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    After Obama Handshake, Raul Castro Cracks Down on Dissidents in Cuba

    In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, security forces in Cuba conducted widespread arrests and detained more than 150 dissidents. The crackdown began on Tuesday morning and carried over into Wednesday. From activists to musicians, no one was safe from the regime’s iron-fisted oppression. In addition to the detentions, … More

    President Obama Shakes Hands with Cuban Dictator

    Earlier today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s dictator, Raul Castro. This exchange marks the third time in history that leaders of these respective countries have exchanged public greetings; the first handshake occurred at the United Nations in 2000, between Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro, … More

    My Parents' Path to Freedom: Why the Cuba Embargo Stands for Democracy

    My mother left Cuba in 1965 at 11 years old. She and her parents were allowed to bring only three changes of clothes each and one or two pairs of shoes. No money and nothing of value. Diamonds? Gold? Left behind. My grandfather had a $20 bill in his pants … More

    Who Killed Hugo Chávez? Why Not Ask Raul Castro and Michael Moore?

    Today, Venezuela will hold the official state funeral for Hugo Chávez. Already, ceremonies in honor of El Comandante are well underway. On Wednesday, a caravan carried Chávez’s body along a seven-hour-long procession through the streets of Caracas. The flag-draped coffin was laid in state at the military academy where he … More

    Cuba: Raul Castro Is Out-Punching the U.S.

    A gaggle of democratic states gathered in Santiago, Chile, in late January handed over leadership of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations to Cuba for the coming year. The whitewash of Cuba’s abominable human rights and personal freedom record was quickly noted. The Santiago conclave started what has … More

    U.S. and EU Should Take a Firm Stand for Rule of Law in Latin America

    In 2011, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez organized the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in 2011 specifically to serve as a regional body that excludes the U.S. and Canada—one that might someday supplant the Organization of American States (OAS). News that the next Latin leader to assume CELAC’s … More

    Dictator Castro Now In Charge of Latin American Pro-Democracy Group

    In Santiago, Chile, on January 28, the new regional body, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), passed its rotating presidency to Cuba’s dictator General Raul Castro. CELAC, according to prime backer Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is part of a historic project to build a Latin American/Caribbean union … More

    In the Intensive Care Ward: Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s Economy

    The failure of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to appear for what was to be his swearing-in for a fourth presidential term in Caracas on January 10 triggered greater doubts about his ability to ever assume his presidential duties. The true prognosis for Chavez is a secret known only to the doctors … More

    The Health of Tyrants Chavez and Castro Worries Venezuela and Cuba

    Just weeks after his October presidential electoral victory, Hugo Chavez is returning to Cuba for unspecified cancer treatment. The brief announcement of his return appears to contradict Chavez’s campaign reassurances that he had conquered cancer. Prior to the October 7 elections, Chavez, president since 1999, did all in his power … More

    Cuba Drops Exit Permit Requirement, but Don't Expect a Travel Boom

    On October 16, Cuba’s official newspaper announced that the requirement of an exit visa to depart the island will be lifted on January 14. A future Cuban traveler will have to present only a renewed passport and a visa from his destination country in order to depart Cuba. Permissible periods of … More