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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

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, European Union to finalize deal amid thaw in relations

Cuba, European Union to finalize deal amid thaw in relations By Patrick Oppmann, CNN Updated 0739 GMT (1539 HKT) March 11, 2016 Story highlights European Union foreign policy chief to meet with island’s foreign minister The two will nail down deal, two years in the making, that seeks to improve relations Havana, Cuba (CNN)The chill […] Continue reading

He is Obama, Not God

He is Obama, Not God / Iván García Posted on February 28, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2016 — Neither American economic power nor Barack Obama’s oratorical skills seem to be enough to satisfy exaggerated, unreasonable or personal demands from the diverse group of Obama fans who make up Cuban society. The national psyche is […] Continue reading

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 23 November 2015 — On these hot nights in Havana, when nostalgia, that silent thief that robs you of strength, strikes without warning, Raúl Rivero, the poet, sneaks through my window and offers me a workshop specifically on the latest […] 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

The Castros’ New Friend

The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick ( 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

Spain-Cuba Relations Still Far From Normal

Spain-Cuba Relations Still Far From Normal November 26, 2014 By Isaac Risco (dpa) HAVANA TIMES— “This trip is part of our country’s normal bilateral relations,” Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo insisted on leaving Havana, but the circumstances in which the Spanish Foreign Minister ended his visit to Cuba suggest that the two countries are still far from […] Continue reading

The Embargo and Absolute Power

The Embargo and Absolute Power / Miriam Celaya Posted on June 10, 2014 Lifting or easing the embargo will strengthen the Castros’ power. No economic benefit justifies the absence of democracy. Lifting the embargo would allow the Cuban government to apply for credit at US banks, and would make it legal for US citizens to […] Continue reading

No Remedies, Political Changes

No Remedies, Political Changes / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Posted on October 12, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, October, — Raul Castro has repeated constantly that errors are the greatest enemy of the Revolution, those that have been committed and new ones that may be committed. Nevertheless, he does not speak of the political changes necessary […] Continue reading

Raul Castro Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz

Raul Castro Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz / Yoani Sanchez Translating Cuba, Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sanchez People visiting Havana for the first time agree on the similarities of this city with Cadiz. The cultural similarities and certain visual resemblances tie the Cuban capital to its Andalusian first cousin. The presence of the sea, some [...] Continue reading

Imagining Cuba after Chávez

Imagining Cuba after Chávez Venezuela provides Cuba with up to $15 billion a year, which helps offset the US embargo. But there is the real possibility Chávez may not win or survive another six-year term as president.By Girish Gupta, Correspondentposted April 17, 2012 at 8:29 am EDTHavana Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez views Cuban revolutionary and [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Ring Hollow in Miami

Cuba's Reforms Ring Hollow in MiamiEl Nuevo Herald, News Report, Posted: Nov 08, 2011 MIAMI – Cuban dissidents are skeptical about the economic changes taking place in Cuba, arguing that they are no substitute for democratic reforms, reports El Nuevo Herald. That was the message that three Cuban dissidents brought to Capitol Hill recently, where [...] Continue reading

Foggy Forecast for Cuba-US Relations

Foggy Forecast for Cuba-US RelationsPosted: 05/ 2/11 06:21 PM ET Winds of change are blowing in both Havana and Washington these days, but in what direction no one really knows. Prevailing headwinds from entrenched interests on both sides are scrambling the signals, and may leave the Cuban and American people in the dust. Let's try [...] Continue reading
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