And, we continue to wait for news coming out of Cuba and Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

Weekly Cuba News Roundup: September 30th, 2022

El Bocadito: It’s been a tragic week as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cuba and Florida, with potential impact in Georgia as well. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the storm, particularly those in Western Cuba who have faced devastating circumstances. As we learn more about the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Ian, we also hope to learn how we can help. More on that soon.

Other news in the space has been kinda light, being dominated by the urgency of reporting on the hurricane. Yet, there’s a glimmer of good news that we are pretty excited about; Cuba’s family code has been approved which gives legality to gay marriage on the island. This is fantastic; people are people and people deserve equal rights and so this news makes us smile.

By the way, none of the opinions in any of the stories shared on this page represent ours; we’re just sharing them with you. If you are a journalist or you have seen a story that you’d like us to consider for future weekly news roundups, please send us a note and a link to the story here.

The Hill: Top Cuban diplomat: ‘We will have to’ negotiate with the United States

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla Photo: MRInternacional S.A.

Cuba’s top diplomat said Tuesday his country’s officials have no choice but to engage the United States in negotiations to normalize relations, despite a decade of diplomatic whiplash and mixed messages from Washington. Read more at

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CNN: Hurricane Ian killed at least 2 people in Cuba and wiped out power to the entire island

A street in Havana, Cuba, was littered with debris Tuesday. Photo: CNN/Patrick Oppmann

Hurricane Ian’s thrashing of Cuba has left at least two people dead and the entire island without power. Both deaths occurred in the hard-hit western province of Pinar del Rio, where a woman died after a wall collapsed on her and a man died after his roof fell on him, state media said. Read more at

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Reuters: Cubans approve gay marriage by large margin in referendum

Cubans approved gay marriage and adoption overwhelmingly in a Sunday referendum backed by the government that also boosted rights for women, the national election commission said on Monday. More than 3.9 million voters voted to ratify the code (66.9%), while 1.95 million opposed ratification (33%), Alina Balseiro Gutierrez, president of the commission, said on state-run television on Monday. Read more at

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WPLG: Group of Cuban migrants come ashore in Pompano Beach

Several Cuban migrants made it to shore in Pompano Beach on Tuesday as weather conditions continued to deteriorate due to Hurricane Ian.

everal Cuban migrants made it to shore in Pompano Beach on Tuesday as weather conditions continued to deteriorate due to Hurricane Ian. In cell phone video captured by a restaurant employee who works nearby, the people can be seen celebrating as they made it to dry land. Read more at

The Guardian: Eighteen Cuban migrants missing after boat sinks during Hurricane Ian

Four migrants swam to shore after their vessel sank in the lower Florida Keys. Photo: Noaa/AFP/Getty Images

Eighteen people are missing after a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank off Florida due to Hurricane Ian, further underlining the human cost of the storm. Read more at

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