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Will Secretary of Commerce Richardson move to lift the trade Embargo on Cuba?

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Daniel Bruno Sanz | Huffington Post Here are the last two paragraphs of this article An Opportunity for Bill Richardson to Shine Once Again from the Huffington Post: Long ago, American foreign policy towards Cuba was hijacked by special interest groups concentrated in Miami. Now that the winds of change… Read More

Obama, Chavez, Lula and Evo to attend 5th Summit of Americas in April 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are scheduled to visit Trinidad and Tobago on April 17 - 19, 2009 for the fifth Summit of the Americas to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain Trinidad. Summit Coordinator Hector Morales says The April 2009 Summit of the Americas will… Read More

Church World Service and others urge Obama to lift Cuba travel restrictions

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Press release by Church World Service Global humanitarian agency Church World Service and a group of leading U.S. Christian organizations and denominations are joining the mounting chorus of voices calling on President-elect Obama to change this country’s longstanding, restrictive policy toward… Read More

Gates prepares for closing Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters | Reporting by David Morgan with additional reporting by Jane Sutton in Miami, Editing by Howard Goller The Pentagon is working on a proposal to shut the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that would be available to President-elect Barack Obama once he takes office, a defense official… Read More

Raul Castro suggests US release Cuban Five as gesture of goodwill

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Reporting by Ray Colitt; writing by Stuart Grudgings, Editing by Sandra Maler | Reuters Cuban President Raul Castro proposed on Thursday a swap of prisoners with the United States as a goodwill “gesture” to pave the way for talks with incoming U.S. President Barack Obama. His offer to release… Read More

Oswaldo Paya prohibited from leaving Cuba for Sakharov Prize Ceremony

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From Email received by Mr. Paya’s organization. Once again, the Cuban government has violated my right to leave and return to Cuba . I was invited, along with my wife Ofelia, by the President of the European Parliament Mr. Hans-Gert Pöttering to participate in the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary… Read More

Havana Times - HavanaTimes.org is pure Cuban government propaganda

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Updated May 19, 2011 with bold comments below You will see that once live pages used as examples of Circles Robinson’s employment in the Cuban government have been removed by the Cuban government so all my proof that Circles Robinson used to work for the Cuban government… Read More

Frances Robles provides great summary of 50 years of Revolution in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Frances Robles | Miami Herald Fifty years ago, an attorney turned bearded guerrilla marched triumphantly into Havana and declared victory over a departing dictator. Then he became a despot himself. Fidel Castro forever changed the landscape of both Cuba and Miami. He jailed or executed his enemies,… Read More

Cuba detains then releases about one hundred Cuban civil rights marchers

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Latin American Herald Tribune Cuban dissidents on Thursday said that the government briefly detained between 60 and 100 people to prevent them from taking part in opposition activities marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The head of the outlawed Cuban Commission… Read More

Jake Colvin writes common sense Case for a New Cuba Policy action plan

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

New Report Cites Political and Foreign Policy Benefits of Changing the U.S. Approach to Cuba A report released today calls for President-elect Barack Obama and Congress to signal a new direction in the foreign policy of the United States by changing policy towards Cuba.  “The Case for a New Cuba… Read More

Oswaldo Paya message regarding Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Email received from Mr. Paya’s organization: We respectfully ask the General Secretariat of the United Nations to distribute this message to its Member States and to refer it to the General Assembly for its consideration, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal… Read More

Cuba Study Group calls for end of US travel Embargo

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Press Release Today the Cuba Study Group released a white paper titled: “Lifting Restrictions on Travel and Remittances to Cuba: A Case for Unilateral Action,” calling on the U.S. government to lift all restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba for all Americans. “The Cuba Study Group recommends… Read More

US Chamber of Commerce ask Obama to lift Cuba trade and travel restrictions

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

EFE A dozen of the country’s leading business organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that President-elect Barack Obama should at least initiate the process of scrapping Washington’s 46-year-old economic embargo against Cuba. “We support the complete removal… Read More

Yoani Sanchez warned by Cuban government to stop blogging

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The Wall Street Journal As Cuba approaches the 50th anniversary of its revolution this New Year’s Day, the island’s Communist government appears to be taking a harder line against a budding group of Cuban Internet bloggers pushing for greater freedoms. On Thursday, Cuban blogger Claudia Cadelo,… Read More

Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso named Reporter of the Year from Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The France-based media rights group Reporters Without Borders on Thursday named jailed Cuban journalist Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso its 2008 Reporter of the Year. The award was bestowed on the dissident Cuban “for helping an independent press to survive in Cuba,” the group said on its web site.… Read More

President Obama will be in a position to ease Cuban Embargo

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Barack Obama will be the first American president in nearly 50 years to have a relatively free hand in deciding whether to ease punitive Cold War-era policies toward Cuba, and the foreign policy team he announced this week seems predisposed to make it happen. Obama said… Read More

Sean Penn interviews Raul Castro - Obama meeting and subservient to Fidel

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal This article touches on two points taken from Sean Penn’s interview with President Raul Castro; Raul Castro’s interest to meet with President Obama and Raul Castro’s subservient behavior to Fidel Castro. From what I know of Sean Penn, he is a real left wing… Read More

Cuban Revolution “La Revolucion” to celebrate 50th anniversary January 1 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

The fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, to be celebrated on January first 2009, is the cultural travel theme of a tourism package being sold by Cuban and Argentine travel agencies. The Cuban cultural and history tour will include visits to the mausoleum of Ernesto “Che” Guevara… Read More

Comparision of recent photos of Fidel Castro as he ages

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I thought that the photo shown in our recent article about Chinese President Hu meeting with Fidel Castro seemed to show Fidel Castro looking differently… as in a blank expression on his face and a very different hair style. Also notice how tightly Fidel is holding on… Read More

Raul Castro to visit Venezuela and Russia

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez released a statement that he received a letter from President Raul Castro on Sunday and will announce the date of the Cuban leader’s visit soon. Chavez said today that the visit could take place by this weekend and added that he was honored… Read More

Dan Erikson discusses his new book Cuba Wars at Brookings Institution

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States and the Next Revolution Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC On November 25, the Brookings Institution and the Inter-American Dialogue will host Dan Erikson,… Read More

LAWG petition for change on Cuba and Latin America policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Email notice from LAWG Dear Latin America Advocates: Yes, friends, it is a moment of hope. But change never comes easy, and change in U.S. foreign policy is especially hard to come by. If we want to see foreign policies we can believe in, we need to organize to make any part of our dreams come true.… Read More

The Darker Side of Life in Cuba - Reality

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I gave up reading CubaNet.org a while back because they only posted negative stories about Cuba. Well, I figured I would check in to see what they are posting these days. As you can see below they are still posting all negative news but with that said, I believe that it is… Read More

President Elect Obama working towards closing Guantanamo Bay prision

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN President-elect Obama’s advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but… Read More

Hurricane Paloma video from Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By CBS News Producer Portia Siegelbaum Cubans already reeling from two devastating hurricanes this year woke up to scenes of yet more destruction. The first pictures coming out of Santa Cruz del Sur, where late-season Hurricane Paloma made landfall Saturday evening as a Category 3 storm, reveal a cat’s… Read More

November 2008 issue of Cuba News released

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Below are some of the headlines and text from the November issue of CubaNews. I strongly suggest that anyone with a serious eye towards Cuba should subscribe to this fine publication. (This is not a paid advertisement.) Obama victory could mean substantial changes in Washington’s… Read More

Amnesty International calls on Obama to close Guantanamo Cuba prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Presstv.ir News source from Iran Amnesty International has called on the US President-elect, Barack Obama, to lift the 46-year-old trade embargo on Cuba. Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said changing Washington’s Cuba policy would help Obama restore the US’ moral… Read More

*Obama’s staff and their record on US Cuba policy - updated December 2

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

*=sticky Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I will update this article as new people are announced as part of President Elect Obama’s staff and related leadership positions. I have made this article “sticky” which means that it will stay as the top story until I decide to “unstick”… Read More

Oswaldo Paya - The Definitive Campaign for Democratic Change in Cuba

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NEW DAY FOR THE VARELA PROJECT, THE DEFINITIVE CAMPAIGN FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE IN CUBA After almost five decades under an order of “no rights,” now, as the Cuban people approach the door of their future with uncertainty, the response of the group in power is to slam the door in their faces. Various… Read More

*President Obama will “move quickly” to lift Cuban American travel restrictions

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

*=sticky post BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Washington State National Guard Sgt. Carlos Lazo—the Iraq veteran who gained fame when he couldn’t visit his kids in Cuba—last traveled to the island in January 2007. As things stand now, he can’t go back until 2010. But with Barack… Read More

Priceline and Center for Cross Cultural Study fined for OFAC violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal ENTITIES – 31 CFR 501.805(d)(1)(i) Priceline.com, Incorporated Settles Cuban Assets Control Regulations Allegations: Priceline.com, Incorporated, Norwalk, CT (“Priceline”), has remitted $12,250.00 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations… Read More

United Nations votes 185 to 3 against US Embargo on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The United Nations General Assembly has voted in favor of a resolution requesting that the United States repeal its forty seven year old trade embargo against the island nation of Cuba. The 192 member world body voted 185 in favor, three against with two abstentions. Last year, the vote was 184 to four… Read More

UN to vote on Embargo today - LA Times anti-Embargo editorial

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

LA Times Editorial In each of the last 16 years, the General Assembly of the United Nations has voted to condemn the United States for its embargo of Cuba. This year’s ceremonial vote takes place today and if it’s anything like last year’s, it will be overwhelming. Only Israel, the Marshall… Read More

Pichón book illustrates first hand account of Cuba’s Revolution and racism

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Press Release In 1959, Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries declared the establishment of a society that would end racism in Cuba. Castro’s camp has often claimed that the Revolution eradicated racism, abolished discrimination and established a racial democracy unique in the world. Yet, nearly… Read More

EU to formally restore ties to Cuba - more credit on the way?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Michael Voss | BBC News, Havana European commissioner Louis Michel has arrived in Havana for meetings aimed at a formal resumption of co-operation between the EU and Cuba. The two-day visit is the result of the EU agreeing to remove all sanctions against communist Cuba in June. Mr Michel will meet… Read More

Cuba ramps up spin machine for UN vote against US Embargo next week

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Original title: Cuban diplomat: US embargo is akin to genocide) By BARRY SCHWEID | AP Looking ahead to a new American administration, Cuba’s top diplomat in Washington opened a campaign Wednesday to generate world pressure to kill a half-century old U.S. trade embargo that he likened to genocide.… Read More

Carlos Gutierrez and Laura Bush meet with Ladies in White via videoconference

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CARLOS M. GUTIERREZ | U.S. Secretary of Commerce | Sacramento Bee Opinion Every Sunday a group of women known as the Damas de Blanco gather to attend Mass in Havana, Cuba. Dressed in white, these ladies don the color of peace to protest the unjust imprisonment of their relatives by the Cuban government.… Read More

Havana Journal supports Barack Obama

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

I have to start by saying that I am a registered Republican from Massachusetts. To those of you who know Massachusetts politics (Ted Kennedy and John Kerry) know that I am in the minority being a Republican from Massachusetts. I will say that I am a supporter of my Congressman in the 10th district where… Read More

Hurricanes forcing political changes in Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

New America Media | Louis E.V. Nevaer Six weeks after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike ravaged the island nation, efforts to prevent famine in isolated communities are forcing rapid-fire political changes. For more than a month, Mexico, Russia and Venezuela have been sending aid; now 68 other countries have… Read More

Oswaldo Paya’s Varela Project continues

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Before the prisoners of the Cuban Spring had served the first six months of their unjust imprisonment, on October 3rd, 2003 we went to the offices of the National Assembly of People’s Power to ratify our petition for the Varela Project referendum. At that time, we presented the signatures of 14,384… Read More

My Life with Che - The Making of a Revolutionary (book launch)

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Press Release submitted to the Havana Journal My Life with Che - The Making of a Revolutionary (book launch) By Hilda Gadea “Vivid, intimate and uncensored” - Jon Lee Anderson Che Guevara’s first wife, Hilda Gadea, paints a personal portrait of the legendary figure, revealing the romantic… Read More

Cuba Business Roundtable conference call on hurricanes impact on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

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Orion Foundation granted permission to send humanitarian aid to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Email received from Jacqueline Cervoni I am writing on behalf of the Orion Foundation here in Toronto, Canada. We are a humanitarian relief organization that works on a specific project called the Cuba Project. Harold Hosein has headed up this project for the past five years and it is growing. We ship… Read More

Will Mother Nature and Brother Fidel defeat Raul Castro?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

THe Latell Report by Brian Latell Raul’s Mounting Crises     “We knew you would come,” a Cuban woman exclaimed when Raul Castro arrived September 18th in flattened little Nueva Gerona on the Isle of Youth. He was there to survey the damage from the twin hurricanes, Gustav and Ike, in… Read More

“Please stop stealing from us. Thanks” - signed, the Cuban government

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA | El Nuevo Herald The Cuban Government has sounded the alarm on a troublesome increase in the theft of state resources, the mysterious disappearance of supplies from hard-currency stores and price speculations on food items in the aftermath of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Already… Read More

500,000 Cubans still without electricity in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuba Allots More Hurricane Relief Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban government is alloting more relief aid to hurricane-blasted areas, including electrical generators. Small settlements in Pinar del Rio, Las Tunas and the Isle of Youth special municipality are still without power since the passage… Read More

Little to no hurricane recovery in rural Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY MIAMI HERALD STAFF SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba - Swamped by chest-high flooding caused by recent hurricanes, the humble residents of this desolate fishing village on Cuba’s southern coast found one small cause for celebration recently: homemade ice cream. On a clattering, old metal contraption… Read More

Carlos Gutierrez says Cuba will return to forefront of US policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Boston.com U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told an audience at Harvard University on Monday night that Cuba will soon return to the forefront of U.S. foreign policy because of an inevitable change in its aging leadership. Gutierrez described Cuba as a country devastated by two recent hurricanes… Read More

Cuba VP José Ramón Machado Ventura speaks in New York

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuba’s vice president warmly welcomed in N.Y. BY FRANCES ROBLES The No. 2 man in Cuba was welcomed in Upper Manhattan with three standing ovations Monday, where a cheering crowd praised Cuban Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura before he even uttered a word. Machado, 77, first vice president… Read More

2.5million Cubans without homes, US offers $6.3million more in aid to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters The United States has offered another $6.3 million in hurricane relief aid to Cuba, U.S. officials said on Monday, even though a similar offer was previously rejected. The latest U.S. offer, made on Friday, is composed of family emergency shelters and building kits to respond to the Cuban government’s… Read More

No nails in Cuba but tourist hotels to reopen soon

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(original title: Shortages hamper attempts to rebuild after Hurricane Ike) Miami Herald Staff The hammer will not leave Alfredo Pérez’s side as he sleeps under the night sky. With no roof over his head—like many in this seaside village—Pérez uses the hammer to protect his family’s… Read More

Raul Castro Cuban people should “work more” - uninspiring appearance

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

ACN We Will Recover Everything We Had, Says Raul Castro Cuban President Raul Castro said people should feel the need to work more. He was speaking in a meeting with local residents of the municipality of La Palma, Pinar del Rio, one of the areas most affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He assured… Read More

Cuban government organizing anti-Embargo petition - sign of weakness?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Here is an article from Granma. Sounds like a Cuban government organized effort to get the Embargo lifted (something we know Fidel actually does not want to happen) but maybe now he/the government has no choice. Are Fidel and Raul actually desperate enough to really want the Embargo lifted? How much… Read More

Raul Castro makes unimpressive appearance in public in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday made his first public trip to an area stricken by the hurricanes that devastated Cuba and expressed confidence it would be rebuilt better than before the storms. Castro, who formally replaced older brother Fidel Castro as president in February, visited… Read More

Humanitarian Relief to Cuba Act

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate this afternoon to offer an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill. … Read More

EU to have talks with Cuba to encourage release of political prisoners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Rikard Jozwiak EU officials to visit Cuba in October as rapprochement begins. The European Commission has welcomed Cuba’s conditional acceptance of an EU offer to resume a formal process of political dialogue, calling Havana’s reaction a “positive step”. The Cuban foreign ministry… Read More

Documentation of devastation across all Provinces in Cuba by United Nations

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Cuba From: Office of the Resident Coordinator in Cuba Subject: Situation Report No. 3 “Hurricane IKE”- September 11, 2008- 18:00 hrs. Situation: Since the end of August, Cuba has suffered in a very short period of time the direct or indirect impact… Read More

Summary on hurricane damage in Cuba and outlook on recovery

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuba Transition Project | University of Miami   Cuba was hit in the past few weeks by two major hurricanes that have caused widespread destruction and human misery. This is perhaps the worst natural disaster in the past half-century.    Damage Reports:   * Over 320,000 houses were… Read More

Fidel Castro releases statement about Ike but no mention of Raul

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

ACN “Our duty is to win,” said Cuba’s historical leader Fidel Castro in a letter sent to the Round Table TV and radio broadcast as a message of encouragement to the Cuban people after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Fidel Castro commented on the images broadcast on the… Read More

After total blackout in Cuba, electricity being restored with generators

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

ACN After hurricane Ike left Cuba under a total blackout, the electrical system is being gradually re-established on the island as the weather conditions improve. National Electricity Union official Ricardo Gonzalez explained that except for the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Granma, and part… Read More

Should the US expect a mass exodus from Cuba fleeing hurricane destruction?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By LIZA GROSS | McClatchy Newspapers With hurricanes Ike and Gustav plunging Cuba into what’s being called the worst economic disaster in the island’s history, experts say conditions could get bad enough to spark a new exodus. The Red Cross’ early rough estimate of total damage is $3… Read More

Call for relief aid to Cuba - Suspend the Embargo so US citizens can help the Cuban people

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Email received from http://LAWG.org and we support their efforts to help the Cuban people. The Havana Journal has signed the petition mentioned below. We have joined with several other Cuba policy organizations in offering a list of organizations that are providing relief assistance to the victims… Read More

RAUL Castro absent from public view in Cuba for three weeks

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Associated Press The day after Hurricane Gustav roared through western Cuba, families were salvaging belongings from their flattened homes when state-television cameras turned up. Storm victims posing among the rubble soon began chanting “Fidel! Fidel!” Nearly a half-minute went by before… Read More

Petition to allow US humanitarian aid to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Based on an email received by Merri Ansara of Common Ground Travel Dear President Bush, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi cc:Senator McCain and Senator Obama Because of the devastation suffered by Cuba from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and the history of conflict and suspicion between our countries,… Read More

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board asks US to suspend Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board The United States must show compassion, and diplomatic smarts, by easing remittance and travel restrictions to Cuba. The island has been slammed hard by two hurricanes in successive weeks. First, Gustav ripped through its western province early last week. Now, Ike has pummeled… Read More

Havana expecting the worst from Hurricane Ike

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BBC The Cuban capital Havana is nervously awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Ike as it moves destructively along the island’s east coast. The BBC’s Michael Voss, in Havana, told BBC radio that people there are preparing for the worst. Havana is still waiting for Ike to come, and it could be… Read More

Pinar del Rio running on power from 577 generators

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

ACN The Cuban westernmost Pinar del Rio province has restored 58 percent of its electricity distribution, after been cut off from the National Grid System (SEN) last Saturday by the passage of Hurricane Gustav. The hurricane, the third strongest to hit Cuba in known history, with gusts of wind up to… Read More

Cuba repairing 850 houses per day after Gustva—- yeah right!

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

ACN Since last Monday Sept 1, when the recovery stage was declared following the passage of Hurricane Gustav, workers in this province have been repairing 850 houses a day; a pace that must be stepped up, urged the Provincial Defense Council. Olga Lidia Tapia Iglesias, First Secretary of the Communist… Read More

500,000 affected by Gustav in Cuba, Bush offers $100,000

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(original title: U.S. Offers Storm Aid to Cuba Only Through Relief Groups) By MARC LACEY The United States State Department said Thursday that it had offered humanitarian aid to Cuban victims of Hurricane Gustav, provided that it went through relief organizations and not the government of President Raúl… Read More

Roque and Roca ask President Bush to suspend Embargo for aid

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Two prominent Cuban dissidents have asked U.S. President George W. Bush to temporarily loosen restrictions on travel and sending money to the communist-run island to help tens of thousands left homeless by Hurricane Gustav. Marta Beatriz Roque and Vladimiro Roca signed… Read More

Cuban Navy sends aid to Isla de la Juventud

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

ACN The Saturno motor vessel of the Cuban Revolutionary Navy, is expected to arrive in Isla de la Juventud on Thursday loaded with materials for the reestablishment of the communications and energy systems in this area, devastated by hurricane Gustav. The ship set sail on Tuesday from the Haiphong terminal… Read More

Russian aid arrives in Cuba - all quiet from Washington

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(Sorry, couldn’t help throw that “all quiet” comment in the title) Reuters Cuba’s state-run media on Thursday highlighted the arrival of Russian aid in the wake of devastating Hurricane Gustav, the latest sign the former Cold War allies are out to strengthen their relations. State-run… Read More

Hundreds of thousands of people without power in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Jeff Franks | Reuters Cuba said on Monday more than 90,000 houses were damaged or destroyed when Hurricane Gustav tore through the western province of Pinar del Rio on Saturday with 150 mile per hour (240 km per hour) winds. Officials and state media said 80 percent of the province, which has about… Read More

Isla de la Juventud and Pinar del Rio Cuba slammed by hurricane Gustav

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Miami Herald Some residents of picturesque Los Palacios, in the western province of Pinar del Rio, have already rebaptized their town in the wake of Hurricane Gustav: They now call it The Ruins. In the storm Cuban authorities are saying was the worst here in more than 50 years—one that registered… Read More

Shameful article by Rob Sharp of NewStatesman on Nehanda Abiodun in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(Original title: Rap on the run) Rob Sharp | NewStatesman.com Wanted by the FBI for black activism in the States, Nehanda Abiodun fled to Havana, where she became the “godmother of Cuban hip-hop” Outside a run-down apartment block in the eastern suburbs of Havana, a group of teenagers plays… Read More

Armando Valladares never accepted “political rehabilitation” in Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY | Wall Street Journal In late December 1959, nearly a year after Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista had been run out the country by a movement that had a goal of restoring the 1940 Cuban constitution, Fidel Castro was tightening his grip. At the time, Armando Valladares… Read More

Terrorist Luis Posada to stand trial for immigration fraud in US

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Carol J. Williams |  Los Angeles Times Staff Writer A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles should stand trial for an alleged immigration violation in the United States. The decision is likely to inflame Cuba and Venezuela, which want to prosecute him for… Read More

Fidel Castro turns 82 today, August 13, 2008 and still in the game

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Jeff Franks | Reuters Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned 82 on Wednesday, still a world and national figure even though he has not been seen in public since falling ill two years ago. After ruling for almost 50 years, Castro follows a special diet for an undisclosed illness that required intestinal… Read More

The Right of Cubans to Travel Freely to and From Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

By email from Oswaldo Paya’s Christian Liberation Movement With all due respect to the American side—as the country where many Cuban exiles have found a home and many with Cuban ancestry are sons and daughters of that nation by birth—I would like to discuss the Cuban dimension of the so-called… Read More

A variety of Havana Cuba book reviews

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Several Havana Cuba book reviews Havana Nocturne Here is a summary from the book as posted in the Wall Street Journal. I have my copy sitting here ready to be read. The titles of the chapters are intriguing… The Mob’s Playground, Gambler’s Paradise, A Bullet for El Presidente, Carnival… Read More

UN Human Rights committee appoints Cuban as Chairman

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters A key United Nations human rights body on Monday appointed as its chairman for the next three years a Cuban law professor who has been a senior diplomat for the Havana government and spokesman for its foreign ministry. The 73-year-old Miguel Alfonso Martinez, currently acting president of the… Read More

Cuba Transition Project releases updated list of restrictions on Cuban citizens

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

In April 2007 the Cuba Transition Project published Cuba Facts, “What Cubans Can Not Do.” For the past two years that General Raul Castro has been in power, only one prohibition has been lifted. All others remain. See below. Cubans can not: • Travel abroad without government permission.… Read More

Will Hector Palacios’ return to Cuba cause change in the Cuban government?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The Wall Street Journal | By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY On a muggy Friday evening in New York City last month, some 70 people gathered in a midtown office building to hear former Cuban political prisoner Hector Palacios talk Cuban politics. Dressed in a neatly pressed white guayabera shirt and khaki… Read More

Ask.com and Kayak.com advertising for Cuba travel

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

If you read our recent post about Minxia getting fined $1.2million for Cuba sanctions violations then you might wonder how companies like Ask.com and Kayak.com can openly advertise Cuba travel services. I found these two advertisements today in Google. AND I am not suggesting that they are doing anything… Read More

Minxia pays $1.2million and Gate Gourmet pays $581k in fines for Cuba Sanctions violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

US Treasury Minxia Non-Ferrous Metals, Inc. Settles Cuban Assets Control Regulations Allegations: Minxia Non-Ferrous Metals, Inc., Columbia, Maryland 21044, (“Minxia”), remitted $1,198,000.00 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations occurring between approximately… Read More

US Cuba relations “on the horizon” - Specter wants to meet with Raul Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Associated Press Sen. Arlen Specter said Wednesday he hopes to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a trip to Latin America in August. “I’m a firm believer in dialogue,” the Pennsylvania Republican told reporters. His… Read More

Article on female Cuban dissidents in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Christian Science Monitor In the past year, Nereida Rodriguez Rivero says she has been punched in the mouth, almost thrown from a moving bus, and stabbed on the street in her otherwise sleepy rural hometown. In May, government agents took all the books out of the independent library that she continues… Read More

Raul Castro’s (boring) speech on July 26 at Moncada Barracks

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CBS (Original title: No Reforms On Cuba’s Revolution Day) President Raul Castro warned Washington that Cuba would stay focused on defense regardless of who wins the U.S. presidential election in November, but broke no new ground in his Revolution Day address Saturday night, reports CBS News producer… Read More

Is Raul governing to please Fidel Castro? - opinion

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By CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER | Firma Press What is Raúl Castro doing nowadays? It’s important to keep track of him. Everybody, including Cuba’s ruling nomenklatura, knows that communism is condemned to disappear from the island. It is the unfinished chapter of the Cold War, and the system,… Read More

Jaime Suchlicki interview - tough questions, same old answers

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BBC Interview with Professor Jaime Suchlicki on Cuba and U.S.-Cuban Relations Interviewed by Tim Mansel. Q. Will you be so kind to tell me who you are? What you do? A. Jaime Suchlicki, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.… Read More

Dissident’s plight symbolizes the danger of activism in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By FRANCES ROBLES McClatchy Newspapers Published July 17, 2008 Cuban activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez has lost count of how many times he has been arrested since last year, when he finished serving every day of a 17-year prison sentence and then some. Garcia, better known as “Antunez,” thinks… Read More

Anheuser Busch says InBev’s Cuba deals violate US Cuba Embargo

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By Jessica Hall | Reuters Anheuser-Busch Cos Inc on Monday raised the political and emotional stakes in its fight against an unwanted $46.3 billion takeover bid by highlighting its foreign suitor’s ties to Cuba. Belgium-based InBev NV wants to buy Anheuser-Busch to create the world’s largest… Read More

The hypocrisy of the Cuban media (with opinion)

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(original title: Cuba’s Media Contemplates Changes) | By Circles Robinson* Cuba’s journalists are gearing up for a major congress on July 3-5 that could reshape what Cubans see on TV screens, in newspapers and on the radio, as well as the way the island reaches out to the world. For the last several… Read More

Cuban newspaper Granma not publishing all of Fidel Castro’s Reflections

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(EFE Ingles Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Antonio Martinez. It seems that Fidel Castro currently writes only for foreigners and the relative handful of Cubans with Internet access, as the communist island’s official media - there are no independent outlets - have neither published nor reported… Read More

There’s a chance now that terrorist Posada could be extradited to Panama

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Anti-Castro militant pardon overturned By JUAN ZAMORANO | AP Panama’s Supreme Court overturned a presidential pardon of four Cuban emigres accused of plotting to kill Fidel Castro, including former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, officials said Tuesday. The court ruled late Monday that 180… Read More

Havana Nocturne - New book about the mafia Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

BY ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ | Miami Herald T. J. English’s engaging book about the era covers the same ground as such novels as Mayra Montero’s masterful Dancing to Almendra and Ace Atkins’ intriguing White Shadow, as well as films by Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Pollack and Andy García.… Read More

Debating the future of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba

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By Andrew O. Selsky | Associated Press This was a sleepy Navy outpost before the U.S. began using it to hold prisoners in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks — and it might soon become one again. It is increasingly obvious that the days of this U.S. offshore prison are numbered. The Bush administration’s… Read More

Get rid of this illegal embargo! - opinion by EU writer

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Sunday Herald, Scotland Joanna Blythman on US interference IT SEEMS that our banks are doing the United States’s dirty work these days. Lloyds TSB and Barclays have been telling British customers who have financial dealings with Cuba to take their business elsewhere. Why? Because they’re… Read More

2/3 of OFAC June 2008 penalties for Cuban Embargo compliance violations

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Two thirds of OFAC’s Release of Civil Penalties Information report for June 2008 contains violators and fines for violating the Cuban Embargo. One third were for violations of the Iranian Transactions Regulations. ENTITIES – 31 CFR 501.805(d)(1)(i) 1. Spirit Airlines, Inc. Settles Cuban Assets… Read More

President Bush to lift sanctions on North Korea - no mention of Cuba

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By DEB RIECHMANN | Associated Press President Bush said Thursday he will lift key trade sanctions against North Korea and remove it from the U.S. terrorism blacklist, a remarkable turnaround in policy toward the communist regime that Bush once branded as part of an “axis of evil.” The announcement… Read More

Fidel Castro meets Chinese official - comments on unity with Raul

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By Jeff Franks | Reuters Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who has raised his public profile in recent days, met on Tuesday with a Chinese official and told him he spends his days gathering information and analyzing policy for Cuba’s leadership, state-run media reported. After almost two years… Read More

Cuba travel petition gets no review from Cuban government

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ThePeninsulaQatar.com An ex-intelligence officer seeking free travel rights for Cubans has said his petition was rejected and denounced what he called the “increase in totalitarian repression” under President Raul Castro. Pedro Anibal Riera, also a former diplomat, said in a statement Tuesday… Read More

Antunez and other Cuban dissidents detained and relesased after protest

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Miami Herald Cuban authorities have released six dissidents who were briefly detained just hours after the European Union had totally lifted its sanctions on the island, saying there had been signs of improvements in Cuba’s human rights. The dissidents were detained Friday morning as they staged… Read More

Cuban Parliament to convene in July

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Prensa Latina Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon called Friday for the first general session in 2008 of this body, called Peoples’ Power. The 163 deputies elected in January took their positions in February, and this seventh legislature is slated until 2013. The call issued by Alarcon… Read More

No computers, ‘Sopranos’ for Cuba’s political prisoners

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By Nat Hentoff American advocates of more “constructive” relationships with Communist Cuba have been heartened by Raul Castro’s permitting Cubans to actually buy — for the first time, if they can afford them — cell phones, DVD players and computers. Another indication that Raul is more flexible… Read More

LAWG call to action to support Cuban American family travel amendment

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Email received from LAWG.org Dear Cuba Policy Advocates, It’s time for us - and you - to get to work! A House subcommittee (Financial Services) yesterday added language to the appropriations bill that would ease travel restrictions for Cuban Americans wishing to visit family and would facilitate… Read More

Fidel Castro meets Uruguayan President two days after meeting with Chavez

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Reuters Fidel Castro met on Thursday with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez in the third known meeting this week for the 81-year-old former Cuban leader who has been recovering following surgery almost two years ago. Vazquez, who also is an oncologist, told reporters Castro looked “very good,… Read More

European Union agrees to end Cuba sanctions

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The European Union on Thursday agreed to lift its diplomatic sanctions against Cuba but imposed tough conditions on the communist island to maintain sanction-free relations, officials said. EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the bloc felt it had to encourage changes in Cuba… Read More

CIA analyzes video of Fidel Castro for clues to his physical and mental health

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By Robert Windrem, NBC News Producer U.S. intelligence officials are analyzing newly released video of Cuban leader Fidel Castro for clues about his health and political viability, NBC News has learned. The CIA has a medical intelligence unit that has long tracked the health of Fidel Castro and his brother,… Read More

Cuban television broadcasts images of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez

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This photo made from Cubavision shows Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, right meeting with former Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday June 17, 2008. Cuban television showed images Tuesday of Fidel Castro chatting in a garden with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the first images… Read More

US Embargo reaches across the ocean to penalize small businesses in England

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Guardian.co.uk (original title: Bank ditches UK firms trading with Cuba) A Somerset health shop selling Cuban sugar and a London tobacconist dealing in Habanos cigars are among British businesses told by Lloyds TSB to cut their ties with the island or move their bank accounts. Lloyds TSB has written… Read More

Chavez to visit Fidel Castro on Monday… for the last time?

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By VOA News President Chavez made the announcement during his regular Sunday television and radio programs.  The reason for his visit is not known. Mr. Chavez last met with the former Cuban leader in March.  That visit took place shortly after Mr. Castro turned over power to his younger brother,… Read More

Cuba deports fourth fugitive this year to US

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By Anita Snow | The Associated Press Cuba today turned over to U.S. authorities an American fugitive sought on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography. Cuban authorities said they arrested Leonard B. Auerbach, a 61-year-old mortgage specialist from Orinda, California, on… Read More

Raul Castro must learn from Gorbachev’s mistakes - Rupert Cornwell

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Independent.co.uk Raul Castro’s decision to abolish the sacrosanct principle of equal pay for all is another small step along that trickiest and most treacherous of paths for a communist regime – how to liberalize and streamline a centrally planned system without losing control and destroying… Read More

Hector Palacios will return to Cuba to lead his Cuban dissident organization

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By DANICA COTO | Associated Press A leading Cuban dissident said Tuesday that he plans to return to the communist-run island after a nearly two-year absence to fight for the freedom of political prisoners. Hector Palacios, who was in Puerto Rico for a two-day visit, told reporters that he and his wife… Read More

EU close to ending sanctions against Cuba as President Bush prepares to visit

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By Ingrid Melander | Reuters European Union states are nearing agreement on ending sanctions on Cuba in defiance of U.S. calls for continued pressure for democratic reform on the communist island, diplomats said on Tuesday. Closed-door talks on the move are continuing as EU leaders host U.S. President… Read More

Chinese news reporting high level Cubans do not need visa to enter Egypt

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Chinaview.cn Egypt and Cuba have signed an agreement whereby the two countries’ nationals carrying diplomatic or special passports will be exempted from entry visas to the other country, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Saturday. The agreement was signed by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister… Read More

Todos Cubanos - Cuban dissident Newsletter - May 2008

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The Only Project for Cuba: Liberty. Oswaldo Payá. “The Cuban government and its spokespersons, journalists and intellectuals continue to use the same insulting, false and threatening language against those of us who work for change. Its repressive apparatus continue to harass civic activists and,… Read More

Miami court upholds convictions of Cuban Five but vacates three sentences

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Reuters A long-awaited Decision of a U.S. Appeals Court A U.S. court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of five Cubans serving long prison sentences for spying and conspiracy to commit murder but opened the door to new and possibly lighter sentences for three of the men. FBI agents arrested the five… Read More

Intimidation of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya continues

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Regarding a message recently received from Havana: This Sunday afternoon, June first at approximately 7:15 PM, strangers in plain daylight hurled a rock against the front door of the home where my three children, wife and I live. The rock left a dent in my door, with rock fragments in the dent and on… Read More

Update on Cuban dissident Normando Hernandez Gonzalez in Cuban prison

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Bloomberg Normando Hernandez Gonzalez, a gravely ill dissident Cuban writer, was secretly returned three weeks ago from a Havana military hospital to solitary confinement in Kilo 7, a backwater prison, his mother confirmed today. The transfer took place May 7, Blanca Gonzalez said in a telephone interview… Read More

US Embargo violations for May 2008 - Five fines for buying Cuban cigars online

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR May 2, 2008 INDIVIDUALS – 31 CFR 501.805(d)(1)(ii) One individual has agreed to a settlement totaling $5,425.50 for allegedly dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national had an interest: Between November… Read More

Oswaldo Paya urges EU to demand release of Cuban prisoners

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Cuban political dissident Oswaldo Paya on Wednesday called on the European Union to put pressure on the government of President Raul Castro to release political prisoners on the island. Paya, who won the 2002 Sakharov freedom of thought award, asked the EU in a letter to press Cuba in a “public and… Read More

Cuban police violently break up dissident meeting at Atunez home

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AP Cuban police violently broke up a dissidents’ meeting, leaving at least two people in need of medical treatment, opposition sources said Monday. At least 30 people were detained briefly after a weekend raid on the home of well-known dissident Jorge Luis “Atunez” Garcia Perez in the… Read More

Allegations of Marta Beatriz Roque taking cash from Michael Parmly

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Guardian.co.uk Cuban sting shows US diplomat handing over cash to dissidents Cuba has accused Washington of illegally funding opposition groups on the island after conducting an elaborate sting on a dissident who met a US diplomat. The government published emails, letters, videos and audio tapes which… Read More

Raul and Fidel Castro meet with Evo Morales

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Escambray.cu Revolution leader Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro met separately with Bolivian statesman Evo Morales, who carried out a working visit to the island. Morales and Fidel Castro held “a lively and fraternal meeting Thursday, in which the two leaders exchanged on relations… Read More

A Conversation with Varela Project Organizer Hector Palacios in Washington DC

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Received by email from CubaStudyGroup.org: Please join the Council for a discussion on prospects for Cuba with Cuban dissident and former political prisoner Hector Palacios. Please note that the presentation will be in Spanish without interpretation. Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 2:00 to 3:30pm at Council… Read More

Independent libraries or Bibliotecas independientes in Cuba

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By Marijke van der Meer One of the showpieces of Cuba’s socialist revolution is the nearly 100 percent literacy rate of its people. Fidel Castro proclaimed at the 1998 Havana International Book Fair, “There are no banned books in Cuba, only the lack of funds to purchase them.” This… Read More

Obama and McCain to address Cuban Americans next week in Miami

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By BETH REINHARD | Miami Herald Democrat Barack Obama is slated to address the prominent Cuban American National Foundation on May 23, setting up a near-collision over foreign policy with Republican John McCain, who is delivering a major speech on Cuba three days earlier. Their back-to-back appearances… Read More

Jonathan Farrar to replace Michael Parmly as “ambassador” to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By JUAN O. TAMAYO | Miami Herald The top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Michael Parmly, will leave his post this summer and will be replaced by a top official at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Department confirmed Thursday. Jonathan D. Farrar, now principal deputy… Read More

Yoani Sanchez reacts to her travel ban from leaving Cuba

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When Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez was awarded the Spanish journalism prize Ortega y Gasset, she had to celebrate it from her home in Havana. She could not travel to receive it in Madrid last month because she did not get the necessary exit permit from Cuban authorities. In an interview, Sanchez said the… Read More

EU asks Cuba to allow freedom of travel for Oswaldo Paya and Ladies in White

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Press release by email Oswaldo Payá: “The European Parliament calls on the Cuban government to demonstrate its willingness to change by allowing the Ladies in White and myself to present before them the real and current situation of our people.” “In Cuba, travel is not a right. For… Read More

Cuba’s leader tells another whopper - opinion

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The Miami Herald - Opinion As a practical matter, it is impossible for this or any other newspaper to set the record straight every time the Cuban government tells a whopper. Orchestrating lies is the specialty of police states. Anyone who has ever listened to Radio Havana or watched a Cuban TV “news”… Read More

President Bush speaks directly to Marta Beatriz Roque

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP President Bush has reached out to Cuban dissidents, speaking by videoconference with activists on the communist island who are still struggling for change there, the White House said Wednesday. The conversation between Bush and three dissidents took place on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, Bush also… Read More

Big Five Club in Miami supports Luis Posada Carriles legal defense fundraiser

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

(Original title) Supporters seek money to defend Luis Posada Carriles Alfonso Chardy | Cuban Colada Blog One reason several traditional Cuban exile groups organized a tribute dinner to Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban exile militant, emerged during the Friday night event when one of his closest supporters… Read More

Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussaud’s wax musuem NYC

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

On a recent trip to Manhattan, I went to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Times Square. It was actually more fun than I thought. Most of the figures are very life like. I had no idea that Fidel Castro would be there let alone in the same room with JFK along with other historic figures. This is the… Read More

Jose Marti statue in Central Park New York City

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

On a recent trip to Manhattan, I took these photos of the Jose Marti statue located at the Artists’ Gate which is the entrance to the Park at 59th Street and Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue). The inscription reads: Apostle of Cuban Independence, Leader of the People’s of America and defender… Read More

USS Maine monument photos from NYC Central Park in Manhattan

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

I took these photos on a recent trip to New York City. The USS Maine monument is located at Columbus circle at the south west corner of Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. It is across from the CNN/Time Warner building and Trump International This is a VERY impressive monument with several… Read More

Sakharov Prize 2005 - Damas de Blanco or Ladies In White information

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Email received Dear friend, Please find hereunder the text of the e-mail sent by Mr. José Ribeiro e Castro to all Members of the European Parliament Dear all, See by yourself what they are doing to the “Damas de Blanco”, our 2005 Sakharov Prize laureates. This happened last April 21st. They… Read More

Most Cuba prisoners on death row have sentences commuted

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By Marc Frank | Reuters New Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Monday that all death sentences had been commuted to prison terms of 30 years to life, with the exception of three people charged with terrorism. “The Council of State decided to commute the death penalty imposed on a group of… Read More

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution… Fidel Castro’s new title

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You might wonder what this post is all about? Well, the original title is “Fidel Castro Delegate to CDR Congress” from Prensa Latina but what struck me about the wording is the title of Fidel Castro. As you read below, Fidel Castro is not referred to as former President but as “historic… Read More

Oswaldo Paya’s Todos Cubanos newsletter for April 2008

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The first steps toward Change. Oswaldo Payá During these times, the alternative to change cannot be continuity of a status quo that Cubans want to change and leave behind. The people’s alternative is a new life, on the way—and to the extent—that Cubans want. Only the Cuban people can express this… Read More

Ladies in White protest in Cuba broken up by Cuban government

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Marc Frank | Reuters Cuba launched a blistering attack on the wives of imprisoned dissidents on Tuesday, accusing them of working with its arch-enemy, the United States, to subvert one-party socialist rule. The women, known as the “Ladies in White”, have staged an unprecedented series… Read More

COHA - Washington’s blindness towards Raul Castros Cuba

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Will Washington’s Blindness Continue to Prevent it from Registering the Fundamental Changes Now Taking Place in Havana? Changes being introduced by Raúl Castro are fundamental and probably irreversible. One of the most anticipated leadership transitions of this epoch—that of Fidel Castro in Cuba—has… Read More

Cuba VP Machado uses Fidel speak to “motivate” workers

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(Original title is Cuban VP Urges Workers to Fulfill Their Duties) Cuban News Agency Cuban First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura urged workers to fulfill their duties during a tour around the municipality of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. “If everyone does his duty, no one will defeat us,”… Read More

Reggaeton star Elvis Manuel still missing - mother returned to Cuba

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By JOSE PAGLIERY | Miami Herald The search pressed ahead Saturday for Cuban reggaeton star Elvis Manuel and nine others believed missing at sea, as the singer’s mother and 11 other migrants were sent back to Cuba, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Dana Warr, a Coast Guard spokesman, said there… Read More

Cuban journalist Ernesto Corría Cabrera of El Camagueyano Libre detained

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention and deportation from Havana of Camagüey-based independent journalist Ernesto Corría Cabrera this week. Corría Cabrera, a reporter for the Miami-based press agency Nueva Prensa Cubana, told CPJ that… Read More

Half of OFAC April 2008 Civil Penalties are for violations of Cuban Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

In the most recent OFAC Civil Penalties report, four out of the eight violations are Cuba related and three of those are for buying Cuban cigars over the internet. The other Cuba sanctions violation is: United Advantage Northwest Federal Credit Union, successor to Advantage Northwest Federal Credit Union,… Read More

Senator Dodd’s Strategic Partnership for the Americas includes Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald Sen. Christopher Dodd, one of the most influential Democratic lawmakers on Latin American issues, Wednesday proposed a new strategic partnership with the region that he said should be kicked off with a new policy on Cuba. The partnership idea is not new—Sen. John… Read More

Oswaldo Paya’s Cuban Forum: Reconciliation and Dialogue plans

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Received by email: The First Steps toward Change Without rights there is no justice, nor is there true national independence and liberty. Only with the recognition of citizens’ rights, both in law and in practice, can the people be truly sovereign and able to determine its life and its future. For… Read More

Attorney Robert Muse at Cuban Colada about ending the US Embargo

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Pablo Bachelet | Cuban Colada Robert Muse, a lawyer who advises corporations on doing business in Cuba, believes the next U.S. president can quickly overturn most sanctions against the island without consulting Congress. Conventional wisdom says the executive branch surrendered to Congress the ability… Read More

Cuba to broadcast new foreign information television channel

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Reuters Cuba’s state-run television broadcaster will start a 24-hour channel with mostly foreign content in a move to provide Cuban audiences with more variety. The Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, ICRT, made the announcement on Wednesday at a conference of the Cuban writers and artists… Read More

Pernod Ricard to buy Absolut Vodka - Implications of US Embargo on Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Andrew Ross Sorkin | International Herald Tribune The French liquor group Pernod Ricard is buying Vin & Sprit, the maker of Absolut vodka, for 55 billion kronor, or $9.24 billion, the Swedish government announced Monday. The deal for Vin & Sprit, which was put up for sale by the Swedish government,… Read More

Reporters without Borders report on Cuba limiting access to websites

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reporters Without Borders today expressed concern that Cuban Internet users are struggling to get access to DesdeCuba.com a platform that hosts, among others, one of the most popular in the country, Generación Y, a blog run by Yoani Sánchez. The platform has been inaccessible from public connection… Read More

Cuban banknote currency poster available on eBay

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Bayamo.com has sent us their Cuban currency poster so we wanted to share this with our Havana Journal readers. This is not a paid advertisement other than the fact that we received a complimentary poster. They have designed and produced a museum quality Cuban currency collectible print poster suitable… Read More

USAID Cuba grant funds allegedly misused

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald Felipe Sixto, from Miami, is under investigation over allegations he misused U.S. grant money to promote Cuban democracy. An aide to President Bush has resigned in the midst of an investigation by the Justice Department over allegations he misused U.S. grant money intended… Read More

Yoani Sanchez Generation Y Cuba blog shut down by Cuban government

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Reuters The Cuban authorities have blocked access from Cuba to the country’s most-read blogger, Yoani Sanchez, she said on Monday. Sanchez, whose critical “Generacion Y” blog received 1.2 million hits in February, said Cubans can no longer visit her Web page and two other home-grown… Read More

Are Cuban students organizing against government repression?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ALFONSO CHARDY | Miami Herald (original title: Over Internet, Cuban youths offer rare insights) JEFFREY M. BOAN/EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF University of Miami students speak with Cuban youths over an Internet phone connection. The young men and women sitting around a living room somewhere in Havana… Read More

Raul Castro’s Cuba and relations with the Catholic church

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By KATHERINE CORCORAN | Associated Press Pope Benedict XVI donated the collection from a Holy Thursday Mass to a Cuban orphanage—a gesture seen here as a sign the Roman Catholic Church wants to be a key moral force in Cuba’s future. On the heels of a historic leadership change and a high-level… Read More

*sticky* Chronological list of President Raul Castro’s reform initiatives—- updated January 14

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

I have to admit I was extremely disappointed with the selection of Vice Presidents under Raul Castro. It gave the me and the world a very strong impression that Cuban politics would remain the same since Raul surrounded himself with comrades from La Revolucion. I have remained skeptical about change… Read More

Cuban newspaper Granma now features Letters to the Editor

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Reuters Cubans have a new vehicle to express their opinions: letters to the editor of the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma. Letters for and against reforms under consideration by Cuba’s new President Raul Castro were published by Granma on Friday. One writer called for the elimination of… Read More

Cuba launched new web site on emigration

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Prensa Latina The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a new Web site on emigration, during the conclusion of a conference on United States aggression. Representatives of the Cuban Diaspora meeting since Wednesday observed the design of the NacionYEmigracion.cu web page offering information on… Read More

If and when… Cuba opens for business

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters When ailing Fidel Castro resigned last month, stock prices of U.S. companies that stand to benefit from more business with Cuba rallied. Six days later, those shares retreated as his brother Raul Castro, Cuba’s first new leader in 49 years, was installed and picked old-guard… Read More

Ladies in White march in Havana to protest on fifth anniversary of arrests

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

About two dozen women marched in Havana on Friday to demand the release of their husbands and other political prisoners ahead of the fifth anniversary of a crackdown on dissent. Of the 75 government critics arrested March 18-19, 2003, and given long prison terms, 55 remain imprisoned. Sixteen were released… Read More

Terry Fox marathon charity run held in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cuban News Agency The slower ones made it to the finish line in front of the Kid Chocolate sports center in Havana either walking or in wheelchairs, half an hour after Radio Reloj radio station gave the signal at 10am this Saturday for the 10th Terry Fox Marathon of Hope to begin simultaneously in some… Read More

Cuba allows Cuban people to own computers

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters Communist Cuba has authorized the unrestricted sale of computers, DVD and video players and other appliances in the first sign President Raul Castro is moving to improve access to consumer goods for Cubans. “Based on the improved availability of electricity, the government at the highest… Read More

1906 National Geographic article CUBA Pearl of the Antilles

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

I thought it would be a treat to read about Cuba from a 1906 magazine. Below is the scanned text from National Geographic Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 10, October, 1906. (Hit the Printer Friendly button just above this text and take this with you.) Enjoy. This article is derived from the following authorities,… Read More

Cuban Forum campaign for Unity of Freedom for all Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

By email For Immediate Release CITIZEN COMMITTEE OF RECONCILIATION AND DIALOGUE “UNITED FOR THE RIGHTS OF CUBANS” DECLARATION The immense majority of peaceful democratic activists signed the “Unity for Freedom” document, which is our declaration of unity and a message to the people of… Read More

Vicki Huddleston opinion on the US Embargo against Cuba

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Miami Herald | By VICKI HUDDLESTON | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_29CwtW9mvm').innerHTML = output; //]]>… Read More

Castro sends EU envoy packing with orders to lift EU sanctions

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters (original title: EU commissioner wants Cuba sanctions abolished) The European Union’s top development aid official left Cuba on Sunday convinced that EU diplomatic sanctions against the communist island should be dropped after Fidel Castro’s retirement, his main… Read More

Chavez visits Cuba - mentions Fidel but not Raul

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters (original title: Venezuela’s Chavez finds Castro happy in retirement) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited his friend and mentor Fidel Castro on Saturday for the first since the 81-year-old retired as Cuba’s leader and said he found him happy and flowing with ideas. Chavez spent… Read More

EU envoy gets nothing from Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters The European Union’s top development aid official said on Saturday he found a new “open-mindedness” in Cuba, but he and his hosts noted that EU diplomatic sanctions remain a hurdle to improved ties. EU sanctions adopted after a political crackdown in 2003… Read More

OFAC forces shut down of Cuba related domain names without notice

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Burke Hansen | TheRegister.co.uk Let’s see this Treasury Department list again… Aiman Al-Zawahiri….Radovan Karadzic….Alexander Lukashenko…. ah, Tour & Marketing International. Steven Marshall, the owner of T&M and affiliated websites such as Cuba-Hemingway.com,… Read More

Multiple organizations coordinate Cuba Consultation event for April 23

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The Latin America Working Group would like to invite you to participate in the Cuba Consultation 2008 event on April 23 in Washington DC, an almost-annual gathering of people interested in ending the US embargo on Cuba. This year’s event will focus on easing the travel restrictions and the US-Cuba… Read More

More of the same in Cuba - Don’t expect change

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Hope fizzles in post-Fidel Cuba With little prospect for change in Cuba on the horizon, inklings of discontent have begun to surface on the communist-ruled island that analysts say could spread unrest or incite mass migration. No interpretation of… Read More

Todos Cubanos - February 2008 edition

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

COVER STORY On Fidel’s Resignation. In the early hours of the morning of February 19th 2008 Oswaldo Payá made the following statement through telephone on Fidel’s “resignation”: “Whatever evaluation or view Cubans may have about period that has just come to an end we must not come into conflict… Read More

Senators and Congressmen moving to ease US Embargo

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By JIM ABRAMS | Associated Press Congressional opponents of the half-century-old attempt to isolate Cuba have been emboldened by Fidel Castro’s resignation. But people who might be planning their vacation getaway to Havana should also be mindful that while President Fidel may be gone, President… Read More

Fidel Castro credited with founding of Resorts International casinos

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

PressOfAtlanticCity.com In 1959, Fidel came down from the mountains of Cuba to depose the corrupt Batista regime. The casino in Havana was one of the first businesses to feel the effect of the revolution, and it closed almost immediately. The casino had American management, and, in short order, the casino… Read More

Raul Castro willing to exchange political prisoners for release of Cuban Five

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CatholicNewsAgency.com (original title: Castro interested in prisoner exchange with US, says Cardinal Bertone) In an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone reflected on his recent visit to Cuba and said dialogue between the Church… Read More

Perez Roque signs two UN human rights treaties

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP | By EDITH M. LEDERER Cuba’s government signed two key international human rights treaties Thursday that Fidel Castro long opposed, but said it had reservations about some provisions and accused the United States of impeding the Cuban people’s enjoyment of their rights. Fidel Castro was… Read More

President Bush vs. Presidential candidate Obama

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY LESLEY CLARK | MiamiHerald.com President Bush defiantly stepped into the race to succeed him Thursday, chiding Sen. Barack Obama over his suggestion that he would talk with new Cuban leader Ra�l Castro. Siding with Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., who have criticized Obama’s… Read More

Oswaldo Paya and CLM announce new magazine to be published in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

CatholicNewsAgency.com The Christian Life Movement, led by Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, has announced the publication of the first edition of “Liberacion,” an independent Christian magazine that will now be the official voice of the movement. The first edition, published electronically, explains that the… Read More

Oswaldo Paya nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

By Alister Doyle | Reuters Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who drafted a plan for supervised independence for Kosovo, are among a near-record 197 nominees for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. “Of the total, 164 are individuals and 33 are organisations,”… Read More

President Raul Castro’s acceptance speech

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

JuventudRebelde.cu Key address by Comrade Raul Castro Ruz, President of the State Council and the Council of Ministers at the closing session of the First Session of the 7th legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power. Convention Center. Havana, February 24 2008, “Year 50th of… Read More

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya denounces elections in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

By email: Hope is in the people The leading force of society should be the sovereign people and not the Communist Party. Outside of Cuba there were disproportionate expectations about the names that arose to preside over the Council of the State, but these same expectations have not been present among… Read More

February 2008 OFAC Civil Penalty Notices for US Embargo Cuba violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR FEBRUARY 2008 ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i) ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR February 1, 2008 BankAtlantic Settles Cuban Embargo Program Allegations: BankAtlantic, Fort Lauderdale, FL has remitted $7,500 to settle… Read More

Raul Castro selected as President of Cuba, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura as VP

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

granma.cu El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, fue elegido, por el voto directo y secreto de los diputados que asisten a esta primera sesión de la VII Legislatura de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, como Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros. Esta histórica sesión del Parlamento… Read More

All the Cuban President’s Men - Who’s who in the Cuban government

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By TIM PADGETT AND DOLLY MASCARENAS | Time.com Raul Castro: Sunday’s session is his coming-out party as Fidel’s replacement as President of the Council of State, and perhaps also as President of the Council of Ministers (Cuba’s Prime Minister). But despite 49 years as Fidel’s… Read More

FIDEL CASTRO RETIRES AS PRESIDENT OF CUBA

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. Castro, 81, who has not appeared in public for almost 19 months after… Read More

Cuba to release and exile four Cuban dissidents to Spain

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The Associated Press Cuban officials were preparing to release at least four political prisoners who will be sent to Spain, a veteran human rights activist and Spanish officials said Friday. Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said family members of the… Read More

US National Intelligence outlook on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

CubaPolidata.com   Raul Castro has served as Cuba’s Provisional President for over 18 months, but his political skills will be further tested over the next year as he deals with heightened public expectations for economic improvement in food availability, housing, transportation, salaries, and… Read More

Morgan Lewis wins breach-of-contract trading with Cuba claim

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Morgan Lewis & Bockius Wednesday defeated a $20 million breach of contract claim brought by a former client. The 12 jurors in Brodie v. Morgan Lewis came back just before noon after 3 1/2 hours of deliberations over two days. They were unanimous in their defense verdict. While the jury found… Read More

Cuban dissident Antunez (Jorge Garcia Perez) arrested for disobedience

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Photo courtesty of CubaEncuentro.com AFP Cuban police have jailed prominent dissident Jorge Garcia Perez—known as Antunez—for disobedience, dissident sources said on Tuesday. Antunez, who has served a 17-year term for opposing the Americas’ only one-party Communist government, was nabbed… Read More

Fidel Castro My Life book review - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

I am posting links to two book reviews on Fidel Castro’s new book, My Life, a dictated autobiography. This one Fidel Castro tells undiluted story in ‘My Life’ from Anita Snow of the Associated Press who has written increasingly ass-kissing articles about the Cuban government and this… Read More

President Bush accuses Cuba or represive policies

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters U.S. President George W. Bush reinforced his hard line against communist Cuba on Thursday, accusing Fidel and Raul Castro of repressive policies and urging them to free all political prisoners. Bush took his latest swipe at Cuba’s government at a meeting with the wife of jailed Cuban dissident… Read More

Mexico might turn back on Cuban opposition - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER | Miami Herald What irony! Mexico’s center-right President Felipe Calderón, a man who made his political life fighting for democracy, may become his country’s first leader in 15 years to improve ties with Cuba’s dictatorship and to turn… Read More

*Will Carlos Lage be elected President of Cuba on February 24?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

granma.cu Back in May of 2007 I created the post Why there might be chaos after Fidel Castro’s death - prediction and it ran up to 127 comments. I listed more than 20 reasons why I thought then and still believe now that there will be chaos in Cuba after the announcement of Fidel’s death. I think… Read More

Cuban dissident Hector Palacios will return to Cuba in 2008 for a free Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Associated Press WARSAW, Poland - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in decline, a leading dissident said Monday, suggesting that a “free Cuba” could be as little as a year away. Hector Palacios, who was released from Cuban prison in 2006 for health reasons and has… Read More

Raul Castro Confirms the Creation of a New Parliament on February 24th

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Periodico26.cu In the early hours of Sunday January 20th, Cuba’s First Vice President Raul Castro voted in the island’s general elections. In brief statements to the press, Raul Castro confirmed that the new Parliament will be elected next February 24th. “We initially thought of another… Read More

Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas statement about elections in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

TO CHOOSE TO BE FREE We have been promoting changes to the laws for many years, so that the rights of citizens are respected. We have particularly insisted on a new electoral law, because that is the key for the people to exercise their sovereignty, which is the main objective of the Varela Project.… Read More

Cuban Ambassador to Canada breaks three year silence about life after Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(original title: Life after Castro no longer taboo topic for Cubans) Mike Blanchfield, Canwest News Service The ailing Fidel Castro may never formally lead Cuba again, but he will continue to wield influence, even after his death, Havana’s man in Canada says. Cuba’s ambassador to Canada,… Read More

*January 20 (S)elections in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

EarthTimes.com German parliament leader chides Cuba elections as ‘farce’ Author : DPA Berlin - In an interview, Bundestag President Norbert Lammert criticized Sunday’s upcoming elections in Cuba as a farce, noting the lack of any opposition candidates on the election slate. “With… Read More

Text of Raul Castro December 28 2007 speech to National Assembly in English

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuban News Agency Speech by General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, to the National Assembly of People’s Power, on December 28, 2007, Year 49 of the Revolution Compañeras and compañeros: We have had a good meeting on the Economic Plan… Read More

Claims by former DIA says Cuba spying on US interests

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald Cuba has extended its intelligence-gathering capabilities beyond the United States and Latin America to places where vital U.S. interests are at stake—like Iran, Turkey, India and Pakistan—a former top U.S. counterintelligence official told lawmakers Thursday.… Read More

AP Interview with new Cuban Interests Section diplomat Jorge Bolanos

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Jorge Alberto Bolanos Suarez, the new head of the Cuban interest section, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Cuban Interests Section in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) By MATTHEW LEE | Associated Press Cuba is not interested in improving relations… Read More

Castro not ready to speak to public - more Lula meeting photos

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Thanks to nacho, here’s this story about Castro not being able to speak to the public. Interesting show of weakness by Fidel: Castro says he’s too unhealthy to speak 42 minutes ago from AP Fidel Castro said Wednesday he is not yet healthy enough to speak to Cuba’s masses in person and… Read More

Oswaldo Paya denounces prision attack on Cuban dissident

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

For Immediate Release Contact: Julio Hernandez, Francisco De Armas International Representatives, Christian Liberation Movement (787) 549-1805 http://www.oswaldopaya.org  URGENT FROM HAVANA : OSWALDO PAYA DENOUNCES THE HORRID ATTACK AGAINST ROLANDO JIMENEZ POSADA IN GUAYABO PRISON ON THE… Read More

Todos Cubanos - Special Edition - Amnesty and Reunification

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

A NEW LIGHT FOR CUBA THE MCL PRESENTS A LAW FOR AMNESTY AND A LAW FOR REUNIFICATION “We present today proposals for a Law of Amnesty for the peaceful political prisoners and a Law of National Reunification. We know that there is a diversity of experiences among our people and therefore different… Read More

*sticky Ninety Miles Away blog reports that Fidel Castro is close to death (w/comments)

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Publisher note: I don’t usually post rumors but all seems too quiet in Cuba. No reflections lately, no photos after meeting with Chavez, no real follow up from Fidel’s statement about retiring a couple weeks back. Sure, we’ve heard it all before and the original poster RSNLK has this… Read More

Cubapolidata reports that Fidel Castro will not be re-elected President of Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Spain’s National Intelligence Center believes Fidel Castro will be cast aside from power on March 5 when the new National Assembly is convened in which Army General Raul Castro will be given power, according to Diario Critico. What will happen now? For the Spanish intelligence services there is… Read More

Parliamentary delegation from India to visit Cuba - First time in 20 years

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Times of India Indian Parliamentary delegation leaves for Cuba After almost two decades, an Indian Parliamentary delegation, led by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Saturday left for Cuba to hold wide-ranging talks with their counterparts there. The delegation would hold discussions with the President… Read More

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