Cuban Blogger, Yoani Sanchez, Returns Home

 On May 30th Yoani Sanchez, a world-famous blogger, returned home to Cuba after a three-month tour of South  and North America and Europe. On her trip, Sanchez gave speeches criticizing President Raul Castro’s Communist-led government. She also met with human rights activists and foreign lawmakers and cultivated relationships with journalists at leading Western newspapers. She … Continue reading Cuban Blogger, Yoani Sanchez, Returns Home

Mexican Historian’s Disavowal of Support for Fidel Castro

Enrique Krauze, a Mexican public intellectual, historian, author, producer and publisher, has written at least two fascinating essays about U.S.-Cuba relations. U.S. Cuba at the Start of Obama’s Opening to Cuba [1] Less than a month after the December 17, 2014, joint announcement of the U.S.-Cuba decision to seek better relations, [2] Krauze wrote that … Continue reading Mexican Historian’s Disavowal of Support for Fidel Castro

Washington Post Criticizes New Cuban Constitution

On March 1, a Washington Post editorial criticized the new Cuban constitution.[1] First, the editorial expressed surprise over the “share of eligible voters who cast “no” ballots or stayed home.”   Indeed, the total number of registered voters who voted “No” or stayed home or who submitted spoiled ballots was 1,853,545 or 21.4% of the electorate … Continue reading Washington Post Criticizes New Cuban Constitution

Cuba Gets Low Marks on Press Freedom from Committee to Protect Journalists

On April 27, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual report on the status of press freedom in the world. It ranked Cuba 10th on its list of the 10 Most Censored Countries. Here is what it said about Cuba.[1] “How censorship works: Despite significant improvements in the past few years-such as the … Continue reading Cuba Gets Low Marks on Press Freedom from Committee to Protect Journalists

Other Reactions to Fidel Castro’s Commentary on President Obama’s Visit 

Fidel’s commentary on President Obama’s recent visit to Cuba, which was discussed in an earlier post, has received a lot of coverage in the international press, but most articles merely summarize what Fidel said with little analysis. Here are substantive reactions to Fidel’s commentary. Sebastian Arcos’ Reaction The Wall Street Journal offered an analysis by … Continue reading Other Reactions to Fidel Castro’s Commentary on President Obama’s Visit 

Kerry’s Meeting with Cuban Dissidents Gets Rave Reviews

A prior post discussed preliminary information about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s August 14 meeting with Cuban dissidents and others at the official Havana residence of the U.S. charge d’affaires. The other attendees included representatives of the Engage Cuba coalition for normalization; its members (the Center for Democracy in the Americas, #CubaNow, Procter & … Continue reading Kerry’s Meeting with Cuban Dissidents Gets Rave Reviews

U.S. Secretary of State Meets with Cuban Dissidents

As mentioned in prior posts, on August 14, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the main remarks at the ceremonial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana and thereafter held closed-door meetings with the Cuban Foreign Minister and other diplomats. That afternoon he attended a meeting with Cuban dissidents at the official Havana residence … Continue reading U.S. Secretary of State Meets with Cuban Dissidents

President Barack Obama’s First-Term Record Regarding Cuba, 2009-2013    

In light of President Barack Obama’s historic December 17, 2014, announcement of rapprochement with Cuba, it is interesting to examine Obama’s earlier statements about Cuba. Prior posts examined his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2007-2008 and his campaign for the presidency as the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2008. Now we discuss his first … Continue reading President Barack Obama’s First-Term Record Regarding Cuba, 2009-2013    

Committee To Protect Journalists Criticizes Cuba’s Censorship of the Press

On April 21st the Committee To Protect Journalists ranked Cuba as having the 10th most censored press in the world. [1] The following is its statement about Cuba: “Despite significant improvements in the past few years-such as the elimination of exit visas that had prohibited most foreign travel for decades-Cuba continues to have the most … Continue reading Committee To Protect Journalists Criticizes Cuba’s Censorship of the Press