Trump's Wall: A Wasteful, Foolish Boondoggle

Not only would the wall be needlessly expensive -- Trump says it will cost $8 billion, engineers have said at least twice as much -- but there are far better ways to prevent the flow of undocumented immigrants and drugs from Mexico.

As Migrants strain border towns, pressure builds on Mexico to act

As more migrants are blocked at the American border and more undocumented immigrants are deported from the United States, border communities in Mexico could be overwhelmed

Corruption culture made in Latin America

Corruption blocks the ability of governments to provide basic services to citizens, undermines people's trust in democracy and is often tied to cross-border crime, including drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering. Is our culture the birth place for this outrageous phenomenon?

Trump’s failure to appoint Hispanic Cabinet members is no minor issue

Because of his ignorance about the day-to-day intricacies of governing, he will be more reliant on his Cabinet than any of his predecessors. And yet, Trump has assembled the whitest, oldest and wealthiest cabinet in recent memory.

Why has Venezuela's opposition struggled to spark change?

At the beginning of 2016, there seemed such promise for opposition politicians in Venezuela, but little was achieved. Can 2017 be different?

In Latin America, Mexico the only real 'loser' under Trump

Today Donald Trump goes from PEOTUS to POTUS.  Latin America is not impressed. They'll get over it.

What does it mean to be “Latino”?

Does a Latin American identity really exist? The word Latino has unified a group of people under its meaning, what is that meaning?  

Trump barking at the wrong tree

Automation revolution is taking the jobs, not evil foreigners. The first self-driving cars are now on the road in the United States. That's another four million jobs down the drain

Is the U.S. opening to Cuba dead in the water?

Obama’s historic normalization with Havana is under threat from Trump’s hardline cabal of Castro-haters

‘Demagogue populism’ threatens human rights

The rise of populist leaders in the United States and Europe poses a dangerous threat to basic rights protections while encouraging abuse by autocrats around the world

Can Donald Trump and Raúl Castro make a good deal?

Cuba operates as if it had two parties, President Raúl Castro joked in his main report to the Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist Party last April: “Fidel leads one and I, the other.”

Will the 2017 Glass Be Half Full in the Americas?

2017 entered world stage under the sad and horrific shadow of the Aleppo genocide.  In the Americas, however, 2017 seems to have brought a ray of hope in terms of democratic developments.

What the muck of walden pond tells us about our planet

At Walden Pond, the ecological changes revealed in the sediments of the last century were more extreme than anything in the previous 1,400 years, and some were unique in the history of the pond.

Who’s really placing limits on free speech?

At least three times in the past six months, state legislators have threatened to cut the budget of the University of Wisconsin at Madison for teaching about homosexuality, gender and race.

The End of the World? In Brazil, It’s Already Here

A constitutional amendment passed by the Senate last month is being called “the end of the world” amendment by its opponents. Why? Because the consequences of the amendment look disastrous — and long lasting.

A Change towards More Authoritarianism in Venezuela

The appointment of Tareck El Aissami as Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela can only be useful to close the already small spaces for a political solution to the crisis in the country

Why Do people not comply with the law in Latin America?

There is an abysmal difference in people’s attitude before the law. For example, people in Germany and in the United States usually feel almost a reverential respect toward it, but people in Latin America have very low regard for it.

Brazil’s Deadly Prison System

Part of the reason prison violence is so common in Brazil is that conditions in most of the country’s penitentiaries are barbarous.

In 2016, Brazil and the U.S. were mirror images of dysfunction

During the first half of 2016, as Brazil staggered through a corruption investigation, a painful recession and the impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff

Does decision-making matter?

While most economics models assumed people were basically rational, Kahneman and Tversky demonstrated that human decision-making is biased in systematic, predictable ways.

The Scope of Hate in 2016

The F.B.I. hasn’t released hate crime data for 2016 yet, but in November it reported a total of 5,850 hate crimes in 2015, up from 5,479 in 2014.

London rolls out the blood-red carpet for kleptocrats

In the British Parliament, a growing cross-party band of members is seeking to amend the Criminal Finances Bill, now making its way through the legislative process.

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