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Oregon based Cuba AyUUda church group denied entry into Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Suzanne Pardington | The Oregonian A humanitarian aid group from the First Unitarian Church of Portland was detained today at the Havana airport. Carol Slegers, a group leader, sent an e-mail to church members saying nine people were being held in the airport and five others were sent back to Cancun,… Read More

Tensions rise in Cuba before International Human Rights Day

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press Hundreds of government supporters shouted insults and pro-Castro slogans at about 50 wives, mothers and other female relatives of Cuban political prisoners as they marched Wednesday through a crowded Havana neighborhood in the name of human rights. There were… Read More

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Kerry supports Cuba Travel For All Bill

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Senator John Kerry in the Saint Petersburg Times For nearly 20 years after the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War took a less bloody but equally hostile form. The United States and Vietnam had no diplomatic relations. Vietnamese assets were frozen. Trade was embargoed. But in 1995 the United States normalized… Read More

Warming of US Cuba relations freezing up again

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

This AP article says the US Cuba migration talks scheduled for December were postponed to February but neither side is claiming responsibility for the delay. President Obama has made several steps to ease tensions and to lift travel restrictions on SOME Americans but not much has been heard from the… Read More

Cuban dissident organizations merge for unified voice for human rights

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP Activists from 32 little-known organizations opposed to Cuba’s communist government issued a call for an end to social repression on the island at a Thursday gathering in the home of a prominent human rights activist. The event took place in the western Havana home of internationally known activist… Read More

Chavez meets with Fidel and Raul in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Original article from Radio Guantanamo The Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, met on Tuesday, in Havana, with Hugo Chávez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who finished an unofficial visit to Cuba. Chávez… Read More

Cuban government repression of Varela Project supporters

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

RELENTLESS PERSECUTION AGAINST THE FOREFRONT FOR CHANGE The Cuban government has used the following repressive resources against citizens who support the Varela Project legal initiative and its organizers: The State Security sends agents to the homes of citizens who have signed the Varela Project, officers… Read More

President Obama responds directly to Yoani Sanchez questions

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

President Obama: Thank you for this opportunity to exchange views with you and your readers in Cuba and around the world and congratulations on receiving the Maria Moore Cabot Prize award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for coverage of Latin America that furthers inter-American… Read More

Second round of US Cuba migration talks to be held in Havana in December

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AFP The United States and Cuba will hold a second round of talks on migration issues in Havana at a yet undetermined date, a State Department spokesman said Monday. “We are currently exploring dates that would work for both delegations to discuss the migration accords in Havana,” said Charles… Read More

Senator Lugar and Berman say lift the Cuba travel ban

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY RICHARD G. LUGAR and HOWARD L. BERMAN | lugar.senate.gov U.S. law lets American citizens travel to any country on earth, friend or foe—with one exception: Cuba. It’s time for us to scrap this anachronistic ban, imposed during one of the chilliest periods of the Cold War. Legislation to… Read More

Rep Sam Graves becomes pro-Embargo after taking US Cuba PAC money

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By DAVID GOLDSTEIN and LESLEY CLARK | McClatchy Washington Bureau Republican Congressman Sam Graves, a farmer from a rural northwest Missouri congressional district, was once a consistent supporter of easing trade and travel restrictions on Cuba. But a campaign watchdog group said he began accepting… Read More

Cuban Protesters on hunger strike, government repression getting worse

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Nine Cuban protesters holed up in a Havana home for 36 days are now taking part in a liquids-only fast. Protester Lazaro Yuri Valle Roca told CNN Friday after beginning the fast this week, a doctor urged one protester engaged in a full hunger strike to begin consuming fluids. Valle Roca said despite… Read More

Reinaldo Escobar, husband of Yoani Sanchez, challenges Cuban security agents

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

By Will Weissert The husband of an internationally known dissident Cuban blogger is challenging the presumed state security agents who roughed up his wife to a verbal duel on a Havana street corner. Reinaldo Escobar said Thursday he feels compelled both as a husband and open critic of the communist government… Read More

Cuban government cuts back on Libreta food rations

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By PAUL HAVEN | Associated Press Cuba has cut two staple foods from the monthly ration books that most islanders depend on, edging closer to a risky full elimination of the decades-old subsidies. Potatoes and peas were dropped from the list of rationed foods this week, meaning Cubans can buy as much… Read More

Minority of Democrats attempt stop Cuba Travel for All bill

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By LESLEY CLARK | McClatchy Newspapers Opponents of opening Cuba to American tourists are touting a letter signed by 53 Democrats in the House of Representatives, saying it shows that they have the votes to derail an effort to lift the ban on travel to the island. The letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,… Read More

No Violence rally in Vedado Cuba - Yoani and Pardo detained, returned home

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

by Jeff Franks and Rosa Tania Valdes | Reuters Well-known Cuban blogger and government critic Yoani Sanchez said she and two fellow bloggers were detained briefly on Friday by security agents and accused of being “counter-revolutionaries” as they walked to a demonstration against violence.… Read More

Boston University presents Cuba conference November 6, 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Whither U.S.-Cuba Policy? A Dialogue Between Policy Makers and Scholars Opening Speakers: Senator John Kerry and Congressman Bill Delahunt DATE:  Friday, November 6, 2009 TIME: Guests to be seated by 1.15pm; Talk begins at 1.30pm PLACE: Boston University Trustees Ballroom (9th Floor), 1 Silber Way… Read More

Largest UN vote ever against US Cuba embargo: 187 to 3

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Sebastian Smith | AFP The UN General Assembly called overwhelmingly Wednesday on US President Barack Obama’s administration to end Washington’s Cold War-era trade embargo against Cuba. This was the 18th year running that the UN General Assembly condemned US trade restrictions on the communist-ruled… Read More

Spain FM visits Cuba, gives aid and support, gets one political prison released

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Spanish Foreign Minister recently visited Cuba and we found several news stories coming out after the visit so I thought we’d sum it up… Raul says he’s committed to economic reform . It appears that one of the reasons the Foreign Minister went to Cuba… Read More

Delahunt Cuba Travel For All bill set to pass House but Senate bill in question

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY JUAN O. TAMAYO | El Nuevo Herald A powerful campaign to allow all Americans to travel to Cuba is rumbling through Congress, with both backers and opponents predicting eventual victory and a Cuban-American Senator holding a key vote. Approval of the measures would have a profound impact on U.S.-Cuba… Read More

Yoani Sanchez denied permission to travel to Cuba for journalism prize

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA | Associated Press A Cuban blogger who has become an international sensation for offering frank criticism of her country’s communist system said she was denied government permission Monday to travel to New York to receive a top journalism prize. Yoani Sanchez had hoped to go… Read More

Fugitive hijacker Luis Pena Soltren arrested in NYC

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Associated Press A man wanted since 1968 in the hijacking of Pan American Flight 281 to Cuba has been apprehended. Federal authorities took longtime fugitive Luis Pena Soltren, who had been living in Cuba, into custody on Sunday for his role in the Nov. 24, 1968, hijacking. The flight had originated… Read More

CIA trusted Luis Posada who later killed 73 people

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

(original title of article: CIA files show agency trusted Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles) Associated Press Recently released CIA files from the mid-1960s show Cuban exile and suspected terrorist Luis Posada Carriles informed on violent Miami-based efforts to attack Fidel Castro’s fledgling Cuban… Read More

OFAC gets back to less restrictive US Cuba travel licensing policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Joan Brown Campbell, the church lady who befriended Elián González during his sojourn here a decade ago, has been to Cuba 37 times—except during the last Bush administration, when she could not get the required U.S. permission to visit the island for four straight… Read More

GAO report summarizes US Cuba Embargo and ways to end it

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

CaliforniaChronicle.com Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D – CA), and Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (GAO-09-951R), which they requested from the GAO, which outlines the steps President Obama and Congress can take… Read More

Obama administration official stayed in Havana for secret talks

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By MATTHEW LEE and PAUL HAVEN | The Associated Press A senior American diplomat has held unannounced, high-level talks in Havana with the Cuban government, three State Department officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday, raising hopes for a thaw in long-icy relations. The talks were the first of… Read More

Oswaldo Paya update from Guantanamo province Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

This message was received from Oswaldo Payá in Havana , Cuba on September 23. NO MORE TERROR IN THE OTHER GUANTANAMO ! In the Guantanamo Province and in others, the Cuban government has commanded the police and State Security to undertake acts of intimidation, arbitrary detentions, blackmail and abuses… Read More

Cuba tones down rhetoric against United States at UN

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS – Cuba adopted a moderately conciliatory tone toward the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, saying it is ready to normalize relations and, until then, wants to work with Washington to fight drug and people smuggling, protect… Read More

Cuba GO - Call into Congress to support Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Havana Journal Inc. supports this event. (Text courtesy of CubaGO email) Call Congress and urge them to support the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (HR 874 and S 428).  This will be a nation-wide action day. They’ve created a website for all things CubaGO! that they want to share with all of… Read More

Travel for All - Cuba travel bill may come for a vote soon

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Fabiola Moura| Bloomberg Legislation to end a ban on Americans traveling to Cuba has enough support in the U.S. House of Representatives to win approval by year-end, said Representative Sam Farr, a California Democrat. The bill to let U.S. citizens resume travel to the Caribbean island except in times… Read More

Cuba denies Cuban students ability to study in US and expels them from school

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA | El Nuevo Herald The Cuban government has denied exit permits to about 30 Cuban college students who had been offered U.S. government-funded scholarships for academic programs at American academic institutions. Not only did the students lose the chance to attend classes for free… Read More

Chinese official meets with Fidel Castro outdoors

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

ChinaDaily.com Visiting Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo on Thursday visited Fidel Castro, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, in Havana, a source with the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC) confirmed. The two leaders had a two-hour conversation in a… Read More

OFAC updates Cuba Embargo regulations to meet President Obama’s initiatives

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement President Obama’s initiative of April 13, 2009 to change the rules in three major areas, family visits, family remittances, and telecommunications. OFAC has… Read More

Cuba complains that EU diplomats met with wife of Darsi Ferrer

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By WILL WEISSERT | AP Cuba delivered a formal protest Friday to diplomats from five European Union embassies who visited the home of a jailed dissident. The Ministry of Foreign Relations summoned the diplomats from Sweden, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland and Germany to denounce the visit, according to… Read More

Australia and New Zealand Bank Group pays $5,750,000 fine to OFAC

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Australia and New Zealand Bank Group, Ltd., Settles Allegations of Violations of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations and Cuban Assets Control Regulations: Australia and New Zealand Bank Group, Ltd., Melbourne, Australia (“ANZ”), remitted $5,750,000 to settle allegations of violations of the Sudanese… Read More

Yoani Sanchez blog promotes dialog with Cuban youth

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

BY LYDIA MARTIN | Miami Herald Yoani Sánchez, the blogger who has gained an international following detailing the absurdities of daily life in Cuba, is on the phone from her 14th-floor apartment in Havana, where the elevators rarely work. She speaks plainly, boldly, with none of the hemming and hawing… Read More

Fidel Castro meets with Ecuador President Correa with photo

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Marc Frank | Reuters An official Cuban newspaper on Sunday published a photograph of 83-year-old former President Fidel Castro apparently in good health and meeting visiting Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa. The photograph of Castro, covering most of the front page of the Juventud Rebelde newspaper,… Read More

Is Cuba preparing the world for the death of Fidel Castro?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal There are several things that are making me wonder if Fidel Castro is dead… for real this time. Perhaps the Cuban government is preparing the world for the death of Fidel Castro. Here are several items, taken collectively can make one wonder about the health of Fidel… Read More

Ruthless treatment of Christian Liberation Movement prisoners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

This message was received from Oswaldo Payá in Havana , Cuba on August 11. Prisoners confined in the provincial prison of Las Tunas informed us via telephone of the grave situation of Alfredo Domínguez Batista and José Daniel Ferrer, who last week, declared themselves on a hunger strike to protest… Read More

OFAC Civil Penalities Release for Cuba Embargo violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal OFAC, an agency within the US Department of Treasury has issued fines to two companies in their recent Civil Penalties Release. OFAC fined one individual $15,000 for violating the Cuba sanctions. MGE UPS Systems, Inc., now known as American Power Conversion Corporation MGE… Read More

The Gerontocracy Stalls - the OLD guard in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Brian Latell The top Cuban leadership today resembles nothing as much as the doddering gerontocracy that governed the Soviet Union in the first half of the 1980’s, that is, until the reformer Mikhail Gorbachev’s ascension in March 1985. In quick succession the rheumy Leonid Brezhnev was briefly… Read More

US Cuba Embargo update from Latin America Working Group

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Andy Turner | Latin America Working Group Six months into the sea change in Washington, a new policy towards Cuba looks promising.  The two estranged neighbors have a lot to talk about and to agree on—from migration to mail service, hurricane preparedness, healthcare, environmental protection,… Read More

Mytchell Mora and Charles Grossman defying US Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By AMY TAXIN and WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press In this July 20, 2009 photo, US citizen Mytchel Mora speaks with the Associated Press A U.S. citizen trying to challenge the ban on travel to Cuba on Friday bemoaned his inability to get arrested or cited — even after having his passport stamped in… Read More

US propaganda ticker turned off in Havana

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Marc Frank in Havana | Reuters The US has turned off a Times Square-style news ticker - a source of irritation for the Castro government - at its diplomatic mission in Havana that since 2006 streamed propaganda and news into the night, western diplomatic sources said. The measure is the latest in… Read More

A revolution in Cuba with computers, not guns

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez is fighting a revolution in Cuba with computers, not guns. The Cuban government controls all the guns and information in Cuba but the Cuban government will be taken down with information, not guns. Yoani Sanchez is fighting for freedom in Cuba and we support her non-violet efforts and wish… Read More

International Press Institute Calls for Release of Jailed Journalists in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The International Press Institute called Tuesday for the “immediate release” of the 22 journalists jailed in Cuba and warned of the risk of downplaying the importance of the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and the press. The Vienna-based IPI noted in a statement that the U.N. Human Rights… Read More

*Fidel Castro last seen alive - October 2, 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Fidel has not been out in public since July 2006 (with the exception one report of people seeing him going for a walk in May). Since Fidel does not have to answer to anyone and since there is no independent media in Cuba, his death can most likely be covered up for an indefinite… Read More

Philips Electronics pays $128,750 to settle OFAC Cuba sanctions violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Contained in a release of OFAC’s Civil Penalties today, Philips Electronics of North America has agreed to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations occurring between June 2004 and March 2006 by paying a fine of $128,750.00. OFAC alleged… Read More

French student deported from Cuba for befriending political dissidents

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

France 24 Foreigners are welcome in Cuba, as long as they stick to the beaches and don’t meddle with local politics. A young French student learnt this the hard way, when she was forcibly deported from the island after she befriended local political dissidents. Marie-Bérengère Ruet, a graduate student… Read More

Raul Castro not interested to do more to better US Cuba relations

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By: WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Raul Castro dismissed Barack Obama’s policy changes toward Cuba as “achieving only the minimum,” and said Wednesday that it is up to the U.S. — not Cuba — to do more to improve relations. The Cuban president suggested the communist government… Read More

Che Guevara’s granddaughter to pose for PETA vegetarian revolution ads

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

AP The granddaughter of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is at the forefront of another revolution — for vegetarianism. Lydia Guevara poses semi-nude in a PETA campaign that tells viewers to “join the vegetarian revolution,” said PETA spokesman Michael McGraw.… Read More

Alarcon says Raul Castro would like to expand scope of talks with US

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Ricardo Alarcon told The Associated Press in an interview late Wednesday night that no date has been set for immigration talks with the U.S., but he said that Raul Castro’s government hopes to expand the agenda to include environmental issues and efforts against… Read More

GAO reviewing $37million annual budget and effectiveness of Radio TV Marti

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Dan Robinson | Voice of America U.S. lawmakers have heard testimony about continuing weaknesses in US government funded television broadcasting to Cuba. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated members of Congress on steps taken by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and its Office of Cuba… Read More

Reporters Without Borders demands release of Cuban photojournalist

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Latin American Herald Tribune Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday demanded the immediate release of Cuban photojournalist Maria Nelida Lopez Baez, who is being held at an unknown location on the communist-ruled island. The journalist faces possible persecution for “pre-criminal social danger,”… Read More

Vacation in Guantanamo Bay? maybe someday

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Drake Bennett | Boston Globe IT WOULD SEEMINGLY require a sadism-tinged sense of leisure for someone to consider Guantanamo Bay a vacation destination. Or it might be just a lack of imagination. Instead of kneeling, shackled, orange-jumpsuited men, picture a pristine bay and protected coastline where… Read More

Cuban doctor Hilda Molina finally given permission to leave Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AP Cuba’s government has dropped its refusal to let a prominent physician visit her family abroad, Argentina’s government announced Friday. The measure resolves one of the few disputes between the two countries. President Cristina Fernandez announced that Cuban officials told her that Dr.… Read More

How to Help Cuban Bloggers by Yoani Sanchez

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Well known Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has been very active lately blogging about everyday life in Cuba and she has posted an article about how people can assist the Cuban blogging movement in Cuba. She says her request goes out to “citizens of the whole world and rests on the solidarity among… Read More

Two arrested as Cuban spies in Washington DC

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Andy Sullivan | Reuters A former U.S. State Department official and his wife have been arrested for spying for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years, the Justice Department said on Friday. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, aided by his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 71, used his Top Secret security clearance to… Read More

OAS lifts Cuba suspension but Cuba will have to make changes to rejoin

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Bill Faries and Matthew Walter | Bloomberg The Organization of American States scrapped a 1962 resolution that suspended Cuba from the group as the U.S. fell short in an effort to require Raul Castro’s government to meet democratic standards before being invited back. Representatives of the OAS’s… Read More

Cuban farmers wanted

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Jorge Olivera Castillo About the author: Cuban poet and journalist Jorge Olivera was sentenced to 18 years in prison for giving the true information about the real Cuba. He was arrested together with other 28 independent journalists during the so called Cuban Black Spring in 2003, when there was a… Read More

Cuba agrees to migration and direct mail service talks with US

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The U.S. and Cuba have agreed to resume migration and postal talks, according to a State Department official who briefed reporters. Diplomats from both countries met in Washington yesterday and agreed to resume talks that have been suspended for six years on legal and illegal migration from Cuba to the… Read More

Cuba calls for major electricity reductions, why?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press (original title:Cuba sounds summer energy alarm, plans blackouts) Cubans are in for an especially hot summer under an energy saving plan that could shut off air conditioners at work and require Saturday-morning blackouts at home, according to an unpublished government… Read More

Sol Melia Cuba registers more domains at GoDaddy and has ties to NYC hotel

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Sol Melia, a publicly traded corporation based in Spain, is a well known hotel operator in Cuba yet they have a business office in Miami, have a business interest in the Paramount Hotel in New York City and have dozens of domain names registered at US based registrar GoDaddy.… Read More

Cuban government trying to shut down Cuba bloggers but it’s not working

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal (user name Publisher - See my comments in bold below. Too many comments to post at the end.) AFP Cuban bloggers are fighting a cyberwar with the government to give their own version of reality on the communist island, from hotels and using memory sticks and laptops obtained… Read More

Oscar Espinosa Chepe says end of Embargo would be end of Castro regime

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By ELLIOT WILSON | Barrons An outspoken dissident argues that lifting the longstanding U.S. trade embargo would quickly undermine the Castro brothers’ power. A proud, upright figure, Oscar Espinosa Chepe was a young guerrilla leader in Fidel Castro’s army when the rebels came out of the mountains… Read More

Lage and Perez Roque on video seduced by the “honey of power”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA | El Nuevo Herald An official video that presents the reasons for the ouster of Vice President Carlos Lage and Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque has been shown for the past several weeks to selected groups of Cuba’s ruling elite, according to information received by El… Read More

Obama offers to talk with Cuba about migration issues, first since 2004

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By GINGER THOMPSON | New York Times In a new gesture toward Cuba, the Obama administration signaled willingness on Friday to reopen a channel with Havana that was closed under President George W. Bush by scheduling high-level meetings on migration between the two countries. The move comes as Secretary… Read More

Summary of OFAC compliance guidelines for Cuba from OFAC Symposium

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On May 15th, OFAC hosted the first annual OFAC International Trade Symposium in Washington DC. I attended as an internet entrepreneur, not as a journalist since the event was not open to the press. OFAC did a fine job of presenting their US governmental responsibilities to… Read More

Make a million dollars - Get JoAnne Chesimard / Assata Shakur out of Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal New Jersey state lawmakers are planning to introduce a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to pressure Cuba to return FBI fugitive Assata Shakur who murdered a New Jersey state trooper in 1973. JoAnne Chesimard was convicted and sentenced to 25 years… Read More

Canada, Cuba must talk publicly, says minister

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Mike Blanchfield, Canwest News Service Canada’s cabinet minister for Latin America says he has no regrets about chiding Cuba on human rights, even though Havana abruptly canceled the trip he was to make there next week. But Peter Kent, minister of state for foreign affairs for the Americas,… Read More

Undersecretary of State welcomes Cuba back to OAS… when its a democracy

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AFP Washington eagerly awaits Cuba’s return to the inter-American diplomatic system, a top U.S. official told a gathering at the Organization of American States on Wednesday. “We look forward to the day when every country in the hemisphere, including Cuba, can take its seat at this very special… Read More

Sol Melia works with the Cuban government to deny Internet access to Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Yoani Sanchez recorded a video of her husband Reinaldo Escobar at the Melia Cohiba in Havana Cuba being denied Internet access because he is a Cuban citizen. It is internationally known that the Cuban government has been restricting the rights of Cuban citizens for decades… Read More

Will the Organization of American States move to re-admit Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY | Wall Street Journal The Organization of American States claims to be “the region’s principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption.”… Read More

Fidel Castro’s lame attempt to defend Cuba’s government controlled media

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(Original title: Fidel Castro defends Cuba’s state-controlled press) By WILL WEISSERT | AP Fidel Castro defended Cuba’s government-controlled press Friday, arguing that news coverage is manipulated by those wealthy enough to finance newsgathering even in countries guaranteeing press freedom.… Read More

Cuban government further restricting Internet access for citizens

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

By Ray Sanchez |  Sun Sentinel Cuba is further limiting access to the World Wide Web for its citizens, in what many believe is an effort to rein in a small but increasingly popular group of bloggers who are critical of the government. Only government employees, academics and researchers are allowed… Read More

Rep Rangel - Embargo to end within 18 months, Delahunt bill in November

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Reuters The US Congress will most likely lift a five-decades-old embargo on Cuba before the end of 2010, a senior Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel told reporters he believed the current Congress, which goes through next year,… Read More

Oswaldo Paya releases statement about Cuban government harrassment

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Catholic News Agency The coordinator of the Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (Christian Liberation Movement), Oswaldo Paya, denounced the detention of several members of the organization by state security agents. In a statement, Paya said the detention occurred last weekend during a visit he made to… Read More

Cuba May Day - Raul Castro says nothing but people told to be more productive

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Ray Sanchez | South Florida Sun Sentinel May Day festivities were over in a crisp two hours Friday - less time than former leader Fidel Castro used for his anti-American rants at such events in the past. Raul Castro, in a straw hat and traditional long-sleeved guayabera, did not address the crowds… Read More

Julia Sweig suggests giving Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Julia Sweig | Council on Foreign Relations from the Washington Post President Obama has promised to shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, seeking to erase a blot on America’s global image. He has also reached out to Cuba, easing some travel and financial restrictions in an effort to recast… Read More

Cuba to remain on US terrorism list of countries harboring terrorists

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP The United States announced Thursday it has retained communist Cuba on a list of countries that allegedly support terrorism. The State Department report lumping Cuba with Iran, Syria and Sudan was released weeks after US President Barack Obama made overtures to Havana, which is under a decades-old… Read More

Varel Holdings pays $110,000 fine for OFAC Cuban sanctions violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal OFAC Civil Penalties for violating the Cuban Assets Control Regulations Varel Holdings, Inc. Settles Cuban Assets Control Regulations Allegations: Varel Holdings, Inc., Dallas, Texas (“Varel”), has remitted $110,000.00 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets… Read More

NY Times reports US officials to hold talks with Cuba - pressure for change called a “Steamroller”

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By GINGER THOMPSON | New York Times Seizing the momentum from recent meetings with Latin American leaders, the Obama administration is quietly pushing forward with efforts to reopen channels of communication with Cuba, according to White House and State Department officials. The officials said informal… Read More

Sentenced pastor ‘targeted’ for his religious activity in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AudioPot.org A State Prosecutor has requested a seven-year prison sentence be given to Pastor Omar Gude Perez, currently imprisoned in Camaguey, Cuba, on charges of “illicit economic activity and falsification of documents”. Those close to him, however, believe he is being targeted because of his… Read More

Fidel Castro interferes with President Raul Castro’s engagement with US

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

A collection of articles regarding Fidel Castro’s meddling with President Raul Castro’s engagement with the US. Raul Castro said that he is willing to talk with President Obama about “everything” but Fidel wants the world to know that Raul was misunderstood. By WILL WEISSERT |… Read More

Oswaldo Paya message to the Summit of the Americas

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

MESSAGE TO THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS FROM THE CHRISTIAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT FOR THE NEW WORLD, A NEW HOPE We are not going to say “we are the voice of Cuba ,” but instead “give the people what is of the people, their own voice and their freedom”. That is the spirit of the 2009 Dialogue in which… Read More

Castro ready to talk with US and US ready to recast a relationship with Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal One would be led to think that some sort of orchestrated behind-the-scenes political discussions have been taking place this week with regards to US Cuba relations. Earlier in the week President Obama made a major policy change to allow Cuban Americans to travel to Cuba and… Read More

Secretary Clinton says Cuba should “reciprocate” for Obama’s move

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AP U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Cuba should take the next step in relations with the new American government. Clinton calls President Barack Obama’s easing of travel restrictions to Cuba a “very significant” step. Now, she says the Castro government should “reciprocate.”… Read More

Canada says Cuba will have to respect human rights to get into OAS

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters Cuba would have to meet minimum standards on human rights and democracy before Canada supported any reintegration of Havana into the Organization of American States, a Canadian spokesman said on Wednesday. Several Latin American countries, including Brazil, have said Cuba should be allowed to… Read More

Obama lifts Cuban American travel, remittance restrictions - communications too

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Excerpts from JENNIFER LOVEN | Associated Press article President Barack Obama directed his administration Monday to allow unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba, and to take other steps to ease U.S. restrictions on the island, a senior administration… Read More

Will President Obama misread Latin America at the Summit of the Americas?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Publisher comments: Original title: Obama to Discuss U.S. Plan For Engagement With Cuba. See my bold text then comments at bottom) By BOB DAVIS and José DE Córdoba President Barack Obama plans to tell Latin American leaders later this week that the U.S. is willing to discuss how to improve relations… Read More

Obama expected to lift Cuban American travel restrictions before Summit

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

CNN The Obama administration sent a fresh signal Monday that new rules on family travel and remittances to Cuba are coming soon, and may be announced before President Obama attends the Summit of the Americas on April 17. Before he was elected president, Obama promised to ease restrictions Cuban-American… Read More

Will Fidel and/or Raul Castro sabotage loosening of US Cuba Embargo?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

KausFiles.com Are Cuba’s Communist leaders eager to see the U.S. embargo end (as Marc Thiessen suggests) or terrified at the prospect (because it would unleash forces they can’t control)? In 2003, Ann Louise Bardach noted that every time relations with Cuba seemed to be easing, Fidel Castro… Read More

Will Obama bring a cold-blooded murderer “in from the cold”?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(Publisher note: This article was submitted by one of the authors, Matt Lawrence, who is a member of the Havana Journal. The management of Havana Journal Inc. has approved of the posting as a courtesy to one of its members. However, all opinions and statements are those of the author and not of the management… Read More

Senator Lugar letter to Obama requests Special Envoy to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

March 30, 2009 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: The Cuba provisions passed earlier this month in the omnibus appropriations bill serve as a modest starting point for reforming U.S. policy… Read More

OFAC presents First International Trade Symposium - May 15, 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

From OFAC release The Office of Foreign Assets Control is sponsoring its first-ever International Trade Symposium designed to provide the international trade community with insight and perspective from top officials on compliance, enforcement and licensing issues related to U.S. export controls. This… Read More

LAWG updates the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act press conference

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal LAWG update on the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act We thank LAWG for attending the news conference today and for providing the wrap up, photo and video in this article. Today at 12 noon Senators Dorgan (D-ND), Enzi (R-WY), and Dodd (D-CT), along with representatives of the American… Read More

Yoani Sanchez says “It’s time to jump the wall of control”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On Monday March 30, 2009 Yoani Sanchez was allowed to speak at a Biennial Habana art event. She was allowed to speak briefly at an open microphone and seized the opportunity well. She wrote about her time at the microphone and a video has come out of Cuba. Yoani writes “An… Read More

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act update - March 30

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Introduced on February 12, 2009 by Senator Dorgan, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, if passed, will prohibit the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel.… Read More

President Obama expected to lift Cuba travel restrictions in May in Key West

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal John McCaslin from the Inside the Beltway column at the Washington Times is quoting Retired Major Andy Messing Jr, US Army Special Forces that President Obama will visit Key West in May and will then announce the removal of certain travel restrictions to Cuba. Mr. Messing,… Read More

Yoani Sanchez confined to island prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

(Havana Journal Publisher note: I realize that the title may be somewhat misleading but in reality, it is true as you will see as you read Yoani’s latest post) Yoani Sanchez | Generation Y Third Time is not a Charm This time they’ve been more direct: “You are not authorized to travel,” the… Read More

*Timeline of end of US Cuba trade and travel Embargo - updated March 8

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

*=sticky Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Maybe it is premature to declare the end of a US policy that is almost fifty years old but the Havana Journal is closely watching developments that appear to lay a path towards lifting the travel and/or trade Embargo against Cuba. We are listing events, although… Read More

Oswaldo Paya sends message to UN Human Rights Commission to act on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

CNA The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has sent a message to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, calling on the body not to be accomplices of the Communist government “with its silence and its scandalous refusal to demand” respect for human rights in Cuba. In an extensive… Read More

Chavez fires first “shot” at Obama before Summit of the Americas next month

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AP Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that he is preparing plenty of verbal “artillery” for his first encounter with President Barack Obama at an upcoming summit. Chavez, long a fierce critic of Washington, said he expects that the future of U.S. relations with Latin America will… Read More

Former Mexico foreign minister speculates about Lage Roque coop in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(Publisher notes: 1. Original title: The Plot Against The Castros. 2. See my bold highlights for reference in comments below.) Two of Cuba’s star politicians seem to have been a part of a conspiracy or a coup to overthrow Raúl Castro By Jorge Castañeda | NEWSWEEK (Mr. Castañeda is a former foreign… Read More

Summary of Cuba sanctions language in Ominbus Appropriations Act 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal In an effort to try to help Havana Journal readers to understand exactly what changes have been passed in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, we have excerpted the Cuba language from section 621 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. The Office of Foreign Assets Control… Read More

5th Summit of the Americas, Obama and Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The fifth Summit of the Americas will be held at the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in the city called Port of Spain from April 17 to 19, 2009. President Obama is expected to attend and the event will give him the opportunity to address the leaders of Latin… Read More

Cuba Consultation Day wrap up in Washington DC

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The 2009 Cuba Consultation Day in Washington DC was a great success. I have to say that Mavis Anderson from the Latin America Working Group and Geoff Thale from the Washington Office on Latin America did a fantastic job organizing the all day event on Thursday and the Capitol… Read More

Fidel Castro recieves President of Dominican Republic at home

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Spanish newspaper El País reports that a new photograph of Fidel Castro, evidently taken earlier this week in Havana, was recently posted on the Dominican Republic government website. The photograph shows the former President Fidel Castro with President Leonel Fernández… Read More

Artists and educators get 1,100 signatures to encourage US Cuba relations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Press Release A national network of artists and arts presenters is calling on the Obama Administration to renew cultural ties with Cuba. In a letter delivered to the White House on March 3, 2009, US-Cuba Cultural Exchange called for Cuban artists to be permitted entry into the United States and for the… Read More

Raul Castro makes big changes in the Cuban government

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald In a surprise move, Cuban broadcasters on Monday announced a government restructuring of some of its top officials, including Vice President Carlos Lage and Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque. They were among the youngest members of a cabinet made up largely of aging… Read More

Lactalis (Sorrento cheese) pays $20k fine to settle Cuba sanctions violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal This is by far the shortest OFAC civil penalties report that we have seen in the many years that we have been covering them. Today there was only ONE entry. This civil penalties report covers violations of all sanctions against Iran and other countries as well as violations… Read More

Summary of all five bills in Congress regarding Cuba Embargo policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Quietly (or not so quietly depending how much of a Cuba watcher you are) four bills in the House and one bill in the Senate have been introduced that will in some way, if passed, change US Cuba policy. Go to Thomas.gov and search for any of these bills for more information… Read More

House to vote on bill that will lift travel restrictions on Cuban Americans

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The House will be voting as early as tomorrow on an omnibus spending bill that will include the rollback on Cuban American travel restrictions allow people with Cuban heritage to travel freely to Cuba. The current restrictions allow Cuban Americans to visit only immediate… Read More

Republican Senator Lugar calls for review of US Cuba policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Karen DeYoung | Washington Post Staff Writer Restrictive U.S. policies toward Cuba are ineffective, have failed to achieve their stated purpose of promoting democracy and should be reevaluated to take advantage of recent political changes on the island, according to the senior Republican on the Senate… Read More

Senate bill to lift Cuba travel Embargo follows recent House bill with same goal

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On February 4, my Congressman William Delahunt introduced a bill from the House that will lift the travel restrictions on all Americans who wish to travel to Cuba. This is House Bill 874 or HR874. The text of the bill is very short: Mr. DELAHUNT (for himself, Mr. FLAKE, Ms.… Read More

President Raul Castro has met with ten Presidents since October 2008 (now 12)

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Since October 2008 when Brazil President Lula visited Cuba, President Raul Castro has met with ten Presidents. President Lula da Silva - Brazil President Hu - China President Medvedev - Russia (once in Cuba and once in Russia) President Rafael Correa - Ecuador President Cristina… Read More

Fidel Castro meets with Chile President Bachelet with photos

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(AP Photo/Government of Chile) The Chilean government released pictures after a meeting in Havana Thursday between Fidel Castro and the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet. He was last photographed publicly in January during a visit with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner. Bachelet said Castro… Read More

Cuba Consultation Day in Washington DC March 5 and 6

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(based on email received by LAWG.org) A representative group of the Cuba Steering Committee (an ad hoc working group of more than two dozen organizations and individuals active on Cuba policy issues) invites you to participate in this year’s Cuba Consultation day. Since 1995, there have been more… Read More

Carlos Paya criticizes Spanish left for supporting dictatorship in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Catholic News Agency Carlos Paya, the representative in Spain for Cuban dissident group the Christian Liberation Movement, is criticizing the left in that country for supporting the Castro dictatorship in Cuba, despite the knowledge that human rights are violated on the island. In statements to Cope.es,… Read More

Havana Journal supports Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

This post is based on emails received at Havana Journal. We support LAWG and Christopher Baker and encourage Havana Journal readers to take action to support this Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. From Latin America Working Group Big news! We now have legislation in the House of Representatives calling… Read More

Cuba will continue to restrict access to Internet after connecting to Venezuela

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP Cuba will continue to limit Internet access even after a fiber optic cable linking the island with Venezuela comes online in 2010, a top official said. The new cable is 1,550 kilometers (960 miles) long and will dramatically increase the island’s level of connectivity, according to officials.… Read More

The Electoral Project: A Roadmap to Free and Fair Elections in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Press Release Lawyers Without Borders™ announces publication of the bilingual edition of Proyecto Electoral: La Hoja de Ruta (The Electoral Project: A Roadmap to Free and Fair Elections in Cuba). The work identifies obstacles in Cuba’s current legal framework which prevent the conduct of free and… Read More

Betrayal: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five book published

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Based on email received from author Available in books stores and online this month! After 12 years, the NEW BOOK is at the publisher – it’s called Betrayal: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five. (Non-fiction; political murder and international intrigue; ISBN to be registered) Betrayal was co-authored… Read More

CubaSource calls for donations to keep independent news service available

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Email received, published with permission by Cuba Source: For the past eight years, Cubasource has provided a vital, informed and independent information source on Cuba in Spanish and English. Nearly 1,000 subscribers in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe receive Cubasource by email… Read More

Havana Journal introduces Celia Sanchez expert and website

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Rich Haney | CeliaSanchez.org I believe the greatest untold story concerning the historic Cuban Revolution is the major role played by Cuban women in both the Revolutionary War that ousted the Batista dictatorship and, since 1959, in Revolutionary Cuba. Celia Sanchez was not only the most out-raged anti-Batista… Read More

New OFAC Release of Civil Penalties - No Cuba news is good Cuba news

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

We post all OFAC Civil Penalty notices as they are posted by the US Treasury and this one was just released. I pasted in the text below. If you have been following our OFAC articles, you’ll notice something familiar to these penalty notices that something is missing… Cuba. There is usually… Read More

Raul Castro visits Russia on January 30 to sign business deals

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

RIA Novosti Cuban leader Raul Castro will visit Moscow later this month, with the official part of his visit scheduled for January 30, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin announced on Friday. “An official visit to Russia by the Cuban leader will take place later this month. Official events… Read More

Fidel Castro’s latest Reflection - frees up Raul to make decisions?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Most of this short Reflection is about Obama but the last few sentences seem to be an admission of his declining health and it would appear that he is releasing Raul to make his own decisions. Reflections of Comrade Fidel: The Eleventh President of the United States Last Tuesday,… Read More

The Reluctant and Uninspiring President Raul Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Dr. Brian Latell, author of After Fidel and Senior Research Associate at ICCAS. (original title: Raul on his own) During his record-making run as Cuba’s defense minister—longer he says than anyone in history—Raul Castro wisely shied from the limelight. But since last February when he… Read More

More chatter that Fidel Castro is dead - UPDATED 1/23 with Fidel Castro photo

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The death of Fidel Castro has been a “fact” several times since he has fallen ill in July of 2006. As readers of the Havana Journal already know, he has not been seen in public since then. He has appeared in video clips and photos meeting with foreign leaders and… Read More

Cuban Revolution at 50 lecture at Boston University February 5 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Discoveries Lecture: The Cuban Revolution at 50 When: Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7 p.m Where: Metcalf Trustee Center Ballroom, West Entrance, Ninth Floor595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA Cost: $15 per person Ninety miles from the United States, Cuba has at times preoccupied every American president… Read More

Dissident Group Reports Cuba Still Has 207 Political Prisoners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune The dissident Cuban Commission on Human Rights reported that the island’s communist regime continues to hold 207 political prisoners. In a message addressed to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and released Monday in Havana, the commission said… Read More

Is Cuba preparing the world for the death of Fidel Castro?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Is Fidel Castro dead? Is Fidel Castro dying? Is this time different? These are questions that have come up from time to time since July 2006 when Fidel Castro underwent surgery. If one reads between the lines, one might get the impression that Fidel Castro just might be dying… Read More

Wayne Smith offers seven ways for Obama to ease the Cuba Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

WAYNE S. SMITH | CounterPunch.org Cuba will not be a priority issue for the new U.S. administration, either in terms of economic interests or security concerns. It will face far more urgent problems in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in tensions between Pakistan and India, and between Israel and Hamas –… Read More

Fifty years without freedom in Cuba by Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

By Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas | Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement I live in Havana , Cuba , in a modest neighborhood called Cerro. When the first democratically-elected government was installed in Chile , the first Chilean Christian Democrats visited our country. They dared to contact us,… Read More

Gwynne Dyer summary of Cuba and Obama’s potential - GREAT READ!

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

GWYNNE DYER | CanberraTimes.com.au I have learned one thing from my various visits to Cuba over the years, and that is not to predict the demise of the regime. I did that sometimes, if only to offer a bit of hope to various despairing individuals who thought that a visiting foreigner might know more… Read More

Raul Castro to allow Cubans to build private homes in Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP Cubans will be permitted to build their own homes and do so using private funds, President Raul Castro announced on Sunday, in the latest reforms to back off the hardline communism of the past five decades. Home construction in Cuba primarily has been left to the government, but demand has outstripped… Read More

Tracey Eaton speculates on the current health of Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Tracey Eaton | Along the Malecon Fidel Castro’s 16 words Fidel Castro signed his last Reflection, as his essays are called, at 6:12 p.m. on Dec. 15. The column appeared in Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, and was entitled, “The unjustifiable destruction of the environment.” The… Read More

Text of Speech by President Raul Castro on 50th Anniversary of the Revolution

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Raul Castro: Today, the Revolution is Stronger than Ever SPEECH MADE BY ARMY GENERAL RAUL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE STATE COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF CUBA, AT THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION. SANTIAGO DE CUBA, JANUARY 1ST, 2009, “YEAR OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY… Read More

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