Articles Tagged with Raul Castro

CAT-300x200Even with US-Cuba relations up in the air, business continues as usual. Despite the negative writing on the wall from a foreign policy standpoint, companies are continuing with their plans to do business with Cuba.

Cuba gave RIMCO, Caterpillar’s Puerto Rico-based dealer, permission to set up a Caterpillar warehouse and distribution center in Cuba’s Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, envisioned by the Cuban government as the island’s economic future. After a long process of campaigning and negotiations, Caterpillar Inc. is the first US company to locate in the Cuban economic zone.

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Hurricane Irma charged through Cuba last weekend, demolishing buildings, uprooting trees, and leaving 10 dead in its wake. The Category 5 storm had winds as fast as 160 miles per hour when it made landfall in Cuba, making it the most powerful storm to reach the island since 1932.

The amount of damage to the country’s infrastructure and industry was devastating. In the aftermath, some people are mourning, many are rebuilding, and some are just enjoying the feeling of relief brought on by clear skies.
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raul-300x125Yesterday, Cuba began a five-month transition period that is likely to end the Castro dynasty and make way for elections at the local, provincial, and national levels.

The first phase of the transition will take place during September, where small groups of Cubans will nominate municipal representatives at the local level.

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maduro-300x225In a surprise visit to Cuba, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid homage to the late Fidel Castro just after the 91st anniversary of his birth on August 13, 1926.

Maduro met with Cuban President Raul Castro for a visit to the cemetery in Santiago de Cuba and the mausoleums of both Fidel and national hero Jose Marti. The visit marks a continuation of strong relations between the two socialist countries, who remain regional ideological allies.

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Raul-Castro-300x200Cuban President Raul Castro dismissed President Donald Trump’s harder line on relations with Havana to Cuba’s National Assembly on Friday, calling it a setback.

“Any strategy that seeks to destroy the revolution either through coercion or pressure or through more subtle methods will fail,” said Castro.

This was the first time he has commented on Trump’s June announcement of a rollback of some of the changes established by former President Barack Obama.

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Mariela-Castro-300x247Recent remarks by Mariela Castro Espin suggest that the succession of Cuban leader Raúl Castro, who has publicly announced his retirement as president of the State and Ministers’ councils next year, may not be as clear as expected.

“Who do I want for the future of the country? I have no idea. In all [the candidates] I look at, I see virtues and defects, including in my father,” Mariela Castro said at the School of Communication in the University of Havana last Friday, The Miami Herald reports.

“The people have to decide. I do not have a preferred candidate but there are several people with qualities. I’m not going to say anything yet, I’m observing.”

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Alejandro-Castro-EspinCuban President Raul Castro’s son, Colonel Alejandro Castro Espin, was Cuba’s official envoy for the secret negotiation process with the U.S. that led to the two countries’ bilateral relations in 2014, Cardinal Jamie Ortega has revealed.

Cuba watchers have long speculated that Castro Espin, 51, headed the secret meetings, but the confirmation by Ortega, who recently stepped down as archbishop of the Cuban Church, is the most official one to date.
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Raul-Castro-300x200Cuban President Raúl Castro first publicly criticized President Donald Trump’s Mexican wall, along with immigration, trade, and other policies, on March 5. This comes as the Trump administration reviews the fragile relations between the U.S. and Cuba that were glued together by former President Barack Obama.

Castro made the critical remarks at a summit of leftist leaders in Venezuela that was broadcast on Cuban state-run television on Sunday evening. He called Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border “irrational,” and described his trade policies as “egotistical.”

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Fidels-daughter-210x300Alina Fernández, the daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, is scheduled to speak in the Florida Keys on March 8 for a book presentation about her life on the island and in exile. The presentation is based on her 1998 memoir, Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba, which describes her life in Castro’s Cuba and the changes that occurred after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

As a former member of the Cuban elite, Fernández will talk about politics on the island in the 60s and 70s. She’ll also share personal anecdotes about Cuban society and the world surrounding her late father. The presentation will be held in Islamorada, at the Keys History & Discovery Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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