On Easter Sunday, a series of bombs were set off in several Catholic churches, killing more than 300 people. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, deploying 9 of its members to carry out the mission. Apparently, India’s government had given information to Sri Lanka’s officials days before the attack. What information, I don’t know, but there was clearly a failer to properly respond to this information by the Sri Lanka government or else they could have possibly stopped the attack or at least lessened its severity. One CIA deputy actually commented on Sri Lanka’s response to this information, calling them “inept” and that Sri Lanka’s intelligence services were possibly “criminally negligent”. I do not think, however, that any of their officials are actually responsible for the bombings or had an active hand in its fruition. This is a heartbreaking story that shows that reminds us that there are still negative forces in the world that want to cause panic and fear. We as a collective people must combat this evil through the power of love and compassion for one another.
Ahora, estoy tomando tres clases de español y me gustan mucho. Aprendieron español es muy dificil, por supuesto, pero con la practica, estoy aprendieron más rápido. Necesito practicar hablando con gente cada día, escuchar a música latina, y mirar películas en español. Una de las cosas que me ayuda mi español es cuando voy a las reuniones de clubes español. Aquí, hablamos juntos en español y a veces miramos películas como “Támbien la Lluvia”. Quería ir a las reuniones dondé hablamos solo en español, pero occuren en martes a las cinco y media en la tarde y tengo clase cada martes de cinco a seis, entonces no puedo ir. Este verano, necesito asegurarme de que puedo practicar mi español con mis amigos porque no tengo el club de espanol para ayudarme.
My extremely talented friend Lupita González debuted her documentary “Todo Esto y Más” at the LatinArte Borderless showcase this past Friday! She filmed three different 2nd and 3rd generation Latinx students studying at the University of Oklahoma. One student was a dancer, another was a sculptor, and then there was a painter. I love the way González portrayed her subjects so delicately and the scenes with close-ups of them performing their craft. Lupita González is a talented Latinx filmmaker with a bright future ahead of her and I am so excited to see who she decides to film next!
According to recent studies, climate activists have confirmed that climate change will lead to an increase in the economic disparity for poor countries with hot climates. Poor countries will specifically be heavily affected by climate change because they are not able to provide as many resources for its citizens. If the land cannot bring your people ample resources today, then climate change will only worsen this problem. In warmer countries when the days are abnormally hot, their economic growth slows down significantly because workers are less productive, reducing product output.
This new information makes me think of how much we need to work together to save our earth! Every country a considerable amount of power should be able to contribute to the fight against things like carbon emissions, deforestation, and pollution. We all live on this earth, a planet that provides for us, so we must take care of it together.
One of the events that I went to this semester was the screening of Roma, a movie about a domestic worker who cares for 4 children and eventually becomes pregnant herself. This is a powerful story about the life of an indigenous woman in Mexico City in the 1970s during a period of distress. To me, one of the main reasons why this was such a powerful movie was because of its embedded historical context and how accurately the director, Alfonso Cuarón, filmed these scenes. Cuarón intentionally places nuggets of historical context throughout his film, shown through various campaign posters and signs for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). This is the main political party that has dominated Mexico’s government for decades. I love this movie because it is well thought out and filmed with care. The delicacy of this film is furthered, in my opinion, by the muted black and white aesthetic.