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Sharing Blame For Central America's Child Migrants

There was shock after the latest report from U.S. Border Patrol found an explosion of young people being sent northward from Central America. Why it isn't just about the parents.

 A May 2014 demonstration in support of child migrants in Los Angeles.
A May 2014 demonstration in support of child migrants in Los Angeles.
Martín Rodríguez Pellecer

Sure, let's put up a wall and inform their parents of the risks. They must have sent their children to the United Sates, through Mexico — which trafficking gangs have turned into a migrants' hell — because they had no idea it would be dangerous. Or because they are too ambitious about their children's futures? Or not enough?

What we know, instead, is that these parents have been rendered so desperate by internal poverty that they send their sons and daughters to dangerous cities like Guatemala City, San Salvador, Tegucicalpa or San Pedro Sula.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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