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Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD jcharles@miamiherald.com Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to eke out even negligible economic growth. “The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to […] Continue reading
Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018. I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to […] Continue reading
What the reform measures implemented by Raúl Castro in 2006 have achieved, and failed to ELÍAS AMOR | Valencia | 29 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:12 CET. The close of 2016 marks a wasted year for the Cuban economy. A few days ago the CEPAL announced that GDP growth would be 0.4%, one of […] Continue reading
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
Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 12 September 2016 — In the best of times, when there were two ration books, sixty-year-old retiree Juan Alberto was happy. One was for food, which allotted you half a pound of beef every fifteen days, and one was for “manufactured goods,” which […] Continue reading
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
Not even the Chinese model can save Castroism FABIO RAFAEL FIALLO | Ginebra | 19 Abr 2016 – 7:02 pm. Clinging to the most retrograde Soviet tradition, the Communist Party of Cuba decided to hold its VII Congress without even having allowed any debate on the documents distributed for approval at the event. This secrecy […] Continue reading
In slow dance with capitalism, Cuba’s Communists turn to future By Frank Jack Daniel and Nelson Acosta April 16, 2016 HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s Communist Party meets on Saturday under pressure for the slow pace of promised market reforms as it prepares for a future without the octogenarian leaders who guided the country from a […] Continue reading
Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms ARTEMISA, CUBA | BY MARC FRANK In Cuban farm country – between sugar cane, vegetable patches and overgrown fallow land a world away from Havana’s tourist-filled streets – producers are seething at what they say is the government’s backsliding on promised market reforms to make their lives […] Continue reading
Havana: Waiting for Air Force One / Iván García Posted on March 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 22 February 2016 — If Barack Obama’s plan was to enhance the US influence in Cuba, he has made some gains. If his plan involves the use of a stealthy Trojan horse to bring in the internet, commerce and […] Continue reading
My History / Somos+, Frank Rojas Posted on January 26, 2016 Somos +, Frank Rojas, 26 January 2016 — My history is like that of most Cubans born during the Revolutionary period. My generation grew up with our lives administered by others, carrying ration cards and bearing witness to those great moments that marked the […] Continue reading
U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade: Past, Present, and Possible Future by Steven Zahniser and Bryce Cooke Highlights: – Establishing a more normal economic relationship between the United States and Cuba would allow Cuba to resume exporting agricultural products to the United States and lead to additional growth in U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. – The United States […] Continue reading
US-Cuba Deal at One Year: Castros Stronger than Ever / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 16, 2015 Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Reykjavik, 15-December 2015 — A non-interventionist US president, a Peronist Catholic pope, and a right-wing military dictator exalted by the Latin American left was bound to be a winning ticket. And so […] Continue reading
Cuba’s semi-untouched markets offer rare opportunity for U.S. businesses BY VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI October 29, 2015 at 5:50 PM EDT With the recent thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States, expectations are running high for political normalization between the two countries and the promising economic opportunities that should come with it. Photo by Frank […] Continue reading
Four-day trade visit to Cuba ends Published: 14 October 2015 Written by Czech News Deputy minister says changes in Cuba irreversible Havana, Oct 14 (ČTK special correspondent) — The Czech Republic plans to be far more active in its approach to Cuba, compared with its so far approach that has been reserved due to human […] Continue reading
Puerto Rico vs Cuba: A rivalry in the making? COMMENTARY by Matt Schiavenza SEPTEMBER 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT Many, including Pope Francis, are calling for “reconciliation” between the U.S. and Cuba. But will opening Cuba’s tourism hurt Puerto Rico? Soon after Pope Francis landed in Cuba last weekend, he urged the U.S. and Cuban […] Continue reading
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
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