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Latin America closer to refugee crisis than it thinks, UNHCR says

 06/20/2017 - 17:40
Photo of the regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Ecuadorian Jose Samaniego, telling EFE in an interview on June 19, 2019, that "year after year" the number of refugees, applicants for asylum and displaced persons in the region "continues to rise because of conflicts, violence and human rights violations." EFE/Alejandro Bolivar
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The regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Ecuadorian Jose Samaniego, said that "year after year" the number of refugees, applicants for asylum and displaced persons "continues to rise because of conflicts, violence and human rights violations."

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
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Photo of the regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Ecuadorian Jose Samaniego, telling EFE in an interview on June 19, 2019, that "year after year" the number of refugees, applicants for asylum and displaced persons in the region "continues to rise because of conflicts, violence and human rights violations." EFE/Alejandro Bolivar

Mexican duo goes from undocumented immigrants to US music idols

 06/13/2017 - 06:13
Gabriel (L) and Martiniano Berrelleza (R), members of Los Cuates de Sinaloa, during an interview with EFE in Phoenix, Arizona, United States on June 9, 2017. EFE/Beatriz Limon

After leaving their native state of Sinaloa, Mexico, 20 years ago to head north across the border, the cousins Gabriel and Nano Berrelleza founded Los Cuates de Sinaloa, a Mexican "corrido" band that became one of the most popular of its kind on both sides of the border.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:00am
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Gabriel (L) and Martiniano Berrelleza (R), members of Los Cuates de Sinaloa, during an interview with EFE in Phoenix, Arizona, United States on June 9, 2017. EFE/Beatriz Limon

Desperation and hope along Mexico's wall

 06/13/2017 - 05:41
A man on the United States side talks to a relative on the Mexican side at the border fence between the United States and Mexico in the Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, USA, 26 March 2017. EPA/JASON SZENES

 For human rights organization Amnesty International, Trump's proposed border wall - which even some members of the Border Patrol fail to see as an effective barrier - will only enrich criminal organizations involved in extorting money from immigrants on the Mexican side.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:30am
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A man on the United States side talks to a relative on the Mexican side at the border fence between the United States and Mexico in the Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, USA, 26 March 2017. EPA/JASON SZENES

"I used Venezuela as a launch pad to emigrate:" Cuban doctor's quest for freedom

 06/13/2017 - 04:13
A file picture showing a classic car with the flag of the USA passing by the Office of US interests in Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, July 20, 2015. EPA/ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA

The bid to escape poverty in Cuba has left hundreds of Cuban deserters -the majority of them doctors- in an equally untenable position in Venezuela.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:30am
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A file picture showing a classic car with the flag of the USA passing by the Office of US interests in Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, July 20, 2015. EPA/ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA

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
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 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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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 3:30am
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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

Honduran woman saves herself, family from violent extortion gang

 04/12/2017 - 07:42
Undated photo provided on Apr. 11, 2017 showing 37-year-old Honduran citizen Carolina, who fled from their native Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, because for over a year Barrio 18 members had demanded more and more protection money every week to "watch over your business." EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez
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Carolina and her family fled from their native Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, because for over a year Barrio 18 members had demanded more and more protection money every week to "watch over your business."Their original destination had been the United States until Donald Trump's arrival in the White House temporarily put the brakes on that idea.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:30am
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Undated photo provided on Apr. 11, 2017 showing 37-year-old Honduran citizen Carolina, who fled from their native Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, because for over a year Barrio 18 members had demanded more and more protection money every week to "watch over your business." EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez

[OP-ED]: A strike is not a strategy

 04/11/2017 - 14:40
A handout photo made available by the US Navy Office of Information shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launching a missile strike while in the Mediterranean Sea, Apr. 7, 2017. EPA

There is much to applaud in President Trump’s decision to attack the Bashar Assad regime this week. It punished a regime that has engaged in war crimes against its own people. It upheld an international norm against chemical weapons.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 2:30pm
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A handout photo made available by the US Navy Office of Information shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launching a missile strike while in the Mediterranean Sea, Apr. 7, 2017. EPA

From paradise to paradise lost, the odyssey of a Colombian Indian community

 03/21/2017 - 04:25
An Embera indigenous child looking on, in Quibdo, Colombia, Mar. 18, 2017. EFE/LEONARDO MUÑOZ
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The thick jungles of the Colombian province of Choco on the Panamanian border was paradise to 117 Embera Indians until the violence of Colombia's armed conflict forced them to flee.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 4:15am
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An Embera indigenous child looking on, in Quibdo, Colombia, Mar. 18, 2017. EFE/LEONARDO MUÑOZ

[OP-ED]: Who’s afraid of the ‘administrative state’?

 03/07/2017 - 15:28
It’s time to make the administrative state a mainstream concept, through the creation of a regulatory budget. The point is not to justify the instant repeal of most rules, as Bannon’s critics fear, but to improve understanding and accountability.

Just what White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon meant when he recently suggested “deconstructing the administrative state” is unclear. To critics, he would gut the whole superstructure of social and environmental safeguards, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency (which, say news reports, may face a staff cut of one-fifth). But regardless of Bannon’s meaning, the relentless growth of the administrative state is a reality that we can’t escape.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 2:59pm
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It’s time to make the administrative state a mainstream concept, through the creation of a regulatory budget. The point is not to justify the instant repeal of most rules, as Bannon’s critics fear, but to improve understanding and accountability.

Opioid manufacturers can’t escape

 06/16/2017 - 13:28
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces an investigation. Photo courtesy: Peter Fitzpatrick.
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Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces an investigation on pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis.

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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
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Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces an investigation. Photo courtesy: Peter Fitzpatrick.