· January, 2007

Stories about Cuba from January, 2007

Cuba: Fidel's video

  31 January 2007

Alejandro Armengol attempts to make sense (ES) of the reaction of Miami's Cuban exiles to the video of Cuban president Fidel Castro released yesterday.

Cuba, Mexico, USA: Reflections on Immigration

  31 January 2007

“In mid-January I went back to Mexico for meetings with clients and academics, as well as colleagues from IBM. As you might imagine, the immigration debates going on in the US are being closely followed in Mexico. The people I spoke to were generally very critical of the Mexican government...

Cuba: Praying for Fidel

  29 January 2007

It's unlikely that Cuban president Fidel Castro will be any less of a polarising figure in death than he's been over the course of his long and colourful political career. Since the announcement of his illness and the passing of power to his brother Raúl at the end of July...

Cuba: Sexual diversity

  19 January 2007

Zenia presents a portrait (ES) of two same-sex couples living lives of relative tranquility in Cuba, and concludes that the climate in the country has become more tolerant of homosexuals since the days of the film “Strawberry and Chocolate”.

Haiti: Reflecting on National Soccer

  18 January 2007

Reflecting on Haiti's recent defeat at the hands of the Trinidad & Tobago soccer/football team, Collectif Haiti de Provence writes (Fr): “Yes, formerly our regional rivals had names like Mexico. Today we align with difficulty with nations where soccer/football has no popularity and hence no budget: Cuba, Martinique, Dominican Republic....

Cuba: Show yourself, Fidel

  18 January 2007

Ziva demands that ailing Cuban president Fidel Castro stand up and be accounted for: “Where the hell is fidel? He's healing? Show us a photo, send us a current tape that proves he's alive, not something that looks photo-shopped. Adidas? Where the hell is his uniform? If you want people...

Cuba: Fidel's medical prospects

  16 January 2007

Cuba-centric blogs and bloggers, including Marc Masferrer, Luis M. García, Babalú and Ziva, are abuzz with speculation in the aftermath of an article in Spanish news daily El Pais about Fidel Castro's medical prospects, and the subsequent denial of the article's accuracy by Castro's chief surgeon.

Cuba: New TV channel

  15 January 2007

The Cuba Travel Guide blog announces ACN, a new Cuban television channel, designed to “bring press material and messages from Cuba to Cuban collaborators abroad, mainly in Bolivia and Venezuela.”

Cuba: Chino-Cubano

  12 January 2007

Following on a post in which she wondered about the existence of an authentic Caribbean-Chinese cuisine, TriniFood learns of the existence of “Chino-Cubano” (Chinese-Cuban) cuisine.

Cuba: Mother of Guantánamo prisoner

  12 January 2007

Zenia, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, posts a photograph of a woman holding a postage stamp-sized photo of a man, with the caption (ES): “Zhora Zewawi, mother of a prisoner in the United State's illegal prison of in Guantánamo, denounced the tragedy of his son Omar Deghayes.” A demonstration was...

Cuba: Sheehan won't meet the “Damas”

  11 January 2007

Mark Masferrer calls the fact that US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will not be meeting with the Cuban activist group “Damas de Blanco” (Ladies in White) nor visiting a Cuban prison, “the biggest non-suprise of the week“.

Cuba: Will Sheehan respond to las Damas?

  10 January 2007

Babalú Blog wonders whether US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who's visiting Cuba to demonstrate for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, will respond to a call by Cuban pressure groups “Damas de Blanco” to visit a Cuban prison as well. Those leaving comments on the post...

Cuba: Cindy Sheehan visits

  8 January 2007

Babalu Blog reports, briefly but with typical rancor (echoed by many in the comments thread), that US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan “and her Code Pinko cohorts” are visiting Cuba.

Cuba, Spain: Hotel apartheid

  8 January 2007

Noticiero Cuba reports (ES) that Fito Cabrales, a rocker from Bilbao, Spain, has publicly criticised the system of “apartheid” which bars Cuban nationals from entering hotels on the island. The post notes that “the majority” of these hotels are run by Spanish hotel operators.

Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba: Castro and Pinochet

  1 January 2007

Both Randy Paul and Boz applaud Costa Rican President Oscar Arias’ commentary on the similarities between Fidel Castro and Augusto Pinochet. Meanwhile, Venezuelan blogger Afrael comments on the celebrity look-alikes (including Winston Churchill!) of Fidel according to the site MyHeritage.