Weekly Cuba News Roundup: December 25th, 2021
As we sit here and type up this week’s Nochebuena News Roundup we can’t help but recognize one of the most impactful stories of the week: the Omicron variant. Although not Cuba specific, the new COVID strain is moving fast and is causing travel and tourism concerns globally. As Cuba focuses on addressing inflation and it’s GDP in 2022, through tourism, one can’t help but wonder where things will land in the new year. Although we are now better equipped with vaccines and knowledge, parts of this feel a bit like March, 2020.
In other news, 83% of Cuba’s population is now vaccinated, another 18 migrants were rounded up in their dingy and deported back to Cuba, the US has an opinion on the trials of Cuba’s anti-government protestors. We also found an interesting essay in Foreign Affairs about “the fight to define the post-Castro era.” All this and more, plus a side order at the Caja China factory for your Nochebuena, below.
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NBC News: Cuba has vaccinated most against Covid-19, more than most large, rich countries
The Caribbean island has vaccinated over 90% of its population with at least one dose, and 83% of the population is now fully inoculated. Read more at nbcnews.com.
Reuters: Cuba says taming inflation a priority as recovery begins
Communist-run Cuba will move to control soaring prices and ease shortages as recovery from a pandemic-driven recession takes root, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil told a year-end session of the National Assembly on Tuesday. Read more at reuters.com
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Daily Mail: 18 Cubans in a dinghy who were intercepted by US Coast Guard near Florida are sent back to Communist country
Nearly 20 desperate Cubans found aboard a dinghy after the makeshift vessel was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard near the Florida Keys were deported to the Communist-run nation. Read more at dailymail.co.uk.
Foreign Affairs: A New Cuba? The Fight to Define the Post-Castro Era
While I was on a visit to Moscow a short time after the Soviet collapse, a retired senior Red Army general sighed nostalgically when I asked about his time in Cuba during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Read more at foreignaffairs.com.
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NPR: US condemns Cuban trials of anti-government protestors
The United States on Thursday condemned the “politically motivated trials” of more than 90 Cubans who were involved in unprecedented anti-government protests in July. Read more at france24.com.
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