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Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany BY DIANA VILLIERS NEGROPONTE 1/5/15 AT 5:02 PM The transformation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) has important lessons for Cuba as the island opens up to increased banking, agriculture and telecommunications exchange with the U.S. But there is a major difference: The GDR liberalized […] Continue reading

National Security and Defense of Cattle

Cuba: National Security and Defense of Cattle / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on July 6, 2014 The “National Defense Council” is, in exceptional situations, the highest institution of power. Whenever it meets, it is charged with internal order, security, foreign policy, military forces, plus all the economic, legal and social activity of the country. So […] Continue reading

The Deadly Poison of Political Discourses

The Deadly Poison of Political Discourses / Miriam Celaya Posted on May 30, 2014 Socialism is like dancing a milonga* in the midst of a carnival parade of rumba dancers HAVANA, Cuba – Indians and Cowboys, heroes and villains, the good and the bad… these are terms often used in movies, soap operas and literature […] Continue reading

Is Baseball Finished in Cuba?

Is Baseball Finished in Cuba? / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 26, 2014 Fidel Castro has been an effective gravedigger. He buried sugar crops and the agricultural abundance of old. Recently, Cuba had to import sugar from Brazil and the Dominican Republic to meet the consumption needs of international tourists. With this type of negative […] Continue reading

Cuba through rose-colored glasses

Posted on Tuesday, 02.25.14 MIAMI HERALD | EDITORIAL Cuba through rose-colored glasses OUR OPINION: Ignoring Castro regime’s brutal nature is intellectually dishonest HERALDED@MIAMIHERALD.COM The scathing reply delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio on the Senate floor this week in response to Sen. Tom Harkin’s report of a visit to Cuba was a well-aimed and well-justified verbal […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Raul Castro on a Tight Rope

Raul Castro on a Tight Rope / Miriam Celaya Posted on February 6, 2014 Raul Cast has the choice to either deepen the openings or go backwards. In both instances, he will have to face the consequences. HAVANA, Cuba, January. According to Castro II, the General-President, the seven years he has spent as head of […] Continue reading

Another Sad Anniversary

Another Sad Anniversary / Fernando Damaso Posted on December 24, 2013 A few days hence will mark fifty-five years of a political, economic and social phenomenon that in January 1959 completely disrupted the fate of the Cuban nation. The so-called revolution became a devolution. The results, as seen over time, are not too flattering. As […] Continue reading

The Needless, Counterproductive Repression of Cuban Dissidents

The Needless, Counterproductive Repression of Cuban Dissidents December 19, 2013 By Pedro Campos HAVANA TIMES — There have been numerous reports about the repressive measures the Cuban government and its security apparatus took against dissidents who had planned a peaceful celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this past December […] Continue reading

First Report of the Advisory Group

First Report of the Advisory Group / Cuban Civil Society Advisory Group Posted on October 26, 2013 A brief summary of topics that describe the situation of Cuba in late 2013 could be summed up in two words: reform and repression. The reforms have been directed mostly in the right direction, but in a superficial […] Continue reading

Castro keeps the lid on Cuban ‘capitalism’

Posted on Friday, 08.09.13 CUBAN ECONOMY Castro keeps the lid on Cuban ‘capitalism’ BY JAIME SUCHLICKI JSUCHLICKI@MIAMI.EDU The limited economic changes introduced by Gen. Raúl Castro in Cuba are encouraging some observers to proclaim the end of communism and the dismantling of the totalitarian system in the island. Notwithstanding Raúl Castro’s own statements that he […] Continue reading

The Morality of the Survivor

The Morality of the Survivor / Dimas Castellanos Posted on May 25, 2013 In the expanded meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Friday May 13, the head of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment reported on the irregularities in the operation of businesses with foreign capital and international contracts; the Minister of Economy and [...] Continue reading

An Assessment of the Cuban Government’s Management Over the Last Six Years

An Assessment of the Cuban Government's Management Over the Last Six Years / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, Translator: Unstated Four decades after taking power through revolution in 1959, the factors which made totalitarianism in Cuba possible have reached their limit. The populist measures imposed during the first years after the revolution were accompanied by the [...] Continue reading

A Rerun of the Embargo Show

A Rerun of the Embargo Show / Oscar Espinosa Chepe Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Translator: Unstated Cuban authorities, as has been their custom for years, have launched a new campaign against the U.S. embargo, taking advantage of the start of high-level United Nations General Assembly sessions. The worn-out script began with a press conference by Bruno [...] Continue reading

Do You Remember the Revolutionary Offensive of 1968?

Do You Remember the Revolutionary Offensive of 1968? / Haroldo Dilla Alfonso Haroldo Dilla Alfonso, Translator: Unstated On March 13, 1968, Fidel Castro, in one of his miles-long speeches, announced to the Cuban people what he called "the Revolutionary Offensive*." In reality, it had nothing revolutionary about it, on the contrary, it was an essentially [...] Continue reading
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