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[OP-ED]: All Spain has fallen in love with midfielder Isco

 05/12/2017 - 12:33
Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcón celebrates his goal, first of the team against Atletico Madrid, during the return leg of the Champions League semifinals. EFE

Nobody doubts the skill level of Francisco Alarcón “Isco” since he was selected in 2012 as the Golden Boy: Europe’s top Under 21 soccer player. Despite being born in Benalmádena in Málaga, the finesse midfielder was developed in Valencia’s farm system, but the club let him go back to his native province not wanting to renew his contract in 2011.

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Rafael Cervera

[OP-ED]: Trump’s stock boom -- illusion or reality?

 04/25/2017 - 10:10
Stock valuations are tricky. With hindsight, the market can stay above or below levels reflecting economic fundamentals for long stretches. Whatever the case today, stocks are nowhere near the absurd heights of the “tech bubble” at the turn of the century. EFE

The last thing President Trump now needs is for the stock market to go south on him. After all, he’s got worries aplenty: abroad, North Korea, Syria, Russia and Brexit; at home, the stalled effort to repeal Obamacare; and uncertainty surrounding “tax reform.” Compared with this tapestry of troubles, the stock market has been a splendid blessing.

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Robert J. Samuelson

5 Times more Venezuelans emigrating to Brazil to escape crisis, HRW reports

 04/19/2017 - 03:36
A girl of the Venezuelan Warao tribe washing clothes with her mother outside a shelter in Boa Vista, Brazil, on February 11, 2017. EFE/HRW/CESAR MUÑOZ ACEBES

 The Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization said in a report Tuesday that since 2014, five times the number of Venezuelans are emigrating to Brazil due to shortages of food and medicine in their own country, an example of how Venezuela"s humanitarian crisis is spilling across its borders.

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EFE

Who wants to study Spanish in Philadelphia?

 03/28/2017 - 16:30
María Paredes Fernández, profesora de español en Penn University, fue nominada el año pasado como “mejor profesora de español de EEUU”, por la Asociación Americana de Profesores de Español y Portugués (AATSP). Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick

The Hispanic immigrant community has played a fundamental role in the growth of the city in the last decade. In the streets it is more and more common to hear conversations held in Spanish. However, it seems that this important trend is not reflected in universities. Why? A general crisis in the study of the humanities would be the answer. AL DÍA News spoke with professors from three of the most prominent universities in the city.

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Brazil soccer player who survived plane crash looks ahead to Paralympics

 02/22/2017 - 09:16

The former goalkeeper of the ill-fated Chapecoense soccer squad, one of six survivors of a plane crash in Colombia as they were flying to their championship final, these days celebrates the "God-given miracle" that saved his life, while on the horizon he imagines himself playing in the Paralympic Games.

[OP-ED]: Trump is beginning to reverse 70 years of American foreign policy

 02/01/2017 - 06:58
In his first days in office, Donald Trump has begun to reverse the domestic policies of the previous eight years. But with regard to America’s relations with the world, Trump seems far more radical. In word and deed, he appears to be walking away from the idea of America at the center of an open, rule- based international order. This would be a reversal of more than 70 years of American foreign policy. EFE
 

In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Jessica Mathews points out that since 1945, Americans of both political parties have accepted three principles. First, that America’s security is enhanced by its broad and deep alliances around the world. Second, that an open global economy is not a zero-sum game but rather allows America to prosper and others to grow. And finally, while there was debate about whether dictatorships were to be “tolerated, managed, or confronted,” in the end there was a faith in democracy and its advantages.

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Fareed Zakaria

Latin America against the 2017 Hurricane

 01/03/2017 - 04:22
Voters across Latin America  – like those in Colombia who turned against a peace deal, those in the UK who opted for Brexit, and those in the US who cast ballots for Trump – were evidently jaded and ready for change, however uncertain, reports The Guardian. Photo: EFE/RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO

The past 12 to 14 months have been a disaster for the Latin American left. The Guardian reports on how after dominating the region for the previous decade, the socialist left has receded and with it has gone much of the progressive idealism that led to poverty reduction, improved access to healthcare and education, and greater rights for indigenous groups.

Who is to blame for the Champecoense plane crash?

 12/01/2016 - 16:26

CHAPECÓ (Brazil), 29/11/2016 – Families and directors of the Chapecoense Futbol Team greet the fans during the vigil today, Tuesday, 29th November 2016 in the Arena Condá Stadium in Chapecó (Brazil). The city of Chapecó (south Brazil) its shocked by the air crash that happened last night in Colombia. The crash has ended forever the project of the local team to play their first final in an international tournament, a sad incident that has left their fans speechless. EFE/Fernando Bizerra Jr.
 

Brazilian officials support Champecoense that they were not under any pressure from CONMEBOL to use the Bolivian based LaMia charter company to take the team to Colombia for the Copa Sudamerica final.

The LaMia BAE146 AvroRJ85, as mentioned by aviation experts was at its maximum range on the flight from Santa Cruz, Bolivia when it crashed while approaching Medellin, Colombia, Monday evening, killing 71 of the passengers on board.

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