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Three dictatorships in Latin America on International Human Rights Day

In Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, above all, no reference will be made. Or if any is done it will sound ironic. Like the one made on the morning of December 10 by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, regarding a new...

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’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...

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...

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 –...

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...

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...

Next Cuban Leader Rejects US ‘Imperialism’

© AP Photo/ Ramon Espinosa Havana’s anticipated next leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has refuted calls by Washington to change the island nation’s ways, declaring that “changes needed in Cuba will solely be carried out by the Cuban people,” in a stark rebuttal to US political and...

Journalists Once Again Arrested in Cuba, Now for Reporting on Hurricane Irma Preparations

(TODAY CUBA) Raúl Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba arrested independent journalists who were trying to report on Hurricane Irma this week. When they were arrested, Maykel Gonzalez Vivero and Carlos Alejandro Rodríguez had been trying to report on the arrival of Hurricane Irma, interviewing people on the island about their...

Cuban Dictatorship Outdoes Itself, Breaks Record for Arbitrary Monthly Arrests

TODAY CUBA - The number of arbitrary arrests in Cuba has reached a record high over the last nine months, according to The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation. Last July, the Cuban regime made 575 “arbitrary political motions of peaceful dissidents”, equivalent...

Cuba’s Economy May Not Survive the Fall of Maduro’s Venezuela

TODAY CUBA - Economists are warning that a fall of Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela could be devastating for Cuba. Professor of Economics at the University of Havana Omar Everleny Pérez said that the island’s economy isn’t prepared for Maduro’s fall because Venezuela is still...

Castro’s conundrum: finding a post-communist model Cuba can follow

TODAY CUBA - When US President Donald Trump imposed new restrictions on Cuba in June 2017, he professed his administration’s aim was to “encourage greater freedom for the Cuban people and economic interaction”. Raúl Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, has...

Russia Sides with Cuban Dictatorship, Calls Trump’s Policy Reversal “Cold War Rhetoric”

Vladimir Putin (left) with Cuba’s President Raul Castro TODAY CUBA – Russia has expressed its “unyielding solidarity” with Cuba following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would be reversing many Obama-era policies intended to thaw relations with the island. Russia’s Foreign Ministry didn’t wait long...

Cuban Dictatorship Invites Over Puerto Rican Terrorist Released by Obama

Cuba President Raul Castro congratulated Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera on his release this week, and invited him to visit the island. Lopez Rivera spent 35 years as a US political prisoner after claiming partial responsibility for multiple bombings in New York City, Chicago...

Raul Castro Sends Message for Anniversary of Sandinista Revolution

  Archives photo of Daniel Ortega (left) and Raul Castro (right( Cuban President, Raul Castro, stressed in a message the process of revolutionary changes carried out in Nicaragua to benefit the people and especially the poor. In a letter read by Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel,...

Cuba Admits Troubles From Shorter Supply of Venezuelan Oil

For the first time, Raúl Castro publicly referred to “contraction” in supply of Venezuelan fuel Cuban President Raúl Castro admitted that the domestic economy undergoes “adverse circumstances” due, among others, to Venezuela’s standstill and “contraction” in supply of Venezuelan oil. However, he ruled out a...

President Castro Calls for Solutions at 7th Summit in Havana

 June 5, 2016  Cuba’s President Raul Castro (Front) takes part in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz called today in this capital to find new and feasible solutions as for all the...

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega Shows His Dark Side

TODAY NICARAGUA (La Prensa) The executive secretary of the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (Asociación Nicaragüense Pro Derechos Humanos - ANPDH). Alvaro Leiva, reaffirms the position of the government of Daniel Ortega's position in the breach of human rights in the case of the...

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