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Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap

Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap December 02, 2016 10:45 PM Reuters SANTA CLARA/HAVANA — Fidel Castro’s death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind. […] 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

Cuban-born Tulsans have different perspectives on policy shift

Cuban-born Tulsans have different perspectives on policy shift Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 am By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer | 31 comments Tulsa neurologist Jorge Gonzalez left Cuba at age 5 and hasn’t been back since. And he won’t return, Gonzalez said Wednesday, until the Castro regime is replaced by a democratic government. […] Continue reading

We Have to Get the Police Out of Our Heads

“We Have to Get the Police Out of Our Heads” / 14ymedio, Yania Suarez 14ymedio, Yania Suarez, Stuttgart, 12 September 2016 – Erik Jennische, author of “We Must Get the Police Out of Our Heads” declared that the book was written to enlighten the Swedish reader about the democratic movement in Cuba and its current […] Continue reading

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas abandons 54-day hunger strike. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas ended his 54-day-old hunger strike Monday, following unconfirmed reports that the European Parliament approved a measure that links aid to the island to Cuban government compliance with his […] 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

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint / Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández, 1 August, 2016 — Timothy Garton Ash is a well-known journalist, editorial writer and British researcher. His books on history are notable, above all for their distinctive focus on recent contemporary history. During the 1970s, Ash became interested in researching […] Continue reading

Voices of Change in Cuba Could Emerge from the Private Sector

Voices of Change in Cuba Could Emerge from the Private Sector / Iván García Iván García, 30 July 2016 — One a hot afternoon in May, a Havana bicycle taxi driver became upset over a fine of 700 pesos and managed to overturn a government regulation which he considered arbitrary. This triggered a flawlessly prepared […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] Continue reading

Interview with Mary Jo Porter

Interview with Mary Jo Porter If paradise ends where choice begins, as Arthur Miller observed, then our digital age fantasy of paradise as a tropical island with no Internet collapses with our choice to travel to one. The permanent inhabitants of such an island, who live without Internet access or the luxury of travel, would […] Continue reading

Cuban–American says Obama’s visit to Cuba ‘invalidates all the suffering’ she and others have experienced

Cuban–American says Obama’s visit to Cuba ‘invalidates all the suffering’ she and others have experienced Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 9:30 pm By CATHY DYSON Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star FREDERICKSBURG — While some cheered President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba — and what may be a new chapter in relations between the two countries — […] Continue reading

Will Cuba’s path lead to authoritarian capitalism?

Will Cuba’s path lead to authoritarian capitalism? BY BRAHMA CHELLANEY MAR 21, 2016 NEW DELHI – Hopes for change have been aroused by Barack Obama’s history-making visit to Cuba, the first by a U.S. president since that small island-nation’s revolution established the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere in 1959. The United States and […] Continue reading

Right and Left, from a Cuban Perspective

Right and Left, from a Cuban Perspective JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 2 Mar 2016 – 9:43 am. From Havana I get an email seeking to address the challenges facing the country applying the binary axis of “Left” and “Right.” I imagine that two factors lead to this interest. One is an incipient ebb […] Continue reading

Bernie Sanders wants normal U.S.-Cuba relations but is fuzzy on details

Bernie Sanders wants normal U.S.-Cuba relations but is fuzzy on details The Democratic presidential candidate isn’t familiar with Cuba policy specifics He supports President Obama’s diplomatic relations with the island And he’s aware he has to explain democratic socialism in South Florida BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com Bernie Sanders knows he wants the United States to […] Continue reading

The Wrong Interlocutor

The Wrong Interlocutor / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on February 25, 2016 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 11 February 2016 — More often than reason dictates – since the announcement of the restoration of relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States – statements, newspaper articles and even open letters have appeared taking to […] Continue reading

Civil Society in Cuba?

Civil Society in Cuba? February 11, 2016 By Alejandro Armengol HAVANA TIMES — Cuban-American dissidents, activists and legislators continue to make contradictory statements which the press eats up and amplifies without questioning: they speak of strengthening or fostering Cuban civil society while referring to the regime’s totalitarian nature, calling the changes implemented mere “cosmetic” touchups. […] 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

55 years of dogma

55 years of dogma HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 9 Dic 2015 – 5:34 pm. Cuba is one of the countries holding the most celebrations every year. As part of its mission to create another history, in our country even debacles are celebrated as if they were victories, and the founding of different […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Rebel With a Cause

Tania Bruguera: Rebel With a Cause For the cuban artist Tania Bruguera, free expression comes at a price. December 2, 2015 12:15 PM | by Linda Yablonsky As an artist of conscience, Tania Bruguera speaks truth to power in unforgettably visceral terms. For a performance at the 1997 Havana Biennial, she addressed the collective suicides […] Continue reading

Eight Years of the Cuban Independent Writers Club

Eight Years of the Cuban Independent Writers Club / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 23, 2015 Iván García, 16 November 2015 — In the depths of the peeling, unpainted building where the journalist and independent writer Víctor Manuel Domínguez lives, a lady, who is waiting for customers behind a display counter of cheap Chinese jewelry, […] Continue reading

Cuba still ‘very far from a normal pastoral situation’ after papal visit

Cuba still ‘very far from a normal pastoral situation’ after papal visit By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News 10/11/2015 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) Pope Francis warmly received during Cuban visit, in spite of heavy workload that remains After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward […] Continue reading

For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope – but will it last?

For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope – but will it last? HAVANA, Cuba, Oct. 9, 2015–After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward in its relationship with the Church and work for the common good, said a representative of an aid group that […] Continue reading

A Nobel Prize for Raul Castro!

Andres Oppenheimer: A Nobel Prize for Raul Castro! Cuban dictator Raúl Castro deserves a Nobel Prize in political chutzpah: He is demanding reparations for the five-decade-old U.S. trade embargo of the island, neglecting to mention that it was imposed after Cuba confiscated up to $7 billion in U.S. properties and executed thousands of people whose […] Continue reading

The Church, Pope Francis, and Cuba

The Church, Pope Francis, and Cuba [15-09-2015 22:39:00] José Azel Investigador, Universidad de Miami (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Eight hundred years ago, the Magna Carta laid the foundations for individual freedoms, the rule of law and for limits on the absolute power of the ruler. King John of England, who signed this great document, believed that since he […] 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

The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation

Cuba: The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation August 31, 2015 By Martin Guevara HAVANA TIMES — The experience of Syrian refugees – a drama much talked about around Europe today, which is cause enough for concern in and of itself – led me to make a rather disheartening observation. The tragedies these exiles bring with them from […] Continue reading

Wipe the Slate Clean and Start Over, or Form a Truth Commission?

Cuba: Wipe the Slate Clean and Start Over, or Form a Truth Commission? Posted on August 30, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 July 2015 — On a leaden afternoon in 1960 that portended rain, René, 79 years old, recalls how a half-dozen militia members encased in wide uniforms and bearing Belgian weapons appeared at his uncle’s […] Continue reading

Same Hatred, Different Collar

Same Hatred, Different Collar / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Posted on August 28, 2015 Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton Hate crimes are violent acts induced by prejudices against a person or group considered “different,” owing to their social class, race, ethnicity, nationality, political affiliation, ideology, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or […] Continue reading

An opening for Cuban freedom?

An opening for Cuban freedom? Aug 18 2015 12:01 am The re-opening of the America Embassy in Havana on Friday was a historic occasion. So fittingly, Secretary of State John Kerry was there — as were three U.S. Marines who took down the U.S. flag from our embassy 54 years ago — along with many […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Berlin Wall – Mines, Barbed Wire, and Sharks

Cuba’s Berlin Wall: Mines, Barbed Wire, and Sharks Thousands Die Seeking Asylum in Guantánamo Bay BELÉN MARTY JULY 15, 2015 AT 9:47 AM EspañolNilda Pedraza’s son, Iskander, is one of countless Cubans who have tried reach the US Naval Base in Guantánamo by water in search of asylum. She says Cuban officials shot and killed […] Continue reading

Germany and Cuba See Benefits of Rapprochement

Germany and Cuba See Benefits of Rapprochement On eve of EU-Latin American summit, foreign ministers play up improved atmosphere between Havana and West By NAFTALI BENDAVID And GABRIELE STEINHAUSER June 9, 2015 1:16 p.m. ET BRUSSELS—On the eve of a summit between the European Union and Latin America, the foreign ministers of Germany and Cuba […] Continue reading

Castro – Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church

Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente – and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic […] Continue reading

Their Weapon is the Word, Peaceful is their Struggle

Their Weapon is the Word, Peaceful is their Struggle / Cubanet, Rafael Alcides Posted on May 5, 2015 Our “mercenaries” do not plant bombs, nor do they plan attempts on people’s lives, nor sabotages, as did those who today are in power. Cubabet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 30 April 2015 – A young Communist, lamenting how […] Continue reading

Cuban ambassador in Berlin dampens expectations for political change

Cuban ambassador in Berlin dampens expectations for political change Europe 01.05.2015 By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online Berlin (dpa) – Cuba‘s ambassador to Germany Rene Juan Mujica Cantelar Thursday lowered expectations for political change on the Caribbean island after the ongoing historic reconciliation between Washington and Havana. “This is not an issue that is on […] Continue reading

Spies, artificial insemination and the pope – how Cuba came in from the cold

Spies, artificial insemination and the pope: how Cuba came in from the cold The restoration of US relations with the Castro regime is seen by many as a triumph for Barack Obama. The story of how it happened is extraordinary @RobertsDan Sunday 26 April 2015 11.00 BST Behind the faded doors of what once ranked […] Continue reading

Micaela Hierro: In Cuba, Everything Is an Act of Defiance

Micaela Hierro: In Cuba, Everything Is an Act of Defiance Get to Know the Real Havana on Your Next Visit, Says Human Rights Activist BELÉN MARTY FEBRUARY 13, 2015 AT 8:00 AM Español Micaela Hierro’s last name means “iron” in Spanish, and she certainly lives up to it. Born in Argentina, now living in Germany, […] Continue reading

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany BY DIANA VILLIERS NEGROPONTE 1/5/15 AT 5:02 PM The transformation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) has important lessons for Cuba as the island opens up to increased banking, agriculture and telecommunications exchange with the U.S. But there is a major difference: The GDR liberalized […] Continue reading

How Do the Dissidents Feel? Cinematic Thoughts on the Cuba Deal

How Do the Dissidents Feel? Cinematic Thoughts on the Cuba Deal By Carl Eric Scott January 5, 2015 9:07 PM “You have no idea how many people are in here due to senseless heroics.” That’s a line from The Lives of Others, in which Stasi interrogator Gerd Wiesler, speaking to Christa-Maria Sieland in the main […] Continue reading

Artist’s censored effort in Havana offered Cubans a voice

Fabiola Santiago: Artist’s censored effort in Havana offered Cubans a voice BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO FSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/02/2015 7:50 PM 01/02/2015 9:22 PM If the silence in the Cuban art world (in Miami as well as Havana) seems too maddening for the times, it’s because internationally acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera has shaken — with a powerful, albeit […] Continue reading

Cheap oil – when bad things happen to bad people

Cheap oil: when bad things happen to bad people Date: December 28, 2014 – 3:20PM Paul Sheehan Sydney Morning Herald columnist Oil is, disproportionately, the fuel of evil. It may be the fuel of freedom of movement but it is also the greatest root source of more pollution and dirty politics than anything else. The […] Continue reading