CUBA CENTRAL NEWS BRIEF: 10/19/2018

Dear Friends,

The CDA team is taking a week off from reporting, reveling in the joy of CDA’s 12th Anniversary Celebration, which we held in Washington, D.C. this week (pictures coming soon). We were thrilled to honor the good work of Alicia Adams and Gilda Almeida, the team at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts behind the May 2018 Artes de Cuba Festival, and Ambassador (ret.) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, former U.S. chargé d’affaires, for their tremendous work to advance U.S.-Cuba engagement.

Thank you to all who celebrated with us, to our generous event sponsors, and to our many friends (that includes you!) who support our good work.

We will be back with the Cuba Central News Brief next week. In the meantime, find some recommended reading below.

U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

New report shows significant drop in agreed 20,000 annual immigrant visas for Cubans

Miami Herald reports the U.S. Embassy in Havana is expected to issue far fewer than the agreed-upon 20,000 annual immigrant visas for Cubans, a target set in the U.S.-Cuba migration accords. The Embassy halted the vast majority of visa processing following the staff drawdown over a year ago.

Trump takes aim at Cuba, holds Havana responsible for Venezuelan crisis

McLatchy reports on White House plans to increase retaliatory actions on Cuba for its perceived role in Venezuelan affairs, including alleged efforts to subvert democracy.

At U.N., Cuban diplomats shout down U.S. event on political prisoners

Reuters reports on a U.S.-Cuba showdown at the United Nations this week involving Cuban diplomats shouting loudly and banging on desks during the launch of a U.S. campaign to highlight the instance of political prisoners in Cuba.

Group: Cuba frees dissident after US call for release

The Associated Press reports on the release of Tomás Núñez Magdariaga from a Cuban prison. Magdariaga was on a lengthy hunger strike, and, last week, the State Department released a

statement calling for his release.

IN CUBA

Uncertainty ahead of the new rules for the self-employed (Spanish)

El Toque writes about the new set of regulations governing Cuba’s private sector, set to be implemented in December, and the uncertainty among Cuba’s self-employed.

Agricultural sector in Cuba still works to recover from Hurricane Irma (Video)

South Florida’s WPLG Local 10 News reports on the agricultural sector in Villa Clara, the Cuban province hardest hit by Hurricane Irma when the devastating category 4 storm hit Cuba over a year ago.

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