Voces&Blogs

Message to news media: Embrace diversity if you want to survive and thrive Message to news media: Embrace diversity if you want to survive and thrive Diversity & Ideas Sep 12th Borderzine Staff Editor’s note: This commentary is part of Borderzine’s continuing series about the growing urgency to transform newsrooms into diverse work places. By Hugo Balta Diversity doesn’t happen easily. It is slow progressive......Read More
Changing the complexion of news media calls for revolución Changing the complexion of news media calls for revolución Diversity & Ideas Sep 2nd Zita Arocha It’s time to shatter the myth that young Latino journalists won’t leave home for jobs in news media. This thought and others flashed in neon across my mind as I sipped white wine recently in a San Antonio ballroom to celebrate......Read More
Does stripping for money empower or demean women? Does stripping for money empower or demean women? Identity Aug 27th Denice Manriquez   The almighty dollars wait to be scooped up from the floors of Dreams… Jaguars, Tequila Sunrise or any strip club The bills are usually wet from the sweaty hands of the men, eager to touch the women. Up on the poles, the women......Read More
Fifty years later, its déjà vu all over again in Madrid Fifty years later, its déjà vu all over again in Madrid Featured Aug 23rd David Smith-Soto   MADRID, Spain — Fifty years ago I walked into the Palace Hotel here looking for a cup of coffee and was promptly escorted out by two burly guards. It was Spain at the height of the fascist Franco dictatorship and, at 19,......Read More
Does a Buddhist temple have a place on a college campus? Does a Buddhist temple have a place on a college campus? Voces&Blogs Aug 18th Helen Yip The temple was given to UTEP by the people of Bhutan after it was built for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. in 2008. Photo credit: Kate Gannon EL PASO — Separation of church and state, unless we’re......Read More
It’s time to dump fantasy sex symbols for real role models like Estela Casas, Sonya Sotomajor and Malala Yousafzai It's time to dump fantasy sex symbols for real role models like Estela Casas, Sonya Sotomajor and Malala Yousafzai Identity Aug 13th Olivia Camacho Real role models for women include activist Malala Yousafzai, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and broadcast journalist Estela Casas. EL PASO — Long legs, toned stomach, thick hair and sexy stare. Voluptuous lips, big......Read More
Hear the rattle as civilizations collapse under the weight of complex problems Hear the rattle as civilizations collapse under the weight of complex problems Diversity & Ideas Aug 6th Stanley S. Smith The sound of collapse is all around us. In the U.S. the political system is in a close race with our transportation system to see which one gets declared the winner in a race towards non-functionality. Our physical bridges along with......Read More
Un día en la vida de un niño Tarahumara Un día en la vida de un niño Tarahumara Art & Cultura Aug 3rd Cristina Castañeda Alumnas de la Escuela Bilingüe Tarahumara portando el uniforme durante receso. Cd. JUAREZ — Con un amanecer no muy diferente a los demás, el contorno de la montaña ya visible gracias a los primero rayos de sol, una briza fresca......Read More
Mindless in Gaza Mindless in Gaza Diversity & Ideas Aug 1st David Smith-Soto LAS CRUCES, NM — After three weeks in Europe I returned to my patch of high desert and basked in the hundred-degree afternoon knowing there is no place like home and with some new perspectives on the tragic human strife we see in......Read More
As migrant crisis hits U.S. border, El Paso keeps it classy As migrant crisis hits U.S. border, El Paso keeps it classy Featured Jul 31st Rick Brunson It’s a sweltering summer Sunday night in El Paso, Texas, at the city’s new downtown baseball stadium, where the local Triple-A team, the Chihuahuas, is leading the visiting Tacoma Rainiers at the seventh-inning stretch. As the......Read More