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    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

    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

    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

    Southwest Airlines CEO Kelly Talks Expansion, Cuba, TSA and Checked Bags

    Southwest Airlines CEO Kelly Talks Expansion, Cuba, TSA and Checked Bags Southwest itself is growing, with a capacity increase of nearly 5% in current quarter June 22, 2016 4:44 p.m. ET The U.S. airline industry is growing faster than the gross domestic product, and that has created “some real pockets of aggressiveness throughout the country,” […] 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

    Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise

    Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise Reports of greater opportunities for small and medium enterprises are based on vaguely worded documents that project government plans until 2030, which were discussed during the Communist Party’s recent VII Congress. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Reports that Cuba plans to legalize small and […] Continue reading

    Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba

    Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba Island nation is just itching to breathe free Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:46 p.m. CDT I just returned from 2 weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from the land of Fidelismo. Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited, though American educational and professional […] Continue reading

    Socialist state enterprise?

    Socialist state enterprise? FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 20 Abr 2016 – 1:34 pm. In the years of the Republic, in Cuba there was a large number of small, medium-sized and large businesses that produced some 10,000 different products and articles, covering a large portion of domestic demand, thereby averting the need for many […] 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