Luis Alberto Rios is 40 years old, he’s been living in Prague for two years. Like him, there are many Cubans in different parts of the world looking for a better place to live. There are many things that lead them to emigrate, even risking their lives in the crossing. Then they have to adapt themselves to difficult situations in order to survive.
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An article published this week in the Russian publication Sputnik has some people thinking that Vladimir Putin may be ready to provide Cuba with cheap oil to pick up the slack from Venezuela, its current supplier. Such a move by Russia would be a modified version of the former Soviet Union’s subsidizing the entire Cuban economy from the 60s until its demise in 1991.
Cuban migrants in Mexico still hope to cross into the United States, despite yesterday’s reversal of a decades-old migration policy which effectively granted residency to any Cuban who touched US soil.
Carmelo Mesa Lago: “I have calculated that Venezuela pays an average of 10,600 euros per month (127,200 per year) for every Cuba professional, there is a secret subsidy which the Cuban government receives, which only pays a small fraction of this to its doctors.” We take a look at how the government to government deal seems to work.
For at least a week, Cuban emigrants without a US visa will be treated in the same way as the rest of the “illegals” who try to enter that country, according to the Obama White House. After that, Donald Trump will have the last word.
US President Obama has just issued a surprise statement on Cuban Immigration Policy that eliminates the “wet-foot/dry foot” provision that has favored immigrants from the island for decades. Cubans, said Obama, will now be treated like immigrants from other countries. (INCLUDES FOLLOW-UP PRESS CALL)
Rex Tillerson, nominated by president-elect Donald Trump as secretary of state, said Wednesday that he favors maintaining the embargo on Cuba and considered Mexico a “neighbor and friend” of the United States.
When we began our journey last summer, I didn’t have a very clear idea of what modern-day Cuba was and I must say it would have been pretentious of me to try and understand this country in the 13 days we were there, but I can explain my impressions and the emotions I experienced during this trip.
“Their leaders have received a lot, while the people have received little. This does not serve the interests of Cubans or US citizens,” said Rex Tillerson, who, if confirmed by the Senate in his post, will be the new chief of US diplomacy.
The number of autonomous workers will hardly grow if all the restrictions on non-state forms of work aren’t relaxed, allowing cooperatives, small and medium-sized companies, and above all to expand the variety of jobs that people can legally dedicate themselves to.