International Perspectives by J.C. Scull




The Castro’s Monster Mash

I was watching the news in ’59
When the TV flashed an eerie sight

That the monster from the jungle had begun to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the Castro mash
The Castro mash
It was a Cuban smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the Castro mash




Cuba's embargo

Now that the U.S. and Cuba have re-started diplomatic relations, one question still remains: Should the U.S. lift its embargo on Cuba? The embargo on Cuba is actually enforced under six congressional statutes making the decision to lift the Cuban embargo beyond the purview and power of President Obama. These statutes are:

· Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917,

· Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

· Cuban Assets Control Regulations of 1963

· Cuban Democracy Act of 1992

· Helms–Burton Act of 1996

· Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000

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Venezuela is at the brink of collapse

The Telegraph — May 14, 2016: Oil-rich Venezuela has been rocked by two months of deadly protests, with at least 41 people killed since a wave of demonstrations against the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro broke out in early February. Hundreds of Venezuelans marched in Caracas for the ‘resurrection of democracy’ in a new day of protests against the government of Nicolas Maduro.

‘We want food!’: Venezuela crisis deepens

Opposition supporters clash with riot policemen during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 18, 2016.

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…Socialism, Nicaragua and Daniel Ortega the Central American Robin Hood…

Latin America’s is an exciting, diverse and interesting piece of geography within the larger American continent. When we talk about Latin America we often mistakenly think in terms of the Spanish speaking countries within the larger piece of land between Canada on the north and the tip of South America in the south.

However Latin America is a little more than that as it should include the Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean, namely Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as Brazil which is Portuguese speaking and is in South America.

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What ever happened to the BRIC economies? An update

If the BRIC countries were a car, you could confidently say that one wheel has fallen totally off, one wheel is wobbly and could eventually fall off, one wheel needs air and the remaining wheel is the only one barely keeping the car from hitting the pavement.

Before moving on with this post I need to make one quick note. In 2010 South Africa was interested in joining the BRIC forum and consequently was invited to join. The reasoning behind this was that South Africa represents the world’s emerging markets and it could play an important role to the other BRIC members as a gateway to the African continent. In spite of the fact that South Africa is now officially and deservedly part of this group, I will not be posting information on South Africa in this particular piece. The reason is that the premise behind this post is that pundits don’t always get it right. Since South Africa was not originally included in Jim O’Neill’s paper entitled “Building Better Economic BRIC” which was meant to envisage those developing economies that would replace the G7 countries in economic power, I will leave any comments on South Africa for a later post, if that opportunity arises.

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