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User Profile: Patricia Simoni

About Patricia Simoni
I first edited and translated for Watching America from 2009 through 2011, recently returning and rediscovering the pleasure of working with dedicated translators and editors. Latin America is of special interest to me. In the mid-60’s, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, and later lived for three years in Mexico, in the states of Oaxaca and Michoacán and in Mexico City. During those years, my work included interviewing in anthropology research, teaching at a bilingual school in the federal district, and conducting workshops in home nursing care for disadvantaged inner city women. I earned a BS degree from Wagner College, masters and doctoral degrees from WVU, and was a faculty member of the WVU School of Nursing for 27 years. In that position, I coordinated a two-year federal grant (FIPSE) at WVU for an exchange of nursing students with the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Presently a retiree, I live in Morgantown, West Virginia, where I enjoy traditional Appalachian fiddling with friends. Working toward the mission of WA, to help those in the U.S. see ourselves as others see us, gives me a sense of purpose.

This user has submitted 90 translations to Watching America.

U.S. Rapprochement: A Good Climate for Bolivia

February 10, 2009 // La Razon - Bolivia - Spanish

JOSÉ MIGUEL INSULZA, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OEA), spoke with La Razon yesterday, in La Paz, before attending the proclamation ceremony for the Constitution of Bolivia. The secretary general of the OEA arrived very early yesterday to a cold and rainy La Paz. With bronchitis [Read more]

Plausible Appointment

May 28, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

. . . the nomination of the judge with Puerto Rican ancestry communicates remarkable sensitivity on the part of the U.S. leader toward changes experienced in recent decades by the society of that nation . . . [Read more]

The 100-Day Exam

May 4, 2009 // El Mercurio - Chile - Spanish

Obama would have had to make many mistakes during his first three months of governing for United States public opinion – as well as world opinion – to give him bad grades, as he crosses the 100-day threshold, the timeline symbolically awaited in the U.S. for evaluating a president. The current president not only [Read more]

More Gold and Fewer Dollars? The New Chinese Dilemma

April 28, 2009 // Le Monde - France - French

China is taking a renewed interest in gold. In six years, its gold reserves increased by 75 percent. Lovers of the yellow metal, rubbing their hands and observing that leaders in Beijing are seeing inflation appear and the dollar disappear, certainly want to fall back on something solid. Yet, we should not expect that [Read more]

Summit of the Americas: Advances and Challenges

April 27, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

After three days of activity, the fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Port-of-Spain (the capital of Trinidad and Tobago), ended yesterday with signs of rapprochement and détente between the United States and some of the Latin American governments more critical of Washington, as well as with prospects for a new era [Read more]

Summit of the Americas: Advances and Challenges

April 25, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

After three days of activity, the fifth Summit of the Americas held in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, concluded yesterday with signs of rapprochement and détente between the United States and some of Latin American leaders most critical of Washington, as well as prospects for a new era in the [Read more]

Nuclear Disarmament: Yes, but for Everyone

April 6, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Yesterday, in a speech given to a crowd in Prague, United States President Barack Obama reintroduced as a priority for the international agenda the theme of global nuclear disarmament. This issue has remained in the background since dissolution of the Eastern bloc and the Soviet Union, despite existing stockpiles of [Read more]

G-20: In the Right Direction

April 3, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

As a result of the summit meeting held in London, G-20 leaders announced the enactment of a plan to reactivate the world economy that includes an injection of a trillion dollars to global finances (three quarters of which will go to the countries most affected by the catastrophe in progress) and measures to prevent [Read more]

U.S. Portrait of Mexico

March 31, 2009 // Excelsior - Mexico - Spanish

I returned from the United States (U.S.) with a concern: that country’s television coverage of Mexico. During my trip, I watched several reports on television networks and news channels. In all of them, I observed coverage that is alarmist, strident, unbalanced and lacking in subtlety. Clearly, all the stories I [Read more]

Economic Crisis, Political Crisis

March 28, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Speaking to diplomats during a conference in Moscow, U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon expressed his concern over the possibility that the current situation (the conversion of the U.S. financial crisis to a major world economic crisis) will result in a global political crisis. Clearly, when hunger, poverty, health [Read more]

Risks of Militarizing the Border

March 25, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The passage of drugs, arms and criminals over the common border is, in effect, the culmination of processes that gestate and develop over time, processes that require attention from both governments in geographic areas far from their common boundary, with spheres of action much broader than police and military. [Read more]

Washington Punishes Supplier of Milk to Cuba

March 18, 2009 // El Economista de Cuba - Cuba - Spanish

Despite considerable pressure to change continuous, aggressive commercial practices waged against Cuba for half a century, the U.S. agency in charge of harassing providers serving the island nation has just lodged a fine of $20,950 against Lactalis USA, U.S. subsidiary of French giant Lactalis. According to the Miami [Read more]

The Weapons That Kill Us

March 9, 2009 // Excelsior - Mexico - Spanish

A little more than 10 days ago, The New York Times published an article that received little attention in Mexican media. Obsessed as we are with our side of the equation in the fight against drugs (beautiful will be the day when Mexico no longer examines its own navel over everything), few analysts amended the story in [Read more]

From the Other Side: A Good Signal

March 2, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Failure to approve the stimulus package will spell suicide for the country, as a whole. Betting that Obama’s plan will fail, thus, resulting in Republican resumption of Congressional majority, is a strategy with the potential of a deeper economic depression. [Read more]

The U.S. Also Needs to Clean House

March 1, 2009 // Excelsior - Mexico - Spanish

Instead of issuing statements about the possibility of Mexico becoming a failed state, the U.S. government should clean up corruption in security institutions, because “the cartels require corrupt U.S., not Mexican, authorities to bring in the drugs,” said President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. “I am fighting [Read more]

Get Out, Yankee Bases!

September 14, 2009 // El Tiempo - Colombia - Spanish

The poor timing of the military agreement between the U.S. and Colombia also gave Chavez and his allies a reason to strengthen their armies against the 'evil U.S. imperialist.' After all, we must remember that the supposed 'enemy' of the Bolivarian revolution is none other than the U.S. [Read more]

The Eleventh of September

September 12, 2009 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The unwillingness or inability of U.S. authorities to learn from past mistakes constitutes the undesirable risk that, in the future, the rancor, expressed in New York and Washington eight years ago, will find expression again. [Read more]

Iraq on Its Own

August 22, 2010 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

The toll of dead and injured left behind by this war will always be an indictment of those who initiated it, disregarding law and international institutions on behalf of values they betrayed as they invoked them. [Read more]

Living in a Democracy

October 30, 2010 // La Prensa - Honduras - Spanish

Obama, who took office with the aura of a great leader, capable of elevating politics as well as the American economy, has demonstrated little capacity for managing the difficult balances of a democracy. [Read more]

WikiLeaks: The Third Blow

October 28, 2010 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

Efforts to prevent the spread of the documents are perhaps the determining factor in assessing the WikiLeaks decision...a test of strength between a small, almost clandestine nonprofit organization and the premier superpower... [Read more]

Second Class

January 10, 2011 // La Tribuna - Honduras - Spanish

The League of United Latin American Citizens: '[I]llegal state schemes being proposed today will lead to a permanent underclass of easily exploited undocumented workers in our country.' [Read more]

Naked Diplomacy

December 5, 2010 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

Like relationships between people, international relationships develop from gestures and actions aimed at cultivating openness, intimacy and trust, for which private communication is an important pillar. [Read more]

The Temptation to Intervene

March 5, 2011 // La Nacion - Chile - Spanish

Repetition does not make it any less true: We know how to start wars, but we do not know how to end them. The political and military crisis in Libya differs from the crises of its neighbors, Egypt and Tunisia. In those countries, the struggle for better living conditions and democratic freedom encompassed vast [Read more]