Article from the Washington Post

Two weeks ago Ángel Carromero, a young politician from the Spanish centre-right Partido Popular came out and told media that the Cuban leading dissident Oswaldo Payá had in fact not died in an accident, but had been murdered. But instead of believing his party colleague, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margello chooses to put his trust in the Cuban version of the event. Read the article

Article from the Capitol Hill Cubans

Some people have praised Cuba for its progress towards gender equality. But what they might have forgotten are the crimes that still are acted out against women. Threats and violence from the regime have not been uncommon. Read the article

Article from the Economist

Raúl Castro, who recently commenced his second term as the President of Cuba, after taking over from his older brother Fidel, has proclaimed that this will be his last term in office. At the same time he appointed Miguel Díaz- Canel as vice-president, a 52 years old man who now is highly believable to take over the presidency after the Castro brothers. Read the article

Article by Ronja Kaarlenkaski, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, an organisation founded in 2011 with the aim to support trade and cooperation among its members has recently faced criticism as the Cuban dictator Raúl Castro assumes its presidency. (more…)

Article from The Economist

As the 612 delegates of Cuba’s National Assembly gather on February 24th, 81-year old President Raúl Castro will be re-elected to another five-year term in office. While supporting the implementation of a ten-year term limit for the presidency sometime in the future, the communist regime has failed to attract potential future leaders.  Read the article

Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

Cuba is ranked 176 out of 177 countries in Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom 2013 and scores far below the world’s average in most areas in economic freedom. While the public sector in Cuba holds about 80 percent of all jobs, the private sector is very constrained making self-employment a hard thing to achieve. Corruption is high, with a tight state control and with no court free from political interference. Read more

Statement by the International Republican Institute on July 14, 2012

The International Republican Institute, IRI, delivered the following statement on the mysterious death of Cuban political activist Oswaldo Payá.  Payá’s death, along with another passenger, youth activist Harold Cepero Escalante, marks the second time in 10 months that a well-known Cuban dissident has died under suspicious circumstances. (more…)

Report by the International Republican Institute, May 6, 2012

The International Republican Institute, IRI, today released its survey of Cuban public opinion.  The survey was fielded on the island February 29-March 14, 2012.  A total of 787 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from access to internet and cell phone usage, to the performance of the current Castro government and expectations for change.  The IRI survey also asked Cubans their opinions about economic reforms which have been highly publicized in the international media. (more…)

Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis on Cuba, November 15, 2011

Antonio López Istúriz: “When I talk with many of my Cuban friends, one can feel something is stirring in Cuba. The Cubans are more aware than ever of their rights, citizens are mobilising themselves more and more each day in peaceful activities to support dissidents, there’s less fear to be defined as opposed to the regime’s official stance. And like any tyranny, the lesser the fear of the population, the greater the regime’s is ” Continue reading…

 

Article by Aramis L. Perez, publiched by Heritage Foundation August 30 2011

As attention focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, where protesters have taken to the streets to demand political change, some wonder whether Cuba will follow suit. A closer look at the island, where freedom fighters wage a nonviolent struggle against a regime desperate to conceal the effectiveness such methods have met during the “Arab Spring,” reveals good news: a big story that cuts through the bleak reality of 52 years of totalitarian rule and the media noise fueled by pro-regime talking points. Continue reading…