Fabiola Santiago: There's poetic justice in Biden appointing a Cuban American to lead Homeland Security
The rise of Alejandro Mayorkas may be just the feel-good story Miami needs post-election.After his Jewish parents fled Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover of Cuba in 1960, Mayorkas lived in Miami as a child. They eventually left the capital of Cuban exiles for a life in Los Angeles, but the 61-year-old hasn’t forgotten his immigrant beginnings.It was the first thing on his mind after President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate the Cuban American to lead the Department of Homeland Security.“When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” Mayorkas tw...
The story of how Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague
Brazilian writer Jorge Amado and his son (fourth from left ro right) and Czech journalist and playwright Jan Drda (first from left to right), at Dobříš, a Czech castle that served as a residency for Czech and international writers, in 1950. Photo from the Paloma Amado archive, used with permission.Before COVID-19, Prague was visited, every year, by millions of tourists looking for cheap beer and spectacular architecture. In the 1950s, on the other hand, the capital of then-Czechoslovakia attracted a very different crowd of travelers: Leftist intellectuals from around the world looking to see w...
'Unacceptable and offensive' - Inter slam Chile coach Rueda over Sanchez claims
Inter have issued a statement hitting back at Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda, who claimed the Nerazzurri have overworked Alexis Sanchez.The Serie A club have become embroiled in a spat with Chile over Sanchez, with the club believing their players should not be involved in international action during the coronavirus pandemic.Inter claim that international fixtures put their star men at further risk of injury amid a congested fixture schedule this season.Chile face Peru and Venezuela in 2022 World Cup qualifiers over the course of this international break, with Sanchez – who has clocked up just 251...
Loading up on squash in all its varieties? You'll want some new recipes.
As a country, we unite over squash. Seriously, we do. It’s called pumpkin. From pie to quick breads, pancakes and more — we lap up the subtle, sweet flavor. Even its seeds have fans.However, most of us don’t think of pumpkin as squash. This diverse group of fruits of various members of the gourd family come in all shapes, sizes, color and patterns, including pumpkins, butternut, Hubbard, spaghetti, acorn and buttercup.Every fall, I stock up on good-looking varieties at farmers markets, farm stands and grocery stores. They look great as an arrangement on the kitchen counter. But make no mistake...
Fabiola Santiago: Adiós, Donald Trump. I won't forgive or forget what you did to my Miami
Adiós, President Donald Trump.You came to Miami and used our love of homelands lost, our wounds as exiles to manipulate our people into thinking you’d be a messiah for the Americas when you were only thinking about your interests all along. You and only you, first and foremost.You divided family, neighbors, friends, colleagues.I’ll never forget that the last time I saw a coworker with whom I shared good times and good work. His look of disgust, then avoidance of me. He didn’t like my columns exposing your racism and anti-immigrant agenda.He died, and that’s how you left things between us.He, d...
Commentary: Chicago's police must do more to protect human rights
When the city of Chicago rejected the vast majority of the recommendations of the Use of Force Working Group for reforming the policies of the Chicago Police Department, it once again chose to rely on the status quo rather than engage in meaningful reform.CPD’s use of lethal force policies do not comply with the most basic standards under international human rights law aimed at protecting the fundamental rights each of us have by virtue of simply being human. These rights include the right to life, equality, liberty and security of person, freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading t...
Chile looks to new constitution for stability
Chile's decision to rewrite its constitution marks the beginning of an arduous process aimed at tackling structural problems that have created significant social unrest, analysts say.After almost a year of protests, Chileans voted overwhelmingly on Oct 25 to replace the current charter written in 1980, which critics said benefited the country's political and business elite at the expense of everyone else.Juan Pablo Glasinovic, an international relations academic and manager of the Chilean-Peruvian Chamber of Commerce, said: "This result makes evident three main messages from the Chilean people...
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A populist strongman? Democrats struggle with labeling Trump a 'caudillo' in Spanish ads
MIAMI — In the one-minute, Spanish-language campaign ad, a Kissimmee woman named Cecilia reminisces about Venezuela, her homeland. As she drives a black car with Biden-Harris painted in white on her back window, she speaks of her grandmother, her childhood home and her friends.“Socialism … was one of the key things that destroyed my country,” she reflects. “It can sound wild to compare Donald Trump with Nicolás Maduro, but the reality is that they are very similar.” She lists qualities she perceives in both Trump and the Venezuelan leader: “His authoritarianism, his violations of freedom of sp...
Chile abolishes its dictatorship-era constitution in groundbreaking vote for a more inclusive democracy
Chileans celebrate victory after the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 25, 2020.Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJennifer M. Piscopo, Occidental College and Peter Siavelis, Wake Forest UniversityOne year ago, Chileans took their anger over inequality and injustice to the streets, insisting that redressing the nation’s deep structural problems would require more than reform. They said Chile would need a new constitution with more rights and better social protections.On Oct. 25, in a popular referendum, the rest of the country overwhelmingly agreed with their diagnosis.Chile’s ...
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TRINIDAD-TRADE-Trinidad signs partial scope agreement with Chile
Trinidad and Tobago has signed a general framework agreement for the partial scope trade agreement with Chile that trade officials say will allow local exporters to take advantage of a market in excess of 19 million people. Negotiations are scheduled to begin before the end of this year..“Imports of selected inputs into manufacturing and consumer goods will have reduced duty. This agreement will also seek to eliminate non-tariff barriers and foster co-operation between the countries in mutual areas of interest, including trade facilitation and electronic trade,’” said Trade and Industry Minist...