Short news from the USA and Mexico.
Eight prototypes for a boundary wall to Mexico have been built outside San Diego. Building a wall on the more than 3,000-kilometer-long border between the US and Mexico was one of Donald Trump's loudest election promises. The Senate has yet to agree on how to finance the construction. Twenty million dollars will be spent from this year's budget on the prototype design.
Life is not possible without heroes. The author Cornelia Funke explains our need for role models and difference between idols of children and adults. more
The small Mexican flower bat lives in central Mexico, for part of the year at least. more
Populism and nationalism promote hostility toward intellectualism and growing intolerance toward scientific knowledge endangers democracy. But what can we do about it? more
How did it happen that US Republicans put up with Donald Trump's taboo violations? more
Politicians and companies like to urge people to do their bit to help the environment, creating a smokescreen for their own failure to act. more
In the shadow of its big neighbour the USA, Canada is looking for its place in the world. A reflexion on my country. more