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The King, The President and The Dictator 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s […] 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 Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, […] Continue reading
Congressman reflects on recent Cuba trip Apr 10, 2017 Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with several of my colleagues on a 3-day congressional delegation. On this trip, we saw the country and were warmly welcomed by citizens and government officials alike. While everyone knows that the cars and architecture look like […] Continue reading
Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However, before fame came into his life, this young man born […] Continue reading
Cynicism to disguise defeat PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST. Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval. Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed […] Continue reading
How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour By KAREN SCHWARTZ | karenlschwartz@yahoo.com | April 6, 2017 at 12:01 am I’ve always been one to abide by the important rules. I carry car insurance. I don’t cheat on my taxes, and when I decided to visit Cuba, I wanted to comply with the […] Continue reading
The Cuban Music You Haven’t Heard: ‘Forbidden Shore’ at Havana Film Festival New York by SANDRA GUZMAN If there is one film that can serve as a metaphor for how little the world knows about Cuba, Latin America, and the rest of the region, it’s “The Forbidden Shore,” a marvelous documentary that introduces the world […] Continue reading
The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading
Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom? By Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi. We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English and […] Continue reading
A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution, from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers banned it from official competition and […] Continue reading
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations? Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET CNBC.com U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions about the U.S’s future relationship […] Continue reading
Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your trip, but […] Continue reading
Embezzlement Today / Regina Coyula Regina Coyula, 17 February 2017 — The long laissez faire of the government with the “if you behave well, I look the other way” has given birth to a generation (just one?) of the cheerfully shameless, known generically as “fighters.” The nice denomination that began by being applied a few, […] Continue reading
The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET. This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one, it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society. Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, […] Continue reading
Atkins: Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains Kimberly Atkins Tuesday, March 07, 2017 NO LONGER JUST HANGING ON: Cuba’s begun to see a revival since former President Barack Obama restored diplomatic ties with the island nation. HAVANA — Raul Castro is not the only Cuban who is blasting President Trump’s foreign policy. Many […] Continue reading
Two Mass. Congressmen explore medical sector opportunities in Cuba FEBRUARY 27, 2017 Two members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation are back from a trip to Cuba where they joined four U.S. senators and a host of other Bay State officials to explore medical sector economic development possibilities. Congressmen James McGovern and Seth Moulton participated in […] Continue reading
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