Eusebio Leal Strikes Back Against the "Storm" / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 19 October 2016 — As in the Greek epic, Eusebio Leal, the Captain of a small stronghold of Cuban historians, confronted Brigade General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas and the Business Administration Group of the Armed Forces (FAR) with lively and poetic oratory. We know that FAR has taken possession of Habaguanex and several … Continue reading “Eusebio Leal Strikes Back Against the "Storm" / Juan Juan Almeida”

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet letter by the Department of State Security and its guardians of the faith, specialists in destroying reputations. The logic in the … Continue reading “In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván García”

Without Eusebio Leal, Habaguanex is Controlled by the Military / Iván García

Iván García, 9 August 2016 — The sun illuminates the Plaza Vieja, and a humid heat transforms the place into an open-air sauna. When you set foot on the cobblestones, the sensation you have is one of walking on burning embers. At the entrance of the planetarium, dozens of kids accompanied by their parents get in … Continue reading “Without Eusebio Leal, Habaguanex is Controlled by the Military / Iván García”

The Military Takeover of Eusebio Leal’s Empire / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 14 June 2016 — Capitalizing on the ill health of Dr. Eusebio Leal* to further strengthen its commercial and business supremacy over every corner of the island, the state-owned tourism company Habaguanex will in one day, October 30, assume ownership of the historic heart of Old Havana. The area will be completely … Continue reading “The Military Takeover of Eusebio Leal’s Empire / Juan Juan Almeida”

Soldiers in Business: Bad Deal / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet.org, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 30 May 2016 – The survival of the Castro regime increasingly appears to be in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). And not only because of the generals who run some of the most important ministries but also because of the general-businessmen of the Enterprise Administration Group (GAESA). … Continue reading “Soldiers in Business: Bad Deal / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez”

The Expendable Revolution / Néstor Díaz de Villegas

Néstor Díaz de Villegas, 17 April 2016 – Once upon a time I made the mistake of thinking that the Revolution – I’m speaking about the Cuban Revolution – was indispensable, that its advent had forever altered the course of History. Today I am reflecting on what would be its fundamental contributions, the (let’s say) … Continue reading “The Expendable Revolution / Néstor Díaz de Villegas”

Cuba: Waiting and Hoping for the Cruise Ships / Ivan Garcia

Iván García, 9 November 2015 — One warm evening in September, a scrapping brigade arrived from Habaguanex* and, in a little more than two hours, dismantled the aluminum tubes and awnings of three open-air bars on the Avenida del Puerto, where Havanans and tourists drank beer or ate fried chicken among the ambling musicians and prostitutes … Continue reading “Cuba: Waiting and Hoping for the Cruise Ships / Ivan Garcia”

Cuba 2019 / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 26 September 2015 —  Let’s climb aboard a time machine. Into the future, of course. By now, Raul Castro has given up the throne. His son Alejandro has been tried for abuse of power, financial corruption and violations of human rights. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas, the Cuban Martin Borman, has fled with a … Continue reading “Cuba 2019 / Ivan Garcia”

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014 regarding alleged verbal abuse of a member, it marked a milestone in dissident circles – more so for … Continue reading “Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan Garcia”

Raul Castro’s Son-in-Law Rises to General

Cubanet, 19 March 2014 –A son-in-law of Cuban leader Raul Castro, in charge of the military businesses that dominate the economy on the island, has risen to general, according to a report today in the south Florida’s El Nuevo Herald. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, barely over 50, who for a long time has been identified … Continue reading “Raul Castro’s Son-in-Law Rises to General”

The Powerful Ex-Son-in-Law of Raul Castro, Exiled / Juan Juan Almeida

For a long time there have been countless comments within the circle of Cuban power, where the name of the cunning and not-at-all innocent Colonel Luis Alberto Rodrigues Lopez-Calleja persists, as the “Czar of the Military Economy.” A fictional creation, a legend. So today, February 24, instead of writing about this group of brave men … Continue reading “The Powerful Ex-Son-in-Law of Raul Castro, Exiled / Juan Juan Almeida”

Doing Business in Cuba Is Like Surfing Rough Seas / Ivan Garcia

For a business relying on foreign capital to succeed in Cuba, it is essential to create a web of friendships with influential people in the government. Everyone knows how you cultivate these relationships. With good whiskey, gourmet meals and especially with thousands of convertible pesos. For ten yearsRómulo (not his real name) was the right-hand … Continue reading “Doing Business in Cuba Is Like Surfing Rough Seas / Ivan Garcia”

On the Day After, Who Could Replace the Castros? / Ivan Garcia

Some people in Cuba are already placing bets. Everyone knows that within five to ten years power could change hands. The unknowns are whether the successor will have the last name of Castro, and if the inefficient political and economic system will be preserved. Raúl Castro crafted a law limiting time in political office to … Continue reading “On the Day After, Who Could Replace the Castros? / Ivan Garcia”