- A mass was celebrated last weekend to re-inaugurate a church that was confiscated in 1975 and used as a warehouse and disco, AFP reports. The church is in Tarara, a big housing development on the coast about 10 miles east of Havana, which I understand is now full of Chinese students studying Spanish.
- A group of 18 dissidents led by Martha Beatriz Roque issues a “transition agenda” that needs to be carried out in an “atmosphere of reconciliation.” Its points include freeing political prisoners, ending police action against the opposition, and economic liberalization. (If anyone has a link to the document itself, please pass it on.) Oswaldo Paya did not sign on. No recommendation was made regarding the
embargo, an issue “that divides us,” Roque said. U.S.
- A report on Russian investment, by state and private companies, in
’s aviation infrastructure. And from Cuba , an announcement (without much detail) that funding is approved to build an iron and nickel foundry with Venezuela . Cuba
- Another article on the purchasing power/income inequality problem, this time from AP.