December 14, 2013
Judging by the media's coverage of Nelson Mandela's memorial this week, the gathering in South Africa consisted primarily of President Obama appeasing enemies of the United State and snapping juvenile "selfies" with his fellow national leaders. Those stirring eulogies of the late revolutionary who guided his country out of apartheid in the early 1990s were really just a sideshow. Our readers weren't having it. Almost all of the letters we received about the memorial dismissed the criticism of Obama's handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro as petty politics; in fact, several praised Obama for his gesture.
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.
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.
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.
February 26, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - To most outsiders, Miguel Diaz-Canel was an unknown. But in Cuba, the newly anointed possible heir to the Castro brothers was a carefully groomed, hardworking and familiar figure. Diaz-Canel emerged as the likely successor to lead a post-Castro government over the weekend when he was named first vice president and President Raul Castro announced that he would step down at the end of his just-ratified five-year term. It marks the first time an expiration date has been put on the Castro era, during which the island was led first by Fidel and then by Raul after the 1959 revolution that ousted a dictatorial U.S.-backed regime.
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.
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.