On Sunday Nov. 27, 5.7 million Cuban citizens exercised their constitutional right to vote, but a substantial percentage (31.5) of registered voters decided to stay home that day. This was in sharp contrast with previous elections' voter participation rates, which have historically hovered above 90%. In the recent past, however, we have seen a...Read more
One day sometime between 2063 and 2060 B.C., in the extinct Sumerian town of Drehem, in the outskirts of the also extinct city of Nippur (in present day Iraq), a public scribe recorded the disbursement of 574 cow hides. In exchange for what? The cuneiform tablet does not say, but it could have been silver, textiles, pottery or any number of ...Read more
'QU'ILS MANGENT DE LA BRIOCHE'
There is no evidence that French Queen Marie Antoinette ever said, "Let them eat cake." And according to most sources, the original misattributed phrase mentions brioche instead of cake. But who's counting calories; be it cake or brioche (or cassava bread as in Cuba), the phrase has survived as an idiom for a ...Read more
I sit down to begin part III of this column on Oct. 26, 60 years to the day when Fidel Castro wrote a letter to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, warning him of an imminent U.S. attack, potentially a "full invasion," and encouraging the Soviet Union to strike first with nuclear missiles.
The United States did not strike first, nor did the ...Read more
During and in the aftermath of the historic mass protests of July 11-14, 2021, the Cuban regime unleashed a wave of brutal repression. The Cuban human rights organization Cubalex documented a total of 1,124 arrests (566 of which remained in custody) by Oct. 19. This did not include hundreds who received police citations and fines for simply ...Read more
Sixty years ago, on Oct. 22, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation on TV with dire warnings about the buildup of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba, weapons capable of causing massive casualties and destruction within a 1,000-mile radius -- striking distance to Washington, D.C. and the entire Southeast of the United States. On that ...Read more
The world faces the possibility of a Third World War, a worst-case scenario that could destroy the earth and its human inhabitants. Unlike in 1945, when the United States was the only country with nuclear weapons, in 2022 a total of seven nations (the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea) have...Read more
Hispanic Heritage Month has just begun; it's a busy time for me. This time of year, I receive numerous invitations for media interviews, public speaking and other projects.
But earlier this week, I got an unexpected media request. A reporter from my local (Orlando, Florida) CBS affiliate wanted to know my thoughts on online criticism of the ...Read more
Among Vladimir Putin's greatest fears is the further strengthening and expansion of the 30-member NATO military alliance. He sees Europe and the world from a nostalgic mid-1980s peak-of-Soviet-power perspective when the Russian Socialist Republic was the epicenter of a Moscow-dominated empire surrounded by 14 other Soviet Socialist republics ...Read more