Tag: Cuba

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Cuba’s Leader Raul Castro Makes Way For New Leadership

The Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro has announced his resignation from the helm of the party. This culminates the end of the Castro’s era.    The 89-year-old Castro told his party congress that he is handing over the leadership to a younger generation full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit. His successor will be voted in at the end of […]

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Arrest Of Opposition Leader José Daniel Ferrer In Cuba Breeds Outcries

According to press reports, Leading Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was arrested in Santiago de Cuba.  “They arbitrarily detained Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), and until now he is missing,” Zaqueo Baez, deputy national coordinator of the group, told AFP by telephone, referring to the banned opposition organization the Patriotic Union of Cuba. Ferrer’s sister, […]

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Cuba Opens Economy To Private Sector Expansion

Cuba announced a substantial increase in private business activities in various sectors, implying a significant reform in this socialist country where the state and its enterprises dominate the economy.  The move comes at a critical time for the island’s economy, which contracted 11% last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, tightening U.S. sanctions, and the delay in implementing reforms approved […]

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Cuba Let Go Of Grip On Private Business

Cuba has announced it will allow private businesses to operate in most sectors, in what is a major reform to its state-controlled economy. Labor Minister Marta Elena Feito said the list of authorized activities had expanded from 127 to more than 2,000. Only a minority of sectors would be reserved for the state, she said.The communist country’s economy has been […]

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Western Union Set To Lock Down Operations In Cuba

Western Union, the American worldwide financial services and communications company is set to close its offices in Cuba following new sanctions from Washington which prevent it from working with Fincimex, a financial company operated by the government. The firm will close its “407 agencies located throughout the country because of these brutal provisions,” Fincimex said in a statement posted on […]

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Trump Continues To Turn Up The Heat Under Cuba

President Donald Trump recently announced new sanctions on Cuba restricting imports of Cuban rum and cigars and banning Americans from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government. The latest move comes as the U.S. President seeks to lock in the Cuban American vote in the key battleground state of Florida before the November 3 general election. Trump won Florida […]

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The U.S. Continues To Grind Cuba

The Trump administration is playing no ease up on Cuba as it continues to pressure the Caribbean island to “reform or perish.” The U.S. latest move is to have all private charter flights between the United States and Cuba suspended, in a bid to increase economic pressure on the island. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that “the Castro […]

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Cuba Continues To Put COVID-19 Under Lock

Cuba has joined the fray in easing pandemic lockdown and reopening the country in phases. It announced recently that its capital Havana would see ease in lockdown while most of the other parts of the country will move towards phase two of a three-phase process towards normalization. The country’s capital will see its 2.2 million residents out and about as […]

POLITICS

Cuban Doctors Back To The Rescue In Brazil

Brazil has rehired nearly 200 Cuban doctors to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country. After Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broadside against the Cuban government, the medical assistant program was withdrawn. Bolsonaro, in his 2018 presidential campaign, compared the program with “slavery” and called Cuba a “dictatorship.” Initially, Cuba sent more than 8,000 doctors to work in under-served […]

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China Offers Help To Cuba

The Government of China has donated a range of medical products to Cuba to help the Caribbean island in its fight against COVID-19. According to press reports, Cuba’s Ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira, confided that a plane with the supplies landed in the country on the same day.  This move was the first charter flight to transport essential supplies […]