All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cuba’

Chris Christie Wants to Stop New Jersey to Cuba Flights

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to ground flights from his state to Cuba. The reason? He wants a woman convicted of killing a state trooper extradited to the United States. “It is unacceptable to me as Governor to have any flights between New Jersey and Cuba until and unless convicted cop-killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard is returned to …

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Pope Francis Gets Castro to Go to Church

Wouldn’t it be funny if the history of relations between the United States and Cuba were bookended in history by two Catholics? On the one end, there is the Cuban Missile Crisis standoff that featured President John F. Kennedy. On the other end, it could very well end up being the Numero Uno Catholic in the world: Pope Francis. Like …

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Elian Gonzalez: Where Is He 15 Years Later?

Elian Gonzalez was a boy torn between two homes. Elian Gonzalez, at just six years old in 1999, was taken by his mother aboard a homemade raft with 10 other people who were all trying to escape the harsh economic times in Cuba. The raft sank, killing all of the adults, leaving Elian Gonzalez alone on an innertube. He was …

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Airbnb Is Now Operating in Cuba

It appears that Netflix isn’t the only tech company looking to take advantage of the “Cuban Thaw”, the recent decision by the Obama administration to warm up trade and travel relations between the US and Cuba after decades of restrictions. Home rental service Airbnb has officially expanded into Cuba. “We believe that Cuba could become one of Airbnb’s biggest markets …

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Netflix Is Now Available in Cuba

It appears that Netflix is one of the first tech companies to take advantage of the “Cuban Thaw”, the recent decision by the Obama administration to warm up trade and travel relations between the US and Cuba after decades of restrictions. Starting today, Netflix is officially available in Cuba. Like in the US, a Netflix subscription in Cuba will cost …

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Google Expands Its Offerings In Cuba

As you’re probably aware, there’s a trade embargo that prevents U.S. exports to Cuba. That’s not stopping Google from launching some of its free services there. Google launched Chrome in Cuba in August, and just announced that it’s now offering Google Play and Google Analytics there. It will, however, only be offering free stuff: the free version of Analytics and …

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Beyonce And Jay-Z Cleared Of Charges They Violated US Sanctions With Trip To Cuba

One year and four months after they took a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been cleared by the US Treasury Department of charges that they violated US sanctions on the country. On Wednesday the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General issued a report that said the superstar couple’s trip to the Communist-run …

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Fidel Castro As Young Rebel Leader in “Papa”

Fidel Castro and his rebel alliance are featured in a new movie, “Papa” based on the friendship of Ernest Hemingway and Denne Bart Petitclerc during Cuba’s turbulent 50’s. This film is incredibly special and different than any other made about Hemingway in that it is the first one that has been allowed to actually film in Cuba, the island Hemingway …

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Fidel Castro: The Man Who Will Not Die

Fidel Castro is something of an anomaly. Among the personalities from the Cold War period, he is one of the very few left alive. Perhaps that is because Fidel Castro can’t be killed. When Castro came to power in 1959, he became a folk hero in Cuba. Plenty of Cubans came to hate his policies and fled the country. But …

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Elian Gonzalez Leaves Cuba, Slams the U.S.

If you’re thinking that it doesn’t seem that long ago that young Elian Gonzalez was making headlines after being found in an inner tube off the coast of Florida, think again. It is now 14 years later and that cute little 6-year-old is a 20-year-old young man. He is now making headlines again after offering up a harsh criticism of …

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Cubans Using Thumb Drives to Exchange Information

Citizens of the Republic of Cuba remain mostly disconnected from the internet in the communist country, though have been inventive in finding ways to access and exchange information online. The Republic of Cuba, along with China, Laos and Vietnam, is one of the world’s four remaining socialist states espousing communism. Whereas China has a great firewall, Cuba plainly has little …

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Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer-Winning Author, Dies at 62

Pulitzer-winning author Oscar Hijuelos died on Saturday in Manhattan at age 62. According to his wife, writer and editor Lori Marie Carlson, the Cuban-American writer collapsed on a tennis court and never regained consciousness. Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1990 for his book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. He was the first Latino to be …

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Diana Nyad Plans to Meet with Swimmers Doubting Her Feat

Diana Nyad wants to dispel any doubts her fellow endurance athletes may have about the authenticity of her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad’s swim, the fulfillment of a lifelong goal for the 64 year-old marathon swimmer, was tracked online via GPS technology by her team. That data is fueling speculation on the part of some in the distance …

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Ariel Castro Is Dead, And Twitter Thinks It Somehow Effects Cuba

The nation was rocked today at the startling news that Ariel Castro was found dead in his jail cell, hanging from the ceiling in a successful suicide attempt. For those unfamiliar with Ariel Castro, he is the despicable human who held three girls captive in his home for ten years, where he proceeded to wreak unspeakable horrors upon them. When …

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Diana Nyad: 64-year-old Swimming Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old woman who has attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida, which is 103 miles, for 35 years may finally reach her goal in 3 days. This is the fifth attempt for Nyad, who says it will also be her last. She was 20 hours into the swim on Sunday morning when her blog quoted her handler …

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Fidel Castro Not Dead, Speaks Out Against Health Rumors

Fidel Castro recently turned 86, and rumors of his poor health, or even death, had begun to pop up in media across the world. The former Cuban leader used to publish a semi-regular opinion column for the Cuban state press, but stopped writing the pieces in June of this year. Today, Castro has finally spoken out regarding his health and …

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Fidel Castro Turns 86, Maintains Silence

Today marks the 86th birthday of Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary and decades-long leader of the Caribbean country. Castro has maintained silence and stayed out of view for two months now, prompting speculation about his health or possible death. A report by Reuters states that the last statement heard from Castro was his opinion column published in the Cuban state …

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United Nations Changes Its Mind, Now Favors Internet Freedom

The United Nations has been in a funny place for a while now in regards to the Internet. By funny, of course, I mean terrifying. There has been talk of the UN pushing for the Internet to be put in the hands of a multi-national governmental organization instead of the current NGO multi-stake holder approach. The UN taking control could …

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Google Blocks Cuba From Gaining Analytics Access

Google Analytics is one of the most popular web analytics packages around. The fact that the standard version of Google Analytics is free plays a big part in its adoption, but more than that, it’s a very robust platform that can provide a great deal of insight concerning your site’s performance. Furthermore, the fact that over 10 million sites have …

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Ozzie Guillen Suspended For 5 Games, Apologizes

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has incensed the Cuban community in Miami with comments he made to Time Magazine about his feelings toward dictator Fidel Castro, and today he’ll have to eat a little bit of crow. “I respect Fidel Castro,” Guillen said in the magazine interview. “You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for …

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Internet Freedom Around The World [VIDEO]

The Internet doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere in the world. Depending on where you go, access to all parts of the web can be limited to varying degrees. Governments and ruling parties in some countries limit access to the web, block certain content and heavily monitor its citizen’s activity. For instance, if you live in Iran, you are going …

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Google May Offer Services In Cuba, Iran, Sudan

It looks like Google may be ready to wade into another controversial censorship vs. availability of services situation.  A high-ranking corporate representative has welcomed the U.S. Treasury’s decision to allow the exportation of online communications tools to Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.

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