Archive | Otros Idiomas

19 January 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Obama’s five mistakes in his new Cuba policy

by Carlos Alberto Montaner The upcoming January 21st visit to Cuba by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, aimed at officially restarting a dialogue with the Castro dictatorship, will prove to be problematic. The diplomat, who has always showed concern about issues of human rights on the island, will arrive […]

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13 January 2015 ~ 4 Comments

Senator Menendez Floor Remarks on U.S.-Cuba Relations

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following speech today on the Senate Floor about U.S.-Cuba relations: “Mr. President, I rise to say that nothing has changed in Cuba since Cuban arms were captured on this North Korean ship going through the Panama Canal a year and […]

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05 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pipe dreams in Greece

by Carlos Alberto Montaner The new year was an extremely unstable one in the Mediterranean, but the shockwave will envelop the planet.  The shakeup will begin in Greece with the likely election of the Syriza Party. The word is a Greek acronym that can be translated as Coalition of the Radical Left. And it sure […]

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03 January 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Cuba: Legacy Or Nightmare?

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (The Huffington Post) President Barack Obama wants to “normalize” relations with the Cuban regime. He presumes that it will be part of his legacy. Likely, that risky diplomatic move will backfire, although polls show that most U.S. Americans support the reestablishment of relations with Cuba and the end of the embargo. […]

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16 December 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Thou Shalt Not Torture

by Carlos Alberto Montaner It should have been a commandment. Article 5 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by all the member states of the United Nations, says so, unequivocally: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Period. All this, of course, I […]

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09 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Venezuela’s willing accomplices

by Carlos Alberto Montaner It happened. Engineer María Corina Machado was formally accused of the attempted assassination of a ruling leader and of conspiring against Venezuela by means of a sinister coup d’état. “Proof” of the attempted assassination consisted of false e-mails sent by the Internet. They were fabricated by President Nicolás Maduro’s police. Google […]

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28 November 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Bachelet turns her back on today’s Chile

by Carlos Alberto Montaner Chile is ceasing to be the hope of Latin America. That’s serious for all of us, not just for the Chileans.  For decades, especially since the arrival of democracy to that country in 1989 (although the transformation had begun during the Pinochet dictatorship), it was obvious that freedom, the operation of […]

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16 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Create or die

by Carlos Alberto Montaner Why do we Latin Americans invent or innovate so little? Journalist Andrés Oppenheimer has reprised forcefully this galling question. He has raised it in an excellent book with an imperative title and a descriptive subtitle: "Create or Die!: Latin America’s hope and the 5 keys to innovation." It seems to me […]

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12 November 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Why communism collapsed 25 years ago

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (Miami Herald) Twenty-five years ago, communism was symbolically buried. A crowd of Germans filled with hope ran to the Berlin Wall and demolished it with hammer blows. It was as if they were pounding on the heads of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Honecker, Ceausescu and the rest of the theoreticians and tyrants […]

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30 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Peronist creed still afflicts Argentina

by Carlos Alberto Montaner BUENOS AIRES. Who ever said that there is an unusual crisis in Argentina? It’s the same one, always. Excessive public spending, galloping corruption, a patronage state, disregard for obligations, cronyism, inflation, lack of supplies, black market in dollars. The official exchange rate is eight pesos to a dollar; the “blue dollar” […]

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