Did Castro hold back Cuba?

Cuban sign reading: 'To fight against the impossible and win.'

Alongside his depiction as a “brutal dictator”, negative reflections on Fidel Castro since his death on November 25 have focused on his “mismanagement” of the Cuban economy and the consequent “extremes of poverty” suffered by ordinary Cubans. This caricature is problematic – not only because it ignores the devastating economic impact of the United States embargo over 55 years, but also because it is premised on neoclassical economic assumptions. This means that by stressing economic policy over economic restraints, critics can shift responsibility for Cuba’s alleged poverty on to Castro without implicating successive US administrations that have imposed the suffocating … Continue reading

EU: the neoliberal union

David Cameron has signalled that the long-awaited referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union could be held early as the summer of 2016. This is big news for Britain, its Europhiles and its Eurosceptics. Not only does it demonstrate that the Conservative Party is still looking to settle old scores. The Tory government is looking to play both cards at once. Cameron does not really want a ‘Brexit’ – the portmanteau for a British exit from the EU. But he does want to increase the distance between Westminster and Brussels. Once again, the government is looking abroad to … Continue reading

Africa and India “speak in one voice”.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the India-Africa Forum Summit on Thursday: “Today, it is not just a meeting of India and Africa… Today, the dreams of one-third of humanity have come together under one roof. Today, the heartbeats of 1.25 billion Indians and 1.25 billion Africans are in rhythm.” Meeting with 41 African heads of state in New Delhi on the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Modi went on to announce plans to invest $600 million in African development projects. A portion of this money will be allocated to the India-Africa Development Fund and the … Continue reading