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Is illegal immigration tolerable? Its causes

It is quite understandable for any person or family to look for a destination that offers them better living standards and greater personal security. However, this need does not justify violating the laws. Today, it is known that more than a million immigrants obtain a legal entry visa to the United States every year and there are several million on waiting lists that respect immigration laws. The following analysis search for its causes.

Understanding Migration

Corruption, Poor Governance, and their Effects on Migration in Central America

Institutional neglect and corruption in Central America 

On February 2, the Biden Administration announced an Executive Order to address the root causes of migration from Latin America. The Executive Order directed a small collective of officials to develop a plan “to address the root causes of migration, including by (A) combating corruption, strengthening democratic governance, and advancing the rule of law; (B) promoting respect for human rights, labor rights, and a free press; (C) countering and preventing violence, extortion, and other crimes perpetrated by criminal gangs, trafficking networks, and other organized criminal organizations; (D) combating sexual, gender-based, and domestic violence; and (E) addressing economic insecurity and inequality.”

While all these actions are laudable as part of U.S. foreign policy, the Executive Order did not make clear how corruption and governance issues are related to migration. Nor have subsequent actions by the Administration. The links were taken as obvious, or taken for granted. Yet the relationship between poor governance, corruption and migration is complex and multiple factors exist, sometimes intensifying each other and at other times neutralizing each other.

Latin America has suffered from decades of neglect in building strong institutions and pervasive poor governance, including the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Throughout the region, political systems that benefit political and economic elites are entrenched, and corrupt governance is pervasive. One consequence is that the state is unable or unwilling to provide basic services to the citizenry — education, public safety, response to natural disasters, consistent legal institutions, and core public-health services like universal vaccination. A second consequence is that individuals have very low institutional trust in government, even when they do not report personal experience with corruption. Yet services do exist in these countries that approximate services delivered in the Global North in quality—but only available to local elites.

This situation has dependable outcomes. People believe, correctly, that they are getting the short end of the stick. People believe that things are not going to change. For many, then, the solution is migration. Migration becomes the way to change one’s life, to rise up socially, gain access to needed services, enable a better life for one’s children, or buy the goods that individuals dream of owning.

Corruption and Migration

Several relationships between corruption and migration are clear in Latin America, although not all of these are analogous in relationship or equivalent in strength ...

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NATURPAZ, un eslabón más en la lucha interminable de los cubanos por su libertad

Naturpaz fue un grupo ecologísta y pacifista de cubanos que brotó auspiciado por las esperanzas de libertad que parecía proyectar Mikhail Gorbachov a fines de la década de 1980 y en medio de los acontecimientos que desembocaron en el fin del Imperio Soviético. Uno de sus fundadores y dirigentes fue el autor del siguiente testimonio. quien nos ofrece una certera pincelada de una época llena de entusiasmo por un cambio hacia la democracia y la libertad en Cuba que ellos y muchos otros cubanos veían próximo y posible a principios de la década de 1990. Leonel Morejón Almagro iría más allá de su grupo Naturpaz, tocando las puertas de las principales figuras de la oposición pacífica para fraguar la idea de un evento que los aglutinara a todos. Lo bautizó como Concilio Cubano y debió realizarse el 24 de febrero de 1996, hace ya más de 25 años; el sueño de la unidad de propósitos en la senda emancipadora nunca estuvo más cerca de concretarse pero nunca llegó a ocurrir. El aparato represor del régimen cubano se esmeró en aplastar el proyecto y el golpe policial y de inteligencia liquidó las estructuras y el liderazgo que estuvieron a punto de consolidar una especie de parlamento opositor con capacidad para impulsar el cambio democratizador.

Notas al alma: 35 aniversario de Naturpaz

por Leonel Morejón Almagro

Tratar de seguir la apertura de mi héroe Mijaíl Gorbachov durante el invierno de 1985 en La Habana me obligó a pagar cinco pesos por Novedades de Moscú a contrabando, un periódico que antes de la perestroika y la glásnost solo era usado como papel de baño.

Los cubanos en busca de aperturas encontramos en las insólitas páginas de Novedades de Moscú y la revista Sputnik, una respuesta a nuestras ansias democráticas. La perestroika y la glásnost calentaban la esperanza mientras yo escribía los versos en mi primer libro de poemas, titulado Testamento.

El título macabro recreaba los temores que llenaban mis días de estudiante a los 21 años. En el invierno de 1985 descubrí, en la revista Correo de la Unesco, que la Unión Soviética y los Estados Unidos poseían misiles nucleares capaces de exterminar más de veinte veces el número de seres humanos en la Tierra. Leyendo ese Correo de la Unesco también me enteré de que Naciones Unidas había declarado el próximo año 1986, como “Año Internacional de la Paz”.

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New Intel revealed on the Wuhan lab responsibility for the spread of Covid-19

British intelligence services are now reportedly reassessing their position on the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. A Sunday report from the Sunday Times of London quotes British spies who initially dismissed the lab leak theory, but now say it is "feasible. 

There might be pockets of evidence that take us one way, and evidence that takes us another way," the paper quoted a source as saying. "The Chinese will lie either way." Previous theories suggesting that the coronavirus jumped into people from bats via an intermediary animal have been debunked.»

The Chinese Virus scandal – New Developments

U.S. State Department warning: Don’t ‘Open a Can of Worms’ on the COVID-19 Origin.

Lab-Leak Bombshells Drop: Death Threats, ‘Cover-Up’ ...  and More. 

June 3.Vanity Fair found evidence that some figures within the U.S. State Department did not want a complete investigation into the virus’s origins in early 2020; it appears to have found one of the smoking guns of this entire abominable story of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that in early 2020, some corners of the federal government explicitly discouraged a full investigation into how the pandemic started:

A months long Vanity Fair investigation, interviews with more than 40 people, and a review of hundreds of pages of U.S. government documents, including internal memos, meeting minutes, and email correspondence, found that conflicts of interest, stemming in part from large government grants supporting controversial virology research led by Dr. Fauci, hampered the U.S. investigation into COVID-19’s origin at every step.

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US National Debt Projected to Hit $41 Trillion by 2030

The wasteful policy that is traditional when the Democratic Party heads the government has been exacerbated beyond any reasonable limits in the first months of the current Administration, regardless of the tragic consequences of the economic collapse that will be inevitable sometime this decade if the accelerated public debt growth is not stopped in time before it becomes unpayable and causes the country's bankruptcy. According to the Manhattan Institute, the national debt will reach $41 trillion before 2030; while projections from Statista reach $40 trillion by 2031. So far, the national debt amount to nearly 70,000 US dollars per person in the United States."

Biden releases $6T budget that foresees decade of trillion-dollar deficits 

Washington DC, May 28.– President Biden on Friday proposed a budget that would entrench deficits in excess of $1 trillion for the next decade, pushing the nation’s debt burden to record highs.

The blueprint released by the White House ties together three major spending proposals already announced by Biden: the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan, the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan and $1.5 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2022.

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Council of Europe: On the way towards participatory democracy

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities meets the President of the Conference of INGOs

Gerhard ErmischerAddress of Mr Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference of INGOs at the 131st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe 

Strasbourg, May 22.– Congress President Leendert Verbeek, met with the newly elected President of the Conference of International non-governmental organizations (INGOs), Gerhard Ermischer, on 20 May 2021 to enhance co-operation between the Congress and the voluntary sector to promote active citizenship in political decision-making at local and regional level building on the Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation, a set of guidelines for NGO participation in decision-making processes.

Both Presidents stressed that, in this period of health crisis and mistrust of democratic institutions cooperation of INGOs and the Congress is more relevant than ever, as local authorities and civil society organisations are at the forefront of promoting democracy and restoring citizens' trust in politics, as they help to bridge the gap between politics and citizens. Building democratic societies is one of the main Congress priorities for 2021-2026, President Verbeek underlined."

The Congress of Regional and Local Authorities had previously adopted its priorities for 2021-2026 at its 40th session held online 23 to 24 March 2021. 

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