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 »

Monday, August 11th, 2014

After offshore oil failure, Cuba shifts energy focus

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration, sources close to the industry say. With so much oil readily available around the world, oil… read more »

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well

Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald – One of the Cuban women makes fancy soaps. Another is a party planner, and a third owns a combination beauty parlor-gym. One owns a restaurant; another dreams of expanding her pizza parlor “to the rest of Cuba and more.” Each used her own capital to launch… read more »

Thursday, August 7th, 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 »

Tuesday, August 5th, 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 »

Monday, August 4th, 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 »

Saturday, July 26th, 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 »

Saturday, July 26th, 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 »

Friday, July 25th, 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 »