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Cubans Hold March Demanding Release of Spies Held in U.S.

Cubans Hold March Demanding Release of Spies Held in U.S.

Hundreds of people marched to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana on Thursday as part of a "yellow ribbon" appeal to Washington to release four Cuban intelligence agents held since 1998. continue reading »

Filmmaker Saul Landau Known for Castro Documentary Dies, Age 77

Filmmaker Saul Landau Known for Castro Documentary Dies, Age 77

Writer and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Saul Landau has died of cancer at his home in California, his family said Wednesday. He was 77. continue reading »

What Diana Nyad’s Cuba-To-Florida Swim Tells Us About What It Takes To Make It To The U.S.

What Diana Nyad’s Cuba-To-Florida Swim Tells Us About What It Takes To Make It To The U.S.

Last Monday, US swimmer Diana Nyad made history when she completed a 110-mile, 53-hour-long swim from Cuba to Key West. She was the first person to do so successfully without a shark cage around her. It was her fifth and final attempt at this adventure. The last time she tried, she had to stop due to lightning and from being stung so many times by jellyfish. continue reading »

Nostalgia for Cuba’s Past, A Difference of Generations

Nostalgia for Cuba’s Past, A Difference of Generations

A Cuban-American friend of mine recently e-mailed me a PowerPoint presentation containing slides of pre-1959 Cuba. To put you in the right frame of mind, it came with a soundtrack from that era. I had just finished a book that another friend gave me, Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements.” This is not the first time that I have received these e-mails. In fact, there is vibrant cottage industry that generates similar presentations ad nauseam. continue reading »

Florida Backs Off Bid to Bar Public Contracts for Firms With Cuba Ties

Florida Backs Off Bid to Bar Public Contracts for Firms With Cuba Ties

Florida authorities have decided not to enforce a law that bans the state and local governments from hiring companies that have business ties with Cuba, The Miami Herald reported. continue reading »

Cuban Judoka Claims Someone Bribed Him to Throw World Championship

Cuban Judoka Claims Someone Bribed Him to Throw World Championship

Cuban judoka Asley Gonzalez, the champion in the 90-kilo weight class at the recently concluded World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, said someone offered him a bribe to throw the gold medal match, official media reported Wednesday. continue reading »

Cuba Launches Yellow Ribbon Campaign on Fifteenth Anniversary of Cuban Spies’ Arrest

Cuba Launches Yellow Ribbon Campaign on Fifteenth Anniversary of Cuban Spies’ Arrest

Cuba's Communist government is urging a display of yellow ribbons on Sept. 12 in an appeal to the United States to release four Cuban intelligence agents who have been in custody since 1998, official media said Wednesday. continue reading »

She Did It: Diana Nyad Finishes 53 Hour Cuba-to-Florida Swim Making History

She Did It: Diana Nyad Finishes 53 Hour Cuba-to-Florida Swim Making History

U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad completed Monday her swim from Havana to Key West, Florida, after 52 hours in the water without the protection of a shark cage. continue reading »

Goal in Sight: Diana Nyad 10 Miles from Coast in Her Cuba-to-Florida Attempt

Goal in Sight: Diana Nyad 10 Miles from Coast in Her Cuba-to-Florida Attempt

The fifth time might be the charm for long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad. The 64-year-old swimmer is getting closer to her goal of swimming the103 miles that separate the coasts of Cuba and Florida. Her support team tweeted that she is less than 10 miles away from Florida after swimming for 43 hours non-stop. continue reading »

Swimmer Diana Nyad Makes Fifth Attempt at Crossing Florida Straits

Swimmer Diana Nyad Makes Fifth Attempt at Crossing Florida Straits

American swimmer Diana Nyad jumped in the sea at Havana Saturday to make her fifth attempt to swim across the Florida Straits, this time in an effort expected to take 80 hours without an anti-shark cage and with better protection against jellyfish. continue reading »

Cuba’s “Cyber Points” Have Hosted Over 100,000 Customers in 3 Months

Cuba’s “Cyber Points” Have Hosted Over 100,000 Customers in 3 Months

Cuba's "cyber points," which offer public Internet access, have attracted more than 100,000 paying customers in the last three months, government daily Juventud Rebelde said Thursday. continue reading »

New Cholera Outbreak in Cuba, 163 Cases Reported that Includes Tourists

New Cholera Outbreak in Cuba, 163 Cases Reported that Includes Tourists

Cuba has reported a new cholera outbreak with 163 cases, 12 of whom are tourists, though no deaths were mentioned, according to a bulletin from the Pan American Health Organization. continue reading »

Hotel Specializing in Cuban Music to Open in Varadero in November

Hotel Specializing in Cuban Music to Open in Varadero in November

The first hotel specializing in the music of Cuba, the Blue Salsa Club, will open its doors in November with a new idea in cultural tourism in the resort community of Varadero, the most famous on the island, local media reported Sunday. continue reading »

Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Prompts U.S. Travel Warning

Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Prompts U.S. Travel Warning

The State Department through the U.S. Interest Section in Havana has issued a travel advisory warning of a cholera outbreak in Cuba. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident’s Family Says Gov’t Vehicle Caused his Death

Cuban Dissident’s Family Says Gov’t Vehicle Caused his Death

A criminal complaint filed Monday before Spain's National Court by the family of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in July 2012 in a traffic accident, says the crash was deliberately caus continue reading »