Category: Caribbean

U.S. Sends Diplomat to ‘Assess’ Haiti’s Troubled Election

Top Story — The U.S. State Department’s coordinator for Haiti, Kenneth Merten, arrived in Port-au-Prince Thursday “to assess progress” in the country’s troubled presidential election, a phrasing meant to avoid […] Read More >

After Transforming Church’s Role in Cuba, Longtime Havana Cardinal Steps Down

Top Story — Cardinal Jamie Ortega, the longtime leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba and a key player in the clandestine negotiations that resulted in resumed diplomatic relations between […] Read More >

Ahead of Obama Visit, Cuba Eases Travel Restrictions for Dissidents

Top Story — Cuba on Wednesday granted seven of the country’s most well-known dissidents, out on parole while serving prison sentences ranging from 18 to 25 years, permission for a […] Read More >

Cubans Welcome News of Obama Visit in March

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba on March 21 in order to proceed with the normalization of relations between the United States and the island […] Read More >

Food Insecurity Soars in Haiti as Drought Worsens

Top Story — The United Nations World Food Program announced Tuesday that the number of severely food insecure people in Haiti has reached 1.5 million people, a subset of the […] Read More >

Haiti’s Martelly Exits Office, Leaving Country in Hands of Prime Minister

Top Story — Haiti’s President Michel Martelly left office on Sunday, leaving power in the hands of the prime minister until the legislature can choose an interim president. In his […] Read More >

Haiti Opposition Rejects Martelly’s Plan for Interim Government

Top Story — Haitian opposition leaders on Tuesday rejected President Michel Martelly’s proposal that an interim government, approved by parliament, take over when he leaves office in four days. Haiti […] Read More >

Cuba to Introduce Broadband Internet Pilot Program

Top Story — The Cuban government will roll out broadband Internet service in two neighborhoods in Havana, the director of the state telecommunications company ETECSA announced on Sunday night. The […] Read More >

Hemisphere Reacts to ‘Explosion’ of Zika Virus

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division […] Read More >

OAS Mission to Haiti May Spell Good Fortune for Ruling Party Candidate

Top Story — The Organization of American States will send a special mission to Haiti to help the country emerge from an electoral crisis that has triggered violent protests in […] Read More >