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CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Let the ends justify the means
“That is an absolute lie.” This is what Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart told the New York Times, after its correspondent, Damien Cave said “clearly a majority” of the American public supports a change in policy in Cuba. Except it’s not a lie. The American public made up its mind years ago that… read more »
Damien Cave: As Cuba’s Economy Opens a Bit, Some Who Fled Castro Return to Help
Damien Cave, The New York Times — The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial… read more »
CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Freedom for One?
After more than 15 years behind bars, a Cuban named Fernando González was released from prison on Thursday and immediately turned over to immigration officials. A member of the “Cuban Five,” Mr. González returned home today to his family. While we celebrate his freedom, it makes no sense to us… read more »
Chris Arsenault: Armed Venezuelans fear ‘Syria scenario’
Chris Arsenault, Al Jazeera – A former socialist guerrilla whose brother died battling Venezuela’s dictator in the 1950s, Adicea Castillo knows the far-left well. But the current political climate – where armed pro-government collectives are asserting themselves in poor neighbourhoods – is too much for the aging radical. “This is… read more »
CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Post, The Times, and the Cuba Consular Service Cut Off
This week, it seemed like the train left the tracks at the Washington Post. In its editorial, “Cuba’s changes are no more than window dressing,” the editorial board’s routine scolding of Cuba’s government became unusually frenzied when it compared the digital alteration of pictures, removing a hearing aid normally seen… read more »
Caracas Connect, February 2014 Report
So far, 2014 has brought little more than a further deterioration of the center in Venezuelan politics. The weekend of February 12 saw the eruption of the most serious political violence in the country since the short-lived coup against Hugo Chávez in 2002. Two student demonstrators and a prominent pro-government activist died.
CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: As Manuel and Lisandra Plan Wedding, Hardliners wonder “Where is the love?”
We asked our friend Yamina Vicente, who runs Decorazón, an event-planning firm in Havana, if her business benefits from our Hallmark card-driven “holiday,” Valentine’s Day. She wrote us back: February 14th is a date chosen by many couples to celebrate their marriage. In Cuba, many couples fill spaces with flowers, music, and… read more »
Tim Padgett: America, Florida Want Cuba Policy Change Because They Want Change In Cuba
Tim Padgett, WLRN – A major poll released Monday confirms that most Americans, and especially Floridians, feel it’s time to normalize relations with communist Cuba after more than a half century of Cold-War rupture. But on the same day that the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council issued the poll,… read more »
CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: ¡Azúcar!
A few years back, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen invited a Congressional reporter to observe her daily ritual of making Cuban coffee. She percolated a pot of Café Bustelo, placed “a healthy amount of sugar,” in a separate cup, and then added “a few drops of coffee into the sugar.” She stirred… read more »
Peter Orsi: Tours changing American views of Cuba, US policy
Peter Orsi, The Associated Press — When President Barack Obama reinstated “people-to-people” travel to Cuba in 2011, the idea was that visiting Americans would act as cultural ambassadors for a U.S. constantly demonized in the island’s official media. Two and a half years later, a survey shared exclusively with The… read more »