Weekly Cuba News Roundup: February 11th, 2022
This is a tough one because in the year 2000, when finding a Cuban sandwich in New York City was like finding a moving iquana in an ice storm, Cafe Habana was there for us. It was the only Cuban sandwich in town. It. Was. The. Only. One. At that time it was just a joint at the corner of Prince and Elizabeth struggling to find its identity. Even NoLita was still trying to figure out who it was. Fast forward 22 years and the little cafe that somehow convinced patrons that Mexican corn is Cuban has been corporatized and is expanding. And, in doing so their canned branding is pissing lots of people off.
In other news, we took last week off so we’re catching up on possible consular services in Havana soon, as reported by the Miami Herald. Cuba’s running out of milk (which was supposed to be plentiful), Cuba’s isolation only hurts the Cuban people (duh) and another 10 migrants have been sent back to Cuba by U.S. Border Patrol. At the same time, history buffs would be wise to look to the Cuban Missile Crisis for tips on how to handle the Ukraine situation. Please don’t go to war.
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Miami Herald: Consular services in Havana to increase in ‘the not too distant future,’ U.S. diplomat says
A year after announcing a review of U.S. policy towards Cuba, a top State Department official hinted the Biden administration was readying to move to increase visa processing in Havana. Read more at miaimherald.com.
Yahoo! News: Cuba runs out of milk, breaking Castro’s promise
In the early days of communism in Cuba, Fidel Castro had pledged that every child under seven would have a liter of subsidized milk every day. For some time, they did — but today, many go without. Read more at yahoo.com.
In this first piece of my “it’s mango season so here are a ton of recipes for the roof banging, lawn clogging delicious fruit nuggets” series, I encourage you to make a mango brie.
Foreign Policy: Boxing Cuba In Benefits No One
Despite recent claims by the U.S. State Department that Cuba is a “top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration” and promises by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020 to “reverse the failed Trump policies that inflicted harm on Cubans,” Trump-era sanctions on Cuba—the tightest in the U.S. embargo’s 60-year history—remain in place. Read more at bbc.com.
Daily Mail: Border patrol detains 10 Cuban migrants
Ten Cuban migrants were taken into custody after they washed up on a makeshift raft on the shores of a canal in the Florida Keys. Read more at dailymail.co.uk
New York Times: Opening a Restaurant in Miami? Invoking Cuban Communism Might Backfire.
A Manhattan restaurant planning an expansion to Miami has drawn the ire of some Cuban Americans after its use of Communist lore was pointed out on social media. Read more at nytimes.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?
WPLG10: High demand for costly Miami flights to Cuba continues
Antonio Figuereo said he paid $600 for his flight from Miami International Airport to the Havana Jose Marti International Airport. Figuereo said the cost of gas was steep since he had to drive to Miami from Orlando, where he lives. He also had to pay extra for luggage to take medications and gifts for relatives. Read more at local10.com.
The Hill: The Cuban Missile Crisis provides a lesson to resolve the Ukraine crisis
Is there a way to build on John F. Kennedy’s approach to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis in reducing the risk of a Russian attack on Ukraine in coming weeks? Read more at thehill.com.