U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 02/26/2021

February 26, 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you to those who attended the Cuba Entrepreneurship Panel which we co-hosted with the 90 Miles Podcast, Cuba Educational Travel, the CubaOne Foundation, the Cuban American Student Association at NYU, and Engage Cuba on Wednesday. Four Cuban entrepreneurs and economists joined us to share their stories and insights about the current state of entrepreneurship in Cuba. We encourage you to continue the conversation by following our panelists and their businesses on social media. In case you missed it, a recording of the event is available here.  

CDA is hiring two remote summer interns! Interns work in three key areas: Policy and Advocacy; Communications and Social Media; and Nonprofit Development. The deadline to apply is March 15. Visit our website to learn more about the internship and to read reflections from past interns. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 875 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,336 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. Havana, Camagüey, and Santiago de Cuba, reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 462, 84, and 70 new cases reported respectively in each province. The number of deaths has increased by 168 since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 314 deaths since last March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 02/19/2021

February 19, 2021

Dear Friends,

CDA is partnering with the 90 Miles PodcastCuba Educational TravelCubaOne Foundationthe Cuban American Student Association at NYU, and Engage Cuba to host a panel analyzing entrepreneurship and the private sector in Cuba through discussions with Cuban entrepreneurs and economists. Please join us on February 23 at 3 PM EST. Register for the panel here

CDA is hiring two remote summer interns! Interns work in three key areas: Policy and Advocacy; Communications and Social Media; and Nonprofit Development. The deadline to apply is March 15. Visit our website to learn more about the internship and to read reflections from past interns. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 859 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,998 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Mayabeque reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 449, 129, and 60 new cases reported respectively in each province. The number of deaths has increased by 141 since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 287 deaths since last March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 02/12/2021

February 12, 2021

Dear Friends,

We hope you and yours are well. This week, CDA joined forces with 55 organizations, including human rights and advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, Cuban-American groups, environmental and academic organizations, and business groups, to send a letter to the Biden-Harris administration urging them to take immediate action to fulfill President Joe Biden’s campaign promise to reverse failed Trump administration Cuba policies and pursue a policy of engagement. Read our press release here and the full letter here

Yesterday, Cuba reported 823 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,748 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. The number of deaths has increased by 111 since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 257 deaths since last March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

This week we interviewed Ricardo Torres Pérez, Cuban economist, and Oniel Díaz Castellanos, Co-Founder of AUGE, a private Cuban business development and communications team, about their preliminary impressions of the newly announced reforms aimed at Cuba’s private sector. 

To read this week’s interview with Oniel Díaz Castellanos and Ricardo Torres Pérez, visit the “In Cuba” section.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 02/05/2021

February 5, 2021

Dear Friends,

We hope you and yours are safe and healthy. 

Congratulations to CDA’s former Executive Director Emily Mendrala who recently started a new role as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. We wish Emily the best of luck in her new role! 

Last chance! CDA’s 14th Anniversary silent auction is still open! We’ve added a number of new items including new art and photo books. Most items are from Cuban and Cuban American entrepreneurs and creatives, in addition to a Fender guitar of the same model that Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela plays. Be sure to place your bid by February 10 at 5 PM EST! 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 845 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 5,544 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. The number of deaths has increased by 83 since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 229 deaths since last March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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