Archive | Otros Idiomas

23 October 2019 ~ 34 Comments

Some uncomfortable questions to Senator Bernie Sanders

Manuel Castro Rodríguez Dear Senator Sanders, First of all, please accept my respectful greeting to you. Thank you for taking the time to read me. I have sent you more of a dozen emails to and, but you have gone silent. Does you not understand the damage what Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber is doing to our democracy?

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19 October 2019 ~ 41 Comments

The 10 common characteristics of populist rulers from left or right

By Carlos Alberto Montaner* Is your president a “populist”? Calling a politician or an official “populist” is a quick and safe way to disqualify him. But what makes these characters “populist”? The recent and much more extended reading of this decalogue inspired by the short essay What is Populism, by Jan-Werner Müller, caused many of those […]

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13 October 2019 ~ 36 Comments

The radicalization of Fidel Castro

By Carlos Alberto Montaner The newspaper El País (Madrid) told it. Mario Vargas Llosa publicly expressed his opinion that Fidel Castro would not have been radicalized if the CIA, in collusion with United Fruit, had not overthrown Colonel Jacobo Árbenz through a coup d’état. Vargas Llosa reminds us that back then, Fidel Castro endorsed a social democratic […]

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07 October 2019 ~ 14 Comments

Peru, the corruption and the abyss

By Carlos Alberto Montaner It seemed that Peru had been saved and marched steadily towards development. That was what the World Bank predicted. Having Chile as its neighbor was its secret. Peruvians had seen how the market, economic freedom, the mass of savings produced by the system of individual retirement accounts, and the seriousness in […]

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02 October 2019 ~ 151 Comments

No one is above the law, not even Congresswoman Donna Shalala or Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber

Por Manuel Castro Rodríguez Dear Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, First of all, please accept my respectful greeting to you. I sent you several emails, but you didn’t answer me. Why? Thank you for taking the time to read me. I have 70 years old. I was born on February 7, 1949, in Havana, Cuba. Until less than a year ago […]

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22 September 2019 ~ 7 Comments

The world changes skin

By Carlos Alberto Montaner Democracies are upside down, but they move. With ups and downs, with marches and countermarches, but they move in the right direction. The scandals that have arisen around Odebrecht, FIFA or Siemens are a sample. We must not fear these scandals. The world is shedding skin. The United Kingdom does not […]

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16 September 2019 ~ 49 Comments

Venezuela, Bolton and the 2020 elections

By Carlos Alberto Montaner American foreign policy is upside down. It has a zoological identity problem. No one knows if the president is a sheep or a wolf, a dove or a hawk. Apart from his scuffles with the FBI and his collision with the judges, Donald Trump has already had three advisers to the […]

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09 September 2019 ~ 56 Comments

A vaccine against the urge to return

By Carlos Alberto Montaner I think the Spanish word “volvedera” (the urge to return) was coined by novelist Alfredo Bryce Echenique. He was asked why he was returning to Peru after so many years in Europe. He meditated for a moment and replied, “I don’t know, I felt the ‘volvedera’”. And he stayed happily installed […]

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31 August 2019 ~ 11 Comments

Peace broke out in Colombia

By Carlos Alberto Montaner The breaking could be foreseen. In January 2019, from the underground, Iván Márquez had declared that it was a mistake to hand over the weapons to a “cheater state”. Iván Márquez, Jesús Santrich and “El Paisa,” surrounded by some comrades-in-arms, finally resumed the fight. They claimed, naturally, the cause of the […]

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27 February 2019 ~ 6 Comments

Cuba’s new constitution is the same as the old one — undemocratic

by Marion Smith February 26, 2019 (USA TODAY) Maybe you heard: Communist Cuba is on the road to freedom. That’s what Cuba’s rulers want you to think after the Cuban people overwhelmingly approved a new constitution on Sunday. But the opposite is true. Cuba’s rulers have only cemented their control, and the Cuban people are no […]

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