Sep
01
2009
0

Support for Cuban embargo declining among exiles

usa_cuba Today’s Miami Herald:
A Bendixen poll of Aug. 24th shows support for the embargo eroding, mainly among the younger generations. Overall there is no longer a clear consensus for maintaining the restrictions on trade.

While most of the older exiles maintain it is a necessary punishment for the Castro brothers, others doubt the benefits of the 47 year long policy and some maintain it has only helped strengthen the regime’s hold on the Cuban people, providing a convenient excuse for its deficiencies.

President Obama has said that the release of political dissidents are a prerequisite to lifting the embargo.

Poll results
Miami Herald Article

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Jul
24
2009
2

El Dictador

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Yesterday I attended an author event where Venezuelan author Ramón Guillermo Aveledo presented his latest book, “El dictador, Anatomía de la tiranía” (The Dictator, An Anatomy of Tyranny.)

Aveledo is an attorney with a Ph.D in political science, the author of eighteen books on politics, history and law and has figured prominently in Venezuelan public life as a politician, journalist and academic.

The book is a comparative analysis of a sample of the world’s great dictators; Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Trujillo, Mao, Franco and Castro. (All dead except for one last unburied cadaver.)

Reaching beyond the sphere of Latin American politics, Aveledo seeks to dissect and reveal the inner workings and commonalities of these despots that represent a wide spectrum across political and cultural differences.

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Written by IPH in: Latin American Politics |
Jun
30
2009
0

The Honduran Affair

On Sunday, in the midst of the media hysteria over Michael Jackson’s demise, the president of Honduras was escorted aboard an airplane, still wearing his pajamas, and told to leave the country.
zelaya

The headlines around the world read more or less “Leftist President Manuel Zelaya ousted in military coup in Honduras”. The political situation in Latin America tends to suffer oversimplification abroad, so here’s an attempt to look a little at the causes and effects that led to the current events in Honduras. (For more detail, BBC does a good job of presenting the whole story here)

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Written by IPH in: Latin American Politics |

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