Cuban Reporters Denounce US Delay in Visa Issuance

By Yosley Carrero on May 20, 2022

Deisy Francis, photo: Bill Hackwell

Cuban journalist Ibis Frade has been waiting for more than two years for a U.S. entry visa to be granted to her by the U.S. embassy in Havana. The 33-year-old, who had been working as a United Nations correspondent for Cuba’s Prensa Latina news agency since November 2017, came to the Caribbean nation for a month-long vacation in December 2019. Yet she has been unable to return for work at the UN headquarters in New York as she has not received any response concerning her visa application. (more…)

Human Rights Activist Deported from Colombia in Runup to High Stakes Election

By Task Force on the Americas on May 24, 2022

Teri Mattson, photo: Bill Hackwell

While enroute to observe the presidential elections in Colombia, Teri Mattson was denied entry by Colombian authorities and had her passport seized. After arriving at 6:55 am on May 22, she was forced to spend the day and the night at the Bogotá Airport before being deported the following morning and flown out of the country. (more…)

ALBA-TCP Summit to Take Place in Cuba on Friday

By Orlando Oramas León on May 24, 2022

The XXI Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) will take place this week on Friday in Havana according to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its web page. (more…)

Love Overcomes Hate as Cuba Receives Critical Aid for Children Liver Transplants

By Alejandra Garcia on May 24, 2022 from Havana

Puentes de Amor

Of all, Cuba’s health sector is the area hardest hit by the blockade that the United States insists on maintaining against the island. For two years, the country has not been able to start the liver transplant program for children, due to the lack of a key component that Washington refused to sell to the country. But miracles do happen, and every day friends around the world prove to us that we are not alone. (more…)

Abortion in Cuba vs US Shows Which Country is Truly Democratic

By Calla Walsh on May 22, 2022

Plaza of the Revolution, May 1, 2022, photo: Bill Hackwell

When I connected to wifi for the first time in five days, a notification appeared on my phone announcing that the US Supreme Court had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 legal decision that makes access to abortion a legal right. (more…)

Does U.S. Policy Towards Cuba Ever Really Change?

By Iroel Sánchez on May 23, 2022

photo: Bill Hackwell

On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was interviewed by journalist Lucia Duraccio, of the Italian television channel RAI TG1, who asked him following the vote of condemnation by 189 countries of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, which had just happened for the 29th time in the UN General Assembly, why the nearby island was still the enemy and if the dialogue initiated by former President Obama was over for good. (more…)

Petro Bulletproofs Campaign Amid Assassination Fears

May 21, 2022

We have just learned that US Latin American solidarity activist Teri Matson, who was traveling to Colombia as an invited election observer for the election there next Sunday, has been detained and will be deported from Colombia tomorrow without cause. The Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights CPDH in Bogota denounces the deportation. –  editorial (more…)

Peruvian Lawmakers Call for Inclusion of All at the Summit of the Americas

By Gustavo A Maranges and Bill Hackwell on May 22, 2022

Margot Palacios and Silvana Robles

The IX Summit of the Americas to take place in Los Angeles , June 6-10, continues to generate news in the region and it is not exactly what the Biden Administration was looking for. Friday, Peruvian lawmakers Margot Palacios and Silvana Robles declared their opposition to a summit that would take place without Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. (more…)

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