Archive | Otros Idiomas

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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02 December 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Indignation and ingratitude

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMAS PRESS) Chilean university students are protesting because the State won’t pay for everybody’s education. They ” don’t want to invest in their own future. They want others to do it for them. In Colombia, pretty much the same is happening. They have been told, for many decades now, that learning is […]

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30 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

No reason to negotiate with Spain’s separatist ETA

by Carlos Alberto Montaner (MIAMI HERALD) Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister-elect, has a reputation for being flexible and tolerant. He has said that he will meet as soon as possible with all the parliamentary forces in the country to look for common ground that will allow them to quickly overcome the economic crisis. The Socialists […]

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20 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Spain’s big problem

By Carlos Alberto Montaner All polls predict an overwhelming triumph by the Popular Party in Spain. Unless some unforeseen phenomenon occurs, Mariano Rajoy will be elected Prime Minister on Nov. 20 and will enjoy an absolute majority in Parliament. Who is this politician? He is a 56-year-old conservative attorney, a Galician, a public servant for […]

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16 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Trickery and victory in Nicaragua

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (THE MIAMI HERALD) Daniel Ortega won the elections in Nicaragua, and cheated. Both. He won, because the opposition was divided and bitterly conflicted. He won, because there is now a generation of young Nicaraguans to whom the civil war of the 1980s and the disasters provoked by the Sandinistas in that […]

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06 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Power and death

By Carlos Alberto Montaner (FIRMAS PRESS) Eight American presidents died while occupying the White House. Four fell victim to illness: William H. Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren Harding and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Four were murdered by gunfire: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. Six almost died at the hands of madmen or […]

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01 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Nicaragua’s Ortega may be headed for a fall?

By Carlos Alberto Montaner Esteban Felix / AP (THE MIAMI HERALD) Nicaraguans will vote on Sunday. At stake are the presidency, 90 seats in the national Congress and 20 in the Central American Parliament. According to some polls, Daniel Ortega can expect about 40 percent of the vote, Fabio Gadea 30 percent, and Arnoldo Alemán […]

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