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The 7th Congress: A Reality Check

The 7th Congress: A Reality Check
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | La Habana | 21 Abr 2016 – 1:17 pm.

Without surprising those harboring low expectations, the Seventh
Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) dealt a reality check to
Cubans and all those around the world who had hoped for news of major
changes on the island.

The event… Continue reading

Not even the Chinese model can save Castroism

Not even the Chinese model can save Castroism
FABIO RAFAEL FIALLO | Ginebra | 19 Abr 2016 – 7:02 pm.

Clinging to the most retrograde Soviet tradition, the Communist Party of
Cuba decided to hold its VII Congress without even having allowed any
debate on the documents distributed for approval at the event. This
secrecy sparked criticism, as surprising as… Continue reading

Obama’s Illusions About Post-Castro Cuba

Obama’s Illusions About Post-Castro Cuba
A faux democratization will conceal the military’s grip on power through
a dominant political party.
By JOSÉ AZEL
April 21, 2016 7:00 p.m. ET

Fidel Castro, visibly weak and infirm at the close of the Cuban
Communist Party Congress on Tuesday, spoke of his own mortality: “Soon I
will turn 90 years old,” he said.… Continue reading

The Big Change

Cuba: The Big Change
Alma Guillermoprieto MAY 12, 2016 ISSUE

One could swear that nothing has changed. The chaotic lines we travelers
form in front of Cuba’s stern immigration officers; their belligerent
slowness; the noise and heat in the too-small room; the echoing shouts
across the room from one olive-green-clad person to another (an argument
or a conversation about the… Continue reading

Cuba’s aging leaders to remain in power years longer

Cuba’s aging leaders to remain in power years longer
April 26
By Michael Weissenstein | AP April 20 at 12:13 AM

HAVANA — The former guerrilla fighters who founded Cuba’s single-party
government will hold power for years to come after a twice-a-decade
Communist Party congress kept President Raul Castro and his hardline
deputy in the top leadership positions.… Continue reading

Neocastroism – A Tropical Dynasty

Neocastroism: A Tropical Dynasty
A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 18 Abr 2016 – 1:57 pm.

Dictatorial systems end up exercising public power like a private
company. The elite trust no one, so family and personal ties are the
only guarantee. Over the course of his protracted period in power Fidel
Castro, the founder of the… Continue reading

The Castros’ Party-State

The Castros’ Party-State
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 15 Abr 2016 – 3:25 pm.

The phrase which best defines, in broad strokes, the Communist Party of
Cuba (PCC), which in the coming days will hold its VII Congress is the
celebrated quote by King Louis XIV of France: “L’Etat, c’est moi” ( “I
am the State.”)

Such is… Continue reading

The dual dilemmas of normalization – Obama’s and Castro’s

The dual dilemmas of normalization: Obama’s and Castro’s
JORGE A. SANGUINETTY | Miami | 11 Abr 2016 – 2:16 pm.

Regardless of the reasons that spurred President Obama to undertake the
process to normalize relations with Raúl Castro’s Government, it is
important to note that his first duty as President is to defend the
interests of the United States –… Continue reading

Obama Invades Cuba

Obama Invades Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on April 8, 2016

Juan Juan Almeida, 28 March 2016 — I do not generally like rehashing old
topics. It tends to squash conversation. But I am making an exception in
this case because a critical reader, who in a confrontational tone
accused me of being one of Castro’s spies, asked my… Continue reading

Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement

Cuba: Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement
Tim MacGabhann
Al Jazeera
9 April 2016

La Havana, Cuba – The ashes of Laura Pollan, the talismanic leader of
Cuba’s Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) human rights movement, were
recently laid to rest under a pine tree on Havana’s Quinta Avenida.

The former English and Spanish literature teacher had spent… Continue reading

What will happen at the VII Congress of the CCP?

What will happen at the VII Congress of the CCP?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 7 Abr 2016 – 11:10 pm.

Although there were rumors about a possible postponement, the Seventh
Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the western world’s only
single-party state, is to be held as scheduled, from 16 to 18 April …
and… Continue reading

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary timeline.

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary
timeline.
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 31 Mar 2016 – 2:44 pm.

An anonymous commentator recently wrote, under an article by Dimas
Castellanos about Castro’s conception of human rights, published in this
newspaper, that he would like to read details of “how democracy
disappeared in… Continue reading

If engagement gives Fidel Castro a heart attack, it’s good enough for me

If engagement gives Fidel Castro a heart attack, it’s good enough for me

Aging dictator’s letter to “Brother Obama” has sardonic racist tinge
Some exiles not happy with Obama visit either
Castro, Obama detractors awkwardly on same side of history

BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

Neither Fidel Castro nor the hard-liners in Cuban Miami liked President
Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba… Continue reading

Cuban–American says Obama’s visit to Cuba ‘invalidates all the suffering’ she and others have experienced

Cuban–American says Obama’s visit to Cuba ‘invalidates all the
suffering’ she and others have experienced
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 9:30 pm
By CATHY DYSON Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

FREDERICKSBURG — While some cheered President Barack Obama’s recent
visit to Cuba — and what may be a new chapter in relations between the
two countries — a Spotsylvania County woman who… Continue reading

LAWSUIT – OBAMA COVERS UP AMERICAN PRISONERS IN CUBA

LAWSUIT: OBAMA COVERS UP AMERICAN PRISONERS IN CUBA
‘Even the fate of the regime’s victims is of little concern’
BOB UNRUH

President Obama’s campaign to mainstream the communist regime of Cuba
has included the removal of the island nation from a list of terror
sponsors, visits there by Secretary of State John Kerry and the
president, a commission to establish… Continue reading

Fidel Castro, Rock Star

Fidel Castro, Rock Star / 14ymedio, Nestor Diaz De Villegas
Posted on March 27, 2016

14ymedio, Nestor Diaz De Villegas, Los Angeles, 27 March 2016 — Crouched
down in the last row of a sweet potato farm deep in the Cuban
countryside, a student of first year of high school listening to Dóbliu
(W). It was the end of 1973… Continue reading

Between a Historic Milestone and the Horror of History

Between a Historic Milestone and the Horror of History / Orlando Luis
Pardo Lazo
Posted on March 25, 2016

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, 21 March 2016 – A “historic milestone”: This is
what Americans call President Obama’s visit to the Cuba of Fidel and
Raul Castro. That is, the Cuba that has not had a legitimate president
for 64 years.… Continue reading

‘Historic’ game in Cuba ignores the pain so many people endured

‘Historic’ game in Cuba ignores the pain so many people endured
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Dan Le Batard

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Another loss. That’s what this already feels like to so much of Miami —
before the “historic” baseball game has even been played. As if the
Cubans who fled to this country haven’t already felt enough of those
losses over the… Continue reading

Obama in Cuba brings the pain of loss to a Miami exile family

Obama in Cuba brings the pain of loss to a Miami exile family
Columnist Dan Le Batard writes about his family’s reaction to Obama’s
trip to Cuba
BY DAN LE BATARD

Another loss. That’s what this already feels like to so much of Miami,
before the “historic” baseball game has even been played. As if the
Cubans who fled to… Continue reading

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip
by SANDRA LILLEY , JOHN BRECHER and CARMEN SESIN

The 90 miles separating the island of Cuba from the United States seem
just a little closer as Havana prepares to host an American president
for the first time in almost ninety years.

“No American president has been here since… Continue reading

Dissident Would Thank Obama for ‘Improving Cubans’ Lives’

Dissident Would Thank Obama for ‘Improving Cubans’ Lives’
March 18, 2016 8:49 PM

HAVANA—
Cuban dissident Miriam Leiva says that if she could meet President
Barack Obama, she would tell him that she is thankful for his policies
toward the island nation that are “improving Cubans’ lives, Cubans’ way
of looking at the world.”

Leiva, a co-founder of Ladies in… Continue reading

Of the Constitution and that constituted

Of the Constitution and that constituted
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 3 Mar 2016 – 8:24 am.

Wednesday, 24 February marked 40 years since the adoption of Cuba’s
current Constitution. On the occasion of this milestone Cuba’s National
Union of Jurists organized the event “40 Years Since the Promulgation of
the 1976 Constitution: Realities and Perspectives,” which took… Continue reading

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