Carlos Alberto Montaner was born in Havana in 1943 and has lived in Madrid since 1970. A former university professor, he is an acclaimed writer and journalist. His syndicated column appears in dozens of newspapers in the United States, Latin America and Spain.
Nelson Mandela, one of the noblest and most admirable figures of the 20th century, was a friend of Fidel Castro. So what?
Michelle Bachelet will soon return to Chile’s government house. Chileans like her, and she probably deserves to return. She went through La Moneda once and left it with a very high approval rate.
Pope Francis is going to revolutionize Catholicism. He’s already at it. The survey ordered by the Vatican to find out what the lay people believe about some social issues — gay marriage and adoption, contraceptives, divorce and communion, de facto unions and so on, up to 39 questions — is a masterly move to disarm the conservative wing of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, deeply entrenched in the structure of the church.
The government of Raúl Castro has declared its intention to put a gradual end to monetary duality. Splendid. The faster that cruel anomaly disappears, the better. The fraud, begun in 1994, has lasted all too long.
If tomorrow a cataclysm or a racist virus destroyed all the universities in Latin America and Spain, the world’s culture would barely feel an imperceptible sting in the fields of science and technology, though also in humanities and social studies.
It looks like the recession in Spain is ending. About time. It has lasted five years and has been harsh. The economy grew a few tenths of a percent this quarter. It is a weak sign but a good one. Unemployment remains sky-high (26.6 percent of the potential work force), but the only rational way to reduce that scourge is with growth and investments that will produce profits that will sustain the cycle.
President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil canceled her visit to President Obama. She was offended because the United States was peeking into her electronic mail. You don’t do that to a friendly country. The information, probably reliable, was provided by Edward Snowden from his refuge in Moscow.