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New US Treasury Info on Traveling to Cuba and Doing Business

New US Treasury Info on Traveling to Cuba and Doing Business April 17, 2015 HAVANA TIMES — The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Dept. published a revised list of questions and answers for United States citizens interested in travel to Cuba, travel services, banking, sending remittances, or doing any type […] Continue reading

The Cuban Money Crisis

The Cuban Money Crisis The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations April 1, 2015 by Patrick Symmes The currency crisis starts about 75 feet into Cuba. I land in the late afternoon and, after clearing customs, step into the busy arrivals hall of Havana’s airport looking for help. I […] Continue reading

Ángel Santiesteban “I am a social reflection of my times”

Ángel Santiesteban: “I am a social reflection of my times” / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on February 16, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 February 2015 — Just days after Ángel Santiesteban Prats sent this interview to Martí Noticias, he was transferred in an untimely manner to Villa Marista, the general barracks of Cuban State Security. […] Continue reading

Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List By Ana Quintana The Obama Administration has recently chosen to normalize relations with Cuba. In addition to establishing embassies and expanding commercial transactions, the White House has also declared that Cuba will be removed from the State Department’s State […] Continue reading

Investing in Cuba can be a risky business

Investing in Cuba can be a risky business BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/29/2015 10:45 AM 01/29/2015 10:45 AM The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce holds its annual South Florida Economic Summit today. This is what businessmen should know about doing business with Cuba: From a business perspective, commercially engaging with Havana is different than doing […] Continue reading

White Flag to the Regime in Havana?

White Flag to the Regime in Havana? / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on January 22, 2015 By: Jeovany Jimenez Vega — Those who advocate the elimination of the mechanisms of political pressure to which the Cuban government remains subject — I mean basically the United States Embargo and the Common European Position — often wield […] Continue reading

Capitalism Straight Away, or the Chinese Method First?

Capitalism Straight Away, or the Chinese Method First? / Rafael Alcides Posted on January 11, 2015 By Rafael Alcides — It’s December 17th. The majority (and right now there are about 30 of us in line at the pharmacy) is celebrating the agreements between Raul and Obama; if there had been firecrackers, they would have […] Continue reading

Uncovering a dark secret at ‘Model Prison’

Uncovering a dark secret at ‘Model Prison’ BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 10/26/2014 9:46 AM 10/26/2014 2:46 PM On a remote island off the southwest coast of Cuba stands a complex of circular structures once described by French philosopher Michel Foucault as a perfect model of disciplinary power. Those held there can’t tell if an […] Continue reading

You Can’t Come In

You Can’t Come In / 14ymedio, Rosa Lopez Posted on August 28, 2014 14ymedio, Havana, Rosa Lopez, 27 August 2014 – “You can’t come in,” a young doorkeeper emphatically tells a young man, while gesturing for him to move away from the door. When the target protests, he receives the explanation that in this crowded […] Continue reading

Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death

Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death Former Spouse of Oswaldo Paya Tells ZENIT She Has Proof He Was Murdered Havana, Cuba, May 13, 2014 (Zenit.org) Ivan de Vargas Cuban Ofelia Acevedo, widow of dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in unclear circumstances, asked that an international investigation be opened to know […] Continue reading

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: December 7, 2013 MEXICO CITY — It is a rare day in Cuba when the Communist Party’s triumphalist newspaper suggests that the government — just maybe — messed up. Or when the party’s chief ideologist renounces government secrecy. Or […] Continue reading

Vandalismo en Cuba contra un miembro del Consejo de Relatores de DDHH invidente

Vandalismo en Cuba contra un miembro del Consejo de Relatores de DDHH invidente [14-10-2013] UNPACU (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- En estos precisos instantes, mientras leen esta nota…VANDALISMO EN CUBA CONTRA UN MIEMBRO DEL CONSEJO DE RELATORES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS INVIDENTE. CORRE PELIGRO SU SEGURIDAD Y LA DE SU FAMILIA. - En el día de hoy y en estos […] Continue reading

Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans

Posted on Wednesday, 10.02.13 Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM When about 200 owners of horse-drawn carts in the Cuban city of Santa Clara gathered recently outside a government office to protest their stiff taxes, dissident Guillermo Fariñas and a dozen other democracy activists stood with them. The cocheros, who […] Continue reading

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2013 (Exclusive, Iván García in Havana) If you want confirmation that socialism does not work, do yourself a favor and visit Alamar. This community, twenty minutes east of Havana, is an example of real urban chaos. A […] Continue reading

Ministry for Foreign Affairs publishes reports on human rights situation – Sweden

Ministry for Foreign Affairs publishes reports on human rights situation The human rights reports, presented by Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs in spring 2013, cover the 35 countries of the Americas. The reports reflect the Government’s ambition to integrate human rights into all areas of foreign policy and are part of its efforts to safeguard […] Continue reading

The changing face of Cuba: Communism to capitalism

The changing face of Cuba: Communism to capitalism March 28, 2013 cuba For over half a century Cuba has been ruled by the Castro regime and has remained largely cut off from the rest of the world. The island's economy is in a state of collapse and still inhabits the crippling stranglehold of the US […] Continue reading

Response to Fernando Ravsberg

Response to Fernando Ravsberg / Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo, Translator: Cleonte Fernando Ravsberg, correspondent for the BBC in Cuba, has published an extension of the misrepresentations, manipulations and deceits with which the Cuban official media have sought to confuse the Cuban people and the rest of the world for over half […] Continue reading

Blogger, Therefore I Am

Blogger, Therefore I Am / Dora Leonor Mesa Translator: @hachhe The execution of the sentence of case 174 from 2010 remains without solution and the procedures to get back my house's backyard are still under a sabotage On Wednesday August 22 I went for the umpteenth time to the Diez de Octubre Court. I was […] Continue reading

An Embrace Between Equals: Alexander Lukashenko and Raúl Castro

An Embrace Between Equals: Alexander Lukashenko and Raúl Castro / Yoani Sánchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez A colorfully painted presidential plane landed at José Marti airport last Sunday, and by Monday afternoon was already taking off again, headed to Venezuela. Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Cuba, part of a brief tour of Latin America that included […] Continue reading

OUR SHARE OF REPRESSION FOR THE VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI / Mario Barroso

OUR SHARE OF REPRESSION FOR THE VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI / Mario Barroso Mario Barroso, Translator: mlk The 103rd Annual Assembly of the Baptist Association of Western Cuba, to which I belong, concluded Saturday the 24th at 6:00pm. That was why my wife Yoaxis and I found ourselves in Havana from the Monday before, the […] Continue reading

Economic Transformations, Property Rights, and Cuba’s Current Constitution

Economic Transformations, Property Rights, and Cuba's Current Constitution / Estado de Sats, Antonio Rodiles Antonio Rodiles, Estado de Sats / State of Sats, Translator: Unstated By Antonio Rodiles Introduction The Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party just concluded, leaving a trail of questions to be clarified. Most of the televised debates turned into semantic […] Continue reading

The Right to Know / Cuban Law Association – Wilfredo Vallin Almeida

The Right to Know / Cuban Law Association – Wilfredo Vallin AlmeidaCuban Law Association, Translator: Unstated by Wilfredo Vallin Almeida The Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba is over. From it, what we have left is a single phrase: "no illusions." This is equivalent to saying — in good Cuban — that things will [...] Continue reading

THE FINAL CHAPTER?

THE FINAL CHAPTER?
2010-04-01. The Latell Report, March 2010, Cuban Transition Project,
Dr. Brian Latell

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Predictions that the Castro regime will
soon collapse are popular again. Such speculation is fueled by many
developments over the last year, including missteps by Raul Castro,
stasis and confusion in the ruling gerontocracy, the rehabilitation of
Ramiro… Continue reading

Houston's port has a Cuba connection

Houston's port has a Cuba connection
By JENALIA MORENO
Jan. 15, 2010, 10:17PM

HOUSTON'S EXPORTS TO CUBA

Cuba is a small portion of the Port of Houston Authority's business but
exports are expected to increase to the island nation now that a
shipping line sails from Houston to Cuba. Here's how many tons of
agricultural products… Continue reading

Cuban prisons torture, former inmates claim

Posted on Monday, 12.21.09
Cuban prisons torture, former inmates claim
Two former prisoners say they were tortured while incarcerated, but
Cuban officials deny the allegations.
By JUAN O. TAMAYO
jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

Inmates in a high-security prison in eastern Cuba are alleging that
guards punish infractions with beatings and handcuffings in
excruciatingly painful positions known as “the rocker''… Continue reading

Castro hints at more belt-tightening for Cuba

Castro hints at more belt-tightening for Cuba
Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:09pm EDT
By Jeff Franks

HOLGUIN, Cuba (Reuters) – More belt-tightening may lie head for Cuba as
President Raul Castro said on Sunday the government will look at making
its second "adjustment to expenditures" this year due to the effects of
the global financial crisis.… Continue reading

Cuba's Revolution Day brings sobering celebration

Posted on Sunday, 07.26.09
Cuba's Revolution Day brings sobering celebration
By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press Writer

HOLGUIN, Cuba — Cuba's economy has been hammered by the global credit
crisis, U.S. relations have not improved much under President Barack
Obama and economic reforms that were supposed to ease life on the island
have been slow to come.… Continue reading