Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
The color green seems to fill everything in Chiriqui, the western
province of Panama where the government is holding 124 undocumented
Cuban migrants. The morning’s quiet amid huge pine trees is broken only
by the hum of insects that torture at dawn and… Continue reading
Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on
the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human
tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares
enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were
repeated in Havana’s Plaza of… Continue reading
Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba
June 6, 2017
Windhoek-President Hage Geingob says there is much ground to cover to
ensure the complete lifting of the United States of America’s long
running economic and trade blockade against Cuba.
Geingob made the remarks yesterday during the commencement of the 5th
Continental African Conference in Solidarity… Continue reading
New bill adds tax on sales to Cuba
For reparations, Crawford says
By Frank E. Lockwood
This article was published today at 2:07 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford wants to remove barriers to trade
with Cuba while also aiding victims of the Cuban government, the
Jonesboro Republican said Friday.
So his legislation, which seeks to open Cuban markets… Continue reading
Greece and Cuba Account for 60% of the Debt Owed to Spain
14ymedio, 8 May 2017 – According to a report on foreign debt by Spain’s
Secretary of State for the Economy and Business Support released to the
newspaper El Economista, Greece and Cuba account for 60% of all foreign
debt owed to Spain.
According to the report, Cuba owes… Continue reading
Cuba: Another perspective
U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba
(“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal,
April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to
finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the
worst credit records in the world. Americans shouldn’t be dragooned into
the… Continue reading
‘Cubazuela’ and Castroism’s three-fold failure
FABIO RAFAEL FIALLO | Ginebra | 5 de Mayo de 2017 – 00:51 CEST.
Backed by Fidel Castro, and launched by Hugo Chávez, the project of
forging an alliance between the regimes of Cuba and Venezuela, dubbed
“Cubazuela” (or “Venecuba”), began amidst much fanfare. The ideological
firmness of the former and the oil-based riches of… Continue reading
What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 1 de Mayo de 2017 – 09:38 CEST.
There are probably not many Cubans who are aware of the economic and
social tsunami that the fall of the military regime in Venezuela could
unleash upon them. They can’t be. Reading Granma, Juventud Rebelde, and
Trabajadores,… Continue reading
The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST.
An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España
no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”),
analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies
towards Cuba, and observes that “Rajoy’s… Continue reading
Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
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 remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading
Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García
Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret
in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army
general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018.
I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to the
tight-lipped team of advisers… Continue reading
The Secrets of Secretismo
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 16 April 2017 — The term secretismo
(secretiveness), to refer to the absence or delay of certain information
of public interest in the Cuban official media, began to be used first
among critics of the system, until it came to appear in the speeches of
the highest officials of the government.
The list… Continue reading
Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami
accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them
into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead
guilty in federal court Thursday to 7 of the 19 charges… Continue reading
Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba /
Juan Juan Almeida
Juan Juan Almeida, 17 March 2017 — From the very moment it gained power,
the Cuban regime has devoted precious resources to exporting its
ideology and cultivating followers. Overseas military conflicts as
distant as those in Africa in the late 1970s and the guerrilla wars… Continue reading
Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook
By Sarah Marsh | CIRO REDONDO, CUBA
Cuba, battling a chronic energy deficit, has all the sunshine, wind and
sugar to fuel what should be a booming renewables sector – if only it
could find the money.
The country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, a biomass
plant in Ciro Redondo, is finally… Continue reading
Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST.
The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the
US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple
mental exercise: imagine that Washington banned travel, remittances and… Continue reading
Cuba owes Australia almost $10m from 1980s
The Cuban government is yet to pay back almost $10 million it borrowed
from Australia more than 30 years ago.
The Hawke government issued two loans to Cuba in 1984 and 1985 to
support the sale of sugar cultivation and harvesting equipment.
Australia is still owed $9.49 million in principal, after… Continue reading
The energy that Castroism is stifling
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 21 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:05 CET.
In recent weeks the regime of General Raúl Castro has “spooked,” and is
now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history.
The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator and his
military junta, far… Continue reading
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms
February 14, 2017 8:30 PM
From buses and trucks to a $500 million golf resort, China is deepening
its business footprint in Cuba, helping the fellow Communist-run state
survive a crisis in oil-benefactor Venezuela and insulate against a
possible rollback of U.S. detente.
Cuban imports from China reached… Continue reading
Cuba: It Might Seem Stupid but…
February 9, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg
HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban economy would be on the increase if half of the
Revolution’s guardian angels – those who dedicate themselves to
monitoring what is written on every blog – spent their time chasing
corrupt and incompetent officials who steal and destroy the wealth that
other… Continue reading
Did the regime pay its creditors 5.29 billion?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 14:56 CET.
The anxiety affecting the dictator and military higher-ups in charge of
Cuba is palpable, eager to dispel their bad international reputation for
non-payment, as they yearn to attract unwary foreign investors and
receive loans so that they… Continue reading
Cuba experiencing an economic crisis
By Nora Gamez Torres
El Nuevo Herald Published Feb 7, 2017 at 12:02AM
MIAMI — The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to
meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign
debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve
Despite growth in tourism —… Continue reading