Trump’s Cold War Politics are Hurting Ordinary Cubans

Trump’s Cold War Politics are Hurting Ordinary Cubans

Nov 15, 2017

Originally published in The Nation It has been almost three years since Barack Obama declared détente with Cuba, initiating, with Cuban President Raúl Castro, a normalization of relations between the two countries. But since his election last fall, Donald Trump has attempted to revert to an obsolete and aggressive Cold War policy by strengthening the […]

We Need to Fight for All Undocumented Migrants, not Just Dreamers

We Need to Fight for All Undocumented Migrants, not Just Dreamers

Sep 8, 2017

Originally published in The Nation The announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is a devastating blow to those who are currently protected by it. (For more on how the rollback and six-month deadline works, see this piece by Julianne Hing.) We […]

What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution?

What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution?

Jul 26, 2017

Originally published by NACLA There have recently been a number of pieces featured in NACLA and the progressive media outlet Jacobin evaluating the Nicolás Maduro government in Venezuela and questioning the ongoing viability of Chavismo. Leftist commentators have proclaimed the end of the Bolivarian Revolution and the failure of twenty-first century socialism, and have offered […]

The Many Shades of Fidel Castro

The Many Shades of Fidel Castro

Nov 27, 2016

Originally published by NACLA Yesterday morning, Cubans woke up to the news that the 90-year old leader Fidel Castro had died. It was an event much expected and anticipated, given Fidel’s ailing health and advanced years, but it still took Cubans and the world by surprise. It was a particularly hard blow coming so soon […]

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

May 28, 2016

Originally published by The Nation On May 4, the Network of Afro-descendant Women convened an urgent meeting of activists, academics, and members of organizations fighting against racial discrimination in Cuba. At the meeting, held at the Jurists’ Union Center in Havana, the longtime anti-racism activist Gisela Arandia presented a document calling for government action in […]

Building Child-Centered Social Movements

Building Child-Centered Social Movements

Mar 23, 2016

Originally published in Contexts Eridiana Diaz was a 19-year-old sophomore at the City College of New York when she became pregnant. After her daughter Hailey was born, friends and family helped with childcare for a short time, but she soon found herself without support and unable to complete her studies. She earned only $50 a […]

What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States

What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States

Feb 9, 2016

Originally published by The Nation In late January, the Obama administration announced that it would remove a number of impediments to trade with Cuba by lifting restrictions on the American financing of exports, relaxing limits on shipping goods, and further loosening the constraints on travel. These and other measures have come in the wake of […]

The Repeating Barrio

The Repeating Barrio

Feb 1, 2016

Originally published by The Nation The urban slums have always been a source of vexation for the Cuban revolution. During the seventies, the revolution attempted to do away with the slum areas of the cities by providing housing, employment, and education to the poorest residents. The 1974 film De Cierta Manera (One Way or Another) […]

Domestic Workers at a Crossroads

Domestic Workers at a Crossroads

Aug 19, 2015

Originally published by Dissent magazine   By Sujatha Fernandes This August domestic workers and organizers are marking the fifth anniversary of the passage of the New York Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. The bill, which was won by a coalition of groups in the city after a six-year campaign, was the first large victory for […]

Do Cubans Really Want US Style Internet Freedom?

Do Cubans Really Want US Style Internet Freedom?

Dec 21, 2014

      Originally published by NACLA.   By Sujatha Fernandes and Alexandra Halkin This past Wednesday, President Barack Obama made a historic announcement about the normalization of relations with Cuba. Although there had been rumors floating around the streets of Havana, most people on both sides of the Florida Straits were taken by surprise […]

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