aven of Duping SETENA. If Mr. Leathey's Statement was False, why isn't that Slander and Defamation? LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 10, 2018 / -- Mr. … Continue reading, Yoani Sanchez, 9 January 2017 — “Six decades are a lifetime,” says Facundo, a Cuban retiree who sells the official press in Old Havana to supplement his low pension. Born shortly before Fidel Castro came to power, the man is suspicious of the appointment of a new president next April. “That’s going to be like learning … Continue reading "The Departure Of Raúl Castro, The End Of An Era" Continue reading
… used to harm Americans in Havana. Officials told Congress there are … to tell the United States. Cuba has repeatedly and adamantly denied … truth,” Vidal told reporters in Havana. But Brown said even if … most of its diplomats from Havana. That drew an angry response … Continue reading
… has made four trips to Havana, Cuba and is preparing for a … the Cuban embassy in October. Guaranteeing Americans' safety in Cuba Brown … the United States Embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 14, 2017. The Accountability … pattern of Cuban harassment of U.S. diplomats stationed in Havana,… Continue reading