World Press Archive
2010-06-08 / Jeff Franks (Reuters)
Raul Castro turns 79 with eyes on future
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro turned 79 on Thursday, showing no signs of slowing down as he works to assure that Cuban communism survives beyond his generation.
His birthday was not mentioned in Cuba's state-run newspapers, possibly because the topic is a sensitive one for the country's aging leaders.
They have no obvious younger successors, but Castro, who replaced ailing older brother Fidel Castro in February 2008, appears to be in good health and in no mind to leave office anytime soon.
While opponents in the United States and elsewhere have long said the system installed after Cuba's 1959 revolution would die with the Castros, Raul Castro has made clear that he plans to keep Cuba communist long after he and his brother are gone.
"There are those in U.S. ruling circles who say they will wait for the disappearance of the revolution's historic generation, a sinister bet on the so-called 'biological factor,' or the death of Fidel and all of us," he said in speech to Cuba's National Assembly in August. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more