Cuba Reforms Cold War Constitution

On 24th February 2019, the Cuban communist regime held a national referendum to revise its historic 1976 constitution. The proposed 224-article change had been designed to acknowledge the new realities faced by the island nation, specifically targeting economic reform, greater access to the Internet and the increased allowance of foreign investment and private property ownership within the national economy.

Full article by The Organization of World Peace here.

Cubans vote on new constitution to replace Cold War-era charter

Cubans began voting on Sunday in a referendum on a draft constitution to update its 1976 charter on the heels of significant economic reforms on the island over the past few years.

The new constitution, approved in the National Assembly late last year after a popular consultation, enshrines private property and promotes foreign investment. State enterprise remains the cornerstone of the economy, though the new constitution dictates state-owned companies have autonomous management.

Full article by Al Jazeera here.

Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

The day before Miguel Díaz-Canel became president of Cuba last April, a newscaster on state-controlled television urged Cubans to join in a tuitazo (outpouring of tweets). The hashtags he proposed were PorCuba (“ForCuba”) and SomosContinuidad (“WeAreContinuity”). Mr Díaz-Canel himself joined Twitter in August.

Article by The Economist here.

Lengthy Twitter exchange between Cuban official and citizens could be a first.

Cuba’s culture vice minister engaged with citizens who remain deeply concerned over the effects Decree 349 will have on Cuba’s art world.

It all started at around 5pm Wednesday, when Camilo Condis, a young entrepreneur urged several culture ministry officials to read an independent story regarding the controversial new law which took effect December 6.

Article by WPLG Local News 10 here.