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Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO – REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE? – THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has been supreme leader of Cuba […] Continue reading

Former Political Prisoners Say US Failed on Promise To Bring Their Families From Cuba

Former Political Prisoners Say US Failed on Promise To Bring Their Families From Cuba / 14ymedio, Abel Fernandez, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Abel Fernandez and Mario Penton, Miami, 28 April 2016 – Former Cuban political prisoners Niorvis Rivera, Aracelio Riviaux and Jorge Ramirezmet Thursday in Miami with staff for Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for help in bringing […] Continue reading

Higher education in Cuba: A Vision (Part 1)

Higher education in Cuba: A Vision (Part 1) / Somos+ Posted on January 10, 2016 Somos+, Rolby Milian, 5 January 2016 — Education has always been one of the propaganda bulwarks that the Havana regime has used to sell the image of Cuba as a perfect, paradise society. Like so many others, this has resulted […] Continue reading

Cuba – From Thaw to Disillusion

Cuba: From Thaw to Disillusion [07-01-2016 23:49:55] Carlos Alberto Montaner Escritor, periodista y político (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban-American thaw is back to a freeze. Or at least the temperature has dropped a lot. From the torrid beginning one year ago, when Obama and Raúl Castro, virtually hand in hand through television, announced the rapprochement, disillusionment has […] Continue reading

Why Do Cubans Emigrate?

Why Do Cubans Emigrate? / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 16 December 2015 — Laying the blame on “Yankee imperialism” or the “perverse and criminal” Cuban Adjustment Act will not stem the flow of people escaping poverty and bleak futures. The national debate should be of a different nature. A responsible […] Continue reading

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: October 4, 2015 TAMPA — Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez are strident champions of opposite positions on the Cuba question, but the two Tampa men might agree on one thing: When it comes to their […] Continue reading

Cuba ovations may require Obama to renew ‘enemy’ status

Cuba ovations may require Obama to renew ‘enemy’ status Published: September 8, 2015 | Updated: September 8, 2015 at 08:23 PM TAMPA — The debate over the changing U.S. policy toward Cuba takes an ironic twist this week. Those who believe President Barack Obama is on the right path with his effort to normalize relations […] Continue reading

Politicians still naive, or manipulative, on Cuba

Politicians still naive, or manipulative, on Cuba BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@MiamiHerald.com “I wish every Cuban back in Cuba could spend a day walking around Miami and see what you have built here, how you have turned this city into a dynamic global city. … It would not take them long to start demanding similar opportunities […] Continue reading

Official Writers – The Good Life is Over

Official Writers: The Good Life is Over / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on July 23, 2015 Now that the slogan is economic profitability, what will happen to all the mediocre but loyal intellectuals? Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 20 July 2015 – In that “without haste but without pause”* race to impose a new […] Continue reading

Great Expectations And Some Criticism For The Reopening Of Embassies

Great Expectations And Some Criticism For The Reopening Of Embassies 14YMEDIO, Havana | Julio 01, 2015 This morning, like any other, outside the building of the United States Interests Section in Havana, the day dawned full of people waiting to apply for a visa to visit or settle in the neighboring country. Few of those […] Continue reading

Yes, Cuba is more open now. But for these artists and activists, little has changed.

Yes, Cuba is more open now. But for these artists and activists, little has changed. Oppression, jail and censorship are still the norm for the country’s young and politically active. By Kevin Lees June 22 at 8:47 AM HAVANA — Tania Bruguera’s work sits in the permanent collection of Cuba’s premier art gallery, the Museo […] Continue reading

An appalling indictment of Fidel

An appalling indictment of Fidel BY BRIAN LATELL brianslatell@gmail.com Juan Reinaldo Sánchez Crespo was one of the dozen or so defectors from Cuba’s intelligence and security services I interviewed when researching Castro’s Secrets. We met on a number of occasions in Miami after his arrival from Cuba in 2008. He confirmed for me that Fidel […] Continue reading

The Latell Report-May 2015

The Latell Report-May 2015 [21-05-2015 21:51:12] ICCAS (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Latell Report analyzes Cuba’s contemporary domestic and foreign policy, and is published periodically. It is distributed by the electronic information service of the Cuba Transition Project (CTP) at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS). Fidel’s Mariel Crimes Revisited Juan Reinaldo Sanchez […] Continue reading

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same / Ana Mercedes Torricella Posted on April 23, 2015 My neighbor Nelly, when she learned that I did not go vote and I again clarified that I did not want to leave Cuba, told me: “You independent journalists and dissidents are going to be alone with the […] Continue reading

Summit of the Americas – Inconsequential to the Average Cuban

Summit of the Americas: Inconsequential to the Average Cuban / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 9 April 2015 — After the Sunday hangover drinking beer with various friends, Jose Pablo reluctantly tends to his stall where he sells pirated CDs with Hollywood films and Mexican and Colombian narco-novelas. At his stand […] Continue reading

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 12:06 a.m. EDT April 11, 2015 PANAMA CITY – Cuban rapper Skuadron Patriota paced the stage and dedicated his next song to his mom – and moms everywhere who have lost sons to street fights or perilous raft trips from his island country […] Continue reading