Cuba Is Running Out of Condoms (and Beer!)

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In Cuba -- where sudden shortages of everyday products are as commonplace as Fidel columns bashing the oligarchy -- condoms have always been a reliable stand-in for everything from kids' birthday balloons to bootleg beach balls. Even during the worst of times, the government kept dirt-cheap, Chinese-made rubbers on shelves around the nation.

But this month, condoms have suddenly become as hard to find in Havana as a George W. Bush T-shirt. The run on prophylactics, along with ongoing potato and beer shortfalls, is casting doubt on the Castro regime's claims that a slowly privatizing economy will make empty store shelves a problem of the past.

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A Shady Miami A/C Repairman Was Behind Yasiel Puig's Harrowing Escape From Cuba

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Ever since he earned a midsummer promotion to the Dodgers last year, Cuban defector Yasiel Puig has been the most electrifying man in Major League Baseball -- flying heedlessly into walls, smacking absurd home runs, and annoying columnists by showing up late to games and speeding in his sports car.

But in the shadows, Puig has lived a much darker narrative, where a smuggling ring held him captive in Mexico and threatened to kill him with a machete, and where fellow athletes have accused him of working as a snitch for Castro's regime. At the center of it all, according to an astounding feature this week in Los Angeles magazine, is a Miami air-conditioning repairman with a criminal record.

See also: Cuban Baseball Agents: Risks and Lies

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Alan Gross, American Imprisoned in Cuba, Begins Hunger Strike Over "Cuban Twitter"

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Alan Gross, a 64-year-old American serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba for setting up internet access for the island's Jewish population, has announced he's begun a hunger strike partially in response to revelations about America's secret efforts to start a "Cuban Twitter" aimed at youthful dissidents.

"I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions, and inaction by both governments, not only regarding their shared responsibility for my arbitrary detention, but also because of the lack of any reasonable or valid effort to resolve this shameful ordeal," Gross read in a statement. "Once again, I am calling on President Obama to get personally involved in ending this standoff so that I can return home to my wife and daughters."

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U.S. Secretly Created a 'Cuban Twitter' to Try to Incite an Anti-Castro Uprising

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You know how leftist Latin American leaders like Nicolas Maduro are forever claiming the American government is trying to unseat them via wild plots that sound cooked up by guys living in tin-foil-covered studio apartments? This morning comes a stark reminder that -- at least when it comes to Cuba -- the U.S. government is actually crazy enough to prove those conspiracy theorists right.

An AP investigation has found that the U.S. secretly created ZunZuneo, a Twitter-esque mobile platform that has recently accumulated tens of thousands of users in Cuba, all with the covert goal of eventually stirring up an Arab Spring-like uprising against the Castros.

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Cuban Five Member Released from Prison, Headed Back to Cuba

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And then there were three.

Fernando Gonzalez walked out of a U.S. federal prison in Arizona today after spending 15 years behind bars on charges that he was part of a Fidel Castro-backed Cuban spy ring. Though, he's not a free man quite yet. He was released to immigration officials and will be deported back to Cuba in the coming days.

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Two Cuban Migrants Lost While Trying to Windsurf to Key West

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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two men after their plan to escape Cuba by windsurfing went awry.

Authorities learned of the man's disappearance after a third Cuban windsurfer successfully completed a nine and a half hour journey and wound up on a private resort beach in Key West on Tuesday afternoon.

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Poll: 63 Percent of Floridians Support Lifting Cuban Embargo

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The Cuban embargo has been in place for well over 50 years now to little effect, and now a new poll claims that a majority of Americans, and an even larger share of Floridians, believe it's time to end it.

The poll was presented this morning from D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council, but their methods have already come under fire by parts of the Cuban exile community.

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Sugar Baron Alfonso Fanjul Open to Doing Business in Cuba; Diaz-Balart and Rubio Rip Back

Categories: La Habana

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Alfonso Fanjul is one of South Florida's most powerful businessmen, a Cuban exile and longtime critic of the Castro regime, but apparently he's changing his tune. He's now laying plans to quietly invest in the Communist nation.

Cuban-American politicians were quite blunt in their response.

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Vice Travels to Cuba to Explore Fidel Castro's Sex Life, Comes Up Flaccid

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If you're going to travel to a totalitarian country for a month to uncover the story of one of the most controversial living international leader's sex lives, you might want to bring along more than a detached hipster's sentiment about sex and politics. But what else would you expect from Vice, the paragon of detached hipster sentiment?

The magazine recently published a piece by two newlywed Americans who tried to confirm the legend that Fidel Castro has slept with more than 35,000 women. It asks the question "Is Fidel Castro the greatest lover of all time?" It doesn't answer it, though. Or much of anything really.

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Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Slam Obama For Castro Handshake

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Fox News predicted that President Obama's handshake with Raul Castro "could rile Cuban-American lawmakers," and Marco Rubio and Ilean Ros-Lehtinen have sure enough delivered.

According to the Hill, Rubio isn't so much angry that the handshake took place, but rather that Obama didn't take the opportunity to lecture Castro.

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