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August 7, 2014

Group asks Cuba to clarify the situation of imprisoned blogger

EFE – Reporters Without Borders urged Cuban authorities to offer “a clear explanation” of the status of writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats, who has been in prison since 2013 and recently was accused of trying to escape. “Each day without news increases the risks for this blogger. We demand his immediate… read more »

August 5, 2014

Health Groups Decry U.S. Political Efforts in Cuba

Associated Press- Public health advocates and U.S. lawmakers are highly critical of the Obama administration’s use of an HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba for political purposes, saying such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. The program, funded and overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development, deployed… read more »

August 4, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press – A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009… read more »

July 26, 2014

Cuba marks Revolution Day with call for unity

Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press – Cuba marked the 61st anniversary of the beginning of Fidel and Raul Castro’s revolution on Saturday with a leading official calling on islanders to be united and to defend the nation’s communist system. President Raul Castro, wearing an olive-green military uniform as he sat in the… read more »

July 26, 2014

Museum honours Cuba’s revolutionaries

Tracey Eaton, Al Jazeera – The guerrilla fighters who started the Cuban revolution 61 years ago have begun dying off. “Only 14 are left,” former rebel Alejandro Ferras told Al Jazeera. Fidel Castro and 160 other rebels carried out several attacks in eastern Cuba that launched the revolution on July 26,… read more »

July 25, 2014

S. Africa Launches Campaign Against US Cuba Sanctions

Thuso Khumalo, Voice of America – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has launched the Cuban Solidarity Campaign – pledging to work against long-standing U.S. sanctions against the communist island nation. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has pledged South Africa to help Cuba fight what he calls the “inhuman” U.S. sanctions against… read more »

July 21, 2014

Cuba hopes for more investment as Chinese president arrives

Marc Frank, Reuters — Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba on Monday evening, stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country after a number of important deals never materialized. Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and… read more »

July 17, 2014

Inspector General probing US ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan

Jack Gillum and Desmond Butler, Associated Press – The inspector general for the nation’s international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned. The review centers on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Twitter-like service in Cuba,… read more »

July 11, 2014

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

Alexei Anishchuk and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba’s struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island. Putin was joined in Havana by close… read more »

July 9, 2014

US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

Peter Orsi, Associated Press – U.S. and Cuban government officials were meeting in Washington on Wednesday for the latest round of migration talks, a rare chance for dialogue between two countries that have not had full diplomatic relations for more than five decades. Held every six months to monitor the implementation… read more »