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Trump’s travel changes for Cuba won’t take effect soon

Trump’s travel changes for Cuba won’t take effect soon
Bart Jansen , USA TODAY Published 4:29 p.m. ET June 16, 2017 | Updated
5:49 p.m. ET June 16, 2017

Travel to Cuba won’t be changing soon.

While President Trump announced Friday that he is “immediately”
canceling Obama’s deal with Cuba, the reversal relies on regulations
that could take months —… Continue reading

Trump’s Fault?

Trump’s Fault?
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 21 de Junio de 2017 – 10:47 CEST.

Donald Trump’s announcement of an alteration of his country’s policies
towards Cuba caused a great stir. Despite its limited scope – in terms
of affecting Obama’s legacy and the foreseeable impact of the measures –
adversaries and officials in Havana were quick to… Continue reading

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers
BY MELANIE ZANONA – 06/18/17 08:00 AM EDT 72

Americans may need to rethink their travel plans to Cuba in the wake of
President Trump’s effort to crack down on the communist regime.

The White House announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday aimed at
tightening travel and commercial ties between the… Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of
the United States Toward Cuba

MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
THE… Continue reading

Inside Oval Office, Rubio and Diaz-Balart pushed Trump to crack down on Cuba

Inside Oval Office, Rubio and Diaz-Balart pushed Trump to crack down on Cuba
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sat in the Oval Office last
month, surrounded by two Cabinet secretaries, the national security
adviser and an array of top White House staff, and asked President
Donald Trump to put his power behind their plans… Continue reading

Where is Socialism in Cuba?

Where is Socialism in Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 20 May 2107 — A downpour in May hits the corrugated metal
roof hard. Water filters in through several holes into the house of
Mireya, a blind, half-deaf seventy-one-year-old woman. She relies on
pieces of black rubber to cover and protect her most precious
possessions: an obsolete Chinese television with… Continue reading

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 June 2017 — His mother died, his
brother emigrated and now no one brings flowers to the tomb of one of
those many young Cubans who lost their lives on the African plains. His
death served to build the authoritarian regime of José Eduardo dos
Santos in… Continue reading

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on
the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human
tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares
enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were
repeated in Havana’s Plaza of… Continue reading

The Unqualified Cuban Truth

Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+

Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo
cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of
expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so
scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers to be his
duty: to… Continue reading

Between the Official Utopia and Generational Realism

Between the Official Utopia and Generational Realism / Cubanet, Miriam
Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 June 2017. – A characteristic feature
of ineffective and outdated political regimes is the constant appeal to
the historical past as a mechanism for legitimizing the present, and as
a resource for survival. In the case of Cuba, this principle has been
the rector… Continue reading

The Ministry Ratifies the Expulsion of Professor Dalila Rodriguez from the University of Las Villas

The Ministry Ratifies the Expulsion of Professor Dalila Rodriguez from
the University of Las Villas

14ymedio, Havana, 3 June 2017 – The Ministry of Higher Education (MES)
ratified the expulsion of Professor Dalila Rodriguez from the Marta
Abreu Central University of Las Villas. A letter dated May 9 and
delivered this Friday to the academic, responds to her earlier appeal… Continue reading

Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real

Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real
As the country opens its doors even farther, U.S. fundamentalists are
looking for influence and to proselytize — not a good omen for LGBT Cubans.
Mark Segal, Philadelphia Gay News Jun 5, 2017

It was 20 years ago when I first reported on the state of LGBT life in
Cuba, and the… Continue reading

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros / Iván García

Iván García, 17 May 2017 — In front of an old mansion on 17th Street in
Vedado that now serves as the headquarters of the Union of Writers and
Artists, there is a poster showing hundreds of men dressed in battle
fatigues and lined up in military formation. A resounding… Continue reading

Cuba Fails To Eradicate Smoking In Schools

Cuba Fails To Eradicate Smoking In Schools

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Images of students who smoke during
recess or between breaks in class, and teachers who light up their
cigarettes in the classroom are common in Cuban schools. In spite of the
frequent anti-tobacco campaigns promoted by the media, in recent years
Cubans have begun smoking at ever… Continue reading

Hard-up Cubans snub graduate jobs for higher pay

Hard-up Cubans snub graduate jobs for higher pay
Rigoberto DIAZ • AFP May 29, 2017

Havana (AFP) – As a trained nurse, Jose Antonio Torres can help save
lives — but in Cuba’s labor market, he finds riding a bicycle rickshaw
a surer way to feed his four children.

“I can earn the same in a day doing this as… Continue reading

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free
May 30, 2017
Michael Reagan Perspective

Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba.

American Airlines is flying American tourists from Miami to Havana.

For more than a year American-owned cruise lines have been hauling U.S.
citizens by the thousands to the Castro brothers’ beautiful socialist
paradise 90 miles off the tip of… Continue reading

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

CAIBARIÉN Cuba — Caibarién is a town on a bay that separates it from
Cayo de Santa María, which is located on Cuba’s northern coast. It’s
proximity to the city of Santa Clara, which is less than an hour to the
south, provided the perfect place to escape “experiencing Cuba” and all
that it… Continue reading

Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba

Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba

Calling for same-sex marriage, Cubans have chanted “revolution yes,
homophobia no” in the streets of Havana. Until the early 1980s, gays and
lesbians were routinely rounded up and forced to work in labor camps.

Hundreds of Cuban nationals gathered in the streets of central Havana on
Saturday to protest homophobia and demand… Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the
government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic
opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political
transition.

Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested
dissidents who want to run in the… Continue reading

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different
MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is
experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters
were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders.
It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of
the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith… Continue reading

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@miamiherald.com

A delegation of American LGBTQ advocates met Saturday in Havana with
“leaders of Cuban civil society” who are demanding that the government
there recognize marriage for same-sex couples and create legal
protections for transgender Cubans.

The group from the U.S., organized by Cuban-American civil-rights
attorney Tico Almeida,… Continue reading

The MINSAP calls for more blood donations, omits any mention of their exportation

The MINSAP calls for more blood donations, omits any mention of their
exportation
GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 10 de Mayo de 2017 – 20:56 CEST.

In April the organization Archivo Cuba censured the Cuban Government for
pocketing some 34,5 million dollars from the sale of blood plasma in a
single year.

As an apparent response to this complaint,… Continue reading

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