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Update on Cuba-US Rapprochement


It’s clear as noon in Havana (and not at all a sur­prise) that the Com­mu­nist party is doing all it can to ruin Obama’s ini­tia­tive by list­ing demands that they per­fectly well know are impos­si­ble for the Obama admin­is­tra­tion to accept.

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About Multiculturalism


Dur­ing the first four­teen years of this cen­tury immi­grants or their descen­dants com­mit­ted crimes in many coun­tries. The worse, moti­vated by polit­i­cal or reli­gious rea­sons, were reported by the inter­na­tional media. Acts of vio­lence com­mit­ted against a fam­ily mem­ber received local cov­er­age but not much abroad. Few dis­pute that the vast major­ity of immi­grants are […]

The 24-Hour News Cycle in 2013


The cycle prob­a­bly started when Ted Turner pieced together CNN, but with­out the sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal advances in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­put­ers that ener­gize You Tube, Google, Twit­ter, et al, plus the bat­tle for audi­ences and read­ers in the media, it wouldn’t have turned into a mon­ster. Prac­ti­cally there is no limit to what will get […]

Role models and the choice of professions


A debate on the qual­ity and future of edu­ca­tion has been going on for some years now. Many top­ics are dis­cussed, from tiger moms in Asia to the fac­tors that make teach­ing an uninvit­ing pro­fes­sion. At present some geneti­cists argue that genes affect how peo­ple learn to read and write and how they learn mathematics […]

Breaking Bad


Real­ism in fic­tion is a con­tro­ver­sial issue. For read­ers of lit­er­a­ture and/or view­ers of films and tele­vi­sion series seek­ing enter­tain­ment to escape daily grind, real­ism may be both­er­some. But oth­ers pre­fer fic­tion that cuts it as close to real­ity as pos­si­ble. Nei­ther group should be crit­i­cized. Cul­tural tastes result from per­sonal expe­ri­ences, age, edu­ca­tion, profession, […]

The Situation in Syria


In what con­cerns Syria’s civil war and the recent use of chem­i­cal weapons against civil­ians, it seems as if hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple share the opin­ion that the best course West­ern democ­ra­cies could fol­low is to help the refugees, demand that the crim­i­nals are brought to jus­tice, wait for irrefutable evi­dence about who gassed […]

Event at the Toronto Public Library


I’ll dis­cuss my writ­ing and how I left Cuba to seek cre­ative free­dom and to flee repres­sion on Wednes­day, April 3, from 7 pm to 8 pm. Learn more on the Library’s web­site. I look for­ward to see­ing you there.