Cuba’s free healthcare

Cuba’s free healthcare

In Cuba, public health care is free and universal. Cuba also has medics who travel abroad on international missions. This service brought to the Cuban Treasury more than $8.2 billion in 2014, an amount much greater than international tourism; but it has also created problems on the island where there are now fewer doctors and a greater number of patients.

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For Trump, the week the bottom fell out

For Trump, the week the bottom fell out

The good news is that six months after Trump’s inauguration and the consolidation of a seamless Republican right-wing regime in Washington, the bottom seems to be finally falling out. Trump has delivered not one piece of legislation, nothing except mean-spirited executive orders and even more mean words.

The Cuban economy in the first half of 2017

The Cuban economy in the first half of 2017

Reports from the first-semester meeting of the National Assembly of the People’s Power say that the Gross National Product rose by 1.1 percent in the first semester. Coincidentally, this result is not much different from the only obtained in the first period of 2016, but achieved under conditions that are somewhat different from that period.

Debate is a good practice

Debate is a good practice

To debate aspects of the Cuban reality is extremely important these days, but it would be healthier if this encounter of different postures were broader and if these opinions were available to the majority of the Cuban people through the public media.

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STEPPING BACKWARD / Thaw will help Cuban Jews

Progreso Weekly offers a diverse group of published articles and opinions critical of, or discussing, President Trump’s rejection of the Obama measures that offered an improvement in U.S. relations with Cuba. We believe that a reversal of these efforts will be detrimental to the U.S.’ economy and to U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations. Continue Reading

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Republican health care “reform” sinks like a stone

Republican health care “reform” sinks like a stone

The latest poll, by USA Today and Suffolk University, found only 12 percent of Americans support the Republican health care bill. This confirms what other recent polls have shown: the GOP health care “reform” plan is the most unpopular legislation ever.

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.

STEPPING BACKWARD / Thaw will help Cuban Jews

STEPPING BACKWARD / Thaw will help Cuban Jews

Progreso Weekly offers a diverse group of published articles and opinions critical of, or discussing, President Trump’s rejection of the Obama measures that offered an improvement in U.S. relations with Cuba. We believe that a reversal of these efforts will be detrimental to the U.S.’ economy and to U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations.

Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal

Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal

In an apparent snub to U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Parliament has approved a pact with Cuba that would expand trade and dialogue channels with the island nation. The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement was approved in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday.

Trumpster brainiacs deride Declaration of Independence as ‘biased’

Trumpster brainiacs deride Declaration of Independence as ‘biased’

Strangely, if it wasn’t for the fact that the people I write about today are Trump voters, sentences from the Declaration of Independence were derided on the 4th of July as biased by brainiacs who referred to excerpts from the Declaration as “trash” without knowledge of where the words originated.

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

Political jujitsu: Now’s the time for Medicare for all

Political jujitsu: Now’s the time for Medicare for all

As Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are moving toward Medicare for All – a single-payer plan that builds on Medicare and would cover everyone at far lower cost.

Crony capitalism in Florida—and beyond

Crony capitalism in Florida—and beyond

Privatization has gone wild in Florida. Governing the state basically has been turned over to business. The clearest proof is that this year Florida will contract out to business more than $60 billion of the $83 billion it will spend. And “you don’t have to go far to track that back to a lobbyist who had a client.”

Poland is world volleyball champion, beating Cuba, 3-0; Russia takes bronze against Brazil

Poland is world volleyball champion, beating Cuba, 3-0; Russia takes bronze against Brazil

The Polish Under-21 volleyball team defeated the Cuban team on Sunday, 3 sets to none, and took the gold medal in the world youth tournament, played in Brno, Czech Republic. The Poles had been world champions twice before, in 1997 and 2003.

Cuba upsets Russia in Under-21 volleyball tourney; will face Poland in final

Cuba upsets Russia in Under-21 volleyball tourney; will face Poland in final

The Cuban men’s volleyball team defeated the Russian team, 3 sets to 1, in a semifinal of the World Youth Championship played Saturday in Brno, Czech Republic. The Russians, who had won six previous matches, had been the favorites to enter the final.

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