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Venezuelan V.P. Meets Raul Castro Before Seeing Hugo Chavez in Cuba

Venezuelan V.P. Meets Raul Castro Before Seeing Hugo Chavez in Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro met with Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro upon his arrival on the island to see Hugo Chavez, still convalescing in Havana following his fourth operation for cancer, local media said. continue reading »

Spain Lightens Prison Sentence for Angel Carromero

Spain Lightens Prison Sentence for Angel Carromero

Angel Carromero, who was sent home to Spain from Cuba to serve the rest of a four-year sentence for vehicular manslaughter on the island, walked out of a prison here Friday after authorities agreed to grant him open-regime status. continue reading »

Opposition Figure Oscar Elias Biscet Presents Democracy Manifesto

Opposition Figure Oscar Elias Biscet Presents Democracy Manifesto

Cuban opposition figure Oscar Elias Biscet on Wednesday presented a manifesto on which he intends to collect signatures to promote a move toward democracy on the Communist-ruled island. continue reading »

Hispanic Poet to Recite Poem Following Inauguration’s “Our People, Our Future” Theme

Hispanic Poet to Recite Poem Following Inauguration’s “Our People, Our Future” Theme

Cuban American poet Richard Blanco has been selected to recite a poem at the Jan. 21 inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to the organizing committee for the event. continue reading »

Cuba’s New Tax Law Takes Effect - Intended to Improve “Economic Conditions”

Cuba’s New Tax Law Takes Effect - Intended to Improve “Economic Conditions”

Cuba enacted this Jan. 1 a new Tax Law to continue the government's "modernization" of socialism with economic reforms that revamp the tax culture of a country where taxes have continue reading »

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez- Welcome Twelve Plus One

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez- Welcome Twelve Plus One

The Kabbalah, the number is not mentioned, a superstition with numbers, the calamity that even pronouncing eight letters could bring. I remember when I turned thirteen the many jokes at school that revolved around it. “How old are you?” asked the upper grade students to mock my confusion when answering. continue reading »

American Captive Alan Gross Celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

American Captive Alan Gross Celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

Leaders of Cuba's Jewish community paid a Hanukkah call on U.S. contractor Alan Gross at the Havana military hospital where the American man is serving a 15-year sentence for subversion. continue reading »

Spain’s Air Europa Expands Service to Havana, Cuba

Spain’s Air Europa Expands Service to Havana, Cuba

Spanish airline Air Europa said Thursday it will add three new weekly round-trip flights between Madrid and Havana starting April 1. The announcement comes two weeks after another Spanish airline continue reading »

Iberia Eliminates Havana-Madrid Route, Businessmen Plead to Reverse Decision

Iberia Eliminates Havana-Madrid Route, Businessmen Plead to Reverse Decision

The association representing the more than 360 Spanish firms with operations in Cuba asked Iberia airline and Spain's government Tuesday for the carrier to reverse its decision to eliminate service between Havana and Madrid. continue reading »

Cuba to Send Spaniard Home to Finish His Prison Sentence

Cuba to Send Spaniard Home to Finish His Prison Sentence

A Spaniard jailed in Cuba in connection with a road accident that resulted in the death of prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya will be sent back to Spain, possibly before the end of the year, to serve the rest of his four-year sentence. continue reading »

Cuba Bans “Vulgar” Music on TV, Radio

Cuba Bans “Vulgar” Music on TV, Radio

Broadcasting music with "vulgar, offensive" lyrics has become such a controversy in Cuba that it made its way into a parliamentary debate, during which the president of the state's ICRT broadcasting monopoly announced that such content will be banned from the nation's airwaves. continue reading »

U.S. Reacts to Cuban Dissident Group Members ‘Ladies in White’ Being Detained

U.S. Reacts to Cuban Dissident Group Members ‘Ladies in White’ Being Detained

Cuba's Ladies in White reported that dozens of women belonging to that dissident group suffered temporary arrests across Cuba on the eve of International Human Rights Day. continue reading »

U.S. Senate Demands Cuba Free Alan Gross

U.S. Senate Demands Cuba Free Alan Gross

By unanimous consensus, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan resolution demanding that Cuban authorities immediately release imprisoned U.S. contractor Alan Gross. continue reading »

US State Dept to Cuba: Return Alan Gross to Family “Where he Belongs”

US State Dept to Cuba: Return Alan Gross to Family “Where he Belongs”

The Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State released a statement regarding the start of the 4th year of imprisonment for U.S. contractor Alan Gross. continue reading »

Cuba Overturns Fidel Castro Law Placing Surcharge on International Calls

Cuba Overturns Fidel Castro Law Placing Surcharge on International Calls

The Cuban government is making international calls between the island and the United States less costly by repealing a decree signed by ex-President Fidel Castro in the year 2000 that established a 10-percent surcharge on calls between the two countries. continue reading »