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Cuba Prioritizes Foreign Debt Despite Hard Year

October 23, 2017 | 5 comments

Cuban banking authorities have just paid US $2.6 billion in debt owed to the Paris Club, that conglomerate of 14 wealthy countries. The news has not been given by Cuba’s official media, perhaps out of modesty, which is what I can think of right now.

Hurricane Irma Deals Blow to Tourism in Cuba

September 8, 2017 | 6 comments

A police patrol car gives a warning to the rest of the cars on the road so that they can give way to a caravan of dozens of buses which carry thousands of tourists who have been evacuated from hotels located on the northern coast of the island towards safer areas.

Cuba Hosts Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

September 22, 2016 | 2 comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, arrived Thursday in Havana for a historic visit, the first ever by a Japanese premier to Cuba. The prime minister will meet later in the day with the General/President Raul Castro.

Obama’s Day 2 in Cuba with Raul Castro

March 21, 2016 | 16 comments

Barack Obama and Raul Castro met today to give a new impetus to the historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba with their first meeting on Cuban soil. We include a video of their press conference.

Obama Readies to Visit Cuba

February 18, 2016 | 13 comments

Obama will be the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years. The last US president to travel to the island was Republican Calvin Coolidge in January 1928 on the occasion of the Sixth International Conference of American States.

Cuba and the USA Facing 2016

January 6, 2016 | 5 comments

Reestablishing relations with Cuba was a solid success for the Obama administration, to the point that — except from the Cuban-American extreme right — no political sector has firmly opposed that decision. So far, the topic of Cuba has barely surfaced in the presidential debates.

Air Lift of Cubans in Costa Rica Begins in January

December 30, 2015 | 3 comments

A solution to the crisis sparked off by the thousands of Cubans stranded in Central America finally came into view this week, thanks to a political mediation process headed by Costa Rica. The first trip taking Cubans to El Salvador by air, and then on to Mexico by bus, is set for the first week in January.

Local Development and the Empowerment of Citizens in Cuba

December 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Imagine you had the chance to decide, at a neighborhood meeting, how part of the public budget should be spent to improve and transform your community. Imagine your apartment building was governed by rules that all tenants knew and followed to the letter.

As Cuba Changes Will the Weakest Be Left Behind?

September 24, 2015 | 21 comments

A reader left a comment saying that “Cubans went into the Special Period economic crisis together, and they are coming out of it one-by-one.” The question now is whether we’ll all be able to come out of the crisis or whether the “weakest” will be left behind.

Obama at a Crossroads with Cuba

September 10, 2015 | 4 comments

At some point in the near future, before September 14th, a request to renew the Trading With the Enemy Act – the legal foundation of the US blockade on Cuba – will be laid on Barack Obama’s desk. This is the 1917 statute invoked by John F. Kennedy in 1962 to set up the economic fence around Cuba.