Cubans Know the Truth

No Rights, No Humanity on Our Prison Island

Cubans who fight for freedom often meet with resistance from their compatriots.

Cubans who fight for freedom often meet with resistance from their compatriots. (Buzos.com.mx)

EspañolIt’s only through the exercise of natural rights that we can work towards the very essence of human existence: the achievement of progress and happiness for all.

Therefore, any law or action that limits those rights is against human nature. By allowing any government or society to limit those rights, we are committing suicide, in a sense.

Humans were gifted with faculties that make us different from other living beings, the most important being reason and free will. These two faculties govern the exercise of all other abilities. But when reason and will are subjected to external pressures, we begin to lose what makes us human. Our society then becomes nothing more than a collection of cold, indifferent automatons.

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Junk-Food Tax Will Feed Puerto Rico’s Black Market

We Need to Slim Down, Not Supersize, Our Bloated Tax System

EspañolDrug dealers and criminal organizations in Puerto Rico will soon have a whole host of new products to sell: junk food. In an ongoing attempt to avoid fiscal reality and skirt spending cuts, the administration of Governor Alejandro García Padilla is quietly trying to pass a new tax on food it deems “bad for you.”

Puerto Rico is set to impose a tax that could double the price of "junk food" items. (Flickr)

Puerto Rico is set to impose a tax that could double the price of “junk food” items. (Flickr)

A new tax reform under consideration in the legislature (which also includes a 16 percent VAT hike) includes a provision to tax junk food.

This sort of sin tax isn’t new: they’ve been added to alcohol in the past, but the best known and biggest sin taxes are those levied on cigarettes.

Nevertheless, the new junk food tax is likely to affect a greater number of people than previous fiscal kickbacks for the state.

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Lorenzo Mendoza Has the Goods to Turn Venezuela Around

Band with Him for Light at the End of the Tunnel

EspañolLorenzo Mendoza is a gentleman. Brought up in a close-knit family and educated in the finest institutions in Venezuela and abroad, he received years of training in publicly held companies in the United States and in Europe — all preparing him to do what he does today: head perhaps the largest and most diverse family business based in Venezuela.

It is not often one comes across an individual with his pedigree whose manner includes humility and sensitivity to the needs of others. He commands respect, not merely because of his position but rather because of the way he treats everyone around him.

Lorenzo Mendoza has the potential to be one of Venezuela's key leaders on the path out of this disaster. (Wikimedia)

Lorenzo Mendoza has the potential to be one of Venezuela’s key leaders on the path out of this disaster. (Wikimedia)

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Queue Up for the Stalin Peace Prize

Latin America's Tyrants Pat Themselves on the Back

Imagen de la momia de Lenin que está en el Kremlin (Mesa Redonda Contracomunista)

Lenin’s embalmed body remains on display in Moscow’s Red Square to this day.  (Mesa Redonda Contracomunista)

EspañolOne of the many prizes and awards doled out by the Soviet Union was the little-known International Stalin Prize for Strengthening Peace Among Peoples, renamed the International Lenin Prize in 1956 after Stalinism fell out of favor once his multiple crimes became better known.

The names of the peace prizes are somewhat contradictory if we observe who Lenin and Stalin really were. Neither of them were in any way promoters of peace.

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Vince Vaughn Crashes Young Americans for Liberty Convention

Federal Reserve Deception Swayed Hollywood Star into Activism

Vince Vaughn brought star appeal to the Young Americans for Liberty California convention. He shared his political formation and who he finds most liberty-minded for 2016. (Alice Salles)

Vince Vaughn brought star appeal to the Young Americans for Liberty California convention. He shared his political formation and who he finds most liberty-minded for 2016. (Alice Salles)

EspañolConservative and libertarian students gathered in Los Angeles this past weekend for the Young Americans for Liberty California state convention — an event replete with activism training, networking, and even star-gazing.

After a morning of political boot camp, attendees gathered into the Fowler Museum’s Lenart Auditorium, and actor, screenwriter, and producer Vince Vaughn stepped onto the stage.

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What If Employees Were Treated Like Business Owners?

No Perks, Long Hours, Demonized: Like a Boss

In Puerto Rico, if a woman gets pregnant she’s not only granted two months of leave, she also receives her full salary while she’s away from the office. Her employer must either hire another person or divide her responsibilities among other employees.

Either way, productivity drops, while costs increase. The loss of productivity is a cost in itself, and the other employees may demand or even legally require overtime pay to fulfill the additional duties.

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Lorenzo Mendoza Wastes Political Clout by Berating Expats

Guilt No Way to Tempt Refugees back to Failing Nation

Lorenzo Mendoza leads Venezuela's largest private employer, with US$7 billion in global sales. (@DolarToday)

Lorenzo Mendoza leads Venezuela’s largest private employer, with US$7 billion in global sales, and has an opportunity take a stand in the political realm. (@DolarToday)

Last week, Lorenzo Mendoza, CEO of Venezuela’s Empresas Polar, gave a speech to his factory workers and employees that was released on the internet, regarding the emigration of Venezuelan talent to other countries.

Mendoza began his speech by saying that he would not talk about politics, because he did not like to do so:

“I will not let anyone here do it; I ask those who would like to do it in these facilities not to. We all came here to work. And I do practice what I say. We came here to work and not to talk about those topics.”

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Europe’s Migration Tragedy in the Mediterranean

Over 1,500 Have Drowned Trying to Reach Safety So Far in 2015

Thousands arrive every year on the Italian island of Lampedusa in search of a better future.

Thousands arrive every year on the Italian island of Lampedusa in search of a better future. (No Border Network)

EspañolAt least 700 immigrants perished early on Sunday morning when the boat they were in overturned 130 kilometers off the coast of Libya. The following day, another craft with 200 people on board sank in the Aegean sea: three people died, one of them a child. On Tuesday, the Italian coast guard rescued another fishing craft that was on the point of sinking, taking 446 migrants with it.

In total, Italy has rescued 10,000 men, women, and children in the last week alone. During 2014, 2,400 people perished trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a brighter future in Europe. In the first three months of this year, 10,200 immigrants were successful. Over 1,500 have died since the start of 2015.

Why are so many making such a desperate journey?

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Puerto Rico’s Government Finally Learns Math

Either Comply with It or Watch the Ship Go Down

EspañolIt has been some time now that I have been laying out on this blog what the government of Puerto Rico needs to do to fix its fiscal problems. One of my first and foremost recommendations has been to use math: match revenues with spending.

More specifically, one of the recommendations included in my proposed constitution for a free and independent Puerto Rico is a provision to deny all compensation for legislators if they fail to pass a balanced budget in a given year. Nothing would ensure a balanced budge faster.

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Professeur chaviste vit loin de l’enfer qu’il a contribué à créer

C’est facile de promouvoir les soi-disant bienfaits de la révolution bolivarienne dans une ville aussi agréable que Paris

Temir Porras, former Venezuelan vice-minister of popular power for foreign affairs released this image to celebrate Cuba's former totalitarian ruler Fidel Castro's 88th birthday. (@temirporras)

Temir Porras, ex-consultant en relations internationales pour Hugo Chávez, a publié cette photo pour les 88 ans du leader totalitaire cubain Fidel Castro. (@temirporras)

EspañolEnglishMonsieur Temir Porras :

Votre nomination comme professeur dans une des plus prestigieuses et plus chères universités de Paris, Sciences Po, nous a beaucoup étonnés. Entendons-nous bien : il est admirable de vouloir acquérir des connaissances dans le monde de la diplomatie et de les partager auprès des jeunes. Mais c’est tout de même étrange que quelqu’un s’auto-proclamant “véritable patriote vénézuélien”, préfère enseigner dans le confort bourgeois de la vie parisienne au lieu de le faire au sein-même de la “révolution bolivarienne” de Hugo Chávez.

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