Farah Stockman

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Los venezolanos están sufriendo, pero más sanciones tampoco los van a ayudar

El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, ni siquiera se molesta ya en fingir que juega limpio. En octubre, prometió dar pasos para celebrar unas elecciones libres, incluido el de permitir a la oposición elegir a su propio candidato mediante un proceso de primarias, con el levantamiento de algunas de las sanciones estadounidenses como incentivo. Pero casi acto seguido su gobierno mantuvo la prohibición de ejercer cargos públicos impuesta a María Corina Machado, la ganadora clara de dichas primarias. Después arrestó a sus aliados y a sus colaboradores de campaña, acusándolos de conspirar contra el gobierno. Algunos han solicitado asilo a la embajada argentina.…  Seguir leyendo »

¿Este es el Silicon Valley de América Latina?

Los estadounidenses solían pensar que China era un lugar para hacer negocios y Latinoamérica, uno para vacacionar. Más recientemente, nuestros vecinos del sur son percibidos como una fuente de migrantes en desesperación. Esa forma de pensar nos llevó al problema en el que ahora estamos metidos ahora. Los expertos afirman que, en este momento, la economía estadounidense depende demasiado de China para suministros vitales, mientras que las importaciones de países en nuestro hemisferio, con excepción de Canadá y México, están rezagadas. Nuestra influencia en nuestro propio vecindario está disminuyendo.

No tiene que ser así. Vi evidencia de eso en Costa Rica, una democracia estable que compite para convertirse en el Silicon Valley de América Latina, con apoyo activo de Estados Unidos.…  Seguir leyendo »

He Made His Country Rich, but Something Has Gone Wrong With the System

Do benevolent autocracies get better results than democracies? I’ve pondered this question since last summer, when I heard highly educated Kenyans tell me that democracy hadn’t brought the economic development they sorely need. They gushed about the way that Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore, transformed his impoverished city-state into one of the wealthiest societies on earth in just one generation.

Consider that in 1960, Singapore and Jamaica had roughly the same G.D.P. per capita — about $425, according to World Bank data. By 2021, Singapore’s G.D.P. had risen to $72,794, while Jamaica’s was just $5,181. It’s no wonder that Lee Kuan Yew has become a folk hero.…  Seguir leyendo »

Annette Lu, center, a former vice president of Taiwan, at a pro-peace rally in Taipei. Chiang Ying-Ying/Associated Press

Three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, Annette Lu, a former vice president of Taiwan, stood before reporters to promote a wildly unpopular idea. China and Taiwan, she said, should form a commonwealth that would be integrated economically, like the European Union, but remain separate politically. She called it One Zhonghua — a word that means “Chinese” in a cultural, ethnic or literary sense but is distinct from the word that refers to China in a political sense. It was a wink at the Chinese Communist Party’s insistence that there is only one China and that Taiwan is an inextricable part of it.…  Seguir leyendo »

Governments talk of victory because that gives soldiers hope and the will to fight on. But in the end, war is death in a muddy foxhole.Credit...Nicole Tung for The New York Times

I’ll never forget the stories I heard on the Ukrainian-Polish border one year ago: Newlyweds who separated hours after saying their vows so the groom could return to the front. A tax preparer in Boston who quit her job to return to Ukraine with suitcases full of medical supplies. The wife of a border guard who made the three-hour round trip from Lviv to the Polish border almost daily to drop off fleeing women and children and pick up weapons and supplies.

The one-year mark of this terrible war brings up a range of emotions, including deep admiration for the Ukrainian people and dismay over the unfolding Russian offensive.…  Seguir leyendo »

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August of 2021 left a consolation prize for the Afghans who stood by the United States for 20 years: They would be brought to safety in our country to begin life anew. That was the fragile promise they hung on to when the country they knew was lost.

For a while, it looked like a commitment that Americans would keep.

Last year, after what President Biden called America’s longest war culminated in one of the largest airlifts in U.S. history, some 80,000 Afghans were hastily evacuated to military bases in the United States.…  Seguir leyendo »

El sistema migratorio de EE. UU. es obsoleto. Está claro

Desde abril, el gobernador de Texas, Greg Abbott, ha enviado en autobús a más de 7900 migrantes a Washington D. C. En agosto, comenzó a enviar migrantes a Nueva York. Ahora, el gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, se está sumando, y envió dos aviones llenos de personas que llegaron a Estados Unidos a Martha’s Vineyard, en Massachusetts. Al referirse al tema, Abbott pone en evidencia a los gobernadores de los estados demócratas que dicen dar la bienvenida a los migrantes indocumentados. También es parte de un plan republicano no tan secreto para incitar la ira contra los demócratas antes de las elecciones intermedias.…  Seguir leyendo »

Campaign posters for various candidates on a wall in Nairobi.Credit...Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A Kenyan friend of mine who graduated from Harvard Business School recently told me that the United States is a good place to get an education, but “it is no longer a leading light”.

“We are looking elsewhere, not just the West”, she said. “Democracy? I don’t believe in it”.

She made the comment at a dinner party I attended in the garden of a gated neighborhood in Karen, a wealthy Nairobi suburb earlier this summer, as Kenyans were preparing to elect a new president. Nearly everyone in attendance was a Kenyan who had graduated from a top American school and gone on to an impressive career in finance, business consulting or government service.…  Seguir leyendo »

Demonstrators in Donetsk in 2014. Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

On the second day of the war, Tanya quit her job as a tax accountant in Massachusetts and told her husband that she had to go home to Ukraine. Her sister and her sister’s two teenage sons were holed up in the bathroom of their home in Mariupol, a seaside city that was getting shelled. Tanya got a text from her: “We’re so scared”.

By the sixth day of the war, her sister’s water had been cut. They couldn’t even flush the toilet. “We’ll use the cat litter box”, her sister wrote. Go to a bomb shelter, Tanya urged. Then, suddenly, the text messages stopped.…  Seguir leyendo »

A group of refugees waiting for a bus to go to a reception area near the border crossing between Ustrzyki Dolne, Poland, and Ukraine.

Polish people know the pain of being invaded. This is what an opera singer told me as she handed out hot stew to Ukrainian refugees in a tent near the mountainous border between Ukraine and Poland on a chilly night in early March. She had planned to go skiing. She came here instead.

“We were in the same situation in 1939”, said Susan Grey, the opera singer, referring to the Polish people during World War II. “We didn’t have such an opportunity to be welcomed. We didn’t have a place to go”.

It feels as if the entire country of Poland has joined the effort to welcome Ukrainian refugees.…  Seguir leyendo »

What an All-Women News Network in India Shows Us About Democracy

It started out as a literacy project. Dalit women, formerly known as untouchables, hand-wrote a newsletter about issues that mattered to them: Broken water pumps. Unpaved roads. Known rapists walking free. In 2002 they started a newspaper that covered everything from illegal mining to murders. Perhaps because Dalits make up about 20 percent of the population of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some government officials started paying attention. Roads got paved. Toilets got built. Hospitals got stocked with medicines.

“Almost every month, our reporting brings justice to people,” Kavita Devi, the paper’s editor in chief, told me in an email originally written in Hindi.…  Seguir leyendo »

¿Volar para ver a tu familia es malo para el planeta?

El año pasado, la pandemia hizo que me perdiera la cena de Acción de Gracias en la casa de mi hermana, quien vive en Minnesota. Este año, habría caminado sobre fuego con tal de probar su pay de calabaza.

Cuando estaba comprando mis billetes de avión, me confrontó algo inesperado: la culpa. Junto al precio y a la hora de despegue, apareció en Google Flights una nueva columna de información con las emisiones de carbono vinculadas a cada bilelte. Según Google, un vuelo directo de JetBlue de Boston a Minneapolis genera aproximadamente 288 kilogramos (0,238 toneladas) de dióxido de carbono por pasajero.…  Seguir leyendo »

The People We Leave Behind in Afghanistan

The message popped up on my cellphone last week, just as I was about to drive my daughter to a play date: “The situation here in Afghanistan is getting worse day by day,” it read. “The Taliban know that i was cooperating with you people, so if its possible to talk with your respected organization to take me to USA.”

I hadn’t heard from Fareed in years. I’d hired him in 2007 to take me to the Afghan city of Gardez for a story about a warlord there. He loved hip-hop — “Do you know 50 Cents?” he’d asked me. We’d gotten caught in a hailstorm.…  Seguir leyendo »

‘China Has Risen.’ And It Is Hungry for Competition.

When the Soviet Union crumbled in the 1990s, Americans did a victory lap that lasted for decades. We saw it as the triumph of capitalism over communism, freedom over authoritarianism, democracy over one-party rule. We assumed that the game was over and that we had won. We had reached “the end of history”. We thought that it was only a matter of time before China, which had already embraced some free-market reforms, transitioned to a system just like ours. Americans normalized trade with China and waited patiently for the “Chinese Gorbachev”. If you’re still out there waiting, don’t hold your breath.…  Seguir leyendo »

A copy of the Haitian Constitution wrapped in an American flag at a march in Port-au-Prince on Feb. 10. The Haitian president’s supporters and opponents disagree on when his term ends. Credit Valerie Baeriswyl/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Catherine Buteau, a 33-year-old marketing and communications specialist in Montreal, woke up on Feb. 7 to a lot of missed calls on her phone. Her relatives in Haiti had been desperately calling her. Her father, mother and aunt had been snatched from their beds in Port-au-Prince in the middle of the night.

“No one knew what was happening, just that they were taken”, she told me. “In the beginning, not understanding what’s happening, I thought the worst”.

Later that day, Ms. Buteau learned that her parents and her aunt were among the 18 people who had been arrested and accused of attempting a coup against Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse.…  Seguir leyendo »