Cuba Embargoed: U.S. Trade Sanctions Turn Sixty (National Security Archive)

National Security Archive: Cuba Embargoed: U.S. Trade Sanctions Turn Sixty. “On the eve of the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s executive order imposing “an embargo on all trade with Cuba,” the National Security Archive today posts a collection of previously declassified documents that record the origins, rationale, and early evolution of punitive economic sanctions against Cuba in the aftermath of the Castro-led revolution.”

COVID-19 in Cuba: Strange Things in the “New Normal” (Havana Times)

Havana Times: COVID-19 in Cuba: Strange Things in the “New Normal”. “Cuba reopened its borders on November 15th, amid a tense political climate and with 959,307 positive cases and 8284 deaths racked up until this date. This opening and the arrival of some tourists went hand-in-hand with a gradual relaxation of services, recreational activities and other social activities. Once again, the ‘new normal’ was beginning, this promise of going back to a life like the one we had pre-COVID-19.”

Cuba News: More than 90% of Cubans fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Cuba News: More than 90% of Cubans fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “The Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported this Monday that 91.6% of the island’s population has already received the complete COVID-19 vaccination scheme. The national director of Epidemiology, Dr. Francisco Durán, explained in his usual morning press conference that 9.673 million Cubans — out of a population of 11.2 million — have already received the three-dose scheme of one of the three nationally developed vaccines against the coronavirus.”

Reuters: Cuba to fast-track boosters as Omicron looms

Reuters: Cuba to fast-track boosters as Omicron looms. “Cuba will give booster shots to its entire population in January, according to a report in state-run media, in a bid to keep the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus at bay. Health authorities in the island, heavily dependent on tourism, last week reported a 35% week-on-week jump in coronavirus cases.”

“Knowledge”: Online Exhibit Celebrates Benson Centennial And Diversity Of Thought In The Americas (TexLibris)

TexLibris: “Knowledge”: Online Exhibit Celebrates Benson Centennial And Diversity Of Thought In The Americas. “A new online exhibition, A Hemisphere of Knowledge: A Benson Centennial Exhibit, accessible in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, explores the implications of [Cuban poet and philosopher José] Martí’s words across time and cultures, using a wealth of resources available at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Associated Press: Following protests, Cuba lays out laws on social media use

Associated Press: Following protests, Cuba lays out laws on social media use. “Cuba’s government on Tuesday spelled out its laws against using social media or the internet to stir up protests or insult the state — and offered people a form to report offenders. The decrees published in the Official Gazette follow the largest protests Cuba has seen in years, which broke out last month and apparently were fed in part by messages on social media applications.”

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media. “With no other platform on which to ply their trade, 16-member Cuban dance troupe Datway (a play on That Way) have taken to Facebook and Instagram to display their unique brand of hip hop moves, blended with more traditional, home-grown styles. It has launched them to international fame, even catching the eye of Daddy Yankee, dubbed the King of Reggaeton — a Latin American music style that borrows heavily from hip hop and rap.”

CPJ: Cuban authorities harass journalists, block social media amid protests

CPJ: Cuban authorities harass journalists, block social media amid protests. “Since November 26, amid protests following the arrest of artist Denis Solís of the San Isidro Movement, a local freedom of expression and artistic freedom group, Cuban authorities have obstructed members of the press from doing their jobs, and have intermittently blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Instagram, according to news reports and four local journalists who spoke with CPJ via messaging app but asked to remain anonymous, citing security concerns.”

Human Rights Watch: Cuba’s Government Targets Social Media Influencers

Human Rights Watch: Cuba’s Government Targets Social Media Influencers. “On October 14, police arrived at the homes of four Cuban YouTubers about to participate in an online forum discussing Cuban politics. Two—Jancel Moreno and Maykel Castillo—were detained, Iliana Hernández and others had their internet cut. One, 21-year-old Ruhama Fernández, had to hide to participate in the discussion by phone.”

Ireland & Cuba: Entangled Histories (Havana Times)

Havana Times: Ireland & Cuba: Entangled Histories. “PhDs Margaret Brehony and Nuala Finnegan, both from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the National University of Ireland in Cork, refer to this distinctive seal in their collection of essays Ireland and Cuba: Entangled Histories. They are written with little or no angles, nothing doctored, and therein lies the book’s greatest uniqueness. The book talks about anti-slavery movements, ethnic whitening processes, women in the Irish diaspora, the slave trade… The following is our conversation with Margaret Brehony about a slice of history that interweaves both islands.”

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive. “Today we are disclosing five distinct networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations. The accounts that we have published in our archive today – the only archive of its kind in the industry – include independent information operations that we have attributed to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.”