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Cuban Communist Party

Talking Back to the Revolution

Anthony DePalma | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Anthony DePalma

Everything gets old, even revolutions and the rebels that led them. That much was evident last month when the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress focused on the need for bringing in new blood, but then re-elected for another five-year-term 84 year old Raúl Castro.

Updating the Party: Cuba's New (and Not So New) Leaders

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The new Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party reflects the priorities and style of its First Secretary. The party itself maintains the leading role, but the committee has a more technocratic tilt, positioning it for the complex economic tasks ahead.

The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The official Cuban press has tried to approach the country's reality in recent years. Several young faces appear on TV programs to report on administrative negligence and poor services. But even still, state journalism continues to be a long way from objectivity and respect for the truth.

The Lilliput Rebellion

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Calling for austerity while living in opulence has been common practice for Cuban leaders for more than half a century. Demands to "tighten one's belt" are brandished about by officials with fat necks and ruddy faces, who for decades haven't known what a refrigerator with more frost than food looks like.

Luxury Travel of Fidel Castro's Son Called Out By Cuban Communist Party

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Calling for austerity while living in opulence has been common practice for Cuban leaders for more than half a century. This contradiction undoubtedly annoys those who have to divide rationed bread with family, or cleverly cut up a bar of soap so it will last for several weeks.

The Party and the Army: Civil-Military Relations in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Today, eight ministries are led by career military officers, three of whom are still on active duty.

A Cuban Insult: 'Ah... You're Not in the Package'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Climbing into a collective taxi at midday, with its whole body heated by the sun and creaking at every pothole, is a shocking experience. You duck you...

Militant Cuban Communist Trades Ideology for a Spanish Passport in the Blink of An Eye

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Photo: Silvia Corbelle The whole neighborhood called him by the peculiar last name he'd inherited from his Basque grandfather. Vertical for ideologic...

Competition in Cuba

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

Last year in Cartagena, the message was unanimous: Cuba next time, or no Summit. Obama can again dismiss this message and lose even more influence in the Americas. But the stars are aligning for Obama to make a big legacy move by 2015.

The Nobodies of the Cuban Nomenklatura

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.28.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A crowd was waiting outside the mansion in Vedado with a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the garden. The language school opened its doors to new registrations and in the days that followed tested the attitudes of those interested.

Freedom of Speech Continues to be Outlawed in Cuba for Cubans... Not for Others

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The language of diplomacy, although distant and calculated, gives us a glimpse of changing times. I remember that for years I could predict every word foreign presidents would utter once they arrived in Cuba.

Complicated Cuba

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 07.11.2014 | Travel
Mary J. Loftus

My college-aged son is standing on the balcony of our room at the Habana Libre, made famous as the hotel where a young Fidel Castro set up camp for a few months after the 1959 Revolución. Havana stretches out before him, luminous in her dilapidated splendor.

Fidel Castro Had Prior Knowledge Of JFK Assassination, New Book Claims

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

A new book by a former CIA analyst provides evidence that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro may have had prior knowledge of President John F. Kennedy’s as...

Cubans Expect Little or Nothing From Upcoming Communist Party Conference

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Exhausted from imagining a distant future that could be delayed five years or a decade, we no longer want to even predict the coming week.

Cuba's Communist Party Worries About Our Tastes in Music

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The El Chupi Chupi video has been nominated for a Lucas Prize, but it was categorized as "horrible" by the president of the Cuban Music Institute. Fans of the composer don't know if he will remain in the competition and the media has almost stopped airing the song.

From Dictactorship to Democracy: The Transition in Cuba Has Already Started

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.28.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

We are in transition, something seems to be on the verge of being irreparably broken on this Island, but we don't realize it, sunk in the day-to-day and its problems.

Cubans to Be Able to Buy and Sell Real Estate

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For decades in Cuba a market in housing was prohibited and it was only possible to exchange properties through a concept popularly known as a "swap."

Fidel Castro... Managing His Own Farewell

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In the preparations to leave the country, at the end of a relationship, there are people who try to control the smallest details; to draw up those limits that oblige the ones they leave behind to follow their path. Castro is one of those people.

Will a Parade of Bayonets Lead Off the Cuban Communist Party Congress?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The echos of the shouts reach my balcony, in a rhythm marked initially by feet accompanied by throats. It's less than two weeks to the huge parade pla...

Gaddafi and Castro, Solidarity Between Despots

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I was just a baby in the arms of my militia mother when Fidel Castro traveled to Libya in the spring of 1977.

Communist Party Congress To Work on Economy but Not Human Rights

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It is seven in the morning and a crowd is waiting in front of the neighborhood's only newsstand. They aren't there for Granma, an example of a newspap...

Cuban Communist Party to Meet to Try to Rescue Communism

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Draft Guidelines for the Communist Party's VI Congress is a good exercise to sharpen our senses, a model example to evaluate the practice of speaking without speaking, which is what state discourse is here.

The Threat of a Label: "Dissident"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This article comes from the second issue of Voices, a new digital magazine from Cuba. A sugar-coated image shows Cuba as a country where social justi...

Cuban Higher Ups Charged With: "Positioning Themselves Financially for When the Revolution Fails"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The term "revolutionary" has a different meaning in the Cuba of today than we would find in any Spanish language dictionary.

A "Letters to the Editor" Feature That Mocks Free Speech

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that the austere newspaper Granma would open a section that would become its most read and commented on ...