User Profile: Stephen Routledge
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The straw that is Ukraine has broken the camel’s back. [Read more]
With kindling in Venezuela, the Persian Gulf, North Korea and Afghanistan, Hurricane Bolton provided the incentive to light it. [Read more]
The trade war started by Trump in 2017 has been like spitting into the wind. [Read more]
[T]he president [is adopting] measures that will cause unnecessary suffering to detainees. [Read more]
The only coherence in Trump’s policy toward Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea is that it is meant to ... propel Trump toward winning a second term. [Read more]
Warren ... has been the most influential figure in a party still trying to come to terms with the end of the Obama era and the disaster of Clinton's defeat. [Read more]
[S]toltenberg arrives in Washington backed by figures that show an increase in defense spending by European allies, a long-standing U.S. demand which Trump has turned into a mantra. [Read more]
The goal is to find an answer to social injustice and recognize our interdependence. [Read more]
One could argue that [Woodrow Wilson and Donald Trump] are poles apart ... [but] some observers have pointed out that there are similarities. [Read more]
The partial triumph of his demands reaffirms his policy of threatening first, then imposing tariffs, then negotiating after a process of intimidation. [Read more]
It may sound apocalyptic, but the problem of this apparent crisis of mature democracies is that we do not fully understand the risks we are facing. [Read more]
The darkest day of his presidency ... was just like any other for Fox News. [Read more]
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]
[F]or the first time in history, non-Hispanic whites have ceased to be the majority in children under the age of 10. [Read more]
<i>Donald Trump has landed another blow to the Hispanic community of the United States, the country's largest minority group.</i>
In addition to not picking any Hispanics for his cabinet – something that has not happened in almost 30 years – the new White House team has closed the Spanish-language accounts that [Read more]
Creating a space for discussion on the ethical foundations of our culture is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. [Read more]
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 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]
Trump is a global populist brand offering simple solutions to complex problems. [Read more]
<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]
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]
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]
Now the danger of a regime systematically focused on resorting to threats for its survival could have serious security consequences in the Asia-Pacific. [Read more]
The fear of increased control of possession of firearms, the succession of shootings, and the growing threat of terrorism by extremist groups is causing the American public to stockpile. [Read more]
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]
The global rise of trivial anti-Americanism is a dangerous trend, and not just for Americans. [Read more]
California reinstated the death penalty in 1978 by a voter initiative, and it can thus only be abolished by the same method. [Read more]
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."
Instead of hiding his misdeeds, he is putting them on display. They are his medals; they strengthen his exemplary biography of sin and redemption. [Read more]
The symbolic Hoover building, the organization’s headquarters, is in need of much more than reforms. [Read more]
<i>The multimillionaire businessman and Republican front-runner to lead the U.S. has lost major contracts due to his xenophobia, and has received criticism from many artists, institutions and companies with great influence on the important Latino vote.</i>
The racist statements of the controversial and outspoken [Read more]
This is how Obama, the president of 'Yes, we can,' the president of withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, is also the president who could not avoid becoming entangled in another of the great conflicts of the Middle East. [Read more]
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]
We ought to start taking female soccer players seriously. [Read more]
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]
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]
For Latinos, the elections go beyond candidates speaking Spanish or showing empathy toward Hispanics. [Read more]
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]
'They have invented a myth about atomic [bombs] in order to ensure that Iran is a threat. No! The threat is from the United States with [their] uncontrolled and destabilizing interventions.' [Read more]
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]
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]
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]
Cuba announced that it is placing strong conditions on the restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States. Before doing so, the island’s government hopes that, among other things, the United States will: first, give back Guantanamo Bay; second, lift the trade embargo that is still in place; and third, [Read more]
Tourism is a high-impact scenario in the new steps taken for the normalization of bilateral relations between the U.S. and Cuba. [Read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
It is a historic decision that Latin America received with unwavering joy. [Read more]
<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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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’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]
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]
The Republican victory in the U.S. elections should re-launch dialogue with Obama. [Read more]
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]
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]
Europe has spent decades looking at itself in America’s mirror, and vice versa. Does globalization consolidate or deteriorate hegemonies? [Read more]
<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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Washington ignores, or at least tries to ignore, its own direct and indirect responsibilities in the creation of the Islamic State, al-Qaida and other expressions of violent fundamentalism. [Read more]
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]
Just as the United States has been the best wartime ally, it could, without doubt, become the best partner in peace. [Read more]
The fight against discrimination does not allow for exceptions. [Read more]
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 sanctions of some governments against others are just euphemisms that always make the situation worse. [Read more]
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]
The president will emphasize the importance of the Mexican community’s contributions to the economic, social and cultural development of the United States, and in particular, California. [Read more]