If Donald Trump is the bad guy who calls for protectionism, China is the one who calls for free trade. A week after Trumps’ victory, the president of China, Xi Jinping, set off for Latin America in search of trade deals and improve China’s image in the US backyard. Last week, Xi travelled to Ecuador, Peru and Chile to look for trade agreements (basically, China imports from Lat Am raw materials like copper, iron and soybeans, in exchange for cheap manufactures) and to find new markets for its infrastructure companies.
The number of confirmed deaths from flooding and mudslides in Montecito, north-west of Los Angeles, is currently standing at 17, as Californian authorities on Wednesday are stepping up their search for at least 20 missing persons.
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Dreaming of an apartment in Florida near the beach for your retirement? Think it twice if you are considering to invest in real estate in the seaside. Constructions near the waterline are likely to suffer the effects of climate change and rising sea levels in the near future, especially in the Eastern coast of the US, vulnerable to floodings and hurricanes.
The US needs to hire more Mexican workers instead of deporting them, according to many owners of small businesses around the nation. From small construction companies in Dallas, Texas, to chains of Mexican restaurants in San Francisco and orange farms in Florida: all these small businesses confirm they are dependent on low skilled workers (like Mexican workers) to keep growing, according to a report elaborated by The Wall Street Journal.
William Finnegan, winner of the Pulitzer prize for Biography 2016, was born into an Irish Catholic family from New York and they moved to Hawaii when he was a kid. He remembers going to the church on Sunday and going to beach to surf afterwards. Since his early years, Finnegan has tried to combine his two life passions: surfing and journalism. He has covered the Apartheid, Balkan wars and Latin American Politics: “Power tends to corrupt people and absolute power tends to corrupt in absolute terms. The less civilized people I have seen is the people who has power.
Last week, marijuana stocks in Canada skyrocketed suddenly, despite evident indications that the government plans to go slow in its promise to legalize recreational marijuana use (scheduled for next Spring). The increases may have gotten a boost from pot legalization votes in four U.S. states, Colorado and Oregon. In Canada, marijuana comes under federal jurisdiction, unlike in the United States, where regulation is shared by the states and federal government.
Time for shopping is around the corner, but you don’t need to bankrupt to show off how generous you are. This accurate guideline made by etiquette experts on how much to spend on holiday gifts based on who you are shopping for will help you: Siblings and cousins: $20 and up; Nieces and nephews: $25 and up (what about asking the parents about making a contribution to the child’s college fund?). Ups. Sorry for your close friends and coworkers: assign $15, for them; while for your in-laws: $20 and up.
Three current and former employees of Facebook who asked for anonymity have accused Zuckerberg ‘s company to have developed a new censure tool that would help the company to get back into the Chinese market, where the social network has been blocked. The new software helps the social network to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added, according to The New York Times.
Message for those who fantasized about a bully Donald Trump transforming into a serious and deliberated statesman after his Election Day victory: keep dreaming. This week, Trump attacked several media outlets via Twitter, and he also canceled an interview with The Times in a tweet, saying that “the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice.” He later accepted the interview, although he said the Times were too hard.
“I do not accept comfortable chairs, nor warm drinks”, wrote Marta Minjín when she was 25 year old, “the same age I am now”, the famous Argentinan visual artist said in an interview for Buenos Aires newspaper La Nación in 2014. Marta Mujia, 73, was awarded yesterday with the Premio Velazquez, the highest award for a Hispanic artist. Her works have been exhibited in the Guggenheim and the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, among others.
Small businesses are boasting around the nation, but Philadelphia is still far behind the big numbers, compared to other metro regions in the East Coast, like New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. According to recent data from the U.S. Census by American City Business Journals, between 2010 and 2014, Philadelphia added 412 new small businesses, rising just 0.3 percent. In Washington DC, the growth rate was 4.0 percent, Boston was 2.8 percent and Baltimore's was 1.5 percent.
In a call to protectionism, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to stop foreign countries like China and Mexico from stealing American jobs. How is he going to fulfil his populist promises, that’s another question. Last week, Mr. Trump proudly anouned that Ford was keeping production of an SUV in Kentucky instead of moving it to Mexico. But he forgot to announce that Mexico’s central bank is raising interest rates in response to the peso’s 11% plunge since Mr. Trump was elected.
Nazi salutes, swastikas painted in parks? No, no. People don’t like that, Mr. Trump. Several protests sparked in New York in the last days to protest against the use of neo-Nazi symbols among Trump supporters. General disappointment as well when we saw prominent members of the so-called “alt-right”, the white nationalist movement that helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency, gathered in Washington DC last Saturday to plot how the movement can “start influencing policy and culture” under the Trump administration.
Kill the Hipster in you. Forget about your Hipster bars, your Hipster clothes, your hipster way of life. “Hygge” , Danish for coziness and good spirits, has been listed as a “word of the year” by both the Collins and Oxford dictionaries – alongside Brexit and Trumpism – in the lexicographers’ annual public-relations exercise. Christmas markets, wool socks, friendly hugs. Hygge is, then, a retreat, an escape, a turning-inwards.
California has already an official date for its hypothetical referendum for independence: March 13, 2019. The independence of California or Texas has been always some kind of fantasy, but the general disappointment after Donald Trump victory has been a real push. In the past elections, more than 6 million people voted against Donald Trump. The initiative, led by the platform YesCalifornia, proposes an amendment to the California constitution to split from the US territory. The proposal needs to get at least 585,407 signatures of support to be taken seriously.
In Cuba, people don’t know exactly what Trump’s intentions with the island are when he comes to power. In the 90’s, he tried to violate the commercial embargo while trying to invest in hotels and casinos in the island; during the campaign, he promised to reverse Obama’s policy towards La Habana – too liberal and interventionist – , in order to make happy his Cuban American Republican voters. “In any case, La Habana has a lot to gain”, says Rafael Rojas, Cuban historian and essayist, living in Mexico.
Robin Moore is not unemployed, she isn’t a factory worker, she isn’t a white male: she is an affluent high educated wine consultant from Wisconsin who voted for Donald Trump, and has no regrets. Like many other women from the Midwest, Moore took Mr Trump seriously, but not literally, and expects him to have to compromise to get things done.
Colombia’s drug dealers are using drones to transport drugs to Panama. On Nov. 15, Colombian authorities confiscated one such vehicle, which they suspect was being used to ferry small shipments of cocaine from a jungle region in Colombia to the neighboring country. As reported in Quartz
President Barack Obama was in Lima (Peru) this week for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries, including China and the USA, to promote economic cooperation and free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In Lima, leaders of these countries expressed their concerns about Donald Trump intentions to promote protectionism and anti-immigration policies. Obama took advantage of his visit to Lima to give one of his famous speeches to the youth, this time he addressed the Latin American youth.
El Salvador is experiencing one of the highest levels of deadly violence in America, mainly in the hands of Ms-13 and its rival gangs. How do these gangs get financing? They extort about 70 percent of businesses. They dislodge entire communities from their homes, and help propel thousands of Salvadorans to undertake dangerous journeys to the United States.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is almost completed, but protesters have not surrendered. Hundreds clashed with police this weekend to protest against the pipeline for its environmental impact and its invasion of ‘sacred’ territory of the Sioux in the banks of the Missouri River. Police is said to have deployed pepper spray, teargas, rubber bullets, Tasers, sound weapons, and other “less-than-lethal” weapons. The construction company, Energy Transfer Partners, still lacks a final permit to drill under the river.
Latinos in the US do not need to be told about the dangers of Populism and its aftermaths. Many of them have experienced it first hand in their countries of origin: Hugo Chávez in Venezuela –after his death, the country is in crisis–, Cristina Fernández in Argentina – now facing corruption charges –, or Rafael Correa in Ecuador. So why is Populism now on the rise in the US and Europe? Growing inequality of incomes is one possible answer to understand why populism is on retreat in Latin America and growing in the West.
Philadelphia lost this week one of his most distinguished men of letters. Peter Husted Binzen, a former journalist and editor at The Evening and Sunday Bulletin, died at 94, after chronicling the history of our city for half a century. Joseph R. Daughen, a former Bulletin reporter who collaborated with Mr. Binzen on two books, said he thought of his comrade as "Lincolnesque" - honest and humble.
PepsiCo is facing a boycott of its products by supporters of Donald Trump, after rightwing political websites misinterpreted comments by its CEO, Indra Nooyi. A number of sites, including Truthfeed and The Conservative Treehouse, directly quoted Indra Nooyi as telling Mr Trump’s supporters to “take their business elsewhere” — a remark she did not make. In a past interview with NY Times Dealbook, Indra nooyi said that “all” her staff were “mourning” and “crying” following Mr Trump’s election victory, and she had felt it necessary to reassure some who were concerned about their safety.