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Daily Archives: December 26, 2016

El periodista independiente Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca sufrió una fractura en el hombro derecho durante una agresión sufrida el pasado jueves frente al Zoológico de Veintiséis en La Habana, después de haber recibido varias amenazas por su labor como fotorreportero del Foro por los Derechos y Libertades y la campaña #TodosMarchamos.

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… later, the world seen from Havana looks very different. President Raul … a very difficult year for Cuba,” said Cuban economist Omar Everleny Perez … street-corner pastry vendor in Old Havana. “They’re everywhere and they … about 30 private restaurants in Havana, most with tourist clienteles, has … Continue reading
Cuban President Raul Castro has expressed … ‘A.V. Alexandrov’, of which Cuban people have a pleasant memory … Castro, on behalf of the Cuban people and government, asked Putin … Continue reading
Cuando discutían, el esposo golpeaba con fuerza el armario de la habitación. Pero un día le pegó en la cara. Ismari Brizuela Fonseca ha vivido un largo calvario de agresiones … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Unos 417 extranjeros, en su mayoría cubanos y africanos, han sido detenidos en Honduras este diciembre por haber entrado de forma ilegal al país, muchos de ellos con rumbo a Estados Unidos, informó hoy una fuente oficial.

El portavoz de la Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (Fusina), Santos Nolasco, dijo a periodistas que entre los detenidos figuran ciudadanos de Haití, Cuba y África, precisó EFE.

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El Gobierno entregó el viernes 20 carros a igual número de "atletas, entrenadores y glorias del deporte cubano" que consideró merecedores de "la política de estímulo diseñada por el comandante en jefe Fidel Castro", según recoge el sitio oficial Cubadebate.

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Juan Juan Almeida, 16 December 2016 — Twenty-seven years after Cause Number 1, the judicial proceedings that resulted in the deaths by firing squad and arrests of several high officials of the Cuban army and secret services, Ileana de la Guardia–daughter of the then-colonel of State Security of the Havana regime–believes that the decision to execute … Continue reading "Ileana de la Guardia: "Castro Executed My Father Because of Rivalry" / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Cubans are celebrating the 58th anniversary of the monumental Christ of Havana, an emblematic sculpture of the Cuban capital. Open … the Cuban Revolution, the Christ of Havana was made by renowned late Cuban … view of old and modern Havana. Edited by Damian Donestevez Continue reading
Desde hace varias décadas en Cuba funciona un complejo sistema de “estímulos”, otorgados por méritos, que consiste en la entrega de algún bien material como reconocimiento por algún desempeño. Desde … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Autoridades de Guatemala arrestaron a dos cubanos con pasaportes falsificados para entrar al país, informó este lunes la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC).

Los emigrantes fueron sorprendidos en el aeropuerto internacional La Aurora, de la capital guatemalteca por agentes de la División de Protección de Puertos, Aeropuertos y Fronteras (DIPAFRONT).

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La Universidad de Nevada, en Las Vegas, enviará un grupo de 13 estudiantes a Cuba como parte de un programa de estudio de negocios, según informa AP.

Los estadounidenses tienen planeado viajar el próximo verano como parte del Programa Global de Experiencia Empresarial.

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La serie animada Equipo 009, producida por los Estudios de Animación del estatal Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), tiene su estreno la tarde de este lunes por el canal Cubavisión.

De los realizadores Isis Chaviano (El maestrico, 2013) y Alexander Rodríguez (Quietud interrumpida, 2007) la entrega cuenta con cuatro capítulos que continuarán durante el verano, precisó la oficial Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN).

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Este viernes, La Habana inauguró la primera fábrica de tablets y ordenadores portátiles perteneciente a la Empresa Industrial para la Informática, las Comunicaciones y la Electrónica (Gedeme). Continue reading
Autoridades deportivas de la Isla lo dejan fuera del ring por seis meses Continue reading

Tras la derogación de la Posición Común de la Unión Europea respecto al Gobierno cubano, Madrid ve las puertas abiertas para desembarcar en la Isla.

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El Mercado de Cuatro Caminos será un centro comercial miltiservicios de CIMEX, corporación en manos de los militares, cuando en 2019 terminen las obras iniciadas en 2014, informa la prensa oficial

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‘Identidades’ dedica su último número al racismo y a la transición política DDC | La Habana | 26 de Diciembre de 2016 – 15:45 CET. El Gobierno no ha producido ningún cambio real en la situación de los afrodescendientes: viven de modo similar a como lo hacían antes de 1959, denuncia el CIR (Comité Ciudadano […] Continue reading
Revolutionary Christmas / Somos+, Javier Cabrera

Somos+, Javier Cabrera, 24 December 2016 — I was an atypical Cuban child
because I always had Christmas. My mother, whom they tried to expel from
her teaching job once because Christians didn't have the morals to teach
classes to the "New Man," said that she wasn't going to let a man tell
her whether or not to celebrate Christmas or the Three Kings in her own
home.

In those Decembers, she took out the little tree from her childhood,
with what we called "the balls from before '59," and bought gifts with
whatever she could. I remember perfectly that the gifts were
increasingly fewer, and in the '90s moved from the floor to the little
table. Of course, the celebration was never interrupted, not even in
1994, a year to forget.

For me, the year started to come to an end when Christmas showed up in
our house. And I suffered many conflicts in kindergarten and elementary
school, because I couldn't understand that I lived in a country that was
so equal, and so different.

Today I look back and understand that the best Christmas gift I got was
this: "No one has the right to tell you to celebrate or not to
celebrate. Your freedom ends when you let one group of the 'enlightened'
impose their celebrations, wakes, or whatever they want."

Earlier this year, I landed a few hours apart in the same airport where
the Chapecoense team's plane crashed. I was going to work, and I was
warned that there was a huge local party. I heard some fireworks set off
in celebration, but not even 3% of what was normal. In general, without
imposition, or fines, or prohibitions, I saw a people in pain come
together to fill stadiums.

An image in complete contrast to the imposed mourning that same week in
Cuba, mourning that they are now trying to extend indefinitely,
annulling our freedom to celebrate, or choosing not to participate
without facing the loss of one's job, which in any event only pays a
pauper's wages.

Christmas is many things, but above all it is home, family and
celebration. Today it is no longer completely banned, and even so it is
scandalous that no one has asked an entire people for forgiveness for
forcing them to cancel it.

Today, Christmas day, I remember my mother a lot and thank her for not
allowing them to tell her what to do. I also remember friends who didn't
dare, and who didn't even hear about Christmas until they were older.

Today is a good day to tell the mother of all of us, Cuba, that we
celebrate and we celebrate with her. That she gives us once again the
ability not to listen to those who would bother a united family that
celebrates. To them, as a nation, she also gives the freedom to
celebrate their frustrations where no one interferes with them.

Source: Revolutionary Christmas / Somos+, Javier Cabrera – Translating
Cuba -
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Pagan, A Very Bad Man With a Cuban Ministry of the Interior ID / Luis
Felipe Rojas

Luis Felipe Rojas, 20 December 2016 — Today I am going to tell you
something you absolutely are not going to believe. But I don't care, the
military dictatorship violates human rights in cold blood and many don't
even want to know. Great is the fool who defends them.

The brothers Geordanis and Adael Muñoz Guerrero are two activists of the
Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), an opposition organization located
mainly in Santiago de Cuba. The Muñoz brothers were convicted of
contravention: they didn't pay the 24,000 peso fines imposed on them
when they appeared with anti-Castro signs in their neighborhood
of Rancho Grande, Palma Soriano, where they live.

Geordanis's wife told me on the Radio Marti program Contacto
Cuba (Minute 12:43), what happened to them on 3 November, when they were
both in prison in Aguadores. An official from State Security named
Dainier Suarez Pagan came to them. He ordered Geordanis handcuffed
behind his back, took him down from Detachment 1, and he himself gave
him a hard beating.

Yenisei Jiménez told me herself, her voice breaking, because she became
furious telling about the abuse.

On 9 September 2015 these activists tried to go to the Shrine of the
Virgin of Charity of Cobre. On the way they were detained by the police,
civil officials and members of the Rapid Response Brigades — 'ordinary'
citizens who supposedly rise up spontaneously to repress their fellow
citizens — and they saw them in an unusual way.

Pagán, the bad man who beats women and men in Santiago de Cuba, took
charge of the humiliation. He undressed Geordanis and beat him with a
rubber cane and told him if he wanted he could put it on the social
networks. As this young regime opponent is not ashamed of being martyred
for the freedom of his homeland, he let a photo be taken of his bruised
buttocks and handed it over to Jose Daniel Ferrer (UNPACU's leader and
former prisoner of the Cause of 75 from the Black Spring of 2003) and he
posted it on his Twitter account.

The Muñoz Guerrero brothers were sentenced to prison in October for 6
months (Adael) and one year (Geordanis).

Geordanis Muñoz Guerrero leads the "Pedro Meurice Estiú" cell in Palma
Soriano and had twice gone to Argentina invited by the Center for the
Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL). He participated in
workshops on Human Rights and 'nonviolent' struggle, put on by the young
Serb Srdja Popovic, leader of the OTPOR movement.

There is more. Both brothers were fined again, but this time — you won't
believe it — inside the prison. They were fined 2,000 pesos because
Geordanis sent a note outside about the bad conditions suffered by
common inmates in the prison.

What will the hundreds of Cuban attorneys who know that a G2 official
violates all the protocols of Prison Control, Prison Security, Internal
Order, Reeducation and sees and mistreats his victims in cold blood do
about it?

When are Cuban lawyers, with their law degrees, going to get off the fence?

The henchman Dainier Suárez Pagán is a particularly bad man. He has
beaten dozens of opponents throughout the province of Santiago de Cuba.
The little that is known of him is that he has the rank of first
official (that is, Major or Lieutenant Colonel) and that he comes from
the town of San Luis.

Ferrer wrote to the Cuban bishops, hoping to hear, but he has had no
response. He did this on 11 September 2015 and started his letter in an
elegant way: "Respectable Pastors: (…)" but the prelates turned a blind eye.

Ferrer, who denounces every injustice that happens to his activists,
included this paragraph in the letter: "… In those hills (known as" La
Tanqueta"), political police agent Dainier Suárez Pagán, with his
subordinates, has beaten, injured and harassed more than a dozen
activists. They have been stripped and forced, with pistols placed
against the heads of these victims, to assume humiliating positions
while they threaten to rape them sexually. They have also brought the
flame of a match to their chin to force them to shout against their own
organization while filming them with a mobile phone."

Each bishop to his bishopric, all are silent. And the soldiers beat Cubans.

Translated by Enrique

Source: Pagan, A Very Bad Man With a Cuban Ministry of the Interior ID /
Luis Felipe Rojas – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/pagan-a-very-bad-man-with-a-cuban-ministry-of-the-interior-id-luis-felipe-rojas/ Continue reading
Police Question Publisher Of 'Coexistence' About Her Travel Abroad /
14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2016 – Karina Galvez Chiú, editor of the
magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) was questioned Saturday about her
travels outside Cuba, during a meeting with the Department of
Immigration and Nationality of Pinar del Rio. Two interior ministry
officials demanded information from the economist about her
participation in an internet governance forum in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Galvéz related to 14ymedio that the officers who questioned her
identified themselves as Lieutenant Colonel Beune and Major
Joaquin. "They tried to act friendly," says the editor, but warned that
police citations could be repeated every time she left the country.

"The whole time they wanted to make clear that they wanted a dialogue,"
says Galvez, who replied that they could not consider it a dialogue when
she was forced to attend.

"If they eliminated the white card [former exit permit] and the exit
permit why do I have to go through this every time I leave the country,"
the activist asks in reference to the immigration reform that came into
force in January 2013, easing travel abroad which previously required
every traveler to apply for a permit to travel outside the country,
which often was not granted.

Recently Galvez also visited Washington D.C., a trip about which the
interrogators wanted details.

Also summoned by the police this Saturday was the editor of Convivencia,
Rosalia Viñas Lazo, who protested the date chosen. On December 24 many
Cuban families gather around for Christmas Eve festivities, especially
the Catholic community of the Island.

The officials agreed to schedule the meeting with Viñas Lazo for next
Monday.

In recent months members of the magazine Convivencia have been subject
to interrogations, pressure and warnings. Dagoberto Valdés, director of
the independent publication, was subjected to an intense interrogation
in October of this year in the police headquarters on San Juan Highway
in Pinar del Río. "From today," the uniformed officers warned, "your
life will be very difficult."

On November 25, State Security prohibited the meeting of the Center for
Coexistence Studies (CEC), linked to the magazine, the topic of which
was intended to be: Culture And Education In The Future Of Cuba: Vision
and Proposal.

Source: Police Question Publisher Of 'Coexistence' About Her Travel
Abroad / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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'Feliciadades': The Word the Taunts the Official Sobriety

14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2016 — Few details reveal that it is
Christmastime for Cubans. The austerity imposed this year-end, promoted
from the Government due the recent death of former President Fidel
Castro, but also because of the economic situation that has citizens
worried. Faced with high food prices many opt for more low-key celebrations.

However, the word "felicidades" is heard everywhere in the streets. As
if it were a "watchword," Cubans offer good wishes accompanied with a
complicit smile when they pronounce the word. Is it a way to mock the
official sobriety? A sign of the desire not to let the Christmas
festivities fade completely away?

Said in an undertone, shouted balcony to balcony, or intoned to the
rhythm of Mexican music, like the "mariachi" in the photo, the phrases
of this happy greeting take the place of the lack of garlands, the few
houses in Cuban streets that display seasonal lights, and the absence of
public dancing, otherwise typical of this time of year.

Source: 'Feliciadades': The Word the Taunts the Official Sobriety –
Translating Cuba -
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Cuban Faces of 2016: Carlos Lechuga, Filmmaker (b. Havana, 1983) / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: The
film Molasses (2013), director Carlos Lechuga's debut, garnered much
applause, but it was his second feature which placed him at the center
of public attention. The film Santa and Andrés was excluded from the
38th edition of the Havana Film Festival, for political reasons.

The film tells the story of a homosexual writer who, at the beginning of
the 1980s, is isolated from society in a remote spot on the east of the
island. The authorities there assign a peasant woman to watch over him,
but after a time, an unforeseen relationship between them is born.

Lechuga spoke out against the censorship of the film from his Facebook
profile and also raising their voices were the directors Jonathan
Jakubowicz, Fernando Perez, Enrique Alvarez and film critic Dean Luis
Reyes, among others. However, the president of the Cuban Institute of
Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), Roberto Smith, claimed a
"question of principles" to prevent its distribution.

Santa and Andrés has been exhibited in prestigious festivals such as
Toronto, San Sebastian and Chicago, but in the native country of its
director it will have to circulate by alternative methods through the
popular "weekly packet" in which Cubans receive much of their entertainment.

Source: Cuban Faces of 2016: Carlos Lechuga, Filmmaker (b. Havana, 1983)
/ 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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Prohibition on Christmas Celebrations Disgusts Havanans / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 23 December 2016 — Every time Christmas approaches the
private restaurant managed by Leonel, south of Havana, overflows with
decorations and lights on the facade and over the door.

The staff don red caps threaded with white and the music resonates in
the doorway. The smell of turkey and roasted pig awaken the appetite and
invite you to come in and have a look at the menu. The relaxed
atmosphere reminds us that the end of the year is approaching.

December is the most anticipated month in Cuba. People relax and even
say good morning when riding in a collective taxi. Retirees and
housewives are starting to line up at the state markets, to see if they
can buy the pound of pork a little cheaper. Citizen criticisms increase
because of food prices. And a large segment of the population can only
look at the nougats, ciders and clusters of grapes in the "shoppings" —
a word Cubans use in English — or in the hard currency stores.

But if there is a month when the city becomes a cornucopia it is in
December. Reggaeton, timba and the lilt of salsa is heard wherever you go.

This year is different. By official decree, public festivities are
suspended until further notice. Fidel Castro is not here, but his shadow
remains, regulating the national life as if he were a traffic light.

The families with full pockets, who normally celebrate with Christmas
dinner on Christmas Eve and during the days of Christmas drink a
collection of drinks and beer between the din of music and mutual
congratulations, have had to change their plans.

"We have to be quiet. We can not show jubilation even on December
31st. It's shut down. Fidel couldn't die another time?" asks Raidel, an
artisan, who along with his family likes to welcome the coming of the
New Year in grand style.

According to Eladio, manager of a nightclub west of the capital, "We
received a circular that clarifies that we should stop the sale of
alcoholic beverages and music on those dates. When Fidel died, on
November 25, we were closed for nine days. That affects the pocket of
employees, because the profits depend on sales. They even have scheduled
inspections without warning, to see if they can catch us off base. If
there are no drinks or cash, you can forget about it."

An official from the Young Communist Union said, "People on the street
are exaggerating. There's no ban on parties, it's because of the pain
our people are feeling for the death of the comandante, that we ask them
to be discreet about the celebrations. It's true that the state
establishments won't have any parties, there won't be any orchestras or
dancing. People can celebrate at home, but with the music turned down low."

"I would really miss it if I couldn't celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas
and could see in 2017. Mourning for Fidel was nine days, people said
their goodbyes, some cried, others didn't. But now we must turn the
page. I hope that now the police, the extremists and the intransigents
of old don't get into a big drama over people having fun and they feel
they have to repress them," says Oscar, a resident of the Lawton
neighborhood.

If we give credit to the state ukase, each provincial government has the
power to regulate the prohibitions according to the peculiarities of its
municipalities. "It is not the same as it is in neighborhoods like Plaza
de la Revolución, Playa or Old Havana, where thousands of tourists and
foreigners circulate. In neighborhoods like San Miguel del Padrón,
Arroyo Naranjo or Diez de Octubre there are no hotels or resorts. In any
case, the music that will be heard in state-owned hotels, cafes and
restaurants will be patriotic, symphonic or peasant music," says Yadira,
a worker at the headquarters of a municipal party.

In an attempt to silence the discomfort, the rumors of prohibitions and
a supposed "extended mourning" for the passing of Fidel Castro, the
Granma and Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth) newspapers, in separate
articles dedicated to praising the upcoming 58th anniversary of the
Triumph of the Revolution, clarified that Cubans could celebrate New
Year's, but 'in moderation'. Neither text referred to the celebrations
for Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Popular festivities with more than a century of tradition, such as the
Parrandas de Remedios and Charangas de Bejucal, which have always been
held in December, have been moved to the month of January.

"In Cuba, when it doesn't come, it's over. It's hard for a Cuban not to
celebrate the end of the year. I put on music in my house and at
midnight on 31 December I go out with my wheeled suitcase and walk
around the block, to see if 2017 will give me a foreign trip and I just
take off. No one can stand this. This mourning imposed by others," says
Liudmila, a prostitute.

José Antonio, a construction worker, is more sarcastic. "Didn't people
chant 'I'm Fidel'? Because they already have it, they continue being Fidel."

Source: Prohibition on Christmas Celebrations Disgusts Havanans / Iván
García – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/prohibition-on-christmas-celebrations-disgusts-havanans-ivn-garca/ Continue reading
Cuba's 'Weekly Packet' is Caught in the Crossfire / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 December 2016 – "Over my dead body!"
echoes across a living room in Florida, Camaguey, Cuba, the day Jorge
Angel discovered his family absorbed in the weekly packet. Now the wife
sneaks to watch the reality shows that come in the weekly audiovisual
compendium so as not to annoy the family's Communist Party militant.

Criticized by officialdom, and in ever growing demand among customers,
the packet is caught in the crossfire. After several weeks of
programming on national television marked by tributes to the recently
deceased Fidel Castro, demand for movies, TV shows and documentaries has
skyrocketed in the informal market, while institutional hatred against
the packet has intensified.

In Central Havana, the most densely populated municipality in Cuba, the
impact of the packet is everywhere. Outside La Candeal bakery, two women
were talking this Thursday about a Colombian telenovela that arrives in
one of the 40 folders included in the popular compilation.

"This is the zone of satellite dishes and the packet," explains a
messenger for Copypack, a place that sells the product put together by
an enterprise calling itself Omega. The young man says that over the
last three weeks the number of clients has grown, as they "come looking
for anything, so long as they don't have to watch [state] television."

Distributors have avoided including in the latest compilations material
critical of the former president and the popular programs on South
Florida channels. "There's no reason to stick your finger in the eye of
the beast," says the employee.

The caution of the informal producers and distributors has not prevented
the authorities from renewing their offensive against the most important
competitor to official programming.

This Thursday the newspaper Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth) published an
article on the subject, signed by journalist Miguel Cruz Suarez under
the title The Sweet Poison In The Ostrich's Hole. The author
acknowledges that "thousands of Cubans" prefer audiovisual content that
is distributed on flash memories and DVDs, a practice that exposes them
to the "disparate scenarios of capitalist entertainment," he says.

The reporter also points out the dangers of "cultural naiveté" opening
the doors to "the guest of banality and consumerist egotism," although
he acknowledges that there are already "some manifestations" of this
scourge on the island.

Among the bitterest enemies of the packet is Abel Prieto, Minister of
Culture, and Miguel Barnet, President of the National Union of Writers
and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). Both have complained about the poor quality
of content consumed, versus that of the state television programming, is
content they consider "junk" and "pseudo-cultural products." Prieto
recently warned that the phenomenon could end up expanding in the
country "the frivolity of the culturally colonized," people who "have
already given up the pleasure of intelligence."

However, among ordinary people on the street there are other critics
whose voices are also being heard. "The packet has become very cowardly,
I don't watch it," says Jonathan, who has a degree in History. He
explains that "it used to include more interesting and controversial
topics, but now it is a little lightweight."

Wilfredo and Niurka, a couple residing on Monte Avenue in Havana, share
this view. "We decided to buy the satellite dish because we want
to watch the news and Miami programs that no longer come in the packet,"
the wife says. Both believe that the compendium "has become annoying,
it's already as 'controlled' at the (state) Cubavision channel."

Source: Cuba's 'Weekly Packet' is Caught in the Crossfire / 14ymedio,
Luz Escobar – Translating Cuba -
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Somos+, Javier Cabrera, 24 December 2016 — I was an atypical Cuban child because I always had Christmas. My mother, whom they tried to expel from her teaching job once because Christians didn’t have the morals to teach classes to the “New Man,” said that she wasn’t going to let a man tell her whether … Continue reading "Revolutionary Christmas / Somos+, Javier Cabrera" Continue reading
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Cuba after Fidel Castro
Published December 4, 2016
By Arthur I. Cyr

The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major
moment in the midst of important economic changes. Acknowledging his
importance as an epic Machiavellian survivor in no way minimizes the
ruthlessness of his regime.

In May 2015, the United States removed Cuba from the list of states
sponsoring terrorism. This greatly facilitates interchange between the
two sides. Of particular significance, banking restrictions were lifted.
Last March, President Barack Obama visited Cuba. President Calvin
Coolidge was the last U.S. chief executive to visit the island nation,
in early 1928.

Slowly but also surely, the ruthless dictatorship that controls Cuba has
been forced to face the reality of economic failure of communism. Fidel
Castro began transition of power to younger brother Raul Castro in 2006.
Four years later, Fidel suddenly re-emerged in the media spotlight and
proceeded dramatically to lament the shambles of the nation's economy.

At the same time, the Cuban government announced layoffs of 500,000
workers, combined with liberalization designed to encourage small
business and foreign purchases of real estate. This was admission of
failure by Cuba's committed communist leaders. Havana now courts foreign
investment, while maintaining political controls.

In 2009, the U.S. loosened extremely tight restrictions on travel and
financial remittances. Additionally, telecommunications companies were
allowed to pursue licensing agreements.

The Soviet Union, vital subsidy source, collapsed a quarter century ago.
Venezuela provided limited aid, but that economy is now a wrecked basket
case.

Enemies as well as admirers agree Fidel Castro demonstrated strong
leadership before age and illness led him to retire. After taking power
in early 1959, enforcer brother Raul handled bloody mass executions with
efficient dispatch.

Fidel highlighted his alliance with the Soviet Union by joining Nikita
Khrushchev in a 1960 visit to the United Nations in New York. The Soviet
premier was wildly disruptive at UN sessions, while the Cuban delegation
provided a media sideshow, based at a Harlem hotel.

The Eisenhower administration began a clandestine effort to overthrow
the regime, including a CIA project to assassinate Castro. The successor
Kennedy administration vastly escalated efforts.

Cuba became an active far-reaching revolutionary force. The U.S.
aggressively intervened against perceived threats, notably in Chile in
the 1970s, where East Germany was influential. Cuban troops served as
Soviet proxies in various Africa wars.

When Fidel stepped down, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed
"peaceful, democratic change" in that nation and suggested that the
"international community" work directly with the people. We should
emphasize educational and cultural exchanges, along with limited trade
and investment. President Dwight Eisenhower took this approach with the
Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.

Above all, we should avoid directly attacking the regime. Previous
aggressive interventions were highly counterproductive, and for many
years have provided the Castro brothers with the benefit of blaming all
problems on the Yankee superpower to the north.

In the past, Cuba has been extremely important in U.S. presidential
politics. Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kennedy fanned
the flames of hostility to Castro in the 1960 contest with Republican
Vice President Richard Nixon.

This year, some Republicans have strongly denounced the rapprochement
with Cuba, but Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona joined President
Obama's delegation. A bipartisan congressional delegation visited Cuba
in February.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence used the occasion of Fidel Castro's
passing to underscore hope for a democratic Cuba. Today foreign
trade/investment, education and information are keys to that objective.

Arthur I. Cyr is Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College and
author of "After the Cold War." Contact him at acyr@carthage.edu.

Source: Kenosha News -
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