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Enhancing financial inclusion among bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurs in Mexico

  Co-authored by Byron Villacis On the corner of a bustling, working-class neighborhood in Mexico City, Maria González* has run a small photography business for years. Recently, she took out a bank loan to purchase a new digital camera and printer that enabled her to produce high-quality images and deliver them at a rapid speed. … Continue reading »

The grim reality of racial segregation in the S.F. Bay Area

A new series of maps illustrates the reality of segregation in the Bay Area — not merely diversity, racial concentration and clustering, or mere demographics.

Vampires exist! A spooky Halloween post

Is everyone looking forward to the forthcoming Halloween? The “All Hallows Evening” is at our doorstep and everyone is preparing for trick-or-treating, brushing off their scary costumes, renting horror movies, carving pumpkins and generally intending to have fun.  Halloween is the holiday that originated from the Celtic rituals in Ireland and the United Kingdom only to be … Continue reading »

The American pipe bomb

There’s nothing unprecedented about the pipe bombs sent to the Clintons, the Obamas, CNN, Maxine Waters and celebrity critics of Donald Trump. The historical context for these bombs isn’t just an obscure intellectual issue. Not understanding the violence and racism embedded in American history is why so many liberals have gotten Trump and his followers … Continue reading »

A North American road to the middle class

Co-authored by Representative Sander Levin (D-Michigan)  Now that Canada has joined a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), renamed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), we must not lose sight of the central problem that any new accord must address: the outsourcing of U.S. industrial jobs to Mexico’s system of suppressed wages. There have been efforts by … Continue reading »