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User Profile: Madeleine Brink

About Madeleine Brink
I am a linguist and teacher with a background in American Studies and Spanish. Having lived in various parts of the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Spain, and having taught both Spanish and English languages at the university level as well as in business settings and academies, I firmly believe in the power of cultural exchange and appreciation as one way into widening and deepening ourselves, our conversations, and our relationships.

This user has submitted 51 translations to Watching America.

Donald Trump Is on a Roll

March 16, 2020 // Diario Libre - Spain - Spanish

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump was a risky electoral move that has blown up in the Democrats’ faces. Even if they weren’t able to dethrone him, their strategy was to poison public opinion against him. But according to Gallup polls, 53% of Americans were not in favor of the strategy. Instead of resembling [Read more]

The Divine Extreme Right

January 14, 2020 // Prensa Libre - Guatemala - Spanish

This religious movement—mainly, and successfully, a political strategy—now threatens the civil rights of citizens in a majority of Latin American countries, where members of these religious groups have infiltrated the political realm. [Read more]

The 1916 Occupation: The View from the North

July 13, 2019 // Diario Libre - Dominican Republic - Spanish

The classic work on the 1916 invasion of the Dominican Republic, “The Americans in Santo Domingo” (1928), was written by an American economist and historian named Melvin Moses Knight. He was given the task of carrying out this study by the American Fund for Public Service as part of a series of studies on the role [Read more]

What’s No Longer Left

July 2, 2019 // El Caribe - Dominican Republic - Spanish

[T]he most important aspect of our country cannot be bought. It is a characteristic which big international cities and powerful nations lack, but of which we have more than enough: human solidarity. [Read more]

The American Friend of Spanish Literature

March 22, 2019 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

<i>The family of Anthony Kerrigan keeps a collection of letters he wrote to three generations of Spanish language authors, from Cela to Bellow, from Borges to Gil de Biedma, in Mallorca. He was their friend, as well as their translator.</i> He gave voice to three generations of Spanish-speaking writers, and he was [Read more]

The 22nd Amendment

January 22, 2019 // El Caribe - Dominican Republic - Spanish

[P]roposals to eliminate the amendment’s prohibition on serving more than eight years as president are founded on arguments ... that [it] limits the voice and will of the people. [Read more]


January 9, 2019 // El Caribe - Dominican Republic - Spanish

On Dec. 31, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chili, Malaysia, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, together totaling 500 million inhabitants, formed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. These countries represent a global gross domestic product of $10 billion as well [Read more]

There Were Women in the Beat Generation, Too

December 1, 2018 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

When Elise Cowen (New York, 1933-1962) committed suicide by jumping out of her 7th story window, her parents asked her acquaintances to burn everything she had written. They didn’t want the world to find out what her lifestyle had been like: drugs, sex, lesbian relationships, an abortion, asylums and more. Much of [Read more]

Blood Cocktail

October 23, 2018 // El País - Spain - Spanish

The tragic death of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of a hitman hired by the heir to the throne, Mohammad bin Salman, is a new and grave breakdown in globalization during the Trump era. [Read more]

Donald Trump, the Pop Icon

September 10, 2018 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

One step at a time, Donald Trump is climbing the celebrity Everest for those whose cultural presence transcends their career, for the celebrities who help define an era. He is becoming a pop icon. Only a handful of characters, including Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter and Darth Vader have achieved such status. His blonde [Read more]

Immigration Solicited By a Family Member

August 28, 2018 // Listín Diario - Dominican Republic - Spanish

The U.S. Consulate receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States? An immigration visa, commonly known as a green card, permits someone to reside permanently in the United States. An immigration visa normally must be solicited for an [Read more]

The Northern Triangle

July 4, 2018 // El Caribe - Dominican Republic - Spanish

According to the Pew Research Center ... illegal Mexican immigration to the U.S. has decreased in the last few years, while it has increased for people migrating from the Northern Triangle. [Read more]

Dangerous Escalation

November 23, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

If there is a region in the world where tensions could lead to conflicts with terrible consequences, it is the Middle East. Washington, the principal ally of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and Moscow, ally of Iran and Syria, should act soon to lessen the tension. [Read more]

Patience, Tolerance and Prudence

October 12, 2017 // El Nuevo Día - Puerto Rico - Spanish

When I told my wife that, in addition to her mother, aunt, nieces and nephews, and my daughter and grandchild, we would have a few more guests – Patience, Tolerance and Prudence – staying with us to enjoy the discomforts of our home, she replied: please do, we could use their company. These three friends have stuck [Read more]

Batty Talk about Cuba

June 29, 2017 // El Caribe - Dominican Republic - Spanish

Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush... After almost 60 years – of blockade, assassination attempts, invasions, sabotage, exclusion, and threats directed against a socialist reality that’s 90 miles away – Obama finally recognized Washington’s [Read more]