The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales, 27 June 2018 — At the entrance to Calle
Obispo a guide explains to her customers the restoration works in the
historical center of Havana. A few yards away, the line to exchange
currency is full of foreigners and in the corner bar one hears English,
French and German.… Continue reading
Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 June 2017 — Independent communicators
in Cuba are victims of an escalating repression, according to a
complaint filed Monday by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH),
based in Madrid. The alarm sounded by the organization coincides with an
increase in complaints from journalists on the island as… Continue reading
Analysis: Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?
The New York Times
By PETER BAKER
WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack
Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other
things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his
sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and… Continue reading
Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy
BY MIKE GONZALEZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 06/27/17 11:00 AM EDT 54
Was President Obama’s opening to the Castro government motivated by a
real belief that it would help Cubans, or was it a vanity project from
the start? We will never know for sure, but we do know… Continue reading
Ken Hall: US travelers can still bring good will to Cuba
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at 5:17 PM
When we went to Cuba this winter, we flew from Miami on American
Airlines to join a group tour, see some performances, meet some Cubans,
stay at two very nice hotels and eat at a variety of restaurants.
Even though President Trump… Continue reading
Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to
by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017
Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic
dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for
attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler.
The Cuban government recently banned Soler from leaving the country… Continue reading
The Hijacking Of Social Networks
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 June 2017 – More than five years ago
social networks were roiled by the Arab Spring, while the screens of
their mobile phones lit up the faces of the young protesters. In those
years Twitter was seen as a road to freedom, but shortly afterwards the
repressors also learned how… Continue reading
Alabama wondering what about Cuba trade in Trump era
BY MARY SELL
Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for years have
lobbied for expanded exports to communist Cuba, a country they see as a
promising market for this state’s poultry products.
Now they’re waiting to see what President Donald Trump’s recent, more
restrictive policy change… Continue reading
No one signs the ‘Cuban Youth’s Statement’
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 26 de Junio de 2017 – 11:43 CEST.
The official newspapers Granma and Juventud Rebelde recently published
the Cuban Youth’s Statement in response to the recent speech by US
president Donald Trump and his announcement of a change in his country’s
policy towards Cuba.
I shall not… Continue reading
Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches / Iván García
Iván García, 19 June 2017 — For both countries it amounts to a remake of
the Cold War, this time in version 2.0. It will take time to determine
the scope of the contest or if the new diplomatic battle will involve
only bluffs, idle threats and blank… Continue reading
Commentary: The real reason Trump wanted Cuba restrictions
OPINION By Jonathan C. Brown – Special to the American-Statesman
Posted: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017
President Donald Trump’s reversal of his predecessor’s Cuban policies
proves once again that all politics are local. The White House says that
the regime of Raúl Castro should reform its own political structure,… Continue reading
Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The recent decision
by the president of the United States to limit commercial relations with
Cuban companies controlled by the military highlights a rarely explored
corner of the national reality.
Anyone who knows the Island minimally knows that there is nothing like… Continue reading
Thanks for Nothing, Trump
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 June 2017 — After much media frenzy,
Trump’s “new policy” toward Cuba has not gone beyond the rhetoric
expected by most political analysts. His act was more a symbolic gesture
towards his faithful than any practical novelty. In short, those who
expected an announcement of truly transcendental changes in the policy… Continue reading
Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump / Iván García
Ivan Garcia, 19 June 2017 — “Impotence.” This is the word that a
performer in the Guiñol Theater (located in the basement of the FOCSA
building in Havana’s Vedado district) uses when asked her opinion of the
new Trump Doctrine regarding Cuba.
On a day of African heat,… Continue reading
The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García
Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th
anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of
the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the
City Museum, Tomás Estrada Palma — born in… Continue reading
Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba
June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET
New York, June 23, 2017–Cuban authorities should immediately release
independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his
equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State
security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez
around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern province of Guantánamo, according
to… Continue reading
Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?
Elliott Abrams, Newsweek • June 22,
This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site.
Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total)
reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba.
Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts of
advantages to the Castro… Continue reading
Editorial: Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans
DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 14:21 CEST.
Cuba’s official television aired Donald Trump’s recent appearance at the
Manuel Artime Theater in Miami. That makes two speeches by US presidents
that Cubans on the Island have been able to watch recently.
In March of 2016, at his appearance in Havana,… Continue reading
The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter
ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST.
“What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?”
“Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want
to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to work with them, or ask… Continue reading
Editorial: Trump Gets It Right
DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:23 CEST.
In his speech in Miami, US President Donald Trump rightly divided Cuban
society into two groups: the military and the people. And his criticism
of the regime did not center on its ideology, on the single party, or
even on Raúl Castro. Rather,… Continue reading
Trump’s Cuba Travel Policy Leaves Heads Scratching
Andrew Bender , CONTRIBUTOR
I delve into the business of business travel, and often the fun too.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
Just as travel and tourism to Cuba from the United States was heating
up, President Donald Trump made an announcement last Friday that will
cool it down, probably… Continue reading
Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?
Zacks Equity Research
On Jun 16, President Trump announced some changes to current U.S. policy
on Cuba, which were put into action by his predecessor Barack Obama. The
new policy is in line with Trump’s promise during the campaigning phase.
In fact, Trump had reportedly tweeted in November last year that he… Continue reading