A Marathon for Ayotzinapa

Antonio Tizapa and Amado Tlatempa will run the New York City Marathon demanding the return of their relatives and the rest of the 43 students forcibly disappeared in Mexico last year

Jorge TIzapa, in the yellow shirt, and Amado Tlatempa, in the center, have been joined by runners in their fight for justice.

Jorge TIzapa, in the yellow shirt, and Amado Tlatempa, in the center, have been joined by runners in their fight for justice.

Reasons abound to run the New York City Marathon. Some do it to fight breast cancer, others to remember a loved one, and yet some more to fulfill a promise.

But with each kilometer Antonio Tizapa and Amado Tlatempa run on Sunday’s race they will be sending a reminder to the world that the parents and relatives of the 43 Ayotzinapa students haven’t stopped their fight for justice.

“This is some sort of silent protest for our children. It has been over a year and we still demand answers, not the lies they have been trying to give us,” Tizapa said. “We also want to show to the families in Mexico that even though we’re here in the United States, away from home, we join the fight and use this sport, and the stage of the marathon, to call attention to what is happening in Mexico.”

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#CopaLibertadores: Palestino, the team of an entire people

A small South American fútbol club shows pride in its Palestinian roots and feeds hope to fans in the battered motherland


Amazing image by Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. You can find more of his artwork at latuffcartoons.wordpress.com

The exploits of a small Chilean soccer team are filling the Palestinian people with pride as their national colors set out for fútbol glory in this year’s Copa Libertadores in South America.

Meet Palestino, a 95-year old club in Chile’s Primera División that has been playing some quality fútbol lately.

Last weekend they defeated Uruguay’s Nacional de Montevideo in an epic two-game playoff to qualify for the first time in 36 years to the group stage of the tournament, where they will face Argentinian powerhouse Boca Juniors.

While los Xeneizes can brag to be la mitad más uno (a half plus one) in their Buenos Aires stadium of La Bombonera, they cannot claim the hearts of an entire nation as their Chilean rivals do.

Despite playing thousands of miles away, many think of Palestino as Palestine’s second national team, an idea the club feeds proudly representing its roots and showing support for their distant brothers and sisters. Continue reading

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#SB49, or how football stumbles while fútbol grows

This year’s Super Bowl couldn’t come soon enough for an NFL that took blows from all angles, while fútbol in the United States showed promise from a coming of age fan base


I am rooting for the Seahawks to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XIL. But whatever the outcome of the game is, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will certainly have his head busy on what to do as he leads American football through the ominous road that lays ahead.

I bet you Goodell, pizzerias and I are all hoping this is a close game. I want the entertainment. Pizzerias want the money (pizza sales are higher if it’s a tight game). And Goodell will want to have some distraction, something that keeps him from thinking of the unfinished business this season brought to his desk.

The scandals have not stopped pouring down on the office on Park Avenue. Many now question Goodell’s leadership after witnessing his office’s appalling decisions in the Ray Rice domestic violence case, perhaps the loudest headline of the many that hit the behemoth in 2014. Continue reading

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Cuauhtémoc Blanco wants to be mayor of Cuernavaca

The Mexican legend will retire from professional fútbol in May, just weeks before the elections

An image of Cuauhtémoc Blanco promoting his campaign is making the rounds on social media.

An image of Cuauhtémoc Blanco promoting his campaign is making the rounds on social media.

At 42, Mexican fútbol legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco might not be able to run on the field as he used to, only a sign of his impending last match.

That is probably why ‘El Temo’ is now running for office.

Blanco, who plays for Puebla in Mexico’s Liga MX (the country’s top fútbol league), filed Thursday his nomination to run for mayor of the city of Cuernavaca, capital city of the state of Morelos that is about an hour drive south of Mexico City. Continue reading

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#ImmigrationAction: Where to watch President Obama’s Immigration Announcement


Since all the major networks have priorities more important than what could be a historic presidential announcement on immigration, I’m sharing a couple of links where you can watch el presidente.

President Obama will move forward with an Executive Action that could benefit up to 5 million undocumented immigrants out of the 11 million estimated to live in the country. Similar to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), this will be a temporary fix that won’t provide any path to citizenship or residency.

First, the White House will be streaming live on its web site starting at 8 p.m. EST.

Obviously, C-Span will also transmit via internet the presidential message on its page.

The only major network that will air the… wait, why am I writing this in English??? OK, la única cadena que le da su lugar al mensaje presidencial es Univision, que transmitirá en vivo el mensaje de Obama.

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Poniatowska: México vive su hora más oscura

La escritora pidió a la comunidad inmigrante se una a las demandas por justicia para los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos

Elena Poniatowska se presentó para dar una charla en el Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York. / Gustavo M. Contreras

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La desaparición de los 43 estudiantes rurales de Ayotzinapa es un horrible recordatorio de que el actual sistema político mexicano está caduco, afirmó la escritora Elena Poniatowska.

“La democracia en México ha fallado totalmente. Estamos en el peor momento quizás de nuestra historia”, manifestó la autora. “México está de la patada. Me siento muy triste; para mí es gravísimo lo que está sucediendo”.

A casi dos meses de que los jóvenes desaparecieran a manos de la policía municipal de la ciudad de Iguala, en el estado de Guerrero, Poniatowska trajo a la ciudad sus 82 años de vida para presentarse esta semana ante un par de cientos de personas en el Instituto Cervantes.
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#WTF Go Cowboys!


Comedian Hari Kondabolu brilliantly tries to help Dan Snyder and his team to find a new face, literally.


I never thought I would be rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, but the day or, more precisely, the night has arrived .

Tonight’s Monday Night Football game features the Cowboys against the Washington team, whose owner, Daniel Snyder, refuses to change the slur his team and brand are known for.

Covert racism is more pernicious that overt racism. The latter you can simply identify it when it pops up somewhere (Neo-Nazis, for instance). Continue reading

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Fútbol de Estados Unidos crece hacia el futuro

En Estados Unidos ya se vive el fútbol con una pasión sin precedentes.

En Estados Unidos ya se vive el fútbol con una pasión sin precedentes.

El mundial plantó la esperanza entre la gente del balompié

Al final de la copa del mundo Brasil 2014 el gran ganador parece haber sido el fútbol de Estados Unidos, donde se plantó la semilla de la pasión por el equipo nacional.

Como en ninguna otra ocasión, el deporte de las patadas ocupó las portadas de los principales periódicos; se coló al frente de los noticieros, y estuvo en boca de todos.

“Cada día hay más interés en el deporte, más consumidores que están buscando seguir el fútbol y tienen la oportunidad de ver a una buena selección que está haciendo una buena labor, que ha progresado”, afirmó Alfonso Mondelo, director de programas de la MLS. Continue reading

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Piojo has Mexicans dreaming of el quinto partido


Miguel Herrera, right, celebrates a Mexican goal against Croatia and runs to hug goalkeeper Paco Memo Ochoa. (Internet)

Miguel Herrera, right, celebrates a Mexican goal against Croatia and runs to hug goalkeeper Paco Memo Ochoa. (Internet)

It doesn’t matter what happens today between Holanda y México in their round of 16 playoff match in Fortaleza, Brazil, because by now all mexicanos know that Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera has to be el Mexicano del Año.

Beyond his gifable sideline histrionics that we got used to when he coached América in Liga MX, we mexicanos cannot give credit to the amazing futbol his Tri is playing.

This México versión Brasil 2014 is so fine-tuned that I doubt it would tie scoreless with Panamá or lose 2-1 to Honduras in the Concacaf qualifying tourney, con todo respeto caballeros.

El Piojo’s Tri has managed to keep that awful eliminatoria all in the past now. With the viral fame of his charming persona, Herrera is doing hella good for el futbol mexicano y la gente está contenta con esa happiness that only stays for a month every four years.

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Rubén Salazar on PBS tonight

1782183_706831476005077_400115468_nI will talk at length later about Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle“, the documentary examines the life & mysterious death of pioneering journalist, Rubén Salazar, a UTEP graduate.

The documentary will premiere at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

In the meantime, I am sharing a piece I wrote four years ago when the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp featuring him along with other American journalists that had died while covering stories. Salázar was the only one to have died in United States soil.

This piece was published EN ESPAÑOL in Philadelphia’s Al Día. You can also watch the documentary’s thriller.

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