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American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules BY DAVID G. MOLYNEAUX TheTravelMavens.com ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, CUBA After a calm winter’s night at anchor on Cuba’s remote Siguanea Bay, 34 American travelers on the 150-foot motor-sailor Panorama II awakened before dawn and collected their snorkeling gear, prepared for a ride on a local boat to […] Continue reading

It Is Not Because Fidel Says It, It Is Because I Believe It

It Is Not Because Fidel Says It, It Is Because I Believe It / Somos+, Arlenys Miranda Mesa Somos+, Arlenys Miranda Mesa, 21 December 2016 — December 3rd was the ceremony in Santiago de Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro and the procession of his ashes across the entire Cuban archipelago. I sat down […] Continue reading

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Matthew’s winds had scarcely subsided in eastern Cuba Wednesday when Msgr. Wilfredo Pino Estévez, bishop of the Diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa, set off at 5 a.m. to see what the hurricane had wrought on Cuba’s northern coast. Representatives of Caritas Guantánamo, a Catholic […] Continue reading

Lack of Water is Triggering Unrest Among the People of San Antonio de Cabezas

Lack of Water is Triggering Unrest Among the People of San Antonio de Cabezas / 14ymedio 14ymedio, San Antonio de Cabezas, Matanzas, 12 June 2016 — A few hours after celebrating 194 years since the founding of the town of San Antonio de Cabezas, its inhabitants marked two weeks without a water supply. The turbine […] Continue reading

Balseros heridos de bala dicen que ‘delincuentes’ intentaron robarle su embarcación

Balseros heridos de bala dicen que ‘delincuentes’ intentaron robarle su embarcación DDC | Miami | 28 Mar 2016 – 11:48 am. Dos de los siete heridos de bala que fueron interceptados por la Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos, junto a otras 19 personas, cerca de Cayo Hueso, contaron que poco antes de salir de la […] Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

Fate of second boat with four men aboard is unknown

Cubans come ashore on Miami Beach but worry about second boat Two boats carrying nine Cuban migrants left the island on Tuesday Five of the men, who arrived Saturday morning, were taken to the border patrol station in Dania Beach Fate of second boat with four men aboard is unknown BY JEFFREY PIERRE AND CHRISTIAN […] Continue reading

The Cuba conundrum – where to now for Cuba-US relations?

The Cuba conundrum: where to now for Cuba-US relations? Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of relations with the US will make life on the Caribbean island worse, rather than better Rozana loves Rihanna. “I like her songs, the way she dresses, […] Continue reading

Carnival will offer Florida to Cuba ‘mission’ cruises next year

Carnival will offer Florida to Cuba ‘mission’ cruises next year Posted By Ken Storey on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 4:58 pm Florida-based Carnival Cruise Lines announced that its newest line, fathom, will be the first American based cruise line to sail to Cuba since the 1960 embargo. While vacationing to the communist island is […] Continue reading

Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba will focus on families, the young and strengthening the church

Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba will focus on families, the young and strengthening the church BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com HAVANA In the shadow of a giant image of Argentine Che Guevara, workmen are in the final stages of building the altar where Argentina-born Pope Francis will celebrate mass in the Plaza de la Revolución during […] Continue reading

South Louisiana delegation in Cuba for talks on promoting business ties

South Louisiana delegation in Cuba for talks on promoting business ties TYLER BRIDGES| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE March 14, 2015 Thirty-five years ago, Joe Doss helped load 473 political prisoners on a World War II-era ship bound for the United States. Doss, then an Episcopal priest in New Orleans, had spent two weeks in Cuba […] Continue reading

The Cuba-Iran-Venezuela Relationship: Implications for the United States

The Cuba-Iran-Venezuela Relationship: Implications for the United States* [25-02-2015 06:23:26] Jaime Suchlicki Director del Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano-Americanos de la Universidad de Miami (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- President Barack Obama’s announcement on December 17, 2014, about an improvement in U.S.-Cuban relations will have little, if any, impact on General Raúl Castro’s alliance with Iran, Russia and […] Continue reading

Tourism was Cuba’s way out of lean times

Tourism was Cuba’s way out of lean times It’s anybody’s guess how locals will handle changing relationship with US Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 01:00 Cuba’s new tourism was the child of despair. For most Cubans, malnutrition is no distant memory. Its sugar economy went south overnight after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The loss […] Continue reading

The Traffic Police and Accidents in Guantanamo, Cuba

The Traffic Police and Accidents in Guantanamo, Cuba October 4, 2014 Rosa Martínez HAVANA TIMES — Professional drivers, and particularly the drivers of private vehicles, often complain about the steep and frequent fines that traffic police give them everywhere, forcing many of them to spend long periods of time without being able to work (as […] Continue reading

More Cuban Rafters Escaping Communist Failure But Needing Capitalist Help

More Cuban Rafters Escaping Communist Failure But Needing Capitalist Help By TIM PADGETT José asked that I not use his last name to protect his family back home in Cuba. He arrived in Florida two weeks ago on a homemade raft, the kind of illegal exit that makes you a counter-revolutionary – a gusano, or […] Continue reading

Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death

Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death Former Spouse of Oswaldo Paya Tells ZENIT She Has Proof He Was Murdered Havana, Cuba, May 13, 2014 (Zenit.org) Ivan de Vargas Cuban Ofelia Acevedo, widow of dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in unclear circumstances, asked that an international investigation be opened to know […] Continue reading

Letter from Havana

Letter from Havana Surrounded by history but bereft of innovative work from the past four decades, Cuban architects hope for the future. By Clifford A. Pearson March 21, 2014 Making a living as an architect is tough anywhere. But in Cuba it is essentially impossible. Although Raúl Castro has loosened state control of the economy […] Continue reading

Seven Years of Governing

Raul Castro: Seven Years of Governing / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 4, 2013 Giving an accounting of their administration was never among the priorities of the Castro brothers. The modern caudillos are considered beyond good and evil. Indeed, Fidel Castro managed the nation like a private bodega, with outlandish economic plans, bypassing the state […] Continue reading

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2013 (Exclusive, Iván García in Havana) If you want confirmation that socialism does not work, do yourself a favor and visit Alamar. This community, twenty minutes east of Havana, is an example of real urban chaos. A […] Continue reading

Cuban Opposition Leader Oswaldo Payá Dies in Car Crash

Cuban Opposition Leader Oswaldo Payá Dies in Car Crash / Yoani Sánchez Oswaldo Payá, Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez At five in the afternoon on July 22, the death of opposition leader and founder of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) Oswaldo Payá was confirmed. The news started as a rumor that spread during the early hours […] Continue reading

OUR SHARE OF REPRESSION FOR THE VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI / Mario Barroso

OUR SHARE OF REPRESSION FOR THE VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI / Mario Barroso Mario Barroso, Translator: mlk The 103rd Annual Assembly of the Baptist Association of Western Cuba, to which I belong, concluded Saturday the 24th at 6:00pm. That was why my wife Yoaxis and I found ourselves in Havana from the Monday before, the […] Continue reading

An Anticlimactic Mass

An Anticlimactic MassMarch 30, 2012Isbel Diaz Torres HAVANA TIMES, March 29 — "Who had the idea that people would be able hold out here from as early as 6:00 am?" rhetorically asked a man as he was leaving. He was one of those who, by the hundreds, walked away from Revolution Square just as Pope [...] Continue reading

Cuba Pentecostal Pastor Injured in Violent Attack, Christians Say

Cuba Pentecostal Pastor Injured in Violent Attack, Christians SayWednesday, March 14, 2012 (3:55 am) HAVANA, CUBA (Worthy News)– A Pentecostal pastor in Cuba was recovering of brain damage Tuesday, March 13, after he was assaulted while trying to challenge the confiscation of a church truck by Communist authorities, Christians said. Pastor Reutilio Columbie of the [...] Continue reading

U.S. Catholics make plans to see the pope in Cuba

Posted on Sunday, 02.26.12PAPAL VISIT TO CUBA U.S. Catholics make plans to see the pope in Cuba Two S. Florida charter companies are organizing special trips for pilgrims for Pope Benedict XVI's March 26-28 trip to Cuba.By MIMI WHITEFIELDmwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com The Archdiocese of Miami flights that will carry some 300 pilgrims to Cuba for Pope Benedict [...] Continue reading