Tag: Cuba

Playwright Is in Exile as Cuba Uses an Old Playbook to Quash Dissent

MADRID — For Yunior García, a Cuban playwright, the swift journey from activism in Havana to exile in Madrid might have been lifted from one of his scripts. It began with the decapitated pigeons at his doorstep, placed there, he suspects, by agents of Cuba’s Communist government to scare him. Then a pro-regime crowd, scores […]

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The History Behind the Elena Ruz, the Quintessential Cuban Sandwich

MIAMI — When the Cuban socialite Elena Ruz Valdés-Fauli was in her early 20s, she would often go to a show or a movie and have a late-night bite with friends at the restaurant El Carmelo in Havana. Her usual meal was an off-menu request: a turkey sandwich on medianoche bread, with cream cheese and […]

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Cuba Is Strip-Searching Protesters, Jailing Artists, and Stifling Dissent

HAVANA — The Cuban protest movement that sprang to life last summer is under siege. A national demonstration planned for Monday failed to mobilize when security forces blocked the homes of the island’s leading dissidents, independent journalists, and artists—part of the ongoing repression intended to secure the government’s control. By Wednesday, the 39-year-old artist and […]

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Raúl Rivero, Disenchanted Poet of the Cuban Revolution, Dies at 75

He and Ricardo González Alfonso founded the Association of Cuban Journalists in 2001. The next year they managed to publish two issues of De Cuba magazine before a crackdown by the Castro regime as part of the so-called Black Spring, which crushed the petition drive by the movement of dissident intellectuals. Scores of political renegades […]

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The U.S. Needs a Hemispheric Migration Strategy

For example, legal pathways tend to take pressure off irregular migration by giving people alternatives they can aspire to, a key starting principle. The United States, Mexico and Canada have been jointly trying to expand short-term labor visas for Central Americans to give them another option besides irregular migration. The Cuban parole program also did […]

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The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

With respect to Korea, for example, as Jonathan Mercer, the author of Reputation and International Politics, notes, for all of the Truman administration’s concerns about how U.S. “weakness” in Korea would be perceived by its European allies, the view in Europe was quite different. French leaders, for example, were more concerned “that American resolve would […]

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