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Some 12,000 people, according to the Guardia Urbana, are concentrated around the Ciudadela Park - where the Parlament is located - to follow the plenary live today through three giant screens installed in Paseo Pujades. EFE / Marta Pérez

Through the secret ballot, the Catalan Parliament has approved the declaration of independence of Catalonia. The opposition parties have left the Chamber on the grounds that the proposed declaration of independence is unconstitutional. The Spanish state has threatened criminal charges against the Catalan president and his government.

The Catalan Parliament declares the independence of Catalonia

 10/27/2017 - 16:25
Some 12,000 people, according to the Guardia Urbana, are concentrated around the Ciudadela Park - where the Parlament is located - to follow the plenary live today through three giant screens installed in Paseo Pujades. EFE / Marta Pérez

Through the secret ballot, the Catalan Parliament has approved the declaration of independence of Catalonia. The opposition parties have left the Chamber on the grounds that the proposed declaration of independence is unconstitutional. The Spanish state has threatened criminal charges against the Catalan president and his government.

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The President of Catalonia moves to Parliament the decision to whether declare independence or not

 10/27/2017 - 16:11
The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, during the appearance on Wednesday afternoon at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, where he has left the free way for the Parliament to approve a declaration of independence, having not obtained "guarantees" by the state government to hold early elections in Catalonia without applying Article 155, which annuls the autonomy of the region. EFE / Toni Albir

Confusion continues to reign in the Catalonia-Spain conflict. After keeping the citizens in suspense all morning, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced Wednesday that he would delegate to the regional parliament the decision to declare independence or not in the face of Madrid's imminent use of Article 155, which will suspend the Catalan government and the autonomous powers of the separatist region to force the convocation of regional elections. Parliament is expected to announce its decision on Friday.

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[OP-ED]:DACA Opponents Are American Dream Killers

 08/22/2017 - 10:14
Prudence Powell (right) with his sons Jalen Latiner (left) and Bryana Nunes (center). Photo: Edwin López Moya AL DÍA News

Among the persons that provided poignant testimonials on positive benefits from DACA during the recent ceremony in Philadelphia’s City Hall commemorating the fifth anniversary of that fair-minded initiative instituted by former President Obama were two persons from countries that few ever connect with the controversy around undocumented immigrants in the United States.

[OP-ED]: Neymar, the most expensive player in the history of soccer, is already focusing in Russia 2018

 08/11/2017 - 15:22
Brazilian striker Neymar Jr during his official presentation to the public as PSG player prior to the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Amiens SC at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. EFE

It is true no other country has won the World Cup more times than Brazil (5), but it is also true the South American powerhouse has not conquered the world of soccer since 2002.

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Rafael Cervera

Dolores del Río: Cuando la leyenda se convierte en un Doodle de Google

 08/09/2017 - 14:56
"Celebrating Dolores del Río" by Google 

Mucho antes de que los rostros de Ana de la Reguera, Kate del Castillo, Penélope Cruz y Salma Hayek abandonaran las portadas de la  ¡HOLA! y Vanidades para embellecer los tabloides de Hollywood y las colas de las salas ACME, había existido ya una belleza española de gran talento: Dolores del Río.

 

Dolores del Río: When Legends become Doodles

 08/03/2017 - 13:48
"Celebrating Dolores del Río" by Google 

Acclaimed "Golden Age" Mexican actress Dolores del Río is honored today in a floral Google Doodle as gorgeous as she was. A society heiress, a mistress to Orson Welles, a victim of McCarthyism, a spokeswoman for UNICEF, and a beauty that reportedly slept "sixteen hours a day" to keep her youthful looks, here's a look at the life of Dolores. 

[OP-ED]: Amid Trump’s chaos, a post-American world emerges

 08/01/2017 - 09:10
In 2008, I wrote a book about the emerging “Post-American World,” which was, I noted at the start, not about the decline of America but rather the rise of the rest. Amid the parochialism, ineptitude and sheer disarray of the Trump presidency, the post-American world is coming to fruition much faster than I ever expected.

 In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to America these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in America!”

US approves Russia sanctions, Moscow says they are a blow to normalizing ties

 07/26/2017 - 06:13
Sergei Ryabkov at a press conference in Damascus, Syria on June 28, 2014. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov has responded to news that a package of further punitive measures for Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US elections and its 2014 annexation of the Crimea was voted through the House of Representatives.

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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.

[OP-ED]: Postponing the next recession?

 06/30/2017 - 08:37
Economists from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland -- a bank for government central banks -- find that the pass-through from wage increases to price increases has weakened. If this is confirmed and continues, it implies that inflation will remain tame for some time even if the economy continues to grow. EFE

This is not your father’s inflation -- and that’s good news. Business cycles often end when higher inflation causes a country’s central bank (the Federal Reserve in the United States) to raise interest rates, slowing the economy and, perhaps, triggering a recession. The good news: The next recession may be delayed, because the Phillips Curve has shifted.

Tense Times in Europe

 06/20/2017 - 06:06
A file picture showing a police operation under way on the Champs Elysees after a car collided with a police vehicle in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

An anti-Muslim attack in a London mosque on Saturday was followed by a frustrated terrorist attack on Monday in Paris, where an armed man identified as an Islamic extremist was killed after he rammed a card loaded with weapons and explosives in to a police convoy. Increasing Islamist terror and hate crime against Muslims at the same time...  is this exactly what ISIS want?  

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