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Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?

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

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

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?”

“Disastrous.”

“Why?”

“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

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba
A trip to Santiago de Cuba should start with dinner at a paladar
(family-run restaurant) and end with drinks on the roof of the Hotel
Casa Granda.
By JENNIFER BAIN Travel Editor
Wed., June 21, 2017

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA-Ramon Guilarte welcomes us to his home and
restaurant with… Continue reading

Trump’s Fault?

Trump’s Fault?
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 21 de Junio de 2017 – 10:47 CEST.

Donald Trump’s announcement of an alteration of his country’s policies
towards Cuba caused a great stir. Despite its limited scope – in terms
of affecting Obama’s legacy and the foreseeable impact of the measures –
adversaries and officials in Havana were quick to… Continue reading

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
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
THE… Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

If President Donald Trump did one thing during his Miami trip it was
stir up simmering passions about the best course for U.S. policy toward
Cuba.

Neither side in the emotional debate — those who favor a more hardline
approach and those who… Continue reading

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist
BY MAUREEN WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

Noting the hostile rhetoric of President Donald Trump in his Miami
speech and saying the United States was in no position to be giving
lessons on human rights, Cuba still extended an olive branch and said it
wanted to continue a dialogue with its… Continue reading

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

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

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) June 12, 2017

Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cuban officials on the front lines of the fight
against drug trafficking, the Trump administration’s threat to roll back
improved relations between the United States and the communist-run
island comes at a dangerous… Continue reading

How to survive military service as a homosexual

How to survive military service as a homosexual
CARLOS TRUJILLO HERRERA | La Habana | 12 de Junio de 2017 – 10:37 CEST.

“My parents don’t know that I’m homosexual. And I don’t want them to,
for now, so when I was recruited I didn’t say anything,” says Ariel, one
of the members of the LGTBI community struggling to survive… Continue reading

Cuba continues to support terrorism

Cuba continues to support terrorism
BY FRANK CALZON
frank.calzon@cubacenter.org

President Donald Trump’s strong opposition to terrorism, during his
successful campaign, his recent speech to Arab leaders in Riyadh, and
comments following the Manchester bombing, are welcome. Now, media
reports indicate the administration is reevaluating U.S.-Cuba policy. It
can be hoped that as Trump will look south to Cuba, he factor… Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours /
Iván García

Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important
consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s
chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two
things: fake support for the autocracy and show loyalty to government
business.… Continue reading

Local Surfers Are Rallying to Legalize Surfing in Cuba

Local Surfers Are Rallying to Legalize Surfing in Cuba
TUESDAY JUNE 6, 2017
Corey McLean
Filmmaker, Photographer

In Cuba, there is a small, tight-knit community of diehard local surfers
who are determined to represent their country in the 2020 Olympics,
despite a laundry list of obstacles working against them. The most
significant of these obstacles? Surfing is technically illegal in… Continue reading

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals / Iván García

Iván García, 6 May 2017 — Some people in Cuba, not just a minority, want
blood. And more severe laws for criminals.

While the Catholic Church and different international institutions are
advocating a crusade to eliminate the death penalty on the Island, there
are people who, for many reasons, think… Continue reading

Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba
June 6, 2017
Albertina Nakale

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

In The Bank or Under the Mattress? Where Do Cubans Keep Their Money?

In The Bank or Under the Mattress? Where Do Cubans Keep Their Money?

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 25 May 2017 — Finding a little bottle
filled with coins that her father hid in the patio was something that
happened to Eneida when she was young; now she’s a retired and says that
financially she’s “escachada, without a single peso in… Continue reading

Economic Crime, the Pitfall in the Path

Economic Crime, the Pitfall in the Path

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 May 2017 — The saleswoman
described her merchandise in a murmur: loggerhead turtle steaks, beef
and shrimp. The man salivated, but replied that he could not buy any of
those products, the most persecuted in the informal market. Every
opponent knows that the authorities would want to… Continue reading

Officials: Trump may roll back Obama opening with Cuba

Officials: Trump may roll back Obama opening with Cuba
By Patrick Oppmann and Elise Labott, CNN
Updated 0903 GMT (1703 HKT) May 31, 2017

Story highlights
Officials: Trump may reverse Obama-era policies softening relations with
Cuba
Gesture would fulfill campaign promises to Cuban-American voters and
anti-Castro Congress members

Havana, Cuba (CNN)President Donald Trump is expected to roll back
portions of… Continue reading

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba
Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet
to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor’s Cuba policies.

There were reports the president would unveil his plan on… Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García

Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985,
Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio
Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet
entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade
newspaper up and down the street, one copy… Continue reading

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against
Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo
Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), announced his desire to
reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what
happens in Cuba to be able to denounce the… Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities
prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a
delegation of U.S. advocates.
Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights,
told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him to
report to police headquarters… Continue reading

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