- Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to take the case of the Cuban Five.
- Physician Hilda Molina, who broke with the system 15 years ago and has sought permission to travel to
to visit her family there, finally got permission and traveled last weekend. She told La Nacion that 15 days ago when her mother was hospitalized, she wrote another letter to the Council of State and pledged that if permitted to leave, she would return. AP coverage here. Argentina
- Two additions to the blogroll at right, both in Spanish: the return of Herejias y Caipirinhas by former El Nuevo Herald reporter Rui Ferreira, BBC correspondent Fernando Ravsberg’s Cartas desde Cuba.
- Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez returns to baseball, signing a contract to pitch in a Texas Rangers Triple-A team.
- The Luis Posada Carriles trial is delayed until next February; Herald story here.
- Fernando Ravsberg of the BBC’s Spanish service (which would do such a service if it were to translate his “Cartas desde
” blog into English) writes about those Cubans who have hard currency income – some with enough to send money to help family abroad. Cuba
- In the Washington Post, Peter Carlson looks back at an imaginative episode in American diplomacy, when President Eisenhower wanted a game-changer in U.S.-Soviet relations and invited Nikita Khrushchev for a September 1959 visit.