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Monday, June 27, 2011

Lunes con Lalo - Poem for the Poets - Poetic Wisdom for Your Semana

Lunes con Lalo
Poetic Wisdom for Your Semana 
Poem for the poets

pastel de pasa
baked un dia con complas de braza
con gigantes de mi raza
haciendo pininos poeticos
o pirineos
construyendo torres hasta el cielo
con sus agonizantes palabra/supiros,
el nahuatl asoleado
con el helado aleman,
el sono/pajaro cantarico
del espanol
con el sign-on-the dotted line ingles.
La hembra y el man
el old y el joven
reading...no, not reading
but reciting reci/cantos y poemas.
los de los ojos, mente y corazon
muy claros
afilando palabras
para matar la indiferencia.
pachuco, con su satrica verdad,
tigre con el mensaje enviado
western union de la tristeza y pobresa
de la raza without zip code.
la voz salia de mentes enboscadas,
estomagos vacios,
listos para la daga de piedra
de un sacerdote azteca.
sanchez siempre con el peso
del mentiroso, inhumano, unreal
be he gavacho o chicano.
en dia eletrico dontd talento
amor y arte se baten juntos
para el adobe de mi casa o la tierra de mi tumba.
de leon con su mosca/seria
combinando al shakes y a lorca.
la luz del verso chicano
su arrulla mas caliente
por nuestras hembras,
digo “nuestras”
no machisticamente
sino because
we are theirs in turn,
the ownership is recriprocal.
ellas estrujandonos lo provencial y convencial
de nuestras mentes empolvadas
con su antigua/nueva libertad,
refusing to stereotypedly be tender
and being harsher than harsh
after all in battle they also march


el arco iris de la poesia chicana
acomoda en su anchura
desde al alurista
desplumando flores/poemas
con secretos indigenos
sonando dentro mientras que pulsa su concha,
hasta el pulido professor
tejiendo rimas a “cuco el chuco.”
cuentos de las cruces nuevo mejico,
picardia y poesia pesada
de carnales con el idealismo
de su juventud haciendo espuma.
Y, como siempre,
las obras maestras
siguen siendo la cabula/platica
de todos ellos
compartiendo humo y ratos
con cerveza fria y on the spot confesando
pensamientos que todavia no se atreven a escribir.
poetas temblando
de miedo de que llegue un dia
when the people in the bars,
the prisons, the barrios, the barracas
en los labor camps where migrants
await un sin fin de madrugadas,
no longer
understand sus versos
y sean abrazados por la academia
y coronados con laureles de portland cement.
the true poet realizes
there is no such thing
as el mas poet
o el mejor poem,
in poetry there is no contest,
no competition,
no comparison,
only un abanico de expresiones diferentes
with their 105 degrees of fever/yearning
for a nonhuman (meaning super)
kind of justice...love and people,
yearning for a cielo
without boundries or geography
donde todos los ninos tengan leche y pan,
ese lugar, carnales, se llama aztlan.

by Abelardo Delgado

(c) Abelardo Delgado. Published with permission of the Delgado Family and Estate.

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New Books in June 2011: Topic Mexico

New Books in June 2011: Topic Mexico

To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War 
Paperback City Lights Publishers; NONE edition (June 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0872865177 ISBN-13: 978-0872865174
John Gibler

"Gibler is something of a revelation, having been living and writing from Mexico for a range of progressive publications only since 2006, but providing reflections, insights, and a level of understanding worthy of a veteran correspondent."—Latin American Review of Books
Combining on-the-ground reporting and in-depth discussions with people on the frontlines of Mexico's drug war, To Die in Mexico tells behind-the-scenes stories that address the causes and consequences of Mexico's multibillion dollar drug trafficking business. John Gibler looks beyond the myths that pervade government and media portrayals of the unprecedented wave of violence now pushing Mexico to the breaking point.

Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico: Three Texts in Context
(Religions of the Americas Series) Hardcover University of New Mexico Press (June 20, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0826349757 ISBN-13: 978-0826349750
William B. Taylor

Miracles, signs of divine presence and intervention, have been esteemed by Christians, especially Catholic Christians, as central to religious belief. During the second half of the eighteenth century Spain's Bourbon dynasty sought to tighten its control over New World colonies, reform imperial institutions, and change the role of the church and religion in colonial life. 

As a result, miracles were recognized and publicized sparingly by the church hierarchy and colonial courts were increasingly reluctant to recognize the events. Despite this lack of official encouragement, stories of amazing healings, rescues, and acts of divine retribution abounded throughout Mexico.

Consisting of three rare documents about miracles from this period, each accompanied by an introductory essay, this study serves as a source book and complement to the author's Shrines and Miraculous Images: Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma.

Shrines and Miraculous Images: Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma
(Religions of the America's) Hardcover University of New Mexico Press (June 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 082634853X ISBN-13: 978-0826348531
William B. Taylor

The vast literature on Our Lady of Guadalupe dominates the study of shrines and religious practices in Mexico. But there is much more to the story of shrines and images in Mexico's religious history than Guadalupe and Marian devotion. In this book, a distinguished historian brings together his new and recent essays on previously unstudied or reconsidered places, themes, patterns, and episodes in Mexican religious history during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

William Taylor explores the use of local and regional shrines, and devotion to images of Christ and Mary, including Our Lady of Guadalupe, to get to the heart of the politics and practices of faith in Mexico before the Reforma.Each of these essays touches on methodological and conceptual matters that open out to processes and paradoxes of change and continuity, exposing the symbolic complexity behind the material representations.

The Railway Revolution in Mexico
Paperback CreateSpace (June 12, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1463590261 ISBN-13: 978-1463590260
Bernard Moses

Jean-Frederic Waldeck: Artist of Exotic Mexico
Hardcover University of New Mexico Press (June 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0826347037 ISBN-13: 978-0826347039
Esther Pasztory

One of the first artists to visit the Mayan ruins at Palenque after Mexican independence, Jean-Frederic Waldeck has long been dismissed as unreliable, his drawings of pre-Columbian art marred by his excessive interest in European styles of beauty.

With this fresh look at Waldeck's entire output, including his desire to exhibit at Paris salons, his reconstructions of Mayan and Aztec subjects can be understood as art rather than illustration. Pasztory sees him as a unique Neoclassicist who has never been fully appreciated.

In addition to illustrating Maya antiquities in the days before photography, Waldeck painted imaginary reconstructions of pre-Columbian life and rituals and scenes of everyday life in nineteenth-century Mexico.

Most his contemporaries looking for exotic subject matter went east and are now referred to as Orientalists. Waldeck went west and found the exotic in the New World, but as Esther Pasztory suggests, he is an Orientalist in spirit.

Waldeck's work was not considered interesting or important in its day, but twenty-first century viewers can appreciate his sensibility, which combines the modern domestic with the ancient mythic and features a theatrical version of Neoclassicism that looks forward to a Hollywood that would not exist until decades after the artist's death in 1875 at the age of 109.

Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico
Hardcover Penn State Press (June 20, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0271048433 ISBN-13: 978-0271048437
Andrew Selee

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, many countries in Latin America freed themselves from the burden of their authoritarian pasts and developed democratic political systems. 

At the same time, they began a process of shifting many governmental responsibilities from the national to the state and local levels. 

Much has been written about how decentralization has fostered democratization, but informal power relationships inherited from the past have complicated the ways in which citizens voice their concerns and have undermined the accountability of elected officials. 

In this book, Andrew Selee seeks to illuminate the complex linkages between informal and formal power by comparing how they worked in three Mexican cities. The process of decentralization is shown to have been intermediated by existing spheres of political influence, which in turn helped determine how much the institution of multi-party democracy in the country could succeed in bringing democracy 'closer to home.'

Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968  
Paperback University of New Mexico Press (June 20, 2011)
ISBN-10: 082634951X ISBN-13: 978-0826349514
Jason H. Dormady

In this intriguing study, Jason Dormady examines the ways members of Mexico's urban and rural poor used religious community to mediate between themselves and the state through the practice of religious primitivism, the belief that they were restoring Christianity – and the practice of Mexican citizenship – to a more pure and essential state. 

Focusing on three community formation projects – the Iglesia del Reino de Dios en su Plenitud, a Mormon-based polygamist organization; the Iglesia Luz del Mundo, an evangelical Protestant organization; and the Union Nacional Sinarquista, a semi-fascist Mexican Catholic group -- Dormady argues that their attempts to establish religious authenticity mirror the efforts of officials to define the meaning of the Mexican Revolution in the era following its military phase.

Despite the fact that these communities engaged in counterrevolutionary behavior, the state remained pragmatic and willing to be flexible depending on convergence of the group's interests with those of the official revolution.

Janelle Lynch: Los Jardines de Mexico
Hardcover Radius Books; Bilingual edition (June 30, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1934435317 ISBN-13: 978-1934435311
José Aldrete-Haas (Author), Mario Bellatín (Author), Janelle Lynch (Photographer)

Janelle Lynch (born 1969) explores themes of death, regeneration and preservation. Los Jardines de Mexico unites four series of photographs taken between 2002 and 2007, three from Mexico City and one from Chiapas. Simultaneously celebratory and sad, the photographs embrace loss as a necessary facilitator of growth.

No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy
Hardcover Univ of Nebraska Pr (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0803235100 ISBN-13: 978-0803235106
Wendy Call

Wendy Call visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec -- the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico -- for the first time in 1997. 

She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country's "little waist," a place long known for its strong women, spirited marketplaces, and deep sense of independence. 

She also landed in the middle of a ferocious battle over plans to industrialize the region, where most people still fish, farm, and work in the forests. In the decade that followed her first visit, Call witnessed farmland being paved for new highways, oil spilling into rivers, and forests burning down. Through it all, local people fought to protect their lands and their livelihoods -- and their very lives.

Call's story, No Word for Welcome, invites readers into the homes, classrooms, storefronts, and fishing boats of the isthmus, as well as the mahogany-paneled high-rise offices of those striving to control the region. 

With timely and invaluable insights into the development battle, Call shows that the people who have suffered most from economic globalization have some of the clearest ideas about how we can all survive it.

La ciudad del crimen: Ciudad Juárez y los nuevos campos de exterminio de la economía global  
(Vintage Espanol) (Spanish Edition) Paperback
Vintage; Tra edition (June 14, 2011) Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 0307743470 ISBN-13: 978-0307743473
Charles Bowden (Author)

En La ciudad del crimen Charles Bowden presenta una crónica devastadora de una urbe en pleno colapso.

El libro comienza en enero de 2008, cuando una lista escrita a mano aparece en el monumento a los policías caídos en Juárez. En ella, bajo la leyenda “Para ellos que continúan sin creer”, se mencionan diecisiete nombres. Algunos días después sus cuerpos comienzan a aparecer.

Con una prosa alucinante y detalles desgarradores, Bowden retrata la vida de sus residentes: Miss Sinaloa, una reina de belleza violada que refleja todo lo que la ciudad le ha arrebatado; Emilio, un periodista que cometió el error de narrar la verdad y ahora tiene que huir para salvar su vida; el Pastor, un “cristiano renacido” que administra su sanatorio en mitad del desierto; y un escalofriante sicario, un asesino que ha soñado su propia muerte mientras murmura los secretos de su organización.

Mientras Bowden teje estas historias, lleva a cabo una profunda meditación sobre una ciudad sumida en el caos.

En Juárez la guerra es por las drogas; la policía y los militares luchan por las ganancias; la prensa se encuentra restringida por la intimidación; y la línea entre el estado y los cárteles, al parecer nunca ha existido. “En esta nueva forma de vida jugamos todos y nadie está realmente al mando,” escribe Bowden. “La violencia ha cruzado las líneas de clase. La violencia está en todas partes. La violencia es mayor. Y la violencia no tiene ningún motivo aparente. Es como el polvo en el aire, parte de la vida misma”.

The Myths of Mexico and Peru
Paperback Publisher: IndoEuropean Publishing.com (June 8, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1604445254
ISBN-13: 978-1604445251
Lewis Spence 

Fiscal Decentralization in Mexico
Paperback LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (June 2, 2011)
ISBN-10: 3843353212
ISBN-13: 978-3843353212

Current research of fiscal decentralization evaluates the level of decentralization and the impacts on the fiscal effort of municipalities by measuring it or by observing the impact in terms of revenue collection.

These studies are important but they do not capture the behavior and challenges that the local administrative structure faces given the policy design and existing administrative resources. In contrast, this dissertation explores the impacts that the fiscal decentralization process has had on the fiscal effort of local administrative structures.

The analysis is based on interviews, documents and partial observation of two municipalities in Mexico. This research shows that the fiscal decentralization process in Mexico has had partial positive impacts on the fiscal effort of local administrative structure. 

Mainly it has improved accountability. Yet, the local administrative structure has also responded by improving its rational financial choice process through the implementation of conditional grants and in the main detailed consideration of priorities, political cost and level of revenues.

Women, Migration, and Domestic Work on the Texas-Mexico Border
(The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society)
Library Binding Publisher: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC (June 10, 2011)
ISBN-10: 159332457X ISBN-13: 978-1593324575
Christina Mendoza

Mendoza examines cross-border migration by Mexican women, who live in Mexico and work in domestic service in the U.S.. She finds that multiple factors such as age, financial stability, and previous work experience draw women to migrate across the border daily.

In addition, gender, social class, and nationality transform the spaces they encounter crossing the border. These spaces shape the reception and the perception of their status as migrants. 

The legality of cross-border domestic workers fluctuates and is complicated by the safe and risky spaces they inhabit on their journey. Finally, Michele Lamont's theory of symbolic boundaries is important to understand the relationship between Mexican American employers and Mexican employees at the border.

Women in Mexican Folk Art: Of Promises, Betrayals, Monsters, and Celebrities
(University of Wales - Iberian and Latin American Studies)
Paperback University of Wales Press (June 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0708323642 ISBN-13: 978-0708323649
Eli Bartra

Mexico is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary folk art, and the majority of its highly acclaimed pieces were created by women. 

Looking closely at eight types of Mexican folk art, including votive paintings, embroidered exvotos, cardboard Judas dolls, reproductions of Frida Kahlo’s paintings made of clay, and clay figures from Cumicho called alebrijes, this beautifully illustrated volume is one of the first to trace the role and effects of gender on both the objects of Mexican folk art and the knowledge and life experiences that lie behind them.

Forgotten Franciscans: Works from an Inquisitional Theorist, a Heretic, and an Inquisitional Deputy 
(Latin American Originals) Paperback Publisher: Penn State Press (June 30, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0271048727 ISBN-13: 978-0271048727
Martin Austin Nesvig

The Franciscans were the first missionaries to come to Mexico, and the Franciscans developed important and lucrative ties with the newly rich conquistador elite and the faction behind Cortes.

The order quickly became the wealthiest, having the most dramatic missionary churches, owning prime real estate in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, and being de facto rulers of large indigenous communities.

Forgotten Franciscans offers documents and written works by three Spanish Franciscans of the early modern period who, while well known by their contemporaries, have been largely forgotten by modern-day scholars.

Alfonso de Castro, an inquisitional theorist, offers a defense of Indian education; Alonso Cabello, convicted of Erasmianism in Mexico City, discusses Christ's humanity in a Nativity sermon; and Diego Mueoz, an inquisitional deputy, investigates witchcraft in Celaya. Together they offer new perspectives on the mythologies and realities of Franciscan thought in the New World.

Mexico: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Hardcover Cambridge Univ Pr (Sd) (June 30, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0521814766
ISBN-13: 978-0521814768
Alan Knight 

Performing Piety: Making Space Sacred with the Virgin of Guadalupe
Paperback University of California Press; 1 edition (June 12, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0520268342 ISBN-13: 978-0520268340
Elaine A. Peña

The Virgin of Guadalupe, though quintessentially Mexican, inspires devotion throughout the Americas and around the world.

This study sheds new light on the long-standing transnational dimensions of Guadalupan worship by examining the production of sacred space in three disparate but interconnected locations--at the sacred space known as Tepeyac in Mexico City, at its replica in Des Plaines, Illinois, and at a sidewalk shrine constructed by Mexican nationals in Chicago.

Weaving together rich on-the-ground observations with insights drawn from performance studies, Elaine A. Peña demonstrates how devotees' rituals--pilgrimage, prayers, and festivals--develop, sustain, and legitimize these sacred spaces.

Interdisciplinary in scope, Performing Piety paints a nuanced picture of the lived experience of Guadalupan devotion in which different forms of knowing, socio-economic and political coping tactics, conceptions of history, and faith-based traditions circulate within and between sacred spaces.

Saldos de Guerra, las victimas civiles en la lucha contra el narco (Spanish Edition)
Paperback Publisher: Planeta Publishing; NONE edition (June 21, 2011)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 6070707001
ISBN-13: 978-6070707001
Victor Ronquillo (Author)

Luis De Carvajal, a Biography
Hardcover Sunstone Press (June 25, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0865348294 ISBN-13: 978-0865348295
Samuel Temkin (Author)

In 1579 Philip II awarded a large territory in New Spain to a Portuguese man named Luis de Carvajal.

That territory included a significant portion of present day Mexico, as well as portions of Texas and New Mexico. This remarkable man discovered, conquered, and settled most of that territory. He also brought a large group of settlers from Spain and Portugal whose impact on its cultural development was very significant.

Many of those settlers were of Jewish descent and some of them were tried by the Inquisition for practicing the faith of their ancestors. This book is a biography of Carvajal and is based on documents that were written during his life or soon after his death. The narrative follows him from birth to death and describes the actions he took to give rise to Nuevo Reino de Leon.

These included explorations and discoveries; battles with free Indians; pacifications of Indian uprisings; and legal fights with Crown officials who were determined to eliminate him and to end his government. In the end his enemies defeated him with the help of the Inquisition, but the political entity he gave rise to did not die with him.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Chicano Titles in June 2011

 New Chicano Titles in June 2011

Randy Lopez Goes Home: A Novel
(Chicana & Chicano Visions of the Americas Series)
Hardcover Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd) (June 10, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0806141891 ISBN-13: 978-0806141893
Rudolfo Anaya (Author) 

When he was a young man, Randy Lopez left his village in northern New Mexico to seek his fortune. Since then, he has learned some of the secrets of success in the Anglo world and even written a book called Life Among the Gringos. 

But something has been missing. Now he returns to Agua Bendita to reconnect with his past and to find the wisdom the Anglo world has not provided. In this allegorical account of Randy s final journey, master storyteller Rudolfo Anaya tackles life s big questions with a light touch.

Randy s entry into the haunted canyon that leads to his ancestral home begins on the Day of the Dead. Reuniting with his padrinos his godparents and hoping to meet up with his lost love, Sofia, Randy encounters a series of spirits: coyotes, cowboys, Death, and the devil. 

Each one engages him in a conversation about life. It is Randy s old teacher Miss Libriana who suggests his new purpose. She gives him a book, How to Build a Bridge. Only the bridge which is both literal and figurative, like everything else in this story can enable Randy to complete his journey.

Readers acquainted with Anaya s fiction will find themselves in familiar territory here. Randy Lopez, like all Anaya s protagonists, is on a spiritual quest. But both those new to and familiar with Anaya will recognize this philosophical meditation as part of a long literary tradition going back to Homer, Dante, and the Bible. Richly allusive and uniquely witty, Randy Lopez Goes Home presents man s quest for meaning in a touching, thought-provoking narrative that will resound with young adults and mature readers alike.

Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon
[Paperback] Oregon State University Press (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 087071600X ISBN-13: 978-0870716003
Glenn Anthony May (Author) 

With Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon, Glenn Anthony May makes a major contribution to the literature on Oregon and Chicano history.
On one level a biography of Oregon's leading Chicano activist, the book also tells the broader story of the state's Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes, a former migrant farmworker from South Texas, played an important part.

Montes was the key figure in the birth of a Chicano movement in Oregon during the 1970s, a movement that coalesced around the struggle for survival of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, a small college in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with a largely Mexican American student body. Montes led the college community and its supporters in collective action--sit-ins, protest marches, rallies, prayer vigil. 

This campaign received wide media attention, making Sonny Montes a visible public figure.

By viewing Mexican American protest between 1965 and 1980 through the prism of social movement theory, May's book deepens our understanding of the Chicano movement in Oregon and beyond. It also provides a much-needed account of the emergence of the state's Mexican American community during that time period.
Sonny Montes will appeal to readers interested in modern social movements, Mexican American history, and Pacific Northwest history. It is an essential resource for scholars and students in those fields.

I (Heart) Babylon, Tenochtitlan, and Ysteléi
Paperback Villegas (June 7, 2011)
ISBN-10: 061549658X ISBN-13: 978-0615496580
Richard Villegas Jr. (Author)

Mexico and its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848
Hardcover Cambridge University Press (June 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1107011264 ISBN-13: 978-1107011267
Alexandra Delano

In the past two decades, changes in the Mexican government's policies toward the 30 million Mexican migrants living in the United States highlight the importance of the Mexican diaspora in both countries given its size, its economic power, and its growing political participation across borders. 

This work examines how the Mexican government's assessment of the possibilities and consequences of implementing certain emigration policies from 1848 to 2010 has been tied to changes in the bilateral relationship, which remains a key factor in Mexico's current development of strategies and policies in relation to migrants in the United States. 

Understanding this dynamic gives an insight into the stated and unstated objectives of Mexico's recent activism in defending migrants' rights and engaging the diaspora, the continuing linkage between Mexican migration policies and shifts in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, and the limits and possibilities for expanding shared mechanisms for the management of migration within the NAFTA framework.

The Joaquin Band: The History behind the Legend
Hardcover University of Nebraska Press (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0803234619 ISBN-13: 978-0803234611
Lori Lee Wilson (Author) 

After the U.S.-Mexican War, gold was discovered in northern California, a Mexican territory that had been ceded to the United States. Thousands of Mexican and American citizens traveled to the gold region and soon clashed. 

The ruling Americans enforced unjust laws that impelled some Mexicans to become bandits, Joaquín Murrieta among them. He became something of a media myth, with a few newspaper editors complaining that he was reportedly seen in two or more counties at once. In 1854 journalist John Rollin Ridge published a book about the legendary Joaquín band, with news accounts providing the foundation for Ridge’s story.

In one newspaper, Murrieta was quoted as saying he had suffered abuse at the hands of Americans and so was justified in seeking revenge by trampling their laws under foot. Murrieta’s justification became an oft-repeated refrain among bandits, one designed to excite sympathy and gain followers.  

By digging up Spanish sources and revisiting English sources, Lori Lee Wilson discovered previously unrecognized cultural and political forces that shaped the Joaquín band legend. She reveals the roots of an American fear of a Mexican guerrilla band threat in 1850 and the political and societal response to that perceived threat throughout the decade. 

Wilson also examines how the Joaquín band played in the Spanish-language newspapers of the time and their view of the vigilante response. The Joaquín Band is a fascinating examination of the role of the Joaquín band legend in California and Chicano history and how it was shaped over time.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

El Paso Writers Update for Week of June 19, Part I

El Paso Writers Update for Week of June 19, Part I

Granados in San Tony

Christine Granados will read in San Antonio as part of the Summer Reading Series with Christine Granados and Arthur Sze, Friday, July 8 6:30p to 7:30p at Gemini Ink, San Antonio, TX.

Gwon wins for "Cloudlands"

Adam Gwon, Octavio Solis' collaborator in the musical Cloudlands was won$100,000 Kleban Prize for lyrics in that musical. Prize is for "most promising musical theater lyricist." See SCR artist Adam Gwon wins $100,000 Kleban Prize for lyrics.

Gaspar de Alba is Ireland

Alicia Gaspar de Alba is presenting at the first major International Chicana/o conference in Ireland. The theme for this conference is “Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicana/o Culture” and will also include guest speakers, Cherríe Moraga, Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Alica Gaspar de Alba, Alma Lopez, Tey Diana Rebolledo, Lawrence Taylor.

Solis at New Works Festival

Octavio Solis is featured in article about the 14th annual New Works Festival. Check out "New Works Festival program reveals performances in Steamboat."

Cinco Puntos author at Pan Am

Cinco Puntos Press author Xavier Garza will be at the University of Texas Pan Am June 29. See more on this as well as the schedule.

Top LGBT Books of All Time?

John Rechy is mentioned in Gay Authors Pick The Top 5 LGBT Books of All Time What's your pick?

Carsten up for IMF Job?

C.M. Mayo is mentioned in the article IMF candidate Carstens, a global finance insider. The article focuses on IMF candidate Agustin Carstens.

"Los Lagartos" by Luis Jimenez

Save Los Lagartos

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2011
Ray Rojas
(915) 258-0989
Or Miguel Juárez
(310) 709-4608

The Legacy of Luis Jimenez, Sculptor of San Jacinto Plaza's Los Lagartos

El Paso, Texas – The El Paso County Chicano(a) History Project will a screen a two-part interview conducted in 1997 by Miguel Juárez with acclaimed sculptor Luis Jiménez Jr. The screening will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011, in the auditorium at the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, in Downtown El Paso. The screening is part of the “Keep Los Lagartos in San Jacinto Plaza” Campaign.

At the time of Jiménez ' death in 2006, Stuart Ashman, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, said that Jiménez was considered "the most important Chicano artist in the United States…[who] made great contributions to contemporary art in America."  Jiménez’s father was trained by Francisco “Frisco” Gutierrez, Artist-in-Residence at the Plaza Theater for over 35 years. In the “who's who” of sculptors in the United States, Jiménez gained international fame in his lifetime. Institutions such as the Smithsonian and universities across the nation currently display Jiménez' sculptures.

Current plans to redesign San Jacinto Plaza propose removing the “Los Lagartos” sculpture, a statue that was a site-specific commission by the City of El Paso and that has become synonymous with San Jacinto Plaza or “Plaza de los Lagartos” as it is known by the Latino community. Sculptures by Chicano artists are rarely displayed, not only in the United States, but as well as in El Paso. Removing “Los Lagartos” from San Jacinto Plaza would give the message that the City of El Paso does not view Chicano art as first rate and that it does not recognize the contributions of its largely Latino community.
The July 9th screening is from the series: "Frontera Artists: Mexican and Chicano Artists in El Paso," which originally aired from 1997-2005 on EPCC-TV. The series was 19-part program that aired close to 600 times on KCOS-TV Channel 13 (PBS) and/or on Cable Channel 14 since its creation in 1997. The show was co-produced by Miguel Juárez (also the host) and Gabriel Gaytan.


The El Paso County Chicano(a) History Project is a new initiative whose mission is to collect, rediscover, revise, and preserve and promote El Paso's County's Chicano(a) historical legacy. To learn more about the El Paso County Chicano(a) History Project call (915) 258-0989 or email editor@plumafronteriza.com.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Belated Lunes con Lalo: Dondequera Hay Poetas

Belated Lunes con Lalo
Poetic Wisdom for you Week from Abelardo Delgado

Dondequiera Hay Poetas

dondequiera hay poetas pero no dondequiera hay poesía,
es lo que mi amigo entre sonrisa nos decia
ya con la espuma de cerveza
haciendo nubes en sus negros bigotes
y con sus ojos grandes rendondos
color cafe,
no atrevi, torpe que soy todavia,
a preguntarlo,
                y qué? Mi guen cuate,
                                        es poesía?
Mira viejo, poesía es
                  el baibon de
                  unas nalgas amplias
es el minuto antes de besar
la hembra por que ansias,
es la muerte misma nailando
            como un indio alrededor
            de la cama donde yace
           un moribundo....
poesía a es la platica, la palabra mariguana
            y tosca asi como la
académica y la pulida,
poesía es, y es por eso
que hay tan poca,
al aliento caliente de una boca.

by Abelardo

Published with permission of the Delgado family and estate. (c) Abelardo Delgado.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Today: Beat El Paso: A Gathering of Beat Poets

Beat El Paso: A Gathering of Beat Poets 

Saturday, June 18 · 4:00pm - 6:00pm
El Paso Public Library
501 North Oregon Street--Event is FREE and open to the public.
El Paso, TX


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Books in June: South America, Part I

New Books in June: South America, Part I


Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas 

(William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere) [Hardcover]Publisher: University of Texas Press; Tra edition (May 1, 2011)

Language: English ISBN-10: 0292723830 ISBN-13: 978-0292723832

Cristóbal de Molina (Author), Brian S. Bauer (Translator, Introduction), Vania Smith-Oka (Translator), Gabriel E. Cantarutti (Translator)

Only a few decades after the Spanish conquest of Peru, the third Bishop of Cuzco, Sebastián de Lartaún, called for a report on the religious practices of the Incas. 

The report was prepared by Cristóbal de Molina, a priest of the Hospital for the Natives of Our Lady of Succor in Cuzco and Preacher General of the city. 

Molina was an outstanding Quechua speaker, and his advanced language skills allowed him to interview the older indigenous men of Cuzco who were among the last surviving eyewitnesses of the rituals conducted at the height of Inca rule. Thus, Molina's account preserves a crucial first-hand record of Inca religious beliefs and practices.

This volume is the first English translation of Molina's Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas since 1873 and includes the first authoritative scholarly commentary and notes. The work opens with several Inca creation myths and descriptions of the major gods and shrines (huacas). 

Molina then discusses the most important rituals that occurred in Cuzco during each month of the year, as well as rituals that were not tied to the ceremonial calendar, such as birth rituals, female initiation rites, and marriages. Molina also describes the Capacocha ritual, in which all the shrines of the empire were offered sacrifices, as well as the Taqui Ongoy, a millennial movement that spread across the Andes during the late 1560s in response to growing Spanish domination and accelerated violence against the so-called idolatrous religions of the Andean peoples.

The General's Slow Retreat: Chile after Pinochet 

Hardcover University of California Press; 1 edition (May 12, 2011) 

ISBN-10: 0520256131 ISBN-13: 978-0520256132

In her acclaimed book Soldiers in a Narrow Land, Mary Helen Spooner took us inside the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. 

Carrying Chile's story up to the present, she now offers this vivid account of how Chile rebuilt its democracy after 17 years of military rule--with the former dictator watching, and waiting, from the sidelines. 

Spooner discusses the major players, events, and institutions in Chile's recent political history, delving into such topics as the environmental situation, the economy, and the election of Michelle Bachelet. 

Throughout, she examines Pinochet's continuing influence on public life as she tells how he grudgingly ceded power, successfully fought investigations into his human rights record and finances, kept command of the army for eight years after leaving the presidency, was detained on human rights charges, and died without being convicted of any of the many serious crimes of which he was accused. 

Chile has now become one of South America's greatest economic and political successes, but as we find in The General's Slow Retreat, it remains a country burdened with a painful past.

An Account of the Conquest of Peru 
Paperback CreateSpace (May 2, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1461144612 ISBN-13: 978-146114461
Pedro Sancho (Author) 

The history of Peru spans several millennia. Long before the Incas, there existed peoples who thrived in this territory. About 15,200 years ago, groups of people are believed to have crossed the Bering Strait from Asia and survived as nomads, hunting, gathering fruits and vegetables and fishing in the sea, rivers and lakes. 

Peruvian territory was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the six oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. When the Spanish landed in 1531, Peru's territory was the nucleus of the highly developed Inca civilization. 

Centered at Cuzco, the Inca Empire extended over a vast region, stretching from northern Ecuador to central Chile. Francisco Pizarro and his brothers were attracted by the news of a rich and fabulous kingdom. In 1532, they arrived in the country, which they called Peru. (The forms Biru, Pirú, and Berú are also seen in early records.) 

According to Raúl Porras Barrenechea, Peru is not a Quechuan nor Caribbean word, but Indo-Hispanic or hybrid. In the years between 1524 and 1526 smallpox, introduced from Panama and preceding the Spanish conquerors swept through the Inca Empire. The death of the Incan ruler Huayna Capac as well as most of his family including his heir, caused the fall of the Incan political structure and contributed to the civil war between the brothers Atahualpa and Huáscar. 

Taking advantage of this, Pizarro carried out a coup d’état. On November 16, 1532, while the natives were in a celebration in Cajamarca, the Spanish in a surprise move captured the Inca Atahualpa during the Battle of Cajamarca, causing a great consternation among the natives and conditioning the future course of the fight. When Huascar was killed, the Spanish tried and convicted Atahualpa of the murder, executing him by strangulation. 

Brazil and the Quiet Intervention, 1964 
Paperback University of Texas Press (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0292729502 ISBN-13: 978-0292729506

When the Brazilian military overthrew President João Goulart in 1964, American diplomats characterized the coup as a "100 percent Brazilian movement." It has since become apparent, largely through government documents declassified during the course of research for this book, that the United States had an invisible but pervasive part in the coup.

Relying principally on documents from the Johnson and Kennedy presidential libraries, Phyllis Parker unravels the events of the coup in fascinating detail. The evidence she presents is corroborated by interviews with key participants.

U.S. interference in the Goulart regime began when normal diplomatic pressure failed to produce the desired enthusiasm from him for the Alliance of Progress. Political and economic manipulations also proving ineffective, the United States stood ready to back a military takeover of Brazil's constitutional democracy.

U.S. operation "Brother Sam" involved shipments of petroleum, a naval task force, and tons of arms and ammunition in preparation for intervention during the 1964 coup. When the Brazilian military gained control without calling on the ready assistance, U.S. policy makers immediately accorded recognition to the new government and set in motion plans for economic support.

Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil 
Paperback The University of North Carolina Press (April 18, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0807871710ISBN-13: 978-0807871713
Paulina Alberto (Author)

In this history of black thought and racial activism in twentieth-century Brazil, Paulina Alberto demonstrates that black intellectuals, and not just elite white Brazilians, shaped discourses about race relations and the cultural and political terms of inclusion in their modern nation.
Drawing on a wide range of sources including the prolific black press of the era, and focusing on the influential urban centers of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Bahia, Alberto traces the shifting terms that black thinkers used to negotiate their citizenship over the course of the century, offering fresh insight into the relationship between ideas of race and nation in modern Brazil. 

Alberto finds that black intellectuals' ways of engaging with official racial discourses changed as broader historical trends made the possibilities for true inclusion appear to flow and then recede. These distinct political strategies, Alberto argues, were nonetheless part of black thinkers' ongoing attempts to make dominant ideologies of racial harmony meaningful in light of evolving local, national, and international politics and discourse. 

Terms of Inclusion tells a new history of the role of people of color in shaping and contesting the racialized contours of citizenship in twentieth-century Brazil. 

Voice and Vote: Decentralization and Participation in Post-Fujimori Peru 
Paperback Stanford University Press (May 4, 2011)
ISBN-10: 080477398X ISBN-13: 978-0804773980
Stephanie McNulty (Author)
In the months following disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori's flight to Japan, Peru had a political crisis on its hands. 

The newly elected government that came together in mid-2001 faced a skeptical and suspicious public, with no magic bullet for achieving legitimacy. Many argued that the future of democracy was at stake, and that the government's ability to decentralize and incorporate new actors in decision-making processes was critical. 

Toward that end, the country's political elite devolved power to subnational governments and designed new institutions to encourage broader citizen participation. By 2002, Peru's participatory decentralization reform (PDR) was finalized and the experiment began.

This book explores the possibilities and limitations of the decision to restructure political systems in a way that promotes participation. The analysis also demonstrates the power that political, historical, and institutional factors can have in the design and outcomes of participatory institutions.

Using original data from six regions of Peru, political scientist Stephanie McNulty documents variation in PDR implementation, delves into the factors that explain this variation, and points to regional factors as prime determinants in the success or failure of participatory institutions.

The Inkas: Last Stage of Stone Masonry Development in the Andes 
Paperback British Archaeological Reports (May 20, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0860549259 ISBN-13: 978-0860549253
Francesco Menotti

This book examines Inka stone masonry, a major hallmark of their culture, tracing the process from extraction through dressing techniques to stone-block transport and use. The Inkas' five most exploited quarries within the Cuzco region are examined with particular emphasis on the Llama Pit of Rumiqolqa Quarry. 

The main styles of wall construction are categorised and their application to different kinds of Inka buildings are examined. The implications of apparently earthquake-proof walls are explored. In a new publishing-departure for BAR, a CD with 100 colour photos is included in this book.

The Spanish Conquest of the Inca Empire 
Paperback CreateSpace (May 24, 2011)
ISBN-10: 146351221X ISBN-13: 978-1463512217
William Prescott

The Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire was one of the most important campaigns in the Spanish colonization of the Americas. 

This historic process of military conquest was made by Spanish conquistadores and their native allies. After years of preliminary exploration and military skirmishes, 169 Spanish soldiers under Francisco Pizarro and their native allies ambushed the Sapa Inca Atahualpa (emperor of the Inca Empire) and captured him in the 1532 Battle of Cajamarca. 

It was the first step in a long campaign that took decades of fighting to subdue the mightiest empire in the Americas. In subsequent years Spain extended its rule over the Empire. 

Brazil and Its Neighbors: Background and U.S. Relations 
(Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues) Hardcover 
Nova Science Pub Inc (May 30, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1617611131 ISBN-13: 978-1617611131
Wesley B. Rottner (Editor) 

Brazil is considered a significant political and economic power in Latin America, and an emerging global leader. Brazil has long held the potential to become a world power, but its rise to prominence has been curtailed by setbacks, including 21 years of military rule, political instability, and uneven economic growth. 

This book analyses Brazil and its neighbours: Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela's political, economic, and social conditions, and how those conditions affect the region and relationship with the United States. 

Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World's Conception of Health Care 
Paperback Monthly Review Press (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1583672397 ISBN-13: 978-158367239 
Steve Brouwer

Revolutionary Doctors gives readers a first-hand account of Venezuela's innovative and inspiring program of community healthcare, designed to serve--and largely carried out by--the poor themselves. 

Drawing on long-term participant observations as well as in-depth research, Brouwer tells the story of Venezuela's Integral Community Medicine program, in which doctor-teachers move into the countryside and poor urban areas to recruit and train doctors from among peasants and workers. 

Such programs were first developed in Cuba, and Cuban medical personnel play a key role in Venezuela today as advisors and organizers. This internationalist model has been a great success -- Cuba is a world leader in medicine and medical training -- and Brouwer shows how the Venezuelans are now, with the aid of their Cuban counterparts, following suit.

But this program is not without its challenges. It has faced much hostility from traditional Venezuelan doctors as well as all the forces antagonistic to the Venezuelan and Cuban revolutions. 

Despite the obstacles it describes, Revolutionary Doctors demonstrates how a society committed to the well-being of its poorest people can actually put that commitment into practice, by delivering essential healthcare through the direct empowerment of the people it aims to serve.

Sigo llamando a esta luz (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback CreateSpace (May 20, 2011)
Language: SpanishISBN-10: 1463514298 ISBN-13: 978-1463514297
Marysol Carrero Necker 

La pregunta que formulara Tales hace más de dos mil años es recurrente en este libro de Marysol Carrero Necker. Lírica y reflexión conjuntadas y conjuradas para dar cuenta del misterio iniciático, del éxtasis del silencio, del tiempo como ilusión enfrentado al instante, tal vez la realidad, acaso otro sueño. 

Urgente actitud de quien indaga el origen, el oscuro milagro de los dioses que la poesía revela en acto de extraña comunión entre el hombre y lo sagrado, y que ante el desprestigio de aquéllos deriva en persecución, en lucha denodada entre la razón y el asombro: “Río, brebaje infinito./ ¿Dónde está el camino de los dioses que me enseñaste?” Palabra tierna y desgarrada. 

Recorrido desde el abismo en donde la duda asalta en cada fuego, en la inocencia del primer atisbo, en la conciencia del ser y del estar, en la certeza del no tener, en el ancestral despojo del nacimiento: “Soy sustancia cósmica de lecho de río. / ¡Tengo lágrimas de vida y canto!” Sigo llamando a esta luz emprende un viaje por las riesgosas orillas de la palabra interior, en perfecta vulnerabilidad de máscara desde adentro, paradoja existencial del hombre en todo tiempo y lugar, como si de este anhelo germinal dependiese el reencuentro, la culminación feliz de la tiniebla iluminada. 

Hay que saludar la nueva palabra de esta escritora venezolana. Certera y valiente, sabe que el “tiempo es una trampa”, que siempre nos asedia el eterno retorno, “la fosa abismal de la memoria”, “el delirio del círculo”, o lo que puede ser peor, la terrible amenaza de la salvación: “Vamos en este camino / de extraño animal / en busca de su ser!” Hernando Guerra Tovar

American Grand Strategy for Latin America in the Age of Resentment  
Paperback CreateSpace (May 5, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1461156688 ISBN-13: 978-1461156680
Gabriel Marcella

The fear that extra-hemispheric powers would strategically deny Latin America as a friend of the United States has animated American statesmen since the 19th century. Such fear certainly pervaded the Cold war competition. 

Today the challenge to the security and well-being of Latin America is neither ideological, nor military, nor external. Strategic denial is more likely to come about from a highly combustible blend of poverty, crime, despair, corruption, resentment, and antidemocratic sentiments that promise a vague 21st century socialism under new authoritarian clothing. 

The sentiments are sinking deep roots in the sociopolitical landscape, and they are profoundly anti- American. This witch’s brew is presently best understood in the case of the Andean countries, particularly Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. They, along with Peru, are experiencing a crisis of democratic legitimacy, authority, and governance. The crisis in the Andean countries applies to much of Latin America. 

The problem is compounded by the prevalence of weak state systems that are incapable of providing security, justice, and the benefits of democratic governance to the maximum number of people. The roots of the weak state syndrome are to be found in the persisting dualism of the formal state populated by the “haves” and the informal state populated by the “have nots.” The two states are socio-spatially separated from each other. The 40 percent of the population that inhabits the informal state must be productively integrated into the formal state and into the global economy, or Latin America will continue to face crises of authority, governance, and legitimacy.

The United States is the only power that can move Latin America in the right direction. Good things usually happen when the United States fully directs its attention toward Latin America. Accordingly, a new American grand strategy for Latin America is imperative. It must address simultaneously two challenges: strengthening the effectiveness of the democratic state, and enhancing the security and dignity of the socially excluded. Such strategy requires vision and new ways of thinking about holistic security. The unpleasant alternative for the hemispheric community will be poor security partners sitting atop a cauldron of accumulating resentment.

Tales from Colombia: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 41 Peace Corps Volunteers Who Answered President Kennedy's Call to Serve 
Paperback Paulary Publishing (May 24, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0615457479ISBN-13: 978-0615457475
Gary Dean Peterson (Author), Pauline J Peterson (Editor), Emily L Mack (Editor),

Reprisal killings, terrifying bus rides, cock fights and lady matadors, rescuing imperiled missionaries, Amazon jungle adventures, death on high mountain glaciers, brutal jails, romantic weddings, Christmas in the Caribbean, a Peace Corps baby and touching gifts from simple people who have so little themselves are some of the stories related by the members of Colombia ’64. 

This book chronicles the adventures of this group of forty-one Peace Corps Volunteers who came from across America to train at the University of Nebraska in 1964, only a year after President Kenney’s assassination. These young men and women were from every level of society, from share croppers to Harvard graduates. 

They were farmers, teachers, mechanics and Marines. Some had only high school educations, many had college degrees. This diverse cross section of American youth received training in agriculture/nutrition and educational television in Nebraska and Puerto Rico, then were scattered across the dense jungles, rugged mountains, deep valleys and tropical plains of Colombia, South America. 

Here they worked in the big cities and in the smallest, most primitive villages. They worked with educated, well-to-do Colombians and with high mountain Amerindians who retained their native customs and dress. They served among the alegre (joyful, cheerful) predominately black population of the Caribbean coast, the mixed races of the interior valleys and the taciturn populations of the high mountains, descendants of the warriors of the once powerful Chibcha Empire. 

There were the costenos (coastal people) and the llaneros (plainsmen, the cowboys of Colombia). These young Americans came to know Colombia intimately and were themselves changed by the experiance. This book tells the story of these Volunteers, much of it on their own words, the training, the two years in Colombia and how those two years of service affected their lives. Included are biographies of the forty-one Volunteers who became ranchers and teachers, college professors, engineers and bank executives, even an FBI agent and a Broadway producer. 

It is the story of an evolving Peace Corps, instituted as a more effective means of providing foreign aid and as a weapon in America’s arsenal to fight the Cold War. It is also the saga of a country striving to modernize while combatting civil war, communist insurgents and drug cartels, a country that seems, so often, to be on the brink of progress and prosperity. It is a country and a people these Vounteers came to love and appreciate, a country to which they will always feel a special bond.

The FARC: The Longest Insurgency (Rebels) 
Paperback Zed Books (May 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1848134924 ISBN-13: 978-1848134928
Garry Leech (Author) 

To many -- the Colombian, U.S. and the EU governments among them -- the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is no more than a terrorist organization.  Moreover, they claim that the FARC is only engaged in criminal activities and no longer maintains an ideology.  But does this tell the whole story? 

Or can terrorism be a strategy for furthering ideological objectives -- irrespective of how the terrorist actions may appear to contradict stated political and ideological beliefs? As the UN's special envoy to Colombia noted in 2003, it would be "a mistake to think that the FARC members are only drug traffickers and terrorists."

Part of Zed's groundbreaking Rebels series, Garry Leech has written the definitive introduction to the FARC, examining the group's origins, aims and ideology, and looking at its organizational and operational structures. 

The book also investigates the FARC's impact on local, regional and global politics and explores its future direction. As someone who reported from the frontline in Colombia for many years and was himself kidnapped by the FARC, Leech offers an unparalled insight into one of the world's most high-profile armed revolutionary organizations.

Gestión Empresarial en Colombia: Un Aporte Desde la Administración 
(Spanish Edition) Paperback Universidad Nacional de Colombia (May 30, 2011)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 958719800XISBN-13: 978-9587198003
 Gregorio Calderón (Author)

Bajo la perspectiva que ve a la Administración como un campo de conocimiento que puede aportar al desarrollo del país y contribuir a una mejor gestión de la empresa pública y la empresa privada se presenta esta investigación que aúna dos visiones: desde la academia, para conocer los avances y desarrollos en el país sobre el concepto de administración y su generación de conocimiento; desde la gestión, para identificar la manera como las organizaciones obtienen los recursos que generan productividad y competitividad en el país. 

En las páginas de este libro se hace un análisis conceptual del tema y se reflexiona sobre cuatro aspectos fundamentales de la gestión empresarial: la estrategia, la gestión humana, la cultura organizacional y el desempeño de las empresas, con el fin de mejorar la gestión de las organizaciones y suministrar a las instituciones fundamentos que incorporen políticas públicas.

Ritual de títeres (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback CreateSpace (May 18, 2011)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 146350487X
ISBN-13: 978-1463504878
Gonzalo Márquez Cristo (Author) 

«Su novela Ritual de títeres es una contienda entre filosofía e imagen que conduce afortunadamente a la tragedia». E.M. Cioran (París, septiembre 26 de 1992). «Ritual de títeres es un libro colmado de hallazgos, de múltiples sutilezas y de una concepción muy especial, muy personal en toda su estructura. 

Su complejidad, su densidad, sus definiciones y sentencias son perturbadoras; no hay una sola frase llana, un puente habitual, una consideración directa que permita escapar de las corrientes encontradas y singularmente entretejidas... Agradezco la riqueza inagotable de cada página y la excelencia de su escritura». Olga Orozco (Buenos Aires, marzo 10 de 1993). 

Ritual de títeres: aventura esencialista, exploración poética, prestidigitación estructural, intensidad reflexiva, propuesta de actualizar el sentido original de lo trágico... Es revelación de una profunda investigación sobre el amor y el espíritu libertario, escrita en dos planos narrativos (mítico y vivencial) que terminan suplantándose. Su confluencia de géneros: Ensayo-cuento-poesía-teatro; en un extenso aliento que transgrede a la acción, se proyecta filosóficamente proclamando la entronización del instante, en estos tiempos en los que aún no asistimos al regreso del hombre.

The Latin American Drug Trade: Scope, Dimensions, Impact, and Response 
Paperback Rand Publishing (May 4, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0833051792 ISBN-13: 978-0833051790
Peter Chalk (Author)

Transnational crime remains a particularly serious problem in Latin America, with most issues connected to the drug trade. There are several relevant roles that the U.S. Air Force can and should play in boosting Mexico¹s capacity to counter drug production and trafficking, as well as further honing and adjusting its wider counternarcotics effort in Latin America.

Memoria de aprendiz (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback CreateSpace (May 20, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 1463513984
ISBN-13: 978-1463513986
Yirama Castaño Güiza (Author)
Yirama Castaño Güiza (Socorro, Santander, 1964). Periodista y editora. Ha publicado los libros de poemas: Naufragio de luna (1990), Jardín de sombras (1994), El sueño de la otra (1997) y Memoria de aprendiz (2011). Participó en la creación de la Fundación Común Presencia. Sus poemas han sido traducidos y publicados en medios de Colombia y el exterior.
Yirama Castaño Güiza (Socorro, Santander, 1964). Periodista y editora. Ha publicado los libros de poemas: Naufragio de luna (1990), Jardín de sombras (1994), El sueño de la otra (1997) y Memoria de aprendiz (2011). Participó en la creación de la Fundación Común Presencia. Sus poemas han sido traducidos y publicados en medios de Colombia y el exterior.

En la posada de J. Babel (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback CreateSpace (May 20, 2011)
Language: SpanishISBN-10: 1463514239ISBN-13: 978-1463514235
Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez (Author)

Mención Única del Premio Nacional de Poesía Ministerio de Cultura, 2010, Colombia. “En la Posada de J. Babel es un libro que se destaca por su unidad, por la ficción que pone en juego y por la riqueza de su lenguaje. 

El tiempo interno de los poemas atrapa al lector por su densidad metafórica. Es una obra distinta dentro de la tradición lírica colombiana”. Ramón Eduardo Cote, María Baranda, Juan Felipe Robledo, Elkin Restrepo y Eduardo Chirinos (Jurado).
Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez. Nació en Ibagué. Codirigió el suplemento cultural del periódico El Nuevo Día de Ibagué y el taller de poesía de la Biblioteca Darío Echandía de la misma ciudad. Premio Nacional del concurso de Poesía Eduardo Cote Lamus (2007); Única Mención de Honor del Concurso Nacional de Poesía del Ministerio de Cultura (2010); Mención de Honor Concurso Nacional de Cuento Ciudad de Bogotá (2002) y Mención del Concurso Nacional de Poesía Antonio Llanos de Cali (1997). Libros Publicados: Perseguidos por el cielo (Ediciones Apertura, 1995); Los espejos de la Hidra (Ediciones Tiempo de Palabra, 2001); y Los Cuadernos de Franz (Ediciones Nueva Granada, 2008).

Histories of the Present: People and Power in Ecuador 
Paperback University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0252077970 ISBN-13: 978-0252077975
Norman E. Whitten (Author), Dorothea S Whitten (Author) 

The wellspring of critical analysis in this book emerges from the major Indigenous Uprising of 1990 and its ongoing aftermath in which indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian action transformed the nation-state and established new dimensions of human relationships. The authors weave anthropological theory with longitudinal Ecuadorian ethnography to produce a unique contribution to Latin American Studies.

I Have AIDS But I Am Happy, Children´s Subjectivities, AIDS, and Social in Brazil (Spanish Edition) Paperback Universidad Nacional de Colombia (May 30, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 9587197488ISBN-13: 978-9587197488
César Ernesto Abadía-Barrero (Author)

Brazil, known for both its deep historical inequalities and its growing role as a powerful nation in the global economy, has been recognized as exemplary in the way it has responded to its significant AIDS epidemic, particularly by providing universal access to state of the art medical care, including expensive antiretroviral medications. T

his ethnography from the fields of medical anthropology and social medicine explores how it is to grow up living with or affected by HIV and AIDS when the right to health is respected. To what extent have Brazil´s social responses transformed the everyday lives of people afflicted by HIV or AIDS? 

Through historically oriented interpretations and analyses driven by a critical perspective, the author presents how the lives of this group of Brazilian children and adolescents are transformed within in a social paradox that he terms diseases of poverty-privileged responses. 

Many lessons can be learned from this country's approach to the AIDS epidemic and from the stories of these children, adolescents and young adults who were born afflicted by HIV/AIDS. Social science researchers, public policy officials, health care professionals and social movement activists alike will find this an easy read, but will also discover many theoretical and applied insights that will motivate discussions, further research, and challenge how we think about warranting healthcare as a human right.

Argumentación y Lógica (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback Universidad Nacional de Colombia (May 30, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 9587198360 ISBN-13: 978-9587198362
Clara Helena Sánchez (Author)

Con este texto se pretende aportar a los lectores algunos elementos mínimos de argumentación y lógica, que les permitan desarrollar sus competencias argumentativas. 

Se trata de mostrarles una vía intermedia entre la retórica y la lógica formal de tradición matemática (caracterizada por sus estrictas reglas de deducción) para analizar y desarrollar el discurso tanto académico como cotidiano en la perspectiva científica, técnica y de análisis de opiníon. 

El enfoque planteado ofrece algunos criterios de análisis y evaluación de textos, especialmente los de tipo argumentativo. Se pretende, por tanto, dar al lector algunas herramientas para el análisis crítico de argumentos, los cuales le permitirán evaluar de manera razonable e imparcial las fortalezas y debilidades de los mismos.

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