CubaBuzz: Issue 2

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.
Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spells out Cuba’s new revolution


The announcement of December 17th was surprising and certainly important. It was unusual for the world to hear the President of the United States of America recognise that the policy of the past 50 years had failed, a policy that has caused humanitarian harm to our people. This actually marked the beginning of the discussions that led to the restoration of diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies, which happened last summer.  Learn more…

Cuba develops biopharmaceuticals to treat cancer 

Orfilio Pelaez, Granma

Cuba currently has a total of 28 drugs registered, or in various stages of investigation, for the treatment of cancer, which include therapeutic vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, interferons and peptides.  Learn more…

‘Black and Cuba’: Nine Students Who Fought Racism with Books 

Melissa Noel, NBC News

The new documentary “Black and Cuba” follows a group of nine Yale graduate students who felt more like outcasts than a part of their elite Ivy League community.  Learn more…

What happened when an iconic New Orleans jazz band traveled to Cuba
Elizabeth Shockman, PRI

With the recent diplomatic thaw, there are new opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba. Recently, New Orleans’ seven-member Preservation Hall Jazz Band, took its mission of preserving Louisiana jazz traditions, to the Caribbean island country.  Learn more…

W.T. Whitney, CounterPunch

The U.S. government has imprisoned Ana Belen Montes for almost 15 years. Now an international campaign on her behalf is gaining steam with committees active in Latin America, Europe, Canada, and the United States.  Learn more…

Russia Today

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba.  Learn more…
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