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Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

A Park, A Dream

A Park, A Dream / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The neighbors of Martin Luther King Jr. Park have long cherished the dream of seeing a renewal for this piece of calm located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of 23rd Street in Havana’s Vedado district. After […] Continue reading

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with fanaticism. By Armando Simón JANUARY 16, 2017 Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have been experiencing déjà vu. At […] Continue reading

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com WPLG Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the ABC affiliate’s men in Havana. The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in […] Continue reading

Cuba’s New Minister of the Interior Inaugurates His Tenure With a Repressive Wave Across the Country

Cuba’s New Minister of the Interior Inaugurates His Tenure With a Repressive Wave Across the Country / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 11 January 2017 — While in the United States Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, made it clear that human rights will be an important part of Washington’s […] Continue reading

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and FRANCES ROBLES JAN. 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he was terminating the 22-year-old policy that has allowed Cubans who arrived on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, an unexpected […] Continue reading

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba By Editorial Board January 10 at 7:46 PM THE LASTING foreign policy legacy of a president often doesn’t become clear until years after he leaves office. That may be particularly true of President Obama, because some of his most distinctive initiatives were, in large part, bets on […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] Continue reading

Menendez ‘alarmed’ after meeting State Department nominee

Menendez ‘alarmed’ after meeting State Department nominee Herb Jackson , Washington Correspondent, @HerbNJDC Published 2:24 p.m. ET Jan. 5, 2017 Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday that a discussion about Cuba with Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, left him “a little alarmed,” and that the proposed nominee’s overall foreign policy stances […] Continue reading

Cuban troops’ bizarre chant – We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’

Cuban troops’ bizarre chant: We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’ BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com In a particularly absurd display of military might and tropical folklore, Raúl Castro presided over a military parade in Havana on Monday to honor his dead brother and mark the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. […] Continue reading

Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump

Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States needed to deepen its ties with Cuba if it truly wanted to help the Cuban people and advance U.S. interests. In an exit memo […] Continue reading

Donald Trump crackdown looms for Cuba as repression continues after Obama outreach

Donald Trump crackdown looms for Cuba as repression continues after Obama outreach By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Monday, January 2, 2017 President Obama’s historic move to normalize relations with Cuba hasn’t slowed repression by the Castro regime, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to take a tougher stand on restricting tourism, […] Continue reading

What is Cuba like? It’s complicated

What is Cuba like? It’s complicated By Daniel Dauplaise Published 5:22 pm, Sunday, January 1, 2017 STAMFORD — The first question that I get from everyone when I tell them I went to Cuba is always a broad one — “How was it?” It’s asked in a way that indicates general curiosity. After all, it’s […] Continue reading

End of Year Declaration

End of Year Declaration / Rafael León Rodríguez Rafael Leon Rodriguez, 30 December 2016 — One more year of the young third millennium is about to conclude and give way to the next, 2017, the fifty-eighth of the totalitarian and one-party regime that, under the omnipotent power of the Castros, has controlled the Cuban archipelago […] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Hourglass is Running Out

Raul Castro’s Hourglass is Running Out / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 December 2016 — A popular joke inquires about the color of a train that arrives late at the station. The answer is a play on words: de morado.* Raul Castro has dressed in just that tone in relation to his […] Continue reading

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba By Marissa Piazzola Published December 27, 2016 Cuba FOX Business The United States’ relationship with Cuba has thawed over the last two years, thanks in part to a December 2014 agreement between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to end a decades-long period of policy […] Continue reading

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […] Continue reading

The One Who Left Ashes

The One Who Left Ashes / Miriam Leiva Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, November 29, 2016 – Fidel Castro died on November 25 at 10:29 p.m. and, according to his own will, his remains will be cremated, according to the brief statement read by Raúl Castro on Cuban television. at midnight. As a deceased person, the […] Continue reading

In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits

In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits By Bradley Klapper | AP December 23 at 3:18 AM WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy may be defined as much by what he didn’t do as by what he did. Over eight years, Obama ushered in a new era of diplomacy, re-establishing the United States as the […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] Continue reading

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first BY KRISTINA ARRIAGA – 12/21/16 07:00 PM EST 19 The olive green military jeep that carried Fidel Castro’s ashes broke down. It is fitting. In a country where everything is a façade, it took the death of a tyrant to pull the curtain back. For a moment, […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 December 2016 — At the exit of the Bay Tunnel, the P-11 bus is packed with passengers. While the riders enjoy the view of the sea, the odor of saltpeter fills their noses. In this stretch of Havana’s geography, where Monumental Avenue […] Continue reading

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people José R. Cárdenas As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In […] Continue reading

Gov. Scott to Raul Castro – Bring Freedom and Democracy to Cuba

Gov. Scott to Raul Castro: Bring Freedom and Democracy to Cuba By: FOX 13 News staff POSTED:DEC 21 2016 11:09AM EST UPDATED:DEC 21 2016 11:09AM EST TALAHASSEE (FOX 13) – Governor Rick Scott sent a strongly-worded letter Tuesday to Raul Castro urging him to bring absolute freedom and democracy to Cuba. In the correspondence, Governor […] Continue reading

“Get on that plane or go to jail,” Cuban Authorities Tell American Lawyer

“Get on that plane or go to jail,” Cuban Authorities Tell American Lawyer / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2016 – The American lawyer Kimberley Motley, arrested Friday in Havana, returned to the United States after being subjected to three interrogations, the last of which, held at the Havana airport, made her miss her flight. […] Continue reading

Kimberley Motley, The Lawyer Who Fights Against Outrages

Kimberley Motley, The Lawyer Who Fights Against Outrages / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 17December 2016 — The US lawyer arrested Friday in Havana could become a nightmare for the Cuban government. Kimberley Motley traveled to Cuba to advise on the case of the artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth), and was arrested and […] Continue reading

‘El Sexto’s’ American Lawyer and Two Activists Arrested in Havana

‘El Sexto’s’ American Lawyer and Two Activists Arrested in Havana / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 16 December 2016 – Kimberly Motley, an American attorney, and the activists Gorki Aguila and Luis Alberto Marino were arrested this Friday as they prepared to hold a press conference outside the Provincial Court in from of the Capitol Building in […] Continue reading

Agreement between Cuba and EU criticized as soft on human rights

Agreement between Cuba and EU criticized as soft on human rights BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com A new agreement of cooperation and political dialogue between the Cuban government and the European Union has come under intense attack by European parliament members, Cuban dissidents and human rights organizations. “The EU should have asked for an end […] Continue reading

Muted White House celebration marks Obama Cuba anniversary

Muted White House celebration marks Obama Cuba anniversary BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com It could have been a celebration of one of President Barack Obama’s most significant foreign-policy legacies. Instead, on Thursday, almost two years to the day when Obama single-handedly overturned U.S. policy toward Cuba, the White House assembled Cuban Americans, […] Continue reading

Reversing Cuba policy seen as a punch in the gut to Latin America

Reversing Cuba policy seen as a punch in the gut to Latin America BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON One of the most significant effects of the U.S. détente with Cuba had less to do with relations between the two countries than with helping stop the “pink tide” that was pulsing through Latin America. That’s the […] Continue reading

Obama to press Trump to preserve Cuba detente – White House

Obama to press Trump to preserve Cuba detente: White House By Matt Spetalnick and Timothy Gardner | WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will make his case directly to President-elect Donald Trump not to derail the recent U.S.-Cuba detente, the White House said on Tuesday, insisting that “turning back the clock” would be damaging to American interests […] Continue reading

Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva

Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 14 December 2016 – Yesterday, Tuesday afternoon, Carlos Amel Oliva checked in well in advance with his ticket to take Air Europe Flight 052 that was leaving for Madrid just after 10:00 PM, intending to connect from the Spanish capital to travel […] Continue reading

Losing Fear To Get Freedom

Losing Fear To Get Freedom / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 10 December 2016 — On the 58th anniversary of the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, the seizure of power by Fidel Castro and the disappearance of the national hope of a return to the constitutional values ​​of 1940, the people of Cuba, their […] Continue reading

The Seven Phases of Fidel Castro

The Seven Phases of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 December 2016 — In a country sculpted by slogans, intolerance and symbols, the departure of Fidel Castro — absolute ruler and founding father of the Cuban Revolution — changes the rules of the game. Nothing will ever be the same again. No future […] Continue reading

The Cuban government does not know how to deal with soft power

‘The Cuban government does not know how to deal with soft power’ PABLO DÍAZ ESPÍ | Washington | 13 de Diciembre de 2016 – 13:35 CET. On 5 December dissenter Manuel Cuesta Morúa was honored for his democratic ideas at the Wilson Center, a political studies entity in Washington. Morúa, who was arrested on multiple […] Continue reading

Powerful anti-embargo Cuban Americans split over how close is too close to Castro regime

Powerful anti-embargo Cuban Americans split over how close is too close to Castro regime BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@miamiherald.com An alliance of powerful anti-embargo Cuban-American businessmen frayed earlier this year after its prominent chairman, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, returned from Cuba with a simple request: work more closely with Raúl Castro’s communist government. Behind […] Continue reading

Cuba Hopes Trump Maintains Dialogue

Cuba Hopes Trump Maintains Dialogue December 9, 2016 HAVANA TIMES – The Cuban government hopes that the next president of the United States, Donald Trump, maintains the policy of dialogue “on the basis of respect,” said diplomatic sources on Thursday, reported dpa news. “Cuba would expect the new US government to take into account these […] Continue reading

Cuba wants to sign accords with U.S. before Obama exit – officials

Cuba wants to sign accords with U.S. before Obama exit: officials By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Cuba said on Wednesday it hoped to sign off on at least half a dozen agreements with the United States before businessman Donald Trump, who has threatened to derail detente between the former Cold War foes, becomes president on […] Continue reading

There Is Nothing Worse Than An Artist Who Collaborates With A Repressive Government

“There Is Nothing Worse Than An Artist Who Collaborates With A Repressive Government” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 December 2016 – He has a Polish last name, a first name of Hebrew origin, and Venezuelan blood running through his veins. Jonathan Jakubowicz is as complex and versatile a filmmaker as the […] Continue reading

Exiles – Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba

Exiles: Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba Putin seeking to take pressure off deteriorating Russian economy BY: Reuben F. Johnson December 6, 2016 11:12 am Post-Fidel Castro Havana may lose its long-time protector and guarantor of security, Russia, according to Cuba-watchers in Miami’s community of exiles and dissidents. They predict Russian President Vladimir […] Continue reading