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Cuba’s Next President: Miguel Díaz-Canel? 

February 24, 2016


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Cuba’s current President, Raúl Castro, has announced that he will leave office when his current term expires on February 24, 2018, and it is widely expected that Cuba’s current First Vice President of the Council of State, Miguel Dìaz-Canel, will succeed him.

Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel?

According to a lengthy Miami Herald report, the 55-year-old Díaz-Canel is an electrical engineer by training and while in military service as a young man established a strong bond with Fidel and Raúl Castro as a result of helping to provide personal security to the two brothers. [1]

Afterwards he was active in the Union of Young Communists, the party’s youth league, and in his mid-20s  was appointed the party’s liaison to Nicaragua — then communist-ruled and Cuba’s key ally in the Western Hemisphere.

Since then his career has alternated between senior managerial posts, including minister of higher education and increasingly…

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Ramon Castro Ruz, Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba Dies

February 24, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

The Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba Ramón Castro Ruz died today at the age of 91 years, said a note issued here.

Born in Biran, current province of Holguin, on October 14, 1924, he was imprisoned by the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1953, the text says.

During the liberation war he cooperated with the July 26 Movement and organized one of the networks for supplies to the Frank País Second Eastern Front, highlights the text.

It also notes that after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Ramón Castro Ruz developed various activities at different levels in the agricultural sector, mainly in sugarcane and livestock branches.

He was director of the Genetic Special Plan at Valle de Picadura and advisor to the Ministers of Agriculture and Sugar.

For the services rendered he received several awards and held the title of Hero of Labor of…

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The US wins in Bolivia: Morales will not run for re-election in 2019

February 24, 2016

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
February 24 2016

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The smear campaign against Bolivian President Evo Morales has borne fruit as  the US funded “No” side in the national referendum has won a narrow victory over the “Yes” of 51.3 percent versus 48.7 percent with 99.5 percent of votes counted, according to reports from Bolivia’s electoral authorities Bolivian President Evo Morales will not run for re-election in 2019 .

Morales’ impressive achievements

evo morales 10.jpgMorales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, has adopted policies which have lifted millions out of poverty and has implemented a variety of state-funded social programs which have reduced  extreme poverty from 38.2 percent in 2005 to 21.6 percent in 2012.

Over the past nine years, Morales’ macro-economic policies increased state revenue from the country’s natural resources which enabled increased investment in public spending by over 750 percent.

Under the Bolivia Changes, Evo Comes Through initiative, Morales’ government provided small-scale infrastructure projects to many underprivileged communities, allocating over US$1 billion for over 5,000 projects throughout…

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¿Por qué Obama tiene que hablar de DDHH?

February 24, 2016


obamaPor Félix Edmundo Díaz @feddefe*

Decidí salirme de la serie ¡Ay, Obama, Obama…! para que después no digan que la tengo cogida con Mr. President, lo que, of course, no es cierto por mucho que así impresione. No obstante, la abstención voluntaria de no dirigirme directamente a su persona no me impide exponer qué pienso sobre su (de Mr. President) letanía de frases en relación a los DDHH en Cuba, la promoción de la democracia, las opciones del sector privado y otras de corte similar.
En este mismo orden, deseo significar algunas ideas:

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New Book on the History of the Cuban Five

February 23, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

A new book on the history of the Cuban Five during their unjust prison terms in the United States, published by Pathfinder Press was presented last Friday at the International Book Fair in Havana.

Under the title “Son los pobres quienes enfrentan el salvajismo del sistema de justicia en Estados Unidos: Los Cinco cubanos hablan sobre su vida en la clase trabajadora norteamericana”, (Only the Poor face the savage US judicial system: The Cuban Five Speak about their lives in the US working class).

The book’s merit, according to Pathfinder lies in the exhibition of their experiences from their relationship with the working class in the US.

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Obama: Springtime in Havana

February 22, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

Obama: Springtime in Havana

President Barack Obama will greet the spring in Cuba. The news, which for the past several weeks circulated speculatively through the various media because it was cited as a presidential wish, has been confirmed by both governments.

It will be, according to Josefina Vidal, chief of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s U.S. desk, an official visit to be held March 21-22, hence the reference to spring. It has nothing to do with other “springs.”

The visit’s confirmation puts an end to conflicting opinions among analysts and journalists as to whether the trip would be convenient before the presidential election and precisely in the middle of the campaigns for the nominations of both parties, especially if it will condition in any way the eventual Democratic Party candidate. The decision made implies an in-depth evaluation.

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Diez documentos para entender el acercamiento Estados Unidos-Cuba. Por Elier Ramírez Cañedo

February 20, 2016

La pupila insomne

Un día después del anuncio de la visita oficial del Presidente estadounidense Barack Obama a Cuba, prevista para los días 21 y 22 de marzo de este año, publicamos este valioso material, aportado por nuestro colaborador, el Doctor en Ciencias Históricas Elier Ramírez Cañedo

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#Cuba: Descuidar la educación ideológica, grave error

February 18, 2016

El Adversario

Por: Luis M. Arce y Anubis Galardy

 Para el fraile dominico brasileño Frei Betto, una de las causas principales de retrocesos en gobiernos progresistas en América Latina es el descuido en la formación ideológica de la sociedad.

A juicio de uno de los gestores de la teología de la liberación, no se trata de un fenómeno nuevo ni propio del continente, pues ya se había dado en la antigua Unión Soviética y en el resto de Europa del Este.

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Obama announces historic visit to Cuba next month

February 18, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Rancho Mirage, California February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said he will visit Cuba on March 21 and 22 and meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, in the first U.S. presidential trip to the country in nearly 90 years as relations between the former adversaries thaw.

“Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama wrote in a post on Twitter.

Obama said that while the United States still has differences with Cuba, it has already made significant progress in normalizing ties with the its former Cold War foe. The two nations made a surprise announcement in December 2014 that they would move to reopen ties.

“(Fourteen) months ago, I announced that we would begin normalizing relations with Cuba – and we’ve already made significant progress,” Obama wrote.

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US Blockade against Cuba Main Obstacle for relations, stated Malmierca

February 17, 2016

NYC Havana Blog


Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca reiterated today here that the US blockade against Cuba is the main obstacle to progress in bilateral relations.

The elimination of the economic, commercial and financial blockade in effect for more than half a century would be positive for both countries, he said speaking at an event in the US Chamber of Commerce, where he and his accompanying delegation spoke with managers and entrepreneurs.

Malmierca gave details of the updating process of the Cuban economy, its progress and challenges in the context of the blockade.

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