Twitter suspended the accounts of the main Cuban news media, as well as that of some journalists and officials, for considering that they “violate” the policies on the use of the platform, one of its executives confirmed to OnCuba.
Full article by OnCuba here.
Trump, in a June 2017 speech in Miami, declared his new policies toward Cuba would bypass “the military and government to help the Cuban people form businesses and pursue much better lives.”
Many Cubans say, however, that their private businesses have slowed to a crawl as many relatively free-spending Americans are removed from the visitor mix.
Article by Los Angeles Times here.
When president Miguel Diaz-Canel announced unexpected pay-rises in the public sector in late June 2019 (to take effect in August), many experts warned about the dangers that a measure like this one might involve, coming at the most difficult time in Cuba’s economy this century.
Article by El Toque here.
In a new age of Cuban connectivity, Senator Marco Rubio is using Twitter to start a direct conversation with Cubans living on the island.
In his first tweet Thursday, under the name @MarcoRubioCuba1 , Florida’s republican senator told his more than hundred new followers the Cuba policies he supports in the United States Senate are motivated by one objective: so the Cuban people can elect its leaders the same way others countries do in the Western Hemisphere.
Article by WPLG Local 10 News here.
The overwhelming response — thousands of tweets under the hashtag #BajenLosPreciosDeInternet — became by some estimates the largest protest, albeit digital, to wash over the communist island in years. Dissidents long monitored by the government joined the cause. But so, too, did students, private-sector business owners and other Cubans who appeared to be anything but counterrevolutionaries.
Article by The Washington Post here.
Until just a few days ago Havana’s Old Town was swarming with U.S. visitors, mainly from cruise ships, who toured the zone to learn about its history, culture and heritage.
Private businesses in the area like restaurants, cafeterias, craft sellers and the iconic convertible vintage cars thrived with thousands of tourists supporting their activities and directly engaging with the booming sector which currently employs more than 584,000 Cubans.
However, that reality dramatically changed this week when Washington decided to abruptly end cruise ships to the island and people-to-people educational exchanges, the most popular category used by U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba.
Article by Xinhua here.
The Trump administration sent a strong message to the Cuban government by abruptly suspending cruise ship visits and eliminating group people-to-people tours, but experts and entrepreneurs are questioning the impact of the measures.
Article by The Miami Herald here.
More than 400 animal lovers, many accompanied by their dogs, peacefully marched a mile through Havana on Sunday, waving placards calling for an end to animal cruelty in Cuba.
Article by PBS here.
The new U.S. policy that limits visas for Cubans will hurt families and damage the emerging private sector there, several experts, activists and Cubans on the island told the Miami Herald.
Full article by the Miami Herald here