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    What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell?

    What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 1 de Mayo de 2017 – 09:38 CEST. There are probably not many Cubans who are aware of the economic and social tsunami that the fall of the military regime in Venezuela could unleash upon them. They can’t be. Reading […] Continue reading

    The Secrets of Secretismo

    The Secrets of Secretismo 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 16 April 2017 — The term secretismo (secretiveness), to refer to the absence or delay of certain information of public interest in the Cuban official media, began to be used first among critics of the system, until it came to appear in the speeches of the highest officials […] Continue reading

    Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

    Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […] Continue reading

    Did the regime pay its creditors 5.29 billion?

    Did the regime pay its creditors 5.29 billion? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 14:56 CET. The anxiety affecting the dictator and military higher-ups in charge of Cuba is palpable, eager to dispel their bad international reputation for non-payment, as they yearn to attract unwary foreign investors and […] Continue reading

    Cuba experiencing an economic crisis

    Cuba experiencing an economic crisis By Nora Gamez Torres El Nuevo Herald Published Feb 7, 2017 at 12:02AM MIAMI — The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve this year. […] Continue reading

    Cuba paid more than $5 billion in foreign debt last year but the economy is still dragging

    Cuba paid more than $5 billion in foreign debt last year but the economy is still dragging BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve […] 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

    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

    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

    Economic hardships in Cuba spark rumors of a new “Special Period”

    Economic hardships in Cuba spark rumors of a new “Special Period” Without Venezuelan aid, Cuba’s economy grew only 1 percent and could get worse in 2017 as the government confirms power blackouts and suspension of debt payments. NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban ruler Raúl Castro may have ruled out a return to the “Special Period” […] Continue reading

    Mariano Murillo, the Marked Card Up Raul Castro’s Sleeve

    Mariano Murillo, the Marked Card Up Raul Castro’s Sleeve/ 14ymedio Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 July 2016 — The ouster of Marino Murillo as head of the Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP) raises the question of whether it was a fall into disgrace or an act of protection. An official statement said […] Continue reading