The president of Chile had an opinion on the US decision to exclude Cuba from the Summit of the Americas while Mexico, Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala chose not to show up at all.

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

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken speaks with Los Angeles Times reporter Tracey Wilkinson for an interview at the Summit of the Americas on Thursday. Photo: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times

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.

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NPR: With Cubans leaving en masse, much of Cuba’s real estate is up for sale

Asylum-seeking migrants from Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela arrive on U.S. soil, after crossing the Colorado River, from Mexico on Feb. 21, in Yuma, Arizona. Photo: Katie McTiernan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Imagesto

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.

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LA Times: Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela Are Not at the Summit of the Americas — But Their Dissidents Are

Carolina Barrero, 35, said she has been threatened with expulsion, imprisonment and torture due to her activism and involvement in demonstrations against the Cuban government. Photo: Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times

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.

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BBC: Cuba floods: At least two dead as heavy rain hits island

A vintage car makes its way through Havana’s flooded streets Photo: REUTERS

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 at a briefing at Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on Dec. 16. Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images file

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.

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Travelweek: Cuba Tourist Board rolls out brand new promotional campaign

Lessner Gomez, Director, Canada for the Cuba Tourist Board (left) and Cuba’s Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos Garcia Granda (right). Photo: Travelweek

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

The Cuban project on new Family code has been submitted to popular consultation. Jun. 6, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@EmbaCubaMOZ

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.

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