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Monthly Archives: February 2008

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In Cuba, Hopes for a New Capitalist Season

In Cuba, Hopes for a New Capitalist Season
Castro Resignation Could Open a Path For Small Businesses

By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, February 24, 2008; A15

COJIMAR, Cuba, Feb. 23 — Idalberto Estrada really wanted to make a sale.

He slashed a slender blade through the barklike brown skin of a yuca
root, a staple of the… Continue reading

Cuban exiles trapped in emotional limbo

SOUTH FLORIDA | CUBAN EXILES
Cuban exiles trapped in emotional limbo
Is Castro dead or alive? Will there be change in Cuba? Now, an FIU
professor has given a name to the emotional seesaw that plagues many
Miami exiles — unresolved mourning.
Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2008
BY LUISA YANEZ
lyanez@MiamiHerald.com

At the Ferdinand Funeral Home and Crematory in… Continue reading

Lawyers still pursuing Cuban property cases

Lawyers still pursuing Cuban property cases
It's not as extensive as in years past, but several South Florida firms
continue to pursue Cuba-related legal work, hoping the investment one
day will pay off.
Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2008
BY NIALA BOODHOO
nboodhoo@MiamiHerald.com

George Harper remembers sponsoring the first Post-Castro Cuba conference
for the Florida Bar Association in 1992. Like… Continue reading

Facts about Cuba’s Communist party

Facts about Cuba's Communist party
Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:15am EST

(Reuters) – Fidel Castro retired as Cuba's head of state this week after
49 years in power, but he retains a powerful position at the head of the
ruling Communist Party.

Here are some facts about the party:

* The Cuban Communist Party (PCC) has 820,000 card-carrying members, out… Continue reading

Cuba oil production dropping, expert says

Cuba oil production dropping, expert says
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:11pm GMT

MIAMI, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Cuba's oil production, which peaked at 65,000
barrels per day in 2003, has fallen to 51,300 bpd due to declining
output from the country's primary oil field, a Miami-based energy expert
said on Friday.

Jorge Pinon, a former oil company executive and now… Continue reading

The end of the Cuban Revolution

The end of the Cuban Revolution
published: Sunday | February 24, 2008
Martin Henry, Contributor

Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution is dead – but not buried yet. But long
before the birth of the revolution, astute observers of socialism saw
that the system was inherently unstable and destined to collapse. When
the Russian Revolution was only five years old, Austrian economist… Continue reading

Castro rejects idea of major political change on eve of Cuba’s leadership change

Castro rejects idea of major political change on eve of Cuba's
leadership change
Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2008
By ANITA SNOW

HAVANA —
(AP) — Fidel Castro on Saturday rejected the idea of major political
change after Cuba's parliament chooses a new president — his final
published comments as the nation's longtime leader.

The article on the front page… Continue reading

‘Surrounded by Water’ illustrates the hopes and fears of isolated Cubans

Mixed feelings on the horizon
'Surrounded by Water' illustrates the hopes and fears of isolated Cubans
By Cate McQuaid
Globe Correspondent / February 24, 2008

An endless sea made up of thousands of small fish hooks rendered in
felt-tip pen looms in Yoan Capote's drawing "Isla (Diptico-estudio para
unos cuadros)", the art work given center stage in "Surrounded by Water:… Continue reading

From Socialist Paradise to Ethanol Republic?

February 22, 2008, 3:09 pm
Cuba: From Socialist Paradise to Ethanol Republic?
Posted by Keith Johnson
Guevara_blog_20080222145959.jpg
Venderemos! (Wikipedia)

In the wake of El Comandante's decision to turn Cuba over to his brother
Raul, speculation over the island's future has been rife, including
here. But the idea that post-Castro Cuba, free of the U.S. embargo and
Cold War posturing, could… Continue reading

Tourism ‘golden era’ ends in Cuba

February 21, 2008
Tourism 'golden era' ends in Cuba
Travellers interested in visiting Cuba are being advised to go now
before an invasion of American tourists begins
Tom Chesshyre

Tour operators believe that the US travel embargo of Cuba could be
lifted in the wake of this week's announcement that Fidel Castro is
stepping down – ending a "golden era"… Continue reading

Facts about Cuba’s one-party political system

Facts about Cuba's one-party political system
Reuters
Published: Saturday, February 23, 2008

Cuba's National Assembly is widely expected to name Raul Castro as head
of state on Sunday following Fidel Castro's announcement on Tuesday that
he is retiring. The following is an outline of Cuba's one-party
communist system.

* Cuba is a one-party socialist republic, in which political power is… Continue reading

Cuba after Fidel: what next?

Published on Workers' Liberty (http://www.workersliberty.org)
Cuba after Fidel: what next?
By AWL
Created 22 Feb 2008 – 12:45pm

The Chinese road?

Samuel Farber, Cuban "Third Camp" Marxist and author of The Origins of
the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered, was interviewed about the book in US
socialist journal Against the Current (November 2006) [1]. Here we
reprint an extract with… Continue reading

Food shortage sparks Cuba-style rationing

VENEZUELA
Food shortage sparks Cuba-style rationing
Amid a continuing food shortage, the Venezuelan government has announced
a rationing system similar to Cuba's.
Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2008
BY CASTO OCANDO
El Nuevo Herald

Venezuela has adopted an unprecedented system of food rationing similar
to the ration cards used in Cuba, after several months of food shortages
that have caused… Continue reading

Cubans Hope for More Self-Employment

Cubans Hope for More Self-Employment
Feb 22, 2008 3:20 AM (1 day ago) By WILL WEISSERT, AP

HAVANA (Map, News) – Juan Bautista Gonzalez's living room was already
crowded with customers when still more shuffled in, clutching gold
necklaces with broken clasps and bent rhinestone earrings. He knew he
would be skipping lunch again.

"If someone comes with a job,… Continue reading

Señales de humo desde La Habana

Publicado el sábado 23 de febrero del 2008

Señales de humo desde La Habana
NICOLAS PEREZ DIEZ ARGÜELLES

Me encuentro en Bogotá escribiendo un libro sobre Colombia. El proyecto
es apasionante. Me desplazo de un lado a otro a velocidad vertiginosa
con Gonzalo Guillén, corresponsal de El Nuevo Herald en este país,
alguien que desde su celular se comunica al… Continue reading

Social reforms that may be in Cuba’s sights

Social reforms that may be in Cuba's sights
Published on Friday, February 22, 2008

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP): Even before Fidel Castro announced his decision to
leave power this week, Cubans have been stirring over the possibility of
social reform.

A video of university students boldly challenging the communist
government circulated on the Internet earlier this month and appeared in
state… Continue reading

Glance at Cuba’s Council of State

Glance at Cuba's Council of State
By The Associated Press

Powers of Cuba's governing Council of State:

_Represents National Assembly, or parliament, between regular sessions.

_Proposes legislation and dictates new laws by decree when parliament
not in session; interprets existing laws when necessary.

_Calls special parliament sessions and sets dates for legislative
elections, usually once every five years.

_Decrees general… Continue reading

The battle of ideas is all that’s left for Castro

The battle of ideas is all that's left for Castro

02/22/2008

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) once noted, "There are two levers for
moving men–interest and fear." This must have been the exact sentiment
of the man who used these two levers in giving direction to people and
creating history. Which lever was it that moved aging Cuban leader Fidel
Castro from… Continue reading

Twenty four Cuban refugees land in Key West

Twenty four Cuban refugees land in Key West
Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2008
BY JOSE PAGLIERY
jpagliery@MiamiHerald.com

Twenty four Cuban refugees landed in Key West on Saturday morning, the
first rafters to reach the United States soil since Fidel Castro
announced Tuesday he would cede presidential powers.

The group guided their 16-foot, homemade boat to Key West's Smathers
Beach… Continue reading

WHAT WILL FIDEL CASTRO’S NEW ROLE BE?

WHAT WILL FIDEL CASTRO'S NEW ROLE BE?
Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2008

You can't call Fidel Castro commander in chief or president anymore, but
in the midst of his retirement, he has held on to another of Cuba's most
powerful job titles: first secretary of the Communist Party.

Castro announced Tuesday that he would not accept a nomination to… Continue reading

Black youths hungry for change

CUBA
Black youths hungry for change
Subjected to random stops by police and hindered by a lack of
opportunities, Cuba's restless young blacks fear that whatever change
may come will not be enough.
Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2008
By MIAMI HERALD STAFF REPORT
cuba@MiamiHerald.com

HAVANA —
Two Cuban men walk down a busy street in Old Havana, joking as… Continue reading

Fidel Castro Relieved To Be Stepping Down

Fidel Castro Relieved To Be Stepping Down
Associated Press
1:49 PM EST, February 22, 2008

Fidel Castro said Friday that he's relieved to be stepping down as
Cuba's president, complaining that the process of selecting Cuba's next
government "had left me exhausted."

After nearly a half-century in power, Castro announced Tuesday that he
wouldn't accept another term when parliament selects… Continue reading

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