Cuba: deconcentrating power is not equal to decentralize it

Cuba: deconcentrating power is not equal to decentralize it

The (s)election on October 10th of Miguel Díaz-Canel as President of the Republic of Cuba and Esteban Lazo as President of the Council of State and the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP) came to corroborate the immobility of the Stalinist regime led by...
Latest X-ray of the Cuban Gulag

Latest X-ray of the Cuban Gulag

For decades, even after the issue of human rights abuses in Cuba fell under UN scrutiny in the 1980s, prisons on the island have remained, with rare exceptions, closed to impartial observers neither foreign nor domestic. “Our country will not accept monitors....
Cuban agents of influence expelled from the US

Cuban agents of influence expelled from the US

The recent expulsion of two accredited Cuban diplomats to the United Nations headquarters in New York has novel features. In the long confrontation between the United States and Cuba, Cuban diplomats for the first time are not sanctioned for espionage, or as an...
The fuel crisis is not due to a “critical juncture”

The fuel crisis is not due to a “critical juncture”

Just as Cuba’s “special period” in the 1990s pondered the possibility of “option zero” (zero oil), the communist country’s nascent “special period II” is shaping up some kind of “option zero-II “. This time, not because...
The European Union in Cuba: cash is the one thing that counts

The European Union in Cuba: cash is the one thing that counts

In December 2016, the European Union (EU) signed a political dialogue and cooperation accord with the government of Cuba to replace the “common position” that since 1996 conditioned any progress in the bloc’s relations with the island to some...

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