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Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Sixteen retired senior military officers are asking the Trump administration to continue the process of normalization with Cuba for the sake of U.S. national security and stability in the region. “The location of Cuba in the Caribbean and proximity […] Continue reading

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, […] Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […] Continue reading

‘El deshielo’ – recuento de una política fallida

‘El deshielo’: recuento de una política fallida A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 16 de Enero de 2017 – 23:08 CET. Para sorpresa, incluso de los conocedores del tema cubano, el 17 de diciembre de 2014 el dictador Raúl Castro y el presidente Barack Obama anunciaron el restablecimiento de las relaciones […] Continue reading

The worst year under Raúl Castro

The worst year under Raúl Castro ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 30 de Diciembre de 2016 – 22:48 CET. It is no secret that the sessions of the National Assembly of the People’s Power are a mere formality. Documents are discussed and approved that have been “cooked up” by those in the upper […] Continue reading

Pro-engagement group toasts with Cuban rum, prepares for uphill battle on future policy

Pro-engagement group toasts with Cuban rum, prepares for uphill battle on future policy BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid the clinking glasses of Havana Club and uplifting speeches, the smiles of the invited guests at this gala could barely conceal the underlying concerns following Donald Trump’s electoral victory. The gathering at the posh […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

A new sponsor for Castro?

A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise

Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise Reports of greater opportunities for small and medium enterprises are based on vaguely worded documents that project government plans until 2030, which were discussed during the Communist Party’s recent VII Congress. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Reports that Cuba plans to legalize small and […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Cigar Industry Isn’t Ready for Its American Moment

Smoked: Cuba’s Cigar Industry Isn’t Ready for Its American Moment Cuba is trying to boost cigar production in anticipation of the end of the U.S. trade embargo, but tobacco fields lie fallow, and the country won’t likely be ready for the demand boom By Tripp Mickle Journal SAN LUIS, Cuba—The fertile soil here in the […] Continue reading

Contributions to a dictionary of late Castroism

Contributions to a dictionary of late Castroism BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 6 Mayo 2016 – 7:59 am. It was not difficult to foresee that Castroism, due to the way in which it had become a reflection of the political practices and personality of Fidel Castro, would slip into a deep crisis when […] Continue reading

The odyssey of finding food in Cuba

The odyssey of finding food in Cuba High food prices and meager supplies in stores and markets continues to be a fundamental problem for Cubans on an island where one restaurant dish can cost a month’s salary. Agricultural output is not improving, and the government is threatening to pull back on economic reforms. adiaz@miamiherald.com NORA […] Continue reading

Cuba’s development priorities in the new landscape

Cuba’s development priorities in the new landscape By Elena L. Pasquini @elenapasquini19 February 2016 Last month, the United States announced measures to further ease restrictions on Cuba — the latest in a series of amendments implemented since December 2014, when U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro divulged plans to resume diplomatic ties. […] Continue reading

Five Points – Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech

Five Points: Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech Posted on January 22, 2016 Dimas Castellanos, 16 January 2016 — A commentary on five economic issues raised by the Cuban president on December 29, 2015 during the closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power. 1. The president stated that, though the effects of the […] Continue reading

Cuba Working Group goals and protecting farming operations

Cuba Working Group goals and protecting farming operations A chat with Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford Jan 20, 2016 David Bennett | Delta Farm Press In mid-December, a working group from the House announced it would begin studying how best to deal with the emerging U.S./Cuba trade relationship. In a letter sent to Speaker Paul Ryan, […] Continue reading
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