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01/18/2017 06:32 PM
U.S Deports 71 Cubans Detained Before Reversal of Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy
U.S Deports 71 Cubans Detained Before Reversal of Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy / EFE, 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio) Miami , 16 January 2017 – A total of 71 Cubans were deported this Sunday after being detained in ­­­­­the Florida Straits seeking to enter the country days before the U.S government announced the change in immigration […]
01/18/2017 04:34 PM
Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and JENNIFER KAY Associated PressJanuary 17, 2017 MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it […]
01/18/2017 04:31 PM
Hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico after U.S. ends immigration policy
Hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico after U.S. ends immigration policy The end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy for Cuban refugees has left potentially hundreds of people stranded along the south side of the U.S.-Mexico border. They were on their way to the U.S. where they would have eventually been granted citizenship. Now, […]
01/18/2017 04:00 PM
The regime’s impudence
The regime’s impudence DDC | Madrid | 18 de Enero de 2017 – 09:42 CET. A regime like Cuba’s – which has never tired of discriminating between nationals and foreigners, treating its own people like second-class citizens, and imposing nationality-based policies of apartheid – now considers it a victory to have undone the only preferential […]
01/17/2017 06:06 PM
Cuba’s Real Estate Market Shaken With End of Privileged Emigration to the US
Cuba’s Real Estate Market Shaken With End of Privileged Emigration to the US / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Havana, Zunilda Mata, 16 January 2017 – The sign is still hanging from the balcony. “For Sale,” it says in big letters that can be seen from the street. But Jorge no longer wants to auction off […]
01/17/2017 04:34 PM
Cuba, United States to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and other crimes
Cuba, United States to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and other crimes By Marc Frank | HAVANA Cuba and the United States on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and other international criminal activities on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. President Barack Obama’s Deputy National […]
01/17/2017 04:31 PM
Travel industry hopes Trump doesn’t upset fast-growing Cuban tourism
Travel industry hopes Trump doesn’t upset fast-growing Cuban tourism Trump has said he may scrap normalization unless the U.S. gets a ‘better deal’ 01/16/2017 | ConsumerAffairs | Travel By James R. Hood Consumer Affairs’ founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide. He also […]
01/17/2017 04:13 PM
In final days, Obama administration signs law enforcement pact with Cuba
In final days, Obama administration signs law enforcement pact with Cuba Gregory Korte , USA TODAY Published 7:16 p.m. ET Jan. 16, 2017 | WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department signed a new agreement on law enforcement cooperation with Cuba on Monday, seeking to further deepen ties with the communist island just four days before […]
01/17/2017 04:10 PM
Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation
Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com LINKEDIN Before being detained Friday at Miami International Airport, Cuban couple Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernandez, 67 and 64, had visited their relatives in the United States six times. The husband and wife, who had tourist visas for five […]
01/17/2017 03:39 PM
Doctors enslaved abroad while Cuba deprived of them
Doctors enslaved abroad while Cuba deprived of them DDC | Madrid | 16 de Enero de 2017 – 19:23 CET. Two of the most important revenue sources for Castroism’s economic survival are family remittances and the export of medical personnel. Cuban doctors abroad work and live on a basis that is tantamount to slavery, only […]
01/16/2017 06:57 PM
Publisher of ‘Coexistence’ is Incommunicado in State Security Headquarters
Publisher of ‘Coexistence’ is Incommunicado in State Security Headquarters / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 21 January 2017 — The editor of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence), the economist Karina Galvez, is still being held incommunicado 24 hours after a spectacular police raid on her home in Pinar del Río. Gálvez is accused of […]
01/16/2017 06:02 PM
End Of ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Means Cubans Can Join Ranks Of Undocumented
End Of ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Means Cubans Can Join Ranks Of Undocumented January 15, 20177:07 AM ET There’s a popular saying in Spanish — O todos en la cama, o todos en el suelo. It conveys a selfless commitment to equal treatment, and translates roughly like this: Either we all get the bed, or […]
01/16/2017 05:54 PM
Quick end to Cubans’ asylum claim; now they’re hoping for Trump to act
Quick end to Cubans’ asylum claim; now they’re hoping for Trump to act BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO The five Cubans who turned themselves into U.S. immigration authorities Saturday afternoon were back in Mexico Sunday after they withdrew their asylum applications out of fear they would miss out on any relief President-elect Donald […]
01/16/2017 05:53 PM
Five Cubans seek asylum in Texas, likely the first of many
Five Cubans seek asylum in Texas, likely the first of many BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO Alberto Rafael Ramírez, 29, a onetime bus driver, put a cigarette in his mouth and passed two others to friends as they paced violently, arguing with themselves over whether they should turn themselves into U.S. immigration agents […]
01/15/2017 04:38 PM
‘El Nuevo Herald’ Asks Obama To ‘Open The Door’ To Stranded Cubans’
‘El Nuevo Herald’ Asks Obama To ‘Open The Door’ To Stranded Cubans’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2017 — An editorial in El Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald asks Barack Obama to open the door to Cubans stranded in Central America and Mexico after his “sudden decision” to end the wet foot/dry foot […]
01/15/2017 04:36 PM
Cubans in Panama ‘Irregularly’ Will Have to Leave the Country
Cubans in Panama ‘Irregularly’ Will Have to Leave the Country / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 13 January 2017 — The more than 100 Cubans who are in Panama illegally must leave, according to the director of Panama’s National Immigration Service, Javier Carrillo. “They will not be deported, but immigration law applies,” the senior official told 14ymedio. […]
01/15/2017 03:37 PM
‘Marielitos’ Face Long-Delayed Reckoning – Expulsion to Cuba
‘Marielitos’ Face Long-Delayed Reckoning: Expulsion to Cuba By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 14, 2017 MIAMI — They were some of the most feared people in South Florida, men who became cinematic fodder and, long before Donald J. Trump uttered the term “bad hombres,” ones who really did give some immigrants a bad name. For almost 40 years, […]
01/15/2017 03:26 PM
WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team
WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com WPLG Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the ABC affiliate’s men in Havana. The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in […]
01/15/2017 03:24 PM
Among last Cubans to cross into the U.S., migrant at home in Hialeah
Among last Cubans to cross into the U.S., migrant at home in Hialeah BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com Alvaro Moreno, a Cuban who was among the last few undocumented island migrants to cross the Mexican border into the United States shortly before President Barack Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, reached his ultimate goal […]
01/14/2017 11:51 PM
Bitter, disbelieving – Cuban migrants en route to U.S. hope for some kind of eleventh-hour reprieve
Bitter, disbelieving: Cuban migrants en route to U.S. hope for some kind of eleventh-hour reprieve Patrick J. McDonnell and Juan de Dios GarciaContact Reporter This sweltering town just north of Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala is a three-day bus jaunt from the U.S.-Mexico frontier, a fact that has long drawn migrants from across the globe […]
01/14/2017 11:49 PM
Some Cuban felons, including 2,000 murderers, could face deportation under new policy
Some Cuban felons, including 2,000 murderers, could face deportation under new policy BY JAY WEAVER AND MIMI WHITEFIELD jweaver@miamiherald.com The sudden end of America’s “wet foot, dry foot” policy and special immigration privileges for Cubans may open the door for another move that would have a major impact on thousands of South Florida families: deporting […]
01/14/2017 11:41 PM
Obama’s latest step on Cuba actually seems necessary and proper
Obama’s latest step on Cuba actually seems necessary and proper By Editorial Board January 13 at 5:56 PM PRESIDENT OBAMA boasted about his opening to Cuba once again in his farewell speech on Tuesday, but as we have noted repeatedly, that policy has yielded paltry results so far, both in economic terms and, most important, […]
01/14/2017 11:35 PM
Don’t expect Trump to reinstate special immigration status for Cubans
Don’t expect Trump to reinstate special immigration status for Cubans BY PATRICIA MAZZEI, LESLEY CLARK AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com For all the bluster Miami’s Cuban-American Republicans in Congress delivered after President Barack Obama’s stunning decision Thursday to dispose of a decades-old U.S. policy favoring Cuban immigrants, the likelihood of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the […]
01/14/2017 11:32 PM
Deciphering the new U.S. policies that affect Cuban migrants
Deciphering the new U.S. policies that affect Cuban migrants BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com From the streets of Havana to the Mexican border with the United States to South Florida, there was a new immigration reality Friday, the day after the Obama administration said Cubans would no longer be allowed to enter the United States without […]
01/14/2017 11:11 PM
Relatives in Miami wait anxiously to see if Cuban loved ones make it into U.S.
Relatives in Miami wait anxiously to see if Cuban loved ones make it into U.S. BY CHABELI HERRERA AND ABEL FERNANDEZ cherrera@miamiherald.com Dozens of Cuban families in South Florida waiting for relatives without visas to arrive by land, air or sea were still trying to sort out what the abrupt change in immigration policy would […]
01/14/2017 11:08 PM
South Florida immigrants react to end of special treatment for Cubans
South Florida immigrants react to end of special treatment for Cubans BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND LEÓN HERNÁNDEZ JCHARLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM After more than two decades of denouncing the unfairness of U.S. immigration policy that allowed Cubans to go free — but not them —if they reached land, some immigrant groups are celebrating President Obama’s decision to end […]
01/14/2017 11:07 PM
Packed up and desperate to leave, some Cubans now have no place to go
Packed up and desperate to leave, some Cubans now have no place to go BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Havana resident Yeny Varela sobbed when she heard on national television that the so-called wet foot, dry foot policy had ended effective immediately. Repatriated to Cuba from Mexico in 2014 after a month-and-a-half trek from Ecuador, […]
01/14/2017 11:06 PM
Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or asylum
Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or asylum BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com For decades, American immigration authorities have essentially greeted Cuban migrants who have arrived on U.S. soil without visas as if they were documented immigrants — detaining them briefly only for background checks and then quickly admitting them into the country with […]
01/14/2017 11:04 PM
Despair among Cubans just starting out in the U.S.
Despair among Cubans just starting out in the U.S. BY JOHANNA A. ÁLVAREZ jaalvarez@elnuevoherald.com A grave silence hung over the office of the program for immigrants and refugees of Church World Service, the resettlement agency in Doral that helps Cubans and other immigrants begin their new life in the United States. Those who went to […]
01/14/2017 10:10 PM
The Drama of Hundreds of Cubans Who Have Their Bags Packed
The Drama of Hundreds of Cubans Who Have Their Bags Packed / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Havana/Miami, 14 January 2017 – Yeny Varela cried bitterly this Thursday when she heard on national television about the immediate end to the wet foot/dry foot policy. Repatriated to Cuba from Mexico after a long month-and-a-half […]
01/14/2017 10:09 PM
End of Program for Resettlement in the US Causes Anxiety Among Cuban Doctors Who Have Fled Missions
End of Program for Resettlement in the US Causes Anxiety Among Cuban Doctors Who Have Fled Missions / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 January 2017 — Thirty Cuban doctors met Friday in Bogota to protest the ending of the Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) program, which until yesterday allowed Cuban medical personnel […]
01/14/2017 10:07 PM
When A Hope Is Lost
When A Hope Is Lost / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Desde Aqui, Reinaldo Escobar, 13 January 2017 — The end of the wet foot/dry foot policy entails among its many consequences the loss of hope for a great number of Cubans. Few times in our national history has a decision taken outside the borders of […]
01/14/2017 10:05 PM
Washington Closes The Escape Valve
Washington Closes The Escape Valve / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 January 2017 — Matilde sold her home just two weeks ago to pay for the immigration route to the United States. Thursday, the hope of achieving her dreams burst when president Barack Obama put an end to the wet foot/dry foot policy that granted legal […]
01/14/2017 10:02 PM
Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy for Cubans Eliminated
Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy for Cubans Eliminated / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 12 January 2017 – [Note: This is an extended version of an article that appeared earlier today.] The Obama administration ended the “wet foot/dry foot” policy that allowed Cuban citizens to stay in the the United States as long as […]
01/14/2017 09:42 PM
Cuban Economist and Activist Karina Galvez Arrested And Taken To State Security Headquarters
Cuban Economist and Activist Karina Galvez Arrested And Taken To State Security Headquarters / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 11 January 2017 — The economist Karina Galvez, a member of the editorial board of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) has been arrested and taken to the headquarters of State Security on the Pinar del Rio highway. Her home […]
01/13/2017 08:08 PM
Obama ‘screwed’ us, angry Cuban migrants say
Obama ‘screwed’ us, angry Cuban migrants say BY THE MANILA TIMES ON JANUARY 13, 2017 PANAMA CITY: “Obama has screwed all Cubans,” Yadiel Cruz, a Cuban in Panama bitterly told Agence France-Presse on Thursday upon learning the US president has suddenly made it tougher for migrants like him to get into America. The 33-year-old summed […]
01/13/2017 07:11 PM
Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas
Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and FRANCES ROBLES JAN. 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he was terminating the 22-year-old policy that has allowed Cubans who arrived on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, an unexpected […]
01/13/2017 07:07 PM
Obama Makes One Last Cuba Move Before He’s out the Door
Obama Makes One Last Cuba Move Before He’s out the Door The Obama administration announced Thursday that it is scrapping the so-called wet foot, dry foot policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive in the United States without visas. The AP reports that the change had been negotiated for months between the U.S. and Cuban […]
01/13/2017 07:05 PM
Obama ends controversial policy that allowed Cubans to enter U.S. without visas
Obama ends controversial policy that allowed Cubans to enter U.S. without visas BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration on Thursday pulled the plug on a controversial policy for Cuban migrants — essentially turning the clock back on decades of preferential treatment for Cubans and making those who arrive without visas subject to deportation. The […]
01/13/2017 07:02 PM
The day when ‘wet foot, dry foot’ became policy and changed immigration
The day when ‘wet foot, dry foot’ became policy and changed immigration Miami Herald Archive On May 2, 1995, the U.S. and Cuba announced a change in immigration policy, the birth of what would become known as the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Here is the Miami Herald story from that day, published on May 3. On […]
01/10/2017 03:26 PM
Cuban American lost his business bid after obtaining permanent residence in Cuba
Cuban American lost his business bid after obtaining permanent residence in Cuba rkoltun@miamiherald.com BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Saul Berenthal was to become the first Cuban American investor on the island with a plan to assemble tractors to help small farmers. But his full embrace of his Cuban roots backfired. The tale of Cleber LLC, […]
01/09/2017 12:32 PM
Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains
Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […]
01/09/2017 12:31 PM
A Sanctuary For Cuban Migrants On Their Way To The United States
A Sanctuary For Cuban Migrants On Their Way To The United States / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 5 January 2017 — Dozens of Cubans take refuge every week in the shelter set up by the social ministry of Caritas in Panama to continue their journey to the United States. Although currently there […]
01/09/2017 12:28 PM
Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics
Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 January 2017 — Faithful, hard-line and knowledgeable of the ultimate secrets of dissidents and ministers, Carlos Fernandez Gondín made his mark on the Ministry of Interior (MININT), the most feared Cuban institution. But shortly after taking over the portfolio in 2015, life played […]
01/08/2017 05:41 PM
Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump
Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump Christopher Woody Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a “better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry that the president-elect will halt or […]
01/07/2017 09:12 PM
Castro II’s Island is Adrift
Castro II’s Island is Adrift / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 5 January 2017 – It is well known that for almost six decades we Cubans have not had a real government program, unless the old “five-year plans” are defined as such. These were programs Castro I copied from the USSR in order […]
01/06/2017 06:58 PM
Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say
Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say Cuban opposition activists have said the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents rocketed to nearly 10,000 last year. The government on the one-party communist island denies holding any political prisoners. In a report published on Thursday, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) found […]
01/04/2017 06:17 PM
Cuba’s Santeria priests forecast prosperity in New Year’s prophesy
Cuba’s Santeria priests forecast prosperity in New Year’s prophesy By Sarah Marsh ReutersJanuary 3, 2017 HAVANA (Reuters) – Priests from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion forecast a prosperous 2017 in their New Year’s prophecy and told Cubans to be hopeful despite the economic and diplomatic headwinds the Caribbean island-nation faces. The ritual-filled Santeria religion, which fuses ancient […]
01/03/2017 06:54 PM
Sounds Of War To Drown Out The Economic Crisis In Cuba
Sounds Of War To Drown Out The Economic Crisis In Cuba / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, 2 January 2017 – With a military march and a “parade of the fighting people” the new year dawns in Cuba. This time there were no tanks in the Plaza of the Revolution, but thousands of Cubans […]
01/01/2017 07:10 PM
Legislative Proposal Would Grant Spanish Citizenship to More Cubans
Legislative Proposal Would Grant Spanish Citizenship to More Cubans / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 29 December 2017– On December 21 a leftist coalition led by Spain’s Podemos party introduced a legislative proposal that could benefit thousands of Cubans, as well as people of other nationalities, who are descendants of Spanish citizens born outside […]
01/01/2017 07:08 PM
What Will Become of Cuba?
What Will Become of Cuba? / Paulina Alfonso Cubanet, Paulina Alfonso, 26 December 2016 — What will become of Cuba in the new year now that Fidel Castro is gone? This is a question only foreigners ask. It is of no interest to most Cubans. They have other concerns: how to get out, how to […]
01/01/2017 07:07 PM
It’s Time For Politics To Stop Separating Families And Friends
It’s Time For Politics To Stop Separating Families And Friends / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 29 December 2016 — The model imposed in Cuba in the name of a socialism that never existed had, among its worst results, the politicization of everything. Families fought over politics. Friends became enemies. This was one […]
12/31/2016 08:25 PM
Coast Guard returns 29 attempted migrants to Cuba in one week
Coast Guard returns 29 attempted migrants to Cuba in one week BY ALEX HARRIS aharris@miamiherald.com The Coast Guard found 29 migrants at sea this week and repatriated them to Cuba. The group includes migrants found in three separate instances in the Florida Straits. Five Cubans were sent back on Monday and 24 were returned on […]
12/29/2016 05:33 PM
What the reform measures implemented by Raúl Castro in 2006 have achieved, and failed to
What the reform measures implemented by Raúl Castro in 2006 have achieved, and failed to ELÍAS AMOR | Valencia | 29 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:12 CET. The close of 2016 marks a wasted year for the Cuban economy. A few days ago the CEPAL announced that GDP growth would be 0.4%, one of […]
12/26/2016 04:29 PM
Police Question Publisher Of ‘Coexistence’ About Her Travel Abroad
Police Question Publisher Of ‘Coexistence’ About Her Travel Abroad / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2016 – Karina Galvez Chiú, editor of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) was questioned Saturday about her travels outside Cuba, during a meeting with the Department of Immigration and Nationality of Pinar del Rio. Two interior ministry officials demanded information from […]
12/26/2016 03:05 PM
Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017
Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017 Castro must manage economic and diplomatic challenges during a year of transition Published: 16:15 December 26, 2016 AP Havana: Alex Romero was delighted when President Barack Obama came to Havana in March bearing the promise of a bright new future. Like so many other Cubans, the […]
12/25/2016 12:48 AM
2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba
2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […]
12/24/2016 04:35 PM
Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year
Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […]
12/24/2016 04:29 PM
Raulito’s Plan to Inherit Power from His Grandfather
Raulito’s Plan to Inherit Power from His Grandfather / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 19 December 2016 — With 2018 approaching, alarm bells are already sounding over fissures in what was once the monolithic unity of the Communist Party and weaknesses in the supposed cohesiveness of Cuba’s royal family. The long-awaited announcement of Raul […]
12/22/2016 09:01 PM
On Your Marks, Get Set…Trump
On Your Marks, Get Set…Trump / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 December 2016 – Walking around the block with a suitcase in hand has been added to the rituals to mark the end of the year, as a plea to be able to travel outside the country. Many Cubans fear, however, that […]
12/22/2016 06:50 PM
More Cuban refugees arrive in the Keys
More Cuban refugees arrive in the Keys BY DAVID GOODHUE dgoodhue@keysreporter.com The steady flow of Cuban refugees to the Keys appears not to be ebbing this week. After more than 100 Cuban migrants landed in the island chain between Sunday, Dec. 11, and this past Sunday, six more arrived in Islamorada on Tuesday, said U.S. […]
12/21/2016 07:34 PM
Is Raul Castro Preparing for a Handover to Diaz-Canel or Something Else?
Is Raul Castro Preparing for a Handover to Diaz-Canel or Something Else? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 15 December 2016 — Thirteen months before his anticipated retirement, General Raúl Castro is setting the agenda for an individual who, even within the ranks of the Communist Party, provokes a rare mix of opposing opinions […]
12/21/2016 06:17 PM
We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people
We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people José R. Cárdenas As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In […]
12/19/2016 07:35 PM
What’s next for Cuba? – Alvaro Vargas Llosa
What’s next for Cuba? Updated December 19, 2016 11:34 AM By Alvaro Vargas Llosa, InsideSources.com One would think there is no doubt in anybody’s mind about Fidel Castro’s horrific legacy. And yet we have heard important leaders say some outrageous things. What is Castro’s real political legacy? The last free election in Cuba was in […]
12/18/2016 06:55 PM
“Get on that plane or go to jail,” Cuban Authorities Tell American Lawyer
“Get on that plane or go to jail,” Cuban Authorities Tell American Lawyer / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2016 – The American lawyer Kimberley Motley, arrested Friday in Havana, returned to the United States after being subjected to three interrogations, the last of which, held at the Havana airport, made her miss her flight. […]
12/17/2016 09:13 PM
Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act
Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 14 December 2016 — I wake up and I see a report on the arrival of a group rafters on the coast of Miami. I’m surprised by the open declaration of one of them, who confesses having left Cuba in search […]
12/17/2016 07:36 PM
Trump a big question mark for people in Cuba
Trump a big question mark for people in Cuba BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com As Cubans adjust to life without revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, they are also trying to get their minds around what the election of another world leader — President-elect Donald Trump — might mean for their lives and the future of U.S.-Cuba rapprochement. […]
12/16/2016 08:57 PM
The State of Beliefs – What remains of Castroist ideology? What do Cubans really think and want?
The State of Beliefs: What remains of Castroist ideology? What do Cubans really think and want? MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 16 de Diciembre de 2016 – 08:39 CET. Well into the third week of the Year I of the AC era, which started at midnight on November 25th, the question looms: what is the […]
12/14/2016 08:25 PM
Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva
Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 14 December 2016 – Yesterday, Tuesday afternoon, Carlos Amel Oliva checked in well in advance with his ticket to take Air Europe Flight 052 that was leaving for Madrid just after 10:00 PM, intending to connect from the Spanish capital to travel […]
12/14/2016 08:17 PM
Cuban State Security Interrogates And Threatens Young LGBTI Leader
Cuban State Security Interrogates And Threatens Young LGBTI Leader / Cubanet, Alejandro Tur Valladares Cubanet, Alejandro Tur Valladares, Havana, 12 December 2016 – Dr. Nelson Gandulla Diaz, a national delegate to the Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights, headquartered in Cienfuegos, was interrogated by Cuban State Security officials after being cited to appear at the offices […]
12/14/2016 08:16 PM
Losing Fear To Get Freedom
Losing Fear To Get Freedom / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 10 December 2016 — On the 58th anniversary of the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, the seizure of power by Fidel Castro and the disappearance of the national hope of a return to the constitutional values ​​of 1940, the people of Cuba, their […]
12/11/2016 05:44 PM
The Role of Cuba in Venezuela – Douglas Farah
The Role of Cuba in Venezuela [Opinion] By Douglas Farah While there is little doubt that the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is on shaky ground, the Castro brothers in Cuba must be just as nervous. For the past 14 years Venezuela has provided an economic lifeline to the Cuban regime by sending them […]
12/11/2016 04:43 PM
LIFE AFTER CASTRO AT MIAMI’S MOST FAMOUS CUBAN RESTAURANT
LIFE AFTER CASTRO AT MIAMI’S MOST FAMOUS CUBAN RESTAURANT By Gabe Ulla December 10, 2016 On the night of November 25th, the owners of Versailles, Miami’s most famous Cuban restaurant, were at a Thanksgiving gathering when their phones buzzed with a news alert: Fidel Castro was dead. Nicole Valls, who helps run the restaurant with […]
12/04/2016 03:01 PM
Cuba tries to figure out political standing in Trump era
Cuba tries to figure out political standing in Trump era BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES Alarmed by signs that its fragile relationship with the United States might fall apart under President-elect Donald Trump, the Cuban government is quietly reaching out to its contacts in the United States to determine how best to protect […]
12/03/2016 06:35 PM
Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap
Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap December 02, 2016 10:45 PM Reuters SANTA CLARA/HAVANA — Fidel Castro’s death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind. […]

 

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