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Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to
escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that,
according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista,
reflect the prevailing system on the island. From a neighborhood on the
outskirts… Continue reading

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of
daily life in Cuba
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that
they say reflects what is normal life on the island.

They got stranded in Panama, but still hope to eventually reach… Continue reading

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the
official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the
government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward
Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic
thaw, when political propaganda revolved around confrontation… Continue reading

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies

Center for a Free Cuba petitions Trump to dismantle Obama Cuba policies
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The Center for a Free Cuba sent a letter of gratitude to President
Donald Trump Wednesday for his decision to come to Miami and said it was
pleased that he would soon begin the “dismantling of Barack Obama’s
concessions to the Castro regime.”

The… Continue reading

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

The new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora is striking in its
architectural resemblance to the grand colonial houses of Havana, yet
has a modern Miami flair. From the imposing stairwell to the natural
light that bathes the halls and bounces off sparkling white marble
floors,… Continue reading

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

For decades, dramatic images of Cubans trying to reach the United States
on decrepit boats made of all kinds of materials shocked many within the
South Florida community. On the island, families waited desperately for
news on whether loved ones had made it to shore.

No more.

In… Continue reading

Police Raid Rafters’ Homes Looking for a Boat Stolen From the Army

Police Raid Rafters’ Homes Looking for a Boat Stolen From the Army

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 April 2017 — Cuban police are
searching for a boat stolen from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR)
and to find it they are raiding houses of former rafters, according to
Solainy Salazar, whose husband tried to leave the island several
times. That was… Continue reading

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

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

Brothers To The Rescue – A Crime That Hurts “Like The First Day”

Brothers To The Rescue: A Crime That Hurts “Like The First Day”/
14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 24 February 2017 – Members of the Cuban
exile remembered the anniversary of the death of four Cuban Americans
after the shooting down of two planes of the humanitarian NGO Brothers
to the Rescue by the Cuban Air Force in 1996.… Continue reading

US detains 172 Cuban migrants following end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy

US detains 172 Cuban migrants following end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

At least 172 Cuban nationals who tried to enter the United States
following the end to an immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot”
are now in detention facilities, awaiting for the results of their
removal proceedings, federal agencies have confirmed.… 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

The day when ‘wet foot, dry foot’ became policy and changed immigration

The day when ‘wet foot, dry foot’ became policy and changed immigration
Miami Herald Archive

On May 2, 1995, the U.S. and Cuba announced a change in immigration
policy, the birth of what would become known as the “wet-foot, dry-foot”
policy. Here is the Miami Herald story from that day, published on May
3. On Thursday, an Obama administration official… 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

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

Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act

Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo

14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 14 December 2016 — I wake up and I
see a report on the arrival of a group rafters on the coast of Miami.
I’m surprised by the open declaration of one of them, who confesses
having left Cuba in search of a better future, but… Continue reading

Unusually large group of Cuban migrants lands in Marquesas Keys

Unusually large group of Cuban migrants lands in Marquesas Keys
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

An unusally large group of Cuban migrants landed in the Keys this week
at Marquesas Keys, about 20 miles west of Key West.

The group of 41 — 30 men, 10 women and a minor — landed Tuesday. They
claimed to have departed from Cojímar, east… Continue reading

Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution
BY GLENN GARVIN
ggarvin@miamiherald.com
LINKEDIN

Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways,
a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the
country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as
the people’s political vanguard, but more often seems to… Continue reading

Activist In Exile – It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come

Activist In Exile: It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come

EFE/via 14ymedio, 26 November 2016 — Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the
Cuban exile organization Democracy Movement, lamented today that the
death of a “tyrant,” as he defines Fidel Castro, will not mean “freedom
for the people of Cuba”.

“It is the greatest sadness that I… 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

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants
October 24, 20169:23 AM ET

You might assume that with the thawing of relations between Cuba and the
U.S., Cubans would see positive change at home, and less reason to
attempt the perilous water crossing to Florida. You’d assume wrong.

U.S. law enforcement authorities are confronting a surge of Cuban… 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

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