As president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the Cuban dictatorship so much that Cuban author Wendy Guerra posted a challenge on his Facebook page: “15 days in Cuba living like an ordinary Cuban.”
Independent journalist Abraham Jiménez was on the roof of his Havana home, trying to connect for a video interview on his cell phone. The signal is better up there than in his room.
For me, Colombians have the best parties. More than the laughing and the dancing, there’s that sense of enjoying the moment, like there’s nothing else.
Motherland and Life. That’s the name of the song that has put Cuba’s dictatorship on the defensive and forced it to react publicly. That’s new.
Cuba is ruled by a brutal dictatorship, and one of the most dangerous things to do on the island is to protest against it.
Leopoldo López had escaped. That was the rumor. What started out as a wish re tweeted on social networks had suddenly materialized.
It’s a fascinating question. How many people are needed for a protest that topples a dictator? Harvard political scientist Erica Chenoweth calculates that about 3.5 percent of a country’s population must join street protests to successfully bring down a dictatorship, according to a BBC interview.
It’s been a little over a year since I interviewed Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan dictator, in Caracas — an interview that ended, after some tough questioning, with the confiscation of the video footage and my team’s film equipment.
There is a rage brewing in Latin America.
Aware that they don’t live in real democracies, the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are taking to the streets. In Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, citizens are angry about social inequality and the lack of economic opportunity.
Why does the Mexican government support the Cuban regime? When Cuban officials arrived in Mexico earlier this month, the minister of foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, greeted them with an enthusiastic tweet: “A very warm welcome to President Miguel Díaz-Canel [and his team]. … Welcome to Mexico!!!”