Archive | Otros Idiomas

21 August 2016 ~ 3 Comments

Colombian plebiscite: The key question

By Carlos Alberto Montaner The Colombians are going to vote Yes or No. That’s what plebiscites are for. The government asks a question — “Do you want to put an end to the war in Colombia?” — and the people express their opinion. Because the Colombians are not showing much enthusiasm, the government has arranged […]

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11 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Fidel at 90. An old parrot can’t learn new tricks

by Carlos Alberto Montaner On Saturday, Aug. 13, Fidel Castro marks his 90th birthday. He was severely ill a decade ago, but has survived several complicated intestinal surgeries and the degeneration typical of such an advanced age, including some cerebral deficits, as happens to 93 percent of all nonagenarians. His older brother Ramón, who Fidel […]

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07 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The revolution is exactly that

By Carlos Alberto Montaner In Venezuela, people go hungry. It’s the revolution. No matter that the country is potentially the richest in the world. The same happened in 1921 in the newly born Soviet Union. One million Russians starved to death. Lenin was overjoyed. “The revolution and I are like that, madam.” Farmers were forbidden […]

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30 July 2016 ~ 7 Comments

Hillary Clinton’s convention

By Carlos Alberto Montaner One day before the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton traveled to Florida to introduce her vice presidential candidate: Tim Kaine, senator from Virginia and former governor of that state. A moderate Democrat, friendly, known as a decent person who learned Spanish as a missionary in Honduras. He taught young men to work […]

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23 July 2016 ~ 3 Comments

Donald Trump’s convention

by Carlos Alberto Montaner Judging from the noise of the press, there were three major highlights at the Republican convention that just ended in Cleveland. The first was the unnecessary cribbing of a couple of paragraphs from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama into the text of Mrs. Melania Trump’s speech by a careless and […]

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08 July 2016 ~ 15 Comments

Don’t cry for the United States just yet

By Carlos Alberto Montaner Mr. Donald Trump assures us that, under his presidency, the United States will again be an extraordinary country. As soon as he triumphs at the polls, he asserts, he will retrieve the jobs that, according to him, have been moved to Asia or Mexico. Illegal immigrants and terrorists won’t be able […]

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02 July 2016 ~ 2 Comments

The totalitarian left and the ‘escraches’

by Carlos Alberto Montaner César Nombela, the President of the Menéndez and Pelayo International University in Santander, Spain, is a prestigious researcher in the field of microbiology. Dr. Nombela and the governing council had the reasonable idea to award former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe the institution’s Medal of Honor, as they had formerly done with […]

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26 May 2016 ~ 1 Comment

FORUM: Drug Trafficking as a Threat to Democracy

Interamerican Institute for Democracy Interamerican Bar Association Demos of the Americas ICCAS, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. Carlos Alberto Montaner May 24, 2016 Before I start, I must make a double disclaimer that’s absolutely necessary. Although my presence here tonight is due to my nature as president of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy, the […]

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17 May 2016 ~ 5 Comments

Cuban Artist Who Spent 22 Years in Prison for Defying Castro Regime Receives Religious Freedom Award

By Leonardo Blair May 13, 2016 NEW YORK — Cuban artist and poet Armando Valladares who spent 22 years in Fidel Castro’s gulags for refusing to put a placard on his desk at work that said: “I am with Fidel,” was awarded the Canterbury Medal Thursday night in New York City. The award is the […]

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14 May 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Three consequences of the Brazilian crisis

by Carlos Alberto Montaner Dilma Rousseff alleges that she was hit with a coup d’état. Not true. Her opponents applied the Constitution to her with political pique but within the framework of the law. The legislative and judiciary powers removed her from Government House while a process of impeachment is carried out. In 1992, with […]

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