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Cuba’s International Stand on Minority Issues

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The ninth session of the UN’s Forum on Minority issues took place on the 24th and 25th November, at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. The subject was “Minorities in situations of humanitarian crises.”



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Nicaraguan Gov. Ignores Sexual Violence against Women and Girls

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

Once again, the Nicaraguan government did not attend the hearing requested by civil society organizations, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held earlier in the week in Panama. No representative of the Nicaraguan State responded to the call of the regional body, a repeat of the previous session.



Josefina Vidal, Director General for the US in Cuba’s Foreign Ministry. Photo: Raquel Perez Díaz
Cuba Hopes Trump Maintains Dialogue

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The Cuban government hopes that the next president of the United States, Donald Trump, maintains the policy of dialogue “on the basis of respect,” said diplomatic sources on Thursday.



A new 1000 Bolivar bank note.  Photo: http://quepasaenvenezuela.com
Venezuela Presents New Currency Denominations to Face Inflation

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) introduced six new banknotes this week and three coins to facilitate commercial transactions amid the escalating inflation in the country. Circulation will begin as of December 15th.



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Havana Weather for December 8-14

December 8, 2016 | No Comments »

The maximum temperatures will oscillate between 25 and 30° C (77 and 86 F), while the lows will be between 21 and 23° C (70 and 73 F). The sea surface temperature will be 28° C (82 F).



Mari Carmen Aponte. Foto: elsalvador.com
Cuba-USA Renew Talks in Havana

December 7, 2016 | 2 comments

Representatives of Cuba and the United States meet Wednesday in Havana to define actions to “advance the process of improving bilateral relations” with high-level visits and new agreements, the Cuban Government reported Tuesday.



José Adán Aguerri with Rosario Murillo and Daniel Ortega at a meeting with business people.  Photo: agenciasnn.com
US Drops Travel Alert for Nicaragua

December 7, 2016 | No Comments »

As of December 1, the US government has dropped its travel alert on Nicaragua, Jose Adan Aguerri, president of the Supreme Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), told El Nuevo Diario



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EU Approves End to “Common Position” on Cuba

December 7, 2016 | No Comments »

The European Council approved an agreement Tuesday on political dialogue and cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, which will end the so-called “common position” promoted by the former Spanish president José María Aznar and that restricted the relations with the island.



Imprisoned graffiti artist El Sexto.
Detentions in Cuba after Fidel Castro’s Death

December 6, 2016 | 4 comments

More than 20 Cuban opponents of the Castro government were arrested, harassed or threatened in Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro, including graffiti artist “El Sexto”, who is still under arrest, a Cuban human rights group denounced on Monday.



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Standing Rock Protest Wins Big Victory

December 5, 2016 | 3 comments

In an historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.