Alina Fernández still remembers the day, in 1953, when Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck disappeared from her family television in Cuba, replaced instead by images of colorful, chanting people, and a charismatic, beaded man, who would speak for hours at a time.
Isabel Sainz, a political refugee from Cuba who became a devoted special-education teacher in Baltimore County, one who would bring her students to restaurants and shops and encourage them to participate in society, died Thursday of Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Towson. She was 81.
Working with Caribbean Baseball Goodwill tours, a Canadian-based organization, a group of Howard County parents was able to arrange a trip to Cuba for high school baseball players that included not only playing baseball but also visiting Cuban families to learn the country's culture.
I owe my life, political views and Cuban identity to Fidel Castro. I despise him and thank him for that. My father was born in Havana and my mother was born on the opposite end of the island in Manzanillo. Were it not for my grandparents' disgust with the Castro regime, my parents would never have met as young Cuban exiles in New Jersey. And I would not have been born as an American in Florida.
Three members of the Harford Community College faculty traveled to Havana, Cuba, earlier this spring for the Maryland Community College International Education Consortium's 2016 Forum, "Effective On-Site Teaching for Global Awareness."
It is from the confines of the private taxis that visitors can explore the particulars of the Cuban people, uncovering the Cuba few get to see. There, time spent with a host can equate to a friendship.
It is interesting to read comments about President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba and the negative reaction from some conservatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, who believed it was inappropriate for the President of the United States to visit the communist state. After all, they say, the Cuban government is run by a dictator who keeps political prisoners, and the Cuban people are not free.
When the Orioles traveled to Havana in 1999 to play a goodwill game against a team of Cuban All-Stars, it had been nearly 40 years since a major league team had set foot in the tiny island nation. Little did anyone suspect at the time that it would be another 17 years before another big league team would do the same, but the Tampa Bay Rays will arrive in Cuba this week to play the Cuban national team against a much different geopolitical backdrop.
Even though it won¿t be this year, the Orioles have long had interest in returning to Cuba to play an exhibition game there. And if all goes well with the Tampa Bay Rays¿ exhibition game in Cuba next month, it could open the door for the Orioles to follow.
Alan Gross, the aid worker from Maryland whose imprisonment in Cuba became an obstacle to the Obama administration's drive to improve U.S.-Cuban relations, said Wednesday that he's encouraged by the progress made by Washington and Havana in the year since his release.
The former government contractor from Potomac who spent five years in prison in Cuba said he had no trouble bringing sophisticated communications gear into the country and made little attempt to disguise his work to set up Internet connections.
Alan Gross, the former government contractor from Rockville who spent five years locked up in a Cuban jail, said in his first interview since being released in a historic deal last year that he thought he'd quickly be freed once his bosses intervened.
The benefits of improved relations with Cuba, even in the short term, are manifold: increased cooperation on hurricane tracking, environmental protection, fighting drug trafficking, combating illegal migration. In the longer term, allowing U.S. companies to compete for rights to energy exploration in the Cuban waters of the Florida Straits, currently monopolized by Asian and European competitors, would benefit our economy and contribute to increased energy independence. A recent study predicts
Despite a report that surfaced Tuesday evening quoting a Cuban official saying that the Orioles will play a game in Cuba this season, there are currently no plans for any upcoming game there, according to Major League Baseball.