Monday, September 1st, 2014

Cuba Cracks Down on Goods in Flyers’ Luggage

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press – Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual… read more »

Friday, August 29th, 2014 |

STATEMENT BY SARAH STEPHENS RESPONDING TO TAMPA BAY TIMES NEWS STORY

Washington, D.C. – The Tampa Bay Times reports this evening that two, top staff members for Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) took junkets to China which were financed by China’s government. The paper identified them as Sally Canfield, deputy chief of staff to Rubio, and Arthur Estopinan, chief of staff to Ros-Lehtinen.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Chinese government pays for trip by aides to Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen

Alex Leary, Tampa Bay Times – Top aides to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, two of the most vehement anti-Communist voices in Washington, took an all expenses paid trip to China this month courtesy of the Chinese government. Sally Canfield, deputy chief of staff to Rubio, and Arthur Estopinan,… read more »

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

EU, Cuba make “substantial progress” toward accord

EFE – The European Union and Cuba have made “substantial progress” in the second round of negotiations toward a bilateral accord and they will hold a third round at the end of this year, the EU’s top diplomat for the Americas said here Thursday. “We have met with a very well-prepared… read more »

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Cuba Teaches Nearly 20,000 Guatemalans to Read

TeleSUR – From 2007 until now, at least 19,425 Guatemalans have learned to read and write through a Cuban program. At least 19,425 Guatemalans have studied in the Cuban literacy programme, Vielma Monteagudo, the national coordinator, said on Thursday. Dubbed “Yo Si Puedo” (I can do it), Cuba’s international literacy programme has operated in… read more »

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Voices: In Cuba, entrepreneurial spirits sparkle

Alan Gomez, USA Today — Cuba is a land that remains a mystery to most Americans. Are the economic changes instituted in recent years by President Raul Castro working? Can the dissident movement ever gain enough traction to overthrow the Communist government? Just how good is its acclaimed but flawed… read more »

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Costa Rica To Investigate US Anti-Cuba Program

Javier Cordoba, Associated Press — The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday. Mariano Figueres told The Associated Press that the new… read more »

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A Castro Breaks Tradition With ‘No’ Vote In Cuba

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press – Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted “no” in parliament. And it wasn’t just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers’ rights bill that she felt didn’t… read more »

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Cuban Catholics hope to build first new church since 1959 revolution

Sarah Rainsford, BBC News – On a hill behind Cuba’s most important Catholic shrine, there is a heap of steel bars lying in the long grass. They look abandoned, but the 25 tonnes of scrap metal are at the heart of a major religious recycling project – the plan is to… read more »

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Record Number of Cubans Crossing the Mexican Border to USA

Wilfredo Cancio Isla, Café Fuerte — More than 14,000 Cubans crossed the Mexican border into the United States in the 2014 fiscal year, setting a historical record for the illegal inflow of Cuban citizens through US immigration control points. Statistics made available to CafeFuerte by the Customs and Border Protection Department indicate… read more »