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Seeing your own country as a foreigner

One of the goals of the WPI Fellowship is to make America understandable for the ten foreign journalists who each year travel throughout the country to get in touch with the different aspects of its society, its politics, its media, its people, its partisan...

Mining the humane way

MINING THE HUMANE WAY A dragline MINING THE HUMANE WAY A dragline Being an environmentalist, I am always sceptical about destroying nature in a bid to make human life better. The major victim here is the mining industry.  Mining in all its forms...

Love, Peace and Frogs.

  Love, Peace and Frogs – that is the slogan, reproduced countless times on T-Shirts, Mugs, bracelets and bags. All available in the gift store of the Rainforest Cafe. In Chicago there is one gigantic Rainforest Cafe which seems to be basically a...

Personal Reflections

This going to be cheesy, corny, drippy, sugary… No apologies, you have been warned.Its real name is ‘Cloud Gate’, but people commonly refer to it as ‘The Egg’. It’s a beautiful sculpture in the middle of Millenium Park, in Chicago,...

Hispanics relish growing electoral clout

Published in The Australian newspaper, October 1 JORGE Ramos has a simple explanation for the intense political spotlight being shone on the US Hispanic community. “They need us,” he says, pointing out that to become president, a candidate needs about...

Inefficient democracy

 As most of my traveling fellows probably also noticed, congressmen, liberal journalists as well as university professors often complain about the polarization of the american society. (Not only in terms of political views, but also considering regional,...

All bark no bite

There’s a fairy tale with a line that goes “If your mother only knew, her heart would surely break in two.” Well, that’s the line that popped into my mind the first time I ate a Nathan’s hotdog. We were at the Miami airport, tired and hungry, waiting to take the...

Latin U.S. of America

The immigration in United States has always attracted my attention, particularly by the fact it has been since 1965 mostly a product of the Latin-American region, where a come from. And one of the aspects I consider more interesting is the demographic changings it is...

Boring situation in Finland

“I’m so sick of these questions. I live in Kabul and I’m not in danger all the time. People don’t get that we are civilized and smart people. All the time they are just like, hey, wha’s the security situation in Afghanistan.” ...