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The Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives for New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaks with several voters before casting her vote in the Bronx, New York (United States). EFE

One week after her victory, the youngest congresswoman in the country's history, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is fulfilling her biggest campaign promise: changing the way politics are done in the country.

"Nonviolence is not about Love, but about Knowing What We Do with our Hatred"

 05/03/2018 - 03:39
La filósofa Judith Butler durante una conferencia reciente en el Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, CCCB. © CCCB, Miquel Taverna, 2018

With one foot in the academy and another in activism, the American philosopher and expert in gender studies Judith Butler, who developed the "Queer theory", is today one of the most influential intellectuals in the world in the field of ethics, politics and human rights.

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US President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations on Monday

 09/18/2017 - 03:51
The United Nations Security Council holds vote on sanctions resolution against North Korea at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 11 September 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/ANDREW GOMBERT

Over 130 world's leaders will gather in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly, an organisation that Trump has severely criticized. They will discuss climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, atrocities against a Muslim minority in Myanmar and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

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[OP-ED]: Trump’s trade trap

 07/11/2017 - 15:30
Trump may believe that trade and environmental issues can be kept separate from geopolitical matters, such as North Korea’s nuclear program. On the contrary, history suggests that trade and geopolitics go hand in hand. EFE

Donald Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, rests on a massive and apparently indestructible contradiction. Trump wants the United States to remain the “essential” nation, the best embodiment of Western ideals of freedom and democracy, while at the same time deliberately alienating many of our traditional “allies,” whose support the United States desperately needs. American leadership becomes difficult, if not impossible.

US-India: Trump and Modi pledge cooperation, avoid tensions on immigration

 06/27/2017 - 06:57
US President Donald J. Trump (R), with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), delivers remarks during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 June 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

In their first official meeting, the President of the United States and the Indian Prime Minister talked about trade and defense cooperation, terrorism, but avoided immigration and climate change, issues in which both leaders differ. India is the country most affected by Trump's decision to tighten controls on granting the H-1B visa, which benefits foreign workers.

 

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[OP-ED]: What really happened to coal?

 06/12/2017 - 08:58
Even if environmental regulation and climate change didn’t exist, the coal industry would have faced intense pressures to change and adapt. Government isn’t killing the coal industry. “Progress is the culprit,” concludes Kolstad’s study.

 The coal-mining jobs that President Trump thinks were destroyed by government regulation -- adopted to combat air pollution and global warming -- were actually lost to old-fashioned competition from other American firms and workers. Eastern coal mines lost market share to Western coal, which was cheaper. And natural gas grew at coal’s expense because it had low costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

[OP-ED]: The messy reality of global warming

 06/07/2017 - 10:10
Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 

There was no need for President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to achieve his goal of overturning the Obama administration’s global warming policy. This had already occurred through court rulings and executive orders, which effectively halted higher vehicle fuel economy standards (up to 54.5 miles per gallon) and ended the Clean Power Plan program, which pushed electric utilities to shift away from coal.

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