The Conversation

Parkland Shooting: One Year Later, Congress Still Avoids Action on Gun Control

Why are the public’s pleas on this and other issues ignored?

  • Feb 14, 2019
  • 11:21 am

Venomous Yellow Scorpions Are Moving Into Brazil’s Big Cities, and the Infestation May Be Unstoppable

It is a hallmark of what those of us in the complex problems field call a “VUCA” world—a world that’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

  • Feb 11, 2019
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Hope and Anguish in a Mexican Refugee Shelter: Researcher Records Stories of Central American Asylum Seekers

Tochán responds to the basic needs of the men, including the provision of beds, clothing, meals and toiletries.

  • Feb 10, 2019
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López Obrador Clashes With Courts After Vowing ‘Poverty’ for Mexican Government

At a press conference on February 1, the Mexican president said his government would embrace what he called “Franciscan poverty” if it would “transfer funds to the people” and achieve “development, jobs and welfare.”

  • Feb 8, 2019
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ICE Detainees on Hunger Strike Are Being Force-Fed, Just Like Guantánamo Detainees Before Them

As with the Guantánamo detainees, migrants are risking starvation, but not because they want to die.

  • Feb 7, 2019
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How Central American Migrants Helped Revive the US Labor Movement

Guatemalan and Salvadoran immigrants have organized far-reaching workers rights’ campaigns in migrant-dominated industries that mainstream unions had thought to be untouchable.

  • Feb 1, 2019
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Community Schools Score Key Victory in LA Teachers Strike

Working with communities to improve schooling —and thereby democracy— is a central premise of the growing community schools movement.

  • Jan 31, 2019
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Mexico Is Bleeding: Can Its New President Stop the Violence?

More than 250,000 people have been murdered and 35,000 have disappeared since the beginning of Mexico’s drug war.

  • Jan 30, 2019
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Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike Under Bolsonaro

By Robert T. Walker, University of Florida Over the past 25 years that I have been conducting environmental research in the Amazon, I have witnessed the the ongoing destruction of the world’s biggest rainforest. Twenty percent of it has been deforested by now—an area larger than Texas. I therefore grew hopeful when environmental policies began […]

  • Jan 28, 2019
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Two Things You May Have Missed in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

The film contains other subtle but important elements that have been largely ignored by critics so far.

  • Jan 9, 2019
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More DREAMs Come True in California: How Tuition Waivers Opened Doors for Undocumented Students

Our findings carry important implications for the estimated 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

  • Jan 2, 2019
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Rightist Bolsonaro Takes Office in Brazil, Promising Populist Change to Angry Voters

Bolsonaro used a Trump-style populist playbook to win the Brazilian presidency in October with 54 percent of the vote.

  • Jan 2, 2019
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Who Is Responsible for Migrants?

The flow of refugees and asylum-seekers from poor countries to the United States border is often attributed, incorrectly, to domestic unrest in a far-off nation.

  • Dec 28, 2018
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Bolsonaro’s Anger Won Over Working-Class Brazilians, But His Presidency May Betray Them

The “Trump of the Tropics” is known for his law-and-order rhetoric, racist and sexist remarks, pro-business stances and outsider pledges to upend politics as usual.

  • Dec 27, 2018
  • 9:11 am

Remembering the Caravan: 5 Essential Reads That Show the Desperation of Central American Migrants

Pieces that explain this human drama, not amplify political rhetoric about refugees.

  • Dec 26, 2018
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The Challenge of Parenting in a Migrant Caravan

Children in these circumstances are more likely to suffer from mental health problems.

  • Dec 6, 2018
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WhatsApp Skewed Brazilian Election, Proving Social Media’s Danger to Democracy

Misinformation via social media played a troubling role in boosting far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency.

  • Dec 5, 2018
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Latinos Can Be an Electoral Force in 2020

The midterms hold important lessons for the next national vote.

  • Nov 19, 2018
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Democracy Is at Risk in Latin America and the Far Right Is Moving in: Here’s How It Went Wrong for the Left

The risk is that democracy is failing many, increasingly normalizing the demonization of the “other.”

  • Nov 9, 2018
  • 12:03 pm