'Unskilled' immigrants help to ease the pain of dying Americans by Cati Coe for the Conversation, 6/26/19


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President Trump wants the U.S. immigration system to shift away from family-based to skills-based migration. This move would prioritize bringing in those who are highly educated and skilled, to the exclusion of unskilled immigrant workers. However, some forms of “unskilled” care work for seniors are rapidly on the rise, leading experts to worry about labor shortfalls in these areas as baby boomers age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 27 million people will require long-term care in 2050, double the number that needed it in 2000.

My research is full of stories where care workers guide patients' family members to feel care for and connection with the dying and the dead. I've interviewed 62 care workers and 25 families from 2014 to 2016, as described in my book, “The New American Servitude.” Without immigrants, there could be fewer people to take on this difficult task.

More than one-quarter of home care workers are born outside the U.S. By comparison, people born outside the U.S. make up about 13% of the total population. Immigrants are drawn to this sector of work because it is in high demand and easy to enter.

Paola Chacón Crowned Miss Costa Rica 2019 by Rico 7/21/19

Miss Costa Rica 2019

Paola Chacon

Paola Chacon Fuentes was crowned Miss Costa Rica 2019 on Friday and will be representing the country at the next Miss Universe pageant. Paola is defined as a loving and passionate woman. She is 27 years old, a native of San José and graduated in Business Administration. From March, when Teletica, owner of the Miss Costa Rica franchise, announced the candidates of the 2019 edition, Paola always figured among the favorites to take the crown.

In addition to beauty, sympathy, and intelligence, she was driven to the win by the vast experience she possesses in those events: before Miss Costa Rica, Paola participated in the contests Reina de Costa Rica International, Miss Hispanomérica Internacional, Top Model of the World, Miss Supranational and Miss International.

Erdoğan’s control over Turkey is ending – what comes next? By Gary M. Grossman for The Conversation 7/20/19


Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

Mayoral elections in Turkish cities do not usually grab the world’s attention. But the defeat of the ruling party’s candidate for Istanbul mayor – once during its March election and then again, even more definitively in a June rematch – is a sign that Turkey’s most powerful political party is losing its influence after nearly two decades of control. The party’s leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, himself has said many times, “If we lose Istanbul, we lose Turkey.”

All political movements eventually run out of steam. But Erdoğanism dramatically changed Turkey, diminishing its democracy. The crumbling of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party, known as AKP, will now change Turkey in other ways. I’ve watched Turkish politics closely for three decades because of my work in the country training and consulting on education reform. As a Fulbright scholar, I lived in Turkey when Erdoğan first took power and consolidated control over every aspect of Turkish society. The world has a stake in its stability. Turkey is the 17th largest economy, according to the United Nations. And it is heavily in debt to foreign investors.

Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem by Luis Gómez Romero and María de la Macarena Iribarne González for the Conversation 13 July 2019

Women, Mexico

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After the leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency in a landslide last year, he vowed to “govern for all, starting with the poor.”

In Mexico, “the poor” includes many women, who earn 34% less than men for doing the same job. Women in Mexico also face incessant catcalling and extremely high rates of violence. With 1,199 women murdered in Mexico between January and April this year – about 10 a day – Mexico is Latin America’s second-most dangerous country for women, after Brazil, according to the United Nations.

As a presidential candidate, López Obrador spoke about the challenges facing women in Mexico. His campaign even acknowledged that domestic abuse and poverty are particularly prevalent among indigenous women, and pledged to help them, too. López Obrador’s administration has not, however, made women’s rights a priority. Instead, it has been rolling back some the few federal policies designed to protect and empower Mexican women.


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