Category: Cuba

U.S., Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Ties, But Embargo Remains

The U.S. and Cuba will work to normalize diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961, President Obama said Wednesday, a major shift in policy that nonetheless falls short of […] Read More >

Cuban Laws May Have Changed, But the Jokes Haven’t

In 2010, I found myself among hundreds of heeled and hairsprayed Cubans in Havana’s Teatro Karl Marx waiting for the start of the Premios Lucas — a sort of MTV […] Read More >

Alan Gross, Prisoner in Cuba for Five Years, Threatens Hunger Strike

Top Story — On the fifth anniversary of his arrest for alleged espionage in Cuba, former U.S. subcontractor Alan Gross has threatened a hunger strike and stated that he is […] Read More >

Cuba to Allow Construction of First New Catholic Church in 55 Years

Top Story — Cuba’s government has sanctioned the construction of the first Catholic church to be built in the country in 55 years, the latest development in a continued trend […] Read More >

Latin American Ministers Will Meet in Havana to Discuss Ebola Fight

Top Story — Top health officials from several Latin American countries are meeting today in Havana, Cuba, to discuss joint efforts to combat Ebola, as fears grow over the virus’ […] Read More >

Political Agendas Delay Promised Guantanamo Transfers

Top Story — On Monday, the Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza issued a statement urging member nations of the Americas to help resettle Guantanamo detainees. U.S. President […] Read More >

Cuba Investigates Spaniard In Crash That Killed Dissidents

Top Story — Cuban authorities may charge Spaniard Angel Carromero with vehicular manslaughter because he was driving the car that crashed into a tree and killed dissident leader Oswaldo Payá and fellow […] Read More >

Cuba Ready To Talk With US, Says Raul Castro

Top Story — At a speech celebrating Cuba’s Revolution Day on Thursday, Cuban President Raúl Castro said he was willing to sit down for a discussion with the U.S. government over relations between […] Read More >

Cuba: Detentions At Dissident’s Funeral Criticized

Top Story — Amnesty International and the U.S. Government criticized the Cuban government after it briefly detained some 40 people who attended the funeral of dissident Oswaldo Payá on Tuesday.  Cuban dissident and hunger-striker […] Read More >

Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Killed In Car Crash

Top Story — Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, was killed in a car crash on Sunday in eastern Granma province along with another dissident. The […] Read More >