Apparently, Ms. Mala is Ms. Mamita Downer when it comes to the Olympics. To which I have to say, BOO on Ms. Mamita Downer. And never fear, Vivir Latin@s, you always have La Macha to bring you your daily dose of random Olympic updates!
I will start by pointing out two major stories to keep your eyes on. First, out in San Francisco, the organization Students for a Free Tibet has been on top of Olympic centered protests for a while now. SFT are against the colonial occupation of Tibet.
The U.S. Military is so desperate to fill in the blanks that dead soldiers have left, that they are threatening to send high school students to jail if they dare to choose college over boot camp.
The recruiter from the Greenspoint Recruiting Station in Houston was suspended last week after a recording of his threats aired on a local CBS affiliate, KHOU. The recruiter, Sergeant Glenn Marquette, warned 18-year-old Irving Gonzalez that he would be sent to jail if he decided to go to college instead of joining the military, even though Gonzalez had signed a non-binding contract that left him free to change his mind before basic training.
Excuse me for not getting all excited about the Olympics. I’m just not a sports person (except for South American futbol) and the whole scene of President Bush going to China to support U.S. athletes and speaking about human rights is just a little surreal, to put it mildly.
That said, the 2008 Summer Olympics have begun in China with an over four hour opening ceremony.
The BBC seems to have some of the better coverage but good luck trying to see the events online.
In 2005, I had an opportunity to visit Chicago for a few days for a business conference and as soon as I arrived to the hotel my conference was being held at, I recieved an email on my blackberry from a friend Dulce Ramos. Dulce Ramos is a Chicago native and very successful woman that has an amazing career in real estate as well as very unique women’s shoe store called the Pump Room Boutique. I decided to call Dulce to let her know I was in town and before I knew it…she was at the Hotel picking me up to give me the Chicago Express Latino Tour.
You see…I had written an article inquiring about the existence of Latino Life in Chicago and Dulce really wanted to show me how proud the Boricuas are out in Paseo Boricua. What I encountered was fascinating, all these really nice shops and boutiques with very interesting themes and personality all of their own. She asked me if I wanted to have a “Jibarito” and I looked at her with a puzzled look…I had no idea what she was talking about. She took her time to explain it to me as we drove to a place called “Borinquen Restaurant” which is also known as the home of this Mysterious “Jibarito Sandwich”.
De La Vega said “[The Directive] has not been applied and will never be applied,” and asked that Latinos looking to immigrate to Spain “remain calm”, stating that Spain’s national laws provide for a maximum of 40 days detention if immigrants are picked up by authorities. In a serious tone, De La Vega ended her statement by saying “Is that clear?” She also urged potential immigrants not to worry about the economic slowdown which has left many in the construction business — a key sector for immigrants — jobless because Spain is poised to “continue growing”, insinuating that foreign labor will still be in demand.