No Commotion in Cuba yet

April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A surveillance-resistant tool called Commotion is not yet operational in Cuba, the U.S. Agency for International Development told the New York Times.

Agustin Bejarano Returns to Cuba after Serving Sentence for Pedophilia in Miami

April 22, 2014 | No Comments »

The famous painter and sculptor Agustin Bejarano, convicted of sexually abusing a minor, returned to Cuba this month after spending three years in prison in the United States.

Record number of US visas for Cubans

April 22, 2014 | 3 comments

The United States granted a record 19,500 visas to Cubans for family and professional or business visits during the first half of fiscal 2014 according to State Department data. The number of non-immigrant visas issued was up 27% from the same period of last year.

Five Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington

April 21, 2014 | 6 comments

Public figures from around the globe continue to show interest in supporting the cause of the Cuban Five, and a new campaign the week of June 4-11 on their behalf is being launched by the International Committee seeking the release of the remaining three from prison.

Cuba Slugger Frederich Cepeda Signs for $1.5 million with Yomiuri Giants

April 20, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Frederich Cepeda, one of the best hitters in Cuban baseball, will play this coming season in the Professional League in Japan, which just announced his signing for one season with the Yomiuri Giants in a monetary settlement of $1.5 million dollars.

Cuban Artist Recreates “The Hole” Where Cuban Five Were Held in Isolation

April 20, 2014 | 2 comments

During the month of April an unusual installation is showing at the Havana Fine Arts Museum titled “No Agradezcan el Silencio” (Don’t thank the silence) by artist Alexis Leiva Machado (Kcho). (20 photos)

Posada Carriles Court Transcripts

April 20, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Three years ago this month, former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, now 85, was acquitted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and immigration fraud. For journalists, scholars and others interested in his case, I’m posting here more than 700 pages of transcripts from Posada Carriles’ trial in El Paso, Texas.

Cuba Customs Publishes List of Agencies Authorized for Package Services to the Island

April 19, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Cuban customs service published today a list of the foreign courier and package delivery agencies operating legally under contract with Cuban operators, authorized to perform these operations, reported Cubadebate.

Cuba Faces Condom Shortage

April 19, 2014 | 9 comments

The iffy supply of condoms in Cuban pharmacies and markets in recent months has meant greater risk for some and an impediment to others who prefer to restrain their libidos rather than fall sick or become pregnant. The situation seems to have worsened since early April but has been intermittent for more than a year.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Author of 100 Years of Solitude Dies at 87

April 17, 2014 | 2 comments

Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize for Literature 1982 and author of the monumental “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, one of the most translated and read novels in the world, died today at age 87 in Mexico City,