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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 […] Continue reading

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 22, 2017 NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — She spent weeks hiking through the Amazon, crossing a crocodile-filled river. She scaled border walls, escaped from immigration detention in Panama and slept in a church. Broke, hungry and exhausted, she found refuge with indigenous people […] Continue reading

What Castro’s death and Trump’s election mean for Cuba’s economicawakening

What Castro’s death and Trump’s election mean for Cuba’s economic awakening Brian Gendreau, University of Florida Published 5:21 am, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Before his death on Nov. 25 at the age of 90, Fidel Castro had made no secret about his reservations about the normalization of relations with the United States and had insisted […] Continue reading

Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises

Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises President-elect could face pushback from some companies regarding his Cuba policies By FELICIA SCHWARTZ and CAROL E. LEE Updated Nov. 27, 2016 11:14 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — The death of Fidel Castro is putting unexpected pressure on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on […] Continue reading

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] Continue reading

After Castro, Cuba wonders what comes next

After Castro, Cuba wonders what comes next By THE WASHINGTON POST November 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm Nick Miroff, The Washington Post HAVANA, Cuba – For the nearly five decades Fidel Castro ruled this country, he was a daily presence in Cubans’ lives. His speeches echoed on their televisions and his stern rules shaped almost […] Continue reading

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

Donald Trump Could Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policy ‘Fairly Quickly’

Donald Trump Could Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policy ‘Fairly Quickly’ By SERENA MARSHALL Nov 23, 2016, 2:44 PM ET President Obama has said he worked to make the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba “irreversible,” but the policies he has put in place to thaw the more than 50-year standoff between the […] Continue reading

Cuba is reaching out to the world for foreign investors

Cuba is reaching out to the world for foreign investors BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com For $2.5 million, a foreign investor can help create an international equestrian club in the Province of Havana or plunk down $10 million to create a network of eco-lodges across the island with a Cuban partner. For an estimated investment of […] Continue reading

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION?

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION? No Americans should be dancing and dining their way through Cuba, enjoying the beaches, while those struggling for freedom lie in prison. BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS ON 7/31/16 AT 11:00 AM The motto of the American Bar Association (ABA) is “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.” It should perhaps be […] 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

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards Tracy Wilkinson Fast-talking and often harassed, Cuban political dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer could hold himself up as Exhibit A in the improving relations between Washington and Havana. Ferrer, 45, has been allowed to travel abroad for the […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] Continue reading

Returning to Cuba for family, culture and, for some, a painful past

Returning to Cuba for family, culture and, for some, a painful past By Maria Perez of the Naples Daily News MIAMI — Waiting in line at the Miami International Airport to check in for her Eastern Airlines flight to Cuba, Ana Perez misses her mother, who is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor in […] Continue reading

To change Cuba, speak up for democracy again and again

To change Cuba, speak up for democracy again and again By Editorial Board April 24 at 7:41 PM PRESIDENT OBAMA’S visit to Cuba last month laid down a marker. The president hailed the island’s entrepreneurs, met with dissidents, and encouraged openness and democracy in the presence of President Raúl Castro, who rules without any. The […] Continue reading
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