By: Daniel Hellinger, Professor of International Relations, Webster University
Although there is some dispute over just how and why economic and social conditions have deteriorated badly in Venezuela, there is little doubt that most of the country’s people are facing severe hardship. more “CARACAS CONNECT: Venezuela’s Agony”
Authored by friend of CDA, Tom Hayden.
I’ve written articles this year in the LA Times and the Nation, as well as an entire book,Listen Yankee! on the Cuban-US rapprochement, but my favorite reporting is aboutbaseball and coexistence. Not because I’m an old ballplayer who’s visited Cuba several times, but because baseball is the best framework for achieving real results in the immediate future. The sport is a shared passion in both our countries; baseball diplomacy already is bringing real results and solidifying a long-term rapprochement subject to pressure on other fronts. Only a 70-percent increase in authorized American travel to Cuba this year will have equal or greater effect, now that more than one hundred regularly scheduled commercial flights by U.S. carriers are being negotiated.
What has been accomplished so far are not exactly tiny steps, nor is the process being reduced to “fits and starts” as described by the Times’ Julie Hirschfield Davis emphasizing the caustic told-you-so comments of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from her extremist position of attempting to bring down the Cuban state [for which there is no support in opinion polls, even among Cuban Americans, much less Cuban baseball fans].
more “BEISBOL at center of Cuba-US rapprochement”