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Quo Vadis Francis?

Quo Vadis* Francis? / Mario Lleonart
Posted on October 9, 2015

Those of us who lived through the repressive crackdown that took place
in Cuba in 2012 during the visit of Benedict XVI have never received a
response from the Vatican, although it was informed of the facts. Jose
Conrado—the priest who is a maverick within the Catholic Church in… Continue reading

A Simple Proposal for Elections

A Simple Proposal for Elections
REGINA COYULA, La Habana | Marzo 16, 2015

I always heard Ricardo Alarcon repeat, during his time as President of
the National Assembly of People’s Power, that the Cuban electoral system
was the most democratic in the world. The truth is that the weighted
advantages of this system not only have never been demonstrated, but… Continue reading

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents
Guillermo I. Martinez
SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL
guimar123​@gmail.com

Cuban dissidents don’t see lifting embargo as way to help
Once again Ernesto Londoño, the newest member of The New York Times
Editorial Board, writes about Cuba. That makes it four editorials and
now three columns in less than two months.

This time he writes how… Continue reading

Time for an evolution in U.S. policy on Cuba

Time for an evolution in U.S. policy on Cuba
By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Tuesday, June 10, 2:00 PM

The sad irony of U.S.-Cuban relations is that Cuba, under the leadership
of 83-year-old Raúl Castro, is changing rapidly, and the United States,
despite President Obama’s promises of a “new beginning,” remains largely
frozen in a self-destructive Cold War policy.

The fifty-plus… Continue reading

Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying

Posted on Saturday, 02.08.14

CUBA
Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

A top aide to one of Cuba’s veteran political figures, Ricardo Alarcón, and the aide’s wife, have been convicted of spying and sentenced to 30 and 15 years in prison, according to persons close to the case.

Miguel Alvarez… Continue reading

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party / Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on October 8, 2013

Cubanet interviewed Eliezer Avila, the computer scientist who once faced
Ricardo Alarcon, former president of the National Assembly. He moved to
the capital in order to participate more directly in the changes in
civil society.

What have you been doing in your public life lately?… Continue reading

Response to Ricardo Alarcon

Response to Ricardo Alarcon / Eliecer Avila
Posted on July 18, 2013

This morning I was awakened by a call from a friend to tell me that
finally señor Ricardo Alarcón had uttered words referring to our
encounter*. I immediately started to make arrangements to see where I
could download this post, but nothing worked. It was already around
11:00… Continue reading

Cuba announces shakeup of party leadership

Posted on Tuesday, 07.02.13

Cuba announces shakeup of party leadership
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Cuba’s president has announced the removal of former Parliament chief Ricardo Alarcon and several other leaders from the Communist Party’s powerful Central Committee.

In comments broadcast on state-television Tuesday, Raul Castro made clear that those leaving the 118-strong committee had not made any mistakes or… Continue reading

Cuba removes Ricardo Alarcon from top Communist body

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Cuba removes Ricardo Alarcon from top Communist body

Cuban leader Raul Castro has removed several senior Communists from the
party’s powerful Central Committee.

They include former parliament speaker and foreign minister Ricardo
Alarcon, a close ally of ex-leader Fidel Castro.

Mr Castro said those leaving had not made any… Continue reading

Globe-trotting Cuban activists sway world opinion

Posted on Friday, 04.26.13
Cuban dissidents

Globe-trotting Cuban activists sway world opinion
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

At least a half dozen Cuban activists are now crisscrossing the globe, more or less at the same time, publicly airing their grievances against the Cuban government and meeting with high-level officials and politicians abroad.

What gives? Many Cuba watchers are wondering why a… Continue reading

Counterrevolutionary

Counterrevolutionary / Yusnaby Perez
Posted on April 10, 2013   

I recall that all my life I've been characterized as a rebel, protesting what I considered wrong or unfair and most of the time proposing solutions. In the Cuban political environment I've experienced agonizingly slowly a change that has cost me 25 years of life.

If we analyze… Continue reading

Cubans and Logging In to the Future

Cubans and Logging In to the Future

April 8, 2013

Alfredo Fernandez

HAVANA TIMES — Having left Cuba less than a month ago has proven a major

revelation for me. Yes, because for a Cuban crossing the limits of the

island for the first time brings with it a peculiar significance to the

trivial act of traveling in today's world.… Continue reading

Is Eliecer Avila Frustrated?

Is Eliecer Avila Frustrated?

April 8, 2013

Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — A while ago, someone I think highly of said to me: "Yeah,

that student (Eliecer Avila) had the courage to ask those questions to

(National Assembly President) Ricardo Alarcon, making the official look

ridiculous, and the student himself even became a popular figure. But

what did he achieve… Continue reading

Coffee that Tastes Like Coffee

Cuba: Coffee that Tastes Like Coffee

March 28, 2013

Yusimi Rodriguez

HAVANA TIMES — I've never understood people's addiction to coffee. I

love its smell, and I find it delicious with milk or cream, but it's

almost impossible for me to drink it by itself.

No matter how much sugar I add, there's no way for it not to be… Continue reading

Eliecer Avila announces new political organization

Cuba: Eliecer Avila announces new political organization

March 28, 2013

HAVANA TIMES – The young Cuban political activist Eliecer Avila said

Tuesday in a video posted on YouTube from Poland, that the new

organization Somos+ (We are+), aims to "unite wills" to "negotiate" with

the Cuban government.

"We all win if we unite and we really negotiate, move that huge… Continue reading

Cuba pushes swap: its spies jailed in US for American contractor held in Havana

Cuba pushes swap: its spies jailed in US for American contractor held in

Havana

In what could be the setting for a gripping thriller, Cuba and the U.S.

are reportedly locked in a standoff this weekend, with the fate of an

American contractor hanging in the balance. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports.

By Michael Isikoff

NBC News

It seems straight out… Continue reading

Obama victory leaves Cubans relieved, hopeful

Obama victory leaves Cubans relieved, hopeful

Wed Nov 7, 2012 3:35am EST

* Cubans feared Romney would toughen U.S. policy

* Obama lifted restrictions on remittances, travel to Cuba

* U.S.-Cuba relations slightly improved under Obama

By Jeff Franks

HAVANA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Cubans breathed a collective sigh of relief on

Wednesday over U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election victory… Continue reading

Hostages of the Revolution

Hostages of the Revolution / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Translator: Unstated

The media coverage (the nonsense of international reporters excitedly

applauding on my cellphone until its batteries nearly ran out) is

overwhelming: everyone is convinced that Raul's reforms deepen and

expand (metastasis of Marxist materialism?), because Cubans can finally

buy and sell expensive stuff like houses… Continue reading

If It’s Immigration and Travel Reform We’re Talking About

If It's Immigration and Travel Reform We're Talking About… / Miriam Celaya

Miriam Celaya, Translator: Unstated

Cuban television news just broadcast with undisguised joy the statements

of the U.S. president about the failure of immigration reforms in that

country. With images of Obama on the screen, although taking care, as

usual, not to directly broadcast the president's words, the Island's… Continue reading

Cuba economy czar: 222 experimental non-state cooperatives to be launched by year’s end

Cuba economy czar: 222 experimental non-state cooperatives to be

launched by year's end

By Associated Press, Tuesday, July 24, 2:13 AM

HAVANA — Cuba's economy czar said Monday that plans are in place to

begin an experimental phase of non-state cooperatives in sectors ranging

from food services to transportation by the end of the year.

While cooperative farming has already… Continue reading

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough

June 20, 2012

By Yusimi Rodriguez (Photos: Caridad)

HAVANA TIMES — I'm becoming mono-thematic. Every time I write, it's to

criticize the lack of press freedom and access to information that we

Cubans are subjected to. When it seems that I'm finally going to talk

about something else, I take a detour and end… Continue reading

Cuba replaces 2 Cabinet ministers

Posted on Wednesday, 06.13.12

Cuba replaces 2 Cabinet ministers

By PETER ORSI

Associated Press

HAVANA — Cuba on Wednesday announced the removal of two Cabinet

ministers amid unconfirmed reports of corruption investigations and

arrests in the sectors they oversaw.

An official notice published in the Communist Party newspaper Granma

said Communications Minister Medardo Diaz Toledo will rejoin the armed

forces… Continue reading

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