After Recent Protests, Cuba Will Not Be the Same

July 19, 2021

The wave of protests that engulfed Cuba on July 11 has become a milestone in the island's recent struggle for a free society. Limited at first, like so many protests across Latin America over the last few years, they soon spread out to most of the country, including small towns. It began in San...

Biden’s Pirates of the Caribbean

July 19, 2021

On July 12, following an outburst of protest by Cubans responding to a raft of ills that plague the island, the White House issued US President Joe Biden’s message of apparent solidarity. “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the...

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

January 30, 2020

In Havana, Cuba, the effects of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration have seeped their way into daily life: the long lines of cars outside gas stations, the dwindling stock on store shelves, the increasingly common apagones, or power outages. In early September 2019, Cuba’s President...

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

June 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

US Diplomats Attacked in Cuba… by Crickets

January 09, 2019

They were sure that the Cubans, aided by the Russians, used sophisticated technology to attack the brains and nervous systems of US diplomats... until it turned out to be crickets. The New York Times now reveals that scientists have solved a two-year-old mystery that provoked a major diplomatic...

What to Expect from a Post-Castro Cuba

April 30, 2018

Cuba has a new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel. But former President Raul Castro remains in a position of control over the key drivers of the country’s economy. For the first time in almost 60 years, a Castro is no longer Cuba’s head of state. On April 19, Miguel Diaz-Canel was sworn in as...

Cuba After Castro: A New Beginning?

April 18, 2018

Cuba will remain a one-party authoritarian state, with or without a Castro at the helm. On April 19 Raúl Castro will step down as Cuba’s president, ending almost six decades of his family’s rule of the Caribbean island. Contrary to some expectations, however, Havana will not embark on an...

Cuba and the Dominican Republic: Islands in a Sea of American Indifference

March 19, 2018

Many without much of anything in America are waiting, alongside those in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and elsewhere, for a new American order, a new path forward and a new conscience to prevail. If you ever wonder how much the United States has advanced the cause of economic and social progress...

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

April 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute. Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded to Cuba’s communist ideology with...

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