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Carlos Alberto Montaner, MA Biography

Author and journalist
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“The arguments in favor of lifting the embargo are not as weighty as those that counsel retaining it.

Why alleviate the Cuban government’s economic situation when history has shown that every time Castro strengthens his power, he invests those resources to retract the few morsels of economic freedom granted to the people during the periods of deep crisis?…

Once Castro is dead, the Cuban ruling class is overwhelmed by the huge power vacuum and all economic activity suddenly stops as everyone waits to see what will happen, only then will the offer be made to lift the embargo and grant generous aid in exchange for democracy and freedoms for the Cuban people…

The key is to induce the establishment of democracy in Cuba. For that it is necessary to keep intact the capacity to negotiate.”

“Keep U.S. Embargo on Cuba,” Miami Herald, Oct. 2, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editorial Contributor, Miami Herald, 2004-present
  • Author and journalist, 1968-present
  • Political analyst, CNN en EspaƱol
  • Syndicated columnist for many news outlets
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Center on Global Prosperity, Independent Institute
  • President, Firmas Press
  • Vice President, Liberal International, 1992
  • Editor, opinion page, El Nuevo Herald, 1987-1989
  • Founder, Editorial Playor, 1972
  • Professor, American literature, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, 1966-1970
  • Visiting Professor, University of Applied Sciences in Peru (UPC)
  • MA, Spanish and Latin American Literature, University of Miami, 1966
  • Born in Havana, Cuba in 1943
  • An exile from Cuba, he has lived in Madrid since 1970
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?