Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Odds and ends

  • Yoani Sanchez on the sight of new, renovated, and spruced-up houses, more common in Cuba these days than before.  In English here.

  • The Los Angeles Times, from Santiago, on the different outlooks encountered among members of different generations of Cubans, including youth who want more opportunity.

  • AP: A Cuban trade oficial says exports of goods and services grew 20 percent in 2011.

  • Some of the commentaries on the Ozzie Guillen “I love Fidel” incident are much more interesting than the incident itself: see this from Wright Thompson at on changes in Cuban Miami, this from Univision’s Jorge Ramos on what he calls the “Miami baptism,” this from Andrew Johnson at Minnesota Daily arguing that it’s not a cut-and-dried free speech issue, and this from Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post on long-ago losses that still, for some, feel like yesterday’s.

  • The Sun Sentinel on U.S. response plans in the event of a Cuban oil spill: the priority will be not beaches, but rather “shielding inlets and intracoastal waterways to protect the most vulnerable parts of the state's coastline.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

no one who reads Carlos Frias report cannot feel sympathy and sorry for the loss. More specific info would have been helpful, as to why his father ended up in jail. Revolutions are a nasty thing, there are winners and losers. And so many mistakes. There are as many heart rendering stories in Cuba about those who lost under Batista, or the more than 3,500 innocents killed by acts of terrorism by counter-revolutionaries. Until both sides forgive, not forget, change will be difficult as we have seen for the past 50 years. But be very careful in the continuance of such hate and ignorance based on emotional personal anecdotes. That's when the tally becomes the rationale. and everyone loses.