Archive | Otros Idiomas

16 December 2014 ~ 2 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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17 September 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Barbaric methods appeal to mankind’s worst instincts

by Carlos Alberto Montaner YouTube is dripping blood nowadays. Viewers of these videos are as numerous as horrified. I refer to the barbaric decapitations of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, presumably at the hands of educated Arabs with a British education and formation, and the movies showing the mass slaughter of prisoners who […]

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06 September 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Our Chávez, who art in heaven

by Carlos A. Montaner The Chavists have released a new Lord’s Prayer, as if it were one of those talkative little birds with which Nicolás Maduro usually chats.  It’s important to look closely at this moving expression of political-religious devotion. After all, the text says that the late lieutenant colonel is headed straight to the […]

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02 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Past looms large in Islamist outlook

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (Miami Herald) The radical Islamists want to kill Pope Francis, according to the Italian daily Il Tempo. I’m not surprised. The permanent enemy of these anachronistic characters is Christianity, not the Jews. The Jews do not proselytize. They don’t want to convince anyone of anything. Only those born of a Jewish […]

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23 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Colombia and the farce of reconciliation

by Carlos Alberto Montaner  President Juan Manuel Santos has taken some victims to Havana so they may reconcile with their former executioners. The idea behind the ceremony originated in psychological therapies. It is an extension of the processes of marital healing where a serious offense was inflicted. Whoever committed the offense repents, and the victim […]

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