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US Coast Guard repatriates 38 Cuban migrants

December 2, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 38 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 38 Cuban migrants on Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of three separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure...

Delta returns to Cuba after 55-year hiatus

December 2, 2016
Delta returns to Cuba after 55-year hiatus HAVANA, Cuba -- Delta on Thursday began regularly scheduled passenger service with nonstop daily flights from the US to Cuba. Flights will depart from Miami, New York-JFK and Atlanta to Havana as the airline makes its return to the Cuban capital for the first time in 55 years.

Demand for direct travel to Cuba starts to grow as flights begin from US

December 2, 2016
Demand for direct travel to Cuba starts to grow as flights begin from US DALLAS, USA -- From the applications to fly direct into Cuba to the death of Fidel Castro, the island nation continues to capture headlines. An analysis of Cuba by Sabre, a leading technology provider to the travel industry, has revealed a shifting interest in travel to the country.

Commentary: Fidel is dead. His revolution is not

December 2, 2016
Commentary: Fidel is dead. His revolution is not No doubt the most significant thing about Fidel’s 50-year dictatorship is the notorious failure of ten successive US presidents to overthrow it. The New York Times affirms this by duly noting their failure in the first sentence of his obituary.  Remarkably, Fidel lived long enough to see the...

Letter: Debunking 'Fidel Castro's mark on the world'

December 2, 2016
Letter: Debunking 'Fidel Castro's mark on the world' The obsequious op-ed by R. T. Luke V. Browne, a ruling Unity Labour Party senator in the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) government, lionizing the dictatorial rule of Fidel Castro cannot go unanswered. No one can deny that the corrupt, undemocratic, and repressive...

Cuban graffiti artist arrested again

December 1, 2016
Cuban graffiti artist arrested again HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (also known as ‘El Sexto’) – named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2015 – was re-arrested at his home in Havana on 26 November, shortly after the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death. Maldonado was...

JetBlue launches historic first day of service between US and Havana

November 30, 2016
JetBlue launches historic first day of service between US and Havana NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue on Monday announced the historic launch of service to Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) from three of the airline’s focus cities, with the first flight taking off on Monday morning shortly after 9 am from New York’s John F. Kennedy International...

Commentary: Fidel Castro's mark on the world

November 30, 2016
Commentary: Fidel Castro's mark on the world My first public undertaking as a young graduate of the University of the West Indies was a lecture series in 2008 that began with a presentation on Fidel Castro. By then, Fidel had already relinquished leadership in Cuba and was firmly established as the most iconic revolutionary leader.

Letter: Reflection on the death of Fidel Castro

November 30, 2016
Letter: Reflection on the death of Fidel Castro Early Saturday morning we learned that Comandante Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba, journeyed on to the next realm He was 90. I am sure that God will be pleased with his works and bless him on the next leg of his journey. Mr Castro, the son of a sugar cane farmer, became involved...

Trump may prompt Mariel Boatlift 2.0 from Cuba

November 29, 2016
Trump may prompt Mariel Boatlift 2.0 from Cuba WASHINGTON, USA -- According to intelligence sources, Cuban President Raul Castro is planning another Mariel boatlift if US President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his threat on Monday to terminate improved diplomatic relations with Cuba if it does not somehow reform.

First commercial flight from the US to Havana in more than 50 years lands in Cuba

November 29, 2016
First commercial flight from the US to Havana in more than 50 years lands in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- An American Airlines 737 took off from Miami International Airport on Monday morning on the first regularly scheduled flight between Miami and the Cuban capital of Havana in more than half a century. “It’s a monumental day of great historic relevance with Miami being...

Commentary: Fidel Castro's death: A litmus test

November 29, 2016
Commentary: Fidel Castro's death: A litmus test Fidel Castro is dead! One of the world’s longest-ruling dictators died at the age of 90 on Friday, November 25, at 10:29 pm, in Havana, Cuba. His communist military dictatorship has been imposed to the island nation of Cuba since January 1959 and will survive Fidel’s death at least...

Letter: In remembrance of Fidel Castro, whose significance shall endure

November 29, 2016
Letter: In remembrance of Fidel Castro, whose significance shall endure Indeed, the world has lost a "true revolutionary", with the passing of a man who truly needs no introduction, H. E. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. Irrespective of what the mainstream media has spewed about this icon for decades, there is absolutely no question in my mind that President Castro...

'History will absolve me': Fidel Castro dies at 90

November 28, 2016
'History will absolve me': Fidel Castro dies at 90 HAVANA, Cuba -- The founder of the Cuban Revolution and president of Cuba for almost 50 years, Fidel Castro, died on the night of Friday, November 25, in Havana. He was 90 years old. He ruled Cuba under a one-party system until he stepped away from power in 2008.

Letter: Fidel Castro's early life and legacy

November 28, 2016
Letter: Fidel Castro's early life and legacy Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13th, 1926, and grew up on a sugar plantation near the town of Biran in Eastern Cuba. He went to Jesuit Schools before enrolling at the University of Havana where he was a student leader. He became a lawyer and was soon caught up in...

Letter: Castro will long be remembered

November 28, 2016
Letter: Castro will long be remembered Dying at the age of 90, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro will surely spark a lot of emotions for many people around the world, but especially in Cuba, the Americas, Southern Africa and the former Soviet Union. For sure, the man was a giant of the last century and Castro will long...

Poets Corner: Viva Fidel!

November 28, 2016
Poets Corner: Viva Fidel! The story of Fidel will live on forever A revolutionary warrior Who defied the emperor A survivor of numerous assassination attempts by the great America Who influenced the life of numerous world leaders Including Chavez, Maduro, Maurice Bishop and Nelson Mandela Viva Fidel! Viva!

Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba

November 21, 2016
Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Members of Cubalex, a Havana-based organization of human rights lawyers, have been subjected to months of harassment and intimidation by the Cuban authorities for their work. Progressively since September, Cuban authorities have intimidated members of Cubalex.

US Coast Guard repatriates 90 Cuban migrants

November 19, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 90 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 90 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Tuesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 62 Cuban migrants on Tuesday and 28 Cuban migrants on Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of eight...

Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm

November 15, 2016
Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm MIAMI, USA -- Surface pressures are slowly falling over the southwestern Caribbean Sea, and a broad low pressure system is expected to form in this area during the next day or two. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions are forecast...

Southwest Airlines begins Cuba service nonstop from Ft Lauderdale to Varadero

November 15, 2016
Southwest Airlines begins Cuba service nonstop from Ft Lauderdale to Varadero DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines on Sunday inaugurated service between South Florida and Cuba with the scheduled 11:00 am EST departure of Southwest Flight 3914 to Varadero (VRA) from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). A total of 143 passengers and...

UN development agency working with Cuban government in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew

November 14, 2016
UN development agency working with Cuban government in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew HAVANA, Cuba -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is cooperating with Cuban authorities to support early recovery in Baracoa, Maisí, Imías and San Antonio del Sur, the areas of the island nation most-affected by Hurricane Matthew. UNDP has already delivered 9,000...

JetBlue continues to grow Cuba presence with new service to Holguin

November 12, 2016
JetBlue continues to grow Cuba presence with new service to Holguin NEW YORK, USA – JetBlue has announced the start of new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Holguín’s Frank País Airport (HOG) in Cuba. Holguín becomes the third city served in Cuba from the airline’s south Florida focus city.

Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era

November 11, 2016
Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean and Latin America are lapping-up the results of the most controversial US presidential election ever, which served-up what the world had been told was the most tasteless or distasteful candidate as the one Americans liked most.  But long before his surprise...

Canadian prime minister to visit Cuba

November 9, 2016
Canadian prime minister to visit Cuba OTTAWA, Canada -- The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Tuesday announced that he will pay official visits to Cuba and Argentina from November 15 to 18, and will travel to Peru from November 19 to 20 to participate in the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation...

US Coast Guard repatriates 109 Cuban migrants

November 5, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 109 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 109 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since October 15. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated seven Cuban migrants on October 15, the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated seven Cuban migrants...

New report on US-Cuba relations assesses progress, barriers to normalisation

November 5, 2016
New report on US-Cuba relations assesses progress, barriers to normalisation WASHINGTON, USA -- Just under two years after a historic breakthrough in US-Cuba relations, diplomatic dialogue has advanced remarkably quickly. Today, there remains strong momentum for engagement – more diplomatic agreements are in the works, more commercial contracts...

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