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Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

Associated Press – HAVANA — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency...

The 40-year itch: Populism and polarization threaten Latin America

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By 1990 only Mexico’s civilian one-party state and communist Cuba survived. Several things lay behind the...

Why Are The U.S. and Russia Clashing Over Venezuela?

Washington Post – There was an unexpected twist Tuesday evening as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s attempted uprising against President Nicolás Maduro’s government appeared to be sputtering out. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Maduro was set to flee Venezuela — but that...

Trump declares economic war on Cuba

Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the United States’ failed 1961 invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, national security adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually all non-family travel to Cuba and placed new limits on the money Cuban Americans...

Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is "no doubt" that Iran has a financial presence in Latin America and that Tehran remains a "global threat." Questioned about whether Iran has some presence in Latin America, Pompeo told Voice of America, "There's no doubt....

Havana’s collapsing colonial charm

In Cuba, the government guarantees everybody a place to live, but away from the tourist sites, the majority of the houses are in stark disrepair. The empty spaces are often converted into parking lots or playgrounds. Colonial past A view of a street in central Havana,...

Costa Rica Extradites Cuban Drug Dealer

Cuba's Minister of the Interior reports the cooperation with Costa Rica authorities in the extradition of Cuban Neftaly Garcia Testa to the island. The Interpol Office in Havana had issued an arrest warrant for Garcia, identified as an organizer of frustrated drug shipments to Cuba...

Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is ‘Memory of the World’

Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," that was served from 1882 to 1964 in Matanzas. "They...

Expropriation of Private Property: the Socialist Dream of Bill de Blasio, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez

With the rising influence of socialism in the Democratic Party, and the real power and influence of groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, it’s hardly outlandish to suggest that the ideology is playing an increasingly important role on the national stage. Bernie Sanders,...

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...

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