Irma con su furia desnudó a La Habana (+ Fotos)


El agua del mar se adentró unos 250 metros en la capital cubana al final del sábado, al chocar las inmensas olas con el Malecón, el emblemático paseo marítimo de la ciudad de ocho kilómetros de largo.

Estas son algunas de las imágenes que nos dejó Irma en La Habana.

Foto: AFP.

Foto: AFP.

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Some Thoughts on Cuban Resistance to US Ideological/Political War

By Arnold August, April 25, 2016

Arnold AugustBefore leaving Montreal for Havana in March 2016 to cover the Obama trip, I wrote an article on Cuba–US relations. Referring to the cultural war to include, in the broad sense of the term, ideological and political aggression, I asked:

“The question is, will Obama’s visit to Cuba provide Cubans the opportunity to make headway against the cultural war, or will it allow the US to make inroads? Or are both these scenarios on the horizon?”

My intention at that time was to deal with this question immediately upon my return from Cuba. However, one feature became clear during my stay in Havana and immediately following it. Both in and outside of Cuba, the repercussions of the visit not only continued but were being ramped up. In fact, at the time of writing, a month after the trip, the ideological and political controversies are carrying on.

This situation is at present further being fostered by Raúl Castro’s April 16, 2016 Central Report to the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC). He devoted important sections of the Report to the issue of Cuba–US relations.

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How does US pursue ‘regime change’ in Cuba through ‘normalization’?

Salim Lamrani, in an interview with, talks about the US-Cuba relations and how these relations are the continuation of the past painful US policies against Cuba.

Salim Lamrani
Salim Lamrani
Barack Obama can lift the economic sanctions without the agreement of the U.S. Congress but he refuses to do so. Normalization of relations happens if Washington lifts economic sanctions, gives Guantanamo back to the Cubans, put an end to the financing of an internal opposition on the island and abrogate the Cuban adjustment act. These reasons are clearly indicative that the normalization of relations are just a continuation of the past policy of ‘regime change’ in Cuba.

– How do you think the US uses sanctions and negotiations to infiltrate its enemies? Can you give examples of how US has used these tools to infiltrate Cuba?

The main goal of U.S. policy toward the island has been to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. From 1959 to 1991 this was a hidden goal. Since the implementation of the Torricelli Act in 1992, it has become public. Washington wants a “regime change” in Cuba. One of the tools used to achieve this end is economic sanctions. These are sanctions that affect all categories of the Cuban population and constitute the main obstacle to the island’s development.

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A brief recap of Cuba-U.S. relations

Based on a talk given to members of the Young Communist League on 12 March 2016.

Nino Pagliccia

Screenshot of Obama arriving in HavanaAs U.S. President Barack Obama visits Cuba, it is interesting to take a quick look at what Cuba-U.S. relation has been historically and shortly after 17 December 2014. It may be a good starting point in trying to foresee what future relations may hold.


  1. Short history of Cuba: The need for a revolution
  2. Current Cuba-U.S. relations: What has been achieved so far
  3. “Blocks” still remain preventing normal Cuba-U.S. relations
  4. Cuba’s position
  5. Reality of Cuba-U.S. relations in the context of the U.S. foreign policy.
  6. The role of solidarity
  7. Conclusion

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What Obama will not say

by Nino Pagliccia

16 March 2014

As the date of Obama’s visit to Cuba approaches (March 20-22) I have been thinking about what he will say in his speech when he steps on Cuban soil. I have heard Obama’s declaration on 17 December 2014; I have followed the various statements by him and others in interviews, and I think I know what his message will be. 

President Barack Obama. Photo:
President Barack Obama. Photo:
Recently, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, "We see this speech as a unique moment in the history between our two countries". In that speech, the president would "lay out his vision for how the United States and Cuba can work together, and how the Cuban people can continue to pursue a better life."

My interpretation is that after some pleasantries as the protocol requires, and some reference to the new “improved” developments in Cuba-US relations, Obama will eloquently reshuffle some of the same old demands with implications of regime change: “empowering” the people of Cuba, respect human rights, more freedom of expression, “democratic” multi-party system and possibly a reference to the release of “political prisoners”. Maybe not all issues in the same speech. He will deliver his “message” according to expected impact. He will also have a different message when he will meet with "dissidents" and "entrepreneurs".

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Obama will visit a modest but safe country

Manuel E. Yepe
Manuel E. Yepe

By Manuel E. Yepe

A CubaNews translation. [in Spanish]
Edited by Walter Lippmann.

I imagine that a large number of people from the US are now extremely concerned about the safety of their President, Barack Obama, during the days that he will be in Cuba with his family.

It is ironic that the President has decided to be accompanied in his official trip to Cuba by the First Lady and their two teenage daughters, considering that it is a country that for over half a century has been described by the great US corporate media as a kind of ungovernable hell without democracy. A country against which the United States was forced –for these reasons– to impose a punishing embargo that has failed by not having achieved its purpose of deposing the communist regime, and therefore will have to be lifted.

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President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba

Cuba reaffirms its will to advance in relations with the United States, on the basis of respect for the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the principles of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

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Photo: nbcnews
Photo: nbcnews
The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will make an official visit to Cuban this coming March 20-22.

This will be the second time a U.S. President comes to our archipelago. Previously having done so was Calvin Coolidge, who landed in Havana in January of 1928. He arrived aboard a warship to attend the 6th Pan American Conference, which was held at that time under the sponsorship of a local figure recalled as infamous, Gerardo Machado.

This will be the first time a President of the United States comes to a Cuba in full possession of her sovereignty and with a Revolution in power, headed by its historic leadership.

This event is part of the process initiated December 17, 2014, when the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and President Barack Obama simultaneously announced the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations, broken by the United States almost 54 years ago. It is part of the complex process of normalization of bilateral ties, which has barely begun, and has advanced on the only grounds that are possible and just: respect, equality, reciprocity, and the recognition of our government’s legitimacy.

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