Weekly Cuba News Roundup: January 14th, 2022
It seems that the first two weeks of each new year are slow on the news front. The people who make the news, the people who report it, and those who read it are awakening from their post holiday slumber. Them, BAM! By mid-January, things start heating up and just like that we’re back in it with all cylinders firing.
This is certainly the case this year and the Startup Cuba Roundup headlines prove it both on a regional and global scale. For starters, Iran met with Diaz Canel. They propose strengthening relations to thwart US efforts. At the same time, Russia is threatening to put troops in Cuba and throughout Latin America. Cuba’s July 11th protestors are going on trial with some facing 30-year sentences. And, rounding out the political game, Cuba put out a statement demanding that Guantánamo by shutdown. On the positive side low-income countries are looking to Cuba for vaccine inspiration, Central America is funding Cuban vaccines and Helen Yaffe’s new documentary shares Cuba’s Tarea Vida. It’s a story on how Cuba is tackling climate change. All this and more, below.
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CNBC: Why Cuba’s extraordinary Covid vaccine success could provide the best hope for low-income countries
Cuba has vaccinated a greater percentage of its population against Covid-19 than almost all of the world’s largest and richest nations. In fact, only the oil-rich United Arab Emirates boasts a stronger vaccination record. Read more at CNBC.com.
NBC News: In Cuba, people arrested during protests go on trial; some face 30-year sentences
Relatives of Cubans arrested during the largest demonstrations in decades across the island said that at least 57 protesters are scheduled to go on trial this week, some facing sentences of up to 30 years in prison. Read more at nbcnews.com.
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PressTV: Thwarting US: Iran’s vice president meets Cuban president on LatAm visit
Iran’s vice president for economic affairs has called for strengthening relations with Cuba in order to counter the enemies’ illegal campaign of pressure and sanctions targeting both nations. Read more at presstv.ir.
Yahoo! News: Central American bank funds Cuban COVID-19 vaccine drive
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration said it would give Cuba a loan of 46.7 million euros ($53.1 million) to help bolster the communist-run country’s COVID-19 vaccine program as it seeks to ramp up production for both domestic use and export. Read more at news.yahoo.com.
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WSJ: Russia Suggests Military Deployment to Venezuela, Cuba if Tensions With U.S. Remain High
Russia’s deputy foreign minister said talks with the U.S. over the security situation in Ukraine had stalled and suggested that Moscow could dispatch a military deployment to Venezuela and Cuba, as the Kremlin seeks to pressure Washington to meet its demands to halt Western military activity that Russia claims poses a threat. Read more at wsj.com.
Newsweek: Cuba Slams 20 Years of U.S. ‘Occupation,’ ‘Abuses’ at Guantánamo Bay, U.N. Calls for Closure
Cuba officials have slammed the ongoing U.S. military presence on the shores of Guantánamo on the 20th anniversary of the opening of a controversial detainment facility there that U.N. experts and other analysts want shuttered immediately. Read more at newsweek.com.
WSJ: Tarea Vida: Inside the Cuban Way To Confront Climate Change
Cuba may be responsible for only 0.08% of global CO2 emissions, but this Caribbean island is disproportionately hard-hit by the effects of climate change. Read more at thewire.in and read our review of the film, here.
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