Ecuadoreans Are Gambling With Their Freedom / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 11 March 2017 — They are five: Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador. That’s the main nucleus of the 21st-Century Socialism countries. They have different economic structures and their governments manage the productive apparatus in diverse ways, but their rulers coincide on an essential aspect: they attained power so they could keep … Continue reading “Ecuadoreans Are Gambling With Their Freedom / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Rafael Correa and the Populist Syndrome / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 25 February 2017 — On May 24, Rafael Correa will leave the presidency of Ecuador. Not long now. Don’t despair. I understand; the wait has been long and painful. He has spent a decade in power. On that day, whoever wins the April 2 runoff will take over the government. If the … Continue reading “Rafael Correa and the Populist Syndrome / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Europe Is Terrified / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Madrid, 29 January 2017  —  Europe is terrified by Donald Trump’s triumph. it fears the vision of the American friend, the primus inter pares. That fact has just been revealed by a macrosurvey by the French pollster Ipsos, which conducted it in 24 nations through interviews with 18,000 people. Ipsos is the … Continue reading “Europe Is Terrified / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

The Second Cold War / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 25 December 2016 — Exactly one quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union disappeared. The hecatomb occurred on Dec. 25, 1991, the direct consequence of the prior (and failed) coup in August of that year. Vladimir Putin believes that it was the worst disaster that has happened to his … Continue reading “The Second Cold War / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Raul Castro at the Crossroads / Carlos Alberto Montaner

Carlos Alberto Montaner, 10 December 2016 — Raúl Castro is on his own. Gone is his mentor, his paternal figure, the man who molded his life and led him at gunpoint — literally — from insignificance to the nation’s leadership. But he did so brusquely, reminding him every so often that he despised him for … Continue reading “Raul Castro at the Crossroads / Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Questions After Burying Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 3 December 2016 — Almost no one knows how his final hours passed. Did he die suddenly of a cardiac arrest, did he agonize for several days, or did he suffocate because a throat obstruction, as rumors circulate sotto voce in Havana ? Why the hurry to cremate him? Was it … Continue reading “Questions After Burying Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Chile Returns To Its Old Populist Ways / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Santiago de Chile, 28 August 2016 – I have arrived in the country in the middle of a cacophony, fortunately peaceful and civilized. It is Sunday, and tens of thousands of people are protesting against the AFPs. They complain about the “Pension Fund Administrators,” a retirement system founded on individual capital … Continue reading “Chile Returns To Its Old Populist Ways / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Do Massive Marches Serve a Purpose? / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 3 September 2016 — It may have been the largest march in Venezuela’s history. Did it serve for anything? We’ll get to that. I begin my analysis with a view of the government. Maduro and the Cuban DGI agents, who actually rule the country, faced a dilemma: in the face of … Continue reading “Do Massive Marches Serve a Purpose? / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

The Revolution is Exactly That / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos A. Montaner, Miami, 6 August 2016 – They are hungry in Venezuela. It is the revolution. It does not matter that it potentially may be the richest country in the world. The same thing happened in 1921 in the newly debuted USSR. A million Russians died of hunger. Lenin rejoiced. “The revolution and … Continue reading “The Revolution is Exactly That / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches” / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos A. Montaner, Miami, 2 July 2016 – Cesar Nombela is the chancellor of the Menendez and Pelayo International University located in Santander, Spain. He is a renowned researcher in the world of microbiology. It occurred to Dr. Nombela and the Governing Council to award former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe the institution’s Medal of … Continue reading “The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches” / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

A President Has Come to Havana Carrying… / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 26 March 2016 – Spanish children used to play a game of imagination, listing the things carried in ships from the colonies: “A ship has come from Havana carrying: pineapples, lace, sugar,” whatever. It was a playful exercise in which fantasy and vocabulary mixed as a teaching tool. Barack Obama, … Continue reading “A President Has Come to Havana Carrying… / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Obama in Cuba / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 19 March 2016 – The United States president has not yet set foot in Cuba and the regime has already begun the bombardment. First it was a long editorial in the Party newspaper Granma. The essence? Cuba will not move its socialist and anti-imperialist positions a single millimeter, including its … Continue reading “Obama in Cuba / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Obama and Raul Castro: Encounters and Disagreements / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 20 February 2016 — Obama will go to Havana in March. The trip is part of his change of policy regarding the island. He wants, as John Paul II asked, for “Cuba to open itself to the world and the world to open itself to Cuba.” That includes, as suggested by … Continue reading “Obama and Raul Castro: Encounters and Disagreements / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

Our Everyday War / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 31 January 2016 – Let’s get right down to it. The current conflict that divides half the planet, and especially Latin Americans, is between neo-populism and authoritarian democracy, against liberal democracy. I just developed a short course on the subject at the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala. I do not know … Continue reading “Our Everyday War / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”

A Calamity Called Evo / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 24 January 2016 — Evo Morales has already served 10 years as president of Bolivia. He is the person who has occupied the post for the longest consecutive time since Simón Bolívar was inaugurated in 1825. He is in his third term. It will end in 2019. It seems too little. He … Continue reading “A Calamity Called Evo / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner”