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Rohingya refugee children in a makeshift camp at the beach at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border near the town of Maungsaw, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 12 November 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/HEIN HTET
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 Myanmar denies citizenship to the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority - considering them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh - and imposes multiple restrictions on them including restrictions on their movement. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday is scheduled to visit Myanmar to meet with the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the conflict.

Mounting evidence of genocide of Rohingyas in Myanmar, says rights group

 11/15/2017 - 02:07
Rohingya refugee children in a makeshift camp at the beach at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border near the town of Maungsaw, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 12 November 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/HEIN HTET

 Myanmar denies citizenship to the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority - considering them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh - and imposes multiple restrictions on them including restrictions on their movement. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday is scheduled to visit Myanmar to meet with the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the conflict.

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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.

[OP-ED]: El arte del engaño

 08/15/2017 - 15:10
Trump ha dejado claro que Estados Unidos respondería a las amenazas nucleares de Corea del Norte con un ataque militar masivo, y es muy posible que incluya armas nucleares. EFE

Cómo llegamos aquí? ¿Por qué parece que estamos a punto de una guerra en Asia, que podría involucrar armas nucleares? Corea del Norte ha tenido acceso a armas nucleares por al menos 10 años ahora. ¿Acaso sus recientes avances han sido tan dramáticos y significativos para forzar a Estados Unidos a librar una guerra preventiva? No. La crisis en las cual nos encontramos ha sido exagerada y mal manejada por la administración Trump a un nivel que es profundamente preocupante y peligroso.

[OP-ED]: Trump: por el amor hacia Putin

 07/18/2017 - 11:44
Tal vez Trump simplemente admire a Putin como líder. Capaz ha aceptado la opinión del mundo de su asesor principal, Steve Bannon, que consiste en que Rusia no es un enemigo ideológico sino un amigo cultural, un país cristiano blanco que lucha contra musulmanes morenos. EFE 

Las últimas revelaciones sobre Rusia y la campaña de Donald Trump son útiles dado que tal vez ayuden a develar el misterio que siempre ha estado en el centro de esta historia. ¿Por qué razón Trump ha sostenido una actitud optimista hacia Rusia y Vladimir Putin? Resulta una postura tan inusual de Trump que se agudiza la necesidad de encontrar algún tipo de explicación.

[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]: En Corea del Norte, la esperanza no es una estrategia

 07/11/2017 - 15:43
Kim Jong Un es un hombre joven pero ha sido altamente efectivo preservando su autoridad. Ha asegurado el apoyo de los militares y ha rechazado o matado a cualquiera que amenazó su control en el poder; incluyendo su tío y supuestamente, su medio hermano. EFE

En Washington hay una sabiduría convencional sobre Corea del Norte que alcanza a ambos partidos y a la mayoría de la opinión de las élites. Esto sería más o menos así: Corea del Norte es el país más extraño del mundo, gobernado por un dictador excéntrico con un raro corte de pelo. Él es impredecible e irracional y no se puede negociar con esta persona. A la larga, este régimen extraño y cruel colapsará. Mientras tanto, la única solución es más y más presión. Pero ¿Qué sucede si la sabiduría convencional se equivoca?

Washington's Priority in Latin America: Ending Drug Trade

 06/16/2017 - 06:30
US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (L) during the opening of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami, Florida, United States, 15 June 2017. EFE/Giorgio Viera

US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras and the vice president of El Salvador within the framework of the economic and security conference on Central America being held in Miami. The Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle was created in 2014 by the US, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador due to the wave of US arrivals of undocumented and unaccompanied Central American minors. 

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"Not Welcome Here": Trump Lands in Brussels to attend NATO Summit Amid Protests

 05/25/2017 - 05:56
US President Donald J. Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) wave as they board the 'Air Force One' plane at the 'Leonardo da Vinci' airport in Fiumicino, near Rome, Italy, 24 May 2017, on their way to Brussels, the next leg of his first presidential tour. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

Thousands of protesters welcomed the US President in a city he once called a “hellhole”. Trump is meeting with leaders of European Union and the NATO military alliance to discuss a new joint coalition to fight Islamic Terrorism. He has been critical of both blocs.

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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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[OP-ED]: Sobre Corea del Norte: fanfarronadas en la búsqueda de una estrategia.

 04/24/2017 - 10:23
Un avión de reconocimiento a gran altitud U-2 aterriza en la base aérea estadounidense de Osan, al sur de Seúl (Corea del Sur) tras cumplir una misión en la víspera del aniversario de la fundación del Ejército norcoreano. Aumenta la preocupación por la posibilidad de que Corea del Norte realice una sexta prueba nuclear con motivo del aniversario. EFE

A cada administración estadounidense le toma un tiempo establecer un enfoque básico del mundo. El equipo del presidente Trump tuvo un comienzo más complicado que el de la mayoría, con varios puestos importantes en cada agencia principal que aún siguen vacantes. 

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