There’s a circus going on in County Maricopa,
Yet another recount run by a conspiracy dopa.
No journalists are allowed,
A process wrapped in a shroud.
Perhaps they’ll find Trump votes on Jupiter’s Europa.
Part one: a conversation with the former President of Costa Rica:
About Migration: Money alone can’t fix Central America – or stop migration to US https://theconversation.com/money-alone-cant-fix-central-america-or-stop-migration-to-us-157953
We talk to Prof. Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, former president of Costa Rica about how his country differs from other central American countries with respect to economy, civil rights, and political stability. Costa Rica has a middle class, which is missing in other central American nations, which explains the economic woes there. For Biden, this complex question is one he must address to solve the migrant problem in the US. (In 1993, border enforcement cost was 363 M dollars, in 2020 the cost was 4.9 B dollars. )Should the US have a “Marshall Plan” for the region? We discuss the causes and possible solutions.
Bio: Professor, diplomat and politician, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera served as President of Costa Rica from 2014-2018.
Prior to his election, he was a professor, researcher, Director of the Central American Masters Program in Political Science, as well as Deputy Director of the School of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica.
He also worked at the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chief of Staff to the Minister, and later as Ambassador at Large for Central American Affairs and Director General for Policy. Between 2009 and 2012, he was representative of the Iberic-American General Secretariat for Central America and Haiti. In 2016 he was appointed co-chair of the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on the Economic Empowerment of Women. Solís is a graduate of the University of Costa Rica and has a master’s degree in history and political science from Tulane University. With 30 years as an educator, he has also taught in universities throughout the US and Europe. He has published extensively in books and professional journals on US-Latin American relations and Central American history and politics. Among others, he is co-author, with Mark B. Rosenberg, of The United States and Central America :Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility, (Routledge Press, 2007).
aside: Here is his youtube speech from 4 years ago talking about immigration. Well worth the listen but a quote that jumped out at me began with this memory: He has just told the story of his grandmother who left Jamaica with 5 children when the boat she fled on broke down off the coast of Costa Rica, a place she had never heard of but 2 generations later her grandson is the Pres. of Costa Rica He then asks the audience: "Where do we come from? if we don't remember where we come from we very seldom know where we want to go." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4gsJmceEf4
Part two: a conversation with the Canadian Research Chair in Digital Communication in the public interest: Stopping misinformation means fixing the relationship between journalism and PR
We discuss the problem of how social media has eroded journalism and journalistic outlets. There has been a decline of local news outlets. What has replaced news is the rise of big media companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others, who spread misinformation, and none of which are objective. There are no subject-matter experts among those reporting. Instead, we need more diverse, knowledgeable reporters, and more institutional memory. The consumers of news have very little information literacy. Students in journalism programs now see their future in public relations professions, rather than true journalism.
Bio: Jaigris Hodson is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Communication for the Public Interest. She has published research in a wide range of academic publications including the Canadian Journal of Communication, Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies and Loading… Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association. She has also published in non-academic publications such as The Evolution and spoke at TEDX Victoria 2012. She is currently working on a CIHR funded project to examine ways to mitigate online misinformation flows related to the COVID 19 pandemic.