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President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announce negotiations to eliminate trade tensions between the EU and US. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

The European Parliament has not endorsed two negotiating mandates that authorise the European Commission to start formal trade talks with the US – and instead ended up not taking a stance. Although any resolution by the parliament would have been non-binding, the unexpected vote adds a blow to forthcoming trade talks that already face a number of challenges.

The US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium introduced by the Trump administration in the name of national security are a major source of friction. Although the removal of the metal tariffs will likely be a precondition for the conclusion of trade talks, the fact that the EU has been willing to start negotiations with the US while the tariffs are still in place has exposed the former’s U-turn on not negotiating ‘with a gun at its head’.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mi país debe proteger los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres

La semana pasada inició la sesión legislativa en Tallahassee, Florida, en la que se considera un proyecto de ley que pretende prohibir los abortos a partir de las seis semanas —cuando la mayoría de las mujeres ni siquiera sospechan que están embarazadas—. Así que es necesario enviarles un mensaje a los representantes locales que quieren decidir por mí y por las mujeres de mi estado: el aborto legal y seguro no es, ni puede ser, una ficha política entre conservadores y liberales, demócratas o republicanos.

El aborto es un asunto de salud pública, derechos humanos y desigualdad económica.

Desde pequeña aprendí que no todas las personas —por género, clase o raza— recibimos el mismo trato por parte de las instituciones y los gobiernos.…  Seguir leyendo »

En este video, una trabajadora del hogar le pide al Congreso de Estados Unidos que apruebe la primera ley nacional de derechos para los trabajadores del hogar. Aunque existen protecciones laborales para quienes trabajan en fábricas, quienes conducen camiones y quienes dan clases, aún no hay protecciones similares para los trabajadores del hogar. Esta ley resarciría esa omisión.

La Alianza Nacional de Trabajadores del Hogar de Estados Unidos publicó una carta abierta dedicada a las mujeres de la película Roma: a Liboria Rodríguez, la niñera de la infancia del director Alfonso Cuarón e inspiración del personaje principal, Cleo, y a la actriz Yalitza Aparicio, cuya interpretación de Cleo le dio una dimensión humana y digna a las trabajadoras del hogar en el mundo.

Jacqui Orie es trabajadora del hogar y activista de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadores del Hogar de Estados Unidos.

US women lawmakers wore white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in the House of Representatives in solidarity with the women's suffragette movement. Photo: Getty Images.

It has been almost 100 years since women in the United States gained the right to vote but the US still is yet to have a woman elected as president. What do you think needs to change for there to be the first woman elected to the White House?

Amy Pope: I think it’s coming soon. In the last election, the woman candidate won a majority of the votes of the popular vote. Now, because of the way the US system works, she didn’t win a majority of the electoral college, which is what she would have needed to become president.…  Seguir leyendo »

El mes pasado el presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, habló sobre el comercio con China en una reunión de gabinete. Credit Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

Si algo podemos decir de Donald Trump es que nos ha dado muchas citas icónicas, que seguramente se repetirán en historias y libros de texto durante décadas, si no es que generaciones por venir. Por desgracia, se repetirán porque son ejemplos extremadamente claros de ideas malas.

En economía, la frase de Trump que se escucha con mayor frecuencia es que “las guerras comerciales son buenas y fáciles de ganar”. La segunda es su afirmación de “soy un hombre de aranceles”, junto con la promesa de que los extranjeros pagarán los aranceles que les ha venido imponiendo.

Ahora, esta última promesa es algo que podemos poner a prueba.…  Seguir leyendo »

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel at the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending the First World War. Photo: Getty Images.

Former US vice-president Joe Biden asserted at the 2019 Munich Security Conference that ‘this too shall pass’, referring to the Trump administration’s challenges to the transatlantic alliance structure and US commitment to multilateralism. Unfortunately, any assumption that America’s commitment to global engagement will revert to the status quo ante in 2021 if President Donald Trump is not re-elected belies the growing polarization in US public opinion about America’s role in the world.

This partisan divide in Americans’ sentiment pre-dated Trump’s election and is likely to continue whatever the outcome of the next US presidential election. Americans have long held ambivalent feelings about their relationship with the rest of the world.…  Seguir leyendo »

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The globe’s nuclear safety net is fraying badly. Dangers of nuclear confrontations are growing not only in Europe, with decisions by the presidents of both nuclear superpowers, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, to withdraw from a treaty banning intermediate-range missiles; they are suddenly rising, too, in Asia, where India and Pakistan — both nuclear powers — have carried out conventional airstrikes across the Kashmir divide. Elsewhere in Asia, negotiations between Mr. Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to begin a denuclearization process have abruptly ended.

The thickest, weight-bearing strands of this safety net are treaties that have been cast aside without being replaced.…  Seguir leyendo »

Why We Should Take Back Americans Who Fought for ISIS

What do we do with Westerners who fought on behalf of, or at least traveled to and joined, the Islamic State? Some like Hoda Muthana, who left college in Alabama to join the Islamic State in Syria, have expressed the desire to return to their native country.

As the Islamic State loses its last safe havens in eastern Syria and policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic confront the question of what to do with the Western “foreign fighters,” I thought I could add my voice and unique experiences to the discussion.

I was the first American foreign fighter for Al Qaeda after Sept.…  Seguir leyendo »

Los puntos de vista de Ivanka Trump sobre el Green New Deal (nuevo acuerdo verde) han sido calificados como de haberse hecho de oídos sordos. Credit Al Drago para The New York Times

Si son como yo, podría venirles bien dejar de hablar un rato sobre Donald Trump. Así que, ¿por qué no mejor hablar de Ivanka Trump? Verán, hace poco, esta mujer dijo algo que habría sido extraordinario en boca de un republicano, pero que fue verdaderamente impresionante viniendo de la hija del comandante jefe.

El tema del que se hablaba era la propuesta, que forma parte del Green New Deal (nuevo acuerdo verde), de que el gobierno ofrezca una garantía de empleos. Ivanka Trump despedazó la idea, alegando que los estadounidenses “querían trabajar por lo que reciben”, que querían vivir en un país “donde existe la posibilidad de subir en la escala social”.…  Seguir leyendo »

Watching a news broadcast in Seoul, on the second day of meetings between North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam. Credit Jung Yeon-Je/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Outside the North Korean Embassy in Hanoi, a glass case displaying an array of patriotic photographs was reportedly reorganized just before Kim Jong-un’s arrival. The chairman’s portrait remained untouched at the top of the vitrine, but the images of fruit orchards and fishing boats had been swapped out for those of factories and a satellite antenna. A South Korean reporter, standing outside the embassy, observed that the new pictures seemed “tailored to fit a theme of Vietnamese-style reform and opening.”

Instead, President Trump and Mr. Kim cut short their parley, ending the summit on Thursday with no agreement in hand. Much of the American foreign policy establishment, including Democratic legislators, reacted with smug surprise.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hanoi Summit Misfires

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, held on 27-28 February in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, was a disappointment. The parties announced that they had failed to reach an agreement. According to the post-summit statements made by Donald Trump and DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, the main stumbling block was the price that the North Koreans demanded in exchange for the dismantling of their nuclear centre in Yongbyon.

Pyongyang insisted that the Americans should lift their economic sanctions against the DPRK, which were detailed in five resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council in 2016 and 2017.…  Seguir leyendo »

Sanctions Against Syria Taking Aim at Russia

In early February, the US Senate approved Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, which is yet to pass through the House of Representatives and be signed into law by the President. More likely than not, it will be accepted in its present wording. For Russian public and private companies it is of importance from the point of view of its further codification of anti-Syria sanctions. Russia has consistently supported the government forces and is Syria’s crucial long-term partner in terms of its rebuilding as well as its economic development. To some extent, the bill enhances the sanction risks for them but will do little to change the situation in a fundamental way.…  Seguir leyendo »

President Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as they headed to a meeting at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Having participated in nuclear negotiations with North Korea, I know what failure smells like. The truncated Hanoi summit, which concluded abruptly without an agreement between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, carried an awful stench.

There were high expectations for this second meeting of American and North Korean leaders after the lack of progress on denuclearization commitments made at their first summit, in Singapore last summer. And yet, not only did Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim fail to offer more empty promises, they even dispensed with signing a joint statement, canceled their planned ceremonial lunch, and skipped the joint news conference.

This outcome shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise.…  Seguir leyendo »

El presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, conversó el 22 de febrero con Liu He, vice primer ministro de China, en el Despacho Oval. Credit Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

Ha habido algunas buenas noticias sobre el comercio mundial últimamente: todo parece indicar que una guerra comercial a gran escala entre Estados Unidos y China podría evitarse.

La mala noticia es que si, en efecto, vamos a celebrar un tratado comercial con China, básicamente será porque los chinos le están ofreciendo al presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, un beneficio político personal. Al mismo tiempo, se avecina un conflicto comercial mucho más peligroso con Europa. Los europeos, que todavía tienen esta cosa peculiar llamada Estado de derecho, no pueden recurrir a los sobornos para lograr la paz comercial.

Los antecedentes: el año pasado, el gobierno de Trump impuso aranceles a una amplia gama de productos chinos, los cuales abarcaron más de la mitad de las exportaciones de China a Estados Unidos.…  Seguir leyendo »

There were encouraging signs leading up to the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. For his part, Trump signaled a subtle but important shift in his approach toward North Korea’s denuclearization — repeatedly saying, “Speed is not important to me” and “I’m in no rush.” This indicated Trump finally was beginning to accept what most nonproliferation experts have been saying all along: That denuclearization of North Korea will be a long and complex process that may last over a decade.

The good vibes continued through the summit, as the usually reclusive Kim showed signs of opening up.…  Seguir leyendo »

«Si los estadounidenses pretenden entender el Brexit, verdaderamente Gran Bretaña tiene un problema grave». Las recientes palabras de la periodista británica del Guardian Arwah Mahdawi, residente en Nueva York, muestran un importante cambio en las percepciones mutuas. En cuanto perciben su acento británico, utilizado en Estados Unidos en películas o teleseries para subrayar la maldad de personajes siniestros y retorcidos, se ve obligada a explicar que en Londres todavía tienen algo parecido a un Gobierno y la isla continúa -por ahora- a flote. La salida de Gran Bretaña de la Unión Europea se ha convertido en asunto de moda y, dentro del desconocimiento del estadounidense medio respecto a lo que ocurre fuera de sus fronteras, suscita interés.…  Seguir leyendo »

Iranians burn US flags during commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the revolution in Tehran on 11 February. Photo: Getty Images.

On 25 February, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Tehran, only his third trip abroad since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, following trips to Russia in 2015 and 2017.

Assad’s Tehran visit is largely symbolic, marking the declared ‘victory’ of his forces with the support of Iran, but it can also be read as part of an escalating American-Iranian showdown that is playing out in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Iran’s narrative

The visit came shortly after US President Donald Trump declared victory against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Trump boasted on Twitter that ‘we have defeated ISIS’, with the ‘we’ referring to the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition.…  Seguir leyendo »

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un meet at the start of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore 12 June 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

What has happened since the first U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore?

At the conclusion of the Singapore summit last June, the U.S. and North Korea issued a statement calling for a new bilateral relationship, a stable peninsular peace regime, efforts toward denuclearisation of the peninsula, and the recovery of U.S. soldiers’ remains from the Korean War. The statement lacked detail as to how and when these goals might be achieved. These gaps had the advantage of not setting the bar too high, but the pervasive vagueness was criticized.

The lack of clear direction from Singapore contributed to patchy dialogue through the rest of the year and – though both sides took what might be viewed as confidence-building steps – no major progress was made.…  Seguir leyendo »

Trump Meets Kim Jong-un This Week

And so they meet again. President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the ruler of North Korea, are expected to gather this week in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a second round of nuclear negotiations. Mr. Kim bested Mr. Trump at their first meeting in Singapore in June last year. And he is poised to do so again.

The reason is simple: He has a strategy and the Americans do not. The United States hopes to somehow keep the world safe from North Korea. But Mr. Kim has an actual plan to make the world safe for North Korea.

Mr. Kim’s plan — the same as his father’s and grandfather’s, and one breathtakingly revisionist — is nothing less than unconditional reunification of the Korean Peninsula under the control of his government in Pyongyang.…  Seguir leyendo »

El socialismo estadounidense

El socialismo, agotado y carente de imaginación en Europa, encuentra una nueva e inesperada juventud en Estados Unidos. ¿Es que no nos vamos a librar nunca de esta ideología? Y como todo lo que ocurre en Estados Unidos tarde o temprano termina llegando a Europa, debemos observar de cerca esta resurrección estadounidense. Una nueva generación, casi siempre mujeres jóvenes elegidas para el Congreso el pasado mes de noviembre, no duda en denominarse socialista, lo que en Estados Unidos es una aberración histórica, porque el socialismo nunca ha sido estadounidense. El único político contemporáneo conocido que apela al socialismo es Bernie Sanders, un candidato desafortunado en las elecciones presidenciales; popular, desde luego, por pintoresco, pero marginal.…  Seguir leyendo »