Power Elite of Cuba

By Pedro Roig


The Unburied Corpse

By Pedro Roig

For over ten years the Marxist “Gerontocracia” led by General Raúl Castro (86) and Machado Ventura (87) has been carefully engaged in selecting the new generation of leaders to integrate a younger inner circle of power...more.

The Castro Regime's 'Transition' Ploy Should Fool No One

By Ambassador Otto J. Reich

The Cuban dictatorship is preparing to ostensibly transfer power this week for the first time in nearly 6 decades to someone not named Castro, so the international media has gone into a predictable swoon.  “Cuba Passes the Torch to a New Generation,” says one headline. “Cuba looks to a future without Castro rule,” says another.  While still a third says, “Cuba’s lost generation set to lead as new President takes office.”  ...more.

                                             The Party is Still On

By Jaime Suchlicki

In preparation for the transfer of the Cuban presidency from General Raul Castro to Coronel Miguel Diaz-Canel on April. 19, the Cuban Communist Party-Political Bureau held its V Plenary meeting...more.

                                             "Cuba's Fake Tweets"

By Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat and Augusto Hernandez

Members of the Cuban Democratic Directorate (CDD), a human rights and political activism group based in Miami, have uncovered evidence of fraudulent twitter accounts that have been feverishly campaigning in support of the Cuban government and the recently held parliamentary and...more.

The Enigma of The Crickets: Attacks on US Diplomats in Cuba

By Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat

A series of mysterious attacks on US diplomats from late 2016 until at least August 2017 have resulted in the downgrading of the diplomatic relationship between the United States government and the Castro regime...more.

How Does the Cuban Economy Compare with Other Latin American Economies?

By Mario Gonzalez-Corzo

After more than three decades of gradual economic reforms, Cuba’s heavily-centralized economy remains embattled by insufficient output levels, declining levels of capital accumulation and factor productivity, the lack of global competitiveness, high levels of external sector dependency (particularly agricultural and food imports),  demographic pressures...more.

(Testimony) The Obama Administration Rapprochement with Cuba: Anatomy of a Policy Failure

By Jaime Suchlicki

Following is a copy of my testimony “The Obama Administration Rapprochement with Cuba: Anatomy of a Policy Failure,” presented at the Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing held in Miami on January 16, 2018...more.

Fidel Castro's Crimes Against American Pilots (POW'S) In Vietnam

By Pedro Roig

Cuban officials, under diplomatic cover in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, brutally tortured and killed American POW’s whom they beat brutally in a submission program ordered by Fidel Castro and sanctioned by the North Vietnamese...more.


What Will a Change in Leadership Mean for Cuba?

By Jaime Suchlicki

"The departure of Raúl Castro from the presidency will mean very little for Cuba. General Castro will remain secretary general of the Communist Party and leader of the military....more.

The MININT Commitment to Communism

By Pedro Roig

On December 1, 1961, barely seven months after the defeat of the Bay of Pigs invasion, Castro announced to the world that he was leading a Communist revolution: “I am a Marxist-Leninist and shall remain a Marxist-Leninist until the day I die.”  Following this announcement Castro began to build a totalitarian state...more.

Cuba and North Korea in the "Same Line of Combat"

By Alvaro Alba

In a message to Raul Castro in December 2016, North Korea ruler Kim Jong emphasized the above. Fast forward a year later, on November 20, 2017; the same day the White House announced the return of Pyongyang to the list of countries sponsoring terrorism...more.

A Military Regime Ruled by Raul Castro

By Pedro Roig

Is Raul Castro leaving power?  This is the topic of a deceiving question in a major Miami newspaper, based on the false premise that by February 24, 2018, a younger generation of Cubans headed by the appointed president Miguel Diaz-Canel will begin to rule Cuba....more.

Russia Renews Talks of a Military Base in Cuba

By Alvaro Alba

In Russia, for several years, generals and legislators have been advocating the opening of a military base in Cuba. The first mention of returning to a permanent Russian base in Cuba occurred in February 2014.  It was in the midst of the political crisis in Ukraine and the plans of a Russian invasion of Crimea. The Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, spoke of the need to expand Russia’s military presence outside its borders, and cited Cuba, Vietnam, Venezuela and Nicaragua... more.


Cuban Missile Crisis: Who Won?

By Pedro Roig

At the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, the United States had decisive nuclear superiority over the Soviet Union. This country had more than 400 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) compared to 78 ICBMs in the Soviet arsenal...more.


What We Learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Jaime Suchlicki

In 1962, the Soviet Union surreptitiously introduced nuclear missiles into Cuba. A surprised, embarrassed and angry President John F. Kennedy blockaded the island and after eleven tense days the Soviet Union withdrew its missiles...more.


The Role of the Judiciary After Communism in Cuba

By Pedro Roig

The inexorable breakdown of the communist dynastic succession in Cuba is expected as a payback of the criminal ideological catastrophe. There is no way out for this failed system. The incoherent, irrational dogma has been a failure...more.


Cuba and Israel

By Pedro Roig

Cuba’s aggressive historical actions against Israel; support for Iran and its terrorist proxies; and a possible U.S.-Iran confrontation over the nuclear agreement makes the timing of any Israeli concession toward Cuba extremely sensitive...more.

Labor Conditions in Cuba

By Jaime Suchlicki

U.S. investors hoping to do business in Cuba face numerous problems/issues which include the resolution of U.S. properties confiscated by the Cuban government in the early 1960s; an arbitrary legal system controlled by General Raul Castro and the military; widespread corruption...more.

Cuba: What to Expect

By Jaime Suchlicki

The limited economic changes introduced by Gen. Raul Castro in Cuba encouraged some observers to proclaim the end of communism and the dismantling of the totalitarian system in the island...more.

Succession Through a Military Junta?

By Pedro Roig

Aware of the fragility of dynastic succession, General Raul Castro is placing his trusted generals in full control of the three Strategic Regions of the Cuban Armed Forces. This is an exercise to facilitate succession through a Military Junta...more.

U.S. & Cuba: A Question of Indifference?

By Sherri L. Porcelain

Eli Weisel, Holocaust survivor, noble laureate and world-renowned author, passionately proclaimed, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” I chose Weisel’s words to underscore the continuing philosophical and political debate on Cuba’s commitment to its people...more.