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Archives by Tag 'Cuba'
The Innocence of Gerardo
RICARDO ALARCON de QUESADA
The meeting in London of the Commission of Inquiry on the case of the Cuban Five examined in depth the specific situation of Gerardo Hernández Nordelo and the infamous charge (Count 3 “conspiracy to commit murder”) lodged only against him. It forms the basis o...
American Health Care: a Cuban Fix
MATEO PIMENTEL
Despite the fact that the US altogether spends arguably more on public health than any other economic force in the West, next to nothing about its healthcare system is democratic. Like most everything else, this industry, or market sector, only exists to serve profit moti...
Havana, Where Everyone Can Dance
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Havana, Cuba It is crowded and loud. La Froridita, a famous old bar in Havana Vieja (Old Havana), is packed to the roof. Patrons consist mostly of foreigners and some overseas Cubans. They are loud, trying to shout over the upbeat son ...
Fidel at 87
NELSON P. VALDES
On August 13th, Fidel Castro became 87 years old. He has been out of power since he got very ill in 2006 and retired in 2008. Seven years have gone by. We were told by the world mass media that Raúl Castro did not have the wherewithal to rule. And yet, there has been no ...
Saul Landau, Friend of the Cuban Revolution
RICARDO ALARCÓN
Havana. Saul Landau deserves this recognition and much more. He has given our people a sincere, unlimited, authentic friendship all his life. In his early youth he embraced revolutionary ideas and never abandoned them. He always upheld these ideas far from...
Cuban Transit: From Fidel to Raul
NORMAN POLLACK
In the New York Times (July 24) Victoria Burnett reported on an address that Raul Castro delivered to the  Cuban National Assembly the preceding day (“Harsh Self-Assessment as Cuba Looks Within”) which had serious criticisms to make of the lack of civility in ...
Is Cuban Baseball a Threat to Our National Security?
MANUEL R. GÓMEZ
Well, the title is a bit of hyperbole, but what is true is that, according to reliable reports in the Dominican press (Nathanael Pérez Neró, Diario Libre, Santo Domingo), the vice-president of operati...
Fidel Castro and the Power of Faith
RICARDO ALARCÓN
  On March 10, 1952, former dictator Fulgencio Batista seized power in Cuba again. This happened eighty days before the elections in which he would have received the least votes. With one blow, he overthrew the president, abolished the constitution, dis...
Cuba’s Economic Performance in 2012
JOSÉ LUIS RODRIGUEZ
Havana. Recently, the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) published a digital version of the Economic and Social Outlook for 2012,  a document it publishes regularly as a preview of the Statistical Yearbook of Cuba (AEC).  [1] The...
The Unrelenting Economic War on Cuba
DANIEL KOVALIK
If it weren’t bad enough that the U.S. has imposed an illegal embargo against Cuba for over 50 years, it has also tried to prevent those interested in learning about this embargo (more accurately termed ablockade because the U.S. aggressively enforces it against...
Cuba’s Other Revolution
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
“During the Special Period’s most difficult years, countless and creative solutions were found by our campesinos and agricultural science researchers. There was one objective and one priority: to recover our agricultural systems and produce what’s necessary to f...
Cuba Policy: Fruitless, Mean and Cruel
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS
In their 54-year-old effort to bring down Cuba’s revolutionary government and restore obedience in our Caribbean neighbor, U.S. officials have compiled a spectacular record of failure, overshadowed only by the determination to persist in their pursuit of wrongheaded...
Confronting Polemics With Alfredo Guevara
LOUIS PROYECT
This week Alfredo Guevara, the father of revolutionary Cuba’s film industry, died of a heart attack at the age of 87. The N.Y. Times obituary was refreshingly honest about the role he played: A committed Fidelista, Mr. Guevara nevertheless insisted th...
A Cuban Spring?
ROGER BURBACH
This is a fruitful period of experimentation and debate in Cuba. It is now almost seven years since Raúl Castro replaced his brother Fidel, first as interim president in 2006 and then as president in 2008. Under Raúl, the country is taking steps to transform the econo...
The Bay of Pigs and Chronic Hubris
MANUEL R. GÓMEZ
April 17-19 marks the 52nd anniversary of the US-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban exiles, our proxies to try to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.  My guess is that few Americans today remember what the invasion was, much less surmise why I can argue that the hubris ...
Report From Havana
CHRIS GILBERT and CIRA PASCUAL
Havana. If there has ever been any question that the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) is essentially a political organization – one that took up arms guided by a political vision and will abandon them when that political strategy leads th...
The Zurbano Controversy
NELSON P. VALDES
The Sunday New York Times (NYT) publication of the opinion piece entitled “For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun” by Roberto Zurbano has turned into a debate on whether a segment of the Cuban population has done well or not after 1959. The auth...
Return Guantánamo to the Cuban People
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
To restore good relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, damaged by several years of neglect, is one of many difficult tasks now facing the Obama administration. A measure that could have far-reaching consequences and notably improve the U.S.’ battered image in t...
Cuba’s Princess of the Internet
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Liberal and conservative Americans alike have celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez. She’s become the new “resistance to Cuban communism” heroine, a world-renowned troublemaker inside communist Cuba. Yoani also acquired semi-princess status in western Europe...
The Curious Case of Yoani Sanchez
BENJAMIN WILLIS and MARIA ISABEL ALFONSO
Yoani Sanchez’ long-awaited arrival to the United States has been heralded as a victory for the opposition in Cuba and an example of how citizen journalists, armed with social media, can bring about democratic change in authoritarian societies. However, a closer loo...
Caribbean and Latin American Integration
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was late afternoon when our flight from Miami arrived at the Toussaint L’Overture airport in Port Au Prince. Someday the fine folks at American Airlines will have to explain why it makes sense to fly from Puerto Rico to Hait...
The Bias of Human Rights Watch
GARRY LEECH
Sydney, Nova Scotia. Over the past thirty years, Human Rights Watch has become one of the most recognized non-governmental organizations in the world due to its global promotion of human rights. But despite its claims to be an advocate of international hum...
The Monroe Doctrine Turned on Its Head?
MANUEL R. GÓMEZ
Last Monday, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC) met for its second summit in Santiago, Chile, one year after its founding meeting in Caracas, Venezuela in 2011.  The Summit is the culmination of roughly a decade of efforts to create a viable ...
The Economics of the Cuban Embargo
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
The time has come and almost gone for Washington to repair its broken relations with Cuba. For 53 years the White House has maintained a punishing embargo on trade with Cuba. Its proponents, with the goal of removing Cuba’s revolutionary government, still plead: ...
Celia Sanchez and the Cuban Revolution
SAUL LANDAU
It’s about time,”I commented when I heard that Nancy Stout had written a biography of Celia Sanchez...