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User Profile: Robert Sullivan

About Robert Sullivan
Ex-Foreign correspondent who lived and worked in Argentina and Brazil, among other (non-Latin) countries.

This user has submitted 68 translations to Watching America.

The NAFTA World Cup

June 22, 2018 // Excelsior - Mexico - Spanish

One of these days we will end up thanking FIFA for the renegotiation and signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. One of these days. While the commercial relationship in North America is now floundering, in the future this joint regional path will strengthen far beyond the whims of a president. What [Read more]

Elementary Colonialism

February 10, 2018 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The great tormentor of Latin American society, together with political oligarchies and local military commanders, has been, since the century before last, the United States, not Russia or China. [Read more]

Google Will Have To Adapt the European Rules of the Game

July 11, 2017 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

After seven years of investigation, the European Commission yesterday announced a record fine of 2.42 million euros (approximately $2.7 million) against Google for abusing its position of market dominance through its product comparison service known as Google Shopping. Not only are we facing a historic fine for the [Read more]

United States and Mexico: Self-Deception

May 31, 2017 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

<i>Twenty years ago, statements by Rex Tillerson and John Kelly blaming the origin of violence in Mexico on the high consumption of drugs in the United States may have had some journalistic or sociological value. Today, the secretary of state and the Homeland Security secretary repeat banal phrases to which only the [Read more]

About Obsessions: Trump’s

May 14, 2017 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

<i>For Trump, the most important thing is not fulfilling campaign promises. It is showing power and, in passing, legitimizing himself. That is why, on the 99th day of his presidency, Donald Trump signed a new executive order. This is much easier to fulfill, but dangerous for the planet's climate stability. Yes, the [Read more]

Our Undocumented Are Violating US Law

February 25, 2017 // El Universal - Mexico - Spanish

We are worse than the U.S. immigration authorities. Much worse, in fact. Here in Mexico there have been cases in which immigration agents were linked to groups of the Mafia, participating in areas such as human trafficking or drug trafficking; here there is no enforcement of human rights during the detention of [Read more]

Cuba Yes, Yankees No

December 1, 2016 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

Dear Commander: I proudly belong to a generation that when we were both young, we and the Cuban Revolution marched, singing with all the enthusiasm and ingenuity, "Cuba yes, Yankees no." We also sang “Fidel, Fidel, what does Fidel have that the Americans can’t defeat?" and “Cuba, how beautiful is Cuba, whoever [Read more]

Donald Trump Is, and Always Will Be, a Clown

September 23, 2016 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

<i>Smiles and autographs aside, Richard Gere has shown during his stay at the San Sebastian Film Festival that to be a movie star is compatible with solidarity towards the most disadvantaged and that he has no qualms about criticizing Donald Trump.</i> “He is, and will always be, a clown, "the actor bluntly says [Read more]

Jihadism and Guns

June 17, 2016 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>Hillary Clinton [is shown] at a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio on June 12, 2016.</i> The worst massacre the U.S. has suffered since 9/11 was the fruit of a combination of jihadi ideology disseminated over the internet, and the permissive U.S. culture regarding arms. The combination of these two factors [Read more]

The Movie Pujol Deserves

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

While waiting for the great Catalan film that will probably never come, what is better than enjoying an American movie about impunity, social and judicial complicity and, of course, the silence of the press before a much larger scandal occurred, as was the case with the systematic cover-up of pedophile priests by a [Read more]

A New Transatlantic Relationship

January 11, 2016 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>Spain in the 18th century had a major role in fashioning the genesis of the United States. Today it is necessary to deepen relations with the North American country, a strategic place for any company with global aspirations.</i> Last September, King Felipe VI made his first official visit as head of state to the [Read more]

Paris, the Useless Summit

December 2, 2015 // La Crónica de Hoy - Mexico - Spanish

Climate change, not terrorism, is without any exaggeration the main threat to the survival of mankind. So say many of the most renowned scientists, politicians and most clear thinking intellectuals, as well as, the aspiring U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and even the Pentagon and the CIA. [Read more]

TPP: There’s Even More

November 1, 2015 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

<i>While they were taking the first steps to approve and kick off the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership in Atlanta last week, China went ahead and formed another large, multinational agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, joining 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and six [Read more]

Miami Is Growing Again, with a Building Boom

October 10, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

After years of hardship, the real estate market in Miami is up to cruising speed. Less than a month ago, Amancio Ortega, the Spanish tycoon and owner of Inditex, paid 330 million euros for a building that houses a huge Apple store on Lincoln Road, the main shopping street of Miami Beach, a purchase that was the second [Read more]

The Certainty of Impunity

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

The Guantanamo investigation, begun in 2009 and continued by Judge Ruz, concerns crimes of torture and degrading and inhumane treatment in the prison of the same name, as suffered by four citizens (including one Spaniard) after their arrest by the United States in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gambia. Although years after [Read more]

Obama Backs Maduro

May 7, 2015 // Telam - Argentina - Spanish

The Summit of the Americas in Panama was a turning point for the personal role of Nicolas Maduro at the helm of the most complex phase of the fifth government of the Bolivarian process.* As he was greeted by thousands of enthusiastic Chavistas at the airport in Maiquetia who were celebrating his performance at the [Read more]

LAC: Between China and the US

April 22, 2015 // El Tiempo - Colombia - Spanish

Surely we must celebrate the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba and the renewed interest of the Obama administration in the region. However, such a position may have more to do with countering the decisive action by China to establish a presence in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) than having a genuine and [Read more]

Migration Relief

January 30, 2015 // La Prensa - Honduras - Spanish

As we know, President Barack Obama’s executive action, which defers the deportation of undocumented workers, will benefit more than 5 million of them, mostly from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, by establishing new administrative rules focused mainly on prioritizing the deportation of immigrants [Read more]

A Small Step: Obama’s Migration Measures

November 29, 2014 // Juventud Rebelde - Cuba - Spanish

It is just one step, but is said to benefit four or five million immigrants. It is executive action taken by Barack Obama on his presidential prerogative, forced by the insistent Republican refusal to pass a reform that has slept in the Capitol’s drawers in Washington. The measures avoid deportation for this [Read more]

Taking Down Teodorín

October 20, 2014 // El País - Spain - Spanish

There’s no more infamous role or corruption more harmful than that of a personal dictatorship. Luckily, there are countries that know how to deal with dictators. Which brings us to the case of the people of the U.S. (represented by Jennifer Shasky Calvery, Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the [Read more]

Francis Fills the Leadership Vacuum

September 10, 2014 // La Nación - Argentina - Spanish

The last few weeks saw movement toward a united Europe, but no decisions on the big issues that began with the horrors in Gaza, continued with the founders of the caliphate burying dozens of peaceful Yazidis — Zoroastrian worshipers — alive and ended with villages abandoned by thousands of fleeing Christian [Read more]

Rick Santorum

March 6, 2012 // La Prensa - Honduras - Spanish

This is my second article on the U.S. presidential campaign. Previously, I wrote about some general aspects relating to the process that the Republican Party has started to select a presidential candidate during its convention this coming August. The Republican candidate will face President Barack Obama in the November [Read more]

Seoul and Little Else

April 4, 2012 // La Vanguardia - Spain - Spanish

The nuclear security summit in Seoul closed on Tuesday with little more than a statement of intent. In fact, U.S. president Barack Obama, surprised by an open microphone while parleying with acting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, warned that he needs leeway until his hypothetical re-election next November, to agree [Read more]

Le Pen and Santorum

May 4, 2012 // El Espectador - Mexico - Spanish

<i>If there has been any surprise in the presidential campaigns currently being conducted in France and the United States, it is the high number of votes received by the candidates of the extreme right. Last Sunday in France, Marine Le Pen, National Front candidate, got 18 percent of the votes, well above the 11 [Read more]

On the Elections in Nicaragua and the United States

November 30, 2012 // DiarioCoLatino - El Salvador - Spanish

The Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (Sandinista National Liberation Front), or FSLN, won a convincing victory in its Nov. 4 elections, receiving 80 percent of the vote and winning 87 percent of mayoral elections. These results, which are due to the social and economic achievements of the government and the [Read more]

ARENA Loses in the US

November 14, 2012 // Diario Co Latino - El Salvador - Spanish

The presidential election result last Tuesday in the U.S. left the Salvadoran opposition party ARENA [National Republican Alliance] as the clear losers since its leaders had bet on a victory by the Republican Mitt Romney. Even when the voting was over and the count was indicating a Barack Obama victory, the former vice [Read more]

Neither Map Nor Road

June 3, 2012 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

We all seek a roadmap to get us out of a hole. For Eurobonds, it was last night in Brussels. For a way out of the hornet’s nest in Afghanistan, it was a few days ago in Chicago. The major drawback of this brilliant idea that provides a foolproof guide is that it has a built-in possibility of failure. Now is the 10th [Read more]

Immigration Reform: A Pending Promise

February 3, 2013 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The New York detective Nero Wolf, besides being both sedentary and a foodie, was also deeply pessimistic. He justified his attitude by saying that it is much better to be pessimistic than optimistic. The latter suffer disappointments at every turn, while the former occasionally have good news for which to rejoice. [Read more]

USA: Again, the Dilemma betweenSecurity and Rights

May 28, 2013 // Clarin - Argentina - Spanish

This week, the Obama administration had to explain its spying on journalists and tax persecution of opponents. The arguments were alarming. The epidemic nature of a problem doesn’t bring comfort. Generalizing the catastrophe does not solve anything, but actually increases alarm bells. That democracy itself -- the [Read more]

Terrorism in Boston

April 21, 2013 // El Comercio - Ecuador - Spanish

Boston was a party. The city and surrounding areas were living in the rhythm of one of the most famous foot races in the United States and the world. The pulse of the athletes was pushed to the limit in the final stages of the taxing race. The audience showed their respect and applauded the valiant athletes. Family [Read more]

Obama Cannot

April 10, 2013 // La Cronica de Hoy - Mexico - Spanish

As we all know, one of the most pressing demands of Mexicans is for U.S. immigration reform, especially because, by tightening U.S. borders, Obama has deported as many Mexicans as did all his predecessors since Ronald Reagan combined. [Read more]

Snowden and the Paranoid Empire

July 27, 2013 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The simplest definition of paranoia is a mental illness that makes a person suspicious of everyone else. According to psychiatrists, those most prone to this disease are individuals who show a certain narcissism and who have been exposed to serious frustrations, and are thus consequently endowed with low self-esteem. [Read more]

Monsanto: Many Devils and No Saint

July 6, 2013 // DiarioCoLatino - El Salvador - Spanish

Founded in 1901, the multinational agribusiness Monsanto is the world's largest. It is headquartered in Missouri, United States, and has more than 400 offices in 66 countries. Their profits are in the billions of dollars. Monsanto is also one of the companies that has faced the highest number of lawsuits concerning its [Read more]

The Exceptional Gringo

October 8, 2013 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

In the area of international security, there are those who will remind us that the U.S. certainly has not behaved in a manner consistent with the goals of the U.N. and international law. [Read more]

Putting One Foot in Front of the Other

September 2, 2013 // Juventud Rebelde - Cuba - Spanish

The truth, pure and simple, is that it is one of the greatest abuses of power known in the history of mankind. Spying is either evil or a method enthroned since time immemorial to detect what the "enemy" may be doing. But to subject everyone, EVERYONE, to ongoing monitoring, building a society manipulated or controlled [Read more]

North American Integration

February 19, 2014 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

President Obama's summit with the presidents of Mexico and Canada was a missed opportunity to relaunch the free trade agreement between the three countries — which just turned 20 — but it produced a plan that, despite having passed almost unnoticed in the media, could have a very positive impact on the economic and [Read more]

A New Era at the Fed

January 31, 2014 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

The resignation of Ben Bernanke from the Federal Reserve of the United States (better known as “the Fed”) begins a phase of that institution very different from the one in place since the financial crisis began in the summer of 2007. The main feature that differentiates the period beginning under Chair Janet Yellen [Read more]

Why Is It So Cold in the US?

January 14, 2014 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

Three Kings Day — [the Epiphany] — brought a poisoned gift to the United States, at least in the northern-central states in the country. After several days of heavy snow on the East Coast, the morning of Jan. 6 brought an invasion of cold air from the Canadian and Siberian tundras. It reached -52 C (-62 F). The [Read more]