Greed versus Gaia

Greed versus Gaia

In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth. Today, Mother Earth Gaia is in big trouble. It has deadly enemies. Greed, first and foremost. That and the fake science that tries to obscure truth in the service of greed. And the odds for Gaia are lot worse since the Trump regime came to power.

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Hemingway Yacht Club: The sea as a bridge

Hemingway Yacht Club: The sea as a bridge

A strip of sea could become a barrier or a tomb. Cuba and Florida know this well. However, that same strait could become a bridge between two peoples whose development has been marked by the nearness of the waves. That was the bet placed by the Hemingway International Yacht Club 25 years ago. And its perseverance bore fruit.

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.

Cuba joins regional multilateral bank for development

Cuba joins regional multilateral bank for development

In April, media outlets reported Cuba’s entry into the Central-American Bank for Economic Integration. Incorporation into the BCIE has enormous importance for Cuba, both in symbolic and practical terms. And it should facilitate Cuba’s future incorporation into other banks of that type.

Hoarding and other scenes from reality

Hoarding and other scenes from reality

Noontime, any day last week. A neighbor tells me that a small market near my home is selling toilet paper. Without thinking twice, I stop what I’m doing and embark on its search, because it has been unavailable for a long time. I get to the store and look through the shelves. Nothing. I ask the clerk. Her answer is clear and firm: “We ran out of it a while ago.”

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Dark times: Savage capitalism unleashed

Dark times: Savage capitalism unleashed

Stories in The New York Times and Miami Herald paints a portrait of a thoroughly corporate-controlled society characterized by breathtaking inequality in which cruelty is standard operating procedure, a systemic feature and not just the product of the misdeeds of bad people.

Russia OKs funds for restoration of Cuban Capitol dome

Russia OKs funds for restoration of Cuban Capitol dome

Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized a call for tenders worth 20 million rubles (355,000 dollars) for the gilding of the dome of the Capitol Building in Havana. The funds will be used for the restoration of the dome’s gold coating.

The circus

The circus

Hoarding and other scenes from reality

Hoarding and other scenes from reality

Noontime, any day last week. A neighbor tells me that a small market near my home is selling toilet paper. Without thinking twice, I stop what I’m doing and embark on its search, because it has been unavailable for a long time. I get to the store and look through the shelves. Nothing. I ask the clerk. Her answer is clear and firm: “We ran out of it a while ago.”

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Let’s not get carried away. It’s great that Marine Le Pen, whose National Front party with deep racist roots that go back to French collaborators during the Nazi occupation, was defeated by a large margin of the votes cast. On the other hand, her 34% of the vote was about twice that of her father in 2002, who ran against the conservative Jacques Chirac.

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a transfer from the sick and poor to the rich and healthy. The losers are some 24 million Americans who under the Affordable Care Act get subsidies to afford health insurance coverage.

How Trump’s genocidal hero Andrew Jackson might have “avoided the Civil War”

How Trump’s genocidal hero Andrew Jackson might have “avoided the Civil War”

Donald Trump’s latest insane excursion into U.S. history has been to claim that his great hero, Andrew Jackson, might have prevented the Civil War. Given his racist, genocidal nature, our seventh president could only have done that by giving up slavery in the South, spreading it into the North or giving the Southwest back to Mexico.

Vive la France!

Vive la France!

In the presidential election in France this Sunday, by almost 2 to 1, voters emphatically rejected the politics of ultra-right, xenophobic nationalism. Emmanuel Macron, virtually unknown to the world and even to the French people as late as a year ago, beat Marie Le Pen, the candidate of the ultra-right National Front party

On Russia and Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement

On Russia and Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement

While the U.S. and Cuba have real differences, what prevented us from restoring diplomatic relations before, and hampers our ability to build confidence and enjoy the fruits of a more normal relationship now, is our domestic politics.

Trumpcare’s a killer: Diaz Balart and Curbelo don’t care

Trumpcare’s a killer: Diaz Balart and Curbelo don’t care

Backers of Trumpcare don’t care whether you live or die. Add two south Florida names to the list of the members of Congress who don’t care: U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz Balart and Carlos Curbelo. Both voted this past week to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a bill nobody knows for sure what it stands for.

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