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February 15, 2012

Brazil’s beneficial dominance

by Eric Jude Cortes

Too often Latin American presidential elections have worked in the following way:

Candidate A: If I’m elected, I’ll bring the power back to you, the common people, and reject American dominance.

Candidate B: If I’m elected, I’ll work with American investors to bring jobs to our people, and help our businesses grow.

One candidate wins and either angers rich people, poor people, or the U.S., the other wins in the future, or one overthrows the other in a coup.

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January 30, 2012

Joran van ver Sloot and the end of the Natalee Holloway media circus

by Eric Jude Cortes

When you saw his pasty pale-skinned face, your eyes became glued to TV. You debated his innocence as if he was O.J. Simpson. Blowhards, from Nancy Grace to me to Dr. Phil kept track of his every movement.

He is Joran van der Sloot, and ever since his high profile role in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway came to light, the mere mention of his name could directly lead to production of a Dateline NBC Special. But to those who have shuddered at the amount of media attention given to a double-murderer there is hope, as two recent events spell the end of Joran van der Sloot’s time in the spotlight.

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January 23, 2012

Mitt Romney is not being Latino

by Eric Jude Cortes

Recently, Latinos were greeted with a sense of hope. Despite our presence in North America predating the thirteen British colonies, or the fact that we’re the largest minority in the country, Latinos in the United States have yet to achieve that great symbol of American power – the presidency. Catholics have Kennedy, African-Americans have Obama, and we have…nobody (tear).

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January 16, 2012

Talk to your kids about sex

by Eric Jude Cortes

Teenage moms aren’t a rarity. Just turn on MTV, and you’ll have the option to look at plenty of child-rearing young ladies going through a stressful combination of motherhood and high school angst. Having taught in New York City public schools for eight years, I have seen plenty of teenage mothers, and for most (meaning most of the students with children I have encountered) of them their academic life stops at high school. Now yes, statistics show that there has actually been in a decline in the amount of teenage mothers since a peak in the 1990s, I still have a serious request for all of you: talk to your children about sex

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January 11, 2012

Latinos, teach your children Spanish

by Eric Jude Cortes

With the New Year upon us, and most of you making resolutions to lose weight, eat better, or read more of my articles, you should add one more resolution to your list: teach your children Spanish. Now, there are tons of reasons why you should teach your children Spanish as early as you can, so I’ll try to keep them simple, relevant, and in those attention getting bullet points that we all know and love.

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January 3, 2012

Peru’s idealist President changes his tune

by Eric Jude Cortes

Many of us are idealists at heart. We have our core sets of beliefs and we will unapologetically defend them in arguments with others. Like us, politicians have ideals that they hold dear to their hearts. Unlike us however, a politician occasionally needs to act in ways different from his or her beliefs. This is obviously true of Barack Obama, and it is also true of President Ollanta Humala of Peru. A recent mining crisis has shown that while he was elected as a populist liberal, Humala has shown himself willing to put politics aside for the benefit of his country.

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December 19, 2011

Help a child: Donate to a classroom

by Eric Jude Cortes

The holiday season really is the season of giving. Stores and traditions dictate that we spend thousands of dollars on gifts for friends, family members, and of course, ourselves.

This is also the time of year that charities make their biggest push for donations. It’s good to donate to charity, and as long as they’re legitimate, donate all you want and encourage others to do so. If you have extra money after helping fight cancer, you can donate it a needy classroom.

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December 6, 2011

Run off your fat

by Eric Jude Cortes

It’s the holiday season and you know what that means – shopping, listening to Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad a few too many times, and for those of us lucky enough to have loved ones, eating like a slob. That’s right, with most of us celebrating with friends, coworkers, or family members from Thanksgiving to Three King’s Day, we’ll have plenty opportunities to engorge ourselves like 2005 Don Omar at an all you can eat buffet. But there is a solution that bloated feeling friends, and that is by running. Running is an inexpensive and easy way to lose weight.

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November 29, 2011

To fingerprint or not to fingerprint food stamp recipients

by Eric Jude Cortes

Imagine this scenario: You are starving, and then the opportunity to get free food appears. The catch? You have to fill out ten forms and have your photograph taken. Would you do so?

No wait, bad example.

Imagine this scenario: You are starving and the only way to get food, is to have people make you feel like a freeloader. Would you accept feeling like a freeloader?

This is the reason why New York City Council Speaker, and future mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, formally asked Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to stop the practice of fingerprinting applicants to the federal food stamps program.

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November 21, 2011

China owns US

by Eric Jude Cortes

Let’s face it, whenever you owe anyone anything, there is an element of superiority involved. Whether it’s five bucks, dinner, or a date, borrowing and lending creates positions of inferiority and superiority. Just look at some examples: “I am in debt to you.” “You owe me.” “I’ll pay you back, I promise.” This is what makes me scared about the future of America. America owes so much money to China, that it effectively own America.

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