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Ileana’s retirement: The end of a cycle

Ileana’s retirement: The end of a cycle

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she won’t seek reelection in 2018. Her retirement marks the end of a cycle characterized by the access of the first generation of Cuban immigrants to U.S. political life. Today’s Cuban-American politicians try to resemble Ileana, but cannot, simply because the conditions that made her possible no longer exist.

Oscar Lopez Rivera: The freedom fighter U.S. colonial violence produced

Oscar Lopez Rivera: The freedom fighter U.S. colonial violence produced

The opposition to Oscar Lopez Rivera is focused either on those who are terribly misinformed, characterizing him as an “ultranationalist,” “terrorist,” “murderer,” “communist,” or all four. Many naively ask, “Why would you Puerto Ricans support a “terrorist?” They are misinformed Puerto Ricans and many right wing demagogues.

Dark times: Savage capitalism unleashed

Dark times: Savage capitalism unleashed

Stories in The New York Times and Miami Herald paints a portrait of a thoroughly corporate-controlled society characterized by breathtaking inequality in which cruelty is standard operating procedure, a systemic feature and not just the product of the misdeeds of bad people.

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a transfer from the sick and poor to the rich and healthy. The losers are some 24 million Americans who under the Affordable Care Act get subsidies to afford health insurance coverage.

How Trump’s genocidal hero Andrew Jackson might have “avoided the Civil War”

How Trump’s genocidal hero Andrew Jackson might have “avoided the Civil War”

Donald Trump’s latest insane excursion into U.S. history has been to claim that his great hero, Andrew Jackson, might have prevented the Civil War. Given his racist, genocidal nature, our seventh president could only have done that by giving up slavery in the South, spreading it into the North or giving the Southwest back to Mexico.

On Russia and Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement

On Russia and Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement

While the U.S. and Cuba have real differences, what prevented us from restoring diplomatic relations before, and hampers our ability to build confidence and enjoy the fruits of a more normal relationship now, is our domestic politics.

With Ros-Lehtinen retiring, the anti-embargo side has reason to celebrate

With Ros-Lehtinen retiring, the anti-embargo side has reason to celebrate

The surprise announcement that Republican representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would not run for re-election is welcome news for those who are looking for something positive in the stalled normalization process under the Trump administration.

Faint praise for Barack Obama’s embrace of wealth

Faint praise for Barack Obama’s embrace of wealth

In 2009, President Obama said, “I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street,” although he managed to do as much. Obama’s campaign included the notion that Wall Street fat cats should pay their fair share in taxes. That hasn’t happened, but at least some of those cats are paying a fair share to him.

Trump’s killer budget

Trump’s killer budget

This is, literally, a killer budget. It toys with human lives. It amounts to a counterrevolution the GOP has been carrying out for decades. A class war from above, which has succeeded in making America by far the most unequal society on the planet, perhaps the most unequal in modern history.

The Democrats delivered one thing in the past 100 days: disappointment

The Democrats delivered one thing in the past 100 days: disappointment

As the first 100 days of the plutocratic and militaristic Trump administration draw to a close, one truth has been crystal clear: the Democratic party lacks the vision, discipline and leadership to guide progressives in these turbulent times.

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