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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

Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?

Analysis: Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy? The New York Times By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his sweeping trade deal with Asia, his […] Continue reading

Cuba: Brzezinski, Castro, perestroika y cabezas pensantes

OPINION. Cuba: Brzezinski, Castro, perestroika y cabezas pensantes Tania Quintero LUCERNA, Suiza – Cuando el 2 de junio en Martí Noticias leí Cuba en la órbita de la eminencia gris que fue Zbginiew Brzezinski, de Armando de Armas y Álvaro Alba, a mi memoria vino aquella etapa de los años 80, cuando la perestroika y […] Continue reading

Can We Progress in Cuba under the Current Model?

Can We Progress in Cuba under the Current Model? May 29, 2017 HAVANA TIMES — I couldn’t help but think about the analogy of a popular Cuban saying when reflecting upon the prospects we have of our economy progressing by 2030, while reading about a case in the Juventud Rebelde newspaper last week. The article […] Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing. Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish, blond hair and […] Continue reading

Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident 'in the Belly,' Put Father in the Hospital

Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put
Father in the Hospital
by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110
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An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba
(UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night,
hurling bottles at them and reportedly punching the woman in the… Continue reading

Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital

Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night, hurling bottles at them and reportedly […] Continue reading

PostCastro Cuba isn’t that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet, months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist […] Continue reading

PostCastro Cuba isn't that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before
Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World

For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s
downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet,
months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the
streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist Party.

As Gladys Esther Marta… Continue reading

A Year After Obama's Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy /
14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential
plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016,
Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes
and sparked questions. One year after that visit,… Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. […] Continue reading

Jorge Pérez financió un documental que resultó una propaganga contra el embargo

Jorge Pérez financió un documental que resultó una propaganga contra el embargo FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com El documental Embargo es deficiente desde el punto de vista técnico. Es tedioso, confuso y no está a la altura de los estándares del Miami Film Festival, el cual cuenta con un historial de excelencia con respecto a películas sobre […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […] Continue reading

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration has worked until its final days to try to ensure the continuity of its Cuba policy, but Ben Rhodes, one of the chief architects of the rapprochement with the island, says he’s still not sure […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba again

Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba again Artist and activist was in her home country to deliver aid by LAURIE ROJAS | 13 January 2017 The Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera was detained and interrogated in Cuba yesterday (12 January). Bruguera was travelling by car from Havana to the Cuban city of Baracoa to deliver […] Continue reading

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 January 2017 — Police maintained a strong operation Thursday around the headquarters of the 1010 Academy in the neighborhood of Cerro, in Havana. Activists Joanna Columbié and Georlis Olazabal were arrested while trying to access the site to participate in a conference […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Detained in Cuba While Delivering Supplies to Hurricane Victims

Tania Bruguera Detained in Cuba While Delivering Supplies to Hurricane Victims No explanation was given for the artist’s detention, but she was allegedly interrogated for six hours. Benjamin Sutton The artist Tania Bruguera and the biochemist Oscar Casanella were stopped and detained by Cuban authorities yesterday as they were driving out of Havana to deliver […] Continue reading

‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo

‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo MANUEL ALEJANDRO LEÓN VELÁZQUEZ | Guantánamo | 7 de Enero de 2017 – 01:18 CET. Three months after Hurricane Matthew hit, the inhabitants of Baracoa and Maisí are complaining about the Government’s sluggish response to aid those who lost everything, and criticizing the […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s ideal of amateur sport for Cuba lies in ashes

Fidel Castro’s ideal of amateur sport for Cuba lies in ashes BY LINDA ROBERTSON lrobertson@miamiherald.com Among the items that ought to be interred with Fidel Castro’s ashes when Cuba’s “Maximum Leader” is formally laid to rest on Sunday are a baseball glove and a tracksuit. Castro was not only an avid sports fan but an […] Continue reading

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

Medidas de Obama causan indignación entre cubanoamericanos

Medidas de Obama causan indignación entre cubanoamericanos FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON No es que él no esté interesado, o que considere que su caso no es sólido, pero la idea de presentar una demanda judicial contra la administración de Obama no es algo que Javier García-Bengochea esté dispuesto a hacer. Se le ha sugerido que […] Continue reading

Can a challenge to Obama’s Cuba policies succeed?

Can a challenge to Obama’s Cuba policies succeed? BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON It’s not that he’s not interested nor does he feel like he doesn’t have a strong case, but the idea of taking on the Obama administration in court is not something Javier García-Bengochea is eager to do. It’s been suggested to him […] Continue reading

Rice – directiva presidencial dista de los “planes secretos” que EEUU tenía para Cuba

Rice: directiva presidencial dista de los “planes secretos” que EEUU tenía para Cuba octubre 14, 2016 Martinoticias.com La principal asesora de seguridad nacional de Obama, Susan Rice, habló en una conferencia en el Wilson Center sobre la más reciente directiva presidencial para Cuba. La asesora de Seguridad Nacional Susan Rice comentó la directiva Presidencial del […] Continue reading

Obama moves to make Cuba policies ‘irreversible’

Obama moves to make Cuba policies ‘irreversible’ BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com President Barack Obama issued a presidential directive on Cuba on Friday that seeks to institutionalize and cement his policy changes toward the island and encourage further engagement even after he leaves office. His administration also released a sixth set of regulatory changes designed to […] 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

Paquito D’Rivera critica la política de la administración Obama hacia La Habana

Paquito D’Rivera critica la política de la administración Obama hacia La Habana DDC | Miami | 19 de Septiembre de 2016 – 16:12 CEST. El renombrado músico cubanoamericano Paquito D’Rivera expresó su desacuerdo con la política de acercamiento del Gobierno de Barack Obama hacia el régimen de Cuba y reiteró que regresará a la Isla […] 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

Thinking With Our Stomachs

Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble on a magic lamp in the corner. “I want a plate […] Continue reading

They Wanted to be Like Che… and They Are

They Wanted to be Like Che… and They Are / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 31 August 2016 — Abusers, they beat women in the street, participate in acts of repudiation, and monitor those who think differently. They are the kids of the feared Rapid Response Brigade. Now they are thirty-somethings. They graduated from […] Continue reading

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo / Regina Anavy Regina Anavy, Reykjavic, June 27, 2016 — Crossing paths with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in Reykjavic, Iceland, on June 27, 2016, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with him. Iceland And Future Plans Regina Anavy: I understand you are here on a special […] Continue reading

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards Tracy Wilkinson Fast-talking and often harassed, Cuban political dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer could hold himself up as Exhibit A in the improving relations between Washington and Havana. Ferrer, 45, has been allowed to travel abroad for the […] Continue reading

The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana

The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 22 March 2016 — Just when Air Force One landed at 2 pm at the Andrew military base on the way to Havana, forty-six Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) walked in file along the central promenade of 5th Avenue, with photos, […] Continue reading

The Big Change

Cuba: The Big Change Alma Guillermoprieto MAY 12, 2016 ISSUE One could swear that nothing has changed. The chaotic lines we travelers form in front of Cuba’s stern immigration officers; their belligerent slowness; the noise and heat in the too-small room; the echoing shouts across the room from one olive-green-clad person to another (an argument […] Continue reading

Obama “¡Esto no es fácil!”

Obama: “¡Esto no es fácil!” Muchísima más divulgación le dio la Casa Blanca al comediante Pánfilo que a los trece miembros de la sociedad civil y opositores que se reunieron con el presidente de EEUU Jorge Dávila Miguel, Miami | 28/03/2016 10:10 am ¿Qué le dijeron los opositores al presidente Barack Obama cuando se reunieron […] Continue reading

Castro agasaja a la pareja Obama con música y comida cubana

Castro agasaja a la pareja Obama con música y comida cubana El gobierno ofreció hoy una cena de Estado en el Palacio de la Revolución lunes, marzo 21, 2016 | Agencias LA HABANA, Cuba.- Raúl Castro ofreció hoy una cena de Estado en el Palacio de la Revolución para agasajar con música y comida cubana […] Continue reading

Cerdo, tamales y plátanos fritos, la cena de Estado de Raúl Castro para los Obama

Cerdo, tamales y plátanos fritos, la cena de Estado de Raúl Castro para los Obama AGENCIAS | La Habana | 22 Mar 2016 – 10:52 am. Raúl Castro ofreció este lunes una cena de Estado en el Palacio de la Revolución para agasajar con música y comida cubanas al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, […] Continue reading

Cuba sigue siendo una preocupación para Estados Unidos

Cuba sigue siendo una preocupación para Estados Unidos Susan Rice: El compromiso de EEUU con los Derechos Humanos y la democracia estarán claros durante el viaje de Obama a la isla, que el Presidente quiere aprovechar al máximo. Martinoticias.com marzo 18, 2016 A pesar de la reaproximación diplomática, Cuba sigue siendo una preocupación, dijo este […] Continue reading

Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw

Cuba: Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News 18 March 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean The museum at Cuba’s most famous beach, the Bay of Pigs, is under renovation. Inside, workers are busily installing new multi-media exhibits while outside a team of builders is laying […] Continue reading