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HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba Two offerings coincide with strongman’s death. Glenn Garvin | December 3, 2016 HBO should get a little trophy from the television industry for giving executives something to talk about at holiday parties besides falling ratings and the specific level of Hell that should be reserved for whoever invented this […] Continue reading

Cubans Directed To Be Sad

Cubans Directed To Be Sad / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 29 November 2016 — Women crying on camera, Facebook profiles turned into portraits of Comandante Fidel, long lines to bid farewell to his absent ashes. No reggaeton in the streets, no “good morning” from the announcers on national […] Continue reading

Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@miamiherald.com LINKEDIN Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways, a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as the people’s political vanguard, […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – Unwitting father of modern Miami

Fidel Castro: Unwitting father of modern Miami BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI The Gateway to the Americas: That’s how Miami’s business and civic leaders would grandly if sporadically label the city in the middle of the last century. In reality, the slogan was wishful thinking, little more than the stuff of promotional brochures. Contrary to the historic […] 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

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba Alan Gomez , USA TODAY 4:12 p.m. EST November 20, 2016 MIAMI — A powerful coalition of U.S. companies is preparing to appeal to President-elect Donald Trump’s business instincts and drop his vow to reverse one of President Obama’s signature achievements: renewed relations with Cuba. […] Continue reading

Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

Voices – Trump Win Casts Shadow on U.S., Cuba Relations

Voices: Trump Win Casts Shadow on U.S., Cuba Relations by LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSA Jet Blue and American flights loaded with tourists, businessmen, academics and journalists fly in and out of Cuba every day, perhaps the most dramatic and visible sign of the thaw in Washington-Havana relations since the restoration of relations nearly two years ago. […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba U.S. exporters can sell to only one customer—the Castro government. Ana QuintanaRandall Ramos October 6, 2016 Will Congress lift the ban on private financing towards Cuba’s agriculture sector? Proponents of a bill to do just that claim it would benefit American farmers as well alleviate the suffering […] Continue reading

A new sponsor for Castro?

A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] Continue reading

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same Thursday, September 8, 2016 | Bill Bumpas, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com) Christian human rights organizations are alarmed at the wave of repression against Christians in Cuba – despite the normalization of relations between the United States and the communist island. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports a government crackdown on freedom […] Continue reading

The Sorry Tale Of Cuban Communism

The Sorry Tale Of Cuban Communism Daniel J. Mitchell – September 06, 2016, 11:25 am Before communism arrived in Cuba, it was one of the most prosperous societies of the Americas. Now, its economy and society are both severely crippled by it. Communism should be remembered first and foremost for the death, brutality, and repression […] Continue reading

THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA

THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA By Jon Lee Anderson , AUGUST 31, 2016 When a cold war winds down, what happens to its spies and traitors? The British double agents Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean were able to see out their days in Moscow while it was still ruled by Communists, without fears […] Continue reading

Foundation seeks to revoke residency for Cubans who visit the island

Foundation seeks to revoke residency for Cubans who visit the island NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com When President Barack Obama announced that he would reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, one part of the Cuban American community — especially the so-called historical exile population — felt it had been betrayed. Now, 1 ½ years later, a Miami […] Continue reading

More bad news for new ideas in Cuba

More bad news for new ideas in Cuba BY PAUL HARE paulhare@bu.edu Very few without Castro in their name have survived in the leadership of the Cuban Revolution as long as Eusebio Leal. And he didn’t do it by the conventional means of silence and obedience. He brought loyalty but also ideas to the Castros. […] Continue reading

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] Continue reading

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 26 June 2016 – Religious visas for foreign pastors invited to Christian events exist in all countries, but in Cuba they serve as a mechanism of repression and blackmail by the state, with the aim of silencing the […] 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

Opening to Cuba is ‘irreversible,’ senior Obama aide says

Opening to Cuba is ‘irreversible,’ senior Obama aide says By Karen DeYoung June 9 at 7:26 PM President Obama’s opening to Cuba is irreversible and remaining legislative restrictions on relations between the two countries — including a U.S. travel ban and trade embargo — are likely to be lifted by Congress “sooner than people think,” […] Continue reading

When Will the Government of Cuba Have Normal Relations With the Cuban People?

When Will the Government of Cuba Have Normal Relations With the Cuban People? / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin 14ymedio, Henry Constantin, New York, 31 May 2016 — This video is mute. Like Josefina Vidal, an official from Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (MINREX), and José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the United States, when I asked […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Castro Inc. – Cuba as Family Business

Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business 04/04/2016 10:28 am ET | Updated 22 hours ago Daniel Williams Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East,” available from O/R Books. Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a […] Continue reading

Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership With Cuba’s Castro Family

Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership With Cuba’s Castro Family HUMBERTO FONTOVA 12:44 PM 03/30/2016 What? You missed that news item? Well, you probably read about it, but under a different headline last weekend. You probably read about a “Historic!” — even an “Epochal!” — Rolling Stones concert in Havana Friday night. The hyperventilating “reporters” probably […] Continue reading

Sympathy for the devil? Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert a business deal with the Castros

Sympathy for the devil? Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert a business deal with the Castros Concert seemed to be a sign of ‘historic change’ in Cuba. It wasn’t. But it was a great way to enrich the ‘Castro Family crime syndicate’ Cubans continue to flee the repressive island BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA hfontova@earthlink.net You probably read about […] Continue reading

5 myths about Cuba

5 myths about Cuba Christopher Sabatini President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba this past week returned U.S. and world attention to the small Caribbean island of 11 million people and the long, curious history between it and the United States. It’s hard to think of a similarly sized country that has had such a […] Continue reading

Cuba – Caught Between The Castros And Capitalism

Cuba: Caught Between The Castros And Capitalism Barack Obama is catching a nation on the cusp of change, suspended between the Fidel era and its post-communist future. 08:33, UK, Monday 21 March 2016 By Cordelia Lynch, US Correspondent I visited Cuba four years ago as a tourist, keen to see one of the last bastions […] Continue reading

U.S. continues to chip at embargo by easing Cuban travel and banking restrictions

U.S. continues to chip at embargo by easing Cuban travel and banking restrictions The new regulations come before President Obama’s March 20-22 trip to Cuba Individual travelers can now plan and make their own people-to-people trips New rules could ease banks’ reluctance to engage in transactions with Cuba BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Just days before […] Continue reading

Obama should cancel Cuba trip if thwarted

Obama should cancel Cuba trip if thwarted President should meet with dissidents of his choosing He should be prepared to decline to visit if regime blocks him If President Obama cannot meet with the dissidents of his choice — and of his choice alone — when he visits Cuba this month, then he should just […] Continue reading

Historic Change In Crisis As John Kerry Cancels Cuba Trip

Historic Change In Crisis As John Kerry Cancels Cuba Trip March 3, 2016 11:31 PM MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There appears to be a major bump in the road in negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba regarding human rights. So much so, it’s believed to be the reason Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled his […] Continue reading

Covering the “Eyes” of Claudio Fuentes

Covering the “Eyes” of Claudio Fuentes / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on February 28, 2016 Luis Felipe Rojas, Miami, 15 February 2016 — Cuban photographer and dissident Claudio Fuentes was once again arrested on Sunday, 14 February, by forces of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Havana. The Castro regime’s gendarmes kept Fuentes from taking […] Continue reading

Why is Obama visiting Cuba?

Why is Obama visiting Cuba? KONRAD YAKABUSKI The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 6:00AM EST Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 7:13PM EST Only two months ago, U.S. President Barack Obama laid out the conditions under which he would visit Cuba before he leaves office. “If, in fact, I with confidence can […] Continue reading

A primer on Cuba; many Minnesotans welcome a changing policy toward Cuba

A primer on Cuba; many Minnesotans welcome a changing policy toward Cuba By Chuck Slocum FEBRUARY 7, 2016 — 2:00PM RAMON ESPINOSA • ASSOCIATED PRESS Located less than 100 miles from Florida, Cuba and its relations with the United States are changing rapidly. With a population about the size of Ohio — 11.2 million — […] Continue reading

“Castro’s Daughter” historical drama adds Maven Pictures

“Castro’s Daughter” historical drama adds Maven Pictures February 1, 2016 – 14:34 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net – Maven Pictures has joined Mankind Entertainment in producing historical drama “Castro’s Daughter”, Variety has learned exclusively. Maven’s Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler will be joining the production as lead producers with developing producers John Martinez O’Felan, Joe Lamy and Mexican […] Continue reading

Hopes for democracy won’t stay buried in Cuba

Hopes for democracy won’t stay buried in Cuba By Frank Calzon | Jan. 19, 2016 at 1:42 PM WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) — People should remember what the dictators have done. This month marks the 57th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s triumphant march into Havana after dictator Fulgencio Batista fled in 1959. Castro entered the city […] Continue reading

Cuba may not want American business

Cuba may not want American business Tribune Staff Published: December 22, 2015 TAMPA — Whether people in the Tampa area should do business with Cuba has been hotly debated since relations between the U.S. and the island nation began to thaw a year ago. Willing businessmen believe it is the best way to build Tampa’s […] Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama administration immediately moved to ease […] Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama administration immediately moved to ease restrictions […] Continue reading

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some By Alexandre Grosbois Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s tourism and foreign trade are booming a year after the decision to restore diplomatic ties with Washington, but ordinary Cubans and some in the United States complain change is slow. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement […] Continue reading