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Archive for the ‘Media Issues’ Category

Disaster Migrants & The BP Cleanup

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has drawn cleanup workers from near and far. Many of those workers are Latinos, so-called “disaster migrants” who go from catastrophe to catastrophe and aid in the repair efforts. Maybe it doesn’t seem like an ideal job to you, but these folks are happy just to have work.

The report on disaster migrants comes to us from Annie Correal of the Feet in Two Worlds project.

Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

Click the image to view an interactive map of the spill.

Operation Condor

On September 21, 1976, a car bomb exploded in Washington, D.C., killing Orlando Letelier, former Chilean ambassador to the United States under President Salvador Allende, and a young American political activist, Ronni Karpen Moffitt. According to Peter Kornbluh, director of the Chile and Cuba Documentation Projects at the National Security Archive, both were victims of Operation Condor, “a Latin American rendition, kidnapping, and assassination program” initiated at a meeting of Latin American military dictators in Santiago, Chile in November 1975.

In this extended interview, Maria talks with Kornbluh about the Archive’s release of a recently declassified cable from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that Kornbluh says provides “the missing piece of the historical puzzle on Kissinger’s role in the action, and inaction, of the U.S. government after learning of Condor assassination plots.”

Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

The National Security Archive is an independent research institute and library located at The George Washington University that serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.

The images below provide links to two key documents: the first, an August 1976 action cable signed by Kissinger that reflects a decision by the Latin American bureau in the State Department to try to stop the Condor plans known to be underway, and the second, the newly declassified Kissinger memo of September 1976 that reversed that decision days before Letelier’s assassination. You can read more about the trial and conviction of Manuel Contreras here and here.

National Public Radio reported on the events surrounding the assassination in 1976.

This audio is courtesy of the NPR Broadcast Library:

  • Newscast: 9/21/76
  • All Things Considered: 9/21/76
  • Funeral Coverage: 9/26/76
  • Ugly Betty

    She captured our hearts: braces and all. Betty Suarez (played by America Ferrera) was introduced to American audiences in September 2006. Based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, the program that broke new ground on issues of sexuality, ethnicity, and immigration status did well on ABC when it was on Thursday nights. But the ratings have slipped recently, and the show aired its final episode this week.

    It’s been appointment viewing for the entire Perez-Hinojosa family.

    Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

    Empowering Girl Journalists in Texas

    Girls working on the e-zine

    For young Latinas, role models are sometimes difficult to find. Too often, Hispanic girls lack resources to develop to their full potential. In Austin, Texas, a non-profit has created a mentorship program, pairing Latina girls and teens, to help develop their leadership through journalism. It’s the mission of Latinitas to empower Latina youth through media and technology with the goal of informing, entertaining, and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident, and successful adults.

    Since 2002, the Latinitas program has produced an online magazine — or E-Zine — produced and written by youth. Recently, the online magazine has gone to traditional print.

    KUT’s Crystal Chavez profiles the journalistic training program and some of the girls involved.

    Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

    Watch a Slideshow of the Latinitas program as you listen:


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