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Jesús Arboleya

Donald Trump in Miami

Donald Trump in Miami

Once again, a U.S. president shows up in Miami to promise the fall of the Cuban regime. The difference this time is that rhetoric will no longer ensure the Cuban-American vote, the Cold War ended long ago, and the support of a collaboration of a couple of Congressmen from south Florida could be extremely toxic.

Ileana’s retirement: The end of a cycle

Ileana’s retirement: The end of a cycle

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she won’t seek reelection in 2018. Her retirement marks the end of a cycle characterized by the access of the first generation of Cuban immigrants to U.S. political life. Today’s Cuban-American politicians try to resemble Ileana, but cannot, simply because the conditions that made her possible no longer exist.

Travel abroad and the development of minds

Travel abroad and the development of minds

Isolationism has never been part of the Cuban logic and localist visions are more related to ignorance than to patriotism. The impact of the Cuban Revolution is explained by its international dimension. Not even when the American siege was most stifling did it mean closing the borders and disconnecting from the rest of the world.

Obama’s farewell to Cuba

Obama’s farewell to Cuba

It seems that President Obama has concluded his policy of reforms in relations with Cuba with the acceptance of a new migratory accord that eliminates the dry-foot-wet-foot policy, and the Parole Program for Cuban doctors who collaborate in third countries.

Fidel Castro and history

Fidel Castro and history

Although he himself predicted it in his final public appearance, Fidel Castro’s death has not failed to affect the Cuban people and the rest of the world. Fidel was an invincible soldier, a high-ranking intellectual and an extraordinary politician, but none of these qualities are sufficient to characterize the dimension of his figure.

Cuban-Americans and the Trump administration

Cuban-Americans and the Trump administration

One of the questions posed by Donald Trump’s victory is whether or not he’ll continue the policy adopted by Obama toward Cuba, and some have already reprised the quaint idea that that question will be decided in Miami.

Obama, the U.S. vote at the U.N., and the blockade

Obama, the U.S. vote at the U.N., and the blockade

We are at an unprecedented moment in the relations between Cuba and the U.S., a time when it’s important to appreciate the triumph of a “culture of resistance” that now has to find other forms of expression and act in correspondence with the new reality.

Obama’s executive order upholds meddlesome attitude of U.S. toward Cuba

Obama’s executive order upholds meddlesome attitude of U.S. toward Cuba

Although the new directives state that there is no intention to promote a “regime change” in Cuba, it sets out the objectives that the U.S. pursues in the current relationship, taking advantage of the opportunities that (according to the document) are offered by the “endogenous changes underway in Cuba.”

Colombia is a mirror

Colombia is a mirror

The world was struck dumb by the news that the Colombians had rejected the peace accord reached between the government and the FARC-EP guerrillas. But the truly transcendental fact is that more than 60 percent of the registered voters chose not to vote and turned away from the process.

Donald Trump’s chances

Donald Trump’s chances

Since we don’t know who will win and nobody knows what to expect, no matter what the results of the presidential election, what’s most important is to understand that we’re in the presence of an unprecedented electoral process that indicates the degree of bewilderment and lack of consensus in U.S. society.

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