The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo for the 30th year. And, crocodiles. We've got crocs.

Weekly Cuba News Roundup: November 4th, 2022

El Bocadito: For the 30th year, the UN General Assembly voted to condemn the US embargo of Cuba. 185 of the 193 member-countries voted against the US sanctions on the island nation.

And in, “duh… what did you expect” news, Cuba is once again in the middle of a tug-a-war between the United States and its long term ally, Russia. The country finds itself without Venezuela (facing its own crisis) as it deals with continued economic and energy crises and needs to turn somewhere. An amazing Cuban crocodile photo by photographer Tanya Houppermans has been named Mangrove Photo of the Year. And, Cuba’s sugar exports are getting cut as the country can barely produce enough of the sweet stuff for its own consumption.

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ABC News: Former Latin American leaders urge US change on Cuba

Among the signatories are former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Photo: Council on Foreign Relations

Eighteen former Latin American and Caribbean leaders have signed a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden asking the United States to remove its six-decade embargo on Cuba in the wake of devastation inflicted by Hurricane Ian. Read more at abcnews.com.

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WPLG: 12 Cuban migrants taken into custody after landing in Miami Beach

12 Cuban migrants come ashore in Miami Beach. Photo: WPLG

U.S. Border Patrol agents and Miami Beach police officers responded to a migrant landing on Miami Beach Thursday night. The 12 men said they were at sea for five days from the town of Camalote, Cuba, dealing with large waves and pangs of hunger. Read more at local10.com.

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US News: UN Votes Overwhelmingly to Condemn US Embargo of Cuba

A Cuban and a U.S. flag hang from the windshield of a car parked in a garage in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 10, 2016. The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 3, 2022 to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 30th year. Photo: AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 30th year, with the Biden administration continuing former President Donald Trump’s opposition and refusing to return to the Obama administration’s 2016 abstention. Read more at usnews.com.

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BBC News: Mangrove forests: Crocodile close-up in Cuba wins photo awards

Tanya Houppermans has been named overall winner of this year’s Mangrove Photography Awards, for her close-up portrait of an American crocodile surrounded by mangroves at Gardens of the Queen in Cuba. Photo: Tanya Houppermans via BBC.

Run by the Mangrove Action Project, the competition – now in its eighth year – aims to show the relationships between wildlife, coastal communities and mangrove forests, as well as the fragility of these unique ecosystems, both above and below the waterline. Read more at bbc.com.

ABC News: Crisis-stricken Cuba torn between ally Russia, neighbor U.S.

The Ramos family cooks dinner over a fire outside their storm-damaged home a week after Hurricane Ian knocked out electricity to the entire island, in La Coloma, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, Oct. 5, 2022. Cuba’s energy crisis has once again thrust the Caribbean island into the middle of an escalating tug-of-war between its seaside neighbor, the United States, and ally, Russia. Cuba sees the need to ease U.S. sanctions at the same time that it is benefitting from an influx of Russian oil. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

When Hurricane Ian tore through western Cuba in late September, causing an island-wide blackout, it left the government grappling with a deepening energy crisis and simmering discontent among Cubans. Read more at abcnews.com.

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OnCuba News: The 2022 FIU Cuba Poll (IV)

Election Day (2020) in Miami. Photo: Marita Pérez Díaz.

The literature on Cuban American political participation highlights their political engagement. Cubans become Cuban Americans usually as soon as they have met residency requirements and become Cuban-American voters immediately thereafter. And when they register, they, vote. Massively. Read more at oncubanews.com.

US News: Cuba Cuts Plans to Export Sugar With Output Expected to Stagnate

A tractor sits near a sugar cane field while people wait for the caravan carrying Cuba’s late President Fidel Castro’s ashes in Florida, Cuba, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo


Cuba kicks off the country´s annual sugar harvest this month, but experts and state officials say the crisis-racked Caribbean island will struggle to produce enough of the sweetener even for its own consumption, dashing plans for export. Read more at usnews.com.

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