The US president is a man of political vision and sensitivity and, much like Carter and Clinton back in their day, realized that the United States’ isolation in the international arena, particularly in connection with Latin America, could no longer be sustained by Washington.
The first phase of Cuba’s “parliamentary elections” – the electoral mechanism created by the Cuban government more than 30 years ago – are around the corner (April 19th) and, in the midst of the media spectacle calling on us to “vote for Cuba,” I asked myself the question: “What Cuba will I be voting for?”
Eduardo Germán María Hughes Galeano (Eduardo Galeano), one of Hispano-America’s most renowned intellectuals, took his last breath on Monday April 13, His narrative was one of my favorites to read.
If the quarrel between civil society representatives sent from Havana and civil society representatives shipped over from Miami took us back in time some, the civility of the encounter between presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama pointed towards the present and the future.
The Left has a fundamental advantage and drawback: it is the ideal mechanism to manage a series of moral and ethical values, concepts of solidarity, fraternity, equality and social justice which can be applied and expressed by individuals and the masses alike. These give those who claim to possess such sensibilities an aura of moral superiority, when contrasted with those who declare an inclination towards the pursuit of financial benefits and material wealth, to the detriment of the spiritual and the longing for social justice.
Obama went to Panama to save the Pan-American system, threatened by the previous exclusion of Cuba. The island’s inclusion was a unanimous demand by Latin American and Caribbean countries, in solidarity with one of their own and a country, what’s more, that symbolically represents independence from the United States.
After the recently concluded Summit of the Americas, US president Obama held a press conference where he spoke on the new relations with Cuba, the controversy over the Iranian nuclear program and other issues.
The municipal elections of Cuba’s People’s Power Assemblies will be held this coming April 19th. Pedro Campos asks whether they are worth holding at all.
Currently, the incomes generated by medical services offered abroad constitute the most important source of hard currency revenue for Cuba’s State budget – and this sector is facing a serious threat, in the form of a mass exodus of the medical professionals responsible for offering such services.
Cuba tends to constitute a negative reference in statistical reports about the spread of new information and telecommunication technologies. In terms of the degree of access to telephone lines and digital networks that people enjoy, we continue to fare very poorly.