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View of the facade of the Cuban embassy in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The United States ordered the departure of 15 Cuban Embassy officials in Washington in response to alleged "acoustic" attacks against at least 22 US diplomats in Cuba that have led the State Department to reduce its personnel on the Caribbean island. EFE / Jim Lo Scalzo

A "mysterious attack" has hit US officials on the island, opening a new front in weak diplomatic ties between the two countries.

[OP-ED]: Hispanics’ sunny spirit is a reminder of what made America great

 07/31/2017 - 08:28
A group of people perform a vigil, in El Paso, Texas, in honor of the Guatemalan immigrants who died this week trying to cross the Rio Grande, also known as the Rio Bravo, which serves as the border between the United States and the United States. And MexicoEFE

 News headlines are screaming about how fearful Latinos are due to moves the Trump administration is making toward stepping up deportations. These are valid concerns for many Hispanics, a majority of whom have acquaintances or family members who could be at risk.

[OP-ED]: El espíritu optimista de los hispanos nos recuerda la grandeza de Estados Unidos

 07/31/2017 - 08:24
Un grupo de personas realizan una vigilia, en El Paso, Texas (Estados Unidos), en honor a los inmigrantes guatemaltecos que fallecieron esta semana al intentar cruzar el río Grande, también conocido como río Bravo y que sirve de frontera entre EE.UU. y México. EFE

Nuevos titulares destacan lo temerosos que están los latinos debido a las medidas del gobierno de Trump para aumentar las deportaciones. Son inquietudes válidas para muchos hispanos, la mayoría de los cuales tiene conocidos o familiares que corren ese riesgo.

Global Cyberattack: What We Need to Worry About?

 06/28/2017 - 06:00
An engineer checks live cyber threat maps and statistics at his office in Istanbul, Turkey, 27 June 2017. EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Most damaging acts of cyber aggression have not been 'acts of war' according to the rigid standards of international law. Thus governments and international organisations struggle to prescribe an effective response to cyber actions -- even as they continue to cause grave economic, social, and political harm, Oxford expert says.  


[OP-ED]: America’s internet delusion

 05/22/2017 - 08:51
If there are deficiencies with cybersecurity, we consider them separately. We embrace the “internet of things” without admitting that it’s also the “internet of hazards.”

The United States may have escaped most digital damage from the global “ransomware” virus, though cyber experts fear more attacks. One possible explanation is that the malicious software (”malware”) harms older versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which most Americans have replaced. Perhaps many users in other countries haven’t. Whatever the explanation, this is not the end of internet threats.

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Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: Estados Unidos se engaña con Internet

 05/22/2017 - 08:46
Si hay deficiencias en la seguridad cibernética, las consideramos separadamente. Adoptamos “Internet de las cosas” sin admitir que también es el “Internet de los peligros”. 

Estados Unidos quizás haya escapado la mayor parte de los daños digitales del virus global “ransomware”, aunque los expertos en cibernética temen más ataques. Una posible explicación es que ese software malicioso (malware) daña versiones más viejas del sistema de operaciones Windows de Microsoft, que la mayoría de los estadounidenses ya reemplazó. Quizás muchos usuarios de otros países no lo hayan hecho. Cualquiera sea la explicación, éste no es el final de las amenazas de Internet.

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Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: Trump’s Dangerous Confusion Can No Longer Be Hidden

 05/17/2017 - 11:19
Trump’s problems are not only with the public, his own party comrades have also increasingly begun to run away from him, fearful that his unpopularity could be as contagious as the Zika virus --and cost them an election. EFE

C’mon people, give the man some credit. Yes, it’s true that these past few days have been completely chaotic and disastrous for the increasingly confused and erratic Donald Trump. But hey, how many other presidents have squandered their political capital so completely in such a short period of time?