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A man cleans an old US car in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 17, 2017.
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The hope engendered three years ago by the announcement of the normalization of Cuba-US relations after almost six decades of enmity is now a distant memory, given US President Donald Trump"s hostility toward Havana, and Russia has been taking full advantage of the situation to reestablish its influence on the communist island.

Russia taking advantage of failed US-Cuba thaw to boost links with island

 12/18/2017 - 13:12
A man cleans an old US car in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 17, 2017.

The hope engendered three years ago by the announcement of the normalization of Cuba-US relations after almost six decades of enmity is now a distant memory, given US President Donald Trump"s hostility toward Havana, and Russia has been taking full advantage of the situation to reestablish its influence on the communist island.

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[OP-ED]: The case for government

 09/12/2017 - 11:19
I imagine that this week, most people in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico would be delighted to hear the words, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” EFE

Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our lives. But while we accept, even celebrate, the role of government in the wake of such disasters, we are largely blind to the need for government to mitigate these kinds of crises in the first place.

[OP-ED]: Trump Signs on to the Forever War in Afghanistan

 08/31/2017 - 08:47
At least 10 civilians were killed and others wounded in a suspected US bombing on Wednesday during a joint operation with Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan, an incident being investigated by US military personnel. EFE

There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of American foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months he presented, with great fanfare, a continuation of the same. The result: The United States is now firmly locked into its forever war in Afghanistan.

[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 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.

[OP-ED]: Trump es sólo el último político en darle una serenata a Youngstown

 08/04/2017 - 08:00
No es de sorprender que Trump volviera a su tema familiar de demonizar a los inmigrantes latinos. La sorpresa es que escogiera hacerlo justamente en Youngstown--una ciudad con una población inmigrante minúscula, ubicada en un estado en que la población latina representa sólo un 3,7 por ciento. EFE

¿Otra vez Youngstown? Como ávido espectador político, he oído hablar de esa ciudad en el Valle Mahoning del nordeste de Ohio durante décadas. Aunque allí residen sólo 64.000 personas, Youngstown recibe bastante atención de los políticos, los medios, los cineastas y hasta de un poético cantautor de Freehold, New Jersey.

[OP-ED]: America & me: A love story

 07/06/2017 - 14:05
A group of deported veterans protested in honor of deported veterans who have died outside the United States, and demanded changes to laws that would give veterans deported access to medical benefits. EFE

At the risk of setting off more fireworks, I’ve spent the days surrounding the Fourth of July trying to answer a question that has perplexed U.S. Latinos for generations. Whether the yardstick is starting businesses, creating jobs, spreading opportunity, serving in uniform or displaying optimism in hard times, America’s largest minority has shown time and again that we love this country. 

But does the country love us back?

[OP-ED]: Take this taco and make it your own

 06/30/2017 - 11:32
Gustavo Arellano, author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” said: “[It is laughable] that white people aren’t supposed to -- pick your word -- rip off or appropriate or get ‘inspired’ by Mexican food, that comida mexicana is a sacrosanct tradition only Mexicans and the white girls we marry can participate in.

Picture this: Taco fixins in a tortilla cone. A flour tortilla cone, no less. 

It comes to you courtesy of a new Food Network explainer video titled “Taco Cones are the New Tacos” in which a young Asian-American woman demonstrates how to “eat two tacos at the same time” by baking tortillas into an ice cream cone shape, filling them with ground beef and adding toppings.

[OP-ED]: Tomen este taco y háganlo suyo

 06/30/2017 - 11:26
Gustavo Arellano, autor de “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America” expresó: “[Es risible] que se suponga que los blancos no deben—escojan el término—robar o apropiarse o ‘inspirarse’ en la comida mexicana, que la comida mexicana sea una tradición sacrosanta en la que sólo pueden participar los mexicanos y las muchachas blancas con las que nos casamos.

Imaginen lo siguiente: los acompañamientos de un taco en un cono de tortilla. Un cono de tortilla de  harina de trigo, además. 

Ese producto les llega como cortesía de un video nuevo de la Food Network, titulado “Los conos de taco son los nuevos tacos”, en que una joven mujer asiático-americana demuestra cómo “comer dos tacos al mismo tiempo”, usando tortillas y convirtiéndolas en un cono de helado, que rellena con carne picada y otros acompañamientos.