A German human rights organization, Öku-Büro, has released the following announcement regarding the withdrawal of one of Próspera ZEDE's primary international partners, TUM International of the Technical University of Munich, due to concerns over human rights violations. See the full announcement
On March 14, 2020, I was hit by an ambulance in Havana, right by the famous Copelia Park. I underwent two surgeries and spent two weeks in Cuban hospitals before being flown home. This was right as international travel was shutting down because of Covid-19, and I watched Cuba adopt fast and thorough public health measures to protect its citizens. Now, Cuba's two publicly developed Covid-19 vaccine candidates are in Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials. In this op-ed for Counterpunch, I discuss why Cuba is uniquely positioned to develop the "people's vaccine" the world needs, as well as how we might solve the global vaccine manufacturing deficit problem through a mechanism at the WHO called the C-TAP, which allows any country or company to license their vaccine openly to the world.
Andrea Nuila and I recently published an initial analysis of the governance system of the Prospera ZEDE in North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). Prospera is the first Economic Development and Employment Zone (ZEDE) in Honduras, located in Crawfish Rock on the island of Roatan. The 2013 ZEDE law allows investors to establish largely independent legislative, judicial, and fiduciary systems. For this article we sifted through the constitutional charter of Próspera and the zone's legal code to suggest the implications of private government for Honduran citizens.