A View of the Ukrainian Crisis From Cuban Non-State Media

(Pix from CRISIS UCRANIANA O EL LEGADO DE STALIN)

 

René Gómez Manzano, a Cuban journalist who writes on topics of interst both within and beyond Cuba, has recently published reflections on the Ukrainian crisis: Crisis Ucraniana o Legado de Stalin (Ukrainian Crisis or Legacy of Stain), first published on 11 March 2014 through cuba.net. .

It is reproduced (in the original Spanish) below.

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Wed, March 12 2014 » Cuba, immigrants, Latinos in the United States, race » Comments Off

Biblioteca Digital Cubana

This From Arch Ritter’s excellent Cuba blog:

 

BIBLIOTECA DIGITAL CUBANA

The Biblioteca Digital Cubana is a most amazing web site with links to a myriad of complete books on Cuban history and historical archives, geography, economy, archeology, ethnology, literature and natural sciences together with old art, photos and drawings and maps. It also includes a library of Cuban periodicals and journals going back to the earliest colonial times. It constitutes an incredible library resource with an immense and probably quite complete collection of historical documents on Cuba,

It is unclear to me at this time specifically who or what organization assembled this listing. It brings together collections on Cuba from many parts of the world and in particular the Biblioteca Digital de la Biblioteca Nacional José Martí or BNJM at http://www.bnjm.cu/bdigital.htm   It was brought to my attention through a Facebook posting by Haroldo Dilla a few days ago.

 

For more see  BIBLIOTECA DIGITAL CUBANA

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Sat, March 1 2014 » Cuba, Culture, education, Latin America, latino culture, Law and Society » Comments Off

New Paper on Property Claims in Cuba: Demandas De Propiedad Entre Cuba Y Los Estados Unidos. Una Revisión De La Literatura

New paper worth reading for those interested in Cuba studies and law/international relations:

Demandas De Propiedad Entre Cuba Y Los Estados Unidos. Una Revisión De La Literatura. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2392782
De  Jesus Bu Marcheco, La Habana, Cuba
Abstract:     
Spanish Abstract:Este artículo es una revisión de la literatura sobre las reclamaciones de la propiedad pendientes entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, con el objeto de resumir el estado actual del conocimiento académico. Este artículo examina las reclamaciones entre las partes, los mecanismos legales diseñados para solucionar las demandas y los remedios para cada tipo específico de demandante.English Abstract: This paper contains a literature review designed to summarize the state of academic knowledge surrounding the outstanding property claims between Cuba and the United States. This paper examines the claims between the parties, the legal mechanisms designed to solve the claims and, the remedies tailored for each particular type of claimants.

 

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Mon, February 24 2014 » Cuba, Identity, immigrants, Law and Society » Comments Off

No Cuba Trade Relief On Horizon Despite Support

 

By Scott Flaherty

Law360, New York (February 21, 2014, 6:29 PM ET) — Although a recent survey showed

most Americans favor easing the longstanding U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, experts say

continued support among congressional leaders and a lack of progress in Cuba on human

rights issues make lifting the trade restrictions anytime soon a long shot.

The Atlantic Council, a think tank that studies international affairs, released a study Feb. 11

showing that about 56 percent of Americans who participated in a survey were at least

somewhat in favor of the U.S. taking steps to normalize its relationship with Cuba and ease a

more than 50-year-old trade embargo.

But experts say growing support for more direct engagement with Cuba is not enough to

overcome a number of political hurdles that stand in the way of changes to the embargo,

which includes travel restrictions and a general ban on imports and exports passing between

the U.S. and Cuba, at any point in the near future.

Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank focused on

policy in the Americas, said there is still strong support for maintaining the embargo among

influential members of Congress, such as Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who chairs the

Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is considered to be

a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

The embargo has been “held in place by a small number of highly committed people,” Hakim

said, adding that there doesn’t appear to be enough political will among Americans who want

to ease the embargo to outweigh the support that exists for keeping it in place.

“What does Cuba really matter to Barack Obama, or people who are concerned about a pivot

to China, or ordinary Americans?” he said.

Cuba’s track record on human rights is another hurdle, noted Florida International University

law professor Ediberto Roman, who said pressuring Cuba to clean up potential human rights

violations has been one of the key justifications for keeping the embargo in place for so long.

Although there may be economic reasons for the U.S. to move toward more normal trade

relations with Cuba, in part because it would open up the country’s market to U.S. goods,

Cuba’s continually poor human rights track record makes walking away from the embargo at

this point an implausible — if not irresponsible — choice on the part of the U.S., according to

Roman.

“The human rights record hasn’t improved. If anything, it’s been worse,” Roman said.

As a practical matter, the embargo couldn’t be lifted at least until a new government takes

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over in Cuba and the U.S. State Department certifies that it meets a number of requirements

laid out in the Helms-Burton Act, which was put on the books in 1996 and tightened U.S.

sanctions against Cuba, according to Judith A. Lee, chair of Gibson Dunn’s international trade

regulation and compliance practice.

To qualify for the certification called for in the Helms-Burton Act, Fidel and Raul Castro —

the current Cuban leader — would have to be out of government, and Cuba would need to

legalize all political activity, release political prisoners, organize free and fair elections, and

meet a slew of other requirements, according to the law.

But beyond the changes within Cuba that would need to take place before the country met

the Helms-Burton requirements, other U.S. political factors could keep the embargo in place

for the foreseeable future, Lee said. One of those is the passionate support for maintaining

the embargo that still exists in parts of the U.S., including in Florida, a key battleground

state with a sizable Cuban-American population.

“It’s not just the case that we [would] have to wait for the leadership in Cuba to recede,”

Lee said.

And there’s also another matter: the longevity of the Cuba trade embargo and the inertia

that has built up as a result.

“It’s the oldest sanctions program that we have, and it’s the strictest,” Lee said. “Even

though there’s support for relaxing the embargo … it’s still premature to think that it’s going

to happen anytime soon.”

But experts note that this month’s survey may indicate a generational shift in how Cuba is

viewed in U.S.

In a report detailing the findings of its survey, which sampled 1,024 people nationwide, the

Atlantic Council said the responses showed that Americans, for the most part, support

altering U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Hakim said Cuban-Americans who grew up in Cuba and fled the Castro regime have often

been vocal supporters of the embargo, but that is an aging group being replaced by younger

people who don’t have as strong of a personal connection to the issue and therefore don’t

have as much passion for keeping the embargo in place.

“It was pretty clear that the power of this issue was losing strength,” Hakim said. “There

was lots of evidence that there

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Fri, February 21 2014 » Latinos in the United States » Comments Off

Great New Posts From the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy

 

 

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy has been publishing some very interesting short essays on Cuba and Cuban economic and politics related issues on its website–ASCE Blog.

We are pleased to invite you to read our latest posts:

Foreign Investment in Cuba: Mariel and Liberalization by Luis R. Luis

Labor Market Developments in Cuba: The Contraction of the State Sector Continues by Ernesto Hernandez-Cata

Religion, Social Norms and the State – The 2014 Letter of Sacerdotes Mayores de Ifa of Cuba by Larry Cata-Backer

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Thu, February 13 2014 » Cuba, Latinos in the United States, Law and Society, race, subculture » Comments Off

Mil gracias Helen Chavez!

It is Helen Chavez’s birthday month. Specifically on January 21st Helen turned eighty-six years old. Helen and Cesar Chavez along with a community of farmworkers created the United Farmworkers of America. From the UFW website we are told:

“Helen didn’t speak much, but she held deep convictions. In September 1965, while leaders of Cesar’s young Latino union debated whether or not to join a grape strike begun that month by members of a largely Filipino-American farmworker union, Helen, in her quiet no-nonsense way, settled the debate by asking “Are we a union or not?”

Please go to http://www.ufw.org to wish Helen a Happy Birthday and of course mil gracias for her dedication to working and supporting the workers that feed America.

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Wed, January 22 2014 » Latinos in the United States » Comments Off

Nuestras Voces Latinas Welcomes Law Dreamer Sergio Garcia….

California Supreme Court Grants Law License To Undocumented Immigrant Sergio Garcia

AP  |  Posted: 01/02/2014 1:54 pm EST

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has granted a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.

The decision Thursday means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.

Garcia had challenged a 1996 federal law that bars people living in the country illegally from receiving professional licenses from government agencies or with the use of public funds, unless state lawmakers vote otherwise.

Shortly after the court heard arguments in the case, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state law that authorized the granting of the license. The new law went into effect Jan. 1.

Garcia arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago to pick almonds with his father and worked at a grocery store and in the fields while attending school.

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Sun, January 19 2014 » Latinos in the United States » Comments Off

Should the undocumented be able to practice law?

 

A Tampa-area man, who is undocumented, passed the Florida Bar and would like to receive his law license.  But can he practice law without a legal status?  Law professor Ediberto Roman explains the evolving circumstances surrounding this case.

http://ka.uvuvideo.org/_Issues-Bar-License-for-Undocumented-Immigrant/video/1856076/86294.html

 

 

 

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Sun, January 12 2014 » Latinos in the United States » 4 Comments

Call for Papers: Conference on Women, Gender and Rights, Havana Cuba

I am happy to share this call for papers to an upcoming conference in Cuba, sponsored by the Cuban National Union of Jurists and the Federation of Cuban Women (La Unión Nacional de Juristas de Cuba y la Federación de Mujeres Cubanas).  Papers may be submitted in English or Spanish.  The conference “Women, Gender and Rights” considers these issues form a national, internaitonal and transnational dimension.  I hope you might consider contributing to what is likely to be a very special conference.

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2014))

The call for papers follows:

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Tue, January 7 2014 » Latinos in the United States » Comments Off

Thank you, Madiba…..

Mandela Through His Own Words

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