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[OP-ED]: America’s postindustrial blues

 06/22/2017 - 09:43
Says Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution in his new book “Dream Hoarders.” We should not be surprised that 58 percent of whites and 67 percent of whites without a college degree voted for Trump.
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Ever since Donald Trump’s election, a cottage industry of politicians, journalists, scholars and commentators has sought to understand what motivates Trump supporters. Theories have ranged from globalization to a rebellion against Washington elitism to racism. But the true cause may have been overlooked: the “postindustrial society.”

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Says Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution in his new book “Dream Hoarders.” We should not be surprised that 58 percent of whites and 67 percent of whites without a college degree voted for Trump.

Crisis in Venezuela will be the center of the OAS General Assembly

 06/19/2017 - 13:33
Venezuelan citizens gather today, Sunday June 18, 2017, around the hotel to host the meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), which will start this Monday in the city of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo (Mexico). EFE/ Alonso Cupul
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The 47th OAS General Assembly will be held on June 21 in Cancún, Mexico, convening the region's foreign ministers to continue the suspended consultation on the crisis in Venezuela during a previous meeting.

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Venezuelan citizens gather today, Sunday June 18, 2017, around the hotel to host the meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), which will start this Monday in the city of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo (Mexico). EFE/ Alonso Cupul

[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]: What really happened to coal?

 06/12/2017 - 08:58
Even if environmental regulation and climate change didn’t exist, the coal industry would have faced intense pressures to change and adapt. Government isn’t killing the coal industry. “Progress is the culprit,” concludes Kolstad’s study.
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 The coal-mining jobs that President Trump thinks were destroyed by government regulation -- adopted to combat air pollution and global warming -- were actually lost to old-fashioned competition from other American firms and workers. Eastern coal mines lost market share to Western coal, which was cheaper. And natural gas grew at coal’s expense because it had low costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Monday, June 12, 2017 - 8:45am
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Even if environmental regulation and climate change didn’t exist, the coal industry would have faced intense pressures to change and adapt. Government isn’t killing the coal industry. “Progress is the culprit,” concludes Kolstad’s study.

[OP-ED]: The messy reality of global warming

 06/07/2017 - 10:10
Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 
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There was no need for President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to achieve his goal of overturning the Obama administration’s global warming policy. This had already occurred through court rulings and executive orders, which effectively halted higher vehicle fuel economy standards (up to 54.5 miles per gallon) and ended the Clean Power Plan program, which pushed electric utilities to shift away from coal.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:45am
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Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 

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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Friday, June 2, 2017 - 2:30am
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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

Goldman Sachs “Hunger Bonds” is the fuel that the regime of Nicolás Maduro needed in Venezuela

 06/01/2017 - 12:42
A person holds a poster that read “Goldman Sachs sucks”, during a demonstration against US investment firm Goldman Sachs in rejection of the alleged purchase of $ 2.8 billion in bonds from the Central Bank of Venezuela in New York, United States on May 30, 2017. EFE/Andrew Gombert

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, last week made a purchase of bonds issued in 2014 by the Petroleos de Venezuela Company, worth $ 2.8 billion.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:15pm
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A person holds a poster that read “Goldman Sachs sucks”, during a demonstration against US investment firm Goldman Sachs in rejection of the alleged purchase of $ 2.8 billion in bonds from the Central Bank of Venezuela in New York, United States on May 30, 2017. EFE/Andrew Gombert

Orient Express: Trump travels to Israel to discuss peace process

 05/22/2017 - 05:49
The US Air Force One carrying US President Donald J. Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump approaches Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod outside Tel Aviv, Israel, May 22, 2017. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

US President will tour Tel Aviv and Jerusalem today, after a weekend in Ryadh, prioritizing trade deals over human rights concerns. During his visit to Israel, Trump is expected to meet prime minister with Benjamin Netanyahu and later with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to discuss an eternal goal: an "ultimate peace deal."

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 5:00am
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The US Air Force One carrying US President Donald J. Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump approaches Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod outside Tel Aviv, Israel, May 22, 2017. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

Venezuela Protests: Death toll rises to 39

 05/11/2017 - 04:08
Protesters face the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas, Venezuela, May 10, 2017. EFE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

The demonstrations besetting Venezuela, both for and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, have also left almost 2,000 under arrest.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 4:00am
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Protesters face the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas, Venezuela, May 10, 2017. EFE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

[OP-ED]: La verdad se ha vuelto inútil en Venezuela

 04/26/2017 - 12:00
 “Cinco personas han sido heridas de bala en incidentes separados cercanos a las protestas en circunstancias poco claras. Una de las víctimas se dice que fue herida por un opositor desde un rascacielos, aunque la afiliación política del victimario aún no se ha confirmado”, añadió la periodista. “Nueve manifestantes opositores parecen haber muerto como resultado de sus propias acciones (al menos nueve se electrocutaron cuando saqueaban una panadería)”. EFE
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La crisis en Venezuela es grave y complicada, lo cual hace la enfermiza y excluyente obsesión con ese país del secretario general de la OEA, Luis Almagro, no solo extraña y contraproducente, sino totalmente inaceptable.

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 “Cinco personas han sido heridas de bala en incidentes separados cercanos a las protestas en circunstancias poco claras. Una de las víctimas se dice que fue herida por un opositor desde un rascacielos, aunque la afiliación política del victimario aún no se ha confirmado”, añadió la periodista. “Nueve manifestantes opositores parecen haber muerto como resultado de sus propias acciones (al menos nueve se electrocutaron cuando saqueaban una panadería)”. EFE