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Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality
By Katrina vanden Heuvel December 23

President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba is a
decision to recognize reality. For 50 years, the United States has
pursued a policy that has failed. The embargo hurt the Cuban people it
claimed to help and bolstered the regime that it intended to… Continue reading

Cuba’s Promising New Online Voices

Cuba’s Promising New Online Voices
Leer en español (Read in Spanish) »
By THE EDITORIAL BOARDDEC. 23, 2014

At times, hitting the publish button feels like playing Russian
roulette. Carlos Alberto Pérez, a blogger in Havana, is far from being a
dissident. He works for the Ministry of Communication and has
government-provided access to the Internet at work and at… Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM

As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to
jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an
unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race.

A recent rally on racial discrimination in Cuba,… Continue reading

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
12/20/2014 2:00 PM 12/20/2014 7:00 PM

President Obama just blew oxygen into the moribund Cuban economy — and
its governing elite — by announcing the reestablishment of full
diplomatic relations and economic concessions, a dramatic shift in
diplomatic relations between the two countries. The change is huge, but… Continue reading

Raúl Castro – Despite a new relationship with the U.S., Cuba’s revolution will continue

Raúl Castro: Despite a new relationship with the U.S., Cuba’s revolution
will continue
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/20/2014 2:10 PM 12/20/2014 8:19 PM

Despite U.S. promises of more trade and travel under renewed diplomatic
ties with the communist island, Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday
vowed his country would continue to make economic changes at its own
pace and wouldn’t… Continue reading

In Miami, Cuban Americans protest President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy

In Miami, Cuban Americans protest President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy
BY JOEY FLECHAS AND MELHOR MARIE
12/20/2014 2:46 PM 12/21/2014 12:52 AM

Cries of “Obama traidor!” (Obama is a traitor) rang out Saturday
afternoon at José Martí Park in Little Havana, where about 250 people
protested this week’s historic announcement by President Barack Obama
and Cuba’s Raúl Castro… Continue reading

Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba

Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba
By Nick Miroff December 18 at 10:25 PM

During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a
dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He
cajoled, lectured and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially
the United States — in looping, animated speeches that… Continue reading

Goliath Opens His Wallet

Goliath Opens His Wallet / Yoani Sánchez: A New Era for Cuba and the
United States
Posted on December 18, 2014

[From the New York Times] HAVANA — In one of my earliest memories, I am
in a schoolyard before a campfire. The kids are screaming and jumping
around it while the teacher stokes the flames, where a ridiculous Uncle… Continue reading

Obama’s decision, pro and con

Obama’s decision, pro and con
12/18/2014 7:10 PM 12/18/2014 7:10 PM

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a
chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the
accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed
miserably for half a century could ever work.

What is it about Cuba that makes… Continue reading

Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout

Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout
By Editorial Board December 17 at 5:37 PM

IN RECENT months, the outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was growing
steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to
improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to the regime’s
refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse, the… Continue reading

Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap

Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap
By Elise Labott, CNN Global Affairs Correspondent
December 17, 2014 — Updated 1453 GMT (2253 HKT)

The Obama administration announces landmark deal with Cuba
Alan Gross, arrested and held in Cuba since 2009, was freed Wednesday
Improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba will ease travel
restrictions between the two countries
Editor’s… Continue reading

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity
After 50 years of perfect policy failure, the U.S. has a political
opening to help a reforming Cuba prosper.
By PHILIP PETERS • December 16, 2014

George Washington’s farewell address did more than warn against
permanent alliances that could “entangle” our young Republic in the
“ambition” and “rivalship” of others in ways that do not serve our… Continue reading

Diario de las Americas Interview with Ivan Garcia

Diario de las Americas Interview with Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 14, 2014

After participating in a workshop about investigative journalism in San
Diego, California from November 10 to 14, Ivan Garcia spent four days in
Miami. During his stay in that city a reporter from Diario de las
Americas — a Miami-based Spanish-language newspaper for which he has
been… Continue reading

Twenty activists arrested in central Havana

Twenty activists arrested in central Havana / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2014

TranslatingCuba.com note: Updates to this article made after what is
translated below report more arrests, with more details from around the
country.

14ymedio, Havana, 10 December 2014 — The central corner of 23 and L
dawned on Wednesday amid expectation and the utmost vigilance. For days,
the… Continue reading

Harassment and insults for Ladies in White during human rights march

Harassment and insults for Ladies in White during human rights march
EFE | HAVANA 11 DEC 2014

Members of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White on Wednesday were
subjected to harassment and insults by Cuban government supporters as
they tried to meet at a crowded point in Havana for their traditional
march on International Human Rights Day, Efe learned.… Continue reading

Cuba detains activists in skirmishes on Human Rights Day

Cuba detains activists in skirmishes on Human Rights Day
By Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police detained peaceful demonstrators at a
busy Havana square on Wednesday, shoving dissidents into squad cars in
front of onlookers on international Human Rights Day.

Police snatched demonstrators intermittently as they arrived
individually or in small groups over some 90 minutes. The skirmishes
briefly… Continue reading

What I Said at FIU

What I Said at FIU / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on December 9, 2014

Translator’s Note: On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
participated in a panel discussion at Florida International University,
in Miami. The program announcement is here.

Since the time of the Iron Curtain and Soviet socialism, the word,
“solidarity,” has been one of value… Continue reading

How Cubans Make Ends Meet – What New York Times Editorials Miss

How Cubans Make Ends Meet: What New York Times Editorials Miss* / Ivan
Garcia
Posted on December 6, 2014

If someone told you would receive a monthly salary of 350 pesos, the
equivalent of $15, for a job as a nighttime security guard at a
dilapidated school in a country where credit does not exist and that you
would need… Continue reading

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 3, 2014

Renato’s family emigrated to the United States on October 3 but that did
not stop them from having some weak communal soup, drinking cheap rum
and dancing the timba on a block of Reparto Sevillano south of Havana on
the night of the 27th, the… Continue reading

Let him go now!

‘Let him go now!’
12/02/2014 7:34 PM 12/02/2014 11:11 PM

Five years after the detention and subsequent imprisonment of U.S.
citizen Alan Gross in Cuba, pleas for his release continue to fall on
deaf ears in Havana. His prolonged detention confirms the capricious and
mean-spirited nature of the Castro regime.

Mr. Gross was on a mission from USAID to deliver… Continue reading

Activists Denounce Act of Repudiation Held During Child’s Birthday Party

Activists Denounce Act of Repudiation Held During Child’s Birthday Party
/ 14ymedio

Posted on November 30, 2014
This morning several activists reported an act of repudiation against
members of the Network of Community Journalists and Communicators in the
eastern city of Manzanillo.

According to reports by those to whom this newspaper had access,
Leonardo Cancio had organized the celebration in… Continue reading

UNPACU Denounces A Plan For “Liquidating the Most Active Opposition”

UNPACU Denounces A Plan For “Liquidating the Most Active Opposition” /
14ymedio
Posted on November 29, 2014

14YMEDIO, November 28, 2014 — UNPACU issued a statement Thursday night
in which it accuses President Raul Castro of having ordered the
“liquidation” of the opposition. The organization cites sources from the
Ministry of the Interior (MININT) according to which the elimination of… Continue reading

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