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Fidel Castro’s ideal of amateur sport for Cuba lies in ashes

Fidel Castro’s ideal of amateur sport for Cuba lies in ashes BY LINDA ROBERTSON lrobertson@miamiherald.com Among the items that ought to be interred with Fidel Castro’s ashes when Cuba’s “Maximum Leader” is formally laid to rest on Sunday are a baseball glove and a tracksuit. Castro was not only an avid sports fan but an […] Continue reading

Cuba was and is no utopia

Local View: Cuba was and is no utopia BY PAT CLARE 11 hrs ago (18) With the death of Fidel Castro it is noteworthy how many people and news sources express admiration of the dictator. I have a different impression having traveled to Cuba in 2003 with a group of American Orthopedic Surgeons with the […] Continue reading

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba By Anthony Hall Posted: Nov 27, 2016 12:54 AM Updated: Nov 27, 2016 5:57 AM LUBBOCK, Texas – Two Cuban-Americans were political prisoners for nearly four years each after they were caught discussing change in Cuba during perestroika and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership in the […] Continue reading

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 Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement GlobeNewswire • November 10, 2016 VANCOUVER, British Colombia, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cuba Ventures Corp. (CUV.V) (MPSFF) (the “Company”) – Donald J. Trump, the newly elected Republican President of the United States of America confirmed victory over Democratic rival […] Continue reading

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations EDITORIALS NOV 8, 2016 Both Americans and Cubans would benefit from normalization of relations between our two countries, President Barack Obama vowed two years ago. Then, despite concerns expressed by many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Obama proceeded to lift many of the diplomatic, economic and social […] Continue reading

Information as Treason

Information as Treason / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 14 October 2016 – Authoritarians aren’t very given to calm. They need the citizens to feel widespread discomfort to be able to govern them with ease. This scenario of fears has sharpened recently in Cuba, where the government has strengthened or opened new […] Continue reading

Cuban Independent Press Grows Despite Censorship

Cuban Independent Press Grows Despite Censorship / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 October 2016 – The Cuban independent press has been marked by two opposing phenomena: censorship and growth, according to the report on Cuba published by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday. The document prepared for the association made up of representatives from […] Continue reading

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness By Jon Elliston AUGUST 9, 2016 THE MASS MEDIA IN CUBA for decades was exclusively run by a rigid state monopoly, and even now, the government controls most of the news that makes its way to citizens. But significant cracks may be opening. As I’ve learned during […] Continue reading

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint / Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández, 1 August, 2016 — Timothy Garton Ash is a well-known journalist, editorial writer and British researcher. His books on history are notable, above all for their distinctive focus on recent contemporary history. During the 1970s, Ash became interested in researching […] Continue reading

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media Digital journalism has arrived in Cuba, in the Cuban way. BY DANIEL WIZENBERG Knight Center Rodolfo Romero is 27 years-old. He received money from the government to finance a news site. It was going to be called Cuba accuses (Cuba acusa) but he […] Continue reading

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark In an onging rapprochement that was formalized with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba on July 20, 2015, many diplomatic steps have been taken. But there are still big areas of contention between the two nations. BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com At a minute […] Continue reading

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military July 3rd, 2016by Miami Herald Mr. President, what’s wrong with this picture? Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opens the first U.S.-operated hotel in Cuba in more than five decades. But it’s not a joint enterprise between an American firm and a Cuban entrepreneur, the kind that is supposed […] Continue reading

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors Starwood opens first U.S.-operated hotel in in Havana in more than five decades It’s not an opportunity for Cubans to earn a living independent of government Neither is sending Shaquille O’Neal as “Sports Envoy to Cuba” to join celebrity circus BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Mr. President, […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Cuban Alternative Journalism: Challenges and Commitments

Cuban Alternative Journalism: Challenges and Commitments / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 May 2016 — One morning in 1996, the poet and journalist, Raúl Rivero, Director of the press agency Independent Cuba Press, called me at home in Víbora, to ask me to cover the trial of a dissident in a municipal court in Cerro. […] Continue reading

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

Neocastroism – A Tropical Dynasty

Neocastroism: A Tropical Dynasty A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 18 Abr 2016 – 1:57 pm. Dictatorial systems end up exercising public power like a private company. The elite trust no one, so family and personal ties are the only guarantee. Over the course of his protracted period in power Fidel […] Continue reading

Despite presidential visit, changes in Cuba will come slowly

Despite presidential visit, changes in Cuba will come slowly Democracy, baseball diplomacy and business were all on agenda Historic trip ended Tuesday Obama took his message directly to Cuba people BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com On the first official day of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, a wind swept in from the north and sent […] Continue reading

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race Kate LinthicumContact Reporter In recent years, Afro-Cuban intellectuals have started gathering in a cramped Havana apartment to discuss a topic long considered off-limits in Cuba: race. Fidel Castro’s communist revolution 60 years ago promised to wipe out racial divisions and level the playing field for […] Continue reading

Big week ahead in Havana with historic Obama visit

Big week ahead in Havana with historic Obama visit The city has been cleaned and spiffed up The Tampa Bay Rays will play Cuban team on Tuesday The week finishes with a Rolling Stones concert BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com “ HAVANA There are unprecedented sights and sounds around Havana: fleets of burgundy-colored Jeeps carrying U.S. […] Continue reading

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on March 15, 2016 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 14 March 2016 – The activist Iliana Hernandez has taken one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to resettle in Cuba after almost two decades living abroad. Nationalized with Spanish citizenship, the dissident […] Continue reading

Relationship is Not Simply Acceptance

Relationship is Not Simply Acceptance / Fernando Dámaso Posted on March 15, 2016 Fernando Damaso, 8 March 2016 — At the 31st Ordinary Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which met in Geneva, the delegation of the Cuban government, headed by Mr. Pedro Nunez Mosquera, Director General for Multilateral Affairs and International Law […] Continue reading

The New York Times, a Branch of Granma

The New York Times, a Branch of Granma / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 11, 2016 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2016 – The New York Times (NYT) has just dedicated a new editorial to Cuba. Or, to be more accurate, the article, signed by Colombian Ernesto Londoño, makes a whole accolade about […] Continue reading

After the Castro brothers – How much power will Cuba’s crown prince really wield?

After the Castro brothers: How much power will Cuba’s crown prince really wield? Miguel Díaz-Canel, Raúl Castro’s apparent successor, has trod a careful path to the top But without the support of the military and the Communist Party, being president of Cuba might not mean much And what about the youngest generation of Castros? BY […] Continue reading

Obama’s final year in office shaping up to be one of genuine relevance

Obama’s final year in office shaping up to be one of genuine relevance By Steven Mufson February 20 at 4:34 PM It was not so long ago that many observers were arguing that it was time to slide Barack Obama’s presidency onto the bookshelf labeled “history.” The president’s political capital seemed spent, and the man […] Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

14ymedio’s 14 Cuban Faces of the Year for 2015

14ymedio’s 14 Cuban Faces of the Year for 2015 / 14ymedio Posted on January 3, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2015 — The protagonists of 2015 Cuba have made their mark sometime in the past twelve months. These people from the areas of culture, sports, religion, politics, science or social activism made this year different […] Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba relations – A year of change

U.S.-Cuba relations: A year of change First anniversary of new relationship is Dec. 17 Symbolic and tangible changes mark the year Much work remains before there is a normal relationship BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In the year since the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement began, some things have seemed to move at warp speed, but others have smacked […] Continue reading

It is a good time for Cuban independent journalism

“It is a good time for Cuban independent journalism” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on November 4, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 3 November 2015 – He just won the top prize in the Havana Newsprint journalism contest, but Roberto de Jesus Quinones feels that reporting is only one part of his civic responsibility. A lawyer by […] Continue reading

After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics?

After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics? The GroundTruth Project September 23, 2015 · 12:15 PM EDT By Jason Berry (follow) Leaning on a cane in her small living room in this rural Cuban village of Rodas, Gladys Cristina del Caridad Gonzalez, 84, reflected on Pope Francis’s historic visit and what she hopes is […] Continue reading

Cuba prepares for arrival of Pope Francis

Cuba prepares for arrival of Pope Francis Pontiff expected to touch down at 4:05 p.m. Saturday Large group of Miami pilgrims in Cuba for the visit Miami archbishop mistaken for ‘pope’s cousin’ BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com When Pope Francis arrives in Cuba late Saturday afternoon he’ll find a country in transition that is forging a […] 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

Yulieski Gourriel, the Internet, and Other Cuban Demons

Yulieski Gourriel, the Internet, and Other Cuban Demons / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 4, 2015 Iván García, 7 July 2105 — In the Cuba of the Castros one thing is certain: the role of the people is to applaud, accept, and await the executive edicts. So long as the boring newspaper Granma does not […] Continue reading

“I feel like a war reporter”

“I feel like a war reporter” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on June 20, 2015 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 20 June 2015 — A couple of weeks ago, the neighbors crowded onto the ground floor of a twelve-story building near Tulipan Street. “He committed suicide … They say he hanged himself with his own belt,” […] Continue reading

Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood

Cuba: Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 28, 2015 Iván García, 29 April 2015 — The first time that Yumilka, a teacher, felt discriminated against because of the color of her skin she was only four years old. “It was in the daycare center. I remember coming home crying. A […] Continue reading

Is Venezuela The New Cuba?

Is Venezuela The New Cuba? By James Garrett Baldwin | April 05, 2015 AAA | Over the last decade, Venezuela and Cuba have strengthened relations and become close regional allies. Following the election of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 1999, the two nations boosted trade and worked together to denounce American capitalism and gain […] Continue reading

The Lying Cuban Press

The Lying Cuban Press / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on April 3, 2015 Montonous, grey, controlled, censored, demagogic, jingoistic, for more than half a century as spokesperson for phantom successes Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 31 March 2015 (Cuba Sindical) – The “Revolutionary” Cuban press, characterized as demagogic, monotonous, manipulative, with a grey design, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Civil Society Forum is a Joke

Cuba’s Civil Society Forum is a Joke March 28, 2015 Dariela Aquique HAVANA TIMES — When they announced on TV that a Cuban Civil Society Forum was being held in Havana and that panel discussions would take place at Casa de las Americas and Casa del ALBA, I couldn’t help but laugh. I immediately thought […] Continue reading