Weekly Cuba News Roundup: August 23rd, 2022
El Bocadito: So now it makes sense. In reading a post from everybody’s favorite
independent independent(ish) media outlet in Cuba, we learned about the strengths of Cuba’s new LGBTQ+ friendly family code being voted on in two days. We didn’t understand why said media outlet was posting something that was such a diversion of their typical content. Apparently it’s because Cuba is working it baby – they’re blasting out to media organizations to let their citizens, and the world know that the code is respectful and fair (and that they should support it). Good for them: We support anything LGBTQ+ friendly. Oh, and compared to the chuchification of the United States right now, it is super LGBTQ+ and family friendly. This includes healthcare for all.
In other news, the U.S. is restarting immigrant visa processing, the Washington Post is suggesting Biden look back at history – specifically the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Daily Beast asks, “Hey Desantis, try sending Cubans to Massachusetts and see what happens!” The Guardian asks why the U.S. is so shitty right now. And, CNN has a special this Sunday at 8pm called “Immaculate Concussion.” You guessed it… It’s about Havana Syndrome.
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CBS News: U.S. to restart immigrant visa processing in Cuba in 2023 to discourage illegal migration
The Biden administration will fully resume immigrant visa processing at the American embassy in Havana in early 2023 as part of an effort to discourage illegal immigration from Cuba, which has seen record numbers of its citizens flee to the U.S.-Mexico border over the past year, officials announced Wednesday. Read more at cbsnews.com.
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Washington Post Opinion: To confront Putin, Biden should study the Cuban missile crisis
As Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to salvage his failing invasion of Ukraine, there is a small but growing chance that he will use nuclear weapons. Historians will wonder how this war could have veered toward such insanity, but it’s now inescapably part of the landscape. Read more at washingtonpost.com.
The plural “Families” that has replaced “Family” in the new code is a recognition that today Cuban families take many different forms, beyond the nuclear family dominated by a male father figure that was once idealized in Cuban law.
Daily Beast: Why Doesn’t DeSantis Ship Cuban Refugees to Martha’s Vineyard?
The 15 Cuban refugees whose makeshift boat chanced to land on Florida’s largest nude beach on Labor Day would have been convenient “unauthorized aliens” for Gov. Ron DeSantis to place aboard the two charter jets he had fly into into Martha’s Vineyard last week. Read more at dailybeast.com.
Guardian: Better than Bulgaria but not as nice as Cuba: how did the US become such an awful place to live?
What do you call a country where nearly one in 10 adults have medical debts and a broken bone can boot you into bankruptcy? A country where a city of more than 160,000 residents recently had no safe drinking water for weeks? A country where life expectancy has dropped for the second year in a row and poor people sell their blood plasma in order to make ends meet? A country where the maternal mortality rate of black women in the capital is nearly twice as high as for women in Syria? Read more at theguardian.com.
Prensa Latina: Cuba has the right to live without a blockade, says Indian newspaper
In the first week of November, the UN General Assembly will once again consider the draft resolution calling for the end of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, the newspaper recalled. Read more at plenglish.com.
Reuters: Cuba uses media blitz to promote ‘yes’ vote on new LGBT-friendly laws
Cubans will cast ballots this Sunday on whether to approve a new ‘family code’ that would legalize gay marriage and boost women’s rights, with the government urging citizens to vote “yes” despite anger over the worst economic crisis in decades. Read more at reuters.com.
CNN Special Report: “Immaculate Concussion: The Truth Behind Havana Syndrome”
In a CNN Special Report Immaculate Concussion: The Truth Behind Havana Syndrome, airing Sunday at 8pmET/PT, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates one of the most complex and controversial health mysteries in recent years known as “Havana Syndrome.” Read more at cnnpressroom.com.