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The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba By Anthony Hall Posted: Nov 27, 2016 12:54 AM Updated: Nov 27, 2016 5:57 AM LUBBOCK, Texas – Two Cuban-Americans were political prisoners for nearly four years each after they were caught discussing change in Cuba during perestroika and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership in the […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Despite presidential visit, changes in Cuba will come slowly

Despite presidential visit, changes in Cuba will come slowly Democracy, baseball diplomacy and business were all on agenda Historic trip ended Tuesday Obama took his message directly to Cuba people BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com On the first official day of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, a wind swept in from the north and sent […] Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba relations – A year of change

U.S.-Cuba relations: A year of change First anniversary of new relationship is Dec. 17 Symbolic and tangible changes mark the year Much work remains before there is a normal relationship BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In the year since the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement began, some things have seemed to move at warp speed, but others have smacked […] Continue reading

Cuba prepares for arrival of Pope Francis

Cuba prepares for arrival of Pope Francis Pontiff expected to touch down at 4:05 p.m. Saturday Large group of Miami pilgrims in Cuba for the visit Miami archbishop mistaken for ‘pope’s cousin’ BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com When Pope Francis arrives in Cuba late Saturday afternoon he’ll find a country in transition that is forging a […] Continue reading

The spy who never wanted to be one

The spy who never wanted to be one / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on January 28, 2015 The unusual story of ‘Granma’ journalist sentenced to 14 years in prison 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Santiago de Cuba, 27 January 2015 — Just outside the building, a ditch carries sewage down the street. Several children jump from side […] Continue reading

One name on the list

One name on the list YOANI SANCHEZ, Enero 15, 2015 Living in Caimanera is like living on an island within the island. On either side of the highway at the entrance can be read “This is the first anti-imperialist trench in Cuba.” The land is arid and three points of police control block any unauthorized […] Continue reading

Obama’s decision, pro and con

Obama’s decision, pro and con 12/18/2014 7:10 PM 12/18/2014 7:10 PM President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work. What is […] Continue reading

Cuba Fast Facts

Cuba Fast Facts Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:32 PM RST (CNN) — Here’s a look at what you need need to know about Cuba, a communist country located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 90 miles south of Florida. About Cuba: (from the CIA World Factbook) Area: 110,860 sq km (slightly smaller than Pennsylvania) Population: 11,047,251 […] Continue reading

Cuba’s bishops say Raul Castro’s reforms not enough

Cuba’s bishops say Raul Castro’s reforms not enough POSTED: 11 Sep 2014 06:36 In a country with a centrally planned economy where opposition political parties remain outlawed, the Church is the only sizeable non-state actor that has an ongoing dialogue with President Raul Castro’s government. And in its Pastoral Plan for 2014-2020, the first such […] Continue reading

Disclosure of USAID program in Cuba highlights challenge agency faces

Disclosure of USAID program in Cuba highlights challenge agency faces By MIMI WHITEFIELD The Miami Herald Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 – 1:00 am MIAMI — The U.S. Agency for International Development has a long history of funding democracy-building programs in Latin America and around the world – even in countries such as Cuba, where […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Does the US Rank Below Cuba?

Does the US Rank Below Cuba? Mona Charen | Nov 15, 2013 The World Economic Forum has issued its annual report on the gender gap worldwide, and it has received respectful notice from the usual places (PBS, CNN, The Washington Post). But any report that places the United States below Cuba, the Philippines and South […] Continue reading

Nearly 30 Cuban dissidents were detained over the weekend

Posted on Monday, 11.04.13 Nearly 30 Cuban dissidents were detained over the weekend BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban security officials detained nearly 30 members of the dissident Ladies in White while a government-backed mob twice pummeled and kicked a top opposition leader in yet another weekend crackdown on pro-democracy activists. Guillermo Fariñas, one of […] Continue reading
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