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Editorial: Dialogue without pressures

Editorial: Dialogue without pressures

We wish that the dialogue between the United States and Cuba may continue until relations are fully normalized. But if the temptation might arise to reverse or freeze the achievements of both parties in the latest negotiations, and if economic pressures are enforced with bolder and more dangerous steps, the U.S. should know that Cuba will go ahead with its changes and rely on the “shame” of its people.


Obama’s farewell to Cuba

Obama’s farewell to Cuba

It seems that President Obama has concluded his policy of reforms in relations with Cuba with the acceptance of a new migratory accord that eliminates the dry-foot-wet-foot policy, and the Parole Program for Cuban doctors who collaborate in third countries.


Cuba moves swiftly to appoint new Interior minister

Cuba moves swiftly to appoint new Interior minister

Cuba has tapped a navy officer, Vice Admiral Julio César Gandarilla Bermejo, as Minister of the Interior, following the death on Jan. 7 of Gen. Carlos Fernández Gondín, who had held the post since October 2015.


The Cuban economy in 2016

The Cuban economy in 2016

It’s the first drop since 1993, when the Cuban economy hit bottom during the crisis known as the ‘Special Period’. Cuba’s economic growth went into negative space in 2016. This should not be underestimated; the decline of the real GDP by 0.9 percent is an unfavorable result.


The Cuban recession and the debut of public bonds

The Cuban recession and the debut of public bonds

The macroeconomic data released at year’s end by the government confirm the projections that Cuba will enter a recession as a result of the Venezuelan shock. That is why a diversification of international relations and the liberalization of the domestic capabilities is needed for greater efficiency in national production.


What about the Cuban-born?

What about the Cuban-born?

A French company building a hotel in Havana hired workers from India. Reasons given were the productivity and efficiency of their work compared to Cuban workers. We should ask ourselves what the output of a Cuban worker would be if he could earn wages similar to those collected by foreign workers who labor in Cuban territory.


Military parade (without tanks) in Havana

Military parade (without tanks) in Havana

Representatives of mass organizations, armed forces, labor centers and people in general paraded this morning in the José Martí Revolution Plaza in Havana. This January 2 was celebrated with a military parade, where practically all branches of the infantry participated, but without any demonstration of means of combat.


Czech member of Parliament to Cuba: Add cigars to shipment of rum

Czech member of Parliament to Cuba: Add cigars to shipment of rum

In a novel way to settle a foreign debt, Cuba has offered to pay the Czech Republic with 276 million dollars worth of rum and pharmaceutical drugs, Czech deputy finance minister Lenka Dupakova announced Thursday in Prague.


Economist’s advice to Czechs: Take the Cuban rum and sell it

Economist’s advice to Czechs: Take the Cuban rum and sell it

PROBLEM: What should the Czech government do with the 23 million bottles of rum that Cuba is offering as payment for its $276-million debt? There’s an easy answer…


After the emotion, reflection

After the emotion, reflection

Fidel’s physical disappearance should not be a pretext for Cuba to cling to stale formulas that have proved to be ineffective. The challenges are huge and the future looms like an uphill struggle. Because of this, the present stage requires more concentration than ever before.


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