Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

The Associated Press – The United States has sent a health official to a Cuban meeting on coordinating Latin America’s response to Ebola. The participation of the Centers for Disease Control’s Central America director is the most concrete sign to date of the two nations’ expressed desire to cooperate against the… read more »

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba

Mirjam Donath and Louis Charbonneau, Reuters — The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd time to condemn the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, with many nations praising the island state for its response in fighting the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa. In the… read more »

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Graying Cuba approves plan to boost birth rate

AFP – Cuba is encouraging its rapidly aging population to have more babies, state-run media reported Monday. The daily Granma newspaper reported that President Raul Castro called the communist island’s graying population “one of the greatest challenges facing the nation because of its impact on social, economic and family life.” Read… read more »

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Cuba builds first new church in 55 years

The Associated Press — Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Fla., will be built… read more »

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Cuba stalemate makes identifying rafters difficult

Christine Armario, The Associated Press — The bodies surfaced 20 miles out from a popular South Florida beach: Four men, still youthful. Their remains were badly deteriorated, bitten by sharks, their faces unrecognizable. One had a horseshoe-shaped scar on his head. Two bore tattoos: One of a spider, the other… read more »

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Top rebel commanders join Colombian peace talks in Cuba

Rosa Tania Valdés, Reuters – High-ranking guerrilla commanders joined the Colombian peace talks taking place in Cuba on Friday, injecting a sense of urgency into negotiations seeking to end Latin America’s longest-running war.   The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) called the presence of top commanders “political artillery,” and they… read more »

Friday, October 24th, 2014

As Cuban economy stagnates, economists press for deeper reforms

Marc Frank, Reuters –Some of Cuba’s best-known economists are openly questioning the very core of the Soviet-style command economy and saying market reforms under way are too modest to boost weak growth. Emboldened by freer debate in the country, they are increasingly vocal in criticizing rigid instructions coming down from… read more »

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Despite Diplomatic Friction, US and Cuba Working Together Against Ebola

Ali Weinberg, ABC News — The United States and Cuba are working ever closer together to stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, inviting each other’s top diplomats to meetings about the virus even though the countries don’t have formal diplomatic ties, U.S. officials said. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the United States… read more »

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Rubio to Kerry: No Cuba at Summit of Americas

Ramsey Cox, The Hill – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Secretary of State John Kerry Cuba should not be allowed to participate in the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama. Rubio wrote to Kerry on Tuesday, saying the administration has sent mixed messages to the Panamanian government about Cuba’s participation…. read more »

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Maduro asegura que se reunió con un ‘lúcido y enérgico’ Fidel Castro

EFE — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, comentó este miércoles que el martes se reunió durante cuatro horas con el líder cubano Fidel Castro en La Habana, a quien encontró con una lucidez y una energía “que impresiona”. “Ayer yo tuve, después de la cumbre sobre el ébola -extraordinaria,… read more »