Cuba

Cuba, the Embargo, and American Travel: The State Department’s Distorted Vision Issue Brief On the eve of Congressional consideration of amendments affecting U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba, the State Department has released a 20-page “white paper” to bolster its point of view. The paper may well reveal the Administration’s real reason [Read More...]
Radio Marti’s Shrinking Audience and What to Do About It Testimony Madam Chairman, members of the subcommittee: I thank you for inviting me here today and I applaud your decision to exercise long-needed oversight of our government’s broadcasting to Cuba. Radio Marti’s audience share has plummeted to five percent in [Read More...]
Survival Story: Cuba’s Economy in the Post-Soviet Decade One decade ago, the demise of the Soviet Union and its socialist economic bloc plunged Cuba into an economic crisis that many observers believed it would not survive. The Soviet subsidy to Cuba’s economy, one fourth of Cuba’s national income, [Read More...]
Congressional Policy Review Cuba Working Group A Review of U.S. Policy Toward Cuba U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC May 15, 2002 “I support improving the relations between Washington and Havana because…this can help us in our fight.” – Vladimiro Roca, May 13th, [Read More...]
Wall Street Journal editorial: “Bush’s Cuba Pickle” Editorial When Congressman Jeff Flake looks at the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, he sees Fidel Castro “laughing himself to sleep each night.” Not only has Fidel outlasted the eight U.S. Presidents who’ve upheld it; he must enjoy watching the [Read More...]
Cuba, the Terrorism List, and What the United States Should Do Issue Brief Summary Since 1982 Cuba has been named a “state sponsor of terrorism” by the State Department and is accused of supporting terrorism by myriad unofficial sources. In contrast to its depiction of the six other countries on the [Read More...]
Cuba Goes Digital On the spectrum of telecommunications and information technology development, Cuba is found at both extremes. In terms of the reach of its basic residential telephone network, Cuba ranks near the bottom among Latin American countries. Yet Cuba is incubating a [Read More...]
U.S. Policy Toward Cuba: Voices from the Island Issue Brief It is tricky to measure Cuban public opinion. Foreigners do not conduct survey research in Cuba based on large random samples, and if this were done on sensitive political topics its results might not be accurate. Yet visitors [Read More...]
State Enterprise Reform in Cuba State enterprises, the backbone of Cuba’s socialist economy, are being overhauled. Perfeccionamiento empresarial, the policy of state enterprise reform, has no exact analogy in capitalist economies and is not borrowed from other socialist countries’ models of reform. Perfeccionamiento empresarial is [Read More...]
Rescuing Old Havana A clash of two sounds greets visitors to La Habana Vieja, Havana’s historic center. One is that of ubiquitous bands in parks, cafes and restaurants, with singers’ voices and percussionists’ rhythms blending into each other, block by block. The other [Read More...]
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