Reflections after Irma

Reflections after Irma

Each crisis situation promotes opportunism, speculation and an ugly display of human misery. But in order to survive and grow, we’ll have to watch out for those slip-ups that empower those whose money enables them to get their electricity back before anyone else.

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Venezuela: between negotiations and harassment

Venezuela: between negotiations and harassment

Clearly, Chavism is not a perfect form of governance; it has been unable to shed the corruption and inefficacy that are endemic in Venezuelan politics and has been powerless to transform a rentier government that has suffered the collapse of the oil market. And yet, it has done more for the Venezuelan people than any other previous government.

Florida nursing home tragedy NOT a who-done-it

Florida nursing home tragedy NOT a who-done-it

The worst loss of human life in Florida in the wake of Irma didn’t happen on one of low-lying towns on the lower Florida Keys where the eye of the storm first made landfall with full force. The worst human tragedy took place days after the hurricane, in a nursing home in Hollywood, just a few miles north of the border between Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

A damage report (and what we’re doing about it)

A damage report (and what we’re doing about it)

In Havana’s neighborhoods, the first thing that some people do when the electricity comes back is to connect the refrigerator. Next, they turn the radio on — loudly. It’s their way to straighten out the day, to return to normal life. The spirit of resistance finds peculiar expressions.

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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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Despite the horror of Irma, Cuba Va!

Despite the horror of Irma, Cuba Va!

“It looks like the end of the world,” a stunned Cuban man said to a Spanish-language TV reporter in the city of Remedios after the passing of Irma, the monstrous storm that caused unspeakable damage to the island of Cuba.

Garbage everywhere in Havana

Garbage everywhere in Havana

Five days after the passing of Hurricane Irma, which only touched the Cuban capital with tropical storm winds, there is rotting food and garbage in many of the streets that already torment its inhabitants. Garbage collectors have prioritized avenues and streets where there is more traffic, especially near hospitals.

Cruel cones of uncertainty

Cruel cones of uncertainty

In the midst of Irma and its cone of uncertainty, the Trump administration decided to create its very own cone of uncertainty by removing protection from deportation for nearly one million young undocumented immigrants who entered this country as children.

Hurricane Irma: the path of destruction

Hurricane Irma: the path of destruction

Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm ever recorded over the Atlantic, has devastated the Caribbean and battered Florida. Here’s how this historic storm unfolded.

The constitution was a victim of September 11 too

The constitution was a victim of September 11 too

Our government used the tragedy of 9/11 to whittle away at many of the ideals that Americans have fought and died for, without so much as a whimper from most of us. From secret prisons, extraordinary renditions, and a torture program, the U.S. has transitioned to a permanent wartime economy.

It’s now time for Medicare for all

It’s now time for Medicare for all

Senator Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Jeff Merkley, are introducing a Medicare For All bill in the Senate. It’s a model for where this nation needs to be headed. A Gallup poll conducted in May found that a majority of Americans would support such a system.

Governor Rick Scott enabled Irma’s fury through climate denialism

Governor Rick Scott enabled Irma’s fury through climate denialism

Florida Gov. Rick Scott did not cause Irma, but he enabled the Frankenstorm. Scott met with Carbonmongers Charles and David Koch soon after being elected, and all of a sudden Florida’s environmental laws began being gutted. Now he will want you to give him $150 billion to rebuild his state, from your tax dollars.

Cuba recovers after Irma

Cuba recovers after Irma

Hurricane Irma slammed into Cuba over the weekend, leaving 10 dead and causing destruction and flooding across the island. Irma, which made landfall in the country’s northeastern provinces as a Category 5 storm, was the strongest storm to hit Cuba in 85 years.

Irma hits Cuba with 160 mph winds

Irma hits Cuba with 160 mph winds

Hurricane Irma plowed into the Cuban coast on Saturday, hitting the Camagüey Archipelago with 160mph winds. One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, Irma has killed at least 22 people in the eastern Caribbean and devastated islands including Barbuda and Saint Maarten.

Cuba and our good name

Cuba and our good name

What exactly is Trump’s Cuba policy today? Are his administration’s incremental reversals of previous U.S.-Cuba policy all we shall see, or will there be more, and more substantial, reversals of what was beginning to look like a warming relationship?

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