Cuba Politics

CubaSource calls for donations to keep independent news service available

Posted January 29, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

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 and thousands more access the web site

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.

FOCAL is a registered non-profit charity in Canada and will issue tax-refundable receipts for your donation. Mail all donations to FOCAL, 1 Nicholas St., Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7 Canada. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Interim Director of Cubasource, Arch Ritter 562-0005 ext. 235 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or the Executive Director, Carlo Dade, at 613-562-0005 ext. 222 or by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

We look forward to hearing from you.


Carlo Dade
Executive Director

John Graham
Chair, FOCAL Board of Directors

Member Comments

On February 20, 2009, luckylucien wrote:

Just ask your bosses for a few million, just as you have for Radio and TV Marti.  The name of course is an insult to Jose Marti.  At some point, you will wear out your welcome.  Watch what is happening in the USA with the developing recession.  During the 1930s, workers took 4 years to respond to the attacks by the owners of Big Business in the USA; I think we will respond more quickly and then the Miami Mafia will have to find somewhere else to fulminate about Cuba.  Just a note, we will not want you up here in Canada; we had a lot of problems with the Tories that left the USA in the 1780s.

On February 21, 2009, paul wrote:

A refreshing non biased canadian social democrat musing.

On February 21, 2009, luckylucien wrote:

While I am a citizen of Canada, I am most definitely not a social democrat, and I am most definitely biased toward the first socialist revolution in the
Western Hemisphere.

On February 21, 2009, paul wrote:

Oh, then I’m sorry for trying to make you appear slightly relevant, carry on.