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The Awakening Giant: An Issue of Social Justice?

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:44 PM

2012 will be remembered as the year that the giant awoke. Hispanics accounted for 10 percent of the total vote in the November elections, and leaned mostly (73 percent) toward the Democratic Party. For most analysts, the Hispanic vote was decisive in the reelection of President Barack Obama.

That voting...

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Immigration Reform and the Presidential Power

(6) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 9:56 PM

President Barack Obama's reelection has awoken great expectations among big sectors of the population, especially among the Hispanics. After the great deception that was Obama's broken promise to spearhead a comprehensive immigration reform during his first administration -- not to mention he had promised to present it during the first...

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A Matter of Time: Latino Demographics Present Long Term Problem for GOP

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2012 | 12:12 PM

The results from the first presidential debate have increased Mitt Romney's chances of winning the upcoming presidential election. But, this could be the last federal elections in which the Republican Party has any chance of winning if the GOP cannot find, in the coming years, an appropriate way to attract...

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The Limits of Latino Political Power in the US

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 7:09 PM

Some experts say that power is built from its base, and this, it would seem, is what the US Latinos are doing. According to Naleo (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), there are currently 5,850 Latinos serving as officials in the country. Most of them are...

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The Rough Path Toward Asylum for Mexicans

(12) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Last week a Mexican family of 20 asked for political asylum in El Paso, Texas. According to EFE, "the Porras family, originally from Villa Ahumada, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, and composed of 20 members, has petitioned for political asylum in United States stating that in Mexico they have...

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Unemployment and the Reelection

(21) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 6:07 PM

The publishing of the employment statistics for May by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was without doubt a big blow to President Barack Obama's reelection ambitions, to the extent that many consider that the suspension of deportations of dreamers is a measure calculated to focus attention on issues other than...

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Civil Rights, Economy and Elections

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 8:49 AM

President Barack Obama's decision to support marriage among homosexuals generated a jolt in the presidential campaign in the United States. The announcement introduced another ideological element into what is now thought to be a highly polarized campaign. Independently of its importance and the fact that some analysts think otherwise, civil...

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Eppur si muove (and yet it moves)

(6) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 9:57 AM

The second decade of the 21st century will go down in history as an era in which the world got fed up of one of the most useless and prolonged wars: the war on drugs. Or, at least, of the indiscriminate war on all types of drugs and in particular...

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The Presidency of The World Bank and the Third World

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 7:35 AM

I have had the fortune of knowing Jose Antonio Ocampo for many years, and I have followed his successful career closely. Born in Cali, Colombia in December of 1952, Ocampo is one of the most brilliant economists of his generation.

At a very young age, he led Fedesarrollo, one of...

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The Price of Gas and the "Totally" Electric Cars

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:58 AM

Towards the end of last year there was a book circulating virally in United States and the rest of the world written by two Israeli authors -- Dan Senor and Saul Singer -- in which they describe a series of (in the words of Fareed Zakaria of CNN) "fascinating stories...

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The Long Arm of Private Prisons

(8) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 7:19 AM

In Mid-February I had the chance to attend a forum organized in Mexico City by a nonprofit organization called Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia (Mexico United Against Delinquency), where they presented many arguments against the prohibitionist paradigm of the war on drugs that has cost the country more than 50,000...

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One-sided Death Toll

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 7:13 AM

Since the publishing of my recent post about the consequences that Mexico has suffered because of its war on drugs, including the dramatic rise of corruption within the police force (or at least the perception of corruption), I have gained access to a report by Eduardo Salcedo-Albaran and Luis Jorge...

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Is Mexico Winning the War on Drugs?

(19) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 7:08 AM

It is not easy to measure the results of a war. With no razed land or without the unconditional surrender of the enemy, the signs of victory become blurry. Even more if the objectives of the war are not clear enough. What was the objective with, for example, the Iraq...

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God Particle And Santorum's Faith

(37) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 3:59 AM

This Christmas, I came across a fascinating book: Present at the Creation, The history of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Written in 2010 by Amir D. Aczel, author of 14 popular science books, the book tells the story of an epic: the union of wills of 20 European countries...

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A Solution to the Mortgage Crisis?

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 7:11 AM

I am one of the many millions of Americans whose house, during the past two years, has lost so much value that they now costs much less than the value of their debt. That is why I, as an individual person, can understand the frustration of the many people in...

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Where in the World is... Europe?

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 8:22 AM

On the 22nd of November, Justin Bieber was the invited guest on The Late Show With David Letterman. In his interview, Bieber talked about how his fame has permitted him to travel throughout all the world's continents. When Letterman asked him if he could name them, the surprised young singer...

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The Other "Indignados"

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 7:02 AM

The economic crisis that has been engulfing the big economies of the west for three years now has been nothing but a remainder of what economists have always known: that capitalism is a cyclic system in which the accumulation of wealth machines make further crisis unavoidable. When the latter occurs,...

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Income Distribution and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

(179) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 7:32 AM

Ever since the Occupy Wall Street movement was born in mid-September, many analysts have asked themselves if the Americans have valid reasons to protest in the way that they have been doing so. Some have questioned it following academic rigor, seeking justification for the movement. Others have done so following...

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Romney, Dawkins, and the 6th Article of the Constitution

(156) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 7:53 AM

Richard Dawkins was invited on September 30 to Miami by the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. Dawkins, one of the most renowned evolutionary biologists in the world, and one of the most active science preachers of modern times, came to present The Magic of Reality, his most...

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The Dream of the World Cup and the Role of Latinos

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2011 | 9:00 PM

There are few things in life as precious and lasting as the love one feels for a sports team. Sergio Bendixen, one of the best Latin surveyors that live in this country told me this one day while having a chat and a coffee: if there is one cultural heritage...

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