As leaders from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC for its initials in Spanish, arrived in Cuba for a summit last weekend, Prof. Miguel Tinker Salas was quoted in the Jan. 26 Associate Press story "LatSummit in Cuba on Poverty, Inequality." The story was carried by more than 140 media outlets around the world. 

CELAC includes every nation in the Western Hemisphere except the U.S. and Canada and was formed in 2011 as an alternative to the Organization of American States.

"The fact that nations as diverse as Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico or Brazil participate (in CELAC) ... shows they give importance to this alternative process of integration," Tinker Salas, professor of Latin American history, history and Chicano/a studies, said.

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