Monday, August 26, 2013

Odds and ends

  • Herald: The UN is awaiting an invitation to Havana to talk to Cuban officials about the North Korean freighter with weapons aboard.

  • More reporting from the Herald on the scam whereby immigrants fake Cuban origin, complete with forged Cuban birth certificate, to get the fast-track treatment and federal benefits that only Cubans receive.

  • How does Cuba handle the human rights question?  Check out this infographic from the state news agency AIN.

  • NPR interviews Arturo Sandoval, the Cuban trumpet virtuoso who will soon be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  He tells how he was touched by Dizzy Gillespie (who himself was influenced by Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo).

  • In El Mundo, Rui Ferreira reports on Miami families who send their kids to spend summer vacation with family in Cuba.  There’s another story to be written about those who go to Cuba for medical care.

  • Diario de Cuba assembles an all-Cuban dream team of ballplayers playing both on the island and here.

  • El Pais: After lots of back-and-forth, Brazil is going to contract for the services of 4,000 Cuban doctors.  More from Global Post.

  • From the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, a cholera warning for travelers.

  • TIME’s Tim Padgett, writing in the Herald on Daniel Shoer Roth, who is writing a biography of the late Bishop Agustin Roman.


Anonymous said...

It's qwonderful that those cfhildren will go to Cuba for their summer vacations.

That way they won't forget their family members and the island where their ancestors came from.

Hopefully this will in some way make them care about Cuba's future and make them prone to be in favor of finding a way to help her out of her present difficulties and to better relations between the governments of both countries.

"The children are hope of the world!" said José Marti.

They certainly are the hope of Cuba whose adults have failed her so miserably!


Anonymous said...

I have mixed feelings about this.

I am glad that some Brazilians that would not have been able to get any medical service otherwise will be able to receive it through Cuban doctors.

It is a wonderful humanitarian gesture that deserves praise.

I am unhappy that these Cuban doctors will have to hand over such a huge portion of their salaries to the Cuban State.

It is truly slave labor and therefore the Cuban doctors have every reason to defect and the US to provide them refuge.

But in the future when the Cuban totalitarian regime is toppled, I would like the US and Cuba to find some way to cooperate in helping to solve the medical problems of the poor in Latin America and the Third World.

Perhaps a joint not for profit NGO could be set up with the participation of the governments of the US, Cuba and the recipient countries.

It hurts me to see the needy people of these countries loose the only opportunity they have to receive medical service because their won doctors are concentrated in urban centers where they can make more money and the Cuban doctors which are the only ones they have defect to the United States.

This aggravates a humanitarian crisis that must somehow be resolved.

How wonderful it would be if the US government and the Cuban government could one day cooperate permanently in a constructive way like they have for example temporarily in Haiti.

The welfare of the poor people of the third world and not political intrigues should be our primary consideration.

Future medical cooperation between Cbua and the US should be a goal to be sought after in the future for the benefit of all mankind.

Good health care should not be available only to the wealthy. Like adequate education it should be a human right for all!

And all govrnments in the world should cooperate to achieve this!


Anonymous said...

The notion that North Korea that is right next to the Soviet Union and to China and that gets all the modern weapons that it does not produce in its own territory is going to need to transport obsolete weapons halfway accorss teh world from Cuba to defend itsel is absolutely ridiculous and laughable.

A better use of these inspector's services would be if they would investigate if there are North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons in Cuba.

If there was any sort of arm shipments between both countries, these are the ones that the world and the UN should worry about.

All the rest is an absolute waste of time.

I doubt that the Cuban government would allow the UN inspectors into the island.

But if they go anyway, I would suggest so that the trip will not be totally useless that they inspect the sites at Vardero Beach which in my very parttialized ethnocentric opinion is the most beautiful beach in the world!