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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 and thousands more access the web site CubaSource.org.
The generous support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and of our principal donor, the Ford Foundation, has made this information service possible. Under its own rules, the Ford Foundation unfortunately cannot grant another extension in funding so we must turn to our subscribers for support.
Cubasource “is by far the single best source of information about Cuba published anywhere in the world… on its own merit, it is quite simply an outstanding academic, public resource,” says distinguished Cuban scholar Jorge I. Dominguez, the Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics and Vice-Provost for International Affairs at Harvard University and one of the world’s leading scholar on Cuba.
Among the major outputs that Cubasource generates are the following:
1. Frequent, weekly web site updates of news and interesting documents.
2. A monthly “Chronicle on Cuba” covering the latest developments in foreign affairs and international relations, the economy and society, security issues, the exile community, and US-Cuba relations.
3. A portal to a comprehensive range and listing of Cuba-related web sites, constituting an invaluable research resource.
4. A series of downloadable studies generated by or within the Cubasource enterprise at FOCAL.
We are pleased to inform you at this time that Dr. A. R. M. Ritter has just joined FOCAL as interim Director of the Research Forum on Cuba program, replacing Cristina Warren who has been a most capable Director of the program since its inception, who is now moving on to other challenges. Arch Ritter, an Emeritus professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Economics department at Carleton University, brings to FOCAL his long-term interest in Cuba where he has lived and worked. He has published extensively on Cuba and is known as one of Canada’s foremost experts on the island.
Despite increasing links with Cuba since the end of the Cold War, understanding of Cuba by the international community remains limited, hindering its ability to produce reliable analysis on the challenges faced by the island. This situation is further complicated by the extensive array of actors inside and outside of Cuba with a highly polarized range of perspectives.
As Cubasource subscribers, you know how valuable a resource it is. We hope that you will help to keep this excellent, independent information service operating through your contribution. Although this is not a robust financial climate, we very much appreciate your donations to help keep this important enterprise intact.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Chair, FOCAL Board of Directors