Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Now it is Iran, tomorrow Cuba?

June 17, 2009

Interesting the protests which are going on in Iran after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected. It is possible that they will go on for quite a time. And even Twitter plays a part, now that the government has severely limited the possibilities of journalists to do their work. The Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez draws a parallel between Cuba and Iran.

Iranian women, painted in 1669

Iranian women, painted in 1669

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Being a woman in Afghanistan and in Colombia

March 1, 2009

A while ago I read two articles in the New York Times which struck me. One was about girls in Afghanistan who go to school in spite of the danger of being attacked by crazy radicals – apparantly close to the Taliban – who spray their faces with acid. All the girls, including the ones who have been sprayed, insist in going to school. modelos-0309burqa-0309 (more…)

Ingrid Betancourt is just a human being

February 27, 2009

ibetancourt-0209The three Americans who were held hostages by the FARC in Colombia together with Ingrid Betancourt, Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes, criticized her in their book Out of Captivity. (more…)

René and Wilson, Colombians in Europe

December 11, 2008

Two stories that struck me today:

René Bonilla is a Colombian who has been living in Spain for 7 years and has been working hard as a painter to bring his wife and 2-year old daughter from Colombia to Madrid. The New York Times told his story. He was doing well, earning 1100 euro a month and felt confident enough to bring his family to Spain.gun_money

When his wife and daughter arrived, René had been out of work for a month already. He had spent his savings on the journey of the three of them.

Now they are living in one room with one bed, which also serves as a dinner table and a place to watch television. They are surviving on loans from their landlord. (more…)

Transsexual Zapotecs in Mexico

December 7, 2008

The Zapotec indians in Mexico accept transsexuals in their community. The New York Times published an article about this phenomenon. It is surprising according to the New York Times in a country where homosexuality is hardly accepted and by many is considered a sin. (more…)