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To some extent, the future of America depends on Donald Trump. But it depends even more on how these social and economic trends evolve -- how we cope with them and whether we become a more cohesive society or a more contentious one. EFE

 It’s time to take a brief break from Donald Trump. Whatever you think of him, there’s no denying that he dominates the news cycle. We seem to assume that the nation’s future depends on Trump’s fate, for better or worse. The reality is otherwise: The nation’s future also hangs on larger economic and social trends that no president can shape.

El legado de Rizzo: ¿se merece una estatua?

 08/18/2017 - 10:31
Frank Rizzo as mayor in 1977. Photo courtesy Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Originally published on VICE. 

El futuro de la estatua del polémico ex comisario de policía y alcalde Frank Rizzo está en el banquillo, especialmente después de las manifestaciones de la semana pasada en Charlottesville, Virginia, que empezaron como una protesta en contra de la retirada de un monumento al general Confederado Robert E. Lee.

The Legacy of Rizzo: Does He Deserve to be Commemorated in Bronze?

 08/18/2017 - 10:25
Frank Rizzo statue. Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News

The future of a statue in the likeness of highly contentious former police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo is on the fritz, particularly after this past week’s rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia which began as a protest to keep a memorial to Confederate General Robert E. Lee from being removed.

Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA talks, as Their Government Fights to Save It

 08/17/2017 - 06:11
Civil organizations demonstrate to protest the start of NAFTA renegotiations, in the streets of Mexico City, Mexico, 16 August 2017. EPA/Jose Mendez

While Mexican government negotiators fight to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of members of social and trade unions on Wednesday protested in Mexico City against the deal, claiming it marginalizes local farmers and hurts the country.

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Andrea Rodés/ EFE

[OP-ED]: The Art of the Bluff

 08/15/2017 - 15:13
Trump has made clear that the United States would respond to North Korean nuclear threats with a massive military strike, possibly involving nuclear weapons. EFE

How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years now. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage a preventive war? No. The crisis we now find ourselves in has been exaggerated and mishandled by the Trump administration to a degree that is deeply worrying and dangerous.

Cuarto líder empresarial renuncia a Consejo de Trump tras polémica racista

 08/15/2017 - 13:37
US President Donald Trump makes a statement Monday, Aug 14, 2017, from the White House condemning the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and other racist groups, days after the Charlottesville violence, but too late and too lacking in conviction to keep three CEOs of major companies from resigning from the President's Manufacturing Council. EFE/Chris Kleponis/Pool

El presidente de la Alianza para las Manufacturas Americanas, Scott Paul, se convirtió hoy en el cuarto líder empresarial que renuncia esta semana al Consejo de Fabricantes Estadounidenses de Donald Trump tras la tibia respuesta del mandatario a los incidentes racistas en Charlottesville (VA).

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4th CEO to resign from Trump Council over Charlottesville response

 08/15/2017 - 12:48
US President Donald Trump makes a statement Monday, Aug 14, 2017, from the White House condemning the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and other racist groups, days after the Charlottesville violence, but too late and too lacking in conviction to keep three CEOs of major companies from resigning from the President's Manufacturing Council. EFE/Chris Kleponis/Pool

Scott Paul, president of Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned from the President's Manufacturing Council, joining the CEO's of Intel, Merck and Under Armour, which resigned from the group created by Donald Trump, because of the noncommittal way he responded to the racist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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EFE

[OP-ED]: El gran debate de Trump sobre el crecimiento económico

 08/15/2017 - 10:01
No hay suficiente dinero para satisfacer todas nuestras demandas, incluso a tasas más altas de crecimiento económico. Habrá conflictos entre gastos privados y gubernamentales; entre gastos nacionales y locales; entre gastos de salud y gastos de no-salud; y entre gastos dedicados a los ancianos versus los jóvenes. El presente es polémico; el futuro quizás sea peor.

La discusión entre el gobierno de Trump y sus críticos sobre una tasa de crecimiento económico sostenible suscita profundas preguntas sobre el futuro de Estados Unidos. ¿Ingresamos en un período prolongado de crecimiento económico lento? Si es así, ¿cómo altera eso la sociedad y la política? ¿O acaso las medidas “correctas” elevarán el crecimiento económico a niveles del pasado?

[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

[OP-ED]: Trump’s great growth debate

 08/09/2017 - 08:58
There isn’t enough money to satisfy all our demands, even at higher rates of economic growth. There will be conflicts between private and governmental spending; between national and local spending; between health spending and non-health spending; and between spending on the old versus the young. The present is contentious; the future may be worse.

The argument between the Trump administration and its critics over a sustainable rate of economic growth raises profound questions about America’s future. Have we entered a prolonged period of slow growth? If so, how does that alter society and politics? Or will the “right” policies raise growth to past levels? 

If you haven’t paid attention, here’s a brief overview of the debate.

“Todos merecemos dignidad y respeto, sea cual sea nuestro trabajo”

 08/09/2017 - 04:47
 La artista y muralista Michelle Angela Ortiz creció en el barrio de South Philly al cuidado de su abuela colombiana mientras sus padres, inmigrantes Latinoamericanos, se pasaban el día trabajando. Foto: Neal Santos

Nacida en South Philly de padres inmigrantes Latinos, Michelle Angela Ortiz ha sido premiada con la prestigiosa beca de la Robert Rauschenberg Foundation por su trabajo con los inmigrantes indocumentados y las familias separadas por deportaciones. Su primer sketchbook fueron hojas de papel botadas.

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[OP-ED]: The Democrats should rethink immigration absolutism

 08/08/2017 - 08:09
Republican senators from North Carolina Thom Tillis, Wyoming John Barrsso (left) and Texas John Cornyn give a press conference to present the Republican legislative proposal to increase border security and tightening of immigration laws on Capitol Hill, Washington DC (United States). EFE

In 1992, the Democratic Party faced a challenge on the issue of abortion. Pennsylvania’s governor, Robert Casey, a Democrat dedicated to the working class, asked to speak at the national convention in New York City. He wanted to propose a pro-life plank for the party platform, mostly as a way of affirming his Catholic beliefs.

[OP-ED]: Los demócratas deberían repensar el absolutismo en la inmigración

 08/08/2017 - 08:06
Los senadores republicanos por Carolina del Norte Thom Tillis, por Wyoming John Barrsso (izq) y por Texas John Cornyn dan una rueda de prensa para presentar la propuesta legislativa republicana para incrementar la seguridad fronteriza y el endurecimiento de las leyes migratorias en el Capitolio, en Washington DC (Estados Unidos). EFE

En 1992, el partido demócrata enfrentó un desafío en la temática del aborto. El gobernador de Pensilvania, Robert Casey, un demócrata dedicado a la clase trabajadora pidió para hablar en la convención nacional en la ciudad de Nueva York. Él quería proponer un punto pro-vida para la plataforma del partido, en mayor parte como manera de afirmar sus creencias católicas.

[OP-ED]: Hispanics’ sunny spirit is a reminder of what made America great

 07/31/2017 - 08:28
A group of people perform a vigil, in El Paso, Texas, in honor of the Guatemalan immigrants who died this week trying to cross the Rio Grande, also known as the Rio Bravo, which serves as the border between the United States and the United States. And MexicoEFE

 News headlines are screaming about how fearful Latinos are due to moves the Trump administration is making toward stepping up deportations. These are valid concerns for many Hispanics, a majority of whom have acquaintances or family members who could be at risk.