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One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] 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

Inaugurarán grupo de trabajo para la organización comunitaria en Cuba

Inaugurarán grupo de trabajo para la organización comunitaria en Cuba Auspiciado por la Plataforma de Integración Cubana Viernes, septiembre 30, 2016 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Las organizacines Public Agenda, la Plataforma de Integración Cubana y el Programa de Democracia Deliberativa de Carnegie Mellon University han convocado a un grupo de trabajo “de destacados cubanos […] 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 hospitalized after eight days on hunger strike

Cuban dissident hospitalized after eight days on hunger strike BY LUZ ESCOBAR 14ymedio Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, leader of the Antitotalitario Front (Fantu), was taken Thursday to Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital in the city of Santa Clara after growing extremely weak from a hunger strike that has stretched for eight days. Cuban activist Jorge Luis […] Continue reading

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama / Iván García Iván García , 22 June 2016 — The park at Galiano and San Rafael is a beehive of activity. At one end, several teenagers play soccer, using a school desk as the goal, while 50 men and women are connecting to the […] Continue reading

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now 5/20/2016 by Leila Cobo The Rolling Stones may play there. Vin Diesel May film there. The Kardashians may strut there. But beyond the giddy excitement and quaintness of Cuba’s newfound celebrity appeal lie many artists and taste makers who, out of principle, will not perform on […] Continue reading

Obama and Cuban myths debunked

Obama and Cuban myths debunked YESENIA FERNÁNDEZ SELIER | Nueva York | 5 Abr 2016 – 12:30 pm. Without any shots, threats or military invasions, the US’s 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, arrived in and departed from Cuba. Cubans all over were glued to their screens, engaging in the inevitable debate about his visit’s motivations […] Continue reading

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment April 1, 2016 By Carlos F. Chamorro HAVANA TIMES – In defining the key moment of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez, who directs the site known as 14yMedio, doesn’t hesitate in naming the live press conference when – to the general […] Continue reading

El poder de la reconciliación

El poder de la reconciliación Si queremos que nuestro país no se convierta en un Estado fallido y provoque una intervención extranjera que nos remonte al punto de partida de 1902, no hay otra alternativa que el dialogo y la reconciliación Rafael del Pino, EEUU | 30/03/2016 6:24 am Desde que comenzaron los debates en […] Continue reading

Cuban Exiles Obama’s Visit From the Waters off Havana

Cuban Exiles Obama’s Visit From the Waters off Havana / 14ymedio Posted on February 23, 2016 14ymedio, 23 February 2016 – The Democratic Movement and the Mambisa Vigil, Cuban exile groups in Miami, are preparing a protest that will take place off the coast of Cuba coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the island […] Continue reading

Kelly – Critics don’t share Obama’s hope on Cuba

Kelly: Critics don’t share Obama’s hope on Cuba BY MIKE KELLY RECORD COLUMNIST | THE RECORD The messages and meanings seemed to come from two distinct universes. As the White House touted on Thursday what it called a “truly historic” trip to Cuba by President Obama as a symbolic end to a half-century of Cold […] Continue reading

Reprimen protesta en La Habana a favor de carretilleros

Reprimen protesta en La Habana a favor de carretilleros Desde Miami, una manifestación simultánea organizada por activistas de Movimiento Democracia y otros grupos del exilio apoyó a los cuentapropistas de la isla, muchos de los cuales fueron detenidos. Martinoticias.com Ultima actualización 11.02.2016 19:03 Un grupo de 15 activistas de Derechos Humanos participaron este jueves en […] Continue reading

Higher education in Cuba: A Vision (Part 1)

Higher education in Cuba: A Vision (Part 1) / Somos+ Posted on January 10, 2016 Somos+, Rolby Milian, 5 January 2016 — Education has always been one of the propaganda bulwarks that the Havana regime has used to sell the image of Cuba as a perfect, paradise society. Like so many others, this has resulted […] 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

In Miami, WeAllMarch

In #Miami, #WeAllMarch / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 21, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, Miami, 8 November 2015 — This past Sunday, I went to the mythical and cloyingly Cuban Versailles Restaurant. There were a handful of Cubans there who believe that solidarity doesn’t have borders, and can’t be imposed from any corner. On […] Continue reading

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some By Alexandre Grosbois Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s tourism and foreign trade are booming a year after the decision to restore diplomatic ties with Washington, but ordinary Cubans and some in the United States complain change is slow. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement […] Continue reading

Revolution 2.0 – What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba

Revolution 2.0: What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba Loren Feldman FORBES STAFF Not long after we arrived in Cuba last month, we heard our first jokes about the country. In one, Presidents Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Fidel Castro have all died and gone to Hell. There, they meet the devil who tells […] 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

Por qué las autoridades no posibilitan que el pueblo de Cuba tenga acceso a Internet?

¿Por qué las autoridades no posibilitan que el pueblo de Cuba tenga acceso a Internet? octubre 28, 2015 4:47 pm· El Cerro, La Habana, Rogelio Travieso, (PD) Los cubanos que hayan leído “La vida oculta de Fidel Castro”, escrito por Juan Reinaldo Sánchez, ex escolta de Castro por 17 años, seguramente se sentirán, burlados, utilizados, […] Continue reading

Refugiados no, rehenes de Cuba

Refugiados no, rehenes de Cuba Cuba exige el equivalente a 17 meses de salario por el chequeo médico de los refugiados viernes, octubre 2, 2015 | Alberto Méndez Castelló LAS TUNAS, Cuba – “Me voy a inmolar y usted verá como ningún otro preso tendrá que pagar chequeos médicos”, decía a este corresponsal Jorge Luis […] 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 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

Pope Francis visits eastern Cuba on eve of U.S. trip

Pope Francis visits eastern Cuba on eve of U.S. trip Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 8:48 p.m. EDT September 21, 2015 SANTIAGO DE CUBA — Placards on cars. Banners in the street. Overall buzz in the air. Residents of this eastern Cuban city received Pope Francis on Monday with the enthusiastic fervor that has followed him […] Continue reading

Cubans to welcome ‘socialist’ pope; don’t expect miracles

Cubans to welcome ‘socialist’ pope; don’t expect miracles Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:41am EDT By Andrew Cawthorne HAVANA (Reuters) – Flattered by a third papal visit in less than two decades, Cubans feel especially warm to Pope Francis for his fellow Latin American blood, humble image and help towards ending hostilities with the United States. […] Continue reading

White House Explores Regulatory Ways To Create Opportunities In Cuba

White House Explores Regulatory Ways To Create Opportunities In Cuba AUGUST 28, 2015 5:06 AM ET MICHELE KELEMEN The Obama administration is considering ways to further ease travel and restrictions on Cuba. There is still an embargo in place and it would take an act of Congress to lift that. The president, however, does have […] Continue reading

Two Accursed Words

Two Accursed Words / Fernando Damaso Posted on August 3, 2015 Fernando Damaso, 30 July 2015 — Prohibition and prosecution are two words widely used by Cuban authorities since their accession to power an amazing fifty-six years ago. From the first months they prohibited political parties and organizations, free speech and the free press, the […] 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

Cuba-USA Embassies and Average Cubans

Cuba-USA: Embassies and Average Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 July 2015 — Norge imagines himself sipping Cuban coffee at the Versailles restaurant in Miami on July 20 as officials of the Castro regime in white guayaberas and Americans in jackets and ties listen to their national anthems being […] 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

Opening for Business

Opening for Business A former Marielito positions himself as an entrepreneur in the new Cuba. BY JON LEE ANDERSON One night not long ago, in a new restaurant in Havana called VIPs, the owner, a white-haired Catalan named Jordi, was speculating about what life might be like in Cuba after a reconciliation with the United […] Continue reading

Antonio Castro, Elián González y el hombre nuevo castrista

Antonio Castro, Elián González y el hombre nuevo castrista Absoluto fracaso, el hombre nuevo del castrismo nunca nació Eugenio Yáñez, Miami | 02/07/2015 5:21 pm Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, “Tony” para sus amigos, hijo de Fidel Castro, saborea Grecia y Turquía con el dinero de los cubanos, y el “balserito” Elián González, “ahijado político” […] Continue reading

Cuban-Americans react to embassies opening

Cuban-Americans react to embassies opening The Associated Press MIAMI Cuban-Americans say they are angry about President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States and Cuba will open embassies in each other’s countries. Gathered in Versailles, an iconic Cuban restaurant in Miami, several Cuban-Americans on Wednesday said they were angry the U.S. was reopening diplomatic relations […] Continue reading

Cuban expats split over embassies

Cuban expats split over embassies Offices to open in D.C., Havana Thursday, July 2, 2015 By: O’Ryan Johnson, Andrew Schneider The effort to thaw relations between the U.S. and Cuba by opening embassies in each other’s capital cities was welcomed by one local expatriate, though nationally many were split. Noble Garcia, who owns the El […] Continue reading

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on June 28, 2015 Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 24 June 2015 – Abel Prieto rides again. Not as the author of two little novels whose names I cannot remember. Nor as the ex-president of a union of writers and authors more […] Continue reading

Casa de Cuba celebrates enduring resistance to Castro regime

Casa de Cuba celebrates enduring resistance to Castro regime BY GEOFF FOX Tribune staff Published: June 28, 2015 TAMPA — As Rosa Maria Paya was introduced at a function celebrating the 25th anniversary of Casa de Cuba on Sunday, a lone protester barked objections from near the bar at the La Giraldilla restaurant. Paya, an […] Continue reading

The Castros’ New Friend

The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading

The Cuban Money Crisis

The Cuban Money Crisis The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations April 1, 2015 by Patrick Symmes The currency crisis starts about 75 feet into Cuba. I land in the late afternoon and, after clearing customs, step into the busy arrivals hall of Havana’s airport looking for help. I […] Continue reading

Is Cuba ready for its money shot?

Is Cuba ready for its money shot? By Abigail Jones The Communist island is on the cusp of another revolution, this one fought with lines of credit instead of rifles and slogans Now that the country is opening up for the first time to US travellers in over five decades, hope, determination and money are […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats

Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats BY ABIGAIL JONES / MARCH 12, 2015 11:54 AM EDT Traveling from Miami to Havana is a haphazard, seemingly nonsensical process that requires patience, guile, humor and a ruthless willingness to cut lines. Thankfully, I’m traveling with Alberto Magnan, so we skip the airport check-in line because he knows a […] Continue reading