Monthly Archives: February 2008
Cubans Hope for More Self-Employment
Feb 22, 2008 3:20 AM (1 day ago) By WILL WEISSERT, AP
HAVANA (Map, News) – Juan Bautista Gonzalez's living room was already
crowded with customers when still more shuffled in, clutching gold
necklaces with broken clasps and bent rhinestone earrings. He knew he
would be skipping lunch again.
"If someone comes with a job, I'll do… Continue reading
Cuba's new openness: People talking publicly about economy, personal
By Doreen Hemlock | Havana Bureau
February 21, 2008
It felt like a different country.
Back in Cuba after eight months away, I found the mood had changed to a
People were saying publicly what they'd only whispered privately before.
And many urged far-reaching solutions to daily problems beyond former,… Continue reading
Profile: Cuba's Carlos Lage
By Patrick Jackson
Cuba's de facto prime minister, Vice-President Carlos Lage, is tipped by
some to play a greater political role after Fidel Castro's retirement.
Looking more like a bank manager than the right-hand man of a communist
revolutionary leader, he has gradually become Cuba's face abroad,
standing in for the ailing "Comandante" at Latin American… Continue reading
Will things really change in Cuba?
Article Launched: 02/21/2008 08:37:35 AM PST
We'd celebrate the exit of Fidel Castro – were it not for the fact we've
heard such promises from him before.
Besides, no matter who is in charge in Cuba, the specter of the
81-year-old Communist dictator will remain.
Tuesday, Castro announced he would not seek re-election as… Continue reading
Declaración sobre arresto de estudiante que confrontó a Alarcón
FLAMUR – campaña Con la Misma Moneda
11 de febrero de 2008
Las Tunas, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El capítulo Cuba de la Federación Latinoamericana de Mujeres Rurales (FLAMUR), expresa su más enérgica condena al régimen gobernante en Cuba por el arresto del estudiante Eliécer Ávila, quien en días pasados… Continue reading
RAPID SUCCESSION, SLOW TRANSITION IN CUBA
2008-02-09. Focus on Cuba, Issue 92
February 4, 2008.- Recent discussion about Cuba's immediate future
centers primarily on two possible variables: the first one explains that
Raul Castro is more pragmatic than his older, ailing brother and that
once Fidel is gone he will engage in major economic reforms. The second
one suggests profound… Continue reading
Mexico ex-official calls Cuba spy story 'false'
Sergio Dorantes / For The Times
"It's entirely made up," ex-official Jorge Castañeda said of the report
on espionage activities.
Jorge Castaneda says a newspaper's report that he once served as an
agent of Havana is "entirely made up."
By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 6, 2008
MEXICO CITY — Former Mexican… Continue reading
6 de febrero de 2008
Por un simple pasaporte
Amarilis C. Rey, Cuba-Verdad
LA HABANA, Cuba, febrero (www.cubanet.org) – Para cualquier ciudadano en
el mundo, realizar trámites de viaje, obtener un pasaporte, visitar
otros países y regresar al suyo es, aparte de un derecho, un suceso
normal de la vida.
En Cuba no es posible ejercer ese derecho. Y mucho… Continue reading
Surge in Cuban Migration Spurs Human Smuggling
by Greg Allen
All Things Considered, February 3, 2008 · Migration to the United States
from Cuba is now at its highest rate since the 1960s. And increasingly,
U.S. authorities say Cuban migrants are being brought here by smugglers
using high-speed boats.
It's a weekly, sometimes daily, event. A group of Cubans lands under
cover… Continue reading
Will the military support reform?
Posted on Fri, Feb. 01, 2008
By FRANK CALZON
What will Cuba's armed forces do when the all powerful dictator, Fidel
Castro, dies? How will the military exert its influence? Will it play a
role in the future? Support democratic reforms? End the communists'
monopoly on power?
The questions are intriguing because under Fidel's iron… Continue reading
Ladies march for freedom in Cuba far from over
As long as there are political prisoners in Cuba, Las Damas De Blanco
human rights group will continue.
Posted on Fri, Feb. 01, 2008
BY LUISA YANEZ
Born the same year as Fidel Castro's revolution, Yolanda Huerga, a
one-time librarian now living in Miami, seems an unlikely candidate to
be… Continue reading
CONTINÚAN LAS PLEGARIAS POR LOS PRESOS POLÍTICOS
Julio Beltran Igesias, Corresponsal en la Isla de Miscelánes de Cuba
El pasado viernes 25 de enero, se dieron cita en la Iglesia Nuestras
Señora del Carmen, ubicada en Centro Habana, una treintena de personas
para orar por los presos políticos, a pesar de las amenazas recibidas.
"A pesar de las grandes represiones que… Continue reading
HOW IS RAUL DOING?
Cuba Transition Project
Former New York mayor Ed Koch was fond of hovering at busy subway
station entrances and startling commuters by asking, with a big smile
and a handshake, "How am I doing?" There is no Cuban equivalent of
course, not even remotely so, yet in his own diffident way Raul Castro
must be wondering how… Continue reading
Events of 2007
Cuba remains the one country in Latin America that represses nearly
all forms of political dissent. There have been no significant policy
changes since Fidel Castro relinquished direct control of the
government to his brother Raul Castro in August 2006. The government
continues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions,
long-term and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police warnings,… Continue reading