Cuba, Oceania and a ‘Canberra Spring’ (2018)

Cuban engagement with Timor-Leste and the Pacific islands, particularly through powerful health cooperation programs, has helped reshape regional geopolitics. Most of the key initiatives came from the period when Fidel Castro was head of government, with strong continuity under Raúl Castro. The Caribbean island’s medical cooperation with Timor-Leste, from 2003 onward, was the most powerful and successful move, transforming the health system of that new nation. Continue reading “Cuba, Oceania and a ‘Canberra Spring’ (2018)”

Media democratisation in Ecuador (2018)

A regulatory process of “democratising the media” based on recent constitutional guarantees and a 2013 communications law is under way in Ecuador. The initiative comes from a demand for new forms of social accountability and participation in the mass media after the Latin American experience of media companies’ direct engagement in coups and the destabilisation of progressive governments. Media democratisation is seen as necessary for the construction of democratic societies. Continue reading “Media democratisation in Ecuador (2018)”

Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)

This paper uses the Cuban Timor Leste health partnership to illustrate desirable principles in aid partnerships. For all its problems, Timor Leste has graduated one thousand doctors in the past decade, created clinics in all rural districts and has seen substantial improvements in some critical health indicators. Over this period, Cuba was by far the most important partner in health training and health services. We consider what it was about this partnership that facilitated substantial gains in both human capacity and human development. Continue reading “Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)”

Retos en tiempos de guerra para los educadores populares: Una presentación gráfica (2017)

Esta presentación va a referirse a una serie de desafíos que enfrentan los educadores populares de los países del norte durante las últimas guerras contra Libia y Siria. Estos desafíos comienzan con los obstáculos estructurales instituidos por los poderes hegemónicos para la comprensión adecuada de la guerra y el conflicto internacional, ciertas predisposiciones culturales que crean obstáculos al aprendizaje en las culturas imperiales, y una serie de desafíos tácticos, técnicos y de organización para los educadores. Continue reading “Retos en tiempos de guerra para los educadores populares: Una presentación gráfica (2017)”

From Havana to Quito: Understanding Economic Reform in Cuba and Ecuador (2016)

Cuba and Ecuador are very different countries, but they share a common history and are politically linked by principles of the progressive Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) bloc. They are also engaged in quite distinct processes of political economic reform. In brief, Cuba is cautiously expanding its commercialisation while Ecuador is expanding its public sector. But there is more to it than that. Continue reading “From Havana to Quito: Understanding Economic Reform in Cuba and Ecuador (2016)”

Las Clavellinas (Caracas): Community reconstruction in Venezuela (2015)

Short documentary on the ‘Socialist Victory’ community of Las Clavellinas (Caracas, Venezuela), made up of 18 communal councils. A tribute to the social democratic legacy of the late Hugo Chávez. Continue reading “Las Clavellinas (Caracas): Community reconstruction in Venezuela (2015)”

O “Projeto Integridade Eleitoral”: Como aplicar “mudança de regime” e “democracia” em “países inimigos” (2015)

O Projeto Integridade Eleitoral (Electoral Integrity Project, EIP), estabelecido em 2007, é mais uma iniciativa política pesadamente enviesada a favor dos EUA, que já comprometeu a independência da mais antiga universidade da Austrália (vide Anderson, 2010). Continue reading “O “Projeto Integridade Eleitoral”: Como aplicar “mudança de regime” e “democracia” em “países inimigos” (2015)”

The Chávez legacy – A compilation (2015)

A compilation (from VTV and Greg Wilpert) of the political legacy of the late Hugo Chávez. It addresses his powerful social programs, initiatives in participatory democracy and vision of Latin American integration. Continue reading “The Chávez legacy – A compilation (2015)”

Unlikely partners: Challenges for an Australia-Cuba collaboration in Pacific health (2014)

In June 2010, at a joint press conference in Perth, the foreign ministers of Australia and Cuba expressed their wish to work together in a range of areas, in particular health aid programs in the Pacific and Caribbean regions (AMFAT 2010). Australia-Cuba collaboration has its own logic: both countries have great capacity to assist the Pacific island nations, and there is always value to be found in genuine efforts at cooperation and complementarity. However the move also raises the question: how might these two very different systems work together, when they have such distinct aims and methods? Continue reading “Unlikely partners: Challenges for an Australia-Cuba collaboration in Pacific health (2014)”