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Weekly Cuba News Roundup: November 26th, 2021

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States and we are super thankful for you. Overall, it’s a slow news week coming out of the Florida Straits. One story worth noting is that Nicaragua is opening up visa free travel to Cubans. On the surface it doesn’t seem like a big deal and it is an expected partner for Cuba. But, it creates a new option for those wishing to leave the island for Central America and possibly travel north to the United States.

The New York Times is reporting on Yunior García from exile status in Madrid. Tourists are starting to trickle in to Cuba – which we support because it gives cuentapropistas cash to feed their families. It’s been five years since Fidel’s death. And, Maduro made a surprise visit to Havana. While we try to keep politics out of things, we still kinda just say, “who cares about Maduro?” The guy’s a bit of a dick. Amirite? Read below and if you’re not yet receiving our newsletter, so that you don’t miss anything… there’s más aqui.

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Reuters: Tourists trickle in to Cuba following pandemic slumber

Tourists from Russia look at paintings for sale in downtown Havana, Cuba, November 24, 2021. Picture taken on November 24, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Cuban tourism operators breathed a sigh of relief this week as the first tourists in months returned to sip mojitos and snap selfies in vintage cars in the capital Havana, providing a much-needed shot in the arm to the Caribbean island’s ailing economy. Read more at reuters.com.

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New York Times: Playwright Is in Exile as Cuba Uses an Old Playbook to Quash Dissent

The harassment of Yunior García began with decapitated pigeons left on his doorstep. Photo: Ben Roberts for The New York Times

For Yunior García, a Cuban playwright, the swift journey from activism in Havana to exile in Madrid might have been lifted from one of his scripts. Read more at nytimes.com.

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The Conversation: Cuba: five years after Fidel Castro’s death, how fares the revolution?

Cubans mourn the death of Fidel Castro in the Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, November 2016. Photo: Sonia Almaguer

Cuba opens its borders next week signaling new opportunity for pandemic-weary travelers and the island’s tourism industry, but for U.S. citizens getting there requires jumping through hoops like never before, according to the heads of eight U.S. tour agencies. Read more at theconversation.com.

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France 24: Maduro makes surprise visit to Havana as Cuba marks Castro’s death anniversary

Photo: Air Century

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a surprise appearance in Havana Thursday at the inauguration of the Fidel Castro Ruz centre, which preserves the late president’s writings, five years after his death. Read more at france24.com.

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WPLG: Cubans will now be able to travel to Nicaragua without a visa

Image: Britannica

Cubans will now be able to travel to Nicaragua without any visa requirements. Word of this change has made its way around the island, creating hope for many who are desperate to leave. It would allow entry to Central America, which would help Cubans make it north, to possibly cross the United States, Mexico border. Read more at local10.com.

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