Weekly Cuba News Roundup: December 17th, 2021
Tourism is starting to slowly pick up in Cuba. Whether you support that or not (uh, hello
hot hottest button issue), there is no denying the facts that the island’s cuentapropistas will benefit. These casa particular, paladar and taxi entrepreneurs stand to improve their quality of life, even if only incrementally, as tourist dollars arrive. So, this week’s news that the Cuban economy is expected to see recovery in 2022 is encouraging.
In other news, US House Democrats urge President Biden to lift the restrictions on Cuba in the face of the ongoing crisis. The group of 100 led by Jim McGovern (Mass.), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Bobby Rush (Ill.) want to support getting needed supplies and bank transactions through. CNN’s Patrick Oppmann reports about the large numbers of Cubans trying to leave the island, 30 migrants who managed to leave have been sent back, YoTuel never expected to win Song of the Year and the recent JFK documents tie Oswald to Cuba. That y más in this week’s Weekly News Roundup.
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Reuters: Cuba sees slow economic recovery at 4% in 2022 – official
A cash short and crippled Cuban economy will grow 4% next year as the Communist-run country struggles to recover from an economic crisis, according to a report by the prime minister posted over the weekend. Read more at reuters.com.
The Hill: More than 100 House Democrats urge Biden to lift restrictions on Cuba amid crisis
More than 100 Democrats in the House have called on President Biden lift U.S. regulations on Cuba in order to help address “the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history.” Read more at thehill.com
Here are 10 famous people you may not have known were Cuban-American but you’ll want to.
CNN: As Cuba reopens to the world, many of its own look to leave
Hours before the airline offices open for the day, hundreds of Cubans wait in line, hoping to snag a hard-to-find ticket off the island. For many Cubans, it is only the beginning of a long and often dangerous journey to the United States. Read more at cnn.com.
Newsweek: New Documents on JFK Assassination Shed Light on Lee Harvey Oswald’s Ties to Cuba, Russia
The National Archives released to the public almost 1,500 documents related to the November 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy Wednesday, revealing information on the U.S. government’s investigation into his killer. U.S. airlines have begun ramping up Cuba service following the island nation’s reopening to tourists last month. Read more at newsweek.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?
NPR: Latin Grammy winner to Cuban leaders: ‘We’re done with your lies and indoctrination
When Cuban-born rapper Yotuel went on stage at this year’s Latin Grammys, he couldn’t believe he was getting one of the most coveted awards of the night: Song of the Year. “I was really surprised because … we were competing against songs that were much more popular than Patria y Vida and artists who are at their peak,” the singer, whose full name is Yotuel Romero, said recently in an interview. Read more at npr.org.
WSVN: 30 migrants repatriated to Cuba after interdictions near Key West
After being stopped at sea near Key West, a large group of migrants has been sent back to Cuba. The U.S. Coast Guard took custody of 30 migrants after three interdictions. The migrants were repatriated to Cuba on Tuesday. Read more at wsvn.com.