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Max J. Castro

Trump stumbles in calling out a hero

Trump stumbles in calling out a hero

It is ironic but typical that President-elect Donald Trump would choose the eve of the national holiday honoring the great hero of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, to slander another giant of that movement, John Lewis, by calling him “all talk, no action.”


Obama’s farewell: Eloquence, tears, and a pledge to fight on

Obama’s farewell: Eloquence, tears, and a pledge to fight on

Tuesday, President Barack Obama said goodbye to the nation. Citizen Barack Obama made it clear to the American people he planned to fight on for the rest of his life for the causes that defined his presidency. He rallied the people who twice elected him president to redouble their struggle too.


Two cheers for Obama’s UN vote on Israeli settlements

Two cheers for Obama’s UN vote on Israeli settlements

The Obama administration, with its recent United Nations vote, broke with another longstanding, unjustifiable element of U.S. foreign policy: automatic, unconditional diplomatic protection of Israel at the UN. The question is whether the change in policy is too little and comes too late into the Obama administration to be sustainable.


Trump mute after campaign co-chair launches racist rant at first family

Trump mute after campaign co-chair launches racist rant at first family

You have your racists. Then you have your RACISTS. You have your mean-spirited people. Then you have your real MEAN-SPIRITS. Then you have one Carl Paladino, who [last week] just put himself on a whole other plane when it comes to these qualities.


Republicans: The unbearable lightness of being

Republicans: The unbearable lightness of being

For a generation, the Republican party has thrived despite, or because of, two kinds of lightness: the lack of weight of their ideas and the lily-white complexion of their leaders and followers. We now have to live with that, and struggle against its consequences, for the next four years.


Rogue president naming dangerous cabinet members

Rogue president naming dangerous cabinet members

Donald Trump’s picks so far indicate he will be surrounded by the richest cabinet ever. This is one of the early signs of what we knew all along, that Trump’s endless talk about “taking on the establishment” and populist pretense was so much hot air, just one more of his endless lies.


An Asian cautionary tale for Cuba and the United States

An Asian cautionary tale for Cuba and the United States

As Cuba increasingly welcomes foreign investment, some worry whether the nation’s relatively sophisticated system of environmental laws and regulations and its natural land and marine preserves will prove robust enough to protect the nation’s natural treasures.


No cause for celebration

No cause for celebration

The demonizers celebrated on Calle Ocho this weekend. But most Cubans in Miami, whatever they thought about Castro, realize the inherent moral indigence and political counterproductive nature of behaving like a vengeful mob in front of the whole world.


Prejudice empowered: The nightmare begins

Prejudice empowered: The nightmare begins

It didn’t take long for the hate and division incited and enabled by Donald Trump’s campaign to rear its ugly head. In the wake of the Republican candidate’s victory, numerous confrontations took place across the country. Many instances of hate speech and other hostile acts against minorities took place.


Trump’s win: The reasons for unreason

Trump’s win: The reasons for unreason

Trump’s ascent are not explained by his mental health, but in the fertile soil in which the seeds of his simplistic, triumphalist ideology were planted. His win can also be attributed to the fact that the racial, ethnic, and cultural transformation of the U.S. since the 1960s has produced an emotional reaction of increasing intensity among whites.


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