Tag: Cuba
For Department of Homeland Security Boss, Black Cuban Lives Don’t Matter
“If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” proclaims Department of Homeland Security boss Alejandro Mayorkas, directing his remarks to Haitians, whose president Jovenel Moïse was recently assassinated, and Cubans protesting the Communist regime. News reports on developments there have overlooked a few realities. Cuban president and Communist...
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Cuba’s Heroes
No one remotely familiar with how things work in Cuba can feel anything less than awe and admiration for the thousands of Cubans who have taken to the streets—first in San Antonio de los Baños and then in many parts of the island—to protest against the dictatorship. There are few places on earth where...
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Will Cuba’s Vaccine Rollout Live Up to the Ad Copy?
“Cuba’s socialist approach to developing vaccines against Covid-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world developing vaccines. Socialist Cuba’s production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity.” That quote is from “Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist...
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Castro’s Death and Cuban Health Care
The recent death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro brought forth a grotesque encomium from the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who asserted, “Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.” Michael Moore, producer of propaganda dressed as documentaries, made a film in 2007 called Sicko, in which he...
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Normalizing Relations with Cuba: Good Policy
President Obama announced that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, which is a good move for both countries. The economic impact of the policy will be limited, however, because the economic embargo the United States has imposed on Cuba can be removed only by Congress. This presents the obvious political...
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Leopoldo Lopez: Venezuela’s “Dangerous Man”
After several days in hiding, Leopoldo López, one of the leaders of Venezuela’s resistance movement, turned himself in at a massive protest rally and proclaimed: “If my imprisonment serves to wake up people...it will have been worth it.” The Chavista dictatorship headed by Nicolás Maduro has charged him with acts of violence related to...
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Coming Soon: The Strange Case of the Chong Chon Gang
This is a bizarre story that challenges any logical explanation. Any? Well, not exactly. We are inclined to believe that our personal sense of risk and rewards is shared by everyone. We are wrong. Totalitarian and fascist leaders have their own logic for approaching reality. Friends and foes of the Cuban government were recently puzzled...
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This Week’s Lighthouse: Oil Spill, Cuba, Constitutions, Gaza
This week’s Lighthouse (available online here) touches on the Gulf oil gusher (William F. Shughart II); political reform in Cuba (Alvaro Vargas Llosa); F. A. Hayek on the limits of constitutional design (Scott A. Boykin); and Israel’s blockade of Gaza (Ivan Eland). Here are links to the individual items: 1. How to Prevent an...
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If the U.S. Won’t Drill Oil Offshore, Other Nations Will
Although President Obama’s executive order imposing a six-month moratorium on drilling for crude oil and natural gas in ultra-deep waters within the 200-mile territorial limit recognized by international law has at least temporarily been suspended by a federal district judge, offshore drilling will not come to a screeching halt even if that precipitous action...
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Coming Soon: “Mercantilism: A Love Story”
Judging from the previews, Michael Moore’s latest, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” ought better be titled as above. Someone, quick, give him a copy of Adam Smith’s A Wealth of Nations and explain to him that the best way to stop corporations from taking advantage of government largesse distributed at the expense of the politically...
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