Obama in Havana – A Long Time Coming…

Margarita Alarcón writes about the changes that have taken place in Cuba since the last visit by a U.S. President in 1928, what Obama will see when he visits, and what he won’t see: “guns in the hands of children, hunger in the face of multitudes, fear, loathing, dismay or a lack of sovereignty.”

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Granma editorial: President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba

In an editorial in Granma, 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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The life and death of Hugo Chávez in perspective

Gloria La Riva pays tribute to Hugo Chávez shortly after his death. “Upon his death, comrade Chavez has entered history not only as revolutionary life well led but as a source of confidence for all those who have been shaped by the movement he inspired.”

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Will The Thaw In US-Cuban Relations Chill Cuba’s Revolutionary Zeal?

“Most of the Cuban population was born and has lived under the blockade and we want it lifted. We want to be allowed to prove that socialism in Cuba is a viable option and the answer to our future. We have fought for that right for 57 years, and view a thaw in the conflict with the U.S. as a triumph of our resistance and determination.” — René González, interviewed by MintPress News

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U.S. President can modify blockade of Cuba

Fifty-four years ago, February 3, 1962, the signature of President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office was enough to order the complete blockade of Cuba, which went into effect four days later. While President Obama has taken some steps to ease the blockade in some areas, there are still many more things he can do.

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A year later, the blockade remains in full force

This aggressive relic of the Cold War remains in force today, despite being condemned every year at the UN by the international community, even after Havana and Washington opened a new chapter in their bilateral relations December 17, 2014.

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