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Overturned police cars in the street in the wake of a demonstration against Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, on July 11, 2021.

Cuba’s protests are different this time

By Commentaries/Opinions

A shrinking economy, frightening new rates of Covid infections, and growing discontent with the government are fueling once-in-a-generation protests. By William M. LeoGrande, The Nation — Never since the triumph of the Cuban revolution in 1959 have anti-government protesters mounted large, simultaneous demonstrations in cities across the island like they did last weekend. Some of the demonstrations were peaceful; others were little more than riots and an excuse for looting….

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People march to show support to the Cuban Revolution, Havana, Cuba, Jul. 17, 2021

‘Cuba will never be a land of hatred’, Diaz-Canel says

By News & Current Affairs

By teleSUR — On Saturday, thousands of Cubans gathered at the La Piragua square in Havana to show their support to the Cuban Revolution’s leaders and to reject the political instability and destabilization campaigns promoted by the U.S. government. President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the hatred and violent messages spread on social networks to promote riots while emphasizing that the Cuban Revolution’s enemies seek to show an internal scenario characterized by…

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Black Lives Matter faces backlash for statement on Cuba protest

By News & Current Affairs

The BLM Global Network Foundation criticized the U.S. embargo on Cuba and lauded the country’s government. Critics say the statement misses the mark. By Char Adams, NBC News —  The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is facing backlash after calling for the end of the U.S. government’s embargo on Cuba while praising the country for its “solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent” amid historic anti-government protests. In the statement shared…

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People line up to buy food amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Havana, Cuba, April 3, 2020. Picture taken April 3, 2020.

Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh — HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll. Health authorities have reported just two virus-related deaths over the past nine days among more than 200 active cases on the Caribbean’s largest island, a sign they may have the worst of the…

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Cuban government promotes program against racism and discrimination

By News & Current Affairs

According to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, there are still “some vestiges, which are not part of policies in our society, but in the culture of a group of persons.” By Cuba News — The Cuban government has created a program against racism and racial discrimination, a problem that continues latent in the country’s society, where it generates complaints, criticisms and insistent calls for its eradication. This was one of the…

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E.L.A.M., a medical school on the outskirts of Havana, offers international students who pledge to practice in underserved areas a chance to pursue medicine without incurring catastrophic debt.Photograph by Adalberto Roque / AFP / Getty

Why African-American Doctors Are Choosing to Study Medicine in Cuba

By Editors' Choice

A school in Havana is offering students who pledge to practice in underserved areas a chance to pursue medicine without incurring catastrophic debt. NOTE: If it wasn’t for the close relationship that the Late Rev Lucius Walker had with Fidel Castro, it would have been very difficult for this program to come into existence. — SEA By Anakwa Dwamena, The New York Times — In the countryside of western Havana,…

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A vintage car driver waits for tourists after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout, in Havana, Cuba September 12, 2017

U.S. trade embargo has cost Cuba $130 billion, U.N. says

By News & Current Affairs

HAVANA (Reuters) – A United Nations agency said on Tuesday an “unjust” U.S. financial and trade embargo on Cuba had cost the country’s economy $130 billion over nearly six decades, coming up with the same estimate as the island’s communist government. Although many U.S. allies join Washington in criticizing Cuba’s one-party system and repression of political opponents, the United States has lost nearly all international support for the embargo since…

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