Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja Dies, the Powerful Former Son-in-Law of Raul Castro

14ymedio, Havana, 1 July 2022  — Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, executive president of the Armed Forces Business Administration Group (Gaesa), died in Havana this Friday of “cardiorespiratory arrest,” according to the official press. A former division general, born in 1960, he was considered the true “strong man” of Cuba, the power behind the throne. He was … Continue reading “Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja Dies, the Powerful Former Son-in-Law of Raul Castro”

Raulito’s Plan to Inherit Power from His Grandfather / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 19 December 2016 —  With 2018 approaching, alarm bells are already sounding over fissures in what was once the monolithic unity of the Communist Party and weaknesses in the supposed cohesiveness of Cuba’s royal family. The long-awaited announcement of Raul Castro’s retirement has unleashed an “every man for himself” and “looking out … Continue reading “Raulito’s Plan to Inherit Power from His Grandfather / Juan Juan Almeida”

General Francis is Out of the Game and Raul’s Grandson Ascends / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 29 August 2016 — The most powerful of all the Cuban generals, Division General Humberto Omar Francis Pardo, was replaced in his job as Head of the General Direction of Personal Security (DGSP). The position is now filled by Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro, who is known by various nicknames, like “The Crab,” “Grandson-in-Chief,” … Continue reading “General Francis is Out of the Game and Raul’s Grandson Ascends / Juan Juan Almeida”

The Role of Raul Castro’s “Super Grandson” in Cuba’s Future / Juan Juan Almeida

Raul Castro with his grandson (l.) and French president Hollande (r) Juan Juan Almeida, 8 February 2016 — Some say that Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro — also known as “the Crab,” “the Grandson-in-Chief,” “Raulito” and even “Arnol-mal” (or Evil Arnold, an ironic nickname referring to the former body builder, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, and … Continue reading “The Role of Raul Castro’s “Super Grandson” in Cuba’s Future / Juan Juan Almeida”

Cuban Military’s Tribute to Lopez-Calleja Sounds Like a Warning Before Another July 11th (11J)

14ymedio, Havana, 3 July 2022 — A tribute to Division General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, who died on July 1, was held this Saturday in the Granma room of the Ministry of the Armed Forces (FAR). The military ceremony was carried out “without uttering words” and stripped of “unnecessary protocols, just as Luis Alberto was in … Continue reading “Cuban Military’s Tribute to Lopez-Calleja Sounds Like a Warning Before Another July 11th (11J)”