América

‘Almost every creator and consumer of TikTok I have spoken to does not care about potential data collection by China.’ Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

I’m a TikTok creator. I’ve used TikTok to build a multimillion dollar business, focused on sharing interesting things I’ve learned in life and throughout my years in college. TikTok allowed me to create a community and help further my goal of educating the public. I always feared that one day, it would be threatened. And now, it’s happening.

Why does the US government want to ban TikTok? The reasons given include TikTok’s foreign ownership and its “addictive” nature, but I suspect that part of the reason is that the app primarily appeals to younger generations who often hold political and moral views that differ significantly from those of older generations, including many of today’s politicians.…  Seguir leyendo »

En México, el misterio comienza el día después de las elecciones

No hay misterio sobre la identidad de la mujer que va a ocupar la silla presidencial en México los siguientes seis años. Claudia Sheinbaum, candidata del partido oficial, contempla los comicios del próximo 2 de junio desde la cómoda ventaja, que le otorgan las encuestas, de más de 20 puntos de distancia respecto a su principal rival, Xóchitl Gálvez, abanderada de los partidos tradicionales, PAN, PRI y PRD, hoy en la oposición. Los modelos de predicción le atribuyen a Sheinbaum un margen que va de un 86% a un 94% de probabilidades de triunfo.

El verdadero suspenso reside en otro lado.…  Seguir leyendo »

Demonstrating in support of democracy in Mexico City, May 2024. Gustavo Graf / Reuters

On June 2, Mexican voters will head to the polls to elect a new president, congress, nine governors, and tens of thousands of local officials. Competing for the top job are Claudia Sheinbaum—the chosen candidate of Morena, the ruling party, and former Mexico City mayor, who commands a significant lead in the polls—and Xóchitl Gálvez, a successful businesswoman and former senator supported by a coalition of opposition parties. Six months later, north of the border, the United States will follow suit, with U.S. President Joe Biden and Donald Trump each seeking a second presidential term.

Over the past six years, the tenor of U.S.-Mexican…  Seguir leyendo »

Watch List 2024 – Spring Update. Haiti: A New Government Faces Up to the Gangs

Gang violence, which has tightened its grip on Haiti since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July 2021, took a drastic turn for the worse at the end of February. Rather than fighting each other for turf, as they have done for years, the most powerful criminal gangs operating in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings made a non-aggression pact in order to forge a united front against the Haitian authorities. The gangs, which had been loosely organised in two rival coalitions known as the G9 and the Gpèp, proceeded to launch coordinated attacks on government buildings and critical infrastructure while the interim prime minister, Ariel Henry, was out of the country.…  Seguir leyendo »

El presidente de Argentina, Javier Milei, en la presentación de su libro 'Capitalismo, socialismo y la trampa neoclásica' en el Luna Park de Buenos Aires.MATIAS BAGLIETTO (Europa Press)

El paseo del presidente argentino por España no pudo tener un cierre más ideal para Pedro Sánchez y Javier Milei. Milei adora dejar una estela de escándalo por cada lugar que toca, y no había mejor publicidad doméstica para el libertario que la reacción inmediatamente ofendida del presidente del Gobierno español; a la vez, no debe haber personaje extranjero contra el cual le calce mejor confrontar al sinuoso Pedro, que contra el gritón Javier. Juntos proveen un espectáculo masivo que invita a tomar partido, que pone en juego las emociones viscerales y renueva la discusión sobre qué significan el respeto, el honor y la soberanía nacional.…  Seguir leyendo »

El paisaje mexicano huele a sangre (General Eulalio Gutiérrez, 1915)

México vive una gravísima regresión histórica. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) ha minado varias instituciones útiles del siglo XXI y del XX. Ha amenazado también a las que nos legaron los liberales del siglo XIX: la autonomía de la Suprema Corte de Justicia, el juicio de amparo, las garantías individuales y la libertad de expresión. Él es el principal responsable de que haya vuelto el “México bronco” posterior a la Revolución.

Ese México encontró un acuerdo político entre 1929 y 2000. Era el famoso “sistema político mexicano”, que Mario Vargas Llosa llamó “la dictadura perfecta”.…  Seguir leyendo »

El presidente argentino, Javier Milei, en un momento de su intervención el domingo en el acto de Vox en Madrid.Foto: MANU FERNANDEZ (AP) | Vídeo: EPV

Argentina y España arrastran una profunda historia común. En distintas oleadas migratorias, algunas en el siglo XIX y otras en el siglo XX, miles de españoles buscaron en tierras argentinas refugio para sobrellevar un presente y construir un futuro. Todo eso ha llevado a que hoy vivan en Argentina cerca de 500.000 ciudadanos hispánicos, siendo así la mayor comunidad de españoles inmigrantes del mundo.

También pasó que muchos argentinos recalaron en España buscando un mejor futuro. En los años en que la dictadura militar asoló nuestra patria, muchos argentinos encontraron refugio en tierras españolas que supieron acogerlos y preservarlos de la violencia que el terrorismo de Estado desató sobre miles de hombres y mujeres inocentes.…  Seguir leyendo »

Protesting weapons shipments to Israel in front of the White House, Washington, D.C., May 2024. Craig Hudson / Reuters

On May 8, the Biden administration confirmed that it was withholding a major weapons shipment to the Israel Defense Forces. It was the biggest step that the United States has taken in decades to restrain Israel’s actions. The decision concerned a consignment of 2,000-pound bombs—weapons that the United States generally avoids in urban warfare, and which White House officials believed that Israel would use in its Rafah operation in the Gaza Strip—and did not affect other weapons transfers. Nonetheless, the administration’s willingness to employ measures that could materially constrain Israel’s behavior reflected its growing frustration with Israel’s nearly eight-month-old war in Gaza.…  Seguir leyendo »

US President Joe Biden boards Air Force One before departing Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on May 21, 2024 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The temperature has been steadily rising on US–Israel relations this month. President Biden warned on 8 May that he would halt certain weapon deliveries if Israel launched a major ground invasion of Rafah. But new polling suggests this did little to improve his approval ratings and that he may be losing momentum in key swing states.

Meanwhile Gaza war protests were surging across US college campuses, underscoring a generational change in attitudes among Jewish Americans, with younger American Jews less wedded to supporting Israel than their elders. Younger Jewish Americans are, for example, far less willing to support sending aircraft carriers to defend Israel and less supportive of Biden visiting the country.…  Seguir leyendo »

When I was mayor of Mexico City, I led a comprehensive strategy to improve the security of the capital’s residents. The results were impressive: between December 2018 and June 2023 the average daily number of intentional homicides fell by 51%, returning to levels seen before the four-year spike that immediately preceded the new strategy. Crimes classed as “high-impact” fell by 58% and violent vehicle theft by 69%.

The strategy that made these achievements possible rested on four pillars. The first involved focusing on the cause of insecurity with youth programmes introduced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and other social programmes I implemented in Mexico City to improve well-being and break the vicious cycle of violence.…  Seguir leyendo »

In recent years Mexico has found itself grappling with a deep security crisis, threatening its very democratic foundations. As criminal organisations cast a shadow over society, the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has failed to fulfil its basic responsibility of protecting the life and freedom of citizens. Criminal violence remains unchecked, and the government increasingly resorts to post-truth politics and unlawful, undemocratic means to maintain power.

At the heart of Mexico’s democratic woes lies the pervasive influence of organised crime. While my country has long struggled with criminal impunity and violence, Mr López Obrador’s time in office has seen an unprecedented escalation in the power and reach of these illegal networks.…  Seguir leyendo »

Nikki Haley supporters attend a rally for the Republican presidential candidate in Spring, Texas, on March 4. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Remember that early spring phenomenon known as the “Nikki Haley voter”, the supposed key to Joe Biden’s reelection? Yeah, I agree: It’s a hazy memory. It appears Biden and his campaign team have completely forgotten about them — and that’s a big mistake.

The Haley voter has been reduced to scrolling the dating apps. One can imagine a typical profile: “I refuse to be taken for granted. Prove you want me, and we can talk”.

The arc of Biden’s campaign is forever caught between two forces: the progressive left of his party’s coalition and the moderate bent of college-educated suburbanites, including Republicans who regard Donald Trump as a pustule upon the festering posterior of their once-sensibly conservative party.…  Seguir leyendo »

Reporters gather before a White House press briefing in 2019. (Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post)

“I say up front, openly and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events”, Donald Trump posted on Truth Social in September in an attack on NBC News. “The Fake News Media should pay a big price for what they have done to our once great Country”.

What could Trump do to the news media and their ability to inform the American people? Judging by what he did in his first term, plenty.

As president, he habitually attacked the news media and individual journalists as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people”, undermining public trust in the fact-finding press.…  Seguir leyendo »

Juicio al rey Trump

El drama que está protagonizando el expresidente estadounidense Donald Trump en un tribunal de la ciudad de Nueva York es más que un simple juicio penal, es una competencia entre distintas concepciones del poder: un sistema democrático liberal de derecho contra una concepción iliberal que sitúa a la fuente de autoridad fuera del sistema legal actual.

Según la visión convencional —más allá de que por primera vez en la historia de EE. UU. el acusado es un expresidente (y candidato a presidente)— se trata simplemente de otro caso penal; los fiscales están tratando de demostrar más allá de toda duda razonable que Trump falsificó registros comerciales deliberada e ilegalmente para ocultar un pago a la actriz de películas para adultos Stormy Daniels, para que guardara silencio sobre un supuesto encuentro sexual con él.…  Seguir leyendo »

Higher Education Needs More Socrates and Plato

The right attacks colleges and universities as leftist and woke. Progressives castigate them as perpetuating patriarchy and white privilege. The burdens of these culture war assaults are compounded by parents worried that the exorbitant costs of higher education aren’t worth it.

No wonder Americans’ faith in universities is at a low. Only 36 percent of Americans have confidence in higher education, according to a survey by Gallup last year, a significant drop from eight years ago. And this was before colleges and universities across the country were swept up in a wave of protests and counter-protests over the war in Gaza.…  Seguir leyendo »

La más colosal de las mentiras

La noche del viernes 14 de junio de 2013 se celebró en la Casa de los Pueblos, que se alza frente a la desierta plaza de la Revolución en Managua, una fastuosa ceremonia en la que el empresario chino Wang Jing se hizo acompañar de una rutilante comitiva para presentar el proyecto del siglo, el canal interoceánico que su empresa HKND, inscrita en Gran Caimán, construiría en Nicaragua en un tiempo récord de cinco años, a un costo de 50.000 millones de dólares.

El decreto presidencial 840, que le otorgaba la concesión por 100 años para construir y operar el canal, había sido ratificado 72 horas antes por la Asamblea Nacional, y publicado en el diario oficial en idioma inglés, sin tiempo para una traducción decente.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum in Mexico City, September 2023. Henry Romero / Reuters

As Mexico’s June 2 presidential election draws near, more is at stake than a competition among political parties. For the past five and a half years, the country’s prototypical populist leader, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, has driven a process of democratic backsliding that mirrors developments in countries across the globe. Democracies are no longer dying primarily as a result of military coups carried out by generals with tanks and rifles. Mexico’s democracy, like many others, is being destroyed by a freely elected and popular president who has manipulated democratic institutions and seeks to change not just the rules of the electoral game but also the entire political system so that his party remains in power.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israeli airstrikes on northern Gaza seen from the Kfar Aza region of Israel on May 12, 2024. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Within six months, US President Joe Biden went from categorically refusing to condition aid to Israel to threatening to halt certain weapons deliveries should Israel decide to invade Rafah in southern Gaza without a civilian protection plan in place. Just before his public ultimatum, Biden issued an order to pause a shipment of large bombs to Israel to ‘deliver a message’ to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This change in attitude, while no doubt politically significant, is of no practical consequence to Israel’s warfighting capacity in Gaza. Its significantly weaker foe, Hamas, has lost most of its combat power due to Israeli strikes.…  Seguir leyendo »

En busca de los desaparecidos de México

En junio de 2020 fui secuestrado por hombres armados y que exigieron un pago por mi rescate. A diferencia de otros miles de mexicanos que han sido secuestrados, yo sobreviví. Esta es mi historia, y la historia de cómo la violencia ha destruido familias, vidas y a mi país. Fotografías y texto por Manuel Bayo Gisbert

Mi pareja de entonces y yo estábamos en la carretera, a las afueras de Ciudad de México, filmando una película experimental cuando un grupo de hombres armados se acercó a nosotros. Nuestro error fue utilizar una cámara en el lugar equivocado y en el momento equivocado.…  Seguir leyendo »

Vehículos sumergidos en la localidad de São Leopoldo, en el Estado brasileño Rio Grande do Sul.Andre Penner (AP)

Cuando la lluvia se hizo omnipresente y las aguas empezaron a subir en Porto Alegre, la capital del Estado más al sur de Brasil, hacía solo dos semanas que mi amiga había salido del hospital. Se recuperaba de una operación particularmente difícil para una mujer, la extirpación de un pecho para eliminar un tumor cancerígeno, lo que ya es entrar en territorio desconocido. Entonces las aguas empezaron a subir y subir, los bajos del edificio se inundaron, se fue la luz, el agua que sobraba fuera faltaba en los grifos. Las reservas de alimentos se acabarían en tres días, pero mi amiga ya no podía salir de casa ni pedir ayuda a sus hijos, porque el edificio estaba aislado.…  Seguir leyendo »