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[OP-ED]: Trump’s NAFTA delusion

 06/16/2017 - 08:41
El presidente mexicano, Enrique Peña Nieto agradeció la visita de la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, en un "momento crucial" y destacó la visión compartida de ambos países en democracia, libre comercio, medio ambiente y derechos humanos. EFE
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The Trump administration is determined to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- which created a single market from Mexico’s southern border to the Yukon -- but the main political appeal of this policy rests on a popular myth: that “fair” trade requires the United States to have a surplus or balanced trade with both Mexico and Canada.

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a "crucial moment" and highlighted the shared vision of both countries in democracy, free trade, environment and human rights. EFE

[OP-ED]: Trump isn’t destiny

 06/13/2017 - 15:17
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
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 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.

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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

Putin: "We Are Ready to Talk with Trump"

 06/02/2017 - 02:41
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with heads of international news agencies on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, 01 June 2017. EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN / POOL

This week, Vladmir Putin, President of Russia, gave an interview with a pool of international journalists, in which he said that the policy of sanctions towards Cuba only worked to punish the Cubans, and that Obama was on the right path.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with heads of international news agencies on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, 01 June 2017. EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN / POOL

"Mexico Lindo" in Cannes 2017

 05/25/2017 - 02:42

From the iconic photo of the Mexican actors“dream team”  to mariachi celebrations,  the 2017 Cannes Festival edition has embraced Latin American culture.  Mexican director Michel Franco pesented “April’s Daughter,” with  Spanish actress Emma Suárez, another vision of yet another Latin American broken family.

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From left: Francois-Henri Pinault, Gael García Bernal, Salma Hayek, Diego Luna, Alejandro González Iñarritu, Guillermo del Toro, a guest, mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and photography director Emmanuel Lubezki at the moment of arrival at Cannes Festival. EFE/Sebastien Nogier

[OP-ED]: Trump y su presupuesto de pesadilla

 05/24/2017 - 11:15
Trump diezmaría también los programas de cupones de alimentos (SNAP), seguro de salud para los niños, y hasta el programa de comida para ancianos Meals-On-Wheels. EFE
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El pájaro tirándole a la escopeta. Eso es lo que parece hacer Donald Trump cuando condena a otras naciones que, según él, tienen pobres actuaciones en cuanto a derechos humanos. Tal parece que, para el presidente norteamericano, la alimentación, la salud, la vivienda y la educación no son derechos humanos.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 2:15pm
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Trump diezmaría también los programas de cupones de alimentos (SNAP), seguro de salud para los niños, y hasta el programa de comida para ancianos Meals-On-Wheels. EFE

[OP-ED]: Trump's Nightmare Budget

 05/23/2017 - 14:27
Trump would decimate programs like food stamps (SNAP), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF). EFE
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The pot calling the kettle black. That’s what President Trump condemnation of other nations for their human rights record feels like. Apparently for him food, health housing and education do not fall into that category.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 2:15pm
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Trump would decimate programs like food stamps (SNAP), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF). EFE

Turning razor wires on border fencing into jewelry

 05/04/2017 - 06:11
One of the works by the Amarist art studio, on display at the Art New York 2017 contemporary art fair, in New York, United States. EFE/AMARIST
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The aim is to change the meaning associated with the razor wire, said Lozano, from "a symbol of jail, separation, border" into the complete opposite.

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One of the works by the Amarist art studio, on display at the Art New York 2017 contemporary art fair, in New York, United States. EFE/AMARIST

Apple profits increase despite slow down of iPhone sales

 05/03/2017 - 04:24
 A view of the US technology company Apple store logo sign in Munich, Germany, 11 March 2017. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
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Data on the most recent quarter triggered some disappointment among analysts, who had expected the sales of smartphones to reach 52 million units.

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 A view of the US technology company Apple store logo sign in Munich, Germany, 11 March 2017. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

[OP-ED]: The importance of minority teachers in our schools

 04/27/2017 - 14:30
According to a new statistical analysis by the U.S. Department of Education, even though minority teachers remain underrepresented, both the number and proportion of minority teachers in elementary and high schools grew by 104 percent between 1987-88 and 2011-12, compared with 38 percent growth in the number of white teachers.
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Black teachers make a difference.

I know because I attended a prestigious college-preparatory public high school in the heart of Chicago where approximately half of the teachers were black. They included my AP Biology teacher and AP English teacher, several of my art teachers, one of my history teachers, a chemistry teacher -- and probably many more I’m forgetting in the haze of the past quarter-century.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:30am
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According to a new statistical analysis by the U.S. Department of Education, even though minority teachers remain underrepresented, both the number and proportion of minority teachers in elementary and high schools grew by 104 percent between 1987-88 and 2011-12, compared with 38 percent growth in the number of white teachers.

[OP-ED]: Illegal immigrants pay taxes, too

 04/24/2017 - 08:15
Un miembro del grupo de activistas por los derechos de los inmigrantes "Border Angels", enciende una vela durante una vigilia por uno de los miembros del grupo, Hugo Castro, en San Diego, California, EE.UU.Castro desapareció en el centro de México después de publicar un video en Facebook donde informó que lo estaban siguiendo. EFE
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The reason immigrant appreciation efforts, like the “Day Without Immigrants” events this past February, fall flat is because few people really feel any pain.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:30am
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A member of the group of immigrant rights activists Border Angels lights a candle during a vigil by one of the members of the group, Hugo Castro, in San Diego, California, USA. Castro disappeared in central Mexico after publishing a video on Facebook where he reported that he was being followed. EFE