It is time for the world of literature to reflect the diversity of the real world

An article in The Atlantic reported last year that nearly a third of Americans had not read a book in the time span of a year. From paperbacks to the now ever so popular e-book, Atlantic says that the number of people who do not read books at all has tripled since 1978. With a little research into the world of books myself; it wasn’t hard to notice that the lack of diversity in the publishing realm is probably not helping. Books and literature in general, that appeal to people of color and LGBTQ+, has also seen a steady shortage. According to the Center for American Progress, in 2014, people of color made up 40 percent of just 13 states.

Mexico medical care horror must be mended with compassion

Two years ago, when I was told that national healthcare insurance was now mandatory, I started looking for the cheapest health plan that would prevent me from being penalized. None of them were cheap – at least not for a full-time student working part-time. Right there and then, I wished we had a national healthcare system like the one in México. I always thought that having a government-funded healthcare system was the one thing that the Mexican government had done right. The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) was founded in 1943, and according to its website, their mission is to “offer healthcare from the best medical professionals in the country and Latin America for the welfare of the Mexican society, with quality and kindness.”

Those last two words are the ones that bother me.

5 routes bicycle riders should try around Ciudad Juarez

Although cycling is not one of the most popular of sports in the Ciudad Juarez area (not even close to being one), there are great spaces in this border community for people to go out on their bikes and have a good time. Whether just for pleasure or as a way to train for a cycling race, our Mexican sister city has different zones where this sport, for both road and mountain bikes, can be practiced on a daily or regular basis. Here are five places in or near Juarez for a cycling enthusiast. Valle de Juárez

According to cyclist Juan Carlos Salayandia, Valle de Juárez is a 90 kilometer route that cyclists can really enjoy due to the great views, especially with the green landscapes abound during the spring and summer. Dunas de Samalayuca

This is a mountain bike training trail.

‘Sicario’ film sold fact, delivered inaccuracies

When it comes to films that deal with the topic of the drug war in Mexico, I expect to see factual information on film and not just an exploitation of the darkest periods the drug war has left in the country. But sadly Denis Villeneuve’s new film “Sicario” does just that. The film’s trailer gives the impression that the film will be based on actual events that relate to the situation on the drug war, but instead it only takes certain violent events that occurred in the city of Juarez Mexico and depicts them as if they were daily occurrences. Thanks to the poor preparation on the subject by the director, “Sicario” succeeded in wrongfully illustrating Mexico as a country in a constant state of war, while contributing to feeding the stereotype of the Mexican people as lawless savages. More thoughts on film – Mexican filmmakers erasing borders with their talent

The first part of the film centers on FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) joining the DEA as an advisor.

6 things that make El Paso’s Rubin Center an exceptional art space

A faint sound of a motor engine rumbles in your ear as you enter the building. When you look to your right, high above the ground, there’s a video of a couple of people floating in air and you automatically feel like you’re in space. The flying, the colors, and the vast, clean space make “Territory of the Imagination,” the Rubin Center’s exhibition and the celebration for it’s 10th anniversary, entertainingly futuristic. “In our tenth anniversary we wanted to think about where we were at and so in a playful way, we are looking towards the future. These are all futuristic topics and imagery,” Kerry Doyle, managing director, said.