Cuba

Cuba's Legendary Boxing Tradition

October 21, 2016

In the beginning of June, the Cuba Domadores went up against the British Lionhearts for the final match of the World Series of Boxing (WSB). The Domadores (or “Ringmasters”) beat their opposition 9-1, with the Lionhearts only earning one consolation point. A few months afterwards the Cuban boxing team went on to dominate at the Summer 2016 Olympics, earning a boxing medal count that was double the US’s and second only to Uzbekistan’s.

Schema: The Impactful Relaxed Foreign Travel Policy in Cuba

October 20, 2016

~ 1 year ago, on Jan. 14, 2013, Raúl Castro and the Cuban government relaxed foreign travel

  policies for its citizens...

~ Between Jan. 14 and Nov. 30, 2013, more than 184,000 islanders had gone abroad.

        * Many on more than one trip (257,518 trips total according to Cuba’s foreign

          and migration department)

Cuban Dissidents Hack for Internet Access

October 20, 2016

In Cuba, a country with restricted internet access, those who have found a way around the government’s access barriers have been labeled as dissidents. One of these, blogger Yoani Sánchez, has consistently been active in portraying and critiquing daily life in communist Cuba. She is most famous for her blog Generación Y, which she is able to maintain by emailing friends outside the country for publication.

Fist Cuban Doctor to Leave Brazil Speaks Out

October 20, 2016

“I’m afraid that something will happen to me…that they’ll kidnap me, I don’t know.” These are the fearful words of Ramona Rodríguez, the 51-year old Cuban primary care physician stationed in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pará. She has since left her position last week to seek asylum in the United States embassy in Brasilia and has sought refuge in Brazil in an attempt to establish her residency there while Washington looks over her request.

Cuba Takes Another Step Forward to Join Global Economy

October 19, 2016

In Havana this past weekend, Cuba passed a new law to open the country to foreign investment. The latest in a series of reforms by Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel in 2008, this law encourages foreign capital in an effort to advance Cuba’s development and struggling economy.

Disintegration of Political Obstacles Leading to a Lift of the Cuban Embargo

October 13, 2016

The US-Cuba embargo, installed in the early 1960s, has been in place for over 50 years. Its ultimate goal of destroying Fidel Castro’s reign has not been accomplished, and its  motivation, fear of a worldwide expansion of communism and a Soviet-aided Cuban military attack on the US have diminished. As Castro passes, the major source of US/Cuban political obstruction will, too. In terms of the US ending the embargo, we can ask ourselves, what are we waiting for?

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