Cuba

Cuba Arrests Pastor, Wife During Holy Week for Promoting Homeschooling

The communist government of Cuba once again arrested Pastor Ramón Rigal and wife Ayda Expósito on Wednesday shortly before they had planned to leave the country. Rigal and his wife are at the forefront of an Evangelical movement against allowing the regime to educate their children. 

A policeman stands guard in central Havana's Revolution Square a day before Pope Francis' visit to Cuba on September 18, 2015. Havana has received a rush makeover ahead of Pope Francis's arrival in Cuba on Saturday with newly paved streets, a renovated cathedral, repainted buildings and billboards of the pontiff …

Raúl Castro Warns Cubans: ‘Prepare for the Worst Case’ Economy

Cuban dictator Raúl Castro issued a warning to his country, already facing significant food and goods shortages, on Wednesday to prepare for the “worst case” economy in light of a campaign by the Trump administration to undermine the communist regime.

A commission led by Cuba's former President Raúl Castro drafted proposals to the country's constitution including changes to presidential term limits, changes in government structure and provisions for same-sex marriage. Photo by UPI

Trump Administration Moves to Cancel MLB Deal with Cuba

The Trump administration has canceled an Obama-era deal with the Cuban government which would have allowed Cuban players to play in Major League Baseball without having to defect from their oppressive island nation.

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Cuba Hosts Americans for Elite ‘White Dinner’ Feast amid Food Shortages

Havana’s National Hotel hosted 500 people — with an estimated 80 percent being American citizens — for a lavish feast known as “Le Dîner en Blanc,” or “The Dinner in White,” on Saturday amid a growing food shortage problem that has Cubans recalling the post-Soviet “special period” poverty of the early 1990s.

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Afghan Peace Talks: U.S. Faces Taliban 5 Formerly Held at Gitmo

The five high-risk Taliban commanders released from the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by the previous administration in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl who was captured by the terrorist group after deserting his post in Afghanistan are now reportedly negotiating peace in the war-ravaged country with their former captors.

The five Guantanamo Bay detainees swapped for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are, from Mullah Norullah Nori, Mohammed Nabi Omari, Mohammed Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq. (U.S. Department of Defense)

Number of Cubans on Hunger Strike to End Communist Regime Up to over 120

The pro-democracy dissident organization Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) announced Wednesday that over 120 people across the island had joined their collective hunger strike protesting the abuses of the Castro regime against opponents of a “new” Communist Party constitution set to pass this weekend.

Diaz-Canel is to address the UN General Asembly on Wednesday

China Allows Cuban, Venezuelan Diplomats to Tour Muslim Internment Camps

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper praised the nation’s internment camps for Muslim ethnic minorities once again on Sunday, announcing that diplomats from Cuba, Venezuela, and other dictatorships will receive tours of the “vocational centers” to tell the world of their success.

China faces grilling over internment camps at UN review

Nearly Two Dozen Cuban Dissidents on Hunger Strike After Violent Crackdown

The head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a Cuban pro-democracy organization, announced Wednesday that 23 members of the group are on hunger strike after violent raids resulted in a mass arrest of fellow members in anticipation of the communist regime staging a fraudulent “constitutional referendum” this month.

Cuba hands over US national sought by Interpol

Trump Admin Considers Sending Islamic State Jihadis from Syria to Gitmo

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering transferring some of the hundreds of suspected Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists held in Syria to the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as an option of “last resort,” the Department of State (DOS) confirmed Thursday.

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission) A group of detainees kneels during an early morning Islamic prayer in their camp at the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on October 28, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although U.S. …

Cuba Arrests U.S. Flag Protester for Trying to Help Tornado Victims

Police arrested Daniel Llorente, a Cuban dissident who spent over a year imprisoned in a psychiatric facility for waving a U.S. flag at the 2017 communist May Day parade, on Sunday after he appeared in the devastated Havana neighborhood of Regla and attempted to provide aid to those affected by this month’s tornado.

Cuban dissident Daniel Llorente Miranda, an anti-communist, pro-American protester, has been placed in one of the nation’s most notorious mental institutions following his interruption of the annual May Day parade, where he ran down the parade route waving an American flag.

Maduro Sends 100 Tons of Aid to Cuba, Rejects Aid for Venezuelans

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro approved the delivery this week of 100 tons of aid to Havana in the aftermath of a rare tornado landing in the heart of the city. Maduro has spent much of the past three years rejecting pressure to accept humanitarian aid for Venezuelans, most of which do not have access to medicine or sufficient food to survive.

Three dead, 172 injured in Havana tornado

Protesters Force Cuban President Out of Tornado-Hit Area After Regime Sells Food Aid

A video circulating among Cuban dissident outlets this weekend shows a convoy carrying Cuban second-in-command, President Miguel Díaz-Canel, and several high-ranking communist officials forced out of the Regla neighborhood of Havana by an angry crowd of tornado victims shouting “shameless!” and “liars!”

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Canada Recalls Diplomats After Another Brain Injury in Cuba

The government of Canada announced on Wednesday that it would cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba in half after documenting a new case of unexplained brain trauma in an embassy worker, a move that the communist regime responded to with hostility.

A man walks beside Canada's embassy in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Canada's foreign ministry said Monday that it is ordering families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home amid questions about mysterious health symptoms detected in 10 people who were stationed on the island.