During the Plenary Session, Cuban Communist Party Calls for Reinforcing the Organization’s Ideological Work

14ymedio, Havana, October 24, 2021–The first of two sessions of the second plenary of the Central Committee of Cuba’s Communist Party began last Saturday with an analysis focused on economic issues and the functioning of the organization, which brings together 700,000 militants and is consecrated by the Constitution as “the organized vanguard” of Cuban society. … Continue reading “During the Plenary Session, Cuban Communist Party Calls for Reinforcing the Organization’s Ideological Work”

Searching for the ‘Conceptualization’ With a Member of the Cuban Communist Party

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Desde Aqui, Havana, 6 May 2021 — A former colleague of the microbrigade that built the building where I have lived for 36 years, visited me on Wednesday afternoon to help him search on the internet for the update of the Conceptualization of the Cuban Economic and Social Model of Socialist Development … Continue reading “Searching for the ‘Conceptualization’ With a Member of the Cuban Communist Party”

When Can We Freely Debate Phasing Out the Party?

14ymedio, Pedro Pablo Aguilera Juarrero, Toronto, April 19, 2021 — The leader of the Cuban Communist Party, Raúl Castro, is on his way to fulfilling a promise he made to the Cuban people eight years ago when he announced his retirement. Unlike his egotistical older brother, Raúl’s tenure has been characterized by a peculiar pragmatism. … Continue reading “When Can We Freely Debate Phasing Out the Party?”

Marxism Disappears From the Central Report of the Cuban Communist Party Congress

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2021 — A cursory glance at the central report to the Eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba could be reduced to the fact that the most significant were the limits imposed on the reforms and the disappearance in the text of any allusion to Marxism-Leninism, underlined by … Continue reading “Marxism Disappears From the Central Report of the Cuban Communist Party Congress”

Congress or Funeral? In Cuba, You Never Know

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Generation Y, Havana, 20 April 2021 — In the illegal Cuban lottery, the number eight means death, the same number as this edition of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Congress that concluded on Monday in Havana. The conclave has had all the solemnity of a political funeral for a generation that is … Continue reading “Congress or Funeral? In Cuba, You Never Know”

Cuba’s Communist Party Congress Multiplies the Eggs in Cuba but Doesn’t Manage the Same with the Nation’s Fish

14ymedio, Havana, 16 April 2021 — The imminence of the Eighth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), which begins its work this Friday, has had a beneficial effect on Cuban chickens and a rebound for residents of the capital. This was announced on Thursday, with great satisfaction, by the Ministry of Internal Commerce which … Continue reading “Cuba’s Communist Party Congress Multiplies the Eggs in Cuba but Doesn’t Manage the Same with the Nation’s Fish”

Raul Castro Hands Over Leadership of Cuban Communist Party to ‘Those Who Represent the Continuity of the Revolution’

14ymedio, Havana, 16 April 2021 — A nonagenarian and with a country in ruins, Raúl Castro has confirmed the handover to his successor of the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), after completing the two statutory terms that he himself imposed for high-level positions. The first secretary of the PCC announced his retirement … Continue reading “Raul Castro Hands Over Leadership of Cuban Communist Party to ‘Those Who Represent the Continuity of the Revolution’”

Will the Next Congress of the PCC Clear up the Doubt About Property: “Coming” or “Going”?

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 17 March 2021 –With one month remaining until the Eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), it has been reported that in the process of updating the 274 Guidelines approved in the Seventh Congress, only 17 will remain, 165 will be modified, 92 will be eliminated and 18 will … Continue reading “Will the Next Congress of the PCC Clear up the Doubt About Property: “Coming” or “Going”?”

Cuban Faces of 2015: Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Communist Party / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2015 — If the reputation of a politician is measured by his or her presence in the media, we should say that José Ramón Machado Ventura has been the most visible picture of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) this year. Exercising his functions as the second secretary of the PCC, he has … Continue reading “Cuban Faces of 2015: Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Communist Party / 14ymedio”

Eighth Month / Rafael Leon Rodriguez

Rafael Leon Rodriguez,1 September 2015 — Cuba is preparing to receive Pope Francis, who will visit in the month of September as a “Mission of Mercy.” The third Pontiff who comes to these lands in just over 17 years. He was preceded by Benedict XVI, the “Pilgrim of Charity,” and the now Saint John Paul … Continue reading “Eighth Month / Rafael Leon Rodriguez”

Are Any Changes Coming in the Regime’s Economic Area?

Elías Amor Bravo, Economist. 16 July 2022 — Another character from the Party, who has decided to enter directly into economic affairs, is Joel Queipo Ruiz, identified in the State newspaper Granma as a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party and head of its Economic-Productive Department, a name that sounds … Continue reading “Are Any Changes Coming in the Regime’s Economic Area?”

‘Lay Down Your Arms,’ Asks General Lopez-Calleja’s Nephew

14ymedio, Havana, 14 July 2021 — Carlos Alejandro Rodríguez Halley, nephew of General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, sent a strong message to his uncle and to the island’s power leadership: “Lay down your arms.” The young man called for the beginning of a “process of transition to democracy” after the protests that took place throughout … Continue reading “‘Lay Down Your Arms,’ Asks General Lopez-Calleja’s Nephew”

The Birth of a Definition: The Historic Generation

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 4 October 2020 — This October 3rd marked the 55th anniversary of the creation of the first Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party. The selection of this hundred people followed a scrutiny that only allowed those who had had some participation in the uprising against the previous dictatorship to be promoted, as … Continue reading “The Birth of a Definition: The Historic Generation”

That First Central Committee / Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 2 October 2015 – Fifty years ago the first Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) made its appearance. It was composed of one hundred people, among whom there were 57 commanders of the Revolution, nine captains, one lieutenant and 33 civilians. Of that constellation only eight remain alive and in … Continue reading “That First Central Committee / Reinaldo Escobar”

Gone is “The Soul of the Revolution”

14ymedio, Havana, 26 May 2022 — In a green plastic box, the kind used for bottles, and in another cardboard box, between colored paper and newspapers, the eighty-year-old man, with tobacco in his mouth and a resigned gesture, exhibited his items for sale: soap and cigarettes – purchased with the ration book – homemade tomato … Continue reading “Gone is “The Soul of the Revolution””