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Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse mgreenlar@syracuse.com Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com on March 09, 2017 at 1:54 PM, updated March 09, 2017 at 2:11 PM Syracuse, N.Y. — Alejandro Cobus would leave his apartment in Syracuse for his ballet class three hours early. He’d walk nearly six miles in the […] Continue reading

Cubans’ Route To The United States Passes Through Remote Guyana

Cubans’ Route To The United States Passes Through Remote Guyana / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, 15 November 2016 – He doesn’t yet know how to find Guyana on a map, but he proudly shows off a plane reservation from Havana to Panama City and finally to Georgetown. Samuel, a fictitious name to avoid […] Continue reading

Cuban rapper dedicates new song with biting lyrics to those fleeing

Cuban rapper dedicates new song with biting lyrics to those fleeing BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The immigration experience served as the inspiring force behind a new album by Bian Oscar Rodríguez, better known in the Cuban hip-hop scene as El B. He co-founded Los Aldeanos along with Aldo Rodríguez Baquero (no relation). The duo […] Continue reading

How Cuba’s Greatest Cartoonist Fled From Castro and Created ‘Spy vs. Spy’

How Cuba’s Greatest Cartoonist Fled From Castro and Created ‘Spy vs. Spy’ One day a Cuban illustrator walked unannounced into the MAD Magazine offices, and the rest is history. By Eric Grundhauser AUGUST 11, 2016 One of the greatest rivalries of all time has been raging since 1961 between two figures who don’t even have […] Continue reading

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period?

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period? / Iván García Joel, a fifty-five-year-old engineer, remembers the summer of 1994 when, after finishing his day job, he came home to roast two or three pounds of peanuts. After packaging them in paper cones fashioned from the pages of school textbooks, he went out to […] Continue reading

Cuban Migration Crisis – Neither Economic nor Humanitarian

Cuban Migration Crisis: Neither Economic nor Humanitarian / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 June 2016 — About 400 Cubans who remained ensconced in front of the embassy of Mexico, in the city of Quito, Ecuador, demanding an airlift to allow them entry to the United States, were violently evicted from the place […] Continue reading

Cubans in Panama Ask Obama’s Help in the Immigration Crisis

Cubans in Panama Ask Obama’s Help in the Immigration Crisis / 14ymedio, Mario Penton Posted on March 23, 2016 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 22 March 2016 — “If it were not for the many who have died trying, it would be funny: Obama is in Cuba and we Cubans are leaving it.” In his sweaty […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

Exodus, ‘revision’ and doublespeak

Exodus, ‘revision’ and doublespeak ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 23 Nov 2015 – 8:50 pm. The unstoppable wave of Cubans leaving the island, the largest migratory stampede since the Mariel Boatlift in 1980, is the most vivid illustration of the failure of the “revision of the socialist economic model,” dramatically discrediting those who […] Continue reading

The Filmmaker Ian Padrón Announces his Decision to Leave Cuba

The Filmmaker Ian Padrón Announces his Decision to Leave Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on February 17, 2015 14ymedio, 16 February 2015 — The Cuban filmmaker Ian Padrón announced his decision to leave the island and stay in the US in an interview broadcast by CNN Mexico last week. The artist admitted that he, “was tired […] Continue reading

For Cuban dancers who defected, the delicate dance for freedom

Posted on Friday, 06.20.14 For Cuban dancers who defected, the delicate dance for freedom BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH DSHOER@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Almost a dozen dancers from the Cuban National Ballet who, until a few days ago, could share only an unsatisfactory plate of food without the sauce of freedom or the spice of opportunity, now dance in […] Continue reading

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting June 14, 2014 8:03 AM ET Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR’s Scott Simon why Cuba can’t hold on to its ballerinas. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, […] Continue reading

Cuban ballet defectors expected to dance at Miami gala

Posted on Monday, 06.09.14 Cuban ballet defectors expected to dance at Miami gala BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ALNUEVOHERALD.COM At least six dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba who abandoned the company during their recent performance in Puerto Rico plan to dance in a Miami gala later this month. Mónica Gómez, Ignacio Galíndez and Raisel […] Continue reading

Road to the major leagues from Cuba still a dizzying one

Road to the major leagues from Cuba still a dizzying one by Ray Glier @rayglier October 7, 2013 1:00PM ET Yasiel Puig is among emerging Cuban baseball stars, but their journey remains under political, economic pressure ATLANTA — Yasiel Puig’s parents, Omar and Maritza, were in attendance last week at Turner Field when their son […] Continue reading

‘Una Noche’ captures Cuba’s lost generations

Posted on Saturday, 09.14.13 ‘Una Noche’ captures Cuba’s lost generations BY MIRTA OJITO MAO35@COLUMBIA.EDU From the small screen of my iPad I glimpsed my city, and my heart sank. There was my barrio, Santos Suarez, in all its faded glory. A cruel shell of its old self. There was my old middle school in La […] Continue reading

Every Night, The Night

Every Night, The Night / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on August 31, 2013 People without God and the State, after the incessant media deaths of Fidel Castro, as in a classroom-cage that’s been left without their despotic teacher, our society is doomed to becoming unhinged overnight. Even in a single night, without having to […] Continue reading

‘Una Noche’ Stars, Who Play Twins Fleeing Cuba, Expecting Twins After Fleeing Cuba

‘Una Noche’ Stars, Who Play Twins Fleeing Cuba, Expecting Twins After Fleeing Cuba 2:13 PM PDT 8/30/2013 by Seth Abramovitch The pair, who play brother and sister in the critically acclaimed new film, vanished on their way to Tribeca; now they are in love, in America and in need of diapers. It’s a remarkable story […] Continue reading