Ahmadinejad visits, while human rights groups report short-term detentions doubled in 2011. The country prepares for the Communist Party Conference and papal visit.
Cuba celebrates 53 years of revolution, santeros predict economic difficulties, Fidel battles death rumours, Yoani Sánchez requests Dilma’s help, and the government releases funds for home repair.
Anti-corruption efforts indict Tecnotex execs, record number of tourists welcomed, U.S. Congress debates rescinding relaxation on travel, Castro and Chávez celebrate 17 years of friendship.
President Castro travels to Trinidad for Cuba-CARICOM summit, Elián González turns 18, and exiles launch fireworks off Havana in support of human rights.
Cuba allows farmers to sell to tourist facilities, opens credit to small business, and permits migration to Havana. The Spanish elections raise questions on future relations.
Cuba announces new options for self-employed, and further downsizing of the sugar industry bureaucracy. Haitian President Martelly makes a state visit.
Cuba celebrates its Catholic patron, appoints a new Minister of Defense, and vows to fight corruption. Mariela Castro makes a controversial foray into Twitter.
Cuban arrested in Spain for alleged links to Al-Qaeda; debates swell about the impacts of Cuba’s planned oil drilling; and a Canadian firm’s operations on the island are shut down.
Cuba introduces new rules for self-employment; members of a Pentecostal church barricade themselves inside a church in Havana; and Rene Gonzalez’s motion to return to Cuba is denied.
Cuban defense minister, Julio Casas Regueiro, dies at age 75; Cuba refuses to recognize Libya’s National Transitional Council; Pablo Milanés performs for the first time in Miami.
Cuban National Assembly approves economic reforms including sale of houses and more ‘flexible’ regulations for foreign travel while acclaimed Cuban author Eliseo Alberto Diego dies in Mexico City.
Cuba celebrates 58th anniversary of attack on Moncada barracks as preparations for parliamentary session begin and ban on selling energy guzzling products is lifted.