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    Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were […] Continue reading
    Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency 14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where Marino Murillo reappeared, […] Continue reading
    Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook By Sarah Marsh | CIRO REDONDO, CUBA Cuba, battling a chronic energy deficit, has all the sunshine, wind and sugar to fuel what should be a booming renewables sector – if only it could find the money. The country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, a biomass plant […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump Christopher Woody Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a “better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry that the president-elect will halt or […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […] Continue reading
    Clean Sweep and Old Promises / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 November 2016 – In the next 40 days, before the end of the year, the Cuban Communist Party must hold its second Central Committee Plenum and approve the final version of the documents issued by their most recent congress. It is […] Continue reading
    In Cuba, seedlings of capitalism Updated: AUGUST 11, 2016 — 12:53 PM EDT by Michael Smerconish, Inquirer Columnist Entrepreneurship might seem like an odd word to associate with Cuba, but it seems increasingly apt, given the individuals I met during a week traveling the island. From the tobacco fields three hours outside of Havana to […] Continue reading
    Cuba is in trouble Economic reforms have stalled — and Cubans are running out of patience Jonathan Manthorpe Foreign Policy Under the Castro brothers’ brand of feudal Marxism, Cuba has always needed a sugar daddy. It hasn’t helped the island’s economic well-being, of course, that since Fidel and Raul Castro captured the island in 1959 […] Continue reading
    Cuba admits Venezuelan recession is hitting hard: Chavist oil shipments down 20% Venezuela’s grim situation is impacting not only millions of households around the country: it is also sending panic waves across the Caribbean all the way to Cuba, a solid ally that for decades now has relied heavily on Chavismo’s generosity. Cuba, a totalitarian […] Continue reading
    Venezuela cuts oil shipments to Cuba forcing Castro to consider veering to U.S. By Franz von Bergen Published July 27, 2016 Fox News Latino CARACAS – Venezuela’s grim situation is impacting not only millions of households around the country — it is also sending panic waves across the Caribbean all the way to Cuba, a […] Continue reading
    Revolution 2.0: What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba Loren Feldman FORBES STAFF Not long after we arrived in Cuba last month, we heard our first jokes about the country. In one, Presidents Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Fidel Castro have all died and gone to Hell. There, they meet the devil who tells […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s agriculture threatened by worst Caribbean drought in 115 years By: Philippines News Agency | Xinhua August 27, 2015 9:33 AM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 HAVANA — Cuba’s agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in over a century, jeopardizing plans for the island to achieve its […] Continue reading
    Where is Cuba Headed? / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 11, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 9 August, 2015 — Although the official narrative is still full of tiresome rhetoric about a prosperous and sustainable socialism and General Raul Castro often repeats the slogan “Cuba is a revolution of the humble for the humble,” real life is […] Continue reading
    Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought Published July 22, 2015 EFE The lack of rain during May and June in Cuba, normally the island’s rainy season, has aggravated the dire situation caused by the drought, where the country’s reservoirs are at a mere 37 percent of their capacity. According to figures compiled by the […] Continue reading
    Cuba Needs More Doctors and Better Hospitals / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 30, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 29 April 2015 — The urology ward at Calixto Garcia Hospital is a bleak scene. Patients in soiled pajamas wander through the halls like zombies with serum on their hands, in search of a urologist, who hasn’t come […] Continue reading
    Summit of the Americas: Inconsequential to the Average Cuban / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 9 April 2015 — After the Sunday hangover drinking beer with various friends, Jose Pablo reluctantly tends to his stall where he sells pirated CDs with Hollywood films and Mexican and Colombian narco-novelas. At his stand […] Continue reading
    Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System After 50 Years Posted: 03/09/2015 7:24 pm EDT Updated: 03/09/2015 7:59 pm EDT Medea Benjamin Co-founder, CODEPINK: Women for Peace This post was originally published on Telesur. La libreta, the Cuba ration booklet, encapsulates the debate about Cuba’s socialist experiment. Detractors say that the fact that food is still […] Continue reading
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