- According to this press report, Senator Menendez of
urged the President of Cyprus not to open an embassy in New Jersey . The Havana has more accredited diplomats in United States than any other country; the article doesn’t say whether the President asked the Senator about that. Havana
- Not so fast: EFE reports that Cuba’s ambassador in Madrid says Cuba accepted the EU proposal for a political dialogue, but “first it’s necessary to discuss and agree upon the bases on which this political dialogue can occur,” and he pointed out the need for the talks to be between “equals, respecting the independence of the states, the principle of non-interference…” etc.
- The Center for Democracy in the
has a report (pdf) on a September 18-21 trip to evaluate hurricane damage and recovery efforts, and also a video of an interview with Orlando Marquez, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Havana and Palabra Nueva editor, commenting on Caritas’ disaster relief role. Americas
- After denying visas to two Prensa Latina reporters to return from
to the UN bureau, where they have worked since 2005, the State Department reversed course and granted the visas. Cuba
- Another story from the British media about potential golf course development: there’s “a frisson of excitement about Cuba,” “a country which is still, in theory, Marxist,” talk of investment by Sir Terence Conran, and a project involving “villas and apartments” and a “a boutique hotel, spa and an 18 hole championship golf course.”