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Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the
official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the
government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward
Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic
thaw, when political propaganda revolved around confrontation… Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours
President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the
United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the
decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process of
normalization of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations
Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated
Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald
Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with
a blistering denunciation of the island’s communist government. He
clamped… Continue reading

Cuba Says President Trump’s Speech Was ‘Loaded With Hostile Rhetoric’

Cuba Says President Trump’s Speech Was ‘Loaded With Hostile Rhetoric’
Associated Press
8:39 AM ET

(WASHINGTON) — The Cuban government is rejecting what it calls the
“hostile rhetoric” of President Donald Trump’s speech announcing a new
U.S. policy toward the island, but says it is willing to continue
“respectful dialogue” with the U.S. on topics of mutual interest.
In a… Continue reading

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 June 2017 — His mother died, his
brother emigrated and now no one brings flowers to the tomb of one of
those many young Cubans who lost their lives on the African plains. His
death served to build the authoritarian regime of José Eduardo dos
Santos in… 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

Cuba’s Castro sets elections timetable

Cuba’s Castro sets elections timetable

Cuba is set to hold municipal elections on October 22, a precursor to
the handover of power from President Raul Castro in 2018. Accession in
one-party systems is never easy, and Cuba is no exception.

President Castro has said he will step down next February at the end of
his second five-year term, but has… Continue reading

Cuba to Trump: We are ready to deal

Cuba to Trump: We are ready to deal
By Jim Acosta, CNN
Updated 1540 GMT (2340 HKT) June 12, 2017
Source: CNN

Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba
Trump has said he would rollback some of what Obama initiated
Washington (CNN)The Cuban government is signaling it is willing to enter
into detailed negotiations with the Trump administration as the… Continue reading

Trump considers reversing historic Obama-era opening with Cuba

Trump considers reversing historic Obama-era opening with Cuba
Tracy Wilkinson

President Trump is expected to roll back parts of the historic Obama-era
opening with Cuba, siding with hawks who oppose detente and rejecting
demands from U.S. businesses for whom the island is a ripe potential market.

The decision follows an inter-agency administration review of one of
President Obama’s signature initiatives… Continue reading

Republicans send letters to administration urging Cuba remain open

Republicans send letters to administration urging Cuba remain open
By SERENA MARSHALL
Jun 9, 2017, 6:11 PM ET

Two groups of pro-Cuba engagement House and Senate Republicans each sent
letters to President Donald Trump and members of his administration,
respectively, asking for Cuba to remain open in the wake of reports the
administration is leaning toward reversing its policy on… Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

Warmer ties with Cuba after almost 60 years of hostility was one of
President Barack Obama’s main foreign policy legacies.
He and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to normalise diplomatic relations
in December 2014 and in… Continue reading

Trump Will Reverse Damage Done by Obama’s Cuba Policy

Trump Will Reverse Damage Done by Obama’s Cuba Policy
Jun 8th, 2017 3 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Mike Gonzalez
@Gundisalvus
Senior Fellow
Mike Gonzalez is a senior fellow at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
The administration is about to announce it is reinstating the limits on
travel and trade that Obama lifted.

With… Continue reading

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth
June 8, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork
for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his
government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most
sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and a
consequent accumulation of wealth.… Continue reading

Cuba Recognizes Private Businesses

Cuba Recognizes Private Businesses
June 2, 2017
“Calling things by their proper name”
By Guillermo Nova (dpa)

HAVANA TIMES — While some Cuban officials fear that economic reforms
mean that capitalism will return to the island, Parliament has taken
heed of president Raul Castro about “calling things by their proper
name” and has legalized what is already a reality: the… Continue reading

Cuba’s Parliament Positions Its New Straitjacket

Cuba’s Parliament Positions Its New Straitjacket

Reinaldo Escobar, 1 June 2017 — With its usual unanimity, the National
Assembly of People’s Power, on Thursday, supported the documents
submitted to it by the Council of State. The extraordinary session put
the final stitch in the straitjacket that the Communist Party of Cuba
(CCP) is placing on the Parliament and other organs… Continue reading

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros / Iván García

Iván García, 17 May 2017 — In front of an old mansion on 17th Street in
Vedado that now serves as the headquarters of the Union of Writers and
Artists, there is a poster showing hundreds of men dressed in battle
fatigues and lined up in military formation. A resounding… Continue reading

The Kremlin is Back

The Kremlin is Back

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 May 2017 — After decades of intense
contact, the Russians left few footprints in Cuba. Some young people
with the names Vladimir or Natacha, or the nesting matrioshka dolls
decorating a few rooms, are the last vestiges of that
relationship. However, in recent years the links between Havana and
Moscow have… Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path”

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path”

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miamia, 25 May 2017 — On the verge of being
operated on in Miami for a traumatic cataract caused by a punch from a
Cuban State Security agent during one of the many acts of repudiation
against her, the dissident and former political prisoner Martha… Continue reading

Getting Dressed in Cuba

Getting Dressed in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 15 May 2017 — The plastic drawers holding garments for men
and women give off the usual scent of things that have have been in
storage for a long time. We are in a government-run store that sells
used clothing on the Calzada de Monte, a busy thoroughfare lined with
state-owned… Continue reading

Cuba’s parliament meets to approve Communist Party roadmap

Cuba’s parliament meets to approve Communist Party roadmap
Reuters International
JUN 1, 2017 – 16:00
By Marc Frank and Sarah Marsh

HAVANA (Reuters) – With less than a year until Raul Castro steps down as
president, Cuba’s parliament met on Thursday to vote on documents
confirming the Communist Party as the country’s guiding force and
banning the concentration of wealth.… Continue reading

In Cuba, Entrepreneurs Start First Private Business Group

In Cuba, Entrepreneurs Start First Private Business Group
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

A group of entrepreneurs have quietly formed communist Cuba’s first
private small business association, testing the government’s willingness
to allow Cubans to organize outside the strict bounds of state control.

More than a half million Cubans officially work in the private sector,
with tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands more… Continue reading

Hard-up Cubans snub graduate jobs for higher pay

Hard-up Cubans snub graduate jobs for higher pay
Rigoberto DIAZ • AFP May 29, 2017

Havana (AFP) – As a trained nurse, Jose Antonio Torres can help save
lives — but in Cuba’s labor market, he finds riding a bicycle rickshaw
a surer way to feed his four children.

“I can earn the same in a day doing this as… Continue reading

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