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INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

Cuban Officials Maintain US Contractor Alan Gross Still in “Normal” Health

Cuban Officials Maintain US Contractor Alan Gross Still in “Normal” Health

The health of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for subversion, "continues to be normal," the island's Communist government said Wednesday, a day after the prisoner's wife expressed concern about his well-being. continue reading »

First Day of Hunger Strike Leaves 67 Year Old Cuban Dissident “Very Weak”

First Day of Hunger Strike Leaves 67 Year Old Cuban Dissident “Very Weak”

Cuban dissident Marta Beatriz Roque said Tuesday she feels "very weak" the day after going on a hunger strike to demand the release of an opposition prisoner. continue reading »

Cuba Plans to Rescue Agricultural Cooperatives

Cuba Plans to Rescue Agricultural Cooperatives

The Cuban government has approved a package of measures to rescue the system of autonomously managed farming cooperatives known as UBPCs, which cultivate 28 percent of the nation's arable land. continue reading »

American Alan Gross Looses 100 Pounds While Imprisoned in Cuba

American Alan Gross Looses 100 Pounds While Imprisoned in Cuba

The wife of U.S. contractor Alan Gross expressed concerns about his health after visiting him in a Cuban prison. "I am devastated by his appearance," Judy Gross said in a statement released Tuesday. continue reading »

Massive Blackout HIts Cuba, Many Struggling Under Oppressive Heat

Massive Blackout HIts Cuba, Many Struggling Under Oppressive Heat

Power was restored Monday to several sections of Havana that were left without electricity for nearly six hours due to a problem over the weekend with a transmission line in central Cuba. continue reading »

400th Anniversary of Cuba’s Our Lady of Charity Drew Celebrations Internationally

400th Anniversary of Cuba’s Our Lady of Charity Drew Celebrations Internationally

The festival of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba, drew thousands of people to Masses and processions that were marked by messages of love and unity for Cubans on and off the island, where this year the 400th anniversary of the finding of the saint's image is being held. continue reading »

Cuba Experiments with “Magnetizers” Devices to Save Fuel

Cuba Experiments with “Magnetizers” Devices to Save Fuel

Cuba is experimenting with "magnetizer" devices designed on the island that help vehicles and electric generators save fuel, thanks to the effect of their magnetic field on combustion, the official daily Granma said Saturday. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »

6 Die of Burns After Truck Crashed into Gas Station in Cuba

6 Die of Burns After Truck Crashed into Gas Station in Cuba

Six of the 32 people hurt last week in a fire at a gas station in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba have died, Cuban official media said Friday. continue reading »

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

Representatives of Colombia's FARC rebel group said here Thursday they will immediately propose a bilateral ceasefire once peace talks get underway with the government. continue reading »

Venezuela Begins Oil Exploration off of Cuba

Venezuela Begins Oil Exploration off of Cuba

State-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, has started exploring for oil in deepwater areas off Cuba, Oil and Mining Minister Rafael Ramirez said. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Ends Hunger Strike as Arrests Double in August

Cuban Dissident Ends Hunger Strike as Arrests Double in August

Cuban dissident Jorge Cervantes, who has been in police custody since Aug. 22, ended the hunger strike he has been pursuing for 13 days to demand his release, his mother told Efe on Tuesday. "The family asked him for the favor of suspending the (hunger) strike because he would be one more casualty," Alba Verdecia said by telephone from her house in Las Tunas, 690 kilometers (428 miles) east of Havana. continue reading »

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives 2 Important Rafael Soriano Paintings

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives 2 Important Rafael Soriano Paintings

This summer two major paintings by Cuban master Rafael Soriano were given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum for its permanent collection. These two works, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place) (1972) and Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn) (1994), represent significant moments in Soriano's artistic production. continue reading »

Hispanic NASA Mission Director Shares his Story, Advice

Hispanic NASA Mission Director Shares his Story, Advice

Inspired by the arrival at the planet Mars of the first Viking probe in 1976, Arthur Amador decided to pursue his studies with the aim of working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where today he is the only Hispanic on the team of mission directors for the Mars rover Curiosity. continue reading »