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    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

    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

    Backlash in Cuba

    Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

    Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?

    Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible? That was one of Obama’s goals in his recent trip—and he made huge progress, charming the Cuban public and establishing a rapport with Raúl Castro. By Peter KornbluhTwitterAPRIL 6, 2016 The day after President Obama ended his historic trip to Havana, Cubans turned on their TV sets and watched his […] Continue reading

    The Foreign Investment Law – A Litany of Squandered Opportunities

    The Foreign Investment Law: A Litany of Squandered Opportunities DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 11 Mar 2016 – 8:56 pm. Entitled “Inversión extranjera, puntal para el desarrollo (Foreign investment, Key to Development” on Friday, March 4, 2016, the daily paper Granma published a conversation between journalists Sheyla Delgado and Óscar Sanchez with Déborah Rivas, […] Continue reading

    Fooling everyone, all the time?

    Fooling everyone, all the time? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | La Habana | 23 Dic 2015 – 4:49 pm. General Raúl Castro’s government is lying when it claims that in 2015 the Cuban economy grew 4%, which would be eight times more than the 0.3% to 0.5% that the ECLAC estimates for average growth in the […] Continue reading

    Wi-Fi and Dirty Pants

    Wi-Fi and Dirty Pants HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 19 Oct 2015 – 12:15 pm. The illiterate of the 21st century are those who do not have Internet access. Many do not even know that the Internet exists in Cuba. As has been the case in Cuba for quite some time, everything that […] Continue reading