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The "2018 Refugee Caravan" has been touring Central America and southern Mexico for two weeks. Photo: Reuters

For five days, hundreds of Central Americans have decided to march towards the border between Mexico and the United States, defying military controls and law enforcement.

[OP-ED]: Meaningful work need not be ‘fun’

 02/16/2017 - 10:21
Snagging a decent paying job as an accountant, lawyer, engineer, doctor or any sort of analyst takes an awful lot of time and intellectual effort, none of which could accurately be described as “fun.”

My students know I care deeply about them. They know I love to joke around and keep things interesting as we investigate topics they might find dry. But they also know I am waging a one-woman crusade against “fun.”

It’s not that I don’t like to have fun, it’s just that young people moving from high school to college and, ultimately, into adult life have to understand that achievement -- be it academic or career-related -- is hard work. And hard work is many things, like character-building, but rarely is it giggles-all-day fun.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: El trabajo gratificante no es necesariamente “divertido”

 02/16/2017 - 07:35
Obtener un puesto de remuneración decente como contador, abogado, ingeniero, médico o cualquier tipo de analista, requiere una enorme cantidad de tiempo y de esfuerzo intelectual, ninguno de los cuales puede describirse correctamente como “diversión”.

Mis estudiantes saben que ellos son muy importantes para mí. Saben que me encanta hacer bromas y que intento hacer interesantes los temas áridos. Pero también saben que libro una batalla unipersonal contra lo “divertido”.

No es que no me guste divertirme, es que los jóvenes que pasan de la secundaria a la universidad y, finalmente, a la adultez, deben entender que para triunfar--ya sea en los estudios o en la carrera--hay que trabajar arduamente. Y el trabajo arduo puede ser muchas cosas, pero pocas veces provoca risas de diversión.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Donald Trump and BuzzFeed are locked in a lovers’ quarrel

 01/19/2017 - 07:03
The president-elect of the United States Donald Trump speaks during the Chairman's Global Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, USA. The event is an opportunity for Trump to introduce himself and members of his cabinet to foreign diplomats. EFE

Donald Trump and BuzzFeed are bickering. Consider it a lovers’ quarrel. These two were made for each other.

The president-elect recently used his first news conference since the election to label the 10-year-old website -- which has reporters around the globe and has been valued at more than $800 million -- “a failing pile of garbage.” Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary and communications director, set the stage for the assault by calling BuzzFeed “a left-wing blog that was openly hostile to the president-elect’s campaign.”