· April, 2008

Stories about Cuba from April, 2008

Cuba: Passing Sentence

  30 April 2008

Child of the Revolution, Uncommon Sense and Ninety miles away…in another country all comment on Raul Castro's decision “to commute most death sentences to 30 years to life in prison.”

Barbados: False Pride?

  30 April 2008

“Tourism has become the life blood of most of the Caribbean countries and it needs to be re-energized”: Living in Barbados wonders whether the region can be proud of its tourism offering.

Caribbean: Food Shortages

  30 April 2008

“If music be the food of love, play on”, wrote Shakespeare, who could not possibly have anticipated the global food crisis the world is facing today. Rising food prices are a hot topic with bloggers the world over – and the Caribbean is no different. The “music” coming out of...

Cuba: Damas de Blanco

  22 April 2008

As “a group of Cuban women peacefully demonstrating for the release of their jailed husbands were roughed up by a mob and arrested”, Cuban bloggers speak out…Babalu: “The regime still fears free thinkers and political opposition”; Uncommon Sense: “Freedom in Cuba — for the brave men on whose behalf these...

Cuba: Exit Permits On The Way Out

  18 April 2008

The Cuban Triangle links to a report that says “the requirement that Cubans obtain an exit permit (tarjeta blanca) from their own government before traveling abroad, will soon disappear for nearly all Cubans.”

Cuba, China, Tibet: Reactions

  9 April 2008

“As you may be aware, the Olympic torch relay through major European cities has been successfully disrupted over the past week by demonstrators calling on Communist China to respect human rights and to get out of Tibet”: Child of the Revolution focuses on Cuba's reaction.

Cuba: Thank Heavens for the Flash Drives

  8 April 2008

Potro Salvaje [es], the Cuban blog devoted to writing about the difficulties to access the internet on the island writes, “Cubans have a new saint. It is a small and is called USB-flash, memory stick….Praise be this new protector and distributor of information that has come into our lives!“

Cuba: Blocked Blogger Yoani Sánchez Receives Prestigious Award

  8 April 2008

Yoani Sánchez, one of Cuba's most popular bloggers and a recent victim of blocking by the country's authorities, was recently awarded the Ortega and Gasset prize in Journalism from the Spanish newspaper El País. Several of her fellow Cuban bloggers celebrated the award and hope that it draws more attention to the difficulties for internet access on the island.

Barbados, Cuba: Blogger Wins Award

  8 April 2008

Bajan Global Report notes that “Yoani Sanchez has been awarded one of Spain’s top journalism awards…for her ’shrewdness’ in overcoming hurdles to freedom of expression in Cuba, her vivacious style and her drive to join the global space of citizen journalism.”

Cuba: Tuning In

  4 April 2008

“Not only are Cubans now allowed to window shop for flat screen televisions, DVDs and computers but they are about to get a brand new television channel”: Child of the Revolution reports.

Cuba: Checking In?

  1 April 2008

“Yes, boys and girls, your ordinary citizen can now ante up to the check-in at any hotel establishment on the island of Cuba, as long as he or she has the money to pay in hard currency. Ah, there's the rub,” writes Ninety miles away….in another country, while The Cuban...