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Fat as a Matter of the State

January 1, 2011 // El País - Spain - Spanish

Does the government have the right to regulate what people eat in order to combat obesity? The United States has initiated a debate between those who believe that the state must treat obesity as an epidemic, dissuading people however from consuming high-calorie or too fatty foods, and those who think that obesity is an [Read more]

The Equitable Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal

January 1, 2011 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

Let’s imagine that the Internet is composed of a series of tubes (the analogy is not mine; I’ve been reading about it for a while in the United States). Information, videos, emails and even ads pass through these “tubes.” Logically, building these “tubes” is not cheap. The four main “tube” operators in [Read more]

Less Catholic Each and Every Time

December 26, 2010 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

A good look at the WikiLeaks documents provides us the best and most precise documentation about power in the world during the first decade of the 21st century. Everything lies upon the U.S. State Department’s cables, which is the product of work done by excellent observers and analysts. The idea of weakness without [Read more]

The Theory of the Gay President

December 26, 2010 // El País - Spain - Spanish

This is a piece of legislation that both richens and updates the story of freedom in America, with its core values reinforced and then shown to the world. It’s even possible to conclude that this renewal confirms the exceptionalism of America — the idea that the United States is a nation apart, always destined to bring to reality the most ambitious dreams of humanity.

Failure Is the Norm

December 23, 2010 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

One cannot ask for metaphorical pears of peace from the elm tree that has always given war. It can already be said with all the letters: Obama has failed. His carefully calculated agenda of peace for Israelis and Palestinians has self-destructed. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has not been able to [Read more]

Homosexuals in the Armed Forces

December 22, 2010 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

This cover of Time dates back to Sept. 8, 1975. Leonard Matlovich was his name. He was raised in a politically conservative environment, and in the ‘60s he headed to Vietnam as a volunteer. He held three positions there and was wounded after stepping on a mine. He therefore did something that so many other patriots [Read more]

A Modest Agreement

December 22, 2010 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

The Cancun Summit ended on Saturday morning just as the Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen did last year. It raised many hopes and then failed to reach a binding agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Not much was expected given the background and the strong opposition of some countries to [Read more]

In Defense of WikiLeaks

December 22, 2010 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

The Internet poses the only serious challenge to certain constitutional powers, capable in effect of guaranteeing a state of transparency. Its overtone of pseudo-anarchism and civil disobedience now form part of the spirit of our time. Resulting votes: 229. As though it were swept along by the curse of binary code, [Read more]

Obama’s Tax Triumph

December 21, 2010 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

With Congress approving his tax plan, Obama obtained an important political victory. Doubtless it does not have the shine of other legislative triumphs, like health care reform, but it could be much more politically beneficial. Patrick Leahy, one of the most progressive senators, has recently warned Obama that, with [Read more]

“Benjamins” in the Garbage

December 21, 2010 // El País - Spain - Spanish

How is it possible that with so much digital technology, after centuries of experience ironing notes, the United States has to throw $1.1 million in benjamins in the garbage because the paper folded and a small piece was left blank?
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