Tag: Cuba

  • Havana Once Again Under Quarantine

    Introduction Last month The Bullet published a report on Cuba’s remarkable success in meeting the threat of COVID-19, “Cuba in the Last Stretch of the Pandemic.” At the time there was good reason to accept Fernando Ravsberg’s assessment that Cuba had successfully met the challenge, that the worst was over and that the mop-up operation … Keep reading »

  • Cuba in the Last Stretch of the Pandemic

    Introduction The following article by Fernando Ravsberg appeared in the Salvadorian digital daily news site ContraPunto on June 24. The translation from the Spanish, which includes a few explanatory additions, is by The Bullet. It is worth mentioning some of the significant developments that have occurred in the two weeks since Ravsberg’s article appeared. Cuba’s … Keep reading »

  • Cuba’s Unique Model of Medical Internationalism

    In recent weeks, more than a dozen countries – including two in Europe – have requested and received Cuban doctors to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. John Kirk, a professor at the Latin America program of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, is author of Healthcare Without Borders and one of the foremost experts on Cuba’s … Keep reading »

  • Cuba: Something That Must Be Defended

    For starters, I must say that the present juncture hasn’t been particularly harsh for me. It must have been luck, but the right bus has always turned up to get me out of a jam. I’ve managed to travel with some leg room even. That doesn’t mean I don’t understand and relate to the difficult … Keep reading »

  • Lessons from the Past: Markets, Plans, Bureaucracy

    Wilder Pérez Varona interviews Eric Toussaint on a range of issues dealing with the Russian Revolution, conducted on 8 May 2019 during the International Colloquium dedicated to Leon Trotsky. Keep reading »

  • Challenges for Cuba’s New Constitution

    Cuba is writing a new constitution, part of a lengthy process of political change that can be traced to the 6th Congress of the Communist Party in 2011. The Congress approved a document known as the “lineamientos,” a detailed domestic policy blueprint that opened certain sectors of the economy to market dynamics and “change[d] the … Keep reading »

  • The Cuban Five Freed: Toronto Welcomes Gerardo Hernández

    Toronto — 3 April 2016. Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. The release of the three was part of the agreement negotiated between the U.S. and Cuban governments concerning future relations between the … Watch video »

  • A New Political Situation in Latin America: What Lies Ahead?

    Two recent events – the second-round victory on November 22 of right-wing candidate Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s presidential election, and the December 6 victory of the right-wing Democratic Unity Roundtable, winning two thirds of the seats in Venezuela’s National Assembly elections – have radically altered the political map in South America. In the following interview, … Keep reading »

  • Release of Cuban Five Opens New Chapter in Cuba-U.S. Relations

    The release December 17 of the remaining three of five Cubans held for 15 years in U.S. prisons is an historic victory for the Cuban people, their government and supporters around the world. Ramón Labañino, Geraldo Hernández and Antonio Guerrero joined Fernando González and René González, released earlier, in an emotional reception in Havana with … Keep reading »

  • Cuba’s Coming Co-operative Economy?

    Reflections From Two Recent Field Trips In 2011, I made two trips to Cuba to study the new co-operatives. In June I was kindly invited by Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, a professor at the University of Havana and one of the country’s leading experts on its co-operative movement, to participate in two conferences. In December, Wendy Holm … Keep reading »

  • ALBA Advances toward ‘Alternative Economic Model’, Pursues Anti-Imperialist Agenda

    Member countries of Latin America’s alternative integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), met in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas last weekend in order to discuss the advancement of the organization at its 11th official summit. Following a meeting on Friday to draft proposals and set an agenda, the presidents … Keep reading »

  • Risks in Expanding Non-state Enterprises in the Cuban Economy

    This article is intended to call attention to the most important negative consequences that the recently announced decision to permit free hiring of salaried labour could generate in Cuban society. It also attempts to suggest some measures to increase the possibilities that the new non-state enterprises (self-employment, cooperatives, or conventional private businesses) may contribute to … Keep reading »