World Press Archive
2009-07-09 / Latin American Herald Tribune
Private Transportation Permits Doubled in Cuba So Far in 2009
HAVANA – The number of private individuals who legally transport passengers in Cuba almost doubled in the first half of 2009, after the government last December unfroze the granting of permits for the activity after a nine-year hiatus, the official press reported on Wednesday.
Communist Party daily Granma said that so far this year Cuban authorities have authorized 2,848 operators licenses for private transport services, an increase of 81 percent, and that in June 1,280 applications were being processed.
In December 2008, when the issuance of such permits for individuals was resumed – as President Raul Castro had announced month earlier that it would be – there were 3,486 of the licenses extant on the communist island.
The paper said that 30 percent of the permits were granted to operate such services in Havana. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more