This week’s edition covers stories
from September 7th to September 13th, 2023.
Today’s issue is 700 words, a 5-minute read.
Isabella talks bridges, autumn leaves, new podcast series, Apple’s iOS17, Chef Yia Vang’s new restaurant, and 50th Anniversary of Chile’s 1973 coup
Buenasss NewPrensa readers! So, I was strolling through the colorful Winchell trail in South Minneapolis the other day, sipping on my mate tea, and I thought, ‘Why not infuse this newsletter with the same kind of energy?’ So here we are! Imagine the trail, akin to a painter’s brush stroke on the verge of an autumn palette masterpiece along the Mississippi River, elegantly parting the Twin Cities. It’s in September that the stage is set, establishing the tone for the rest of the year
In matters concerning urban improvement, mark your calendars: the Stone Arch Bridge will be undegoing reconstruction from September 2024 until 2026, but here’s some good news – the Third Ave Bridge is set to reopen in October!
If your passion lies in the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, or leisurely strolls with loved ones or furry companions, I suggest paying a visit to the MN Department of Natural Resources’ Fall Color Finder. They offer an events calendar, park permits, photos and more.
As the temperatures start to drop, it’s an ideal moment to delve into a fresh podcast. Imagine someone sharing a story with you, just like you’re reading this one, but this time, it’s all about how we’ve entered the ‘villain era’ of capitalism. Every Friday in September, Vox’s ‘Today Explained’ will have a new series called “Blame Capitalism”. Click on the episode below.
Now, let’s say you don’t care about urban infrastructure as much or nature walks around Minnesota – that’s okay! For our apple user-readers, iOS17 will launch on Monday 18th. Apple is rolling out a range of fresh features catering to diverse user needs, whether you’re a social networking enthusiast, a tech-creative, or simply seeking improved everyday phone usability. I invite you to explore these updates and share your thoughts with us, highlighting how you envision these features enhancing your daily life. Here’s some I’m excited for:
- Custom Call Display: Personalize call visuals.
- Live Voicemail Transcripts: Read voicemails and audio messages.
- Missed Call Message: Send FaceTime video/audio when calls are missed.
- Easy Contact Sharing: Swap info with NameDrop.
- Journal Feature: Keep track of life’s moments.
- Car SharePlay: Share music hassle-free – no more ‘Can I have the aux? ’
- Offline Maps: Navigate with no signal.
- Health App Updates: Focus on mental and vision health.
You may have already caught wind of Hmong Union Kitchen‘s impressive achievements at the State Fair, including this year’s remarkable 23,000+ galabao sales and their well-deserved ‘Best Of’ awards. You might also be familiar with their popular pop-ups, ‘Slurp’ and ‘Mee-Ka’ (now a new Union Hmong Kitchen location), located on E Lake St and Bryant Ave.
For all the food enthusiasts in the Twin Cities, I’m excited to share that Chef Yia Vang has announced his upcoming restaurant, ‘Vinai,’ set to open next spring at 1300 2nd St. NE in Minneapolis’ Northeast Bank Building. This establishment is a tribute to the rich heritage and promising future of Hmong cuisine. Notably, ‘Vinai’ is conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from Nixta’s ‘Oro’ and ‘Young Joni.’ The site was previously home to the Dangerous Man Brewing Company taproom, which will be closing this October.
Concluding this edition, we mark a significant historical milestone: the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Chilean coup against President Salvador Allende. General Augusto Pinochet’s subsequent dictatorship, fueled by Western foreign policies, led to a dark era in Chile’s history, marked by human rights abuses and political persecution.
Pinochet’s coup underscores the pitfalls of U.S. foreign policy. Salvador Allende’s aspirations to nationalize U.S.-owned copper companies drew the ire of the U.S. government under President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. Their documented interventionist efforts aimed at undermining Allende’s leadership in Chile.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call to declassify documents related to the coup highlights the importance of transparency. These events serve as a reminder of the far-reaching consequences of past and present U.S. interventionist policies on South American societies, their policies, and economies. Video of the Representative speaking on TikTok.
As a writer with ties to Argentina and Chile, nations profoundly affected by U.S.-influenced military coups, I stress the need for broader awareness of foreign actions like Operation Condor. This clandestine cooperation among South American dictatorships in the 1970s aimed to suppress political opponents in exile, extending its reach to Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, and beyond, perpetuating a coordinated campaign of repression.
That’s all from me, we’ll see you next time.
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