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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

    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

    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

    Former Cuban Prisoner Rights Violations Remain

    Former Cuban Prisoner: Human-Rights Violations Remain Armando Valladares 9:25 AM ET Armando Valladares is the author of Against All Hope, about the 22 years he spent as a prisoner in Castro’s gulags. Despite renewed ties with the U.S. Many of the Damas de Blanco—Cuba’s infamous wives, mothers and daughters of jailed political dissidents—were recently detained […] 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

    Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change

    Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer Updated 1139 GMT (1939 HKT) March 21, 2016 Story highlights The presidential trip to Havana is the culmination of a three-year effort to restore ties to the island The regime in Havana has shown little movement toward improving […] Continue reading

    LETTER TO OBAMA – MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA – RSF

    LETTER TO OBAMA: MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016. Next week, President Barack Obama will visit Cuba, the first sitting President of the United States to do so since 1928. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written an open letter to President Obama asking […] Continue reading

    Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions

    Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions Obama will make the first visit by a sitting president in nearly 90 years Major issues still separate the two countries But progress has been made since rapprochement announced Dec. 17, 2014 BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Symbolic, an effort to burnish his legacy and prevent his Cuba policies […] 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

    Why Five Years in Cuban Prison Sold Alan Gross on Obama’s Visit

    Why Five Years in Cuban Prison Sold Alan Gross on Obama’s Visit Margaret Talev March 11, 2016 — 11:00 AM CET It took five years, Pope Francis, President Barack Obama, and the exchange of three Cuban spies to get Alan Gross, gaunt and broken-toothed, out of a Havana prison. But 15 months after his return […] Continue reading

    CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS

    CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS David Soler 8 February 2016 Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years. In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on Saddam Hussein’s government. Meanwhile just 90 miles from U.S. shores, […] Continue reading