Weekly Cuba News Roundup: June 10th, 2022
El Bocadito: This week was largely focused on the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. The Summit was at the top of the agenda but so too was the list of countries not at there: Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Mexico, Bolivia, Honduras and Guatamala. The first three were excluded. The others chose not to come in protest. In that vacuum though, dissidents from the three countries made a point of being there.
In (kinda) other news, Anthony Blinken defends the US decision to exclude Cuba from the Summit, at least two people died from flooding in Cuba this week and Cuban real estate is having a fire sale with so many people leaving the island in masse. AMLO (remember him?) calls out Cuban American US senators, Cuba’s tourist board is rolling out a new promotional campaign to get tourists back to the island and Cuba’s new family code looks to view children as subjects of rights although the discussion continues…
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LA Times: Blinken defends exclusion of Cuba from Summit of the Americas, despite triggering boycotts
Despite the absence of presidents from some of the region’s key countries, the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, taking place in Los Angeles this week, can serve as a venue of delicate dialogue and incremental problem-solving, America’s top diplomat said Thursday. Read more at latimes.com.
Havana’s modern “international” architecture has Cuba’s urban planners worried.
NPR: With Cubans leaving en masse, much of Cuba’s real estate is up for sale
Marco put his home up for sale, a concrete, one-bedroom house outside the Cuban capital, just blocks from the beach. He’s hoping to sell almost everything he has to fund the journey out of Cuba. Read more at npr.org.
Samuel Riera’s Art Brut Cuba opens channels for Outsider Artists to sell their art when they otherwise couldn’t earn a living from their work.
LA Times: Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela Are Not at the Summit of the Americas — But Their Dissidents Are
It took two Cuban intelligence officers to carry art historian and activist Carolina Barrero, her hands and feet cuffed, from the protest she was staging this year outside the Culture Ministry in Havana. Read more at latimes.com.
BBC: Cuba floods: At least two dead as heavy rain hits island
At least two people have died in Cuba’s capital, Havana, after the remnants of Hurricane Agatha brought heavy rain and floods to the Caribbean island. Read more at bbc.com.
NBC News: Mexican President López Obrador takes swipes at Cuban American U.S. senators
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took swipes at Cuban American Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Bob Menéndez during a regular press conference Wednesday morning, piling on from criticism lobbed in recent days. Read more at nbcnews.com.
Travelweek: Cuba Tourist Board rolls out brand new promotional campaign
Ready to reap the windfall of all that pent-up demand for travel – especially sun destination travel – the Cuba Tourist Board has launched a new promotional campaign, ‘UNICA Cuba’. ‘Unica’ translates to ‘only’, and the messaging is meant to highlight everything that makes Cuba a unique and special destination. Read more at travelweek.ca.
teleSUR: Cuba: Family Code Watch for the Rights of Children
According to the new Family Code to be approved, children and adolescents will be seen as subjects of rights and not as objects of protection. Guarantees on their rights were among the most treated topics during the popular consultation of this proposal, where over 6 million Cubans participated. Read more at telesurenglish.net.