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December 12, 2014

USAID’s Hip Hop Hiccup and the “Smart Power Prom”

A new USAID scandal was exposed yesterday by the exceptional investigative team at the Associated Press. USAID, acting through its notorious contracting partner, Creative Associates International, tried to infiltrate Cuba’s hip-hop community to intensify the political messaging of its artists and use their fans to foment a rapper’s revolution. The… read more »

December 11, 2014

Fidel Castro awarded China’s Confucius Peace Prize

Associated Press — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year’s winner of China’s Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, which they see as biased against China. The committee that sponsors the prize praised 88-year-old Castro for “contributions to peace” — in stark… read more »

August 11, 2014

After offshore oil failure, Cuba shifts energy focus

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration, sources close to the industry say. With so much oil readily available around the world, oil… read more »

July 25, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Rubio Discovers Void, Proposes More of What Created It

In 1992, Brigadier General Simon P. Worden, then serving at the Department of Defense, coined the phrase “self-licking ice cream cones” to describe a curiosity of Washington bureaucratic life.  This is defined as a process that offers few benefits and exists primarily to justify its own existence. The U.S. embargo against Cuba… read more »

July 21, 2014

Cuba hopes for more investment as Chinese president arrives

Marc Frank, Reuters — Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba on Monday evening, stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country after a number of important deals never materialized. Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and… read more »

July 11, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Putin in Cuba, Groundhog Day in America

As Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Havana, and builds closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begs the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our six-decade stalemate with Cuba started at the height of the Cold War.  Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May 8,… read more »

September 20, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: If you shut your eyes tightly, nothing is changing in Cuba or here (so open them).

A controlling premise of U.S. policy is that Cuba must change – by which its Cold War-era authors meant giving up every feature of its governing and economic systems – before our country will even contemplate normalizing relations with Cuba. So far, this approach doesn’t seem to be working.  But,… read more »

March 22, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuba and Climate Change

There is a scientific consensus that climate change is real.  Not everyone agrees, but the people who don’t believe it are answering to an awfully scornful title: climate change deniers. Since assuming leadership in 2006, following the illness of his brother, President Raúl Castro initiated a gradual process to update… read more »

July 13, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Hate in the Time of Cholera

Cuba, we’re told, is experiencing a nasty outbreak of cholera.  Under normal circumstances, the reaction here in the U.S. would be obvious and clear: empathy for those who are affected and offers of help to alleviate their suffering.  But since we are talking about Cuba, life is more complicated than… read more »

July 6, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast:Tale of Two Itineraries: Raúl Castro in Asia; Mitt Romney heading to Europe and Israel

Call it a tale of two itineraries. This week, Cuba’s president Raúl Castro embarked on a tour of Asia that has brought him to China and soon to Vietnam.  The Miami Herald suspects something is afoot (a mystery stopover) because a trip that normally takes one day consumed two travel days… read more »