Jorge Ramos interviews Salma Hayek
Television can create a president, or it can destroy a candidate. Newspapers can put politicians’ positions into context. Websites can expose the skeletons they’ve hidden. Social media tells them what’s on voters’ minds. But when it comes to politics, TV still rules — hence Republican candidates’ obsession with preparing for the upcoming debates.
I visited the island of Mykonos, Greece, in early July, shortly before voters shot down the country’s deal with its creditors in a referendum. Despite Greece’s woes, life was great on Mykonos, or so it seemed. I remember one particular night in which it felt like there was a huge party going on.
Some behaviors just keep repeating themselves and never change. In Mexico, every time there is a crisis, President Enrique Peña Nieto shrinks.
Pitbull talks music, politics, Cuba and Trump with Jorge Ramos (July 2015)
When it comes to undocumented immigrants, I’ve heard every kind of insult there is. Not that I’ve grown used to it, but every time an immigrant commits a crime that draws national attention or a general election nears, I know I’ll hear the usual harsh critiques, blanket insults and nonsense about immigrants – particularly those coming to the U.S. from Latin America.
TEL AVIV – If the purpose of traveling abroad is to learn something new, why not enjoy some home cooking and dine with locals? During a recent trip to Tel Aviv for a television segment chronicling the things that separate and unite Israelis and Arabs, our team did just that: We made two dinners part of our investigative efforts. (I’ve never had such a tasty reporting experience.)
“The real Mexico I found to be a country with a written constitution and written laws in general almost as fair and democratic as our own, but with neither constitution nor laws in operation.” That’s what John Kenneth Turner, the American journalist, wrote in his 1911 book “Barbarous Mexico.” More than a hundred years later, Turner’s observation holds true.
When he announced that he was officially entering the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump won a different contest altogether by becoming the Hispanic community’s most hated man. He dethroned the likes of Joe Arpaio – the staunchly anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff who has been accused of racial profiling – and even conservative author Ann Coulter, who recently declared that Mexican immigrants are as dangerous as Islamic State jihadis.
We Americans are consumers, surrounded by products. Therefore, each of us has to make a choice that defines our lives: whether to hoard useless things or to discard them. I’ve been always inclined toward the second option.