For a Freer Cuba Tomorrow, U.S. Needs to Robustly Enforce Economic Sanctions Today

At least once a week I receive a phone call about the future of Cuba. Usually prompted by a news story, most callers are folks interested in visiting or investing in Cuba someday. When will it open up? Can we invest there today? Does it matter if Fidel or Raul are out of the picture? …

Chavez Dead. Chavismo Lives, but Freedom Stronger

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez died yesterday. Finally. Now the Venezuelan people must deal with his brutal legacy, Chavismo, as well as those in the government that defend it. Chavismo is a radical, left-wing ideology that is uniquely Venezuelan, but heavily influenced by the Cuban regime and the Cuban Communist Party. There are other countries in the …

Broadcasting for the Enemy, Revisited

The Obama Administration appears to have granted a license to a U.S. company that allows it to facilitate the transmission of Cuban government programming in the United States. It will be difficult to secure all of the details of the arrangement, however, we can glean some information from materials released by Olympusat, the U.S. company …

Cuban Regime Will Open it Doors, To Its Own People

The Communist Party of Cuba announced yesterday that starting next year Cubans will be allowed to travel anywhere they wish without permission from the state. This may not seem like such a big deal for the United States, but it is. In the short-term, the Party is trying playing the immigration card a few weeks …

Cuban Regime Imposes Steep Customs Tax on Tourists, Cuban-Americans

The Obama Administration should take note, again, that the Cuban regime is not interested in reforming the system. The regime’s custom “fee” is more like a regime survival tax. It will teach folks who travel to Cuba to visit family, in a dramatic fashion, why the regime wants Americans to travel to the island: its …

Cuba Builds Potemkin Village, Pretend Capitalism

And the Miami Herald Ignores Reality As usual, this Miami Herald article seems more like a translation from Granma, the communist party newspaper, then a new report with both sides of the story. So long as Cuba remains under Communist rule, there can be no private jobs or enterprise on that island. Just read the …

Cuba’s Communist Party is Tapped Out

Now that their quixotic oil quest has come to an end, at least for now, Cuba’s Communist Party (PCC) is busy looking for money. Any money. So what do irrational governments desperate to cling to power do during tough times? Raise taxes and fees. If your planning to travel to Cuba to visit family, be prepared …