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A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 April 2017 — Juana Chiroles will never
forget December 26, 2015. It was the last day she saw her son and her
two nephews. As night fell the young men told her they were going to
kill some pigs and had… Continue reading

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba
April 13, 2017

Of all the ports I’ve sailed into as a crew member, Havana is my
favorite. I fell in love with the city while working as a guide on the
first round of Cuba cruises. We were the only ship from the United
States, with just 700 passengers every… Continue reading

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the
streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well
known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However,
before fame came into his life, this young man born in Las Tunas was a… Continue reading

50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ
Kyodo via AP Images
by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017

The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of
its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their
headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to hide as
the mob hurled… Continue reading

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’ – The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’: The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot /
14ymedio, Pedro Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 17 February 2017 – The ending of the
United States’ Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy – that allowed Cubans who
touched American soil to stay – crushed the hopes of many Cubans of
being able to achieve the American dream, that is… Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are
deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible
realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure
development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom
succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently
in their reports they describe a Latin America and its inhabitants
encased in… Continue reading

First Group of Cuban Doctors Arrives in Miami after the End of the ‘Parole’

First Group of Cuban Doctors Arrives in Miami after the End of the
‘Parole’ / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 6 February 2017 – Two dozen health
professionals who abandoned their Cuban medical missions abroad arrived
this afternoon at the Miami International Airport from Colombia. This is
the first group to arrive in the United States after… Continue reading

Waiting for change in Cuba

Waiting for change in Cuba
BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST

When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in
Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of
the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and
sometimes brutal internal controls were important, but in… Continue reading

Cuban emigrants declare a hunger strike in Panama

Cuban emigrants declare a hunger strike in Panama
JUAN ARTURO GÓMEZ TOBÓN | Turbo | 31 de Enero de 2017 – 11:13 CET.

A group of six Cuban emigrants, including several identifying themselves
as members of the Movimiento Prodemocrático Pedro Luis Boitel, declared
themselves on a hunger strike in the locality of Laja Blanca,
Darien (Panama)

Another group of 13… Continue reading

The Mummified Corpse Of A Rafter, Witness Of The Migratory Drama

The Mummified Corpse Of A Rafter, Witness Of The Migratory Drama /
14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 19 January 2017 — A picture of the Virgin
of Regla, the identity cards of two brothers and a mummified corpse of a
Cuban moored alongside the remains of a raft is the only evidence that
remained of the six men… Continue reading

When A Hope Is Lost

When A Hope Is Lost / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Desde Aqui, Reinaldo Escobar, 13 January 2017 — The end of the
wet foot/dry foot policy entails among its many consequences the loss of
hope for a great number of Cubans. Few times in our national history has
a decision taken outside the borders of the island touched the lives… Continue reading

Washington Closes The Escape Valve

Washington Closes The Escape Valve / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 13 January 2017 — Matilde sold her home just two weeks
ago to pay for the immigration route to the United States. Thursday, the
hope of achieving her dreams burst when president Barack Obama put an
end to the wet foot/dry foot policy that granted legal residency to
Cubans who reached… Continue reading

On Your Marks, Get Set…Trump

On Your Marks, Get Set…Trump / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 December 2016 – Walking around
the block with a suitcase in hand has been added to the rituals to mark
the end of the year, as a plea to be able to travel outside the country.
Many Cubans fear, however, that the situation is becoming complicated… Continue reading

We cry over this news — but not for Fidel

We cry over this news — but not for Fidel
BY MANNY NAVARRO
mnavarro@miamiherald.com

I wasn’t born in Cuba, thankfully.

But the blood flowing through my veins has carried my family’s tears for
38 years.

I’m a second-generation Cuban American. My dad left Cuba when he was 1
in 1956, three years before Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista. My
grandfather… Continue reading

‘I’m celebrating hope’ – Cubans flood Miami streets after Castro’s death

‘I’m celebrating hope’: Cubans flood Miami streets after Castro’s death
Curt Anderson, Ian Mader And Tamara Lush, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:39PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:56PM EST

MIAMI — Wearing his “Bay of Pigs Veteran” shirt, 80-year-old Rafael
Torre stood amid hundreds of Cuban-Americans celebrating the death of
Fidel Castro and marveled… Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead
BY GLENN GARVIN
ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com

Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five
decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow
spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His
brother Raul announced the death late Friday night.

Millions cheered Fidel Castro on the day he entered Havana.… Continue reading

As Cuban migration surges, a woman in Pittsburgh offers shelter to her compatriots

As Cuban migration surges, a woman in Pittsburgh offers shelter to her
compatriots
Erika Beras, PRI’s The World
© Erika Beras

In the last few years, thousands of Cubans have left the island for
South American countries. From there, they make their way north,
trekking thousands of miles, hoping to get to the United States.

Last year, 29,000 Cubans crossed… Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO – REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE? – THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that
unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship
will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have
afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has
been supreme leader of Cuba for over a decade and… Continue reading

Five bodies found along Keys; Coast Guard searches for missing Cuban migrants

Five bodies found along Keys; Coast Guard searches for missing Cuban
migrants
BY KEVIN WADLOW
kwadlow@keynoter.com

Five bodies have been recovered from Florida Keys waters or shorelines
since Saturday, possibly victims of a capsized migrant vessel that left
Cuba.

None of the five – three men and two women – has been publicly identified.

Three men found alive near Big… Continue reading

Cuba’s Hotel Challenges – A Guide to All the Projects in Process

Cuba’s Hotel Challenges: A Guide to All the Projects in Process
Claire Boobbyear, Skift – Sep 06, 2016 6:00 am

Although Cuba won’t say it, the country is ill-prepared for the influx
of new visitors and the necessary development.
— Jason Clampet
The surge in visitors to Cuba, brought on by the December 2014 detente
between the island and the… Continue reading

Cuba – Last Chance to Leave for US

Cuba: Last Chance to Leave for US

Washington-Havana détente means many are worried time is running out to
seek a new life.
By Fernando Donate

Roberto Castillo’s finger glides over the map showing one of the
possible routes he can take through Central America when he leaves Cuba.

His final destination will be the United States where he aims to… Continue reading

Cuban migrants detained after landing on packed Florida beach

Cuban migrants detained after landing on packed Florida beach
BY NICOLE HENSLEY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 12:05 AM

Nearly a dozen Cuban migrants landed ashore with a rickety raft in broad
daylight Saturday as beachgoers near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., watched and
cheered on the weathered travelers.

The migrants — nine men and one woman — landed… Continue reading

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