Revealed: Castro’s Sister Worked for the CIA
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/28/2009 - 12:33

In her new memoir, the younger sister of Fidel and Raul Castro admits to working undercover for the CIA in Cuba in the early 1960s using the codename “Donna,” Reuters reports. Juanita Castro, who now lives in exile in Miami, says she helped opponents of her brothers’ communist rule to escape execution and imprisonment.

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Cuba Subscribes to Socialism Light
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/14/2009 - 10:42

Cuba is attempting to salvage its failing economy by making last ditch efforts to scale back on socialism, The Miami Herald reports. Leaders insist picking away at socialism is the only way to save it, but some experts say their efforts are just a desperate attempt to stave off the inevitable.

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President Obama Extends Cuban Embargo
By Mariela Rosario | 09/16/2009 - 12:31

After taking steps towards healing the longstanding rift between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama recently renewed the economic embargo against the island nation.

Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, established after World War I, U.S. companies are banned from trading with what are determined to be hostile nations.

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Fidel Castro: "Right-wingers Hate Obama Because He is Black"
By Mariela Rosario | 08/25/2009 - 18:03

In an unusual move, Fidel Castro, 83, recently used his column in Granma, the state-run newspaper of Cuba, to defend President Obama.

Declaring that the right-wingers who oppose Obama's policy hate the president because he is black, Castro said, "I don't have the slightest doubt that the racist right will do everything possible to wear him down, blocking his program to get him out of the game one way or another."

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U.S. Officials Begin Talks With Cuban Government
By Yuliana Gomez | 04/06/2009 - 16:50

This past weekend, seven U.S. legislators began talks with Cuban government officials, the Latin American Herald Tribune is reporting; the meetings are aimed at starting up a dialogue between two countries that have not had diplomatic relations in several decades.

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Fidel Castro Spotted, Brother Raul Replaces Fidel Loyalists With His Own
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/03/2009 - 16:10

An ailing Fidel Castro hasn’t made many public appearances since taking ill in 2006, prompting endless rumors about the Cuban leader’s proximity to death. The New York Times reports (via The Daily Beast)  Castro was spotted walking the streets of Havana recently after being released from the hospital. He casually strolled around, trailed heavily by security and sporting shorts and a track jacket.

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New Photo of Fidel Castro Released
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/26/2009 - 14:20

A new photo Fidel Castro was released on Friday, temporarily quieting rumors that the former Cuban leader is gravely ill. The picture came from the office of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez two days after her meeting with Castro in Cuba. Castro, 82, can be seen standing next to Fernandez looking relatively strong.

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Castro Says Cubans Now Allowed To Build Their Own Houses, With Their Own Money
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2009 - 15:16

Since Raul Castro assumed leadership of Cuba permanently in February 2008 due to his brother Fidel's failing health there have been some slow but noticeable changes taking place in the communist country.
The latest in the reforms came recently with Castro announcing that Cubans can build their own homes with their own money. As reported by Mercopress, the demand of Cuba's 11 million citizens for housing has been grossly outweighing the supply.

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Raul Castro Vows to Extend the Revolution
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/02/2009 - 11:08

Cuban President Raul Castro spoke to supporters gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the revolution that began when Fidel Castro seized control of Santiago de Cuba on New Years Day 1959, as Ernesto "Che" Guevara marched into Havana.

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Raúl Castro Visits Hugo Chavez
By Yuliana Gomez | 12/15/2008 - 16:10

Raúl Castro’s first official international visit as president of Cuba was this past weekend as he visited ally Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela.

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