Opinion and Interviews

Op-Ed: Republicans have a clear message on immigration. Why don’t the Democrats?

January 31, 2020

This article was published in th Los Angeles Times on January 30, 2020 as an op-ed, available in https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-30/republicans-message-imm...

By: Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

An Imaginary Oasis

October 25, 2019

I will try to explain, going from the simplest to the more complex reasons that have been uttered by different social groups. The former is definitely the government’s and mainstream media vision: those deaths are the result of criminal and vandal groups, who, taking advantage of social chaos, seek to destroy and steal as much as possible. Social “misfits” who need to be repressed without question. Two things need to be said regarding that point.

Spanglish: The Validity of Spanglish as a Language

May 2, 2019

            Spanglish is a phenomenon that is very well recognized among many Americans, though many do not understand what Spanglish necessarily is. Even scholars seem to be unable to come up with a consensus for how to define Spanglish. Before beginning my research, I only knew of Spanglish as a dialect that is a mix of Spanish and English.

Cuba: 60 años de dependencia económica extranjera

April 2, 2019

 

La constante fundamental en los 60 años de la economía socialista de Cuba ha sido su total incapacidad para generar un crecimiento adecuado y sostenible, sin ayuda y subsidios considerables de una nación extranjera, a fin de poder financiar sus importaciones con sus propias exportaciones. La historia de esta dependencia económica comenzó con España en la época de la colonia, continuó con Estados Unidos durante la primera república, se expandió de manera significativa con la Unión Soviética y finalmente con Venezuela desde el inicio de este siglo. 

There’s Only One Way Out for Cuba’s Dismal Economy

April 2, 2019

Article originally published in NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/opinion/cuba-economy.html

For the past 60 years, Cuba has been unable to finance its imports with its own exports and generate appropriate, sustainable growth without substantial aid and subsidies from a foreign nation. This is the longstanding legacy of Cuba’s socialist economy.

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