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    The worst year under Raúl Castro

    The worst year under Raúl Castro ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 30 de Diciembre de 2016 – 22:48 CET. It is no secret that the sessions of the National Assembly of the People’s Power are a mere formality. Documents are discussed and approved that have been “cooked up” by those in the upper […] Continue reading

    Raul Castro wishes to withdraw from power fully faithful to his brother’s principles. Nothing, not a single sign of change

    Raul Castro wishes to withdraw from power fully faithful to his brother’s principles. Nothing, not a single sign of change PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 30 de Diciembre de 2016 – 00:33 CET. The general philosophy that will pervade the Government next year, until the promised resignation of General Raúl Castro, was clearly outlined […] Continue reading

    Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US

    Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press December 28, 2016 HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday that its economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century as a plunge in aid from Venezuela overwhelmed a surge in tourism set off by detente with […] Continue reading

    2017 ‘Muy malo’ for Cuba

    2017: ‘Muy malo’ for Cuba By Silvio Canto, Jr. December 29, 2016 For 10 years, Raúl has benefited a lot from having Fidel around. Fidel always showed up at the big celebrations or wrote a column. Forget that. It won’t be pretty in 2017, as we see in this report from the AP: Castro must […] Continue reading

    Cuba faces deep financial woes

    Cuba faces deep financial woes Tourism increase is great hope in 2017. HAVANA (AP) — Alex Romero was delighted when President Barack Obama came to Havana in March bearing the promise of a bright new future. Like so many other Cubans, the 42-year-old state photography shop employee was thrilled with the president’s vision of restored […] Continue reading

    Este es el verdadero resumen de 2016

    Este es el verdadero resumen de 2016 ENRISCO | Nueva Jersey | 25 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:37 CET. Enero —Revelada la Letra del Año resulta ser un número. El ocho para ser más exactos. “Muerto” en la charada cubana. Se recomienda acostar el ocho y que así parezca el símbolo del infinito. Se […] Continue reading

    Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017

    Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017 Castro must manage economic and diplomatic challenges during a year of transition Published: 16:15 December 26, 2016 AP Havana: Alex Romero was delighted when President Barack Obama came to Havana in March bearing the promise of a bright new future. Like so many other Cubans, the […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year

    Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […] Continue reading

    Another Socialist Economic Innovation – Cuba Reinvents Barter WithRum For Czech Republic

    Another Socialist Economic Innovation – Cuba Reinvents Barter With Rum For Czech Republic Tim Worstall , CONTRIBUTOR I have opinions about economics, finance and public policy. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. One of the things which truly puzzles about the general enthusiasm for socialism in certain quarters is quite why people keep […] Continue reading

    Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

    Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@miamiherald.com LINKEDIN Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways, a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as the people’s political vanguard, […] Continue reading