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German historian of the University of Bielefeld Christopher Kopper (L) and the President of Volkswagen in Brazil Pablo Di Si (R) uncover a plaque in memory of the victims of the last Brazilian military dictatorship, during the presentation of a report on Volkswagen's role during the dictatorship, at the headquarters of the factory in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, Dec. 14, 2017.
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The Brazilian unit of Volkswagen "exhibited unreserved loyalty towards the military government" that ruled the South American country between 1964 and 1985, according to a report commissioned by the German automaker and released Thursday.

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Improvised Salsa

 11/27/2016 - 15:47
 A man pays tribute to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Embassy of Cuba in Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 November 2016. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro died at the age of 90, in Cuba, on 25 November 2016. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

Following Obama's open policy and the recent death of Fidel Castro, there should be a new chance to reduce tensions between the US and China. But it doesn't look lite it. Raúl Castro’s plans to secure the legacy of his brother’s 1959 Cuban Revolution appear to be contradictory with the incoming Trump administration, whose top members said Sunday that Cuba would have to make significant “changes” in order for the normalization path charted by President Obama to continue. Both Castros have long insisted they would never kneel to American pressure.

Doves fly twice

 11/24/2016 - 16:20
A group of demonstrators protested yesterday in Bogotá against the new peace deal signed between the Government and the FARC. EFE/MAURICIO DUEÑAS CASTAÑEDA

A new peace deal was signed yesterday between the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, and the chief of the guerrillas, Rodrigo Londoño. The deal comes two months after Colombians voted "No" in a Referendum to decide wether to sign a peace with the FARC or not.

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.

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. 

"We are all migrants"

 11/24/2016 - 03:56
On Nov 15th, the Mexican priest Alejandro Solalinde, founder of Hermanos en el Camino, gave a conference about Human Rights and Migration in Barcelona.Photo: CASA AMERICA CATALUNYA

Father Alejandro Solalinde is 71 years old and holds a backpack of hard experiences in his back, but his small dark eyes have not lost even a spark of vitality. Born in Texcoco, Mexico, this Mexican Catholic priest has become a champion in the fight for the human rights of migrants in Central America. Solalinde is the founder of Hermanos en el Camino, a network of shelters and parishes that provide food, medical care and accommodation to Latin American immigrants who cross Mexico to reach the United States.

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"Todos somos migrantes"

 11/24/2016 - 03:49
El sacerdote mexicano Alejandro Solalinde, fundador de Hermanos en el Camino, dio una conferencia sobre Derechos Humanos y Migración el pasado 15 de noviembre en Barcelona. Foto: CASA AMERICA CATALUNYA

El padre Alejandro Solalinde tiene 71 años y una mochila de duras experiencias colgada a la espalda, pero sus ojos pequeños y oscuros no han perdido ni una chispa de vitalidad. Nacido en Texcoco, México, este sacerdote católico mexicano es uno de los referentes en la lucha por los derechos humanos de los migrantes en América Latina.

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The Great Wall of Facebook

 11/22/2016 - 15:00
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, participated in the Asia Pacific Cooperation summit (APEC) last weekend in Lima (Peru). Facebook has been criticized for developing an internal software to help censure posts in China.  EFE/MARTIN ALIPAZ

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.

Poison Frog

 11/22/2016 - 14:54
On Tuesday, the main US TV channels held an informal meeting with president-elect Donald Trump. The Republican candidate bullied the media during the presidential campaign. EFE / JUSTIN LANE

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.

[OP-ED]: En este Día de Acción de Gracias, muéstrese agradecido con América

 11/22/2016 - 14:21
[OP-ED]: En este Día de Acción de Gracias, muéstrese agradecido con América

Los Latinos de América llevan celebrando el Día de Acción de Gracias desde el año 1565, mucho antes de que George Washington proclamase por primera vez su carácter de fiesta nacional, en 1789, y de que Abraham Lincoln declarase el último jueves de noviembre “como un día de acción de gracias y adoración a nuestro padre benefactor, quien mora en los cielos".

[OP-ED]: This Thanksgiving, be thankful for America

 11/22/2016 - 13:38
[OP-ED]: This Thanksgiving, be thankful for America

Latinos in America have been celebrating Thanksgiving since 1565, way before George Washington issued the first proclamation for this national celebration in 1789, and president Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of every November a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

It's not 'alt-right'

 11/21/2016 - 15:08
Protesters against US President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon gather and chant outside the 2016 Zionist Organization of America Annual Dinner, in New York, New York, USA, 20 November 2016. EFE/Bryan R. Smith

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.

3, 2, 1 ... Calexit

 11/21/2016 - 14:29
Protesters meet in front of Los Angeles City Hall to complain against the election of Donald Trump on Nov 9, 2016 / EFE

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.

¿Qué bola?

 11/21/2016 - 13:58
The world is anxious about how Donald Trump will lead the US relations with Russia and Cuba. EFE/Roman Pilipey

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.

Trampy Girls

 11/20/2016 - 17:35
Protestors bearing signs and banners take to the streets showing their opposition to the election of Donald J. Trump to be the next president of the United States, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 19 November 2016. EFE/EPA/TANNEN MAURY

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.

Peruvian farewell

 11/20/2016 - 17:09
The president of the United States, Barack Obama, gave a press conference in Lima during the APEC summit this weekend. He said that "reality" will force his successor in the White House, Donald Trump, to modify some of the measures he deffended during his campain. EFE/Martín Alipaz.

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.

Pay or Die

 11/20/2016 - 16:56
 Forensic anthropologists working on the exhumation of the victims of a massacre in El Salvador, in 1931. The Central American country is experiencing a surge of deadly violence and crime. Mario Díaz. EFE/Rodrigo Sura

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.

Ice winter

 11/17/2016 - 16:05
Estonia forests are usually covered by snow every winter. Photo: Wikipedia

Many people in the Baltic States, like Estonia, still remember the years under the rule of Moscow.  In the past year, they have been among the most outspoken critics of Mr. Putin and are champions of the European Union sanctions against Russia. They also worry that Mr.

Beer vs. Vodka

 11/17/2016 - 15:46
Merkel and Obama had dinner together in Berlin yesterday, after discussing the future of relationships with Russia. The menu: beer and sausages. EFE

Barack Obama was in Berlin yesterday, a main stop in his last European tour as the US President. Germany is the US main ally in the E.Eu and Chancellor Angela Merkel is not exactly a fan of Donald Trump, who has been too friendly with Putin. Obama, however, voiced hopes that his successor will also defend the common values of democracy and rule of law that the US and the European Union have long been fighting for. Especially when it comes to Russia.

Waiting for Trumpeace

 11/17/2016 - 15:23
At least 6 people died yesterday during a bombing in Douma, in the outskirts of Damascus (Syria). EFE / MOHAMMED BADRA

Syria used to be the home of 1.5 million Christians before the war. Now there are only 600,000. Most of them flew to Turkey or Lebanon, and they will never come back. Others are among the 200.000 people dead in this cruel civil war. “It’s an open war, but it can be stopped, if there is will”, says Jean Abdou Arbach, Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Homs, in Syria. “Today, all the world powers are in Syria. What does Russia want? What do the Americans want? We must wait and see what is going to be Trump’s political strategy for the Middle East.

Crime and Punishment

 11/16/2016 - 17:18
Mayor Kenney as very open-minded and humanistic approach to keep the streets of Philadelphia safe. Photo: Wikipedia

There were two recent violent flash mobs in Philadelphia: one on Broad Street at Temple University and the most recent one at 16th and Walnut.  In reaction to the first incident at Temple, Mayor Kenney was silent. After the second incident, Kenney delivered a statement that condemned the flash mobs along with a series of racist post-election activities, including social media slurs and graffiti. “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, even hopeless.

You've got Mail

 11/16/2016 - 16:44
Secretary of State, John Kerry, participated in the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference yesterday. Climate Change was in the agenda of President Obama, but the world is not so sure if Donald Trump will include it as well. EFE/Javier Otazu

More than 360 American companies and business signed a letter addressed to Donald Trump to ask him not to abandon the fight against climate change. Among the companies: Hewlett Packard, Kellogg, Levi Strauss, Nike, eBay or Starbucks. The letter was released during the Marrakech Summit about climate change, where US secretary of state John Kerry represented Obama administration.  As reported today in El País

 

Our Revolution

 11/16/2016 - 16:37
Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders, walks through the US Senate before the election for the Democrat leader in the Senate, in Washington, yesterday. EFE/Michael Reynolds

After Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the Democrats must redefine their future plans. The answer to their future may be in Bernie Sanders new book: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. Senator Bernie Sanders describes the 2014 midterm elections – in which Republicans gained control of the Senate again - as a “disaster” for establishment Democrats who failed to generate grassroots enthusiasm.

Deconstructing Ivanka

 11/16/2016 - 16:30
Ivanka Trump speaking at a rally for her father, Donald Trump, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. Photo: Marc Nozell /Wikipedia

“Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat,” Ivanka Trump said while introducing her father at the Republican National Convention in July. “More than party affiliation, I vote based on what I believe is right, for my family and for my country”. Mysterious Ivanka Trump, 35, has been already appointed by his father to his transition team. What is going to be her role, and his husband, Jared Kushner, in his Administration?

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