Canada to return diplomat families from Cuba over health concerns By Patrick Oppmann and Angus Watson , CNN Updated 0703 GMT (1503 HKT) April 17, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. HIS OWN MAN IN HAVANA? He's not his own man. –James Cason Cuban exile Pedro Freyre echoes that observation. COMMENTARY This Sunday, Cuba will hold what passes for parliamentary elections there. Raul Castro became president in 2008 after his brother Fidel -- the revolutionary and ruler -- resigned.
Trump’s surprising November 2016 victory put any possibility of a Cuba property deal on ice. Suddenly, the crowd stirred. Diaz-Canel also became known for pushing back against the intolerant tendencies of the Communist Party, an organization with strains of deep social conservatism and conformity. But few people in this rundown capital city are expecting much change. Cuban government figures show that 2017 was a record year for tourism, with 4.7 million visitors pumping more than $3 billion into the island’s otherwise struggling economy.