Archive | Otros Idiomas

20 March 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Pope’s visit to Cuba unites and divides

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (THE MIAMI HERALD)In 1998, John Paul II went to Cuba. At the time, practically a generation ago, Fidel Castro ruled and the situation, as always, was very critical. John Paul II was the first pope ever to visit the island, and the whole of society welcomed him with a mixture of […]

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06 March 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Cuba prepares for post-Chávez era

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (THE MIAMI HERALD) The Cuban government takes it for granted that Hugo Chávez will die soon. A diplomat posted to Cuba told me so, reciting some well-known verses by Martí: “The palace is in mourning and on the throne the King weeps; / the King’s son has died, / the King […]

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21 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

The Republic vs. Chávez

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (THE MIAMI HERALD) You multiply it by 2.5 or 3 — depending on whom you ask. That’s how you usually translate the votes from the primaries into the final election results. Electoral experts insist that the three million votes obtained by Henrique Capriles in the Venezuelan primaries could bring him between […]

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12 February 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Seven lessons the cubans can learn from the taiwanese

In memoriam Antonio JorgeBy Carlos Alberto Montaner The entire event can be obtained from ICCAS Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies Taiwan Foundation for Democracy University of Miami, Coral Gables 11 February 2012 It is an honor to share this table with a group of distinguished Taiwanese and prestigious Cuban academicians who are, in addition, […]

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07 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Venezuela: Out! Out! Out!

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (THE MIAMI HERALD) María Corina Machado has written an open letter to Fidel Castro that has shaken cyberspace. I must have received 300 copies since it began to circulate through the Internet. It doesn’t go unread. María Corina is a 45-year-old Venezuelan engineer, an expert in business matters, an anti-Chávez deputy, […]

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29 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Ideologues and managers

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMAS PRESS) It’s great that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are facing off for the leadership of the Republican Party. The members of that tribe will have to choose between two politicians different in every respect, each with his own virtues and limitations. Gingrich is a good ideologue, Romney a good […]

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24 January 2012 ~ 2 Comments

My body, my choice

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (The Miami Herald) Guatemalan general Otto Pérez Molina began his presidency with a bold and intelligent proposal: We need to examine the possibility of totally decriminalizing drug consumption. He does not say that that’s the path to follow, but he does recommend that it be considered. Guatemala is one of the […]

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06 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Raul Castro’s absurd hope: a socio-capitalistic system

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (THE MIAMI HERALD) Another Jan. 1 passed. What’s happening in Cuba 53 years after the communist dictatorship was imposed? Some important things. Fidel, now 85, distanced from power by his age and his chronic ailments, no longer commands. He has some moments of lucidity amid a spreading fog of senility like […]

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26 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Havel – the man who loved freedom

by Carlos Alberto Montaner Vaclav Havel & Raúl Rivero in Prague (THE MIAMI HERALD) It was like a fairy tale. In December 1989, Vaclav Havel suddenly became president of Czechoslovakia. In a few weeks, the Czech writer went from the most absolute indefensibility to the pinnacle of power. In mid-November, the political police still continued […]

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13 December 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Grasshoppers, ants and the euro

By Carlos Alberto Montaner Aesop returns to Europe riding a crisis. To explain the euro mess, caused by a humongous public debt incurred by the banks, experts resort to a Greek storyteller from the Sixth Century B.C. Nobody really knows if he existed, although some say that he was a slave of African origin. His […]

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