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PostCastro Cuba isn’t that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before
Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World

For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s
downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet,
months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the
streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist Party.

As Gladys Esther Marta… Continue reading

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year
ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama
came to the island willing to turn the page on political
confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic situation, but
Raul Castro – fearful of losing… Continue reading

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government
prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from
traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an
alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the
authorities accuse her of having thrown “papers in the… Continue reading

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am
By David Bordewyk

Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner
Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and
she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her cheerful
greeting helps everyone shake… Continue reading

It Appears He Is Right

It Appears He Is Right / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 17 March 2017 — According to his brother [Raul Castro],
later endorsed by the docile National Assembly of People’s Power, the
“historic leader” [Fidel Castro] ordered that there would be no public
establishment, street, avenue, park or building named after him, nor any
monuments erected to him.

At first glance… Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the
Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy.
This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants,
especially those born with the compound surnames Castro Soto del Valle… Continue reading

Renting Out Medical Specialists

Cuba: Renting Out Medical Specialists / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 4 March 2017 — Twenty years later, Nivaldo (names changed),
43, an orthopedist, still remembers the hot morning when his parents
said goodbye to him in the old train station in a small village in the
depths of Cuba.

The economy of his native village, with narrow streets of cracked… Continue reading

Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba

Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba
SARAH MARSH
HAVANA — Reuters
Published Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017 3:51PM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017 4:38PM EST

Swiss firm Nestle is close to reaching a deal with Cuba on forming a new
joint venture to build a $50-million to $60-million factory to produce
coffee, biscuits and cooking… Continue reading

Disappeared

Disappeared / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The two personalities
who represent the polar opposites of the so-called process of updating
the Cuban model have disappeared. We have seen neither hide nor hair of
the “captain” of economic reforms, Marino Murillo, since October of last
year, and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, considered the braking… Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms
March 7, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair
in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come
from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there
is competition and since the sellers can bulk buy… Continue reading

Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How sick is that?

Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How
sick is that?
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

Cuban dictator Raúl Castro has no moral authority to condemn any
democratically elected world leader.

Not when the most distinguishing trait of his and his late brother’s
legacy is death, prison and exile for millions of his critics and… Continue reading

Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains

Atkins: Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains
Kimberly Atkins Tuesday, March 07, 2017

NO LONGER JUST HANGING ON: Cuba’s begun to see a revival since former
President Barack Obama restored diplomatic ties with the island nation.

HAVANA — Raul Castro is not the only Cuban who is blasting President
Trump’s foreign policy.

Many residents of the Caribbean nation,… Continue reading

Cuba Kills Another Dissident

Cuba Kills Another Dissident
After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression.
By Mary Anastasia O’Grady
March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET

Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it
eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate
of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons.

The remarkable thing was not the death… Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro blasts Trump’s Mexican wall and trade policy

Cuba’s Raul Castro blasts Trump’s Mexican wall and trade policy
By Marc Frank | HAVANA

Cuban President Raul Castro harshly criticized U.S. President Donald
Trump’s immigration, trade and other policies on Sunday as Trump reviews
a fragile detente with Communist-run Cuba begun by his predecessor
Barack Obama.

In his first critical remarks directed at Trump since he took office,
Castro… Continue reading

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service / 14ymedio,
Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 3 March 2017 – With the opportunity to
study at the university by passing the University entrance exams with
the “minimum score,” the Ministry of Higher Education (MES) is offering
an incentive for young women who want to enlist in Military Service,
which… Continue reading

Cuban Government Sees IT As “A Weapon For The Defense Of The Revolution”

Cuban Government Sees IT As “A Weapon For The Defense Of The Revolution”
/ 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 3 March 2017 — The role of
information technology as a “weapon for the defense of the Revolution”
has grabbed the attention of the latest meeting of the Council of
Ministers, held several weeks late this Tuesday in the… Continue reading

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’
Published: 16 hours ago
BOB UNRUH

Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s
executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the
communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights
standards.

For example, government officials… Continue reading

Otto Rivero’s March 2nd

Otto Rivero’s March 2nd / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 2 March 2017 — Otto Rivero directed the
most powerful entity in Cuba at the beginning of this century, the
Battle of Ideas, but was ousted by Raúl Castro a few months after the
latter assumed the presidency. Now, the former youth leader has emerged
from his “pajama… Continue reading

Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?

Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
2 March 2017
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

No matter how much you warn visitors to Cuba that they’ll be offline
during their stay, they often won’t believe it until they actually
arrive in Havana.
On arrival, they find their iPads and smartphones suddenly only… Continue reading

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2017 — On February 24 of next year Raul
Castro must leave the presidency of Cuba if he is to fulfill the
promise he has made several times. His announced departure from power is
looked on with suspicion by some and seen as an inescapable… Continue reading

Potatoes Return to the Rationed Market

Potatoes Return to the Rationed Market / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 February 2017 – The unrationed
distribution of potatoes, a symbol of Raul Castro’s government, has
suffered a big setback. During the quarter of February, March and April,
the distribution of potatoes was returned to the ration market
throughout the country, with a limit of 14… Continue reading

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente
By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA

Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S.
congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market
reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
told a news conference on Wednesday.

Leahy, a Democrat who has been key in… Continue reading

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