Cuba should prepare for the Trump hard line

Cuba should prepare for the Trump hard line

After saying he was generally supportive of Barack Obama’s Cuba policy during the Republican primaries, by the time of the US election Donald Trump had changed his tune and promised he would roll back the Obama-era opening to the island. In the next few weeks, the White House is expected to announce its post-Obama Cuba…


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A sociopath in the White House

A sociopath in the White House

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The two sides of the coin

The two sides of the coin

When I read the news that the Republicans have a plan that will result in 52 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026, I was struck by panic. Old age is inevitable; health deteriorates, also inevitable. What happens if I don’t have a steady job and a health insurance policy supplied by someone else, or if I don’t have sufficient income to afford one?


Cuba’s small businesses are hampered by rules

Cuba’s small businesses are hampered by rules

For any self-employed entrepreneur in Cuba today, anything involving financing, supplies and taxes is a major headache that includes restrictions on access to loans, the absence of a wholesale market and the ban on operations as small or medium-sized businesses.


Killing the dream—twice

Killing the dream—twice

The current crusade—by a lily-white Trump administration and a nearly as uniformly white Republican Congress—to eradicate the political legacy and besmirch the persona of the nation’s sole black president amounts to a second, more symbolic but not less real, assassination.


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Cuba should prepare for the Trump hard line

Cuba should prepare for the Trump hard line

After saying he was generally supportive of Barack Obama’s Cuba policy during the Republican primaries, by the time of the US election Donald Trump had changed his tune and promised he would roll back the Obama-era opening to the island. In the next few weeks, the White House is expected to announce its post-Obama Cuba…


The Trump budget explained. Poverty and the military expected to grow.

The Trump budget explained. Poverty and the military expected to grow.

President Donald Trump presented his first budget last week. The military, veterans and his “wall” fared well. Everyone else… not too good. Art and culture will receive $0. State Dept. and its offices around the world? Slashed. Programs for needy children and the elderly? Forget about it! The good news is that the wealthy are expected to continue to rake it in.


A sociopath in the White House

A sociopath in the White House

One thing that can be said about our current commander-in-chief is that he rarely listens. Not to anyone, or almost. Can such a person love his nation, his fellow citizens, the people of the nations of the world that are so strongly affected by the policies of this country?


The two sides of the coin

The two sides of the coin

When I read the news that the Republicans have a plan that will result in 52 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026, I was struck by panic. Old age is inevitable; health deteriorates, also inevitable. What happens if I don’t have a steady job and a health insurance policy supplied by someone else, or if I don’t have sufficient income to afford one?


Cuba’s small businesses are hampered by rules

Cuba’s small businesses are hampered by rules

For any self-employed entrepreneur in Cuba today, anything involving financing, supplies and taxes is a major headache that includes restrictions on access to loans, the absence of a wholesale market and the ban on operations as small or medium-sized businesses.


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Trumpcare


CBO: 14 million would lose health insurance next year under ‘Trumpcare’

CBO: 14 million would lose health insurance next year under ‘Trumpcare’

According to a Congressional Budget Office projection, 14 million fewer people would have health insurance next year alone. Premiums would be 15 percent to 20 percent higher in the first year compared with the Affordable Care Act.


Killing the dream—twice

Killing the dream—twice

The current crusade—by a lily-white Trump administration and a nearly as uniformly white Republican Congress—to eradicate the political legacy and besmirch the persona of the nation’s sole black president amounts to a second, more symbolic but not less real, assassination.


They’re baaack! Russian Ladas return to Cuba in streamlined shapes

They’re baaack! Russian Ladas return to Cuba in streamlined shapes

The Russian car maker AvtoVAZ will deliver 300 of its latest model vehicles to Cuba this year, company president Nikolya Mor announced Friday in Havana. Mor added that his company is prepared to sell as many as 30,000 units to the island government.


Engagement versus estrangement

Engagement versus estrangement

Congressman James Comer, a first-term Republican from Kentucky, just returned from a five-day trip to Cuba on a fact-finding delegation. His office released a statement about the trip: “Congressman Comer strongly supports lifting the current trade embargo on Cuba.”


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