CubaBuzz: Issue 1

IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 1
In an effort to better inform our supporters about issues related to Cuba we will be producing a weekly digest of articles on news about the Island; its progress, challenges and the ongoing process of normalizing relations with its neighbor to the north. Many of these articles will be very informative and useful for preparing for your meetings with elected officials when the 27th Caravan makes a stop in your city

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.  While we might not agree with all the language in the reports list below, given the rapid rate of change in US-Cuba relations and the increased flow of information about Cuba, we feel it is important to stay informed.

Arnold August, CounterPunch
“The old US Cuba policy, he reiterated as quoted above, also “set us back in Latin America.” In other words, it hindered not only US credibility in Latin America but also its ability to maneuver there.” Learn more…

Cuba’s Fate Up to Cubans, Not Americans
Tracey Eaton, Pulitzer Center
“With new wave of Americans here…with this opening of relations with Cuba…I do not want the United States to bring me democracy. That is a project of Cubans,” she said.” Learn More

Study Confirms that US Introduced Dengue Fever in Cuba in 1981           Prensa Latina
“An epidemic of dengue hemorrhagic fever occurred in Cuba in 1981, which caused 158 deaths, including 101 children, was deliberately introduced in the country by the United States, confirms an investigation that reflected Cuban magazine Bohemia Monday.”Learn More

Cuba bringing broadband service to some homes in Havana 
Amar Toor, The Verge
Cuba is launching a pilot program that will bring broadband internet access to homes in two Havana neighborhoods, the country’s state-run telecommunications company announced on Sunday. Learn More

At The U.S. Border, Cubans Are Welcomed, Salvadorans Deported

Carrie Kahn, NPR

The inconsistencies of U.S. immigration policy is in focus in El Salvador. Two groups of migrants – Cubans and El Salvadorans – receive very different receptions at the U.S. border. Learn More

Cuba Calls on UN Security Council to Take Action Against Israel
Telesur English

Why does this entity not fulfill its responsibilities? What are they waiting for? Who are they trying to protect by not taking action? Why, when there is a clear violation of peace and security, do they not take concrete actions?” Ambassador Rodriguez asked during a discussion on the current situation taking place in the Middle East. Learn More

The 27th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba is coming to a city near you.  Here is how you can participate:
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