Raul Castro Says Cuba is Open to Talk to the United States About "Anything"
By Mariela Rosario | 02/26/2010 - 09:35

Cuba'n president, Raul Castro, recently told reporters for Brazil’s official Estado news agency that his government is open to talks with the United States about any and all topics, as long as the condition of "equality" is fulfilled.

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UPDATE: President Obama Responds to Generación Y Blogger Yoani Sanchez
By Mariela Rosario | 11/20/2009 - 17:05

Cuban Generación Y blogger Yoani Sanchez is putting her media spotlight to good use and recently posed a series of questions to both President Barack Obama and Raul Castro challenging the current state of US/Cuban relations.

President Obama agreed to answer her questions, which Sanchez posted yesterday. Sanchez also developed a questionnaire for Cuban president Raul Castro, but she does not know whether or not he will answer.

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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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