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Robert Valencia

Robert Valencia is an avid writer and Latinamerican-ist based in New York City. His research on U.S-Latin American relations, conflict resolution, human rights, and government accountability have been cited by Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic, Yale Journal of International Affairs, The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Henry Jackson Society, and the Center for American Progress. He's a frequent media contributor for Al Jazeera America, Voice of America, NTN24 and MundoFox.

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Latest posts by Robert Valencia

17 February 2013

Marco Rubio's Bitter Drink at the State of the Union Address

Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida, was the first senator to address the country in both English and Spanish following President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. However, thirst...

5 February 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama Supports Immigration Reform

U.S. President Barack Obama supported a bipartisan proposal developed by eight senators to overhaul immigration by strengthening border security, verifying the legal status of workers, and allowing university students to...

26 January 2013

Latinos Were Key Figures at Obama's Inauguration

The inauguration of the president of the United States Barack Obama last January 21st, was filled with a passionate speech that foreshadows what could be the next years of his...

11 January 2013

Peru: Wendy Sulca, YouTube Phenomenon, Teased Once Again

Peruvian YouTube star Wendy Sulca greeted her supposed fans on her Tweetcam earlier this month, seemingly unaware that she was the victim of a series of pranks as she stated...

18 December 2012

United States: Occupy Sandy Stands Up to Destruction

Occupy Sandy has proved to be a great help in alleviating the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Organized by the group InterOccupy, Occupy Sandy was created as a part of...

7 November 2012

Barack Obama Reelected and Favored Among Latino Voters

After an intense presidential race, the United States of America's destiny will be governed by Barack Obama for four more years. Once again, Twitter became a barometer for reactions during...

1 November 2012

Talking About Hurricane Sandy on Social Networks

After slamming the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy came to the east coast of the United States on October 29, bringing with it rainfall and even snowfall in its path. As expected,...

25 October 2012

United States: Latin America Invisible in Third Presidential Debate

Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, was the venue of the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney amidst a tight presidential race....

18 October 2012

United States: Hispanic Perspective on Second Presidential Debate

The second debate which took place in New York's Hofstra University on October 16th showed a much more energetic Barack Obama than in the first debate. Twitter saw high levels...

17 October 2012

United States: The Fight for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Hundreds of thousand of young undocumented immigrants rejoiced at the news: President Barack Obama's Government authorized registration for the deferred action plan, which allows them to resolve their immigratory and...

13 October 2012

United States: Immigration Absent in Vice-Presidential Debate

In the debate between the vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan there were, as was to be expected, differences on issues such as the economy, foreign policy, health care...

11 October 2012

United States: The Road to Peace According to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, emblematic figure of the Burmese opposition and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, recieved the Vaclav Havel for Creative Dissent award given by the Human...

24 September 2012

United States: Occupy Wall Street, One Year Later

September 15-17 2012 marked the first year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Scenes that took place during the inception of the movement repeated themselves: hundreds of arrests were...

17 September 2012

United States: Spanish Stands Out in Political Conventions

In the race for the White House, the political conventions held at the end of August and beginning of September served as a showcase for the Republican and Democratic parties....

20 August 2012

United States: Significance of Paul Ryan for the Hispanic Population

From the day that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, there has been extensive media coverage in favor and against the decision....

10 August 2012

United States: MundoFox, More of the Same?

On 13 August 2012 a new TV channel MundoFox will officially begin broadcasting, becoming the fifth channel to join others in transmitting Hispanic content in the United States.

19 July 2012

United States: Spanish TV Series on Pablo Escobar Breaks Ratings Record

Telemundo, the second largest Spanish-speaking TV network in the United States, premiered a new series “Escobar: The Evil Patron,” about the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. During its first days,...

2 July 2012

United States: Crucial Decision on Anti-Immigrant Law

The United States Supreme Court recently issued their ruling in the case Arizona v. United States. The court struck down three of the four provisions of the controversial law SB...

15 May 2012

Norway: Discussing Latin America at the Oslo Freedom Forum

Last week the fourth gathering of the Oslo Freedom Forum was carried out, organized by the Human Rights Foundation in the Norwegian capital. The event covered a series of topics...

2 May 2012

United States: Occupy Wall Street Returns

Many people were questioning Occupy Wall Street's future after the eviction from Zuccotti Park. However, according to the occupiers themselves, the movement never disappeared and they are now determined to...

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