Weekly Cuba News Roundup: November 25th, 2022
El Bocadito: We’re leading with the story about Yoel Diaz and Marissa Daniella going viral because it’s a killer story and because we’ve been friends with Mari and Yoel long before they became the latest viral sensation. Yoel is a sweet, thoughtful human being. He’s genuinely filled with gratitude for his experiences in the U.S. I recall driving him and Mari around in Boston, without cameras recording at all. He was in genuine awe as we navigated the city’s crooked streets. It was inspiring and we are excited that his immigrant story is being shared with the country. Oh, and his bald head inspired our CALVO Y GUAPO t-shirt, which (plug coming in 3, 2, 1…) is available this season in our holiday store 🎄🕎🎉.
Next up, in a continuation of “duh… what did you expect” news; Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel went to Russia and unveiled as monument with Vladimir Putin. A monument. A f&$king monument. Then he met with China’s leader, Xi Jinping and mutually shared their support of each other’s nations. Hello. “I just called to say I love you.” Oh and I also just called to remind everyone that in the vacuum of relations with the United States, the bad guys will happily take our spot. Look at history and today. Duh. Duh. And, duh. There’s this and more below. And, duh.
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Reuters: China’s Xi pledges support for Cuba on ‘core interests’
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Cuban counterpart pledged mutual support over their fellow communist states’ “core interests” Friday at a meeting further hailing a return to face-to-face diplomacy by Beijing. Read more at abcnews.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.
CBS News: Cuban-born UPS driver whose reaction to first paycheck went viral says he feels “grateful”
A UPS driver went viral after his wife filmed him opening his first paycheck in the United States. Yoel Diaz told CBS News he was so excited because he could barely fill his refrigerator before immigrating from Cuba. Read more at cbsnews.com.
<strong><em>VIVA</em> Is a Proof of Concept for Cubans Who Use Talent to Flee</strong>
Startup Cuba sits down with filmmaker Esteban “Steven” Petersen to learn about the motivations behind his award-winning short film.
Reuters: Evoking Castro, Putin and Cuban leader pledge to deepen ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel unveiled a monument in a north Moscow square on Tuesday to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, pledging to deepen their friendship in the face of U.S. sanctions against both countries. Read more at reuters.com.
Simple Flying: United Airlines Is Back In Cuba After 2 Years Absence
Earlier this week, United Airlines resumed its commercial passenger flights between the United States and Cuba after more than a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. The US carrier now offers two daily flights to Havana International Airport (HAV), one from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and one from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Read more at simpleflying.com
CNN: Swimming with bull sharks: Cuba’s underwater tourism bet
The shark turns and swims directly at me. There is only open water between us, no cage to protect against the approaching bull shark, the species considered by many scientists to be the most aggressive in the world. Read more at cnn.com.
OnCuba News: Coast Guard repatriates 65 people to Cuba
Coast Guard crews repatriated 65 Cuban migrants back to Cuba on Thursday after multiple interdictions off Florida’s coast. Read more at cbsnews.com.
Al Jazeera: Cuban opposition calls on voters to skip upcoming local elections
Cuba’s political opposition has accused the government of blocking or spooking its candidates for local elections this Sunday, and is calling on Cubans to abstain from voting. Municipal elections, held every five years, are one of few opportunities ordinary citizens on the island have to directly participate in the electoral process. Read more at aljazeera.com.