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    How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana

    How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana By Michael Mewshaw March 3 Michael Mewshaw is writing a memoir about his friendship with Pat Conroy. A happy hybrid, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” invokes the Cuban capital as an occasion to discuss the country’s history, politics, food, architecture, music, religion and passion […] Continue reading

    Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

    Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with fanaticism. By Armando Simón JANUARY 16, 2017 Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have been experiencing déjà vu. At […] Continue reading

    Fidel Castro is dead

    Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

    Neocastroism – A Tropical Dynasty

    Neocastroism: A Tropical Dynasty A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 18 Abr 2016 – 1:57 pm. Dictatorial systems end up exercising public power like a private company. The elite trust no one, so family and personal ties are the only guarantee. Over the course of his protracted period in power Fidel […] Continue reading

    How Cuba was destroyed

    How Cuba was destroyed Patrick Luciani, Special to Financial Post | March 1, 2016 6:08 PM ET Now that President Obama has opened relations with Cuba, and plans to visit this month, Canadians are saying, “Let’s get down there before Americans ruin the place.” Too late: the ruin began with the 1959 revolution. Many Canadians’ […] Continue reading

    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

    Is Cuba ready for its money shot?

    Is Cuba ready for its money shot? By Abigail Jones The Communist island is on the cusp of another revolution, this one fought with lines of credit instead of rifles and slogans Now that the country is opening up for the first time to US travellers in over five decades, hope, determination and money are […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats

    Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats BY ABIGAIL JONES / MARCH 12, 2015 11:54 AM EDT Traveling from Miami to Havana is a haphazard, seemingly nonsensical process that requires patience, guile, humor and a ruthless willingness to cut lines. Thankfully, I’m traveling with Alberto Magnan, so we skip the airport check-in line because he knows a […] Continue reading

    VP Ramiro Valdes: Cuba will not Return to the Past

    VP Ramiro Valdes: Cuba will not Return to the Past Juan C. Domínguez Taño / Saturday, 26 July 2014 09:48 Cuban Vice-president Ramiro Valdes Menendez that gave the main speech of the main rally for Cuba’s National Rebelliousness Day, hosted by province of Artemisa, extolled why the called Generation of the Centennial attacked the garrisons […] 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 USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang

    The USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang By Marielena Montesino de Stuart ♦ Bishop Richard E. Pates tries to influence American policy towards Cuba. ♦ The socialist reality of the USCCB is clear, even when they coat it with Cuban sugar. ♦ With Obama in the White House and Francis in the Vatican – […] Continue reading

    A Chip Off The Old Block: Che’s Daughter / Ángel Santiesteban

    A Chip Off The Old Block: Che's Daughter / Ángel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated As if by agreement, Mariela Castro flatters the Dutch system of prostitution in the Amsterdam red light district, and Aleida Guevara (both without highlighting they'd come from the most advantaged sperm of their fathers who fertilized the eggs of their mothers), […] Continue reading

    Eleven News Stories Not Reported in Cuba in 2011 / Ernesto Morales Licea

    Eleven News Stories Not Reported in Cuba in 2011 / Ernesto Morales LiceaErnesto Morales Licea, Translator: Unstated 1. The Arab spring Only when the events in Egypt exceeded the predictions, did the Cuban press note (with tweezers) some isolated incidents. Nor had it published anything earlier about the riots in Tunisia and Yemen, nor did […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s unique way of life is disappearing

    Cuba's unique way of life is disappearingJanuary 06 2009By Sankha Guha The principal tourist attraction in Cuba is Fidel Castro. With an economy reliant on tourism, the country needs world-class attractions, and say what you will about Fidel's failures (and there are many), he is a five star colossus of some antiquity. Due to his [...] Continue reading

    Life after Fidel Castro’s revolution: a long fall from red dawn to black market

    December 30, 2008Life after Fidel Castro's revolution: a long fall from red dawn to black marketDavid Aaronovitch The Cuban press was having a lot of fun at capitalism's expense. The lead story in the eight-page Granma – named after the yacht that brought the young Fidel back to Cuba to begin his revolution in 1956 […] Continue reading

    Assessing the future of Cuba

    Assessing the future of Cubaby Aldo Bonincontro We have known from the mass-media that the actual Communist leader or dictator of Cuba is old (he should be already more than 80, if I well remember) and, above all, ill and weak, after a surgery on his bowels for an infection. Castro passes much of his [...] Continue reading

    Little Havana Looks to Life After Castro

    Little Havana Looks to Life After Castro Yahoo! News. By Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press Writer. August 31, 2007. MIAMI (AP) — Travel guides list Little Havana as the heart of the Cuban exile community, the symbolic hub of opposition to Fidel Castro and a must-see neighborhood for its galleries, cigar shops and espresso stands. But [...] Continue reading

    Driver-bodyguard for Mafia legend Meyer Lanksy dies in Havana

    Driver-bodyguard for Mafia legend Meyer Lanksy dies in HavanaBy ANITA SNOWAssociated PressPosted May 28 2007, 2:07 PM EDT HAVANA — The man who was Meyer Lansky’s driver and bodyguard during the Mafia’s heyday in pre-Revolutionary Cuba died earlier this year, a curious footnote in a communist-run country whose past as a gambling Mecca for vacationing [...] Continue reading

    Mayor in new row over praise for Castro

    Mayor in new row over praise for Castro
    02.01.07

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has become embroiled in fresh controversy
    over his support for communist Cuba.

    He was criticised after he published a lengthy statement on his website
    praising dictator Fidel Castro and his "achievements".

    The Mayor spoke out after it was revealed he is to hold a festival in
    2009… Continue reading

    A successful dictator, who was vilified

    A successful dictator, who was vilified . . .

    December 12, 2006
    BY JOHN O SULLIVAN
    General Augusto Pinochet, who died on Sunday, was the most successful
    dictator of the 20th century — and also one of the most vilified. How
    do we explain the discrepancy?

    Dictators are supposedly judged by two tests. How many people did they
    kill? And… Continue reading

    Clock is ticking on Castro’s revolution, as Cuba’s young people gaze abroad at West’s prosperity

    TICK TOCK
    Clock is ticking on Castro’s revolution, as Cuba’s young people gaze
    abroad at West’s prosperity
    By VANESSA ARRINGTON The Associated Press

    HAVANA — Cuba says Fidel Castro’s revolution will last forever.

    But the aging cadre of leaders who devoted their lives to building a
    communist utopia on this Caribbean island must eventually turn things
    over to new generations… Continue reading

    Nobody’s Voting in Cuba Today, But Young Cubans Yearn for More $$, Less Propaganda

    Nobody’s Voting in Cuba Today, But Young Cubans Yearn for More $$, Less Propaganda
    Nov 7, 2006 06:34 PM

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says Fidel Castro’s revolution will last forever.
    But the aging cadre of leaders who devoted their lives to building a
    communist utopia on this Caribbean island must eventually turn things
    over to new generations — and Cuba’s… Continue reading

    Ruins after revolution

    Ruins after revolution
    Decaying Havana is a mirror of Cuba’s economy.

    By JOHN FENTON WHEELER
    Published Friday, September 29, 2006

    A giant poster of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s face covering the front of
    Sears, one of Havana’s many empty stores, had begun to fade. Everything
    in Cuba but salt was rationed. Life was hard for everybody. Yet by my
    imperfect count,… Continue reading

    Castros long shadow

    Castro’s long shadow
    Government launches an economic crackdown, working to ensure the
    survival of socialism after the Cuban dictator’s death.
    By Ruth Morris
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    April 9, 2006

    CIENFUEGOS, Cuba hey sink their boats in the shallows by night, hiding
    them in watery nooks to evade authorities. By day, the shrimp fishermen
    lean inside shady doorframes, wiggling their index… Continue reading

    Cuba shows that history lies in eyes of beholder

    LETTER FROM HAVANA
    Cuba shows that history lies in eyes of beholder
    Museum teaches foreigners about the island’s revolution–from the Castro regime’s point of view, the Tribune’s Gary Marx learns 
    By Gary Marx
    the Tribune’s Havana correspondent

    January 20, 2006

    HAVANA — If you sign up for a tour of Cuba, chances are one of the first places you’ll visit… Continue reading