Thousands file through memorial honoring Castro in Cuba
Latin America & the Caribbean

Thousands file through memorial honoring Castro in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Thousands of Cubans were filing through a memorial in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution on Monday as the nation plunged into a week of services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century. One of the first in line was Tania Jimenez, 53, a mathematician who … Continue reading

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Imagining Cuba’s human rights situation after Fidel Castro
Latin America & the Caribbean

Imagining Cuba’s human rights situation after Fidel Castro

HAVANA (AP) — He overthrew a strongman, brought his country free health care and education, and enlisted Cubans in what he called fights for freedom from Central America to South Africa. Fidel Castro also maintained a steel grip at home, jailing dissidents and gays, controlling freedom of travel and expression and declaring virtually any activity … Continue reading

Miami’s joyous Cubans hope for change with Castro’s death
Latin America & the Caribbean

Miami’s joyous Cubans hope for change with Castro’s death

MIAMI (AP) — Fidel Castro’s death triggered an emotional and long-awaited celebration in Miami’s large Cuban-American community Saturday as peaceful demonstrators waved flags and honked car horns, many cheering with joy and others weeping for family members who didn’t live to see this day. Yet it was also a bittersweet time as most realize Castro’s … Continue reading

Fidel Castro to Obama: We don’t need your ‘presents’
Latin America & the Caribbean

Fidel Castro to Obama: We don’t need your ‘presents’

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.” The 1,500-word letter in state media titled “Brother Obama” was Castro’s first response to the … Continue reading