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For most of US history no one much cared that Latinos were entering the country and driving the economy of the south-west. In the 1920s the US introduced restrictive immigration laws but it didn’t have Latinos in mind: the perceived dangers were ‘inassimilable’ Italians and Eastern European Jews. During the Second World War the government laid on trains to bring thousands of Mexican labourers across the border to work on farms and ensure food security.

November 19

Egypt’s fig leaf elections keep business elite on side

The first round of Egypt’s much delayed parliamentary elections have ended. Local interest has been circumscribed, but the elections and indeed the parliament itself are still set to form a useful fig leaf for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime while keeping the business community on side.

October 28

The disappearance of Amr Ali

Last month, the leader of one of Egypt’s best known opposition movements disappeared.

Amr Ali, 32, was taken from his home in Shebeen el-Kom in the Menoufia governorate north of Cairo at around 5pm on 22 September.Amr is the head of the April 6 Youth Movement, a group that was the central mobilising force behind Egypt’s 2011 uprisings, and that is often credited with having played a critical role in forcing the country’s former president Hosni Mubarak out of office.

October 21

Mohamed Fahmy freed

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy is free from prison in Egypt after receiving a presidential pardon.

Mr. Fahmy, who had spent more than 400 consecutive days locked up in jail before being released on bail and was then sent back to prison after a retrial, was among the first 100 names of prisoners pardoned by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the religious celebration of Eid al-Adha…

September 24

Turkey: The bad new days

All is not well in eastern Turkey, and walking through any southeastern city the tension is palpable – and attacks both by and on security forces stationed there are now a daily occurrence. More than 100 municipalities in the southeast have since been declared military security zones. Dozens of police and military officers have been reported killed.

September 9

The Prime Minister in the Desert

Abdelkader Taleb Omar is the head of a highly unusual government. As prime minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) he is, in effect, the prime minister of a refugee camp.

May 19

Interview: Mohamed Fahmy stranded between prison and liberty

Mohamed Fahmy may have left prison but he isn’t free. In fact he says he is “caught in limbo” between prison and liberty, between conviction and justice, and even between Egypt and Canada…

February 21


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