Articles by Erick da Silva


Fidel Castro 1926-2016

As the dark shadow of death enveloped Fidel Castro at age 90, as it inevitably does with all mortals, a moment of reflection is due for a figure of such striking historical stature. An immortal icon of the ideological struggles of the Cold War, old Fidel came into the night of his days as the…


The Real Obama Doctrine: Clinton’s Leaked E-mails and US foreign Policy as It actually Happened

In a recent largely flattering article/interview published on The Atlantic, titled ‘The Obama Doctrine’ President Obama came down from the lofty heights to dispel myths and offer an ostensibly candid self-evaluation of his presidency. In so far as it provided access into the mind of the most powerful man in the world, certainly it was…


The Beatles Could Have Been a Mariachi band: Lennon-McCartney and the debt to Latin-American Music

Although rock and roll as a distinct musical language is widely, and largely accurately so, described in the popular consciousness as the offspring of the union between country-and-western and blues, it’s often forgotten that its formative years in post-war America were shaped also by interaction with other styles. It was rock and roll that propelled…


The Self-destruction of the Left in South America: Reflections on Brazil, Venezuela, and fellow travelers

It had long appeared that while the Northern hemisphere found itself ever more in the grip of a neoliberal orthodoxy, Latin America had emerged internationally as a champion of an alternative paradigm, whereby vibrant economies were maintained simultaneously with public policies which favored income redistribution and a more robust investment in the common good. Such…

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero