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Cuba’s Search for Oil and Foreign Investment

September 26, 2016 | 3 comments

In a press conference held in mid-September, executives from Cuba’s national Oil company (CUPET) lowered public expectations which have arisen around estimates that the Australian company MEO made public about Cuba’s oil potential.

Fidel Castro Hosts Chinese Prime Minister

September 26, 2016 | 14 comments

Cuban President Raul Castro headed off to Cartagena, Colombia on Sunday to be present for today’s official signing of that country’s peace accords. Meanwhile, his chief adviser, Fidel Castro, 90, who no longer travels, received the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Kequiang at his home in Havana.

Is Venezuela Heading for a Coup?

September 25, 2016 | 2 comments

Cuban government media and Telesur out of Venezuela are always alluding to a new kind of coup d’etat against the Left’s empowerment on the global political stage: “the soft coup”. They promote the time worn “conspiracy theory.” It’s repeated over and over again; its objective being to get it inside our heads so we accept it as a proven reality.

Campaign Begins in Cuba for Imprisoned Spy Ana Belen Montes

September 25, 2016 | 9 comments

This week the first public event was held in Havana to demand the release of Ana Belen Montes, a spy for Cuba who has already served 15 years in a United States’ prison.

Cuban pitcher Jose Fernandez was the star hurler for the Miami Marlins.  File photo:
Tragic Death of Cuban Pitcher Jose Fernandez

September 25, 2016 | 2 comments

Jose Fernandez, the star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died today in a boating accident in Miami Beach, confirmed his team. Fernandez, 24, came to the United States from Cuba when he was 14.

Li fue recibido con honores militares en el Palacio de la Revolución de La Habana y luego sostuvo un encuentro privado con Raúl Castro. Foto: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate
China Takes Its Turn in Cuba

September 25, 2016 | No Comments »

President Raul Castro met on Saturday in the Cuban capital with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Li’s presence is the third high-level visit during the week, preceded by the president of Iran and prime minister of Japan.

When the managers of an ice-cream parlor refuse to let Cuban journalists onto the premises, there can only be one explanation... and it isn’t national security. Photo: Raquel Perez Diaz
Reporting in Cuba With or Without Consent

September 22, 2016 | 3 comments

Last week, Juventud Rebelde newspaper published a story that denounced the bureaucratic hurdles that journalists had to jump over just to be able to do a simple report about the Coppelia ice-cream parlor, a true icon in Havana.

Cuba Makes Official its Debt Renegotiation with Japan

September 20, 2016 | 5 comments

The Cuban government has announced today that an agreement has been made that will see it regularize its debt with Japan, as part of the Caribbean island’s restructured payments to the Paris Club

Foto: Benjamin Bruce
A Political Lesson from the Brazilian Olympics

September 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

A friend of mine, sad at the definitive impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, ended up regretting that “what a shame, after so much hard work, they took away even her honor of inaugurating the Olympics, she didn’t deserve that.”

Fidel Castro Meets with Iranian President in Havana

September 19, 2016 | 5 comments

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro met on Monday with the Iranian president, Hassan Rohani, at his home in Havana. Fidel, 90, is the leading adviser to his brother President Raul Castro.