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The Latell Report-May 2015

The Latell Report-May 2015 [21-05-2015 21:51:12] ICCAS (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Latell Report analyzes Cuba’s contemporary domestic and foreign policy, and is published periodically. It is distributed by the electronic information service of the Cuba Transition Project (CTP) at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS). Fidel’s Mariel Crimes Revisited Juan Reinaldo Sanchez […] Continue reading

Self-employed…That Damn Breed

Self-employed…That Damn Breed / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on May 4, 2015 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 2 May 2015 — Few sectors have been so viciously beaten in Cuba as the one grouped under the generic name of “entrepreneurs”, or, according to the informal term, “cuentapropistas” (“self-employed”). The backgrounds of the self-employed have their roots […] Continue reading

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same / Ana Mercedes Torricella Posted on April 23, 2015 My neighbor Nelly, when she learned that I did not go vote and I again clarified that I did not want to leave Cuba, told me: “You independent journalists and dissidents are going to be alone with the […] Continue reading

Obama Says Cuba Doesn’t Sponsor Terrorism. So What Are All These Hijackers and Bomb-Makers Doing There?

Obama Says Cuba Doesn’t Sponsor Terrorism. So What Are All These Hijackers and Bomb-Makers Doing There? The White House says that Cuba has nothing to do with terrorism. But Havana is like a Star Wars cantina of Cold War radicals—including some of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists. If you happened to have found yourself in […] Continue reading

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 12:06 a.m. EDT April 11, 2015 PANAMA CITY – Cuban rapper Skuadron Patriota paced the stage and dedicated his next song to his mom – and moms everywhere who have lost sons to street fights or perilous raft trips from his island country […] Continue reading

Two Cuban women refuse to emigrate out of loyalty, but not to country

Two Cuban women refuse to emigrate out of loyalty, but not to country By TRACY WILKINSON Two minority groups, Jews and Afro-Cubans, intersected in a Havana household, and an unbreakable bond emerged She could have left Cuba many times. As a Cuban Jew, Frida Zaitman could have gone to Israel or the United States, maybe […] Continue reading

Ángel Santiesteban “I am a social reflection of my times”

Ángel Santiesteban: “I am a social reflection of my times” / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on February 16, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 February 2015 — Just days after Ángel Santiesteban Prats sent this interview to Martí Noticias, he was transferred in an untimely manner to Villa Marista, the general barracks of Cuban State Security. […] Continue reading

In Havana’s outskirts, a less sunny view of U.S.-Cuba ties

In Havana’s outskirts, a less sunny view of U.S.-Cuba ties Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 7:16 p.m. EST January 28, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, Cuba — Just an hour’s drive from downtown Havana, people in the rural outskirts tend to be more concerned with crops, church and scraping together their next meal than politics. Yet […] Continue reading

Exploring Cuba’s contradictions in Havana

Exploring Cuba’s contradictions in Havana (+video) In Havana, an Associated Press reporter explores culture, modernization, and politics. The recent elimination of a pre-authorization process means just about any American can visit the island now. By Bradley Klapper, Associated Press JANUARY 24, 2015 HAVANA — Editor’s note: Bradley Klapper, who covered this week’s US-Cuba talks on […] Continue reading

An increasing number of Cubans try to reach Florida by sea, Coast Guard reports

An increasing number of Cubans try to reach Florida by sea, Coast Guard reports BY JENNIFER KAYASSOCIATED PRESS 01/05/2015 6:28 PM 01/05/2015 7:16 PM The number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the Dec. 17 announcement that diplomatic relations between the two countries would be restored after […] Continue reading

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority BY MARC CAPUTO MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/23/2014 8:41 PM 12/23/2014 9:32 PM The polling is in: Cuban exile hardliners and Republicans are in the clear minority nationwide when it comes to the embargo and reestablishing ties with the island nation. A raft of new surveys, taken after […] Continue reading

Intellectual Dishonesty – The Case of the Fan Club of Che Guevara

Intellectual Dishonesty – The Case of the Fan Club of Che Guevara By Gideon Isaac, on November 8th, 2014 Robert Redford produced a movie about Che Guevara called “The Motorcycle Diaries.” It was based on Che’s real diaries, no doubt modified by the Cuban government, but what disappoints me greatly about Redford is that he […] Continue reading

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo Bill Clinton tried engaging Castro. After Havana shot down two U.S. planes, it all fell apart. PETER KORNBLUH AND WILLIAM M. LEOGRANDEOCT 5 2014, 11:09 AM ET “I think we should—we should advocate for the end of the embargo” on Cuba, Hillary Clinton said […] Continue reading

Let’s Join “The Death of The Cat” in Denouncing the Castro Dictatorship at FIBABC

Let’s Join “The Death of The Cat” in Denouncing the Castro Dictatorship at FIBABC Posted on September 26, 2014 For my soul brother Angel Santiesteban, prisoner of Cuba for thinking differently. For my second father, Raul Guerra, who died intoxicated with disappointment. The Death of the Cat Writer: Lilo Vilaplana Genre: Fiction Category: Fiction The […] Continue reading

More Cuban Rafters Escaping Communist Failure But Needing Capitalist Help

More Cuban Rafters Escaping Communist Failure But Needing Capitalist Help By TIM PADGETT José asked that I not use his last name to protect his family back home in Cuba. He arrived in Florida two weeks ago on a homemade raft, the kind of illegal exit that makes you a counter-revolutionary – a gusano, or […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Undesirables

Fidel Castro’s Undesirables / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 14, 2014 It was Spring 1980 in Havana. Before dawn a group of policemen hurriedly entered the cells of the Eastern Consolidated prison, known as the “pizzeria.” After lining the inmates up, their backs to the wall along a narrow corridor, an official of the Ministry […] Continue reading

Carlos Alberto Montaner – Someday God Will Awaken

Carlos Alberto Montaner: Someday God Will Awaken / Angle Santiesteban Posted on June 9, 2014 I thank Neo Club Editions, Armando Anel and Idabell, his wife; Barcardi House of the University of Miami and the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, and the Alexandria Library for the opportunity to present this excellent novel by Angel […] Continue reading

Cuba and the Perversion of Language

Cuba and the Perversion of Language June 6, 2014 The Cuban government continues to rely on defamation and personal attacks. Alejandro Armengol* HAVANA TIMES — The campaign against dissidents, the peaceful opposition and civil society activists that the Cuban press has maintained for decades illustrates the ideological decadence of a dying regime. The means employed […] Continue reading

Soviet Cuba Remains in the Official Imagination

Soviet Cuba Remains in the Official Imagination / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 20, 2014 It’s hard to bury faith in any God, ideology, or vices. For others, like Vladimir, the passion for the Soviet era, like old rockers, never dies. Son of Communist parents, he studied at universities in the former USSR. He speaks […] Continue reading

Is Baseball Finished in Cuba?

Is Baseball Finished in Cuba? / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 26, 2014 Fidel Castro has been an effective gravedigger. He buried sugar crops and the agricultural abundance of old. Recently, Cuba had to import sugar from Brazil and the Dominican Republic to meet the consumption needs of international tourists. With this type of negative […] Continue reading

I Am a Prisoner Because of a Tantrum by Raul Castro

“I Am a Prisoner Because of a Tantrum by Raul Castro” / Juan Carlos Linares, Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 5, 2013 Havana, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org — Without any doubt, the prosecutor at the oral hearing clung to the least of the supposed crimes, “Housebreaking and Injuries,” being proved by the very “witness” who lied. […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident blogger draws crowd at Valencia

Cuban dissident blogger draws crowd at Valencia By Carolina Salazar, Orlando Sentinel 6:43 p.m. EDT, October 31, 2013 Superstar Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez gets millions of hits a month on her “Generation Y” blog and has more than 500,000 followers on Twitter — even though she lives in an island nation with only 118 places […] Continue reading

Prison Diary LXII Award-Winning and Censored Books

Prison Diary LXII: Award-Winning and Censored Books / Angel Santiesteban Posted on October 29, 2013 With the recent presentation in Europe of my novel “The Summer When God Was Sleeping”, which won the Internation Franz Kaka Prize for Novels from the Drawer, convened in the Czech Republic, and the resumé of awards which accompany me, […] Continue reading

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy?

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy? / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 20, 2013 While in Sao Paulo and other cities in Brazil the outraged people flooded the streets to protest the increase in transportation prices, rampant corruption and the millions in public expenditures for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in Cuba the […] Continue reading

Una Noche, A Film about Cuba You Have to See

Una Noche, A Film about Cuba You Have to See September 16th, 2013 – 10:39 am Reading Charles Lane’s important column in The Washington Post about a new indie film, Una Noche (One Night), I promptly rented it “On Demand” on my cable system. It is also available as an iTunes download. Filmmaker Lucy Mulloy […] Continue reading

Cuba’s hard truths exposed

Cuba’s hard truths exposed Lane, Friday, September 13, 1:48 AM Cholera is a potentially fatal, water-borne, gastrointestinal disease usually associated with poverty and inadequate sanitation. Some 600,000 people contracted the disease in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, 8,000 of whom died. It is not the sort of illness that you would expect to find in […] Continue reading
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