Articles Tagged ‘Cuba’

  • IMF refuses Barbuda debt relief after hurricane, Cuba dispatches medical staff across Caribbean

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The IMF’s refusal to converse about funds owed by the tiny Caribbean island was made clear by Christopher Lane, the financial institution’s special representative to the UN. “Our general view is that we’d rather put new money in than to have a moratorium,” Lane said. He exemplified the IMF’s position by stating that the institution may borrow funds from the US and loan them to Antigua.

  • Castro coverage shows fake news is ubiquitous

    Media

    Perhaps the biggest media story of 2016 was the overdue discovery of fake news: totally manufactured information slickly packaged as journalism. Getting a lot less attention was the story that real news can be fake news, too, and often is. As the Huffington Post points out, when opinion (which is cheap) is blended with fact (which is expensive) and is endlessly recycled, it gets hard to tell the difference between 60 Minutes and The Daily Show.

  • Fidel Castro Ruz memorial: Santiago de Cuba

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Scenes from the Fidel Castro funeral procession and memorial gathering in Santiago de Cuba, December 3, 2016. “Late morning. Thousands begin to line the streets as the memorial procession completes its cross-country journey, on the very streets where the Cuban revolution began with a daring (if unsuccessful) attack on the Moncada Barracks.”

  • History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Socially the Cuban Revolution created an education system and health service that remain the envy of much of the neo-liberal world. History will be the final judge, but Fidel Castro has already been elevated by a vast number of Latin Americans to the plinth occupied by those great liberators Bolívar, San Martín, Sucre and José Martí.

  • Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    It is very hard to think of a more important world leader than Fidel. The contribution he has made to the world socialist movement, to the Third World liberation struggle and to social justice has been monumental – especially when one considers that he has been the leader of a tiny country with roughly the same population as New York City.

  • The Cuban Epic

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Cuba brought the greatest ideas of social transformation to several generations of Latin Americans. Its revolution touched the youth, convulsed political organizations and shook the left.

  • Socialism Will Continue in Cuba

    Socialism

    The unshakable faith in victory that Fidel instilled in all of us shall continue to lead our people in the defense and further improvement of the work of its Revolution.

  • Eight challenges facing Latin American integration and a new role for Asia

    A debate is opening up in Latin America over the future of the movement for continental political and economic integration. It is spurred in part by the growing number of states signing trade and investment treaties with extra-continental powers — both bilateral, like the “free trade agreements” some have signed with the United States and Canada, and multilateral, in particular the Pacific Alliance, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), the latter two alliances including the United States, Canada and other imperialist countries.

  • The Civil Society Ploy

    Can the United States export democracy to another country, the way it exports Coca Cola? Apparently the government, particularly, USAID, and the mass media—think so. But, some tricky issues emerge because the USA—the ‘city on the hill” represent “exceptionalism.”

  • Five decades of inanity ­and still going

    In 1991, The Soviet Union disappeared. Washington changed its anti-Cuba rhetoric from Cold War to human rights. But one issue remains: a U.S. economic colony that broke loose in 1959 still refuses to surrender.

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