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.
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.
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July 24, 2012 |
Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their half-century rule, died Sunday in a car crash in Cuba. He was 60. Paya and a Cuban man described by media as a fellow activist, Harold Cepero Escalante, died in an accident in La Gavina, just outside the eastern city of Bayamo, Cuban authorities said. A Spaniard and a Swede also riding in the car were injured.
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.
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.
September 16, 2006 |
Fidel Castro's brother stood in for him as Cuba took over the leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement on Friday, but a top official didn't rule out the possibility that the ailing revolutionary might yet appear at the meeting. Raul Castro accepted Cuba's three-year chairmanship of the organization to a round of applause by leaders from two-thirds of the world's nations. Castro said the world was shaped by the United States' "irrational pretensions to world dominance." Criticizing U.S.
October 22, 2004 |
Cuban President Fidel Castro broke his left knee and suffered a hairline fracture of his right arm when he stumbled and fell on stage during an art school graduation ceremony, a brief government statement said Thursday. Castro's fall Wednesday night, the latest reminder that the longtime Cuban leader is 78, renewed speculation about his health and plans for succession. Castro fell after he left the lectern where he gave a speech in the central city of Santa Clara.
January 26, 2012 |
Ron Paul took a risky position in Florida in Thursday's debate, calling for communication and diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying that people's positions have changed dramatically over the last few years. Paul said that Cuba isn't going to invade the U.S. any time soon, and that Americans weren't looking under their beds anymore, worried. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich followed by pledging to continue the economic embargo on Cuba and to take any action short of military invasion to upend the government of Raul Castro.