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The Cuba conundrum – where to now for Cuba-US relations?

The Cuba conundrum: where to now for Cuba-US relations?
Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger
for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of relations with
the US will make life on the Caribbean island worse, rather than better

Rozana loves Rihanna. “I like her songs, the way she dresses, her
tattoos, the way she… Continue reading

The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation

Cuba: The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation
August 31, 2015
By Martin Guevara

HAVANA TIMES — The experience of Syrian refugees – a drama much talked
about around Europe today, which is cause enough for concern in and of
itself – led me to make a rather disheartening observation.

The tragedies these exiles bring with them from their native soil are
made… Continue reading

Cuban doctors fleeing Venezuela protest slow response to US visa request

Cuban doctors fleeing Venezuela protest slow response to US visa request
Published August 22, 2015 Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia – About 100 Cuban doctors who deserted a medical
mission in Venezuela and have been stranded for months in Colombia
seeking entry into the U.S. staged a protest Saturday to draw attention
to their plight.

The health care workers say they… Continue reading

LETTER TO JOHN KERRY – “MAKE SURE ALL OF CUBA’S MANY VOICES ARE HEARD”

LETTER TO JOHN KERRY: “MAKE SURE ALL OF CUBA’S MANY VOICES ARE HEARD”
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2015.

On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Cuba in order to
celebrate the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
It is the first time since 1959 that the head of American diplomacy
takes an official… Continue reading

Ecuador, The Route to El Dorado

Ecuador, The Route to El Dorado / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on July 23, 2015

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 July 2015 – Four years Ecuador has
been the route of Cubans who want to reach the United States. For many
it was the first step towards the El Dorado of the North. In recent
weeks, a fear has been… Continue reading

Cubans facing deportation await changes in US-Cuba relations

Cubans facing deportation await changes in US-Cuba relations
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI (AP) — With the United States and Cuba inching closer to fully
restoring diplomatic ties, including re-opening embassies for the first
time in 54 years, the future is murky for tens of thousands of Cuban
immigrants who have been ordered by immigration authorities to… Continue reading

Everyone Bears Your Name, Fidel

Everyone Bears Your Name, Fidel / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on July 12, 2015

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, 10 April 2015

We Cubans are going to miss Fidel a lot.

Fidel was a spontaneous, almost infantile, assassin with an irresistible
charisma that eroticized even his bodyguards. Meanwhile, he could kill
just out of a curiosity to see his victims’… Continue reading

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba
BLAKE NEFF Reporter
11:24 AM 07/11/2015

The Nation, one of America’s premier left-wing magazines, is advertising
a trip to Communist Cuba where it touts that visitors will be able to
meet spies who helped kill Americans.

An email sent out Friday invites loyal friends of The Nation to purchase
one of the… Continue reading

Cubans fear new diplomatic relations with US could change special rights as immigrants

Cubans fear new diplomatic relations with US could change special rights
as immigrants
JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN
COMMENT

MIAMI, Florida – One result of the recent warming of relations between
Cuba and the United States was a surge in “boat people” headed to U.S.
shores. Following the recent announcement of historic talks between the
two nations, many Cubans are concerned that… Continue reading

Cuba’s Trans-National Society & the Omissions of Politics

Cuba’s Trans-National Society & the Omissions of Politics
June 22, 2015
Haroldo Dilla Alfonso

HAVANA TIMES — If I were to say the most dynamic part of Cuban society
lives, not on the island, but across the world (particularly South
Florida), I wouldn’t be saying anything new. This is true economically
and demographically – much of the population in Cuba… Continue reading

Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits

Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits
Mon Jun 8, 2015 8:38am EDT
By Daniel Trotta and Marc Frank

HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist Cuba’s newfound interest in foreign capital
has its limits, as Philippe Pouletty found out.

A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company
Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering
and… Continue reading

Deportees in Their Own Country

Deportees in Their Own Country / Cubanet, Reinaldo Cosano
Posted on May 18, 2015

Cuban Apartheid, suffered by families who abandoned their homes and went
to Havana in search of a new life

Cubanet.org, Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen, Havana, 15 May 2015 – Rodolfo
Castro, from Santiago de Cuba, met with three other young men detained
at the Guanabo police… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of Extradition

Cuba: The Pitfalls of Extradition / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on April 27, 2015

Juan Juan Almeida, 23 April 2015 — Havana promised the Bush
administration that it would no longer accept fugitives from American
justice such as Joanne Chesimard.

Politics is the only one of the performing arts in which there are no
surprises. Despite the visible efforts made… Continue reading

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit
Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 12:06 a.m. EDT April 11, 2015

PANAMA CITY – Cuban rapper Skuadron Patriota paced the stage and
dedicated his next song to his mom – and moms everywhere who have lost
sons to street fights or perilous raft trips from his island country –
then launched into his… Continue reading

Rosa Maria Paya Detained at Airport in Panama

Rosa Maria Paya Detained at Airport in Panama
Posted on April 5, 2015

They searched everything I had in my bag, even my underwear. At one
point they took my personal agenda with all my notes.

Now they have put me in detention, saying they are checking my documents
I am someplace in the Tocumen airport.

“You will be deported… Continue reading

Activist daughter of late dissident Payá detained in Panama at Summit of the Americas

Activist daughter of late dissident Payá detained in Panama at Summit of
the Americas
BY ANTONIO MARÍA DELGADO
04/05/2015 4:06 PM 04/05/2015 10:52 PM

Rosa María Payá, the daughter of the late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá,
was briefly detained on Sunday at Panama’s airport and threatened with
deportation to Cuba if she caused any public disturbances at the Summit… Continue reading

US pressures Cuba to turn over fugitives

US pressures Cuba to turn over fugitives
By William E. Gibson
Washington Bureau

– Cuba claims the United States is harboring violent criminals and
terrorists and refuses to return them to Cuba
Cuba has indicated it would be willing to send common-criminal fugitives
back to the United States.
– U.S. officials will continue this week to pressure Cuba to turn… Continue reading

Renowned Cuban Runner Requests Asylum in Holland

Renowned Cuban Runner Requests Asylum in Holland
February 23, 2015
por LD Delgado (Café Fuerte)

HAVANA TIMES — Marathon runner Alberto Cuba Carrero, a Cuban athletics
and track legend, decided to steer his life in a new direction and
requested political asylum in Holland during a stopover in the country
made during his trip back to the island.

“We are… Continue reading

“United States or Die” Demand Cubans in Veracruz

“United States or Die” Demand Cubans in Veracruz / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on February 6, 2015

Rafael Alejandro Hernández Real, who says he was an agent of State
Security in Cuba — infiltrated into the Eastern Democratic Alliance — in
September 2014 chained himself in the Plaza Bolivar of Bogota, Colombia,
and now is on a hunger strike, demanding… Continue reading

Foreign businesses tread carefully as Cuba opens up

Foreign businesses tread carefully as Cuba opens up
Marc Frank in Havana
February 1, 2015 12:40 pm

With a view of the sea sparkling in the distance, Ceiba Investments
enjoys some of the best corporate office space in Cuba’s rundown capital
city.
Complete with high-speed internet, boutiques, travel agencies and banks,
the Miramar Trade Center, a sprawling complex of six… Continue reading

The ‘Sandor Case’

The ‘Sandor Case’ / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on January 31, 2015

In tribute to El Caso de Sandra (The Sandra Case) by Luis Manuel García
Méndez
14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 30 January 2015 — A farmer wakes up
before dawn to brand with a burning iron the last cow he has left. It’s
a ritual of pain and possession.… Continue reading

Cubans risking lives for the ‘American Dream’

Cubans risking lives for the ‘American Dream’
Al Jazeera

It was 3:00am, dark outside, and nobody on the streets.
And it was the perfect moment for Abel Mesa, 22, to risk his young life
to try to reach the United States.
He had been preparing for this day.
When he wasn’t working as a waiter, he spent much of his… Continue reading

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