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  • asombra: About a month before the forcible seizure, Gabriel García Márquez wrote a substantial piece from Havana on the Elián situation,...

  • asombra: She’s just a fascist, so who cares? Move along.

  • asombra: “It is difficult but it is not oppressive. It is not to minimize the human rights challenges, but there have been changes...

  • asombra: A couple of excellent pieces (in Spanish) on García Márquez: http://www.libreonline.com/hom e/index.php?option=com_cont...

  • asombra: Don’t blame Castro, Inc. for trying what’s previously worked. Blame those who’ve let it get away with it.

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Changing the debate on the handshake

Via Rare with Rick Robinson and our very own Alberto de la Cruz: Shaking hands with libertad in Cuba In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama told a crowd in South Florida that his policy towards Cuba would be governed by one word: “Libertad,” Spanish for liberty. “The road to freedom for all Cubans must begin with […]

Why shake hands with the leader of “the island of lies”?

President Obama shook hands with Raul Castro, the leader of a country that denies its citizens human rights. He sent the Churchill bust back but shook hands with Raul Castro? My Canadian friend Brian Lloyd French, author of "Mojito", wrote "The island of lies" a couple of years ago: "Lies are a permanent part of […]

More evidence of Raul Castro’s “reform”

Here is a video depicting some of Raul Castro's reform: violent repression against those who dare expose the truth about Cuba. From UNPACU, no translation necessary. More here.

Cuba still next to last in Index of Economic Freedom

The 2013 Index of Economic Freedom is out, and Cuba remains next to last place, above only North Korea. Cuba’s economic freedom score is 28.5, making its economy one of the world’s least free. Its overall score is 0.2 point higher than last year, with a notable decline in monetary freedom counterbalanced by gains in […]

Six Years Later: Same Old Raul

I hear the echos of the experts, Raul the reformer, Raul the reformer, Raul the reformer, . . . and nothing to show for it, other than more repression. Capitol Hill Cubans: Last month, a tragic anniversary passed (perhaps purposefully) unnoticed by the media. On July 31st, 2006, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro fell ill and […]

The weekend in Cuba news

Cuban Reforms Take on 'Free' Health Care Cuba's system of free medical care, long considered a birthright by its citizens and trumpeted as one of the communist government's great successes, is not immune to cutbacks under Raúl Castro's drive for efficiency. The health sector has already endured millions of dollars in budget cuts and tens […]

Lions, leopards and buffalo: latest punchlines in the running joke of Cuban “economic reform”

As we've heard so many times since Raul Castro took the helm in Cuba, the younger of two Communist dictators is a pragmatist. A reformer. He's brought changed to the island's dated, no-longer-sufficient economic system that everyone has known were long overdue. There are signs that the changes Raul has made are paying off. With […]