It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba.
The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.
Anti-Castro protesters took to the streets of Miami on Saturday to voice their resistance to the president’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba.
Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba’s communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami’s Cuban exile community.
Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn’t taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.
In Cuba, the moments after the news broke of the Cuban spies release, those living in the island took to social media to express their excitement.
News of American contractor Alan Gross’ release and the administration’s change to U.S. policy toward Cuba has swept through the streets of Little Havana.
Alan Gross wasn’t the only American returned during Wednesday’s historic prisoner swap with the Cuban government. An unidentified spy, with massive intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government, was also exchanged.
Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour’s flight from Miami.
Amid tensions between Cuba and the United States, a U.S. contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to help spark an anti-government movement using rap music.