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Opposition protesters participated in the "national trancazo against the dictatorship" on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Caracas (Venezuela). EFE/CRISTIAN HERNÁNDEZ
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The Venezuelan Penal Forum (FPV), a defender of human rights group, reported Tuesday that 22 of the 27 students from the Libertador Experimental Teaching University (UPEL), arrested in Aragua state and tried by a military court, will be sent to two prisons in other states of the country.

Trump's new Afghan strategy

 08/22/2017 - 05:12
Afghan refugees wait to be processed at a border post in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday, Aug. 21. EFE/Jamal Taraqai

In a televised speech, Trump said he wants to expand US military intervention in Afghanistan and South Asia. However, he didn't give specific detail on how he plans to do it, how many troops he would commit or how he would evaluate success. 

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[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.

Héroes indeseados: el veto a los soldados transgénero

 08/08/2017 - 16:44
El presidente Trump vetó a los ciudadanos transgénero de las FF.AA. basado en supuestos “costos tremendos”. Hay estudios que indican que se equivoca (una vez más).

Argumentando razones económicas, el presidente Trump anunció que el Departamento de Defensa no volverá a reclutar a personas transgénero. Varios estudios indican que el mandatario no solo da un paso atrás en la inclusión de la comunidad LGBT a las FFAA, sino que su medida podría afectar moralmente a la tropa. 

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[OP-ED]: Deficits forever?

 07/20/2017 - 12:15
The federal budget remains badly out of whack, even though we are near or at “full employment” (June unemployment rate: 4.4 percent). We cannot afford tax cuts; we need tax increases.

House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.

[OP-ED]: On North Korea, hope is not a strategy

 07/11/2017 - 15:46
Kim Jong Un is a young man but has been highly effective at preserving his authority. He has secured the support of the military and sidelined or killed anyone who threatened his grip on power -- including his uncle and, allegedly, his half-brother. EFE

In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot be negotiated with. Eventually this weird and cruel regime will collapse. Meanwhile, the only solution is more and more pressure. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

[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]: Trump stumbles into another decade of war in the Middle East

 06/27/2017 - 09:39
During the campaign, Trump seemed to be genuinely reflective about America’s role in the Middle East. “This is not usually me talking, OK, ‘cause I’m very proactive,” he once said on the subject. EFE

While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in American foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling its way into another decade of war in the greater Middle East. And this next decade of conflict might prove to be even more destabilizing than the last one.