Cuba’s New Constitution Validates Squaring the Circle

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 April 2019 — As of April 10th the new Constitution is an accomplished fact. Although some equate it with the statutes of a party, compare it with prison regulations or identify it as “an old woman with some rouge,” it is already mandatory for everyone. Regardless of the irritation provoked … Continue reading “Cuba’s New Constitution Validates Squaring the Circle”

A New Constitution and "Preparing for the Worst" on the Economy, Says Raul Castro

14ymedio, Havana, 10 April 2019 — The proclamation, this Wednesday, of the new Constitution of the Republic of Cuba was accompanied by the bad news that the ex-president Raúl Castro was commissioned to announce in a speech before the National Assembly. He warned that the country faces “additional difficulties and that the situation could worsen … Continue reading “A New Constitution and "Preparing for the Worst" on the Economy, Says Raul Castro”

Polling Stations Open for Referendum on New Constitution

14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2019 — Starting at seven in the morning this Sunday, more than 25,000 polling stations opened for Cubans to vote in the referendum on the new Constitution. On a warm morning in which official nervousness can be felt in the wide police presence in the streets, more than 8 million Cubans … Continue reading “Polling Stations Open for Referendum on New Constitution”

Cuban Authorities Threaten a Baptist Pastor for Preaching Against the New Constitution

14ymedio, Havana, 23 February 2019 – The Communist Party of Cuba categorized the Baptist pastor Carlos Sebastián Hernández Armas a “counterrevolutionary” for a sermon in which the pastor called on the faithful of his congregation to oppose the new Constitution that will be submitted to a referendum this February 24. Sonia García García, an official … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Threaten a Baptist Pastor for Preaching Against the New Constitution”

Several Opponents Arrested Protesting Against the New Constitution in Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 23 February 2019 — Opponents Antonio Rodiles and Ángel Moya were arrested after staging a protest in downtown Havana against the constitutional referendum that will be held Sunday. Moya and Rodiles walked down Galiano Street and were followed by dozens of people who recorded the protest with their cell phones, without participating in … Continue reading “Several Opponents Arrested Protesting Against the New Constitution in Havana”

OCDH Invites Cubans With Spanish Citizenship to Say No to the New Constitution

14ymedio, Havana, 8 February 2019 — On Wednesday, the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH), based in Madrid, asked Cubans living on the island who also have Spanish citizenship to vote No in the constitutional referendum on 24 February. “I invite you not only to admire your Spanish passport, but also — as a Cuban — … Continue reading “OCDH Invites Cubans With Spanish Citizenship to Say No to the New Constitution”

Proceedings to Draft New Constitution Lack Transparency

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, July 10, 2018 — We now know that at its seventh plenary session the Communist Party Central Committee reviewed the draft of the new Cuban constitution. It was reported that the text of the document is now a fait accompli. In the coming days deputies to the National Assembly will approve … Continue reading “Proceedings to Draft New Constitution Lack Transparency”

A New Constitution / Fernando Damaso

Fernando Damaso,6 June 2018 — The history of Cuban constitutions is an interesting one. All of them — beginning with the Guáimaro constitution (1869), continuing on to Jimaguayú constitution (1895), the Yaya and Santa Cruz constitutions (1897 and 1898), the constitution of 1901, and the constitutional reforms of 1928 and 1940 — left open the … Continue reading “A New Constitution / Fernando Damaso”

Toward a New Constitution / Rosa Maria Rodriguez

A group of Cubans in Cuba and its diaspora agreed to promote a roadmap for a constitutional consensus. Organizations and public figures from different generations, all ideologies, religious creeds and interests, we believe it’s good that, first, we agree on what kind of constitution we want that is established and take it as a reference … Continue reading “Toward a New Constitution / Rosa Maria Rodriguez”

Toward a New Constitution / Rafael Leon Rodriguez

A group of Cubans in Cuba and its diaspora agreed to promote a road map for a constitutional consensus. Organizations and public figures from different generations, of all ideologies, religious beliefs and interests, we believe it is good that, firstly, we agree as to the type of constitution we want to establish or take as … Continue reading “Toward a New Constitution / Rafael Leon Rodriguez”

The New Castro Constitution and the Economic Crisis: Born Twins

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2019 — Only a few days have passed since the proclamation of the new Castro Constitution, but nobody is talking about it on the streets of the Cuban capital. Of the entire boring speech by the Army General, the central character of the announcement and of his shiny new … Continue reading “The New Castro Constitution and the Economic Crisis: Born Twins”

The “New” Cuban Constitution: Defeat or Opportunity? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Miriam Celaya, Cubanet, West Palm Beach, 28 June 2018 — A recent inquiry by colleagues Ana León and Augusto César San Martín about the expectations of several citizens, in the face of the constitutional reform, arouses reflection on some of the numerous gaps in the field of civic culture and rights ailing the Cuban population. … Continue reading “The “New” Cuban Constitution: Defeat or Opportunity? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya”

Cuban Exiles Will Not Be Able to Vote on the Referendum on the New Family Code

14ymedio, Havana, 17 September 2022 — Cuban emigrants will not be able to participate in the referendum on the new Family Code, despite the fact that the Government has disguised this exclusion by stating that it has 1,000 polling stations and 124 constituencies abroad. In the official TV program Mesa Redonda [Roundtable] airing this Thursday, … Continue reading “Cuban Exiles Will Not Be Able to Vote on the Referendum on the New Family Code”

A Poisoned Referendum on Cuba’s New Family Code

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 September 2022 — There are about ten days left before the third referendum promoted by those who have been governing in Cuba for more than 62 years. The first occurred in 1976, to approve the first Constitution of the Republic drafted by the Communist Party; the second, in 2019, when … Continue reading “A Poisoned Referendum on Cuba’s New Family Code”