Tag Archives: Cuba

Cuba Urges “Yes” Vote In Gay Marriage Referendum

Reuters reports: Cubans will cast ballots this Sunday on whether to approve a new ‘family code’ that would legalize gay marriage and boost women’s rights, with the government urging citizens to vote “yes” despite anger over the worst economic crisis in decades. The Communist-run government – long the vanguard of Latin America’s left – has in the last week flooded …

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US To Resume Processing Immigrant Visas For Cubans

Via press release from the US Embassy in Havana: Consistent with our commitments under the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection to facilitate safe, orderly, humane, and regular migration, the United States is today announcing an expansion of regular pathways available to Cubans wishing to come to the United States and an increase in personnel at the U.S. Embassy …

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Alleged Medicare Scammer Tried To Jet Ski To Cuba

From the Justice Department: Yesterday, a federal judge in Miami ordered that a Hialeah resident who allegedly submitted more than $4 million in fraudulent health care claims to Medicare be detained pending trial, after the defendant was arrested on board a jet ski headed south from Key West toward Cuba. According to allegations in the criminal complaint, from February through …

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Mexican President To Skip US Summit Over Guest List

Politico reports: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will skip the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles later this week over objections to President Joe Biden’s guest list for the event. López Obrador confirmed his decision Monday following weeks of threats that he would to stay home if the White House refused to invite authoritarian leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua …

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US Lifts Trump-Era Restrictions On Flights To Cuba

Reuters reports: The administration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a series of restrictions on flights to Cuba imposed by his predecessor, including ending a prohibition on U.S. airline flights to Cuban airports other than Havana. The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) issued the order at the request of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said the action was “in …

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Cuban Govt Seeks Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters reports: Cuba’s communist government is seeking to rally support for a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage and boost women’s rights, but experts and a recent survey suggest an upcoming referendum vote may not provide a rubber stamp. The new code would legalize same sex marriage and civil unions, allow such couples to adopt …

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DHS Warns Against Planned Florida To Cuba Flotilla

Mediaite reports: The Department of Homeland Security reminded Floridians ahead of a flotilla scheduled to travel near Cuba on Thursday that it was “illegal” to travel to the island nation without permission from the federal government. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” the department said in …

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DeSantis Tells Cuba Protesters To Stop Blocking Roads

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said he supports demonstrators showing support for the protests in Cuba, but he does not support those demonstrators blocking major South Florida thoroughfares. Demonstrators supporting the protests in Cuba marched to Miami’s Palmetto Expressway Tuesday, where several of them sat down in the roadway. Traffic was eventually blocked in both directions. “We can’t have …

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DeSantis Dodges On FL Law Legalizing Running Over Protesters After Highway Blocked In Cuban Solidarity

The Associated Press reports: Demonstrators expressing solidarity with the thousands of Cubans who waged a rare weekend of protests around their island nation shut down a stretch of a major South Florida expressway Tuesday. The large group gathered at a busy Miami intersection chanting support for the Cubans, who had taken to the streets of several communities around the communist …

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Miami Mayor: Air Strikes On Cuba Are An “Option”

Mediaite reports: Miami mayor Francis Suarez appeared on Fox News Tuesday to offer suggestions on the United States should respond to the unrest in Cuba, where tens of thousands of protestors have risen up against the communist regime. Suarez told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum he thinks military options should be on the table. “Are you suggesting air strikes in …

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Biden Backs Protesters: “We Stand With Cuban People”

CNBC reports: “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” President Joe Biden said in a statement Monday. “The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. …

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Cuba Sees Largest Anti-Govt Protests In Decades

The New York Times reports: Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years. Hundreds of people marched through San Antonio de los Baños, southwest of Havana, with videos streaming live …

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Raul Castro Steps Down As Cuba’s Leader At Age 89

The Wall Street Journal reports: Raúl Castro said Friday he was stepping down as chief of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, leaving behind a demoralized country running on little except post-revolutionary fumes as it struggles with growing food shortages and rising discontent. Mr. Castro’s retirement announcement, which came during a four-day party congress in Havana, marks a generational change as the …

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Microwave Weapon Likely Used On US Diplomats

NBC News reports: The mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by American diplomats in China and Cuba are consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy, according to a long-awaited report by the National Academies of Sciences that cites medical evidence to support the long-held conviction of American intelligence officials. The report, obtained Friday by NBC News, does not conclude that the …

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Trump Registered His Corporate Trademark In Cuba To Build Resorts After Vowing Not To Do Business There

The Miami Herald reports: Despite earlier promises in Miami that he would not do business in Cuba until the island was “free,” Donald Trump applied in 2008 to register his Trump trademark in the Caribbean nation for a variety of commercial activities, including investing in real estate, hotels, casinos and golf courses. A search of the Cuban Industrial Property Office …

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Man Charged For Spraying Cuban Embassy With AK-47

The Associated Press reports: A man armed with an assault rifle was arrested after opening fire outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington early Thursday, his bullets tearing holes into the walls and pillars near the front entrance in what authorities suspect was a hate crime. The gunfire broke out around 2 a.m. outside the embassy in northwest Washington. Metropolitan Police …

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Cuban Media Hails Sanders’ Praise, Omits His Criticisms

The Miami Herald reports: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders views on the Cuban revolution have earned him a storm of criticism in the U.S. But there’s one place where his comments have received glowing, front-page reviews: Cuba. Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, prominently displayed a report about Sanders and his praise of “some of the social programs implemented by the historic …

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Sanders Defends Comments On Fidel Castro [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday stood by his partial defense of Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, stating bluntly: “The truth is the truth.” The senator from Vermont has faced a wave of bipartisan criticism since his interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired Sunday night in which he praised a “literacy program” the Cuban government launched in its first …

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Bernie Sanders Under Fire Over “Praise” For Fidel Castro

The Miami Herald reports: Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution wasn’t entirely bad, Democratic presidential front runner Bernie Sanders said in a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday night. “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s simply unfair to say everything is bad,” Sanders said in an interview with journalist Anderson Cooper. The comments — sure …

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CUBA: Activists Arrested At Unsanctioned Pride March

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: An independently organized show of gay pride ended with several arrests in Havana on Saturday afternoon. The march started in Old Havana’s Parque Central, where activists had been urged to meet at 4 p.m. Under significant police presence, some with dogs, activists and their supporters started arriving with gay flags and other rainbow-type expressions. Half …

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