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Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Felipe Calderón. Photo taken by Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News. 

On the evening of September 26th, hundreds of students, faculty members, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners gathered at the breathtaking Irvine Auditorium to hear from the 47th Vice President of the United States and the former Mexican President. The topic of the Perry World House dialogue? “The Future of the Global Order in an Era of Nationalism, Populism, and Retrenchment.”


Economy on

Burning Man

 12/06/2016 - 04:08

Klaus Schwab wakes up every day at 6 am, then goes swimming, has breakfast with her wife and walks 5 minutes to his office, in Geneva. An ordinary and humble routine for one of the most influent men in the world.

Puppy Saviours

 12/06/2016 - 03:28

More than 100 "homeless" dogs in Philadelphia have been saved by the Penn Vet’s Shelter Dog Specialty Medical Treatment Project, a charity program that covers the expenses needed to treat the acute medical problems of shelter dogs in order to give them a better chance of being adopted.

God Pays

 12/02/2016 - 06:43
Saint Mary's Church, Hamilton Village, Philadelphia. Photo: COMMONS Wikimedia

Churches not only bring faith and civic value, but also an economic value, an "economic halo" that averages $1.5 million per congregation in Philadelphia, according to a recent report by Partners for Sacred Places and University of Pennsylvania professor Ram Cnaan.

That report, "How Catholic Places Serve Civic Purposes: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Economic 'Halo Effects,' " put the economic weight of the archdiocese and other Catholic entities in Southeastern Pennsylvania at $4.2 billion in fiscal 2015.


 12/02/2016 - 06:03
Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL!. Photo: Shane Balkowitsch. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

If you are following the news about the Dakota Pipeline and youd’d like to catch up on what’s happening in Standing Rock, you need to read more about the historical underpinnings of the conflict and go back to the Founding Fathers, which sounds boring, but it’s not.

Fair Pay

 12/01/2016 - 06:44
Protests in O'Hare International Airport yesterday to demand an increase in minimum wage. EFE/Enrique García Fuentes

Twenty years ago, Avonne Hargrove left her job as a cashier at Wendy’s to care for an elderly woman, helping her with her day-to-day needs. Today, this 55-year-old home care worker, mother of four, and grandmother of 19 living in Philadelphia will go out to the street and join other protestors to ask for 15 dolar minimum wage.

The Lyon King

 12/01/2016 - 06:35
On Fidel Castro's Death, Cuba's Outsized Influence In Africa. Photo: Africapedia

While the West discusses whether Fidel Castro’s legacy was positive or negative, in Africa they feel like if they have lost a national hero. For many Africans, history has absolved Fidel Castro when it comes to Cuba’s foreign policy:


 12/01/2016 - 05:46

More than one-quarter of Americans don’t have adequate access to basic banking tools, such as checking accounts, credit cards, or loans for instance. Mostly all of these people belong to communities with low incomes, with less than a college degree, and minorities.

Depending on alternative products such as payday or auto loans to make ends meet, increase their risk of marginalization. 

Freshly Baked

 11/30/2016 - 05:31
Photo: Bruce Andersen/WIKI COMMONS

Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market was ranked among the top 20 food halls in the United States by retail research firm Cushman & Wakefield.  Food markets have become a fast growing sector in the U.S. restaurant industry and are changing the patrons of local retail and tourism.

Saved by the Trumpbell

 11/30/2016 - 03:59

Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer from Indiana, was planning to outsource production to Mexico to save in labour costs, but Donald Trump has decided to show off his protectionist magic wand and save at least about a thousand jobs. Carrier was already used as an icon of the US industrial crisis during Trumps campaign. The president Elect also put Carrier as an example of the collateral damages of free trade agreements with Mexico and Canada (NAFTA).

Two pipelines; one history

 11/29/2016 - 15:25
Protests against the building of the Dakota Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota. 20/11/2016. EFE/Morton County Dept.

Dakota Pipeline awakes fear in the hearts 

Humans are recognized for being stubborn and unwary when it comes to learning from past defeats. The current and shaky history of the economies and policies of the United States of America is no exception to this rule.

Not only have we consciously repeated the same political judgments over and over again, but we have also forgotten that history is often corroborated factually.

Nixon and the TAPS 


Dos oleoductos, una historia

 11/29/2016 - 15:14
Protestas contra la tubería de crudo en Morton County, North Dakota. 20/11/2016. Una fotografía cortesía del Departamento de Morton County muestra los oficiales de policías envueltos en una disputa contra los manifestantes del Backwater Bridge, en el norte de un campamento de protesta en Morton County, North Dakota. EE.UU.

El oleoducto de Dakota despierta fantasmas en el corazón de las minorías

Los seres humanos son reconocidos por ser testarudos e incautos cuando se trata de aprender de derrotas pasadas. La actual y temblorosa historia de economías y políticas de los Estados Unidos de América, no es la excepción a esta regla.

No sólo hemos logrado repetir conscientemente los mismos juicios políticos una y otra vez, sino que también hemos olvidado que la historia suele corroborarse fácticamente.


The Dragon's Trumpoline

 11/24/2016 - 16:09
Chinese president, Xi JinPing, and his wife, during his visit to Ecuador last week. China wants to tighten its economic and trade deals with Latin America. EFE/José Jácome

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.

Tide Views Villa

 11/24/2016 - 15:57

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.

Out of Stock

 11/24/2016 - 15:32
 EFE/Martin Alipaz

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. 

Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

 11/22/2016 - 14:07
Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

El mundo de la filantropía evoca imágenes de hombres y mujeres adinerados luciendo tuxedos y pieles en fiestas y galas de lujo. El estereotipo es merecido - generaciones de ricos patrones donando generosamente su dinero y prestigio a un selecto grupo de fundaciones, año tras año, creando un sólido sistema, aunque también elitista, rehogado en una buena dosis de tradición y ego.


Philantropies in the age of diversity

 11/22/2016 - 13:47
Philantropies in the age of diversity

The world of philanthropy conjures images of well-heeled men and women donning tuxedos and furs at fancy galas. The stereotype is well-deserved - generations of wealthy patrons lavishly contributed money and prestige to a select group of foundations over the generations, creating a robust yet exclusionary system steeped in tradition and ego.


Little by little

 11/21/2016 - 16:17
Photo: Max Marin / AL DIA news

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.

Uruguay disrupts the Valley

 11/16/2016 - 16:49
Silicon Valley has attracted many Uruguay startups in the last years. The tiny Latin American country is a source of high technological talent. EFE/Archives

With a population of less tan 3 million, Uruguay has become an important source of talented entrepeneurs in Silicon Valley.  This is the case of Juan Pablo Olivera, founder of Netlabs, a security software, or Gabriel López, founder of Kezmo, an alternative to Slack. “We always say Uruguay is one of the most stable places in LatAm, with excellent connections, high level of Enlgish and infrastructures”, says Isabella Antonaccio, who helps the Uruguay government to attract American investors to her country.

[OP-ED]: Los votantes Latinos de Trump me han fallado a mí, a nosotros y a ellos mismos.

 11/14/2016 - 05:02
Donald Trump posa frente a un bol de tacos en el The Trump Tower Grill on Cinco de Mayo. Fuente: su propia cuenta de Instagram. 

"Sé que no todos ustedes son rencorosos, sé que no todos los Repúblicanos son deplorables, sé que no todos los conservadores son aborrecibles, sé que no todos los hombres Blancos son odiosos, pero aquellos de ustedes que apoyaron a Trump se transformaron en facilitadores del odio."

[OP-ED]: [email protected] Trump Voters Have Failed Me, Us, and Themselves

 11/13/2016 - 16:47
Donald Trump posing with a taco bowl from The Trump Tower Grill on Cinco de Mayo. Source: His own Instagram account. 

"I know that not all of you are hateful. I know that not every registered Republican is hateful. I know that not every conservative thinker is hateful. I know that not every White person is hateful. However, those of you who supported Trump all became enablers of hate."

Puntos culminantes de la reunión en el Ayuntamiento del 6 de Octubre.

 10/10/2016 - 17:04

De todas las cosas interesantes que se sucedieron en el Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad ayer, dos parecen ser las más importantes para la comunidad (la agenda completa puede leerse aquí). Primero, la Concejal María Quiñones-Sánchez presentó una resolución reconociendo y celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, que va desde el 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre.

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Liliana Frankel