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Cuba: The new man or the new economy?

Published on: Tue Jun 3, 2014
Author: Javier Farje
Cuba: The new man or the new economy?

I am having dinner with Fernando Ravsberg, one of the most respected foreign journalists in Cuba. A Uruguayan, his blog, Cartas desde Cuba, is widely read by those Cubans who have access to the internet, and his opinions matter, something rare in a country where you generally have to be part of the system to be heard. He seems to be quite annoyed with people who come from solidarity movements in the West in search of a utopian Socialist paradise. He has lived in Cuba for almost 25 years and meets,…

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The Cuba Five -- when five minus two makes Five

Published on: Mon Jun 2, 2014
Author: Javier Farje
The Cuba Five -- when five minus two makes Five

The old lady came to us and asked, timidly, while she was pointing at the short moustachioed man who was talking to us: “Is that Fernando?”. “Yes, that’s him”, we told her. Her face lit up. She ran towards the group of women pensioners who gather in this central park in Havana every morning to do their daily exercises, and confirmed what we had just told her: “yes, it is Fernando”, she said, her voice trembling with emotion. Immediately, they stopped their morning routine, turned towards us and started…

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Mexico: Is the "new" PRI worse than the "old" one?

Published on: Sun May 25, 2014
Author: Javier Farje
Mexico: Is the

In 2000, as the new millennium created new expectations, the Institutional Revolutionary Party,  the PRI, lost power after running Mexico for 71 years, from the time of the revolution. During its tenure, the PRI created a vast network of corruption and nepotism that came to an end when the party finally decided to democratise Mexico’s political structure and to compete on equal terms with the main opposition party, the Party of National Action, PAN. It lost. Twice. A year and a half ago, after two…

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Nicaragua: the never ending hope

Published on: Tue May 14, 2013
Author: Javier Farje
Nicaragua: the never ending hope

Aleyda has a history. Brought up in the home of Sandinista revolutionaries, she nonchalantly tells me  how, in her childhood, she and brothers played with weapons, real weapons. The ones that her father used to fight the Somoza dictatorship. Her father, a founder member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front in the 1960s, was among thousands who took up arms and defeated the Somoza dictatorship in July 1979. The small Aleyda watched  the celebrations on TV from neighbouring Honduras, where she…

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VENEZUELA 4: CHAVEZ NO MORE

Published on: Wed Mar 6, 2013
Author: Javier Farje
VENEZUELA 4: CHAVEZ NO MORE

Barely two days after he left Caracas for Buenos Aires, Javier interrupted a busy schedule of films and interviews to reflect on the death of the Venezuelan President: "The gigantic posters that hang from tall buildings will fade and his olive-green uniform will not be worn by anybody else. A kind of hush has descended on Venezuela." To read the full article, click here

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