Caricom and Cuba to strengthen relations

Caricom and Cuba to strengthen relations

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Government of Cuba have both pledged to continue to strengthen relations in matters related to trade and the arts. This was the outcome of talks between Caricom’s assistant secretary general, human and social development, Dr Douglas Slater, and Cuba’s Vice-Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz, when they met […]

Raul Castro to head rewrite of Cuban constitution

Raul Castro to head rewrite of Cuban constitution

HAVANA  – Cuba’s national assembly named former President Raul Castro on Saturday to head the commission charged with carrying out changes to the constitution that would provide legal backing to the island’s economic and social opening. The nomination of Castro, 86, adds to signs that the presidential handover in April to 58-year old Miguel Diaz-Canel […]

Cuba to amend constitution to extend economic reforms

Cuba to amend constitution to extend economic reforms

HAVANA – Cuba will seek to amend its constitution to further open up the economy but without modifying the “irrevocable character of socialism,” authorities here said Monday. Former president Raul Castro, who stepped down last month, introduced reforms in 2011 to open the top-heavy, centralised economy to small private businesses and foreign investment. The changes […]

More than100 killed in plane crash in Cuba

More than100 killed in plane crash in Cuba

HAVANA – More than 100 people   were killed after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and exploded near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on  Friday. The plane was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew, according to local media Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo said the crash killed 110 people. Yzquierdo told reporters that among the […]

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 […]

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