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[OP-ED]: Conservatives get tangled up trying to define ‘sanctuary cities’

 06/06/2017 - 08:33
Session writes, in order to be deemed a “sanctuary,” a jurisdiction must go out of its way to “willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373.” At the same time, he makes clear, “a jurisdiction that does not willfully refuse to comply with section 1373 is not a ‘sanctuary jurisdiction.’” EFE

Talk about putting the cart before the horse. 

That’s what the Trump administration, and Republicans around the country, did when the conversation turned to sanctuary cities. They got all worked up. They declared their opposition. They threatened to withhold federal funding. 

All before they had even defined the term.

An American in Cuba: Taking in Havana's cultural and culinary offerings

 05/18/2017 - 11:02
La figura casi mítica de José Martí está presente en la idiosincracia del pueblo cubano. Aquí su estatua en el Parque Central de La Habana. Foto: Eli Siegel. 

Navigating the cultural divide in a country once off limits for American visitors can be tricky, but with travel restrictions lowered thanks to President Obama's changes and a bit of preparation Americans can now enjoy the capital city's wide variety of cultural delights like a native. 

Plain Text Author: 
Eli Siegel

[OP-ED]: On immigration, conservatives premiere a new office of political theater

 05/17/2017 - 09:26
The data confirms it. Studies show that illegal immigrants commit crimes at lower levels than the native-born. The FBI reports that cities with high numbers of illegal immigrants are among the safest in the country.

 When they criticize laws against hate crimes, conservatives claim we shouldn’t create special classes of victims. 

Well, forget all that. It turns out that they feel differently when they can get political mileage from exploiting the public’s fear of illegal immigrants. Then they’re all in.

[OP-ED]: Globalization’s false sins

 05/17/2017 - 08:26
Las importaciones a menudo son más baratas que los productos norteamericanos, ayudan especialmente a las familias de bajos ingresos, cuyos presupuestos constan de más productos manufacturados, donde el descenso de los precios fue agudo.

Globalization has gotten a bad rap. The Trump White House associates it with all manner of economic evil, especially job loss. The administration has made undoing the damage a central part of its economic strategy. This will almost certainly fail and disappoint, because globalization’s ill-effects have been wildly exaggerated.

Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: Patriotism on steroids: Trump’s isolationism

 01/24/2017 - 15:04
US President Donald Trump during the signing of two executive orders to revive controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects during a White House event in Washington, United States. Trump said the construction of these two projects, planned for years but paralyzed by the Obama administration, will be subject to "terms and conditions" that his cabinet will "negotiate" with the companies in charge of building them. EFE

The question that swirls around Donald Trump’s inaugural address is whether his aggressively pronounced policy of America First will actually result in America Last -- not literally last, but declining in power and prestige because the United States no longer views its role in the world as promoting economic and geopolitical stability for our allies.

Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: In defense of globalization

 01/24/2017 - 14:45
The director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, is speaking at a press conference held in the framework of the World Economic Forum that hosts the Alpine city of Davos, Switzerland. EFE

The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which -- as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body -- is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone now seems to agree has been lopsided, inequitable, and dangerous. In fact, most of the flaws attributed to globalization are actually mistakes in national policy that can be corrected.

Plain Text Author: 
Fareed Zakaria

Germany's Merkel says multiculti is dead; US melting pot is where it's at

 10/23/2010 - 06:46
Germany's Merkel says multiculti is dead; US melting pot is where it's at

Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the death of German multiculturalism at a conference of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union, last weekend. She said the very idea that guest workers who immigrated to Germany to fill a labor shortage during the 1960s could "live happily side by side" with native-born Germans was an illusion and suggested a hard line for those who refuse to assimilate.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda