Weekly Cuba News Roundup: October 22nd, 2021
We so wanted to share positive stories this week. But they were very few and far between. The most positive story we could find was a story, reported in the Tampa Bay Times, on a historian that says that the Cuban sandwich was not invented in Tampa. So, unless you live in Tampa, that’s kinda a positive story, right?
In other (sad) news reflecting the state of Cuba and US-Cuba relations, the LA Times reports on growing frustration with Biden’s delay in lifting Trump’s sanctions. A Cuban prosecutor is telling dissidents not to protest; they’ve been summoned and warned. The Hill reports on a Human Rights Watch report that says that abused demonstrators and a protestor is jailed for tearing a poster of Fidel Castro. Told you the news is depressing this week. Hoping for more positive news next Friday. In the meantime, see below for these stories.
By the way, none of the opinions in any of the stories shared on this page represent ours; we’re just sharing them with you. If you are a journalist or you have seen a story that you’d like us to consider for future weekly news roundups, please send us a note and a link to the story here. (Hero image: Alejandro Rojas)
LA Times: Despite promises to lift some Trump sanctions, Biden leaves Cuba in deep freeze
One of Cuba’s most senior diplomats switches from Spanish to English when he describes the pace at which many Cubans expected a new President Biden to ease restrictions on the island nation. Read more at latimes.com.
Reuters: Cuban prosecutor warns dissident leaders against November protests
Cuban prosecutors on Thursday summoned dissident leaders from across the country who have called for protests on Nov. 15 over curbs to civil rights, warning them against convening the rallies under penalty of the law. Read more at reuters.com.
Tampa Bay Times: Actually, the Cuban sandwich was not ‘invented’ in Tampa, says historian
For a while, historian Andy Huse was the go-to guy for reporters looking for a quote about Tampa’s Cuban sandwiches. He fielded calls from The Wall Street Journal, Saveur and others. Read more at tampabay.com.
If you eat one of his guava y queso pastelitos and aren’t hugging him – like in the video below – please DM us. Yes, they’re that good (or better).
The Hill: Cuba ‘systematically’ abused demonstrators, says human rights group
Various arms of Cuba’s government have “systematically” jailed and abused demonstrators who took part in July protests against the government, according to Human Rights Watch. Read more at thehill.com.
Miami Herald: Cuban protester who tore apart image of Fidel Castro sentenced to 10 years in jail
Cuban judges have sentenced Roberto Pérez Fonseca, who protested against the government on July 11 and helped tear apart an image of the late Fidel Castro, to 10 years in prison. Read more at miamiherald.com.
Inspired by the Rolling Stones’ visit to Havana, BandEra Studio was created to support the Cuban rock scene and prop up new musical talent. Where do things stand today?
Reuters: EXCLUSIVE Cuba, Paris Club reach deal to skip 2021 debt payment – diplomats
Cuba has reached a deal with the Paris Club of creditor nations to postpone an annual debt payment due in November until next year, according to diplomats from five of the governments involved, the latest sign the Communist-run country is suffering a grave foreign exchange crisis. Read more at reuters.com