By Aurelio Pedroso
GUATEMALA CITY – Daniel Piñol is a Guatemalan boy who has just celebrated his seventh birthday. He can feel pride in the fact that his father is a descendant of one of the heroes of Guatemalan independence, Mariano de Aycinena y Piñol.
His mother, born in Central America, is the daughter of a Cuban couple who lived almost half a century in the land of the quetzal. His parents have neither lost nor forgotten any of the customs of the land of their birth.
By Eduardo Galeano
In the Victorian age, it was inadmissible to mention men’s pants in the presence of a young lady. Today, it is not well considered to say certain things in the presence of public opinion: Capitalism bears the artistic name of market economy; imperialism is called globalization. Its victims are called developing countries; it’s like calling midgets children. Opportunism is called pragmatism; treason is called realism. The poor are called needy or in need, or underprivileged.
By Jesús Arboleya Cervera
HAVANA –Although John Paul II characterized himself by an itinerant proselytism that took him to many countries in the world, and Cuba was one of the last, in the case of Benedict XVI, Cuba will be the third country he’ll visit in Latin America.
This interest in Cuba might seem excessive if compared with the two Latin American giants he has visited earlier. We should, therefore, figure out the reasons because,regardless of our religious beliefs or political affinities, we have much to learn from the wisdom accumulated by the Catholic Church.
By Elsa Claro
HAVANA – Out of a desire for notoriety, rather than expressing conviction or certainty, some news sources and their broadcast media are virtually accusing Pope Benedict XVI of being “a Eurocentric pope, especially concerned by the alarming de-Christianization of Europe.”
In a contradictory statement they say – in a tone suggesting disrespect, not...
“As he rolled out his 2013 budget … Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, correctly said that he and his fellow Republicans were offering the country a choice of two very clear futures. The one he outlined in his plan could hardly be more bleak. … It is one where the rich pay less in taxes than the unfairly low rates they pay now, while programs for the poor – including Medicaid and food stamps – are slashed and thrown to the whims of individual states. Where older Americans no longer have a guarantee that Medicare will pay for their health needs…”
-- From a New York Times editorial
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By Saul Landau
Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since U.S. troops landed in Korea in 1950.
By Max J. Castro
The drums of war are sounding loudly once again in Washington, despite the fact that the White House today is occupied by a less bellicose chief-executive than the previous one and President Obama is as loathe to engage in a new war during...
By Bill Press
American politicians have the attention span of a gnat. Consider the silence and inaction on global warming.
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By David Brooks
It wasn’t exactly unknown, but apparently what’s unacceptable is that someone “from the inside” revealed it.
This week, judging from the reactions, there was high treason on Wall Street and the consequences are serious enough to create a movement of solidarity in the nation’s highest financial circles and deal with the serious problem provoked when an executive dares to reveal that things are as “toxic” as everyone knows.