Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Los medios noticierios no son el enemigo del pueblo, resumen del programa hoy

Los medios noticierios no son el enemigo del pueblo

Esto fue hoy en Radio Activa 1420 AM en el programa de Miguel Angel Garcia Molina/Iniciativa Privada, con la colaboración de la periodista-analista Diana Washington Valdez


Diana Washington Valdez/Resumen


El Boston Globe: “Proponemos publicar un editorial el 16 de agosto sobre los peligros del asalto de la Administración a la prensa y pedirles a otros que se comprometan a publicar sus propios editoriales en la misma fecha."

El presidente Donald Trump en Twitter ha publicado que los medios representan “fake news”, son enemigos del pueblo americano, causan guerras y divisiones y son peligrosos y enfermos.




Estos fueron los puntos clave de nuestra colaboracion de hoy: 

El Boston Globe: “Proponemos publicar un editorial el 16 de agosto (de 2018) sobre los peligros del asalto de la Administración a la prensa y pedirles a otros que se comprometan a publicar sus propios editoriales en la misma fecha."


El presidente Donald Trump en Twitter ha publicado que los medios representan “fake news”, son enemigos del pueblo americano, causan guerras, causan divisiones y son peligrosos y enfermos.


Los medios han tenido un papel clave en la historia política de Estados Unidos.


El Paso Times y el Ku Klux Klan: Durante los años 20 del siglo pasado el diario expuso a la organización racista, nombrando quienes de las elites de El Paso, Texas, pertenecían, y esto ayudo a desmantelar el grupo que llego a tener más de 3,000 miembros.


El periodista de la red CBS Edward Murrow: El alzo la voz en 1954, arriesgando su carrera y reputación, en contra del ex-Senador Joe McCarthy, quien llevo una campaña larga de intimidación, acusando a centenares de personas de ser “comunistas” – el “enemigo” de ese entonces – que destruyo a muchos profesionistas que fueron falsamente tachados como traidores.


Los reportajes del Washington Post sobre “Watergate”: Llevaron a que Richard Nixon renunciara el puesto de presidente en 1974. El, al igual que Donal Trump, también atacaba a los medios como parte de una estrategia política.


El asesinato del periodista Don Bolles con una coche-bomba en 1976 en Phoenix, Arizona: La muerte del reportero que investigaba corrupción inspiro un proyecto periodístico, “Arizona Project”, que conto con la colaboración de casi 40 periodistas, que continuaron el trabajo de Bolles y que destaparon muchas instancias de corrupción en ese estado.


Hoy, algunos piensan que el presidente Trump está dando luz verde para que los americanos que lo apoyan ataquen a los medios establecidos, cuestionando la credibilidad de los comunicadores y sus empresas, y aceptando a fuentes de “fake news” y “fake conspiracies” de los que el presidente concede su imprimatura.


Se podían sentir con el “permiso” de llegar hasta la violencia física. El tiroteo en el diario Capital Gazette en Annapolis, Maryland (junio de 2018) que dejo a cinco muertos, nos da pausa porque sirve como ejemplo de que existe esta posibilidad.


Diana Washington Valdez es una galardonada periodista y autora y fundadora de Digie Zone Network, una red digital de noticias e informacion.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Resistance: What we are fighting

The Resistance

 Diana Washington Valdez/Opinion


DWV at protest/El Paso,TX
Today, we Americans - and it’s important to emphasize we are all Americans - face a new onslaught of oppression, mistreatment and persecution. And once again, as before, we must be up to the task and resist as never before.

What are we fighting?

-       Anti-immigration and racist rhetoric and practices that suggest ethnic cleansing.

-       A tyrannical federal policy known as “Zero Tolerance,” the name speaks for itself, which has resulted in crimes against humanity. The U.S. government separating children from their parents at the border and sending them to faraway centers where they have been medicated with psychotropic drugs and otherwise abused, certainly qualifies as a serious violation of human rights.

-       A White House administration with ambiguous messages that inspired national supremacists to go public with parades, run for elected office, and engage in widespread hate-filled campaigns via social media.

-       An increasing number of anti-Jewish incidents in the United States. For example, in July 2018 in El Paso, Texas, the Jewish section of the historic Concordia Cemetery was severely vandalized, prompting the FBI to investigate the desecration as a potential hate crime.

-       Across the United States, an extensive intimidation campaign is unfolding, and it is aimed at minorities. It includes reporting people of color to people and challenging their right to occupy public places. (Our modern technology makes it possible for these confrontations to be recorded and uploaded to the Internet almost as quickly as they occur.)

-       Other threats to minorities include voter-suppression schemes, attempts to frighten them from being included in the next U.S. Census, as well as the rollback of admission guidelines that enabled minorities to enroll in universities.

-       Other forms of social violence include plans to cut or dismantle the social safety nets that help to sustain millions of families. This will set back Americans financially by decades. Don’t let it happen.

We’ve reintroduced terms like “gaslight” and “dog whistle” to our public political discourse. We’re seeing social media used to weaponize divisive propaganda that reflects the kind of age-old supremacy ideology that preceded the Nazi's rise to power.

Let’s call it what it is

You may have seen, or even take part, in the so-called “Resistance” movement on Twitter, with the hash tag “#Resist.” Why do we need to be on Twitter? It is the president’s preferred social media site. His constant Tweets provide us with insights into his thinking on public issues in their rawest form and in real time.

The Resistance indeed is up and running. It began with the unprecedented Women’s March in 2016. It gained steam with young people leading gun-control efforts with the “March for Our Lives” movement; and, it must continue with our active participation in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Any effective Resistance should be inter-generational, and ought to incorporate solidarity, mutual respect, civility, and most importantly, action. We must decide to get along, and respect each other’s ethnicity, faith and culture. The life we aspire to for ourselves and for the next generation depends on it.

* Extract of remarks at The 2018 MALCS Summer Institute Convivencia y Resistencia: Fronterizas for Social Justice, at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Right-wing groups and opposing groups are expected to rally Aug. 4, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Right-wing and anti-racist rallies

[Diana Washington Valdez, an author and multimedia journalist, is president of The Digie Zone Network. Her views are her own. @digiezone and Facebook.com/thedigiezone]





Sunday, February 18, 2018

DNA report shows we are related


Diana Washington Valdez

DNA ancestry report

(Hey, some of you out there in the world are my relatives ...)

Diana Washington Valdez
The Digie Zone Network

I received the results for one of those DNA ancestry tests ordered for me and my siblings during the recent Christmas holiday.

Several articles I’ve read recommend taking the results from these kits with a grain of salt. Their accuracy is still highly debated, but things are supposed to get better after more people contribute samples to the growing data bases of the DNA profiles.

Here are some of the findings:
Nearly 60 percent Native American. This part is connected to indigenous groups in New Mexico, including the Zuni pueblo! This caught my attention because growing up I was told by relatives that the indigenous part of me was mostly Otomi from Mexico’s interior. It would be interesting to see if the Otomi are related in great part to the Zunis.

 When I was reporting on the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe, one of the senior legislators asked me if I was Zuni! He said I looked a lot like the Zunis, which is only one of several indigenous groups that settled in New Mexico.

The DNA ancestry report says the Native Americans I was connected to likely migrated through Siberia to Northern North America and continued their journey southward. Several of these migrants stayed and settled along various sites of the journey.

The other major part of me is supposed to be Southern European, some distant relatives were Ashkenazi Jews (cool) and others were Neanderthals (cool). Some of these ancestors, Spanish and Portuguese, migrated to what is now Mexico. I have numerous relatives with identical segments of DNA (connoting common ancestors) that are in the United Kingdom, Sweden, California, New York, Texas and 11 other U.S. states. 

These are highlights … I’m still distilling details from the report.

The most important aspect of DNA technology is that the massive Human Genome Project already proved that we are all one human race. That means, all of us are related. Let that sink in.
 

Canada radio interview with Diana Washington Valdez

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 Canada radio interview
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Juarez femicides documentary by California filmmaker

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Video clip from the "Border Echoes" documentary

Border Echoes film 

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Diana Washington Valdez biography

Diana Washington Valdez
Diana Washington Valdez – Bio

Diana Washington Valdez is an author and veteran journalist with an international presence. She has investigated a variety of subjects (public corruption, drug cartels, violent crime), and over the years received international, national and regional awards and recognitions for her reporting. 

She was invited to more than 30 cities in several countries in North America and Europe to speak about her work. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C., recognized her with its “Latina Leader in Literature Award.”

She is the author of the investigative books “The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women” (“Cosecha de Mujeres” Spanish version) and is at work on other book-length projects.  She is a weekly guest commentator for Radio Activa in Mexico and was in frequent demand as a featured guest for other radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. 

She has collaborated with numerous publications and documentaries, including “Border Echoes,” and in A&E’s “The Killing Season: Season 2,” and in DVD extra material for the movie “Sicario.”

In March 2016, after retiring from the El Paso Times, she launched her own multimedia company. She is president & publisher of the Digie Zone Network, which publishes digital news products The Digie Zone Express (thedigiezone.com) and Marco Polo 360 (prensa360.com).

She holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, both from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an associate’s degree in general studies from Northern Virginia Community College.

During her military service, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Cold War Recognition Certificate, among others.

She taught political science at El Paso Community College for 10 years, to include honors students.

You can contact her @ Facebook.com/thedigiezone

For any and all things good in my life, to God be the glory!