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Cuba’s leaders are trapped between the need for change and the fear of it

December 7, 2017

FOR decades Cuban exiles in Miami dreamed of the day that Fidel Castro would die. They imagined that Cubans would then rise up against the communist dictatorship that he imposed. Yet when, a year ago this week, Castro’s ashes were interred in his mausoleum, it was an anticli... Read More
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Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

December 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. Read More
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Exclusive: Trump names career diplomat to head Cuban embassy

December 5, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) - The Trump administration has named career diplomat Philip Goldberg to head the all-but-abandoned U.S. embassy in Havana, according to three sources familiar with the matter, at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Cuba. Read More
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Meet the fashion brand bringing Cuban design to the world

November 29, 2017

When Havana-based designer Idania del Río runs out of ink for silk-screen printing T-shirts, it’s likely the rest of Cuba has too. When she needs to buy buttons, she scours 10 different stores to find enough. And when she wants to send an email, she has to walk one mile from... Read More
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Uzbekistan incident raises suspicions of Russian involvement in Cuba attacks

November 28, 2017

A newly revealed incident reported by a USAID officer who is based at the American embassy in Uzbekistan is raising suspicions Russia may have been involved and could have had a hand in bizarre attacks targeting U.S. diplomats in Cuba, according to American sources. Read More
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One year later, Fidel Castro’s death met with tributes in Cuba — and a shrug in Miami

November 26, 2017

It’s been a year since the death of Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, but on the island, his name is still invoked almost as much as when he was alive. Read More
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The Reconciliation Project

The Reconciliation Project seeks to provide Cubans everywhere with information regarding processes of reconciliation from around the world and to create a safe space of respectful dialogue that helps advance the goal of the reunification of the Cuban nation. Read More
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Cuba Small Business Initiative

The goal of the Cuba Small Business Initiative is to identify ways to empower Cubans on the island with the resources and information to start and operate small businesses in Cuba.

Objective 1: To identify resources, technology and information that could be employed today to empower Cuban entrepreneurs on the island... Read More
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Cuba IT & Social Media Initiative

The power of Internet technology and social media to fuel economic growth, enhance communication and expand educational opportunities is, without doubt, one of the legacies of the last quarter century. However, while Internet technology and social media have helped increase communication and grow the economies of developed nations and some emerging nations, others have fallen behind and into an ever-expanding technology gap. If access to basic healthcare and education were the determining factors for development in the past, access to technology may very well be the determining factor for this generation. Read More
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The Cuban Enterprise Fund

The Cuban Enterprise Fund is modeled after the successful enterprise funds created by the Support for Eastern European Democracy Act of 1989, following the fall of the Berlin wall. Its purpose, like that of previous funds, is to assist in the development of private enterprise by providing equity investments, loans, technical assistance, training, and other forms of assistance to truly independent businesses within host nations. Read More
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Unleashing Micro-Economic Reforms in Cuba: Investing in Cubans

This Cuba Study Group sponsored project is aimed towards assisting Cubans on the island by providing them with the know-how, the resources and the conditions to setup and operate their own small businesses as soon as Cuban law permits. Read More
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Consenso Cubano

In April of 2005, the Cuba Study Group joined over 20 other organizations in a project aimed at uniting the Cuban diaspora along a series of basic principles. The result of this effort is Consenso Cubano, a plural gathering space for refection, conciliation and concord among Cuban organizations. The Pilares para un Consenco Cubano, a series of fundamental areas of agreement among member organizations, constitutes the foundation and framework of reference for Consenso Cubano. The Cuba Study Group is a founding member of Conseso Cubano. Read More
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Defending the Rights of Cuban Workers

In April of 2005, the Cuba Study Group joined over 30 organizations from 7 different countries at the first Annual Conference of the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility in Madrid, Spain. At that conference the 35 organizations that were represented, including independent labor unions and non-profit organizations from around the world, unanimously approved a resolution condemning the Cuban regime's systematic violation of internationally recognized labor standards and agreed to form the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility in Cuba. Read More
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U.S.-Cuba Relations in the Trump Era: Confronting Rollback, Salvaging Engagement, Laying t...

As the Executive Branch prepares to issue regulations implementing the President’s National Security Memorandum on Cuba, the Cuba Study Group published a White Paper that assesses the projected impact of the Trump administration’s policy and makes recommend...
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The Current State and Future Prospects of the Cuban Economy

The Cuba Study Group partnered with celebrated Cuban economist Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, formerly a Professor of Economics and Researcher at the University of Havana’s Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, to produce a White Paper analyzing the cu...
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Memo to President Trump and His Incoming Administration. U.S. Policy Toward Cuba: The Case...

The Cuba Study Group and 17 other organizations and individuals released a letter addressed to the incoming Trump administration. The document urges the president-elect to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of progress made in U.S.-Cuba relations, believing that such an anal...
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Cuba's Coffee Sector and Its Export Potential to the United States

A White Paper analyzing the Cuban coffee sector’s export potential to the United States. The study provides a comprehensive overview of the Cuban coffee sector’s value chain, production capabilities, and structural weaknesses. It then describes efforts taken by f...
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Restoring Executive Authority

A whitepaper released by the Cuba Study Group in February 2013 calling on the U.S. to de-codify the embargo and expand the free flow of resources and information to the Cuban people. ...
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Supporting Small Business in Cuba

A whitepaper prepared by the Cuba Study Group in collaboration with Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International which was released in April of 2011."
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Issue #12: Toward a new social and political model for Cuba

Cuba needs to recreate itself, that is, it must create a new socio-political-economic-cultural-legal model. To do so will require the chiseling of existing institutions and the creation of new ones. It is also essential to promote spirituality and a culture of values and res...
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Issue #11: Cuba Does Have Ideas, Projects and Actors for its Future

Fear of change is always paralyzing. One of those fears is the alleged lack of projects and actors for the transition process and for the future of Cuba. Often, authorities and international observers interested in maintaining the status quo in Cuba, argue that changes are n...
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Issue #10: The Catholic Church and Nationalism: The challenges from Pope Benedict XVI visi...

There are two anecdotes, both symbolic, that marked the year of 1981 when the Holy See decided to promote Monsignor Jaime Ortega, bishop of Pinar del Rio, to Archbishop of Habana.
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Issue #9: Cuban agriculture and the current economic transformation process

The Cuban economy has begun an interesting and important process of economic transformation, which has been identified as: the "Updating of the economic model."
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Issue #8: With pain and without glory

The First Conference of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), was held on January 28th and 29th. It would be difficult to find in the national history an event that attracted less interest from the population.
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Issue #7: Steps toward Access to Banking Services for Cuba’s Non Governmental Sector

A central piece in the recent reform of the Cuban economic model is the opening to a small-scale nongovernmental sector
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Issue #6: The Road of Patience

In this Dec. 15, 2011 issue, Lenier Gonzalez Mederos, editor of Espacio Laical analyzes the role of independent media in Cuba.
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Issue #5: The Catholic Church and the destiny of the Cuban nation

Roberto Veiga Gonzalez, editor of the Catholic publication Espacio Laical, reflects on the role of the Catholic Church in Cuba and its role in helping shape Cuba's future ...
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Issue #4: Migration policy, updating or readjustment?

Co-founder of Convivencia Cuba, Virgilio Toledo Lopez, analyses the announced updating or readjustment of Cuba's migration laws ...
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