Opinion


Cuba: Balancing Commerce to Ensure Freedom

March 26, 2015 | 4 comments

The rapprochement between the US and Havana is starting to have repercussions around the world, even though the economic embargo is still in effect and only the first steps towards the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries have been taken.




Preventing the Violation of Cuban Worker Rights

March 24, 2015 | No Comments »

Problems can be solved efficaciously only if we address their root cause. Applying headstrong measures or forcing people to submit to higher authorities and the like only makes matters worse. Here we look at an issue facing Cuban health personnel.




Cuba and the USA: Backtracking Like Crabs?

March 24, 2015 | 6 comments

Are Barack Obama and Raul Castro backtracking like crabs? That is one of the tacit concerns of the majority of Cubans today. The phrase alludes to the typical way in which these crustaceans move, giving the impression that they are walking backwards.




Addressing Racial Discrimination in Cuba

March 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Pedro Campos: “No one who attended the gathering could have left with any doubts on this matter: racial discrimination continues to exist in Cuba. The country has not been able to overcome the problem”. The photo is of Victor Fowler, expert on the subject.




Fifty Ways to Spot a Dictator

March 20, 2015 | 13 comments

¿Do you think your president is a dictator? Consult this short manual. Dictators have evinced a series of common characteristics – to a greater or lesser degree – since the times of Pericles, 2500 years ago.




In Cuba “No One is Above the Law”

March 19, 2015 | 2 comments

In addition to being illegal and immoral, or precisely because of this, the restrictions on doctors’ families exposes Cuba’s medical brigades to ferocious criticisms from their enemies. These shady, absurd and insensitive measures are the ammunition they need.




Obama’s Contradictory Policies with Cuba and Venezuela

March 19, 2015 | 16 comments

Much bewilderment has been caused by the US government’s decision to declare Venezuela “an extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States” while, at the same time, it makes prodigious efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba.




My Lovely Havana, City of Many Paradoxes

March 17, 2015 | 9 comments

If you go to Havana, you may find that things are not what they seem. You may meet a taxi driver or barman who’s an engineer, or with a bachelor’s degree, or a manager who didn’t even go to university. You may see a black man who’s a freemason or a Catholic, or a white person practicing an African religion such as Yoruba or Palo Monte.




Fidel Castro Writes Venezuela’s Maduro

March 17, 2015 | 9 comments

Fidel Castro, the top advisor to the government of his brother Raul Castro, published today as the lead story in all official Cuban media, an open letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In his message, Fidel praises the loyalty and discipline of the Venezuelan Armed Forces in these moments of tension with the United States.




Che Guevara: Not a Saint, Not a Butcher

March 16, 2015 | 58 comments

Today, I had something of a domestic dispute with an on-line acquaintance who asked me what I thought about my uncle Ernesto “Che” Guevara having been a “butcher.”