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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

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

Paquito D’Rivera critica la política de la administración Obama hacia La Habana

Paquito D’Rivera critica la política de la administración Obama hacia La Habana DDC | Miami | 19 de Septiembre de 2016 – 16:12 CEST. El renombrado músico cubanoamericano Paquito D’Rivera expresó su desacuerdo con la política de acercamiento del Gobierno de Barack Obama hacia el régimen de Cuba y reiteró que regresará a la Isla […] 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

Thinking With Our Stomachs

Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble on a magic lamp in the corner. “I want a plate […] 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

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

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

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

Being in prison should not deprive one of his human rights

‘Being in prison should not deprive one of his human rights’ BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 Dic 2015 – 3:09 pm. Rolando Ferrer Espinosa is the coordinator of the Frente Antitotalitario Unido (FANTU), the organization of which Guillermo Fariñas is the national coordinator. A lawyer by trade, Ferrer was incarcerated between 1999 […] Continue reading

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] Continue reading

Cuba, a failed experiment

Cuba, a failed experiment Terry SavageContact Reporter If you ever wondered what a country would look like after 50 years of total government economic controls, you need only to make a trip to Cuba, which I did last week. The history of that nation is a story with endless political ramifications, both for those who […] Continue reading

The Cuba conundrum – where to now for Cuba-US relations?

The Cuba conundrum: where to now for Cuba-US relations? Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of relations with the US will make life on the Caribbean island worse, rather than better Rozana loves Rihanna. “I like her songs, the way she dresses, […] Continue reading

After Papal Visit, Nothing in Cuba Will Change

After Papal Visit, Nothing in Cuba Will Change / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 18 September 2015 — After enjoying a strong espresso, sixty-eight year old Samuel Quijano lights a hand-rolled cigarette and looks at the sky, hoping for a sign of rain. Quijano is the owner of a small parcel […] Continue reading

On the Cuban side, talks are all take and no give

On the Cuban side, talks are all take and no give BY MICHAEL PUTNEY mputney@wplg.com President Obama’s Cuba initiative represents, as Dr. Johnson said of second marriage, the triumph of hope over experience. “We’ve been neighbors,” the president said in the White House Rose Garden, “now we can be friends.” Oh, if it were only […] Continue reading

Why Cubans are still fleeing to America

Why Cubans are still fleeing to America May 18th 2015, 23:50 BY H.T. A CURIOUS asymmetry exists across the 90-mile (150km) Straits of Florida that divide Cuba from the United States. This month American businessmen won permission from their government to start plush new ferry services to Cuba for the first time since the United […] Continue reading

Cuomo ends Cuba trip with some deals

Cuomo ends Cuba trip with some deals Alan Gomez, USA Today 5:14 p.m. EDT April 21, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA– A trade delegation led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo left the island on a high note Tuesday, announcing several agreements struck with the Cubans and promising to return soon. While he didn’t meet with Cuban President Raúl […] Continue reading

Here’s a Glimpse into the Future of U.S. Private Investment in Cuba

Here’s a Glimpse into the Future of U.S. Private Investment in Cuba Mar 13, 2015 As the relationship between the United States and Cuba evolves, so does the potential for U.S. investment in the island nation. Dan Loney, host of the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111 recently spoke on the […] Continue reading

Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change

Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change BY ANITA SNOW ASSOCIATED PRESS 02/18/2015 12:11 AM 02/18/2015 12:12 AM HAVANA Rolling toward customs with a 60-pound suitcase filled with clothing and electronics for friends, my stomach clenched when a female agent in a light green uniform approached. As a former longtime Cuba correspondent […] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Pyrrhic Victory

Raul Castro’s Pyrrhic Victory / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2015 After the jubilation over the arrival in Cuba of the three spies imprisoned in the US comes to an end, when the campaign of tributes in the official media is over and the lights installed on the stands for government agents to hear […] Continue reading

Obama’s new policy toward Cuba could mark the end of the olive-green autocracy

Obama’s new policy toward Cuba could mark the end of the olive-green autocracy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 7, 2015 I understand the discontent of an important sector of Cubans in exile and within the internal dissidence. On 17 November, just one month before the momentous diplomatic turn of events between Cuba and the […] Continue reading

Free Trade with Cuba? Not Anytime Soon

Free Trade with Cuba? Not Anytime Soon Diplomatic relations with Cuba! Wow! Did anybody see that coming? You’ve probably heard the political bickering about it, so there’s no need to get into that. Instead, let’s address the question that’s foremost in people’s minds: Can you buy Cuban cigars legally now? Yes, but not easily. You’ll […] Continue reading

Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue?

Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue? / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 29, 2014 My baby, my third child, this blog, is five years old and at times I ask myself this question. How long should I continue? I started writing against the grain of what a blog […] Continue reading

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño Posted: 12/06/2014 4:24 am EST 14ymedio, 1 December 2014 — Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the hotel […] Continue reading

To Cuba, for haute cuisine

To Cuba, for haute cuisine UCSD-based think tank sponsors tour of Fidel’s food and politics By Matt Potter, Dec. 4, 2014 As rumors of an impending thaw in relations with Cuba make the rounds, some well-heeled tourists affiliated with a UCSD-related think tank had planned to set off this weekend on a seven-day, $6100-a-person haute […] Continue reading

Letter from Cuba – To Embargo or Not

Letter from Cuba: To Embargo or Not Is the United States’ decades-old embargo against Cuba an anachronism? Not exactly, says Michael Totten. The sanctions not only prompted Havana to admit that its decades-long experiment with communism was a failure, they have also opened the door for meaningful change on the island. By Michael J. Totten […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Cuba and the High Cost of Political Apathy

Cuba and the High Cost of Political Apathy August 12, 2013 Pedro Campos “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato HAVANA TIMES — The debates surrounding Cuba’s new Labor Law are starting on the island. In this connection, it is not enough to […] Continue reading

We Are Still Olive Green

We Are Still Olive Green* / Yusimi Rodriguez Lopez Posted on August 11, 2013 On Saturday July 20, as I was getting ready to go out with my niece, among the TV news items I heard was a piece about a town that was going to celebrate the provincial commemoration of — at this point […] Continue reading

In Madrid as in Miami, Cubans Come Together as One People

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger In Madrid as in Miami, Cubans Come Together as One People Posted: 04/27/2013 3:49 pm Last Thursday I was in Havana without leaving Madrid. Thanks to the guitar of Boris Larramendi I took a little hop to the Island. A brief but intense return, on the wings of chords [...] Continue reading

Beyoncé and Jay-Z stroll in Havana

Posted on Thursday, 04.04.13 Beyoncé and Jay-Z stroll in Havana By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Dozens of Cubans crowded around R&B diva Beyoncé and husband-rapper Jay-Z as they toured Old Havana on Thursday after celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary with island staples like daiquiris, and rice and black beans. "People outside were desperate to see [...] Continue reading

Cuba: An Economy Does Not Rise Selling Croquettes

Cuba: An Economy Does Not Rise Selling Croquettes / Ivan Garcia #Cuba Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk Some years ago, when the Politburo headed by General Raul Castro was studying alternative ways to apply reforms capable of reactivating the moribund island economy, Marino Murillo, fattened ex-colonel converted to the "czar of transformations" said that Cuba was [...] Continue reading

Where the Dictatorship Nests

Where the Dictatorship Nests / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated When in Cuba we say "the system" we are referring to a circumstance which, even though we recognize it as abnormal, arbitrary and unnatural — the condition of being on an Island and being subjected to a "political-ideological education" experiment, as well as the [...] Continue reading

Remittances and the Silence of Their Beneficiaries on the Island / Iván García

Remittances and the Silence of Their Beneficiaries on the Island / Iván García Iván García, Translator: AnonyGY    To ask for money from relatives who live in the United States of America is a constant in Cuba. Whether it is done through one of most expensive international collect calls from the island, an e-mail, or through [...] Continue reading

Cuba: The second revolution?

Cuba: The second revolution? For the first time since the 1959 coup, Cubans are able to buy and sell property, set up businesses and farm their own land. Could these new liberties signal a move towards a free-market economy? Don't count on it, says Margareta Pagano.Margereta PaganoSunday 15 April 2012 It's the sort of glitz [...] Continue reading

Some Yes, Others No / Yoani Sánchez

Some Yes, Others No / Yoani SánchezTranslator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez I turned on the TV, in one of those fits of credulity which now and then assail me. I wanted to hear the evening news, to know some news, to feel closer to the reality of Syria, so distant and so near. But here information [...] Continue reading

Cuba and Cuba / Regina Coyula

Cuba and Cuba / Regina CoyulaRegina Coyula, Translator: Unstated Yesterday, two pleasant women from Madrid appeared in my house. One of them follows Bad Handwriting, and the other came with her because she didn't want to come alone. After the introductions and making arrangements with the driver of the Soviet-made Lada car that brought them, [...] Continue reading

Assisting journalists in Cuba: Hurdles in prison and beyond

Assisting journalists in Cuba: Hurdles in prison and beyondBy Maria Salazar-Ferro/Journalist Assistance Program Coordinator In mid-2006, CPJ's Journalist Assistance program began sending regular remittances to the families of independent Cuban journalists in prison. By CPJ's count, of the 29 journalists jailed during a massive crackdown in 2003, 24 were still in prison at the time–making [...] Continue reading

Initial interest in Cuba’s economic roadmap quickly turns to indifference

Initial interest in Cuba's economic roadmap quickly turns to indifferenceBy JUAN O. TAMAYOMcClatchy NewspapersPublished: Monday, May. 16, 2011 – 5:19 am MIAMI — The latest version of Cuba's roadmap for its most ambitious economic reforms in 50 years has added a call for expanding the use of a Western-styled management system – and a call [...] Continue reading