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Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel To Attend Maduro Inauguration

Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, confirmed on Monday that President Miguel Díaz-Canel will be heading the Cuban delegation to attend the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro and reiterated Cuba’s support to Venezuela and “its legitimately elected government”. On his Twitter account, Rodriguez wrote, “President @DiazCanelB will...

Cuba Sees EU Effort to Sidestep Iran Sanctions as Blueprint to Break US Embargo

Cuba is watching closely the development of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which the EU is crafting to circumvent US sanctions on Iran, senior Cuban foreign ministry official Rodolfo Reyes said in an interview with AFP. A senior Cuban official says the country is looking...

Latin American Leaders Travel to New York For 73rd UN General Assembly Debate

World leaders have started arriving in New York to participate in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The official theme for 2018 is Making the U.N. relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies. Two...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Cuban Farmers Shrug Off Promise of Private Ownership

MATANZAS, CUBA — Cuba’s decision to change its constitution and allow private property ownership has been shrugged off by small farmers, who say the island will never feed itself without far broader reform of state-run agriculture. Economists would expect farmers to welcome the shift towards...

Cuban Authorities Play a Dangerous Game by Granting a Little Bit of Freedom

The Cuban experiment has been an unmitigated failure and disaster. It has achieved virtually nothing. The “accomplishments” often heralded by Cuba’s leftist allies, were not accomplishments of any Cuban economic centrally planned system. Rather, they were funded by external aid from Cuba’s two chief...

Cuba celebrates National Rebellion Day

Santiago de Cuba, Jul 26 (RHC) Cubans celebrate today the National Rebellion Day, established in honor of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks in the east of the island, on this date in 1953. As in every round anniversary, Santiago...

Daniel Ortega To TeleSUR TV: ‘The Coup Was Defeated’

In an exclusive interview with TeleSUR TV’s Patricia Villegas, in Managua, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said that the “coup was defeated” and that the country has experienced extreme violence over the past several months at the hands of the “extreme right” of Nicaragua and...

Cuban reforms stress free market, private property and investment

Cuba is planning a series of potentially far-reaching changes, with a new constitution set to recognize the free market and private property, while dividing political powers between a president and a prime minister. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is said to be more accessible than the...

Mysterious New Spy Radar Appears in Cuba

A new “signals intelligence” facility appearing in satellite imagery of Bejucal, Cuba, over recent months is capable of signal interception, ballistic missile monitoring and tracking objects in outer space, but analysts are puzzled about who provided the financing to build the facility. Signals intelligence is...

The Bankruptcy of 21st Century Socialism

Jorge G. Castañeda, Mexico City (The New York Times Opinion) — It is difficult to say whether the Cubana de Aviación airliner’s crash in Havana a few weeks ago or the mock elections in Venezuela on May 20 are the best illustration of the...

Storm Alberto Hits Cuba Hard

Four people have been killed and damages to the infrastructure in Cuba, as a result of flooding from rainfall which accompanied Tropical Storm Alberto. Bridges were washed away and roads damaged leaving about 60,000 people without electricity and causing several communities to be isolated. Interior...

Road Accidents in Cuba: Who’s to Blame?

HAVANA TIMES — Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Rodriguez, Head of the National Traffic Board, announced that 750 people died in accidents last year. He then went on to announce that “The human factor stands out in all of these cases. That’s why, we are sure that...

Cuba Plane Crash: Company ‘Had Safety Complaints’

Solidarity and investigations after the accident. Cuban authorities are investigating the air crash, with 113 people on board, occurred Friday at noon in Havana, the Cuban capital. The domestic flight was going from Havana to Holguin, on the eastern side of the island, some...

Havana City historian Eusebio Leal in Costa Rica to receive award

(RHC) - Havana City historian Eusebio Leal, in Costa Rica on Thursday was presented with that nation's Juan Mora Fernández Order in its Grand Cross Silver Plate degree. Dr. Leal's agenda in Costa Rica included a tour of the San Jose central market and visit...

Cuba is Changing Its Politicians but Not Its Politics – Observers

Instead of preaching to others about the alleged flaws in their electoral systems, Washington should focus on its own internal politics, observers said, commenting on the White House’s critical remarks towards the newly elected Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel. © REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas The U.S. State...

Cuba and the New China Model: why it would never work on the island

Over the years I have debated with friends and foe over U.S. – Cuba policy and possible paths for Cuba’s democratization. In these encounters, I have argued against a school of thought that favored a China model for Cuba. My ideological adversaries supported market-type...

Cuba’s new president: What to expect of Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba has a new president – and for the first time in six decades, his last name is not Castro. Cuba’s National Assembly has elected Cuba’s First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel to replace 87-year-old Raúl Castro, who took over as Cuba’s leader in 2006 after...

Meat shortage in Cuba, either you steal or you starve

Those familiar with the island’s history will remember that Cuba lost its financial backing, after decades of dependence, when the USSR came apart. A vendor sets out pork to sell on a street in Havana. Asked for beef, one butcher replied: ‘I’ve forgotten what it...

Raúl Castro: From Dictator to Puppet Master of Cuba’s Next Government

Less than a month before Raúl Castro officially leaves power in Cuba his successor is still unknown. Which raises the question: will the power change merely serve as an instrument to perpetuate the tenure of Raúl, heir of the Castro dynasty? Raul Castro is planning...

Nicaragua Reiterates Support to Cuba in Campaign Against US Blockade

Nicaragua’s National Assembly reiterated its support for Cuba in the international campaign to condemn the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States Government has maintained for more than half a century. This pronouncement took place during a meeting between the president of the...

After High Election Turnout, Council of State Vote Awaits

With voter turnout for Cuba’s legislative election Sunday at almost 80%, the island completed the second stage of its general elections that will culminate in the election of a new executive in April. According to the National Electoral Commission (CEN), about 78.5% of voters –...

The Wonders of Cuba’s Horse-powered Ambulances

Anyone with a single shred of dignity would find it very difficult to live in Cuba. It is certainly revolting to hear Cuban leaders speak of the virtues of their healthcare system, and to know they sell this idea with great success. These immoral rulers...

US Embassy in Cuba Will Operate With Minimum Personnel Beginning March 5

Staff at the US embassy in Cuba will be permanently reduced beginning next week in response to alleged sonic attacks on the mission's employees, the US Department of State said in a press release on Friday. "The US embassy in Havana has operated under ordered...

Dissident life in Cuba has gotten worse, not better, after Obama and Pope’s visit

After a week of uncertainty, we finally heard from one of the founders of Cuba’s Anarcho-Capitalist Libertarian Movement—recently founded in the eastern province of Camagüey—who was detained by state forces without any notice of his whereabouts. It so happens that only the Communist Party is...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

Cuban Revolution Turns 59

Since revolutionary forces ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution has captured the imagination of the world. The Cuban Revolution (Spanish: Revolución Cubana) was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement and its allies against...

How Venezuela Became a Communist Totalitarian State

When Hugo Chávez was running in his first successful presidential campaign, back in 1998, he was asked point blank in several television interviews whether or not he was a communist. icolás Maduro has replaced Venezuela’s Congress with the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly controlled by the...

Castro’s Shallow Economic Reforms Keep Suppressing the Dreams of Cubans

Following the economic and immigration openings between the United States and Cuba during the Obama administration, the Raúl Castro regime reportedly began timid economic reforms that placed more responsibility in the hands of private entities — but have they worked? Castro has cultivated an economic...

A Year After Fidel Castro’s Death, the Fear He Fostered in Cuba Lives On

I recently spoke with a Cuban who has been living in Spain for 20 years, who told me that every so often he meets with some Cubans who also live in Madrid. Fidel not only took away the Cuban people’s freedom; he also taught them...

Cuba’s Education Farce: There Is No Room for Young Independent Thinkers

One of the cruelest monopolies that dictatorships invariably control — and Cuba is no exception — is, without a doubt, the education system. It is impossible for someone who does not consent to communism, at least outwardly, to advance in his or her studies, regardless...

North Korea-Cuba Diplomatic Visit: ‘Pyongyang Trying to Build Anti-US Coalition’

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will arrive in Havana Monday for talks with Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. The trip comes as both countries face deteriorating relations with the US. Speaking to Sputnik, Korea expert Dr. Leonid Petrov said the move is an...

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