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US, Cuba hail ‘productive, constructive’ first day of talks

US, Cuba hail ‘productive, constructive’ first day of talks

Havana (AFP) – US and Cuban officials welcomed the first day of their
historic diplomatic talks in Havana on Wednesday as “productive” and
“constructive” despite lingering differences over migration issus.

The first of two days of talks aimed at ending decades of Cold War
enmity focused on migration.

The two sides… Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba diplomacy – Will it jeopardize green cards?

U.S.-Cuba diplomacy: Will it jeopardize green cards?
ALFONSO CHARDY Y NORA GAMEZ TORRES
01/12/2015 1:32 PM 01/12/2015 4:45 PM

For almost 50 years, the Cuban Adjustment Act has allowed hundreds of
thousands of refugees and immigrants from the island to obtain green
cards after they settle in the United States.

While many Cubans fear the restoration of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

An increasing number of Cubans try to reach Florida by sea, Coast Guard reports

An increasing number of Cubans try to reach Florida by sea, Coast Guard
reports
BY JENNIFER KAYASSOCIATED PRESS
01/05/2015 6:28 PM 01/05/2015 7:16 PM

The number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in
rafts has surged since the Dec. 17 announcement that diplomatic
relations between the two countries would be restored after more than 50
years, Coast… Continue reading

In Miami, deportation fears rise as U.S. revives relations with Havana

In Miami, deportation fears rise as U.S. revives relations with Havana
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND ALFONSO CHARDY
01/03/2015 6:50 PM 01/03/2015 7:05 PM

President Barack Obama’s order to normalize relations with Cuba has
spread fear through the ranks of thousands of Cuban exiles facing
deportation to the island.

Many of those who have never become U.S. citizens now… Continue reading

Spy wars – a wilderness of mirrors in U.S.-Cuba swap

Spy wars: a wilderness of mirrors in U.S.-Cuba swap
BY GLENN GARVIN, JUAN O. TAMAYO AND PATRICIA MAZZEI
01/01/2015 8:33 PM 01/01/2015 8:33 PM

More than two weeks have passed since the White House announced that it
had traded three imprisoned Cuban intelligence officers — including one
convicted of conspiracy to murder — for a super spy held in… Continue reading

Turbulent voyage – the Cuban baseball pipeline

Turbulent voyage: the Cuban baseball pipeline
BY LINDA ROBERTSON
12/27/2014 7:57 PM 12/27/2014 10:10 PM

The clandestine journey from decaying ballparks to major league stadiums
can be treacherous, degrading and expensive for Cuban baseball players
who risk their lives on sea crossings only to be auctioned off by
smugglers demanding an exorbitant cut of their contracts.

No matter which… Continue reading

Cuba deal brings deportation questions

Cuba deal brings deportation questions
Renewing ties with Cuba raises questions about deportees
By Maria SacchettiGLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 26, 2014

The historic renewal of diplomatic relations between the United States
and Cuba has raised a thorny new question about the fate of tens of
thousands of Cubans the United States wants to deport, some of whom have
spent years in… Continue reading

“A Slap in the Face”: Pilots’ Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

“A Slap in the Face”: Pilots’ Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

Three South Florida families are upset after learning Wednesday that
three of the men in the “Cuban Five” will be free and headed home after
a historic prisoner swap. (Published Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014)
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 • Updated at 4:04 AM EST
The South Florida families… Continue reading

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans
BY JIM WYSS
12/16/2014 5:30 PM  12/16/2014 9:16 PM
MIAMI HERALD

QUITO, ECUADOR
On “Calle Ocho” in the La Florida neighborhood, a few dozen Cubans mill around, downing tar-thick cortadito coffee and explaining to curious locals how to cook malanga.

But the snow-capped volcano peeking through the clouds dispels… Continue reading

Cuban Wave Arrives by Land

Cuban Wave Arrives by Land
Migrants Take Circuitous Routes to Reach the Border, Where They Gain Entry
MICHAEL STRAVATO FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By MIRIAM JORDAN and ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES
Oct. 28, 2014 7:36 p.m. ET

In June, Luis Alberto Cuan Lio and his pregnant wife, Yordana Bravo
Perez, flew from Cuba to Ecuador as tourists. It was the first… Continue reading

Mexico frees Cuban survivors found at sea, some bound for U.S. border

Mexico frees Cuban survivors found at sea, some bound for U.S. border
CHETUMAL Mexico Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:55pm EDT

(Reuters) – Mexico on Tuesday released 14 Cuban migrants rescued at sea
this month and some of them headed for the United States by bus to take
advantage of a U.S. policy that allows Cubans arriving by land to stay.… Continue reading

Havana is Not the Capital of All Cubans

Havana is Not the Capital of All Cubans
September 23, 2014
Carlos Fraguela

HAVANA TIMES — I heard that the panelists of Cuban television’s Round
Table program have been speaking in defense of the rights of immigrants
to the United States for years, as they have the rights of African
immigrants in Europe. Shouldn’t they begin by speaking in defense… Continue reading

Investment in Cuba? What for?

Investment in Cuba? What for? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

ASCE XXIV / 2014 Annual Conference, Miami Hilton Downtown Hotel,
Florida, USA
Panel 12. Concerto Ballrom B – Friday, August 1st, 2:45-4:15pm

1.

In Cuba during the 1970s, historian Manuel Moreno Fraginals challenged
poet Jose Lezama Lima with his trendy scientific notions about the laws
of objectivity and the transition… Continue reading

US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

Posted on Friday, 08.15.14

US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida
BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the… Continue reading

Cuba puts Canadian exec on trial; some investors put off

Cuba puts Canadian exec on trial; some investors put off
BY MARC FRANK
HAVANA Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:59pm EDT

(Reuters) – A Canadian executive held in Cuba for nearly three years has
gone on trial on bribery charges in a case closely watched by potential
investors who are wary of how Cuba treats foreign executives.

Prosecutors are seeking 15… Continue reading

Swap to free Alan Gross depends on Obama, “Cuban Five” spy says

Swap to free Alan Gross depends on Obama, “Cuban Five” spy says
Published June 02, 2014 EFE

The release of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison
depends solely on the “political will” of President Barack Obama, a
Havana spy who spent more than 15 years behind bars in the United States
said here Monday.

To support that… Continue reading

Migrant smuggling on high seas bring new players into an old game

Posted on Monday, 05.26.14

Migrant smuggling on high seas bring new players into an old game
BY ALFONSO CHARDY

After spotting a disabled pleasure boat with five people aboard drifting
21 miles east of Miami, a Good Samaritan contacted the U. S. Coast Guard.

The five men aboard did have mechanical trouble that mid-April morning,
but they did not… Continue reading

Who Said All Is Not Lost? Anyway, I Come to Offer My Heart

Who Said All Is Not Lost? Anyway, I Come to Offer My Heart / Orlando
Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on May 18, 2014

My people are exhausted. My people are skeptical. My people are free and
happy. Over half a century of forced one-party rule in Cuba, call it a
dictatorship or a Revolution, has left us in n a… Continue reading

City may join effort to free man in Cuban jail

City may join effort to free man in Cuban jail
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff

At a time when the White House has softened American travel restrictions
to Cuba, a former contractor says he is trapped in a Cold War-era prison
sentence that is killing him slowly.

Alan Gross, 65, is serving a 15-year sentence in Havana for bringing… Continue reading

The Castro Regime Kills and Doesn’t Lie

The Castro Regime Kills and Doesn’t Lie / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on April 2, 2014

The Castro regime is, above all, biopolitical. Power over the life and
death of each one of the individuals, within and beyond the national
frontiers of the wicked little island in the Caribbean Sea. The Castro
regime is nothing if not necropolitical: death… Continue reading

The First Book of the End of Castroism

The First Book of the End of Castroism / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on April 2, 2014

The Madrid publisher Anaya has just released the first book of the end
of Castroism—that is, of Castroism understood as a myth perpetuated by
the intellectual left. From now on, one cannot sympathize with the
Castro dynasty without also becoming a criminal… Continue reading

Sacristan Arrested for Protecting Ladies in White

Sacristan Arrested for Protecting Ladies in White / Calixto R. Martinez
Arias
Posted on March 3, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba. — Roberto Pupo Tejeda, sacristan of the Catholic Church,
was arrested and mistreated by officials of the State Security
Department (DSE).

“I was in the Church participating in the Sunday Mass, and I went out to
observe the walk of the… Continue reading

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