Havana official media says about one hundred passengers died in the crash today of a domestic airliner going from Havana to Holguin. Apparently there are some survivors. Speaking on behalf of the Center for as Free Cuba, Ambassador James Cason, a former US chief of mission released the following statement:
URGENT MEDIA ADVISORY: United Nations Council on Human Rights to review Cuba's human rights record tomorrow as part of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland. The Center for a Free Cuba and other human rights organizations submitted reports to the Council last fall. The Center for a Free Cuba highlighted
The organizers of the #00Bienal de La Habana have attracted international solidarity, and the scrutiny of authorities.
The transition of power from Raúl Castroto Miguel Díaz-Canelat the last session of the National Assembly delivered no surprises – at least not for me. But, from the whole production, one statement in the speech by the new president of the Councils of State and Ministers caught my attention: "I have not come here to promise anything," he said, "just as the Revolution never did in all these years."
TWO SENSATIONAL headlines recently flashed around the globe: “Cuba Now Has the First Non-Castro President in Nearly 60 Years” and “This Marks the End of the Castro Era.” Neither is true.
Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, boasts relative youth and Castro-free genes. But the myth that his election will yield significant change on the island is flat-out wrong.
The streets brimmed with people going about their day, hauling handcarts of fruit down narrow side streets, shuffling along sun-faded esplanades, waiting impatiently at the crosswalks of busy intersections.
Eighty-six-year-old Raúl Castro grabbed headlines last week when he ceded the title of president to 58-year-old civilian Miguel Diáz-Canel. Too bad this change at the top is nominal when it comes to freedom for the Cuban people.
U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) applauded the passage of a bipartisan resolution honoring the legacy of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá on the sixth anniversary of his death, and calling for an impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding it.