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Friday, May 26, 2006

ASK ANDRES OPPENHEIMER ABOUT HIS COLUMNS AND THE LATEST EVENTS

Click on "COMMENTS" and write your question. Oppenheimer will answer selected questions at the beginning of every week.

162 Comments:

Anonymous mini-me said...

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8:52 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

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11:53 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

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2:39 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Here's a buried piece of news that's way cool, Andres!

Vicente Fox and his pro-free market PAN party are politically reaping big over those ramshackle bills passed in the House and Senate. And far-left isolationist AMLO is losing.

No matter how those stupid bills turn out, we aren't going to have a political problem on our border, no cactus Chavez to create more problems for us. Mexico's progress and reforms will continue, albeit slowly, but at least the right direction. We might see an energy opening in Mexico, something that will put Hugo Chavez out of business.

It's great, clever, unexpected news.

(reposted with links)

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Harout said...

Mr. Oppenheimer - First, let me say that you are among the most thoughtful Latin America commentators in the media. I enjoy all of your columns and have recently begun reading your blog. Thanks!

My question: I recently suggested on a blog that I maintain that Chavez's popularity in parts of Latin America has plummeted. I used the recent drops in the polls by Lopez-Obrador and Humala as evidence. It seems that once they were credibly associated with Chavez their numbers sank. To what extent do you agree with my conclusion that Chavez is not nearly as popular throughout Latin America as some who have us think? And how do you view his standing in some of the larger Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, etc...?

It's a shame that we don't get polls on this like we do about people's opinions of President Bush around the world.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:28 AM  
Anonymous John Adams said...

Mini-you will not be able to join the KKK according to the last medical report. He/she does not have enough brain to meet the minimum requirements.

4:24 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

A.M. Mora y Leon said... Here's a buried piece of news that's way cool, Andres!

A.M. Mora y Leon ignorantly wrote: Vicente Fox and his pro-free market PAN party are politically reaping big over those ramshackle bills passed in the House and Senate. And far-left isolationist AMLO is losing.


First, why do you let this far right wing come in here and misstate the immigration debate in Washington, DC? The Senate has passed an immigration bill, the more strict house version has yet to be brought to the floor for a vote.


A.M. Mora y Leon (trying to act) like she isnt an immigrant wrote: No matter how those stupid bills turn out, we aren't going to have a political problem on our border, no cactus Chavez to create more problems for us.


Again why are you letting this well known right wing immigrant blogger state "our border" like she has a dog in this fight?


John Adams a well known right wing blogging "immigrant" bigot wrote: Mini-you will not be able to join the KKK according to the last medical report.


I find it interesting and rather disturbing that said right wing "immigrant" columnist stands idly by while right wing immigrant bloggers imply racial beliefs behind my opinions, when I have never publicly stated my true beliefs in regard to illegal immigrants. Point in fact is all I have ever said is that I pray that said right wing "immigrants" will be able to "quickly" return back to "their" right wing immigrant nations. Note: the Miami Cuban also desires to quickly return back to Cuba.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Abdres;
I first read one of your articles in a Peruvian magazine called Caretas. Maybe I am wrong or just getting old but I miss the excitement behind the words and that edgyness, in a liberal kind of way, of that old or rather young Oppenheimer.
Best regards;

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Mini-me rules!!!

Mini-me is all that we Americans stand for. I have to say that I still have to find something to agree with him on but the fact that he is able and willing to express his ideas is exactly what we stand for. If you love freedom, you better learn to endure dissent because that is the only guarantee that you will have the same right.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Andres: You might want to include a chat box in your blog. That way, said right wing writer could turn it on at specific hours and dates to chat with your growing number of followers and critics.
Check the following link for one: http://tag-world.com/

3:53 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Here's a question, Andres:

Now that President Uribe of Colombia has won a convincing landslide reelection victory, do you think he will succeed at rubbing out the odious Colombian narcoterrorists? Do you think he will manage to transform Colombia into a modern success story through free markets? He's such an interesting guy, I hope he's figured out something no one else has figured out. Can he beat the region's trends toward populism, and can he buck the long records of economic failure throughout Latin America? What do you think?

8:05 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

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10:17 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

mousqueton,


Thank you for your support earlier. Said right wing immigrant columnist seems to think that the right wing Cubans Chicanos can run the blogisphere, like they corruptly run right wing Hialeah, and Little Havana. Seems like right wingers always forget that the blogisphere is "neo-liberal" owned and operated. I have received thousands of supportive emails worldwide, ranging from Thailand, Botswana, Bulgaria, Japan, Ukraine, Israel, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, and even Mongolia. All have told me to keep asking said right wing columnist hard-hitting "neo-liberal" questions. To specifically ask him about the negative influence that Miami Cubans have had via their right wing exile politics, and how this influence has been negative not only for Latin America, but also for the world. Again I want to thank everyone for their support of mini-me! As there will be continued attempts to illicit honest and well-thought out opinions from said right wing "immigrant." Rather than right wing talking points faxed in from Karl Rove.


P.S.
Mousqueton, I will be starting my own "neo-liberal" blog soon, all things Miami. You will be welcomed to come, but please dont bring any right wing trolls though.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Jose said...

Oppenheimer, mamerto, mamalon, mamahuevo. Y socialista arriba de todo eso.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Michael Withmore (bilingual) said...

Mi muy estimado Andrés:
En consideración a la falta de educación que muestran algunos comentaristas del blog sin aportar ideas constructivas le pido tome lo siguiente solo como una sugerencia. Ud. haga lo que crea conveniente.
Utilice la herramienta Haloscan para el comments management. De este modo Ud. podrá bloquear IPs de la gente mal educada, no permitir que comenten determinados nombres, etc. para que sigamos disfrutando de su Opinion.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

I look around and see a lot of illegal immigrants this morning who are refusing to speak English.

11:36 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Estimado Andres (va sin acentos):

Los sugerencias de el senor Miguel Con-mas son muy inteligente, facil y estoy de acuerdo.

Por alternativa, lo posibilidad a pider los preguntas en espanol solamente.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Oh my gaawd!! Seriously, Oppenheimer tell your illegal immigrant bloggers to speak English only. Its disturbing.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous ProudCubanAmerican said...

I hate to share an opinion with mini-mind because he embodies all that is sad about American prejudice.

Having said that, I think the people posting on here should do so in English.

It's the right thing to do because it shows courtesy to those who are not bilingual; it's the right thing to do because the common unifying language in the USA is English; and its the right thing to do, if for no other reason, than gives folks who struggle with English the opportunity to practice a skill they need to prosper in this country.

Muchas gracias.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Dear Michael:
Silencing the voice of dissent doesn't make us better it makes us worst. I agree that both Mr. Oppenheimer and the Herald have the right to censure those comments that are insulting and use profane language out of respect to the general public and to those who write comments. I would be surprised though if they would censure any comment because of content. Having said this, I do believe that the Herald and Mr. Oppenheimer do try to stay away from certain topics that could jeopardize their standing in the Miami community. As I said before; "Money talks .... you know the rest.

P.D. I can't believe I just agreed with Mini-me on something.

3:11 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Minime: I got news for you: I am a yellow-haired, porcelain-skinned, non-Hispanic-heritage California-surfer-chick who happens to speak Spanish. I sail through customs at the Tijuana border in either direction. Nobody ever thinks I am an illegal alien.

But unlike you, I opened a book and learned the language. Believe it or not, Spanish is not off limits to U.S.-Americans. Crack open a book, go to community college and you, too, can learn the secret code: Spanish! It's not inborn. It actually can be learned.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mousqueton,

Hey can you do me a favor? What were them immigrants saying in Spanish?

4:06 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

That was me asking.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

Well here is my opinion:

the board and topics are about LATIN AMERICA, therefore, I believe topics should be able to be posted in English, Spanish, even Portuguese. I don't see it as disrespectful- some people can express themselves in certain languages better than others.

If mini-me/others can't understand, he can use a online translator or simply ignore the comments. For those of us who have taken the time to learn other languages, well, that's why its called having an advantage, and that goes for anything- science, business, etc... You build onto your skills for a reason.

If you are going to argue for "liberty of speech," using the "This is the USA, speak English" argument, well, that is quite ridiculous.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

A.M. arrogantly wrote: I got news for you: I am a yellow-haired, porcelain-skinned, non-Hispanic-heritage California-surfer-chick who happens to speak Spanish.

Sweet Jesus. Why are you trying to trick me? I quoted you in another right wing blog from a USA TODAY article in which you appeared. You said and I quote, "I have to go by this A. M nickname, because my Cuban immigrant right wing views are just too extreme to safely reveal my true identity." You must think IM a rookie blogger or something. You are a Cuban exile from La. Dont deny it, im too mentally agile and well-read.

A.M. ignorantly wrote: Nobody ever thinks I am an illegal alien.

Oh honey I know you are!


A.M. foolishly wrote: But unlike you, I opened a book and learned the language. Believe it or not, Spanish is not off limits to U.S.-Americans. Crack open a book, go to community college and you, too, can learn the secret code: Spanish! It's not inborn. It actually can be learned.

I have you know that I once put my application into the NASA astronaut space program to become a shuttle commander. I hold my credentials out for any illegal immigrant to inspect and admire. Second, I have a problem with you immigrants always showing off that you are bilingual. Master English first, then you can brag about knowing two languages. I counted over eight distinct grammar mistakes in your lonely immigrant posts. Finally, but most importantly why do I have to learn "your" language? Your in my house now. You learn my culture, my music, my food. Learn to drive the American way on 1-95, and learn the entire words to our national anthem.

4:43 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Minime: LOL!!!!

Lili: Me parece que las idiotas no conocer nada. Estoy de acuerdo de usted.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

lili,


Why should I have to ignore or be excluded from the conversation because I dont have the Spanish tongue. As you so correctly pointed out this board says Latin America. But this blog is in "America" paid in part in parcel by my year long subscription to the Herald. Which for all intensive purposes makes me a shareholder in the Herald. As such the conversation, and posts should be in "English," where "real" Americans can give their analysis about you Latin American illegal immigrants. Lili, yours is the classic immigrant strategy. If mini-me cant follow along in Spanish then "SCREW EM." Well, quite frankly "real" Americans are getting tired of being tossed to the side in this country. And now you say if I cant understand you, then TOO BAD. No. Nope.Neit.Nada. Lilli if it weren't for my taxdollar you wouldn't have free health care, free education, and free insurance that you currently enjoy on my dime. Honey you walk on the path that I paved!!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous ProudCubanAmerican said...

Dear Lili, ponder this for a moment: The people of the United States use tax dollars to fund schools -- many of them here in Miami-Dade -- where non-English speaking children are taught in Spanish so that they don't lag behind in other subjects while they learn and perfect their English.

If all Americans thought like you, they would say, "too bad those immigrant kids are at a disadvantage but screw them. English is the language. If they like it fine, if not, too bad."

I'm sure you would be screaming that it is unfair.

Well, it is equally unfair for you to say the people who don't speak Spanish should, "ignore the comments," or have to be in the dark.

Remember the Bible's Golden Rule: Love thy neighbor as thyself.

So don't condone something against English speakers you wouldn't like done to Spanish speakers.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Clark Kent said...

Hey, I speak Spanish and English and this blog is in "America" in "El Nuevo Herald" paid in part in parcel by my year long subscription to the Herald.
Andrés speak both languages. El Nuevo Herald 's readers speak Spanish and that's the reason they buy the spanish version. But do not worry if you can not follow along in spanish, you can say "could you please say it in English"? Or Close those offices and burn El Nuevo Herald out.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Lili is an immigrant bigot against Americans. She doesnt care about my taxdollars. She only cares about the free American comforts which she enjoys from my taxdollar.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Manuel Sanchez said...

First of all, I think there is a mistake. Andres O. has both columns in Spanish included in El Nuevo H. and in English posted in The Miami H.
I have always linked to this URL from El Nuevo H.
To avoid this language debate, Andres may publish the same post in their respective language in the corresponding newspaper.
If you, The Paper, are doing this to teach us English; ok it is welcome. I have been watching football games to know how you play it with your hands, drinking a lot of Coke, having some beer or Vodka in the afternoon like you do, eating my double cheeseburger as frequently as my stomach can, having a daily anti-acid pill and also another unknown pills to stay calm while driving the I-95, keeping my apartment free of high music level because I do not want to be killed by my American citizen neighbor, and so on, all because I love this country.
I am surfing the net in English to keep my mind out of that complicated Spanish terms. I also read the Constitution that seems to be a copy of that where I born or vice versa.
Trying to understand why you have all colors of people and why you do not believe Hispanics also come in all colors.
Asking me why you are watching a mirror while your are drinking a beer alone.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

MINI-ME SAID:
Why should I have to ignore or be excluded from the conversation because I dont have the Spanish tongue. As you so correctly pointed out this board says Latin America. But this blog is in "America" paid in part in parcel by my year long subscription to the Herald.

As such the conversation, and posts should be in "English," where "real" Americans can give their analysis about you Latin American illegal immigrants. Lili, yours is the classic immigrant strategy. If mini-me cant follow along in Spanish then "SCREW EM."
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Do you not understand the point? I don't care if this blog is in the U.S., in case you didn't know, regardless of the fact that English is the national language, Spanish has existed in this area for centuries, so stop acting as though it was brought recently to this area.

Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Speech- your "immigrant" diatribe doesn't work here. I was born in the U.S., as was my father and my grandparents. My great-grandfather was a immigrant to the U.S.

Actually, my "white" friends have Hungarian, Swiss, and Polish GRANDPARENTS who were immigrants- so, techincally, my family has been here even longer than MANY "white" people who ALSO have immigrant families.

The U.S. isn't Miami honey. I think you need to leave that city, it is screwing with your ability to reason.
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MINI-ME SAID:
Well, quite frankly "real" Americans are getting tired of being tossed to the side in this country. And now you say if I cant understand you, then TOO BAD. No. Nope.Neit.Nada. Lilli if it weren't for my taxdollar you wouldn't have free health care, free education, and free insurance that you currently enjoy on my dime. Honey you walk on the path that I paved!
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Do not make me laugh you silly little delirious man! Stop watching so much tv, it is killing your brain cells.

My great-grandparents worked on bulding the railroads out here...my grandparents and parents worked the fields out here...My family paved the way for themselves due to their HARD WORK, therefore, I don't owe you anything. We have worked and contributed to the building of this nation, so I don't know what you are talking about.

Also, I AM A "REAL" AMERICAN (whatever the hell that means)... If anything, my father has dedicated 40 years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service...

my mother owns a Business and pays her taxes...

I PAY FOR MY COLLEGE EDUCATION OUT OF MY POCKET (No financial aid here)...

I do NOT have free health insurance (WHAT COUNTRY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? It sure as hell ain't the U.S.- Free health insurance? Please tell me about this so I can apply!) Actually, I go down to Mexico to take care of my health needs BECAUSE AS A STUDENT, I CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.

your comments are ludicrous, and I stick to my comments. I learned Portuguese and French to open up my business opportunities.

This page is about LATIN AMERICA, therefore, people should be free to speak whatever language they want. I also pay taxes, so you aren't anymore special than I am.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

PROUD CUBAN-AMERICAN SAID:

Dear Lili, ponder this for a moment: The people of the United States use tax dollars to fund schools -- many of them here in Miami-Dade -- where non-English speaking children are taught in Spanish so that they don't lag behind in other subjects while they learn and perfect their English.
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Cuban-American: What do you know about my views/experiences?

This may surprise you, but I am AGAINST U.S. style bilingual education, so your argument doesn't do anything for me.

my father is a bilingual Mexican-American(fully bilingual), and my mother is from Mexico- they were AGAINST bilingual education, because they saw it as counter-productive and believed that I should learn English WELL because I am American.

I was taught Spanish through private lessons and living periods in Mexico and Spain.

Actually, I experienced the immigrant experience IN MEXICO where I had to learn more Spanish/the culture and there was no language immersion program.

I voted to do away with bilingual education here in California-I think it was a mess, and putting kids MORE behind instead of making things better for them, because it isn't intended to make multilingual children.

Therefore, I don't relate to your point.
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CUBAN-AMERICAN SAID:

If all Americans thought like you, they would say, "too bad those immigrant kids are at a disadvantage but screw them. English is the language. If they like it fine, if not, too bad."
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That is not my mentality at all- My main point was, that this is a blog ABOUT LATIN AMERICA, so why shouldn't people be able to post in the MAIN languages spoken there? if this was a blog about FRANCE, and there were French people participating they should be able to write in French, regardless of the fact that some wouldn't be able to understand.

If the blog is about Kansas, well then, the posts should be in English only then.
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CUBAN-AMERICAN SAID:
So don't condone something against English speakers you wouldn't like done to Spanish speakers.
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There is no condoning anything "against" English speakers- I have already given you my opinion, and therefore, you cannot pigeonhole me into a category.

I stand by what I said...I have worked in Education, and I believe bilingual education should be done away with.

Children fall behind- I have also worked teaching English to refugees from Africa and Vietnam who have to learn English from scratch. If they can (many people from Africa can barely even spell), people in Miami can too without bilingual education.

I stand by my comments on both subjects.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous ProudCubanAmerican said...

Dear Lili,

I read your response and tried to find some reasoning in your convoluted logic. I'm still looking 15 minutes later but have lost interest and will stop now. My only hope for you is that you are hot and can get by with that, because as a deep thinker, you are a failure. But at least you wrote your response in English ... as it should be.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Bruce Wayne said...

Mini-me Don't you know were is your money and why you are not having a low cost medical attention ?
Try to get your money back from Vietnam, Korea, Afganistan, Iran, The Moon, Airplanes, AK-47, Kittie Hawk.
And why you? Meanwhile Latin Americans have free high level Education.
So, think there are Latin Americans illegal aliens lawyers, architects, engineers, dentists working as a waiter, janitor, gardener, dishwasher, etc.
And they are whites, blacks, mestizos or mulatos.
When the Kittie Hawk visited Argentina in early 90's we did not asked ourself what color are North Americans. They seems to be all blacks, but they were not.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

proud cuban-american:

that's too bad- as for your cheap shots, I won't stoop to your level. ;)

we are online- things can be interpreted and responded to in diverse ways.

you seem a bit immature.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

a.m. mora de leon:

que bueno! ;) yo tambien soy una chica californiana que practica el surf!

saludos desde San Diego...

1:39 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

ProudCuban wrote: My only hope for you is that you are hot and can get by with that, because as a deep thinker, you are a failure.


That is not the question whether she is hot. The question is why she is not devoting more time to her womanly duties. Also i agree with you rambling thinkings. I attempted to follow along, but quickly fell asleep after the 1st paragraph. And yet she proudly calls herself a teacher. Amazing what my nation is coming to.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Bruce Wayne said...

Mini-me Don't you know were is your money and why you are not having a low cost medical attention ?Try to get your money back from Vietnam, Korea, Afganistan, Iran, The Moon, Airplanes, AK-47, Kittie Hawk.
And why you? Meanwhile Latin Americans have free high level Education. So, think there are Latin Americans illegal aliens lawyers, architects, engineers, dentists working as a waiter, janitor, gardener, dishwasher, etc.
And they are whites, blacks, mestizos or mulatos. When the Kittie Hawk visited Argentina in early 90's we did not asked ourself what color are North Americans. They seems to be all blacks, but they were not.



I agree with you on a couple of points. First, it does appear that by comparing my American writings to Latin American writings there may be a "slight" Latin American advantage. I have thought about the reason behind this, and yet to concluded what to make of this preception on my part. Second, I do agree that we spend too much money on the military complex. Under Clinton, the peace dividend was realized, and his "neo-liberal" policies created an atmosphere which did not call for an expensive military. Now unfortunately because of "neo-conservative" politics endorsed by said right wing immigrant columnist. This expensive American military machine will be with us for generations. Mostly for self-defensive against all the millions of enemies which we have created, many of which have yet to be born. This great military expense along with illegal immigrants such as said right wing "immigrant" Herald columnist will eventually bankrupt America. Finally, the American military is made up of 1/3 poor white, 1/3 poor black, and 1/3 poor Chicano. We give our blacks and Chicanos an opportunity in this nation without being racial against them. Unlike Latin America who has extreme bigotry against their coloreds. This is one of the reason why the rich elite hate Chavez. For all intensive purposes, they consider him black, so the elite corrupt Venezulan thought it was time to flee. But said right wing immigrant Herald columnist wont write about that!!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Lili said (at 1:39 in the morning) a.m. mora de leon: que bueno! ;) yo tambien soy una chica californiana que practica el surf!
saludos desde San Diego...



Lili,

I congratulate you on your nifty and nimble fence climbing agility, as well as escaping both the border patrol, and the viliant minuteman. Im sure your footwork would make any NFL running back proud. But Lili, you are in America now, as such you need to begin to speak English, pay taxes, and assimilate within American culture. Thank you for your cooperation!!

10:29 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

iQue lindo, Lili! Le gusta San Onofre o Punto Loma o La Jolla o Santa Cruz? A veces, vengo a Puerto Escondido en Oaxaca tambien. Oigo que El Salvador y Brasil son bien. Que lastima las idiotas no no se nada o las tresoras ricas de las olas en todos la hemisfero a disfrutar.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Oppenheimer,


Come on dude do something about this Spanish gibberish. Seriously!!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

I hope you illegal immigrants realize that speaking Spanish, in order to "exclude" Americans is a form of subtle bigotry. Think about it.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lili, I was also kinda wondering if you're hot. How about posting a picture?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

a.m mora y leon:

You sure are a feisty California girl. Congratulations!

If you all do not mind I would like to say that there seems to be a small confusion on the language issue. It just happens that this is Mr. Oppenheimer’s blog and he has been very kind to allow us to place comments about his writings. Therefore, everybody is free to send him comments in any language they choose because, after all, they are addressed to him. I would suggest though sending them either in English or Spanish because, as far as I know, those are the only languages he speaks.
We, the people, in turn have turned Mr. Oppenheimer’s blog into sort of a public forum were we write not only about his articles but also about our own ideas on a number of topics. I believe therefore that if you want to participate in this lively and enjoyable forum, as opposed to sending Mr. Oppenheimer a comment, you should do it in English so everyone has the chance to participate in the discussion.

As for:

….”Now that President Uribe of Colombia has won a convincing landslide reelection victory, do you think he will succeed at rubbing out the odious Colombian narcoterrorists?”….

Though, from an ideological stand point, Mr. Uribe is no piece of cake,he certainly was a major and very important piece in the Latin American geopolitical chess game. There are still two pieces missing; Peru and Mexico. Both countries have the energy resources to lure Chile, Argentina and Brazil into an alliance that would certainly take over the spotlight from Chavez and render his feverish and unbrotherly Bolivarian revolution mute. We have to wait and see.

By the way, if I may say so, I have a soft spot for “yellow-haired, porcelain-skinned, non-Hispanic-heritage California-surfer-chicks” especially when they are bright.
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Lili:

You are pretty feisty yourself. Is that a surfer thing?

I am also against the way the dual language education is set up. I believe everyone should learn at least a second language but in the case of immigrant children it should be set up in a way that encourages the learning of English and only as a transition step. Children, Latinos or Vietnamese, have prodigious minds and it is amazing how fast they learn with the right incentives and professors.

I also speak French and Portuguese and while I am fluent in both I can only write proficiently in English and Spanish. I am a work in progress though and hopefully some day I will master all four languages and write a comment in French for no other reason than to piss off Mini-me.
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Mini-me:

You are absolutely right. The US foreign policy in Latin America has been and continues to be Cuban centric and this has been both bad for Latin America and for our interests in the region. Cuba is a very small country, with a small population and a very small GNP. If at all it doesn’t deserve more attention that the one we pay to Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. The problem is that Republicans are businessmen and therefore they feel comfortable selling out our interests in Latin America in exchange for the Cuban vote in Florida. A shame and a pity, but it did get them in the White House.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous ProudCubanAmerican said...

Oye Mosquito,

In case you just crawled out from under a rock where you lived with the rest of the tira-flecha indios, Cuba has been at the center of a geo-political crisis in the Western Hemisphere since 1959.

That makes it more relevant and important to US foriegn policy than Jamaica, Trinidad and even Mexico.

It was out of Cuba that the world almost got involved in World War III during the Kennedy Administration. Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?

It was out of Cuba that approximately 2 million exiles have come to this country and built a region of this country (South Florida) that is quite prosperous and very beautiful, thank you.

It is out of Cuba that President Carter suffered his second greatest political defeat (the Mariel boat lift). The Iranian hostage crisis was Carter's worst mistake.

And it is out of Cuba that the US has the opportunity to win the final battle of the Cold War when Fidel dies and the country turns to democracy.

Also, you make a big mistake thinking numbers instead of power. There are only 2 million exiled Cuban Americans in this country. Yet we wield more political power and clout than perhaps the other 60 million Hispanics put together.

Instead of your poorly veiled passive aggressive rip on Cubans, you should try to learn something from us.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Andres Oppenheimer said...

ANDRES OPPENHEIMER RESPONDS:

- On the question of what language this blog should use, I tend to agree with Lili, who suggests that items should be posted primarily in English, but also in Spanish and Portuguese when not available in English. If there is a pressing demand for translation, somebody will translate into English.
If America wants to be more competitive, we should be using MORE languages, rather than fewer. China has started teaching English in 3rd grade, four hours a week, in all public schools... In Europe, children learn two, and three languages at the same time. We should do the same with Spanish, Chinese and other languages. Why not? I'm not opposed to people sending comments in Spanish, or Portuguese, in addition to English.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Hmmm, it speaks!!
My response will be in tomorrow's edition.

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Eduardo or Edward or Eddie or Ed said...

Eso dice un Argentino. Magnífico Andrés. Excelente respuesta. Y tambíen Canada habla dos lenguas oficiales sin el más minimo problema. Yo como Argentino que vivo en Miami estudio Inglés tanto como puedo, y esto me ha hecho odiar los acentos del español y los dobles signos de interrogación y admiración. Yo escribí a la redacción sugiriendoles que el link a este blog estaba en el Nuevo Herald entonces se mezclaban las lenguas porque tambien venía gente del link del Miami Herald. Algo tiene de bueno, compartir en cualquier lengua este sitio. Lo malo es que hay gente como Mini-me que se obseciona en pensar que eso significa un insulto para su patria, su lengua y su cultura, sin pensar que el tener un país bilingue hace mucho más que beneficiar su cultura, su lengua y su país. Del mismo modo el aporte del las demas culturas que conviven en este hermoso y bendito país. "Crash" nos mostró excelentemente que todos tenemos algo bueno y algo malo. Hay que intentar fomentar lo bueno.
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And also Mini-me if you are worried because you can not get your money back from vietnam, irak, iran, afganistan, the moon, to have a good and low cost medical attention....try to think. get a ticket to Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, learn a little bit of Spanish, vistit one of those countries and get your brand new denture for only 200 U$S (private and by excelent professional doctors) and the rest, enjoy Latin America. Do not spend 4.000 U$S in USA don't let dentist abuse. that is the way you can get your money back form the Illegal Inmigration without selling a F-14.
I'm sorry to change my name I wont use Bruce Wayne, Manuel Sanchez,John Adams or Clark Kent again.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous ProudCubanAmerican said...

Mr. Oppenheimer,

I am greatly disappointed in your response to the language issue, despite the fact I am fluent in both languages.

You alienate a portion of your readership that doesn't speak, write or otherwise function in Spanish. And, bottom line, it is RUDE to speak a language not everyone is fluent in when everyone on here is very capable of speaking and writing English.

But hey, it is your blog and you are free to make the rules. Meanwhile, I am free to refrain from visiting this blog any more, I am free to cancel my Herald subscription, and I am free to email Tom Fiedler and Jesus Diaz with the reasons they have lost this reader and engaged blog commentator.

I also call on every other English speaking visitor to this blog to similarly boycott it and write similar complaints to TFIEDLER@MIAMIHERALD.COM unless or until everyone is engaged in English.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

My dear proudcubanamerican:

Let me start by saying that I do not have any passively aggressive rip against Cubans. As a matter of fact I have the utmost respect for the Cuban people and the Cuban culture. This is, for all the Cuban people and the entire Cuban culture which off course is not limited to Cubans in the US.

Having said this I must say that I am sorry that you feel offended because I have just stated the undisputed fact that Cuba as a country, including the Cuban population in Miami, has no strategic value and/or importance for the US.

It is not that I am trying to be offensive or nasty, it is just a fact.

Of course you are welcomed to give your arguments as to why this assertion is wrong but you will have to do much better than the emotional and inaccurate outburst in your comment. Let me explain:

1)You are wrong and a bit arrogant when you say that Cuba has been at the center of the geopolitical crisis in the Western hemisphere since 1959.
It is us, the United States of America that has been at the center of the geopolitical crisis in the Western Hemisphere from the day we adopted the Monroe doctrine and due to our own naïve and inept foreign policy in the region.
Cuba has only been an instrument used by both sides to show their contempt for each other. The United States punished Cuba to make an example in the region and Latin America continued to have diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba to express their contempt at the United States.
Do you seriously believe that Cuba is the leader of anything in the region? Wake up for God’s sake; only in fantasy land you can dream of midgets leading giants. It would take us only hours, not even days, to take full control of Cuba. We haven’t done so because it has been in our best interest to keep things the way they are. Believe me when I say that neither the US or Latin America is afraid of Cuba and that Cuba is the center of nothing.

2)You are right when you say that it was out of Cuba that the world almost got involved in world war III. What you do not mention though is that Cuba was just a puppet in that crisis. Cuba had little or no say in the crisis and the crisis itself was not of Cuban making. So much so that the solution was negotiated with the puppeteer (USSR) and not with Cuba. For all purposes, any minute island in the Caribbean could have been used by the URSS to challenge the US. It just happens that Cuba was for sale at the time. That doesn’t make Cuba strategically important for the US. It just makes it a sorry and opportunistic country.

3)The fact that over 2.0 million Cubans have fled to the US doesn’t mean that the country is of strategic importance to us either.

If at all it only proves that our policy towards Cuba has been and continues to be wrong. Freedom is not a gift that can be handed over by others. It is a right that you conquer. You have to fight and die for freedom to deserve it. People in countries through out the world have fought and continue to fight, even against incredible odds, to conquer their freedom. This is, people throughout the world except in Cuba.
Our policy toward Cuba instead of encouraging the Cuban people to fight for their freedom has encouraged them to take the easy way out and come to Miami.
Freedom is not going to come to Cuba because Fidel Castro dies. Freedom will come to Cuba the day the Cuban people decide to fight for it.

4)The fact that Cubans are hard workers doesn’t mean that Cuba is of strategic importance to the US either. Hard work makes you decent not strategically important.

5)You can make any arrogant and absurd comment about President Carter but that still doesn’t make Cuba strategically important for the US.

6)As for, “the US has the opportunity to win the final battle of the Cold War”; what planet do you live on? There is no cold war anymore; when the dog died the rabies went away. Further, we are not at war with Cuba so there is nothing to win. Further more; it serves no logical purpose to fight for Cuba; there is nothing we need there.

7)As for your power trip in the comment about Cubans vs Hispanics; do not spit to heaven because it might fall in your face. Cuban power is on its way down not because of other Hispanics but because of us, Americans, who have endured about enough of this nonsense. By the way, having political power in the US still doesn’t make Cuba strategically important.

Last but not least, do not waste your Mexican bigotry on me because I am not of Mexican descent though, as with Cuba, I do have the utmost respect both for the Mexican people and culture.

P.D. The only argument that I concede could make me change my opinion about the strategic importance of Cuba for the US is the possibility that Cuba finds oil in the Florida straights. If the proven reserves are significant, that would make a big difference.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

The last comment of proudcubanamerican is certainly a piece worth of a Mini-me comment.

Mr. proudcubanamerican is concerned because a blog in a renown international newspaper such as the Miami Herald is willing to take comments from any of its readers, wherever they are in the world, in any language those readers feel more comfortable writing.

He feels that the comments addressed to Mr. Oppenheimer should be written in English because it alienates the readers that do not speak English.

proudcubanamerican, I have news for you; this is not your blog, it is not a chat box, a bulleting board or a newsgroup. It is a blog that allows you to send comments to Mr. Oppenheimer and not to the people who read the blog.

On the other side, The Miami Herald is an international publication. It is read all over the world and certainly in Latin America. By allowing comments in any language they are providing a service to all their readers in the world and not only to the proud-cuban-americans.

By writing comments between ourselves we are abusing the purpose of the blog and for that you should join me in sending Mr. Oppenheimer an apology.

By the way, I have the feeling that Tom Fiedler and Jesus Diaz are going to feel relieved that you have decided not to visit this blog.

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Eduardo or Edward or Eddie or Ed said...

First of all, I'm sorry about my English. I trying to do my best as I told you before, surfing the net in English, watching TV in English, reading The Miami Hearld in English when I do not even understand the 60% of it. But I Know I have to do it, because I do not want to force you to speak in Spanish. I completly agree on this is your country.
I sent an email to "El Nuevo Herald" this morning, saying:
"Why are you linking to the Oppenheimer Report in English from the "El Nuevo Heraldo"?"
If Mr Oppenheimer has a page including all these articles in Spanish, why don't you set a blog in Spanish for El Nuevo Herald's readers?
On the other hand, I do not believe it is a problem to have comments both in English and Spanish, because if you do not understand Spanish, well forget about them. The same to Spanish speakers. What is the unlawful thing?
Or you are in the Post Office line saying...eeeeyyy all of you please speak English beacause I do not understand what you are talking?

3:38 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Gather around folks, as this is why I am never nice to Miami Cubans. I despise them. Totally, absolutely, completely. I have nothing but disdain for the prolific Miami Cuban fist-shaker.


ProudCuban I will not be participating in your silly stupid boycott or emailing any right wing Herald editor. As i cant stand them either. The boycott and whining is a classic punk coward Miami Cuban move. This is exactly why you Cubans only have a city, and not a country. Instead of staying and fighting, you Cubans always want to run away and shake your fist. You Miami Cubans have perfected the art of fist-shaking, and the hunger strike. No sir, I handle my issues straight up man to man. And, so what if people have different opinions than mine. A blog is a living room, where people often disagree. Truth of the matter is that said right wing immigrant columnist is probably right. America will have to begin to adapt to second languages. However, this Spanish debate is for any day. I would rather put my wrath where I always enjoy putting it the most, and that is the right wing arrogant, illegal immigrant, cowardly ass, militant, Cuban Chicano. I want you righ wing Cubans to know how much I despise you people. I cant stand to look at you. I would gladly allow the other immigrants to stay, if we could deport each and every last Cuban back. I mean it too. I cant stand the way you talk, walk, eat, NOTHING. I used to love watching Scarface. Now I cant even bare to watch the beginning as the Cubans get off their makeshifts boats. Gaaawd you people cant get out of here soon enough.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

MINI-ME SAID:
Lili,

I congratulate you on your nifty and nimble fence climbing agility, as well as escaping both the border patrol, and the viliant minuteman. Im sure your footwork would make any NFL running back proud. But Lili, you are in America now, as such you need to begin to speak English, pay taxes, and assimilate within American culture. Thank you for your cooperation!!
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Mini-me- you remind me of a chihuahua- a little animal that just barks and barks because he has a napoleon complex, but never stops to listen.

What language have we been conversing in? Right....English!
I also told you I was born here- as was my father, as were my grandparents. This is the Southwest- There are even Mexican-American Minutemen and Border Patrol Agents. Army troops as well. They are as diverse a group as any. Some New Mexicans have been here probably even longer than your family.

It is a shame you don't know the history of your own country and can only use Miami as a reference.

As far as the Minutemen- don't make me laugh. I have monitored them here in San Diego. They are a bunch of retired, emotionally charged men who expected to see droves of migrants crossing the border. They sit on lawn chairs all day waiting for "the action."

Also, in case you didn't know(or conveniently chose to ignore), THOUSANDS of Mexicans cross the border legally DAILY as well. The Minutemen have no control over that, and neither do you. They come to work, go to school, and spend BILLIONS of dollars in border towns, contributing to the economy.

That is enough information for now.

4:43 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

A.M. MORA Y LEON:

iQue lindo, Lili! Le gusta San Onofre o Punto Loma o La Jolla o Santa Cruz? A veces, vengo a Puerto Escondido en Oaxaca tambien. Oigo que El Salvador y Brasil son bien. Que lastima las idiotas no no se nada o las tresoras ricas de las olas en todos la hemisfero a disfrutar.
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Pues mira, me gusta La Jolla, Huntington Beach, y Playas de Tijuana (donde tengo casa). Baja California(Todos Santos), Y claro que Puerto Escondido! Estuve alli el verano pasado, me fascina Oaxaca, es un lugar magico....tambien Costa Rica.

Este verano ire a Brasil, ya que estare en Argentina y pues me brincare el charco! ;)

estoy de acuerdo- esta mentalidad es un poco triste, pero que se puede hacer. Son tiempos violentos, y parece ser que hay cerrazon cultural...

4:57 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

MOSQUETON SAID:

Lili:

You are pretty feisty yourself. Is that a surfer thing?

I am also against the way the dual language education is set up. I believe everyone should learn at least a second language but in the case of immigrant children it should be set up in a way that encourages the learning of English and only as a transition step. Children, Latinos or Vietnamese, have prodigious minds and it is amazing how fast they learn with the right incentives and professors.

I also speak French and Portuguese and while I am fluent in both I can only write proficiently in English and Spanish. I am a work in progress though and hopefully some day I will master all four languages and write a comment in French for no other reason than to piss off Mini-me.
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Dear Mosqueton: I don't know where the fiestiness comes from, but I appreciate your respectful response.

In all fairness, I am an intermediate Portuguese speaker/writer. I have been stuying the language two years and am continuing...Luckily, there is a Brazilian community here in San Diego that I can practice Portuguese with. Unfortunately, I am losing my French, since I do not practice it often...

I am very opinionated about the dual language programs in the U.S., because I have met many children who do not speak/write either language well, products of these programs. The programs are NOT made to make these children multilingual.

I have worked at schools with IB programs, and they teach children subjects in other languages, but with the INTENT of the children becoming multilingual. Here in San Diego we have a school that teachers children in English, Spanish, and German...they are future trilingual children! It's great. ;)

There is a huge difference.

Also, I agree with Andres- we as a country are falling behind because of this language issue. It is a shame. I think ALL Americans should speak at least three languages.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Lili wrote: Mini-me- you remind me of a chihuahua- a little animal that just barks and barks because he has a napoleon complex, but never stops to listen.

This is a rather offensive statement by an immigrant, as it denotes that I am beneath you.

Lilli wrote: What language have we been conversing in? Right....English!

This is very poor English. Please in the future use precise English when posting in this blog.

Lilli wrote: I also told you I was born here- as was my father, as were my grandparents.

Well, who cares what you told me. This is the Internet. I could be a 16 year old Asian girl from Burma for all you know.

Lilli wrote: Some New Mexicans have been here probably even longer than your family.

Good point!!

Lilli wrote: It is a shame you don't know the history of your own country and can only use Miami as a reference.

Good point too!!

Lilli wrote: As far as the Minutemen- don't make me laugh. I have monitored them here in San Diego.

This is exceptionally disturbing as an illegal immigrant "mointors" the minutemen.

Lilli wrote: They are a bunch of retired, emotionally charged men who expected to see droves of migrants crossing the border. They sit on lawn chairs all day waiting for "the action."

Well, that is because you all have been successful in your immigrant invasion the last 6 years.

Lilli wrote: Also, in case you didn't know(or conveniently chose to ignore), THOUSANDS of Mexicans cross the border legally DAILY as well.

No, actually I was unaware of that.

Lilli wrote: They come to work, go to school, and spend BILLIONS of dollars in border towns, contributing to the economy.

Now dont get carried away "billions:" i highly doubt that, as they send all their money back to Mexico as remittance.

Lill wrote: That is enough information for now.

Yes, I am curious why you always posts at 3:00 in the morning. Inform me as to why you keep such late hours Lilli?

7:38 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

mini- me:

this is the last time I will be responding to you because frankly, it is a waste of time and taking up space on Mr. Oppenheimer's board.

For one, I don't care if you don't believe me about being an American, however, don't cry about "assimilation" problems when you keep running around calling people "immigrants."

Secondly, exchange between the border is much more than just illegal immigration and remittances to Mexico. You need to inform yourself better.

Tijuana, believe it or not, has a pretty sizeable middle-class, as do many border towns, regardless of their problems. Many of them come and spend LOTS of money on the U.S. side- in business, investments, education, and many other arenas.

Please read below. This is estimated ONLY for San Diego/Tijuana, and only takes into account spending-not investment, business, etc...
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A View of the San Diego/Tijuana Metropolitan Region (San Diego Dialogue, 1994), which
was administered to 5,663 crossers as they entered into San Diego County through land
ports of entry. The study estimated annual expenditures of Mexican visitors at $2.8
billion in 1992.

Overall,expenditures are estimated at almost eight billion dollars along the U.S.-Mexico border.
These expenditures generate a total of approximately $8.8 billion in output (sales), $1.2
billion in business taxes, $3.6 billion in labor income, and more than 153,000 jobs.

http://icsc.org/srch/rsrch/wp/MexicanVisitors_US-MexicoBorder_Jan06.pdf
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Especially interesting ties emerged viewing the region we called ``the San Diego-Tijuana citistate.'' Its international boundary is one of the world's busiest, with more than 60 million northern passages each year, most for local shopping or recreation, but also many Mexicans entering the U.S. daily for jobs in San Diego.

It's true: immense numbers of illegal boundary crossers are apprehended at San Diego. Tijuana is troubled by rampant drug cartels, kidnappings and murders. Still, the Baja California standard of living has risen sharply -- today it's more a Second (rather than Third) World economy. And illegal passage at San Diego may not be the biggest border problem: because of delays (often up to two hours) at the border, about $4.2 billion in economic value (``the equivalent of seven Qualcomms," as some locals put it) are lost each year.

But the potential for economic growth and jobs is immense, reports San Diego Dialogue, the trailblazing binational citizen-business partnership begun in 1991. In its latest report, ``Borderless Innovation," the group points to big potentials in such clusters as biomedical devices, marine biotechnology, aerospace, defense and pharmaceuticals. Sophisticated skills are growing on the Mexican side, though the prevalent pattern remains research and development in San Diego universities and corporations matched by production in maquiladora plants on the Baja California side.

http://www.postwritersgroup.com/archives/peir0514.htm

9:19 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Your Mexican bigotry against "real" Americans cotinues to flow. I thought you were better than that.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Ada Blanco said...

I read the arguments presented by Proud Cuban American and Mosqueton and have to agree with my compatriot from Cuba.

To deny Cuba's mark on history is to deny the truth. This is a fact Mosqueton: In 1777, with the American revolution not faring so well, the colonies sent an envoy to Havana, then the oldest and most established city in the Western Hemisphere, to seek monetary aid for their cause.

History books record that women of the Cuban elite gathered jewelery worth $1.1 million AT THAT TIME and donated it to the fledgling colonies. That money helped your country get born, which seems fairly strategically important to me. Please feel free to look this up on the internet and history books -- you'll be a less ignorant person for it.

Also to deny the Cuban people's mark on South Florida is to be blind. If you can prove that South Florida is completely unimportant to the United STates, then I guess you can argue the Cuban people, and the country they come from by extension, are strategically unimportant. Otherwise, you are wrong again.

One final point: The Cuban people tried to fight for Cuba's freedom but it was an American president named Kennedy who didn't have the stomach for it. He promised air cover and instead delivered only air at the Bay of Pigs. This while he was already sending troops in the guise of "advisors" to a disaster called Vietnam.

Sounds like good old fashioned American hypocrisy to me.

Ensuing American politicians then made it illegal for Cuban nationals to launch offensive operations from the US against communism on the island. I know because my father was arrested by the US Coast Guard when he tried to smuggle weapons into Cuba for a dissident group in 1971. So you are totally ignorant as to the facts when you speak of Cubans preferring not to fight and free themselves, mosqueton.

By the way, I'm sure you're a brave American man. Why don't you set out on an inner tube into the gulf stream for a couple of days and then make the argument that that doesn't test a man's courage.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

LOL,

This is where the Cuban gets his arrogance. He cowardly escaped on an inner-tube, so now he has the right to strut around Miami. Also the Bosnians fought the Serbs without any air support for years. Ada, stop being a victim. A struggle for freedom doesnt begin and end with a failed Kennedy airstrike 40 years ago. Gaawd i cant stand you Miami Cubans.

1:20 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

ada,

Hey Cuban right wing militant illegal immigrant. If you want to gain some true respect. Then stay in Cuba and fight for that countries freedom, like others have done for their own nation. Getting in an inner tube and floating away from a fight against Castro is nothing to strut proudly about Miami.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Dear Ms. Ada Blanco:

Let me start by saying that I do not deny Cuba’s history nor I have anything against Cubans. I have great Cuban friends with whom I spend delightful nights zipping rum, smoking cigars and having enlightening and passionate discussions about politics, music and literature.

My original statement, to which “proudcubanmerican” reacted emotionally and using terms that were certainly of very bad taste, is that from a geopolitical standpoint Cuba today is not strategically important for the United States and therefore we should abandon our current Cuban centric foreign policy and concentrate our efforts in building those relations, particularly with Latin America, Central America and Mexico, that are critical to our future well being.

That doesn’t mean that I neglect the historic ties between Cuba and the United States, especially those between Cuba and the great state of Alabama. It doesn’t mean either that I am against Cuba. It just means that we have to look after our own interests and that we have bigger fish to fry. Let me elaborate in this regard.

By the year 2050 China will be a market of 1.4 billion consumers and at the current growth rate will have a GDP (Gross domestic product) 1.5 times that of the United States. India will be a market of 1.5 billion consumers with about the same GDP as the US. Europe will have a market of 653 million and the US will have a population of 394 million. Our technological superiority is shrinking by the minute and we need to grow and acquire a critical mass that allows us to compete in a world of huge markets otherwise our economy will become totally dependent of foreign markets. Building an alliance with Latin America will make us a 1.2 billion market, give us access to natural resources that are critical to sustain our growth and pretty much make us self sufficient energy wise.

As I am sure you will concede that, in this picture, our relationship with Cuba has absolutely no relevance and certainly absolutely no strategic value.

Having said this, I do feel compelled to mention that I take your comment about my ignorance as a compliment because it is of wise people to be aware of how little they know. I also want to take this opportunity to highlight some gross inaccuracies and erroneous interpretations in your comment with the only purpose of helping you become wiser.

1)In 1777 Cuba was indeed the oldest and most established “Spanish” city in the Western hemisphere. It was built, owned and ruled by Spain.
2)France and Spain, eager to settle old scores with their rival England, joined the Americans in their fight in 1777.
3)It was not the women of the Cuban elite that gave away their jewelry to raise $1.1 million, “at that time” to help the colonies. Prominent merchants in Havana raised almost “half a million pesos” from patriotic residents (Spanish patriots) to support the war effort. The money sent to the Spanish crown proved valuable to the American victory at Yorktown - the engagement that finally broke the British will and ultimately ended the war. The Cubans, much like the Americans, were driven by a mixture of principle and practical materialism though. The merchants who raised the funds were awarded special trade privileges in exchange, particularly in the slave trade. I am sure some women must have donated their jewelry to the cause but certainly it was not an unselfish ladies initiative.
4)We were and continue to be grateful to Cuba for that gesture regardless of the obvious self interest and that is why we liberated Cuba from Spain in 1898.
5)I have never denied the Cuban people mark in South Florida but the fact that there are 2 million Cubans in South Florida does not make Cuba strategically important for the US. By the same token, the fact that there are over 2 million Dominicans in New York does not make the Dominican Republic strategically important either.

As for the cause of freedom in Cuba I believe I should make my position very clear even though this has absolutely no bearing on my opinion regarding the lack of strategic importance of Cuba.

Why is it that every time someone brings up the fact that there is no fight for freedom in Cuba the first argument is to blame the United States? What gives you the right to demand that we fight to liberate Cuba when Cubans are not fighting for their freedom themselves? Why should you be allowed to fight Fidel Castro from the US and drag us into a fight that is not ours?

It was the Cuban people, not a foreign power or the US, who brought Fidel Castro to power. He did not start his fight in Miami with air support from the US. He fled into the mountains, earned the heart of the Cuban people and fought inside Cuba against Batista.

There are over 10 million Cubans in the island and 2 million in the US. Cubans from Miami are not going back to the island to fight and certainly no one in the island is doing it either.

As for the Bay of Pigs fighters I join you in expressing my utmost admiration and respect for those few brave Cubans (1,400) that are truly an example of bravery and unfledged commitment with the cause of freedom and love for their country.

I must say though that I am appalled at the fact that there were about 70,000 Cubans in the US in 1961 and only 1,400 were willing to die fighting for freedom and country.

History has taught us that wherever there is a will there is a way. People all over the world, and certainly in Latin America, have fought and continue to fight and die inside their countries for their beliefs (right or wrong beliefs). That is not happening in Cuba and it is a strong indicator that maybe the Cuban people, particularly inside the island, do not want to change the status quo and/or do not want it bad enough.

As for us, you have no right to question our commitment to freedom or even raise the argument that we are to blame for Cuba’s misgivings because no other country in the world has shed more blood for freedom in foreign lands than us.

I dare you to stand at the Normandy Cemetery and Memorial in France and question our resolve and commitment to freedom. We are not perfect and we make many mistakes, but no one has the right to question us because we do not fight their battles.

Finally, I do not know if I am a brave man but you can be absolutely sure that if I was Cuban I would be testing my bravery with a rifle in my hand in the hills of Santiago and not in the straights of Florida.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Mousqueton said... Dear Ms. Ada Blanco: nor do I have anything against Cubans.


You are a better man then me!!

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Ada Blanco said...

Mr. Mosqueton,

You should write a sequal to the Da Vinci Code because you can fabricate "facts" with the best of them.

First of all, according to the 1960 US Census, there were approximately 935,000 people in South Florida then. Of those approximately 125,000 were Hispanic. There weren't 700,000 Cuban exiles in the ENTIRE US until the middle sixties following the Freedom Flights.

Assuming EVERY SINGLE ONE of those 125,000 were men, which they were not, the 1,304 men who volunteered for the Bay of Pigs represent over 10 percent of the available exiled Cuban manpower. If 10 percent of the US population today volunteered for military service, this country would have an armed force of 27 million instead of only 2.2 million.

So please correct your myopic statistics and recalculate their meaning because you are nowhere near the truth.

No. 2 You can try to spin the Cuban help to the US revolution any way you want, but it is a historical fact. Spaniards helping the Americans? Perhaps some did. Native Cubans helping the Americans to the tune of $1.1 MILLION? That is a fact. I suggest you use google.com, it is a useful tool to correct your lack of historical knowlege.

No. 3 You take a bow for the US helping Cuba in the Spanish-American War. That's funny, I thought you said the US shouldn't be fighting for other countries. So which is it, are you proud of that victory, or do you think it was a mistake? By the way, we're in Iraq now aren't we? Are we fighting someone else's war? Methinks we are.

And, by the way, my cousin has served 23 months over there. He is Cuban. So are his two friends who joined the marines with him. How about that, Cubanos volunteering and serving the United States military in armed conflict. Ironic considering your suggestion that Cubans are somehow cowardly.

No. 4. Even if you were a real man, you wouldn't be on any Cuban hill toting any rifle because you would have been arrested before you got your hands on a gun -- either by the Castro government or the American coast guard. So wake up because the alarm clock just sounded and your dreaming is over.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Ada Blanco said...

Dear Mini-Me,

You state Cubans should have had the guts to stay in Cuba and fight for their country. Why should we, when it was so easy to come to South Florida and kick all you gringos out?

Obviously, your bigot self got left behind, but I liken that to cleaning out an old house when you move in -- some old roaches just don't want to leave.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Dear Ms. Ada Blanco:

I think you are a little obfuscated and that doesn’t let you read well. If you scroll up to my comment you will find out that what I said is that in 1961 there were 70,000 not 700,000 Cubans in the US.

According to “The Background Paper on Cuban Immigration” published by the Research Division of the Metro Dade County Planning Department on January 6, 1985, as of 1961 there were 174,438 Cubans in the US. I am not a manipulator of facts or numbers and that is why I only cited 70,000 because I took into account that 60% were either women or children.

So as you can see, I had already taken into account your argument that all the Cubans in the US could not be men.

If you consider that only 1,400 patriots participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion, that would account for only 2% of the able Cuban men in the US at the time.

The question here is not what percentage of the Cubans in the US participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion but how come all the able Cubans didn’t took part in it to reclaim their country and freedom.

Given these undisputed facts I am compelled to answer your comment with your own words: …”please correct your myopic statistics and recalculate their meaning because you are nowhere near the truth.”

In 1777 an overwhelming majority of the Cuban population was Spanish and/or born of Spanish parents and this continue to be so well into the 19th century. That is why Cuba was the only country that remained faithful to Spain long after every single country in the Americas had declared their independence.

The source of my facts is not Wikipedia but the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. More specifically, a publication by Lawrence A. Clayton; “Bridging the Gulf: The Alabama-Cuba Connection”.

Though I hold the Alabama archives and the author as a most reliable source, I would appreciate if you would provide me with your source of information so I can verify your information and if there is a mistake I will gladly apologize for the inaccurate facts cited in my comment. I am sure the Alabama Department of Archives would also appreciate bringing to their attention any mistakes in their documents.

I never said that we should not fight for other countries. In fact, we have been doing it for over 100 years. What I said is that it is up to us to decide who we fight for and when. Cuba has absolutely no right to demand from us that we fight for their freedom when the Cubans are not fighting themselves. We are not a hired gun.

I have nothing but gratitude for your cousin and every brave Cuban American in our armed forces. We the people of the United States hold their heroic sacrifice in the highest regard and will be forever indebt to our troops.

That is why I would not dare to insinuate that the Cuban people are cowards as you mistakenly have noted. The fact that the Cuban people are not fighting for freedom doesn’t mean that they are cowards. It just means that they don’t want to. Most likely, because they are content with their situation and/or because they feel that it is not in their best interest to do so. This is a perfectly valid and understandable position and I do not see why it is so hard to say so.

I will not answer to your questioning of my manhood because I am a gentleman.

I would like though to give you some advice. Your comment to Mini-me is not only of very bad taste but uncalled for. It makes you look bad and it makes the Cuban people look ungrateful and minute. Something that I can attest most Cubans are not.

While I understand that your intention has been to offend only him because he can easily drive anyone crazy with his comments, you have chosen the wrong words and the wrong place to do it and by doing so have offended all of us Americans who have provided and continue to provide for your well being.
Shame on you ms. Blanco!

5:48 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Ada Blanco said...
Dear Mini-Me,

You state Cubans should have had the guts to stay in Cuba and fight for their country. Why should we, when it was so easy to come to South Florida and kick all you gringos out?

Obviously, your bigot self got left behind, but I liken that to cleaning out an old house when you move in -- some old roaches just don't want to leave.





OM MY GAAAWD!! Your a frekkin immigrant bigot. I cant believe it. Oh my god. I cant believe you said that to me. Im sitting here with my mouth open in disbelief. Why would you say that for? Oh my god. I cant believe you just said that. I better leave for now, as i should compose myself.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Miss. "immigrant" Blanco,


I dont know what is more troublesome about your blatant bigoted immigrant post. Your immigrant ungratefulness to "real" Americans like myself. Or your open immigrant bigotry, which you seem to have grown very comfortable displaying. Lemmie ask you a question, illegal alien immigrant bigot. Who put food in your famished immigrant Cuban belly? Me. Who provides you with free health care, education, and dental? Me. Who provides your Hialeah tailor park so you can escape the elements? Me. And now I have to sit here and watch as you strut around your immigrant bigotry! You accused me of being a bigot, which I am not. I have not made one racial slur against you people. I have never stated in this blog about how i "really" feel about you illegal immigrant Cubans that snuck into my nation. So please stop falsely assuming that i am a bigot. All I want is enforcement of our borders. Is that bigotry? No. But you on the hand are an immigrant Cuban Chicano bigot. When you washed on shore with your 3rd world immigrant Cuban inner tube, you always knew that you would chase out the "real" Americans in Miami didn't ya? It is the Cuban immigrant way!! And now your illegal immigrant trashy Miami butt can freely sit in Hialeah, on my dime, and insult me. And tell me to my FACE what you Cuban Chicanos have been doing all along down in SouthFlorida. Well, I got news for your 3rd world Cuban immigrant butt. Americans are getting fed up with illegal immigrants like you Ada, pushing us around, particularly down here in SouthFlorida. I suspect one day America could institute forced deportation of you Cuban Chicanos directly back to Cuba. That would be the very best day of my life. I will shed tears of joy as I watch you gather your belongings to depart SouthFlorida. Yes, you can take EVERYTHING back to Cuba, including those immigrant Cuban Chicano salsa dancing shoes. EVERYTHING

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Jose Meneses said...

Mini-me,

Ms. Blanco is right. You are a bigot and you are no better than a roach. And you should kiss every Cuban American taxpayer that is helping defray the cost of your government entitlement checks that keep you at home, lurking constantly on the computer.

Give us all a break from your tired, sour grapes prejudices and move somewhere you are wanted ... hell comes to mind.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous William "Bill" Foote said...

Mini: As red-blooded American who traces his roots back to 19th century Virginia, I am embarrassed by you. I assume your forefathers were here when the pilgrims landed, otherwise I can't understand your smug, people-loathing demeanor.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

william,


You are no "real" American who lives in SouthFlorida. You might be a do-gooder liberal who doesnt watch Lou Dobbs. Interesting how you shake your finger at me. But have nothing to say to that immigrant Lilli. An immigrant who basically said, that she wants to run every "real" American out of SouthFlorida. So i suspect that you are a Cuban immigrant yourself. And quite frankly i am offended that you and other illegal Cuban immigrants are trying to label me as a bigot. I have been very measured in my remarks about Cuban immigrants. All i have ever said is that i want enforcement of our boders. If you think that is racist, then i feel sorry for you.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

jose,

I am very rich. I stay that way by not doing business with corrupt Miami Cubans.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

William "Bill" Foote said...
Mini: As red-blooded American



You need an (a) between as and red. As a Cuban immigrant you need to use correct English when you write. Good day sir!!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Hassan said

It was the Cuban people, not a foreign power or the US, who brought Fidel Castro to power. He did not start his fight in Miami with air support from the US. He fled into the mountains, earned the heart of the Cuban people and fought inside Cuba against Batista.





Hassan that was a brilliant defense of America against that Cuban immigrant!!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

I must say though that I am appalled at the fact that there were about 70,000 Cubans in the US in 1961 and only 1,400 were willing to die fighting for freedom and country.


Again Hassan, another devastating upper cut. Very vicious!!

8:44 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Hassan wrote:
Finally, I do not know if I am a brave man but you can be absolutely sure that if I was Cuban I would be testing my bravery with a rifle in my hand in the hills of Santiago and not in the straights of Florida.



And this is why you are the most feared left-wing blogger in the blosisphere. This is why your posts always strike fear in the hearts of the right wing exile militant Miami Cuban Chicano.
I would gladly serve with you over in Cuba, while the Cubans stayed stayed back in Miami tending to the women and children.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

MINI-ME SAID:
You are no "real" American who lives in SouthFlorida. You might be a do-gooder liberal who doesnt watch Lou Dobbs. Interesting how you shake your finger at me. But have nothing to say to that immigrant Lilli. An immigrant who basically said, that she wants to run every "real" American out of SouthFlorida.
___________________________________

WTH??? Why are you dragging me into this? I have nothing to do with South Florida or Cubans.

Please leave my name out if this. I am a San Diegan...seriously, if you dislike Cuban-Americans so much, get out of Miami.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will bow to our dead and to no one else. We are here to retake what is ours. Getting out is not an option.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Lilli,


My full apologies, i got my two immigrant bigots mixed up. I was refering to that other immigrant Cuban bigot named ada blanco. Again i hope you accept my humble and sincere apology.


Sincerely,
Mini-me

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Ignacio Vazquez said...

Andres, como compatriota tuyo, te queria hacer una pregunta fuera de lo habitual para vos. En argentina, que equipo de futbol te gusta? Oh, and people please stop arguing about non relevant things.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous mini-me said...

Ignacio Vazquez said...
Oh, and people please stop arguing about non relevant things.


Ignacio if you cared to noticed, these are some of the most pivotal times in this nations history. There is nothing wrong with discussions flowing from one direction to another. Who knows, maybe discussions in Oppenheimer's blog may move him to write a partiuclar column on issues which are "argued" about in this blog. More importantly discussions in blogs often represent what people are thinking and talking about at the dinner table. Bottom line is that you are just another right wing Miami Cuban who wishes to stifle free speech.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Mini-me:
Not that I want to make you feel bad but I just run across a site that has me scared as a rabbit hiding behind my CPU.
I do believe though that it might be a blessing in disguise since, at least, it would a help a “friend” solve the one major problem he has in his life.
You might wake up one morning and find out that, during the night, everyone you despise has gone back to seek refuge in certain said country that has a more primitive economy.
Check it out!! Closing the gap

9:06 PM  
Blogger Andres Oppenheimer said...

Talking about more relevant issues, Ignacio Vazquez asks which is my favorite soccer team in Argentina. Ignacio, it's Racing Club de Avellaneda. No te rias!

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With reference to Ecuador's actions against Occidental Petroleum, why is it that you do not say even one word about the accusations made by Ecuador against this known polluter?

Is it my imagination, or do you always take the position that US companies can do no wrong, and that all actions against them are evil and ill-considered?

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:39 PM  
Anonymous the self-loathing right wing miami cuban piglet said...

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11:41 PM  
Anonymous Alejandro Zapata Hannemann said...

Original Message -----
From: Alejandro Zapata Hannemann
To: noticierostelevisa@esmas.com.mx ; 'Victor Trujillo'
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 8:10 AM
Subject: coartan libertad en Monterrey a la información


Estimado Victor Trujillo,



El día Miércoles se reúnen Los Periodistas que hacen noticia y programa que no hay

que perderse aún cuando uno cabecee momentáneamente por lo tarde.



Yo huí del Distrito Federal hacia la ciudad de Monterrey en dónde vivo a gusto

y tranquilo, es la ciudad de la Republica Mexicana que en mi análisis era la mejor.



Tengo el servicio de SKY Premiere (todos los canales).



Quiero poner en tu mesa un evento que me preocupa grandemente;



Sábado 24 de Junio



Sale de la programación los siguientes canales,

219 Cosmopolitan

625 FOX NEWS

628 SKY NEWS

630 BLOOMBERG

631 BBC World

634 OTI



El canal 625 FOX NEWS despliega la siguiente leyenda,



DE ACUERDO A LA LEY ELECTORAL MEXICANA, NOS VEMOS OBLIGADOS

A INTERRUMPIR TEMPORALMENTE LA TRANSMISION DE ESTE CANAL



Al quejarme con una supervisora de SKY en atención a clientes me informó lo siguiente,

Canales 219 y 634 están fuera por mantenimiento.

El resto esta suspendido temporalmente por orden del gobierno.



Por lo anterior mi gran preocupación, están coartando mi libertad como Mexicano a ser

informado en un medio en donde pago por recibir el servicio.



Esto es común en países comunistas no en un país en donde aspiramos a tener una

democracia plena.



Envían un señal preocupante ya que culpan al IFE de esta acción. Sinceramente una

acción de este peso genera en el ciudadano un sentimiento de abstención a

ejercer el derecho al voto.



El canal 630 BLOOMBERG que como es sabido se dedica a cuestión de Inversiones,

valores y mercado bursátil global. Aquí mi gran preocupación de interpretar como

posible “sabadazo” a un golpe financiero (situación que ya hemos vivido).



Lo hice ya del conocimiento del IFE FEDERAL y están investigando.



La explicación es clara, cada estado tiene su IFE estatal y de sus decisiones.



¿Qué pasaría si 20 estados con sus respectivos IFE’s estatales coartaran esta libertad?

¡Generarían una reacción en cadena a la abstención!

¿Quién gana con todo esto?

¿Es acaso una estrategia macabra?



No hay democracia plena sin derecho a los derechos humanos, y este es uno de ellos,

El derecho a ser informado sin cortapisas.

Victor,

El miércoles esta a la vuelta de la esquina de las elecciones y es la única oportunidad

de considerarlo importante por ti el tratar esta grave manipulación y coacción a las

libertades de todo ciudadano Mexicano en Punto de Encuentro.



Atentamente,



Alejandro Zapata Hannemann



0181 8339 0726

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Cómo es posible que la periodista de la cadena CNN que lo entrevistó, en Ingles, el pasado dia 2 de agosto le haya preguntado si usted pensaba retornar a Cuba, una vez fallecido Fidel Castro?. 'Ella no sabia que usted es Argentino y no Cubano?.

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Anonymous Icox said...

I never seem to get over the vehemence and xenofobia of some posters here. I have been a reader for a long time, and this is the first time I've decided to speak up about a couple things.
1. There is morally coherent argument to bolster an opinion about the US closing its borders to immigrants. The US is a country of immigrants. Your entitlement goes as far as the first person in your family to step off a boat and kill a native american.
2. Andres - I would encourage you to answer/comment on some of the questions that your detractors pose (obviously, on the ones that pose true arguments in respectful fashion).
3. Andres - I would also like to encourage you (perhaps aided by your tech team at the Herald) to include an RSS feed of your blog so that users can know in real time when there is a new entry. I am sure this would be a positive thing.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Eb. Mueller said...

Mr. Oppenheimer,

Guatemala's claim on Belize territory has united the English speaking Caricom countries plus Suriname to vote for Venezuela.

It is amazing that Guatemala's Foreign Minister Gert Rosenthal has not mentioned it, since it is common knowledge in the Caribbean.

Sincerely,
Eb. Mueller

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres, hoy lei varios articulos sobre una posible guera civil en Bolivia para sacar a Morales de la presidencia o para crear un nuevo pais en el area de Santa Cruz. Crees que realmente sea posible? y de ser asi cuales son los riesgos para Perú como país vecino? Un artículo decía que podría haber hasta un millón de desplazados hacia Argentina y esto le costaría 700'000000 de dólares. La situación sería parecida para Perú??

12:33 AM  
Anonymous John M Sanchez said...

Saludos Andres,

En Venezuela el denominado Candidato de la Unidad Nacional, Manuel Rosales esta pegando duro en las ultimas encuestas, en particular en la de Detanalisis.

Segun la mencionada Hugo Chavez bajo por primera vez del 50% de popularidad, y quel el candidato Rosales esta creciendo un 11% al mes, dandole hoy dia un 38%.

Mi pregunta, ¿Puede Chavez perder? y segundo, ¿Que has escuchado po' ay.?

Gracias.

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6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres: Will you write about the recent happenings in Bolivia? The cabildos and the autonomy movement?

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Oppenheimer: I truly enjoy reading and watching your television program. However, I would like for you to talk more about other Latin American countries besides: Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Latin America also includes: Guatemala, Uruguay, Honduras, Belize etc. Thanks.

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2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres, when was the last time you saw someone throw a granade into a police headquarters in the U.S., something that is becoming quite common in Mexico. Or for that matter police assasinations in broad daylight. I think you're way off base with your comparison to what happened at Virginia Tech. Mentally unbalanced people are everywhere. Even at universities.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your analogy to the Muslims in Europe is misplaced. The mistake Europe made was allowing millions of them citizenship. Citizenship did not mean they would assimilate, it just encouraged more immigation as would granting citizenship to illegal immigrants here.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:32 PM  
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1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Oppenhheimer your thoughts on the general state of Panama, the major banking center for our region thus quite strategically important.

respectfully, RD.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Señor Oppenheimer
Mi pregunta se basa sobre el petroleo del area del Orinoco en Surameria, Area donde colombia tiene un gran pedazo de tierra donde seguro hay petroleo a mares, pero la guerrilla colombiana que es protegida por personas que no quieren que Colombia Explote ese petroleo no han dejado que este oro negro salga a aliviar el alto costo del petroleo en el munto, pregunto por que el Gobierno de los EStados Unidos no manda ayuda en grande a este sector de Colombia para que las multinacionales EStaunidenses puedan explotar tranquilamente este preciado liquido

4:31 PM  
Blogger RickL said...

Interesting column you wrote. But definitely written by an elitist. I
doubt that $4 a gallon gas will have any more of an uproarious effect
than $3 gas did last summer - resulting in less than the desired
effect you seek on lawmakers. In the meantime, average people with
average incomes will still need to get to work. And even if they drive
Camrys, they'll have far less money to spend on clothes and food for
their families. Are you truly willing to sacrifice their well being
until your scenario finally takes hold? If so, for how long? A few
months? A few years? A lifetime? Or is it because you make a nice
living and can afford the increase. You and Thomas Friedman! Always
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most in people's lives. Now take a guess whether I am a Republican or
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8:37 PM  
Anonymous Danny Del Rossi said...

Thank you for your words on gas prices. I can recall in 1973, when there was a shortage. All of a sudden, people got rid of their huge V-8's and considered smaller cars, you know, the type that the rest of the world has been driving for years? Even the automotive manufacturers started making smaller cars.
Had the U.S. finally learned a lesson? Well, for a few year anyway, until the SUV emerged. And now, here we are again. And how do we respond? We gripe about the price of gas while we drive our Hummers, sip our latte's and bitch to others on our cell phones.
Keep telling it like it is sir, maybe someday, we'll wake up to the fact that you don't need 400 H.P. to go 45 MPH.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget that if the gasoline prices rise above $ 4 dlls, the Mexican border will have problems due if the price in USA increment in Mexico too; and another item that you forgot is about China....

9:10 PM  
Blogger Nordika For ADN said...

hello, well this might not be the right place, i used to watch the program weekly a while ago, i moved to another city and had a lot of things to do , i been tryin to find the show for weeks now but cant find it on air , i was wondering if u could tell me when its aired on mexico and which channel airs the show?
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5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sr. Andrés Oppenheimer.



Después de haber leído su columna del día jueves 7 de junio titulado "democracias acobardadas", no puedo dejar pasar el comentarle una gran experiencia que tendré como estudiante Venezolano radicado en el extranjero. El próximo día lunes tendré una cita con el representante de la OEA en Venezuela, complementando una investigación que estoy realizando acerca de Venezuela, esto como parte de mis estudios en relaciones internacionales carrera que curso en México. A lo que quiero llegar con esta carta es que me gustaría que usted, dada su experiencia en el área me pudiera aconsejar un poco sobre como manejar esta entrevista.



Gracias por sus publicaciones, que aunque muchas veces difiero con usted, son un claro ejemplo para mi.



Saludos.

Francisco Rojas Choza

Estudiante de Relaciones Internacionales.

frankrojags@gmail.com

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Andres,

Cual es tu respuesta a gente como Lou Dobbs, que nos acaban de ganar la batalla por la ley de Inmigracion?
It is time to face this demagogue, populist, selfserving moron, right?

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrés,

Primero que nada, recalcar que muchos venezolanos como yo vemos en tus reportajes una -casi que única- visión clara de lo que pasa en Venezuela.

Mi pregunta es para qué sirve la OEA?, yo vivi en Venezuela cada una de sus 'visitas' cuando todo los acontecimientos del 2002 y luego por el referendum, la famosa comisión de la verdad que no llegó a ningún lado, a mi parecer una de las causas de la situación actual de impunidad hacia el chavismo y de reiterada culpa de golpista a todo el mundo, creo que hasta a ti te llaman golpista y cachorro del imperialismo, en fin, ya conoces el personaje.

Pero la OEA no es un organismo que debe velar por los sistemas democráticos americanos (para eso la carta democrática, no?).

Me imagino que no hay carta democrática ni acuerdo que supere las dádivas en petróleo y dinero. Cuando países como China comienzan a abrirse y a avanzar, países como Venezuela se cierran y retroceden, es esto una maldición Histórica? será que la mezcla de Español+Negro+Indio generó un tipo de humano especial incapaz de administrar las riquezas de su suelo y de ser por naturaleza corrupto e ineficiente?

Saludos,

Juan.

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Estimado Sr. Oppenheimer



Hay un dicho en inglés que resulta perfectamente aplicable a lo que leo en su articulo sobre el resultado obtenido en la media noche del lunes pasado en el consejo de derechos humanos de la ONU: "the tail cannot wag the dog". El asunto de la relatoría de Cuba, frente a lo que estaba en juego y a punto de desmoronarse (TODO el sistema de procedimientos especiales de derechos humanos de la ONU) es la cola del perro. El Consejo de Derechso Humanos no solamente no reprobó el examen, sino que lo aprobó "with flying colours". Sobredimensionar la desaparición de esos dos mandatos parece una visión no compartida por la abrumadora mayoria en el mundo internacional de derechos humanos. La vision de Peggy Hicks me parece demasiado parecida a la expresada por Canada el martes al incio de la sesion del Consejo en su segundo ciclo, y que fue aplastada por todos los demas miembros del Consejo. Todos los relatores especiales dimos la bienvenida al resultado obtenido el lunes pasado. El desempeño del Embajador de Alba es considerado como excepcional, creativo y positivo. Escuche frases de algunos relatores especiales de vasta experiencia e intachable reputación, decir que el desempeño de De Alba era el mejor y más habilidoso desde la perspectiva diplomática que el de todos los que presidieron a la Comisión de Derechos Humanos en toda su historia. Francamente, el tema de la relataría de Cuba no ocupa siquiera un segundo plano, sino uno de nivel muy inferior. Por otro lado, Cuba estará sujeta al examen periódico universal, que no será esta vez un ejercicio de auto felicitaciones entre pares, sino que tiene ingredientes que obligan a considerar las visiones otras instancias no gubernamentales. Además, los mandatos se irán revisando, y tal vez algunos otros mandatos por país también desparezcan, y otros aparezcan. Querer atribuirle la responsabilidad de la desaparición de la relataría de Cuba a De Alba, y peor aún, a la política exterior de México, y decir que es muestra de su alejamiento del compromiso con los derechos humanos, me parece una exageración. No se quien será el well placed human rights advocate que le habrá dicho eso, pero me parece que no es objetivo, sino que su afirmación tiene una carga política que le resta credibilidad, pues es incomprobable. Si lee la participación de la Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de México, Patricia Espinosa, de esa misma mañana ante el mismo Consejo de Derechos Humanos, se dará cuenta, ese well placed human rights advocate, que no hay alejamiento alguno del compromiso por los derechos humanos de la política exterior mexicana. En todo caso, se le podría acusar, con justa razón, de "candil de la calle", pero de nada más.



Saludos cordiales



Santiago Corcuera
scorcuera@ksca.com.mx

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quisiera sugerir un programa de investigacion sobre los fraudes en condominios , ya que tenemos demasiados problemas en miami con las asociaciones . aqui en north miami beach, sky lake condos tuvimos un problema aun no resuelto de un prestamo por el citizens aseguradora del gobierno,que no han querido iinvestigar y es de cerca de 1.2 millones de dls. los cuales tenemos que pagar ya que los 'directores' se llevaron todo el dinero.

marcia , sky lake condos .18 ave north miami beach
gracias

4:42 PM  
Blogger Daneil Barrahonda said...

Sr. Andres Oppenheimer.

Creo que usted esta mas ENCERRADO que nuestros Cinco Presos Politicos Cubanos. Quisisera saber Trabajas para la CIA, el FBI, NAS?..

Gracias.. Daniel Barrahonda

11:33 AM  
Blogger Argelia Tejada Segor said...

Estimado Sr. Oppenheimer:

Respeto sus artículos y su punto de vista neo-liberal. Pero, si utiliza el nombre de Latino América, recuerdese que Centro America, Cuba y República Dominicana somos parte de la región. Para usted, solamente Sur América y México existen.

Nuestros pueblos lucharon por la democracia y sufrieron las intervenciones y ocupaciones de los Estados Unidos desde principios del Siglo 20. El Caribe ha sido territorio invadido y abusado durante la Guerra Fria y ahora esos paises estan firmando los acuerdos de libre comercio con los EEUU. Estos acuerdos no funcionarán con gobiernos corruptos. En cambio, Chile ha logrado que el libre comercio sea beneficioso. Tome este tema, y traiga a hablar personas que encarnan puntos de vista diferentes. Ya conocemos la perspectiva neo-liberal. Es bueno oir un debate sobre estos acuerdos y que tiene que hacer RD y Centro América para que sus industrias no desasparezcan con la competencia.

Gracias

1:12 PM  
Blogger J said...

So, there's a lot of people complaining about why latinos aren't speaking just English.

I just want to tell you guys that in the same way that latinos speak Spanish, they are also jews that speak hebrew.
Why the same people who is complaining against latinos do the same against jews.Many times I hearded them talking and I dint's understand them.That's not a reason to make them just speak English...

Because is all about racism.They don't wan to accept it but it is.

One day you people will know.
Peace out.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Boris said...

Estimado Sr. Oppenheimer,

Aprovecho la oportunidad para felicitarlo por su libro “Cuentos Chinos”, el cuál leí y disfruté al máximo.

Yo no sé si Ud. lee personalmente sus emails, pero en aras del porvenir de los venezolanos me gustaría que me respondiera pública o privadamente (preferiblemente la primera) este correo. En su artículo titulado "Recetas para frenar a Chávez", afirma que “La oposición Venezolana no debería repetir el error que cometió cuando boicoteó las elecciones legislativas del 2005 cuando, citando la falta de libertades para hacer campaña”, con dicha afirmación Ud. comete un error, el boicot no fue por “la falta de libertades para hacer campaña”, fue por falta de garantías de la parcialidad del ente rector, lo que no garantizaba que se respetaría la voluntad popular, tal cual como paso el 3D pasado cuando las elecciones presidenciales quedaron para mucho venezolanos manchadas por las dudas de fraude (en este momento existen varios estudios MUY SERIOS con pruebas visibles que demuestran que en efecto hubo fraude, cuando Ud. desee se los puedo hacer llegar); en función de lo anterior me pregunto ¿cómo una persona con su conocimiento histórico y político puede llegar a afirmar que la oposición venezolana debe ir a votar porque es factible que seamos mayoría?, yo me pregunto, si en Cuba se hubiese realizado hace un par de años una elección ¿Hubiera perdido Fidel?; debe Ud. comprender que no importa que la oposición seamos mayoría, con el CNE en manos del Chavismo NUNCA van a perder, del mismo modo que Hussein ganaba las elecciones con el 99%, Chávez sin duda alguna tendrá su aprobación constitucional y la dictadura se habrá consumado, recuérdese que las “revoluciones no se cuentan”.

Basado en este panorama, es del interés de una gran parte de los venezolanos saber cómo visualiza el panorama una persona como Ud., o ¿de verdad cree que es posible ganar las elecciones si se tiene mayoría?, o ¿de verdad cree que Chávez va a dejar el poder tan fácilmente?, o ¿es que acaso no cree que Chávez es un dictador? ¿No será mejor dejar que la abstención le quite la poca legitimidad que tendría si todo el mundo va a votar, teniendo en cuenta que no hay forma de que pierda?

Sería de mucha utilidad si Ud. pudiera darnos ahora su punto de vista en función de la verdadera realidad de los venezolanos.

Muchas Gracias,

Boris Polanía.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No comment just a question: Does "Cuentos Chinos" come in English?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not ask Chavez to turn back clocks 27.5 minutes instead of 30 to "really" show his independence from the world? And, shouldn't the new currency be called "the Chavez"?

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Leonard Miraglilo said...

Just finished your article in the Miami Herald and it sounds like you are trying to incite a riot or threaten the citizens of this country with terrorism. This I feel won't help your argument and only make people more hostile towards your cause.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Bongoman said...

I am disappointed with people in so many ways: we give up our liberties to a pack of lying hyenas in the White House hoping they'll make us safe when it's their policies that put us in danger in the first place, and we're becoming terrified of everyone who wants to have the same things we have, a chance to work, support themselves, and buy nice things. Hyphenated Americans don't help themselves though. Being a "something"-American is placing a condition on your Americanism. You are an American or you aren't. So let's drop the hyphens, let's stop letting Bush and his sociopaths run roughshod over this country, and let's start looking at people from other countries as people from other countries and not "aliens." They don't come from some other planet.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your report is so full of unjustified emotion and no logical thought, it amazes me. It matters not whether these children have lived here all their lives. They are as illegal as their parents. What part of "illegal" do you not understand? These people are sucking off of every give-away program offered, whether governmental or private. They are using programs intended for U.S. citizens. They have succeeded in completely closing many hospitals because their demand for free services are not sustainable. How long do you think this country can support these illegals until there is nothing more to give them? This is OUR country. If they want to immigrate, do it legally. There is a program in place and laws in place that guide this process. If they are serious about becoming an American, do the process. I am fed up with them and Americans like you who want to give away everything we have worked so hard to obtain. If you think I'm giving up my success to someone who comes here illegally and whines that they don't have the same opportunities, you're dead wrong. If they want the opportunities to be successful, they can do it legally or stay at home and work to improve their own country. I'll be hanged if they're coming in here to steal MY country. You need to get a grip and read the Constitution. This is the United States of America, not meximerica.
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7:50 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

SEND ALL ILLEGALS HOME AND REPLACE WITH TAX PAYING IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE DOCUMENTED NOW THERES SOME COMON SENSE FOR YA ANDRES I AM ALL FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND ALL AGAINST THOSE WHO BREAK INTO THIS GREAT COUNTRY THEN BREAK COUNTLESS LAWS ONCE THEY ARE HERE ie IDENTITY THEFT TAX EVASION CRIME DRIVE WITH NO LICENSE AND THE LIST IS ENDLESS WITH EVEN RAPE AND MURDER.A DOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT IS LOT EASIER TO FIND THEN AN ILLEGAL ALIEN.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your article in the Miami Herald on the front page of 11/11/07 "Street Crime sends Latins to S. Florida"

Is it online anywhere so I can send it to someone thousands of miles from here?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sr. andres oppenheimer:

Soy un peruano que por rarezas de la vida dio con su columna hablando del modelo peruano. Yo, como ciudadano de buena posicion social, de un colegio de clase alta y estudiante de universidad privada que por cierto es muy cara, podría hacerme del intelectual viendo y comentando su programa y sus escritos y la gente de mi entorno me miraría con visto bueno, pero sinceramente no lo hago y no lo hago por verguenza, iría en contra de mis principios, sería darle la espalda a la situación por la que vive mi país, la gente que se muere de hambre, los estudiantes encarcelados por salir a protestar lo que es justo, los campesinos que se mueren de hambre porque las grandes empresas les pagan una miseria por sus productos, siendo los unicos que se benefician las grandes empresas, cuales terratenientes del siglo 19. Y eso que todavía no entra en vigor el TLC, ¡se imaginará usted! ¿Qué dirán los consejales de la USAID para la toma de America Latina...disculpe, para el "ESTUDIO" de America Latina, el día que comiencen las protestas y las desapariciones, al propio estilo aprista, fujimorista y accionpopulista del 1980 al 2000, cuando entre en vigor el TLC en el Perú... sucederá lo mismo que en Costa Rica...lo mismo que en Colombia... lo mismo que en Chile (que sepa la gente que en Chile los pobres cada vez so nmas pobres y mueren de hambre dia a dia...QUE VIVA EL TLC!) ¿...? ¿Usted informará de esa situación en su programa? ¿Sacará algún libro?¿Aplaudirá el crecimiento económico de Perú, a costa de las violaciones de Derechos Humanos y del daño ambiental que ensuciará nuestros ríos y matará a nuestros niños? En fin...¿Usted podrá dormir tranquilo dandole el visto bueno a todo los actos criminales que sucederán mientras nuestros jóvenes y pobres morirán en las cárceles ejecutados sin derecho a querer al prójimo, a un mundo mejor y mas justo? Cuantas interrogantes...quedan muchas por hacer y por responder, pero así como yo, somos muchos que ya hemos tomado una posicion, y es que la situación del Perú remuerde el corazón hasta al mas frío y todo muestra que esta situación empeorará, y la gente se da cuenta, es por eso que la protesta popular aumenta día a día, y su programa no ha hablado de nada.Sinceramente no creo que lo haga, y no se si leerá este comentario, ojala su administrador lo haga y así aunque sea una débil voz llegue al razocinio del mas fuerte y le haga entender que aquí en el Perú la gente no esta cruzada de manos, que somos muchos y nos avecinamos con hambre atrazada, con calor en nuestros corazones y picazón en nuestras gargantas.
Hasta la próxima.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Protágoras said...

Quizá valdria la pena dedicar algunas lineas a la decisión del Consulado Venezolano en Miami a realizar la votación del próximo referendum del 2d en las oficinas del Consulado que escasamente tendrán 150 mts2 a pesar de que es el centro de votación venezolano más grande del mundo (más de 18.000 personas están inscritos para votar en Miami) tan grande que en el pasado se ha utilizado el Orange Bowl. Habría que preguntarle al Sr. Hernández Borgo por qué la falta de planificación aunque la verdadera razón es evidente: retrasar y entorpecer en la esperanza de que la gente no vaya a votar o se retire. Nótese que tradicionalmente el 95% de los votos en Miami han sido en contra de Chávez. Por supuesto, si se le pregunta al Sr. insulza (así con minúscula), el dirá que es perfectamente democrático elegir el consulado para que voten los 18.000 venezolanos. Urbi et orbi...

11:05 AM  
Blogger Tio said...

You predicted "Castro's Final Hour" in 1992. Are you willing to make another prediction?

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I recently sent a letter to the President of Chile asking her to please intercede on behalf of the Cuban political prisioners. I mentioned to her the efforts made by Las Damas de Blanco, and suggested that she should give them her support.
Do you thing Mrs. Bachellet will pay any attention to my request?

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I would like your opinion regarding the hidden agenda of Lou Soups and his supporters of Anti Immigrants sentiment, rethorics and racists movement.
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5:03 PM  
Blogger Greatmag said...

The fallacies of OPPENHEIMER REPORT 1/13/08
1. Oppenheimer states there is no line to get into for immigration. Talk to almost any consulate in the third world and also in many developed nations and they will tell you that they have a backlog of immigration applications. Cuban yearly file thousands more applications than the 20,000 yearly visas it is allocated according to the agreement with the government. By the way we can increase legal immigration if we decrease illegal immigration and persuade the ones already here to leave by making employers reluctant to hire or retain them.
2. Oppenheimer then states there is a huge mismatch between the US Labor market needs and the supply of immigration visas. The last time I looked we had 5% unemployment. That translates into millions of Americans that could fill these jobs. Oppenheimer says that Americans will not do it. What he does not say is that they won’t do it under conditions and pay that the immigrants will do it for. You see his fat cat buddies want illegal immigration in order to exploit the immigrants. Their dirty little secret is that if these immigrants are legalized they will no longer work for these employers. They will just get another batch of illegal workers.
3. Organizations that want to restrict immigration want to do so because they see that current illegal workers will not be forced to leave and they are not adapting to our society. They want an opportunity to absorb the immigrants we already have.
4. Oppenheimer then falsely accuses those of us that are against illegal immigration of being racist because we do not rail against immigration from Canada. As a legal immigrant from Canada and one whose relations are patiently waiting in line to be granted immigrant visa, I will tell you I oppose illegal immigration from Canada. However, I would venture that there are far fewer illegal immigrants from Canada in US prisons than illegal immigrants of other nations.
5. The real sophistry in his column is when he addresses Myth 3. He wants to tell us that we are not so upset if someone comes here legally and overstays their visa. That is cute journalistically but logically it is just plain stupid.
6. Building a border fence will not only deter illegal immigration but drugs as well. The border in San Diego has proven this. There was a road in southern San Diego County at Otay Mesa, which drug runners crossed on dirt bikes at will at all hours of the day and so did illegal aliens. They put a fence there and both these problems have been dramatically reduced.
7. Finally, regarding Myth 5, Oppenheimer states he supports border protection. The last time I recall him discussing a border fence, he was against it. I don’t ever recall Oppenheimer ever positing a plan that would secure our borders.

6:49 PM  
Blogger American Native said...

Dear Andres,

I hope you will take time to reconsider your stance in this article. I also hope you will see some logic I believe is you have failed to address in 5 Myths.

--Myth No. 1: "We are only against illegal immigration. Undocumented immigrants should get in line for visas." That's deceptive because you can't demand that people get into line when, for the most part, there is no line to get into.

While the U.S. labor market is demanding 1.5 million mostly low-skilled immigrants a year -- and will demand many more in coming years, as the U.S. population becomes increasingly educated -- the current immigration system allows into the U.S. an average of one million legal immigrants a year, and most of them are already here.

I will only address this portion of your statement as it is the crux of the issue.
I truly and honestly believe in capitalism. I believe when there are over abundances of labor or products the prices should go down alternatively when there are shortages of these items the cost should go up. Unfortunately we here in the United States have many so called business owners and CEO's who wish only one portion of this equation to be in effect. They wish to make their fortunes by diluting the American labor force on one hand while still raising prices on the other. I am a business owner and would never ever hire a non US Citizen. If there and there is a shortage of labor in my line of business I will just have to pay what it takes to get the best people I can afford. It is my job as owner to make a profit despite the problems my business faces. I would never ever break our laws to do so nor would I wish to import cheap slave labor so that I might live in my castle isolated from the issues facing my employees and their families. I by the way have always found a way to provide health care and always will. Of course providing health care to my employees will mean I will not own a 2nd nor third home but I can live with this.

Myth No. 2: "Anti-immigration advocates are not anti-Hispanic." Maybe many aren't, but when was the last time you heard anti-immigration Republican hopefuls or cable television talk show hosts lashing out against illegal immigrants from Canada? In addition, the escalating immigration hysteria has created an ugly environment that affects all Hispanics -- both legal and undocumented -- in many parts of the country, as recent studies by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have shown.

I can not deny that somewhere race is an issue, on both sides. I have yet been exposed to and illegal alien from Canada burning our flag. If you will take the time to study this issue you will find Canada is a diverse country while Mexico on the other hand is not and worse yet will not allow diversity. Look at the Dominican Republic and how they will not allow Haitians to enter their country. Racism is bad but it is a has little to do with the fact that Mexico is far more harsh on non Mexican than is America and that ALL illegals are unwelcome guests.

--Myth No. 3: "We are a nation of laws, and the law says you have to enter the country legally." Yes, but we are also a nation of immigrants. And, by the way, nearly half of all undocumented immigrants enter the country legally, and overstay their visas.

You are totally incorrect with this statement. We are a nation of laws only it is our Constitution which protects us from the wolfs of tyranny, only this document stands in the way of us being a 3rd world country. We call our selves a nation of immigrants but and a big but is that this immigration must be done in an orderly fashion and strictly by our LAWS.
Remember we are under NO obligation to take any immigrants from any country at anytime.
--Myth No. 4: "Building a border fence will solve the problem." Wrong. As long as the per ca-pita income in the United States is five times bigger than that of Mexico, and as long as U.S. labor market demands millions of low-skilled jobs that Americans won't fill, people will jump over the fence, dig tunnels under it or come through Canada.

While I agree a fence will be some what symbolic it also sends a message to those who wish to make their fortunes with slave labor that the are not welcome. Do you not think it strange that the Democrats push for higher minimum wages while working to under cut the labor rates of those the minimum wage would help by inviting in people who will pay fewer taxes and work for less than the very minimum wage the established?

--Myth No. 5: Those of us who criticize anti-immigration groups are "amnesty" and "open borders" supporters. Baloney. I, for one, support both border protection and an earned path to legalization for millions of undocumented workers who pay taxes and are willing to learn English.

One question here how does one earn citizenship? I have always had a problem with this term. Is earned serving in the military?? Seems like citizens should have this responsibility does it not? I know maybe if we charge them, well then the poor will be eliminated totally. How about making them swear allegiance --- I don't think so. I am not sure I have an answer as to how we allow people to enter our country but I know it must be controlled. Ell es Island was a tried and true way of entry. By the way the last so call immigration reform punished the illegal alien but never ever address his task master who made his fortune by evading taxes!! Do you not have a problem with this, I DO.

One myth you failed to mention. Myth --- Mexico is a poor country. Mexico has much wealth but the wealthy are allowed to rape the workers of Mexico. Is this what you wish to see here?
Why are our politicians not shaking their finger under the nose of the Mexican president and pointing out this hypocrisy? Why are Americans held to task for a problem created by the Mexican form of government???

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Andres,

I am seen at this moment your TV Show regarding Education in Latinamerica. Unfortunately, you have 100% wrong data. As a professor at UNAM in Mexico, with academic and professional experience in the USA, I have seen no difference between the High-Tech degrees.
Public universities are not responsables of any wrong directions from our countries. On another perspective, India is definitly a different country and culture from ours.
I am afraid that you have certain inclination to some views, and not welcoming other ones.
Just to let you know, in Mexico, it is too hard being accepted into the top public universities because of their admission tests. In fact, those students whom want to study, for example engineering, and they can't support the high stress level as well as requirements, drop a place in a public school and move to a 'top' private one because it is more feasible to conclude and get a job. Mexico is strong into their scientific and technical degrees, it is not easy being graduated. Check that data.
Sincerely,
Professor Ulises Carrillo
Mexico

1:50 AM  
Blogger Fernando said...

Sr. Oppenheimer: This is a very important media to keep your readers well informed. I'm always eager to find some thoughtful comments about Latin America in the US Spanish mass media; but that's been quite hard to achieve. I really miss you Oppenheimer presenta... Where can I see it? Isn't there another good & serious talk show about current affairs.
For example, today I was expecting to read something about Fidel Castro' resignation... I mean, something different from what the American electronic mass media are saying... Can you give me a suggestion? Of course, I read foreign newspapers and I like them, but their perspective is quite different from the one all the Latin people living in the States have.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pardon me señor oppenheimer, but you really shouldn´t start any of the paragraphs of your columns with the words "For Fairness´ Sake". you are anything but fair, just as you are anything but informed on many of the topics you tackle in your opinion column, especially when it comes to cuba. a "De Facto" dictatorship stewarded by the united states is how you quickly described the situation in cuba before 1959. perhaps you can write an article, "For Fairness´ Sake" to let us all know what you mean by "De Facto" dictatorship and what that meant for cubans living on the island under batista and american rule. i believe it is "Fair" to say castro sought, as the foundation of his revolution against american imperialism in his homeland, to improve the lives of all those cubans who were stranded outside the pre-1959 batista/american elitist power structure. then to be "Fair", you compare current cuban ADULT literacy rates and life expectancy averages to 1957 UN statistical INFANT mortality rates and give only a latin american RANKING for literacy rates in 1957. you are aware that you are comparing apples with oranges here, right? just for "Fairness´ Sake", i wanted to make that clear to you. then you continue with "all dictatorships cite domestic or foreign threats"... señor oppenheimer, you do know the difference between "threats" and 50-year ECONOMIC EMBARGOS, correct? "Fairness" is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, reader. when i read your articles, i don´t see any fairness. just agenda. that´s fine. it´s your column. just please, in the future, keep the words " For Fairness´ Sake" out of it.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Fernando said...

Estimado Sr. Oppehehimer:

Estoy a la espera de que su programa televisivo: Oppenheimer Presenta, vuelva a exhibirse por la cadena televisiva V-me. No sé qué sucedió pero dejó de pasar... Y sé que en México lo siguen exhibiendo pero a una hora muy tarde que no sé si lo programen aquí en EE.UU.

Ojalá que pudiera orientarme porque considero que los paneles de discusión que Ud. tenía en su programa eran de lo más acertados en el sentido de dar una opinión DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA ESTADOUNIDENSE sobre los aspectos de la vida pública que afectan a Latinoamérica.

Ojalá que alguien pueda orientarme sobre dónde ver su programa. ¡Gracias!

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Mr Oppenheimer
No le parece interesante que el Castro en su reflexion donde indicaba que no buscaba ni aspiraba un nuevo termino como presidente usa casi las mismas palabras que uso Lyndon Johnson cuando dijo that He will not seek nor he will accept a nomination for a 2nd term his party to be the president of USA. Piensa ud que Fidel Castro uso las mismas palabras porque siente una admiracion especial por este presidente. Do you think that deep down his soul Castro knows that Democracy which is inherent to the american people is a better way of life?

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I think that there ought to be a political party that represents latinos in the US. There is too much ignorance and disrespect coming from both major politcal parties. I would like to see latinos in the US organize in a way similar to the French Canadians in Quebec. Andres, What do you think needs to be done in order to make something like this possible?

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