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Library of Congress / Warren K. Leffler

Castro Skips Cuba’s Big Day

Fidel was a no-show and brother Raul kept quiet during Cuba’s annual Revolution Day festivities, leading journalists, analysts and amateur handicappers to puzzle over the larger implications. The Guardian reports “bafflement among the 90,000-strong crowd” that turned out to hear speeches.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / United Nations Photo

Connecting With Cuba

In a meeting that could signify shifting tides between the U.S. and Cuba, Cuba’s foreign minister has met with Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at a U.N. forum on Haiti relief, the first public meeting of such high-level officials in years.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


Our Cuba Policy: A Failure at 50

President-elect Obama will have more urgent matters to deal with after he takes the oath of office. But somewhere on his long to-do list, he should make a note to finally bring five decades of counterproductive American policy toward Cuba to a definitive end.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / Lauras512

Food Crisis Leads to Opportunity in Cuba

Raul Castro would like to see his island produce more food. Currently, Cuba imports the vast majority of its basic food products, at increasing expense, despite plenty of arable land. Private farmers and collective growers are hoping new reforms make it easier to produce food more efficiently, and that’s not just good news for Cuba. With rice rationing at Costco, that’s good news for the world.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE



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Cuban Government Makes Raul Official

Cuba’s National Assembly has named Raul Castro president and successor to his brother Fidel. Raul has essentially been running the country since Fidel had major surgery in 2006. Although he was expected to throw a bone to a younger generation of leaders, Raul named another septuagenarian veteran of the revolution his vice president.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / J. Pat Carter

McCain Wishes Castro a Speedy Retirement From Land of the Living

Sen. John McCain, campaigning in Indianapolis, said Cuba won’t be better off under Fidel Castro’s fraternal successor, Raul Castro, whom he called “worse in many respects than Fidel was,” and the Republican front-runner voiced the hope that Fidel will meet his commie maker, Karl Marx, “very soon.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Fidel Castro
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Castro Retires

Fidel Castro announced on Tuesday that he “neither will aspire to nor will I accept the position of president of the Council of State and commander in chief.” He had stayed in firm control of Cuba for nearly 50 years despite all the best efforts of a superpower some 90 miles away. In the end, he was forced from office not by coup or assassination, but trouble with his intestine.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Praying
Brooks Kraft / Corbis

Fan of Failure

Ever a fan of failed policy, President Bush has reiterated his support of the embargo against Cuba, which, one might recall, was enacted more than four decades ago to force Fidel Castro from power. Bush also praised the patient (and sometimes violent) Cuban dissidents, who, he said, one day “will be the nation’s leaders.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jose Goitia, file

Castro:  Bush Could Start WWIII

Joining in the exciting game of apocalyptic Mad Libs that President Bush kicked off with his recent pronouncement that a nuclear-equipped Iran could start World War III, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has swapped out “Iran” for “Bush” and turned Bush’s accusation back at him in this latest round of doomsday fun.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Chavez:  Castro Ready for Another 100 Years

Despite widespread speculation that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has assured the global community that Castro is, in fact, alive and doing better. Cuban officials, meanwhile, also say Castro is recovering but haven’t said if and when he would return to office.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Raul Castro
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Report: Rights Abuse Is Easing Under Raul

An independent Cuban human rights organization says Cuba has taken fewer and freed more political prisoners under the rule of Raul Castro, compared with his brother, Fidel. But the group says human rights abuses by the government are still a problem, as is the U.S. embargo, which it says imposes unnecessary hardship on the Cuban people.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Castro Makes Overture to Free Speech

Cuba’s acting president, Raul Castro, hinted at boosting freedom of expression this week, inviting university students to debate without fear. The remarks signal a departure from the practices of his brother, Fidel, who handed over power after undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Yuk Yuk

Quote of the week from Dave Letterman: “According to reports, Fidel Castro is alert and being briefed. And I’m thinking, why didn’t we get a president like that?”

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


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So You Say You Want a Revolución?

President Bush may be offering Cuba the chance to refashion itself in America’s image, but Cubans aren’t buying what Bush is selling.
Wonder why?
Saul Landau, an award-winning American filmmaker and journalist who has worked extensively in Cuba over the last 40 years, lays out the answers.

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


Where?s Raúl?

Cubans are starting to wonder why they still have not seen or heard from the man Fidel Castro designated to rule while he recovers from surgery.  When NPR asked the president of Cuba?s National Assembly when the Cuban people could expect to hear from Raúl Castro, he replied by asking, ?Where is Mr. Cheney now??

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


Fidel and Raul
AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

A Tale of Two Transitions

Why is the United States still pumping tens of millions per year into regime-change efforts that have proved to be a dismal failure?

Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


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