By Cristina Arreola | 09/16/2013 - 12:43
Cubanos, great news! Soon you may be able to mail letters back-and-forth between the U.S. and Cuba.
The United States and Cuba sat down on Monday in Havana to discuss re-establishing direct mail services between the two countries after a 50-year-ban. The two countries plan to discuss letter services, not packages or express mail, a source told Reuters.
By Sugey Palomares | 05/22/2013 - 12:05
Cuba is now allowing individual imports of appliances, lifting a ban imposed in 2005 after a wave of energy shortages and blackouts, reports the AP. As a result, Cubans are now able to bring up to two appliances per person into the island for noncommercial use. The list of approved items now include air conditioners with a capacity of less than 1 ton, microwaves under 2,000 watts and ovens that consume less than 1,500 watts.
By Samantha Leal | 02/24/2013 - 18:49
Cuban leader Raul Castro has announced his plans for retirement after his second term ends in 2018, reports Reuters. The announcement came on Sunday, in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. The 81-year-old made it clear, stating: "This will be my last term."
By Samantha Leal | 07/06/2012 - 17:00
Raul Castro, a 96-year-old former Arizona governor and U.S. diplomat, was held at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in stifling heat after his pacemaker set off a radiation sensor.
Castro, who was the first Hispanic governor of Arizona, says he wasn't mistreated, but that agents could have been more sensitive to his condition. Castro has said he was held for 40 to 45 minutes in 100-degree heat; the federal agency said it lasted 10 minutes.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/13/2011 - 11:00
Raul Castro announced this week that the Cuban government will allow citizens of the island nation to travel abroad freely, as tourists, for the first time in 50 years. Although there was not a formal law keeping Cubans from traveling, they were forced to endure many bureaucratic obstacles, including a requirement of an invitation letter from a foreign country, in order to leave.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/19/2011 - 15:00
For real, for real?
Fidel Castro, who first stepped out of the limelight (sort of) after becoming seriously ill in 2006, then handed over power to his brother Raul Castro in 2008, has made it official. He resigned his role as secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party on Tuesday.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/26/2010 - 09:35
Cuba'n president, Raul Castro, recently told reporters for Brazil’s official Estado news agency that his government is open to talks with the United States about any and all topics, as long as the condition of "equality" is fulfilled.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/20/2009 - 17:05
Cuban Generación Y blogger Yoani Sanchez is putting her media spotlight to good use and recently posed a series of questions to both President Barack Obama and Raul Castro challenging the current state of US/Cuban relations.
President Obama agreed to answer her questions, which Sanchez posted yesterday. Sanchez also developed a questionnaire for Cuban president Raul Castro, but she does not know whether or not he will answer.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/28/2009 - 12:33
In her new memoir, the younger sister of Fidel and Raul Castro admits to working undercover for the CIA in Cuba in the early 1960s using the codename “Donna,” Reuters reports. Juanita Castro, who now lives in exile in Miami, says she helped opponents of her brothers’ communist rule to escape execution and imprisonment.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/14/2009 - 10:42
Cuba is attempting to salvage its failing economy by making last ditch efforts to scale back on socialism, The Miami Herald reports. Leaders insist picking away at socialism is the only way to save it, but some experts say their efforts are just a desperate attempt to stave off the inevitable.