People don't remember that when Ronald Reagan initiated Radio Marti the Cubans made an offer that Washington DC turned down. The Cubans offered a reciprocity regime by which Cuba would allow the Voice of America to broadcast from within the island and in return the Cubans would do the same with an English language program of Radio Habana Cuba broadcast to the American public within US territory.
The wisest thing would be for Washington to altogether accept the total failure of its economic war against Cuba and its attempt to reverse the victory of the popular Cuban socialist revolution, in the same way it had to admit defeat in its uneven confrontation against Vietnam four decades ago.
Speech given Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government, in the presentation of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, at the “Chaplin” theater October 3, 1965. Havana Domestic Radio and Television Services in Spanish 0150 GMT 4 October 1965–F (October […]
Let’s hope Washington can learn the lessons of history. Its teachings are very clear for anyone who wants to see them. After all, very few times has the sun shone so brightly in Havana as in the morning of August 14.
Here is a conclusion I’ve come to after many years: among all the errors we may have committed, the greatest of them all was that we believed that someone really knew something about socialism, or that someone actually knew how to build socialism.
The White House hopes that as early as March, he will make a landmark visit to Cuba. That trip could include a stop in Colombia. In November, he is scheduled to travel to Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
In the absence of fairer terms, for Cubans the normalization of relations with the United States can only mean a move towards more respectful and just links. That's what should be in Obama’s portfolio in his coming historic visit to Cuba. (February 18, 2016.)
Amid all the daily hardship, let’s find a way to make the thirst for knowledge catch on among our children. Let’s explore every possibility for them to do so.
My father took me to Cuba in the summer of 1956. He and his parents had lived in Cuba as German-Jewish exiles from Nazi Germany from 1939-1942. They had been refused entry to the United States, and had to wait in Cuba for permission to finally be granted.