Monday, November 24th, 2014

Cuba to stage ‘Rent’ – first Broadway musical in more than 50 years

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Cuba will stage its first Broadway musical in more than 50 years when “Rent” starts a three-month run on Dec. 24, producers said on Monday. The Nederlander entertainment group finally succeeded after trying for several years to produce a Broadway musical in Cuba, a spokesman for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment… read more »

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Spain to relay “very concrete messages” from U.S. to Cuba, daily reports

EFE – Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will travel from Bogota to Havana on Sunday bearing “very concrete messages” for the Cuban government from the U.S. administration, the daily El Pais reported. In its Sunday edition, the Spanish newspaper, citing diplomatic sources, emphasized the “very fluid communication” between Garcia-Margallo and… read more »

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Bay of Pigs Vet, Families Seek Billions From Cuba

The Associated Press —  Since the day in 1959 that Cuban government agents blackmailed his father into committing suicide, Gustavo Villoldo has been on an anti-Castro mission that included co-piloting a B-26 bomber during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, infiltrating Cuba for the CIA numerous times and tracking… read more »

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Geneva Hospital: Cuban Doctor With Ebola Stable

The Associated Press — A Swiss hospital says a Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone is in a stable condition after nearly two days of treatment. Felix Baez Sarria was flown to Geneva and was able to walk off the transport plane in a protective suit and mask after landing… read more »

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Colombia rebels to free general, opening door to resume peace talks

Nelson Acosta and Helen Murphy, Reuters — Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move that may lead to a resumption of peace talks and defuse a crisis that threatened to extend five decades of war. The Revolutionary Armed Forces… read more »

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News — President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job in the State Department repeatedly refused on Wednesday to rule out unilateral action by the White House to ease U.S. pressure on Cuba. But the official, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, emphasized that the government… read more »

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Cuba Says Doctor Catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press — A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, state media reported Tuesday. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will be transferred to a special unit… read more »

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children

EFE – Four foreign citizens – a Canadian, an Indian and two Italians – have been sentenced to prison in Cuba for the sexual abuse of children, while another two are awaiting trial for similar offenses, an official report released Tuesday said. Specifically, a Canadian has been sentenced to 13 years… read more »

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Colombia Peace Talks With FARC Suspended After Army General Kidnapped

Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press — A massive search operation was under way Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace talks. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was surveying a rural energy project along the remote Atrato River… read more »

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Jailed American in Cuba loses appeal in case vs. U.S. government

David Adams and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba who says he was not warned about the risks of working on the communist-controlled island. Alan Gross and his wife Judy filed… read more »