The Party chief's meetings with leading French corporations and businesses brought them new insight into business opportunities in Vietnam. In particular, high-ranking leaders showed high determination to soon sign and ratify the Vietnam – European Union Free Trade Agreement within this year, thus creating a new driving force and economic and investment opportunities for Vietnam and EU member states. … [Read more...] about Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong concludes France, Cuba visits
Guillermo Fariñas, a human rights leader who has conducted over 20 hunger strikes and received awards for his activism, said authorities threatened the use of force against him for appearing at the summit headquarters. “A security guard, without knowing that I am a Sakharov Prize winner, threatened me with force if I did not leave immediately,” Fariñas, a recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, wrote on Twitter. … [Read more...] about Cuba Vandalizes Pro-Democracy Poster in Peru, Blocks Dissidents from Americas Summit
The documents include a cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese Party and its Cuban counterpart during 2018-23, an agreement between the two countries’ governments, which frees Cuba from its debts to Vietnam, and another agreement on judicial support in criminal affairs, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday. … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Cuba sign cooperation documents during Party chief’s visit
Represent the State and Government and manage general policy Organizing and lead activities by the Council of Ministers Control and attend to the development of activities at the ministries Neither of these categories mentions the leadership of the armed forces. Raúl Castro was a longtime military man, acting in his younger days as the head of older brother Fidel’s executioner—officially “commander of the armed forces”—and it would stand to reason that he would still wish to retain much of the control of his preferred wing of the government. The FAR are also where many of the Castro heirs have found their careers. Alejandro Castro Espín, Raúl’s son, is a colonel and the head of the Ministry of the Interior. Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro, the dictator’s grandson, is the head of personal security for his grandfather. Also floating around in the Cuban government bureaucracy is Raúl Castro’s daughter … [Read more...] about Cuba Begins ‘Transition’ That Will Leave Raúl Castro Still Running the Country
“There is a broad consensus in the United States and Latin America that normalization with Cuba was a good thing. The only thing not part of that consensus, are conservative Cuban Americans in the South of Florida and even they are a minority in their own community," LeoGrande told Newsweek. “The president of the United States thinks he owes them a political debt for delivering Florida to them [in the 2016 election] but he has essentially outsourced his Latin America policy to Senator Marco Rubio.” … [Read more...] about Can Americans Still Travel To Cuba Under Its New Leader Miguel Díaz-Canel?