Cuban exiles

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Cuba VP's Daughter Defects

Dad Marino Murillo is known as a reformer

(Newser) - Glenda Murillo Diaz, the 24-year-old daughter of Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo, has defected to the United States, and is currently living in Tampa, the AFP reports, based on a story in the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald . Murillo Diaz came to the US via Mexico, crossing the border in Texas. More »

Marco Rubio 'Embellished Family History'

Cuabn-American senator's parents didn't come to US as exiles

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has told many cheering crowds of Cuban Americans that he is the son of exiles forced off the island by Fidel Castro—but the Florida Republican is embellishing the facts, according to the Washington Post . The newspaper examined naturalization records and other documents, and found that Rubio's... More »

Cubans Mark 50 Years of Fidel

Celebrations sobered after tough year for Cuba

(Newser) - New Year's Day marks a sober occasion for Cuban-Americans: Fidel Castro's takeover 50 years ago and the exile and family separations that ensued. Many Cubans once hoped the dictator would bring them prosperity. Today, with their beloved island in decay and many lives lost in attempts to flee, few of... More »

Castro Offers Prisoner Swap, Talks With US

Raul promises to free dissidents in exchange for Cuban 5

(Newser) - In another sign of a potential thaw in US-Cuban relations, Raul Castro offered today to release five political dissidents if the US frees five Cubans jailed on spy charges. Castro says the prisoner swap could precede talks between himself and Barack Obama, Reuters reports. “Give us back our five... More »

Cuba Rebuilds Spy Network in Fla., Agent Says

Ranks swell to about 210 after crackdown 10 years ago

(Newser) - Cuba has rebuilt its spy network in Florida to its highest level in 10 years, a US Army expert on Cuban agents tells the Miami Herald. The FBI rounded up more than a dozen spies in 1998, but they have all been replaced, bringing Florida’s spy population to around... More »

Elian Spotlight Shows Obama Weak Spot

Legacy of 8-year-old dispute haunts Fla. campaign effort

(Newser) - Eight years after the Elian Gonzalez standoff contributed to Al Gore’s defeat, the row is back in the headlines and causing trouble for Barack Obama. Obama’s stance on Cuban issues, not to mention the prominent roles Elian’s father’s lawyer and a Clinton deputy AG play in... More »

South Florida Quiet After Castro Resigns

Exile leaders stress need for democracy on island nation

(Newser) - Few South Florida Cubans bothered to celebrate Fidel Castro's retirement today, the Miami Herald reports. Exile leaders dismissed the power shift to Castro's brother Raul as politics as usual for the island nation. "Just because he has given up a title, doesn't mean he has given up power,''... More »

Huckabee Flip-Flops on Cuba Embargo

Candidate tells exiles he'd strengthen ban he once sought to scrap

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee vowed yesterday that he'll strengthen the embargo against Cuba—an about-face from a 2002 letter he wrote President Bush seeking to lift the ban for economic reasons, reports the Los Angeles Times. The change, presented in Miami to a Cuban audience, is just part of the candidate's recent... More »

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