Raul Castro Fears This More Than Anything Else

Raul Castro is a coward. That is, in part, why he has always been, and always will be, second fiddle to his brother Fidel. He is also a cold-blooded murderer, possibly, a character flaw that Castro uses to overcompensate for his Napoleonic, and now in his old age, deranged tendencies. There are photos of Raul …

Losers Never Set the Terms of Surrender, But Cuba Is Trying

The Cuban Communist Party is a recalcitrant lot. Cuba is an economic basket case, broke. And it is about to get a lot more in the red. Meanwhile the majority of its population is disheartened and hungry. Castro, Machado-Ventura, Colomé Ibarra, Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, indeed mostly the entire Central Committee, is in denial. The upper echelons of the Communist Party still clings to something …

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 …

Cuba’s Faux Reforms

Cuba’s Raul Castro announced this weekend that he was going to retire … in five years. He can always change his mind and likely will. Castro also promised term limits and promoted younger folks to senior positions in Cuba’s only political entity, the Communist Party of Cuba. This was nothing more that a political sideshow …

Merkel Snubs Castro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel either has no idea who he is or, more likely,  she purposely snubbed Cuba’s dictator, Raul Castro.  Take a look at the short video clip. Not only does she not even say hello, but does not even crack a smile. Is the Western Europe love affair with the regime coming to end? …

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 …