The GNP, the house and the table

The GNP, the house and the table

Often, talking about Cuba’s economy and daily problems someone asks, “Well, how’s the situation?” to which I –more practical than optimistic — always respond “How do YOU see it?” Take, for example, the 1.6 percent rise in the GNP. At first glance an astounding figure, taking into account the effects of a hurricane that left us practically naked, among other calamities. But anyway, 1.6 percent more … of what?

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355 days, 2001 lies, and a million insults

355 days, 2001 lies, and a million insults

Apologists for the president will cite studies that show everyone lies every day. Yes, but Trump’s lies are different: they are not common lies about things such as why you didn’t turn your homework in on time or even that you didn’t have sex with that woman.

Donald Trump’s national security strategy

Donald Trump’s national security strategy

In December 2017, the Trump administration released its National Security Strategy. In it Donald Trump expresses a return to the idea of “preserving peace through strength,” which implies major increases in the military budget, with the argument that — counter to Obama — technological development is not enough but “what matters is the size of our forces.”

Donald Trump proves he’s a racist — again

Donald Trump proves he’s a racist — again

Instead of worrying so much about the use of the word ‘SHITHOLE,’ headlines should have read: Donald Trump, president of the United States, proves he’s a racist — again. Editorials should have been written questioning how Americans could have stooped so low as to have voted for a hateful person like this.

Challenges and results for Cuba since 2017

Challenges and results for Cuba since 2017

Cuba — as a small and underdeveloped economy with a domestic structural crisis it has not overcome — will always be influenced by an adverse international context. For that reason, the country will have to assume challenges to overcome its economic crisis that it hasn’t assumed so far.

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Another Cuban struggle against the blockade

Another Cuban struggle against the blockade

Recently, mostly young professionals are dedicating themselves to traveling and bringing “merchandise” back to the island to sell. They fulfill two noble aspirations in this way: earn a bit extra and discover what lies on the other side of the sea.

Open season

Open season

Challenges and results for Cuba since 2017

Challenges and results for Cuba since 2017

Cuba — as a small and underdeveloped economy with a domestic structural crisis it has not overcome — will always be influenced by an adverse international context. For that reason, the country will have to assume challenges to overcome its economic crisis that it hasn’t assumed so far.

It is important not to confuse patriotism with nationalism

It is important not to confuse patriotism with nationalism

When I saw the cover of this week’s The New Yorker I took a deep breath. It shows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. kneeling, arms locked, alongside two NFL players, Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett. Provocative? Yes. In keeping with the Dr. King I met and covered as a reporter? There is little doubt in my mind.

Cuban town that inspired Hemingway, famous for eco-friendly carwash

Cuban town that inspired Hemingway, famous for eco-friendly carwash

Cojimar, just a few minutes east of Cuba’s capital city of Havana, is a small picturesque fishing village where American novelist Ernest Hemingway docked his boat is gaining notoriety again due to an environmentally-friendly carwash called “La Ecologica.”

Dirty elections in Honduras, with Washington’s blessing

Dirty elections in Honduras, with Washington’s blessing

An election gone wrong: Soldiers marching in the middle of the road, bullets whizzing through the air, protesters running for cover through thick clouds of tear gas. Unfortunate tourists venturing the streets of Tegucigalpa in December last year might well have wondered whether they’d stumbled onto a military coup.

Deal with the devil

Deal with the devil

The news in Michael Wolff’s new blockbuster book, ‘Fire and Fury,’ is that Trump’s own inner circle and his Republican enablers in Congress realize that Trump is an extremely dangerous character with the unilateral power to start a nuclear holocaust that could destroy civilization. And yet, they’ve allowed him to get away with it for opportunistic reasons.

The president fails to understand that the First Amendment also applies to him

The president fails to understand that the First Amendment also applies to him

Donald Trump is a menace to this country. He believes in little but himself. And most everything we hold dear and sacred — for example, the First Amendment — he sees as a menace to Donald Trump. Case in point is the new book “Fire and Fury.” The president attempted to stop publication of the book, instead helping it to sell-out on its first day out.

Cuba’s gains

Cuba’s gains

This article from the Colombian newspaper El Espectador was written two years ago. With the Trump administration trying to undo the many positive moves carried out by the Obama administration, we have decided to publish it to remind us of the many good things Cuba does offer, and what we might learn from them.

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