This week’s Cuba news roundup has got a lot going for it… There are some new laws (potentially) coming into play in Cuba, including a new family code that looks to be welcoming to gay marriage. While that’s going on Cuba president Miguel Diaz-Canel is visiting Mexico. Sounds like he took part in a military parade; or at least got to watch one. Cuba’s new cryptocurrency laws are taking effect and next week and the new business laws will become official (Sept. 20th).
The Guardian’s got a story citing Cuban scientists who say that “Havana Syndrome” is not possible. It “violates the laws of physics.” I could barely pass Chemistry so I guess I’ll leave it to them, or someone to tell me what’s going on. And, Ada Ferrer is back penning a piece for the Washington Post to dispel five myths about Cuba. Could’ve sworn there were more than five. That’s what we’ve got; check out the full stories below.
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AP News: Draft of Cuba’s new family code opens door for gay marriage
The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them. Read more at apnews.com.
Reuters: Cuban leader visits Mexico for new Latin America ‘pink tide’ summit
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended a lavish military parade at Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence on Thursday, ahead of a summit that will convene recently elected members of a “pink tide” of leftist Latin American leaders. Read more at reuters.com.
The Guardian: Cuban scientists say ‘Havana Syndrome’ theories ‘violate laws of physics’
A 20-member panel questioned whether a single explanation fitted all symptoms and raised possibility of psychological suggestion. Read more at theguardian.com.
Coin Telegraph: Cuba’s cryptocurrency regulations take effect
Crypto is now a legal method of payment for commercial transactions in the Island nation. Read more at cointelegraph.com.
Washington Post: Five myths about Cuba
Cuba is one country and many myths. There is the Cuba of the old exiles, whose pain and nostalgia make them see their former home only in its virtues. There is the Cuba of Fidel Castro: a nation redeemed by his revolution and whose failings, if any, are always the fault of U.S. policy. Then there are the Cubas of the U.S. left and right. The first sometimes resembles that of the Cuban government. The second is an imprisoned island whose people await the end of a 62-year nightmare. As citizen protests across Cuba captured the world’s attention this summer, those myths, as well as a host of other misconceptions, arose again. Read more at washingtonpost.com.