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    Pro-engagement group toasts with Cuban rum, prepares for uphill battle on future policy

    Pro-engagement group toasts with Cuban rum, prepares for uphill battle on future policy BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid the clinking glasses of Havana Club and uplifting speeches, the smiles of the invited guests at this gala could barely conceal the underlying concerns following Donald Trump’s electoral victory. The gathering at the posh […] Continue reading

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    Is It Time to Turn Enemies Into Frenemies

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    Blogger Yoani Sánchez hits the books at the University of Miami

    Posted on Tuesday, 04.02.13

    Blogger Yoani Sánchez hits the books at the University of Miami
    By MIMI WHITEFIELD
    mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

    Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez spent several hours on the University of
    Miami campus Tuesday, learning how to access the university's digital
    collection on the Cuban experience and diaspora and holding a political
    discussion with UM academics.

    She was scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at a dinner at the Country
    Club of Coral Gables hosted by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba,
    which is associated with the Cuban-American National Foundation.

    UM President Donna Shalala welcomed Sanchez to the campus and the Cuban
    Heritage Collection, which houses more than 50,000 Cuba-related books
    and documents. Among the rare items that she explored was the 1878
    biography of Father Felix Varela, a Roman Catholic priest and educator
    who advocated for self-rule and the end of slavery in Cuba. A public
    high school in the Hammocks section of Miami-Dade County is named for
    the Cuban priest, who is highly esteemed in the Cuban community.

    Sánchez requested to visit the Cuban Heritage Collection, according to
    the university, and CHC Director Esperanza de Varona and Maria Estorino,
    an associate librarian, gave her a personal tour of the collection,
    which is housed on the second floor of the Otto Richter Library.

    While at the collection, Sánchez met with representatives from the
    campus chapter of the Federation of Cuban Students. She told them:
    "Information to me is like a breath of fresh air.''

    She also met privately with about 20 academics at the Institute for
    Cuban & Cuban-American Studies, a UM research center that is engaged in
    the Cuban Transition Project, which studies and makes recommendations
    for the reconstruction of Cuba "once the post-Castro transition begins
    in earnest.''

    Among the topics discussed were the future of Cuba, how Sánchez sees
    change evolving in Cuba, the case of imprisoned American Alan Gross,
    Cuban youth, and how to improve the flow of information into Cuba, said
    Andy Gomez, a senior fellow at the institute.

    Asked if she saw herself as a future opposition leader in Cuba, Gomez
    said that she responded, "No, I see myself as a citizen of Cuba who has
    the responsibility to bring about change.''

    "With Yoani's visit, we've consolidated the bridge between Cuban exiles
    and the people of Cuba,'' said Gomez, who said that even a decade ago
    such ties would have been impossible.

    "She was honest, eloquent, simple,'' said Gomez, "but she's exhausted.''

    Since leaving Cuba Feb. 17, Sánchez — who writes the Generacion Y blog
    and sends out a constant stream of 140-character Twitter messages on
    daily life in Cuba to hundreds of thousands of followers — has been on
    an international tour that has taken her from Brazil to Mexico and from
    Prague and Amsterdam to New York and Washington.

    Despite many international invitations, she had not been able to travel
    abroad until a recent change in Cuban travel policy.

    Sánchez will host a town-hall-style meeting at the Adrienne Arsht Center
    for the Performing Arts in Miami on Wednesday, taking questions posed
    via Twitter and from people in the audience.

    She will focus on questions regarding technology, innovation and social
    change from Twitter users, although audience members can ask "questions
    regarding topics of importance,'' according to event organizers.

    Pamela Silva Conde, co-anchor of Univision's news show Primer Impacto
    (First Impact), will moderate the event, which begins at noon. It's
    organized by The Knight Foundation and Roots of Hope, a group whose goal
    is bridging the gap between Cubans abroad and those on the island.

    Twitter questions can be directed to @askyoani, @PamelaSilva and by
    using the hashtags #AskYoani and #YoaniResponde.

    The "Tweet Up with Yoani Sánchez" is a ticketed event but tickets are
    free of charge. To register, visit AskYoani.com.

    Miami Herald Reporter Daniel Chang contributed to this report.

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    Spaniard to face trial for car wreck death of Cuba’s Paya

    Spaniard to face trial for car wreck death of Cuba's Paya Thu Oct 4, 2012 1:37pm EDT * Prosecutors reportedly seeking seven years in prison * Paya was winner of 2002 Sakharov Prize for human rights * Paya family accused government of involvement i...

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