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Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com GUALACA, PANAMA The color green seems to fill everything in Chiriqui, the western province of Panama where the government is holding 124 undocumented Cuban migrants. The morning’s quiet amid huge pine trees is broken only by the hum of insects […] Continue reading

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders. It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of the University […] Continue reading

Camila Cabello shares her success story: ‘I want to be what people think of when they think of America’

Camila Cabello shares her success story: ‘I want to be what people think of when they think of America’ hola.com April 6, 2017 Long before her pop star days, Camila Cabello was a young girl looking to start a new life in the United States. The singer and her mother Sinuhe candidly opened up about […] Continue reading

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

Cuban emigration – causes and incentives

Cuban emigration: causes and incentives DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 24 de Enero de 2017 – 10:40 CET. From the 16th century until the first half of the 20th Cuba was a country of immigrants. In spite of the close relationship with the United States, in 1959 the number of Cubans in the latter […] Continue reading

Cuba’s ‘deserting’ doctors fear losing the American Dream amid policy shift

Cuba’s ‘deserting’ doctors fear losing the American Dream amid policy shift jwyss@miamiherald.com BY JIM WYSS jwyss@miamiherald.com BOGOTA, COLOMBIA In a tiny house in a sprawling suburb of this capital city, a group of Cubans — all of them doctors, dentists and medical professionals — huddled around a television Friday watching Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, hoping […] Continue reading

Cuban Emigration – All Roads Lead to the United States

Cuban Emigration: All Roads Lead to the United States / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 November 2016 — Yoandry, 29, vowed that he would emigrate fromCuba in 2016. The best strategy was not to put all his eggs in one basket. Last year he sent in a form to participate in the global lottery offered […] Continue reading

The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again

“The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 8 August 2016 – Everyone in the Versalles neighborhood in the city of Camagüey knows Bernardo de Quesada Salomon. Loquacious, restless and the founder of the Apostolic Movement, he has experienced intense months this year, especially January […] 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 ballplayers defect during Surrey tournament

Cuban ballplayers defect during Surrey tournament GLEN SCHAEFER (Vancouver Sun) Published: July 18, 2016 Two Cuban ballplayers disappeared Sunday from the site of the Women’s World Softball Championship in what organizers have taken to be a bid to defect. The Cuban team arrived in Canada last week, before the 31-country tournament started Friday, said tournament […] Continue reading

Former Communist loyalist leads some 5000 U.S.-bound Cubans in Ecuador

Former Communist loyalist leads some 5000 U.S.-bound Cubans in Ecuador Some of his critics state that he was sent to Ecuador by Cuban intelligence to collect money for helping the Cubans emigrate to the United States, and then hand over the funds to the government. For others, he is a messiah trying to lead Cubans […] Continue reading

He was a Communist loyalist – Then he realized Cubans lived in fear

He was a Communist loyalist. Then he realized Cubans lived in fear His generation grew up in the best years of the Cuban economic model, when the former Soviet Union was subsidizing it with billions of dollars per year. But then he realized the government tries to create “test tube leaders” as if the island […] Continue reading

The Ordeal of a Cuban Rafter

The Ordeal of a Cuban Rafter May 9, 2016 By Ivett de las Mercedes HAVANA TIMES — On Friday, March 4, a group of twenty-seven young Cubans set out from Bahia Honda, in the province of Artemisa, headed for the United States. They had built their vessel – approximately six meters long – together. They […] Continue reading

The U.S. Needs To End Cuba’s Immigration Blank Check

The U.S. Needs To End Cuba’s Immigration Blank Check GUEST POST WRITTEN BY G. Isabelle Abad Ms. Abad is a Dominican-American writer, entrepreneur and contracts/business initiatives specialist in financial services. Amidst the bustling controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba, and the international pressures for the United States to end the embargo against […] Continue reading

Cuba – If it’s such a health superpower, why have thousands of doctors fled?

Cuba: If it’s such a health superpower, why have thousands of doctors fled? A total of 1,278 Cuban medics fled to make use of a US parole programme for doctors in 2013 alone. “I LIVED IN Spain for 18 years but knew due to the economic crisis, I couldn’t continue my studies there. If I […] Continue reading

The Dream of Leaving Cuba – Fernando Aramis

The Dream of Leaving Cuba February 15, 2016 By Fernando Aramis HAVANA TIMES — For the vast majority of Cubans, being able to leave the island legally has long been – and continues to be – a pipe dream, an unattainable goal. This is especially so for those who live in the interior. Some have […] 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