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Spanish former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (L), Dominican President Danilo Medina (C) and Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas (R) attend a meeting between the Venezuelan government and opposition, at the Foreign Affairs ministry in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Jan. 12, 2018.
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The Venezuelan government and opposition began Friday in Santo Domingo the second day of dialogue, looking for solutions to their country's ongoing crisis.

[OP-ED]: Trump is but the latest politician to serenade Youngstown

 08/04/2017 - 08:03
It’s no surprise that Trump returned to the familiar theme of demonizing Latino immigrants. The surprise is that he chose to do it in Youngstown of all places -- a city with a minuscule immigrant population, located in a state where the Latino population is just 3.7 percent. EFE

Youngstown again? As an avid spectator of politics, I’ve been hearing about that city in the Mahoning Valley of northeast Ohio for decades. Although it’s home to just 64,000 people, Youngstown gets more than its share of attention from politicians, media, filmmakers, and even a poetic singer/songwriter from Freehold, New Jersey.

Chile aprueba nueva ley para despenalizar el aborto.

 08/03/2017 - 06:48
Demonstrators participate in a march in order to commemorate the International Women's Day in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 08 March 2016, where they asked for the end of discrimination and the decriminalization of abortion. The text reads ' I can choose'. EPA/MARIO RUIZ

Bajo el liderazgo de la presidenta Michelle Bachelet, el Congreso aprobó un proyecto "histórico" para legalizar el aborto en caso de malformación fetal, peligro para la vida de la madre o embarazo por violación. Hasta hoy, Chile era uno de los pocos países del mundo donde el aborto está prohibido bajo cualquier circunstancia. 

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Chilean Congress approves law to decriminalize abortion

 08/03/2017 - 06:35
Demonstrators participate in a march in order to commemorate the International Women's Day in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 08 March 2016, where they asked for the end of discrimination and the decriminalization of abortion. The text reads ' I can choose'. EPA/MARIO RUIZ

Led by President Michelle Bachelet's administration, the "historic" initiative legalizes abortion in case of fetal infeasibility, danger to women's life or health, and pregnancy from rape. Until yesterday, Chile was one of the few countries in the world that barred abortion under all circumstances. 

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[OP-ED]: Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

 07/26/2017 - 09:12
Donald Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He heard voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious ideas, policies, nor even the desire to search for them. EFE

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced and expressed -- somewhat inconsistently -- a populism that went beyond the traditional left-right divide. What would things look like at this point if President Trump had governed in the manner of a pragmatic, jobs-oriented reformer who was relentlessly focused on the “forgotten” Americans of whom he often speaks?