With more visitors in Cuba, cigar sales on the island are brisk. One Cuban family has been producing tobacco the same way for well over 150 years and there’s a cigar, Vegas Robaina, named after them that honors the tradition.
Trying to halt the massive and almost permanent flow of Cubans treking north toward the Mexico-U.S. border, Washington appears to be promoting the same policy it follows at home — large-scale deportations of undocumented migrants.
Guillermo Fariñas, who is recipient of the European Parliament 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is protesting the repression, raids and confiscations endured by Cuba’s “non-violent” dissident groups
Low-cost carrier JetBlue announced Thursday it will start flying to Cuba commercially on Aug. 31, before competitors American Airlines and Silver Airways, which have also announced their departure dates.
Figures by Customs and Border Protection showed 40,115 undocumented Cubans arrived in all of FY2015. The majority arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico after treks that usually started in Ecuador or Guyana and took them through Colombia, Central America and Mexico.
Alexei Leyva Céspedes, one of the 24 Cuban rafters who sought refuge on the American Shoal lighthouse on May 20 and were taken to the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo, has returned to his hometown of Puerto Padre.
In a half-hour interview held in conjunction with one-year anniversary of the opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington, the Cuban ambassador to Russia told Russian television that dialogue between U.S. and Cuban leaders may have been restored, but that the ‘major obstacles’ behind two generations of hostility remain the same.
One year after Cuba re-opened its embassy in Washington D.C., short-term political detentions in Cuba skyrocketed to 6,573 during the first six months this year, and longer term imprisonments rose from 70 last year to more than 100. It’s time for Latin America and the U.S. to stop celebrating the end of the Cold War in the region, and to start demanding that Cuba’s dictatorship allow basic freedoms on the island.
Mano a Mano is Cuba’s gay men’s chorus, a group of five singers visiting the United States for the first time and performing Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale with 80 members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.
As many as 40 Cuban migrants arrived on Sugarloaf Key Monday night. The major landing combined with three other migrant arrivals since Sunday means that in less than two days, at least 60 refugees from Cuba arrived in the Keys.