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‘Cuba’s critics blame the government for the daily hardships Cubans face, dismissing US sanctions as an excuse.’ The Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel.
‘Cuba’s critics blame the government for the daily hardships Cubans face, dismissing US sanctions as an excuse.’ The Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel. Photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

By Helen Yaffe

The violent protests that erupted in Cuba in early July were the first serious social disturbances since the “Maleconazo” of 1994, 27 years ago. Both these periods were characterised by deep economic crises. I was living in Havana in the mid-90s and witnessed the conditions that triggered the uprising: empty food markets, shops and pharmacy shelves, regular electricity cuts, production and transport ground to a halt. Such were the consequences of the collapse of the socialist bloc, which accounted for about 90% of the island’s trade.

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Protesters in Cuba

By Julianne Tveten

After last month’s dubious anti-government protests in Cuba, U.S. policymakers now insist that the island is in dire need of Internet service—and that only the United States can supply it.

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By Aaron Maté

Cuba’s anti-imperial foreign policy helped end apartheid in South Africa and sustain liberation movements worldwide. Historian Piero Gleijeses says that’s one of the main reasons why the US has terrorized the island nation through today.

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Anti-Embargo Cuba Protest
Protesters in Minneapolis demand that the Biden administration take immediate action to reverse the actions taken by the Trump administration to deepen the economic war against Cuba. (Michael Siluk / Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

By Danny Glover

Imagine a country developing and producing its own Covid-19 vaccines, enough to cover its entire population, but being unable to inoculate everyone because of a syringe shortage. This absurd situation is real, and one that Cuba will soon face. Cuba has already vaccinated about 2 million of its 11 million people, and hopes to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated by August. Yet, because of the 60-year US embargo, which punishes civilians during a pandemic, the country is facing a shortage of millions of syringes.

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Island hit by biggest economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union has two vaccines in phase three clinical trials

Cubans queue to buy food in Havana.
Cubans queue to buy food in Havana. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images
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Cuba Money Project – Following the trail of U.S. tax dollars in Cuba

By Treace Eaton

The State Department is offering up to $1 million for programs that would boost “civil, political, religious, and labor rights in Cuba.”

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NED: $23 million in Cuba grants under Trump – Cuba Money Project

By Tracey Eaton

Since Donald Trump became president, the State Department has funneled at least $23,208,612 to the National Endowment for Democracy for Cuba-related projects, records show.

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CoreCivic, a private prison company, mostly houses migrants under the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Refugees say protest against risk of Covid-19 was violently suppressed at New Mexico facility run by private firm CoreCivic

This story is published in collaboration with Searchlight New Mexico

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