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A New Cuban Exodus

A New Cuban Exodus
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of Cubans have taken to the seas and embarked on
perilous journeys by land this year, headed to the United States. The
new exodus, the largest wave of Cuban migrants since the 1990s, is
driven by hopelessness at home and fear that the unique treatment Cuban… Continue reading

The Cuban Odyssey on the Overland Route to the US

The Cuban Odyssey on the Overland Route to the US / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 19, 2015

Ivan García, Costa Rica, 11 December 2015 — One summer night in a
private bar in Havana the deal was done. Miladis, 25, together with her
boyfriend, would be responsible for travelling to Quito and Guayaquil to
buy hundreds of kilograms of… Continue reading

Cuban Immigrant Crisis in Costa Rica Still Unresolved a Month Later

Cuban Immigrant Crisis in Costa Rica Still Unresolved a Month Later /
14ymedio
Posted on December 15, 2015

14ymedio, San Jose, Costa Rica, 15 December 2015 — The crisis of
thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica has gone on for a
month, as of Tuesday, and the authorities of that Central American
country still have not found a… Continue reading

Cuban Baseball Defectors Made Triumphant Return

Cuban Baseball Defectors Made Triumphant Return
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Dec 16, 2015, 9:17 AM ET
The Associated Press

A lineup of Cuban-born baseball stars, including some of the most famous
defectors in recent memory, have made a triumphant return to the island
as part of the first Major League Baseball trip here since 1999.

Once the… Continue reading

Costa Rica to tell Cuba it cannot keep aiding stalled migrants

Costa Rica to tell Cuba it cannot keep aiding stalled migrants
By Marc Frank and Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis will tell
Cuban President Raul Castro his Central American country is unable to
continue caring for thousands of Cuban migrants indefinitely, seeking to
force a resolution to the month-long crisis.

Solis arrived in Cuba… Continue reading

Distrust and Fear Among Cuban “Land Rafters”

Distrust and Fear Among Cuban “Land Rafters” / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 10, 2015

Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 7 December 2015 — For Jorge Echevarria, 25, it
all started one morning in La Vibora, a neighborhood in south Havana,
when a woman friend, through a telephone connection via the internet,
put him in contact with an Ecuadorian coyote.

“For… Continue reading

Costa Rican President Promises He Will Not Deport Cubans

Costa Rican President Promises He Will Not Deport Cubans / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 10December 2015 – Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo
Solis sent a message of reassurance Wednesday to the nearly 6,000 Cuban
migrants now stranded in his country, since Nicaragua closed its border
to their journey north.

In a video of just over eight… Continue reading

Costa Rica will not send Cuban migrants home – President

President: Costa Rica will not send Cuban migrants home

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica’s president on Wednesday assured
the nearly 5,000 Cuban migrants stuck in his Central American country
that none will be returned to Cuba against their will.

The video message from President Luis Guillermo Solis came one day after
the government of Belize rejected a… Continue reading

Belize rejects plan that would have allowed stranded Cubans to reach U.S.

Belize rejects plan that would have allowed stranded Cubans to reach U.S.

Almost 5,000 Cubans are stuck at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border trying
to reach U.S.
Costa Rica had proposed flying the Cubans to Belize to continue their
journey
Belize is asking for a ‘regional’ solution
BY JIM WYSS

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
Belize has become the latest country in Central… Continue reading

15 Undocumented Cubans Detained in Colombia

15 Undocumented Cubans Detained in Colombia / 14ymedio
Posted on December 8, 2015

14ymedio, 7 December 2015 – Ten Cuban citizens, between 22 and 38 years
old, were detained this Monday in the city of Saldaña, Colombia, in a
routine search of a bus on the Neiva-Medillín route, according to local
sources.

The foreigners, natives of Havana, Cuba, were identified… Continue reading

An End to Cuban Exceptionalism

An End to Cuban Exceptionalism
3 DEC 7, 2015 9:06 AM EST
By Editorial Board

Just as U.S. policy toward Cuba has changed, so must U.S. policy toward
Cubans — specifically, those Cubans who find their way to the U.S. But
the change in immigration policy, like the change in diplomatic policy,
needs to proceed carefully, or it may trigger… Continue reading

M.L.B.’s Cuba Trip to Include Jose Abreu, Star Who Defected

M.L.B.’s Cuba Trip to Include Jose Abreu, Star Who Defected
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and DAVID WALDSTEIN DEC. 7, 2015

A good-will tour of Cuba next week by Major League Baseball and its
players’ union will include a prominent Cuban player who defected in
2013, a rare concession by a Cuban government that typically denounces
such individuals as traitors and… Continue reading

The Stay of Some Cubans in Costa Rica

The Stay of Some Cubans in Costa Rica / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 6, 2015

Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 2 December 2015 — Just after 5:30 in the
afternoon, night falls on the Costa Rican village of La Cruz, some 12
miles from the Nicaraguan border.

It is a neighborhood of gentle slopes, clean streets and an agreeable
climate.… Continue reading

Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In Central America

Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In Central
America / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 6, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 4 December 2015 – Cubans wanting to
leave the country for the United States found in Ecuador’s visa waiver a
chance to undertake the journey by different routes, but basically
traversing a continent via Colombia, Panama,… Continue reading

New wave of Cuban immigrants reaches U.S., but through Texas, not Florida

New wave of Cuban immigrants reaches U.S., but through Texas, not Florida
Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2015 3:00 am
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times

HOUSTON —When Jordanis Perez fled Havana in the spring for the United
States, he decided his best chances weren’t by boat to Florida, but by a
route increasingly favored by thousands of Cuban migrants: by… Continue reading

A New Crisis of Cuban Migration

A New Crisis of Cuban Migration
By WILLIAM M. LEOGRANDEDEC. 4, 2015

Washington — A standoff in recent weeks that has trapped hundreds of
Cuban migrants at Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua as they try to
reach the United States is a graphic demonstration that Washington’s
migration policy toward Cuba is no longer sustainable. Left unchanged it
could produce a… Continue reading

Despite The Obstacles, The Point Is To Leave

Despite The Obstacles, The Point Is To Leave / Cubanet, Jorge Olivera
Castillo
Posted on December 3, 2015

Cubanet, Jorge Olivera Castillo, 3 December 2015 – We Cubans do not
understand closed borders or other measures that try to keep us from
arriving at the border between the United States and Mexico with the
intention of crossing it and taking… Continue reading

Costa Rica Negotiates to Fly Cubans to Belize, After Refusal from Guatemala

Costa Rica Negotiates to Fly Cubans to Belize, After Refusal from
Guatemala / EFE, via 14ymedio
Posted on December 3, 2015

EFE (via 14ymedio) San Jose, Costa Rica, 3 December 2015 — The
Government of Costa Rica reported on Thursday that given the refusal of
Guatemala, it is negotiating with Belize to airlift thousands of Cubans
who are stranded on… Continue reading

Complaints And Confusion In Digital Forum On Restricting Doctors’ Travel

Complaints And Confusion In Digital Forum On Restricting Doctors’ Travel
/ 14ymedio
Posted on December 2, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 2 December 2015 – “Will retired doctors be subject to
the special travel regulations?” This question, asked by a commentator
named Rita, led off the online forum managed by the Ministry of Public
Health (MINSAP) on the digital site Cubadebate. Dozens… Continue reading

Jose Miguel Fernandez Leaves Cuba To Pursue MLB Deal

Jose Miguel Fernandez Leaves Cuba To Pursue MLB Deal
December 2, 2015 by Ben Badler

Jose Miguel Fernandez, a second baseman who ranked as the No. 3 player
still in Cuba in April, has left the country to pursue a contract with a
major league team, Baseball America has learned.

As a 27-year-old with seven seasons of experience in Cuba’s… Continue reading

The regime’s response to the doctor drain – a return to repressive immigration policies

The regime’s response to the doctor drain: a return to repressive
immigration policies
DDC | La Habana | 3 Dic 2015 – 2:55 pm.

Beginning on 7 December the Cuban Government will once again apply a
policy requiring health professionals to seek permission from
high-ranking authorities to travel abroad for personal reasons, and wait
up to five years to leave… Continue reading

Costa Rica’s Deputy Foreign Minister Meets With Mexico About Situation Of Cuban Migrants

Costa Rica’s Deputy Foreign Minister Meets With Mexico About Situation
Of Cuban Migrants / 14ymedio
Posted on December 2, 2015

14ymedio (with information from EFE), Mexico, 1 December 2015 — The
Deputy Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Alejandro Solano, met Tuesday in
Mexico City with Socorro Flores. Mexico’s Deputy Foreign Minister for
Latin America and the Caribbean, with whom he… Continue reading

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