Archivo de Letters from Cuba

Archivo Letters from Cuba

Will it be the end of USAID´s spells?

“With mixed emotions I informed President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that I will resign in the middle of February 2015,” said Rajiv Shah, director of USAID, realizing that the policy of his country is on very different paths … Continued

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Photo: Raquel Pérez

My Havana

Some of my friends make fun of the fact Havana was named one of the seven wonder cities of the world. They write about the large heaps of garbage on the streets, the miraculous endurance of ruined buildings, the geysers … Continued

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Photo: Raquel Pérez

Congratulations Paquito

During my childhood in the Uruguay neighborhood where I grew up, we called “maricón” (fagot) anyone who did not show the courage to climb a tree, put the foot as it should be in the football game or exchange a … Continued

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José Manuel García-Margallo in Cuba / Photo: Raquel Pérez

Just leave us alone

With the visit to Cuba of Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, the Popular Party (PP) finishes a 180 degrees turn in its policy of isolating Havana, driven by former president José María Aznar, who promoted the European Common Position … Continued

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Photo: Raquel Perez.

Professor Esteban Morales and the Cuba-US relations

Professor Esteban Morales is one of the most respected researchers in the field of US-Cuba relations. He has just published the book ¨From confrontation to attempts at normalization´, a must-read material to understand the bilateral conflict. He agreed to devote … Continued

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The press and the lessons of History

Maintaining control over all of the media and having the power to decide who manages these and what gets published is probably the dream of many politicians around the world. Such a degree of control, however, is not without serious … Continued

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Corruption and its Weeding Out

Spaces for citizen participation have become a formal endeavor and many have no confidence in them. The struggle against corruption in Cuba has proven to be a long-distance race where every lap presents new and more difficult challenges. It’s like … Continued

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Moving services into cooperatives hands frees the Cuban state from running beauty parlors, cafes and other sectors of the economy / Photo: Raquel Perez.

If you bite off more than you can chew…

“The theft to the State was at a large scale systematically. They were truly well-organized criminal gangs who performed large-scale risky operations. That included declaring losses or damages by directors and managers, who were actually diverting resources onto the underground … Continued

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Ecuador has become the springboard for Cubans to go to the USA / Photo: Raquel Perez.

The human traffic between Cuba and USA

Cuban émigré Mercedes Morera Roche pleaded guilty in the USA of leading a gang of illegal trafficking of migrants from 2004 to 2011. She benefited from some of the 6.6 billion dollars these criminals move in the world. Mercedes ran … Continued

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Letters from Cuba under attack

The website www.cartasdesdecuba.com is being attacked by hackers from the last several weeks, especially in the days before the release of my main post on Thursdays, with the evident intention of preventing its spread. The blocking technique is to enter … Continued

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