As of April 9, Jamaica-based Digicel will no longer offer mobile roaming service for U.S. customers in Cuba. Digicel customers in the Caribbean, Central America and the South Pacific will be able to continue to roam during visits to Cuba.
Since the reduction of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana because of health attacks against diplomats, Cubans that were in the process of getting permanent visas for their family members to travel to the United States now have to go to Bogota, Colombia to complete the process.
Established by the Bush administration in 2006, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole program benefited more than 8,000 Cuban medical professionals who defected from medical teams sent abroad by the island's government. The program was eliminated as part of an unprecedented pact under which Cuba agreed to accept the return of its citizens deported from the United States.
After the 2013 migration reforms, Cubans can return to live on the island. Many do it to invest, others for nostalgia or to spend time with family. But most want to recover their rights as Cuban citizens.
Harvard political scientist Jorge Dominguez, a top scholar in Cuban and Latin American studies, has been suspended amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment of former colleagues and students at the university. On Monday, he said he would retire at the end of the semester.
Professor Kevin Fu and members of the Security and Privacy Research Group at the University of Michigan say they have an explanation for what could have happened in Havana: two sources of ultrasound — such as listening devices — placed too close together could generate interference and provoke the intense sounds described by the victims.
Other historical leaders of the Cuban revolution could also leave their positions in April, when Raúl Castro is expected to leave the presidency. This political maneuver could ease the transition for Castro’s successor.
Cuban voters go to the polls on March 11 to ratify pre-chosen slates for the National Assembly of People’s Power — Cuba’s parliament — and for provincial assemblies. Cuba’s National Assembly is slated to elect a new president on April 19 to replace the retiring Raúl Castro.
It was unprecedented: At the invitation of the Navy base commander, a Cuban helicopter dumped Guantánamo Bay water and Cuban military firefighters sprayed down wildfires that had jumped the Cuban minefield Feb. 21 and threatened Navy base housing.
Film directors Kristofer Ríos and Julian Moura-Busquets, set the film in the midst of warming relations between Washington and Havana after both governments announced restored diplomatic ties on Dec. 17, 2014, and move past the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2016.
Video of the Varadero resort town in Cuba is aimed at foreign visitors to the island. Recent public commentary, including from popular comedian Pánfilo has raised the issue of tourism inequality in Cuba.
The U.S. government prohibits Americans from dealing with businesses linked to the Cuban military. Cuban tourism officials say small “heritage stores” aren’t controlled by the military and shouldn’t be on the list.