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Calle 13 in Cuba Filming Documentary

Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13 is currently filming a documentary in Cuba, official media said Monday, citing band member Rene Perez, a.k.a. "Residente." continue reading »

IACHR Condemns Death of Wilmar Villar in Cuba

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regrets and condemns the death of Cuban dissident Wilmar Villar, who died after a hunger strike. The IACHR expresses its condolences and solidarity with his next of kin. continue reading »

2.7 Million Tourists Visited Cuba in 2011

Cuba greeted more than 2.7 million tourists in 2011, a figure confirmed by official media and said to set a record for the sector, the island's second biggest source of revenue in foreign currencies. continue reading »

Sen Dick Durbin, (D-Il )Seeks Release of American Jailed in Cuba

A high ranking member of the U.S. Senate is in Cuba trying to gain the release of an American accused of spying. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin arrived on the island Wednesday for high level talks with Cuban officials. continue reading »

Building Collapses in Cuba, 3 Killed

Three people died and six others were injured when one of the many dilapidated buildings in Havana collapsed, Cuba's official media said Wednesday. The three-s continue reading »

Cuban Farmers Set to Sell Directly to Tourist Hotels

Cuban farmers and hotels have begun to accommodate themselves to the new commercial framework that allows them to sell and buy agricultural products directly with each other, a measure included in the recent adjustments to "update" the island's socialist economic model, government-run media reported. continue reading »

Authorities, 3000 Faithful See off Our Lady of Charity Pilgrimage in Havana

Government, Communist Party and Catholic Church authorities attended the farewell event of the pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, continue reading »

Cuba to Pardon 2,900 Prisoners-No Mention of American Alan Gross

Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will pardon nearly 3,000 prisoners in the coming days for humanitarian reasons. Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech to lawmakers. He said 86 foreigners from 25 countries would be among the 2,900 inmates slated for release. continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez- The Federation of Cuban Women Can’t Reinvent Itself

You turned six and were already waiting for your neck scarf, the slogan “Pioneers for communism, we will be like Che.” Later, you started high school and, automatically, without anyone asking you, joined the Federation of High School Students (FEEM). continue reading »

U.S. Concerned About Cuba’s Increasing Repression Especially During Human Rights Week

The U.S. Government is deeply troubled by reports of increased repression by the Government of Cuba against Cuban citizens peacefully expressing themselves. continue reading »

Ladies in White Harassed in Havana After Weekly Procession

Members of the dissident movement Ladies in White, which fights for the freeing of political prisoners, were harassed by government supporters after their weekly procession in the Cuban capital. continue reading »

More than 250 Political Arrests in Cuba Last Month

The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission opposition group on Monday said that at least 257 people were arrested for political reasons on the Communist-ruled island last month, most of them for short periods of time. continue reading »

US Response to Two Year Anniversary of American Alan Gross Held in Cuba

Today Alan Gross will begin his third year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. He was arrested on December 3, 2009 and later given a 15 year prison sentence by Cuban continue reading »

Russia to Build AK-47 Projectile Factory in Cuba

Russia plans to build a factory in Cuba to make ammunition for AK-47 assault rifles, Federal Agency for Military and Technical Cooperation director Konstantin Biriulin said Thursday. continue reading »

Weekly Direct Flights to Cuba Now Available at O’Hare Airport

Starting this week Chicago’s O’Hare airport will be offering weekly nonstop flights to Cuba. The charter C&T will offer one flight to Cuba every Friday and offer one weekly return flight from Cuba. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was enthusiast about the flights and saw them as keeping in line with the city’s mission to become more globally competitive. The first flight took off the Friday after Thanksgiving. Chicago is one of seven U.S. airports to offer direct flights to Cuba once travel restrictions were lifted by the U.S. government. Early next year O’Hare will offer a weekly nonstop flight on Monday as well. continue reading »

Singer Silvio Rodriguez Returns to his Cuban Roots

Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will appear on Dec. 10 at the National Fine Arts Museum in Havana where he gave his first concert 44 years ago, state media reported. continue reading »

Papal Trip to Cuba and Mexico Under Consideration for Spring 2012

Replying to questions raised by journalists, Holy See Press Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. has announced that Benedict XVI is studying the possibility continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez From Cuba: The Starting Line

The Paseo del Prado has been unsettled for the last couple of days, and not just because of the hustlers hustling and the hookers trolling for tourists. The uproar comes from the new Decree-Law No. 288 continue reading »

For 20th Consecutive Year UN General Assembly Calls for End to US - Cuban Embargo

The General Assembly renewed its call, for the 20th consecutive year, for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century. continue reading »

Founder of Ladies in White Dies in Cuba- Laura Pollan RIP

Laura Pollan, who helped found the dissident group Ladies in White in Cuba after her husband was jailed in a 2003 crackdown on government opponents, has died in a Havana hospital on Friday at the age of 63, her family and fellow dissidents said. continue reading »