November 10, 2011
Since succeeding his brother Fidel as president in 2008, Raul Castro has repeatedly promised to adopt market reforms intended to help save Cuba's ailing economy. And he has delivered, for the most part, slowly but steadily. The year he took over, Castro made it easier for Cubans to buy cellphones. Last year, the government agreed to increase the number of permits issued for privately run barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants and other businesses in the hopes of spurring grass-roots economic activity.
November 16, 2012 |
Washington and Havana have taken baby steps over the last four years to end some of the more destructive elements of their relationship, like a U.S. prohibition against Cuban Americans' visiting their homeland more than once every three years and Cuba's demand that citizens get exit visas to go abroad. But this week's overwhelming international censure of the U.S. embargo against Cuba -- a 188-3 vote of condemnation by the U.N. General Assembly -- was a sobering reminder of how little has changed between the Cold War adversaries despite President Obama's 2008 campaign vow to end half a century of ideological standoff.
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March 8, 2011 |
Alberto Granado, who accompanied Ernesto "Che" Guevara on a 1952 journey of discovery across Latin America that was immortalized in Guevara's memoir and on screen in "The Motorcycle Diaries," has died in Cuba. He was 88. Granado, an Argentine biochemist who had lived in Cuba since 1961, died Saturday of natural causes, according to Cuban state-run television, which gave no other details. Granado and Guevara's road trip, begun on a broken-down British Norton motorcycle they dubbed La Poderosa, or "The Powerful," awoke in Guevara the social consciousness and political convictions that helped turn him into one of the most iconic revolutionaries of the 20th century.
July 24, 2008 |
Fidel Castro said Wednesday that his brother President Raul Castro was right to adopt a "dignified silence" over a Moscow newspaper report that Russia may refuel nuclear bombers on the island, and said Cuba doesn't owe Washington any explanation about the report.
October 12, 1997 |
It came as no surprise when Fidel Castro was unanimously reelected president of the Communist Party of Cuba on Friday evening at the close of its fifth national congress since he came to power 38 years ago. It's what happened next, after Castro's brother Raul, 66, was reelected as the nation's second-highest official, that set longtime party watchers here abuzz.
April 8, 2009 |
Fidel Castro met with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, the former Cuban president's first meeting with U.S. officials since he fell ill nearly three years ago. Coming after lawmakers met with his brother Raul, the current president, the session appeared to underscore the Cuban government's desire for improved relations with the United States under President Obama. Greg Adams, a spokesman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, said Rep.
June 26, 1989 |
An official admission by Raul Castro, the younger brother and designated successor of President Fidel Castro, that Cuban higher-ups have been involved in international narcotics trafficking has produced shock waves in that island nation and abroad. First word of the changed official position--Cuba has always denied complicity in the transportation of drugs through its territory--came in a rambling, 2 1/2-hour speech by Raul Castro on June 15. The speech specifically accused Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, a highly decorated and popular former commander of Cuba's forces in Angola, of having personally profited from drug deals.
February 11, 2007 |
Ramon Saul Sanchez has put out the call: "Get ready. We're going to Cuba." Sanchez, 52, the founder of a Miami group called the Democracy Movement, or Movimiento Democracia, has led flotillas toward Cuba's territorial water to protest the regime of Fidel Castro and what he believes is deeply flawed U.S. policy toward the island nation. When Castro dies, he said, he plans to sail for the island with generators, medicine and other supplies -- and bring word that "freedom is on its way."