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    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

    Fidel Castro is dead – He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

    Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@MiamiHerald.com During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare. Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were hollow from the start, and crumbling by the […] Continue reading

    Strangling us at the waist

    Strangling us at the waist ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 18 de Noviembre de 2016 – 19:32 CET. More than 20 years ago in Havana a friend and colleague of mine portrayed the regime’s incessant calls for austerity with an unforgettable image that I have never forgotten: “Boy, if we keep tightening our […] Continue reading

    Pro-engagement group toasts with Cuban rum, prepares for uphill battle on future policy

    Pro-engagement group toasts with Cuban rum, prepares for uphill battle on future policy BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid the clinking glasses of Havana Club and uplifting speeches, the smiles of the invited guests at this gala could barely conceal the underlying concerns following Donald Trump’s electoral victory. The gathering at the posh […] Continue reading

    Cuba pardons 787 prisoners after pope’s call for mercy

    Cuba pardons 787 prisoners after pope’s call for mercy Cuba has pardoned 787 convicts in response to Pope Francis’ Holy Year call to all heads of state for acts of clemency, the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma reported on Tuesday. Those pardoned include women, youths, people who are ill and “other categories,” according to Granma. […] Continue reading

    In Cuban Piñata, Military Picks Up Five-Star Hotels

    In Cuban Piñata, Military Picks Up Five-Star Hotels / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 9 November 2016 – The control exercised by the Cuban military over a sector as critical as tourism was common knowledge. However, the recent International Fair of Havana (FIHAV 2016) uncovered that the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) is not […] Continue reading

    Is Castroism reformable?

    Is Castroism reformable? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:05 CET. When Mikhail Gorbachev launched the reforms known as perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness, transparency) he did not do so with the idea of ??doing away with the Soviet Union, but just the opposite: to save it from […] Continue reading

    Cuban refinery cuts production in half because of drop in Venezuelanoil

    Cuban refinery cuts production in half because of drop in Venezuelan oil BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND MARIO J. PENTÓN ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The oil crisis in Venezuela has struck at the center of Cuba. The drop in Venezuelan oil deliveries to the island has led to a major cut in production at a refinery in Cienfuegos […] Continue reading

    New trade-regulation debate – Should the U.S. share intelligence withCuba?

    New trade-regulation debate: Should the U.S. share intelligence with Cuba? BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON President Barack Obama’s new 12-page directive on trade and travel to Cuba, widely heralded for its elimination of limits on Americans’ purchases of cigars and rum, contains a largely unnoticed provision that has alarmed Cuban-Americans in South Florida. It instructs […] Continue reading

    Building Socialism in Cuba

    Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

    A new sponsor for Castro?

    A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading