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Cubans seek to revive little-known tango legacy – Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba may be known now for upbeat salsa, but long before that genre even emerged its Afro beats fed into the melancholic Argentine tango which was widely popular on the Caribbean’s largest island. Now a small yet dedicated following of several dozen Cuban dance enthusiasts are seeking …

Cuba legalizes independent movie-making – Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s Communist government on Thursday issued a decree legalizing the country’s independent movie industry in a move that should facilitate production, although critics said it fails to resolve issues of censorship and distribution. Independent Cuban video clip director Joseph Ross works on his desk prior to an …

Celebrating Havana renovates Cuba’s oldest Jewish cemetery

HAVANA (AP) — Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some graves, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks. But slowly, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Cuba is beginning to be rehabilitated, along with the memory of many of the island’s early …

As sanctions bite in Cuba, the U.S. — once a driver of hope — is now a source of pain – The Washington Post

HAVANA — Just like that, the cruise ships are gone, along with thousands of cash-toting Americans who oohed and aahed — and shopped — amid the crumbling grandeur of Old Havana. For Cubans, it’s a bitter reversal of fortune. President Barack Obama’s opening of relations here, leading to his historic visit three years ago, inspired hopes …