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Jesús Arboleya

Donald Trump vs. Donald Trump

Donald Trump vs. Donald Trump

An egocentric, ignorant, crude and quarrelsome man, Trump is an enemy-producing machine. Incapable of dealing with any human being who doesn’t worship him and obey the wildest of his commands blindly, Trump has broken away from any appearance of collegial governance.

The lie of the sonic attacks

The lie of the sonic attacks

It is unremarkable to see U.S. diplomats jogging along the Malecón, dining at the best restaurants or bathing on the shore. They have never feared being killed or kidnapped, as happens in most other countries. It is one of the many reasons nothing explains that this might have changed, much less than it changed due to the puzzle of mysterious “sonic attacks”.

The decadence of Trump’s speech and its dangers

The decadence of Trump’s speech and its dangers

The United Nations is no longer the place where to listen to great statesmen. The pattern of world politics is the lack of soaring ideas and the lack of valor in expressing them. But Donald Trump has surpassed all the standards of mediocrity. He appeared to be speaking in Wichita and for all practical purposes he was in Wichita, because he couldn’t care less what the world thinks.

Venezuela: between negotiations and harassment

Venezuela: between negotiations and harassment

Clearly, Chavism is not a perfect form of governance; it has been unable to shed the corruption and inefficacy that are endemic in Venezuelan politics and has been powerless to transform a rentier government that has suffered the collapse of the oil market. And yet, it has done more for the Venezuelan people than any other previous government.

To understand Donald Trump

To understand Donald Trump

Donald Trump came to the presidency while opposed by the leaders of his own party, without the support of the main economic groups, under attack by the mainstream media, and despite the vote of a majority of the electorate. And his governance team is shaped by a rather eclectic mixture of fundamentalist conservative ideologues, big-businessmen, retired military officers and close relatives, perhaps the only people who the president really trusts.

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.

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