Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25099/all en Cubans line up for passports as travel reform deadline nears http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/cubans-line-passports-travel-reform-deadline-nears <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Cuba doing away with hated exit visas</p> <p>* Doctors will be allowed to travel</p> <p>* Restrictions apply for national security</p> <p>By Jeff Franks</p> <p>HAVANA, Jan 10 (Reuters) - With paperwork in their hands and dreams of faraway places in their heads, Cubans waited in long lines this week to apply for passports ahead of a major liberalization of travel policies in place for more than half a century.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/cubans-line-passports-travel-reform-deadline-nears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cuba Government Politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:30:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732672 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuban dissidents cleared for travel under new law http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/cuban-dissidents-cleared-travel-under-new-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Dissidents travel blocked for years</p> <p>* Skepticism remains about government plans</p> <p>* Money, visa requirements obstacles to Cuban travel</p> <p>By Jeff Franks</p> <p>HAVANA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Cuba's new, freer travel policy took effect on Monday and for some notable Cuban dissidents it turned out to offer greater freedom than they had expected.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/cuban-dissidents-cleared-travel-under-new-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Opposition to Fidel Castro Politics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734518 at http://www.globalpost.com Cubans to vote in suspense-free polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cubans go to the polls this weekend to choose 612 members of the national assembly, one in a series of votes leading up to the all but certain re-election later this month of President Raul Castro.</p> <p>Polls are to open Sunday at 7.00 am (1200 GMT) and close at 6.00 pm (2300 GMT), in balloting derided by opponents of the Marxist regime as a "farce" and little more than a rubber stamp of the status quo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:45:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743332 at http://www.globalpost.com Church raises concerns over Cuba's visa reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/church-raises-concerns-over-cubas-visa-reforms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A spokesman for the Catholic church in Cuba raised concerns Friday that reforms making traveling easier for Cubans could lead to population declines in vital age groups.</p> <p>The new law, allowing Cubans to go abroad without special exit visas for the first time since 1961, took affect in mid-January and has allowed many, including prominent dissidents, to apply for passports and make international travel plans.</p> <p>Father Jose Felix Perez, spokesman of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he felt the reform was "good in and of itself itself."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/church-raises-concerns-over-cubas-visa-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Political philosophy Religion Socialism AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:45:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743478 at http://www.globalpost.com Amid domestic change, Cubans march to the polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/amid-domestic-change-cubans-march-the-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* General election for national and provincial assemblies</p> <p>* Candidate slates uncontested in Cuba; Castro brothers vote</p> <p>By Marc Frank</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Cubans went to the polls on Sunday to elect a Communist Party-selected slate of 612 deputies to the National Assembly at a time of change in how they live and work but not in how they vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/amid-domestic-change-cubans-march-the-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics War Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 20:00:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5744741 at http://www.globalpost.com Cubans vote in suspense-free polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cubans on Sunday elected members of the National Assembly, one in a series of votes leading up to the communist island's all but certain re-election later this month of President Raul Castro.</p> <p>Opponents of the Marxist regime deride the balloting as a farce, noting that the number of candidates vying for office is identical to the number of open seats, leaving no doubt about the outcome.</p> <p>Candidates include the 81 year-old president and his older brother, 86 year-old former president Fidel Castro, who left office due to bad health in 2006.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Entertainment Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:31:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744840 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Fidel Castro votes, chats in Cuban election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/update-1-amid-domestic-change-cubans-march-the-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fidel Castro votes in rare public appearance</p> <p>* General election for national and provincial assemblies</p> <p>* Candidate slates uncontested (Recasts with Fidel Castro voting)</p> <p>By Marc Frank</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro voted in Cuba's general election on Sunday and chatted with well wishers and Cuban reporters in Havana for more than an hour, in his first extended public appearance since 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/update-1-amid-domestic-change-cubans-march-the-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Entertainment Government Politics War Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 23:30:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5744868 at http://www.globalpost.com Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo.</p> <p>Castro's visit to the voting precinct in Havana's El Vedado neighborhood was the main event in Sunday's elections, during which Cubans chose 612 members of the National Assembly as well as deputies of local legislatures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Fidel Castro Government AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 06:30:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745025 at http://www.globalpost.com Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo.</p> <p>Castro's visit to the voting precinct in Havana's El Vedado neighborhood was the main event in Sunday's elections, during which Cubans chose 612 members of the National Assembly as well as deputies of local legislatures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Fidel Castro Government AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:00:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745153 at http://www.globalpost.com Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Stooped and using a cane, Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has taken the country by surprise by turning out to vote in legislative elections, after a three-month absence from public view.</p> <p>The 86-year-old Castro cast his ballot at a school in Havana's El Vedado neighborhood on Sunday, engaging in an animated give-and-take with reporters at the polling station and voters for more than an hour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Government AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:01:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745726 at http://www.globalpost.com French 'Spider-Man' scales Cuba hotel for Castro http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/french-spider-man-scales-cuba-hotel-castro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French "Spider-Man" Alain Robert on Monday scaled the facade of the iconic Hotel Havana Libre in the Cuban capital, in what he said was a show of support for revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.</p> <p>"Climbing is a way to discover a country, a culture," the French daredevil said before completing the feat, his first in Cuba. "This is a strong sign of support for Fidel Castro."</p> <p>When asked if he would meet Castro while in Havana, Robert said: "I don't know if he'll be calling me this afternoon."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/french-spider-man-scales-cuba-hotel-castro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil awards and decorations Cuba Government Human Interest AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:46:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745867 at http://www.globalpost.com Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Stooped and using a cane, Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has taken the country by surprise by turning out to vote in legislative elections, after a three-month absence from public view.</p> <p>The 86-year-old Castro cast his ballot at a school in Havana's El Vedado neighborhood on Sunday, engaging in an animated give-and-take with reporters at the polling station and voters for more than an hour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/fidel-castro-makes-surprise-appearance-cuba-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Government AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:16:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745880 at http://www.globalpost.com "French Spiderman" climbs landmark Havana hotel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/french-spiderman-climbs-landmark-havana-hotel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Climbs hotel where Fidel Castro lived in 1959</p> <p>* Used no safety equipment to scale 27-story building</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - With hundreds of people watching from the streets below, the so-called French Spiderman, Alain Robert, scaled the landmark Havana Libre hotel on Monday in a free climb that he said wasn't too hard.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/french-spiderman-climbs-landmark-havana-hotel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil awards and decorations Cuba Government Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:45:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745895 at http://www.globalpost.com FEATURE-Cuban perks under scrutiny in U.S. immigration reform http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/feature-cuban-perks-under-scrutiny-us-immigration-reform <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Cuban migrants receive unique benefits in U.S.</p> <p>* 327,000 Cubans emigrated to the U.S. in the last decade</p> <p>* Cold War-era law abused and outdated, critics say</p> <p>By David Adams and Tom Brown</p> <p>MIAMI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - All Ana Soto had to do to gain entry to the United States at the Texas-Mexico border in 2008 was show her Cuban identity card and birth certificate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/feature-cuban-perks-under-scrutiny-us-immigration-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Law Social Issues Socialism Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:15:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749957 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuba dissident gets passport after travel reform http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/cuba-dissident-gets-passport-after-travel-reform <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The leader of Cuba's Ladies in White opposition group obtained a passport Friday that will allow her to travel outside the country under an historic reform in the communist-run island.</p> <p>Berta Soler said she went to a passport office where she had applied two weeks ago and obtained the document -- quickly and without a hitch.</p> <p>Only a day earlier, a colleague of hers in the Ladies in White, Gisela Delgado, was denied permission to leave Cuba despite the reform, which eliminated widely loathed exit visas needed until now for travel abroad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/cuba-dissident-gets-passport-after-travel-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Opposition to Fidel Castro Politics AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:30:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750670 at http://www.globalpost.com