Tag Archives: economic reforms

August 11, 2014

Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez interview with Sarah Stephens: When Washington ‘holds the pen’

CDA Executive Director Sarah Stephens had this interview below with Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez of the Negra Cubana Tenía Que Ser blog. The English version, originally published in Progreso Weekly, is here below: I met Sarah Stephens through the book “En primera persona”, which presents interviews of 49 Cuban women. Since then… 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 »

August 8, 2014

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well

Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald – One of the Cuban women makes fancy soaps. Another is a party planner, and a third owns a combination beauty parlor-gym. One owns a restaurant; another dreams of expanding her pizza parlor “to the rest of Cuba and more.” Each used her own capital to launch… read more »

July 29, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: The EU has recognized that its Common Position has failed to improve human rights in Cuba. It’s time for the U.S. to do the same with its embargo.

After the European Union voted to set aside its Common Policy (Helms-Burton “Lite”) in favor of direct negotiations with Cuba, Americas Quarterly asked CDA to contribute an article to its summer edition on whether this breakthrough had implications for U.S. policy. The summer edition is out now, and the article can be read for free here. In it, we identify the three arguments for the US following the EU’s lead that are most likely to inspire action by the Obama Administration.

July 25, 2014

S. Africa Launches Campaign Against US Cuba Sanctions

Thuso Khumalo, Voice of America – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has launched the Cuban Solidarity Campaign – pledging to work against long-standing U.S. sanctions against the communist island nation. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has pledged South Africa to help Cuba fight what he calls the “inhuman” U.S. sanctions against… 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 18, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: A Single Standard of Justice

In the news summary that follows, you will find reports about a new investigation into the USAID Cuban Twitter scandal, the growing impact of the increasingly tight enforcement of U.S. sanctions against Cuba and other nations on banks and global commerce, and the resumption of peace talks in Havana between… read more »

July 15, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: Putin in Havana, America at the Movies

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Havana this week to build closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begged the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our narrative starts at the height of the Cold War. Cuba’s revolutionary government established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May… 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 »

July 11, 2014

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

Alexei Anishchuk and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba’s struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island. Putin was joined in Havana by close… read more »