The United States government today praised Cuba for its “significant contribution” in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, although it avoided directly replying to an offer of cooperation from the Caribbean island.
Cuban transportation authorities have been giving us plenty to talk about these days. Denying Cuban non-travelers access to certain areas of the Jose Marti International Airport was a true scandal until the illegal measure was finally repealed. The matter has another side to it, however, enveloped by our government’s familiar secrecy.
By the end of a sunny weekend in Cuba, an area of low pressure and high clouds will form in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico, as it moves northeast along the Straits of Florida. Heavy rain is expected in the western and central part of the country possibly starting Monday.
New identification cards will begin being issued in Cuba starting October 29, starting with the municipality of East Havana, the official media reported on the island.
The Cuban Customs has installed radioactivity detectors in international passenger and cargo airlines and shipping terminals, Cubadebate reported.
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry announced today that the left-wing Latin American Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA) will hold a summit in Havana next Monday to define a possible “joint contribution” to the fight against Ebola, DPA reported.
Cuban authorities backed down from the restrictions they had imposed denying entrance to Cubans in certain areas of the José Martí International Airport after having “inconvenienced many citizens”. It sounds like the government decided to make a concession in order to calm angered spirits, in a small matter that does not really affect the deeply ingrained ills of authoritarianism and full discretion of their powers.
When Jeff Kline visited Cuba offering to train young people to produce radio programs, A 25-year-old woman signed up. Kline was from another country and another generation, but she said the American quickly gained her trust.
The New York Times, the most influential US newspaper, asked President Barack Obama to reflect seriously on ending the half-century-plus embargo on Cuba calling it counterproductive to promote democratic change on the island.
Santiago de Cuba’s Rum Museum is a place no visitor will want to miss. Located at the downtown intersection of San Basilio and Callejon de Carniceria, it is housed by an old, residential mansion built in 1889. The museum affords us a trip across the history of rum making. (27 photos)