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In Venezuela Chavismo-Fidelismo Failed, Not 21st Century Socialism

In Venezuela Chavismo-Fidelismo Failed, Not 21st Century Socialism / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on January 15, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 15 January 2016 – Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was the result of a political and economic crisis of capitalism, driven by opportunists and embezzlers. His first speech about 21st Century Socialism sustained by a […] Continue reading

17 December – First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage

17 December: First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage / Miriam Celaya Posted on December 29, 2015 Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 December 2015 – At the end of the first year of the restoration of relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba, the expectations that the historical event awakened in Cuba remain unfulfilled. […] Continue reading

Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba

Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 16, 2015 Iván García, Diario de las Américas, 8 December 2015 — Just past midnight, when Cuba’s military bigwigs heard the president of the Venezuelan electoral college, Tibisay Lucena, confirm the loss of Nicolas Maduro’s PSUV (United Socialist Party of […] Continue reading

December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility

December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility / Convivencia Posted on December 14, 2015 Coexistence Magazine, Pinar del Rio, Cuba Convivencia, Pinar del Rio, 20 November 2015 — December 17, 2014 opened, without a doubt, a new stage, a new phase in the recent history of Cuba: it was the announcement of the process […] Continue reading

55 years of dogma

55 years of dogma HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 9 Dic 2015 – 5:34 pm. Cuba is one of the countries holding the most celebrations every year. As part of its mission to create another history, in our country even debacles are celebrated as if they were victories, and the founding of different […] Continue reading

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods / Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez Posted on November 24, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, Havana, 24 November 2015 — Two teenage gangs disturb the public peace on the streets of the Havana municipality of Cerro, while the police remain passive. Known as […] Continue reading

Cuba, a failed experiment

Cuba, a failed experiment Terry SavageContact Reporter If you ever wondered what a country would look like after 50 years of total government economic controls, you need only to make a trip to Cuba, which I did last week. The history of that nation is a story with endless political ramifications, both for those who […] Continue reading

Cuban Journalists are in No-Man’s Land

Cuban Journalists are in No-Man’s Land / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 3, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 31 October 2015 — It seems much time has passed since the ’80s, when a stern official from State Security, dressed in civilian clothing, solemnly intimidated us, a group of fresh youngsters, who were studying at La Vibora’s pre-university. […] Continue reading

Institutionalizing the Country

Institutionalizing the Country HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 21 Oct 2015 – 9:05 pm. In order to win the confidence of foreign investors, Raul Castro should first win that of the Cuban people. The government is desperately seeking foreign investment. It lobbies, it promises, it winks, but … as they say in Cuba, […] Continue reading

What It’s Like to Launch an Independent News Outlet in Cuba

What It’s Like to Launch an Independent News Outlet in Cuba By ERNESTO LONDOÑO OCTOBER 20, 2015 12:57 PM October 20, 2015 12:57 pm Elaine Díaz, the first Cuban journalist to receive a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, returned home earlier this year and resigned from the University of Havana, where she taught for seven […] Continue reading

Reclaiming The Parental Authority They Snatched From Us

Reclaiming The Parental Authority They Snatched From Us / 14ymedio, Jorge Guillen Posted on October 17, 2015 14ymedio, Jorge Guillén, Candelaria, Artemisa, 15 October 2015 — In the early years of the Cuban Revolution we experienced one of the saddest chapters of our history, called “Operation Peter Pan.” Thousands of parents sent their children abroad […] Continue reading

The Fraud of Cuban Business Consultants

The Fraud of Cuban Business Consultants / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 14, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 5 October 2015 — Why deceive US businessmen by assuring them they can come to Havana and, just like that, set up shop in Cuba? The Cuban government is cautious and equates the word freedom with a […] Continue reading

A Dubious Decision

A Dubious Decision / Fernando Damaso Posted on October 10, 2015 Fernando Damaso, 10 October 2015 — At a time when many Cuban youths, adults, and even elderly are choosing to emigrate, it is noteworthy that a Cuban who has lived in Canada for a decade, with a wife and young child, posted on Facebook […] Continue reading

Cuba 2019 – Translated

Cuba 2019 / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 29, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 26 September 2015 — Let’s climb aboard a time machine. Into the future, of course. By now, Raul Castro has given up the throne. His son Alejandro has been tried for abuse of power, financial corruption and violations of human rights. Luis Alberto […] Continue reading

Pope Francis is bringing a wish list to Cuba, but he may be disappointed

Pope Francis is bringing a wish list to Cuba, but he may be disappointed By Nick Miroff September 17 at 7:00 PM HAVANA — The president of Cuba is a communist who was educated in Jesuit academies. The pope is a Jesuit who grew up attending public schools. They took vastly divergent paths, but both […] Continue reading

State Department watered down human trafficking report

Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report By Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and […] Continue reading

Cuba – Transforming a Revolution

Cuba: Transforming a Revolution Castro and Obama balance gradual normalization with showing benefits for both US and Cuba Patricia Alejandro YaleGlobal, 23 July 2015 CAMBRIDGE, MA: During the 1990s, the popular assumption was that most Cubans, if they had a choice, would leave their country for the United States in a heartbeat. Today, while many […] Continue reading

A new case of fraud shakes Cuban universities

A new case of fraud shakes Cuban universities / Mario Lleonart Posted on July 27, 2015 A new case of academic fraud this Thursday has shaken the universities. A group of first year medical students in Villa Clara province were able to see in advance the answers to the morpho-physiology exam, which was sat Thursday […] Continue reading

A New Case of Fraud Jolts Cuban Universities

A New Case of Fraud Jolts Cuban Universities / 14ymedio, Mario Feliz Lleonart Posted on July 10, 2015 14ymedio, Mario Feliz Lleonart, Villa Clara, 9 July 2015 — A new case of academic fraud jolted university campuses this Thursday. A group of first year students in Medical Sciences in the province of Villa Clara had […] Continue reading

The Reestablishment of Civil Society: An Unavoidable Necessity

The Reestablishment of Civil Society: An Unavoidable Necessity / Dimas Castellanos Posted on June 26, 2015 Dimas Castellanos, 10 April 2015 — If by “civil society” we mean a group of autonomous associations, public spaces, rights, and liberties by which citizens exchange opinions, make decisions and participate in political, economic and social matters that interest […] Continue reading

Could Cuba be Vietnam in the Caribbean?

Opinion: Could Cuba be Vietnam in the Caribbean? Richard E Feinberg Hanoi may have lessons for Havana What might Cuba look like a decade or two from now, when its ageing revolutionary leadership has faded from view? Consider the remarkable economic success of Vietnam, once a highly centralised planned economy as Cuba is today. Vietnam […] Continue reading

State Inefficiency, Convenient Business

State Inefficiency, Convenient Business / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on May 27, 2015 Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 22 May 2015 — Attestations about poor or non-existent attention in Cuban state businesses are so abundant that few pay attention to them. In order to offer a response to the indignant, the island’s official press […] Continue reading

A Math Test Shielded Against Fraud

A Math Test Shielded Against Fraud / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata Posted on April 30, 2015 14ymedio, Zunida Mata, Havana 28 april 2015 — “This is more protected than Plaza of the revolution,” a teenager joked this Monday just before sitting down for the math test for college admission. Yesterday, dozens of schools across the country […] Continue reading

Cuban Americans’ shifting identity, and political views, divides key bloc

Cuban Americans’ shifting identity, and political views, divides key bloc By Marc Fisher April 12 at 1:27 PM MIAMI — When Sen. Marco ­Rubio stands before Miami’s historic Freedom Tower on Monday and announces that he is the second Cuban American to join the 2016 race for president of the United States, Gabriel Perez, Emilio […] Continue reading

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] Continue reading

Cuba leading anti-Obama Attacks

Cuba leading anti-Obama Attacks March 14, 2015 By Silvio Canto, Jr. Back in the days of “we are the change we’ve been waiting for”, we were told that a new President Obama would improve our standing in the world. In other words, voting for McCain or Romney would make us unpopular. It turns out that […] Continue reading

Seeding a Silicon Valley in Cuba

Seeding a Silicon Valley in Cuba By Ramphis Castro, Founder, Mindchemy March 13, 2015, 7:00 AM PDT This Re/code series of contributed essays from Kauffman Fellows will provide stories from their on-the-ground view of technology entrepreneurship today, and its implications for the future. Founded in 1994, Kauffman Fellows is a Silicon Valley-based leadership program for […] Continue reading

An Ethical Roadway for Civil Society

An Ethical Roadway for Civil Society / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 1, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 25 February 2015 — This Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, a new meeting of the members Espacio Abierto [Cuban Civil Society Open Forum] of the independent civil society took place with a broad representation of members of […] Continue reading

The Cuba-Iran-Venezuela Relationship: Implications for the United States

The Cuba-Iran-Venezuela Relationship: Implications for the United States* [25-02-2015 06:23:26] Jaime Suchlicki Director del Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano-Americanos de la Universidad de Miami (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- President Barack Obama’s announcement on December 17, 2014, about an improvement in U.S.-Cuban relations will have little, if any, impact on General Raúl Castro’s alliance with Iran, Russia and […] Continue reading

In Cuba, prosperity will require changes to government control

In Cuba, prosperity will require changes to government control By Karen DeYoung February 14 at 3:30 AM HAVANA — When Cuba was hit with rolling blackouts a decade ago, Fidel Castro decided to save energy by ordering everyone on the island to switch from incandescent to fluorescent lighting. Millions, perhaps billions, of bulbs were ordered […] Continue reading

Cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area

By Karl Penhaul CNN Cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area Published 5:41 AM EST Jan 18, 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) —You would think if something was not officially permitted in communist-controlled Cuba then it would be forbidden. But that’s not the way Cubans see things. They regard many facets of daily life as falling […] Continue reading