Cuban comedian denounces discriminatory policies, attitudes on island

Cuban comedian denounces discriminatory policies, attitudes on island

HAVANA – Cuban comedian Luis Silva, better known as his popular television character Panfilo, denounced discriminatory policies against Cubans in their own country in a Facebook post on Friday, in an unusually strong, public criticism of the government. In a country where the Communist government tightly controls the media, Silva’s bumbling old character Panfilo in […]

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep America’s detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open. He signed it just before presenting his first State of the Union Address last week, saying that the US must “continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists, wherever we chase them […]

Cuba’s President Raul Castro to step down in 2018

Cuba’s President Raul Castro to step down in 2018

HAVANA , Cuba – Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote last Thursday in the island state’s National Assembly. The decision means Castro, 86, will stay on two months longer than previously anticipated. “When the National Assembly in […]

Leaders renew call for the Caribbean to be declared zone of peace

Leaders renew call for the Caribbean to be declared  zone of  peace

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuban leaders ended their sixth summit in Antigua on Friday reiterating calls for the region to be declared a zone of peace and urging the United States to lift the decades old trade and economic embargo on Havana. In addition, the leaders of the 15-member group and Cuba […]

Sovereignty can only be achieved through unity

By Carlton Joseph As  2017 comes to an end, Caribbean countries need to seriously assess our position in the world.  We must ask ourselves why are we poorer, after implementing IMF Structural Adjustment Programs that were supposed to improve our lives?  Is democracy, as practiced in the Caribbean, working for us?  Why is crime escalating […]

Raul Castro warns of ‘a setback’ in US-Cuba relations

Raul Castro warns of  ‘a setback’  in US-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Cuba – Cuban President Raul Castro said that Donald Trump’s hardline stance towards the country marks “a setback” in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015. “The announcements made by the current president… mean a setback in bilateral relations,” Castro said  on Friday in remarks, broadcast on state television, […]

Tribute to Fidel

Letter to the editor Dear Editor: Many of your readers would know of the achievements of the Cuban revolution but many others continue to criticise Comandante Fidel for what they see as oppression by the Castro regime. Please allow me at this time to remind Fidel’s detractors of what he accomplished while hitting the exploiters, […]

ADIOS, FIDEL

ADIOS, FIDEL

Former Cuban President Fidel Alexandro Castro Ruz died on Friday night. He was 90. His death was announced on Cuban state TV by his brother, Raul, who succeeded him ten years ago as the country’s leader. Cause of death was not disclosed but Castro had been in failing health with an intestinal ailment for several […]

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