Tag Archives: Catholic Church

April 16, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: USAID’s Twitter Trojan Horse

More than a week after the story broke, why are we still talking about USAID and the Cuban Twitter scandal? Why has it struck such a chord? Think about the Elián González saga from fifteen years ago. He was the six year old boy plucked from the ocean after the… read more »

April 15, 2014

Cuba makes Good Friday an official holiday

EFE – Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an “exceptional” measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday “every year,” Communist Party… read more »

April 11, 2014

Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at his Mother’s Urging, Announces There Will Be Further Protests to Come

  For Immediate Release April 11, 2014 Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at his Mother’s Urging, Announces There Will Be Further Protests to Come   From prison in Havana, Alan Gross spoke to his attorney, Scott Gilbert, and declared that he is suspending his fast as of today. He dictated… read more »

April 10, 2014

Senate Committee orders review of ‘Cuban Twitter’

Jack Gillum, The Associated Press – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to turn over all records about a Twitter-like program it secretly built in Cuba. As part of its announced review, the committee also wants any messages the government or its contractors transmitted… read more »

April 6, 2014

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island’s government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples. The U.S. government has admitted it created a social media network called… read more »

March 14, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Download on Cuba and the News Blast

This week, the News Blast is bursting with developments in Cuba and U.S. policy. We imagine you want to get to it, so we’ll keep our introductory remarks - harrumph - relatively brief. Earlier this week, we came across a well-worn speech delivered by President John F. Kennedy at the University of… read more »

March 8, 2014

Societe Generale, BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole under US Probe for Alleged Sanction Breaches

M Rochan, International Business Times – US authorities are probing French banks Societe Generale, BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole for alleged misappropriation and violating American sanctions against other countries. Other large international banks have also been cited in the investigation, an unnamed source told AFP. The source declined to confirm the… read more »

March 4, 2014

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 »

March 3, 2014

Cuban dissidents say political arrests top 1,000 in February

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Politically motivated arrests in Cuba topped 1,000 for a third straight month in February as the result of wider public demonstrations against the one-party state, a leading human rights organization said on Monday. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said arrests in the past three months… read more »

March 3, 2014

President Raul Castro Calls for Deep Analysis of Economic Update Process

ACN – Cuban President Raul Castro insisted in the need to critically and constructively analyze the ongoing process aimed at updating the country’s economic model, which must involve the active participation of all officials and leaders from the base to the top government levels. Raul said that the process will continue… read more »