Weekly Cuba News Roundup: October 1st, 2021
For those of you keeping track, it was just 2019 yesterday. If you’re trying to deal with 2022 being only 90 days away, close your eyes and give a listen to our new fall playlist. It’ll slow things down for you. If you don’t want to slow down, here are a few headlines for you to catch up on; Andrea Mitchell sat down with Cuba’s foreign minister (who incidentally looks much better on camera than he does in the photo below) to talk about sanctions, protests and Cuba’s overall economic ask. Cuban artist Hamlet Lavastida – in prison since June – has been released. The Cuban economy is starting to open. And, in case you missed it, Miami’s police chief invokes Cuba in his statement.
Oh, and Car and Driver magazine smacked down and threw some serious shade at the New York Times for their article claiming that electric vehicles will make the US look like Cuba in twenty years. In fact, the exact language used in the response was, “we eviscerate this profoundly idiotic premise.” Grab an extra cafecito for this one; it’s below for your
enjoyment added anxiety.
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NBC News: Cuba’s foreign minister says it’s a mistake for Biden to keep Trump sanctions on Havana
Economic conditions for Cubans are “very difficult,” Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said, blaming Covid-19 and the U.S. economic embargo. Read more at nbcnews.com
Car and Driver: No, EVs Won’t Make American Roads Look like Cuba’s in 20 Years
The New York Times thinks EVs will cause gasoline-powered cars to become carefully preserved rural rarities, like 1950s American cars in Cuba. Join us as we eviscerate this profoundly idiotic premise. Read more at caranddriver.com.
We did it. And by we, I mean Louie Estrada. Louie taught the world to flan. And, for a brief moment, all was well.
Reuters: Cuba starts to reopen economy as COVID-19 vaccine campaign races ahead
Cuba is allowing a staggered opening from Friday of restaurants, shopping centres and beaches in provinces that have lowered coronavirus cases even as it battles some of the highest nationwide rates of infection per capita worldwide. Read more at reuters.com
NBC News: In Miami, Cuban politics is invoked in police chief’s performance
A feud is brewing between the police chief and the police union as well as city commissioners whom Acevedo accuses of meddling in the department. Read more at nbcnews.com.
Miami Herald: Cuban artist freed from jail, forced into exile. Other protesters face harsh sentences.
Cuban artist Hamlet Lavastida, whom Cuba’s state security held prisoner since June, was released this weekend but forced into exile with his partner, writer Katherine Bisquet, another prominent leader of the island artists’ pro-democracy movement. Read more at miamiherald.com
The Thomas Nickels Project, founded by Kristen Thomas and John Nickels, features Cuban art in New York City.
Splash 247: MSC most recent carrier sued under US law on Cuban trade
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) has been sued in a US court for violating the Helms-Burton Act. The Act is intended to punish companies that earn money from assets that were owned by US citizens, or Cubans who became US citizens, but confiscated by Cuba in connection with the Cuban revolution. Read more at splash247.com.