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A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on
repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution,
from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers
banned it from official competition and instead categorized the
screening as… Continue reading

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail
A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected
to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story
Stephen Gibbs
Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT

If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana… Continue reading

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In The United States

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In
The United States / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 16 March 2017 — A call from Cuba finally
let Yandry Perez relax. His aunt had alerted him through an interrupted
phone call from the north of Villa Clara, that for two days the
whereabouts of his mother and… Continue reading

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on a go-fast boat

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on
a go-fast boat
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

The call from Cuba ended with a sense of dread for Yandry Pérez.

His aunt warned him through the interrupted telephone call from Villa
Clara, in central Cuba, that the whereabouts of his mother and two
younger brothers had been unknown for… Continue reading

Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated

Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated
By FRANCES ROBLES MARCH 13, 2017

Just six months after being the first airline to sell seats on regularly
scheduled flights to Cuba, Silver Airways, a regional carrier based in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that specializes in smaller markets, will scrap
its service to the island next month. It is the latest… Continue reading

Asylum case likely to set precedent for Cubans, following end to wet foot, dry foot policy

Asylum case likely to set precedent for Cubans, following end to wet
foot, dry foot policy
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

An elderly Cuban couple is expected to remain in detention while a judge
who presided over their asylum hearing Friday makes a final
determination on their fate.

Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernández, 67 and 64, have been held in… Continue reading

No sign of release for the last Cuban spy in a US jail

No sign of release for the last Cuban spy in a US jail
Despite thaw in relations, Ana Belén Montes looks set to serve last nine
years of quarter-century sentence
PABLO DE LLANO
Corresponsal en Miami
Miami 8 MAR 2017 – 16:05 CET

On February 28, in her cell at a maximum security prison in Fort Worth,
Texas, Ana Belén… Continue reading

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’
Published: 16 hours ago
BOB UNRUH

Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s
executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the
communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights
standards.

For example, government officials… Continue reading

Pennsylvanians make a rum run to Cuba

Pennsylvanians make a rum run to Cuba
March 5, 2017 12:33 AM
By Brian O’Neill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HAVANA, Cuba — Pennsylvania legislators flew to Havana last month with a
simple idea for getting around the 55-year-old embargo against Cuba:
Trade our agricultural products for rum.

Two days in, the plan got even simpler: just buy a boatload of rum… Continue reading

Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba

Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellanos, 17 January 2017 — By 2007, after forty-eight years of
revolutionary rule, inefficiency and a lack of productivity had turned
state-run farmland into fields infested with marabú weed. Meanwhile,
food prices were increasing on the world market. In light of this
situation, General Raúl Castro proposed “changing… Continue reading

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon
February 15, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban system is well thought out, that doesn’t mean
to say that it is flawless though. It works; it holds itself up and
manages to keep afloat in spite of shortages and its lack of success.
How do they do it? In… Continue reading

Extortions, Kidnappings And Limbo – Daily Life Of Cubans Stranded In Mexico

Extortions, Kidnappings And Limbo: Daily Life Of Cubans Stranded In
Mexico / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 February 2017 — Hundreds of Cubans
were stranded in Mexico after the Obama administration ended the
wet-foot/dry-foot policy that favored Cuban’s immigration to the United
States, but for the 90 who are detained at the 21st Century Migrant
Station in… Continue reading

U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in Mexico say they are victims of extortion and more

U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in Mexico say they are victims of extortion
and more
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

For some of the U.S.-bound Cuban migrants who are now at the Siglo XXI
detention center in the far southwest Mexican city of Tapachula — and
their relatives in the United States — a journey once filled with hope
is now overflowing… Continue reading

Clinic operator who fled to Cuba returns to face $130M healthcare fraud case

Clinic operator who fled to Cuba returns to face $130M healthcare fraud case
BY JAY WEAVER
jweaver@miamiherald.com

Soon after the feds broke up a family-run chain of clinics that tried to
steal $130 million from Miami-Dade Public Schools and a string of major
U.S. companies, a trio of Cuban immigrants fled to Mexico and eventually
back home to the island.… Continue reading

Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market

Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden
from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of
being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in
first.
By David Whitford

The Friday before Halloween, Josh Weinstein was set… Continue reading

U.S. refugee program for citizens of all countries will be suspended for 120 days

U.S. refugee program for citizens of all countries will be suspended for
120 days
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Amid court orders and airport demonstrations against a presidential
order banning entry into the United States of citizens of seven Muslim
nations, another aspect of President Donald Trump’s immigration order
has been overshadowed: It suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions program
for all… Continue reading

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump
By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 22, 2017

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — She spent weeks hiking through the Amazon,
crossing a crocodile-filled river. She scaled border walls, escaped from
immigration detention in Panama and slept in a church. Broke, hungry and
exhausted, she found refuge with indigenous people in the jungle who
took… Continue reading

Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held – Amnesty Internationa

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti
artist unfairly held
16 October 2015, 09:33 UTC

The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a
graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful
illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty
International.

“Committing to release Danilo Maldonado Machado on 15… Continue reading

Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation

Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com
LINKEDIN

Before being detained Friday at Miami International Airport, Cuban
couple Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernandez, 67 and 64, had visited
their relatives in the United States six times.

The husband and wife, who had tourist visas for five years, did not
expect any… Continue reading

Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or asylum

Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or
asylum
BY ALFONSO CHARDY
achardy@elnuevoherald.com

For decades, American immigration authorities have essentially greeted
Cuban migrants who have arrived on U.S. soil without visas as if they
were documented immigrants — detaining them briefly only for background
checks and then quickly admitting them into the country with an
automatic parole certificate, which… Continue reading

Lighthouse Cuban rafters in legal limbo after six months at Guantánamo Navy base

Lighthouse Cuban rafters in legal limbo after six months at Guantánamo
Navy base
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

They crossed the Florida Straits six months ago and, in a desperate act,
sought refuge on the American Shoal Lighthouse off the Florida Keys to
avoid being repatriated to Cuba.

Later, a bottle with a handwritten message inside that was thrown
overboard… Continue reading

Fidel’s Legacy – Null or Empty

Fidel’s Legacy: Null or Empty
Dec 12, 2016 | Opinion

The death of Fidel Castro leaves a huge void, difficult to fill. It
seems practically impossible, given the conditions of the modern world,
that somebody may achieve his dictatorial power, his military
interventionism in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, quite
disproportionate for a nation of only 11 million… Continue reading

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