Category: Cuba

Cuba – ‘facing worst economic crisis since the 1990s’ – cracks down on civil society

     

Cuba’s Communist government has told citizens to brace for hard times, although some economists don’t expect a repeat of the meltdown after the fall of the Soviet Union that lasted… Read more »

The Path Forward: how to liberate Venezuela

     

Despite profound dissatisfaction, extraordinary polarization, and a poor rating for President Nicolas Maduro’s performance, his regime “maintains a considerable base,” according to a national poll conducted last month by the… Read more »

Populism, polarization threaten Latin America’s democratic renewal

     

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By… Read more »

How Cuba hijacked Venezuela

     

Raul Castro, head of the ruling Communist Party and former president, said that in the wake of Venezuela’s economic collapse, Cuba’s economic situation “could get worse” in the coming months… Read more »

CubaZuela: focus shifts to Cuba’s role in Venezuela’s misery

     

Is Cuba the main reason President Nicolás Maduro remains in power, two months after the United States recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president? the Washington Post asks. “I think… Read more »

Venezuela ‘unraveling’: facing bleak plight?

     

The United States said Tuesday it would pull its remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, rupturing relations as the country plunges deeper into chaos, the Washington Post reports: The move comes… Read more »

Human rights advocate killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash

     

  Democracy and human rights advocates are mourning the loss of Josefin Ekermann from the East Africa Regional Office of Civil Rights Defenders, the Stockholm-based  international human rights group. Three Austrian physicians. The… Read more »

Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

     

Cuba‘s Communist regime is tweeting, but that does not mean it is more tolerant of dissent, despite attempts to cultivate on-line dialogue with citizens, the Economist reports: Lately, though, the… Read more »

‘Constitutional spring’ makes Venezuela more conducive to democratic change

     

Juan Guaidó, whom the United States and about 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela’s rightful leader, has said he will confront Nicolas Maduro’s security forces if need be, making aid… Read more »