Cuban President Raul Castro’s enigmatic heir apparent is a rumored Beatles fan who reportedly once grew his hair long during the rise of Western pop music. He’s pushed for improved internet connectivity on the island essentially frozen in time since the 1960s and advocated for gay rights.

But the chances Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s vice president who is expected to take the reins from the Castro family in February for the first time in decades, will thaw President Donald Trump’s modern-day Cold War with the Communist-ruled country are slim. Diaz-Canel, 57, will likely serve in a largely ceremonial role as a Castro puppet controlled by the Communist Party and restricted from opening renewed dialogue with the U.S. even if he wants to, analysts say. 



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Date Title
12/21/17 How Trump Is Sabotaging Cuba’s New Private Sector
Benito Albisa Novo, The Nation
12/21/17 Common-sense next steps for US-Cuba agricultural trade
Rep. Rick Crawford, The Hill
12/21/17 Cuba says current leadership to remain through April
Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, ABC News
12/19/17 More than 37,000 Cubans face deportation orders
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
12/19/17 Vulgar, materialistic, apolitical. Why do recently arrived Cubans get a bad rap?
Sarah Moreno, Miami Herald
12/17/17 Cuba’s Castro and Russian oil executive meet in Havana
Reuters
12/17/17 U.S. deports twice as many Cubans in 2017 vs 2016
Franco Ordoñez and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
12/14/17 Cuban women trying to run business in Communist island have message for Rubio
Hatzel Vela, WPLG
12/14/17 Cuba exports medicine to dozens of countries. It would like the U.S. to be one of them
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
12/14/17 Cuban researchers hope to join forces with U.S. in biotech field
Emily Michot, Miami Herald
12/14/17 This Cuban industry began with 6 scientists, a tiny lab — and Fidel Castro’s obsession
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
12/12/17 Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families
Reuters
12/12/17 U.S. policy is hurting Cuba’s entrepreneurs
Niuris Higueras, Yamina Vicente, Julia de la Rosa Quesada, and Marla Recio, Miami Herald
12/11/17 What's the result of new Cuba restrictions? Lots of confusion
Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
12/11/17 US Embassy in Cuba should not be a foreign relations pawn
Ralph Patino, Sun Sentinel
12/11/17 Raúl Castro’s economic reforms were supposed to make life better in Cuba. Didn’t happen
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
12/10/17 Current Record
12/7/17 Cuba’s leaders are trapped between the need for change and the fear of it
The Economist
12/6/17 Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery
Josh Lederman, AP
12/6/17 Long-distance U.S.-Cuba couples have flourished — but Trump’s new policy keeps them apart
Allison Yates, Washington Post
12/5/17 Exclusive: Trump names career diplomat to head Cuban embassy
Marc Frank, Reuters
12/4/17 Royal Caribbean to add more cruises to Cuba
Gene Sloan, USA Today