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The Castros’ New Friend

The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading

Elections in Cuba – The Never-Ending Farce

Elections in Cuba: The Never-Ending Farce / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on April 23, 2015 Jeovany J. Vega, 19 APril 2015 — When on this day, Sunday, 19 April 2015, the last poll closes, nothing transcendent will occur. Despite the statistics manipulated by the newspaper Granma and its libels about an electorate that presumably will […] Continue reading

Enough with the Charades, Cuba Deserves Free Elections

Enough with the Charades, Cuba Deserves Free Elections / Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Posted on April 18, 2015 Cubanet.org, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 17 April 2015 – Coming up on April 19 there will be “elections.” Many countrymen ask about the changes that the Electoral Law will introduce. The most democratic electoral law in […] Continue reading

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and Citizen Participation

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and Citizen Participation / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Posted on April 7, 2015 Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque, Havana, 2 April 2015 — Whenever the topic of democracy and the Cuban regime comes up, the top leaders say that this is the most democratic country in the world. The […] Continue reading

2015 Partial Elections – an Old Woman Wearing Rouge

2015 Partial Elections: an Old Woman Wearing Rouge / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on January 25, 2015 Billboard for the 2008 parliamentary elections. “Cuba in elections: without masters, without impositions” 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 19 January 2015 – Next spring, Cuba will hold the first election process after the announcement of the restoration of relations […] Continue reading

Cubans find their voices of discontent

Voices: Cubans find their voices of discontent Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 8:18 p.m. EST December 28, 2014 HAVANA — On one of my first trips to Cuba, I was sitting in a friend’s living room when he got to talking about politics. As he complained about the state-run economy and how its restrictions made it […] Continue reading

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 3, 2014 Renato’s family emigrated to the United States on October 3 but that did not stop them from having some weak communal soup, drinking cheap rum and dancing the timba on a block of Reparto Sevillano south of Havana on the […] Continue reading

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 11, 2014 Eight in the morning. On the ground floor of the Focsa building – Cuba’s Empire State – on M between 17 and 19 Vedado, in a shop between the Guiñol theatre and a beaten-up bar at the entrance […] Continue reading

Miguel’s Drone, Cuba From the Air

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Miguel’s Drone, Cuba From the Air Posted: 05/30/2014 7:03 pm EDT Updated: 05/30/2014 9:00 pm EDT Nobody knows how he got it into the country, with so many customs restrictions and government paranoia, but Miguel has a drone. Tiny, like a kid’s toy, and with a camera. In his […] Continue reading

There’s Nothing to Celebrate

There’s Nothing to Celebrate / Miriam Celaya Posted on May 4, 2014 MAY DAY – Even Karl Marx would be surprised at the only parade of slave workers HAVANA, Cuba – All the official media is in a raging fanfare summoning to “the united people’s great mobilization which will take place in squares and avenues” […] Continue reading

Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela

April 15, 2014 5:49 pm Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela By Moisés Naím Caracas is paying the price for Chávez’s misplaced trust, writes Moisés Naím The enormous influence that Cuba has gained in Venezuela is one of the most underreported geopolitical developments of recent times. It is also one of the […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

The General Gains Time

The General Gains Time / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 2, 2013 To the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, the words freedom, prosperity, love and family are plain and simple “persuasion” that, when it comes time for manipulation and pressure, have more of an effect than […] Continue reading

President of the CDR lives in misery

President of the CDR lives in misery / CID Posted on July 29, 2013 A Cuban family from Holguín, desperate because of the precarious state of their home and the lack of any response from the authorities, went to see human rights activists to ask them to help and to provide a report on her […] Continue reading

Why Not Just Dissolve the CDR?

Why Not Just Dissolve the CDR? / Regina Coyula Posted on July 24, 2013 Comments on the recent speech by General-President Raul Castro can be heard in a pharmacy line as well as in an almendrón.* People in general are pleased that the country’s top leadership is finally acknowledging the presence of the invasive social […] Continue reading

Are There Unions in Cuba?

Are There Unions in Cuba? / Dimas Castellanos Posted on May 2, 2013 ctc logo index”Without a strong union there will be no economy,” said Salvador Valdes Mesa, vice president of the Council of State and member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in the recently concluded plenary session of the […] Continue reading

Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies

Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 16, 2013 The dual currency system in Cuba is one of the major economic and social problems of the country. Don't take my word for it, on several occasions the president of the country, Raul Castro himself (and I have no […] Continue reading

Counterrevolutionary

Counterrevolutionary / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 10, 2013    I recall that all my life I've been characterized as a rebel, protesting what I considered wrong or unfair and most of the time proposing solutions. In the Cuban political environment I've experienced agonizingly slowly a change that has cost me 25 years of life. If […] Continue reading
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