‘Doctor diplomacy’: Cuba seeks to make its mark in Europe amid Covid-19 crisis

Italy’s worst-hit areas welcome medical brigades, but critics say they are being exploited by Cuba’s authoritarian regime Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage They have jetted into some of the most horrifying calamities in recent history, clutching the red, white and blue flag of their small island home. Earthquakes in Indonesia and …

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Celia and Fidel: why the timing is perfect for a new play about Castro

Playwright Eduardo Machado discusses his revealing new play that looks at the relationship between the Cuban revolutionary and Celia Sánchez Fidel Castro is back in the news. Bernie Sanders, favourite for the Democratic nomination for US president, recently noted that when the Cuban revolutionary gained power in 1959, he launched a massive literacy programme. “Is …

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Trump puts Cuban doctors in firing line as heat turned up on island economy

After US allies expel foreign health missions, Havana warns that patients will pay the highest price for campaign against its scheme A Cuban medical programme that has helped some of the world’s poorest communities has become the latest target of the Trump administration’s escalating attempts to pressure Havana’s faltering economy. Dubbed “Cuban doctors”, the celebrated …

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