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They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that they say reflects what is normal life on the island. They got stranded in Panama, but […] Continue reading

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were […] Continue reading

Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba June 6, 2017 Albertina Nakale Windhoek-President Hage Geingob says there is much ground to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the United States of America’s long running economic and trade blockade against Cuba. Geingob made the remarks yesterday during the commencement of the 5th […] Continue reading

Cuba: Another perspective

Cuba: Another perspective U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba (“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal, April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the worst credit records in the world. Americans […] Continue reading

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST. An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”), analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies towards […] Continue reading

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […] Continue reading

The energy that Castroism is stifling

The energy that Castroism is stifling ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 21 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:05 CET. In recent weeks the regime of General Raúl Castro has “spooked,” and is now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history. The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator […] 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 EU lies and bites its tongue

The EU lies and bites its tongue ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 17 de Diciembre de 2016 – 22:23 CET. The Council of the Union European (EU) is lying when it says that the agreement signed with the dictatorship of Raúl Castro in Brussels on 12 December, which put an end to the […] 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

Cloud of uncertainty hangs over U.S.-Cuba relations with a Trump presidency

Cloud of uncertainty hangs over U.S.-Cuba relations with a Trump presidency BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States has cast a shadow over the Obama administration policy of warming relations with Cuba. While Cuban leader Raúl Castro issued a short congratulatory message on Trump’s victory, the […] 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

Cuba’s Raul Castro marks decade in power

Cuba’s Raul Castro marks decade in power 2016-07-29 11:37 By Carlos BATISTA Havana (AFP) — Cuban President Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel 10 years ago Sunday, a decade marked by once-unthinkable reforms on the communist island and a historic rapprochement with the United States. Castro emerged from the towering shadow of his big brother […] Continue reading

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

President Obama lets Cuba treat Cuban-Americans poorly

President Obama lets Cuba treat Cuban-Americans poorly Guillermo I. Martinez Columnist Why do Cuban-Americans need a visa? In his efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama is allowing Cuba to treat Cuban-Americans as second-class citizens. The Cuban government does not consider those born in Cuba — and even American-born children of Cubans who […] Continue reading

Not even the Chinese model can save Castroism

Not even the Chinese model can save Castroism FABIO RAFAEL FIALLO | Ginebra | 19 Abr 2016 – 7:02 pm. Clinging to the most retrograde Soviet tradition, the Communist Party of Cuba decided to hold its VII Congress without even having allowed any debate on the documents distributed for approval at the event. This secrecy […] Continue reading

Between a Historic Milestone and the Horror of History

Between a Historic Milestone and the Horror of History / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on March 25, 2016 Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, 21 March 2016 – A “historic milestone”: This is what Americans call President Obama’s visit to the Cuba of Fidel and Raul Castro. That is, the Cuba that has not had a […] Continue reading

The Foreign Investment Law – A Litany of Squandered Opportunities

The Foreign Investment Law: A Litany of Squandered Opportunities DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 11 Mar 2016 – 8:56 pm. Entitled “Inversión extranjera, puntal para el desarrollo (Foreign investment, Key to Development” on Friday, March 4, 2016, the daily paper Granma published a conversation between journalists Sheyla Delgado and Óscar Sanchez with Déborah Rivas, […] 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

Cuba, EU say close to reaching political accord

Cuba, EU say close to reaching political accord By Nelson Acosta and Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the European Union on Friday advanced ever closer to a new bilateral agreement that would replace a unilateral policy imposed by the Europeans 20 years ago. Cuba’s lead negotiator said the two sides might be able […] Continue reading

The Dictatorship Between Obama’s Wink and Maduro’s Fall

The Dictatorship Between Obama’s Wink and Maduro’s Fall / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on March 1, 2016 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 22 February 2016 — Cuba started 2016 looking toward an uncertain horizon: a parasitic economy in the red, bankrupt for decades, as dependent today on Venezuela as it once was on Soviet gulag; a neo-bourgeoisie […] Continue reading

Surviving Persecution in Cuba

Surviving Persecution in Cuba 02/22/2016 04:45 pm ET Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 February 2016 — He was an acknowledged homosexual and she a convinced Jehovah’s Witness. One lived in the same tenement where I was born and the other in the dreaded “218,” where violence and sewage competed for a starring […] Continue reading

Obama’s final year in office shaping up to be one of genuine relevance

Obama’s final year in office shaping up to be one of genuine relevance By Steven Mufson February 20 at 4:34 PM It was not so long ago that many observers were arguing that it was time to slide Barack Obama’s presidency onto the bookshelf labeled “history.” The president’s political capital seemed spent, and the man […] Continue reading

Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spells out Cuba’s new revolution

Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spells out Cuba’s new revolution 04/02 14:48 CET The commercial embargoes have been falling one after the other. The official visit of Raul Castro to France talked about a new reality between Cuba and Europe. Between Cuba and the World. Symbols were in evidence. In August 2015 there was another […] Continue reading

Hollande And Castro – Plenty of Wine But No Democracy

Hollande And Castro: Plenty of Wine But No Democracy / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 1, 2016 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 1 February 2015 — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled his lunch with François Hollande because the latter didn’t want to take the wine off the table. Tonight, however, the French leader will not […] Continue reading

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am. Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of State and of Ministers and the First Secretary […] Continue reading

Cuba Also Needs Democratic Multiparty Elections

Cuba Also Needs Democratic Multiparty Elections / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on December 31, 2015 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 29 December 2015 — Cuba is the only country in this hemisphere that does not conduct democratic multi-party elections, which is what the Revolution of 1959 fought for and what different wings of the democratic left […] Continue reading

17 December – First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage

17 December: First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage / Miriam Celaya Posted on December 29, 2015 Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 December 2015 – At the end of the first year of the restoration of relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba, the expectations that the historical event awakened in Cuba remain unfulfilled. […] Continue reading

A bad year for freedom in Cuba

A bad year for freedom in Cuba Saturday – Dec. 26, 2015 By Charles Lane Much has changed in Cuba since President Obama and the island’s dictator, Raúl Castro, announced their rapprochement a year ago. Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed into Cuban government coffers because of more U.S. tourism and remittances. Havana has […] Continue reading

Critical Times for Cuba

Critical Times for Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on December 22, 2015 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 21 December 2015 – The year 2015 is drawing to a close and Cuba is living in critical times. There are five main factors that contribute to the Cuban situation: the breach of the fundamental agreements of the […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents – Obamas Castro Deal Has Made It Worse

Cuban Dissidents: Obamas Castro Deal Has Made It Worse This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. This past week marked the anniversary of President Obamas new Cuba policy. That policy is failing to produce any human rights improvements in Cuba. So 126 Cuban former political prisoners who together have served 1,945 […] 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

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens By Charles Lane The Washington Post Published: December 17, 2015 Much has changed in Cuba since President Barack Obama and the island’s dictator, Raul Castro, announced their rapprochement a year ago. Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed into Cuban government coffers, due to more U.S. tourism […] Continue reading

US-Cuba Deal at One Year – Castros Stronger than Ever

US-Cuba Deal at One Year: Castros Stronger than Ever / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 16, 2015 Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Reykjavik, 15-December 2015 — A non-interventionist US president, a Peronist Catholic pope, and a right-wing military dictator exalted by the Latin American left was bound to be a winning ticket. And so […] Continue reading

Czech delegation flies to Cuba to discuss trade, old debt

Czech delegation flies to Cuba to discuss trade, old debt ČTK | 9 OCTOBER 2015 Prague, Oct 8 (CTK) – The Czech diplomatic delegation that will visit Cuba next week would like to reopen the negotiations on the debts from the era of the communist bloc that Fidel Castro’s island left unpaid, apart from hoping […] Continue reading

Is Now the Right Time?

Is Now the Right Time? PABLO DÍAZ ESPÍ | Madrid | 6 Oct 2015 – 2:37 am. Will a lifting of the US embargo be beneficial with the Castros still in power? The most recent and vocal proponents of the lifting of the American embargo on Cuba wield as their main argument that this measure […] Continue reading

After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics?

After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics? The GroundTruth Project September 23, 2015 · 12:15 PM EDT By Jason Berry (follow) Leaning on a cane in her small living room in this rural Cuban village of Rodas, Gladys Cristina del Caridad Gonzalez, 84, reflected on Pope Francis’s historic visit and what she hopes is […] Continue reading

The Campaign to Have a Plebiscite for Freedom in Cuba Begins

The Campaign to Have a Plebiscite for Freedom in Cuba Begins Posted on August 24, 2015 Maurice Ferré: The solution for Cuba and Puerto Rico: plebiscites. From El Nuevo Herald, August 15, 2015 / Reprinted from Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo’s blog Although both were the booty of war, the results for Cuba and Puerto Rico […] Continue reading

Cuba – Transforming a Revolution

Cuba: Transforming a Revolution Castro and Obama balance gradual normalization with showing benefits for both US and Cuba Patricia Alejandro YaleGlobal, 23 July 2015 CAMBRIDGE, MA: During the 1990s, the popular assumption was that most Cubans, if they had a choice, would leave their country for the United States in a heartbeat. Today, while many […] Continue reading