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One of the sculptures, by José Lemus, on display as part of the Vidas Suspendidas/Suspended Lives exhibition at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens through Nov. 18. Photo: Emily Neil / AL DÍA News

The three-dimensional self-portraits, displayed as part of the Vidas Suspendidas/Suspended Lives project, narrate the journeys of nine Latinx artists living in Philadelphia.

[OP-ED]: The Age of Disbelief

 02/28/2017 - 16:14
There are plenty of skeptics -- including me -- who think Trump’s agenda is largely impractical or undesirable. To take one example: Since at least John F. Kennedy, presidents have pledged to increase economic growth.

We live in an age of disbelief. Many of the ideas and institutions that have underpinned Americans’ thinking since the early years after World War II are besieged. There is an intellectual and political vacuum into which rush new figures (Donald Trump) and different ideas (America First). These new ideas and leaders may be no better than the ones they displace -- they may, in fact, be worse -- but they have the virtue of being new.

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Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: The Return of the center

 02/28/2017 - 15:33

Polls indicate that the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, is leading the field of candidates in the first round with about 25 percent of the vote. But in the second round, which pits only the two front-runners against one another, Macron is projected to beat her handily. EFE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe. Populists of both varieties, who share a disdain for globalization, are energized, and certain that the future is going their way. But the center is rising again, even in the heart of the old world.

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Fareed Zakaria

Trump Wants to Expand Number of Immigrants Targeted for Deportation

 02/22/2017 - 01:41

The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday established new directives to strengthen US immigration control, unveiling an aggressive plan that includes accelerating deportation procedures for undocumented migrants and hiring 15,000 new agents. New guidelines include people in US illegally charged with or even suspected of a crime, and would send border crossers back to Mexico regardless of origin

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Tres miembros de la comunidad inmigrante comparten sus historias

 02/21/2017 - 14:57

Poca gente conoce bien las principales preocupaciones de la comunidad inmigrante. Al margen de la retórica política, no son muchos los que prestan atención a las necesidades de esta importante parte de la población de Filadelfia.

Esta semana, una madre de dos niños, una activista y un beneficiario del DACA compartieron sus testimonios con la prensa en la sede de Juntos.

[OP-ED]: On immigration enforcement, meet the new boss, same as the old boss

 02/16/2017 - 08:10

Liberals and conservatives share a common tic when it comes to immigration enforcement: They each want to deport as many illegal immigrants as their cold hearts desire -- Democrats to protect union jobs, and Republicans to reverse what they see as the Latinization of America. But then, because neither wants to come off like the bad guy, they feel compelled to go out of their way to cloak the removals in boogeyman language.

'Dreamer' arrest raises fears of massive crackdown on immigrants

 02/16/2017 - 03:41
Arrest of a 23-year-old Daca recipient, apparently the first case of its kind under Trump, has raised fears of a massive crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Daniel Ramirez Medina, who has no criminal record, was brought to the US from Mexico as a child and was granted a work permit under Obama’s program.  EFE / Todd Pierson

Arrest of a 23-year-old Daca recipient, apparently the first case of its kind under Trump, has raised fears of a massive crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Daniel Ramirez Medina, who has no criminal record, was brought to the US from Mexico as a child and was granted a work permit under Obama’s program.

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[OP-ED]: Trump’s senseless war on Mexico

 02/03/2017 - 08:10
 
Photo courtesy of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who spoke during an event in Mexico City, Mexico, at the conclusion of the 33rd Ordinary General Assembly of the National Agricultural and Livestock Council. Peña Nieto remarked today that the country "doubles its commitment" to openness and free trade, despite opposing voices such as that of his counterpart Donald Trump and in the framework of the future renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA). EFE / Presidency of Mexico

”Mexico braces for a trade war with Washington,” headline in the Financial Times, Jan. 31, 2017.

Let’s hope not, because a trade war triggered by President Trump would be an act of pure economic aggression, unjustified either by the United States’ economic and political interests or by Mexico’s behavior. It would be the economic equivalent of Russia’s seizure of the Crimea, a raw exercise in bullying.

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Robert J. Samuelson

[OP-ED]: When straight talk is crazy talk

 02/02/2017 - 08:35
Drastic actions -- like the temporary ban on arrivals from certain predominantly Muslim countries -- bring with them the potential for backlash that is greater than the affections of those who are pleased with them. On Saturday, when even green card holders were stuck in airports, unable to re-enter the country after having traveled overseas on business, study or vacation, the results were messy and angry. EFE

What are we to make of a man who seems unable to keep himself from making false statements, yet fundamentally keeps his word?

Donald Trump as president is something that we’ve rarely seen before: A self-styled straight-talker who didn’t disappoint his most fervent supporters by tacking to the center after claiming victory.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Viewing minorities as monolithic groups only exacerbates inequality

 01/31/2017 - 15:29
People along with members of the Senate and the US House. Participate at a rally in opposition to the US President's immigration ban. Donald Trump, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. EFE

“Disaggregation” is not a word that rolls off the tongue easily. But the concept of separating a whole into its distinct parts is one that we should embrace when it comes to statistics about minorities.

The time when it was sufficient to break out data by simple race or ethnicity segments has past. Demographics and new sociological and scientific understanding about the people that make up the broad categories of black, Asian and Hispanic tell us that these labels are becoming increasingly blunt instruments when we look at public health and education policy.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Patriotism on steroids: Trump’s isolationism

 01/24/2017 - 15:04
US President Donald Trump during the signing of two executive orders to revive controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects during a White House event in Washington, United States. Trump said the construction of these two projects, planned for years but paralyzed by the Obama administration, will be subject to "terms and conditions" that his cabinet will "negotiate" with the companies in charge of building them. EFE

The question that swirls around Donald Trump’s inaugural address is whether his aggressively pronounced policy of America First will actually result in America Last -- not literally last, but declining in power and prestige because the United States no longer views its role in the world as promoting economic and geopolitical stability for our allies.

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Robert J. Samuelson

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