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Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns

Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the U.S. federal body that oversees Radio and TV Martí as well as the Martí Noticias website, resigned last week amid complaints by some dissidents and exiles about OCB’s editorial line. “Every […] Continue reading

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy By TERESA FRONTADO & NANCY KLINGENER & ADRIANNE GONZALEZ & HOLLY PRETSKY & ISABELLA CUETO • JUN 16, 2017 President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama. “Effective […] Continue reading

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most […] Continue reading

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided Les Neuhaus When President Trump scaled back President Obama’s pact that broadened relations with Cuba, he said he was “completely canceling” a “terrible and misguided deal.” There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have reacted to such an announcement […] Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017 MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with a blistering denunciation of the […] Continue reading

Cuba Says President Trump’s Speech Was ‘Loaded With Hostile Rhetoric’

Cuba Says President Trump’s Speech Was ‘Loaded With Hostile Rhetoric’ Associated Press 8:39 AM ET (WASHINGTON) — The Cuban government is rejecting what it calls the “hostile rhetoric” of President Donald Trump’s speech announcing a new U.S. policy toward the island, but says it is willing to continue “respectful dialogue” with the U.S. on topics […] Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES […] Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com If President Donald Trump did one thing during his Miami trip it was stir up simmering passions about the best course for U.S. policy toward Cuba. Neither side in the emotional debate — those who favor a more […] Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and […] Continue reading

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist BY MAUREEN WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Noting the hostile rhetoric of President Donald Trump in his Miami speech and saying the United States was in no position to be giving lessons on human rights, Cuba still extended an olive branch and said it wanted to […] Continue reading

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were […] Continue reading

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com With an announcement on Cuba policy by President Donald Trump apparently imminent, those for and against engagement are jockeying to get their positions before the president — even his daughter Ivanka. There has been a flurry of letters to the president […] Continue reading

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Center for a Free Cuba sent a letter of gratitude to President Donald Trump Wednesday for his decision to come to Miami and said it was pleased that he would soon begin the “dismantling of Barack Obama’s concessions […] Continue reading

Ángel Moya lleva al Senado de EEUU la represión del régimen a la oposición pacífica

Ángel Moya lleva al Senado de EEUU la represión del régimen a la oposición pacífica DDC | Washington | 14 de Junio de 2017 – 19:38 CEST. El exprisionero político cubano Ángel Moya visitó este miércoles el Comité de Relaciones Internacionales del Senado de Estados Unidos, en Washington, donde habló sobre la situación en la […] Continue reading

From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet)

Cuba: From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 June 2017 — In coming days when the administration of the unpredictable Donald Trump, following four months of review, announces its Cuba policy, it could be that Obama’s guidelines are retained save for touch-ups of a few items […] Continue reading

Trump and Francis may face new tensions over Cuba

Trump and Francis may face new tensions over Cuba John L. Allen Jr.June 12, 2017 EDITOR President Donald Trump and Pope Francis had a cordial meeting on May 24, stressing areas of agreement such as religious freedom and persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Since then, however, a Vatican aide described Trump’s pullout from the […] Continue reading

Trump to reveal Cuba policy in Miami next Friday

Trump to reveal Cuba policy in Miami next Friday BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@miamiherald.com President Donald Trump will travel to Miami next Friday to announce his administration’s changes to U.S.-Cuba policy, a source with knowledge of the president’s plans told the Miami Herald. The location for the event is still in the works. But scheduling the […] Continue reading

The Unqualified Cuban Truth

Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+ Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers […] Continue reading

The surveilled university

The surveilled university MICHAEL H. MIRANDA | Fayetteville | 8 de Junio de 2017 – 09:33 CEST. Last week several photos of American students with their professors appeared on the social networks in Havana. The images would not have drawn too much attention if it were not due to the fact that the situation demands […] Continue reading

The poet says…

The poet says… ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 7 de Junio de 2017 – 10:19 CEST. Poets, they say, are usually noble people. They write of beauty and pain, rise above the banality of everyday life, and turn the simplest elements of the universe into magic. Poets, they say, have sensitive souls. But […] Continue reading

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017 The legislation repeals the Cuban trade embargo. Jun 06, 2017 A bipartisan coalition of senators have introduced legislation, The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017, to eliminate legal barriers for Americans doing business in Cuba. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Enzi […] Continue reading

Freedom House presenta informe sobre los “totalitarismos modernos”

Freedom House presenta informe sobre los “totalitarismos modernos” A diferencia de Rusia, China o Azerbaijan, el régimen cubano es considerado por el autor del informe como “antigua dictadura”. Un informe publicado este lunes por Freedom House, afirma que “las sociedades libres se enfrentan a una creciente amenaza de líderes autoritarios que representan un desafío permanente […] Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path”

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path” 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miamia, 25 May 2017 — On the verge of being operated on in Miami for a traumatic cataract caused by a punch from a Cuban State Security agent during one of the many acts of repudiation against her, the dissident […] Continue reading

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists 14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Raúl Velázquez, executive director of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) was released last Friday after being held for 72 hours in the second unit of the People’s Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed […] Continue reading

President Trump, citing human rights, considers reviving limits on travel to Cuba

President Trump, citing human rights, considers reviving limits on travel to Cuba By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, New York Times Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:19am WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, citing human rights abuses by the Castro […] Continue reading

How Cuba policy, and its inevitable drama, ensnared Trump’s White House

How Cuba policy, and its inevitable drama, ensnared Trump’s White House BY PATRICIA MAZZEI, NORA GÁMEZ TORRES, ANITA KUMAR AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ pmazzei@miamiherald.com To unveil President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Cuba policy, his young administration had eyed a day brimming with symbolism: May 20, Cuban Independence Day. But as the date approached, and rumors flew in […] Continue reading

Raúl Castro apela al “compromiso revolucionario” del periodismo oficial

Raúl Castro apela al “compromiso revolucionario” del periodismo oficial mayo 25, 2017 Pablo Alfonso Desde que Internet apareció en el escenario informativo de la isla, el Comandante de la Revolución, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, miembro del Buró Político del Partido Comunista de Cuba y vicepresidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, lo calificó de […] Continue reading

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free May 30, 2017 Michael Reagan Perspective Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba. American Airlines is flying American tourists from Miami to Havana. For more than a year American-owned cruise lines have been hauling U.S. citizens by the thousands to the Castro brothers’ beautiful socialist paradise 90 […] Continue reading

More than 50 senators support eliminating restrictions on travel to Cuba

More than 50 senators support eliminating restrictions on travel to Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com As the Cuba policy review reaches its final stage, politicians, companies and organizations that support the policy of engagement are making an extra effort to send this message to Donald Trump: Mr. President, don’t eliminate opportunities to travel to […] Continue reading

An Appeal to the White House

Editorial: An Appeal to the White House DDC | Madrid | 30 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:42 CEST. Castroism’s plans for 2018 are clear: to officially sanction the transfer of power to the family’s heirs and double down on the kind of state capitalism that the Castros and the military elite already administrate. This […] Continue reading

Fariñas: ‘Yo debía haber sido un coronel de las FAR’

Fariñas: ‘Yo debía haber sido un coronel de las FAR’ DDC | Oslo | 24 de Mayo de 2017 – 22:08 CEST. “Yo debía haber sido en estos momentos, con la edad que tengo, un coronel de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, ese era mi destino. Uno de mis condiscípulos, dos años mayor que yo, es […] Continue reading

Without concrete steps towards a democratic solution to the crisis

Without concrete steps towards a democratic solution to the crisis PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 24 de Mayo de 2017 – 18:28 CEST. Raúl Castro pledged to hand over the presidency in 2018 to a new leader who, according to the current Constitution, will be elected by the National Assembly of the Popular Power […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela

Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela Mary Anastasia O’Grady in The Wall Street Journal The commitment to Maduro among soldiers and police is breaking down Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro is responding to mass demonstrations by selectively killing civilians. If, as a result, some branch of the military breaks with the regime, the country will descend into […] Continue reading

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements US president criticizes regime on Independence Day; Havana chides “millionaire-tycoon-turned-president” Miami 22 MAY 2017 – 17:36 CEST For the first time, the Cuban government has responded to US President Donald Trump in an exasperated tone. On Saturday, when the island nation was observing the anniversary […] Continue reading

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence. Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of self-governance, dignity, and freedom. […] Continue reading

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Havana has reacted strongly to a statement issued by President Donald Trump to the Cuban people over the weekend to mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. A statement read on Cuban state […] Continue reading

Merecido reconocimiento a Damas de Blanco

Merecido reconocimiento a Damas de Blanco 19 de mayo de 2017 – 21:05 – Por Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Cada domingo, las Damas de Blanco luchan por sus familiares cautivos y todos los presos políticos en Cuba, en demostraciones pacíficas mientras caminan hacia la iglesia. Pero cada domingo son acosadas y arrestadas por los secuaces del régimen […] Continue reading

Gobierno cubano impide a Berta Soler recibir premio en Washington junto a McCain

Gobierno cubano impide a Berta Soler recibir premio en Washington junto a McCain NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Berta Soler y John McCain en una misma foto aparentemente no era una imagen que el gobierno cubano fuera a tolerar. Las autoridades cubanas impidieron que la líder de las Damas de Blanco recibiera este martes el Premio […] Continue reading

El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+

El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+ 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2017 El sitio digital del Movimiento Somos+ se sumó en los últimos días a la lista de páginas censuradas en los servidores que brindan acceso a la red en las zonas wifi y los locales de la Empresa de […] Continue reading

It’s Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST. It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year 2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a […] Continue reading