- Reuters reports on two apparent retirements announced in
’s official gazette, those of historicos Osmany Cienfuegos, 78, and Pedro Miret, 82. Cuba
- The Sun-Sentinel on the state of weddings, and the state of marriage, in
- On Monday, Granma published the first official notification of the Obama Administration’s easing of travel regulations governing Cuban American family visits: a minimal change that leaves the embargo “still standing,” but a “setback for the anti-Cuban mafia and its representatives in Congress.” AP story here.
no longer barring its own citizens from staying in Cuban hotels, and with the Obama Administration easing rules for family visits, what happens? “The increase in travel will end up with the whole family (“familión ”) staying in an all-inclusive hotel on the beach in Varadero,” a Spanish hotel worker tells El Pais. Cuba
- An interesting report on tourism in
, from the Ottawa Citizen. Cuba
- Last week an EFE reporter in
quoted Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon saying that the Obama Administration is looking for a rapprochement (“acercamiento”) with Honduras . Not so – he was misquoted, the State Department says in a letter in Armengol’s blog. Cuba
- From Encuentro, a report that three Cuban Americans, caught in Cuba during a botched 2007 attempt to smuggle Cubans out by fast boat, are appealing to the Council of State to reduce the 23-year sentences they are now serving in Cuban jails.
- Granma on the black market business of providing DirecTV service in Cuba for 30 convertible pesos per month, and a police operation that broke up one such business…DirecTV’s content, Granma says, includes programming intended to “discredit and destabilize the Cuban Revolution.”