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The Gold of the Poor

 12/13/2016 - 04:57

Almost all the prohibitions that are implanted in Cuba begin with a rumor. Now it is the turn of surgical steel, but not the one used in instruments in surgery rooms, but the one that is used to make jewels with the appearance of gold or silver. The first consequence has been the sharp fall in prices, the second, which is expected soon, to become clandestine.

Clean Air Gates

 12/13/2016 - 03:58

Bill Gates is afraid that the new Donald Trump Administration won't take climate change and emissions reduction as a priority. Therefore, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft announced on Monday the start of a fund to invest in transformative energy research and development to reduce carbon emissions. 

Mr. Gates’s new investment fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, is intended to capitalize on the government-backed research through partnerships with other research and academic institutions.

Salt In The Wound

 12/13/2016 - 03:27

The brutal killing of a seven-year-old indigenous girl has horrified Colombia and sparkled protests against violence in the streets of Bogotá. The rape and killing of the little girl has highlighted deep class divides that still remain in the Latin American country.

The Latino Lens

 12/13/2016 - 03:02

Latinos are sweeping the cinema industry: Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, actress Gina Rodriguez and Chilean director Pablo Larraín are part of the talented list of film and TV stars and creators nominated for the prestigious 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

What is the duty of Latin American cinema to combat racism and anti-immigration feelings in the era of Donald Trump?

I don't like your friends

 12/13/2016 - 02:19

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rex Tillerson, executive chief of Exxon Mobil and a closer acquaintance to Putin, to be the new secretary of state, according to transition officers.

Tillerson, 64, is a businessman without political experience, but has a wide international career and contacts all around the world. However, his relationship with Russia has awaken concerns in the Senate.  

Smart Teens

 12/13/2016 - 01:54

In May, 29-year-old Elaine Welteroth substituted Amy Astley as chief editor of Teen Vogue. Since then, the magazine- founded in 2003 - is engaging with political and social issues, like feminism, identity and activism.

Conspiracy Games

 12/13/2016 - 01:25

 Last Friday night, following the announcement that the Obama administration would launch a thorough review of election-related hacking, news broke that the CIA suspected the Russian government of organizing cyberattacks to help Donald Trump win the elections.

Now the Senate is also getting involved, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backing a bipartisan inquiry into Russia’s role. A group of presidential electors is demanding a briefing on the hacking.

A Matter of Principle

 12/12/2016 - 06:22

About half the agents who patrol the southern US border are Latinos. And despite Donald Trump having won the elections with a campaign fueled by anti-immigration and insults against Mexicans, nobody is questioning their commitment.

One example is Vicente Paco, 35, born in Mexico, and a naturalized US citizen, that every day patrols in his 4x4 vehicle in a desert that once used to be Mexican.

Enchanted Boomerang

 12/12/2016 - 05:54

Trade with Mexico creates approximately 4.9 million jobs in the United States, according to a new research from the Wilson Center, a non partisan think tank in Washington DC. Despite what President-elect Trump says, that means that one out of 29 American jobs depends on preserving an economic relationship with the U.S.’s southern neighbor

The Labyrinth Guard

 12/12/2016 - 05:25

 Mexico City's governmental secretary, Patricia Mercado Castro, is a well-know Mexican feminist politician and a potential successor to Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, although in an interview with Spanish paper El País she dissimises it.

The founder and former president and the 2006 presidential candidate of the extinct Socialdemocratic Party says she would like to belong to the new presidential team in the next 2018 elections.

La Última Calada

 12/12/2016 - 03:57

 

 

EFE / Agencias. Con toda una vida dedicada a la elaboración artesanal de tabaco, Wallace Reyes no le da más de "quince o veinte" años de existencia a una industria que ha marcado la historia de la ciudad de Tampa (EE.UU.), en la costa oeste de Florida y que llegó a ser llamada la "capital mundial del puro".

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The Last Puff

 12/12/2016 - 03:50

Tampa was once dubbed "Cigar City", but its last cigar factory is about to disappear, like Fidel Castro, the most iconic cigar smoker, did last week.

Among those most worried about the future of the city is Eric Newman, whose family has been making 31 brands of cigars, including Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown and La Unica, for three generations, reports The Washington Post.
For 121 years, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has produced millions of cigars and shipped them worldwide, while the rest of 149 surrounding factories shuttered their doors or outsourced overseas. 

Sea Blades

 12/12/2016 - 03:24

Wind power accounts for about five percent of all electricity generation in the nation, but a new project aims to change that. A $300 million installation off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, takes the renewable energy technology out to sea.

Domino Effect

 12/12/2016 - 03:04

In the wake of Oakland’s deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire, cities across the country are cracking down on safety at similar art residence spaces;

L.A., Dallas, Nashville and New Haven have all put landlords and tenants on notice to clear out buildings that might be substandard living conditions. Baltimore is taking it a step further.

A Man of Peace

 12/09/2016 - 06:03

Next December 11, Colombian president Jose Manuel Santos will receive the Peace Nobel Prize in recognition for his efforts to bring peace in his country and sign a peace deal with the guerrillas.

He is a man that endures high pressure, and he admits flights are his favorite moment of the week.   "Only in a plane you can eat, rest and forget your phone", says the president of Colombia in an interview with Mexican interview Gatopardo.

Losing Sleep

 12/09/2016 - 05:37

Cuban academic and political opponent Manuel Cuesta Morúa received the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award 2016 at the Wilson Center, a research center in Washington DC, in recognition for his democratic ideas. 

The award recognizes Cuesta Morúa's "extensive work on democratic reforms in Cuba" and grants him a one-month scholarship at the center to work with Washington's academic and policy-making communities.

Of Generals and Ideologists

 12/09/2016 - 04:30

President-Elect Donald Trump is surrounding himself with high-rank generals, orthodox conservatives and millionaire businessmen. He hasn't picked up yet his Secretary of State to complete his Cabinet, one of the most atypical governments in the history of the United States, according to Marc Bassets, chief correspondent in Washington for Spain leading newspaper El País. 

Spartan Diet

 12/09/2016 - 03:24

While president-elect, Donald Trump, wants to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, arguing that it would cost more than $4,000 milion, a small Latin-American country like Uruguay is debating if it really needs a presidential plane:  

For the last two years, Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez has been trying to acquire a presidential plane to travel abroad, but the Audit Court has recently rejected the purchase process because only one company submitted a bid.

Cultural Barricade

 12/08/2016 - 06:19

El Corazón Cultural Center - home of Latino arts and culture in the Philadelphia area -  celebrated on Wednesday that has expanded its facilities in El Barrio and claims to be the center of a resistance movement against intolerance against the Latino community.

Barricada Cultural

 12/08/2016 - 06:09

El centro puertorriqueño El Corazón Cultural del Barrio de Filadelfia (Pensilvania) inauguró hoy la ampliación de sus instalaciones para reivindicarse como movimiento de resistencia ante la intolerancia contra la comunidad latina, informa la agencia EFE.

La directora ejecutiva de Taller Puertorriqueño, Carmen Febo-San Miguel, también reivindicó el espacio en una entrevista con EFE como una "posición política" ante los ataques a las minorías, entre ellas los latina, surgidos recientemente en el país.

Fuel friendly

 12/08/2016 - 05:53

President-elect Donald J. Trump once called Climate Change "a Chinese Hoax". He has promised to boost the national mining industry and help coal to come back again, despite pollution and environmental hazards it may cause. And he has threatened to dismantle President Obama's effort to counter climate change.

So, it felt normal yesterday when he announced that he has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, or the E.P.A.

"Out There"

 12/08/2016 - 05:32

James Fallows, a veteran political analyst and former correspondent in China for The Atlantic, says that through all this time, he has been personally and professionally, and increasingly, an American optimist. However, he views Trump’s election as the most grievous blow that the American idea has suffered in my lifetime:

Too Much Drama

 12/08/2016 - 05:12

Make love, not war. But if you want both, get married.

The divorce rate in America has fallen by 25% from 1980, mainly due to ageing population (the later you marry, the less possibilities to divorce; and less stigma on remaining single).

However, divorce is still common—more than 800,000 marriages were annulled in 2014—and it is often costly and protracted. The average American couple spends $15,000 and 10.7 months on a divorce process, plus the flames that always spark thanks to a legal system that encourages adversarial approach to divorce.

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