Author: Michael Bustamante

Bolivia: The Santa Cruz Autonomy Referendum

Yesterday, thousands of citizens in the eastern Bolivian departamento of Santa Cruz went to the polls, not to elect new leaders but to vote on a referendum demanding…

Developments in Cuba

This sure has been one hell of a week for Cuba news. A good friend of mine, Jamie Weinstein, interviewed me about the latest developments for his blog….

Cuban Students Speak Out?

by Michael Bustamante and Elizabeth Jordan     Since assuming the interim presidency of Cuba in July 2006, Raul Castro has drawn much attention for encouraging Cuban citizens…

Forgotten Continent?

I agree with Current History magazine’s assessment of Michael Reid’s new book, Forgotten Continent: The Battle of Latin America’s Soul (see William Finan’s review). The sensationalist title borders…

Barack, Hillary, and the Latino Vote

A bit of a depature from the obstensible subject matter of this blog, but of interest I imagine to potential readers as well. I’ve just turned off tonight’s…

Reclaiming Cambio for Cuba

Lance Armstrong probably never anticipated that his Livestrong campaign would inspire so many imitators, let alone in Cuba. But on October 29th, 70 young Cuban citizens wearing rubber…