In this latest installment of El American’s Mid-Week Update, the space dedicated to examining the hottest news stories of the week, Priscila Guinovart talks about Joe Biden’s low popularity, Alex Saab’s extradition, the accident involving Alec Baldwin, the visit to Queen Elizabeth’s doctor, the shortage of workers in the United States and other topics.
Worker shortage in the U.S.
The United States is facing the greatest shortage of workers since World War II. In contrast to Asian nations, as Juan Felipe Velez points out for El American, the country has had difficulty recovering to pre-pandemic levels. More than 4.3 million workers disappeared from the U.S. labor market; many of them never to return.
Biden’s popularity continues to fall. According to various polls, support for the president has weakened across all demographic groups, especially among independents and Latinos. As our analyst Daniel Chang explains, only 33% of Latino voters think the president is doing a good job.
These numbers are troubling for Biden, not only because it is the fastest-growing community in the country, but because Latinos have historically shown greater sympathy for Democratic policies. One thing is certain: the Latino voice will be critical in the next election and only those who understand this will win.
Death of Colin Powell
On October 18, former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away. At the age of 84, he died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from complications of COVID-19, while receiving treatment for multiple myeloma.
Gabby Petito Case
The human remains of Brian Laundrie were found in Florida. Influencer Gabby Petito‘s fiancé had been missing since September 13. The young man, who returned from holidays without Petito, whose disappearance and subsequent death kept the country in suspense, had refused to cooperate with authorities.
Extradition of Alex Saab
The extradition from Cape Verde to the United States of Colombian businessman Alex Saab, accused of money laundering, took place last week. Saab is accused of money laundering in a scheme to pay bribes to take advantage of the exchange rate controlled by the Venezuelan regime. Also to be extradited from Spain to the United States is Hugo Carvajal, once a leading figure in Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship and now facing drug trafficking charges.
Aleksei Navalny awarded
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s highest honor for human rights defenders. Navalny, currently in prison, was nominated alongside Afghan women and the former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez.
Chinese hypersonic missile
It transpired last week that the Chinese Army tested in August a hypersonic missile more advanced than American intelligence believed. As counter-terrorism policy expert Jason Killmeyer explained to Daniel Chang for El American, it was the pace of China’s advances that surprised intelligence, not the technology itself. It should be recalled that in the last year China has sent an unprecedented number of fighter jets into the vicinity of Taiwan’s airspace.
Queen Elizabeth in hospital
Queen Elizabeth has been forced to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland on medical advice. In addition, the 95-year-old monarch was advised to stop drinking alcoholic beverages and was also seen last week walking with the aid of a cane.
Alec Baldwin accident
During filming, actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot Halyna Hutchins, director of photography, with a prop gun. The woman died while director Joel Souza was injured during the incident.
Remember that every Wednesday, El American premieres a new episode of the Mid-Week Update with the most relevant news of the last days.