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”

Machado Ventura Denies Cuba’s Mediation In The Venezuelan Conflict

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 26 July 2017 – There were few surprise in Jose Ramon Machado Ventura’s speech this Wednesday during the ceremony for National Rebellion day in Pinar del Rio. The Cuban Communist Party number two reiterated that “the direction of the Revolution is laid out,” and denied that Cuba was participating in the … Continue reading “Machado Ventura Denies Cuba’s Mediation In The Venezuelan Conflict”

A Month Without Machado Ventura

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 27 March 2017 — Just a month ago his face disappeared from the Cuban government’s family photo. The last time he was seen, Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura handed out orders in an extensive agricultural area of ​​Pinar del Río. Four weeks later, no official media has offered an explanation for the absence … Continue reading “A Month Without Machado Ventura”

The Erratic Corrections of Machado Ventura / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 July 2016 – Sporting a hat to protect himself from the rays of the sun, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura explained in his speech for the 26th of July that the changes introduced in the Cuban model “are aimed at consolidating our socialism, to make more prospero (prosperous) and sustainable.” The … Continue reading “The Erratic Corrections of Machado Ventura / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar”

Ramon Machado Evokes a 26th of July Marked By “Complex Circumstances” / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 26 July 2016 – In a total break with the optimism that Cuban leaders usually squander on every 26th of July, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura addressed this Tuesday the “difficult circumstances” the island is currently experiencing. The vice president evoked, in addition, the problems derived from the international situation whose resolution is “outside the … Continue reading “Ramon Machado Evokes a 26th of July Marked By “Complex Circumstances” / 14ymedio”

Machado Ventura: “The sugar harvest is very bad” in Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio 29 January 2016 — At least 43 of the 50 sugar mills taking part in the current sugar harvest are experiencing delays due to adverse weather conditions. This situation led Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee, to announce on television on Friday that “the sugar harvest is … Continue reading “Machado Ventura: “The sugar harvest is very bad” in Cuba / 14ymedio”

Machado Ventura: Neither Young Nor Female / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 31 August 2015 — If anyone embodies the most antiquated orthodoxy of the Cuban political system, it is undoubtedly Jose Ramon Machado Ventura. With his frail gait and infinite power, the vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers represents the most reactionary and ultra-conservative wing of the island’s government. … Continue reading “Machado Ventura: Neither Young Nor Female / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez”

Machado Ventura and the Theory of Relativity / Reinaldo Escobar

“The enemies of the Revolution, both those within and those without — under the umbrella of criticizing the supposed slowness or lack of boldness of the adopted measures — hide their true intentions of restoring the shameful regime existing in Cuba until 1959.” The above quote is one of the pearls shed by José Ramón … Continue reading “Machado Ventura and the Theory of Relativity / Reinaldo Escobar”

The Older Generation Demonstrates Its Ineptitude in Dealing with the Devastating Crisis Cuba is Experiencing

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, February 2, 2023 — The economic measures that were widely dubbed “el paquetazo“* — the package — were unpopular but necessary. Even from a coldly economic perspective, however, they seemed to be too little too late. The recent dismissal of the economics minister, Alejandro Gil, indicates that the decision to postpone increases … Continue reading “The Older Generation Demonstrates Its Ineptitude in Dealing with the Devastating Crisis Cuba is Experiencing”

Humanitarian Parole Is an Escape Route to the U.S. for ‘Sleeper’ Cuban Communist Party Members

14ymedio, Havana, December 8, 2023 — The theory is clear: the official guide of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, published in 2020, clarifies that it is inconceivable that members of a Communist Party – and Cuba has more than half a million of them – pronounce the U.S. Oath of Loyalty. The practice, … Continue reading “Humanitarian Parole Is an Escape Route to the U.S. for ‘Sleeper’ Cuban Communist Party Members”

The Last Cuban Parliament With the ‘Historicals’

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 12 February 2023 — If the massive abstention is as successful as the opposition expects in the electoral process scheduled for March 26, none of what is outlined here would make sense. The Cuban Parliament scheduled for the X Legislature of the National Assembly could be the last to have the … Continue reading “The Last Cuban Parliament With the ‘Historicals’”

The 20th of May, its Place in Cuba / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellano, 21 May 2021 — Not because it was expected does it cease to be a surprise. The collapse of sugar production in the recently concluded harvest, in addition to being the biggest disaster suffered by that industry in the history of Cuba, constitutes definitive proof of the incapacity of the totalitarian model implemented … Continue reading “The 20th of May, its Place in Cuba / Dimas Castellano”

Economic Reflections on the Communist Party Plenary

14ymedio, Elias Amor Bravo, Economist, 10 December 2022 — Cuban communists are privileged. Not only because they hold all the power in the nation, but also because they do what they want, without giving explanations, and then in their congresses they erase any responsibility. This is what happened in the recent Political Bureau of the … Continue reading “Economic Reflections on the Communist Party Plenary”

The Havana Christmas Tree: The Only Thing Lit Up at This Year’s End

Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 15 December 2022 — The big attraction in Havana at the moment is the Christmas tree recently erected in the Fe del Valle park in central Havana, next to Calle Galiano. The fir tree, tall and not very bushy, becomes alive at night time, when its decorations are lit up. Dozens … Continue reading “The Havana Christmas Tree: The Only Thing Lit Up at This Year’s End”

In the Absence of Raul Castro, the PCC Plenary Avoids its Responsibility in the Cuban Disaster

14ymedio, Havana, 10 December 2022 — The leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) took advantage of the closure, this Saturday, of the 5th Plenary of the Central Committee, to justify their actions, which have led the country to a generalized crisis  with daily blackouts. “It was a hard and difficult year,” admitted the … Continue reading “In the Absence of Raul Castro, the PCC Plenary Avoids its Responsibility in the Cuban Disaster”