The Conversation

Is Cutting Central American Aid Going to Help Stop the Flow of Migrants?

Like many experts, I argue that slashing aid is counterproductive because foreign assistance can address the root causes of migration, such as violence and poverty.

  • Jun 21, 2019
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Thousands of Asylum Seekers Left Waiting at the US-Mexico Border

In November 2018, most asylum seekers waited a few days or weeks for their turn on the list to request asylum at the port of entry. Now, asylum seekers wait one to two months in most cities for the chance to ask for asylum at a port of entry.

  • Jun 17, 2019
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Brazilian Universities Fear Bolsonaro Plan to Eliminate Humanities and Slash Public Education Budgets

Protesters in cities and towns across Brazil took to the streets to condemn an education ministry proposal to reduce funding for Brazilian public universities by 30% during the remainder of 2019.

  • Jun 13, 2019
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Migrants Will Pay the Price of Mexico’s Tariff Deal With Trump

Dignity will come at great cost to both Mexico and to the migrants fleeing extreme poverty and violence in Central America.

  • Jun 11, 2019
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Trophies Made From Human Skulls Hint at Regional Conflicts Around the Time of Maya Civilization’s Mysterious Collapse

Two trophy skulls, recently discovered by archaeologists in the jungles of Belize, may help shed light on the little-understood collapse of the once powerful Classic Maya civilization.

  • Jun 10, 2019
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Convicts Are Returning to Farming, and Anti-Immigrant Policies Are the Reason

Prison inmates are picking fruits and vegetables at a rate not seen since Jim Crow.

  • Jun 7, 2019
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Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Don’t Make Sense, But Americans Will Pay a Steep Price Anyway If They Go Into Effect

As a scholar who studies trade policy, I have a hard time agreeing with the president’s strategy that tariffs can be used as a stick to pressure another country to do whatever he wants.

  • Jun 6, 2019
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Violence Climbs in Colombia as President Chips Away at Landmark Peace Deal With FARC Guerrillas

Under Iván Duque’s leadership, the government’s progress on fulfilling its commitments to peace has slowed to nearly a standstill.

  • Jun 4, 2019
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Child Migrants Around the World Are Being Denied Their Human Rights

The global community needs to treat these children with dignity, providing them with access to education and healthcare, and ensuring that alternative care rather than detention is available.

  • May 28, 2019
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Long Considered a High Honor, the Valedictorian Tradition Faces an Uncertain Future

Earlier this year, Natalie Ramos, a graduating senior in Vallejo, California, protested on social media when she was told she would have to share the valedictorian honor with nine other students.

  • May 20, 2019
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Misreading the Story of Climate Change and the Maya

While Earth has not been this warm in human history, we can learn about coping with climate change by looking to the Classic Maya civilization.

  • May 20, 2019
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When Americans Go to the Polls, They Look to the Past — Not the Future

Studies show that Americans view elections (especially presidential ones) as a referendum on the past performance of an officeholder, a political party or the current administration.

  • May 14, 2019
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Charging Asylum Application Fees Is the Latest Way the US Could Make Immigrants Pay for Its Red Tape

The ability to pay should never stand in the way of refugees and asylum-seekers obtaining the protection to which they are legally entitled.

  • May 13, 2019
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Truth, Justice and Declassification: Secret Archives Show US Helped Argentine Military Wage ‘Dirty War’ That Killed 30,000

Documents include the forced disappearances of 30,000 people, international assassination squads that stalked their victims abroad and the kidnapping of hundreds of babies born in detention.

  • May 10, 2019
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A World Without Immigration Detention Is Possible

As almost every country around the world detains asylum-seekers or other migrants, they are relying on detention to deter, punish and serve a variety of other purposes.

  • May 9, 2019
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Brazil’s Long, Strange Love Affair With the Confederacy Ignites Racial Tension

How did an American debate about racism make its way to this Latin American nation?

  • May 9, 2019
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The Kentucky Derby Has a Secret Latino History

This Triple Crown season, which opens on May 4 with the Kentucky Derby, horses with Latin American bloodlines are among the top favorites.

  • May 4, 2019
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Spanish Voters Rebuff Radical Right… For Now

Vox was founded in 2013 by Popular Party defectors with an anti-feminist, anti-gay and anti-immigrant political agenda.

  • May 1, 2019
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The US White Majority Will Soon Disappear Forever

White nationalists want America to be white again. But this will never happen. America is on its way to becoming predominantly nonwhite.

  • Apr 30, 2019
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The Benefits That Places Like Dayton, Ohio, Reap by Welcoming Immigrants

During the decade leading up to 2016, the city’s foreign-born population had roughly doubled to about 7,000, making it home to one of the nation’s fastest-growing immigrant communities.

  • Apr 29, 2019
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Missing School Is a Given for Children of Migrant Farmworkers

Each year, school-aged children living with their families in California’s migrant family housing centers, many of whom are U.S. citizens, miss between three to six months of schooling.

  • Apr 26, 2019
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