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¡Fidel 90 y más!: A Revolutionary Legacy

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“There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones.” – Bertolt Brecht

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Trump racism reflects our humanity

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The Trump acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was above all an assault to peace and democracy; it was in itself a call to violence and the continuity of racist and interventionist policies. At the beginning of the race for the presidency many labeled him crazy as a way to discrediting him, no, the crazies are another thing. Trump is the exemplification of ultraconservative thought that governs the foundation of this country, its society and its system. Trump, all he has done, is to say aloud what most in this society speaks behind closed doors.

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Cuba, a country both wished for and possible

Cuba, pueblo, bloqueo

With the triumph of the revolution in 1959, Cuba obtained independence and
sovereignty. If they’ve really existed since then and not just as a goal, their
preservation remains as a challenge.

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Change in Puerto Rico

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There are times when it looks as if nothing is happening and then suddenly new events are unleashed; but while the in-depth situation makes a turn-around, even the best analysts may take time to notice it. And when their appreciations are absorbed by routine, even the left fails to escape from this trend. This is the case of what is happening with Puerto Rico now, where reality has created a dynamic that is entirely new in quality, but which even certain anti-colonialists have yet to notice.

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Moncada Attack: Lessons From the Birth of the Cuban Revolution

Fidel Raul y Ché

In 1953, when virtually all the progressive and revolutionary forces in Cuba offered no viable solution to oppose the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship, Fidel Castro and his comrades did indeed work out a path. It was a route characterized by game-changing statements inexorably coupled with exceptionally courageous deeds, out of which emerged the July 26 Movement.

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Elections and undocumented immigrants in the United States

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In any country, under any circumstances undocumented migrants are always the hardest hit of the system. Invisible as people and visible as booty. Undocumented migrants are beneficial to the country that forces them to migrate; in exchange for this ingratitude their country of origin receives remittances which serve to keep the country afloat. The transit country that disrespects their human rights and freedom of movement (kidnap, torture and disappear them), also takes advantage of them. And finally, the country of arrival that eventually becomes the country of residence also takes advantage of them.

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Obama and the Cuban economy: Understanding what wasn’t said

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I had the chance to participate in various meetings with the delegation that accompanied President Obama [to Cuba] and hear him speak three times; and now I feel a need to share my interpretation of what he said, and also what he didn’t say— since in politics what is left out is often as important as what is said.

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Brother Obama

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The Spanish kings brought us the conquistadors and landowners; their imprints remained in the circular mounds of earth assigned to the gold prospectors in the river sand, an abusive and shameful form of exploitation whose vestiges can be seen from the air at many sites in the country.

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Baseball spoken here

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Baseball spoken here. This has been the World Classic’s slogan since its emergence in 2006. Ten years later, it serves us well: two languages, a single idiom, interpreted perfectly on the diamond by those who live every strike, every catch, every homerun; and suffer after every error, every strike-out.

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Comparing Obama’s Speech in Havana With Reagan’s in Moscow

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Some of the similarities reflect the speechwriter’s art. You’re visiting Havana, you invoke Jose Marti; visiting Moscow, it’s Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Did Russian and American explorers cross paths in the Arctic? Yes, and Jackie Robinson played ball in Cuba. A U.S. president peddling the virtues of his political system always praises his hosts’ spiritual depth and resilience.