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User Profile: Stephen Routledge

About Stephen Routledge
Stephen is the Head of a Portfolio Management Office (PMO) in the public sector. He has a BA Honours Degree in History & English and a Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM). He studied a BSc Language Studies Degree (French & Spanish) and is about to start his Masters in Translation (Spanish to English). He has been translating for more than five years for various organisations and individuals, with a particular interest in world politics and current affairs.

This user has submitted 86 translations to Watching America.

The War Trump Chose

June 13, 2018 // El País - Spain - Spanish

The Netanyahu-Trump duo ... is an explosive alliance of two narcissists who have abandoned the dysfunctional domestic politics of their respective countries in order to dictate international behavior. [Read more]

Trump Destroys His Own Character

November 8, 2016 // El Diario Exterior - Spain - Spanish

The night after the third presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participated in a gala dinner organized by the Catholic Church, which was dedicated to raising funds for charity. They sat very close to one another, separated only by the archbishop of New York. Trump used the opportunity to continue to [Read more]

I’m Hispanic and I Cannot Vote for Hillary Clinton

November 8, 2016 // El Diario Exterior - Spain - Spanish

I am a Hispanic immigrant and an MIT graduate. But my friends do not understand why I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton. There are several reasons, but I will begin with President Obama’s assertion that Hillary is the most qualified person ever to run for the presidency of the United States. Really? Thirty years in [Read more]

The Clinton-Trump Debate Will Influence Wall Street

September 28, 2016 // El Economista - Spain - Spanish

<i>On Monday, the first U.S. presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump will act as a short-term catalyst in the direction Wall Street will take.</i> So far, Wall Street has favored a Hillary Clinton victory, based on the fact that she is a well-known [Read more]

United States 5 – Europe 0

May 5, 2016 // El País - Spain - Spanish

We are tired of hearing that the United States is a country where interest groups rule. With their donations to candidates and the pressure applied via specialized firms, these groups (known as lobbies) have managed to put their business interests above democracy and citizenship. In addition, it is an accepted fact [Read more]

Thinking about Trump

March 22, 2016 // El País - Spain - Spanish

Will the FBI play the same role in the U.S. elections as the Supreme Court played in the elections of 2000? At that time, the suspension of vote counting in Florida that was ordered by the high court brought George W. Bush to the White House and sent Al Gore back home. Five of the nine judges voted in favor of the [Read more]

Rifles and Pistols at Christmas

December 23, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

Incredible as it may seem, this is what I saw in a Christmas card in which an American congressman, surrounded by his large and idyllic family, was wishing for peace and happiness: all family members, from the congressman to the youngest of the clan, were posing for the camera armed to the teeth. All attempts made to [Read more]

Safe Spaces On Campus Beyond Freedom of Speech

November 28, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

Students in Missouri, who last week brought about the resignation of the president of the university, camped out in tents on campus. During one of the protests, they declared the area a “safe space," requesting via Twitter that the media not enter in order to protect it from "disingenuous and twisted narratives." [Read more]

The Power of Donald Trump

August 9, 2015 // La Nación - Argentina - Spanish

What good is having a net worth of more than $8 billion if you cannot say what you think? It is possible that the tycoon, Donald Trump, has asked this question before. Perhaps he asked it of himself on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 16, shortly before announcing, in an incendiary speech, that he would be running as [Read more]

The Closing of the Closet

July 14, 2015 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States was a tight one: 5-4 in favor. As several commentators have pointed out, the male magistrates voted 2-4 against, while the female magistrates voted 3-0 in favor. Apparently, fanaticism takes root more strongly among men. The law, as usual, is the last to know, [Read more]

Are the Days Numbered for the Death Penalty in the US?

June 19, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

On Jan. 24, the Supreme Court of the United States declared admissible a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection as a method for carrying out the death penalty. This country is the only Western democracy that still has capital punishment. It is true that currently, 17 U.S. states have abolished [Read more]

White Police Officers Continue To Kill Black People

May 14, 2015 // El Nuevo Diario - Nicaragua - Spanish

In less than a year, nine black people have been unjustifiably killed by white police officers in the United States. A situation exhibiting racism is still strong in this nation, which is beautiful and admirable in many ways, but where a right-wing minority among some whites consider themselves the masters of the [Read more]

In the Right Direction

April 26, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

The phrase “to turn the page of history” is very often abused. However, this time it can be justly applied to the Summit of the Americas, which came to an end in the early hours of yesterday morning in Panama, where the staging of reconciliation between the United States and Cuba has eclipsed all other matters at [Read more]

Tin Soldiers

April 4, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

The United States supports the Colombian peace process while it continues to sell weapons to and buy drugs from Mexico, something which has led to around 120,000 deaths in the war being waged on the border that separates the two North American giants. [Read more]

Water, the Shifting Frontier with the United States

February 27, 2015 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

Mexico and the United States share a 3,185 kilometer-long border, which, in part, acts as a natural border with the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers. As a result, the governments of both countries agreed to sign the Distribution of International Waters Treaty between the United States of Mexico and the United States [Read more]

State of Disunion

January 28, 2015 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

Since 1790, every government has religiously presented an annual report, which has been extended to the entire population since the 20th century. While some people question the usefulness of the State of the Union, considering it a formal and empty gesture, like a thermometer to measure the priorities, concerns and [Read more]

Strengthening of the Dollar

January 25, 2015 // La Razón - Bolivia - Spanish

Since the second quarter of 2014, the U.S. dollar has grown in strength against several global currencies, such as the euro, the pound, the Swiss franc, the yen, the real, etc. The recovery of the U.S. economy and the weakening of economies in the Eurozone, China, Japan, and developing countries seems to be the reason [Read more]

The Revenge of Oil

January 21, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

When First Lord of the British Admiralty John Fisher decided to replace the British power’s fuel, changing their fleet from coal to oil, he shaped the world in which we live. Oil has, in many ways, been avenged by becoming the determining factor for the 20th century, and, from what we can see, a critical driver of [Read more]

Cuba Strengthens Ties with the United States

January 22, 2015 // La Prensa - Honduras - Spanish

The diplomatic rapprochement between Cuba and the United States has occurred 56 years after the breakdown of relations between the two nations, after pressure from Pope Francis and other international requests, including the intervention of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is rightly concerned about the [Read more]

Inevitable Changes in the US and Cuba

January 7, 2015 // La Prensa - Panama - Spanish

The highlight of the week was the news generated by the declarations, at an international level, by the presidents of the United States and Cuba. I have no reservations about their merits. Any agreement to put an end to an overly protracted conflict over time can be described as a positive one. However, there are [Read more]

The End of the Final Chapter of the Cold War

December 26, 2014 // El Mundo - El Salvador - Spanish

<i>The United States and Cuba have taken an important step in ending decades of confrontation. Hopefully, it will result in Cuba having more freedom, democracy and prosperity.</i> The last chapter of the Cold War in Latin America culminated yesterday with the announcement that the United States and Cuba will [Read more]

Police Brutality

December 19, 2014 // La Prensa - Honduras - Spanish

Recent events in New York City concerning the death of African American Erick Garner at the hands of a police officer who suffocated him in the city, are trying the patience of Americans who are demanding justice, as well as asking for the facts to be properly investigated by an independent group. [Read more]

From Guantanamo to Uruguay

December 13, 2014 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Six prisoners from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, considered by that country as “low-risk” prisoners, arrived in Uruguay early yesterday as part of an agreement between Washington and Montevideo. It is the largest transfer of detainees from the jail located on the island since 2009, and the first that has [Read more]

Obama’s Decree

December 1, 2014 // El Nacional - Dominican Republic - Spanish

U.S. President Barack Obama has issued an executive order granting permission for five million undocumented immigrants to work, something that is going to trigger a crisis between the White House and Congress. Obama ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to focus their attention on detaining and [Read more]

An Explanation of Obama’s Plan Is Urged

December 1, 2014 // Prensa Libre - Guatemala - Spanish

President Barack Obama’s proposal to resolve the immigration status of more than four million undocumented immigrants has, not surprisingly, aroused a lot of interest among U.S. Spanish-speaking communities, as well as in the countries that most of these people originate from. However, it is essential that the [Read more]

No, We Can’t!

November 26, 2014 // El País - Spain - Spanish

In the last six years, Obama has demonstrated that he is a great orator but a lousy president. The Obama era has come to an end. I am certain that the president is counting down the hours he has left to sleep in the White House. Indeed, I think if it were possible for him to resign, he would probably think about [Read more]

Obama: Reasons for a Beating

November 27, 2014 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

"Obama’s defeat is better explained by the natural wear and tear of governments in this era of globalization in which, in almost all countries, governments find it increasingly difficult to collect taxes and manage public spending in order to reduce imbalances." [Read more]

Obama’s Slip-Up

November 5, 2014 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

The announcement of the defeat of the Democrats in the midterm elections is a retributive vote directed at the management of the weakened president, Barack Obama. The end result, which gives control of the Senate to the Republicans and extends their majority in the House, may reconfigure the country’s electoral [Read more]

A Tuesday for Choosing?

October 28, 2014 // Juventud Rebelde - Cuba - Spanish

The midterm elections in the United States are a thermometer of what might happen in the presidential elections two years from now. The 2014 elections are no exception, and the outlook does not look good for Democratic ambitions to continue to govern due to the fact that it has been very difficult for Barack Obama’s [Read more]

The Obama Paradox

November 10, 2014 // El País - Spain - Spanish

In what country do left-leaning candidates distance themselves from a president on the left? The natural answer is in France! President Hollande is so unpopular right now that future Socialist candidates receive invitations to enlist in the service of other leaders. But there is another campaign that illustrates this [Read more]

Without Comparison

October 24, 2014 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>Changes have put Ebola back on track, but political responsibilities should be clarified.</i> The fact that there has been a case of Ebola infection of a health worker in the United States and that the confidence in the American health care system has been affected by this should not mean that the government [Read more]

Difficult Moment for Obama

October 23, 2014 // La Tercera - Chile - Spanish

In less than a month, the United States will be faced with the mid-term elections, which will take place on Nov. 4. It is then that it will elect the 435 members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate, as well as some state governors. The elections are considered to be more of an evaluation of the [Read more]

Why Is Yoani Sánchez Going to Washington?

October 13, 2014 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

On Sept. 9, Barbara Bodine, director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington, reported that Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez would remain in the study center during the current year as an academic fellow of the communication giant, Yahoo!. The scholarship has an allocation of [Read more]

Ku Klux Klan, Alive and Kicking

October 11, 2014 // El Mundo - El Salvador - Spanish

The distrustful and disdainful looks shown to Jorge Vásquez, a Univision cameraman, concerned us, and at times, gave us the shivers. Vásquez is an experienced photographer who has covered wars and drug trafficking. He has also worked on stories about racial conflict. He is short and dark, with brown eyes. It is [Read more]

Speeches and Promises

October 6, 2014 // El Pais - Colombia - Spanish

At the Climate Summit held in New York this week, things took place that are by now common at these conferences: the representatives expressed their concern and their will to act and, by the end of it all, reached the minimum number of agreements. And so a vital issue for the planet awaits further definition until next [Read more]

The Battered League of Good

October 3, 2014 // La Republica - Uruguay - Spanish

Last week, the United States announced the launch in Europe of a new super league to fight the Sunni insurgent group, the Islamic State. Forty countries announced with great fanfare that…none of them was going to commit ground troops to the fight. Domestic opposition in the United States was putting pressure on [Read more]

Oil and Budget

September 29, 2014 // El Comercio - Ecuador - Spanish

International oil prices have experienced a steady downward trend since June. Two indicators are causing concern for Ecuador and could impact the National Treasury. The West Texas Intermediate, which is the crude marker for our country, has fallen at the start of September to $93 after having been more than $102 per [Read more]

Fomilenio II: A Defeat for the Evil Right

September 30, 2014 // Diario Co Latino - El Salvador - Spanish

Last Thursday afternoon, Sept. 18, El Salvador received good news about the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s decision to sign the agreement in which the United States will pay out $277 million. Let us recall that during President Mauricio Funes’ administration, an application was made for Fomilenio II in order to [Read more]

Obama Goes to War

September 27, 2014 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

U.S. President Barack Obama’s solemn declaration of war against the Islamic State, as well as being pathetic, provides clear evidence of the Western political elite’s growing cynicism. The commander-in-chief of the world’s most important military power and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize declared war on another [Read more]

War on “Jihadistan”

September 26, 2014 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

President Obama maintains that he has embarked upon a war against international terror; as a result, he needs to arm a coalition that, basically, will provide the corpses. But the nature of the enemy, the caliphate (the Islamic State, which is spreading throughout Iraq and Syria), and especially that of the allies, [Read more]

Islamic State or the Faith Catch

September 15, 2014 // El Universal - Mexico - Spanish

When in 2003 George Bush decided that the military operation in Iraq was a way of combating international terrorism, al-Qaida did not have a foothold in that country. A decade later, the so-called Islamic State, an offshoot of a branch of al-Qaida in Iraq, controls territory stretching from Aleppo in Syria to Falujah, [Read more]

Attack on Syria: Obama’s Real Interest

August 31, 2013 // El Universal - Mexico - Spanish

Obama remains trapped. On the one hand, he is harassed by his own doubts and those of many of his aides, including important voices in the Pentagon, advising on the risks of American involvement in the conflict in Syria. However, on the other hand, for two and a half years an unsustainable pressure has been building [Read more]

Putin, Judo and Fidel

September 17, 2014 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The ceasefire reached in southeast Ukraine on Sept. 5 constitutes another defeat in the American attempt to use that state as a battering ram against Russia and plunder its riches. Previously, the Maidan coup d’etat facilitated the brilliant geopolitical move of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which allowed the [Read more]


September 8, 2014 // El Universal - Mexico - Spanish

The images are shocking, outrageous. If someone told us they were from apartheid South Africa or the southern states of America from half a century ago we would believe them: black protesters, white police officers armed to the teeth, and white civilians with rifles defending their businesses and houses, white [Read more]

The Reluctant Warrior

August 14, 2014 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

Barack Obama’s decision to authorize targeted strikes against the jihadi militias in Iraq is in keeping with the seriousness of the Iraqi conflict, the political situation in Washington, and the weakened strategic position of the United States in the Middle East. On the one hand, Obama is committed to protecting the [Read more]