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Remaining Cuban dissident prisoners to be released soon in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Catholic News Agency Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana recently announced that 11 more prisoners of conscience will soon be released by the Cuban government. Forty-two dissidents have already been freed following negotiations in July 2010 between the country’s government and Cardinal Ortega. The… Read More

Economic changes in Cuba to be set at Communist Party Congress April 16-19

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters Cuban President Raul Castro told legislators Saturday that the future of the country’s revolution is at stake as the government tries to institute sweeping economic reforms, adding that the changes are meant to strengthen socialism — not replace it. Castro has argued that the changes… Read More

Guillermo Farinas not allowed to leave Cuba to accept Sakharov Prize

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Guillermo Farinas said he would not be able attend tn awards ceremony in France to accept the Sakharov Prize because Cuban authorities did not give him permission to leave Cuba. Mr. Farinas was on a hunger strike for 135 days and his efforts helped to pressure the Cuban government to release political… Read More

Cuban Communist Party Congress and Alejandro Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Jaime Suchlicki | Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies General Raul Castro recently announced that the Cuban Communist Party will hold its sixth Party Congress in April 2011. Although legally Congresses must be held every five years, the last Congress was in 1997. It is significant that the… Read More

Wrap up of Cuba Information session at Caribbean Conference in Miami

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I was fortunate to attend the Cuba information session at the Caribbean Central America Action conference on Friday December 4, 2010. It is held every year at the beginning of December in Miami. Earlier this month, I interviewed Dr. Tim Ashby and Jay Crowley about the economic… Read More

WikiLeaks Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Excerpted from Miami Herald article WikiLeaks Spain A Cuba-related dispatch—a 2008 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid—reported that on a visit to Spain, Florida Sen. Mel Martinez had met with Cuban dissident Hector Palacios, then in the country undergoing medical treatment after five years… Read More

Sakharov Prize winner Guillermo Fariñas calls for change in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Fox News Prominent dissident Guillermo Fariñas and two other members of the opposition presented a document rejecting the Raul Castro administration’s plan of adjustments, demanding change rather than a “modernization” of Cuba’s socialist economic model. In a session with foreign… Read More

Alan Gross in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal If you are reading this article, you know that the Cuban government has been holding Alan Gross for more than one year without formal charges. Statements have been made that he was only distributing computers to Jews in Cuba but the two organized Jewish groups in Cuba, Temple… Read More

Sign the Cuba petition for freedom to travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

From Latin America Working Group Dear Friends, The LAWG and our supporters have always advocated for exchange between U.S. citizens and the Cuban people through the arts and culture, academic and student travel, religious/humanitarian groups, sports, and other people-to-people exchanges. At this… Read More

OFAC orders US domain registrar eNom to take down Cuba websites - update

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

BY VITO ECHEVARRÍA | Cuba News | Outbound links to more information added by Rob Sequin from HavanaJournal.com Stephen Marshall, a British entrepreneur known as a pioneer of e-commerce ventures in Cuba, has been battling the U.S. Treasury Department for years. A member of Havana’s expatriate investor… Read More

Confrontation looming on Cuba political prisoner release

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Paul Haven | Canadian Press The wives and mothers of Cuba’s most prominent political prisoners marched through the leafy streets of the capital Sunday, demanding the government honor an agreement to release their loved ones by the end of the day — or face protests and international condemnation.… Read More

The Republicans win the House, now what for US Cuba policy?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal It’s no secret to voters that the Republicans have won the US House of Representatives. Also, it’s no secret to Cuba watchers that right wing/anti-freedom Ilena Ros-Lehtinen will be the Chair of the House Foreign Relations committee. So, what does this mean… Read More

Cuban economy and politics summary and what to watch

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

This is a great summary of the current status of the Cuban economy and politics. The link to the entire article is at the bottom. Jeff Franks | Reuters The success or failure of Cuba’s economic reforms will be the key issue to watch in the next year as the government moves to strengthen the economy… Read More

187 nations vote to end the US Embargo on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The United Nations General Assembly voted on a non-binding resolution for the 19th consecutive year to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba This year only one other country, Israel, voted in favor of the resolution. The… Read More

Interview with former Cuban prisoner Jose Luis Garcia Paneque

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Radio Free Europe When Cuban dissident and independent journalist Jose Luis Garcia Paneque was released from prison in July he weighed only 48 kilograms. After being incarcerated for seven years, he was one of the 52 political prisoners the Cuban government agreed to release in early July through a deal… Read More

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas wins Sakharov Prize

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press The European Parliament awarded its annual human rights prize on Thursday to Guillermo Farinas, the Cuban dissident whose 134-day hunger strike this year helped draw attention to the plight of political dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown on dissent. Cuba began freeing the 52 political… Read More

US agricultural and travel to Cuba bill HR4645 goes to Foreign Affairs committee

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

John McAuliff | Fund for Reconciliation and Development Thanks to Jake Colvin for passing on this important and frankly surprising news that the travel bill will be marked up next Wednesday. This will be the crucial test and our last chance to end travel restrictions for at least two years if the Republicans… Read More

Mariela vs Fidel Castro - Which Castro says the Cuban model is broken?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal You may find it hard to believe… From the Australian Independent Cuban troubles are fault of USA, Raul Castro’s daughter claims The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro has claimed the United States is responsible for her country’s economic difficulties. Mariela… Read More

Fidel Castro in plain clothes meets with Hugo Chavez

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Xinhua Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and current leader Raul Castro here Wednesday, the official news channel NNTV reported. Chavez discussed several international issues with Fidel, particularly the serious risks of nuclear war. He acknowledged Fidel’s… Read More

Son of Juan Almeida Bosque finally allowed to leave Cuba for health reasons

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press The Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday it has intervened again on behalf of a political dissident, this time helping the ailing son of one of Cuba’s top Revolutionary heroes go to the United States for medical treatment. Juan Almeida Garcia is the son of… Read More

Easing of Cuba travel restrictions announcement next week?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

When will the President announce the easing of Cuba travel restrictions? Since President Obama is on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard here in Massachusetts through this weekend, I don’t think we’ll have any announcement about easing Cuba travel restrictions on Americans until next week.… Read More

Recent articles on new US Cuba travel policy

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Several articles have been published regarding the new US Cuba travel policy that is expected soon from the Obama Administration. From CNN Obama administration preparing to loosen rules on Cuba travel The Obama administration is preparing to announce new rules allowing some… Read More

More Cuba travel opportunities expected soon from Obama Administration

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Cuba watchers have had high expectations in recent days from several reports from unnamed sources close to the Obama Administration who have been leaking bits and pieces of information regarding a number of potential Cuba travel opportunities for all Americans, not just Cuban… Read More

Daniel Erikson of Inter-American Dialogue appointed to Cuba policy position

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY JUAN O. TAMAYO | Miami Herald The U.S. State Department has added a top Cuba analyst to its Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) staff, and appointed a career diplomat as the new head of its Cuban affairs section. Daniel P. Erikson, a senior associate with the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington… Read More

Fidel vs. Raul? Brian Latell writes about the reappearance of Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Latell Report The Castro brothers’ relationship has probably never been more indecipherable than it has been in recent months. Since 1959 Fidel and Raul have been mutually dependent partners in the Cuban revolutionary experience. Neither could have survived this long—or for very long at all—without… Read More

Who’s running Cuba? No one.

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal For Cuba watchers, July 26 has a special meaning. This is the day 57 years ago that Fidel Castro and all his brainwashed subordinates attacked the Moncada barracks marking what would be the Revolution that would enslave Cuba for decades. Now in 2010 Fidel’s business… Read More

United Nations Federal Credit Union pays $500,000 to settle OFAC Cuba violation

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Recent Actions notification service at the U.S. Department of the Treasury has just issued a Release of Civil Penalties Information. United Nations Federal Credit Union has settled Cuban Assets Control Regulations Allegations United… Read More

Does Fidel Castro have Alzheimer’s Disease?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal If a picture is worth a thousand words, this can be a short article. Only Wednesday July 7, 2010 Fidel Castro visited the National Center for Scientific Research in Havana. This was his first documented public appearance in almost four years. We think this event was staged… Read More

Fidel Castro approves of dissident release and HR 4645

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal As Cuba watchers know, the Catholic church in Cuba has negotiated the release of 52 political prisoners from Cuban jails. Unfortunately they ALL have to leave the country and live in exile but that’s another conversation. The point of this article is to pose the statement… Read More

Update on HR 4645 - US food sales and legal travel to Cuba bill

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal HR 4645 is the agriculture/travel to Cuba bill in the House that has 62 cosponsors, some that had not supported the popular HR 874 (The companion bill in the Senate is S 1089). On the Wednesday June 30 at 2pm (assuming the death of Sen. Byrd does not affect schedules),… Read More

Cuba elected as VP of UN human rights council - not a fake story

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal As reported by Communist propaganda news organizations but not so much by Western media, Cuba has been elected to serve as Vice President of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Yes, this is true. Apparently Cuba is a shining example of a country that supports human rights. I didn’t… Read More

*Does Secretary Clinton understand that Fidel does not want the Embargo lifted?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Cuba watchers know that US Cuba relations have been “abnormal”, to say the least, for decades and Fidel wants it that way. Whenever there is any substantial talk of easing the Embargo in the US, Fidel et al make a strategic move to sabotage any loosening of the… Read More

*Letter to Ways and Means Hearing - Lift components of Cuba Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman John S. Tanner held a hearing on U.S.-Cuba policy today and a request for comments was put out to the public. I took the opportunity to submit my thoughts about the Embargo in the letter below but first some background on the… Read More

Cuban government announces surprise inspections to fight corruption

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP The Cuban government will deploy an army of auditors across the island nation Monday to track down corruption pervading the Communist society, from lowly street milk vendors to officials in powerful government agencies. For a month, thousands of finance inspectors will descend on some 750 businesses… Read More

Chavez meets with Castros

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who has not made a public appearance since handing over power to his brother in 2006, is active and “in very good health.” Chavez met with Castro, 83, on Thursday during a surprise visit to Havana. He spoke about… Read More

Corruption in Cuba mentioned on Cuban television and website

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

PAUL HAVEN | Associated Press Corruption at the highest levels of government — not the meddling of a small band of dissidents — is the greatest threat to Cuba’s communist system, a leading academic said in a highly unusual opinion posted Thursday on a state Web site. The article by Esteban… Read More

Secretary Clinton realizes that Cuba does not want US Embargo lifted

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Reuters Cuba’s President Raul Castro and his brother, ex-leader Fidel Castro, have sought to sabotage U.S. moves to improve ties because they fear it will threaten their power, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. Clinton said Cuba’s response to Obama administration efforts… Read More

Walls closing in on Raul Castro - Miami Herald

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Miami Herald | OUR OPINION: Political, economic challenges hard to surmount Raúl Castro is feeling the heat. He flew into an insane rage a few days ago, claiming Cuba is the target of unfair condemnation around the world prompted by the death of political dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo from a hunger… Read More

Young Communists map out post-Castro Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP Young Cuban communists gather here this weekend to map a future without Fidel and Raul Castro amid a deepening economic crisis, generational apathy and disenchantment with the revolution. The Union of Communist Youth has embraced a slogan of socialist continuity for its conference, which is held… Read More

Havana Journal to blame for death of Zapata Tamayo? Alarcon would say yes

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Publisher comments: Yes, this title is a bit absurd just as are Alarcon’s ridiculous statements that the US media is to blame for Zapata Tamayo’s death. I guess the story of his death is not going away so they call on the well liked and well respected Alarcon. But, now he has lowered himself… Read More

Amistad and the Ladies in White

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

by Andrew Watson Viewing across the Havana Bay the oil refinery chugs out Venezuelan gasoline and the Casablanca Ferry is gliding to to Old Havana. As your eyes follow the ferry, the Terminal San Francisco has a solitary significant guest moored. Topped with an American flag and a Cuban Flag is a modest… Read More

End of the Castro regime in Cuba, maybe this time it’s different?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Brian Latell Predictions that the Castro regime will soon collapse are popular again. Such speculation is fueled by many developments over the last year, including missteps by Raul Castro, stasis and confusion in the ruling gerontocracy, the rehabilitation of Ramiro Valdes, severe economic contractions,… Read More

Fidel Castro LOVES Obamacare

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By PAUL HAVEN | Associated Presss It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for. Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform “a miracle” and a major victory for Obama’s… Read More

Translators needed for Cuban blogs

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

From the translators of Hemos Oido If you believe that people who enjoy the blessings of liberty have some obligation to use their freedom to extend liberty to others- And if you have a particular interest and affection for the people of Cuba- There is something you can do to help the bloggers in Cuba!… Read More

Innospec agrees to pay $2.2million fine for OFAC Cuba sanctions violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin |  Havana Journal Innospec Inc, a Delaware corporation, has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. OFAC’s settlement of the apparent violations is part of a $40.2 million comprehensive criminal and civil settlement between… Read More

Schooner Amistad will dock in Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By JIM KUHNHENN | Associated Press Days from now, a stately black schooner will sail through a narrow channel into Havana’s protected harbor, its two masts bearing the rarest of sights — the U.S. Stars and Stripes, with the Cuban flag fluttering nearby. The ship is the Amistad, a U.S.-flagged… Read More

Oswaldo Paya nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

March 18 marks the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the Black Spring where 75 Cuban dissidents were arrested for their struggle for human rights. Dagrun Eriksen, deputy leader of the Norwegian Christian Democrats (KrF), has nominated Oswaldo Payá, the most prominent leader of this struggle, for… Read More

Cuban policewomen drag Ladies in White into a bus and take them away

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(Editing by Jeff Franks and Alan Elsner) | Reuters Cuban police grabbed members of the opposition group “Ladies in White” by their hair, dragged them into a bus and drove them away to break up a protest march on Wednesday. The white clothes the women traditionally wear were smeared with mud… Read More

Almodovar and Amnesty International press for release of Cuban prisoners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar has signed a petition calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Cuba. Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, the publisher of the Havana Journal and more than 12000 people have signed the Freedom of Cuban… Read More

Cuban government supporters harass rights marchers

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Nelson Acosta and Jeff Franks | Reuters Cuban government supporters harassed and shouted at members of the opposition group “Ladies in White” on Tuesday in Havana as the women marched in protest against the 2003 imprisonment of 75 dissidents. The women, numbering about two dozen and dressed… Read More

March 18 Black Spring anniversary in Cuba coming as tensions already high

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Jeff Franks | Reuters Cuba’s dissident “Ladies in White” staged a small, mostly silent march through Havana on Monday to begin a week of protest to mark the anniversary of the “Black Spring” crackdown of 2003 when the government imprisoned 75 opponents. The anniversary… Read More

European Union votes to condemn Cuba for human rights issues

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The European Union voted today to condemn Cuba for the “avoidable and cruel” death of dissident hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo. The European assembly called on Cuba to immediately release all political prisoners and urged the EU foreign affairs liaison Catherine… Read More

OFAC releases four Cuba Embargo actions in two days

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal OFAC has been busy lately. In two days OFAC has released four actions related to Cuba. In order of release: 1. Updated list of authorized providers of air, travel, and remittance forwarding services to Cuba. We have posted all of the licensed Cuba Service Providers. 2. Personal… Read More

Obama allows US based communication tools to be exported to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal A new ruling from OFAC regarding Cuban Assets Control Regulations, effective immediately, states that US companies can export certain services “incident to the exchange of personal communications over the Internet”. This new action will allow Cuban citizens to… Read More

OFAC Cuba Service Providers list

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal This is the current list of authorized Cuba Service Providers (Carrier Service Providers, Travel Service Providers and Remittance Forwarders). It is updated whenever OFAC alters their list of licensed providers. We have incorporated this information into our CubaTrips.org… Read More

From Cubana to Santrina - new book about terrorist Luis Posada

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Press Release A new book, “From Cubana to Santrina throws fresh light on the terrorist activities of Cuban dissident, Luis Posada Carilles, whose impending trial coming May 20 in El Paso Texas federal court is again attracting international media attention. Written by New York based Guyanese Journalist… Read More

Guillermo Coco Farinas on the verge of death in Cuba from hunger strike

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Fidel and Raul might have another death on their hands soon. Will they force Coco to eat or give him intravenous nutrition to keep him alive or will Raul blame the US for his death too as Raul was visiting with Lula in Mariel? Raul Castro quoted by Brazilian reporters in Cuba “We regret it very… Read More

BBC Harris poll on Americans’ thoughts on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BBC World News America - Harris Poll Almost fifty years ago the eyes of the world were on the interplay between the United States and Cuba during the Bay of Pigs and then the Cuban Missile Crisis. Luckily, those thirteen days passed with no major escalation, but the stage was set for ice-cold relations… Read More

Lula visit offers insight into mental condition of Fidel Castro?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Original article is by WILL WEISSERT of the AP with the original title of “Stronger Fidel Castro meets with Brazil president” but I have to wonder. So, bare with me while I read between the lines (speculate) on the mental condition of Fidel Castro. Below you can… Read More

Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, Congressman Jerry Moran of Kansas and at least 31 of their House colleagues introduced new legislation (HR 4645) designed to expand U.S. agriculture exports and allow freedom of travel to Cuba for all citizens… Read More

Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo dies after hunger strike

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CNN Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died Tuesday after an 80-day hunger strike to demand better jail conditions, according to dissidents. “He got much worse last Tuesday and was brought to Havana,” said Laura Pollan, one of the leaders of the Ladies of White, a group of wives… Read More

Interior Minister Valdes goes to Venezuela to deal with power outages - why?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Mariano Castillo | CNN Ramiro Valdes, 77, is one of only four remaining original rebels led by Fidel Castro in the 1950s in Cuba. By Cuban standards, he has had a remarkable career, serving the Castro brothers loyally for years in a variety of posts, some which made him notorious. Now, Valdes has accepted… Read More

23 Cuban dissidents beaten and detained in Camaguey Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP Cuban police harassed and briefly jailed some 35 political dissidents this week in the eastern city of Camaguey, a Cuban human rights group said Friday. Twenty-three dissidents were “brutally beaten and detained” after marching Wednesday in a demonstration in Camaguey, 530 kilometers (330… Read More

Eight Republican Reps ask Obama to cancel Februrary 19 migration talks with Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Juan Tamayo | Miami Herald Eight congressional Republicans on Friday alleged the Obama administration is trying to ``appease’’ the Cuban government after the arrest in Havana of a Washington subcontractor, and called for the cancellation of bilateral migration talks now set for Feb. 19. ``We… Read More

No OFAC release of civil penalties citing Cuba sanctions violations since August

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

An OFAC “release of civil penalties” was just posted today and there was only one violation and that was for violating an Iranian transaction sanctions program. The last OFAC civil penalties with a Cuban sanctions violation was back in August against an Australian bank. So, all is quiet lately… Read More

Cuban political prisoners send letter to Nelson Mandella

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Canaleta Prison. Ciego de Ávila, Cuba. February 2, 2010 Respectable Mr. Nelson Mandela: We who sign this letter are Cuban political prisoners of conscience, who want to send our sincere congratulations to the twentieth anniversary of your well deserved and historic release from prison. On February 11,… Read More

Cuban government asking citizens to register their handguns

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

WILL WEISSERT | AP Cuba has declared a two-month amnesty for citizens to register unlicensed guns, and says those passing aptitude and psychological tests will be allowed to keep their weapons. The move is unusual in a state where almost no one except some active military personnel and plain-clothed… Read More

Brutally honest assement of current life in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By KENNETH A. CHANDLER | New York Post Much has been written about Haiti being a failed state in the wake of its devastating earthquake. But just to its west lies another human catastrophe in the making—Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Havana is a city of sorrow—a once elegant and prosperous capital… Read More

Cuba paying foreign businessmen in meal vouchers - Yoani

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Huffington Post Every night in the cabaret of a luxury hotel a European businessman goes from table to table making an unusual request. He approaches the guests and asks that when their bill comes, they let him pay it with the colored vouchers that he has in his pocket. In exchange, they… Read More

Cuba - What to Expect - panel discussion on a post-Castro post-Embargo Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies invites you to a panel discussion on Cuba “What to Expect” 7:00pm Monday February 8, 2010 Casa Bacardi, University of Miami 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables Florida               MODERATOR: Jaime Suchlicki,… Read More

The US, Cuba and Haiti

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Sarah Stephens | Huffington Post After a sub-par performance in Latin America during 2009, the Obama administration has truly risen to this occasion with its forceful response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. President Obama has ordered his agencies to put this disaster on the top of their agendas,… Read More

Alan P Gross revealed as man arrested in Cuba working for DAI - NYT

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

New York Times breaks the story that the person arrested in Cuba for allegedly spying and/or distributing computers and electronics is Alan P GrossBy GINGER THOMPSON and MARC LACEY | New York Times The United States contractor detained in Cuba last month and accused of being a spy is a 60-year-old… Read More

Fidel is still the boss

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY BRIAN LATELL | commentary in the Miami Herald Offstage for almost three and a half years—infirm, debilitated and mostly confined to convalescent quarters—Fidel Castro nonetheless reasserted himself in 2009 as the dominant force in the Cuban leadership. Now beginning his 52nd year in power—he… Read More

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