What to Expect from a Post-Castro Cuba

April 30, 2018

Cuba has a new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel. But former President Raul Castro remains in a position of control over the key drivers of the country’s economy. For the first time in almost 60 years, a Castro is no longer Cuba’s head of state. On April 19, Miguel Diaz-Canel was sworn in as...

Cuba After Castro: A New Beginning?

April 18, 2018

Cuba will remain a one-party authoritarian state, with or without a Castro at the helm. On April 19 Raúl Castro will step down as Cuba’s president, ending almost six decades of his family’s rule of the Caribbean island. Contrary to some expectations, however, Havana will not embark on an...

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...

When America Met Mandela

July 04, 2013

"Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea" (Nelson Mandela). By Francis Njubi Nesbitt "Who is this man Mandela?" The US News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one knew much, since the magazine could only come up with three short...