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Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US?

Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 28 January 2017 — Guided by the current political-military leadership, the Cuban economy could be heading “without pause, but without haste*” towards virtual annexation to the United States. There would be no Platt Amendment, nor Marines landing on […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading

WFP Cuba – Hurricane Matthew Situation Report #001

WFP Cuba – Hurricane Matthew Situation Report #001 REPORT from World Food Programme Published on 06 Oct 2016 Hurricane Matthew, category 4, hit eastern Cuba on Tuesday 04 October, at 6:00 pm EDT. Matthew was the most powerful hurricane in the region in over 9 years (since Felix in 2007) and stronger than Sandy, which […] Continue reading

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2016 — At the same time that Hurricane Matthew is setting off alarms throughout the island, especially in the eastern part of the country, the wall of secrecy surrounding the Castro family is starting to […] Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew causes extensive damage in eastern Cuba

Hurricane Matthew causes extensive damage in eastern Cuba Published October 05, 2016 EFE BARACOA – Hurricane Matthew caused extensive damage as it moved through extreme eastern Cuba, destroying houses, causing partial building collapses, toppling electric poles and washing out roads, leaving several cities cut off from the outside world. Officials, however, have not reported any […] Continue reading

Iran agrees to restructure Cuba’s debt

Iran agrees to restructure Cuba’s debt AMERICAS / 28-09-16 / BY SANNE WASS 0 Cuba’s debt to Iran has been restructured following an agreement between the two countries. The agreement was signed on September 20 by Iran’s export credit agency Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI), the Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI) and Banco […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] Continue reading

Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing

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

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE. Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica […] Continue reading

The Need for a Cuban Middle Class

The Need for a Cuban Middle Class / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellano, 15 April 2016 — Economic and social stagnation in Cuba are related to the lack of a middle class. To defend this thesis and promote debate, I submit the arguments below. According to Karl Marx, social classes are structured around the ownership of […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

?Cuba’s Communist Party meeting may be last with revolutionary leaders

​Cuba’s Communist Party meeting may be last with revolutionary leaders HAVANA –Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, which sets the guidelines for foreign and domestic policies in this one-party state, will hold a four-day congress beginning Saturday morning with the delivery of a Central Report, presumably by Party First Secretary Raul Castro. There is no foreign press […] Continue reading

Obama missed paradox of Cuba

Obama missed paradox of Cuba By Lilia Harvey and Madeline Zavodny Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 2 a.m. We just returned from spending a week in Cuba with college freshmen, and we were struck by parallels and differences between President Barack Obama’s visit there and ours. Presidents surely see little of real life in the […] Continue reading

The communist failures that await Obama when he goes to Cuba

The communist failures that await Obama when he goes to Cuba Published: Mar 5, 2016 8:05 a.m. ET Ration books, worthless currency show Cubans need more economic opportunity By BARRY D. WOOD WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — As President Barack Obama prepares for his March 21 visit to Cuba, I wish he would speak to my Colombian […] Continue reading
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