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“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — In the midst of a wave of pressure from
the authorities, members of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC)
have issued a declaration of commitment to their work on the island. “We
are not leaving Cuba, we are not leaving the… Continue reading

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security
prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence
Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the
Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was
traveling to José Martí International… Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities
prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a
delegation of U.S. advocates.
Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights,
told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him to
report to police headquarters… Continue reading

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links
Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:12pm

ST. PETERSBURG — Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more
than 50 years has seen the impact of renewed bilateral ties between the
two countries continue to grow over the last two years

José Ramón Cabañas, the former head of the… Continue reading

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

The FINANCIAL — Two years after travel restrictions between the US and
Cuba started to ease, interest in the island remains strong and growing
among US travelers.

According to a recent article by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), more
than 2 million US citizens could visit Cuba each year… Continue reading

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Despite some U.S. airlines’ decisions to scale back service to Cuba or
abandon their Cuba routes, Americans’ interest in visiting the island is
still strong and there’s plenty of potential for growth, according to a
new travel study.

An analysis by The Boston Consulting Group released… Continue reading

Elderly Cuban couple still detained nearly a month after judge denies asylum

Elderly Cuban couple still detained nearly a month after judge denies asylum
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

An elderly Cuban couple detained upon arrival at Miami International
airport following an end to the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy
remain in custody, almost a month after a judge denied their asylum
application.

Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernández,… Continue reading

Cubadecide Activists Arrested A Few Hours Before Rosa Maria Paya Arrives On The Island

Cubadecide Activists Arrested A Few Hours Before Rosa Maria Paya Arrives
On The Island

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 — Activist Rosa Maria Payá denounced Monday
the arrest of three coordinators of the CubaDecide initiative in
Matanzas. The opponents were arrested early in the morning as they
headed to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana to welcome Payá,
who is… Continue reading

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s annual celebration

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s
annual celebration
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

The rehearsals for Havana’s annual May Day celebration went on for
weeks. The Plaza of the Revolution was to host hundreds of thousands of
Cubans as they marched past top government leaders in the best Soviet
tradition.

But a man who came out… Continue reading

State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — State Security prevented Belkis Cantillo,
the leader of the Dignity Movement, from boarding a flight to the United
States on Wednesday afternoon. The activist explained to 14ymedio via
telephone that State Security agents and immigration officials notified
her that she was “restricted.”

Cantillo explained that she… Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people
By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune

The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing.

Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one
floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish,
blond hair and unaccompanied state, her tune quickly… Continue reading

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington
by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) — Religious liberty leaders are interceding on
behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with
public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose
Christian persecution there.

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, far left, is shown with… Continue reading

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami/Havana, 4 May 2017 — The team at the
Cubalex Legal Information Center and its director, attorney Laritza
Diversent, have obtained political refuge in the United States following
the intensification of repression against the nonprofit organization
dedicated to legally advising Cubans.

Diversent, told 14ymedio, from a stop… Continue reading

Lia Villares Finally Makes it to the United States

Lia Villares Finally Makes it to the United States

Lia Villares is considered a “persecuted political” who is “under
paramilitary harassment”. (Facebook)
14ymedio, Havana, 3 May 2017 – The independent activist Lia Villares
finally traveled to the United States on Wednesday, as confirmed to
14ymedio by the dissident musician Gorki Aguila.

On Tuesday, Villares was not able to board her… Continue reading

Police Block Activist Lia Villares From Traveling to the United States

Police Block Activist Lia Villares From Traveling to the United States /
Cubanet

Cubanet, 2 May 2017 — Independent activist Lía Villares missed a flight
that would have taken her to the New Orleans Jazz Festival after being
“abducted” by police on Monday morning.

Speaking to CubaNet, Villares describes that two patrol cars under the
command of State Security Agent… Continue reading

Cuba’s Official Press Attempts To Discredit Protester Wrapped In American Flag

Cuba’s Official Press Attempts To Discredit Protester Wrapped In
American Flag

14ymedio, Havana, 2 May 2017 – On Tuesday, the official press railed
against a citizen who raised an American flag during the May Day parade,
and accused him of “building a counterrevolutionary file to emigrate to
the United States” (i.e. to be qualify for asylum). The incident,
starring Daniel… Continue reading

Cuban plane crashes, kills 8 troops on board, military says

Cuban plane crashes, kills 8 troops on board, military says

CARAMBOLA, Cuba — A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside
Saturday in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on
board, the government said.

Cuba’s military said in a statement that the Soviet-made AN-26 took off
from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 a.m. and crashed… Continue reading

Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be for quite a while

Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be
for quite a while
Sun Country plays a waiting game while President Trump’s Cuba policy
unfurls.
By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune APRIL 29, 2017 — 5:25PM

Nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Cuba are stalled — and
becoming less likely.

Sun Country Airlines, which was… Continue reading

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba citing weak demand,
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines are investing in
more service to Havana.

Monday, American filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation requesting seven weekly flights between Miami
International Airport… Continue reading

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The Venezuela of “XXI
Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a
matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the
economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the
government’s grasp, President Nicolás Maduro, in… Continue reading

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Spirit Airlines’ Cuba fever is cooling down — big time.

The ultra-low cost carrier is ending its Havana flights from Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June. That makes it the
fifth U.S. airline to cut back flights to the island after an initial… Continue reading

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31
Arlene SatchellContact Reporter
Sun Sentinel

Another U.S. air carrier is saying ‘Adios’ to Cuba.

Low-cost Spirit Airlines plans to operate its last flights between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Havana on May 31, an
airline official said early Friday.

The news comes a little more than four… Continue reading

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