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dinnerDOHA (April 25, 2013) - During a recent flight from Rome to Doha on the award-winning Qatar Airways, I was impressed, as I usually am with carriers from the Gulf, with their approach to in-flight service.

While other carriers make it clear that flight attendants (perhaps trying to shake their, unfair, reputation as "flying waiters and waitresses") are there for passengers' safety and downplay the hospitality element, airlines like Emirates and Qatar understand that comfort is key to customer satisfaction.

immigration billPonte Al Día, Op-ed, Ponte Al Día Editorial Staff, Posted: Apr 17, 2013

If there are any winners in the immigration reforms set out by the bipartisan Senate “Gang of 8” in the 844-page bill they released Tuesday night, it would have to be big business — which will see a significant increase in visas allotted to high-skilled workers and a new system of temporary visas for agricultural workers and low-skill laborers — and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — which not only is entrusted with all aspects of border security but gets a hefty chunk of the bill’s $17 billion price tag to do it.

CARTOONTONY ROBINSON

Ah youth, that flower that we hope never fades, that excitement, that joy, that fearlessness, that devil-may-care attitude towards life, that fleeting flame that flickers but for a moment and then fades.

But until then, youth is to be enjoyed, and as George Bernard Shaw said, “The joys of youth are wasted on the young.”

womanDear Mr. President,

Most of the talk in recent weeks has been about immigration reform that grants earned legalization and fixes the visa and back log system. Not much has focused on what the Immigration Policy Center and the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Council last month called the “falling short of the American ideals of justice” when it comes to immigrants, including those legal ones, in detention.

As the ICP pointed out, the immigration removal system – from arrest, to hearing, to deportation and beyond – does not reflect the American values of due process and fundamental fairness. It is why any bill calling for comprehensive immigration reform cannot simply be written in isolation of the voices of the people who are in the system and matter.

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