Cuba & Castro

Bad Cuban Medicine

The shelves in the neighbourhood pharmacy, like those in the other neighbourhood pharmacies I had seen in Havana, were half empty and full of dust, the small selection of medicines on display arranged in lonely rows of old-fashioned little bottles....

The Caribbean’s Saddam Hussein Still Rules Cuba

One of the first people I met during a week's stay in Havana last year was the economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a once-ardent communist who had turned against Fidel Castro's dictatorial system. For daring to criticize Cuba's disastrous policies,...

Castro’s Reign is an Abomination

Last month, in a heartfelt address, President Bush spoke out in support of a nation suffering under tyranny. He declared that its people are entitled to liberty, democracy, and dignity, and he condemned the dictator "who jails and tortures and...

Lift America’s Embargo on Cuba?

When Fidel Castro dies, will Cuba's communist dictatorship die too? Absolutely, says a prominent Western diplomat in Havana. "I believe the whole system will be gone within two or three years after Castro dies." Absolutely not, says Ricardo...

An America President in Communist Cuba

Two major stories emerged last week regarding Cuba; one story you probably know -- Jimmy Carter was in Cuba -- and the other you probably do not. The contrast represents the complete inversion of what really matters. An American president in Cuba,...

Cuba’s Bravest and Best

HAVANA -- "There are no banned books in Cuba," Fidel Castro declared in February 1998, "only those which we have no money to buy." Of course, books *are* banned in Cuba; just try to locate one that criticizes Castro. Bookstores and public libraries...

Cuba on No Dollars a Day

"This is the real Havana," Miguel said as we turned from Avenida Simon Bolivar to a gritty side street cratered with potholes. "Here you see how Cubans live. Tourists don't come to *this* street." Well, they might if they were simply walking...

Fidel Castro: The Charmer and the Torturer

A gaggle of gullible women from Seattle flew to Havana last week to meet with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. They found him "charming" and "eloquent." They were especially flattered that Castro -- the head of one of the world's most repressive...

Liberty for Cuba

"Our goal is not to have an embargo against Cuba; it is freedom in Cuba." Thus spake President Bush last month, at a White House ceremony marking the 99th anniversary of Cuban independence. "The sanctions our Government enforces against the Castro...

Torture in Castro’s Cuba

(Address of Ambassador Armando Valladares', Chief of the United State's Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights' Commission. Geneva, Switzerland, February 23, 1988) Mr. Chairman, I am not a career diplomat, and I am not an expert on the...

“Life” in Cuba for Elian

I’d like to share some thoughts regarding life in Communist Cuba, important to know and understand prior to formulating an opinion on the Eliàn Gonzalez case, or life in the Island.

Elian Should Stay Free in America

Elian Should Stay Free in America

“If the courts send Elian back to Cuba, it will be a slap in the face to every American living or dead — a repudiation of the very principles upon which this country was founded,” she said.

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