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Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@MiamiHerald.com During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare. Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were hollow from the start, and crumbling by the […] Continue reading
Cuba’s latest prescription for its sick economy Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:15 am By JANET O’NEILL For those always looking for something good in the bad guy, let me offer a present-day example of the sometimes foolhardiness of that endeavor. My illustration is Cuba, a communist totalitarian dictatorship and President Obama’s recent new amigo. […] Continue reading
How the Obama White House runs foreign policy By Karen DeYoung August 4 at 8:33 PM When Susan E. Rice took over as President Obama’s national security adviser two years ago, she was struck by how the White House had grown. Since she had last served on the National Security Council, during the Clinton administration, […] Continue reading
More tough talks ahead as U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations – Accord on embassies just a first step – Other topics: human rights, legal disputes, extradition – Unsettled: 5,913 American claims for expropriated property BY HANNAH ALLAM AND MIMI WHITEFIELD McClatchy Staff WASHINGTON July 20 is the date when the United States and Cuba […] Continue reading
The Disparagement of Our Heroes Should End / Dora Leonor Mesa Posted on April 25, 2015 Dora Leonor Mesa, 24 April 2015 — The photos of Cuban President Raúl Castro conversing with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama during the Seventh Summit of the Americas are still appearing on the principal pages of the world’s most […] Continue reading
NO EMBARGO, NO CRY ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO MARCH 18, 2015 This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship. The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad. Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders… […] Continue reading
U.S.-Cuba talks head to Washington BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 02/25/2015 5:30 PM 02/25/2015 10:59 PM The second round of U.S.-Cuba talks, which will be held Friday at the massive limestone Department of State building in a wintery Washington, D.C., is expected to be a nuts-and-bolts negotiating session to restore diplomatic ties between the two nations. […] Continue reading
Normalizing Relations With Cuba: The Unfinished Agenda BY WILLIAM M. LEOGRANDE 1/30/15 AT 4:48 PM On January 22, U.S. and Cuban diplomats concluded the first round of talks to implement President Barack Obama’s and President Raúl Castro’s decision to normalize bilateral relations. A second round of talks is scheduled for February. Much of the first […] Continue reading
US says it’s not clear after Cuba talks if new policy works Bradley Klapper | AP January 23 2015 The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in more than three decades said Friday that two days of talks on re-establishing full diplomatic relations had left her with no sense of whether the new U.S. policy […] Continue reading
State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/23/2015 7:00 AM 01/23/2015 9:57 PM U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson hosted a group of seven dissidents for breakfast Friday as part of an American commitment to keep human rights front and center in its evolving relationship […] Continue reading
US admits: we’re not sure if new Cuba approach will work Roberta Jacobson, the highest ranking official to visit Havana in more than 30 years, said she had no clearer idea if new policy of engagement will be a success The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in more than three decades has said that […] Continue reading
Major Developments in Cuba for 2014 January 2, 2015 By Café Fuerte President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, during a historical phone conversation with Raul Castro on December 16. HAVANA TIMES — Below, readers will find 12 highly important events that made headlines and had a significant impact on Cuba and Cubans during 2014. […] Continue reading