User Profile: Tristan Franz
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Reviving the middle of the country has become a priority in the U.S. political agenda. Donald Trump has proposed such a revival in the most absurd way possible: turning back time. [Read more]
The team in the White House is well aware that any increase in tariffs serves as much to reduce U.S. trade with the rest of the world as it does to penalize the American consumer. [Read more]
Whitten's happy hour reveals how well blacks are doing in the U.S. [Read more]
While the European Union opens a new era of relations with Cuba and begins a permanent process of cooperation and investment on the island, the U.S. administration takes a step in the opposite direction, arbitrarily passing legislation that casts a shadow over the historic agreements reached by Presidents Raul Castro [Read more]
In these times of raids and crackdowns, life is a game of roulette, where walking down the street, being at work or having a broken taillight could be all it takes to send you back. [Read more]
A spectacular political tsunami has begun which, fortunately, will bring the fall of Trump and those who share his fake patriotism. [Read more]
In the face of China's unstoppable rise, the U.S. is suffocating from the irreversible loss of its hegemony. [Read more]
The man with the peculiar head of hair knows what he knows and he knows it because he knows it. [Read more]
While the visit was a way of building on the continued friendship between our two nations, it's worth looking at the two issues of disagreement we need to resolve. [Read more]
Trump's displays of power seem more like a way of escaping a reality that is much more difficult and complex than he could have imagined as a candidate. [Read more]
Our world is now a global village. We're all one. And I'm American.
Two great nations ... and the men on both sides choosing the fastest way to die. Something isn't right. [Read more]
“Border Wall” is a documentary that came out 11 years ago. It's hard to find. It isn't in DVD stores, which hardly exist now, and you can only find it for sale online from suspicious sources.
The reason I decided to track down a copy is because it was produced by Steve Bannon, senior adviser to President Donald [Read more]
What we are seeing makes no sense. But neither does Trump. [Read more]
The erosion of democracy brings us to a period of uncertainty in the systems of peace and security that have governed the planet since World War II and particularly since the end of the Cold War. [Read more]
It’s unfair to include Caribbean and Central American nations on the list of large ports for drug trafficking. [Read more]
Cabrero is optimistic about what's to come. [Read more]
Americans may well commit the greatest stupidity of their lifetime by electing one of the most stupid politicians the country has ever produced. [Read more]
The CIA’s record is enough to bring tears to the eye. [Read more]
Followers of Trump and Obama do have one thing in common: the idea of change. [Read more]
Barack Obama will finally visit Spain before the end of his term. He follows the tradition of U.S. presidents that have always visited Spain since we reinstated democracy. The complicated political calendar in Spain forces the American president to land in our country on July 9, just two weeks after the repeated [Read more]
There's no free lunch, says Uncle Sam. But it seems absurd to me that in Colombia we choose a handful of dollars over the lives of millions of people. Life has no price. [Read more]
Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew had announced that the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, who served as the first secretary of the treasury (1789-1795) and established the country’s first bank, would no longer be the face of the $10 bill.* He should have rethought his decision, though, as the musical “Hamilton” [Read more]
"Mexico's court system is corrupt. I want nothing to do with Mexico other than to build an impenetrable wall and stop them from ripping off the U.S." According to those who claim to know, Trump declared this out of frustration and rage after his third failed attempt at doing important business in Mexico. He turned this [Read more]
In Donald Trump's world, not all human beings are created equal. [Read more]
The new law forces one to assume that the public display of firearms in Texas will only encourage more shooting incidents and jeopardize citizens' security. [Read more]
Iran's seemingly endless anti-American campaign projects the views not of society as a whole but of a small, loud-mouthed elite that uses 'anti-Yankeeism' as a tool to distort reality.
The U.S. believes that keeping drugs illegal is the most efficient way of protecting young people from addiction. [Read more]
The fundamental responsibility still lies with us, as there continues to be no seriousness, clarity or consequence to our work. [Read more]
Why this outburst of racist brutality against blacks, just months before Obama's presidency ends? [Read more]
The United States and the Western alliance have improved their relations with Iran and Cuba, Venezuela's partners, and other countries sympathetic to the revolutionary cause. However, commercial and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and our country still face considerable obstacles.
President Maduro's government [Read more]
Porfirio Diaz declared to the foreign press (Creelman 1908) that Mexico was ready for democracy. One hundred years later, democracy is still not ready for Mexico. While we continue to trip on our shoelaces on the eve of the midterm elections, the presidential race is beginning in the U.S. It's likely that it will come [Read more]
The summit in Panama will go down in history as the first formal encounter between the U.S. and Cuba and as the continuation of the thawing process the two governments started almost two years ago with the Vatican and Canada as mediators.
While Obama looked to the future, Castro began the discussion referring to [Read more]
The initiative to reform the Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives was sent to the Mexican Senate on Feb. 24. The goal? To allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to carry and utilize firearms in Mexico as part of a joint pre-inspection program, similar to the one they have with Canada [Read more]
President Obama's offer of $1 billion per year for five years to Central America remains valid after officials in Washington met with ambassadors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as the Inter-American Development Bank, to prepare the "Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle." [Read more]
He would seem to be the walking slogan of the Republicans' campaign. Jeb Bush spoke and all was quiet. It looks like the youngest of the dynasty is heading right for the Republican nomination for presidency. Being a Bush isn't easy, but it certainly seems to be very effective.
Nobody wants to challenge Jeb, [Read more]
Ever since I was a young man, I've admired the United States and been interested in its history, specifically its people's calling to work which turned it into the most powerful country on earth. They never hesitated to fight for freedom in faraway places; take the two world wars of the 20th century, then Korea and [Read more]
What I'm proposing here isn't science fiction. It's not a chapter from a century-old mystery novel or Edgar Allen Poe's tale of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."
It's about a very real situation that shows signs of a plot against the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).
I'm referring to the consistent comments made [Read more]
Ex-prisoners of Guantanamo now walk our streets. [Read more]
The spike in racial violence in the United States stemming from the November 24 verdict in the small city of Ferguson extended to 170 cities around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, Boston and Philadelphia. It relented a bit over Thanksgiving weekend, a family festival in North America, [Read more]
Yesterday was an important day for millions of undocumented Spanish speakers in the United States. While in Miami experts recommended that the government continue its fight against organized crime and political insecurity in Latin America, President Barack Obama was getting ready to impose a series of mandates that [Read more]
The statement made to Prensa Libre by Todd Robinson, new U.S. ambassador in Guatemala, should be understood in its political context. The language of diplomacy nowadays often leaves space for rough interpretation, as is the case with his references to corruption, the lack of a plan for development and the efforts by [Read more]
The great electoral dispute in Brazil has left out the interests of the United States and South America. Isolated with the project of the Pacific Alliance, its interests have become clearer in its two opposing candidates: Marina Silva and Aecio Neves.
As far as Brazil's bilateral agreements — clearly, in first [Read more]
One of the big questions that goes unanswered in the minds of many people is: Why do Western youths (North Americans, Europeans, Australians) decide to join the jihad (Islam's holy war), and why are they willing to die or kill infidels for it?
The images of the North American journalist with his executioner, who in [Read more]
It is curious that last Wednesday's news that President Obama would hunt down the Islamic State group "wherever they are," including Syria, was made on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the date that New York and Washington went down in U.S. history and the weaknesses of the world power, and any democracy for [Read more]
Obama is facing an important dilemma in foreign affairs: Is the United States still the "indispensable nation" or is the concept and doctrine put forth by Clinton and Madeleine Albright beginning to fade? His situation is exacerbated by two recent facts. One, The New York Times-CBS survey from June that shows 58 [Read more]
The G-20 Summit meeting in Cannes wasn't a failure — it was depressing. We should just call them “the 20,” as they have little to show as a group.
This gathering of countries, with Mexico included, is responsible for 90 percent of the global domestic product and more than 80 percent of global commerce. That [Read more]
It's necessary to know up to what point it's possible to respond to national interests and, at the same time, collaborate actively with the U.S. [Read more]
Republican U.S. congressmen asked the Mexican government yesterday to "re-evaluate" its relations with Iran, as Barack Obama's government reported a plot said to be devised by Iranian agents to assassinate the ambassador of Saudi Arabia with the help of Los Zetas. Faced with pressure, the best thing for Mexico is [Read more]
As if there weren’t already enough hemispheric organizations, Latin Americans have invented a new one. The failure of the Obama administration’s policies concerning Latin America stems from not taking regionalism into account.
Lost in a forest of acronyms — OAE (Organization of American States), Mercosur, [Read more]
The majority of developing countries, particularly those on the American continent, accompanied us through the transition of the 1980s, which was a lost decade for progress. That painful experience, plus the prevalence of neoliberals in the United States and Great Britain, influenced Latin America to adopt measures [Read more]
Barack Obama inherited a poisonous state of military affairs from his predecessor, George W. Bush. Although Iraq is distinguished as being a war of “choice” and Afghanistan as one of “necessity,” Obama promised a withdrawal from both. The first withdrawal has already taken place, and has surely been much more [Read more]
It’s worth emphasizing that it’s very disturbing to observe the relatively low level of public debate in the United States over the development and outcome of the second Iraq War, in contrast to the Vietnam War. [Read more]
Why is Joseph Biden coming at precisely this moment? Why him? What does it mean? This trip, along with the meeting in Cartagena in April, are the last visits to be made to Mexico and Latin America concerning regional issues before the November elections. The reasons for such a high-profile visit are many. I'll speak of [Read more]
The calendar of primary elections in the United States was apparently not generating any surprises or variants, as the Republican leaders of the so-called "traditional financial establishment" have from the start had a total of nine pre-candidates hoping to take on President Barack Obama.
Three of them — Herman [Read more]
Times of great crisis, it is often said, are also times of great opportunities. This can be the case for economies: some fall while others rise. It is not so valid, however, as it relates to the reinstitution of political leaders and government officials: they go up and down and the average does not improve. [Read more]
If we don't understand these cultural differences, we may have a lot of difficulty coming to agreements as we negotiate moving forward with infrastructure projects on the Mexico-U.S. border. [Read more]
A malicious interpretation of the title of this analysis could lead one to assume that it is attributing masculinity to one nation and femininity to the other. However, what I mean to do is highlight the relationship between these two glorious nations during the last few years, rather than focus on which is stronger or [Read more]
Without doubt, the beginning of the U.S.'s decline began in 2004, when the Anglo-Saxons met a humiliating defeat in Iraq. Now the question is: How many years will it take for China to replace the U.S. as the world's great economic power? [Read more]
While Obama's reelection would seem like a triumph for tolerance and diversity, a closer look at U.S. voting tendencies reveals an electorate divided by race, region, gender, religious beliefs and age. It's normal that one candidate is more attractive to female voters, young people or to a specific minority group, but in this case voters' preferences were almost exclusively one-sided, speaking more of a country that is polarized than of one merging together and forgetting differences. [Read more]
The developed nations of the world have turned their backs to show their apathy and disinterest in supporting a global plan to save the planet from the effects generated by the unbridled exploitation of natural resources and the irrationality of a consumerist model that's only after big money, brushing aside all the [Read more]
It would be simple if there existed justice in the United States and an awareness of just how much physical and moral suffering has been spread among those who the country considers "enemies," and those whose human rights it violates.
But that does not seem to be the case, as the president of the White House won't [Read more]
For several years now, U.S. politicians have admitted that their immigration system is broken. How to go about fixing it has been the problem.
The issue has been over-analyzed and it's perfectly clear what needs to be done. The discussion revolves around who and how many are to blame, and who will be the ones to pay. [Read more]
Economic growth, immigration and gun control are domestic issues in the U.S., but it would be wise to handle them cautiously, as they could lead to a better bilateral relationship. [Read more]
Mexico is one of the three countries, along with Canada and China, that will largely determine the fate of the U.S. However, few Americans seem to understand its influence. As the world's only superpower -- although China is closing in -- politicians and opinion leaders in the U.S. tend to focus on the crises at hand [Read more]
In this day and age of human rights, Cuba can show off some its achievements, despite the determination of some enemies to demonize us.
"Those who violate human rights shouldn't be called upon to judge the situation concerning those rights in other countries," said a high-ranking U.S. government official some time [Read more]
Just a few days before his inauguration, the Mexican president-elect is continuing the old tradition of visits to our immediate neighbors to the north and south. Although they all carry some importance, his visit to the U.S. is, for obvious reasons, always the most relevant.
Every 12 years the start of new [Read more]
If history repeats itself, the next decade will surely be "entertaining." [Read more]
Etisi Deus no daretur (as if God didn't exist). It was this recommendation of Hugo Grocio (1583-1645) to the kings and queens of Europe in the 17th century that Paolo Flores d'Arcais brings back to us in his last essay, Democracy! The message of this vibrant and impassioned statement in favor of democracy couldn't be [Read more]
China’s new president, Xi Jinping, has chosen Moscow for his first visit abroad, and he didn't choose it by chance. In fact, it seems anything but incidental that he made the announcement just this week, right after The New York Times revealed the results of an investigation linking the Chinese military with 90 [Read more]
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has resigned, and she knew the border security system better than anyone. How could she resign when security is exactly what Republicans are asking for to approve the immigration reform?
More than 1 million people cross the border daily in more than 350,000 vehicles [Read more]
Immigration reform in the U.S. concluded its cycle in the Senate on Thursday, June 27. Now it's up to the House of Representatives. The destiny of 11 million undocumented workers is in play as the House will ultimately decide whether or not to open to them the long, winding road to American citizenship. [Read more]
With the expectation of a reform in the U.S., the tsunami of immigrants is imminent. Thousands? Millions? [Read more]
President Barack Obama harshly criticized the methods used by George W. Bush in his fight against terrorism when he was a senator. However, the revelations about the National Security Agency spying on phone calls and other communications confirm that the current president continues to use the same methods. What will [Read more]
The Sao Paolo Forum, which groups leftists, progressives and anti-neoliberals in Latin America and the Caribbean, is celebrating its 20th meeting in Bolivia this week. Perhaps the most important meeting to date, it comes at a time marked by important advances of the major powers in the region and the persistent efforts [Read more]
The basic problem is that, apart from the revelations made by Snowden, other leaders of the world are now realizing that the supremacy of the United States comes in large part from information and intelligence obtained through illegitimate means. [Read more]
There is no doubt the U.S. is still a world power; however, as time passes, that power is diminishing and giving way to a certain multilateralism, with China and Russia in tight competition for the world's most powerful nation. [Read more]
In the autumn of 2008, Lehman Brothers was an American entity active in the derivatives market with a heavy presence in sub-prime mortgages, a low level of capital and a high dependency on the financial market in the short term.
Given the profile of LB, it isn't at all strange that, once cut off from the banks on Wall [Read more]
To take on the problems of the education system, we must abandon the economically predatory model of education still in use. [Read more]
If there were a greater moral and political disposition among the different governments, cities and multilateral organizations of the world to comply with and respect international law (the Geneva Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and any of the resolutions adopted by the U.N. Security Council, [Read more]
Some say we are what we eat. If that's true, many of those who eat fast food are full of — let's just say — waste. That's what a study in the U.S. Annals of Diagnostic Pathology finds. The scientific publication investigated hamburgers, or croquettes in Creole, from the country's eight main fast food chains. [Read more]
This alliance only sets the stage for conspiracy, deceit and the disconfiguring of the current situation of pro-independence geopolitics in Latin America, a situation full of colonialism and the arbitrary corporate exploitation of national resources in favor of the powers that be in Washington and Europe. [Read more]
The corporate propaganda that promotes capitalism today has as one of its most systematic weapons the manipulation of political and economic terms.
No more than 10 megacorporations own and control the great media web of the United States, the entertainment industry and the culture of the masses. They control [Read more]
When it comes to fighting terrorists, infringing on the law has become the norm. [Read more]
The ruckus countries like Germany are making over the recent U.S. espionage issue would make it difficult for even the strongest of presidents to feel proud of the power he governs. [Read more]
The London School of Economics published a report this month about why the war on drugs ought to be ended. The big names backing the report are just as important as its content. They include five Nobel Prize winners in economics, Deputy Prime Minister of the U.K. Nick Clegg, ex-Secretary of State for the U.S. George [Read more]
The significant influence of the Bush family among Republicans could be a decisive factor in a contentious election between two towering families: Clinton vs. Bush. [Read more]
Recent facts are showing us how Mexicans continue to suffer in our relationship with gringos. [Read more]
The current suspension of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting to deal with the “Venezuela case,” along with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent declaration, seems to mean that the Department of State’s big ploy to overthrow Maduro’s administration has failed.
And what was it? [Read more]
Social classes exist in international travel, too. A handful of us Mexicans belong to the trusted traveler program Global Entry, which allows us to enter the United States in less than a minute, skipping the line by plugging our personal information into a computer at one of the country's main airports. [Read more]
That the United States’ bilateral agenda is no longer monothematic is the greatest step the current government has taken so far. [Read more]
In the wake of this humanitarian crisis and pressure from the United States, Mexico cannot limit itself to complying with the same old orders from the empire, playing the role of the ostrich hiding its head, pretending there's nothing happening. [Read more]
After a relatively calm period in the stormy diplomatic relationship between the United States and Venezuela, three new happenings show that relations between the two countries are still quite rocky.
First came the U.S. request for the government of Aruba to capture and extradite Gen. Hugo Carvajal, a former [Read more]