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Cuba has antiviral for Covid-19?

Costa Rica's Semanario Universidad reported on Friday, March 13, that Cuba produces Interferon Alpha 2B, a drug used by China to treat its coronavirus patients and which has generated buying interest in some 15 countries, according to the island's medical specialists. Interferon Alpha 2B is...

Cuba has announced its first three cases of covid-19

An official statement read Wednesday on state television’s evening news, Cuba announced its first three confirmed cases, saying all three are Italian tourists who developed symptoms while in the city of Trinidad and have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. The statement...

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor?

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor, a 54-year-old man who became the superdisseminator? He is currently the source of infection for 16 of the 22 people who have been confirmed with covid-19. The man is in a delicate condition at Hospital México. There...

Half of My Heart Is in La Habana: Life After Flight from Castro’s Cuba

By Michelle Prado - When Mercedes (“Mercy”) Rodriguez arrived in America on a fall day in 1979, the first thing she noticed was how clean and wide the streets were. The 15-year-old Cuban refugee had just arrived on a plane carrying nearly a dozen political...

Three dictatorships in Latin America on International Human Rights Day

In Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, above all, no reference will be made. Or if any is done it will sound ironic. Like the one made on the morning of December 10 by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, regarding a new...

Senior was forcibly removed from the museum by supporters of the Cuban regime

A senior, identified as Norman, was forcibly removed by supporters of the Cuban regime who carried out an activity on the Cuban reality and its “contribution to world peace” at the San Ramón Regional Museum, run by the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). The man...

U.S. Restricts Remittances To Cuba, Bans Donations

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations Friday to cap the amount of money family members can send to Cuba, ban donations and money transfers to or from Cuba through U.S. banks. The new economic sanctions,...

Cuba Won’t Yield to Pressure or Threats: Diaz-Canel to Rubio

Cuba will not yield to “pressure or threats” from the United States, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Saturday in response to an aggressive tweet taunt Friday by U.S. Florida Senator Marco Rubio. This week, the hashtags #BajenLosPricesdeInternet and #ReportoApagonCuba have become viral, pushing for lower internet...

Cuba debuts modern Chinese train

HAVANA (AP) — The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometer (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to overhaul the country’s aging and...

Che Guevara: The face that launched a thousand…

Che Guevara’s image is seen as a global icon crossing multiple social and cultural boundaries exemplified in street protests and in diverse visual messaging such as posters, logos, t‐shirts and slogans. June 14th would have been Guevara’s 91st birthday, yet many questions remain: Why do...

The truth of what is happening in Venezuela explained

A socioeconomic and political crisis that after Hugo Chavez officially took office in February 1999, continued into Nicolas Maduro. It is marked by hyperinflation, climbing hunger, disease, crime and death rates, an massive emigration from the country. Getty Images Several policy changes involving the country’s oil...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

How a Cuban Refugee Raised the Wealthiest Man in the World

He was 16 years old when he migrated alone to the United States, after the Cuban Communist regime expropriated his family’s wood factory. His story of overcoming adversity forged the necessary values for his son, Jeff Bezos, who has created the largest fortune in the...

Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

Associated Press – HAVANA — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency...

The 40-year itch: Populism and polarization threaten Latin America

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By 1990 only Mexico’s civilian one-party state and communist Cuba survived. Several things lay behind the...

Why Are The U.S. and Russia Clashing Over Venezuela?

Washington Post – There was an unexpected twist Tuesday evening as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s attempted uprising against President Nicolás Maduro’s government appeared to be sputtering out. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Maduro was set to flee Venezuela — but that...

Trump declares economic war on Cuba

Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the United States’ failed 1961 invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, national security adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually all non-family travel to Cuba and placed new limits on the money Cuban Americans...

Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is "no doubt" that Iran has a financial presence in Latin America and that Tehran remains a "global threat." Questioned about whether Iran has some presence in Latin America, Pompeo told Voice of America, "There's no doubt....

Havana’s collapsing colonial charm

In Cuba, the government guarantees everybody a place to live, but away from the tourist sites, the majority of the houses are in stark disrepair. The empty spaces are often converted into parking lots or playgrounds. Colonial past A view of a street in central Havana,...

Costa Rica Extradites Cuban Drug Dealer

Cuba's Minister of the Interior reports the cooperation with Costa Rica authorities in the extradition of Cuban Neftaly Garcia Testa to the island. The Interpol Office in Havana had issued an arrest warrant for Garcia, identified as an organizer of frustrated drug shipments to Cuba...

Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is ‘Memory of the World’

Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," that was served from 1882 to 1964 in Matanzas. "They...

Expropriation of Private Property: the Socialist Dream of Bill de Blasio, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez

With the rising influence of socialism in the Democratic Party, and the real power and influence of groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, it’s hardly outlandish to suggest that the ideology is playing an increasingly important role on the national stage. Bernie Sanders,...

Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel To Attend Maduro Inauguration

Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, confirmed on Monday that President Miguel Díaz-Canel will be heading the Cuban delegation to attend the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro and reiterated Cuba’s support to Venezuela and “its legitimately elected government”. On his Twitter account, Rodriguez wrote, “President @DiazCanelB will...

Cuba Sees EU Effort to Sidestep Iran Sanctions as Blueprint to Break US Embargo

Cuba is watching closely the development of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which the EU is crafting to circumvent US sanctions on Iran, senior Cuban foreign ministry official Rodolfo Reyes said in an interview with AFP. A senior Cuban official says the country is looking...

Latin American Leaders Travel to New York For 73rd UN General Assembly Debate

World leaders have started arriving in New York to participate in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The official theme for 2018 is Making the U.N. relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies. Two...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Cuban Farmers Shrug Off Promise of Private Ownership

MATANZAS, CUBA — Cuba’s decision to change its constitution and allow private property ownership has been shrugged off by small farmers, who say the island will never feed itself without far broader reform of state-run agriculture. Economists would expect farmers to welcome the shift towards...

Cuban Authorities Play a Dangerous Game by Granting a Little Bit of Freedom

The Cuban experiment has been an unmitigated failure and disaster. It has achieved virtually nothing. The “accomplishments” often heralded by Cuba’s leftist allies, were not accomplishments of any Cuban economic centrally planned system. Rather, they were funded by external aid from Cuba’s two chief...

Cuba celebrates National Rebellion Day

Santiago de Cuba, Jul 26 (RHC) Cubans celebrate today the National Rebellion Day, established in honor of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks in the east of the island, on this date in 1953. As in every round anniversary, Santiago...

Daniel Ortega To TeleSUR TV: ‘The Coup Was Defeated’

In an exclusive interview with TeleSUR TV’s Patricia Villegas, in Managua, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said that the “coup was defeated” and that the country has experienced extreme violence over the past several months at the hands of the “extreme right” of Nicaragua and...

Cuban reforms stress free market, private property and investment

Cuba is planning a series of potentially far-reaching changes, with a new constitution set to recognize the free market and private property, while dividing political powers between a president and a prime minister. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is said to be more accessible than the...

Mysterious New Spy Radar Appears in Cuba

A new “signals intelligence” facility appearing in satellite imagery of Bejucal, Cuba, over recent months is capable of signal interception, ballistic missile monitoring and tracking objects in outer space, but analysts are puzzled about who provided the financing to build the facility. Signals intelligence is...

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