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Australia resettles Cuban refugees found clinging to lighthouse off Florida Keys

Resettlement is politically fraught in both Australia and the US, whose refugee deals have previously been labelled ‘people swaps’ Seventeen refugees who were found clinging to a lighthouse off the Florida Keys after fleeing Cuba in a self-made raft, and then were sent to Guantánamo Bay for a year, have been resettled in Brisbane. Show More Summary

Cuban entrepreneurs take a bigger slice of profits thanks to reforms

Small enterprises, such as pizzerias in Havana, are springing up all over Cuba after 2011 licensing changes and relaxed US restrictions on tourism Pizza is falling from the sky in Havana … Actually, it’s being lowered in a basket from...Show More Summary

British Museum exhibition to showcase communist currencies

Museum will mark 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution, with posters, medals and banknotes carrying ‘glorious designs’ They are banknotes that show cheerful farm workers, enthusiastic soldiers and committed intellectuals as well as...Show More Summary

'Sonic attack': Canadian diplomat in Cuba also suffered hearing damage

One or more Canadians affected after suspected use of sound weapon against US personnel in Havana led to expulsion of Cuban diplomats from Washington At least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba has been treated for hearing loss followingShow More Summary

US expels two Cuban diplomats, looks into whether US officials were purposely deafened

Source says investigators looking into whether Cuban government placed sonic devices around embassy staffers’ houses, causing ‘variety of physical symptoms’ The US state department has expelled two diplomats from the Cuban embassy in...Show More Summary

Michael Seifert obituary

Solicitor who commited himself to the miners’ cause during their 1984-85 strike The solicitor Michael Seifert, who has died aged 74, and his firm Seifert Sedley, worked to help Britain’s miners and their leaders through what Arthur Scargill,...Show More Summary

¿Qué hay? What’s On for August

To reach our brand new, re-organized planner for August 2017!!!! Just click on the photo below.  Written by Cubans with inside the scene...

Ken Livingstone: putting the record straight on Venezuela | Letters

Ken Livingstone and Keith Flett respond to a recent Guardian piece about the current troubles in Venezuela I’m very disappointed at the reporting of my comments regarding the situation in Venezuela (Report, 4 August). I have not said that Hugo Chávez should have killed anyone and nor would I ever advocate it. Show More Summary

Ban on students from Cuba is a sign of changes at the Open University | Letters

Behind the progressive rhetoric are many unwelcome developments, writes Dr Paula James Cuba Solidarity is rightly leading protests at the banning of applications from Cuban students by the Open University. It has been policy for a while...Show More Summary

Castro's casa: social work lessons from Cuba

Social workers defy poverty, foster social justice and prevent social problems leading to poor health by supporting the oldest population in Latin America In a street of salmon and teal painted houses, once home to wealthy colonial administrators, sits the Casa del Abuelo. Show More Summary

Five Star Grandeur – Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

  Oh la la ! The grand opening of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski did not disappoint. Havana’s first genuine five-star hotel since the...

US Cuba policy has been hijacked by Cuban-Americans | Letters

A 55-year-old US trade embargo is still punishing Cuba, says Luis Suarez-Villa; and under Obama companies were fined $14bn for violations, adds Rob Miller US policy toward Cuba (Trump reverses Obama’s Cuba deal, limiting travel and trade,...Show More Summary

'A grotesque spectacle': Cuba decries Trump's policy toward island

Foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez says country will not return US fugitives who have asylum in Cuba as Trump tightens restrictions on travel and trade Cuba’s foreign minister has described Donald Trump’s speech outlining a new policyShow More Summary

Trump keeps rolling back Obama legacy by tightening travel and trade with Cuba

The new rules will stop individual travel to Cuba and seek to restrict the flow of payments to the many Cuban companies owned by the regime’s security forces Donald Trump has announced a partial rollback of his predecessor’s rapprochement...Show More Summary

Trump to announce new restrictions on Cuba trade and travel

New policy, which does not entirely reverse changes made by Obama, will be announced in Miami on Friday Donald Trump will on Friday announce new restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba on Friday, but will not entirely reverse Barack...Show More Summary

Trump's 'recalibration' with Cuba could bring down the shutters once more

President likely to announce a reset in US-Cuba relations, and young Cuban Americans say such a move would squander years of progress It has been 60 years since Alexa Ferrer’s grandparents fell in love on Havana’s famous seafront esplanade,...Show More Summary

Cuba must end human rights violations to improve relations, US warns

US secretary of state testified that Barack Obama’s reforms effectively removed pressure from Raúl Castro’s regime to alter its behaviour Cuba must end human rights violations if it wants the US to continue normalising relations, secretary of state Rex Tillerson has warned. Show More Summary

¿Qué hay? What’s On for June

To reach our brand new, re-organized planner for June 2017, just click on the photo below.  Written by Cubans with inside the...

Manana: the festival helping contemporary Cuban music go global

In a country dubbed an ‘offline nation’, a new event is encouraging local musicians to join folkloric forces with European DJs and bringing them to the UK In an age where anything from Daft Punk to Debussy can be summoned at the touch...Show More Summary

New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor

Military’s business arm has transformed Manzana de Gomez mall into an opulent spectacle that both fascinates and alienates Cubans: ‘I can’t buy anything’ The saleswomen in L’Occitane en Provence’s new Havana store make $12.50 a month. Show More Summary

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