Cuba News - A Daily Roundup

Cuba Central News Brief: 2/16/2018
U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS Doctors find neurological damage to Americans who served in Cuba, but cannot identify cause University of Pennsylvania doctors found evidence of brain injury among diplomats who suffered mysterious ailments in Havana, reports the Washington Post. Their article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) describes the symptoms experienced […]

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.
After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.

Cuba Central News Brief: 2/9/2018
U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS Trump administration launches Cuba Internet Task Force; Cuban independent media say “no thanks” This week the Trump administration’s new Cuba Internet Task Force convened for the first time in Washington, drawing criticism from Cuban independent media as well as Cuba’s government, reports Reuters. The task force was ordered by President Trump’s June 2017 […]

Cuba Central News Brief 2/2/2018
U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS Cuba inaugurates José Martí statue as symbol of friendship On Sunday, Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal inaugurated a statue of Cuban national hero José Martí in the presence of Cuba’s top leadership and U.S. officials and business leaders, reports Reuters. The statue, a replica of Martí that stands in New York’s Central Park, […]

Fidel Castro’s Eldest Son Commits Suicide, Cuban Media Says
Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, 68, was a nuclear physicist. He had been receiving treatment for depression, a state-run Cuban website said.

Cuba Central News Brief: 1/12/18
This week in Cuba news… U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS Tillerson tells AP Cuba still risky; FBI doubts sonic attack Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that he would not send personnel back to the Embassy in Havana until Cuba’s government provides assurances that they can protect U.S. diplomats on the island, reports the Associated Press. […]

Cuba Central News Brief: 1/5/2018
Happy New Year! Thank you for your incredible support for CDA and our good work. This week, in Cuba news… U.S.-Cuba Relations Cuba allows Cuban descendants to apply for citizenship, with requirements Cuba’s 2017 Gaceta Oficial, the publication of the country’s laws, included policy changes expanding possibilities for the children of Cubans living abroad to […]

Cuba Delays End of Raúl Castro’s Presidency by Two Months
The transition will happen later than expected, because the Cuban government postponed legislative elections in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Cuba Central News Brief 12/15/2017
Preserve engagement with Cuba! Click HERE to give your 100% tax-deductible gift CDA before the end of the year! This week, in Cuba news… U.S.-Cuba Relations U.S., Cuba hold migration talks; interdiction of Cubans drastically down Officials from the U.S. State Department and Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) met in Washington Monday for the […]

Very Fresh Thinking
This week, President Trump said, “When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches.” Three years prior, President Obama […]

Tillerson Suggests Cuba Could Have Stopped ‘Targeted Attacks’ on U.S. Diplomats
“You probably know” who attacked the 24 American diplomats in Cuba, the secretary of state said. “You can stop it. It’s as simple as that.”

Cuba Central News Brief: 12/1/2017
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Trump Is Returning Cuba Policy to the Cold War
Mysterious illnesses among American diplomats in Havana have given President Trump the pretext to take a harder line on Cuba.

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Let’s Make a “Better Deal”
In June, President Trump announced plans to bring about a “better deal” by “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” ordering relevant agencies to promulgate new regulations based on a National Security Presidential Memorandum published by the White House. This week, the Treasury and Commerce Departments published new Cuba regulations (described below), and […]

Trump Tightens Cuba Embargo, Restricting Access to Hotels and Businesses
The new rules, intended to direct money away from the military, limit ties with Cuba just as President Trump pushes business deals with Communist China.

Trump Administration Defends Cuba Embargo at U.N., Reversing Obama
The American dissent on a General Assembly resolution condemning the embargo left the United States isolated again on the issue.

In J.F.K. Files, a Peek Back at an Era of Secrets and Intrigue
Documents released this week recall the Cold War context against which the assassination of John F. Kennedy generated suspicion that persists to this day.

Execution Still Haunts Village, 50 Years After Che Guevara’s Death
Residents of a tiny Bolivian hamlet vividly recall the day the guerrilla leader was shot at their school. “For us, this was a time of suffering,” says a woman who brought him soup.

A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It
The symptoms reported by U.S. embassy staff in Havana probably were not caused by a mysterious sonic weapon, experts said.