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.
Francisco Franco died in 1975 thinking that the future of Spain was wrapped up “good and tidy.” I’ve never believed the theory that the caudillo prepared a post-mortem transition to democracy.
It happened again. The defeat of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in the municipal elections of Feb. 23 is not an isolated case. It is possible that 21st-century socialism, its ideological neighbors and the circuit of countries in the “Bolivarian” circle, known by acronym ALBA, are in a downturn.
President Obama wants to modify U.S. policy toward Cuba. It is not an important priority, so he won’t put too much effort into it, but he will try to do something if he doesn't find too much resistance on the way.
I first heard the concept from a European diplomat who had lived in Cuba. It has since spread. The model created by the Castro brothers is a pimp state.
The U.S. government is seriously intent on multiplying international student exchanges. The name of the initiative — One Thousand Strong Educational Exchange — is not easily translated into Spanish, but the concept is understood without difficulty.
Pope Francis has given his version of the market. It is very negative. He titled it Evangelii Gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” It says that capitalism kills, whereas it is evident that, in the past two centuries, political freedoms, the market economy and private enterprise combined have improved and substantially extended the lives of people.