Cuba is one of the world's last remaining communist states. Cuba's allies in China and Vietnam also maintain firm one-party rule, but have prospered by introducing market principles to their economic models. With Cuban President Raul Castro easing government controls on property rights and private enterprise, many are wondering if the struggling island is looking to Asia for a way forward.

The intersection of 23rd Street and 12th Avenue in Havana's Vedado District is a Cuban landmark in Cold War history. It was here during the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961 that Fidel Castro dropped his democratic assurances and declared at the peak of a fiery speech that Cuba "had carried out a socialist revolution right under the United States' nose." It was the first time he'd openly used the S word to describe his leftward plans for the island.

What Cubans ended up with was a tropical version of Soviet economics, defined by centralized planning and the elimination of most private property. Even Cuba's ice cream vendors had their Popsicle carts seized by the state in the name of ending inequality.

Recent Articles

Date Title
8/31/12 Cuba growing less food than 5 years ago despite agriculture reforms
Reuters World News
8/31/12 Cuba registra dispositivo para detectar el cáncer de colon
El Nuevo Herald
8/30/12 Cuba reports mixed results of labor reform
Reuters World News
8/30/12 Cuba says 22 percent of jobs private last year, up from 16 percent in 2010
The Washington Post
8/30/12 Cuba: Private employment now 22 percent of jobs
Bloomberg Businessweek
8/30/12 Gas station blast injures 31 in Cuba; 5 'grave'
Miami Herald
8/29/12 Presidential Candidates Largely Ignore Travel Industry Despite Job And Economic Growth Potential
The Huffington Post
8/29/12 Cuba says cholera outbreak over
Miami Herald
8/29/12 Aunt says the daughter of Cuba’s vice president defected for love
Miami Herald
8/29/12 Romney and Ryan are now on the same page - the wrong one - on Cuba
New York Daily News
8/28/12 Cuba says cholera outbreak over
8/28/12 Cuba declara superado el brote de cólera tras 417 casos
El Universal
8/27/12 Cuba busca hacer más eficiente su sistema de salud
América TeVe
8/23/12 Number of women in Cuban gov't posts increasing
8/23/12 U.S. puts the brakes on American trips to Cuba
Laura Bly, USA Today
8/22/12 Fidel Castro at work on book with Chavez: blogger
Jeff Franks, Reuters
8/22/12 Cuban dissident's widow does not buy accident story
8/22/12 Female Cuban players defect
Jorge Ebro, Miami Herald
8/21/12 Terabytes... Slipping the Bonds of Censorship in Cuba
Yoani Sanchez, Huffington Post
8/21/12 Cuba convicts 12 of corruption in nickel industry
Peter Orsi, Miami Herald
8/21/12 Current Record
8/20/12 Republican platform doesn't abandon Cuba after all
Paul West, Sun Sentinel
8/19/12 Venezuelan state governor: Cuba inefficient at managing ports, food distribution
Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald
8/18/12 Getting at the truth of car crash that killed Oswaldo Payá
Editorial Board, The Washington Post
8/17/12 Unleashing music’s power for political change in Cuba
Joe Cardona, Miami Herald
8/17/12 Cuba asks islanders’ help against booming mosquito population; rumors of dengue, yellow fever
Associated Press
8/16/12 Cuban police detain 3 dissidents handing out leaflets demanding human rights
Juan O. Tamayo, Miami Herald
8/16/12 Cuba prosecutors seek seven years for Spain's Carromero
BBC News
8/14/12 Moya, other dissidents, detained after confrontation
8/13/12 Sanctions: A popular weapon with mixed results
Bloomberg Businessweek
8/13/12 Does Ryan Pick Help or Hurt Romney's Chances In Florida?
NPR: Blogs
8/13/12 Ryan's Cuba embargo stance examined
Journal Sentinel
8/12/12 Fidel Castro to turn 86, but out of view since June
Reuters Top News
8/12/12 Freedom fireworks set off near Cuba
8/10/12 Report: Swede involved in Cuba dissident car crash concerned about fate of Spanish driver
Associated Press
8/9/12 Cuba reports revenues rose 12.8 percent last year in tourism, key source of foreign income
Associated Press
8/8/12 Navigating humanitarian deliveries to Cuba is tricky for Miami terminal operator
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/8/12 Cuban migrants reach Florida in engine-powered wooden boat
Reuters World News
8/8/12 Cuba's ban on anti-Castro musicians quietly lifted
Sarah Rainsford, BBC News
8/7/12 As Cuba goes gray, aging population poses a challenge for Raul Castro’s economic agenda
Associated Press
8/6/12 Cuba says another offshore well is not successful
8/3/12 Key political risks to watch in Cuba
Jeff Franks, Reuters
8/3/12 Epidemia de cólera se propaga en el oriente de Cuba
Café Fuerte
8/2/12 Cuba still searching for economic model that works
Juan O. Tamayo and Mimi Whitfield, Miami Herald
8/2/12 Cuba Should Stop Detaining Opponents, Rights Group Says
Fox News Latino
8/2/12 Research and Markets: Travel and Tourism in Cuba: Key Trends and Opportunities to 2016 - Total Number of Domestic and Outbound Trips Undertaken By Cubans Increased From 5.2 Million In 2007 To 5.8 Million In 2011
8/2/12 US-bound Cubans pour into Panama through Colombia
Juan Zamorano, Associated Press
8/2/12 Cuban dissident’s family insists another car was involved in fatal crash
Juan O. Tamayo, Miami Herald
8/1/12 Cuban opera singer challenges "jealous" bureaucrats over closed theater
Marc Frank, Reuters
8/1/12 Cuba car crash fallout turns focus on dissidents' funds
Sarah Rainsford, BBC News