CubaBrief: It is up to PM Trudeau to get Canadian back. Thanks for Asking, but No, I will Not be Traveling to Cuba.

This CUBABrief highlights three stories focusing on issues familiar to most Cuba watchers: the finger-pointing about who is to blame for the deaths caused by the recent aircraft disaster (this time Havana did not blame the CIA); a foreigner, in this case a Canadian, who discovers Havana’s disregard for the rule of law and his government’s inability to protect  him; and Cuban-Americans who have learned from their loved ones about misery and repression on the island. 

CubaBrief: BROOKINGS WOKE UP AND SMELLED THE COFFEE: "New Cuban President Moves Cuba Backwards." AP: US inspectors missed Cuban aircraft.

Despite the fact that for years The Brookings Institution, one of Washington’s most prominent liberal think tanks, provided intellectual ammunition to President Obama’s Cuba policy, it has now discovered that “Cuba moves backwards: New regulations likely to impeded private sector growth.”  What is news to the Brookings scholars is well known to the Cubans on the island.

CubaBrief: MARCO RUBIO TO THE RESCUE. American taxpayer funds should not be wasted in Cuba.

Earlier in the week the Center for a Free Cuba called attention to the passage by the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee of an Ag bill that included an amendment authorizing the use of federal funds to promote sales to Cuba, despite the fact that Cuba’s government has been unable to pay many purchases in recent years and many governments have forgiven many millions of dollars Havana owed them. 

CubaBrief: Mariel, the Hong Kong That Never Became One, AND the United States quits the UN Human Rights Council

In this issue from THE DAILY SIGNAL, “US Makes the Right Call to Quit UN Human Rights Council:  "14 of the 47 members of the council (including Burundi, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela) are ranked “not free” by Freedom House. This is the highest number of “not free” countries in council history."  Also in this issue from 14yMedio "Mariel, the Cuban Hong Kong That Never Became One ,” by Mario Penton Martinez.

CubaBrief: CUBAeconomía ¿Escasean los medicamentos en farmacias cubanas?, DIARIO DE CUBA: ¿Zafra de 2018 o de 1894?

En este CUBAenBreve se incluyen articulos sobre la escasez de medicinas que padecen los cubanos en la isla;  los extranjeros no son afectados, como no les afecta el racionamiento de los alimentos, productos higienicos, y todos los articulos necesarios para la vida. Lea aqui un analisis de la zafra azucarera del 2018: "se sabe que se produjeron unos 1.1 millones de toneladas (TM), para una caída de un 40% con respecto a los 1.8 millones de 2017.

CubaBrief: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Speaks on US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council was founded a few years ago to remedy the lamentable track record of its predecessor, the UN Commission on Human Rights, where some of the worst human rights violators prevented any real efforts to help victims of repression around the world. But little has changed, and China, Cuba, Venezuela and other regimes continue to enjoy impunity for their crimes. While a member of the Commission, the Cuban government said it would not accept “one iota” of its recommendations.

CubaBrief: Upgraded Cuban SIGNIT BASE in Cuba. Havana has sold intercept data from U.S. communications to military adversaries of the U.S. Center calls on Administration to investigate.

In view of Havana's record of hostile actions against the United States, including the attempted smuggling of war planes to North Korea during the previous administration, the downing of American small civilian aircraft in international airspace in the Florida Straits, and Fidel Castro's message to the Soviet Union in 1962 urging the use of nuclear weapons against America, this article just published by THE DIPLOMAT should not be ignored.

CubaBrief: Former Mexican Foreign Minister tells New York Times readers that 21st century socialism is dead. Carlos Montaner and HAVANA TIMES report on the coming collapse of of Sandinista Nicaragua.

Former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda, now a professor at Columbia University, explained in a recent New York Times column that 21st century socialism is dead in Latin America. The Times editors should take heed. On this CubaBrief you may also read to important articles focusing on Nicaragua: Carlos Alberto Montaner's.

FIDEL CASTRO SPEAKS CLEARLY ON TERRORISM. Listen to his words.

Beginning in the late fifties, Fidel Castro ordered the burning of Cuban sugar mills, warehouses, buses, factories. He also order bombings in stores, theaters, nightclubs, clinics throughout the island as part of the revolutionary campaign against the Batista dictatorship. The Office of Publications of (Cuba's) Council of State published in 2015 a four volume chronology entitled "We shall fight until the end" [Lucharemos Hasta el Final].