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.
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The Hill: Top Cuban diplomat: ‘We will have to’ negotiate with the United States
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 thehill.com.
Here’s How You Can Support Art Brut Cuba: Cuba’s Outsider Artists￼
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.
CNN: Hurricane Ian killed at least 2 people in Cuba and wiped out power to the entire island
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 cnn.com.
Four Rum Brands Vying to Become the Spirit of Cuba
Havana Club is Cuba’s top selling and most popular rum but three other brands are also competing for the island’s #1 spot.
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 reuters.com.
WPLG: Group of Cuban migrants come ashore in Pompano Beach
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 local10.com.
The Guardian: Eighteen Cuban migrants missing after boat sinks during Hurricane Ian
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 theguardian.com.