Archive | Otros Idiomas

28 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Writing: ‘A blind and inexplicable impulse’

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (The Miami Herald) The journalist asked me, “Why did you write Goodbye Again?” Here’s my answer. The landmark event of the 20th Century was World War II, with its 60 million dead, hundreds of cities pulverized by bombs and huge masses of humanity gone into exile to save their lives. Never […]

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16 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The bubble makers

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMASPRESS) Very soon, the Ecuadoreans will have to select their leaders once again. They should look very carefully at what’s happening in Europe and reach their own conclusions. In half of Europe, the streets are full of people angry at the cutbacks in public funds. Public spending is killing them, but […]

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13 November 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Here’s why Obama won

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMASPRESS) Why was Obama reelected? A prediction and a convincing explanation came from the authors of The Keys to the White House: Because American society basically judges and decides according to the incumbent’s experience in the previous four years. If the American people are basically satisfied with their president’s performance, some […]

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02 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The politicians’ cannon fodder

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMASPRESS) The Argentines are preparing to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. Demagoguery, what foolishness is committed in your name! The maneuver was conceived by the ruling bench and approved by the Chamber of Deputies. The expectation is that the younger people will vote for whoever granted them that […]

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30 October 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Why Colombia’s peace talks are likely to fail

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMASPRESS) It is very unlikely that the peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC narcoguerrillas will come to a good end. It is even possible that they’re not a good idea. And the reason is simple: The Colombian government is not sitting at the negotiation table with a group of […]

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09 October 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Chávez wins, Capriles consolidates

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (The Miami Herald) I had the opportunity to spend the evening of the election at a popular restaurant in Miami, surrounded by Venezuelans invited by Alexis Ortiz and Pedro Mena, two leaders of the exile community representing the Democratic Unity Board (MUD, for its Spanish acronym) who did a splendid job […]

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02 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Spain’s crisis could become a disaster

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (Miami Herald) Spain is facing a crisis on three fronts. The most evident one is the economic front. There’s the rub. The economic crisis has financial and fiscal elements and is expressed by a sky-high level of unemployment, especially among the young, all of it the consequence of the traditional weakness […]

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18 September 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Is peace breaking out in Colombia?

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (The Miami Herald) According to early surveys, the popularity of President Juan Manuel Santos went up after the announcement of the start of peace talks with the FARC narcoguerrillas. That’s natural. After 47 years of horror, Colombians want an end to the conflict and trust Santos’ talent and remarkable astuteness to […]

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04 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

What’s really exceptional about the U.S.

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (Miami Herald) Paul Ryan has been the shining Republican star at the convention just ended. He has been called the new Reagan. His mentor was the late Jack Kemp, a former football player who become one of the economic brains in the Republican Party and once entertained the idea of being […]

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21 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Chopin was Cuban? Who knew?

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (The Miami Herald) Chopin was Cuban. I heard this from Paquito D’Rivera at an extraordinary concert of Latin jazz he just gave at the Café Central in Madrid. Pianist, arranger and composer Pepe Rivero had transformed the Polish composer’s waltzes and nocturnes into Caribbean boleros and they sounded great. Chopin’s essence […]

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