The Conversation

Bolsonaro’s Approval Rating Is Worse Than Any Past Brazilian President at the 100-Day Mark

Many Brazilians feel this right-wing former congressman has not delivered on his campaign promises.

  • Apr 22, 2019
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Trump Declares Economic War on Cuba

The harsh new sanctions reverse “the disastrous Obama-era policies, and finally end the glamorization of socialism and communism,” national security adviser John Bolton said.

  • Apr 22, 2019
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Bringing the Border Closer to Home, One Immersion Trip at a Time

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans take alternative spring breaks and mission trips or embark on “voluntourism” journeys.

  • Apr 19, 2019
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One Year After Nicaraguan Uprising, Ortega Is Back in Control

Nicaragua’s “tropical spring” has lost its momentum. What happened?

  • Apr 18, 2019
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Franco’s Invisible Legacy: Books Across the Hispanic World Are Still Scarred by His Censorship

To this day, translations of many world classics and works of Spanish literature are being reprinted using expurgated texts approved by the dictator’s censors—often without publishers even realizing it, let alone readers.

  • Apr 16, 2019
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How Hispanics Really Feel About Trump

As researchers who regularly examine public opinion, we know it’s a stretch to conclude that half of Hispanics approve of Trump, let alone suggest that a majority back his proposed immigration policies.

  • Apr 16, 2019
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Europe’s Refugee Crisis Explains Why Border Walls Don’t Stop Migration

As my doctoral research into Europe’s 2015-2016 refugee crisis shows, stricter border control doesn’t stop migration. Often, it makes it more dangerous.

  • Apr 13, 2019
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This Small Mexican Border Town Prizes Its Human and Environmental Links With the US

A local vision for the border that is strikingly different from the prevailing U.S. view.

  • Apr 12, 2019
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Migrants’ Stories: Why They Flee

I have spent much of the last decade conducting on-the-ground fieldwork in Central America, and along the migration paths through Mexico, seeking answers.

  • Apr 10, 2019
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The New Brazilian Government Is Devoid of Ideas

In the months since, however, many Brazilians who voted for Jair Bolsanaro in the hopes of leaving political crises behind them are disappointed.

  • Apr 8, 2019
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Nixon and Reagan Tried Closing the Border to Pressure Mexico: Here’s What Happened

History suggests that threats of border closure may be politically useful but are never a real answer to human tragedy.

  • Apr 5, 2019
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Venezuela’s Power Struggle Reaches a Tense Stalemate, as Human Suffering Deepens

Even in a country where crisis has become the norm, the past month has been eventful.

  • Apr 4, 2019
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Oil’s Corrosive Impact on Democracy Is the True Socialist Gateway Drug

The bogeyman of Venezuelan “socialism” has had repercussions throughout the Americas.

  • Apr 4, 2019
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Mexican War on Drugs Has, in Places, Decreased Life Expectancy

In Mexico, life expectancy increased for more than six decades, but as we found in our new research, this rate slowed down between 2005 and 2015, and in some states even reversed.

  • Apr 3, 2019
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How Mexican Advertising Featuring Rich White People Perpetuates Racism and Classism

My recently published research examines how this aspirational advertising demonstrates racial and social inequalities in Mexico, and reinforces colonial thinking in the country.

  • Mar 26, 2019
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The Promise and Peril of the Dominican Baseball Pipeline

Enmeshed in a system that encourages them to specialize in baseball at an early age, Dominican players are left with little to fall back on when baseball doesn’t pan out.

  • Mar 25, 2019
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There’s No Way to Stop Human Trafficking by Treating It as an Immigration Enforcement Problem

The Trump administration’s efforts to slow the pace of immigration are making conditions more precarious for undocumented workers and causing an uptick in human trafficking.

  • Mar 22, 2019
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For Native Americans, US-Mexico Border Is an ‘Imaginary Line’

“Our relatives are all considered ‘aliens,’” said the Yaqui elder and activist José Matus. “They’re not aliens…. They’re indigenous to this land.”

  • Mar 19, 2019
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Mexico’s Frontera Sur: Life Carries On in This Place of Permanent Mobility

The day we arrive in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, the southern Mexican state that borders Guatemala, all is quiet.

  • Mar 16, 2019
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Which Countries Have the Most Immigrants?

The proportion of immigrants varies considerably from one country to another. In some, it exceeds half the population, while in others it is below 0.1%. Which countries have the most immigrants? Where do they come from? How are they distributed across the world?

  • Mar 11, 2019
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