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Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] Continue reading

The Myth Died, Cuba Must Change

The Myth Died, Cuba Must Change / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 27 November 2016 — Fidel Castro has died. The mythic figure has died. The event will be discussed for a long time and from many points of view. Nine days of mourning has been decreed in Havana, the flag is at […] Continue reading

Slow change after Fidel

Slow change after Fidel BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com For many, Fidel Castro’s death is like the lifting of a heavy fog, a defining moment that will carve out a new path and allow Cuba to move forward. But some analysts say the revolutionary government remains firmly in place and they see no immediate changes coming […] Continue reading

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt By Judith Miller, Douglas E. Schoen Published November 26, 2016 FoxNews.com With the death of the man who for so long embodied Cuba’s communist revolution, many Cubans and Americans are hoping for a change in Cuban-American relations and more freedom on the island. Not so […] Continue reading

President Obama Continues To Loosen Cuba Sanctions

President Obama Continues To Loosen Cuba Sanctions Last Updated: November 21 2016 Article by Andrea Fraser-Reid Torres Law, PLLC In December 2014, President Obama announced a shift in U.S. policy to Cuba and initiated a process leading towards normalizing relations. In the latest step in that process, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (“OFAC”) announced […] Continue reading

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade andinvestment in Cuba until regime stops oppression

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment in Cuba until regime stops oppression By Elizabeth Llorente Published November 18, 2016 One of Cuba’s most prominent human rights activists is in the U.S. to push for a halt or suspension of U.S.-Cuba trade and investment changes that he and other leaders say […] Continue reading

Rubio, others want Trump to ditch Obama efforts to improve U.S.-Cubarelations

Rubio, others want Trump to ditch Obama efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations By Doug G. Ware | Updated Nov. 17, 2016 at 7:42 AM WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) — As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House, Republicans have rattled off a list of Obama administration projects they want overturned, including scaling […] Continue reading

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba By FRANCES ROBLESNOV. 15, 2016 MIAMI — To Chad Olin, it seemed like the perfect opportunity: Decades of animosity between the United States and Cuba were peeling away, opening a final frontier in the Caribbean to dollar-wielding Americans. Mr. Olin, 30, a Harvard Business School graduate, gave […] Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be too complicated and costly

A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be too complicated and costly BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com President-elect Donald Trump has said “concessions” the Obama administration made to Cuba can easily be reversed and that he will unravel them unless U.S. demands are met, but some of the commercial initiatives may be a bit […] Continue reading

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement GlobeNewswire • November 10, 2016 VANCOUVER, British Colombia, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cuba Ventures Corp. (CUV.V) (MPSFF) (the “Company”) – Donald J. Trump, the newly elected Republican President of the United States of America confirmed victory over Democratic rival […] Continue reading

Is Castroism reformable?

Is Castroism reformable? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:05 CET. When Mikhail Gorbachev launched the reforms known as perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness, transparency) he did not do so with the idea of ​​doing away with the Soviet Union, but just the opposite: to save it from […] Continue reading

The regime is torn between ideological commitments that lead no whereand economic development, which depends on the reviled market economy

The regime is torn between ideological commitments that lead nowhere and economic development, which depends on the reviled market economy HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 6 de Noviembre de 2016 – 12:34 CET. Last Monday’s edition of Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, contains two articles illustrating the Party’s […] Continue reading

It’s Congress’s Turn to Act on Cuba

It’s Congress’s Turn to Act on Cuba OCT 17, 2016 8:00 AM EDT The latest U.S. easing of regulations on commerce with Cuba is good news, not least for fans of rum and cigars. But it’s also a sign that President Barack Obama’s drive to normalize relations is approaching the limits of his authority. With […] 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

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba U.S. exporters can sell to only one customer—the Castro government. Ana QuintanaRandall Ramos October 6, 2016 Will Congress lift the ban on private financing towards Cuba’s agriculture sector? Proponents of a bill to do just that claim it would benefit American farmers as well alleviate the suffering […] Continue reading

Gorki Águila “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny”

Gorki Águila: “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny” / EFE – 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), 29 September 2016 — The dissident and leader of the Cuban punk-rock band Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Águila, said in Miami on Thursday that the “plan” of the Cuban regime is “to mutate into a perfect […] 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

Cuban diplomat takes to Twitter, says rapprochement with U.S. must continue

Cuban diplomat takes to Twitter, says rapprochement with U.S. must continue BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s chief negotiator in normalization talks with the United States, said Friday that Cuba has been “intensely” laying the groundwork so that the process of rapprochement that began under President Barack Obama will continue even after he leaves […] Continue reading

Cuba welcomes ambassador nomination but says Obama can do more

Cuba welcomes ambassador nomination but says Obama can do more September 28, 2016 By Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s nomination of an ambassador to Cuba is welcome but he should still do more to normalize relations between the two countries during his remaining time in office, a senior Cuban government official said […] Continue reading

Trump vows to undo eased Cuba relations unless his demands are met

Trump vows to undo eased Cuba relations unless his demands are met KEVIN CIRILLI Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to reverse improved U.S. relations with Cuba unless the island nation meets his demands for more religious and political freedom. Trump’s comments at a Friday rally in Miami mark a reversal of his previous position. […] 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

Top Cuba diplomat – Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MAY 16, 2016 08:14 PM HAVANA – President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more co-operation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs […] Continue reading

Chronology – Ten Years Without Fidel Castro

Chronology: Ten Years Without Fidel Castro / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2016 – Since the proclamation in which Fidel Castro temporarily delegated power on 31 July 2006, the former president has met with two popes, has received visits several European, Asian and Latin American leaders and has written hundreds of articles under the title […] 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

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark In an onging rapprochement that was formalized with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba on July 20, 2015, many diplomatic steps have been taken. But there are still big areas of contention between the two nations. BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com At a minute […] Continue reading

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military July 3rd, 2016by Miami Herald Mr. President, what’s wrong with this picture? Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opens the first U.S.-operated hotel in Cuba in more than five decades. But it’s not a joint enterprise between an American firm and a Cuban entrepreneur, the kind that is supposed […] Continue reading

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors Starwood opens first U.S.-operated hotel in in Havana in more than five decades It’s not an opportunity for Cubans to earn a living independent of government Neither is sending Shaquille O’Neal as “Sports Envoy to Cuba” to join celebrity circus BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Mr. President, […] 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

Hermano del general Luis Alberto Rodríguez López Calleja sale a relucir en ‘Los Papeles de Panamá’

Hermano del general Luis Alberto Rodríguez López Calleja sale a relucir en ‘Los Papeles de Panamá’ DDC | La Habana | 8 de Junio de 2016 – 1:24 pm. El Gobierno cubano utilizó a la firma Mossack Fonseca (MF) para crear sociedades anónimas en paraísos fiscales que le habrían permitido realizar operaciones comerciales al margen […] Continue reading

The New Gospel, According to the General

The New Gospel, According to the General / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 May 2016 — The Cuban Party-State-Government has just published a tabloid containing two of the root documents analyzed and approved during the VII Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) last April, 2016. These are the Project for the […] Continue reading

The Cuba campaign to diminish Obama’s visit

The Cuba campaign to diminish Obama’s visit Fight in Cuba over the public conscious Cuban activist said Cuban government feels legitimized by new relations The debate between economic rights vs human rights BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Since President Barack Obama left Cuba, the Castro government has carried out a campaign to diminish the importance […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday. BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press HAVANA President Barack Obama’s trip to […] Continue reading

Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election

Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election AFP May 12, 2016 Cuban opposition leader Manuel Costa Morua (L) speaks during a press conference to present the “Towards a national project, the minimum program” in Havana on May 12, 2016 (AFP Photo/Yamil Lage) More Havana (AFP) – Opposition leaders said Thursday they plan to […] Continue reading

The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations

The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations Apr 26, 2016 On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his intention to normalize relations with Cuba. Since that time there have been a number of changes in U.S. policy and regulations affecting trade, investment and travel. To provide business leaders with the latest […] Continue reading

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit By Michael Weissenstein | AP April 29 at 9:30 AM HAVANA — Thursday morning was looking bad for Lazaro Martinez, who makes his living playing trombone for tourists on the Malecon, the sweeping boulevard overlooking the jewel-clear Florida Straits. Police shunted everyone onto side streets as a […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro Brings a Transitional Communist Party Congress to a Close

Fidel Castro Brings a Transitional Communist Party Congress to a Close / Iván García Fidel Castro speaking at the close of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana in April (AP from Info 7) Ivan Garcia, 21 April 2016 — He is no longer the beefy guy in the olive green uniform […] Continue reading

The perils of business in Cuba

Editorial: The perils of business in Cuba ZACHARY REID/TIMES-DISPATCH Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:30 pm Earlier this year a delegation of Virginia business leaders traveled to Cuba to explore the potential for commerce there, now that the Obama administration has eased relations between the two countries. At one point, Cuban officials tried to reassure […] Continue reading

To change Cuba, speak up for democracy again and again

To change Cuba, speak up for democracy again and again By Editorial Board April 24 at 7:41 PM PRESIDENT OBAMA’S visit to Cuba last month laid down a marker. The president hailed the island’s entrepreneurs, met with dissidents, and encouraged openness and democracy in the presence of President Raúl Castro, who rules without any. The […] Continue reading

Epitaph for a Party

Epitaph for a Party / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Miami, 20 April 2016 – I ask for a minute’s standing ovation, gentlemen: the Communist Party of Cuba has died. The internment, which will be known to future generations of Cubans as the 7th Congress of the PCC, held its memorial service Tuesday, 19 […] Continue reading