New show focuses on social, political events in Miami
Posted by Elena del Valle on May 23, 2007
Carlos Alberto Montaner, host, “Pronósticos”
Photo: Mega TV
Miami, Florida – WSBS-Mega TV Channel 22 launched “Pronósticos,” a six episode program, hosted by Carlos Alberto Montaner, offering viewers a detailed analysis of significant social and political events in South Florida and Latin America. The most recent episode, “Cuba in the Year 2027,” aired May 20, 2007 at 9 p.m. and the last program is scheduled to for November 18, 2007.
During the program, Montaner, a well-known Hispanic journalist and political analyst, discusses developing social and geopolitical trends and their potential impact on world events. According to promotional materials, over six million readers in Latin America, Spain and the United States read his weekly columns.
During the most recent program, Montaner and guests Emilio Estefan, Benjamin Leon, Nicolas Quintana, Jorge Pinion, Domingo Moreira, Jorge Dávila, Ariel Gutiérrez, Pedro Baldriche and Amelia Cachaldora examined the issues they expect will impact Cuba for the next 20 years. The common fear among the group is that Cuba is experiencing a rapid decline in its staple sectors of tourism, sugar and alcohol, while unable to sustain the growth of the construction and entertainment industries.
Montaner was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1943 and has resided in Madrid, Spain since 1970. He has published more than twenty books. Several of his books have been translated into English, Portuguese, Russian, and Italian. Some of his most well-known and reedited works are, Viaje al Corazon de Cuba (Journey into the Heart of Cuba); ¿Como y por què desapareció el comunismo? (How and Why Communism Disappeared); and Libertad: la Clave de la Prosperidad (Freedom: The Key to Prosperity).
He also wrote Manual del Perfecto Idiota Latinoamericano (Manual of the Perfect Latin American Idiot) and Fabricantes de Miseria (Fabricators of Misery) in collaboration with Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza and Alvaro Vargas-Llosa. In 2006, his latest book, Los Cubanos: Historia de Cuba en una Llección was published.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment companies in the United States. SBS owns and operates 20 radio stations located in Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico. The Company also owns and operates Mega TV in Miami.
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Mr. Montaner, I think you have a valid and well documented program about South Florida and Latin America. I am not knocking that effort but I do feel that you and the other people who have access to the latino community should be applying your efforts at this time to having the South Florida residents fully understand what is currently happening in our U.S. Senate.
I agree with the process of Immigration eform taking place but I don’t agree with how the proposed law is currently written. I think most of those ethnitic background latino people who read your articles would agree with me that a large part of the proposed law is unrealistic.
Please apply yourself to educating your website viewers to what is happening and to getting those people to apply pressure to those who represent them in our congress to at least give us a “fair” approach to immigration reform. I want the people who are here now and who are undocumented to have an opportunity to become legal – without having to sell their “grandmother” to pay for that privlege. Up to $9,000.00 for a family of four to pay the fines and fees associated with becoming a legal resident is totally unrealistic. To get that changed we need for each of them to be screeming at the lawmakers to do away with that high cost.
As it is currently written it will be years – at least 8 years – before anyone would have a chance to become a valid legal resident. Does that make sense to you?
Please apply your efforts to educating your latino viewers to what is happening and get their efforts focused on forcing a change to the law.