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National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES […] Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

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

Rural Women – Between Furrow And Domestic Labors

Rural Women: Between Furrow And Domestic Labors / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Alquizar (Artemisa), 30 January 2017 –In Alquízar the red earth covers everything with a reddish layer. To Gladys Montero that crimson powder gets into the wrinkles of the face. “I come from the deep field,” she warns. In Cuba, 21% of […] Continue reading

Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2016 — A report from the European Union details that in 2015 Cuba continued “arbitrary and short-term arrests of opposition members, activists and human rights defenders.” This situation that has led the bloc to communicate “on […] Continue reading

A Lighter Version of Cuba’s Special Period

A Lighter Version of Cuba’s Special Period / Iván García Iván García, 23 July 2016 — It was announced on Friday, July 8 that Cuba had experienced an economic recession in the first half of this year and that there would be cutbacks in fuel consumption. If the country had a stock exchange or a […] Continue reading

Letter to Barack Obama – Forum for Rights and Freedoms and Resistance Assembly

Letter to Barack Obama: Forum for Rights and Freedoms and Resistance Assembly Posted on March 16, 2016 March 16, 2016 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Mr. President: There is an immense concern about the fate of our nation that is affecting millions of Cubans. If the current […] Continue reading

Pro-Castro Foolishness

Pro-Castro Foolishness / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on February 28, 2016 “There will be no impunity for the enemies of the fatherland, for those who intend to endanger our independence.” — Raúl Castro, 3 August 2010. Luis Felipe Rojas, 28 February 2016 — Attention, all who rabidly applaud the Obama-Francisco-Castro pact: it is worthwhile to […] Continue reading

When Helping ‘the Cuban People’ Means Bankrolling the Castros

When Helping ‘the Cuban People’ Means Bankrolling the Castros U.S. legislation to ease sanctions will instead primarily benefit Havana’s state-owned monopolies. By MAURICIO CLAVER-CARONE June 23, 2015 7:07 p.m. ET Three bills full of lofty but disingenuous rhetoric about “supporting the Cuban people” were recently filed in the U.S. Senate to ease sanctions. To have […] Continue reading

Could Louisiana be Cuba’s chief partner again?

Could Louisiana be Cuba’s chief partner again? Jeff Matthews, jmatthews@thetowntalk.com, (318) 487-6380 6:31 p.m. CDT June 9, 2015 Louisiana once reaped the financial benefits of partnership with Cuba. The state could do so again, Mike Tudor thinks. Tudor, an Alexandria attorney, was part of a delegation of 75 people from Louisiana who visited Cuba in […] Continue reading

Has Stagnation Returned?

Has Stagnation Returned? / Fernando Damaso Posted on October 26, 2014 For years, stagnation was a constant of Cuban-style socialism, as it was in the socialism of Eastern Europe. Starting in 2006, with the change at the helm, it seemed as if the country was going to awaken from its long lethargy and start to […] Continue reading

I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated

“I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar Espinosa Chepe Posted on June 21, 2014 One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, who […] 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

Cuba Opens the Gates to Foreign Capital

Cuba Opens the Gates to Foreign Capital / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 10, 2014 When a government’s financial figures are in the red, everything takes on new urgency. By now the formulas to address the problem are well-known. Often new tax measures are imposed while bloated public spending is slashed. But if the goal […] 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
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