For 11 million undocumented people, Biden offers a chance to step from the shadows
PHILADELPHIA — After Frans and his wife came to Philadelphia from Indonesia in the mid-2000s, they lived in fear that their young son would accidentally spill the family secret and get them all deported: They were in the United States illegally. "We always told our son, no matter how close you are, you do not share anything," said Frans, who is in his 50s and asked that his full name not be published. "You cannot open the door to whoever rings our bell or talk to any strangers." The couple abandoned an upscale life in their homeland to move into the shadows here, trading a big house and a thri...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Census estimates show population decline in 16 states
With a perfect storm of aging residents, low birth rates, COVID-19 deaths and immigration cutbacks, 16 states saw population decreases last year as the United States experienced the slowest national population growth since the Great Depression. The nation grew only about 7% between 2010 and 2020, similar to the previous historic low between 1930 and 1940, according to new Census Bureau estimates, which do not reflect the 2020 census counts. The agency will release the final 2020 census tally in March. California, Massachusetts and Ohio had been growing throughout the past decade until last yea...
Commentary: Treaty seeks end to nuclear madness
On Jan. 22, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force. The treaty bans the development, production, possession, deployment, testing, use and just about anything else you can imagine related to nuclear weapons. Approved at the United Nations by 122 countries in 2017, and subsequently signed by 86 and ratified by 51 nations, the nuclear weapons ban will join the venerated status of international prohibitions already established against lesser weapons of mass destruction. These earlier agreements include the Geneva Gas Protocol, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Bi...
Tribune News Service
The Caribbean Community stands with Guyana in Venezuela border dispute
“Briefing CARICOM Caucus Virtual Meeting,” December 17, 2020. Photo credit: Dean Calma/IAEA via IAEA Imagebank Flickr page, CC BY 2.0. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has placed itself firmly on the side of Guyana when it comes to Venezuela's territorial dispute with the smaller South American nation. In a virtual meeting on January 12 led by Keith Rowley, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago and current chair of CARICOM, Caribbean leaders put their support behind Guyana, the CARICOM member state in which energy company ExxonMobil began oil exploration in 2008. Despite the December 18, ...
Ten social media posts that capture Latin American reactions to the storming of the US Capitol
Screenshot of post from Twitter using the popular SpongeBob meme. When supporters of US President Donald Trump invaded the United States Capitol on January 6, Latin Americans took to Twitter with their reactions. And humor was the most prevalent. Journalist Jordana Timerman wrote in her daily newsletter that “Schadenfreude is possibly the dominant emotion for many Latin American countries, accustomed to receiving blanket U.S. statements of concern over national political upheaval.” Schadenfreude is “the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing...
Venezuela refuels its territorial dispute with Guyana in area with massive offshore oil find
Screenshot of the Liza oil field in ExxonMobil's majority-owned Stabroek Block taken from the Hess Corporation's animated overview video of offshore Guyana, posted in 2017 to its YouTube channel. The field forms part of the disputed border area between Venezuela and Guyana. Political tensions between Guyana and Venezuela are escalating over a longstanding border dispute%20in%201967.&text=The%20zone%20at%20issue%20is%20west%20of%20Guyana's%20Essequibo%20River.) over an area that comprises two-thirds of the smaller English-speaking South American country. The area in question is the resource-ric...
In wake of Trump and storming of the US Capitol, Republicans face uncertain future
DETROIT — As chairman of the Bay County Republican Party in Michigan, Randy Badgerow helped turn the county red two months ago as it flipped a state House seat Democrats had held for 24 years, put GOP nominees in a handful of township seats and delivered the county, long a Democratic stronghold, a second time for President Donald Trump. But last Wednesday, as Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a futile attempt to overturn the Nov. 3 election won by President-elect Joe Biden, Badgerow watched and wept. The riot led directly to five deaths and saw members of Congress hunkered down in o...
Detroit Free Press
Trump adds Cuba back to list of states sponsoring terrorism in final move against island
MIAMI — The United States added Cuba back to its list of states accused of sponsoring terrorism Monday in one of the Trump administration’s last foreign policy decisions, a move that caps four years of escalating economic and diplomatic pressure against the island. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Cuba’s government of having “fed, housed, and provided medical care for murderers, bombmakers, and hijackers.” In particular, he mentioned Cuba’s refusal to extradite to Colombia members of the National Liberation Army guerrilla following a terrorist attack in Bogotá and a break...
Trump official: US will return Cuba to list of states sponsoring terrorism
MIAMI — The United States will add Cuba back to its list of states accused of sponsoring terrorism in one of the Trump administration’s last foreign policy decisions before leaving office, a senior administration official told McClatchy. President Donald Trump’s advisers have been weighing whether to return Cuba to the list for some time. In January 2019, a senior administration official told the Miami Herald that the issue was being considered because of Cuban security and intelligence support for Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro. A year later, the State Department included Cuba in its list o...
Life after asylum: Making peace with what was lost
SAN DIEGO — When Carmen Kcomt learned that she'd finally won asylum, it wasn't relief that washed over her — it was anger. She'd been rejected every step of the way — by an asylum officer, an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals — until her case eventually ended up before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court recognized what others in the U.S. asylum system hadn't, that she and her family were refugees deserving protection. "I don't know how to explain this feeling of, 'Now what?'" Kcomt said. "It took them so long to understand. Why was it so difficult to understa...
The San Diego Union-Tribune