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User Profile: Tom Walker

About Tom Walker
I have been winding down a career as a geologist and hydrologist (I have a BS in Geology), during the course of which I had the opportunity to work on projects in Mexico, Chile, and Peru. With my life-long love of languages, it was natural for me to learn Spanish, to be able to participate more effectively in these projects in Spanish-speaking areas. To improve both my Spanish and translation skills, I recently completed the Certificate in Spanish-English Translation from the University of California at San Diego. While I specialize in translation of technical documents in civil engineering, earth sciences, mining, and environmental engineering, I also try to be aware of what’s going on in the world around me, so my translations of current affairs pieces for WA fits right in. I also play piano in a 17-piece jazz big band.

This user has submitted 171 translations to Watching America.

Mexico: Less Racist than the United States?

June 25, 2020 // El economista - Mexico - Spanish

What happens in the U.S. does not surprise anyone. There is an irresponsible president who is reviving the “Law and Order” slogan Richard Nixon used to oppose the progressive initiatives of the 1960s, and who is willing to do anything to win reelection under the banner of an iron fist. He is faced with a conflict [Read more]

Darwin, Trump and López Obrador

May 27, 2020 // El financiero - Mexico - Spanish

Donald Trump has said he will reopen the economy immediately, even if it causes more people in the United States to become gravely ill, or even die, from the coronavirus. Trump’s announcement resurrects the idea of social Darwinism that has prevailed among a number of scientists and leaders of other countries. This [Read more]

Trump: Arrogant Offers

November 16, 2019 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

What the Republican magnate said is arrogant, inasmuch as no one asked him for police or military aid, and no one invited him to give his opinion about the domestic security situation of a country that is not his own. [Read more]

Trump and Impeachment

October 16, 2019 // El colombiano - Colombia - Spanish

<i>Impeachment could affect other issues on the public agenda. Rough times are coming, with ads and messages that will heat things up and which could cause real damage.</i> The news surprised everybody. In the middle of the United Nations General Assembly, we learned that the Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, had [Read more]

A Wall of ‘Fake News’

March 4, 2019 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

[T]hat a president might invent an invasion of drugs, terrorists and criminals on the southern border, just to fulfill his most important campaign promise, is an indication that Donald Trump has gone too far in defense of his “perceived national interests.” [Read more]

Putin-Trump: Putting the Squeeze on Europe

August 2, 2018 // La Razón - Spain - Spanish

The relaxed, even amiable, tone that prevailed at the bilateral summit between the United States and Russia could have been interpreted as good news for future international stability, were it not for the fact that the current U.S. president, Donald Trump, appears to have decided to return to the days of [Read more]

Diplomacy, Trump Style

May 25, 2018 // La crónica - Mexico - Spanish

Trump is doing serious damage to the United States by abandoning universal values and ceasing to promote 'soft power,' the support of democracy and the defense of human rights. [Read more]

Necessary Gun Control

March 6, 2018 // La nación - Costa Rica - Spanish

Costa Rica has not been the victim of mass killings like those that have occurred in the United States, but the homicide rate is more than 12 per 100,000 inhabitants and is becoming an epidemic. [Read more]

Trump: Disillusionment Sets In

October 19, 2017 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Everything indicates that the illusion has been shattered, the president’s approval rating is brushing up against his massive unpopularity, and the idea that they made a mistake is running through the ranks of his voters. [Read more]

Pyongyang Has Crossed the ‘Red Line’

August 18, 2017 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

For the first time in a long time, international markets are showing signs of worry about the escalation of the North Korean threat. As a result, trading on Wall Street yesterday started out with light losses that analysts attributed to nervousness about the pace of acceleration of Pyongyang’s rhetoric. The last [Read more]

Chronicling the Uncertainty

August 7, 2017 // La nación - Costa Rica - Spanish

<i>President Donald Trump has done nothing to clear up the confusion around his links with Russia.</i> <i> A chain of incidents has raised doubts about the decision to cut off aid to groups opposing the Syrian dictatorship</i> Donald Trump became president of the United States barely six months ago. It was the [Read more]

The Wall and Flaco

June 3, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

Getting around the border between the U.S. and Mexico is a profitable business for the cartels. The only way to put an end to drug trafficking and illegal immigration is to open the borders. [Read more]

Now What, Trump?

February 1, 2017 // El Mercurio - Chile - Spanish

<i>With his predisposition toward Latin American style strongman rule, Trump could well be tempted by authoritarianism, especially when he sees that his populist measures, if that is the route he takes, don’t work in the medium and long term.</i> The imminence of the transition of power in Washington has everyone [Read more]

Obama’s Legacy

January 24, 2017 // El Universal - Mexico - Spanish

Since the moment that Barack Obama became president of the United States in 2008, and over the following eight years, the political situation in the world has changed significantly. Whether we’re talking about, among other issues, the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, his support of the fight against [Read more]

Not Possible!

November 15, 2016 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

With Trump in the White House and a decidedly Republican Congress, it’s quite possible that, aided by a right-leaning Supreme Court, many of the accomplishments of the past 50 years, above all on social issues, may be dismantled. [Read more]

Hard To Understand

September 8, 2016 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

From its announcement less than 24 hours before the event, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump’s surprise meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto caused undeniable public agitation and almost unanimous alarm in the country. Such reactions certainly have to do with the consistent aggression [Read more]

The Hate Campaign Against Hillary Clinton

August 29, 2016 // La Prensa - Panama - Spanish

In the history of the United States, I don’t think there has ever been as much time and money spent on discrediting a political figure as there has been on Hillary Clinton. Twenty-five years ago, the leaders of the Republican Party, with their paid attack dogs, launched a hate campaign against Bill Clinton’s wife. [Read more]

US Scientists Question Presidential Candidates

August 21, 2016 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

The upcoming U.S. election could take an interesting turn, thanks to the participation of several scientific organizations. These organizations have invited the Democratic Party candidate, Hillary Clinton, and the Republican standard-bearer, Donald Trump, to respond to 20 questions on topics involving science, [Read more]

In Case of Trump

August 9, 2016 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

<i>Editor’s note: The following perspective contains language, translated accurately from the original article, that readers may find offensive.</i> According to U.S. public opinion polls, 63 percent of voters are opposed to Hillary Clinton; 67 percent are opposed to Donald Trump (but this rises to 77 percent if [Read more]

The US Will Decide on the ‘Trexit’

July 31, 2016 // El Día de Córdoba - Spain - Spanish

The Democratic Party convention, which is expected to choose Hillary Clinton as the party’s candidate for president, is taking place in Philadelphia this week. In an attempt to put some distance between her and her opponent, Clinton has chosen as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, a lover of Hispanic [Read more]

The Coronation of Trump

July 25, 2016 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>The Republican candidate is trying to create unity among conservatives.</i> With the designation of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate, Donald Trump is getting ready to face the Republican Convention, which started yesterday and will name him as the party’s nominee for the White [Read more]

Peña, Obama and the Labyrinths of Populism

July 10, 2016 // Proceso - Mexico - Spanish

Populism is like sesame seeds: It can be an ingredient in every kind of political mole sauce, for the convenience of whoever is using the term. For a long time, populism has not been used much as a noun; it has been converted into an adjective, but beyond that, into an insult, as Chantal Delsol relates in her book [Read more]

Trump and the Deluge

June 8, 2016 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

One of the big problems in the current U.S. election is that criticism of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is interpreted right away as support for the candidacy of Donald Trump. [Read more]

Primary Elections USA: What’s Missing

May 14, 2016 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

A couple of things can happen in the race for the party nominations in the United States. First, Donald Trump will get enough delegates in Indiana to tie up the Republican nomination. Second, neither of the two Democratic candidates will get to the number needed to avoid an open convention, with more than one ballot. [Read more]

Obama Asks for More

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

<i>The NATO countries again face the debate over increasing spending on defense.</i> On his European tour – one of the last of his presidency – Barack Obama chose to give his hosts a piece of his mind. He brought up questions that are normally not included in the official comments of a U.S. president in his last [Read more]

The United States of Frankenstein

April 24, 2016 // Proceso - Mexico - Spanish

To explain the origins of the New York billionaire’s outrageous presidential candidacy, many politicians and pundits have persistently turned to Frankenstein, one of the foundation myths of modernity, a colossal monster who rebels against the scientist who created him. These observers point out the toxic atmosphere [Read more]

Obama Seeks To Close the Door on the Past

April 1, 2016 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>The U.S. president sends out a message of support for Macri.</i> The president of the United States, Barack Obama, has chosen Argentina, on the exact day marking the 40th anniversary of the beginning of one of the cruelest Latin American dictatorships, to break with his country’s shadowy past and its ties to [Read more]

‘Enrique Trump’

March 15, 2016 // Proceso - Mexico - Spanish

They both profoundly despise culture and education, and live in a world filled with champagne, sycophants and bodyguards that completely isolates them from the suffering and hopes of the common people. [Read more]

The Unfinished Cold War

January 23, 2016 // La Prensa - Panama - Spanish

The temporary nature and absence of a mechanism for progressive integration into U.S. society heartlessly handicaps immigrants, and converts the “American dream” into an unnecessary nightmare. [Read more]

The Bilateral Relationship Is Dead

November 5, 2015 // Excélsior - Mexico - Spanish

<i>Donald Trump has been able to speak out and tell lies without a firm official response on the part of Mexico.</i> I don't remember a time in the past five decades when Mexico-U.S. relations were at such a low level as they are today. Miguel Basáñez spent less than two months in the embassy in Washington, [Read more]

The Woman Who Put Donald Trump in His Place

October 1, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

It happens more often than you think. In the end, it’s a woman who puts the class bully in his place. While her male classmates try to pass by unnoticed, whistling while they look in the other direction, she lets fly with what everyone is thinking, right in his face. And she makes him back down. That is exactly what [Read more]

United States: Good and Bad Diplomatic Moves

September 19, 2015 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Yesterday, Democrats in the U.S. Senate managed to block a legislative initiative by the Republican Party that would have had the effect of annulling the nonproliferation treaty signed last July by Iran and the P5+1 group. The P5+1 group includes the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — [Read more]

US Violence Sets a Bad Example

September 3, 2015 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Two journalists – a reporter and a cameraman – were killed yesterday in Virginia in a shooting rampage that occurred during a live news broadcast on local channel WDBJ-TV. The assailant, identified as Vester Flanagan – a laid-off former employee of the company – died a few hours later from self-inflicted [Read more]

Brazil Decides To Get Closer to the US

July 23, 2015 // La Nación - Argentina - Spanish

A couple of weeks ago, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Barack Obama in Washington. With that, bilateral relations between Brazil and the U.S. seem to have returned to normal, after the deserter Edward Snowden – in September 2013 – revealed the extent of U.S. espionage in our neighboring country. This [Read more]

Beyond the Racism of Donald Trump

July 14, 2015 // Proceso - Mexico - Spanish

Last March, U.S. real estate and investment fund magnate Donald Trump attacked corruption in Mexico on his Twitter account. The owner of the Miss Universe brand, a beauty contest that pulls in millions in profits from sponsorships, accused a businessman from southeast Mexico, Rodolfo Rosas Moya, of causing his anger. [Read more]

Cuba-US: And Now What?

June 16, 2015 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

It’s a fair question, because after two years of dialogue — secret up until Dec. 17, and public from then on — there have been very favorable developments, if we compare them to the state of mutual hostility that colored relations between the two countries from January 1959 until that day last December. Just [Read more]

The Storming of Baltimore

May 15, 2015 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

On April 12, Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, 25 years old, was detained by the Baltimore police for no apparent reason. The arrest was so brutal that he suffered serious wounds in the neck and spine. Instead of calling an ambulance, the uniformed officers transported him in their own vehicle. Gray went into [Read more]

Cuba Yes, Yankees Yes

April 21, 2015 // El Faro - El Salvador - Spanish

At this point, it is unremarkable to say again that the meeting between Barack Obama and Raúl Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama is a historic milestone. Clearly it is, and it has consequences for the whole continent, because it changes the nature of the relationship between Latin America and the [Read more]

US Disappointment with Latin America

April 16, 2015 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said yesterday that she was disappointed at the widespread rejection by Latin America of the sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. She maintained that such sanctions were not intended to harm the Venezuelan people or the Caracas government in general. She admitted that [Read more]

Sex, Wars and the CIA

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

David Petraeus, the soldier who is compared with the greatest generals in U.S. history, agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges in the open case for leaking information to his biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom he was in a relationship. [Read more]

Hollywood, Mecca of Discrimination?

February 17, 2015 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

Ninety-three percent of Academy members are white, and the majority of them are men. Blacks and Latinos don’t even make up a third of the workers in the business. The black lobby, led by Oprah Winfrey, is ready to go to battle. The controversy erupted minutes after the announcement of the Oscar [Read more]

Project to Build a North American Community

February 13, 2015 // La Jornada - Mexico - Spanish

Almost a decade ago, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published the report "Building a North American Community," in which it proposed the building of an economic and security partnership, which could be defined as comprising a common external tariff and an internal security perimeter. This proposal is still a [Read more]


January 30, 2015 // El Espectador - Colombia - Spanish

In the final days of December, Cuba and the United States announced an agreement for the start of a new phase in their bilateral relationship. The big question is if democracy will come to the island. [Read more]