The campaign for president in Venezuela began this past Tuesday with acting president Nicolás Maduro visiting Chavez’s house in the state of Barinas. During his visit, Maduro told the press another mystical story about Chavez appearing to him through a bird that flew over his head three times before delivering a message. During the interview … Continue reading
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Post- Chávez Venezuela: A policy of continuity
The Venezuelan Comandante and President Hugo Chávez died of a heart attack on Tuesday according to his Communication’s Minister Ernesto Villegas. The rumor of his death was already circulating among Venezuelans in Miami, who have been accusing the government of infringing on their country’s sovereignty for taking decisions from Havana. On Tuesday social media sites … Continue reading
What does the future hold for Cuba?
No one knows for certain, but many experts speculate that radical changes are approaching in Cuba faster than anytime since 1959. In 2006 Fidel Castro, the “historic leader of the Revolution,” stepped down and offered his position as head of the state to his brother Raul Castro. I remember watching in Havana what the Cuban … Continue reading
What is wrong with U.S policy towards Latin America?
Almost two weeks ago the president delivered the State of the Union and talked about many of the domestic issues affecting us today and how he intends to solve them. The president only talked about foreign policy towards the end of his speech and mentioned every single region of the world, except Latin America. Sadly, … Continue reading
Why do drop out rates remain highest among Hispanics?
By Andy Garcia There is a discrepancy in what Hispanics say and what they actually end up doing. For example, more than half of all Hispanics said they consider themselves to be “somewhat or very conservative.” However, we now know that 70% voted for a liberal candidate in the 2012 election. But today, I don’t … Continue reading
A Smart Path Forward on Immigration Reform
By Andy Garcia The last time the United States had an immigration reform was back in 1990 when Congress passed a law allowing as many as 700,000 new immigrants annually. But the most well known immigration reform of the last few decades was the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986. Simpson- Mazzoli was signed into law by … Continue reading
How can the GOP recapture Florida?
This past election showed the GOP that Hispanics in the United States can be ignored no more if the party intends to win in successive presidential elections. Obama’s victory among Hispanics capturing 71% of the vote was outstanding when compared to the 27% share of the Hispanic vote given to Romney. However, the fact that … Continue reading
Why are Cuban Americans unhappy with Chuck Hagel’s nomination?
Last week the president of the United States once more disappointed the Cuban American community by nominating an unpopular character to a key position in his administration. Chuck Hagel’s popularity among Cuban Americans has been low ever since he decided that American foreign policy towards Cuba needed a 180 degree switch. The media in Miami … Continue reading
Following the Money: The United States Agency for International Development
The USAID provides financial assistance to a hundred countries worldwide. There have been recent criticisms directed at the United States Agency for International Development, better known in and outside America by the acronym USAID. Many American citizens still don’t know why the United States would allocate money to help out other countries at a time … Continue reading