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Sister Bernardita Castro speaks during an interview with EFE in San Salvador, El Salvador, Oct. 10, 2018. EPA-EFE/Rodrigo Sura

Sister Bernardita and the other nuns who now serve as guides to the home where Archbishop Oscar Romero lived in San Salvador anxiously await the Vatican's formal announcement of his canonization. 

[OP-ED]: El poder de la imagen

 10/13/2017 - 14:27
La ciencia y la religión, unidas, pueden llenarnos de esperanza, ser dadoras de vida y de promesa si aprendemos a reverenciarlas con sabiduría y con fe. Ciencia y religión pueden proporcionarnos una visión para el futuro basada en ideales, en reglas de conducta para mejorar el ambiente social, en fuente de autoridad moral y, sobre todo, en imágenes e ideas que ayuden a dar sentido a nuestras vidas en un mundo que se encuentra en caos. 

¿Ésta es la democracia más avanzada del mundo?  ¿El Sueño Americano?  La contienda entre Demócratas y Republicanos para la candidatura a la Presidencia de Estados Unidos en las últimas elecciones estadounidenses se volvió viral y encarnizada en los medios de comunicación. 

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Blanca Esthela Treviño Pepi

[OP-ED]: El problema real para los demócratas

 07/04/2017 - 15:58
El Partido Demócrata ha reaccionado a su serie de recientes pérdidas electorales, concluyendo una vez más que necesita un mensaje económico mejor. Tal como dijo el líder de la minoría del senado Chuck Schumer el último domingo: “los demócratas necesitan un programa económico fuerte, audaz, afilado y que tenga sentido común”. EFE

El único desacuerdo dentro del partido es sobre cuán afilado e izquierdista debería ser ese mensaje. Pero cada vez resulta más claro que el problema para los demócratas poco tiene que ver con la economía y mucho más con un conjunto de temas que no les gustaría volver a examinar: la cultura, las costumbres sociales y la identidad nacional. 

[OP-ED]: Rather than heading to the silver screen, take a moment this summer to look inward

 06/16/2017 - 12:30
Try Michael Sandel’s “Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?,” which covers a wide range of thought provoking questions about civic life and describes the philosophical foundations for competing impulses. (The wonderful 12-hour Harvard lecture series is available to view on YouTube, as well.)

 Last week, I packed my husband and two sons off to enjoy their much-anticipated viewing of the new superhero movie “Wonder Woman.”

I used to partake in such outings to the summer action blockbuster, but by the time “Wonder Woman” came out, I was already sick and tired of being browbeaten by countless feminine-power “hot takes” and “think pieces,” plus the inevitable reports of outrage.

[OP-ED]: En lugar de dirigirse a la pantalla grande, dedique un momento este verano a la introspección

 06/16/2017 - 12:26
Recomiendo “Justice: What´s the Right Thing To Do?”, de Michael Sandel, que cubre una amplia gama de interesantes preguntas sobre la vida cívica y describe los fundamentos filosóficos de impulsos contradictorios. (La maravillosa serie de 12 horas de lecciones de Harvard está disponible en YouTube, también.)

La semana pasada, envié a mi esposo y a mis dos hijos a disfrutar de la muy anticipada película de súper héroes, “Wonder Woman”. 

Antes, solía ser parte de esas salidas al cine para ver la película de acción del verano, pero para cuando se estrenó “Wonder Woman”, ya estaba harta de las innumerables promociones y análisis sobre el poder femenino, más las inevitables expresiones de indignación.

[OP-ED]: Trump isn’t destiny

 06/13/2017 - 15:17
To some extent, the future of America depends on Donald Trump. But it depends even more on how these social and economic trends evolve -- how we cope with them and whether we become a more cohesive society or a more contentious one. EFE

 It’s time to take a brief break from Donald Trump. Whatever you think of him, there’s no denying that he dominates the news cycle. We seem to assume that the nation’s future depends on Trump’s fate, for better or worse. The reality is otherwise: The nation’s future also hangs on larger economic and social trends that no president can shape.

[OP-ED]: The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger

 05/18/2017 - 09:37
File photograph of FBI Director James Comey during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9. EFE

I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump’s presidency fairly. I’ve praised him when he has appointed competent people to high office and expressed support for his policies when they seemed serious and sensible (even though this has drawn criticism from some quarters). But there has always been another aspect to this presidency lurking beneath the surface, sometimes erupting into full view as it did this week. Donald Trump, in much of his rhetoric and many of his actions, poses a danger to American democracy.

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Fareed Zakaria

[OP-ED]: Those in the ‘resistance’ should refrain from mocking Trump’s supporters

 05/16/2017 - 15:29
According to an analysis of post-election survey data conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, financially troubled voters in the white working class were more likely to prefer Hillary Clinton over Trump.

Though it’s generally a happy home, there is a stark cultural divide in my house: My husband, who was raised in a tiny, Southern rural town that was almost 100 percent white, loves “The Andy Griffith Show.”

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Los que están en la ‘resistencia’ no deben burlarse de los que apoyan a Trump

 05/16/2017 - 15:22
Según un análisis de datos de encuestas posteriores a la elección, conducidas por Public Religion Research Institute y The Atlantic, había más probabilidades de que electores con problemas económicos de la clase obrera blanca prefirieran a Hillary Clinton por sobre Trump.

Aunque en general es un hogar feliz, en mi casa hay una marcada división cultural: A mi marido, que se crió en un diminuto pueblo rural del sur, casi 100 por ciento blanco, le encanta “The Andy Griffith Show”.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Racism and the Trump effect at the high school where I teach

 02/28/2017 - 15:06
A small group of Mexicans and Americans demonstrated today in two parts of the Mexican capital for the visit to the country by US Secretaries of State, Rex Tillerson, and Interior Security, John Kelly, where they declared through banners "Persona non grata" to the secretaries, an official visit in Mexico, and urged them to stop the hatred, racism and ignorance shown so far by the policies of President Donald Trump. EFE

My two sons used to come home from a day at high school complaining that ludicrous accusations of racism were as common as the desks in the classrooms. I chalked it up to adolescent exaggeration.

After having spent the current academic year as a teacher surrounded by rowdy high-schoolers, I can attest that they were right.

In the hallways, at assemblies, in my classroom, “That’s racist!” was a common refrain for most of the early fall.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Stephen Bannon’s Ideas -- and His Very Different Actions

 02/14/2017 - 14:50
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks (L) and Senior Counselor to the President and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon walk down the West Wing Colonnade following a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in Washington, DC, USA. EFE

Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this administration?

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Fareed Zakaria