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Cuba

Not adapting to its societal changes

Not adapting to its societal changes

At the start of 2017, Cuba is in many ways a very different country than in 1990. Two-and-a-half decades of major events have deeply marked a nation convinced that it occupies a singular place in the world.




Escape valve

Escape valve

One might think that Havana has drafted answers for the domestic economy that it has still not enacted. And these would be the domestic valve; our leaders need only to speed them up and give them more flexibility, without the risk of losing political control.




Russian expert applauds Cuban coal exports but decries domestic policies

Russian expert applauds Cuban coal exports but decries domestic policies

The export of Cuban charcoal to the United States is a welcome development, says a Russian expert on energy, but the island government has a long way to go before maintaining a steady trade in consumer products with its neighbor to the north.





Raúl to Trump: Respect Cuba’s sovereignty and we can continue to talk

Raúl to Trump: Respect Cuba’s sovereignty and we can continue to talk

Raúl Castro: “I wish to express Cuba’s willingness to continue to negotiate the pending bilateral issues with the United States on the basis of equality, reciprocity, and respect for the sovereignty and independence of our country, and to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest with the new government of President Donald Trump.”





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.




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