· Reuters: Cuban foreign ministry official Josefina Vidal says Cuba has proposed talks with the United States about the Alan Gross case, but “up to this moment we have not received a response.” “Therefore,” she adds, “it is clear that it is not Cuba, but the United States that is not showing interest in this case.” The State Department responded with a statement that rejects the idea of talks with Cuba and instead demands a “humanitarian gesture to release Mr. Gross.” Sorry, Alan.
· With the release of prisoner Jorge Vasquez Chaviano, Martha Beatriz Roque and fellow hunger strikers have ended their hunger strikes. Roque’s condition had grown precarious (AP). Tracey Eaton noted the demands of all the hunger strikers and linked to his interview with Roque.
· Here are two Reuters stories on recently reported economic statistics in Cuba; on agricultural production and employment. The data comes from the National Statistics Office’s annual report, the 2011 edition of which is being released one chapter at a time.
· The Economist on Cuban reforms that “seem to be stalling.”
· BBC Mundo: As Cuba’s legislative elections approach, many are more attuned to the potential impact of elections in Venezuela and the United States.