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Jorge Ramos Column: ‘El Dedazo’ Makes a Comeback in Mexico

By Jorge Ramos As a young man, I was obsessed with the political phenomenon of “el dedazo” in Mexico. It didn’t make sense that in a democracy, a sitting president could point to another politician, making him an automatic candidate to be his successor and essentially handing over his power. It made less sense that millions of Mexicans accepted, without …

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The Wizards of Fake News

After almost six decades covering Latin American politicians, I am well acquainted with wizards of fake news and their tactics. I was reporting on them long before Donald Trump became a politician. Still, Trump lies a lot. But questioning almost everything that the president of the United States says comes pretty naturally to me. When it comes to Trump’s lies, …

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Headline: Whos Really Bullying Mexico?

Let’s start with the dreadful part. Since Enrique Peña Nieto became president, there have been 91,284 homicides in Mexico. This figure comes from official intentional-homicide statistics, spanning the period from Dec. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2017. (You can fact-check the numbers here, lest you suspect that this is all fake news: bit.ly/1KTkyif). The Peña Nieto administration is on track …

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Jorge Ramos: Our Anti-Immigrant President

By Jorge Ramos President Donald Trump has a new obsession: “Chain migration.” He wants to end the practice of legal immigrants bringing their families to live with them in the United States. Chain migration is, in fact, pretty standard practice around the world. I would guess that the president likes being around his family; the same is true for immigrants. …

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Jorge Ramos : Puerto Rico Rises Up

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — There are times when a country’s best qualities shine during its most difficult tests. And I hesitate neither to call Puerto Rico a country — it has preserved its history, culture and language despite being a U.S. territory — nor to acknowledge that the island is going through one of the most agonizing and decisive …

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A Simple Proposal to Combat Corruption in Mexico

I propose that we fight corruption in Mexico, and my idea about how to do that is neither perfect nor is it certain to put all who are guilty in jail. But it would be a great first step. I suggest we create an International Commission Against Corruption in Mexico under the auspices of the United Nations. First, we have …

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Puerto Rico: A Battered Island

Puerto Rico was battered twice this year: First by Hurricane Maria, then by President Donald Trump. Not long ago on Univision, we interviewed Ángela Parrilla, a 103-year-old woman from Puerto Rico who told us that Maria was actually worse than Hurricane San Ciprian, which ravaged the island in 1932. The devastation after Maria hit in late September was unprecedented, so …

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Two Bad Presidents

We have two terrible presidents — this is the sad reality in Mexico and the United States. What we need right now are two capable leaders who can deal with a truly difficult moment in the countries’ bilateral relationship. Instead, we’ve ended up with Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump. We could say it’s just bad luck but, in fact, …

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Killing Is Easy

I am horrified by how easy it was for Stephen Paddock to kill so many people in Las Vegas earlier this month. After apparently carrying loads of weapons up to his hotel room, he smashed out two windows and then, as if he were at a firing range, aimed at a crowd of 22,000 people gathered below for an outdoor …

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Mexico’s Earthquake Generation

This speech is very different from the one I originally intended to give. I was going to encourage you to disobey, ignore politicians, dare to question everything, never remain silent and show me a Mexico that’s full of hope and possibilities. But you were way ahead of me. ​You are the first generation to graduate after the terrible earthquake that …

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