- Raul Castro is in
for a Latin American/Caribbean summit, where Brazil will formally enter the Rio Group. Reporters asked him on arrival if he is willing to discuss the Cuba embargo with a new U.S. administration. He replied, “If Mr. Obama wants to discuss it, we’ll discuss it. If he doesn't want to discuss it, we won't discuss it.” U.S.
- Oswaldo Paya was denied permission to travel to the European Parliament in
for the 20th anniversary of the Sakharov human rights award, which he won in 2002. Strasbourg
- The prime minister of
needs surgery, and heads to Cuba for the operation. Trinidad and Tobago expects that 2008 will bring a record 2.34 million visitors, AP reports in a story that explains why Cuba is doing better than Cuba Caribbeanneighbors this year, in spite of quality factors that discourage return visits. And Vice President Carlos Lage (see AFP Spanish) says is ready for the Americans to come, Cuban Americans or otherwise; “Our tourism sector and our people are prepared,” he said. Cuba