Today in Cuba news: Alan Gross wants ribs, a Cuban wrestler becomes a legend, Yoani remembers el maleconazo


Olympic triathlete Manny Huerta lives immigrant’s dream

He was born in Havana and speaks with a Cuban accent, but he is an American at heart and was proud to march with the U.S. team in in the opening ceremony.

American man in prison in Cuba dreams of freedom, going to Cuban baseball game, eating ribs

Bonnie Rubinstein, the sister of Cuban prisoner Alan Gross, was in Washington Monday for a weekly demonstration in front of Cuba’s equivalent of an embassy.

In an interview afterward, she said her 63-year-old brother is a Washington Redskins football fan who has grown interested in Cuban baseball because his jailors watch games.

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez repeats as Olympic champion

Lopez is the third wrestler to win multiple golds at 120 kilograms, joining Russian legend Alexandre Karelin and Alexander Koltschinkski of the former Soviet Union.


Heartbreak in Havana

The Suspicious Death of Catholic Lay Leader Oswaldo Paya and a Vibrant Young Colleague

Cuba: 18 Years After a Short-Lived Uprising (by Yoani Sanchez)

But on the morning of August 5 of that year, the Malecón became a battlefield. Around the ferry dock to Regla people were gathering, encouraged by the hijackings of several boats throughout the summer. An extended sensation of the end, of chaos, of “zero hour” was palpable in the atmosphere.


From Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: As A Dozen Former U.S. Foreign Policy Makers Endorse Document Rejecting Commercial Ties With Cuba While Castros Remain In Power, Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Them For Putting Freedom First

(see the release below the fold)

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement today congratulating a dozen former U.S. Ambassadors and foreign policy makers who announced their support for “Commitment to Freedom”, a document that rejects ties with Cuba as long as the Castros are in power.

When the document was drafted in June, prominent Cuban exile business leaders reaffirmed their support to not do business with the Castro brothers.

“Commitment to Freedom” does not support the possibility of business ties with communist Cuba while the Castro regime is in power. The document unequivocally states that normal commercial relations can begin once the Castro dictatorship has ended.

Ros-Lehtinen’s statement:

“I commend these foreign policy makers for endorsing what we know works best against the Castro dictatorship: the clenched fist and not the diplomatic niceties of the Obama Administration.

The Castro regime is bankrupt after more than half a century of communist economic policies and its hope of finding oil off Cuban waters is quickly diminishing. The regime is desperate for hard currency to avoid making the economic and political reforms it knows can be its demise.

Now, more than ever, is certainly not the time for the U.S. to throw an economic lifeline to the decrepit yet ruthless tyranny of the Castro brothers.”

NOTE: For a copy of “Commitment to Freedom” click here.


Rejecting Commercial Ties With Cuba While Castros Remain In Power,
Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Them For Putting Freedom First