Posts tagged as cuba

LRT English Newsletter: End of celebrations in the time of coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020

Predictably, the coronavirus dominated headlines this week and the country wakes up to life under different rules on Friday. While Lithuania has so far confirmed only three cases, the government has  announced   sweeping anti-epidemic measures to manage the risks, including closing down the country’s schools for two weeks and banning travel to some countries. Vilnius went even further,  introducing tough measures   of its own: closing down schools, theatres…

Russia and Cuba rebuild ties that frayed after Cold War

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Over the last year Russia has sent Cuba 1,000 minibuses, 50 locomotives, tens of thousands of tourists and a promise to upgrade the island’s power grid with a multi-million dollar improvement plan. Russian-Cuban trade has more than doubled since 2013, to an expected $500 million this year, mostly in Russian exports to Cuba. And a string of high-ranking Russian officials have visited their former ally in the Caribbean, including Prime…

Cuba’s new leader defends Maduro on first foreign visit, calls boycotted polls ‘overwhelming success’

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rallied to the defense of embattled ally Nicolas Maduro on his first foreign visit Wednesday, calling on Latin American nations to support a victim of a political and economic war. The Cuban, who succeeded Raul Castro on April 19, was received with open arms by Maduro’s government on his arrival at Caracas’ Maiquetia airport. “Very happy to be in Venezuela and long live the Bolivarian revolution…

Dog poisonings, sex propositions: Canada’s man in Havana remembers the Cold War weirdness

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The first phone call came a few days after Jim Bartleman arrived in Havana. Canada’s new ambassador to Cold War Cuba was still too green to know not to answer. A woman purred through the line. She told him she had seen him that day, and that he was so handsome. Wouldn’t he love to meet her? His wife would never know, she said, in a voice Bartleman recalls years…

Cuba selects first president after Castro brothers

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Cuban National Assembly has picked Raúl Castro’s right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him as the President of Cuba, ending the family’s long rule. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Raúl Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006, who died aged 90 in 2016. The Cuban National Assembly has voted on the nomination on Wednesday, April 18, but the result…