An editorial: Free health services

An editorial: Free health services

The conclusion, and what we’ve all learned during decades in Cuba, is that free health care and education are a right, not a privilege. It’s a matter for the government, which quite rightly upholds what those rights cost. From a country like Cuba we can expect no less.


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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.


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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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.”


For rent

For rent


Poor Little Marco

Poor Little Marco

The junior senator from Florida is in a bind these days. Nobody seems to want him — in their office buildings. We’re already at two — offices in Tampa and Jacksonville — who have told Rubio they will NOT be renewing his contract. Maybe his hypocrisy-laden past has come back to haunt him.


Ileana, Marco, Curbelo and Mario: Crippled Trump enablers

Ileana, Marco, Curbelo and Mario: Crippled Trump enablers

Pretend for a minute that we’re back to 2013 and President Obama has just won his second term in office. The news media is saturated with the strong possibility that several Obama administration operatives, including more than one member of his cabinet, have been colluding with the Russians. Miami’s Cuban republicans would be up in arms and demanding investigations.


Entrepreneurship, between aspiring and being

Entrepreneurship, between aspiring and being

On Oct. 13, 2010, self-employed entrepreneurship resurged in Cuba. For the first time ever, the nation’s top leaders advocated its expansion with wide-ranging measures. However, the resurgence was different because of restrictions to the original concept. It so happens that the term, “cuentapropismo,” is too narrow for some people…


‘Trumpfoolery,’ or the art of the lie

‘Trumpfoolery,’ or the art of the lie

Donald Trump has uttered such a constant torrent of lies, distortions, and false promises that a weighty book already could be assembled describing them and debunking them. The lies could be classified by categories. Most would be self-serving and cruel.


The emigrants

The emigrants

Letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier. The prince rejected Trump’s request for repatriation


The fuse is lit for Trump’s Russia scandal to explode

The fuse is lit for Trump’s Russia scandal to explode

Every once in a while in Washington, the fuse is lit for what seems to be a big scandal. Much more rarely does that fuse lead to an explosion of the magnitude we are seeing with Russia and the new Administration, and frankly the Republicans in Congress.


Calling Rex Tillerson

Calling Rex Tillerson

To be clear, we are 43 days in and the Trump administration has made no changes to Cuba policy. We’re not trying to jinx that. We’re trying to understand it. Now if Rex Tillerson can be found, he might suggest to Bruno Rodríguez, his Cuban counterpart, that sovereignty could be just the thing to bring the two leaders together.


Miami is not a sanctuary city, writes judge, but America is a sanctuary country

Miami is not a sanctuary city, writes judge, but America is a sanctuary country

In a ruling rebuking the cowardly performance of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez and nine county commissioners, Judge Milton Hirsch sided with the basic rights of a human being and declared that Miami-Dade violated the U.S. Constitution when it agreed to imprison undocumented immigrants slated for deportation.


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