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When Silicon Valley arrives in Cuba

When Silicon Valley arrives in Cuba

Cubans are not always bothered by the fact that they are using “cracked” software. They know that anywhere else in the world that would be illegal, but here in Cuba the procedure is very common. Besides, even if they wanted to pay for a program, the U.S. blockade bars them from doing it.

The fire this time…

The fire this time…

London’s Grenfell Tower is a perfect microcosm, an apt metaphor for a whole “philosophy” that in this country has been gaining predominance for decades, culminating with Donald Trump: profits over life; profits over fairness; profits over nature; profits over all.

Trump does Miami

Trump does Miami

The majority of Cubans in Miami no longer support a hardline policy toward Cuba, which is probably why Trump didn’t reinstate the whole Cuba package of the Bush years. But, as long as the Diaz-Balarts of this city and their ilk continue to bellow from seats of power, Miami will still be a zoo.

Donald Trump in Miami

Donald Trump in Miami

Once again, a U.S. president shows up in Miami to promise the fall of the Cuban regime. The difference this time is that rhetoric will no longer ensure the Cuban-American vote, the Cold War ended long ago, and the support of a collaboration of a couple of Congressmen from south Florida could be extremely toxic.

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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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Trump’s Miami visit: More questions than answers

Trump’s Miami visit: More questions than answers

Miami is in an uproar with speculation of what may be coming after almost three years of political thaw between the U.S. and Cuba. Nobody seems to really know what this Friday might bring us. In fact, not everyone is sure that President Trump will address the Cuba rollback during his visit to Miami.

Dying for business

Dying for business

Numbers make clear the perversity of a policy proposed by the Trump administration that will cripple the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Here’s just one example: In 1970, 38 workers died daily at work. By 2015, that number had dropped to 13, a decrease of almost two-thirds.

Engage Cuba: It would be a shame if President Trump rolls back Cuba policy

Engage Cuba: It would be a shame if President Trump rolls back Cuba policy

James Williams released a statement on behalf of Engage Cuba, an organization he presides that continues to work on behalf of a better U.S.-Cuba relationship, stating that a rollback of advances made over the last more than two years would be a shame and bad politics.

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

The Right in Brazil likes to complain about taxes, but they don’t seem to have any problem with the biggest and most economically destructive tax of all: the exorbitant interest rates that Brazilians pay on their public debt.

James Comey testimony on Russia meddling and other matters

James Comey testimony on Russia meddling and other matters

Former FBI Director James Comey came before a Senate Intelligence Committee to give testimony on why he was fired by President Trump, his understanding of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election of 2016 and other matters dealing with the president of the United States.

Comey’s comments and America’s lack of self-awareness

Comey’s comments and America’s lack of self-awareness

Former FBI head James Comey’s testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee provides a fascinating, yet completely predictable, insight into America’s continued ability to sustain an impressive lack of self-awareness. Lacking was the appreciation among the political and media elite of America’s own long standing meddling in the elections and internal matters of other countries.

Debates lead to consensus

Debates lead to consensus

Radical processes of change in structure, such as revolutions, happen very rapidly and abruptly. It is why in the processes of radical change (revolutions) and reform, the basic element is the people. Both need their real and effective participation; without it, the changes would be foreign to them, creating a lack of commitment and apathy.

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Economic inequality & environmental destruction: Capitalism reverts to its normal state

Economic inequality & environmental destruction: Capitalism reverts to its normal state

Watching Trump as he rolls out policy after policy, one might conclude he has studied Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ closely and then done exactly the opposite of the book’s every insight, analysis, and recommendation.

Wealth, property and other evils

Wealth, property and other evils

For various reasons, Cuba has uncritically accepted the supposition that social justice and equality of opportunities require that state property be in the majority, leaving aside an impressive number of mediating factors that weigh on the direction and nature of this relationship.

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