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The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 6 December 2016 — Some large scale political events, the ones where people are weeping over the death of a “venerated leader” or yelling slogans like ventriloquists, are really smoke and mirrors. A dishonest trick. On April 7, 1957, a […] 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

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

El régimen cubano puede dormir tranquilo

El régimen cubano puede dormir tranquilo LUIS TORNÉS AGUILILLA, Bordeaux (Francia) | 14/11/2016 Lo de Trump con Cuba, digamos que ni será un conflicto de baja intensidad. Cuba es más bien ese lugar donde los que manejan La Pasta gracias a la actividad turística y a otras prebendas tienen que haber llegado, a estas alturas, […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading

Castroist nepotism steadily spreads

Castroist nepotism steadily spreads PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 5 de Septiembre de 2016 – 22:58 CEST. Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro,alias “El Cangrejo” (“The Crab”), grandson of President/General Raúl Castro, has just been named Personal Security Chief, replacing General Humberto Omar Francis Pardo, one of the few holdovers from the old guard at the […] Continue reading

Thank You, Venezuela!

Thank You, Venezuela! / Somos+ Somos+, 2 September 2016 — Yesterday the Venezuelan people gave us another great lesson: We can go out into the streets united to demand our rights, we can peacefully challenge a Populist-Marxist government and conquer the streets. It was a great victory. We salute our Venezuelan brothers and we thank […] Continue reading

Lessons From Myanmar

Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] 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

Cuba- 90 years of Fidel Castro

Cuba: 90 years of Fidel Castro NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Fidel Castro turns 90 Saturday among official tributes and rumors of a new economic crisis. Few would have imagined that the former Cuban leader could have survived assassination attempts, a near-fatal surgery a decade ago and even outlived his closest ally, the late Venezuelan President […] Continue reading

Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities” – Simply “Citizens”

Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities”: Simply “Citizens” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 August 2016 – We are nearing 60 years since that ominous January 1959, and after decades of ideological fraud and demagogic discourse, we might expect that at least the political pillars on which the current aspirations of Cuban […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro

Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro Fariñas’ Letter to Raul Castro Santa Clara, Cuba, 20 July 2016 General of the Army Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba Sir: Yesterday, on 19 July of the present year, I was tortured while handcuffed by troops of […] Continue reading

Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building

Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 July 2016 — Some claim that “nothing ever happens in Cuba.” However, the signals we have been receiving of late indicate otherwise. The price increases at the produce markets since the last quarter of 2015, accompanied by periodic (and […] Continue reading

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches”

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches” / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner 14ymedio, Carlos A. Montaner, Miami, 2 July 2016 – Cesar Nombela is the chancellor of the Menendez and Pelayo International University located in Santander, Spain. He is a renowned researcher in the world of microbiology. It occurred to Dr. Nombela and the Governing Council […] 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

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 June 2016 – Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution shows its loyalty to its friends in many ways. One of them is complicit silence. When the Tlateloico Massacre happened in 1968, Fidel Castro did not condemn it because his ally, the Institutional Revolutionary […] Continue reading

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now 5/20/2016 by Leila Cobo The Rolling Stones may play there. Vin Diesel May film there. The Kardashians may strut there. But beyond the giddy excitement and quaintness of Cuba’s newfound celebrity appeal lie many artists and taste makers who, out of principle, will not perform on […] Continue reading

Four generations, no changes

Four generations, no changes HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 18 Mayo 2016 – 11:15 am. According to the Cuban regime’s Granma newspaper Cuba closed out 2015 with a population of 11,239,004 citizens, of which 19.4% were born in or before 1955, or 2,180,366 Cubans, many of whom were children or adolescents in January, […] Continue reading

The Enemies of Modern Democracy

The Enemies of Modern Democracy / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2016 — What do the autocratic Castro brothers, the solemn Vatican, Islamic fundamentalists and the madhouse that is North Korea have in common? The answer is simple: devotion to dogma, lack of transparency and unchecked caste-based power. In theory communism should be music […] Continue reading

Cuba-loving professors — I dare you to read this

Cuba-loving professors — I dare you to read this JENNIFER KABBANY – FIX EDITOR MAY 11, 2016 Meet Sylvia Sullivan, a longtime pro-life, pro-family conservative activist. Currently she is president of the East County California Republican Assembly, and in that capacity she gave a speech at the Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assembly last week about the dangers […] Continue reading

Clothes Do Not Make the Man

Clothes Do Not Make the Man / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 23 April 2016 — Army General Raul Castro, newly re-elected first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), in his closing speech at the Party’s 7th Congress spoke of moving forward with our democratic, prosperous and sustainable socialism. It turns out […] Continue reading

What will come after the Castros?

Cuba: What will come after the Castros? A turning point in Cuba? Fidel Castro left quietly. And Raul Castro wants to step down in 2018. Bernd Wulffen, former German ambassador to Cuba is certain: The new political generation will be more flexible. Deutsche Welle: Just before his 90th birthday, Fidel Castro delivered what could be […] Continue reading

The Big Change

Cuba: The Big Change Alma Guillermoprieto MAY 12, 2016 ISSUE One could swear that nothing has changed. The chaotic lines we travelers form in front of Cuba’s stern immigration officers; their belligerent slowness; the noise and heat in the too-small room; the echoing shouts across the room from one olive-green-clad person to another (an argument […] 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

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary timeline.

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary timeline. ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 31 Mar 2016 – 2:44 pm. An anonymous commentator recently wrote, under an article by Dimas Castellanos about Castro’s conception of human rights, published in this newspaper, that he would like to read details […] Continue reading

Cuba must embrace rights, reject terror

Cuba must embrace rights, reject terror Marshall Frank Guest column 12:08 a.m. EDT April 3, 2016 Before making nice with Cuba, our government must take a tougher stance on some major issues. We already made a lopsided deal to one enemy nation who chants “Death to America,” let’s not make another blunder so close to […] Continue reading

The Difference Between A Democrat And An Autocrat

The Difference Between A Democrat And An Autocrat / 14ymedio, Raul Fernandez Rivero Posted on March 29, 2016 14ymedio, Raul Fernandez Rivero, Caracas, 28 March 2016 — I’m a little confused. Many analysts, commentators and journalists claimed that Barack Obama would visit Fidel Castro. That did not seem logical. And it did not happen. Others […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

Critics blast Obama’s trip to Cuba amid human-rights abuses

Critics blast Obama’s trip to Cuba amid human-rights abuses By Marisa Schultz March 21, 2016 | 12:25am Modal Trigger WASHINGTON — The White House refused to say Sunday whether President Obama would be talking to Cuban officials about US fugitives who have found a refuge there, but critics blasted the historic trip Sunday for rewarding […] Continue reading

In Cuba, Raúl Castro Proves a Pragmatic Communist

In Cuba, Raúl Castro Proves a Pragmatic Communist Fidel Castro’s younger brother, long the diligent operations man, taps his sharpened negotiating skills to usher in era of change By KEJAL VYAS in Bogotá, Colombia, and SARA SCHAEFER MUÑOZ in Havana Updated March 20, 2016 4:20 p.m. ET When he succeeded his ailing big brother Fidel […] Continue reading

Will Obama Demand Cuba Hand Over Fugitive Cop-Killer?

Will Obama Demand Cuba Hand Over Fugitive Cop-Killer? by TOM WINTER White House officials would not tell NBC News Friday whether President Obama will raise the issue of 70 fugitives from U.S. justice — including convicted cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard — who are hiding in Cuba when he meets Cuban leaders during his upcoming historic visit […] Continue reading

Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw

Cuba: Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News 18 March 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean The museum at Cuba’s most famous beach, the Bay of Pigs, is under renovation. Inside, workers are busily installing new multi-media exhibits while outside a team of builders is laying […] Continue reading

The Mosquito and the Democratization of the Cuban Political System

The Mosquito and the Democratization of the Cuban Political System / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on March 11, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 10 March 2016 – You don’t have to be a doctor or an epidemiologist to realize that mosquitoes are not defeated by occasional fumigation battles and the collection of debris and trash, […] Continue reading

This California congressman wants Cuba to send back the man who hijacked his plane 44 years ago

This California congressman wants Cuba to send back the man who hijacked his plane 44 years ago Sarah D. WireContact Reporter As U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba normalize, a California congressman wants to know what the federal government is doing to bring back the man who kidnapped him and a plane full of people in […] Continue reading

Myths And Facts About Cuba-US Relations

Myths And Facts About Cuba-US Relations / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula Posted on March 7, 2016 14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana, 5 March 2016 — The analysis of relations between Cuba and the United States, during almost sixty years of single-party government on one side and 11 presidents alternating in a two-party government on the other, is […] Continue reading

Havana – Waiting for Air Force One

Havana: Waiting for Air Force One / Iván García Posted on March 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 22 February 2016 — If Barack Obama’s plan was to enhance the US influence in Cuba, he has made some gains. If his plan involves the use of a stealthy Trojan horse to bring in the internet, commerce and […] 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

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba / Abel Sierra Madero Posted on February 19, 2016 In the 1960s, close to 30,000 young men were detained in forced-labor camps. The mistreatments that took place in these camps, known as Military Units to Aid Production UMAP, in the name of “social hygiene,” testify to the homophobic component […] Continue reading

Kelly – Critics don’t share Obama’s hope on Cuba

Kelly: Critics don’t share Obama’s hope on Cuba BY MIKE KELLY RECORD COLUMNIST | THE RECORD The messages and meanings seemed to come from two distinct universes. As the White House touted on Thursday what it called a “truly historic” trip to Cuba by President Obama as a symbolic end to a half-century of Cold […] Continue reading