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  • As jobs, workers return to Spain and Portugal, so does a sense of self-worth

    At the peak of the economic crisis in Spain, Raul Gil readily found a job at an association in Berlin that helped bewildered young Spaniards newly arrived in Germany navigate a new language, cultural mores, and workplace etiquette. By the time he decided to return home in 2016, ultimately to this seaside town in Cantabria where he was born and raised, he realized he could put his skills to use in reverse: for other Spaniards also now wishing to come back. Recommended: Test your Iberia IQ: How much do you know about Spain and Portugal?

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:56:43 -0400
  • Letter from Las Vegas: a first-timer's view of the gun range

    My heart was pounding as I stood in front of one of Las Vegas’s many fantasy-themed gun ranges. In New York City, where I live, there are only a few gun ranges, including a single range open to the public in Manhattan.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:55:26 -0400
  • How Stockton, Calif., has resisted political polarization

    When customers walk into Farmers Feed Co., Mike Fleming’s first priority is to make them feel at ease. “When they see me – I’m a white guy – actually speaking Spanish, they see me kind of being vulnerable and putting myself out there for them,” says Mr. Fleming, whose family-owned pet and farm supply business has stood at 1302 East Miner Street near downtown Stockton since 1941. It’s an approach to immigrant communities that popular narratives don’t often associate with Trump supporters – and Fleming did vote for the president last November.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:19:32 -0400
  • After brutal Syrian war, how ready is region to do business with Assad?

    After more than six years of bloodshed and destruction, Bashar al-Assad’s hold on the presidency of Syria seems assured for now, which leaves neighboring countries beginning to ponder if, how, and when relations can, or should, be restored with Damascus. The issue for Syria’s neighbors is more than a tactical one.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:53 -0400
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