5 hrs ago
Nelson Mandela's death: South Africa and the world mourns loss of Nelson Mandela
Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy.
6 hrs ago
Reports from Cuba: War-Time Opportunists
In Cuba the practice of wasting time is a daily phenomenon. It evaporates in conversations on the street corner, in workplaces, while waiting for buses, resolving bureaucratic problems, reading the newspaper Granma , looking for bargains in the farmers' markets and "building socialism," which is like a long road from one form of capitalism to ... (more)
21 hrs ago
Martha Frayde Barraque | Castro critic, 93
Martha Frayde Barraque, 93, a founder and leading figure of Cuba's human-rights movement and a sharp critic of the Fidel and Raul Castro governments for decades, died Wednesday in Madrid.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Cuba reforms seen as changing ideals, values
But as more and more islanders go into business for themselves under President Raul Castro's economic reforms, the ethos of capitalism is increasingly seeping into Cuban daily life, often in stark conflict with fundamental tenets of the Cuban Revolution.
Struggle for freedom still vibrant among Cubans
Back in 1978 and 1979, I covered the release of 3,600 Cuban political prisoners.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
Castro dictatorship says three years to phase out apartheid currency system in Cuba
Like every other "change" and "reform" in Cuba, the dictatorship of Raul Castro will take its time to ensure that their stranglehold on power is neither threatened nor compromised.
ADL Calls for Release of Alan Gross From Cuban Prison
The Anti-Defamation League is calling for the release of imprisoned American contractor Alan Gross, who on Tuesday marked his four-year anniversary in a Cuban prison after being convicted of committing "acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state."
Tue Dec 03, 2013
the Cuban Hostage Crisis Day 1460
On December 3rd, 2009, Castro's KGB-trained police arrested Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen working in Cuba on contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
A Cuban wife tells the world about her dissident husband
For years, we've admired the work of Dr Oscar Elias Biscet . His story is good reading for who those who do not understand how lucky we are to live in a free country.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
The Hollywood Kings of obnoxious behavior - the worst of the worst
Hollywood is a diseased town, full of sick people. It is a city in the business of making money, and its denizens have no qualms about deep-sixing all standards of decency, all while deploring capitalists.
Sun Dec 01, 2013
Cuba currency reform will take 3ys: expert
The unification of Cuba's dual currency system will take at least three years, the architect of the unpopular two-decades old policy of using US dollars and convertible pesos says.
Tweet of the Day - Desperate acts by Cuba's dictatorship
Today's Tweet of the Day comes from Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez on the Castro dictatorship's desperate attempts to maintain their stranglehold on power.
Fri Nov 29, 2013
The Latest Cuban Gamble: Playing Games with Consular Services
Cuba's suspension of consular services in the United States may have little to do with finances and much to do with General Raul Castro's interest in slowing down visits by Cuban-Americans to the island.
Photos of the Day - Castro military forces in Cuba used to arrest peaceful dissidents
The "reforms" of Cuban dictator Raul Castro have no doubt increased the revenue received by the repressive and brutal regime of the Castro family.
Wed Nov 27, 2013
Cuba Looks to Expand Tourism Sector by Permitting Yachts at Its Marinas
Cuba will foster the development of its tourist marinas with facilities for recreational vessels, according to a decree approved by the government and published on Tuesday in the official gazette.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Cuba builds communism-free zone to woo capitalist businesses
President Raul Castro's government is building its own version of a Chinese-style economic zone on the banks of the Mariel Bay, 30 miles west of Havana, where the laws of scientific Marxism will not apply.
The New Zealand Herald
Cuba to let islanders rent out their home phones
Cubans have a new private enterprise opportunity acting as "telecommunications agents" by essentially turning their homes into phone booths and charging neighbors by the minute to use their telephones.
Reports from Cuba: Are Private Small Business Owners the Scapegoats?
LA HABANA, Cuba, November, www.cubanet.org - To us, the most interesting part of the National Television News is the weather report.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Cuba: Castro military confiscates 'private' rickshaws, expels drivers from Havana
There is one thing you can be sure of when it comes to the "reforms" of the totalitarian Castro dictatorship in Cuba: They will not get in the way of the repressive Castro Military Machine.
RaAol receives president of Rosneft Oil Company
PRESIDENT Raul Castro Ruz received November 23 Igor Ivanovich Sechin, president of the Rosneft Oil Company, who was leading a delegation from the Russian Federation on a working visit to Cuba.