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    THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA

    THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA By Jon Lee Anderson , AUGUST 31, 2016 When a cold war winds down, what happens to its spies and traitors? The British double agents Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean were able to see out their days in Moscow while it was still ruled by Communists, without fears […] 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

    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

    Former-Cuban prisoner says he would return to Cuba if welcome

    Former-Cuban prisoner says he would return to Cuba if welcome Ashley Yore 6:21 PM, Apr 19, 2016 As many of you are thinking about visiting Cuba, Alan Gross had a very different experience there. “I saw that magnificent plane, and there it said, right printed right on there beautiful, the United States of America. I […] 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

    Steps Obama has taken to ease US restrictions on Cuba

    Steps Obama has taken to ease US restrictions on Cuba By The Associated Press President Barack Obama aims to use his historic trip to Cuba starting Sunday to further his bid to restore ties after a half-century of acrimony. Though his visit will be one of the most visible symbols of the new approach, Obama […] 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

    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

    Havana – Waiting for Air Force One

    Havana: Waiting for Air Force One / Iván García Posted on March 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 22 February 2016 — If Barack Obama’s plan was to enhance the US influence in Cuba, he has made some gains. If his plan involves the use of a stealthy Trojan horse to bring in the internet, commerce and […] 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