Topic: Ricardo Alarcon
Fidel Castro's surprise appearance added to expectations, fueled by his brother, that the usually routine session might shed light on future leadership of the communist-run nation.
Raul Castro, president of Cuba, says he'll step down in five years. Who will replace Castro? Miguel Diaz-Canel has been tapped to be first in the line of succession.
Latin America Monitor Is it time for Obama to simply ask Cuba's President Castro to free Alan Gross?
US officials are proposing new measures to force Cuba to release USAID worker Alan Gross from prison, but guest blogger Anya Landau French suggests trying something different.
12/02/2011 11:00 am
Latin America Monitor Cuba wrap-up: US fugitives, prisoner swaps, and a spike in illegal immigration
The US Coast Guard reports that illegal migration from Cuba is up; meanwhile, hope is dim that the release of the first 'Cuban Five' from jail would pave the way for Cuba to free American Alan Gross.
10/14/2011 10:02 am
Latin America Monitor Leftists across Latin America gather for Sao Paulo Forum congress in Nicaragua
The leftists that comprise this group are, in many cases, more divergent than the right-left divide in their own countries, but from the rhetoric you would never know it.
05/19/2011 06:33 pm
Fidel Castro spoke to Cuba's parliament Saturday, delivering an uncharacteristically brief speech to some 600 lawmakers. Fidel Castro stepped down in 2006, ceding power to his younger brother, Raul.
08/09/2010 03:44 pm
Fidel Castro spoke to Cuba's Parliament for the first time in four years on Saturday, but once again failed to address domestic issues while expounding on climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the US role on the world stage.
08/08/2010 11:41 am
Readers write about youth movements in Cuba and declining foreign tourism in the US.
08/07/2008 01:00 am
They just want the freedom to travel and access to the tech touchstones of their generation: iPods, Facebook, and text messages.
07/26/2008 01:00 am
Many believe Fidel Castro's resignation will allow more space for debate.
04/15/2008 01:00 am
The National Assembly elected Fidel's brother Sunday to be president in a vote that signals minor changes.
02/25/2008 12:00 am
After nearly 50 years in power, Fidel effectively hands the reins to his younger brother, Raul Castro.
02/20/2008 12:00 am
Cubans voted for 614 candidates running unopposed in Sunday's parliamentary poll.
01/22/2008 12:00 am