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Punishing the Most Vulnerable

By Jorge Ramos MIAMI — Central Americans will continue to flee their homes and head north no matter what sort of agreements the presidents of Mexico and the United States come to. Powerful forces — brutal violence, extreme poverty, the effects of climate change — are driving these men, women and children to leave. They are also being motivated to …

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My Interview With the Dictator

By Jorge Ramos How should you interview a dictator? That was the question I asked myself before my conversation with Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela in Caracas on Feb. 25. I had watched Maduro’s interviews with other journalists and decided I wanted to do something different: I would ask tough questions right from the start, forcing Maduro to engage in back-and-forth …

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How to Deal With a Bully

By Jorge Ramos President Donald Trump is a bully. And there are only three ways to deal with people like him: Agree to let them have their way, ignore them completely or confront them. It seems that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, as he’s known, has chosen the third of these options, and rightly so. He recently …

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Child Prisoners

By Jorge Ramos HOMESTEAD, Fla. — When you first look around, everything seems normal: hundreds of kids, some in classrooms, others playing soccer, others in the dining hall or in their dorm rooms. Soon, though, it becomes clear that something is wrong. None of the youngsters are holding cellphones or tablets. And they all have stern or sad expressions on …

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War of the Hackers

By Jorge Ramos As we all know by now, the Russian government launched a cyberattack against the United States during the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Yet the assault was followed by neither a declaration of war nor a public confrontation between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. No nuclear attacks were threatened. Instead, Trump has seemed to do …

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Run, Hide or Fight

By Jorge Ramos For those of us living in the United States or Mexico, it’s unlikely that we’ll always be protected from a well-armed gunman with murderous intent. So we’d all better come up with a personal plan. Just in case. In the United States there are said to be more guns than there are people. In some areas of …

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Denouncing a Dictatorship

By Jorge Ramos “For freedom I bleed, I fight, I live on.” — Miguel Hernández, “The Man Who Lurks” I have only words of encouragement and admiration for the millions of Venezuelans currently fighting for their freedom. There is no way of knowing for certain how the crisis in Venezuela will end, but I am quite sure I know who …

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Jorge Ramos Column: There Are Things That You Can’t Forget

Sometimes you set out on an adventure simply looking for beauty, but end up finding something much more profound and powerful. That’s exactly what happened to me during a recent trip to Cambodia. I had planned to spend my time exploring the monuments and temples of the ancient city of Angkor, reveling in their breathtaking beauty, but an unexpected visit …

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The Day I Went to AMLO’s Morning News Conference

By Jorge Ramos How do you challenge a president? In Mexico, you do it as directly as possible. If Andrés Manuel López Obrador has changed anything, it’s that the Mexican president is now expected to show his face to the public on a regular basis. AMLO, as he is known, is perhaps the only president in the world who holds …

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It’s Easy to Kill In Mexico

By Jorge Ramos “To die and to kill are ideas that rarely leave us.” Octavio Paz, “The Labyrinth of Solitude” Mexico is an extremely dangerous country. The main challenge facing Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s new president, is to stop the killing of so many of the nation’s citizens. Unfortunately, nothing has changed so far. The number of killings in …

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