Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

June 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

US Diplomats Attacked in Cuba… by Crickets

January 09, 2019

They were sure that the Cubans, aided by the Russians, used sophisticated technology to attack the brains and nervous systems of US diplomats... until it turned out to be crickets. The New York Times now reveals that scientists have solved a two-year-old mystery that provoked a major diplomatic...

Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?

January 24, 2017

Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied...

Castro’s Cuba is Not What You Think

December 06, 2016

Cubans live in a country far more serene than those living in countries that have been and are still struggling to realize America’s self-serving vision for them. Fidel Castro’s remains have been interred in Santiago de Cuba, near where the Cuban Revolution began. That revolution was an...

Fidel Castro: The Last Great Revolutionary

November 30, 2016

With the death of Fidel Castro, the last great leader in the revolutionary movements of the 20th century has gone. It is with sadness that I learned about the death of the founder of modern Cuba, Comandante Fidel Castro. For the younger generations his may not be a familiar name, but for us...

Africa This Month: Africa in the Age of Donald Trump

November 30, 2016

The incoming Trump administration is likely to turn isolationist and dial down engagement with Africa, allowing the Chinese to fill the resulting vacuum. November has proved to be eventful. Apparently, South African President Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is...

The World This Week: Fidel Castro Divides Opinion

November 27, 2016

Fidel Castro was a complicated leader who leaves behind a tortured legacy that involves both fighting apartheid and then killing his loyal general who led that fight. Fidel Castro, the tall charismatic leader of Cuba, is dead. True to form, Donald Trump has called Fidel, as Castro has come to be...

The Hidden Headquarters of the Cuban Revolution

October 12, 2016

What’s there to see in Cuba? Western tourists have flocked to Cuba since the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in 2015. The main interest for tourists is to explore the country that saw one...

The World This Week: Obama Visits Cuba to Salsa With Castro

March 27, 2016

President Obama makes history by traveling to Cuba and urging “the people of the Americas to leave behind the ideological battles of the past.” After years of deep freeze that began with the Cold War, relations between Cuba and the United States are finally warming up. In fact, President...

Has Obama Brought “Hope and Change” to Cuba?

March 27, 2016

Club Med playground for the rich or isolated communist backwater—can Cuba find a third path? There are a number of no-go zones in the world for President Barack Obama these days. Damascus is enemy territory. Most of Iraq and Afghanistan are too dangerous. Pyongyang has never hosted a sitting...

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