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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

The State Fears The People Getting Rich

“The State Fears The People Getting Rich” / 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Batista, Camaguey, 19 November 2016 – With an incredible facility with recycled metals and plastics, Onel Vara Fernandez holds a license as a producer and seller of articles for the home* in Camaguey. For the last 22 years, this tenacious […] Continue reading

From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert

Cuba: From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert / Iván García Posted on March 18, 2016 Iván García, 16 March 2106 — Around 12 midnight on Tuesday, 18 March 2003, I was en route to my apartment in the La Víbora neighborhood when, from the balcony, some incomprehensible signs coming from my mother […] Continue reading

Tribute To Orlando Zapata Leads To Dozens Of Arrests

Tribute To Orlando Zapata Leads To Dozens Of Arrests / 14ymedio Posted on February 22, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2016 — The events organized on Sunday to remember the late activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo resulted in dozens of opposition members arrested throughout the country. Several civil society organizations had also called for a tribute […] Continue reading

If We Are Talking About Terrorists

If We Are Talking About Terrorists / Mario Lleonart Posted on January 30, 2016 Mario Lleonart, 29 January 2016 — A few days ago (January 15th and 16th) I took part in a gathering in Miami of the Coordinating Liaison Committee of the Cuban National Meeting, of which I am a member, along with eight […] Continue reading

Groups criticize U.S. relations with Cuba

Groups criticize U.S. relations with Cuba Two Miami organizations send letter to President Barack Obama Nearly 100 former Cuban political prisoners send their own letter as well BY BRENDA MEDINA bmedina@elnuevoherald.com Two Cuban exile organizations in Miami have published an open letter to President Barack Obama, complaining about the “negative consequences” that his decision to […] Continue reading

Hawaiian Shirts and Mojitos Will Not Free Cuba

Hawaiian Shirts and Mojitos Will Not Free Cuba US Tourism Only Lines Castro’s Pockets, Says Exiled Journalist Ninoska Pérez VANESSA ARITA OCTOBER 23, 2015 AT 10:14 AM Despite the ongoing repression of citizens on the island, Cuba is set to become a new tourist destination for US residents. (Travel Blog) EspañolFollowing renewed diplomatic relations with […] Continue reading

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: October 4, 2015 TAMPA — Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez are strident champions of opposite positions on the Cuba question, but the two Tampa men might agree on one thing: When it comes to their […] 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

Did Hillary Clinton change position on the Cuba embargo?

Did Hillary Clinton change position on the Cuba embargo? By Amy Sherman on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 5:17 p.m. Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Miami in which she called for lifting the Cuba embargo — and she did it on the home turf of embargo supporters and GOP rivals former Gov. Jeb Bush […] Continue reading

Hillary Clinton to call for lifting Cuba embargo in Miami

Hillary Clinton to call for lifting Cuba embargo in Miami BY AMY SHERMAN asherman@MiamiHerald.com Hillary Clinton will use Friday, her first day of public appearances in Florida as a presidential candidate, to declare her allegiance to President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy in the hometown of Republican rivals who oppose it, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. […] Continue reading

After embassy opening, next chapter in U.S.-Cuba relationship begins

After embassy opening, next chapter in U.S.-Cuba relationship begins BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com WASHINGTON For Secretary of State John Kerry, Monday’s resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba was a day to celebrate but also to begin to repair a relationship that had been broken for more than a half-century. Just after […] Continue reading

Historic thaw – U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties will be reestablished Monday

Historic thaw: U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties will be reestablished Monday BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com The last time the United States and Cuba had diplomatic relations, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House, Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight? topped the charts and a new dance craze, the Twist, was sweeping the country. The past half-century of […] Continue reading

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba BLAKE NEFF Reporter 11:24 AM 07/11/2015 The Nation, one of America’s premier left-wing magazines, is advertising a trip to Communist Cuba where it touts that visitors will be able to meet spies who helped kill Americans. An email sent out Friday invites loyal friends of The Nation […] Continue reading

Lopez-Cantera calls for justice, freedom in Cuba

Lopez-Cantera calls for justice, freedom in Cuba By Scott Powers Orlando Sentinel contact the reporter Cuba Caribbean Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera said freedom must come to Cuba and the Castros must pay for American blood. Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera sees no chance that Florida will aid President Barack Obama’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba […] Continue reading

Without dialogue and reconciliation, Cuba will go from bad to worse

Without dialogue and reconciliation, Cuba will go from bad to worse / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on April 15, 2015 Does the fact that Raul Castro has met and shaken hands with Obama and that both of their governments have engaged in a year and a half of secret conversations commit the general-president to the […] Continue reading

What happens next with Cuba and the terror list

ByPAMELA FALKCBS NEWS April 14, 2015, 5:20 PM What happens next with Cuba and the terror list NEW YORK — President Obama’s announcement that he plans to remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, and his submission of his certification to Congress is intended to pave the way for the […] Continue reading

Ex-FBI chief tells of cop-killer swap that Cuba rejected

Kelly: Ex-FBI chief tells of cop-killer swap that Cuba rejected SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015, 11:11 PM BY MIKE KELLY Years before Joanne Chesimard was placed on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists and the bounty for her capture was increased to $2 million, federal authorities secretly reached out to their Cuban counterparts with a […] Continue reading

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ‘Cuba poses a clear and present danger to the United States’

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ‘Cuba poses a clear and present danger to the United States’ At a congressional hearing reviewing President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told members of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee that the Castro regime “undermines our national security at every turn.” “Let me be clear,” Ros-Lehtinen said in prepared remarks. […] Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba talks head to Washington

U.S.-Cuba talks head to Washington BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 02/25/2015 5:30 PM 02/25/2015 10:59 PM The second round of U.S.-Cuba talks, which will be held Friday at the massive limestone Department of State building in a wintery Washington, D.C., is expected to be a nuts-and-bolts negotiating session to restore diplomatic ties between the two nations. […] Continue reading

House members question how new Cuba policy will improve human rights

House members question how new Cuba policy will improve human rights BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 02/04/2015 3:22 PM 02/04/2015 10:29 PM In an at-times combative hearing, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday questioned whether the United States’ new relationship with Cuba would improve Cuba’s human rights record. During the hearing on the Obama […] Continue reading

Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List By Ana Quintana The Obama Administration has recently chosen to normalize relations with Cuba. In addition to establishing embassies and expanding commercial transactions, the White House has also declared that Cuba will be removed from the State Department’s State […] Continue reading

Obama warmly legitimizes Cuban dictatorship

Obama warmly legitimizes Cuban dictatorship Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 12:11 pm By Nat Hentoff I have long been reporting on Castro-ruled Cuba and, indeed, was there not long after Fidel Castro had taken over the country. What became clear, as the number of Castro’s political prisoners increased, was that his revolutionary Cuba was a […] Continue reading

A new day for U.S., Cuba, but it is no sure thing

A new day for U.S., Cuba, but it is no sure thing BY MICHAEL PUTNEY MPUTNEY@WPLG.COM 12/23/2014 8:13 PM 12/23/2014 8:15 PM The geopolitical world shifted on its axis last week and when it came to rest, Miami was no longer the turning point of U.S.-Cuba policy. Washington, after more than half a century of […] Continue reading

President’s failure to lead

President’s failure to lead BY CARLOS CURBELO WWW.CARLOSCURBELO.COM 12/23/2014 8:12 PM 12/23/2014 8:12 PM In my campaign to represent Florida’s 26th Congressional District in the U.S. House, I pledged that when discussing U.S.-Cuba policy, I would do so from my perspective as a proud U.S.-born citizen, seeking to advance our country’s interests, independent of my […] Continue reading

F.A.C.E. Obama’s Cuba move is misguided

F.A.C.E.: Obama’s Cuba move is misguided 12/21/2014 2:00 PM 12/22/2014 7:15 PM What’s next for the Cuban people? F.A.C.E., Facts About Cuban Exiles, usually does not enter the strictly political arena, but as its name implies, it is an organization that aims to tell the truth. President Obama, in his broadcast to the nation, dedicated […] Continue reading

Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy

Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy BY PAUL KANETHE WASHINGTON POST 12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/22/2014 6:00 AM WASHINGTON Opponents of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new policy, focusing on areas where congressional consent is necessary. The most likely […] Continue reading

Obama’s options on Cuba end at embargo

Obama’s options on Cuba end at embargo Ledyard King, USATODAY 5:56 p.m. EST December 18, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba don’t alter two key facts: Only Congress can overturn the law barring widespread commerce with Cuba, and there’s almost no chance that will happen anytime soon. Key Republican lawmakers, […] Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba’s complex political puzzle

U.S.-Cuba’s complex political puzzle BY MARC CAPUTO MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/18/2014 8:53 PM 12/18/2014 10:37 PM Talking about U.S. policy toward Cuba used to be relatively easy for politicians in Florida: say “Cuba libre” or “Cuba sí, Castro no.” Support for sanctions and the embargo was a given. But no longer. The reaction to President Barack Obama’s […] Continue reading

Fabiola Santiago – Sound bites don’t capture maturity of Cuban exiles

Fabiola Santiago: Sound bites don’t capture maturity of Cuban exiles BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO FSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/18/2014 7:01 PM 12/18/2014 8:50 PM Ours is a weary exile community, molded by decades of searing losses and dashed hopes. In this Miami — “a profoundly American city, a place that reminds us of what Cuban people can achieve,” as […] Continue reading

The pain of Cuban exiles

The pain of Cuban exiles 12/18/2014 7:50 PM 12/18/2014 7:53 PM Though President Obama’s announcement of relaxed relations between the United States and Cuba spurred excitement in many circles, the news felt like a kick in the gut for many in our community. Older Cuban exiles — the ones who have never stopped chanting “Viva […] Continue reading

In Miami, Astonishment Over Action and Disagreement Over Cuba News

In Miami, Astonishment Over Action and Disagreement Over Cuba News By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and NICK MADIGANDEC. 17, 2014 MIAMI — From the raucous cafecito counter at Versailles Restaurant, the city’s Cuban touchstone, to the noisy streets in and beyond Little Havana, Miami’s Cuban exiles and immigrants expressed astonishment over the seismic news that the United […] Continue reading

Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’

Andres Oppenheimer: Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’ BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER AOPPENHEIMER@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/17/2014 7:44 PM 12/18/2014 12:06 AM While President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will normalize relations with Cuba is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough with the island after six decades of hostilities, his speech may have been less “historic” than […] Continue reading

After a half century, a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ties

After a half century, a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ties BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/17/2014 9:10 PM 12/17/2014 10:14 PM Changing a relationship frozen in time for more than 50 years, President Barack Obama ushered in a new era of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations Wednesday that could bring more trade, support for Cuba’s nascent entrepreneurs and more […] Continue reading

Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap

Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap By Elise Labott, CNN Global Affairs Correspondent December 17, 2014 — Updated 1453 GMT (2253 HKT) The Obama administration announces landmark deal with Cuba Alan Gross, arrested and held in Cuba since 2009, was freed Wednesday Improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba will ease travel restrictions […] Continue reading

Gross’ wife on his 5 years in jail: ‘Enough is enough’

Gross’ wife on his 5 years in jail: ‘Enough is enough’ BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/03/2014 6:00 AM 12/03/2014 6:06 PM Saying “enough is enough,” the wife of a U.S. subcontractor jailed in Cuba called on the Obama administration Wednesday — the fifth anniversary of Alan Gross’ arrest — to secure her husband’s release. Alan […] Continue reading

Alan Gross losing hope after 5 years in Cuban prison

Alan Gross losing hope after 5 years in Cuban prison BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 11/30/2014 7:01 PM 12/01/2014 12:01 AM In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, supporters of Alan Gross, on poster at left, mark his fourth year in a Cuban prison with a protest in Lafayette Park, across from the White House in […] Continue reading

Could a U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap break the ice?

Could a U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap break the ice? By Ray Sanchez, Elise Labott and Patrick Oppmann, CNN November 7, 2014 — Updated 2343 GMT (0743 HKT) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Alan Gross’ imprisonment in Cuba is major impediment to better relations with Havana Cuba says Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor, tried to destabilize its government Reforms in […] Continue reading

No change by Castro, no change in trade embargo

No change by Castro, no change in trade embargo BY JAIME SUCHLICKICTP.ICCAS@MIAMI.EDU 10/22/2014 6:26 PM 10/22/2014 6:26 PM There’s an eagerness among many in this country to begin a process of normalizing relations with Cuba. The belief persists that economic considerations could influence Raúl Castro’s policy decisions and that Cuba’s difficult economic situation will force […] Continue reading

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo Bill Clinton tried engaging Castro. After Havana shot down two U.S. planes, it all fell apart. PETER KORNBLUH AND WILLIAM M. LEOGRANDEOCT 5 2014, 11:09 AM ET “I think we should—we should advocate for the end of the embargo” on Cuba, Hillary Clinton said […] Continue reading